One of the best things about blogging is meeting new people. I did just that this past week when “cmkinhunter” left a comment on one of my posts. She wrote about her Civil War ancestors and her research.
She said, ” . . . I hit the mother-load of information when I discovered his journals at the Iowa State Historical Society a few years ago. My ancestor began journaling in September 1861 when he entered service and continued journaling throughout his life as a farmer and businessman — right up to his death in 1923. His Civil War experiences are covered in his 1861, 1862 and 1865 journals. He must have lost his 1863-1864 journals as they were not in the collection.
I finally started a blog and am posting some of the more interesting journal entries. I’ve just gotten to 1865. If you are interested in reading what a solder from the 11th Iowa Infantry experienced, please visit my site at http://cmkinhuntercm.wordpress.com/. My blog is titled “In His Own Words: Isaac Newton Carr 1836-1923″.
So I did just that and let me say you really should visit this site. Each blog post is an entry from Isaac’s journal and the insight into a Civil War soldier’s life is exceptional.
Take for example January 3, 1865 Isaac talks about a walk through Savannah, having his picture made and the high price of goods for sale. Or Battle of Shiloh – April 6 & 7, 1862. To read the words of a soldier who was actually there gives me chills but Isaac’s words are honest and straightforward. You can trust what he’s written, no embellishments.
That’s what makes this site an excellent resource as you continue the research of your Civil War ancestor. Even if your veteran didn’t fight with the 11th Iowa Infantry, you’ll learn so much about your soldier’s daily life during the war. Through Isaac’s words you can follow in your ancestor’s footsteps. I highly recommend In His Own Words: Isaac Newton Carr 1836-1923
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If you’re interested in researching your Civil War ancestor’s story check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – Kindle. Also in paperback. Great research help as you seek your veteran’s place in our country’s history.
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