October 2004 Fireside Newsletters

Hear Ye ....       Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 03 October 2004 

NOTE:  If you do not wish to receive the Weekly Fireside, PLEASE send email to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com  saying "UNSUBSCRIBE" and they will remove you from the distribution.  On the other hand, if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter, please have them send Jayne or Bill email with subscribe in the subject line.  

NOTE from Jayne:  We're getting more subscribers all the time, and  I'd like to welcome all the new subscribers we've had recently.  I hope you enjoy our little newsletter. 

Please be assured your email addresses are not shared with, nor sold to, anyone else. 

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NOTES FROM THE HOSTS OF THE CIVIL WAR HISTORY CHATS
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This week we will FINALLY have our "The Home Front War (Women of the Border Wars)" talk by Kay L. Grondahl   Guaranteed!!!  

Be sure to check out the websites sent to us this week.  If you've discovered a Civil War Website you find interesting, share it with us!!!!    

This is so important, I decided to leave it in yet another week.  

Several weeks ago we covered  preservation of our Battlefields....   Everyone needs to do his/her part in preserving these hallowed grounds.  Too many of them have been covered by shopping malls, housing developements and other sprawl.  Check their website at http://www.nationaltrust.org/index.html   You might even want to join and you can do so by going to http://www.nationaltrust.org/join/index.asp?cat=4 using the links after the "Benefits of Membership"

We hope you'll join us.  

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WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
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OUR FOCUS:  the "History of the American (United States) Civil War," with by-products of laughter, and camaraderie!

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).

Join HOST RL WillM, HOST RL Magnolia and HOST RL Jayne Thursday 11 PM ET  
Join HOST RL Jayne & HOST RL DsRoots...   Friday 10 PM ET 
in the Ancestral Digs  Room (on AOL only)   

The "program" will not necessarily be the same both nights.  Let us help you find your soldier.  Tell us their stories.  We will still have our  Songs, Letters and poems nights the 2nd Thursday of the month and the Friday following. Watch the schedule below to see what we're up to.  

JOIN HOST RL IrshRose....  Saturday Midnight ET for help tracing your heritige to the American Civil time period in the Ancestral Digs Room

You can visit the Genealogy Schedule by going to Keyword: Genealogy Chat   which includes our Civil War chats and you can also see them, and other Civil War chats also, at Keyword:  Civil War Chat Schedule    On the Civil War chat schedule page, you will see a link to "Civil War Libraries",  There are many files that my ol' partner GFS Jim had posted over the years.  

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"THE BOOK SHELF"
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If you have read a great Civil War book you think others should read, I invite all of you (you don't have to be an AOL member to share here in the Weekly Fireside) to send the title, author and a Review of it to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com.    

Civil War Book Review
http://www.cwbr.com/  

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--------OUR WEEKLY READING--------
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, 
and Poems evenings)
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I've received several poems from William "Wild Bill" Taylor for the Bits of Blue and Gray website and I thought I would share one with all of you.   You can see others at  http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/WmTaylorPoemsl.htm

Ode to Ambrose Bierce

A precious little girl walks in horror
on her front yard that is now
a battlefield,

She is looking for her Papa
a rider with Billy Mahone,
for her
mother has told her he is on
his way home!

Darling Papa has been gone for years, it is true,
battle tested everywhere,
he has earned this permanet furlough,

he must get home in time to save his family,

Darling Papa is the only one to save them now,
the countryside is ripe with bums
and scalawags!

today, is reconcilliation sunday,
but right before the killing of the
fatted calf, 

Friendly fire explodes in front of his face,
he lives, but is blinded for life,

Staggering across this open field,
he hollers first his precious little one,

yet both will spend eternity in
a search barren,

Papa is blind,
his little girl deaf,
Momma has been taken down 
by the typhus bug,

And it is said, a hundred years later,
that on certain nights, this time of year,

you can see a blind rebel soldier
being chased

by the one he hold so dear

by William "Wild Bill" Taylor
Copyright, July, 2003

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THE HELP DESK
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Do you have a question that you didn't get to ask in the chatroom??  
Send us and email and we'll post it here to see if 
some of our readers can help you.  If you get an answer to your
queston, please let us know. 

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JDevi4@aol.com  is looking for information on his Civil War Ancestor, Joseph Devine who was a Lt. Col in the 3rd Mounted TN Inf.  Joseph was killed Feb '65 by bushwackers at Big Creek TN.  JDevi says the Regiment was only a 100 day regiment but they had a few skirmishes  He was killed by some men under Confederate General Vaughn, or so he has been told.  He hasn't been able to find anything about Joseph at the National Archives.  

Anybody out there able to help JD??????  

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DID YOU KNOW?
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If you have something we could use here, PLEASE send it along.   Thanks!!!!

Did anyone get last week's trivia questions all right?????   

SEASONAL FOODS
from An Madra Rua

SEPTEMBER

Fish - Brill, carp, cod, eels, flounders, lobsters, mullet, oysters,
plaice, prawns, skate, sole, turbot, whiting, whitebait.
Meat - Beef, lamb, mutton, pork, veal.
Poultry - Chickens, ducks, fowls, geese, larks, pigeons, pullets,
rabbits, teal, turkeys.
Game - Blackcock, buck venison, grouse, hares, partridges, pheasants.
Vegetables - Artichokes, asparagus, beans, cabbages sprouts, carrots,
celery, lettuces, mushrooms, onions, pease, potatoes, salading, sea-
kale, sprouts, tomatoes, turnips, vegetable marrows,- various herbs.
Fruit - Bullaces, damsons, figs, filberts, grapes, melons, morella-
cherries, mulberries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, quinces,
walnuts.

OCTOBER

Fish - Barbel, brill, cod, crabs, ells, flounders, gudgeons,
haddocks, lobsters, mullet, oysters, plaice, prawns, skate, soles,
tench, turbot, whiting.
Meat - Beef, mutton, pork, veal, venison.
Poultry - Chickens, fowls, geese, larks, pigeons, pullets, rabbits,
teal, turkeys, widgeons, wild ducks.
Game - Blackcock, grouse, hares, partridges, pheasants, snipes,
woodcocks, doe venison.
Vegetables - Artichokes, beets, cabbages, cauliflowers, carrots,
celery, lettuces, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, sprouts, tomatoes,
turnips, vegetable marrow, various herbs.
Fruit - Apples, black and white bullances, damsons, figs, filberts,
grapes, pears, quinces, walnuts.

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Weekly Web Sites we've received 
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If you have a favorite Civil War site, please send them to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com 

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From:  HOST RL Jayne

I received a great tip from one of our readers and somehow I've lost the email so I don't remember who sent it, but I do remember what he said.....   Oft time we have questions that can't always be answered by the Hosts in chatroom, and since our newsletter goes out to other than just AOL subscribers, a great suggestion is to subscribe to one (or more) of the Rootsweb maillists.  There are MANY military lists and I'm sure one would meet your needs.. http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Military/   You can post your question on the list and there is bound to be someone out there who will answer.     

You may also send your questions here (CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com) and I'll post them in the newsletter.

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From:  Kashathree

Refighting the Civil War, With Government Help
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/27/national/27civil.html?ex=1097289385&ei=1&en=7af48afe264c43c9

U.S. Civil War Center -- The Generals' Burials Listing
http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/cwc/projects/dbases/generals.htm 

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From DdHober

Law's Alabama Brigade - It's Battles, Men and Operations
http://www.myweb.cableone.net/mpenny1842/law'salabamabrigade/ 

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FROM OUR READERS
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If your ancestor has or you have a story to tell, please send it to us.  
     HOST RL Jayne, HOST RL WillM, HOST DsRoots and HOSt RL Magnolia at CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com  
  
NOTE:   If anyone has some great Civil War Music you'd like to recommend, please send it to us.

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MBrown2205@aol.com found a typo in one of the answers of last week's trivia quiz.   Martha Washington's name was Custis, not Curtis.   Sorry for any inconvenience to anyone.   

Thanks MB for being so observant!!!   :D   I guess I *could* say I did that on purpose to see if anyone actually read the newsletter, but I didn't, it was just an out and out typing error.

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY...  MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!
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If you have a resource from which you would be willing to do look-ups for folks, please let us know and we'll add it here

HOST RL Magnolia can be contacted if you have PA soldiers. 

UBucket@aol.com has offered to do free Civil War research from veterans from Wisconsin.  He is the author of "Civil War Veterans of Winnebago County, Wisconsin"

eharding2@cox.net has offered to do lookups for folks with ancestors from the Confederacy, focusing mainly on North Carolina, but has other sources also.   

GoldHobo@aol.com has told us if anyone wants info the the 85th NY Inf. Regt. (Plymouth Pilgrims) you may email her.  She has a book about them.    Her one request is that you put 85th Regt. in the subject line so she doesn't delete it by mistake

JLawson656@aol.com has access to Pension Records for Civil War Soldiers in Louisiana.  If you need help, send JL an email. 

GandMS@aol.com  Has a book  Annals of Alexander Hamilton Post, No 182, Department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic, during the years 1184 to 1900, Compiled and Aranged by Past Commanders F. S. Bartram and T. W. Smith, New York, Bartram Press, 126 William Street ---  1900

The list of Names from the book has been in the Newsletter the past two weeks, There are many pictures in the book.  If you think your ancestor was a member of Hamilton Post No. 182  Please email GandMS@aol.com   

MOM611@aol.com said she has a book on the men of the 9th OHIO if anyone needs information.

Nanatnt2@aol.com has a book on the 85th NY Infantry which spent most of their time in Andersonville.

OhioSoldiers@aol.com Has a book with the Rosters of the 1st through the 20th Ohio Soldiers.

Bitsobluengray@aol.com has Delaware Civil War Union Rosters from two different sources and a book "They Died at Fort Delaware"

If anyone is doing Illinois Civil War research, you may email IllinoisCW@aol.com   Tell him HOST RL Jayne sent you.  He will give it priority and see what he can find for you. 

If YOU have a Civil War Ancestor, Kevin/frye@gnat.net  does Volunteer research at Andersonville Civil War Prison in Andersonville, GA.  Any research he does is absolutely at NO cost and he is willing to do all he can. There are more than 32,000 prisoners on record from the Union, and quite a few who were held prisoner there as Union regiments from Confederate states. There are also nearly 13000 marked graves of those who died there.  Kevin's focus is dedicated to ALL of those held prisoner during the war, on both sides, as well as all Americans who gave their freedoms for those that we enjoy today.. He just happens to be near Andersonville, so that is where he does his work.
Visit Kevin's site at:
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/index.html  

If YOU have a question regarding Confederate researching, visit Steve Teeft's website at http://www.dixieresearch.com   Tell him you saw his address in the Weekly Fireside.  Steve@dixieresearch.com 

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"THE TOWN CRIER"
Civil War Calendar!!
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If your group is sponsoring any events or you know of a great event, please send it to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com and we will be glad to include it here in our calendar.

You might want to check out this site if you're looking for an event in your area:
http://www.civilwar-va.com/events/events0104.html 


October 8-10  MD   Seminar and Tour, "Antietam Revealed: Walking in Their Footsteps," with Dr. James McPherson and Dennis Frye. Detailed walks of the battlefield and other sites related to the battle plus panel discussion. Based in Chambersburg, Penn. Details: 717-264-7101 or email chaden@chambersburg.org . 

October 9-10 WV   Reenactment at the Droop Mountain State Park near Hillsboro. Details: www.droopmountainbattlefield.com  or 304-653-4254. 

October 15-17 VA   Reenactment, 140th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek on the original battlefield south of Middletown. Always a big event. Details: www.cedarcreekbattlefield.org or 888-628-1864. Click for schedule.. 

October 23 VA   Haunted History Hike on the Sailor's Creek battlefield involves activities for old and young and the Hillsman House on the Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historic State Park. Details: 434-392-3435 or www.dcr.state.va.us. 

October 23 PA   Seminar, "Harrisburg and Regional Civil War Sites, one of the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars. Based in Chambersburg's Four Points Sheraton. Includes bus tour. 717-264-7101 or email chaden@chambersburg.org for details. 

October 26  VA   New Market Heights (east of Richmond) battle commemoration. First commemorative event at this Henrico County site. The battle featured the United States Colored Troops. Tours and more. 2 pm. www.nps.gov/rich  or 804-226-1981. 

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Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events
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Time:   
Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Ancestral Digs Room 
Every Friday Night at 10 PM ET in the Ancestral Digs Room
with hosts HOST RL Jayne, HOST RL Magnolia, HOST RL WillM and their many faithful friends :)

Oct 7 & 8 -  "The Home Front War (Women of the Border Wars)" by Kay L. Grondahl

Oct 14 & 15 - our Special Songs, Letters and Poems nights

Oct 21 & 22 - OPEN CHAT

Oct 28 & 29 - (to be announced)   

We'll See You Thursday and/or Friday Night.  

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Jayne, Kristin, DsRoots & Will
Civil War Weekly Fireside Newsletter
http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/weekly_fireside_newsletter_archive.htm 

Hear Ye ....       Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 10 October 2004 

NOTE:  If you do not wish to receive the Weekly Fireside, PLEASE send email to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com  saying "UNSUBSCRIBE" and they will remove you from the distribution.  On the other hand, if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter, please have them send Jayne or Bill email with subscribe in the subject line.  

NOTE from Jayne:  We're getting more subscribers all the time, and  I'd like to welcome all the new subscribers we've had recently.  I hope you enjoy our little newsletter. 

Please be assured your email addresses are not shared with, nor sold to, anyone else. 

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NOTES FROM THE HOSTS OF THE CIVIL WAR HISTORY CHATS
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Be sure to check out the websites sent to us this week.  If you've discovered a Civil War Website you find interesting, share it with us!!!!    

Last week we shared the story  "The Home Front War  (Women of the Border Wars)" by Kay L. Grondahl    Thank you to those of you who were able to attend.  

This week is our Special, Monthy Songs, Letters and Poems nights.  We will read Letters and Poems written about and/or during the period and if everyone is in fine voice we'll sing some songs around the Fireside.  

We hope you'll join us.  

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WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
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OUR FOCUS:  the "History of the American (United States) Civil War," with by-products of laughter, and camaraderie!

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).

Join HOST RL WillM, HOST RL Magnolia and HOST RL Jayne Thursday 11 PM ET  
Join HOST RL Jayne & HOST RL DsRoots...   Friday 10 PM ET 
in the Ancestral Digs  Room (on AOL only)   

The "program" will not necessarily be the same both nights.  Let us help you find your soldier.  Tell us their stories.  We will still have our  Songs, Letters and poems nights the 2nd Thursday of the month and the Friday following. Watch the schedule below to see what we're up to.  

JOIN HOST RL IrshRose....  Saturday Midnight ET for help tracing your heritige to the American Civil time period in the Ancestral Digs Room

You can visit the Genealogy Schedule by going to Keyword: Genealogy Chat   which includes our Civil War chats and you can also see them, and other Civil War chats also, at Keyword:  Civil War Chat Schedule    On the Civil War chat schedule page, you will see a link to "Civil War Libraries",  There are many files that my ol' partner GFS Jim had posted over the years.  

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"THE BOOK SHELF"
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If you have read a great Civil War book you think others should read, I invite all of you (you don't have to be an AOL member to share here in the Weekly Fireside) to send the title, author and a Review of it to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com.    

Civil War Book Review
http://www.cwbr.com/  

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--------OUR WEEKLY READING--------
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, 
and Poems evenings)
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April 3th 1864 

Fairfax Coarthouse Verginia 

Dear wife  this is Sunday morning  I hav not had a letter from you sence last Saturday  we are all prety wel but A. Morison and he is a good peace from being wel and I hope this will find you all wel  I hav just come off of guard and I feel sleepy but I must try and pen you a fiew lines  I was down to Washington this weak for the Captin and I got my ambertipes and I going to send you one and Julia the other  the armey is geting ready to moove but we dont know wheather we will hav to go or not but all of the old tropes from about Washington has gon front  Grant is making great preperration for this moove and I hope it will come out all right  I think he will take Richmond this time  I sean Pogue on the cars as I come up and he told me that he was sutler in the first Del reg and he had bin geting his lisence  I sean in the paper yesterday that Grant gives all sutlers to the 4th of April to leav the armey of the Potomach so he can go home and go to work or else try the musket on his sholder  all of the maryland soldiers is to go home this weak on ten days furlow to the election to say weather that state shal be fred of hur slaves or not  our compney went on picket this morning  it has bin verry stormy hear for 2 weaks  it has bin snowing and raining hear for 2 day & 2 nights but it is drying some today but (   ? ) Buckingham has got back again but I hav not asked him what he did with money for I think I wll get a letter to day  Samuel sais that he told Lizzie that she could hav the coat for Tom so you can let hur hav it  I told him to write to you and tel you know what to doe  Harkness to a box this weak and the things was verry nice  you can tel Morisons that Andy has not got a letter for some time and I think that they ought to write as soon as they can for he thinks that some of them is sick and they wont write  I think he has sisters enough to write once a weak at least but he feels bad and he wants to hear from home   I will send you my likness in this and I want you to write every weak and when write please send me two dollars for I will hav to hav a little about me  I wont seal this letter until the mail comes 

This is munday morning  I received you letter in yester days mail  Samuel got some letters  he sais he will rite the last of the weak  he sais to give them folks that coat Lea Pusey profesed to loose his money out of his pocket but it is hard to tel it   he got a pass to go to Washington on thursday last and the pass was out on friday but he is not back yet  I would like to hear how Josey is geting  if he can walk eney better or not  I sean Grant the other day  he is a fine looking man but I dont think he is verry proud  he sais that the soldiers shall hav Sunday  the reviews must be stoped  I must bring my letter to close  I send my love to you all  

no more at present 
from your loving Husband                

Levi McCormick 

good bye 
please make your Co E on the letter so they can tel it from Co. C for my last letter went to Co. C

for more letters from Levi you can go to   http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/letters.htm 

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THE HELP DESK
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Do you have a question that you didn't get to ask in the chatroom??  
Send us and email and we'll post it here to see if some of our readers can help you.  If you get an answer to your queston, please let us know.

I just want to include a note to all who have asked for help.  Sometimes I am copied on an answer and sometimes I'm not, so IF you receive an answer to your queston, please let us know.  Most respondents will put the name of the soldier or battle in the Subject line, so if you receive an answer directly, be sure you don't delete it, you may miss out on some vital information.  

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JDevi4@aol.com  is looking for information on his Civil War Ancestor, Joseph Devine who was a Lt. Col in the 3rd Mounted TN Inf.  Joseph was killed Feb '65 by bushwackers at Big Creek TN.  JDevi says the Regiment was only a 100 day regiment but they had a few skirmishes  He was killed by some men under Confederate General Vaughn, or so he has been told.  He hasn't been able to find anything about Joseph at the National Archives.  

I received the following from IllinoisCW in reference to Joseph Devine:

According to the Army Register of The Volunteer Forces - Vol #4 - Joseph Devine, Lt Col of the 3rd Mounted Tennessee was mustered out on 11/30/1864.  The only officer lost was a James L. Pearson who died 10/22/1864 of wounds.  A quick glance in the Official Records record no mention of a Joseph Devine.   Sorry I can't offer more.

((((((Frank)))))))    Thanks so much for your response.  I appreciate all the help you give to our readers

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DID YOU KNOW?
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If you have something we could use here, PLEASE send it along.   Thanks!!!!

I received the following from one our our chatroom members:  

A LT in the 5th KY (CSA) was a fellow named Marin VanBuren Bates. He was the tallest CW soldier at 7'11" and weighed 478 lbs. He was called the: "KY River Giant". He married Anna Swan: "The Giantess of Nova Scotia." They were once received by Queen Victoria.

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Weekly Web Sites we've received 
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If you have a favorite Civil War site, please send them to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com 

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From:  HOST RL Jayne

National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
When you type in a name you can, conceivably get the soldier's company and regiment, the unit history and the roster, which is in alphabetical order.
http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.htm 

National Archives and Records Administration
Civil War Records
http://www.nara.gov/genealogy/civilwar.htm

Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection - American Civil War
http://www.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/civil.html

Civil War Prisons
http://dmoz.org/Society/History/By_Region/North_America/United_States/Wars/Civil_War/Prisons/

NOTE:   One of the most comprehensive Civil War Prison books that I'm aware of:"Portals to Hell"
by Lonnie Speer

Wars/Military Mailing lists
This site is maintained by John Fuller and Christine Gaunt and lists basically the same Military Mail lists as the site below plus one from 'listserv.Indiana' but this site gives a short description of each list with links to subscribe or unsubscribe right there on the main page.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_wars.html

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From:  CageyCat

Date published: Monday, October 4, 2004    
Civil War re-enactors eager to share stories 
By Terri T. Johnson, Staff writer 

"Bradley Wilson said had he lived 140 years ago, he probably would have joined the Union troops to fight the Confederates in the Civil War. Instead, he's content to participate in area war re-enactments and to munch on hot dogs during the lunch breaks. 

Wilson, 13, of Waynesburg, was one of about 50 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and their friends to take part in an encampment Friday through Sunday on a strip of flat land just south of Lone Pine Country Club in South Franklin Township. Wilson is a member of Troop 1168 from Rices Landing."    

To read the entire article, go to: http://www.observer-reporter.com/281651618913929.bsp

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From:  Sierra Tom Darby

Hello, my name is Tom Darby and I am attached as to the @nd US Regular Infantry, Co. 'C', in norther Nevada as part of the Comstock Civil War Reenactors.  Our organization is not very old but we are growing and I wanted to share some of our pictures with you. Thank you for a great website!

You've Got Pictures  or you can copy and paste the following web address into your web browser. 

http://pak06.pictures.aol.com/NASApp/ygp/Login?event=DirectView&shareInfo=esv4e%2b9w77lyEoJEp4RO3PwLHmzu%2fZqMCK%2bEXWI74Gs%3d&pageName=AlbumViewFromEmails&locale=en_US 

Note from Jayne:  The pictures take a while to load, especially if you're on Dial-Up but they are great pictures.  Please do not use any of the pictures without contacting  sierratomdarby@aol.com

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If your ancestor has or you have a story to tell, please send it to us.  
     HOST RL Jayne, HOST RL WillM, HOST DsRoots and HOSt RL Magnolia at CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com  
  
NOTE:   If anyone has some great Civil War Music you'd like to recommend, please send it to us.

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Camptown Shakers
http://www.delanet.com/~serenade/

A fun group of musicians to listen to.  I'll bet you couldn't listen without tapping your toes.  

"The "Shakers" instruments include 5-string banjo, fiddle, bones, and tambourine. The fretless banjos are strung with the gut strings of the period, tuned down low and played in the minstrel or "stroke" style. The fiddle is bowed in the traditional manner, fit to send dancers' to their feet or provide accompaniement for a song. The tambourine and bones shake and rattle, driving the music and giving the band its name." 

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY...  MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!
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If you have a resource from which you would be willing to do look-ups for folks, please let us know and we'll add it here

HOST RL Magnolia can be contacted if you have PA soldiers. 

UBucket@aol.com has offered to do free Civil War research from veterans from Wisconsin.  He is the author of "Civil War Veterans of Winnebago County, Wisconsin"

eharding2@cox.net has offered to do lookups for folks with ancestors from the Confederacy, focusing mainly on North Carolina, but has other sources also.   

GoldHobo@aol.com has told us if anyone wants info the the 85th NY Inf. Regt. (Plymouth Pilgrims) you may email her.  She has a book about them.    Her one request is that you put 85th Regt. in the subject line so she doesn't delete it by mistake

JLawson656@aol.com has access to Pension Records for Civil War Soldiers in Louisiana.  If you need help, send JL an email. 

GandMS@aol.com  Has a book  Annals of Alexander Hamilton Post, No 182, Department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic, during the years 1184 to 1900, Compiled and Aranged by Past Commanders F. S. Bartram and T. W. Smith, New York, Bartram Press, 126 William Street ---  1900

The list of Names from the book has been in the Newsletter the past two weeks, There are many pictures in the book.  If you think your ancestor was a member of Hamilton Post No. 182  Please email GandMS@aol.com   

MOM611@aol.com said she has a book on the men of the 9th OHIO if anyone needs information.

Nanatnt2@aol.com has a book on the 85th NY Infantry which spent most of their time in Andersonville.

OhioSoldiers@aol.com Has a book with the Rosters of the 1st through the 20th Ohio Soldiers.

Bitsobluengray@aol.com has Delaware Civil War Union Rosters from two different sources and a book "They Died at Fort Delaware"

If anyone is doing Illinois Civil War research, you may email IllinoisCW@aol.com   Tell him HOST RL Jayne sent you.  He will give it priority and see what he can find for you. 

If YOU have a Civil War Ancestor, Kevin/frye@gnat.net  does Volunteer research at Andersonville Civil War Prison in Andersonville, GA.  Any research he does is absolutely at NO cost and he is willing to do all he can. There are more than 32,000 prisoners on record from the Union, and quite a few who were held prisoner there as Union regiments from Confederate states. There are also nearly 13000 marked graves of those who died there.  Kevin's focus is dedicated to ALL of those held prisoner during the war, on both sides, as well as all Americans who gave their freedoms for those that we enjoy today.. He just happens to be near Andersonville, so that is where he does his work.
Visit Kevin's site at:
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/index.html  

If YOU have a question regarding Confederate researching, visit Steve Teeft's website at http://www.dixieresearch.com   Tell him you saw his address in the Weekly Fireside.  Steve@dixieresearch.com 

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"THE TOWN CRIER"
Civil War Calendar!!
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If your group is sponsoring any events or you know of a great event, please send it to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com and we will be glad to include it here in our calendar.

You might want to check out this site if you're looking for an event in your area:
http://www.civilwar-va.com/events/events0104.html 


October 15-17 VA   Reenactment, 140th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek on the original battlefield south of Middletown. Always a big event. Details: www.cedarcreekbattlefield.org or 888-628-1864. Click for schedule.. 

October 16-17 PA   Living history encampment and demonstrations by all units from the Ohio Civil War Association at the Pennsylvania Memorial in the Gettysburg National Military Park. www.nps.gov/gett  or 717-334-1124 extension 422.

October 23 PA   Seminar, "Harrisburg and Regional Civil War Sites, one of the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars. Based in Chambersburg's Four Points Sheraton. Includes bus tour. 717-264-7101 or email chaden@chambersburg.org for details. 

October 23 VA   Haunted History Hike on the Sailor's Creek battlefield involves activities for old and young and the Hillsman House on the Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historic State Park. Details: 434-392-3435 or www.dcr.state.va.us.

October 23 VA   Haunted Harvest Hayride, Civil War living history included at the Staunton River Battlefield State Park near Clover. Details: 434-454-4312 or www.dcr.state.va.us.      
   
October 23 VA  Battlefield hike, Second Manassas. Five-mile, four-hour tour begins at 1 pm at the Henry Hill visitor center, Manassas National Battlefield Park. Park fee applies. 703-361-1339 or www.nps.gov/mana .    
   
October 26  VA   New Market Heights (east of Richmond) battle commemoration. First commemorative event at this Henrico County site. The battle featured the United States Colored Troops. Tours and more. 2 pm. www.nps.gov/rich  or 804-226-1981. 

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Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events
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Time:   
Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Ancestral Digs Room 
Every Friday Night at 10 PM ET in the Ancestral Digs Room
with hosts HOST RL Jayne, HOST RL Magnolia, HOST RL WillM and their many faithful friends :)

Oct 14 & 15 - our Special Songs, Letters and Poems nights

Oct 21 & 22 - OPEN CHAT

Oct 28 & 29 - (to be announced)   

We'll See You Thursday and/or Friday Night.  

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Jayne, Kristin, DsRoots & Will
Civil War Weekly Fireside Newsletter
http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/weekly_fireside_newsletter_archive.htm

Hear Ye ....       Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 17 October 2004 

NOTE:  If you do not wish to receive the Weekly Fireside, PLEASE send email to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com  saying "UNSUBSCRIBE" and they will remove you from the distribution.  On the other hand, if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter, please have them send Jayne or Bill email with subscribe in the subject line.  

NOTE from Jayne:  We're getting more subscribers all the time, and  I'd like to welcome all the new subscribers we've had recently.  I hope you enjoy our little newsletter. 

Please be assured your email addresses are not shared with, nor sold to, anyone else. 

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NOTES FROM THE HOSTS OF THE CIVIL WAR HISTORY CHATS
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Be sure to check out the websites sent to us this week.  If you've discovered a Civil War Website you find interesting, share it with us!!!!    

I've gotten mail from folks saying they've found their Weekly Fireside in their Spam Folder.   This week I'm trying something a little different.  I'm trying not to put any clickable links in the newsletter.  Hopefully that will help.  To go to any of the websites listed, you wil have to either type or copy and paste the URL into your web browser.

We had a great week last week.   We read some pretty powerful letters written home during the war.  We read some contemporary poems written about the period.    I hope you were able to join us.   If you'd like to share your ancestor's letter's you can send the to any of us.  

If any of you has a suggestion about what you'd like to see done in the rooms, please let us know.  

We hope you'll join us.  

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OUR FOCUS:  the "History of the American (United States) Civil War," with by-products of laughter, and camaraderie!

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).

Join HOST RL WillM, HOST RL Magnolia and HOST RL Jayne Thursday 11 PM ET  
Join HOST RL Jayne & HOST RL DsRoots...   Friday 10 PM ET 
in the Ancestral Digs Room <<aol://2719:3-232-Ancestral%20Digs>>  (on AOL only)

The "program" will not necessarily be the same both nights.  Let us help you find your soldier.  Tell us their stories.  We will still have our  Songs, Letters and poems nights the 2nd Thursday of the month and the Friday following. Watch the schedule below to see what we're up to.  

JOIN HOST RL IrshRose....  Saturday Midnight ET for help tracing your heritige to the American Civil time period in the Ancestral Digs Room <<aol://2719:3-232-Ancestral%20Digs>>  (on AOL only)

You can visit the Genealogy Schedule by going to Keyword: Genealogy Chat   which includes our Civil War chats and you can also see them, and other Civil War chats also, at Keyword: Civil War Chat Schedule <<aol://4344:3120.mdchat1.2105643.678515300>>   On the Civil War chat schedule page, you will see a link to Civil War Libraries  <<aol://4344:3120.civwrlib.2105860.680558942>>  There are many files that my ol' partner GFS Jim had posted over the years.  

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"THE BOOK SHELF"
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If you have read a great Civil War book you think others should read, I invite all of you (you don't have to be an AOL member to share here in the Weekly Fireside) to send the title, author and a Review of it to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com.    

Civil War Book Review
<<http://www.cwbr.com/>>

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--------OUR WEEKLY READING--------
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, 
and Poems evenings)
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The following is from the diary of Robert Sneden.   Little is known of his life before the Civil that he was born in the Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia in 1832, the great-grandson of a Loyalist who had fled New York at the end of the American Revolution. 

When he was eighteen years old, he moved with his parents and two siblings to the teeming metropolis of New York City. Once there, he apparently decided to become an architect and engineer, two professions that flourished in a city that kept up a never-ending demand for factories, public buildings, commercial structures, and housing. 

April 7, 1864 
After roll call this morning a four mule team came in driven by a Negro on the off mule which was loaded with short stakes and strips of scantling or narrow boards. Wirz accompanied by two Rebel carpenters from the cookhouse came in the stockade at the same time.

They measured off from the foot of the stockade a line twenty feet wide all the way around. The short stakes were driven in the ground and the scantling nailed on top of them forming a rail around the whole camp inside. Stakes were about ten feet apart and the rail about four feet high.  Wirz now went all over the camp and informed us that this was the deadline which no prisoner could approach nearer than 10 or 12 feet or the guard on the top of the stockade would shoot him at once. No more trading was to be had with the guard.  All of them had orders to fire on anyone near the deadline & c. While driving the stakes, Wirz and his men stumbled [on to] two or three tunnels. This made him in a furious rage. He cursed and swore all the while and the tunnels were filled up of course.  One led clean under the stockade for over twenty feet outside. The ragged tent from which it started on the inside was quickly vacated by its occupants and Wirz could not find out whose shanty it was, he was so mad that he knocked down two prisoners and stamped on them with his heavy boots. He had his pistol in hand all the while. Many of us laughed at him.     

It took the best part of the day to put the deadline up. Negroes were on the outside felling the trees for thirty or more feet beyond the stockade so as to form a clear space to see when anyone should make an exit for a tunnel - fires were built of all the branches and stumps at night which lit up the ground for several hundred of feet. Still there was a dense forest left on the outside of the stockade on the east side where the brook ran through it. We are having warmer weather but it rains every day for an hour or two.  The Rebel quartermasters are very wroth because several axes and shovels which they lent us to build the causeway across the swamp cannot be found. They threaten to stop our rations if not found and returned to them. The prisoners want them to chop stumps with. And at night sounds of three or four axes are heard in the swamp. The nights are still cold and damp, many sleep during the day in a sunny place on the ground and keep working at the tree stumps for fuel most of the night, while hundreds lay on the bare ground shivering with the cold until they can start a small fire next morning. I went all over the camp to day--made several acquaintances who were educated men--and heard their stories of capture. Found several lawyers and doctors among them, and some of the III Corps, but not one from my 
regiment. I am the only one of them here. 

Read some of the book and this website
<<http://www.musarium.com/eyeofthestorm/journal01.html>>  

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THE HELP DESK
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Do you have a question that you didn't get to ask in the chatroom??  
Send us and email and we'll post it here to see if some of our readers can help you.  If you get an answer to your queston, please let us know.

I just want to include a note to all who have asked for help.  Sometimes I am copied on an answer and sometimes I'm not, so IF you receive an answer to your queston, please let us know.  Most respondents will put the name of the soldier or battle in the Subject line, so if you receive an answer directly, be sure you don't delete it, you may miss out on some vital information.  

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From:  Snowberi

I was wondering if this man shows up in any of the New York Civil War listings:
 
John Dyer
b 1826 East Berne, Albany County, New York
parents Dexter and Mary Dyer
m Eliza
d Triangle, Broome County, New York
 
John's brother Peter enlisted 89th Regiment Infantry if that's of any help.

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DID YOU KNOW?
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If you have something we could use here, PLEASE send it along.   Thanks!!!!


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If you have a favorite Civil War site, please send them to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com 

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From:  HOST RL Jayne

While the following website isn't a Civil War website, it's one you might want to take a look at if you're researching your roots.    The website is ShoeString Genealogy.  <<http://hometown.aol.com/daepowell/myhomepage/ssg1.htm>> There are free forms on the site you can use to organize your research.   We usually think of Genealogy being expensive, ShoeString Genealogy tries to give you ideas of where to look for information, some you may not have thought of.  Be sure to check out the Presentations  

Wars/Military Mailing lists
This site is maintained by John Fuller and Christine Gaunt and lists basically the same Military Mail lists as the site below plus one from 'listserv.Indiana' but this site gives a short description of each list with links to subscribe or unsubscribe right there on the main page.
<<http://www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_wars.html>>

Pennsylvania, Maryland and vicinity Civilians of Gettysburg
<<http://www.hometeamsonline.com/reenactorteam/Default.asp?username=CiviliansofGettysburg>>

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From: Cyndislist of new websites

URL:     <<http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/October2004.htm>>
TITLE:     THE MISSOURI/KANSAS CONFLICTS 1854 - 1865
DESCRIPTION:     While the title states 1854 - 1865, it actually covers 
from early in the 1830's and takes you through the end of the war.

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From: Glojet

The Early Years of the Republic
<<http://www.texasheroes.net/Rip%20Ford%2003.htm>>

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If your ancestor has or you have a story to tell, please send it to us.  
     HOST RL Jayne, HOST RL WillM, HOST DsRoots and HOSt RL Magnolia at CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com  
  
NOTE:   If anyone has some great Civil War Music you'd like to recommend, please send it to us.

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From:  GoldHobo

ABRAHAM RINGER was born in Frederick co., MD on 18 Oct.  1796.  He left there in 1820 for better land in Missouri.  He stopped in St. Louis where he built a home and married Albertdeen Norwine.  They started their family.  Suddenly the cholera epidemic hit.  Abe buried his wife, his sister-in-law and his brother.  He packed up his babies, shut the door, and drove away from St. Louis.  He never went back.  
He settled in  Washington County, MO.  He married his first wife's sister, Barbara Norwine, and raised more children.  He was working away from home and staying in a boarding house.  In the middle of the night, he woke up to loud wailing.  Yet, no one else could hear it.  He knew something was wrong.  He loaded up his wagon and headed for home, only to find his wife was dying.  
In 1860, that part of Missouri was heating up with bushwhackers and Jayhawkers.  His son, Abe, had a confrontation with some locals on the rode one day.  They told him if they saw him again, they would kill him.  Not long after that, he kept noticing a riderless horse going down and back on the road.  His sister threw a feather bed on top of him on the porch until nightfall to protect him.   That Sunday,  Abraham Sr. was reading the German paper to his neighbors on the front porch.  A shot rang out and Abe, Sr., mortally wounded.  Abe, Jr.. thought one of the neighbors had given the signal.  Only his family stopped him from revenge.
The word was that AL ROAN paid Sam Hildebrand and his cousin 30 cents and whisky to kill Abraham Ringer.   Sam later joined Quantrill's raiders.  In his autobiography, he swore he never killed Abraham.  No one was ever punished.  

ABRAHAM RINGER was my grgrgrandfather.  He was educated and from all I can learn was a well respected, honest man.  He was another victim of the savage war in Missouri and the battle states during the Civil War. Both his father and grandfather were patriots in the American Revolution.  He died 9 Aug.1861 near Potosi, Missouri.

((((((((Hobo)))))))))  Thanks so much for sharing this great story!!!!  

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY...  MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!
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I'm going to put a note here to all of you have so graciously offered to help folks out.   If you no longer want to be on this list please let me know and I will take your name off the list.  I've had email telling me they've sent email to someone on the list for help, and the email was deleted before it was ever even read.   

If you have a resource from which you would be willing to do look-ups for folks, please let us know and we'll add it here

HOST RL Magnolia can be contacted if you have PA soldiers. 

UBucket@aol.com has offered to do free Civil War research from veterans from Wisconsin.  He is the author of "Civil War Veterans of Winnebago County, Wisconsin"

eharding2@cox.net has offered to do lookups for folks with ancestors from the Confederacy, focusing mainly on North Carolina, but has other sources also.   

GoldHobo@aol.com has told us if anyone wants info the the 85th NY Inf. Regt. (Plymouth Pilgrims) you may email her.  She has a book about them.    Her one request is that you put 85th Regt. in the subject line so she doesn't delete it by mistake

JLawson656@aol.com has access to Pension Records for Civil War Soldiers in Louisiana.  If you need help, send JL an email. 

GandMS@aol.com  Has a book  Annals of Alexander Hamilton Post, No 182, Department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic, during the years 1184 to 1900, Compiled and Aranged by Past Commanders F. S. Bartram and T. W. Smith, New York, Bartram Press, 126 William Street ---  1900

The list of Names from the book has been in the Newsletter the past two weeks, There are many pictures in the book.  If you think your ancestor was a member of Hamilton Post No. 182  Please email GandMS@aol.com   

MOM611@aol.com said she has a book on the men of the 9th OHIO if anyone needs information.

Nanatnt2@aol.com has a book on the 85th NY Infantry which spent most of their time in Andersonville.

OhioSoldiers@aol.com Has a book with the Rosters of the 1st through the 20th Ohio Soldiers.

Bitsobluengray@aol.com has Delaware Civil War Union Rosters from two different sources and a book "They Died at Fort Delaware"

If anyone is doing Illinois Civil War research, you may email IllinoisCW@aol.com   Tell him HOST RL Jayne sent you.  He will give it priority and see what he can find for you. 

If YOU have a Civil War Ancestor, Kevin/frye@pstel.net [ Please note new address for Kevin ] does Volunteer research at Andersonville Civil War Prison in Andersonville, GA.  Any research he does is absolutely at NO cost and he is willing to do all he can. There are more than 32,000 prisoners on record from the Union, and quite a few who were held prisoner there as Union regiments from Confederate states. There are also nearly 13000 marked graves of those who died there.  Kevin's focus is dedicated to ALL of those held prisoner during the war, on both sides, as well as all Americans who gave their freedoms for those that we enjoy today.. He just happens to be near Andersonville, so that is where he does his work.
Visit Kevin's site at:
<<http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/index.html>>

If YOU have a question regarding Confederate researching, visit Steve Teeft's website at <<http://www.dixieresearch.com>>  Tell him you saw his address in the Weekly Fireside.  Steve@dixieresearch.com 

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"THE TOWN CRIER"
Civil War Calendar!!
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If your group is sponsoring any events or you know of a great event, please send it to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com and we will be glad to include it here in our calendar.

You might want to check out this site if you're looking for an event in your area:
<<http://www.civilwar-va.com/events/events0104.html>>


October 23 PA   Seminar, "Harrisburg and Regional Civil War Sites, one of the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars. Based in Chambersburg's Four Points Sheraton. Includes bus tour. 717-264-7101 or email chaden@chambersburg.org for details. 

October 23 VA   Haunted History Hike on the Sailor's Creek battlefield involves activities for old and young and the Hillsman House on the Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historic State Park. Details: 434-392-3435 or <<http://www.dcr.state.va.us/>>

October 23 VA   Haunted Harvest Hayride, Civil War living history included at the Staunton River Battlefield State Park near Clover. Details: 434-454-4312 or <<http://www.dcr.state.va.us/>>    

October 23 VA  Battlefield hike, Second Manassas. Five-mile, four-hour tour begins at 1 pm at the Henry Hill visitor center, Manassas National Battlefield Park. Park fee applies. 703-361-1339 or <<http://www.nps.gov/mana/>> 

October 26  VA   New Market Heights (east of Richmond) battle commemoration. First commemorative event at this Henrico County site. The battle featured the United States Colored Troops. Tours and more. 2 pm.  <<http://www.nps.gov/rich/>>  or 804-226-1981. 

November 6 VA  Living history, "A Day in 1861," military and civilian life in the early days of the Confederacy at Lee Hall in Newport News at 10 am-4 pm. Free with admission. 757-888-3371 or <<www.leehall.org>>    
   
November  6 - 7  NC  Reenactment and living history weekend at Fort Branch near Hamilton. Details: 800-776-8566 or <<www.fortbranchcivilwarsite.com>>    
   
November  20  PA   Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies in Gettysburg. 1 pm. Free. More info, 717-334-1124 extension 422 or <<www.nps.gov/gett>>.    
   
November  20  PA  Luminaria at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, candles placed on soldier graves. Sponsored by the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. 717-334-0772 or <<www.friendsofgettysburg.org>>.    

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Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events
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Time:   
Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Ancestral Digs Room 
Every Friday Night at 10 PM ET in the Ancestral Digs Room
with hosts HOST RL Jayne, HOST RL Magnolia, HOST RL WillM and their many faithful friends :)

Oct 21 & 22 - OPEN CHAT

Oct 28 & 29 - (to be announced)   

Nov 04 & 05 - OPEN CHAT

Nov 11 & 12 - Our Special Songs, letters and Poems night. 

Nov  18 & 19 - OPEN CHAT

Nov  25 & 26 - (to be announced)

We'll See You Thursday and/or Friday Night.  

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Jayne, Kristin, DsRoots & Will
Civil War Weekly Fireside Newsletter
<http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/weekly_fireside_newsletter_archive.htm>

Hear Ye ....       Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 24 October 2004 

NOTE:  If you do not wish to receive the Weekly Fireside, PLEASE send email to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com  saying "UNSUBSCRIBE" and they will remove you from the distribution.  On the other hand, if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter, please have them send Jayne or Bill email with subscribe in the subject line.  

NOTE from Jayne:  We're getting more subscribers all the time, and  I'd like to welcome all the new subscribers we've had recently.  I hope you enjoy our little newsletter. 

Please be assured your email addresses are not shared with, nor sold to, anyone else. 

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NOTES FROM THE HOSTS OF THE CIVIL WAR HISTORY CHATS
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Be sure to check out the websites sent to us this week.  If you've discovered a Civil War Website you find interesting, share it with us!!!!    

Last week was open chat but we seemed to do a lot of chatting about the Civil War Navy.  Thank you to all those who were there and interested.  

This week, we're going to do some GHOST STORIES.  Always a favorite!!!   Join us.  Tell us if you've had any unexplainable "experiences."  

Did any of you find your Newsletter in your Spam Folder this week??  

If any of you has a suggestion about what you'd like to see done in the rooms, please let us know.  

We hope you'll join us.  

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WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
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OUR FOCUS:  the "History of the American (United States) Civil War," with by-products of laughter, and camaraderie!

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).

Join HOST RL WillM, HOST RL Magnolia and HOST RL Jayne Thursday 11 PM ET  
Join HOST RL Jayne & HOST RL DsRoots...   Friday 10 PM ET 
in the Ancestral Digs Room <<aol://2719:3-232-Ancestral%20Digs>>  (on AOL only)

The "program" will not necessarily be the same both nights.  Let us help you find your soldier.  Tell us their stories.  We will still have our  Songs, Letters and poems nights the 2nd Thursday of the month and the Friday following. Watch the schedule below to see what we're up to.  

JOIN HOST RL IrshRose....  Saturday Midnight ET for help tracing your heritige to the American Civil time period in the Ancestral Digs Room <<aol://2719:3-232-Ancestral%20Digs>>  (on AOL only)

You can visit the Genealogy Schedule by going to Keyword: Genealogy Chat   which includes our Civil War chats and you can also see them, and other Civil War chats also, at Keyword: Civil War Chat Schedule <<aol://4344:3120.mdchat1.2105643.678515300>>   On the Civil War chat schedule page, you will see a link to Civil War Libraries  <<aol://4344:3120.civwrlib.2105860.680558942>>  There are many files that my ol' partner GFS Jim had posted over the years.  

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"THE BOOK SHELF"
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If you have read a great Civil War book you think others should read, I invite all of you (you don't have to be an AOL member to share here in the Weekly Fireside) to send the title, author and a Review of it to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com.    

Civil War Book Review
<<http://www.cwbr.com/>>

From the us-civil-war maillist:

New book on Civil War examines history of Maryland CSA unit 
<<http://www.newsleader.com/news/stories/20041023/localnews>>

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--------OUR WEEKLY READING--------
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, 
and Poems evenings)
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I received the following letter from UCMEGEEBEE

From the March 2, 1898 LaFayette Sun:  (Chambers County, Alabama)
A Colored Democrat
Gives Excellent Reasons for His Political Faith
    In reply to a letter from an ex-Union soldier, in the Register, in which the writer said he could not see how a colored man could be a Democrat, David W. Parker, Col., editor of the Tuscaloosa Chronicle replies:
    I have a creat respect for the "boys in blue" and equal respect for those who wore the gray. Both sides fought for the right as they saw it. In my heart I have no bitterness. The life of Lee is as beautiful and grand as the life of the immortal Lincoln. Pardon me, but had it not been for the Democrats of the North and nearly two hundred thousand brave men of my race that enlisted in the cause of the union the half starved and half naked Confederates would ahve conquered. The Democrates of the North held the balance of power and the United States government would have been helpless without their aid. This republic was born of Democratic principles - a government of the people. If you will read Benton's "Thirty Years in Congress," Greeley's "American Congress" Blaine's "Twenty Years in Congress" and the standard political histories of this country, you will discover that Washington, Jefferson and the early founders of this great nation opposed slavery, but had to submit to it in order to please you Yankees who were buying my race in exchange for rum and tobacco and when you Yankees found that slavery was not profitable in the North, you induced the South to purchase your property and then puritan-like, "Swore and be dammed" that you were "the best people on earth." The great principles of the Democratic party are as old and pure as liberty and justice, and a colored man has as much right to be a Democrat as he has to be a Methodist or a Baptist. To say that a colored man should belong to any particular party on account of the color of his skin is to say that nature fixed his politics when she made him black and that God Almighty is a plitician and Heaven is a caucus room with Mark Hanna as chief ruler. Freedom came to my people by a combination of circumstances. The hand of God was in it all. Democrates of the North, Whigs of the South, black men "in blue", Lee and Jackson in the saddle, and the mighty pen of Lincoln all played a part in the emancipation. It was fate. The courts of Heaven had decreed that the freedom should come, and all hell could not have kept it back. If the South had won, I believe that the cooler heads would have brought about gradual emancipation. Had the war continued three months longer the south would have armed the slaves and freed each one that fought. The handwriting was on the wall; men were excited and reason was dethroned; brilliant men of the South did not grasp the secret of arming the slaves until it was too late. After the war, Mr. Yankee Soldier, nearly all your good comrades returned hom and the scum element remained South to pilfer and plunder. Some of your comrades taught my people to hate my lifelong benefactors; they managed to get control fo the government of the South and they made it more corrupt than the blackest den of hades; they robbed the school fund, emptied the treasury and bankrupted the South. They received what "heave" there was in politics, and my people caught "hell". I am a Democrat because I want my people to be on good terms with the brain, the power and the money of the South. I am a Democrat because I want to meet new conditions with new thoughts and ideas. I am a Democrat because the majority of the South are Democrats, and I believe it to be the best interest of my humble race to take a bold, outspoken stand with the whites of the South. They run the courts, own the banks and control the great industries of this southland. I am with them because it is to my interest. I am a Democrat for practical purposes. Lincoln, Summer and Blaine are dead; so is the great Republican party of the past. The party of Mark Hanna is a political machine to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
    I am a Democrat because 95 per cent of my race work for the whites of the South, and I believe that there will be a better feeling should both races vote as one, because the interest of one is the interest of the other.
    I am a Democrat because the Democrates of the South paid out of their pockets $76,000,000 of the $80,000,000 expended for public school education among my race.
    I am a Democrat because the party is the exponent of the best principles of the best government on earth. I am a Democrat because I believe in liberty and justice and free speech and a free press.
    Now Mr. Yankee Soldier, I have given a few reasons why I am a Democrat. I hope you good luck. I guess you draw a pension and expect that you are either a Federal office holder or a candidate. God be with you, and let us thank Him for a reunited country, and let Federal and Confederate, black soldiers and "nigger Demograts" live in peace and harmony, and all unite in making our common fellow-countryman more intelligent, prosperous and patriotic. 
            Yours for Democratic success, David W. Parker.

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THE HELP DESK
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Do you have a question that you didn't get to ask in the chatroom??  
Send us and email and we'll post it here to see if some of our readers can help you.  If you get an answer to your question, please let us know.

I just want to include a note to all who have asked for help.  Sometimes I am copied on an answer and sometimes I'm not, so IF you receive an answer to your queston, please let us know.  Most respondents will put the name of the soldier or battle in the Subject line, so if you receive an answer directly, be sure you don't delete it, you may miss out on some vital information.  

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From:  Ruth825437

Is there anyone who has information about the MA 52nd Infantry (Camp Miller, Greenfield, MA)?  I am looking for any information about Henry Harrison Wells.

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From:  Snowberi

I was wondering if this man shows up in any of the New York Civil War listings:
 
John Dyer
b 1826 East Berne, Albany County, New York
parents Dexter and Mary Dyer
m Eliza
d Triangle, Broome County, New York
 
John's brother Peter enlisted 89th Regiment Infantry if that's of any help.

From IllinoisCW:  I found nothing on John Dyer from New York but I also do not have a complete New York Roster.  Also there may be other spellings of the name.  Dier Deyer Diyer, etc.  

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DID YOU KNOW?
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If you have something we could use here, PLEASE send it along.   Thanks!!!!

Shared with us in the Thursday night chat by An Madra Rua....  

Rua asked the question  "can anyone tell me what invisible ink was used to enscribe messages on eggs? " 

She gave us a hint:   "the messages were written on the shells" 

Have you guessed yet????    

Answer:  They used a solution of alum and water, writing on the egg shell the writing on the outside would disappear, but it sank thru the shell and intereacted with the egg
the writing on the outside would disappear, but it sank thru the shell and intereacted with the egg and the writing appeared ON the egg, but you had to break the shell to read it.

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Weekly Web Sites we've received 
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If you have a favorite Civil War site, please send them to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com 

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From:  DaePowell

Libraries on the Web
USA Public Libraries
<<http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Libweb/Public_main.html>>

The Ohio Library and Information Network
<<http://www.ohiolink.edu/>>

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From: RWConant1

The following site has a slideshow of Civil War Naval Ships
<<http://www.wtv-zone.com/civilwar/>>

Confederate State Navy,
Museum, Library & Research Institute
Mobile Alabama
<<http://www.csnavy.org/>>

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies
<<http://www.wtj.com/archives/acwnavies/>>

Index of Civil War Naval Forces
Confederate and Union Ships
<<http://www.tarleton.edu/~kjones/navy.html>>

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From: RebelRouser1863

Chronology of the naval war.
<<www.multied.com/civilwar/cwnavalhistory/index.html>>

Admiral David Glawgow Farragut (1801 - 1870)
<<http://www.encompass.net/~ctyson/civwar/farmain.htm>>

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FROM OUR READERS
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If your ancestor has or you have a story to tell, please send it to us.  
     HOST RL Jayne, HOST RL WillM, HOST DsRoots and HOSt RL Magnolia at CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com  
  
NOTE:   If anyone has some great Civil War Music you'd like to recommend, please send it to us.

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Received from the us-civil-war emaillist...

Vandalism At National Cemeteries

Every year just before Memorial Day and Veterans Day some of our national cemeteries are vandalized and desecrated by individuals who detest the United States and Americans who served our Nation. Each year it becomes the duty of living veterans to protect the resting places of our fallen comrades and relatives.

Please coordinate with your local veterans organization and national cemetery on any assistance you, your church or your organization can provide in ensuring that irresponsible and criminal vandals are prevented from desecrating the resting places of America's heroes.

Thank you,

Phill Coleman,
Senior Librarian
The American War Library
16907 Brighton Avenue
Gardena CA 90247-5420
<<http://www.americanwarlibrary.com>>
(310) 532-0634

Veteran's Day is November 11, 2004

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IllinoisCW wants you all to know that The National Prisoner of War Museum is at the Andersonville prison in Georgia and is well worth the visit.  

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eharding2@cox.net wanted me to share the following with you.

A short while back I found one of the best videos on DVD that I have seen in quite a long time.  The title of the DVD is Warriors of Honor: The Faith and Legacies of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.  
 
As noted on the back of the cover, "This documentary places the war in its historical and cultural context.  It guides the viewer through the causes and the major battles of the Civil War while providing insight into the lives of two stalwart men who fought for the South.  Both were masterful generals, brilliant strategists and, above all, faithful Christians.  The faith of these 'Warriors of Honor' governed their lives on and off the battlefield, and their legacies continue even today."  
 
I would highly recommend this video to everyone.  Should any of the list members care to find more about it and purchase it, it can be found at 
<<http://www.carylmatrisciana.com/shop/woh.php>>

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY...  MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!
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I'm going to put a note here to all of you have so graciously offered to help folks out.   If you no longer want to be on this list please let me know and I will take your name off the list.  I've had email telling me they've sent email to someone on the list for help, and the email was deleted before it was ever even read.   

If you have a resource from which you would be willing to do look-ups for folks, please let us know and we'll add it here

HOST RL Magnolia can be contacted if you have PA soldiers. 

UBucket@aol.com has offered to do free Civil War research from veterans from Wisconsin.  He is the author of "Civil War Veterans of Winnebago County, Wisconsin"

eharding2@cox.net has offered to do lookups for folks with ancestors from the Confederacy, focusing mainly on North Carolina, but has other sources also.   

GoldHobo@aol.com has told us if anyone wants info the the 85th NY Inf. Regt. (Plymouth Pilgrims) you may email her.  She has a book about them.    Her one request is that you put 85th Regt. in the subject line so she doesn't delete it by mistake

JLawson656@aol.com has access to Pension Records for Civil War Soldiers in Louisiana.  If you need help, send JL an email. 

MOM611@aol.com said she has a book on the men of the 9th OHIO if anyone needs information.

Nanatnt2@aol.com has a book on the 85th NY Infantry which spent most of their time in Andersonville.

OhioSoldiers@aol.com Has a book with the Rosters of the 1st through the 20th Ohio Soldiers.

Bitsobluengray@aol.com has Delaware Civil War Union Rosters from two different sources and a book "They Died at Fort Delaware"

If anyone is doing Illinois Civil War research, you may email IllinoisCW@aol.com   Tell him HOST RL Jayne sent you.  He will give it priority and see what he can find for you. 

If YOU have a Civil War Ancestor, Kevin/frye@pstel.net [ Please note new address for Kevin ] does Volunteer research at Andersonville Civil War Prison in Andersonville, GA.  Any research he does is absolutely at NO cost and he is willing to do all he can. There are more than 32,000 prisoners on record from the Union, and quite a few who were held prisoner there as Union regiments from Confederate states. There are also nearly 13000 marked graves of those who died there.  Kevin's focus is dedicated to ALL of those held prisoner during the war, on both sides, as well as all Americans who gave their freedoms for those that we enjoy today.. He just happens to be near Andersonville, so that is where he does his work.
Visit Kevin's site at:
<<http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/index.html>>

If YOU have a question regarding Confederate researching, visit Steve Teeft's website at <<http://www.dixieresearch.com>>  Tell him you saw his address in the Weekly Fireside.  Steve@dixieresearch.com  

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"THE TOWN CRIER"
Civil War Calendar!!
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If your group is sponsoring any events or you know of a great event, please send it to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com and we will be glad to include it here in our calendar.

You might want to check out this site if you're looking for an event in your area:
<<http://www.civilwar-va.com/events/events0104.html>>

November 6 VA  Living history, "A Day in 1861," military and civilian life in the early days of the Confederacy at Lee Hall in Newport News at 10 am-4 pm. Free with admission. 757-888-3371 or <<www.leehall.org>> 

November  6 - 7  NC  Reenactment and living history weekend at Fort Branch near Hamilton. Details: 800-776-8566 or <<www.fortbranchcivilwarsite.com>> 

November  20  PA   Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies in Gettysburg. 1 pm. Free. More info, 717-334-1124 extension 422 or <<www.nps.gov/gett>>. 

November  20  PA  Luminaria at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, candles placed on soldier graves. Sponsored by the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. 717-334-0772 or <<www.friendsofgettysburg.org>>. 

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Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events
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Time:   
Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Ancestral Digs Room 
Every Friday Night at 10 PM ET in the Ancestral Digs Room
with hosts HOST RL Jayne, HOST RL Magnolia, HOST RL WillM and their many faithful friends :)

Oct 28 & 29 - GHOST STORIES

Nov 04 & 05 - OPEN CHAT

Nov 11 & 12 - Our Special Songs, letters and Poems night. 

Nov  18 & 19 - OPEN CHAT

Nov  25 & 26 - (to be announced)

We'll See You Thursday and/or Friday Night.  

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Jayne, Kristin, DsRoots & Will
Civil War Weekly Fireside Newsletter
<http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/weekly_fireside_newsletter_archive.htm>

Hear Ye ....       Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 31 October 2004 

NOTE:  If you do not wish to receive the Weekly Fireside, PLEASE send email to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com  saying "UNSUBSCRIBE" and they will remove you from the distribution.  On the other hand, if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter, please have them send Jayne or Bill email with subscribe in the subject line.  

NOTE from Jayne:  We're getting more subscribers all the time, and  I'd like to welcome all the new subscribers we've had recently.  I hope you enjoy our little newsletter. 

Please be assured your email addresses are not shared with, nor sold to, anyone else. 

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NOTES FROM THE HOSTS OF THE CIVIL WAR HISTORY CHATS
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Be sure to check out the websites sent to us this week.  If you've discovered a Civil War Website you find interesting, share it with us!!!!    

In "honor" of Halloween, we had some great GHOST STORIES and several room members told us about their "unexplainable" experiences.    What a great night it was around the Fireside!!!!   There were no tricks only treats!!

This week will be open chat.....   bring your questions with you.  There will surely be someone there who can answer them for you.

Be sure to check out the article Steve Teeft wrote about The Civil War Preservation Trust in the "Did you Know" section.

If any of you has a suggestion about what you'd like to see done in the rooms, please let us know.  

We hope you'll join us.  

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WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
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OUR FOCUS:  the "History of the American (United States) Civil War," with by-products of laughter, and camaraderie!

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).

Join HOST RL WillM, HOST RL Magnolia and HOST RL Jayne Thursday 11 PM ET  
Join HOST RL Jayne & HOST RL DsRoots...   Friday 10 PM ET 
in the Ancestral Digs Room <<aol://2719:3-232-Ancestral%20Digs>>  (on AOL only)

The "program" will not necessarily be the same both nights.  Let us help you find your soldier.  Tell us their stories.  We will still have our  Songs, Letters and poems nights the 2nd Thursday of the month and the Friday following. Watch the schedule below to see what we're up to.  

JOIN HOST RL IrshRose....  Saturday Midnight ET for help tracing your heritige to the American Civil time period in the Ancestral Digs Room <<aol://2719:3-232-Ancestral%20Digs>>  (on AOL only)

You can visit the Genealogy Schedule by going to Keyword: Genealogy Chat   which includes our Civil War chats and you can also see them, and other Civil War chats also, at Keyword: Civil War Chat Schedule <<aol://4344:3120.mdchat1.2105643.678515300>>   On the Civil War chat schedule page, you will see a link to Civil War Libraries  <<aol://4344:3120.civwrlib.2105860.680558942>>  There are many files that my ol' partner GFS Jim had posted over the years.  

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"THE BOOK SHELF"
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If you have read a great Civil War book you think others should read, I invite all of you (you don't have to be an AOL member to share here in the Weekly Fireside) to send the title, author and a Review of it to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com.    

Civil War Book Review
<<http://www.cwbr.com/>>

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--------OUR WEEKLY READING--------
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, 
and Poems evenings)
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This was passed on to me by our friend Glenda:

I thought this poem might be of interest to you. It was written by a former Confederate to a former Union soldier and appeared in my "hometown" newspaper over 100 years ago. Just before this poem was a schedule for the Confederate Memorial Day service.  
   
Glenda 
 
From the April 23, 1902 LaFayette Sun (Chambers County, Alabama)

Lines On A Confederate Note.

            The following was written on the back of a $10 Confederate note, sent by Captain Carlton to Daniel L. Waymouth, of Boston, Mass:

Representing nothing on God’s earth now,
And naught in the waters below it,
As the pledge of a nation that’s dead and gone,
Keep it, dear friend, and show it.

Show it to those who will lend an ear,
To the tale that this paper can tell;   
Of liberty born of the patriot’s dream,
Of the storm cradled nation that fell.

Too poor to possess the precious ones,
And too much of a stranger to borrow,
We issue today, or “promise” to pay
And hope to redeem on the morrow.

Days rolled on, weeks became years,
But our coffers were empty still
Coin was so rare that our treasury quaked
a dollar dropped into the till.

But the faith that was in us was strong, indeed,
And our poverty well we discerned;
And these little checks represented to pay,
That our suffering veterans earned.

We knew it had hardly a value in gold,
Yet as gold we soldiers received it,
It gazed in our eyes with a promise to pay,
And each patriot soldier believed it.

But our boys thought little of price or pay,
Or the bills that were over due;
We knew if it brought our bread today,
‘Twas the best our country could do.

Keep it – it tells all our history o’er,
From the birth of the dream to its last,
Modest, and born of the Angel Hope
Like our hope of success – it passed.

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THE HELP DESK
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Do you have a question that you didn't get to ask in the chatroom??  
Send us and email and we'll post it here to see if some of our readers can help you.  If you get an answer to your queston, please let us know.

I just want to include a note to all who have asked for help.  Sometimes I am copied on an answer and sometimes I'm not, so IF you receive an answer to your queston, please let us know.  Most respondents will put the name of the soldier or battle in the Subject line, so if you receive an answer directly, be sure you don't delete it, you may miss out on some vital information.  

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I'm going to leave this in another week....  

From:  Ruth825437

Is there anyone who has information about the MA 52nd Infantry (Camp Miller, Greenfield, MA)?  I am looking for any information about Henry Harrison Wells.

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DID YOU KNOW?
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If you have something we could use here, PLEASE send it along.   Thanks!!!!

From our friend Steve at (http://www.dixieresearch.com)

The Civil War Preservation Trust 

For all you Civil War enthusiast out there, I would like to tell everyone about an organization that anyone who is interested in Civil War history and the preservation of our Civil War battlefields, should take be involved with the Civil War Preservation Trust; and I will tell you why… 

Did you know that: There were more than 10,000 known Civil War battlefield sites? And out of those sites, only 384 of these sites are considered as significant turning points in our nation’s history? 
Did you know that: More than 70 of these sites are already are lost forever do to development? 
Did you know that: Fewer than 15% of these battlefields are protected? 
Did you know that: Only 20% of our American Civil War has already been destroyed? 
Did you know that:  30 acres of Civil War battlefields are destroyed each and everyday! 

Did you know that: there is only one national organization working to save all of these Battlefields – they are the Civil War Preservation Trust. The CWPT is America’s largest non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields.The CWPT has helped save & preserve more than 16,000 acres of Civil War battlefields, which covers more than 81 battlefield sites in 19 states. 18,181 acres of hallowed ground has been saved to-date. 

By becoming a member of the CWPT, will help in our efforts to save these endangered sites. By joining, you will join the ranks of the tens & thousands fellow American in preserving more than just historic battlefields, you’ll help preserve the places where American citizen soldiers struggled to create the nation we have today. With your help, these battlefields will be transformed into dynamic outdoor classrooms that will help future generations understand what it means to be an American.  

As a member of the CWPT, you will receive: 

1 year subscription (4 issues) of the CWPT’s full color magazine “Hallowed Ground”, updating you on there preservation efforts & victories as well as threatened sites. (This publication is not available anywhere else) 
A personal ID membership card 
Discounts at participating sites & selected lodging establishments 
A low interest credit card is available for those who qualify. A percentage of the interest goes towards Civil War preservation. 
Avis Car rental discounts 
All memberships dues & contributions are Tax-deductible 
Classroom memberships available 
 Special teacher programs available with classroom curriculum. Interactive games 7 programs available on there website, to make learning history fun and enjoyable. These games include: Bingo, word search, crossword puzzles, coloring books, etc.
         Classroom resources, lessons plans are all apart of their teacher programs, also available on CD, provided by the CWPT.
Volunteer opportunities at sponsored events such as: Annual park day, where members help & assist in ‘hands on’ cleanup, restoration & maintenance programs. 

The Civil War Preservation Trust also promotes educational programs, tours and conferences. They are involved heritage tourism program to inform the public of the Civil War’s history and the fundamentals that sparked the conflict. 

By joining today, you can help aide in our preservation efforts. A basic membership is only $35.00. This package, you will get many extras gifts just for joining, such as a attractive window decal, and the items mentioned above. 

There are several other levels of membership in various price ranges, which will increase your gifts as well as benefits, for being a member, which are too numerous for me to mention. 

For more information regarding the Civil War Preservation Trust, the battlefields they have saved, the latest news on preservation and a listing of those Civil WAR battlefield that a lost, or destroyed, are available on their website at (www.CivilWar.org) Their teacher & classroom programs, special events, tours and talks and a large variety of everything they are involved with is also listed on this website along with there membership information, so don’t delay any longer, come join our ranks.

Help preserve our Civil War battlefield sites so future generations will be able to appreciate what our Civil War ancestors; fought, lived and died for. These sites were paid for with there blood. There legacy is depended upon us, to preserve these battlefields, to insure that their memory & deeds will always be remembered and honored, so our children and there children’s children can enjoy and appreciate what we preserve today. 

Please visit there site today and help preserve our past. Join the Civil War Preservation Trust today. You can find them at: (www.CivilWar.org)  

(Not only is my Sons of Confederate Veterans camp, the Buffalo Guards are a member, but my teaching group, the Western NY Living History Association are members as well. We are proud to say, we donate a nice sum of money for the sake of preservation. I am personally a member, and I am an advocate to pass the word on….so others like yourselves will join in our fight….)   

Thank you for your time,
Steve Teeft, Camp Commander & Historian
Buffalo Guards Camp 1975, SCV
Steve@DixieResearch.com    (http://www.DixieResearch.com)

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Weekly Web Sites we've received 
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If you have a favorite Civil War site, please send them to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com 

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The Fighting Men of New Jersey
(http://www.newjersey1861.com/)

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From:  Outback1000

Just read this and thought you may like to see it. 
    One of my mother's sisters interred St. Joseph's House in Emmitsburg, MD in the 1920s became a Sister of Charity, [Sister Vincent Ecklund] died 2 Aug. 1961 at the mother house in Emmitsburg, MD
Jim 

Civil War love affair unearthed
(http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=296338&category=SARATOGA&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=10/19/2004)

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From: Trumpshallblow17

Virtual Military Cemetery - Tennessee 
(http://www.tngenweb.org/civilwar/vcem/index.html)

historic Maury Co. /Lewis Co. Tn go to  Maury County Cemeteries
(http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~maury/cemetery/)

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If your ancestor has or you have a story to tell, please send it to us.  
     HOST RL Jayne, HOST RL WillM, HOST DsRoots and HOSt RL Magnolia at CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com  
  
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HOST RL WillM thought you might like to read this.

MORONEY, MATCHETT, COUDERC, WALKER, EWING, BALIN, MITCHELL, KIMBERLY, JAMES
Feb. 22, 1924 McDonald PA Record

George KIMBERLY, a resident of McDonald for forty years, died at his home
in Valley street at 3:20 o'clock Saturday afternoon, February 16, 1924, aged
80 years and one month.
Mr. KIMBERLY was born January 16, 1844, in Fayette township, Allegheny
county, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward KIMBERLY.  At the age of twelve he
moved with his parents to Pittsburgh, where he attended school during the
winter months and did odd jobs during the summer.  On August 22, 1861, when
not yet eighteen, he enlisted in Co. E, 74th New York infantry, under
command of Captain MONEY.  In the spring of 1862 the regiment left New York
for Washington, D. C.  To give Mr. KIMBERLY's army experience in his own
words:  "From Washington, D. C., we marched about forty miles to Fort
Tobacco, Md.  From Fort Tobacco, Md., we were sent to Fortress Monroe, Va.,
and marched to Yorktown, where we were encamped about six weeks when it
became necessary for our forces to evacuate Yorktown, but after a few
skirmishes we forced the rebels to Williamsburg.  There we had a pitched
battle with LONGSTREET's corps.  During this siege we were barricaded in on
all sides by fallen trees that were felled by LONGSTREET's forces.  It
became necessary for us to beat a retreat under cover of darkness, and with
the coming of dawn Mr. John MACHLEES and myself searched for the killed and
wounded.  Previous to this engagement we marched up to the Manassas where we
joined other reinforcements. There arrangements were made to cross the
Rappahannock river by means of pontoons on account of the rapidly rising
river.  A great deal of difficulty was experiences in crossing and after
several companies, including my own, were across, the pontoons gave way and
the rebel forces under command of Gen. Joseph E. JOHNSTON, who were lying in
ambush, attacked us in overwhelming numbers, but we held them at bay until
the pontoons were rebuilt and our reinforcements came to our aid.  Our
losses in killed and wounded were appalling.  During this fray General
JOHNSTON was mortally wounded and Robert E. LEE was given command of the
rebel forces.  After a day or so of skirmishing we retreated to Shiloh
battlefield, standing our ground until evening when we retreated to a more
secure vantage point.  Continuous skirmishing back and forth was kept up for
three or four days until the night of the fifth day we retreated to Malvern
hill, about twelve miles from the James river.  The fact that we had gained
a very fine position decided General MCCLELLAN to make a stand; on the sixth
day we routed the enemy, forcing them back.  That night we marched to
HARRISON's landing where we were protected by a number of gunboats of the
navy.  From there we were detached to Bull Run, as heavy reinforcements were
needed badly. On our way we were surrounded and fell back in good order
until we met Stonewall JACKSON in our rear.  Then came the clash of armies
with the rebels and Gen. KEARNY's division. General KEARNY was killed and
the battle was practically over for that day.  We retreated in different
directions toward the Potomac river.  The next day we were reunited under
Gen. MCCLELLAN and started another vigorous campaign against the rebel
troops, forcing them across the Potomac, thereby ending their machinations
for that period.  We next marched to Burgville Junction and here we rested
for several days.  Gen. BURNSIDE was put in command and under him we marched
to Fredericksburg, where we had a three days' battle.  During this battle we
crossed the Potomac, where we did some fierce fighting.  We had to re-cross
the Potomac and Gen. BURNSIDE was relieved from duty and Gen. HOOKER was put in command.  We then marched to Chancellorsville, engaged in a few
skirmishes and returned to Fredericksburg, where we remained in camp until
spring.  After loitering around Fredericksburg until June 2d, we started for
Gettysburg, arriving there at six o'clock in the morning of July 2d and
about three o'clock of that day we entered into the historical "Battle of
Gettysburg".  Of my company there were 28 men who entered into the fray.
After the battle was over, six of them were killed, seven wounded and one
died later.  I was one of the wounded.  I was sent to a hospital in
Baltimore, where I remained until the 28th of September when I was removed
to Pittsburgh.  After remaining in Pittsburgh a few weeks I was called to
Washington and joined the Relief Squadron and did guard duty until August
22, 1864, when I received my honorable discharge and boarded a train for
Pittsburgh, Pa.  On March 3, 1865, I married Miss Anna CAVANAUGH of
Pittsburgh.  Two days later I enlisted in Co. K, 61st infantry of
Pennsylvania, where I served until the surrender at Appomattox, which
virtually ended all hostilities."
He was active in the G. A. R. and had served as an officer in the local
post.  Mr. KIMBERLY was a butcher by trade and had worked in the different
shops n McDonald.
Mr. KIMBERLY is survived by is wife and two sisters:  Mrs. Mary BAFFLIET
and Mrs. Robert CLARK of Pittsburgh.
Funeral services were held from the late home at 10:00 o'clock Tuesday
morning with requiem high mass.. Remainder missing

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY...  MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!
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I'm going to put a note here to all of you have so graciously offered to help folks out.   If you no longer want to be on this list please let me know and I will take your name off the list.  I've had email telling me they've sent email to someone on the list for help, and the email was deleted before it was ever even read.   

If you have a resource from which you would be willing to do look-ups for folks, please let us know and we'll add it here

HOST RL Magnolia can be contacted if you have PA soldiers. 

UBucket@aol.com has offered to do free Civil War research from veterans from Wisconsin.  He is the author of "Civil War Veterans of Winnebago County, Wisconsin"

eharding2@cox.net has offered to do lookups for folks with ancestors from the Confederacy, focusing mainly on North Carolina, but has other sources also.   

GoldHobo@aol.com has told us if anyone wants info the the 85th NY Inf. Regt. (Plymouth Pilgrims) you may email her.  She has a book about them.    Her one request is that you put 85th Regt. in the subject line so she doesn't delete it by mistake

JLawson656@aol.com has access to Pension Records for Civil War Soldiers in Louisiana.  If you need help, send JL an email. 

MOM611@aol.com said she has a book on the men of the 9th OHIO if anyone needs information.

Nanatnt2@aol.com has a book on the 85th NY Infantry which spent most of their time in Andersonville.

OhioSoldiers@aol.com Has a book with the Rosters of the 1st through the 20th Ohio Soldiers.

Bitsobluengray@aol.com has Delaware Civil War Union Rosters from two different sources and a book "They Died at Fort Delaware"

If anyone is doing Illinois Civil War research, you may email IllinoisCW@aol.com   Tell him HOST RL Jayne sent you.  He will give it priority and see what he can find for you. 

If YOU have a Civil War Ancestor, Kevin/frye@pstel.net [ Please note new address for Kevin ] does Volunteer research at Andersonville Civil War Prison in Andersonville, GA.  Any research he does is absolutely at NO cost and he is willing to do all he can. There are more than 32,000 prisoners on record from the Union, and quite a few who were held prisoner there as Union regiments from Confederate states. There are also nearly 13000 marked graves of those who died there.  Kevin's focus is dedicated to ALL of those held prisoner during the war, on both sides, as well as all Americans who gave their freedoms for those that we enjoy today.. He just happens to be near Andersonville, so that is where he does his work.
Visit Kevin's site at:
<<http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/index.html>>

If YOU have a question regarding Confederate researching, visit Steve Teeft's website at <<http://www.dixieresearch.com>>  Tell him you saw his address in the Weekly Fireside.  Steve@dixieresearch.com 

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"THE TOWN CRIER"
Civil War Calendar!!
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If your group is sponsoring any events or you know of a great event, please send it to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com and we will be glad to include it here in our calendar.

You might want to check out this site if you're looking for an event in your area:
<<http://www.civilwar-va.com/events/events0104.html>>

November 6 VA  Living history, "A Day in 1861," military and civilian life in the early days of the Confederacy at Lee Hall in Newport News at 10 am-4 pm. Free with admission. 757-888-3371 or <<www.leehall.org>> 

November  6 - 7  NC  Reenactment and living history weekend at Fort Branch near Hamilton. Details: 800-776-8566 or <<www.fortbranchcivilwarsite.com>> 

November  20  PA   Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies in Gettysburg. 1 pm. Free. More info, 717-334-1124 extension 422 or <<www.nps.gov/gett>>. 

November  20  PA  Luminaria at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, candles placed on soldier graves. Sponsored by the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. 717-334-0772 or <<www.friendsofgettysburg.org>>. 

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Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Ancestral Digs Room 
Every Friday Night at 10 PM ET in the Ancestral Digs Room
with hosts HOST RL Jayne, HOST RL Magnolia, HOST RL WillM and their many faithful friends :)

Nov 04 & 05 - OPEN CHAT

Nov 11 & 12 - Our Special Songs, letters and Poems night. 

Nov  18 & 19 - OPEN CHAT

Nov  25 & 26 - (to be announced)

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