Digital History: Civil War Fredericksburg

Week 9

March 16th, 2010 by Megan Mc · 4 Comments

Today we met in class and worked on our project. I was helping Katelyn put in the information into the timeline spreadsheet to make it go faster and we managed to get all the general dates of the Civil War (Gettysburg, the start, the end etc) in pretty quickly and without much trouble. Then I set out trying to figure out how to put images into the timeline so when you clicked the event a picture would appear in the box. We knew it had been done in the past because the James Farmer group from last year had pictures in their timeline. After fiddling around with it I discovered that in order for the picture to show in the box that pops up on the timeline you had to paste the html in the “description” portion not the imgURL section. By putting <img src=”the image’s url”> in the description column of the spread sheet it got the picture to appear, so yay 🙂

I found in the Letters of Alfred J. Bloor mention of a mansion just down the street from the unfinished monument of Mary Washington. I was pretty certain this was Kenmore, the house of George Washington’s sister. I was thinking of heading down there one of these nice days or e-mailing them if they have any information.  Before doing either of these things I decided to check out their website and in the history of Kenmore area of the site there is a blurb about Kenmore being used as a hospital in 1864 including an excerpt from some Union medical steward who talks about being sent to Kenmore to work. Unfortunately, they did not provide a name for the medical steward. Maybe they will be able to answer that through e-mail or when I go down there later this week since I will be gone most of the weekend for Quarter-finals for rugby. Hope everyone is not running into any problems with their projects!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • Megan Whiteaker // Mar 16th 2010 at 5:03 pm

    That is so awesome about Kenmore, I had no idea it was used as a hospital. Would you know how many soldiers they treated or if it was used throughout the entire Civil War? And congratulations on getting your timeline all together, sounds like you guys have made some great progress!

  • Megan // Mar 16th 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I don’t know exactly how many soldiers were treated there but according to the Kenmore website 103 soldiers were found buried on the land, they were later moved to the National Cemetery at Marye’s Heights so I’d say a fair amount. In the sources I read Alfred Bloor only spends his time writing about one particular soldier in Kenmore, he dedicated nearly a page of his letter to the man so he’s the only person that I know was cared for at Kenmore.
    Most if not all the troops/wounded were evacuated from Fredericksburg by May 28, 1864 so after then it was probably not used. Before May 1864 I have not seen any mention of it being used as a hospital.

  • clevine // Mar 17th 2010 at 12:28 pm

    That is really neat about Kenmore! I hope that you get a chance to check it out and report back to us. It looks like you have had some fun adventures with HTML as well huh? Keep up the good work! -Caryn

  • cwright // Mar 17th 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your information about using pictures in your timeline. I will bring this up to my group and see if that is something we would like to do. Good luck on your game!