Just so you know... your posts are coming in twice.
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
the Almighty God. --Anonymous
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From: "joseph_pierro" <joseph_pierro@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 1:13 PM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Congratulations, Tom!
"Stringers" is probably the right word. I came across three or
four ads in Deep South papers soliciting material for the
Antietam Battlefield Board that asked people to send their
material to a (relatively) LOCAL address, not to the Board in DC.
Since postage rates from the mid-19th century onward were not
based on distance within the continental US, I'm not entirely
sure why material wasn't just sent to Washington. It wasn't a
I can understand the use of local agents (particularly given the
greater number of newspapers in Carman's day than in ours,
coupled with the corresponding difficulty in locating and
contacting them all across the country from a single D.C.
location). And although Carman seems to have gotten along very
well with former Confederates (indeed, quite a few Southerners
took pains to stress to
their fellow veterans that -- Yankee or not -- Carman was someone
that treated ex-Confederates fairly and respectfully), perhaps it
was felt that there were still a few holdouts that wouldn't talk
to Washington bureaucrats directly, but would be more forthcoming
to write to a fellow Southerner.
It may be the case too that these "stringers" were only
informally attached to the Antietam Battlefield Board (i.e.,
Carman and his fellow commissioners asked prominent
ex-Confederates to spread the word on their own and see what they
could turn up).
The US Government was somewhat stingy with the ABB Budget. They
wsure didn't provide funds for a formal team of field
researchers. In fact, Carman himself was temporarily laid off
from the Board beginning in 1895 due to budget constraints, and
for a time continued working as a volunteer. (A few years later,
the War Department authorized additional funds to complete the
Board's outstanding tasks.)
All that said, all of the "third party" dealings with the ABB
that Tom refers to that I have ever seen all came from
Southerners. A few Northern historians made their own independent
Antietam work available to Carman and the ABB, but I never came
across anyone from a Northern state ever addressing things to the
ABB care of any address but the Board or one of its members.