While preparing another blog post for this site, (which I'm juggling with my website) and lamenting the lack of posts lately, an idea occurred to me.
We are nearing the 150th Anniversary of the formation of the 13th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Militia groups began forming in April and May, 1861. In June, the original 5 rifle companies reported to Fort Independence, Boston Harbor. They mustered into federal service as the 13th Mass. in July.
With all the soldiers' letters I have, I could 'blog' the war in real time. That is, I could post a letter from the rank and file of the '13th Mass.' on the date which it was actually written, -- only 150 years later.
If successful, I could probably keep this up until September 2012, at which time the amount of letters might drop off somewhat significantly. (But it has the potential to go on longer). I thought the idea was sound.
My website contains many of these materials already, but it might be interesting to follow them along in 'real time.' Of course, I would include materials not on the website, and continue with other regular blog posts.
Those of you who happen to read this, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
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