Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sources?! We Don't Need No Stinking Sources! (Wait, Yes We Do!)

Civil War enthusiasts and readers can be a tough crowd when it comes to evaluating sources used for books and articles, and rightly so.

They (justly) demand an emphasis on original subject matter or interpretations, the (judicious) use of primary and archival sources, and "evidence" in reliable footnotes and endnotes.

Publisher-extraordinaire (and a happy mentor to many of us, including me!) Ted Savas at Savas-Beatie had an excellent post ("Going Archival") and poll on this matter a few months back at his excellent "A Publisher's Perspective" blog (make sure you check out the "Comments" also).

Many experienced Civil War readers begin a book - in fact, make a decision whether to even read or buy a book - based on a glance at the Bibliography and/or footnotes/endnotes.

Every publisher has its own philosophy when it comes to Bibliographies and/or Notes (and indexes, as well).

My new book, Notre Dame and the Civil War: Marching Onward to Victory (The History Press) does indeed have detailed endnotes. However, due to style and (especially) space considerations, it does not have an index or Bibliography.

But Fear Not! I happily provide a comprehensive Bibliography below!

In future posts I will provide hyperlinks (where available) to some of the sources and detail how important each of the different kids of sources was.

I do hope readers will be encouraged by the use of a broad array of sources, especially primary and archival material (and even more especially from the University of Notre Dame Archives ), and perhaps find some new leads for their own research! Enjoy!


Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana

Indiana Historical Society (IHS) - Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Joseph W. andOrville T. Chamberlain Papers
Indiana Province Archives Center (IPAC), Congregation of the Holy Cross - Notre Dame, Indiana

Library of Congress - Washington, DC

  • Abraham Lincoln Papers
Louisiana Secretary of State - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Pension Records
National Archives and Records Administration - Washington, D.C.

  • War Department - Compiled Service Records
University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA) - Notre Dame, Indiana

  • Notre Dame Scholastic

  • CCON (David Power Conyngham Papers)

  • CCOO (Peter Paul Cooney Papers)

  • CEWI (Thomas Ewing Manuscripts)

  • CGAR (Grand Army of the Republic Notre Dame Post 569 Records)

  • CNDS (Notre Dame Student Collection)

  • CSHR (William T. Sherman Family Papers)

  • PDNP (Notre Dame Printed and Reference Material Dropfiles)

  • ULDG (Financial Ledgers)

  • UPEL (Notre Dame Presidents' Letters)

Adams County (PA) News
Elgin (IL) Weekly Gazette
Elkhart (IN) Review
Elkhart (IN) Truth
Gettysburg (PA) Compiler
St. Joseph County (IN) Forum

St. Joseph (IN) Valley Register


Barber, E. M., The Wright-Chamberlin Genealogy: From Emigrant Ancestors to Present Generations (Binghamton, NY: Vail-Ballou Company, 1914).

A Brief History of the University of Notre Dame du Lac, Indiana from 1842 to 1892 (Chicago, IL: Werner Co., 1895).

Brinton, J. H., Personal Memoirs of John H. Brinton (New York: Neale Publishing Co., 1914).

Corby, W. , Memoirs of Chaplain Life: Three Years with the Irish Brigade in the Army of the Potomac, ed. Lawrence F. Kohl (New York: FordhamUniversity Press, 1992).

Costin, M. G., Priceless Spirit: A History of the Sisters of the HolyCross, 1841–1893 (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1994).

Deahl, A., ed., A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago, IL: Lewis Publishing Company, 1906).

Donnelly, E. C., Crowned With Stars (Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University, 1881).

Emerson, S.E. (ed.), Life of Abby Hopper Gibbons (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1897).

Father Corby at Gettysburg (Philadelphia, PA: McManus, c. 1909).

History of St. Joseph County, Indiana (Chicago, IL: Chas. C. Chapman,1880).

Hope. A. J.. Notre Dame: One Hundred Years (Notre Dame, IN:University Press, 1948).

Howard, T. E., A History of St. Joseph County, Indiana, vol. 2 (Chicago, IL: Lewis Publishing Co., 1907).

Howard, T. E., Musings and Memories (Chicago, IL: Lakeside Press, 1905).

Jacob, K. A., Testament to Union: Civil War Monumentsin Washington D.C. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

Livermore, M., My Story of the War: A Woman’s Narrative of Four Years Personal Experience (Hartford, CT: A.D. Worthington, 1890).

Maher, M.D., To Bind Up the Wounds: Catholic Sister Nurses in the U.S. Civil War (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999).

Marszalek, J. F., Sherman: A Soldier’s Passion for Order (New York: Free Press, 1993).

McAllister, A. S., Ellen Ewing: Wife of General Sherman (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1936).

McAllister, A. S., Flame in the Wilderness: Life and Letters of Mother Angela Gillespie, C.S.C., 1824–1887 (Paterson, NJ: St. Anthony GuildPress, 1944),

Miller, R.J., Both Prayed to the Same God: Religion and Faith in the American Civil War (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007).

Miscamble, W. D., ed., Go Forth and Do Good: Memorable Notre Dame Commencement Addresses (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003).

Mulholland, St. C. A., The Story of the 116th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry (Philadelphia, PA: F.M. McManus, Jr,. & Co., 1899).

Nichols, T. L., Forty Years of American Life (London: Longman,Green, & Co., 1874).

O’Connell, M. R., Edward Sorin (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre DamePress, 2001).

On the King’s Highway: A History of the Sisters of the Holy Cross—NotreDame, Indiana (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1931).

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, vol. 4 (Springfield, IL:Phillips Bros., 1901).

Rudy, W., The Campus and a Nation in Crisis: From the American Revolution to Vietnam (Madison, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996).

Sherman, W. T., Memoirs of General William T. Sherman, vol. 1 (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1886).

Sherman’s Civil War: Selected Correspondence of William T. Sherman, 1860–1865, Brooks D. Simpson and Jean V. Berlin, eds. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999).

Silver Jubilee of the University of Notre Dame (Chicago, IL: E.B. Meyers, 1869).

Smith, W. H., Schuyler Colfax: The Changing Fortunes of a Political Idol (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1952).

Sorin, E.. The Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac, trans. WilliamToohey, ed. James T. Connelly (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992).

Stevenson, D., Indiana’s Roll of Honor, vol. 1 (Indianapolis, IN: A.D.Streight, 1864).

A Story of Fifty Years: From the Annals of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, 1855–1905 (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria, 1905).

Thorndike, R. S., ed., The Sherman Papers: CorrespondenceBetween General and Senator Sherman from 1837 to 1891 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1894).

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of theUnion and Confederate Armies, 128 vols. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1880–1901).


“Females Not Suitable for Nurses,” American Medical Times, July 18,1861.

Jensen, O., “War Correspondent: 1864,” American Heritage 31, No. 5 (August–September 1980).

Marszalek, J. F., “Call to Arms,” Notre Dame Magazine, 21, no. 3 (Fall 1992).

McAvoy, T., “The War Letters of Father Peter Paul Cooney ofthe Congregation of the Holy Cross,” Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, vol. 44 (1933).

“The Naval Hospital Boat ‘Red Rover,’” Harper’s Weekly, May 9, 1863.

Wall, B.M., “Grace Under Pressure: The Nursing Sisters of the Holy Cross, 1861–1865,” Nursing History Review 1 (1993).


Loomis, E.K., “History of the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Red Rover,”Navy Department, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Division of Naval History, Ships’ History Section, Report No. OP 09B9, 1961.

Pratt, D.O., “Notre Dame and the Civil War Draft,” Unpublished Manuscript.

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