Grant moves South-again

According to CivilWarriors, the U. S. Grant Association and collection has been removed from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and is now on the campus of Mississippi State University. The new executive director, John Marszalek, who works at MSU has taken over from the late John Simon, former SIUC history professor who passed away in June. This is somewhat sad for me being from Illinois and never having the chance to visit the collection. While I wish the new director the best, I do hope that the Association will find a repository in Illinois for the materials.

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A new birth of scholarship

Sorry, I could not resist the play on words. I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying the end of the year. As we approach 2009, I can not help but think about the coming bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. I must say that I am looking forward to seeing what new scholarship and other historical related material will come out in the next year. I have been watching Ken Burns’ The Civil War, which was a long-overdue present to myself and while it is a great production, it is also almost twenty years old. I am looking forward to see if new films on Lincoln and the war will come out during the next year. In addition, I await the new Lincoln monographs that will surely appear in 2009.

It is important to note that the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth also is not far away from the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. That said, the years 2009-2015 will likely represent a new birth of scholarship on the war period. This represents a challenge to scholars, as my adviser mentioned to me that the number of books on the war is equivalent to a book per day every day since the war ended. There are only so many subjects and interpretations and I wonder when we will run out of things to write on. Anyway, it is my hope that new scholars (myself included) will be able to enjoy the renewed interest in the war that will grow in the coming years.

As we enter a new year, let us all resolve to do more research and get out and write on subjects relating to Lincoln and the war and build upon the great scholarly tradition that has come before. This will be an exciting time to be a scholar on Lincoln and the war, and I hope you all get a chance to visit the many sites dedicated to the war and Abe. Have a Happy New Year and I’ll see you in 2009.

Presenting my thesis

I have been meaning to do this for a while, but now I can actually post my thesis. I have had it in an electronic form for a while, but was hesitant to put it online out of fear that some unprincipled person would attempt to pass it off as their own. However, I found that one of my former colleagues at UND posted his thesis online, so I decided that if he was brave enough to do so, I would be as well. Therefore, I present to you my thesis, “CIVIL WAR CAMPS OF INSTRUCTION IN ILLINOIS: EXPLORING THE TRANSITION FROM CIVILIAN TO SOLDIER.”


There is one page missing from the document, which is the approval page. Do not worry the thesis is legitimate and was approved. I had to make hard copies of that page from an original copy provided after I turned the copy into the graduate school and did not insert the page into the electronic file. I hope you enjoy my thesis and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Please help the History News Network

Having served with this organization for a couple of years, I can attest to the value of The History News Network. It provides many interesting articles and news stories on a wide variety of subjects. Now, HNN needs your help, as it is attempting to raise $10,000 to cover expenses. I ask you all, if you are able, to consider supporting HNN by giving a tax-deductable donation, which you can do by going to this link.

Little girl’s Christmas wish granted

While not Civil War related, I saw this the other night on The O’Reilly Factor and had to share it with you. Of all the things little Kensley could have asked Santa for, one of the two things she wanted was her dad. As an Army brat, this video brought a tear to my eye. I am happy that she will be able to spend a few days with her father.

The end of semester is near

Hey everyone, sorry I have not posted for a few days, but I am quite busy finishing up assignments for classes and they take more precedence than posting to the blog. Rest assured, I plan to have something more substantive up next week, if not sooner, but right now, I need to get back to work.

New look for the site

Well, thanks everyone who let me know their thoughts on the appearence of the site. I heeded your input and changed the theme and selected a brighter one that I hope will be easier to read. I want to explain why I change the site’s theme every so often. One, I like to “freshen” things up a bit and a change in look can help. Second, I like to see what new themes WordPress has out and how they might look. Sometimes it is difficult because not every site meets certain specifications that I prefer, which are displaying the post’s author, as this is a group blog, providing ample amounts of widgets so that I can display all the features that I have for the site, and tabbed navigation. The tabbed navigation is the least important to me, as I have chosen themes witout it, but I do prefer it, as it provides a more professional look in my opinion. Thanks again and I hope you like the new theme and new header image.