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  1. Sometimes it's nice to know, "How did they do that during the Civil War?" How did they mass produce the thousands upon thousands of uniforms needed? What was the method used for preserving meat? When did the battery become available (so useful for remote torpedo detonation and telegraph operation)? Scientific American, first published in 1845, rose to the challenge presented by the American Civil War, and quickly adjusted to advocate "home remedies" for food storage; explaining the operation (and importance) of steam engines; revealing new uses for old devices... such as the battery, which had been around for centuries (used for electroplating silver onto base metal), but was now required for other operations. Of course, the weekly magazine, usually 16 pages in length continued operating as a forum for brand-new ideas; and promoted patents for those new ideas. But, by early 1862 it also began including "news reports, and items of interest relating to conduct of the War," biographies of important leaders; and outcome of important battles. New inventions with war-specific use gained prominence (such as rifled cannon; iron-clad ships; industrial-grade sewing machines; screw propellers.) Battle of Shiloh. Mostly referred to as Battle of Pittsburg Landing, there are one-column articles in Volume 6 on page 242 {April 19th 1862) first report; page 258 (April 26) "explaining the importance of Buell and Navy gunboats" and page 274 (3 May)"Following onto our previous report, we believe there was, "lack of due vigilance" and "lack of care" demonstrated by the leadership at Pittsburg Landing... In fact, the management of our forces during the initial hours could not have been worse." [Underline is mine -- Ozzy.] The HathiTrust reference site makes use of "Search Box" at top of each page, allowing for search of any specific word desired (within each Volume.) "Shiloh" and "Pittsburg" recovered the above results within Volume 6. Reference link below. Ozzy Scientific American: http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000505081 [for access to every Volume] http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924080787702;view=1up;seq=246 Volume 6 of Scientific American
  2. Ozzy

    Harper's Weekly

    Published from 1857 to 1916, Harpers Weekly provided an invaluable forum for news (and sketches) of battles and places of interest during the Civil War. Recently, almost the entire collection of Harper's Weekly has been scanned onto the Internet: although our purposes at SDG are mostly met by editions published during 1862 (and can be accessed through "sonofthesouth" as component of the link below) some later editions in the 1880s and 1894 contained "Return to Shiloh" articles, with sketches illustrating changes that occurred to the battlefield after 1862. These sketches help provide a bridge between "Shiloh as it was" and our present day. Cheers Ozzy http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/serial?id=harpersweekly onlinebooks easy reference provided by University of Pennsylvania for access to archived issues of Harper's Weekly
  3. The Richmond Daily Dispatch was one of five daily newspapers serving the Capital of the Confederacy from before the start of the Civil War until April 1st 1865. Published Monday through Saturday, this paper is significant for the information it endeavored to make available to the public (with War News mostly appearing on pages 1, 2 and 3 of the 4-page newspaper.) Of note: News from the Western Theatre usually appeared two or three days after the event occurred; Newspapers "from the North" were scrutinized, and their "news-worthy stories" repeated in the Daily Dispatch (with sources credited) Southern newspapers were scrutinized for their "stories of interest" and repeated in the Daily Dispatch (with sources credited). And the best news: the Richmond Daily Dispatch is available online (for free) at chroniclingamerica.loc.gov Ozzy http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024738/1862-02-11/ed-1/seq-1/ Fort Henry result on pages 2 and 3 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024738/1862-02-14/ed-1/seq-3/ Fighting at Fort Donelson commenced, page 3 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024738/issues/1862/ Every issue published in 1862: click on calendar date.
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