Civil War Daily Gazette

A Day-By-Day Accounting of the Conflict, 150 Years Later

Amazon Wish List

Says here, I've got an idea...

Says here, I’m reading a book…

I’m not really a huge fan of asking for donations or grubbing for money. The Civil War Daily Gazette is my own project and I’m funding it myself (the costs of the website itself are probably less than $5 a month). However, while some of my resources are available for free online (diaries, memoirs, Official Records, etc), much of what I use is actually in book form.

These books do cost something. Thankfully, I’ve been lucky in finding very cheap, used books that have been incredibly helpful along the way. Just check out my Bibliography. I believe all of the books in it (and thus in my collection) were purchased used.

Though I’ve never been a huge fan of Amazon, I’ve found their Wish Lists pretty helpful. Think of it as sort of a Gift Registry for a wedding or something. You place things you want on your Wish List and then hope that folks like you enough to buy them for you. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it just makes you seem bratty.

Nevertheless, for my upcoming research, specifically for this project, I am in need of a number of books. I’ve placed the books on my Amazon Wish List and am hoping for the best. That said, I do not want new books. Used books, if they are available, are cheaper, more practical and much preferred.

You can check out my Wish List here.

I’m not going to go on some long, PBS-style rant about how your support is the only way that CWDG can continue on. I started this project figuring that I’d take on the small expenses myself and that if anyone helped out along the way, it would be gravy. So basically, if you’d like to help out, this is how you can.


PS – If you would rather, you could also donate via PayPal by clicking the button below:

6 Responses

  1. Carrie Spafford Ellsworth says

    Thanks, for the ideas of how else to help, was stumped. Pray you always have the best of writing, reading, information. no roadblocks, obstacles to finding what is needed.

  2. Sean Williams says

    I hope you have already taken full advantage of Kindle for PC and Nook for PC (from Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers respectively). Both are free tools to read E-Books and there are many titles available without charge. I seldom spend more than $15 on a book. And there are regularly rotating “free” promotions at both sites. I received “Memoirs of Gen. William T. Sherman” free of charge when it was on the promotional list a few months ago. I regularly buy any book under $5 that looks interesting…

    • Eric says

      I’m not a huge fan of ebooks, actually. Sure, a lot of my primary sources are free from googlebooks (thank god), but I’d rather have the book in front of me.

      Also, I run Linux, and while I could get kindle for PC to work with it, I much prefer real books. That also probably has something to do with having owned a bookstore. :)

      • Sean Williams says

        I very much agree. I prefer to have paper in my hands than a screen in front of me for many reasons. Not the least of which is that a monitor gives me a backache when I carry it to work! =)

        A book is portable and mark-able and personal. A screen, no matter how good, is still electronic, sterile, and impersonal. Still… free is a compelling argument at times.

  3. Bryan says

    Hi, if you provide an email, readers can send you donations via Paypal. That way, you can buy what you need in order. Love the site.


    • Eric says

      Not a bad idea, though I’m a bit more comfortable with books than money. :)

      eric at littleblackstar dot com