June 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 02 June 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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I heard from some old members this week and one of them is still in active service. Don had a great Memorial Day story from the heart to share, as he always does. Check out "A Bit of Community"..... I was thinking about him this week while watching the Thunderbirds do their astounding aerials for the Air Force Academy Graduation. Don, you'll be happy to know they're back to flying trainers again... :-)

Next Thursday is OPEN CHAT... Come talk about the Civil War with us.....

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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.......


21-23 June 2002 - Women and the Civil War, Frederick, MD

The Sixth Conference on Women and the Civil War will be 21-23 June 2002 at Hood College, Frederick, MD. The event focuses on the service of women to their country during the War Between the States. QUESTIONS: E-mail: roslin@nfis.com or call (301) 293-2820 or WWW: http://www.womenandthecivilwar.org.


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.

   Early Birds: 19 Sept. 2002 - The Nabb Research Center will be open until 9 p.m.

    Friday 20 Sept.

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.

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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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Travel Tips for your Vacationing pleasure...............

This week we're Washington DC. The nation's capital has so much to cover for your Civil War interests......

I recommend for exact details for finding these areas and what you can see, get or review a copy of "Smithsonian's Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War - A Definitive Field Guide".

The White House - Known then as the Executive Mansion.

The Treasury Building - Most folks don't realize that the US Treasury was chosen as the final Federal bastion. In the early days of the war, the clerks formed a militia unit and made preparations for the president and senior officials to manage the goverment from the basement. As volunteer units arrived in the city before Rebel banners appeared on the far Potomac shore, it never became that intended fortress.

The Smithsonian Institution -

Other Civil War Sites -
The Willard Hotel currently at Fourteenth and E Streets sits on the site of the original Willard's Hotel of Civil War fame. Squares, circles, and Metro stops take their names from Federal heroes. For instance at Farragut Square, Logan Circle, McPherson Square and Thomas Circle stand statutes, mostly equestrian of these heroes. There is only one Confederate general with an outdoor statue in D.C. and that is Gereral Albert Pike, who led the Native American Rebels at the Battle of Pea Ridge. Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House.

At Seventeenth and F streets is the Winder Building, a former U.S. Army Headquarters. In 1859, New York congressman Daniel E. Sickles lived at 722 Jackson Place, on the west side of Lafayette Park. The building standing today is a 1960's reconstruction. Sickles killed his wife's lover, the son of Francis Scott Key, in Lafayette Park.

A number of cemeteries with Civil War significance lie within southeast Washington. Congressional Cemetery, near present-day Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, 1801 E. Street, SE, is the final resting place of Mathew Brady and the Lincoln conspirator David Herold. Mount Olivet Cemetery, on Bladensburg Road, contains the gravesite of Mrs. Mary Surratt. Buried in Oak Hall Cemetery, at 3001 R. Street NW, are Sergeon General Joseph K. Barnes, Joseph Henry, Robert T. Merrick, John Nicolay, Maj. Gen. Jesse Reno, Edwin M. Stanton, Joseph Willard, Judge Andrew Wylie, and Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas.

The Washington Navy Yard has exhibits on the Federal and Confederate navies in the Navy Memorial Museum.

The Washington Forts that can be visited are Fort Mahan, Fort Chaplin, Fort DuPont, Fort Davis, Fort Ricketts, Fort Stanton, Fort Carroll, Fort Greble, and Battery Kemble. Forts Bayard and Reno are both parks now with no traces of the original forts. There are some traces of Fort De Russy, which is in a wilderness area. Fort Slocum, Fort Totten, Fort Bunker Hill, Fort Lincoln Park and Fort Stevens which was originally called Fort Massachusetts.

............. enjoy, and happy traveling!

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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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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)

This is one of my all time favorites. Many of you may remember this poem from "The Dead Poet's Society", but it's orgins are much earlier. It was written by Walt Whitman as a tribute to his fallen president....

O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up -- for you the flag is flung -- for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths -- for you the shores a-crowding,
Her Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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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: MM3C11259@aol.com and IllinoisCW@aol.com.
Heh Heh both Ted and Frank reminded me of General Butterfield's full name and details....

General Daniel Butterfield (October 31, 1831) composed TAPS at Harrison's Landing, Virginia in 1862. Received the Medal of Honor for his military conduct at Gaine's Mill, Virginia. Buried at West Point Military Academy.

"Ted and Frank" Thank you gentlemen. You always fill in my blanks :D



From dalongs@earthlink.net

A Memorial Day Story
by Capt. John Rasmussen

EAGLE BASE, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Army News Service, May 22, 2002) -- It was raining "cats and dogs" and I was late for physical training.

Traffic was backed up at Fort Campbell, Ky., and was moving way too slowly. I was probably going to be late and I was growing more and more impatient. The pace slowed almost to a standstill as I passed Memorial Grove, the site built to honor the soldiers who died in the Gander airplane crash, the worst redeployment accident in the history of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Because it was close to Memorial Day, a small American flag had been placed in the ground next to each soldier's memorial plaque. My concern at the time, however, was getting past the bottleneck, getting out of the rain and getting to PT on time. All of a sudden, infuriatingly, just as the traffic was getting started again, the car in front of me stopped. A soldier, a private of course, jumped out in the pouring rain and ran over toward the grove.

I couldn't believe it! This knucklehead was holding up everyone for who knows what kind of prank. Horns were honking. I waited to see the butt-chewing that I wanted him to get for making me late. He was getting soaked to the skin. His BDUs were plastered to his frame. I watched-as he ran up to one of the memorial plaques, picked up the small American flag that had fallen to the ground in the wind and the rain, and set it upright again. Then, slowly, he came to attention, saluted, ran back to his car, and drove off.

I'll never forget that incident. That soldier, whose name I will never know, taught me more about duty, honor, and respect than a hundred books or a thousand lectures.

That simple salute -- that single act of honoring his fallen brother and his flag -- encapsulated all the Army values in one gesture for me. It said, "I will never forget. I will keep the faith. I will finish the mission. I am an American soldier." I thank God for examples like that.

And on this Memorial Day, I will remember all those who paid the ultimate price for my freedom, and one private, soaked to the skin, who honored them.

(Capt. John Rasmussen is now a chaplain with Multinational Division North in Bosnia)

{{Don}} Thanks for sending the article and giving us a great Memorial Day reminder. You and the family take care and you fly safe.... I also read your other note about Kevin Frye's Andersonville Prison site. He's special and is a wealth of knowledge about the prison.

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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 :)

6/6/02 - OPEN CHAT again. :-)

6/13/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War.

6/20/02 - OPEN CHAT.

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 09 June 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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Hi Folks....

This is going to be an extremely scaled down Weekly Fireside, but I wanted to get something out to you so you didn't think we had fallen off the face of the earth.

I'm sure you all have seen the fires in Colorado on your news, and I'm not sure how they're affecting our HOST GFS Jim and since he hasn't gotten anything out to you yet, I thought I'd better. I do know he'll be on vacation next week, so he's probably busy at his paying job tying up loose ends.

This Thursday is our special SONGS, LETTERS AND POEMS NITE... Please come and join us. Later in the newsletter you will see a preview of some of the letters we'll be reading..... I have 8 GREAT letters ready for you and I'm sure Amy has something ready for you also. If you can't be in the chat with us, the submitters of the letters I'll be reading, have very graciously given me permission to also put them on the bitsofblueandgray.com website. They will be posted in the very near future.

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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.......


21-23 June 2002 - Women and the Civil War, Frederick, MD

The Sixth Conference on Women and the Civil War will be 21-23 June 2002 at Hood College, Frederick, MD. The event focuses on the service of women to their country during the War Between the States. QUESTIONS: E-mail: roslin@nfis.com or call (301) 293-2820 or WWW: http://www.womenandthecivilwar.org.


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.

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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 HOST GFS WillM@aol.com
For those of you doing OH Civil War Soldier research, you'll want to keep an eye on the following website. It will grow weekly...

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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....

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

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

This is a preview from some of the letters we'll be reading this week. Please join us, you won't be sorry.

I thank Mark Street for allowing me to share this letter with everyone.
Dear Mother:
I received and read your letter of the first some days ago and was glad to hear that you were all well as you are at home, and hope this will find you as well as I am, which is as good as any body can ask for. Charles and Harlow are well as usual. We are beginning to have quite a regiment again. The boys are coming back from the hospitals and the boys that have been sick around camp are getting well. Company A now has thirty-six men for duty and at one time we only had seven. Out of our company sixteen are dead, twelve are discharged, two have deserted, forty-eight are on detached duty, making in all forty well men in our company, though not more than two thirds of them could stand a trip on picket. I just came in day before yesterday from three days picketing. It rained or snowed every day while I was out but our rubber blankets kept us dry so that we were all right. I was on post where the river was very narrow so I could talk with the rebs and we had fun. Three came over to us in a boat and talked with us some time. There are but few of the rebel privates that talk of fighting and dying in the last ditch. They are generally sick of it. We gave the rebs some coffee when they went back, and they gave us some tobacco. After they had steeped their coffee one of them raised his cup to drink, looked over where I was and said "Well, Johnny here is health to you". They said they had a right smart of confederate coffee made of rye but good coffee is worth five dollars per pound with them. It is a great deal more agreeable on picket to be friendly and joking with the rebs than to be firing at one another, and picket firing does not amount to much but to keep both armies in a state of alarm. I have not been on picket but twice where there was any firing. Once at Bolivar Heights when the Reb Cavalary made a dash on us and the other time was at Fredericksburg. There we had sharp shooters and shells playing on us. I was on picket by a brick house with a slate roof and the shells would burst on the roof and make the slate fly like fun, and the minnie balls would sing rather close occasionally. Well we are having pretty good times at present. Old Joe Hooker is a pretty good fellow we think. We have plenty of soft bread, hard tack, fresh beef, pork, beans, potatoes, onions, rice, sugar, coffee, and tea. Anybody that will grumble at that would growl if they were offered their discharge. I got the lock of hair that Ella sent. I should think her hair had grown dark considerable since I went away. I will send a lock of mine if I can get any long enough. I keep it trimmed pretty short. Please write as often as you can. My love to you and all the friends at home.
Yours ever,
J. L. Street

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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 :)

6/13/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War.

6/20/02 - OPEN CHAT.

6/27/02 - To be announced

7/04/02 - HOLIDAY - The hosts will have the night off to spend it with their families.

7/11/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

7/18/01 - OPEN CHAT

7/25/01 - 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 16 June 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 read some letters into the chat and Amy found poems for us. Tom told some of his ghost stories. We had a GREAT time... hope you were one of the lucky ones to be in the room.

Next Thursday is OPEN CHAT... Come talk about the Civil War with us.....

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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.......


21-23 June 2002 - Women and the Civil War, Frederick, MD

The Sixth Conference on Women and the Civil War will be 21-23 June 2002 at Hood College, Frederick, MD. The event focuses on the service of women to their country during the War Between the States. QUESTIONS: E-mail: roslin@nfis.com or call (301) 293-2820 or WWW: http://www.womenandthecivilwar.org.


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.

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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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Travel Tips for your Vacationing pleasure...............

The travelogue will continue when Jim returns

............. enjoy, and happy traveling!

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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


These were on Cyndi's list of new sites.


Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.htm


Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library
4278 Griscom Street
Philadelphia, PA
http://suvcw.org/garmus.htm


The Roster of Quantrill's Raiders -
http://history.cc.ukans.edu/heritage/research/quantrill.txt
ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/roots-l/genealog/genealog.quantril

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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)

Faded coat of blue
by J.H. McNaughton

My brave boy sleeps in his faded coat of blue
In a lonely grave unknown lies a heart that was so true
They sat faint and hungry among the Spanish braves
they laid him sad and lonely within his nameless grave

No more the bugle calls the weary one
Rest noble spirit in their graves unknown
For we'll find you and know you among the good and true
Where a robe of white is given for a faded coat of blue

He cried give me water and just a little crumb
And my mother she will bless you through all the years to come
And tell my sweetest sister so gentle good and true
I'll meet her in heaven dressed in white instead of blue

No more the bugle calls the weary one
Rest noble spirit in their graves unknown
For we'll find you and know you among the good and true
Where a robe of white is given for a faded coat of blue

No dear one was near him to close his small blue eyes
No gentle voice was by him to give him sweet reply
No stone marks the lonely spot on the lad so brave and true
In a lonely grave he's sleeping in his faded coat of blue

No more the bugle calls the weary one
Rest noble spirit in their graves unknown
For we'll find you and know you among the good and true
Where a robe of white is given for a faded coat of blue

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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...

NOTE from HOST GFS Jayne:

Several weeks ago I received an email from QNavyWife/Sharon regarding a gravemarking they were going to have for a Confederate soldier, Catlette Madison Harlow.

The gravemarking has taken place and you can see the newspaper article at: http://www.syracuse.com/news/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1023274174199462.xml Confederate Soldier

Thanks ((((((Sharon)))))) for sharing this with us!!


From: MM3C11259@aol.com and IllinoisCW@aol.com

Heh Heh both Ted and Frank reminded me of General Butterfield's full name and details....

General Daniel Butterfield (October 31, 1831) composed TAPS at Harrison's Landing, Virginia in 1862. Received the Medal of Honor for his military conduct at Gaine's Mill, Virginia. Buried at West Point Military Academy.

"Ted and Frank" Thank you gentlemen. You always fill in my blanks :D


From: dalongs@earthlink.net

A Memorial Day Story
by Capt. John Rasmussen

EAGLE BASE, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Army News Service, May 22, 2002) -- It was raining "cats and dogs" and I was late for physical training.

Traffic was backed up at Fort Campbell, Ky., and was moving way too slowly. I was probably going to be late and I was growing more and more impatient. The pace slowed almost to a standstill as I passed Memorial Grove, the site built to honor the soldiers who died in the Gander airplane crash, the worst redeployment accident in the history of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Because it was close to Memorial Day, a small American flag had been placed in the ground next to each soldier's memorial plaque. My concern at the time, however, was getting past the bottleneck, getting out of the rain and getting to PT on time. All of a sudden, infuriatingly, just as the traffic was getting started again, the car in front of me stopped. A soldier, a private of course, jumped out in the pouring rain and ran over toward the grove.

I couldn't believe it! This knucklehead was holding up everyone for who knows what kind of prank. Horns were honking. I waited to see the butt-chewing that I wanted him to get for making me late. He was getting soaked to the skin. His BDUs were plastered to his frame. I watched-as he ran up to one of the memorial plaques, picked up the small American flag that had fallen to the ground in the wind and the rain, and set it upright again. Then, slowly, he came to attention, saluted, ran back to his car, and drove off.

I'll never forget that incident. That soldier, whose name I will never know, taught me more about duty, honor, and respect than a hundred books or a thousand lectures.

That simple salute -- that single act of honoring his fallen brother and his flag -- encapsulated all the Army values in one gesture for me. It said, "I will never forget. I will keep the faith. I will finish the mission. I am an American soldier." I thank God for examples like that.

And on this Memorial Day, I will remember all those who paid the ultimate price for my freedom, and one private, soaked to the skin, who honored them.

(Capt. John Rasmussen is now a chaplain with Multinational Division North in Bosnia)

{{Don}} Thanks for sending the article and giving us a great Memorial Day reminder. You and the family take care and you fly safe.... I also read your other note about Kevin Frye's Andersonville Prison site. He's special and is a wealth of knowledge about the prison.

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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 :)

6/20/02 - OPEN CHAT.

6/27/02 - To be announced (possibly Part 1 of a story about Antietam our own HOST GFS TEG wrote)

7/04/02 - HOLIDAY - The hosts will have the night off to spend it with their families.

7/11/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

7/18/01 - OPEN CHAT

7/25/01 - 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 23 June 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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Well I had this newsletter all finished Sunday night and I could have sworn on a stack of Bibles that I sent it out. Well by now you know that didn't occur. Us Coloradoans have been riveted to our "Wild Fire" problems this past week and this week. It's getting to the point that we're having trouble finding blue sky through the smoke in the air and that's something we're not used too... We have about 6 fires burning around the state and one of them over in Glenwood Springs was started but an old Coal Seam that the Geologists believe now has been burning for years and years below the surface. Oh Well, I guess I'm becoming "Twitterpated". Heh Heh Here tis.....

Next Thursday is Civil War Letters, Songs and Poems... Come join us for this monthly special!!

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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.......


21-23 June 2002 - Women and the Civil War, Frederick, MD

The Sixth Conference on Women and the Civil War will be 21-23 June 2002 at Hood College, Frederick, MD. The event focuses on the service of women to their country during the War Between the States. QUESTIONS: E-mail: roslin@nfis.com or call (301) 293-2820 or WWW: http://www.womenandthecivilwar.org.


27-30 June 2002 - Southern Perspective, Dallas, TX

"A Southern Perspective on the American Experience," is the topic of the Dallas [TX] Genealogical Society's 2002 summer institute offered 27-30 June 2002 at the J. Erik Jonsson Dallas Public Library.

Participants will receive an intense 3 1/2 days of education about the history and records of America's southern states. The institute starts Thursday, 27 June, with registration at 6 p.m. at the library, 1515 Young St., in Dallas.

Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck will open the session with an overview of Maryland. Bockstruck, FNGS, is head of the Dallas Public Library Genealogy Department and author of Virginia's Colonial Soldiers and other books. On subsequent days, Bockstruck will discuss Virginia and Alabama.

Brent Holcomb, editor of the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, will share his knowledge of the Carolinas and border problems between them during colonial times. Robert Scott Davis, author and lecturer, will speak to participants about Georgia.

Saturday night is set aside for private research in the Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library. During this time, attendees can take part in organized exercises or focus on individual research.

Sunday brunch will be served at the Aristocrat Hotel of Dallas, followed by lectures on the state of Alabama. The library is open Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

The $200 registration fee includes classes, notebooks, daily handouts, evening research time, Friday and Saturday lunch and Sunday brunch. Space is limited to 120 pre-registered students. Registration forms and a $100 deposit must be received by June 20. Mail registrations to the following address:

DGS Southern Perspective Institute
P.O. Box 12446
Dallas, TX 75225-0446
Voice Mail/Fax: 972-463-0400
E-mail: info@dallasgenealogy.org.
Website: http://www.dallasgenealogy.org.



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.

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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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Travel Tips for your Vacationing pleasure...............

Well this week I'm going to highlight those Civil War areas in the Far West, which many don't realize ever occurred.

I again recommend for exact details for finding these areas and what you can see, get or review a copy of "Smithsonian's Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War - A Definitive Field Guide."

The major Confederate commander in the west was Brigadier General Henry Hopkins Sibley. Most of the far west events in the Civil War were triggered by Sibley's campaign to take over the West for the Confederacy.

Arizona
Picacho Pass Battle area - This battle area in Arizona is part of Picacho Peak State Park, located 71 miles southeast of Phoenix at Picacho, off exit 112 of I-10. Graves of some Union soldiers are reportedly twenty feet from the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks at Picacho Pass.

Apache Pass Battle area - A Union contingent soldiers on a courier mission to inform Brigadier General Edward R.S. Canby of Carleton's Ft. Yuma column in route to old Fort Buchanan was attacked by Apaches at this southern-most pass in the Rocky Mountain chain and the only free-flowing well in that region. Apache Pass is within the Fort Bowie National Historic Site. Fort Bowie was first established by Brigadier General James H. Carlton, to control the spring and secure that route to California. This site, located 22 miles from I-10 south on Arizona Hwy 186 houses in addition to the Apache Pass area, the old Butterfield Stage station, the Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency and the ruins of the first two forts.

California
The California Drum Barracks - Located at Wilmington, south of Los Angeles, Drum Barracks was the Civil War boot camp for the training of all the California Volunteers. It is now a California State Historic site.

Fort Tejon State Historic Park - If you read the first of Jeff Shaara's books (Gods and Generals) you'll remember the portion in the beginning of the book where Winfield Scott Hancock and Lewis A. Armistead were posted together in California before the Civil War started and became fast friends. Well this is the fort where they were assigned. This California state park is located 71 miles north of Los Angeles just off I-5 at the Frazier Park exit.

New Mexico
Fort Fillmore and San Augustin Spring - these two sites are in the vicinity of Mesilla, New Mexico. Fort Fillmore no longer exists, but the downtown area of Misilla, now a suburb of Las Cruces called La Mesilla Plaza, has many buildings that were standing during the Civil War. Take the 140 exit from I-10 south on NM Hwy 28 (Calle de El Paso) to La Mesilla Plaza. On US 570, 17 miles north of I-25 exit 6 is San Augustin Pass, the location of that battle.

Fort Craig and Battle of Valverde -
After a century of vandalism, Fort Craig is in ruins but attempts at restoration are in progress. Take exit 124 from I-25. Make a left at the end of the ramp and continue to the intersection of NM Hwy 1. Turn right (south) on NM Hwy 1 and at 6.2 miles there will be a sign indicating a left turn to Fort Craig. 4.5 miles down this access road is Fort Craig. There are self-guided tour pamphlets, interpretive trails and a parking lot.
The Valverde battlefield can be reached by returning north to I-25 exit 124. Instead of reentering the freeway, turn right, then immediately to the left. There is a historical marker indicating the battlefield. The present channel of the Rio Grande river is some 60 yards west of the 1862 channel. South of the battlefield is Mesa del Contradera, a battlefield landmark also known as Black Mesa, which rises about 300 feet above the countryside and marks the battlefield's southern edge. Hall's Federal battery, which successfully withstood Confederate charges, was positioned just to the north.

Battle of Glorieta Pass
Albuquerque - In the late 1800's former Confederate major T.T. Teel, led a group of curious citizens to a site 500 feet north of San Felipe Church and unearthed eight cannons buried by the Confederates prior to their evacuation of the city and gave them to the city of Albuquerque and the Colorado Historical Society. The church is located at the Historic Old Town Plaza at San Felipe and Romero streets. Nearby is the Albuquerque Museum and Casa de Armijo which served as a headquarters for Union officers.
Santa Fe - most of this area is steeped in Hispanic heritage however, the Sante Fe National Cemetery on North Guadalupe Street contains the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers killed at Valverde and Glorieta.
From Santa Fe, to reach Glorieta sites, take I-25 north from Santa Fe. At exit 294, get off the freeway and look at the knoll to the west, which was the site of Johnson's Ranch. Return to the freeway and get off at exit 297. The walls of the canyon will be on either side of you. Nearby is the arroyo the Colorado cavalry jumped their horses over. This is on private property. Return to the interstate and continue east.
Pecos National Historical Park - Portions of the Glorieta Battlefield are now part of the new Pecos National Historical Park. The visitor center is located off I-25 exit 307, then north on NM Hwy 63. This will be an enjoyable visit.

............. enjoy, and happy traveling!

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Correction to next weeks topic -
Death in September (Part I) - A story of Antietam

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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 Resources 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: BitsOBlueNGray@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!!!!!
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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)

I haven't done this most favorite of stories in quite a while. Hope you enjoy as much as we do.

It has been documented in many, many places, from diaries and letters of Civil War Veterans, to newspaper stories, about a tradition that occurred over and over in Federal and Confederate camps at the end of the day. At twilight, the regimental bands would begin their evening concerts. When the armies were bivouacked close to each other, the bands would play of an evening, and sometimes they would compete with each other or they would alternate playing different songs back and forth. Toward the end of their concerts the music would become tender and soothing calling up memories of home, family and better days.

One such occassion, I would like to tell about. It's twilight in Virginia, along the Rappahannock River. The Union Army of about 100,000 is camped on one side of the river and the Confederate Army of 70,000 is camped on the other. It's bitter cold that night on the 13th of December, 1862. A few weeks earlier they had fought the Battle of Fredericksburg, at that time in the conflict, the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. 12,000 Federals and 5,000 Confederates had been killed or wounded.. The bands from both armies had been playing that night and they were coming to the close of their concerts. That night they had alternated back and forth, the music becoming more and more tender, bringing tears and longing to the hearts of the soldiers. Finally one Federal band had started one of the Civil War's favorite tunes. The music floated over the river, while men and boys, were writing letters home. The moon was out and it's light shown down on thousands of campfires sending streams of smoke up into the cold air. The music was so light, and haunting. No sooner had the Federal band started than a Confederate band joined in. One at a time, other regimental bands on both sides joined in, adding their "voice" to the music. Pens were put down, card games stopped; all talk and sounds of cleanup and preparing for bed stopped except for the music. Finally every regimental band had joined in to meld the music together. Still not a sound from 170,000 souls as they sat motionless with their frosty breath and the campfire smoke rising into the moonlit sky and listening to an "unearthly" song........

"Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble there's no place like home!
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which, seek through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere;
Home! Home! sweet, sweet, Home!
There's no place like Home!
There's no place like Home."


The music slowly began to fade, until the last note just drifted off into the night, fainter and fainter, until...... nothing. Suddenly from that awesome silence, both sides "Roared" up with heart rending shout, and started cheering, jumping up and down, and throwing their hats in the air. In the words of one witness, Frank Mixson, Private, 1st South Carolina Volunteers; "Had there not been a river between them, the two armies would have met face to face, shaken hands, and ended the war on that spot.

The song; "Home Sweet Home" by John Howard Payne. Thank you Ernest L. Abel for your article in the May 1996 edition of "America's Civil War" Magazine that reminded me of this incredible incident.

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY...

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From: Marielm14@aol.com
Novel by Quebecer who fought in U.S. Civil War translated into English

DAVID TIRRELL-WYSOCKI
Canadian Press

Sunday, May 19, 2002
(AP)
Keene State College professor Margaret S. Langford holds copies of "Un Revenant," a Franco-American Civil War novel by Remi Tremblay, and "One Came Back," her English translation of the book. (AP)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The U.S. Civil War attracted tens of thousands of fighters from Quebec, a largely overlooked chapter of Franco-American history.
Now, the battlefield exploits of one underage fighter who endured the final bloody months of the war have been published in English for the first time, offering new insights to historians, Civil War buffs and Franco-Americans whose ancestors brought their culture to the United States.
Remi Tremblay, born in St-Barnabe, about 130 kilometres north of Montreal, crossed the border in 1863, lied about his age and enlisted in the Union Army at 16. In the next 18 months, he fought in some of the war's bloodiest battles before being held captive at Libby prison in Richmond, Va., infamous for its harsh conditions and high death rate.
Twenty years later, in 1884, he turned his experiences into the story of two French Canadian heroes, Leon Duroc and Eugene Leduc, in a romantic novel, Un Revenant, or One Came Back. It was a Franco-American classic, but available only in French.
Enter Margaret Langford, a French professor at Keene State College, who spent six years translating the novel, which will be published next month, into English.
Langford translated word plays, slang, dialect, military terms and nuances of language from 150 years ago. From military experts, handwritten records, linguists and even a physicist, she gleaned facts such the number of French Canadians who fought in the Union Army, period details to flesh out the descriptive narrative and expert commentary about the events Tremblay depicted.
"I had been on the lookout for a work written by a Franco-American, in French, to connect to an event that was so mainstream American that it would be difficult to ignore the contribution," Langford said.
"I thought if I could find such a work that made this connection and also was intriguing and readable, it would lessen the invisibility of ordinary Franco-Americans."
She found it on her own bookshelf.
After countless days of rising early, getting to bed late and working with papers spread around her at a Keene coffee shop, she hopes the book soon will be on many other bookshelves.
The story traces Tremblay's war experiences with the 14th U.S. Infantry through his heroes, Duroc and Leduc.
Duroc is wounded and reported dead. Leduc, like Tremblay, survives the battles of Spotsylvania, The Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Petersburg, and endures the winter of 1864-65 in Libby prison, where he fought other prisoners for scraps of food.
"Some, though they could no longer stand up, found the courage to crawl on their hands and knees to squabble over a crumb of cornbread no bigger than a plum pit - a crumb that a prisoner who wasn't as hungry had let fall into the spit - and tobacco juice on the floor," he writes.
On the battlefield, Tremblay describes a bomb exploding overhead as Leduc crouches over his campfire.
"One of the fragments had killed a man right beside him; another blew away coffee, kettle, fire and fuel. It had buried itself in the earth after covering two or three of his campfire mates with sand."
Intertwined with the war is intrigue back home involving a swindler who stole $1,000 from Duroc and both heroes' Romeo-and-Juliet love stories.
Tremblay uses his experiences to defend the exodus of up to 1.5 million French-Canadians to New England from the time of the Civil War to the early 20th century.
The immigrants were generally scorned in Canada for leaving their agrarian Catholic roots for the "evils" of the English-speaking, American Protestant cities.
Tremblay's family moved from Quebec to the mills of Massachusetts and Rhode Island when he was 12, but moved back. After the war, he worked as a journalist and eventually editor of a Franco-American newspaper in Fall River, Mass.
"The Canadians who have emigrated to the U.S. are honest workers and those who denigrate them are the riff-raff," Tremblay proclaims through one of his heroes.
Publisher Tordis Ilg Isselhardt, at Images from the Past in Bennington, Vt., said Langford preserved the feel of the 19th century while making the story engaging for today's reader.
"She doggedly kept sniffing out every lead, every twist and turn of the story," Isselhardt said.
In the closing months of the translation, project collaborator Claire Quintal, founder of the French Institute at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., found an incomplete, unpublished translation by Tremblay himself.
Langford called it "a work in progress" and said it helped resolve some conflicts over interpretations. But Tremblay left out some of the richness of the original French, including some word plays that Langford painstakingly preserved.
At the Franco-American Institute in Manchester, a city Franco-Americans helped build, director Francoise Elise said the novel will call attention to the unheralded contributions of earlier generations.
"We are a quiet bunch," she said. "This book connects with non-Franco-Americans - that we're just like them and they are just like us."
She also hopes it will help young people appreciate their heritage.
"They were raised in English households, with no connection to where they came from - the history, the immigration," she said.

On the Net:
Publisher: http://www.imagesfromthepast.com r
Copyright 2002 The Canadian Press

{{{{{Jayne}}}}} Thanks for passing this on.


From: AvalonPark@aol.com

absolutely love to read the articles you put on your site. Thank you.
Marjorie

{{{Marjorie}}} We all appreciate your good response. Thanks

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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 :)

6/27/02 - Part 1 of a story about Antietam our own HOST GFS TEG wrote

7/04/02 - HOLIDAY - The hosts will have the night off to spend it with their families.

7/11/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

7/18/01 - OPEN CHAT

7/25/01 - Part 2 of a story about Antietam our own HOST GFS TEG wrote

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Week ending 30 June 2002

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Last Thursday was just great. We did Part I of Tom Gladwell's (HOST GFS TEG) "Death in September" a story of Antietam. As usual Tom's stories are just spellbinding and we sure enjoyed it.

Now don't forget, this coming Thursday is the "4th of July" and your Hosts are taking a Holiday to be with our families. Now you can still use the Chat Room but we "most likely" won't be there, Heh Heh !

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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.

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


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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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Travel Tips for your Vacationing pleasure...............

Well this week I'm going to highlight those Civil War areas in state of Florida.

I again recommend for exact details for finding these areas and what you can see, get or review a copy of "Smithsonian's Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War - A Definitive Field Guide."

Florida was the least populous Confederate state, so contributed the fewest soldiers to the southern cause. However, as a percentage of it's population, Florida sent the most men of all the Southern states to the Confederate services. Not much battle activity (with the exception of Olustee) occurred in Florida but it served as the "bread-basket" to the other Confederate states. The Florida coastline was not especially conducive to blockade-running, and most of the state's key ports; Pensacola, Cedar Key, Tampa, Apalachicola and St. Marks on the Gulf coast; Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Fernandina on the Atlantic were effectively blockaded or occupied by the Federal troops for much of the war.

The forts and historical sites in Florida are for the most part in very good shape and well preserved for your travel plans.

Pensacola Area - most of Pensacola's Civil War Sites are within Gulf Islands National Seashore, including Santa Rosa Island and Fort Pickens. The Advanced Redoubt and Fort Barrancas are on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Although Forts Pickens and Barrancas are separated by only a mile of water, it requires a drive of 30 miles around Escambia Bay to get from one to the other. Also before leaving downtown Pensacola, you may want to visit the Pensacola Historic Museum, which occupies the oldest Protestant church building in Florida. During the Civil War it served as a hospital and barracks by Federal forces. It now houses exhibits and a library, including an extensive collection of photographs, maps, and illustrations. I can also personnaly vouch for the Civil War Museum in the old downtown district which has one of the most fascinating Civil War Soldier doll collections I've ever seen. These are exact replica's of the uniform detail of many Federal and Confederate regiments which fought in the Civil War.

Apalchicola Area - a major port for Confederate imports and exports. A visit to Fort Gadsden State Historic Site will give you a good picture of the activity here.

St. Marks Area - further west along the Gulf coast, at Apalochee Bay is the Civil War town of St. Marks. San Marcos De Apalache State Historic Site houses the old Spanish Fort, Confederate works and a military cemetery.

Battle of Natural Bridge - the battle fought here against Union forces and the Florida home guard is at Natural Bridge State Historic Site. This site is just north of St. Marks.

Tampa Area - there is not much left to see in the small town of Bayport and Tampa proper as they were known for their blockade running. Fort De Soto Park was the Confederate battery known as Fort Brooke. Some Spanish-American War - era artillery pieces are all that is left at the Park. The Gamble Plantation State Historic Site is one of the few remaining antebellum plantation houses in Florida. Judah P. Benjamin stayed at the plantation in May 1865 while fleeing Federal authorities. He eventually ended up in London where he became one of Britain's most sought after barristers.

St. Augustine and Jacksonville Areas - if traveling in these areas be sure to stop by the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine and the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History in that town.

Olustee Battle Site - just west of Jacksonville on I-10 is the largest Civil War battle site in Florida. It is a favorite re-enactment site and is well worth a visit at the Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site.

............. enjoy, and happy traveling!

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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: HOSTGFSJayne@aol.com

As passed on by reidz@bellsouth.net

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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"!!
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Thanks!! - The Editors

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We ask that you do follow the guidelines indicated above....


From: MMeadPond@aol.com
Passed on from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Dear colleague,

The Wisconsin Historical Society has two new online research tools to help genealogists research ancestors who served in Wisconsin units during the Civil War. Please feel free to pass on the information below to fellow researchers who moderate email lists or edit newsletters. Feel free to run them in your printed or email newsletter, forward them to your members, or place a link anywhere on a site you maintain. If you want to expand or edit these paragraphs, feel free to visit the web sites below and use any text there that would be helpful.

If this message isn't appropriate for your organization, please accept my apologies. I thought the people with whom you communicate might like to learn about these two new online genealogy resources at the Wisconsin Historical Society's Web site ( http://www.wisconsinhistory.org ).

Best wishes,

Michael Edmonds
Deputy Director
Library/Archives Division
Wisconsin Historical Society
608-264-6538

Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865
These online volumes list all soldiers who participated in Wisconsin's Civil War regiments. Known collectively as the Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, two volumes were compiled in 1886 from archival records and an alphabetical index was published in 1914. Together these 3,000 pages give Civil War service details on about 90,000 Wisconsin soldiers. Search for soldiers by last name and/or regiment and company. Browse this free resource.
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/roster/

Wisconsin Civil War Service Records
Once you've found your soldier in the Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, order a photocopy of your Wisconsin ancestor's Civil War service record. For most soldiers these records show soldier name, rank, age and birthplace; hair and eye color, complexion, height, occupation, and residence; when, where, and by whom enlisted; term of service; place where the enlistment was credited; and date and manner of termination of service. A special "remarks" sections lists promotions, special duties, leaves of absence, engagements, injuries, and, if the soldier died in service, date and place of death and sometimes place of burial. Fees apply. Note: these are not National Archives pension records.
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/genealogy/ogrs/

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

Goober Peas

Sitting by the roadside on a summer day,
Chatting with my messmates, passing time away,
Lying in the shadow underneath the trees,
Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas!

Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas!
Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas!

When a horseman passes, the soldiers have a rule,
To cry out at their loudest, "Mister, here's your mule,"
But another pleasure enchantinger than these,
Is wearing out your grinders, eating goober peas!

Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas!
Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas!

Just before the battle the General hears a row,
He says, "the Yanks are coming, I hear their rifles now,"
He turns around in wonder, and what do you think he sees?
The Georgia militia eating goober peas!

Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas!
Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas!

I think my song has lasted almost long enough.
The subject's interesting, but the rhymes are mighty rough,
I wish this war was over, when free from rags and fleas,
We'd kiss our wives and sweethearts and gobble goober peas!

Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas!
Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas!
- A. Pender

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From: GLITZ01@aol.com
"Home Sweet Home" was beautiful - made me cry. Shirley

{{{{Shirley}}}} Now you know why it's one of our favorites!

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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.

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

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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 :)

7/04/02 - HOLIDAY - The hosts will have the night off to spend it with their families.

7/11/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

7/18/01 - OPEN CHAT

7/25/01 - Part 2 of a story about Antietam our own HOST GFS TEG wrote

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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