I was looking through a couple of Google searches which had led people to TOCWOC today when I stumbled on a PDF version of Cloyd Allen Smith’s thesis on Sailor’s Creek. As a Civil War reader, I’ve always been a person who likes to browse through the notes at the end of a book and see what kind of unpublished work was consulted. This is how I found out about John Owen Allen’s thesis on regimental strengths during the Second Manassas Campaign, Leon Tenney’s thesis on the same subject during the Seven Days, and Edward O. Cunningham’s recently published dissertation on “Shiloh and the Western Campaigns of 1862”, now a published book from Savas Beatie.
I’ve started to “collect” any theses or dissertations I can find on Civil War subjects, but it appears to be a very hit or miss proposition when trying to find these online. Google Scholar has helped a bit in that regard, but if anyone knows of any other good sources, I’d love to hear about them. I do know about ProQuest, but I’d prefer to keep this post and the comments about those titles freely available online.
I’d like to add that I do not print these off but rather keep several copies on my various computers and that I will gladly purchase any books based on these if/when they come out. I haven’t had a chance to read this one. If anyone has, let me know what you think.
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