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Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Question on the IX Corps assault

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  • G E Mayers
    Dear Steven, As someone who is finally approaching the end of a more than decade long historical fiction manuscript on Sharpsburg, I think maybe I could offer
    Message 1 of 59 , Feb 26, 2010
      Dear Steven,

      As someone who is finally approaching the end of a more than decade long historical fiction manuscript on Sharpsburg, I think maybe I could offer some points. However, writing historical fiction is markedly different than writing something about historical photographs etc!

      1. Do as much research as you personally feel _you_ need to be comfortable with the particular/pertinent subjects so you can write about them in a manner convincing &c to the potential purchaser of the work;
      2. When you do your writing, it might be helpful if you could construct it so the reader discovers the pertinent information as he or she is reading the pages;
      3. Always keep your target audience in mind throughout the process. That said, who is the target audience for your own book?

      Finally, do not be surprised if you find yourself hitting multiple "writing blocks" along the way. There will be times, as they happened to me, when you feel you either do not have enough research information on the particular part of the work or you have a sufficiency of information but not sure how to tell about it! At such times, there is nothing wrong with simply taking a break for a while...letting the material percolate in your brain and then you will find, almost all of a sudden, that the material sorts itself out nice and neatly so you can put your thoughts in a cohesive manner on "paper".

      I hope these ideas will help you also!

      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

      To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even 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
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "s_recker" <recker@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, February 26, 2010 6:54 PM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Question on the IX Corps assault

      As someone who is just getting his feet wet with historical writing I may not be the best to give you advice, but I'll take a crack.

      With the book I am writing about early photography at Antietam, I am finding all sorts of minutia that I personally find fascinating, but my readers would be poking their eyes out if I put it all in the main narrative. That said, some of these tiny details just might be very relevant and interesting to a few people who read my book.

      So I find myself constantly referring to the focus statement of my book to decide whether something makes the cut into the main narrative or it gets in the notes. For example, "B.W.T. Phreaner's photograph gallery was at 4 West Washington Street in Hagerstown". I've got another ten pages about how I figured that out, but that part is going in the notes. Then if someone wants to go deeper about B.W.T., they can see my sources.

      I think Tom may have been suggesting that helping with the fine-tuning of your main thesis focus would be the job of your instructor. As someone who is flying by the seat of his pants, I am simply trying to find everything I can about my subject, hoping that a focus will emerge.

    • troyacool@yahoo.com
      Thanks Larry! Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry ... From: eighth_conn_inf Sender: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com Date: Tue,
      Message 59 of 59 , Dec 21, 2010
        Thanks Larry!
        Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

        -----Original Message-----
        From: "eighth_conn_inf" <eighth_conn_inf@...>
        Sender: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:31:09
        To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
        Reply-To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Burnside's murky command

        From Eicher,"Civil War High Commands" command assignments for this period:

        IX Corps-AOP 20 July 1862 - 3 Aug. 1862; IX Corps Army of VA 3 Aug. 1862 - 3 Sept. 1862; Right Wing AOP 7 Sept. 1862 - 14 Sept. 1862; Left of the Line- AOP 14 Sept. 1862 - 19 Sept. 1862; Defenses of Harpers Ferry-AOP 13 Oct. 1862 - 26 Oct. 1862; AOP 13 Oct. 1862 - 26 Jan. 1863.


        --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Troy Cool <troyacool@...> wrote:
        > This might be a bit much for this format�but HELP:
        > Looking into, and admittedly just scratching this for the first time,�Burnside's Command�role in the AoP during the MD Campaign.� The general narrative has Burnside reverting to Corps command after the First Corps seperated on the field at Antietam.� If that's the case why in the ORs on the 8th of Oct "Brigadier General Orlando B. Willcox, U. S. Army, supersedes Brigadier General Jacob D. Cox in command of the Ninth Army Corps." and on the 13th Burnside is "assigned to command of the Defenses of Harper's Ferry, W. Va."� Does McClellan quietly revert to using Grand Divisions after the battle or does Burnside continue to serve in an ambiguous role until he takes command of Harper's Ferry?� Will continue to investigate but looking for input.
        > �
        > Thanks,
        > Troy
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