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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Alabama Archives

The Alabama archives appear to have a digital box of documents for every almost regiment that served from the state.  All of the issues of Alabama Historical Quarterly seem to be digitally available.  That makes researching these archives a pleasure.  It's sad though to see great regiments that have left so few documents behind that their enrollment and losses cannot be calculated, and their history cannot be written.  "Full many a gem of purest ray serene/The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear,/Full many many a flow'r is born to blush unseen,/And waste its sweetness on the desert air...."  How it pains me to leave those gems in those caves!