Big Finds

13 04 2016

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13 04 2016
Jens C. Falster

This is absolutely spot on, Harry. It’s too important to be just left to historians and academics

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13 04 2016
Harry Smeltzer

I don’t want this to turn into some sort of bashacademiafest. There’s a good reason why hobbyists will collectively be producing the bulk of the new finds – like I said, it’s all about time. Academic and public historians have jobs to do which take up a lot of that time. Taken individually, the work of the hobbyists may not seem so significant despite the huge effort. But when looked at in total, I think we’ll wind up with whole new pictures. But that’s just me.

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14 04 2016
Miriam Houk Cunningham

Don’t forget about us, Harry. We are the “Regular Janes” who do lots of Civil War research as a hobby and have uncovered many new finds. My current project is helping a new author uncover the true casualty figures suffered by the Confederate Army in the eastern theater. When this author is finished I am sure we will have a whole new view of how much the cost of that war was to the Confederacy in terms of human lives lost in combat.

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14 04 2016
Harry Smeltzer

Hey Miriam…I didn’t forget the Janes. You’re in there!

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