Michigan State University Digitizes Civil War Documents

Although Michigan was not the site of even a single Civil War battle or skirmish, numerous soldiers were from this state.  As a result, Michigan State University became the repository of a variety of letters, journals and musters and photographs.  The university has been digitizing these holdings and has made them available online.

Not only have they scanned or otherwise imaged the journals and letters, they have transcribed them as well.  The materials that I read through had the image and the transcription side by side.  You can check the original text yourself but you can also take advantage of their practice in reading sometimes faded or blotchy pages.

Click here to view a news video about this project.

Isn’t it marvelous when more primary materials become available online?

–SueBE

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