We'd like to thank the History Department at St. Lawrence University for two generous research grants that enabled us to collect materials at the National Archives. In addition, we'd like to thank the Sponsored Programs and Academic Research Center and the School of History, Philosophy, and Political Science at the University of Northern Colorado for additional research funding.
In the early stages of collecting documents, Madeline Kenney, who was then an undergraduate student at St. Lawrence University, helped us enormously both by collecting documents in the National Archives and by helping to organize and catalog them. A kindred spirit, Madeline shares our deep attachment to the Civil War pension files.
We owe Deborah Gershenowitz, our editor at NYU Press, a deep debt of gratitude for her long-time support and enthusiasm for this project.
We would like to thank Prologue, the quarterly of the National Archives, for generously sharing document images they produced for an article we published with them in December 2005 for use in this book. Similarly, we would like to express our gratitude to the University Press of Kansas for sharing images from Don's book After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans and for allowing them to be published here.
Liz would like to thank her colleagues in the dean's office at St. Lawrence University—Karin Blackburn, Nancy Bovay, Lorie MacKenzie, and Grant Cornwell—for their unrelenting encouragement and support. On countless occasions, it was they who sent Liz off to the library so that she would get her work done and they who would let her interrupt their work so that she could read them passages from the files or ask them to comment on her writing. Don would like to thank his former colleagues at the University of Northern Colorado for their advice and support through the early stages of this project. Finally, we wish to thank our respective spouses and children for their support and for giving us the time away from them to complete this work.