Disease and Correspondence in the Civil War

Currently, in Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center (Swem SCRC), I have been working on uploading a number of small collections to the From Fights to Rights Transcription Project.  Some of the most interesting discussions I come across in these letters are about the various illnesses that permeated 19th century life.  It is incredibly eye-opening to read these accounts of illness and disease since they give an otherwise-unknown window into peoples’ lives.

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Families in the Civil War

In my current project at Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), I have been working on checking the transcriptions that have been uploaded by our transcription volunteers.  Although I am not currently working on a particular collection, checking transcriptions of letters written during the Civil War is an incredibly rewarding experience.  As I go through the digital archives, I come across letters from an incredibly large cross-section of Americans.  Some documents are written by generals and lieutenants, others are written by doctors and lawyers, and others are written by wives and sisters.

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