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“The Long Road Home” was created by Susannah J. Ural, professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, and E. Allan Branstiter, history doctoral student at Southern Miss. Both are members of the university’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. “The Long Road Home" features veterans of John Bell Hood’s famous Texas Brigade on their journeys home to Arkansas and Texas after the surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. The accounts come from Ural’s forthcoming book, Hood’s Boys: John Bell Hood’s Texas Brigade and the American Civil War. Historians know very little about the routes the men took or their thoughts on surrender and defeat because there are so few written records from this immediate postwar period. In the fall of 2014, Southern Miss and the Dale Center funded Ural and Branstiter’s trip to the “Digital History for Military History” workshop hosted by Northeastern University and the Society for Military History. While there, Ural realized they could apply the lessons they learned to map the Texans’ and Arkansans’ routes home using Neatline technology. To be clear, Allan Branstiter did all of the digital work at this site. Ural is responsible for the historical material. Their future project, funded by a Fellowship for Branstiter from the Hood’s Texas Brigade Association Reactivated organization, will map the Texans Brigade’s veterans homes in 1850, 1860, and 1870, and later, noting the changes in their wealth and their continued contact with fellow veterans or movement away from their home communities after the war. Depending on what the research reveals, Ural and Branstiter theorize that their map will challenge the arguments made by Gerald Linderman in Embattled Courage, where he posits that veterans entered a hibernation period upon their return from war, wanting to avoid painful memories and interaction with fellow veterans, preferring instead to leave the past behind as they embraced a period of peace.