Chronological Thinking: The Civil War
The Civil War Photographs collection in American Memory includes a detailed timeline of the Civil War. Choose one of the years for which Horatio Nelson Taft made a significant number of entries. Use the Civil War Photographs timeline for that year as a base for a timeline. Expand the timeline by incorporating selections from the Taft diaries corresponding to important campaigns and battles.
- What do the diaries reveal about public response to successes and failures on the battlefield?
- What other sources could you check to learn more about public responses to events of the war?
- If you were to create a timeline about the Second World War or Vietnam War, how much information would you include about public response to the war? Why?