Carl Guarneri



The Civil War




Civil War Documents Web Archive

I have been working with Special Collections at the SMC Library to develop its holdings of Civil War documents and to create a digital archive of manuscripts in the collection.  Saint Mary's history majors are helping to transcribe these sources and to conduct research to interpret them.  Click here to view the first collections to be digitized:

The Civil War Letters of Forrest Little

This collection includes 23 letters (September 1861- July 1862) from Forrest Little of the Fifth Vermont Volunteers to his parents at Crown Point, New York. His letters begin shortly after his arrival at camp in northern Virginia and continue as he participated in the Army of the Potomac's Peninsula Campaign led by General George McClellan.

The website includes transcriptions of Forrest Little's letters and images of the originals. It also features an essay on Forrest Little and the Fifth Vermont Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac entitled "Father I Done My Duty" by Carl Guarneri.


The Civil War Diary of Edward Hill

This captain of the 16th Michigan Infantry was wounded at the Battle of Cold Harbor, for which he was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Covering the period from February 16 to July 27, 1864, Hill's diary chronicles his unit's activities in the Virginia Campaign between the armies of Generals Grant and Lee. The diary continues during Hill’s recovery at Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C.

The website includes transcriptions of Hill’s diary and images of the original. It also includes an essay on Captain Hill and the 16th Michigan Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac entitled "When Will the End Come?" by Alyssa Sisco Ginn, SMC Class of 2008 and Carl Guarneri.

Civil War Reenactments

Our History 133 class regularly visits Civil War reenactments in northern California. Click here for some photos, or click on the "Photos" link to the left..