I’ve been on the phone a few times in the last few days, talking to Librarians.
Librarians are your friends.
Especially on projects like this civil war project. We have thirty Union soldiers, along with small pockets of data: some diary entries, military records, census bureau data sometimes, and so on.
And so far, we’ve uncovered an actual diary in a Connecticut library of a man’s civil war experiences; a collection of letters and prison records from Andersonville Prison in Georgia (and one of the librarians at the special collections at the University of Georgia went above and beyond the call of duty yesterday to provide us with those letters — wow!).
The stories are fascinating and wonderful and horrific and beautiful.