— Rmont

September, 2010 Monthly archive



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An example of a good website source is one that ends in .org or .gov. I try and avoid the .coms with the exception of wikipedia.


-this is an example of a website I would use to obtain basic facts about my topic.


-this is an example of a website I would avoid!!

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William J. Winsor was buried in the Depriest Bend Cemetary in Beardstown, Perry County, Tennessee. I was not able to find the date of his death. His wife died in 1998.

Winsor, Marguerite E., Oct. 3, 1918-Dec. 28, 1998
Winsor, William J., Apr. 26, 1920-____, “Married Oct.. 3, 1942”

This was the only information I could find.

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Col. Rhea was a military expert for the 1929 movie The Cock-Eyed World??

-Could that be our Col. Rhea???


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The topic I have chosen is Andrew Jackson and his influence at the Battle of New Orleans. It was an incredibly decisive victory for the Americans, but it could have been avoided as the War of 1812 had ended prior to the battle. Throughout the semester I hope to identify the tactical reasons the battle was won and analyze the troops Jackson had at his disposal.

Briefly describe the internet research that you did. What words did you google successfully? Name at least one useful website. Do not include web based library card catalogs in this section.

-It took me longer than expected to find any type of primary sources on the Battle of New Orleans. I eventually searched “Andrew Jackson Battle of New Orleans Primary Sources” and on the second page of Google, I found various letters discussing the battle. Luckily, the site where I found the letters included information on where exactly they found these letters. I intend to use that information while searching the web based library card catalogs.

You should talk to at least one member of this history department about your topic, or at least an expert in your field. Name that expert and briefly describe his/her comments.

-I initially spoke with Professor Blakemore about finding a topic that relates to military history. I left his office still pondering my topic and haven’t actually spoken to a historian specifically about the Battle of New Orleans.

You must have a primary source for this paper.  Provide any pertinent information on that primary source including website and/or call number

-The website that I found the Jackson letter on is http://www.newsinhistory.com/blog/battle-new-orleans-andrew-jackson’s-brave-troops-somehow-prevail. The site has multiple letters and I intend to use the library to find more information on them.

Are enough secondary sources available on this topic? Tell me a bit about what you found.

-There are countless books and articles on the Battle of New Orleans and Andrew Jackson. As I continue my research, I plan on narrowing down these secondary sources as they relate to my thesis.

Finally, describe your conversations with me about your topic and how your topic has evolved as a result.

-I haven’t talked to you about it yet!!

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I met with Professor Blakemore last Friday directly after our class concluded. He is my advisor and also an expert on military history. I knew I wanted to include the military in whichever topic I chose. At first he suggested I look at General Patton and his involvement in tank warfare throughout World War 1. He encouraged me to think of other unorthodox leaders in history and I eventually decided to research Andrew Jackson. Specifically his involvement at the battle of New Orleans.

Briefly describe the source or sources.

-The most relevant source I was able to find is a letter from Major General Andrew Jackson to the Secretary of War. Jackson describes the battle and records the the unofficial casualties. He states that he intends to send a more detailed letter when time permits him to.

When was the source written?

The source was written on January 13th of 1815.

Who composed the source?

Andrew Jackson

Provide some information about the author.

Nicknamed “Old Hickory”. 7th President of the United States. Associated with the development of the modern Democratic Party.

Under what conditions was the source composed?

The letter was written in Jackson’s military camp 4 miles south of New Orleans. He implies that he quickly wrote the letter because he hasn’t had a “leisurely” moment since the battle.

How will you use the source for your paper?

I will use this source to gain a perspective from Andrew Jackson about the Battle of New Orleans.

What are some of the problems that you foresee in using this source for your paper?

This source is directly from the commanding General of the battle and is biased. I would like to collect multiple sources to analyze the battle from different perspectives.

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Morgan argues that the American Revolution as a whole, was affected by the values and ideas of the collective Puritan Ethic. He argues that aspects of revolutionary economics, the constitution, and the spark for independence were all in some way positively influenced by the Puritan Ethic. I agree that Puritan ideas and values most likely did have an influence on certain side issues of the Revolution, but had no hand in the eventual outcome. Morgan’s thesis is not a controversial one and is for the most part, an easy one to agree with.  As I sifted through the considerable fluff included in the article, I struggled to find any negative aspects. Hard work and frugality are valued and sought after in any society, and could be especially useful during a revolutionary time.

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Before reading this article, the first thing I did was “google” Col. James Cooper Rhea. I found more information about Col. Rhea in the actual article than I was able to online. The sources provided by Kalustian include a passport, letters, cablegrams, texts, and conference notes. Although the text is almost impossible to read on my laptop, I’m sure it provides detailed insight to Col. Rhea’s actions regarding Armenia and the Zangezur Agreement. His passport lists numerous possible locations for Rhea to travel while the notes, text, and letters provide political and military information. Each source can be connected and used to show Col. Rhea’s involvement in the issues discussed. Kalustian states in his introduction that his study will, “rescue James Cooper Rhea from the obscurity of neglected history”.  Rescue FAILED!!

10th Cavalry officers at Fort Huachuca in 1925. Col. James Cooper Rhea is 5th from the left.

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