"Peculiarly distinguished among the advance guard, where all were distinguished, must be recorded . . . Private J. W. Brown, of Company F, First Georgia Regiment, who, upon hearing the order to fall back, exclaimed, 'I will give them one more shot before I leave,' and while ramming down his twenty-ninth cartridge fell dead at his post." - General Henry R. Jackson in his report of the Battle of Greenbrier River.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

More Online Sources

As mentioned in a previous post, period newspapers are a gold mine of information when doing research for a particular place, person or organization. There are many online sources of material, some free, some available for a fee.  The following are some of the sites I used in researching I Will Give Them One More Shot, and am going back to for my research for my upcoming novel My Brother, My Friend, My Enemy.

Fold3.com: Formerly Footnote.com, this subscription site contains a wealth of military records covering the entire history of the United States, including the Compiled Service Records from the National Archives. http://www.fold3.com/

Augusta Chronicle Online Records: This site contains archives for the Augusta, Georgia, Chronicle and Sentinel newspapers. A search of newspapers can be done for free, but the site charges a fee of $19.95 for a one month pass (download up to 200 articles), or a one day pass at $9.95 (download up to 50 articles).  http://www.augustaarchives.com/

Another fee-based service is Newspaper Archive.com, with subscriptions ranging from monthly to annual.  http://www.newspaperarchive.com/

The University of Virginia hosts a free research site called The Valley of the Shadow, which "details life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown's Raid through the era of reconstruction." This archive includes access to letters, newspapers, diaries and a multitude of other records for the years just before, during and after the Civil War.  http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Great Honor and Great News

I've just returned from a trip to Atlanta, where I was greatly honored to receive the 2012 Award for "Excellence in Research Using the Holding of an Archives," presented by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB).  Once again, I would like to thank Ralph Bass of the Monroe County Historical Society for nominating I Will Give Them One More Shot for this honor.

I was all set to add a plea to all my Georgia friends to please contact their legislators and the governor to request that the Georgia Archives remain open to the public.  As I sat down to write this, I came across a news item saying that partial funding has been restored, allowing the Archives to remain open to the public for two days a week, with no appointment needed for access.  This is really great news for researchers.  The article can be read here.

While I am happy to pass along the good news about the Archives being kept open, I would like to temper that with the awareness that the staff has been reduced to just three employees, with the rest having been laid off.  The shortage of staff to assist researchers will still cause restrictions in accessing records.  Hopefully, funds can be found to give these employees their jobs back.