This Veterans' Day, remember or honor a veteran in your life by volunteering to improve access and search for historic accounts of veterans who served and sacrificed.
Give back by transcribing our "Disabled But Not Forgotten" project, the papers of advocate for disabled Civil War veterans William Oland Bourne (1819-1901). Bourne’s left-hand penmanship competitions received thousands of letters from disabled Union soldiers writing about their lives before, during, and after their service. As a chaplain at Central Park Hospital Bourne also gathered autographs of his soldier patients, some of whom also recorded their war service.
Our goal this Veterans’ Day weekend is to transcribe and review all of the Bourne material by the end of the Monday holiday. We have a good head start – 366 pages out of 5,147 are complete. Many images contain photographs and inscriptions of the veterans. What resonates between soldiers' experiences then and today? As you read through these soldiers' writings we hope you'll share some reflection and connections here, including why you're joining this mini-challenge!