Silas Chandler in Civil War Times

Civil War Times magazine

Yesterday I had a chance to read through the final version of the Silas Chandler article for the 50th anniversary of Civil War Times magazine, which will be published in a few weeks.  Other than a few minor changes we are all set.  The layout looks great, which is a testament to the hard work and talent of the editorial staff.   Some of the detail had to be cut owing to space, but I am confident that readers will appreciate the extent to which it compliments and builds on the recent airing of the History Detectives episode on Silas and Andrew.  Included is a very helpful sidebar by Mike Musick that provides an overview of how to research this subject at the National Archives.

Of all the things that I’ve written and published over the past few years this particular article has given me the most satisfaction.  It’s been a real pleasure meeting and having the opportunity to work with Myra Chandler Sampson.  This article would not have been possible without the hard work she put into collecting material related to her great great grandfather.  Most importantly, we had a chance to correct one of the most popular and misunderstood stories from the Civil War era.  You can’t beat that.  Thanks again to Dana Shoaf and the rest of the staff at CWT for all their support.

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6 comments… add one
  • Marc Ferguson Nov 3, 2011 @ 9:56

    It must have been very satisfying to really have the opportunity to delve into this man’s life and give it the public forum, audience and readership it deserves. Congratulations, Kevin, I very much look forward to reading the article in a few weeks.

  • Lisa Nov 1, 2011 @ 7:41

    I’m anxiously awaiting this one. Can’t wait to read it! Any idea when it will be available?

    • Kevin Levin Nov 1, 2011 @ 7:48

      Thanks, Lisa. I assume it will hit the newsstand in early December. I will certainly keep everyone updated.

  • Andy Hall Nov 1, 2011 @ 6:40

    Congrats on the new publication. It looks like it’s getting first-class treatment from the folks at CWT. It’s easy to see why this particular piece holds such significance for you, as in many ways it ties together all the disparate threads of inquiry you’ve followed here and elsewhere. Good show!

    • Kevin Levin Nov 1, 2011 @ 6:45

      I really appreciate that, Andy. We are both very pleased with the end result. The kind of detail about Silas and Andrew that I would like to see made available to the general public will have to wait for the larger study.

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