Library Plans Civil War Blog With Voices From Past

WASHINGTON (AP) — First-person accounts from the Civil War are being brought to life in a new blog that will feature the voices of Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and others.

The Library of Congress announced Tuesday that it will launch the blog from diaries, letters and other writings pulled from its collection. It will chronicle the sacrifices and accomplishments of both North and South to accompany a major new exhibit, “The Civil War in America.”

The blog and exhibit both open Nov. 12.

More than 40 people will share Civil War stories in their own words. “Bloggers” will include Clara Barton, Stonewall Jackson and Walt Whitman. There will also be lesser-known figures, including Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave who became a dressmaker and confidante for Mary Todd Lincoln.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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