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Re: UNION NAVY - Mississippi River

Boy do I agree about the details! My main point in answering the posting, was to provide the info on the other records of the Pittsburgh-mostly for the use of WSHS students. I actually know almost nothing about Black Civil War sailors.

Now-if you want to look at inconsistencies, and things that are somewhat laughable (depending on your viewpoint) Your reference was to a pamphlet about the Cairo from the Vicksburg National Military Park. The sailor info I posted came from the CWSS-which is maintained by the National Park Service-and whose material comes from NARA. Shouldn't they have the closest access to their own material????? Lest you think I feel the CWSS is infallible-I do know better. I have records for a number of soldiers who are not listed on CWSS rosters.

As far as details-and myths...I get flogged on a regular basis, just because I am so picky about them. I want original records-not second hand rumors. I get so frustrated when I see the same errors perpetuated in book after book that I could scream! There are so many instances where I pick up some "standard" and highly vaunted work-and the first thing I find-is an event with a wrong name-or date-or regiment. I figure that if I notice it, with my limited knowledge-then to a really good historian-just imagine what they see. The end result is that I no longer trust that book, or author. Everything else in it might be absolutely invaluable, but my trust is gone.

What you said about memories is true also-everything is subjective. Ask 10 people what they saw at any particular event-and you know you will get 10 different answers. In the case of what I am working on, it's trebly difficult. Officers, White Soldiers, Black Soldiers, Union and Confederate-You start with five viewpoints and they become hundreds modified by individual perspective.

Okay....I'll go quietly back to my piles of work to do, and just mumble to myself again........


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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