Fold3 - Historical military records 2013-10-05 14-23-56Access fold3LogoFREE via our website…see instructions below.

fold3 (originally footnote) is one of the fastest growing history/genealogy sites in the world. During the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, they are featuring a personality of the month (death of Robert E. Lee this month) and an event of the month (the battle of Bristoe Station, October 14, 1863 this month).


This month’s event features a beautifully executed plan of the battle (as always, click on image for full size) done by Robert Knox Sneden (1832-1918), a Canadian landscape artist born in Nova Scotia who ended up as a cartographer for the Army of the Potomac.


Sneden self-portrait, 1863

Sneden’s Civil War works were thought lost for many years, but in the 1990s they came to light and were purchased by the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. The collection, which includes hundreds of drawings and paintings and over a thousand pages of Sneden’s diaries, is considered the best and most expansive individual record of the Civil War. And since Sneden spent the latter part of the war as a POW, it includes drawings and paintings of a number of Confederate prisons, including the infamous Andersonville.

You can view over 300 of Sneden’s drawings and paintings at the Library of Congress’s American Memory site .

Just click on “Next” to go to the next page. Click on any link to see a thumbnail of the image. If you want a high resolution version, click on the thumbnail, then on “Download JPEG2000 image”. Some of these images are quite large.

Fold3 is a pay site, currently on sale for $59.95 for one year through October 31. But you can  access fold3 FREE via our library website. You will need a Forsyth County Public Library card and pin number.

Then go to our site.

Bookmark or make this a favorite so that you can get back easily anytime you want.


Click on Online Resources

Click on Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives

Follow the directions: Select Forsyth County Public Library from the drop down menu, enter your library card number and click login, enter your pin number and continue.

Enjoy a huge and diverse collection of information, images and other resources. fold3 is not all that easy to use yet, so you will have to spend some time exploring the possibilities. But the resources available make it worth your effort. Happy hunting.

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