54th Massachusetts USCT – CW Memory

It looks like Kevin Levin at “Civil War Memory,” is planning to research the history of the Massachusett5th 4th UCST: <a href="http://westernmacwsesquicentennial.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/sweeney-g-w2

Dear Barbara,

Yesterday I spent the day at theMassachusetts Historical Society examining materials related to the 55th Massachusetts as you suggested.  I’m glad I did.  As you noted in our conversation last week, no one has written a regimental history of the unit, which is surprising given the incredibly rich written record left by these men.  It didn’t take long for me to begin to get a sense of the profile of these men and it certainly didn’t take long for me to grow attached to their story.  I guess that is the question: What exactly is their story?”

http://cwmemory.com/2011/10/18/thinking-about-the-55th-massachusetts-volunteer-infantry/

Hopefully I can get over to Forbes Library soon to see how the 55th, and the 54th USCT were covered in the Hampshire Gazette, and viewed locally and if there were any members in either regiment recruited locally.

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I teach history, including the American Civil War Era, as an Adjunct at American International College in Springfield, Ma. I also teach survey courses in U.S. history, Western Civilization, and World History, and have taught at other area colleges, including the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Holyoke Community College. While my academic background is in European History, my interest in the American Civil War began about a decade ago. Other areas of interest include Modernism, 20th century World Thought and Culture, The Rise of the West after 1400, 19th c. American Society and Culture, Central and Eastern European History and Culture, and Local History. I have in recent years cut back my teaching drastically in order to devote more time raising my kids (15 year old twins now), including working part-time at their elementary/middle school for the past 6 years, they are now launched and off to High School, and I plan to crank up my involvement in teaching history and local history projects, particularly in light of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.
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