When beginning to research the American Civil War, one can face a daunting task if unsure of the various sources available – both primary and secondary accounts – and how to use them. During this online course, we will explore basic research methods, investigate memoirs, regimental histories, and auto-biographies; and take a look at the myriad websites offering information ranging from period newspapers to soldier service records.
Special notice: This class will be delivered online. You will need access to a computer with an internet connection that remains stable for the duration of the class. Though a chat feature is available, a microphone is preferred. For most productive audio/video participation, a webcam and/or headset are encouraged. Virtual classes may be recorded.
As a Civil War historian, author, newspaper columnist, and instructor, Michael K. Shaffer remains a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, and Georgia Association of Historians. He serves as a Civil War consultant for the River Line Historic Area and the Friends of Camp McDonald. Shaffer holds BA and MA degrees – with honors -in Military History: Civil War Studies. He frequently lectures to various groups, and currently teaches Civil War courses at Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education.
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