The Valley of Shadow Project Website Term Paper by Nicky

The Valley of Shadow Project Website
A look at the information that can be gleaned by the Valley of Shadow project website concerning how individuals were affected by the American Civil War.
# 148127 | 3,979 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 02, 2011 in History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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The Valley of Shadow project website offers for the reader a group of primary documents from two communities, Franklin County Pennsylvania and Augusta County Virginia, during the American Civil War which discuss, in their own words how individuals were affected by the war its politics and its reality, before during and after the conflict. This paper answers several logical questions in a comparison and contrast fashion using the primary sources found in the Valley of Shadow project in order to define the myriad of realities that existed for the two locations and the real people who lived these torrid years.

Why Did The People in These Respective Communities Choose To Go To War In 1861 and How Did They Define Their Causes?
Did Motivations Change Over Time Or Remain Consistent?
What Role Did the Idea of Community Play in People's Motivations? Were People Motivated Primarily By Local Or National Concerns?
How Similar And/Or Different Were The Experiences Of These Two Communities?

From the Paper:

"Though ideology of duty seemed to remain consistent, even early in the fighting northern soldiers suffered bitterly, slow or absent pay, and deplorable conditions, while stationed on the southern fronts led some to express that their duty should be handed to others. "I would Sooner be at home I feel now that I have done my duty and would like to See Some others do theirs." (Franklin County: James A. Harman to Martin W. Carman, December 17, 1862) Again as early as December 1862 many concerns about the logistics of fighting were raised but duty was still at the head of decision making. Though it is also interesting to note that in a letter written by the same man a few months earlier he notes the difficulty associated with conducting a war, where rebels run loose and pass information to the enemy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • All sources are found within the Valley of the Shadows documentary project Website Presented by the Virginia Center for Digital History at:

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