U of DE History Majors Crowdsource a Civil War Chaplain’s Diary

Students are working on a particularly difficult line.

Students are working on a particularly difficult line.

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Dr. Katherine C. Grier studies a line in the Civil War diary digitally displayed on the smartboard.

Dr. Katherine C. Grier studies a line in the Civil War diary digitally displayed on the smartboard.

An old Civil War chaplain’s diary that has been gathering dust for 150-years and was periodically brought out for some research has been getting an enormous amount of attention lately.  This past Monday evening U of DE honors society history students, faculty and staff were pouring over fading pages from another age, scrutinizing those aging entries line by line.  Here are some photos from the crowdsourcing party.  Completion of this important task will make this valuable Civil War primary source available to a wide audience and the Historical Society is pleased to be working with the University on this new media project.   Click here to read the full story.

Society researcher Eric Mease talks to a student about the Rev. Brown.

Society researcher Eric Mease talks to a student about the Rev. Brown.

U of DE History majors use the power of the crowd while reading the aging diary.

U of DE History majors use the power of the crowd while reading the aging diary.

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