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A Challenge to be Proud Of

Last Wednesday, we kicked off our Veterans Day Challenge – asking you to complete the transcription and review of a Civil War POW diary by the end of Monday November 11. Volunteers leapt into action to start AND complete This hell-upon-earth of a prison: Samuel J. Gibson's Andersonville diary in less than 36 hours!

With the holiday still a few days away, we set a stretch goal to review pages of Civil War Soldiers: 'Disabled but not disheartened'. You jumped in to finish 371 additional pages of disabled Union vets' writings by the end of the Veterans Day.

That brings the total number of pages completed in these 2 campaigns in less than a week to 460.

In addition to moving these documents of service and sacrifice across the finish line, we hope these challenges encouraged you to engage deeply with these histories in honor of all who have served. We would love for you to share any stories or pages that resonated with you on History Hub.

- Lauren and the By the People team

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