I started the blog in late 2009 as I launched the research and writing for a book on that very subject; the book - Notre Dame and the Civil War: Marching Onward to Victory - was published just a few months ago by the great folks at The History Press, who will also be publishing the Galveston in the Civil War book mentioned in a previous post (here) on this blog.
I'm so pleased and honored that Notre Dame and the Civil War has garnered some very kind reviews (listed below). I'm especially pleased that the book has found a place among several different audiences: Civil War enthusiasts, Notre Dame alumni (bona fide and "subway"), people interested in Irish-American history, and people interested in the Catholic church - people and institutions - in American history. There's something for everyone!
If you visit the "Notre Dame in the Civil War" blog, you'll find excerpts from the book as well as lot of relevant material not in the book.
Here's a list of topics posted in the six-plus months (since my last update on this blog):
More Civil War Chaplain profiles! (here and here)
Cataloging Notre Dame's Student-Soldiers! (here and here and here and here and here and here)
"Fair Catch Corby"! (here and here)
1864 Elections - Notre Dame Style! (here)
Irish Brigade Civil War Artifacts at Notre Dame (here and here and here and here)
Other Universities Commemorate Their Civil War Heritage! (here)
REVIEWS of Notre Dame and the Civil War:
Civil War Librarian (Rea Andrew Redd) (here)
Almost Chosen People/The American Catholic (Don McClarey) (here)
Confederate Book Review (Robert Redd)(review and interview!) (here)
Irish in the American Civil War (Damian Shiels) (here)
South Bend Tribune Feature (Howard Dukes) (here)
I'll be giving talks on the book to the Woodlands (TX) civil War Round Table in May 2011 and the St Louis (MO) Civil War Round Table in October 2011...if you think your organization would like to hear a talk on this topic, please feel free to contact me (e-mail: schmidtjamesm at gmail dot com). It makes a great topic for all kinds of groups:
Civil War Round Tables
Notre Dame Clubs
Church Men's Groups