How to Share a Local Treasure with the World: the Digitization of Henry Campbell's Civil War Diary
Tuesday, 8 August 2006
6:30 p.m. executive committee
7:00 p.m. in the Community Room-A of the Crawfordsville District Public Library
Program by Bill Helling
In 1862, Henry Campbell, a 16-year-old resident of Crawfordsville, lied about his age to enlist in the 18th Indiana Artillery Battery. He was about to be rejected because of his youth when Eli Lilly, the company commander, intervened to make Henry his personal bugler. Henry served in the battery until the end of the war, eventually earning a commission as 2nd Lieutenant, participating in campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. During this time, Henry kept a journal of his experiences, carefully recording his impressions. After the war, he gathered his notes, adding newspaper clippings, maps, and sketches. This journal, contained in three hard-bound notebooks, is now stored in the Robert T. Ramsay, Jr. Archival Center at Wabash College. Because Henry Campbell was a literate and sensitive observer, his journal is a valuable insight into the Civil War from the perspective of an ordinary soldier. How can you access this "local treasure"? Wabash College and CDPL have been cooperating in order to digitize the manuscript. In this program, Bill Helling will describe the challenges and difficulties involved in making a Civil War journal usable and accessible to all.The program is open to the public; you don't have to be a member to attend.
For more information, please contact:
Dian Moore, Local History Librarian (Ex. 119), or Dellie Craig, Activities Director (Ex. 118)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.