Hello everyone. I've lurked a long time here and finally got up the nerve to sign up and introduce myself. I admit to being intimidated--I've been a bit of a Civil War nut since fifth grade, but the wealth of knowledge here is truly humbling. I hope to ask some questions and listen and learn!
My particular interest is from a fiction writer's perspective. I wrote a play once that was set in modern Dublin; between reading lots of Roddy Doyle, and being able to visit the city and listen to the voices around me, I was able to put those voices on the page. That contributed a great deal to the success of the play. It's been a bigger challenge to make 1863 come alive, but I want very much to do justice to it.
What interests you about 1863? Is it Grant's Vicksburg Campaign, Rosecrans and Bragg at Chickamauga or Bragg v. Grant at Chattanooga? Is it Earl Van Dorn's demise at Spring Hill? What about W.T. Sherman's near capture at Collierville by Chalmers' cavalry? Forrest's activities? Wilder's Lightning Brigade with their Spencers? There was certainly a lot going on out here in the Western Theater. I hope you aren't stuck up at Gettysburg!
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Ha! No, not Gettysburg. (Though I'd love to visit the battlefield some day.) On the military side of things, I'm particularly interested in Chancellorsville in the east and the Vicksburg Campaign in the west.
On more of a "home front" level--aside from just the details of daily life for people at the time--there was an interesting event here in New Orleans, in July 1863, when a white Catholic priest defied the Archbishop and officiated at a military funeral for a black soldier. It's not my main focus but I think it would be fascinating as a background event.
Welcome aboard, Merryn! My interest in the Civil War comes from the ancestor I had fighting in the 153rd PA, so after Gettysburg, my second favorite battle to read about and visit is Chancellorsville. That's chronologically backwards, I know, but I live closer to Gettysburg than Chancellorsville.
You'll like the people who hang out here. Some of us know more than others, but everyone is very willing to share. This is a good place to learn and enjoy!