“Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees”, My Final Post for the Summer

Showing the swords to the
other interns

As the summer comes to a close, the more I think about my experiences here at Special Collections. This internship was completely different compared to my past internships, going from giving tours to creating finding aids for collections. I lived a Civil War Era Studies student’s dream, being able to handle a wide range of artifacts and documents while helping preserve them at the same time. The Hosford Collection has portions of it digitized on GettDigital and I am currently working on reorganizing and editing the Civil War Vertical File Manuscript.  The Hosford Collection helped me establish my understanding of archiving very quickly, double and triple checking my work. His diaries strengthened my understanding of what a soldier’s life entailed and the hardships they faced. 

Civil War Book Display
for the CWI Conference
Hoadly G. Hosford
44th New York, Co. I
Post War Years
Hosford’s collection was the first of many collections that I got to preserve and explore this summer. They ranged from swords, diaries, personal items, to even rifles. The access to all of the collections allowed me to get a better understanding of what soldiers experienced, remembered and carried during the Civil War. I could have not asked for a better internship this summer to establish my archiving skills and add to my knowledge about the Civil War. I want to thank the staff at Special Collections for their hard work and extremely kind nature in training me and working with me on the Civil War collections. This summer was one full of great memories with coworkers and friends in the area. 
  I wish everyone the best and have a great rest of the summer!

Faces of the Civil War

As the internship enters its final month of the summer, I’ve been processing and looking at various Civil War collections. This era in history is well know for the bloody conflicts that separated the nation. However, not much is known about most individuals that fought in different regiments across the country, or even what they looked like. Special Collections is home to a few faces that at Gettysburg, out West, prisoners at Andersonville, or stationed in places like Florida. The collections I have recently processed included photos of those soldiers at different stages in their life.
Hoaldey G. Hosford 1st Sergeant,
Co I., 44th New York
I mentioned in my first post that my main project was processing the Hoadley George Hosford papers. The dairies provide great information about an individual’s experience during the Civil War. The three diaries are not the only thing in this collection. There is an entire folder of tin types and photographs of Hosford, showing how he aged after the war and left some puzzling picture that we cannot identify. The earliest pictures of Hosford were from his time as a soldier. In his tintype, he looks very proper and distinguished in his New York State uniform. The same man was wounded at Second Bull Run, saw the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg before this picture was taken. When reading his accounts during this battle, especially after Gettysburg, he was very cool under pressure but is absorbed in the chaos that the battle descriptions are not very detailed. He mentions key information but does not go down into the deep detail that is seen in other diaries.Its very hard to tell what Hosford was thinking during the time that the picture was being taken but it definitely shows an example of a young man that joined the Union Army to protect the United States.
James K.P. Scott, Bugler
Co H. 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry
Herman A. Stowe, Private
Co. D., 1st Wisconsin Cavalry
Hosford is one of many tintype/ photographs that we at Special Collections have in the collection. Two collections that I recently processed contained images of the individuals that fought in the Civil War, both in different Theaters. Their collections completely differ from each other but both help identify soldiers who fought. Herman A. Stowe was a member of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, which served in raiding parties across the west. He would serve two years and helped aid the unit in capturing Jeff Davis. His collection included two diaries (1865 & 1871) and a tintype from 1874 of himself. The other collection is a large manuscript collect that contains some of the original drafts of The Story of the Battles at Gettysburg by “Col.” James K. P. Scott. Scott enlisted with his father in the 1st PA Cavalry in October of  1861. He was only 16 at the time but enlisted as a bugler. He was capture in August of 182 but was  released due to a prisoner exchange in December of 1863. Even though his book was written about Gettysburg, he did not participate in it. He moved to Gettysburg in the 1910’s and wrote until 1927 when the book was published. “Col.” Scott was never promoted to Colonel during the Civil War and had no indication of his promotion. However, everyone refers to him as Col. Scott is buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. The picture of Scott was taken in the early 1900’s, showing a very old Scott. There are no pictures of Scott before this point to my knowledge.
The men pictured in this post show the various faces that went through the Civil War. Special Collections contain more tintypes of Civil War soldiers that tell completely different stories. I am very fortunate in being able to work with these collections and hopefully discover the stories of the other photographs in the collection. 

Greetings from the Civil War Intern!

Hello everyone! I would like to welcome you to Musselman Library’s intern blog. I’m Steven Semmel (the big goofy guy at the bottom of the current intern’s section) and I am the Brian C. Pohanka Civil War Institute intern at Special Collections for the summer of 2015. I will primarily be working with anything that deals with the Civil War in Special Collections. This includes diary transcriptions, digitizing, cataloging, creating displays, you name it! I am having a wonderful time so far this summer and currently working on transcribing three years worth of diary entries from Hoadley G. Hosford. Hosford is a soldier from the 44th New York and the 146th New York during the war. He wrote diaries from almost the entirety of his service. Some of the diary entries, (pictured on the right) shows the wear and tear of what Hosford went through during his time in the Army of the Potomac. I am very excited to see where this project leads ( I promise to post pictures).

So I figured I would tell a little bit about myself so you have some understanding of who’s posts you will be reading this summer. I promise, I will not put you to sleep (try not to anyway). I am from the small town of Palmerton, Pennsylvania at the base of the Poconos. I am a History and Computer Science double major and a Civil War Era studies and Public History double minor at Gettysburg College as a rising senior. And yes, I do have a social life. I am also a Campus Recreation Intramural Supervisor, Vice President of the Civil War club on campus and a member of the 26th Pennsylvania College Guard, the college’s reenacting group.  I used to play football here at the college but now focus my time on academics and combining my History and Computer Science backgrounds in most of my work. One of my current projects is creating a GPS based touring app that will allow you to create your own tours and take notes and pictures on other tours. I might be working on similar project here for Special Collections (shhhhh, its a secret!).

This is my second time receiving a Pohanka internship, my first in 2013 with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania  National Battlefield Park. I applied for Special Collections because I wanted to get a new experience and always love going through historical documents to learn new things every day. Gettysburg has been one of my favorite places since I was in middle school and was overjoyed to be going to school here and now working on campus for the summer. I hope you enjoyed this post and looking forward to posting more on the blog this summer!