Re: 19th Century Technology
Just to add to Ms. Siddali's post regarding the Gilder Lehman Institiute:
I just started reading the book "The Soldier's Pen" by Robert E. Bonner who utilized a number of soldier's letters, diaries, etc from the Gilder Lehman Collection to compose a very interesting analysis of soldier generated documentation.
For those who don't know about this amazing collection / on-line resource, the main website for the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History is:
This is the collection which holds the watercolor sketchbook of Pvt. Henry Berckoff (8th NYVols), which I believe someone previously posted info on the A-C fora but a search did not turn up any results.
If you haven't done so already, check it out!!
"How terribly the inhabitants of the revolted states must suffer and yet we cannot have peace honorably until many more young men are slain or mangled to maintain the honor and dignity of the nation. Oh, what a deluded race of people we are and yet think ourselves enlightened and civilized. Shame on us."
Capt. George K. Pardee, 42nd Ohio Infantry.