Author Interview--Adam H. Domby (The False Cause) Part 5

Hello H-CivWar readers,

today we conclude our video interview series with Adam H. Domby.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Adam H. Domby via Zoom. We talked about his new book The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory, which came out in February 2020 with the University of Virginia Press. The interview is broken up so that you can easily use the material in class.

Author Interview--Mark A. Smith ("A Crucial Leavening of Expertise") Part 1

Hello H-CivWar Readers:

Today we feature Mark A. Smith to talk about his article “A Crucial Leavening of Expertise: Engineer Soldiers and the Transmission of Military Proficiency in the American Civil War,” published in Civil War History 66 (March 2020).

Author Interview--Adam H. Domby (The False Cause) Part 4

Hello H-CivWar readers,

today we continue our video interview series with Adam H. Domby. This series will conclude next week with the final set of videos.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Adam H. Domby via Zoom. We talked about his new book The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory, which came out in February 2020 with the University of Virginia Press. The interview is broken up so that you can easily use the material in class.

Re: soldier voting by mail?

Zachery Fry will be discussing his new book _Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac_ on the podcast Civil War Talk Radio (https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2205/civil-war-talk-radio or www.impedimentsofwar.org) this Wednesday, May 27. I'll be sure to ask him about his findings regarding soldier voting by mail.

Gerry Prokopowicz

Re: soldier voting by mail?

As a quick follow up, the voting procedures varied state by state.  Nineteen northern states permitted soldiers to vote in time for the presidential election of 1864.  Some set up polls in the field, while others did it by mail.  Some of the states with a mail-in or proxy voting system were West Virginia, Minnesota, New York, and Connecticut.

Here's a piece in the Washington Post's Made by History series on absentee voting during the Civil War and World War 2:

Re: soldier voting by mail?

Quite a lot exists on this topic. Absentee voting for soldiers varied by state. For an account going back to 1812, see Margaret McKelvy Bird and Daniel Crofts, "Soldier Voting in 1864: The David McKelvy Diary," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 115:3 (July 1991). For a survey of every state's constitution as it pertained to absentee and mail-in voting up to and including 1864, see Josiah Henry Benton, Voting in the Field: A Forgotten Chapter of the Civil War (1915).

Re: soldier voting by mail?

Thanks for recommending my book, Brian! Tim, I also have a few articles on the subject:

This one looks specifically at New York:

“Canvassing the Troops: The Federal Government and the Soldiers’ Right to Vote,” Civil War History 50 (September 2004), 290-316.

These two at Pennsylvania:

“Citizens and Soldiers: Party Competition and the Debate in Pennsylvania over Permitting Soldiers to Vote, 1861-64,” American Nineteenth Century History 5 (Summer 2004), 47-70.

X-Post: MiWSR: Hanson on Robertson, "River of Death: The Chickamauga Campaign, vol. 1: The Fall of Chattanooga"

New in MiWSR

A review of William Glenn Robertson, River of Death: The Chickamauga Campaign, vol. 1: The Fall of Chattanooga, by Thomas E. Hanson, US Army School of Advanced Military Studies.

James P. Holoka, editor

editor@miwsr.com

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