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Dear Reader, I want to convince you that the failures of General Ambrose Burnside during his military career were not truly caused by incompetence but rather a series of unfortunate events that led to his poor perception in history. I want to provide a more nuanced interpretation of his failures to show that they were not his fault and in most cases out of his hands. I want to show the significance of his accomplishments in Knoxville and other campaigns. The main reasons why you should “believe” me is because I will be using war reports and letters to prove that he was used as a scapegoat for the failures of the Federal high command. You should care about my topic because reevaluating the career of any historical figure is important to preserving his/her legacy for future generations to come. Forever indebted,Tyler Dicembrino

I reviewed the Railroads and the Making of Modern America project. I found this site interesting mainly because it uses GIS software to physically show on google earth the locations of the American rail system pre, during, and post Civil War. As a Civil War historian maps like these can come in handy especially since my work will be based around General Ambrose Burnside and his campaigns. The rail maps could actually shed some light on troop movements, supply routes, and why campaigns unfolded the way they did.  The Railroad project is an archive, teaching resource, and a tool according to the OAH guidelines. The content of the website is backed by historical resources such as war reports and historical maps. The design is solid and I am able to find all the information I need via the specific tabs. The audience is those specifically interested in the Civil War…

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My typical research working process begins with finding as many sources as I possibly can on the topic regardless if they will actually help me or not. Typically I look for a solid ten to begin with. After I compile all of the sources together I go through them all to see if they will actually be useful to the topic and point I am trying to prove. Sometimes I need to add more sources if I end up cutting down a lot of the originals. Once I find all of my solid sources I then look for quotes within each source that I could potentially use within my writing. I try to find at least one, but most of the time I am able to pick out a solid two to three quotes. Once I have my sources and quotes picked I begin piecing it all together into my…

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The World of 1898 Author – Hispanic Division, Library of Congress Place of Origin – 2013 URL – https://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/1898/ What (if anything) does this document suggest about the causes of the Spanish-American War? The document suggests that the main cause of the Spanish-American war is the explosion of the USS Maine. Specifically they seem to take the side of the US board of inquiry stating that an external mine blew up the Maine. It does not surprise me that the Library of Congress chose to back the US reasoning for the explosion however they do bring up an interesting fact regarding an event a few days prior to the explosion, President William McKinley, inaugurated on March 4, 1897, was even more anxious to become involved, particularly after the New York Journal published a copy of a letter from Spanish Foreign Minister Enrique Dupuy de Lôme criticizing the American President on…

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The definition of history is simply the study of past events. Using the knowledge learned from history we can solve or prevent reoccurring issues within society that our ancestors have either already solved or failed miserably trying to solve. History is a broad topic though and doesn’t necessarily need to pertain to just the history of people. Digital history is a way to present historical research and documentation to an online audience. The use of digital history now seems to be an essential aspect of preservation of historical information in today’s society. In my opinion moving all materials to a digital platform as beneficial as it is, could also become a disaster. Shall we not forget the burning of the Alexandria library that destroyed more knowledge then we shall ever know in our lifetime. All it would take is one issue for the entire online database to one day disappear…

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Hello my name is Tyler Dicembrino. I am originally from Carmel, New York but I recently moved down to Herndon, Virginia in June of 2021. I am a history major and I minor in business. I became interested in history when I was roughly thirteen years old through historical books and movies. I specifically focus on the Napoleonic Wars and the American Civil War. I have been a Civil War reenactor since 2015. I began working for Bristoe Station Battlefield as a tour guide in October of 2020. Besides the major social media platforms I do not have that large of an online presences. I hope this class will be able to help me present my historical research professionally to a growing online historical community. When I search up my name a few articles and interviews come up in regards to a Civil War monument project I had worked on…

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