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The wars over but we're still talking about it! Storytellers who do pieces involving the civil war and that time period. Come join the discussion. Anyone wanting to add a civil war piece to a repetoire here is a place to ask questions.

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Comment by Carolyn Stearns on August 11, 2013 at 8:29pm

This summer I am doing some in depth research on the New Bedford MA. Whaling fleet and how it was decimated by the CSS Shenandoah during the Civil War.  So much great material for story and so many interesting sidebars to track down. What are you all working on?

Comment by Carolyn Stearns on February 17, 2013 at 11:21pm

Welcome Judith, I look for all the details, what they wore, ate, how they travelled. I look for significant battle info, and connections of family to the known history and players.  Finding personal letters etc a great help in building a character to talk for or about.  Good Luck sounds really interesting!!

Comment by JudithM Jones on February 17, 2013 at 11:09pm

Kia ora from Aotearoa New Zealand. I am interested in this group because I am uncovering stories of ancestors of mine who fought in internal wars here. I am thinking about how I might tell these, and especially how it feels to know that they signed up for this action against what they saw as a challenge to the British Crown.

Comment by Carolyn Stearns on September 3, 2012 at 6:58am

picture below is of Libby Franck of Ma. at a performance of her story of Julia Ward Howe and the Boston Secret 6.

Comment by Carolyn Stearns on September 3, 2012 at 6:57am

Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on July 9, 2012 at 5:04am
I don't know if you have met MaryAnn Zoll, she lives in Kentucky and she is an amazing Civil War Poet. You need to meet her or at least hear her share.
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on July 8, 2012 at 11:40pm

Just finished 2 days at Historic Fort Wayne (as opposed to the city of Fort Wayne).  Because the woman I re-enact had 2 brothers in the 5th Michigan Infantry, I also have a blog, Michigan's "Fighting Fifth" Civil War Infantry, which is my posting of newspaper articles -- mainly Detroit papers -- about the regiment at the pace they would have been seen 150 years ago.

Comment by Carolyn Stearns on July 8, 2012 at 12:23pm

I will be more diligent in updates to this group. This is the 150 th anniversary does anyone have or have done a special anniversary program? I did one for Mansfield Historical Society (CT)

 

Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on June 19, 2011 at 5:05pm

Don't know if those of us involved in Civil War work are just too busy or . . . , but I figured it's time to do more about that part of my work when I reenact a woman whose brothers were in Michigan's "Fighting Fifth" Infantry.  No book just about the regiment has ever been published although there is much about them in newspapers of the time, online, parts of books on Michigan's role in the Civil War, & in unpublished personal narratives.

In the future I plan to post on my blog the letters by & about those brothers, but right now I posted all the "Fighting 5th" online resources on Storytelling + Research = LoiS.  I didn't stop there.  I've started a 2d blog, Michigan's "Fighting Fifth" Civil War Infantry to post the Detroit newspaper articles at the same pace as relatives did when searching for news of their family in the "Fighting Fifth."
Microfilmed reports, unfortunately, are not always as clearly reproduced, but this is a way to follow the 5th Regiment since there is no book on just this important regiment. Their regiment also was 5th in Union infantry deaths because they were involved in such extensive action. 

There's a database of those articles I'd love to use, but the publisher of it claims copyright for their duplication of material clearly within Public Domain.  That means I'm using flawed microfilm on work that deserves to be shared under the very intent of Public Domain.  I don't know if the unpublished personal narratives I mentioned will be similarly gobbled up, but it seems as if the research library housing them is more concerned with keeping them available.  The family of the woman I portray have "adopted" me once they became aware of how I was keeping alive the memory of their ancestors & all they tried to achieve.

LoiS(o that's keeping me busy, but I'm eager for other ideas on this work keeping alive the contributions of those ordinary people)

Comment by Carolyn Stearns on June 6, 2009 at 9:49pm
Dont forget the 4 th of July isnt just our nations birthday but also the anniversary of Gettysburg a great time to tell some Gettysburg stories or at least some civil war ones. Add them to what you are doing in July in honor of the fallen at Gettysburg.
 

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