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November 2010

Nov
6
2010

Wellington Ent Project Update

I have been reasearching the role of patronage in Civil War era Pennsylvania politics in order to determine whether the situation surrounding Col. Ent’s appointment was really about Copperheads or politics as usual.  I came across two letters written by Gov. Curtin to PA Republican Senator Simon Cameron during his gubernatorial campaign in 1860 in […]

Nov
6
2010

Project update

In an effort to focus my topic further and gain a greater context of black soldiers during the civil war, ive been reading James McPherson the Negro’s Civil War. I appreciate his style of writing in that he intersperses several letters, legislative documents and transcripts from key figures during the era amongst his blocks of […]

Nov
6
2010

Here is an updated rough thesis

War is often most traumatic for the innocent civilians such as women and children who become engulfed by its unyielding course.  The American Civil War was no exception to this unfortunate truth. However, the majority of fighting occurred on confederate soil and it was the southerners who were more directly affected by the brutality of […]