Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Page: PA Genealogy Trails History of the Allegheny Arsenal

Here is a very well written page about the history of the Allegheny Arsenal by the Pennsylvania Genealogy Trails site. Take a look.
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Page: PA Civil War Trails, Women and the War

I've mentioned PA Civil War Trails road trips in a previous post, but it bears repeating because this page has a theme of women and the war. It gives suggestions of places to go, and the first trip - the Pittsburgh area - includes Arsenal Park, where the Allegheny Arsenal once stood. So if you never have, hop in your car and go!
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thesis: "A Memory Forgotten: Representation of Women and the Washington D.C. Arsenal Monument"

Melissa Sheets of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has written a thesis about the monument memorializing the women who died in the Washington Arsenal explosion. She concludes that the monument is sort of a medium between private grief, which was predominant during the war, and large, public, government sponsored memorial which took hold in the years following the war. She notes that 6 of the 20 victim's families opted to have their loved ones buried elsewhere. Still, the monument and the incident which prompted it are largely forgotten today.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

H-Net Conference on Women and the Civil War

Because the conference focuses on the Allegheny Arsenal explosion and the women who died there, I *need* to go. But what should I present? Help me out!
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Page: Congressional Cemetery website

The Congressional Cemetery website has a number of contemporary newspaper articles about not only the cemetery, but also the Washington Arsenal explosion. The all-female victims of the 1864 explosion were buried here and later honored with a monument.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Article: "Civil War reenactors immerse themselves in time period"

An article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from almost two weeks about about Civil War reenactors and their passion and devotion to their hobby. I know a couple of the living historians featured, and I disagree 100% with opinions that living history has no value to the profession or to education. This is what piques people's interest and spurs them to study history more in depth. It also creates a more lasting impression among spectators about how life was then. And it's fun, of course.
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Article: The Forgotten Fighters

My sister, In the Swan's Shadow, found another great article about prominent women of Richmond during the Civil War, including Phoebe Yates Pember, the Jewish matron of Chimborazo Hospital; Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a servant of the Davis family who served as a Union spy; and Mary Ryan, the 18 year old Irish immigrant whose actions caused the explosion at the Confederate Laboratory in 1863.
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