Budget Woes Stink for Historical Commemorations

Phillip Butehorn
NY, other states scrimp on Civil War anniversary

New York state contributed 448,000 troops and $150 million to the Union cause during the Civil War, not to mention untold tons of supplies, food, guns and munitions.

But with the 150th anniversary of the war’s start just months away, New York state government has so far failed to scrounge up a single Yankee dollar to commemorate a conflict it played such a major role in winning.

New York isn’t alone. Other states saddled with similar budget woes are unable or unwilling to set aside taxpayer funds for historic re-enactments and museum exhibits when public employees are being laid off and services slashed

Rotatin’ the H.L. Hunley Confederate Submarine

If you’re ever in Charleston, S.C., I encourage you to visit the H.L. Hunley Museum. This incredibly small submarine was used  during the Civil War and is considered to be The World’s First Successful Combat Submarine. To see it in person and realize that eight men were crammed in there and then to learn more about their unfortunate fate is a great history experience.

STORY: Confederate Submarine Upright for First Time in 150 Years

Time Lapse videos showing just how carefully they rotated the Hunley upright

FACEBOOK PAGE Friends of the Hunley: The Official Hunley Project Site 

Friends of the Hunley Official Site

“. . .you’re in college; don’t cite the encyclopedia.”

  “. . .you’re in college; don’t cite the encyclopedia.”  Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia has loads of information but only if you want to get a basic overview of a topic to see if you’re headed in the right direction but that’s about all. Keep in mind that Wikipedia is user driven and not always accurate.

College level writing, whether it is for your papers or discussion board postings, should be supported by the research that can be found in scholarly sources.

Here are some sites to get you pointed in the right direction:

http://scholar.google.com  (Scholarly Article  search)

http://www.loc.gov/index.html  (Library of Congress)

http://www.historians.org/pubs/free/journals/  (American Historical Association)