- Greetings members of the 13th Mass group.
I thought I would let members know about my latest research. Also, a
reminder that this message board is for everyone if anyone has
something to ask or post.
1. Fairleigh Dickenson Univ. Press is going to review my book
manuscript "Stories from the 13th Mass." They published Austin
Stearns memoirs in 1976. I have been tightening up the manuscript
with some of the newer material I've found since initially putting the
book together. Most of the material is from the Circulars & Bivouac,
a military magazine (mid 1880's). I've added soldiers letters to fill
in gaps. The mss. will be going to FDU this week. The book is still
on the long side, in spite of trimming material, I've added better
material. Its always hard to know what to cut, and length matters to
publishers. It's a bit shorter than the original.
2. Since Nov. I've been building a web page for - "9 Weeks at Harpers
Ferry" IT co-incides with the 150th anniversary of John Brown's Raid.
I'm waiting for permissions from 2 libraries to post materials. Also
I'm getting involved in some technical design issues regardng building
web pages. I have to teach myself CSS --a computer language to make
the pages more efficient & this takes time.
3. A publisher I respect said my typeface was too hard to read &
suggested I change the font to times. This turned into a bigger
problem than I thought, design wise, which is why nothing new has been
posted since Nov. & why I'm trying to learn CSS.
Does anyone have any comments about the font being difficult to read?
4. I've discovered Google Books is a great tool to find information
about the regt. Just type in a search term, a soldiers name or '13th
Mass' at Google books, and you'll be surprised what you come up with!!
They've been digitizing 19th cent. books for the past few years, many
of which you can now access on line. Hopefully, I will post some of
these materials here at our group soon.
Best wishes to all for a prosperous New Year.