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Re: Query: Tallest American building during the Civil War?

Trinity Church in New York--still standing on lower Broadway--was the tallest building in the U.S. until 1869. The Latting Observatory, a wood and glass observation tower that was built for the 1853 Exhibition of Industry of All Nations, was taller, but was not intended to be permanent. It stood from 1853-56.

Paul Erickson
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Re: Studying Civil War Trauma through the 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry

Hi, Hugh,
Fascinating study. I'm assuming you use a database or spreadsheet for your information? Access, Excel? With more than 3 dozen fields, it sounds difficult to manage- for a dabbler like me.

I have two databases of Civil War people with about 300 Connecticut men (and a few women) each- one for East Windsor and one for South Windsor with about half of the same fields you have (plus info about their burials).

Do you link your info to other databases or files to limit the amount of detail in a main data set?

Re: Studying Civil War Trauma through the 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry

Hi Lois,

Determining what someone thought and felt is difficult, especially since letters or speeches do not provide unmediated access to somebody’s mind, so I’m totally with you there. And your question about “trauma” is an important one because I don’t think there’s a universally accepted definition among scholars of the Civil War.