The crowdsourcing project for Civil War diaries transcription has been so successful that we’re happy to announce its expansion to include the digital collection’s correspondence — all 5800+ pages of it. As before, we’re asking you to help improve the usefulness of these materials by transcribing handwritten pages in order to make them full-text searchable, as well as easier to read and browse. But while the diaries chiefly contained informal firsthand accounts of soldiers, the letters were written with an audience in mind and also include the accounts of friends and family back home, providing a fuller view of life during the Civil War. Please help with transcription to make these valuable artifacts more accessible for the scholars, genealogists, and Civil War enthusiasts who use them.
– October 4, 2011