August 2002 Weekly Firesides

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye
"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 04 August 2002

Our Mission: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable online environment with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible.

If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter by email, please have them send an email to HOST GFS Jim and HOST GFS Jayne with subscribe in the subject line.

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We had a great time Thursday night with our OPEN CHAT. Jim is on the road again and joined us from Hampton, VA.

To the first half of the distribution, I promise I'll try not to send you three copies of the newsletter this week :) I must admit, though, I received some really nice emails in answer to my apology. I will share some of them with you later in the newsletter.

This Thurs will be our special Songs, Letters and Poems night. If you have anything you'd like to share with you room, please feel free to send it/them to HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Amy or me, HOST GFS Jayne

Be sure to watch the schedule, we've made a change from last week's newsletter. On the 22nd of August, we're going to have another story by TEG. You really don't want to miss it.

For those of you who remember GFS KathyD, a former host in our American Civil War chat, she says to tell everyone hello. She is doing well and is looking forward to retiring at the end of next year. :)

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"Uncle Chuck's" Civil War Calendar!!

HOST GFS Chuck has been providing us with some excellent Civil War Events around the country so as long as he keeps sending them we'll keep this "Town Crier" up.......


24 Aug. 2002 - Museum Field Trip, Pittsburgh, PA

The Allegheny City Society and Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table will have a Field Trip by bus to The Civil War Museum in Harrisburg on 24 Aug. 2002. Cost is: $50 per person, lunch included. We will need a deposit of $25 per person by April 22, with the balance of $25 due by July 22.

For additional information contact: (412) 321-4502 or: http://www.grpghcwrt.org or write:
Allegheny City Society and Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table
P.O.Box 100255
Pittsburgh, PA. 15233


20-21 Sept. 2002 - Tracing Delmarva Ancestors, Salisbury, MD
The Maryland Genealogical Society holds its Tracing Your Delmarva Ancestors seminar at Salisbury Universary, Salisbury, MD. The seminar is co-hosted by the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society and the Nabb Research Center of Salisbury University

The seminar will feature prominent speakers on the early settlers of the Delmarva Peninsula and topics of interest to researchers of Delmarva families.

THE PROGRAM
Please note that the schedule for the seminar is subject to change without notice.
Registration Information -- Cost: Friday Only: $25; Saturday Only: $25; Friday and Saturday: $50; Friday Banquet: $25.

Register by mail -- Send check or money order payable to: Maryland Genealogical Society (MGS). When registering by mail, please include your phone number, address, email address and options (Friday Only/Saturday Only/Both Days/Friday Banquet) you wish to purchase.
Mail check to:
MGS
c/o Delmarva Roots
217 Schley Ave.
Lewes, DE 19958

Register by Phone -- You may also register by phone by calling 1-800-576-8608 during normal business hours. We accept Mastercard or Visa credit cards.

Register online -- To register online, go to Delmarva Roots Genealogy store (http://www.delmarvaroots.com) and select Maryland Genealogy Seminar from the product list and select the days and/or banquet you wish to attend, add them to your shopping cart and then checkout. We accept Mastercard and Visa credit cards.

Vendors will be in attendance offering a large number of books, CDs, maps, and other miscellaneous items, covering source material, background history, how-to and other topics.

For additional information, contact: (800) 576-8608; or web site: http://www.delmarvaroots.com.


September 13, 14, & 15, 2002
Antietam, 140th Anniversary Commemoration

Fox's Gap
The Cornfield
Bloody Lane
AP Hill's Assault
near Hagerstown, MD.
For Ticket, Lodging & Travel Information call
1-888-248-4597
For even more information go to the following websites:
http://www.antietamreenactment.com/
http://www.marylandmemories.org/proof/iten/antietam_anniversary.html

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Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Activities and Sites
Available for your Enjoyment and Research


War Between the States (Tracing your Civil War Ancestors)
With HOST GFS Amy and HOST GFS Wolford on
Friday evenings at 9:00 PM EDT in the Golden Gates Chat Room
of the Genealogy Forum (ONLY ON AOL) at KEYWORD: ROOTS


"Genealogy Forum's Military Resources" Website
devoted to Civil War History and the material presented in
the American Civil War History Special Interest Group
in the Genealogy Forum of America On-Line.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

The Weekly Fireside Archives
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/Fireside.htm


The Genealogy Forum Mailing List Signup
You may subscribe by sending an email to:
GOLDEN-GATE-L-request@rootsweb.com
Title the subject of the email SUBSCRIPTION and type "Subscribe"
in the body of the email message.

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Editor's Note: I sincerely encourage you to feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, Stories or articles that you have in our Civil War History Files through the new Military Resources Website. We are trying "beef up" our Library and now those of you who have patiently stuck with us who aren't AOL Members can now participate. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you would desire to share those with the Civil War History community. On the Web Site, there are links to our Civil War Library (Files, Firesides, and Photo's).

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FOR ALL YOU 1ST TIMERS ON THURSDAY - "WE REALLY WELCOME YOU TO OUR MERRY BAND" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU, TRADING QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR CAMARADERIE!!! :-)... COME AGAIN OFTEN, WE DO INDEED "RELISH" YOUR COMPANY..

Every first-timer to the American Civil War History SIG gets put on the newsletter distribution automatically, because we like to send you a "Thank You Card" for coming to visit and this is our way of doing so. We hope to give you an opportunity to jump right in with us. If you desire NOT to receive the newsletter, then just drop us an email saying UNSUBSCRIBE and we will quickly remove your screen name from distribution. We certainly don't want to clog your mailbox with unwanted material. Also many of you pass on the newsletter to others that don't subscribe to AOL. We really want to thank you for spreading the word. I would also like to let you know that we would be happy to add them to our list if they have email of any sort. We distribute everywhere to those that have requested it. AOL membership is not a requirement although we'd love to see you in the Chat Room :D

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THE HELP DESK

This segment is to address specific questions that hit our plate on Thursday night that we didn't have a chance to answer or needed a bit of time to check it out. Hope these answer the mail :D

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website (Website is listed above in the Fireside) has a myriad of options for you. Here are some the choices: US Military Records, Conscription/Draft Records, Civil War Battle Names, Secession of the Confederate States, Your Civil War Ancestors - Where to Begin, Military Resources on the Internet, links to the Stories, Files and Talks of the American Civil War History Chat on AOL, message boards and many, many others. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Additional Note from the Webmaster: Although we are thrilled to provide this area for you now, we want you to know that we are still building it and MORE files, Regimental Histories, etc., will be available in the near future. Stay Tuned!

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Weekly Web Sites We've Received


From AnMadraRua@aol.com

From IllinoisCW@aol.com

From BitsOBlueNGray@aol.com

From SusiCP@aol.com

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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

Here's how it works... If you are trying to get photographs of a gravesite or battlefield, to collect for your Civil War ancestor research and records, then send us a request and we will post it here... Other members see your request, some being in the near vicinity, are willing to assist, and can email you directly (This protects your privacy) to work out the details. We HIGHLY recommend the "Requester" pay for all film costs and any postage involved for a helping member. This is intended to be a "Free" assistance between members (with the exception of defraying film and postage costs). Do unto others as.... you know
:-)
Keep us posted on how this is working, so we can share them in the "Fireside"!!
HOST GFS Jim

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ANSWER(S) TO YOUR QUESTIONS, PLEASE BE SURE TO LET US KNOW!!!!!
Thanks!! - The Editors

We have had some gracious members offer their assistance in this area. Their screen names and areas they have offered to help in are listed.... Please honor their "goodness" and don't abuse them :-)....
We ask that you do follow the guidelines indicated above....

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OUR WEEKLY READING
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, and Poems evenings)

AN OLD OAK TREE
By Frank Benway

Its barrel had grown in that old Oak Tree
Had leaned there these many years
The stock was gone just rotted away
The musket now was brown with rust
I laid down near this old relic
What tales I thought could tell
I dozed and saw a battle fought
These many years ago
Here a Yankee shot, The battle moved
He crawled to this oak tree
he leaned his musket in a crotch
To lay and wait for death
To think of his sweet home
His darling wife ,their great plans
Of children and a farm
His dreams now soaking in the ground
He knew that death was near
The spectre came to take his soul
To rest in heavens gate

O'er the years the Oak did grow
Encasing the musket there
Its monument to a Soldier Unknown
Who's life he gave for his beliefs
To mark his resting place
Oh Lord it shows to one and all
The cruelties of all the wars

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Check out the following member inputs for comments and requests for information, Feedback's, Items of Interest and Plea's for HELP...

Some of the feedback I received from the "apology" I wrote to half of the distribution as they were lucky or unlucky enough to receive THREE copies of the Weekly Fireside last week.

From Brucejoey@aol.com


From Gennbforr1821@aol.com

From: I'm not going to print the name of the sender on this one for fear of bodily harm ROFLOL

From BLTBrown@aol.com

From AnMadraRau@aol.com

LOL I thank you all for your replies, they sure did lighten up a "sticky" situation.

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OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War", with byproducts of laughter, and comraderie!

OUR GOAL: to enhance your Genealogy activity, knowledge, and "wisdom" by talking about the history surrounding their lives and actions; specifically the "Civil War" that our ancestors lived through and died because of.

Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, said it so well.

"I think it is a noble and pious thing
To do whatever we may by written
Word or molded bronze and sculpted
Stone to keep our memories, our
Reverence and our love alive and
To hand them on to new generations
All too ready to forget."

OUR PROMISE: to provide an "online" environment that is NOT judgmental and to address ALL aspects of this "Pivotal Period" in our History, with honesty and truth (as we know it).

We do "Fireside Stories" about the battles, the people and the social happenings. In addition we dedicate one Thursday a month to the sharing of Songs, Poems and Letters from that era. So come back and visit; we'll save you a seat at the Fireside, and keep the Cider warm..... For a full listing of upcoming events, either look on the Schedule at the end of this Notice or in the Upcoming Events of the Genealogy Forum.

As we review the logs, and we find new visitors who show an interest or have entered into discussions on this topic in our Thursday sessions, we automatically add you to the distribution for this "Weekly Fireside."

AND Hey! TO YOU "FIRST-TIMERS" THIS WEEK, "Welcome"... :)

We heartily enjoyed your visit and participation. We really "fire up" with what members bring to the discussions, and we hope to see more of you.... Note that for any reason, should you desire to be removed from distribution of this "Weekly Missif," just drop us a line and we will comply with your wishes "post-haste".

Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events*****

Time: Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Golden Gates Chat Room (On AOL Only) with hosts HOST GFS Amy, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG and HOST GFS Jim and our many faithful friends :)

8/08/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

8/15/02 - OPEN CHAT

8/22/02 - The Hunley story by HOST GFS TEG

8/29/02 - OPEN CHAT

9/05/02 - To be announced

9/12/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

9/19/02 - OPEN CHAT

9/26/02 - to be announced

We'll See You Thursday Night..!
Your Joyful, Intelligent and Fun-lovin' Host's & Hostess's :-)
HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG and HOST GFS Amy

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye
"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 11 August 2002

Our Mission: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable online environment with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible.

If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter by email, please have them send an email to HOST GFS Jim and HOST GFS Jayne with subscribe in the subject line.

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We had a great time Thursday night with our Songs, Letters and Poems. Jim is on the road again and was unable to join us from Fort Walton, FL. Amy was under the weather and Tom couldn't be there either. I want to thank HOST GFS MAINE for jumping in at the very last second to help me.

Sorry the newsletter is so late, and a MUCH abbreviated one at that, but there have been a few health problems on my part and my son finally brought the laptop to the hospital for me :) Everything is fine, just some adjustments in meds now.

This Thursday will be OPEN CHAT, please feel free to bring your Civil War History questions.

Don't forget to check the schedule, there's been a change, on the 22nd of August, we're going to have another story by TEG. You really don't want to miss it.

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"Uncle Chuck's" Civil War Calendar!!

HOST GFS Chuck has been providing us with some excellent Civil War Events around the country so as long as he keeps sending them we'll keep this "Town Crier" up.......


24 Aug. 2002 - Museum Field Trip, Pittsburgh, PA

The Allegheny City Society and Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table will have a Field Trip by bus to The Civil War Museum in Harrisburg on 24 Aug. 2002. Cost is: $50 per person, lunch included. We will need a deposit of $25 per person by April 22, with the balance of $25 due by July 22.

For additional information contact: (412) 321-4502 or: http://www.grpghcwrt.org or write:
Allegheny City Society and Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table
P.O.Box 100255
Pittsburgh, PA. 15233


20-21 Sept. 2002 - Tracing Delmarva Ancestors, Salisbury, MD
The Maryland Genealogical Society holds its Tracing Your Delmarva Ancestors seminar at Salisbury Universary, Salisbury, MD. The seminar is co-hosted by the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society and the Nabb Research Center of Salisbury University

The seminar will feature prominent speakers on the early settlers of the Delmarva Peninsula and topics of interest to researchers of Delmarva families.

THE PROGRAM
Please note that the schedule for the seminar is subject to change without notice.
Registration Information -- Cost: Friday Only: $25; Saturday Only: $25; Friday and Saturday: $50; Friday Banquet: $25.

Register by mail -- Send check or money order payable to: Maryland Genealogical Society (MGS). When registering by mail, please include your phone number, address, email address and options (Friday Only/Saturday Only/Both Days/Friday Banquet) you wish to purchase.
Mail check to:
MGS
c/o Delmarva Roots
217 Schley Ave.
Lewes, DE 19958

Register by Phone -- You may also register by phone by calling 1-800-576-8608 during normal business hours. We accept Mastercard or Visa credit cards.

Register online -- To register online, go to Delmarva Roots Genealogy store (http://www.delmarvaroots.com) and select Maryland Genealogy Seminar from the product list and select the days and/or banquet you wish to attend, add them to your shopping cart and then checkout. We accept Mastercard and Visa credit cards.

Vendors will be in attendance offering a large number of books, CDs, maps, and other miscellaneous items, covering source material, background history, how-to and other topics.

For additional information, contact: (800) 576-8608; or web site: http://www.delmarvaroots.com.


September 13, 14, & 15, 2002
Antietam, 140th Anniversary Commemoration

Fox's Gap
The Cornfield
Bloody Lane
AP Hill's Assault
near Hagerstown, MD.
For Ticket, Lodging & Travel Information call
1-888-248-4597
For even more information go to the following websites:
http://www.antietamreenactment.com/
http://www.marylandmemories.org/proof/iten/antietam_anniversary.html

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Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Activities and Sites
Available for your Enjoyment and Research

War Between the States (Tracing your Civil War Ancestors)
With HOST GFS Amy and HOST GFS Wolford on
Friday evenings at 9:00 PM EDT in the Golden Gates Chat Room
of the Genealogy Forum (ONLY ON AOL) at KEYWORD: ROOTS


"Genealogy Forum's Military Resources" Website
devoted to Civil War History and the material presented in
the American Civil War History Special Interest Group
in the Genealogy Forum of America On-Line.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

The Weekly Fireside Archives
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/Fireside.htm


The Genealogy Forum Mailing List Signup
You may subscribe by sending an email to:
GOLDEN-GATE-L-request@rootsweb.com
Title the subject of the email SUBSCRIPTION and type "Subscribe"
in the body of the email message.

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Editor's Note: I sincerely encourage you to feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, Stories or articles that you have in our Civil War History Files through the new Military Resources Website. We are trying "beef up" our Library and now those of you who have patiently stuck with us who aren't AOL Members can now participate. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you would desire to share those with the Civil War History community. On the Web Site, there are links to our Civil War Library (Files, Firesides, and Photo's).

============================================

FOR ALL YOU 1ST TIMERS ON THURSDAY - "WE REALLY WELCOME YOU TO OUR MERRY BAND" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU, TRADING QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR CAMARADERIE!!! :-)... COME AGAIN OFTEN, WE DO INDEED "RELISH" YOUR COMPANY..

Every first-timer to the American Civil War History SIG gets put on the newsletter distribution automatically, because we like to send you a "Thank You Card" for coming to visit and this is our way of doing so. We hope to give you an opportunity to jump right in with us. If you desire NOT to receive the newsletter, then just drop us an email saying UNSUBSCRIBE and we will quickly remove your screen name from distribution. We certainly don't want to clog your mailbox with unwanted material. Also many of you pass on the newsletter to others that don't subscribe to AOL. We really want to thank you for spreading the word. I would also like to let you know that we would be happy to add them to our list if they have email of any sort. We distribute everywhere to those that have requested it. AOL membership is not a requirement although we'd love to see you in the Chat Room :D

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THE HELP DESK

This segment is to address specific questions that hit our plate on Thursday night that we didn't have a chance to answer or needed a bit of time to check it out. Hope these answer the mail :D

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website (Website is listed above in the Fireside) has a myriad of options for you. Here are some the choices: US Military Records, Conscription/Draft Records, Civil War Battle Names, Secession of the Confederate States, Your Civil War Ancestors - Where to Begin, Military Resources on the Internet, links to the Stories, Files and Talks of the American Civil War History Chat on AOL, message boards and many, many others. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Additional Note from the Webmaster: Although we are thrilled to provide this area for you now, we want you to know that we are still building it and MORE files, Regimental Histories, etc., will be available in the near future. Stay Tuned!

============================================

MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

Here's how it works... If you are trying to get photographs of a gravesite or battlefield, to collect for your Civil War ancestor research and records, then send us a request and we will post it here... Other members see your request, some being in the near vicinity, are willing to assist, and can email you directly (This protects your privacy) to work out the details. We HIGHLY recommend the "Requester" pay for all film costs and any postage involved for a helping member. This is intended to be a "Free" assistance between members (with the exception of defraying film and postage costs). Do unto others as.... you know
:-)
Keep us posted on how this is working, so we can share them in the "Fireside"!!
HOST GFS Jim

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ANSWER(S) TO YOUR QUESTIONS, PLEASE BE SURE TO LET US KNOW!!!!!
Thanks!! - The Editors

We have had some gracious members offer their assistance in this area. Their screen names and areas they have offered to help in are listed.... Please honor their "goodness" and don't abuse them :-)....
We ask that you do follow the guidelines indicated above....

============================================

OUR WEEKLY READING
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, and Poems evenings)

ALL QUIET ALONG THE POTOMAC TONIGHT
Beers, Ethel Lynn
(1827-1879), poet

All quiet along the Potomac, they say,
Except now and then a stray picket
Is shot as he walks on his beat to and fro,
By a rifleman hid in the thicket.
'Tis nothing, a private or two now and then
Will not count in the news of the battle;
Not an officer lost, only one of the men,
Moaning out all alone the death rattle.
"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"

All quiet along the Potomac tonight,
where the soldiers lie peacefully dreaming,
and their tents in the rays of the clear autumn moon,
and the light of the camp fires are gleaming;
there's only the sound of the lone sentry's tread,
as he tramps for the rock to the fountain,
and thinks of the two on the low trundle bed,
far away in the cot on the mountain.
"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"

His musket falls slack - his face dark and grim,
grows gentle with memories tender,
as he mutters a pray'r for the children asleep,
and their Mother - "may heaven defend her!"
The moon seems to shine as brightly as then -
that night when a love yet unspoken
leap'd up to his lips and when low murmur'd vows
were pledg'd to be ever unbroken.
"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"

Then drawing his sleeve roughly over his eye
He dashes off tears that are welling,
And gathers his gun closer up to its place
As if to keep down the heart-swelling.
He passes the fountain, the blasted pine tree
The footstep is lagging and weary;
Yet onward he goes, through the broad belt of light,
Toward the shades of the forest so dreary.
"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"

Hark! Was it the night wind that rustled the leaves,
Was it moonlight so wondrously flashing?
It looks like a rifle -- "Ah! Mary, good-bye!"
And the lifeblood is ebbing and splashing.
All quiet along the Potomac tonight,
No sound save the rush of the river;
While soft falls the dew on the face of the dead -
The picket's off duty forever.
"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY..

Check out the following member inputs for comments and requests for information, Feedback's, Items of Interest and Plea's for HELP...

============================================

WHAT WE ARE ABOUT..

OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War", with byproducts of laughter, and comraderie!

OUR GOAL: to enhance your Genealogy activity, knowledge, and "wisdom" by talking about the history surrounding their lives and actions; specifically the "Civil War" that our ancestors lived through and died because of.

Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, said it so well.

"I think it is a noble and pious thing
To do whatever we may by written
Word or molded bronze and sculpted
Stone to keep our memories, our
Reverence and our love alive and
To hand them on to new generations
All too ready to forget."

OUR PROMISE: to provide an "online" environment that is NOT judgmental and to address ALL aspects of this "Pivotal Period" in our History, with honesty and truth (as we know it).

We do "Fireside Stories" about the battles, the people and the social happenings. In addition we dedicate one Thursday a month to the sharing of Songs, Poems and Letters from that era. So come back and visit; we'll save you a seat at the Fireside, and keep the Cider warm..... For a full listing of upcoming events, either look on the Schedule at the end of this Notice or in the Upcoming Events of the Genealogy Forum.

As we review the logs, and we find new visitors who show an interest or have entered into discussions on this topic in our Thursday sessions, we automatically add you to the distribution for this "Weekly Fireside."

AND Hey! TO YOU "FIRST-TIMERS" THIS WEEK, "Welcome"... :)

We heartily enjoyed your visit and participation. We really "fire up" with what members bring to the discussions, and we hope to see more of you.... Note that for any reason, should you desire to be removed from distribution of this "Weekly Missif," just drop us a line and we will comply with your wishes "post-haste".

Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events*****

Time: Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Golden Gates Chat Room (On AOL Only) with hosts HOST GFS Amy, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG and HOST GFS Jim and our many faithful friends :)

8/15/02 - OPEN CHAT

8/22/02 - The Hunley story by HOST GFS TEG

8/29/02 - OPEN CHAT

9/05/02 - To be announced

9/12/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

9/19/02 - OPEN CHAT

9/26/02 - to be announced

We'll See You Thursday Night..!
Your Joyful, Intelligent and Fun-lovin' Host's & Hostess's :-)
HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG and HOST GFS Amy

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye
"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 18 August 2002

Our Mission: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable online environment with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible.

If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter by email, please have them send an email to HOST GFS Jim and HOST GFS Jayne with subscribe in the subject line.

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HOST GFS Amy and HOST GFS TEG held the fort down last Thursday. Jim was still in FL and I was still in the hospital. I managed to stop in for a few minutes.

Again, I'm sorry the newsletter is so late and abbreviated as last week, but I wanted to get something out to you because we have a VERY special story for you. Thurs, August 22, 2002, 11 PM ET, We will be presenting a story by our very own Ted Fisher, "Matthew Fontaine Maury, Scientist, Curmudgeon, Confederate." You really won't want to miss it!!! I know I had something else on the schedule for this week, but with things the way they've been all week, it was necessary for me to make an "executive decision" and make another change. We will run the Hunley story on September 5th.

Next week, I guess Jim will be doing the Newsletter again.

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This came on a couple of the Civil War Maillists I subscribe to, and I know it's short notice but there may be some of you who can take advantage.

From: eths@east-tennessee-history.org

Whether your ancestors wore blue or gray in the American Civil War, the East Tennessee Historical Society is offering a free workshop to help find your family’s Civil War story. The free class will be held 2 to 4 p.m. (Central Time) on Saturday, August 24, 2002, in the Cherry Theatre on the campus of Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tennessee. The instructor, Dr. George K. Schweitzer, is a popular, nationally known lecturer and author of nineteen genealogy research books.

Participants will learn how to determine if an ancestor served in the Civil War and how to locate records for both Confederate and Union veterans. Participants do not need Tennessee ancestors to participate since the information will be useful to researchers regardless of their ancestor’s home state.

Why is the East Tennessee Historical Society bringing free genealogy programs to Middle Tennessee? The classes are a celebration and introduction to a new statewide initiative sponsored by ETHS to track down descendants of Civil War soldiers who lived, fought, or died in the Volunteer State. The new heritage program, “Civil War Families of Tennessee,” celebrates the unique role of individuals in Tennessee’s Civil War story.

The workshop is co-sponsored locally by Maury County Archives. For additional information about the free workshop contact the Maury County Archives at 931-381-1565 or visit the ETHS web site at
http://www.east-tennessee-history.org.

East Tennessee Historical Society
PO Box 1629, 600 Market St.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629
http://www.east-tennessee-history.org

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"Uncle Chuck's" Civil War Calendar!!

HOST GFS Chuck has been providing us with some excellent Civil War Events around the country so as long as he keeps sending them we'll keep this "Town Crier" up.......


24 Aug. 2002 - Museum Field Trip, Pittsburgh, PA

The Allegheny City Society and Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table will have a Field Trip by bus to The Civil War Museum in Harrisburg on 24 Aug. 2002. Cost is: $50 per person, lunch included. We will need a deposit of $25 per person by April 22, with the balance of $25 due by July 22.

For additional information contact: (412) 321-4502 or: http://www.grpghcwrt.org or write:
Allegheny City Society and Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table
P.O.Box 100255
Pittsburgh, PA. 15233


20-21 Sept. 2002 - Tracing Delmarva Ancestors, Salisbury, MD
The Maryland Genealogical Society holds its Tracing Your Delmarva Ancestors seminar at Salisbury Universary, Salisbury, MD. The seminar is co-hosted by the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society and the Nabb Research Center of Salisbury University

The seminar will feature prominent speakers on the early settlers of the Delmarva Peninsula and topics of interest to researchers of Delmarva families.

THE PROGRAM
Please note that the schedule for the seminar is subject to change without notice.
Registration Information -- Cost: Friday Only: $25; Saturday Only: $25; Friday and Saturday: $50; Friday Banquet: $25.

Register by mail -- Send check or money order payable to: Maryland Genealogical Society (MGS). When registering by mail, please include your phone number, address, email address and options (Friday Only/Saturday Only/Both Days/Friday Banquet) you wish to purchase.
Mail check to:
MGS
c/o Delmarva Roots
217 Schley Ave.
Lewes, DE 19958

Register by Phone -- You may also register by phone by calling 1-800-576-8608 during normal business hours. We accept Mastercard or Visa credit cards.

Register online -- To register online, go to Delmarva Roots Genealogy store (http://www.delmarvaroots.com) and select Maryland Genealogy Seminar from the product list and select the days and/or banquet you wish to attend, add them to your shopping cart and then checkout. We accept Mastercard and Visa credit cards.

Vendors will be in attendance offering a large number of books, CDs, maps, and other miscellaneous items, covering source material, background history, how-to and other topics.

For additional information, contact: (800) 576-8608; or web site: http://www.delmarvaroots.com.


September 13, 14, & 15, 2002
Antietam, 140th Anniversary Commemoration

Fox's Gap
The Cornfield
Bloody Lane
AP Hill's Assault
near Hagerstown, MD.
For Ticket, Lodging & Travel Information call
1-888-248-4597
For even more information go to the following websites:
http://www.antietamreenactment.com/
http://www.marylandmemories.org/proof/iten/antietam_anniversary.html

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Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Activities and Sites
Available for your Enjoyment and Research

War Between the States (Tracing your Civil War Ancestors)
With HOST GFS Amy and HOST GFS Wolford on
Friday evenings at 9:00 PM EDT in the Golden Gates Chat Room
of the Genealogy Forum (ONLY ON AOL) at KEYWORD: ROOTS


"Genealogy Forum's Military Resources" Website
devoted to Civil War History and the material presented in
the American Civil War History Special Interest Group
in the Genealogy Forum of America On-Line.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

The Weekly Fireside Archives
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/Fireside.htm


The Genealogy Forum Mailing List Signup
You may subscribe by sending an email to:
GOLDEN-GATE-L-request@rootsweb.com
Title the subject of the email SUBSCRIPTION and type "Subscribe"
in the body of the email message.

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Editor's Note: I sincerely encourage you to feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, Stories or articles that you have in our Civil War History Files through the new Military Resources Website. We are trying "beef up" our Library and now those of you who have patiently stuck with us who aren't AOL Members can now participate. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you would desire to share those with the Civil War History community. On the Web Site, there are links to our Civil War Library (Files, Firesides, and Photo's).

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FOR ALL YOU 1ST TIMERS ON THURSDAY - "WE REALLY WELCOME YOU TO OUR MERRY BAND" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU, TRADING QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR CAMARADERIE!!! :-)... COME AGAIN OFTEN, WE DO INDEED "RELISH" YOUR COMPANY..

Every first-timer to the American Civil War History SIG gets put on the newsletter distribution automatically, because we like to send you a "Thank You Card" for coming to visit and this is our way of doing so. We hope to give you an opportunity to jump right in with us. If you desire NOT to receive the newsletter, then just drop us an email saying UNSUBSCRIBE and we will quickly remove your screen name from distribution. We certainly don't want to clog your mailbox with unwanted material. Also many of you pass on the newsletter to others that don't subscribe to AOL. We really want to thank you for spreading the word. I would also like to let you know that we would be happy to add them to our list if they have email of any sort. We distribute everywhere to those that have requested it. AOL membership is not a requirement although we'd love to see you in the Chat Room :D

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THE HELP DESK

This segment is to address specific questions that hit our plate on Thursday night that we didn't have a chance to answer or needed a bit of time to check it out. Hope these answer the mail :D

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website (Website is listed above in the Fireside) has a myriad of options for you. Here are some the choices: US Military Records, Conscription/Draft Records, Civil War Battle Names, Secession of the Confederate States, Your Civil War Ancestors - Where to Begin, Military Resources on the Internet, links to the Stories, Files and Talks of the American Civil War History Chat on AOL, message boards and many, many others. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Additional Note from the Webmaster: Although we are thrilled to provide this area for you now, we want you to know that we are still building it and MORE files, Regimental Histories, etc., will be available in the near future. Stay Tuned!

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Websites we've received:

From: Host GFS Jill@aol.com

From: Host GFS BARB@aol.com

From: MM3C11259@aol.com

From: WolfordGen@aol.com

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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

Here's how it works... If you are trying to get photographs of a gravesite or battlefield, to collect for your Civil War ancestor research and records, then send us a request and we will post it here... Other members see your request, some being in the near vicinity, are willing to assist, and can email you directly (This protects your privacy) to work out the details. We HIGHLY recommend the "Requester" pay for all film costs and any postage involved for a helping member. This is intended to be a "Free" assistance between members (with the exception of defraying film and postage costs). Do unto others as.... you know
:-)
Keep us posted on how this is working, so we can share them in the "Fireside"!!
HOST GFS Jim

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ANSWER(S) TO YOUR QUESTIONS, PLEASE BE SURE TO LET US KNOW!!!!!
Thanks!! - The Editors

We have had some gracious members offer their assistance in this area. Their screen names and areas they have offered to help in are listed.... Please honor their "goodness" and don't abuse them :-)....
We ask that you do follow the guidelines indicated above....

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OUR WEEKLY READING
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, and Poems evenings)

CIRCLE OF RED
by Frank Benway

For four long years so long ago
The soldiers blood did flow
It mixed both Blue and Grey
As it ran out oer this tortured land

From Ft. Sumter to Manassas
To Petersburg it flowed
From Vicksburg to Atlanta
Then to Charleston did go
A deep red circle now complete

The tides of battle ebbed and flowed
Those mighty cannons roared
With burnished swords raised high
The Cavalry so gallantly did clash
The Infantry charged in to death

There blood increased the flo
They fought for what they thought was right
One side there Cause, For country was the other
Past friends now foes, with families split assunder
Great leaders rose, While others fell

There blood now mixed with heroes
The prisons filled with the walking dead
No mercy here was shown
Both blue and grey were guilty here
As they died in filth of their own making

The war dragged on those many years
While widows wept for loved ones
Known but to God and angels
Were buried on those bloody fields

Bravery was the common thread
that tied both North and South
No blade can cut such a thread
For there strength is woven in

At Appomatox it did end
But really is it over, For we debate
We reenact, We study all the battles
Then wonder over all the reasons

This may be good for one and all
To insure that stream of Blood
Had not been shed in vain


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A BIT OF COMMUNITY..

Check out the following member inputs for comments and requests for information, Feedback's, Items of Interest and Plea's for HELP...

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WHAT WE ARE ABOUT..

OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War", with byproducts of laughter, and comraderie!

OUR GOAL: to enhance your Genealogy activity, knowledge, and "wisdom" by talking about the history surrounding their lives and actions; specifically the "Civil War" that our ancestors lived through and died because of.

Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, said it so well.

"I think it is a noble and pious thing
To do whatever we may by written
Word or molded bronze and sculpted
Stone to keep our memories, our
Reverence and our love alive and
To hand them on to new generations
All too ready to forget."

OUR PROMISE: to provide an "online" environment that is NOT judgmental and to address ALL aspects of this "Pivotal Period" in our History, with honesty and truth (as we know it).

We do "Fireside Stories" about the battles, the people and the social happenings. In addition we dedicate one Thursday a month to the sharing of Songs, Poems and Letters from that era. So come back and visit; we'll save you a seat at the Fireside, and keep the Cider warm..... For a full listing of upcoming events, either look on the Schedule at the end of this Notice or in the Upcoming Events of the Genealogy Forum.

As we review the logs, and we find new visitors who show an interest or have entered into discussions on this topic in our Thursday sessions, we automatically add you to the distribution for this "Weekly Fireside."

AND Hey! TO YOU "FIRST-TIMERS" THIS WEEK, "Welcome"... :)

We heartily enjoyed your visit and participation. We really "fire up" with what members bring to the discussions, and we hope to see more of you.... Note that for any reason, should you desire to be removed from distribution of this "Weekly Missif," just drop us a line and we will comply with your wishes "post-haste".

Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events*****

Time: Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Golden Gates Chat Room (On AOL Only) with hosts HOST GFS Amy, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG and HOST GFS Jim and our many faithful friends :)

8/22/02 - Matthew Fontaine Maury, Scientist, Curmudgeon, Confederate by TED FISHER

8/29/02 - OPEN CHAT

9/05/02 - The Hunley Story by HOST GFS TEG

9/12/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

9/19/02 - OPEN CHAT

9/26/02 - to be announced

We'll See You Thursday Night..!
Your Joyful, Intelligent and Fun-lovin' Host's & Hostess's :-)
HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG and HOST GFS Amy

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye
"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 25 August 2002

Our Mission: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable online environment with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible.

If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter by email, please have them send an email to HOST GFS Jim and HOST GFS Jayne with subscribe in the subject line.

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Last Thursday was the story about Matthew Fontaine Maury, Scientist, Curmudgeon, Confederate by TED FISHER. What a treat it were. I'm finally back in the saddle and man did I miss you guys. Thanks Jayne for getting "The Word" out .... :-)

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"Uncle Chuck's" Civil War Calendar!!

HOST GFS Chuck has been providing us with some excellent Civil War Events around the country so as long as he keeps sending them we'll keep this "Town Crier" up.......


20-21 Sept. 2002 - Tracing Delmarva Ancestors, Salisbury, MD
The Maryland Genealogical Society holds its Tracing Your Delmarva Ancestors seminar at Salisbury Universary, Salisbury, MD. The seminar is co-hosted by the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society and the Nabb Research Center of Salisbury University

The seminar will feature prominent speakers on the early settlers of the Delmarva Peninsula and topics of interest to researchers of Delmarva families.

THE PROGRAM
Please note that the schedule for the seminar is subject to change without notice.
Registration Information -- Cost: Friday Only: $25; Saturday Only: $25; Friday and Saturday: $50; Friday Banquet: $25.

Register by mail -- Send check or money order payable to: Maryland Genealogical Society (MGS). When registering by mail, please include your phone number, address, email address and options (Friday Only/Saturday Only/Both Days/Friday Banquet) you wish to purchase.
Mail check to:
MGS
c/o Delmarva Roots
217 Schley Ave.
Lewes, DE 19958

Register by Phone -- You may also register by phone by calling 1-800-576-8608 during normal business hours. We accept Mastercard or Visa credit cards.

Register online -- To register online, go to Delmarva Roots Genealogy store (http://www.delmarvaroots.com) and select Maryland Genealogy Seminar from the product list and select the days and/or banquet you wish to attend, add them to your shopping cart and then checkout. We accept Mastercard and Visa credit cards.

Vendors will be in attendance offering a large number of books, CDs, maps, and other miscellaneous items, covering source material, background history, how-to and other topics.

For additional information, contact: (800) 576-8608; or web site: http://www.delmarvaroots.com.


September 13, 14, & 15, 2002
Antietam, 140th Anniversary Commemoration

Fox's Gap
The Cornfield
Bloody Lane
AP Hill's Assault
near Hagerstown, MD.
For Ticket, Lodging & Travel Information call
1-888-248-4597
For even more information go to the following websites:
http://www.antietamreenactment.com/
http://www.marylandmemories.org/proof/iten/antietam_anniversary.html

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Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Activities and Sites
Available for your Enjoyment and Research


War Between the States (Tracing your Civil War Ancestors)
With HOST GFS Amy and HOST GFS Wolford on
Friday evenings at 9:00 PM EDT in the Golden Gates Chat Room
of the Genealogy Forum (ONLY ON AOL) at KEYWORD: ROOTS


"Genealogy Forum's Military Resources" Website
devoted to Civil War History and the material presented in
the American Civil War History Special Interest Group
in the Genealogy Forum of America On-Line.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

The Weekly Fireside Archives
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/Fireside.htm


The Genealogy Forum Mailing List Signup
You may subscribe by sending an email to:
GOLDEN-GATE-L-request@rootsweb.com
Title the subject of the email SUBSCRIPTION and type "Subscribe"
in the body of the email message.

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Editor's Note: I sincerely encourage you to feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, Stories or articles that you have in our Civil War History Files through the new Military Resources Website. We are trying "beef up" our Library and now those of you who have patiently stuck with us who aren't AOL Members can now participate. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you would desire to share those with the Civil War History community. On the Web Site, there are links to our Civil War Library (Files, Firesides, and Photo's).

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FOR ALL YOU 1ST TIMERS ON THURSDAY - "WE REALLY WELCOME YOU TO OUR MERRY BAND" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU, TRADING QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR CAMARADERIE!!! :-)... COME AGAIN OFTEN, WE DO INDEED "RELISH" YOUR COMPANY..

Every first-timer to the American Civil War History SIG gets put on the newsletter distribution automatically, because we like to send you a "Thank You Card" for coming to visit and this is our way of doing so. We hope to give you an opportunity to jump right in with us. If you desire NOT to receive the newsletter, then just drop us an email saying UNSUBSCRIBE and we will quickly remove your screen name from distribution. We certainly don't want to clog your mailbox with unwanted material. Also many of you pass on the newsletter to others that don't subscribe to AOL. We really want to thank you for spreading the word. I would also like to let you know that we would be happy to add them to our list if they have email of any sort. We distribute everywhere to those that have requested it. AOL membership is not a requirement although we'd love to see you in the Chat Room :D

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Did you Know..............

When Martha Harper was "about" six years old, there loomed a good night for her escape from the master's farm to rejoin her mother and father in Richmond. The white overseer's daughter was getting married, and all round the Ryland place in Saluda, Virginia, the white folks were getting ready for a big time. Who among them would be thinking about what the slaves were up to?

It was around 8:00 PM when a friendly slave named Bill crept up to a window in Martha's quarters and beckoned; the proverbial coast was clear. As instructed in advance, she ran out the door, and Bill handed her over a fence to her uncle Jack, who was waiting with another man.

The two men ran through the woods thaking turns carrying the little girl on their shoulders. About midnight, however, four hours after their start, they heard the yelp of bloodhounds. Sombody was after them after all.

The frightening sound was drawing steadliy closer. The little girl knew the significance. "My poor heart started jumping as the sound neared and neared," she related many years later.

She was sure they'd all be caught any moment, but her uncle Jack reassured her. "Dem's Ryland's hounds," he said. He had outdistanced them before, and he would outdistance them this time.

The two men bent to it and ran faster and faster. They reached the Pamunkey River, where Uncle Jack took the child high on his shoulders and waded the deep stream. He just "ploughed" through the water to the other side. There the small party of fugitives paused under a brush for breath. They watched as the pack of hounds and their slave-hunting masters reached the shoreline left behind and the dogs muddled about in confusion over the lost scent. As the blacks held their breath, the white possee turned downstream. In minutes, the pursuers were gone.

The two men and the girl went on. Soon they found a place in the thick, hardly trammeled woods to hide out for the coming day. They did the rest of their traveling that way -- rest and hide by day, travel by night -- until the morning when they reached a farm in Hanover County, outside Richmond, where Martha's father had left his wagon for them. The two men placed Martha under a pile of vegtables in the wagon and told her to be still while they proceeded toward nearby Richmond -- and the two sets of military lines ahead of them.

When they got to the Yankee lines, Uncle showed Father's pass, and they let us pass through the lines. Outside of Richmond, he had to show it to the Confederates, and they let him pass into the city because he was bringing provisions.

Soon the wagon turned down old Brook Road, and soon it turned into St. James Street. Martha's waiting mother at last saw the horse-drawn rig coming. "She screamed so loud that they must have heard her all over Richmond............"

..............and there you have it.

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THE HELP DESK

This segment is to address specific questions that hit our plate on Thursday night that we didn't have a chance to answer or needed a bit of time to check it out. Hope these answer the mail :D

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website (Website is listed above in the Fireside) has a myriad of options for you. Here are some the choices: US Military Records, Conscription/Draft Records, Civil War Battle Names, Secession of the Confederate States, Your Civil War Ancestors - Where to Begin, Military Resources on the Internet, links to the Stories, Files and Talks of the American Civil War History Chat on AOL, message boards and many, many others. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Additional Note from the Webmaster: Although we are thrilled to provide this area for you now, we want you to know that we are still building it and MORE files, Regimental Histories, etc., will be available in the near future. Stay Tuned!

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Websites we've received:


From: SusiCP@aol.com

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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

Here's how it works... If you are trying to get photographs of a gravesite or battlefield, to collect for your Civil War ancestor research and records, then send us a request and we will post it here... Other members see your request, some being in the near vicinity, are willing to assist, and can email you directly (This protects your privacy) to work out the details. We HIGHLY recommend the "Requester" pay for all film costs and any postage involved for a helping member. This is intended to be a "Free" assistance between members (with the exception of defraying film and postage costs). Do unto others as.... you know
:-)
Keep us posted on how this is working, so we can share them in the "Fireside"!!
HOST GFS Jim

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ANSWER(S) TO YOUR QUESTIONS, PLEASE BE SURE TO LET US KNOW!!!!!
Thanks!! - The Editors

We have had some gracious members offer their assistance in this area. Their screen names and areas they have offered to help in are listed.... Please honor their "goodness" and don't abuse them :-)....
We ask that you do follow the guidelines indicated above....

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OUR WEEKLY READING
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, and Poems evenings)

Since we're having a story about the Hunley next Thursday
this seemed appropriate:

The Cumberland
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1802-1887)

"The Cumberland was a wooden ship, a sloop with
twenty-four guns, rammed and sunk by the
Confederate ironclad Merrimac at Hampton
Roads, Virginia, on Saturday, March 8, 1862.
Union sailors on the Cumberland fought until
the last, enduring fearsome casualties. When
the ship sank, the main mast with the American
flag still flying remained above the water waving
in the breeze.

At anchor in Hampton Roads we lay,
On board of the Cumberland, sloop-of-war;
And at times from the fortress across the bay
The alarum of drums swept past,
Or a bugle-blast
From the camp on the shore.

Then far away to the south uprose
A little feather of snow-white smoke,
And we knew that the iron ship of our foes
Was steadily steering its course
To try the force
Of our ribs of oak

Down upon us heavily runs,
Silent and sullen, the floating fort;
Then comes a puff of smoke from her guns,
And leaps the terrible death,
With fiery breath,
From each open port.

We are not idle, but send her straight
Defiance back in a full broadside!
As hail rebounds from a roof of slate,
Rebounds our heavier hail
From each iron scale
Of the monster's hide.

"Strike your flag!" the rebel cries,
In his arrogant old plantation strain.
"Never!" our gallant Morris replies:
"It is better to sink than to yield!"
And the whole air pealed
With the cheers of our men.

Then like a kraken huge and black,
She crushed our ribs in her iron grasp!
Down went the Cumberland all awrack,
With a sudden shudder of death,
And the cannon's breath
For her dying gasp.

Next morn, as the sun rose over the bay,
Still floated our flag at the mainmast-head.
Lord, how beautifil was thy dat!
Every waft of the air
Was a whisper of prayer,
Or a dirge for the dead.

Ho! brave hearts that went down in the seas!
Ye are at peace in the troubled stream.
Ho! brave land! with hearts like these,
Thy flag, that is rent in twain,
Shall be one again,
And without a seam.

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY..

Check out the following member inputs for comments and requests for information, Feedback's, Items of Interest and Plea's for HELP...

From: SusiCP@aol.com
VA Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Because of your interest in genealogy in this county of Virginia, we would like to make you aware of the recruitment contacts for the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Virginia.

If you have a Confederate ancestor and are interested in membership, please contact one of the following for additional information:

Robert T. Millikin, III (Rob)
2nd Lt. Cmdr, VA Division, SCV
varebel@mindspring.com (home email)
OR
Michael D. Kendrick
Va. Div. SCV Recruiting Officer
1-877-VA-DIXIE Toll free State Wide
1-804-744-6351 Richmond Metro Calling Area
mike58-98@mindspring.com

{{{Susi}}} Thankee Ma'am....


From: MMeadPond@aol.com

The Greensboro News & Record continues its series on North Carolina and the War for Southern Independence. The most recent article is reprinted below.

If you would like to contribute to this series, please contact Ned Harrison at the News & Record, PO Box 20848, Greensboro NC 27420, or by e-mail at n-b-h@mindspring.com


http://www.news-record.com/community/neighborhoods/general/28051.htm

N.C. AND THE CIVIL WAR
8-21-02

By Ned Harrison
News & Record
Over the past several columns, we have been talking about how railroads, developed as part of the industrial revolution, transformed warfare. In our Civil War, this new ability to move large numbers of soldiers, along with their equipment and supplies over long distances and with predictable times of arrival, made war enormously different from what it had been before.

Another product of the industrial revolution was the telegraph. Invented in 1837 by Samuel F. B. Morse (when he sent the message "What hath God wrought?" from the chambers of the Supreme Court in Washington to a receiver in Baltimore,) the telegraph provided instant communication over long distances. In effect it made time and distance irrelevant: A message transmitted over wire in the universally used Morse code was received instantly.

By 1860, the nation had strung more than 50,000 miles of telegraph wire. In 1861, telegraph wires spanned the nation, New York to San Francisco.

About 95 percent of this wire was in the North; telegraph wires ran along rail lines and were used to connect stations and operate the rail systems. Telegraph kept stations aware of train locations and scheduling changes. One key fact that helped unite the nation: At 12 o'clock every day, railroad headquarters sent out a signal announcing the time: noon, precisely. In every town, the local telegraph operator became the de facto timekeeper for the community. And all towns along that rail line were on the same time.

When war came, both North and South recognized the value of instantaneous and long distance communication. The Confederacy quickly established a Corps of Signallers to take advantage of telegraph lines from Richmond to New Orleans, and from Nashville to New Orleans.

However, the South was hampered by the lack of telegraph connections to the countryside and suffered this disadvantage for the entire war: During the four years of war, the Confederacy was able to run only about a thousand miles of telegraph line to support military needs.

The North had all the communication advantages. In 1861, the Union had in place a fully integrated and connected civil telegraph system. In April 1861, the government took over all commercial telegraph. In April 1862, Congress passed legislation ordering the Army to take control of all private and railroad telegraph systems, which were integrated into the telegraph lines controlled by the Military Telegraph Corps. During the war, the Union Army laid some 15,000 miles of line directly related to war needs as battlefields shifted.

Information is the key to any battle, and this is no problem as long as the commander can see the fighting as it develops and can give orders verbally or with hand signals. In larger battles, commanders relied on runners or horsemen or visual signals to both receive battle information about fighting they could not see and to transmit orders. Often, these orders were useless because by the time they were received by those soldiers doing the fighting, the battle situation had changed.

Thus, until the Civil War, battlefield-headquarter communication was a critical problem. The "fog of battle," used over the years to refer to all battlefields, means that commanders frequently are out of touch with what is actually going on during a battle, especially when large numbers of men are involved in a struggle waged over large land areas. As the Civil War developed, the "fog" became a fact of military life.

From 1861 to 1865, battles raged among increasingly larger numbers of men (First Bull Run, July 1861: 65,000 men. Chancellorsville, May 1863: 190,000 men. Gettysburg, July 1863: 163,000 men. The Wilderness, May 1864: 160,000 men). Personal command became impossible, especially since the battlefield now ran for many miles.

The telegraph, if there was a connection between the battlefield and headquarters, allowed commanders in a distant headquarters to know what was happening in the field, to coordinate and appreciate the strategy as it developed; and because they had accurate and current information, commanders could give specific orders to specific commanders in different parts of a battlefield, to shape the course of the battle and possibly change defeat into victory.

The Encyclopedia of the Confederacy goes so far as to offer the possibility that the disparity in "telegraphic communications was a major factor in determining the outcome of the war."

NORTH CAROLINA AND THE CIVIL WAR.

Bryan A. McBane of Greensboro wrote, "I am enclosing a photocopy of a Confederate bill my parents recently gave me." The bill is dated Feb. 17, 1864, and McBane correctly noted that on the bill are "two areas of writing that say 'Two years after the ratification of a peace treaty between and 'The Confederate States and the United States of America'" the bill will be payable to the bearer.

McBane asked if there ever was a peace treaty between the United States and the Confederate States. The answer is "No" and the reason is that from the very beginning of the trouble - indeed, on the day the very first state (South Carolina, Dec. 20, 1860) declared itself seceded - President Abraham Lincoln refused to accept the premise that a state had the right to leave the Union. (President James Buchanan, a lame-duck president from Lincoln's election in November 1860 until his inauguration in March 1861, also agreed with Lincoln, in spite of showing an obvious Southern sympathy.)

Lincoln considered it his moral and legal duty to turn over to his successor a nation "unimpaired" from the nation he had accepted from his predecessor. He stated his position simply and eloquently in his first inaugural address: "I hold that in contemplation of universal law and of the Constitution, the union of these states is perpetual. It is safe to assert that that no government ever had a provision in its organic law for its termination."

Then Lincoln laid down the gauntlet: "No state upon its mere motion can lawfully get out of the Union. I therefore consider that the Union is unbroken and shall take care that the laws of the Union are faithfully executed in all the states."

There was no peace treaty because no state ever left the Union. South Carolina was recertified as a state on July 19, 1868.

WANT TO WRITE?

Ned Harrison writes about the Civil War and how involved North Carolina people were during those trying days. If any of your ancestors were part of the war years, either as soldiers or on the home front, and you know their stories, we want to hear from you. Please write Ned Harrison, News & Record, P.O. Box 20848, Greensboro, NC 27420. Send e-mail to n-b-h@mindspring.com

Tell a friend about NCSouth. To subscribe, just send a message to
NCSouth-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

{{{Mosey}}} Great material :D

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WHAT WE ARE ABOUT..

OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War", with byproducts of laughter, and comraderie!

OUR GOAL: to enhance your Genealogy activity, knowledge, and "wisdom" by talking about the history surrounding their lives and actions; specifically the "Civil War" that our ancestors lived through and died because of.

Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, said it so well.

"I think it is a noble and pious thing
To do whatever we may by written
Word or molded bronze and sculpted
Stone to keep our memories, our
Reverence and our love alive and
To hand them on to new generations
All too ready to forget."

OUR PROMISE: to provide an "online" environment that is NOT judgmental and to address ALL aspects of this "Pivotal Period" in our History, with honesty and truth (as we know it).

We do "Fireside Stories" about the battles, the people and the social happenings. In addition we dedicate one Thursday a month to the sharing of Songs, Poems and Letters from that era. So come back and visit; we'll save you a seat at the Fireside, and keep the Cider warm..... For a full listing of upcoming events, either look on the Schedule at the end of this Notice or in the Upcoming Events of the Genealogy Forum.

As we review the logs, and we find new visitors who show an interest or have entered into discussions on this topic in our Thursday sessions, we automatically add you to the distribution for this "Weekly Fireside."

AND Hey! TO YOU "FIRST-TIMERS" THIS WEEK, "Welcome"... :)

We heartily enjoyed your visit and participation. We really "fire up" with what members bring to the discussions, and we hope to see more of you.... Note that for any reason, should you desire to be removed from distribution of this "Weekly Missif," just drop us a line and we will comply with your wishes "post-haste".

Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events*****

Time: Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Golden Gates Chat Room (On AOL Only) with hosts HOST GFS Amy, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG and HOST GFS Jim and our many faithful friends :)

8/29/02 - OPEN CHAT

9/05/02 - The Hunley Story by HOST GFS TEG

9/12/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

9/19/02 - OPEN CHAT

9/26/02 - The Ozarks Burn - by HOST GFS Jim

We'll See You Thursday Night..!
Your Joyful, Intelligent and Fun-lovin' Host's & Hostess's :-)
HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG and HOST GFS Amy

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