Zines of the War of the Rebellion
October 7, 2012 6:54 PM Subscribe
"THE UNION" - a pre-1990 Civil War history and/or hobbyist newsletter?
posted by mwhybark to media & arts (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have been exploring my family's experiences in the Civil War in Missouri. I have done this occasionally, primarily online, over the past 20 years, and the the past five or so, the amazing amount of material that has come online is simply flabbergasting. I can read the same newspapers my ancestors did, for god's sake.
However, the resources that are digitized are, as may be expected, monolithic governmental resources, such as the Official Records or to varying degrees local-authority information such as land probate and the like.
Before the internet, people of all professional disciplines published their research in small circulation newsletters. It was a common way for historical research to proceed, and these newsletters were very frequently something like 'zines. The lack of academic authority associated with these publications has put them down toward the bottom of the list of things to digitize, sadly.
My mother has some photocopies of a photograph of one of my relations and a fellow officer in uniform, published accompanying a plea for more information concerning the depicted parties, apparently duplicated from one such publication.
The plea implicitly identifies the newsletter as "THE UNION."
For obvious reasons, Googling "Missouri newsletter civil war THE UNION" does not produce helpful links.
Does anyone know more concerning this newsletter, or, failing that, can anyone point me to a zine-and-newsletter searchable database that has sufficient depth? I fervently hope that whoever ended up with the Factsheet Five archives has had the vision to extend the data to vernacular publications in general.
Thanking you in advance,
Yr Ob'dt Sv't,