As I may or may not have mentioned earlier, my Collateral Damage column has been picked up for another year with Civil War Times magazine. I’m really happy that editor Dana Shoaf decided to run with an idea I pitched to him during a Facebook chat and that the folks at the magazine and the readers liked what I came up with enough to sign on for another six pieces.
Now, here’s where you guys come in. I have a few sites in mind already, but I can always use suggestions - if you’re a regular reader you know that the theme of the column concerns dwellings and their occupants that were impacted by the war, either as a result of their location on or proximity to a battlefield or due to their use during some other event associated with the war. I prefer that the structure is still standing, but that’s not a prerequisite. The dwelling or its site may be one that is owned by the NPS or other federal, state or local government agency, or it can be privately owned. It’s a necessity though that documentation (on the history of the site and the occupants, before, during, and after the event) be available in some central repository, preferably at or near the site. There’s a short turnaround time for these articles so I need to blitz the sources – make lots of copies - in one visit, paid either by myself or a surrogate. And speaking of surrogates, I may need help in that area as well. I can’t pay you, but I can thank you!
So, if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments section. Thanks!