As a historian, I study the US Civil War quite closely. One of the recurring themes I’ve noticed while reading primary source accounts is the role that sound plays in describing the war. While soldiers, observers, civilians, etc. all describe what they see regularly, I notice that sound is incredibly important to these writers and often most poetically described.
I would like to use electronic databases which catalog diaries and newspapers from the Civil War era as my data set to get at sound’s importance to the experience of the war. I will use The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries, Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines, and the Nineteenth Century Masterfile.