In this week’s blog post, Daniel Farrell, explores the connections between federal desertion, treason, Copperheadism and imprisonment in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

            In May 1863, Humphrey H. Hood, a surgeon for the Union Army, described for his wife, an interesting episode concerning an arrested deserter. Writing from Memphis, Tennessee, Hood explained how an unnamed Indianan soldier, accused of desertion, attempted to escape the guardhouse and was ultimately killed. The soldier appeared to have slipped out rather easily, but a 16-year-old guard quickly confronted him. Hesitant

Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge - Champion of Peace and Nonviolence

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The National Women's History Project recently called for nominations for 2019 honorees for "Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence."  I submitted a nomination for Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge, originally from Lexington, Kentucky, with the following information:

Sophonisba “Nisba” Preston Breckinridge

November 30, 1865 – November 30, 1947

Public intellectual, diplomat, suffragist, scholar, co-founder of the Woman’s Peace Party

In 2-3 sentences explain the nature of your nominee’s work and accomplishments:

A great scholar, Sophonisba P. Breckinridge earned a Ph.D. in political

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Profile: Augustana College Special Collections

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Special Collections consists of Augustana's collections of rare books and manuscripts, as well as the college archives. The largest collection is the Upper Mississippi Valley collection, which includes works on the Upper Mississippi Valley (from St. Paul to St. Louis), the exploration and settlement of the region, and local history. Topics covered include history, geography, geology, maps and charts, boating, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports; works of fiction and memoir are included. Quad Cities