April 2000 Weekly Fireside Newsletters

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye 

"The Weekly Fireside" 
of the American Civil War History 
Special Interest Group; 
Distribution Coast to Coast 
Week ending 2 April 2000

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Thursday night was just great. We had some new visitors and talked all night. 
"Acdraft01" told us a great story her great great grandmother. It went like this: 
The Union troops had showed up on their property one day and the entire 
troop bivouacked on her Virginia Augusta (Oliver) Lanier's front yard in 
Gadsen County, Florida. Virginia came to the front door and demanded that 
the Yanks get out of her flowers and off of her front yard. One of the 
soldier's took a shot at her but hit the doorframe she was standing in. The 
young Yankee Lt. promptly reprimanded the shooter, apologized 
graciously and withdrew his troops to a respectful distance. The bullet hole 
is still there today in that door frame as a reminder of Virginia's courage and 
a young lieutenant's courtesy. Thanks Acdraft01 for giving us permission to use 
in this week's "Fireside". 
GFH Amy also had a great song for us which I've included in the "A Bit Of 
Community". And IrishInCal wouldn't leave the room until I promised to put an Irish 
tune in the newsletter, so I'll do that just below in the music section. Heh Heh 
Music: Now remember when you read these lyrics, you have to put in the traditional 
Irish ballad phrasing. 
My Own Native Land - Traditional 

There's a dear little Isle, in the Western Ocean. 
It's an island of purity, Aeolian grand. 
It's name fills it's daughters, and sons with emotion. 
When they are a-part, on a far distant strand. 

Tis' Ireland, my country, the birthplace of heroes 
The home of the preacher, warrior, and sage, 
Of bards and chieftains whose names live in stories. 
May they live on forever on history's page. 

You once were a proud, and a glorious nation. 
Your name and your fame, were known all over the world. 
Til misfortune came o'er you, and sad desolation, 
Your emerald banner, in slavery lay unfurled. 

They tortured your children. 
They spoiled your green banner. 
They tried to exterminate you, long, long, long-ago. 
But the Irish live somehow, like wild creeping flowers. 
The faster you blossom, the quicker they seem to grow. 

I love every blade, of grass green on your mountains, 
Every leaf from your trees, and every rock on your strand. 
I love your green valleys, and murmuring fountains. 
I love you Irish Isle, My own dear native land. 
Enjoy............ 

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Editor's Note: for those of you who are AOL members, I want to encourage you to 
feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, or Stories or articles that you have in 
our Civil War History Files. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you 
would desire to share those with the Civil War History community. Use 
"keyword=roots" to get to the Genealogy Main Screen. Then select Files, followed 
by selecting History and Culture and there you will find the two upload areas I 
mentioned; Civil War Files, and Civil War Photos. I would also note that the New 
Genealogy Forum Web Site is being constructed. On that Web Site, the Civil War 
History SIG will have an area to link to our Civil War Library (Lectures, Letters, 
Songs, Poems, Files, Firesides, and Photo's). When this is complete then anyone 
(not just AOL Members) will have access to all our material. We'll be sure to let you 
know when you can access it. 

This coming Thursday is a part of the Women in the Civil War Series and will be 
the Story of Sarah Edmonds . I do think you'll enjoy this series.....
We'll keep a light on for you ....*<>*
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FOR ALL YOU 1ST TIMERS ON THURSDAY - "WE REALLY WELCOME YOU TO 
OUR MERRY BAND" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU, TRADING QUESTIONS AND 
COMMENTS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR CAMARADERIE!!! :-)... COME AGAIN 
OFTEN, WE DO INDEED "RELISH" YOUR COMPANY.. 

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

Editor's Note: Regimental Histories and Letters, etc. Postings: keyword "roots," 
after which will bring you to the main screen of the Genealogy Forum. Select the 
"Files Library Center," then "History Files". At that point select "Civil War Files." 
Lectures and the Letters, Songs and Poems evenings are also posted in the "Files 
Library Center" under "History Lectures" as the Lecture Subject. The "Firesides" 
when they eventually get there after their 30 days in the New Files section are 
posted in the "Files Library Center" under "Meeting Logs and Newsletters". 
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Weekly Web Sites we've received 
from TUBES14 
Save Our Southern Heritage - Signatures
http://www.petitiononline.com/cgi-bin/signed.cgi?southern 

from AJWRJW 
Robert E. Lee's Boyhood Home 
http://www.leeshome.com/ 

from rosewebb@datasync.com 
The Edward G. Gerdes AR Civil War has moved!!....... to: 
http://www.couchgenweb.com/civilwar/ 

from GFS Susi 
INDIAN SITES to explore 
Native American Home Pages - Nations 
http://www.pitt.edu/~lmitten/nations.html#i-l 
FedTribes99 
http://www.indians.org/Resource/FedTribes99/fedtribes99.html 
Ramapough Mountain Indians: Native Americans 
http://www.ramapoughnation.org/news.html 
Official Website of the Chickasaw Nation 
http://www.chickasaw.net/ 
{{Susi}} Great websites for Native American research.. THANKS 

from SusiCP 
Infiormation is available on Wisconsin Civil War veterans at the 
Wisconsin Veteran's Museum, 30 Mifflin St. Madison, Wi. 53703. Ph.# 1-608-267-
1799 fax 1-608-264-76l5 
Wisconsin Civil War Veterans 
http:/badger.state.wi.us/agencies/dva/museum/wvmmain.html - They have 
information on enlistments, and much other info and some of this can be searched 
on-line and thru their gift shop. 

more from SusiCP 
This is a gigantic list of research sites focusing on Military Orders, Hereditary, 
Fraternal and Patriotic Organizations which sometimes "pop-up" in the middle of 
research. This is a very impressive list. "Thanks Susi" 
Hereditary Organizations 
Daughters of the American Revolution 
http://www.chesapeake.net/DAR 
Daughters of the Republic of Texas 
http://www.drtl.org/~drtl/index.html 
Descendents of Mexican WarVeterans 
http://member.aol.com/dmwv/home.htm 
Descendents of Washington's Army at Valley Forge 
http://www.execpc.com/~drg/widwavf.html 
Founders of the New Haven Colony 
http://members.tripod.com/~Historic_Trust/NEWHAVEN.HTM 
General Society of Mayflower Descendents 
http://user.aol.com/calebj/mayflower.html 
General Society of the War of 1812 
http://LanClio.org/1812.htm 
General Society Sons of the Revolution 
http://www.execpc.com/~drg/gssro.html 
Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) 
http://pages.prodigy.com/CGBD86A/garhp.htm - for male descendents and 
Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic 
http://suvcw.org/lgar.htm - for the Women's Relief Corps 
http://suvcw.org/wrc.htm - for female descendents of Union soldiers of the Civil 
War. 
Huguenot Society 
http://www.startext.net/homes/huguenot/ 
International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers 
http://www.media.utah.edu/medsol/UCME/d/DAUGHTERSUTPIO.html 
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States 
http://suvcw.org/mollus.htmMilitary 
Order of the Stars and Bars 
http://scv.org/mosbhome.htmMilitary 
Order of the World Wars 
http://www.cais.com/dc/moww/ 
Order of Daedalians 
http://www.daedalians.org/ 
Order of Indian Wars of the United States 
http://members.tripod.com/~Historic_Trust/INDIAN.HTM 
Point Lookout Prisoner of War Organization 
http://barbados.cc.odu.edu/~bkb300z/plpow/plpow.html - for descendents of 
POWs at the Point Lookout, Maryland prison during the American Civil War. 
Society of the Cincinnati 
http://members.tripod.com/~Historic_Trust/CINCINNA.HTM 
Sons of the American Legion 
http://www.legion.org/salinfo.htm 
Sons of the American Revolution 
http://www.sar.org/ 
Sons of Confederate Veterans 
http://scv.org/ 
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. 
http://SUVCW.org/ 
Link to the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. 
http://suvcw.org/duv.htm 

Fraternal/Social Organizations 
Follow this link for a good discussion about Fraternal Organizations and 
insurance. This isn't about college Greek fraternities, but rather organizations 
formed for mutual benefit such as Woodmen of the World, Knights of Pythias, 
Improved Order of Heptasophs, and the like. 
http://www.wvu.edu/~socialwk/faculty/RAL/E/fraternities.html 
Benevolent & Protective Organization of Elks (BPOE) 
http://rtpnet.org/~nec/ 
Free Masons 
http://www.freemasonry.org/index.html 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) 
http://www.avd.nl/ioof/e_index.htm 
Kiwanis Club 
http://www.kiwanis.com/ 
Knights of Columbus 
http://www.netreach.net/~kofc4215/knights.htm 
Lion's Club International 
http://www.lions.org/ 
National Exchange Club 
http://rtpnet.org/~nec/ 
Optimists International 
http://www.optimist.org/ 
Order Knights of Pythias 
http://freenet.buffalo.edu/~br001/index.html 
Rotary International 
http://www.rotary.org/ 
Shriners of North America 
http://freenet.buffalo.edu/~br001/index.html 
Woodmen of the World 
http://members.aol.com/markcase/page3.htm 

Patriotic and Military Organizations 
Air Force Association (AFA) 
http://www.afa.org/ 
The American Legion 
http://www.legion.org/ 
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts 
http://www.tiac.net/users/ltcdon/ 
Ancient and Honorable Order of the Jersey Blues 
http://www.innerlight.com/genepool/njblues.htm 
Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 
http://www.ausa.org/ 
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 
http://www.dav.org/contents/ 
Legion of Valor of the United States 
http://members.aol.com/LValor1890/index.html 
Marine Corps League 
http://www.mcleague.org/Military 
Order of the Purple Heart 
http://www.purpleheart.org/index.ssi 
National Society Sons of Utah Pioneers 
http://www.uvol.com/sup/homepage.html 
The Navy League 
http://www.navyleague.org/ 
Retired Officers Association (TROA) 
http://www.troa.org/ 
United Daughters of the Confederacy 
http://www.hsv.tis.net/~maxs/UDC/ 
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 
http://www.vfw.org/ 


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And The Band Played On - An Announcement 
(Note: I'll keep this up through March)

July 2000 National Civil War Band Festival 
The American Civil War Institute of Campbellsville University and the Campbellsville University 
School of Music announced today the launching of the "greatest and most significant gathering of 
Civil War bands in the nation since 1865" with the University's sponsorship of The National 
Civil War Band Festival, July 28-30, 2000. 
The three-day music festival will be held on the campus of Campbellsville University, which is 
located in south central Kentucky (82 miles southwest of Lexington; 90 miles southeast of 
Louisville; and 150 miles northeast of Nashville). 

Organizers of the event said that they are estimating The National Civil War Band Festival to 
attract between 10,000 to 25,000 people to the City of Campbellsville. 

Host bands for the festival are the Saxton's Cornet Band, based in Lexington, Kentucky, and 
the Old Towne Brass, based in Huntsville, Alabama. Bands wishing to participate or seeking 
further information may contact either Nicky Hughes at Soyuz11@aol.com or Bob Baccus at 
wrbaccus@hiwaay.net. 

For more information concerning the festival, contact Marc C. Whitt at 270-789-5211--office 
or at whittm@campbellsvil.edu, or Dr. David McCullough, director of bands at Campbellsville 
University, at 270-789-5058--office or at mcdavid@campbellsvil.edu. 

Marc C. Whitt 
Vice President for Advancement 
Campbellsville University 
1 University Drive 
Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718-2799 
(270) 789-5211-office phone 
(270) 789-5095-office fax 

"Ted" thanks for this neat tip. It sounds like a "once in a lifetime" event..... If any of 
you Readers are interested in this, Ted has provided all the "contact" information to 
get "your dibs" in early. I would suspect this will fill up in a hurry and this is a "first 
time" gathering of this nature.... :-) I'm going to leave this up a bit so everyone can 
mark their calendars and make arrangements if they're interested. 
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From: frye@gnat.net 
I Just wanted to let you know I appreciate your mention of my services in your round tables 
[and newsletters] and that I have added a new page to my site in which your members might 
have an interest. Actually I have added 2 pages to my site. 
One.....Websites of Decendants of Prisoners another... just Decendants of Andersonville 
prisoners. The second shows Prisoners name, State, Regiment, Company, as well as the 
decendants name and email address. I think it will help researchers find one another. If you 
could mention it in your next roundtable, I would be very thankful. 

Kevin 
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/index.html 
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/decendants.html 
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/Decendants.html 

"Kevin" - Thanks for the update. We'll be sure to spread the word :-) Kevin Frye has 
been most gracious in provided assistance to a number of members with his 
information and we really want to thank him for this good information. 
Jayne also sent me a note to this as follows: You will note the second two URL's are 
the same, EXCEPT for the capital "D". The URL's are case sensitive and will take 
you to two differents sites. While there are a whole lot of names on the two new 
websites, it's still being built. Be sure to check back often and if you are a decendant 
and want to be added, let Kevin know! You can send email to him at: frye@gnat.net 

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From: SusiCP & GFS TEG 
The preservation activity currently going on in Ohio concerning the Buffington Island Battlefield 
which is Ohio's only civil war battlefield, 
If more info is needed contact John Rawdon, 3471 Ellen Drive, Akron, Ohio or Margaret 
Parker, president, Meigs County Pioneer & Historical Society, 
PO Box 145, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769. 
Email addresses: 
meigscountyhistoricalsociety@dragonbbs.com 
kdashley2@hotmail.com (Keith Ashley) 

Please visit the petition to save the battlefield at 
http://www.petitiononline.com/Buff/petition.html. 

Also visit the Saving Buffington island Web Site at 
http://www.geocities.com/buffington_isle/. 

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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

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

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

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From: CW1865 
My gr gr grandfather, Pvt. Adam Schneider, 183rd Ohio Infantry, died on the Sultana on April 
17, 1865, while coming home from Confederate prison with over 2,000 other parolees. Shortly 
after, his family in Cincinnati was visited by a survivor of this disaster who was also his friend, 
Pvt. Michael Conrad, and Conrad told my gr gr grandmother what happened to her husband. I 
am looking for descendants of Conrad in the hopes that they can tell us Michael's version so 
what happened the night the Sultana went down. 
Thanks so much! 
Pam Newhouse 

{{{Pam}}} - thanks for you request. Membership - here's a request! If any of you have 
this individual "Pvt. Michael Conrad" as a Civil War Ancestor, and in your research 
if you have possible connections to current descendants who might just have 
information relating to the incident Pam is referring to, email us and Pam... This 
would be a great story if Pam finds information. 
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From: JCHovermal 

Could anyone help me with this one? My great grandfather James A. Furman Truett was 
enlisted into the 14th SC Infantry in Aug.1861 in a town called Lightwood Knot Springs. Does 
anyone know where that was? 

Susan Truett Hovermale 
Mt. Pleasant,SC 

{{{{Susan}}}} IrishInCal has done some neat research and come up with the following 
on Company A, 14th SC Regiment -(James Truett), and it looks like the location of 
Lightwood Knot Springs. 
Company A, 14th SC Regiment 
http://members.carol.net/~rickysahn/SC14/sc14a.htm 
Lightwood Knot Springs 
http://members.tripod.com/AlexanderFamily/ 

{{Grace}} super find :D Thank you!!! 
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From: hood@rica.net (Jan Hood) and passed to us from SusiCP 
SIMON POLK enlisted in the Confederate Army on 16 April 1862 at Rudes Hill, New 
Market, VA. He went in as a Private. He was assigned to the 2nd VA Infantry, 
Company F, Winchester Rifles. This Company and Infantry rode with Stonewall 
Jackson throughout the war and was part of "Stonewall's Brigade." SIMON POLK 
was listed as 'sick' in September 1862, and in a hospital at Bunker Hill, West 
Va. He was later moved to a hospital in Martinsburg, W. Va., where he died on 
11 October 1862. The hospital is not named. 
I would appreciate anyone who may be able to help me, with any lookup or 
advice. 
Thank you VERY much. 
Jan in Shenandoah Co., Va. 

"Jan" - we're glad your "plea" was passed on to us. We'll put this to the membership 
who many dedicated and expert researchers in all aspects of the Civil War and see 
what we can find..... :-) Hey Faithful!.... What say Ye?? 
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From: Bama76MBA 
Sylvester Steiner, my great, great, great grandfather, was a member of the 
28th Regiment throughout the Civil War. The unit was referred to as the 
"Goldstream Regiment" and organized at Philadelphia and mustered in June 28, 
1861. Would anyone have information on the reason for the name of the unit, 
Sylvester Steiner, or references to the service or make up of the unit. 
Thanks, Dennis 

Dennis - I got a note from GFH Amy this week and she thinks she has some names 
that may know the origins of that name. She wanted to check it out first and make 
sure. Keep your fingers crossed !!! 
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From: LaddofOhio 
Jim this lady, on another List, is requesting help with Civil War Veteran 
Census data. Can you be of help? If so, mail me and I will pass it on 
to her through the appropiate List! Thanks! 
"Hello, Does anyone have access to the Special Census taken of Civil War 
Veterans? I am looking for any BERRYHILL vets. 
My grgrGrandfather William BERRYHILL died during the war, 
and it is said that at least two of his brothers were also in the Civil War, 
but I don't know which ones; They could be: David, Matthew, James or John Thanks for any 
help, Kathy 
[a ps:] I forgot to mention that I may not have all of the sons' names. 
It is also possible that there was an Alexander and possibly others. 

[Since this is from a List concerning Putnam County, Ohio, I suspect that 
the information would fall into Ohio Ciil War Veterans.] 
Donald L LADD 
LDG Directory Manager 
to view the Directory: 
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~ladd/id.htm 

"Don" thanks for forwarding the request. We'll forward any responses back 
through you on this one. Hey FAITHFUL!!!! What do you know about Civil 
War Census records for Ohio???? While you're pondering, I'll check the my 
Family History Center Civil War research notes and see what I can find. 
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A BIT OF COMMUNITY... 

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

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From: Keskalublu 
Thanks for the additional info about the 1918 flu epidemic. I am wondering about an epidemic 
that may have ocurred in Missouri between about 1865-1870. It was probably a flu or 
something similar. I lost a gr-great grandfather and his wife. He was a Dr and they had moved 
there from MS. It is possible he may have served in the Confederacy, but I don't think so. His 
name was John Knox. Anyone having any info about him or this epidemic---please let me 
know. Thanks Linda 

{{Linda}} thanks for you feedback. The only one I know was the really bad flu 
epidemic in Missouri around 1915 or thereabouts. I have accounts from my mother of 
her mother being deathly ill and loosing all her hair during that one. (in Bates Co.). 
We'll ask the "Faithful" if anyone knows out there. 
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From GFH Amy: 

WAIT FOR THE WAGON By R. Bishop Buckley 
Will you come with me, my Phyllis dear, to yon blue mountain free? 
Where the blossoms smell the sweetest, come rove along with me. 
It's every Sunday morning, when I am by your side, 
We'll jump into the wagon and all take a ride. 
Chorus: 
Wait for the wagon, wait for the wagon, 
Wait for the wagon, and we'll all take a ride. 

Where the river runs like silver and the birds they sing so sweet, 
I have a cabin, Phyllis, and something good to eat; 
Come listen to my story, it will relieve my heart; 
So jump into the wagon, and off we will start. 
Chorus 

Do you believe, my Phyllis, dear, old Mike, with all his wealth, 
Can make you half so happy as I, with youth and health? 
We'll have a little farm, a horse, a pig and cow; 
And you will mind the dairy, while I do guide the plough. 
Chorus 

Your lips are red as poppies, your hair so slick and neat, 
All braided up with dahlias, and hollyhocks so sweet. 
It's ev'ry sunday morning, when I am by your side, 
We'll jump into the wagon, and all take a ride. 
Chorus 

Together, on life's journey, we'll travel till we stop, 
And if we have no trouble, we'll reach the happy top; 
Then come with me, sweet Phyllis, my dear, my lovely bride, 
We'll jump into the wagon, and all take a ride. 
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From: AslanJ 
Thank you, Jim, for the great article on the Roswell people who were kidnapped. I remember 
when I first wrote to you asking if anyone knew about this. No one did, at that time. These 
women and children were heavy on my heart, and I am delighted to hear that you are doing a 
series on this. 
Wouldn't it be super if there were reunions, in the future, of the descendants of those who 
remained in GA and those who were taken? I get good goose-bumps, just thinking about that. I 
am sure that would be an answer to many prayers uttered by those women and children, if they 
survived. 
Judy 

{{Judy}} I do remember when you first asked about them. I had never heard of the 
story then and I was tickled when I ran across these accounts. We're pretty excited 
about the Women in the Civil War series. There are quite a few little known tales in 
the set.... 
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WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War". 

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

Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, said it 
so well.
"I think it is a noble and pious thing 
To do whatever we may by written 
Word or molded bronze and sculpted 
Stone to keep our memories, our 
Reverence and our love alive and 
To hand them on to new generations 
All too ready to forget."

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events***** 

Time: Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Golden Gates Room with Hosts GFH Amy, 
GFS Jayne, GFS TEG and GFS Jim and our many faithful friends :) 

04/06/2000 - Nurse and Spy, the Story of Sarah Edmonds - part of the Women in the Civil 
War Series 

04/13/2000 - "Letters, Songs and Poems Night" - don't forget to send yours in. We'll be sure to 
read them :D 

04/20/2000 - OPEN CHAT 

04/27/2000 - "A Woman Who Was Banished" - the Story of Rose Greenhow - part of the 
Women in the Civil War Series 

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

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye 

"The Weekly Fireside" 
of the American Civil War History 
Special Interest Group; 
Distribution Coast to Coast 
Week ending 9 April 2000

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Mission Statement: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable 
online environment with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible. 
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Thursday night was the first "Fireside Story" of Women in the Civil War Series. It 
was the story of Sarah Edmonds. For those of you that were in the "Golden Gates" 
Chat Room Thursday, you would have noticed that your Hosts and Hostesses had 
some new "Hats" on. We have been reorganized a bit and these new "Titles" are an 
attempt to consolidate all the AOL workers under one umbrella of sorts. Enough of 
trying to explain that move. Heh Heh Anyhow to email us, please use the following 
screen names in your email: HOST GFS JAYNE, LDRS GFH AMY, HOST GFS 
TEG, and HOST GFS JIM. 

Music: My little sojourn into the land of music this week is a little different. I was 
watching Disney's Robin Hood this week with my little honey bears and it brought 
back some fond memories of the singer in the movie that was Will Scarlet, who was 
"The Rooster" in the Disney movie. I grew up just loving that man and I'd listen to 
anything and everything he recorded. He was the writer and singer of "King of the 
'Road", "Dang Me", "Do Wacka Do", Kansas City Star", "You Can't Roller 
Skate in a Buffalo Herd", "Chug A Lug" and a host of others. Now here's the 
test.... Heh Heh Who is this writer/singer??? If you don't know then you must have 
had a stroke. LOL 
Enjoy............ 

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Editor's Note: for those of you who are AOL members, I want to encourage you to 
feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, or Stories or articles that you have in 
our Civil War History Files. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you 
would desire to share those with the Civil War History community. Use 
"keyword=roots" to get to the Genealogy Main Screen. Then select Files, followed 
by selecting History and Culture and there you will find the two upload areas I 
mentioned; Civil War Files, and Civil War Photos. I would also note that the New 
Genealogy Forum Web Site is being constructed. On that Web Site, the Civil War 
History SIG will have an area to link to our Civil War Library (Lectures, Letters, 
Songs, Poems, Files, Firesides, and Photo's). When this is complete then anyone 
(not just AOL Members) will have access to all our material. We'll be sure to let you 
know when you can access it. 

This coming Thursday is Letters, Songs & Poems of the Civil War night. Don't 
forget to send us any that you want to share.....
We'll keep a light on for you ....*<>*
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FOR ALL YOU 1ST TIMERS ON THURSDAY - "WE REALLY WELCOME YOU TO 
OUR MERRY BAND" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU, TRADING QUESTIONS AND 
COMMENTS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR CAMARADERIE!!! :-)... COME AGAIN 
OFTEN, WE DO INDEED "RELISH" YOUR COMPANY.. 

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

Editor's Note: Regimental Histories and Letters, etc. Postings: keyword "roots," 
after which will bring you to the main screen of the Genealogy Forum. Select the 
"Files Library Center," then "History Files". At that point select "Civil War Files." 
Lectures and the Letters, Songs and Poems evenings are also posted in the "Files 
Library Center" under "History Lectures" as the Lecture Subject. The "Firesides" 
when they eventually get there after their 30 days in the New Files section are 
posted in the "Files Library Center" under "Meeting Logs and Newsletters". 
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Weekly Web Sites we've received 
from Bulldogtjr 
Civil War Terminology Explanations
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/terms.htm#recruit 

from GFS Susi 
New York Civil War Roster Web Sites 
http://www.civilwararchive.com/ 
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/ 
http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/USA/ny.html 
http://www.morrisville.edu/pages/library/local_history/sites/ 
http://www.civilwardata.com/ 
http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/ 
http://www.public.usit.net/mruddy/ 
http://www.tarleton.edu/activities/pages/facultypages/jones/confeds.html 
http://www.tarleton.edu/activities/pages/facultypages/jones/unions.html 
http://www.civilwardata.com/active/ 
http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/index.html 
http://www.sky.net/~mreed/military/military.htm 

from EJMOULTON: 
For you collectors of Historical and current Music... 
The Lester L. Levy Sheet Music Collection - Home page 
http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/ 

from: FI WATROUS, my good friend "Ike" :-) 
Military Research URLs 

Identifying Military uniforms: 
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/ 

U.S. Air Force Museum: 
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/ 
Sources for identifying symbols on military markers: 
Continental Society Sons of Indian Wars: 
http://members.tripod.com/~CSSIW 
Descendants of Mexican War Veterans: 
http://www.dmwv.org/ 
General Society of Colonial Wars: 
http://www.ubalt.edu/gscw 
General Society of the War of 1812: 
http://LanClio.org/1812.htm 
National Society of the Children of the American Revolution: 
http://www.nscar.org/ 
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution: 
http://www.dar.org/index.html 
Order of Indian Wars of the United States: 
http://members.tripod.com/~Historic_Trust/indian.htm 
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution: 
http://www.sar.org/ 
Spanish-American War Sources: 
The Spanish American War Centennial: 
http://www.spanam.simplenet.com/ 
Spanish-American War Site: 
http://www.ecsis.net/~jrwilobe/ 
Texas Volunteers - Spanish American War Military Rolls 1898-1901: 
http://www.pcworld.com/r/tw/1%2C2061%2Ctw-gen0214m%2C00.html 
The 1836 Texas War of Independence: 
Military Research Room: 
http://www.lineages.com/military/mil_tx.asp 
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library @ the Alamo (research 
services): 
http://www.drtl.org/ 
Seige and Battle of the Alamo: 
http://www.lsjunction.com/events/alamo.htm 
Descendants of Mexican War Veterans: http://www.dmwv.org/ 
USIGS Military Collection Mexican-American War: 
http://www.pcworld.com/r/tw/1%2C2061%2Ctw-gen0214a%2C00.html 
Mexican American War Memorial: 
http://sunsite.unam.mx/revistas/1847/ 
Lost Records of the War of 1812: 
http://pcworld.com/r/tw/1%2C2061%2Ctw-gen0214c%2C00.html 
Military History: War of 1812: 
http://www.cfcsc.dnd.ca/links/milhist/1812.html 
USIGS Collection of Links: 
http://www.pcworld.com/r/tw/1%2C2061%2Ctw-gen0214e%2C00.html 
Where to get War of 1812 Records: 
http://www.rootsweb.com/~kyharris/1812how.htm 
War of 1812 Pay Rolls and Muster Rolls (searchable collection): 
http://image.vtls.com/collections/WA.html 
War of 1812: Fort McHenry: 
http://www.bcpl.lib.md.us/~etowner/patriots.html 
Overview of the War of 1812 from a Canadian perspective: 
http://www.rootsweb.com/~canmil/1812/1812view.htm 
The Patriots War of 1837-1838: 
Fort Wellington, Canada: 
http://www.pcworld.com/r/tw/1%2C2061%2Ctw-gen0214u%2C00.html 
The Battle of the Windmill: 
http://www.pcworld.com/r/tw/1%C2061%2Ctw-gen0214n%2C00.html 

{{Ike}} these are absolute fabulous. These are so hard to find that they are indeed 
worth publishing because they hold priceless information. 

also from FI WATROUS 
Ohio Civil War - Volunteer Cavalry 
http://home.earthlink.net/~df3ovc/roster.htm 

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From: SusiCP 
Susi has passed on this unique find on the 13th West Virginia Infantry History from a 
transcription of a first source letter ... Thanks Susi :-) 

Note from the Editor: if you contact this individual for a scan, it is our "tradition" 
and our courtesy to offer to cover for the expense of the owner of this "jewel" in 
responding to your request ..... 

Letter written to 1st Leiut. in 13W. Va. inf. 6/22/1865 
From: hethmitchell@juno.com 
I have this letter and if you would like I can scan it in as an JPEG 
(.jpg) send it to you personally. If you know of any other interested 
parties please let me know. 
The following is my (poor) transcription of a letter sent to Francis W. 
Sisson 1st Lieutenant and Adj??? 13th West Virginia Infantry on June 22 
1865. (Please note that this letter was written in a lovely pen that was born in 
the 70's can't quite decipher.) 

Page 1 
? ? 13 W Va. Inf notes 
Ovhuling Island June 22 y65 
Editor intellengences 
Sir 
I have the honor to serve you 
The following history of this regt. 
List of engagements 
Hurricane Bridge W. Va. March 28 y63 
Point Pleasant W Va. March 30 y 63 
Lexington Va June 11 y 64 
Lynchburg Va June 18 y 64 
Reanstown? Va July 24 y 64 
Mountinsburg W Va. July 25 y 64 [Ed. Note: I suspect this is Martinsburg] 
Charlestown Va. Aug. 21 y 64 
Halltown Va. Aug 26 y 64 
Berryville Va sept. 3 y 64 
Winchester Va. Sept. 19 y 64 
Fisher Hill Va. Sept 22 y 64 
Cedar Creek Va. Oct. 19 y 64 
Skimishes 
Mud River W. Va. Feby 163 (there is a ~ under the 63 ) 
Fayetville W. Va. May 1~63 
Morgan River? July 1~63 
? ? W. Va January 1~64 
Salen Va. June 1~64 

No. of men Killed 36 
No. of men Wounded 165 
No. of men Captured 15 

Page 2 
List of Officers Killed and Wounded 
O.W. Griswold 1st luit Co. 16 killed while a prisioner of war in Wayne 
Co. W. Va. Feby 16 y64 
Greenburg Black Capt Co. A. killed at winchester Sept 19 y 64 
Lovell ? Raybum Died of wounds received Winchester Sept 16 y 64 
James R Hale Leiut. Col. Killed at Cedar Creel Oct 16 y 64 
James R. Wall Liut. Col Wounded at reamstown July 21 y 64 
Simon Williams Capt Co. D. wounded at Riemstown July 24 y 64 
James W. Hammal 1st lieut co D.wounded at Riemstown July 24 y64 
Joseph E. McCoy 1st lieut Co K. Wounded at Reamstown Va. July 24 y64 
Milton Stewart Capt Co. B. wounded at winchester Va. Sept 16 y 64 
James w. Hammal 1st Lieut Co. D. wounded at Fishers Hill Sept. 22 y 64 
John W Rossler 2nd Lieut Co. E. wounded at fishers hill Sept 22 y 64 
Arther W. Damell 2nd Lieut co G. wounded at Cedar Creek Va. Oct 19th 1864 

Names of Officers belonging to Regt. At Muster out. 
William R. Brown Col.Milton Stewart Lieut col. 
Samuel Warpold Maj. 
Charles D. Dalley Srng. 
Jacob lallance Asst Srng 
Abrakan Rloxislip? ??? 
Frank W. Sipan 1st lieut aolfs 
Stephen comstock 1st Lieut ?RLM 

Catains 
George Damer comp. A. 
Willaim ? Greenlee Comp. B. 
William M Hoovey comp. C. 
Henry C Williamson comp. D. 
John W rosler Comp E. 
Timothy Russell Comp. F 
Allen C Mason Comp G. 
William I Mathews comp H. 
Peter Dammell Com. I. 
Joseph E. McCoy Comp K. 


Fist Lieutenants 
Sanuel S. Mathers Comp. A. 
Alfond ? Sullivan Comp B. 
John P Wood Comp C. 
Michael rosebury comp D. 
William N. Hawkins Comp. E. 

Page 4 
Joseph Bromley Comp F 
Edward B St. John Comp G. 
Jacob Plybon Comp H. 
William shannon comp I. 
William P Cummingham Comp. K. 

Second Lieutenants 

Robert W. Davis comp A. 
Silas Morgan Comp. B. 
William McDaniel Comp. C. 
Hezekoah Scott Comp D. 
Robert O. Boggess Comp. E. 
Joseph Pounds Comp F. 
Joseph B. Gilfin comp G. 
Harvey donkle Comp H. 
John H. Davis comp. I. 
John M. Young Comp K. 

This regt was recuited entirely in the counties composing the 3rd Congressional 
District W. Va. 

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From: frye@gnat.net 
The following are corrections to some miss-spellings in the last posting... 

Kevin 
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/index.html 
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/decendants.html 
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/Descendants.html 

"Kevin" - Thanks for the update. You can send email to him at: frye@gnat.net 

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From: SusiCP & GFS TEG 
The preservation activity currently going on in Ohio concerning the Buffington Island Battlefield 
which is Ohio's only civil war battlefield, 
If more info is needed contact John Rawdon, 3471 Ellen Drive, Akron, Ohio or Margaret 
Parker, president, Meigs County Pioneer & Historical Society, 
PO Box 145, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769. 
Email addresses: 
meigscountyhistoricalsociety@dragonbbs.com 
kdashley2@hotmail.com (Keith Ashley) 

Please visit the petition to save the battlefield at 
http://www.petitiononline.com/Buff/petition.html. 

Also visit the Saving Buffington island Web Site at 
http://www.geocities.com/buffington_isle/. 
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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

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

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

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From: CW1865 
My gr gr grandfather, Pvt. Adam Schneider, 183rd Ohio Infantry, died on the Sultana on April 
17, 1865, while coming home from Confederate prison with over 2,000 other parolees. Shortly 
after, his family in Cincinnati was visited by a survivor of this disaster who was also his friend, 
Pvt. Michael Conrad, and Conrad told my gr gr grandmother what happened to her husband. I 
am looking for descendants of Conrad in the hopes that they can tell us Michael's version so 
what happened the night the Sultana went down. 
Thanks so much! 
Pam Newhouse 

{{{Pam}}} - thanks for you request. Membership - here's a request! If any of you have 
this individual "Pvt. Michael Conrad" as a Civil War Ancestor, and in your research 
if you have possible connections to current descendants who might just have 
information relating to the incident Pam is referring to, email us and Pam... This 
would be a great story if Pam finds information. 
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From: hood@rica.net (Jan Hood) and passed to us from SusiCP 
SIMON POLK enlisted in the Confederate Army on 16 April 1862 at Rudes Hill, New 
Market, VA. He went in as a Private. He was assigned to the 2nd VA Infantry, 
Company F, Winchester Rifles. This Company and Infantry rode with Stonewall 
Jackson throughout the war and was part of "Stonewall's Brigade." SIMON POLK 
was listed as 'sick' in September 1862, and in a hospital at Bunker Hill, West 
Va. He was later moved to a hospital in Martinsburg, W. Va., where he died on 
11 October 1862. The hospital is not named. 
I would appreciate anyone who may be able to help me, with any lookup or 
advice. 
Thank you VERY much. 
Jan in Shenandoah Co., Va. 

"Jan" - we're glad your "plea" was passed on to us. We'll put this to the membership 
who many dedicated and expert researchers in all aspects of the Civil War and see 
what we can find..... :-) Hey Faithful!.... What say Ye?? 
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From: Bama76MBA 
Sylvester Steiner, my great, great, great grandfather, was a member of the 
28th Regiment throughout the Civil War. The unit was referred to as the 
"Goldstream Regiment" and organized at Philadelphia and mustered in June 28, 
1861. Would anyone have information on the reason for the name of the unit, 
Sylvester Steiner, or references to the service or make up of the unit. 
Thanks, Dennis 

Dennis - I got a note from GFH Amy this week and she thinks she has some names 
that may know the origins of that name. She wanted to check it out first and make 
sure. Keep your fingers crossed !!! 
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From: LaddofOhio 
Jim this lady, on another List, is requesting help with Civil War Veteran 
Census data. Can you be of help? If so, mail me and I will pass it on 
to her through the appropiate List! Thanks! 
"Hello, Does anyone have access to the Special Census taken of Civil War 
Veterans? I am looking for any BERRYHILL vets. 
My grgrGrandfather William BERRYHILL died during the war, 
and it is said that at least two of his brothers were also in the Civil War, 
but I don't know which ones; They could be: David, Matthew, James or John Thanks for any 
help, Kathy 
[a ps:] I forgot to mention that I may not have all of the sons' names. 
It is also possible that there was an Alexander and possibly others. 

[Since this is from a List concerning Putnam County, Ohio, I suspect that 
the information would fall into Ohio Ciil War Veterans.] 
Donald L LADD 
LDG Directory Manager 
to view the Directory: 
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~ladd/id.htm 

"Don" thanks for forwarding the request. We'll forward any responses back 
through you on this one. Hey FAITHFUL!!!! What do you know about Civil 
War Census records for Ohio???? While you're pondering, I'll check the my 
Family History Center Civil War research notes and see what I can find. 
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A BIT OF COMMUNITY... 

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

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From: Keskalublu 
Thanks for the additional info about the 1918 flu epidemic. I am wondering about an epidemic 
that may have ocurred in Missouri between about 1865-1870. It was probably a flu or 
something similar. I lost a gr-great grandfather and his wife. He was a Dr and they had moved 
there from MS. It is possible he may have served in the Confederacy, but I don't think so. His 
name was John Knox. Anyone having any info about him or this epidemic---please let me 
know. Thanks Linda 

{{Linda}} here is a feedback from Jowhara7 that she gleaned from her Prussion List 
owner, and another from curMcK. Thanks Jacque and Currin...... 
Here's the link to the full information this malicious virus. 
http://www.sampubco.com/viralert.htm 
W. David Samuelsen 
Listowner 
from: CurMcK 
About those epidemics, check out this site, it has a list of epidemics, their dates and places. 
http://people.delphi.com/pamyates/epidemic.htm 
Curren 

Response from Keskalublu: 
Thanks to Curren for the website for EPIDEMICS. Haven't looked at it yet, but will. Yes, the 
1915 flu epidemic wiped-out about half of the world---it's pretty well known. Whatever 
happened to my gr gr grandparents in MO in the 1860's was probably a more isolated event. 
Thanks for all input. Linda 
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From: AslanJ 
In a message dated 4/2/00 5:29:41 PM Pacific Daylight Time, GFS Jim writes: 
Weekly Web Sites we've received 
from TUBES14 
Save Our Southern Heritage - Signatures
http://www.petitiononline.com/cgi-bin/signed.cgi?southern 

Thank you, thank you!!! My husband and I have signed. I am so tired of hearing that our 
Southern Heritage is bigotry. I have always been taught to respect and love our Southern 
people of all races. Our families lost everything in that war, including lives, and it was over, more 
than one hundred years ago. I don't understand why we Southerners are so misunderstood. (Is 
it because of a few radical groups??) We kept one thing from that time in history, and that is our 
LOVE of the South and our Southern Heritage. I just wish that would be respected instead of 
being so misunderstood. We have rights too. 
I thank you from the bottom of my southern heart for giving us that site. 

{{Judy}} Thanks for the feedback.... "TUBES14" you did good!!! 
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From: AJWRJW 
What is A Brevet? 

As Captain Forbes walked off parade, 
Sam Green inquiringly said: 
"Pray tell me, Cap., -- and tell me true, 
Why all those officers in blue 
Walk up and touch their caps to you; 
They've leaves and eagles, them'ere chaps, 
Whilst you've but bars upon your straps." 

"Why, Sam," says Forbes, "you _must_ be green; 
The reason's plainly to be seen: -- 
My straps, so humble in their place, 
Are worth the symbol on their face, 
Whilst leaves and eagles pay no debts:-- 
Those officers are all brevets." 

Says Green, "that puzzles me,--you bet:-- 
Cap, tell me, -- what is a brevet?" 

"Well, Sam -- to put it through your pate, 
You listen, whilst I illustrate. 
You see yon turkey on the fence:-- 
That's turkey, Sam, in every sense; 
Yon turkey-buzzard on the tree:-- 
He's _brevet_ turkey:--do you see?" 

Moral 

"A Turkey has some value, Sam, 
A Buzzard isn't worth a damn!" 

----- by Captain Arthur T. Lee 

{{Amy}} I love this one. Thankee Ma'am..... 
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WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War". 

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

Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, said it 
so well.
"I think it is a noble and pious thing 
To do whatever we may by written 
Word or molded bronze and sculpted 
Stone to keep our memories, our 
Reverence and our love alive and 
To hand them on to new generations 
All too ready to forget."

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events***** 

Time: Every Thursday Night at 11pm ET in the Golden Gates Room with Hosts GFH Amy, 
GFS Jayne, GFS TEG and GFS Jim and our many faithful friends :) 

04/06/2000 - Nurse and Spy, the Story of Sarah Edmonds - part of the Women in the Civil 
War Series 

04/13/2000 - "Letters, Songs and Poems Night" - don't forget to send yours in. We'll be sure to 
read them :D 

04/20/2000 - OPEN CHAT 

04/27/2000 - "A Woman Who Was Banished" - the Story of Rose Greenhow - part of the 
Women in the Civil War Series 

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

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 16 April 2000

Our Mission: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable online environment 
with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible.
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It's my pleasure to be back with you again editing the Weekly Fireside while Jim 
is traveling for his paying job. If you missed Thursday night's edition of songs, letters 
and poems, you really missed some good ones!!! FBenway sent us more of his poems 
and we certainly are honored to be able to share them for him.
While I have the opportunity, I want to thank those of you who have visited the 
Bits of Blue and Gray column at http://www.stategensites.com I hope you're enjoying 
the trivia questions and learning from them. If any of you has trivia questions I could 
use, I sure do wish you'd send them to me along with the answers and a source verifying 
it.. unless you don't mind if I use your screen name as the source. At the site you'll also 
find a Message Board where you can leave suggestions, ask questions and make 
comments.

If you haven't been there yet, this month's column is the story of Richard Kirkland 
"The Angel of Marye's Heights" written by our very own HOST GFS TEG. Next month 
I'll be sharing some letters folks have sent to me. 

Just in case you missed this, please use the following screen names in your email 
to us: HOST GFS JAYNE, LDRS GFH AMY, HOST GFS TEG, and HOST GFS JIM. 
When Amy finishes her training, she will match the rest of us. <G> Please do NOT use 
our old addresses, those names will be deleted soon if they haven't been already.

Music: Jim's music review will return when he gets back from his week long stay 
in Turkey... but I suspect one of the songs he might have been thinking about this past 
weekend was "Off we go into the wild blue yonder, flying high.... " 

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Editor's Note: for those of you who are AOL members, I want to encourage you 
to feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, or Stories or articles that you have in 
our Civil War History Files. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you would 
desire to share those with the Civil War History community. Use "keyword=roots" to get 
to the Genealogy Main Screen. Then select Files, followed by selecting History and 
Culture and there you will find the two upload areas I mentioned; Civil War Files, and 
Civil War Photos. I would also note that the New Genealogy Forum Web Site is being 
constructed. On that Web Site, the Civil War History SIG will have an area to link to our 
Civil War Library (Lectures, Letters, Songs, Poems, Files, Firesides, and Photo's). When 
this is complete then anyone (not just AOL Members) will have access to all our material. 
We'll be sure to let you know when you can access it.

This coming Thursday is OPEN CHAT. Please be sure to bring with you all those 
questions you might have.

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TO OUR MERRY BAND" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU, TRADING QUESTIONS 
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Every first-timer to the American Civil War History SIG gets put on the 
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SOMETHING SPECIAL
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SGSchenk joined us in the SIG a couple of weeks ago and told us a quick story about his 
grandmother's great aunt. I asked him if he wouldn't please write the story down and 
send it in email to me so I could share them with you. He sent me two!! Both are really 
neat stories but my favorite of the two is the second one. Enjoy.... and THANKS Steven 
so very much for sharing with us!!

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Mary Lincoln's Hats
My grandmother's great Aunt Ginnie (Virginia Shaw) worked in a very elegant 
hat shop across Lafayette Square from the White House. It was run by a French lady who 
made the best hats in Washington, and all the finest ladies in the city bought their hats 
there.
Aunt Ginnie was interviewed in the Philadelphia paper years later (I have the 
article), and told of Mary Lincoln often coming into the shop, and chattering away for 
hours at a time with the owner of the shop, as well as with the shop girls. Aunt Ginny 
was very impressed that such a Great Lady as the President's wife would talk to all the 
girls in such a friendly manner, and also that she never seemed to have anything of any 
importance to say. It was all chit-chat, frivolous gossip, and silly "Girl Talk", and Mrs. 
Lincoln went on and on and on.
She loved bright colors, flash, and flair; feathers, beads and lace. Her personal 
taste bordered on being "too much".
She met other ladies there who came into the shop, and talked with them for a 
while until they left, and then went back to talking to the shop staff.
Aunt Ginny described what Washington was like in the days after Lincoln was 
shot. All the shops were closed, and their windows were hung with black mourning 
bunting, with pictures of Lincoln placed in the windows, with flowers. The streets were 
empty, and nobody was out or about at all.
I remember I was a teenager (15) when Kennedy was shot in 1963. I lived in 
Arlington, Virginia, across the river from Washington. At that time, Pennsylvania 
Avenue had not yet been rebuilt, and was still lined with the old store fronts that had been 
there in Aunt Ginny's time. They were all new and fashionable in her day, but by my 
day, they had become run down and shabby and old fashioned.
I went into town on my bike the next day (Saturday), and rode straight down the 
middle of an empty Pennsylvania Avenue. There was no traffic, no cars, no people - 
just a somber dark late November hush over the whole city, which seemed empty.
All the shops were closed, every window was draped in black bunting, and 
pictures of Kennedy were reverently placed in the windows, with flowers - exactly as 
Aunt Ginny had seen those same windows on that same street a hundred years earlier.
It was a very strange moment for me, and I will never forget it (after all, I am over 
50 now, and I am writing you about it...) I thought of Aunt Ginnie walking that same 
street, looking at those same windows, decorated the same way, but a century had passed, 
and the face was different. Everything else was the same.
During the next few days and weeks, Mary Lincoln sent all of her hats back to the 
shop to be transformed into mourning Black. They were stripped of any color, the fabric 
was all dyed black, and so were the feathers (black). Mrs. Lincoln did not spend any 
more time in the shop after that.
When I was young, my grandmother still had an old trunk that had many scraps 
and end pieces of beautifully colored silks, and intricate brocades, ~ pieces & samples & 
ends of cloth & lace & braiding & beadwork in intricate patterns. They were the 
leftovers from Mary Lincoln's hats, before Abraham was shot. They were beautiful. I 
still have some of them.
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Mrs. Rawlin's Petticoats
My Greatgreat Uncle, Samuel Davis, of Roanoke, Virginia was in the Civil war, 
on both sides. His family was sharply divided between North and South, with relatives 
on both sides of the Mason Dixon Line, as well as both sides of the conflict.
He started the war fighting for Virginia, in the Independent Grays under Capt. 
Richard C. Taylor, 6th Reg. Va. Inf. Co. H. He was captured during battle, and taken as a 
prisoner of war to a camp in southern New Jersey. Many of his relatives lived in New 
Jersey, and were staunch Yankees.
When Sam was a boy, his mother (Leurana Dawley Davis) would take him and 
his sister (my great-grandmother Orleania Medora Davis, Mrs. William Tabor Otis) to 
the slave markets, and protested when slave families were broken up and sold to different 
plantations. She was an early social activist and abolitionist, and got such a reputation in 
town for her protests that the family was warned by a sympathetic friend one day to "get 
out of town" before nightfall, because a group of angry locals was preparing to burn 
down their house and run them out of town that night.
They hastily gathered a few things, and fled for their lives, leaving everything 
behind, and ended up in southern New Jersey, where they had relatives. Later, as a 
young man, Sam Davis moved back to Roanoke, and was resident there when the war 
broke out, but his sympathies were split, to say the least, having friends and family in the 
North as well as the south
Although his mother remained in the North, his mother's sister, Mahala Dawley 
Conrad, married a local doctor in Virginia, and spent the war in Roanoke and Richmond. 
She had a friend by the name of Mrs. Martha Rawlins, whose husband, a doctor, was a 
colleague of her husband, Dr. Conrad. Mrs. Rawlins undertook a trip north with Dr. 
Rawlins to visit the Confederate soldiers in various prison camps in the North.
When Mrs. Rawlins arrived at the camp where Sam Davis was being held, she 
took several of her petticoats and had them passed secretly around the camp to the 
soldiers who were from Roanoke and Richmond. They all wrote messages to their 
families and loved ones back home on the petticoats, and Mrs. Rawlins wore them back 
through the enemy lines, home to Virginia, knowing that she would not be searched, as 
the wife of a noted physician on a humanitarian mission.
Sam Davis wrote a message to his Aunt Mehala Conrad on one of the petticoats.
When Mrs. Rawlins got home, she cut up the petticoats, and delivered all the 
messages to the families who were waiting so desperately for news of their missing 
menfolk. One of those messages was for her friend, Mahala Conrad, and it has come 
down in the family to me. I still have the faded square of white cotton with Sam's 
message to his Aunt, assuring her he was OK, and would survive. And survive he did.
Sam Davis later joined the Union army, and finished the war as an officer in the 
New Jersey cavalry (3rd Reg., Co. M). After the war, he married a Jersey girl, and died 
in N.J. of old age.

{{{{{Steven}}}}} Thank you so much for sharing these special stories with us!! What 
treasures they are to pass on down.

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SOMETHING ELSE SPECIAL
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Thursday night Acdraft01 also shared a special story that's been passed down through the 
family. Seems Acdraft's gggaunt was staying at her grandfather's house in Columbus, 
GA. All the men were away fighting so the women were alone to take care of things. 
The Yankees stormed into the house and when they saw the piano there, they demanded 
the aunt play Yankee Doodle. When she would not, the officer in charge told her what 
they would do if she didn't. So she sat down and in defiance, played Dixie. The officer 
made good on his threat.... they poured a barrel of syrup into the piano. 

{{{{{Acdraft}}}}} Now that's what I call being in a real sticky situation!!

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

Editor's Note: Regimental Histories and Letters, etc. Postings: keyword "roots," after 
which will bring you to the main screen of the Genealogy Forum. Select the "Files 
Library Center," then "History Files". At that point select "Civil War Files." Lectures 
and the Letters, Songs and Poems evenings are also posted in the "Files Library Center" 
under "History Lectures" as the Lecture Subject. The "Firesides" when they eventually 
get there after their 30 days in the New Files section are posted in the "Files Library 
Center" under "Meeting Logs and Newsletters". 

Weekly Web Sites we've received
I'm going to leave some from last week in here this week. If you've found a favorite Civil 
War site, by all means, let us know!!

from Host GFS Gary
Website with exstensive list of Civil War books and publications. 
Includes some other military material as well.
http://www.ionet.net/~cousin/dale31.html 

from Bulldogtjr
Civil War Terminology Explanations
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/terms.htm#recruit

from EJMOULTON:
For you collectors of Historical and current Music...
The Lester L. Levy Sheet Music Collection - Home page
http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/

from: FI WATROUS, my good friend "Ike" :-)
Military Research URLs
Identifying Military uniforms: 
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/
U.S. Air Force Museum: 
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/
Sources for identifying symbols on military markers:
Continental Society Sons of Indian Wars:
http://members.tripod.com/~CSSIW
Descendants of Mexican War Veterans: 
http://www.dmwv.org/
General Society of Colonial Wars: 
http://www.ubalt.edu/gscw
General Society of the War of 1812: 
http://LanClio.org/1812.htm
National Society of the Children of the American Revolution:
http://www.nscar.org/
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution:
http://www.dar.org/index.html
Order of Indian Wars of the United States:
http://members.tripod.com/~Historic_Trust/indian.htm
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution:
http://www.sar.org/
Spanish-American War Sources:
The Spanish American War Centennial:
http://www.spanam.simplenet.com/
Spanish-American War Site: 
http://www.ecsis.net/~jrwilobe/
Texas Volunteers - Spanish American War Military Rolls 1898-1901:
http://www.pcworld.com/r/tw/1%2C2061%2Ctw-
gen0214m%2C00.html
The 1836 Texas War of Independence:
Military Research Room: 
http://www.lineages.com/military/mil_tx.asp
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library @ the Alamo (research
services):
http://www.drtl.org/
Seige and Battle of the Alamo:
http://www.lsjunction.com/events/alamo.htm
Descendants of Mexican War Veterans: http://www.dmwv.org/
USIGS Military Collection Mexican-American War:
http://www.pcworld.com/r/tw/1%2C2061%2Ctw-
gen0214a%2C00.html
Mexican American War Memorial: 
http://sunsite.unam.mx/revistas/1847/
Lost Records of the War of 1812:
http://pcworld.com/r/tw/1%2C2061%2Ctw-gen0214c%2C00.html
Military History: War of 1812:
http://www.cfcsc.dnd.ca/links/milhist/1812.html
USIGS Collection of Links:
http://www.pcworld.com/r/tw/1%2C2061%2Ctw-gen0214e%2C00.html
Where to get War of 1812 Records:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~kyharris/1812how.htm
War of 1812 Pay Rolls and Muster Rolls (searchable collection):
http://image.vtls.com/collections/WA.html
War of 1812: Fort McHenry:
http://www.bcpl.lib.md.us/~etowner/patriots.html
Overview of the War of 1812 from a Canadian perspective:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~canmil/1812/1812view.htm
The Patriots War of 1837-1838:
Fort Wellington, Canada:
http://www.pcworld.com/r/tw/1%2C2061%2Ctw-gen0214u%2C00.html
The Battle of the Windmill:
http://www.pcworld.com/r/tw/1%C2061%2Ctw-gen0214n%2C00.html

{{Ike}} these are absolute fabulous. These are so hard to find that they are 
indeed worth publishing because they hold priceless information.

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From: frye@gnat.net
The following are corrections to some miss-spellings in the last posting...
Kevin

http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/index.html
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/Descendants.html

"Kevin" - Thanks for the update. You can send email to him at: frye@gnat.net

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From: SusiCP & GFS TEG
The preservation activity currently going on in Ohio concerning the Buffington 
Island Battlefield which is Ohio's only civil war battlefield, 
If more info is needed contact John Rawdon, 3471 Ellen Drive, Akron, Ohio or 
Margaret Parker, president, Meigs County Pioneer & Historical Society,
PO Box 145, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769.
Email addresses:
meigscountyhistoricalsociety@dragonbbs.com
kdashley2@hotmail.com (Keith Ashley)

Please visit the petition to save the battlefield at
http://www.petitiononline.com/Buff/petition.html.

Also visit the Saving Buffington island Web Site at
http://www.geocities.com/buffington_isle/.

From: AslanJ
<<Save Our Southern Heritage - Signatures
http://www.petitiononline.com/cgi-bin/signed.cgi?southern>>

Thank you, thank you!!! My husband and I have signed. I am so tired of hearing 
that our Southern Heritage is bigotry. I have always been taught to respect and love our 
Southern people of all races. Our families lost everything in that war, including lives, 
and it was over, more than one hundred years ago. I don't understand why we 
Southerners are so misunderstood. (Is it because of a few radical groups??) We kept one 
thing from that time in history, and that is our LOVE of the South and our Southern 
Heritage. I just wish that would be respected instead of being so misunderstood. We 
have rights too. 
I thank you from the bottom of my southern heart for giving us that site.

{{Judy}} Thanks for the feedback.... "TUBES14" you did good!!!

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From: Jowhara7

Thought this site was very thought provoking
http://home.flash.net/~skyangel/ourflag/ourflag.html

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

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

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

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From: LaddofOhio
Jim this lady, on another List, is requesting help with Civil War Veteran
Census data. Can you be of help? If so, mail me and I will pass it on 
to her through the appropiate List! Thanks!
"Hello, Does anyone have access to the Special Census taken of Civil War
Veterans? I am looking for any BERRYHILL vets.
My grgrGrandfather William BERRYHILL died during the war, 
and it is said that at least two of his brothers were also in the Civil War, 
but I don't know which ones; They could be: David, Matthew, James or John Thanks 
for any help, Kathy
[a ps:] I forgot to mention that I may not have all of the sons' names.
It is also possible that there was an Alexander and possibly others.

[Since this is from a List concerning Putnam County, Ohio, I suspect that
the information would fall into Ohio Ciil War Veterans.]
Donald L LADD
LDG Directory Manager
to view the Directory:
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~ladd/id.htm

"Don" thanks for forwarding the request. See an answer to your question below.

From: TUBES14

The 1890 Civil War Veterans census records can be ordered and checked at any Family 
History center.
HOST GFS TEG 

Thanks {{{Tom}}}

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

From: QNavyWife

HI,
I am hoping to make it Thursday night to the chat! I was wondering if you would do a 
favor for me..... As you know I am the secretary for the Madison County (NY) Civil War 
Round Table. We now have a web page. I am just beginning to learn how to make pages 
so it isn't fancy but it has info at least! Could you let "the Faithful" know about it in the 
next Fireside? I'd appreciate it! Madison County (NY) Civil War Round Table Here's 
the link to it...... Also, in case he hasn't already contacted you, a man named Bruce 
Mowday who is the co-author of a book called "Unlikely Allies". It is about Fort 
Delaware, a Civil War prison community near Delaware City on Pea Patch Island in the 
Delaware River. For more info, please contact Bruce at mowday@worldaxes.com. He 
asked if I could let people know about it so I am. Some of the faithful might be very 
interested in the book. 
Thanks again!
Robin 

{Robin} You bet we will. 
Jim

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From: VFTurner2

Grace-Marie Hackwell Seminar
The San Mateo County Genealogical Society has announced that they are sponsoring a 
half-day seminar, featuring Grace-Marie Hackwell, noted Civil War Historian. The 
Seminar will be on Saturday, July 15, 2000 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the First 
Presbyterian Church of San Mateo, located at the corner of Hacienda and 25th Avenue, in 
San Mateo. She will present two topics: (1) Locating Your Civil War Soldier, Find out 
if YOUR ancestor served in the Civil War, and (2) Writing Your Civil War Soldier's 
Military History, Learn how to use the information in your soldier's military service and 
pension records.

Grace-Marie has been a Family Historian/Genealogist for over 30 years. She currently is 
an Educator and Genealogical Instructor Specializing in Civil War Research (Cabrillo 
College, Aptos, CA.,) and Regional Director, California State Genealogical Alliance 
(South Central Coast). She served 7 years as Director of the Family History Center 
(Santa Cruz, CA) and was the Founding President of the Pajaro Valley Genealogical 
Society. Grace-Marie also is a Past President, Northern CA. Chapter of the Ohio 
Genealogical Society. She has written two books, A Guide to Locating Your Civil War 
Soldier and The Family History Time Line, authors and maintains a number of web sites 
about Civil War regiments, including the 4th, 51st, 66th and 142nd Ohio Volunteer 
Infantry and the 1st Mass. and 15th Penn. Cavalries. And if that is not enough, she 
arranges and escorts genealogical research tours including annual trips to Salt Lake City, 
Utah.

The cost of the seminar is $10 for members of SMCGS, $12 for non-members and $13 at 
the door. Reservations may be made by sending a check made out to: SMCGS: Hackwell 
Seminar, and mail it to HACKWELL SEMINAR, P.O. Box 5083, San Mateo, CA 
94402-0058.

{{{{{Vern}}}}} Thanks for passing this on to us

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From: Pinkpj622

LOVED THE FIRESIDE NEWS LETTER AND I WILL SURE TRY ALL THOSE 
SITES. WHAT A WEALTH OF Information
Thank you,
pinkpj622 

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From: Ker car 2

Thanks so much for a wonderfully helpful newsletter this week! I have just about 
finished my United Daughters of the Confederacy papers and was pleased to note now 
many soldiers from BOTH sides I have in my family's past! Thanks again for letting me 
share the news of the meetings even if I do snooze through the "real" ones!
Linda Hays Ker 

{{{{{Pinkpj622 & Ker Car 2 Thanks to you both for your comments. They let us know 
we're doing something right!!!!

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OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We heartily enjoyed your visit and participation. We really "fire up" with what members 
bring to the discussions, and we hope to see more of you.... Note that for any reason, 
should you desire to be removed from distribution of this "Weekly Missif," just drop us a 
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Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events***** 

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

04/06/2000 - Nurse and Spy, the Story of Sarah Edmonds - part of the Women in the 
Civil War Series

04/13/2000 - "Letters, Songs and Poems Night" - don't forget to send yours in. We'll be 
sure to read them :D

04/20/2000 - OPEN CHAT

04/27/2000 - "A Woman Who Was Banished" - the Story of Rose Greenhow - part of the 
Women in the Civil War Series

05/04/2000 - OPEN CHAT

05/11/2000 - Our special "Letters, Songs and Poems Night" - don't forget to send yours 
in. We'll be sure to read them :D

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

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 23 April 2000

Our Mission: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable online environment 
with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible.
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We hope you all have had a wonderful holiday. Thursday night was "ladies 
night", as HOST GFS Jim has been in Ankara, Turkey all week and HOST GFS TEG had 
to work at his paying job also. Amy and I would like to thank SteveCSA and our other 
friends for being there. It was nice to having a couple of new folks, C BEIGHEY and 
VegerTim101 join us and we hope they'll be joining us again.
If you are in the area of Gettysburg, PA on April 29th, you might want to go to 
the dedication of the Delaware Monument at 1 PM, in the area of the Cyclorama

I received the following note from Jim this week... I don't think he'll mind if I share it 
with you all.

"I caught the newsletter. I'm in Ankara, Turkey all in one piece. What a different 
culture. We have drivers or Taxi's to go anywhere because I wouldn't drive in this city 
for any amount of money in the world. Heh Heh What a "Zoo"! If you took Boston and 
multiplied it by 100, that's the way the "Turks" drive ..... LOL
I'm looking at my laptop time and it says 2:41am although Turkey time is 
11:45am. Everything is proceeding as expected. Should be back in the states on Sunday.
Take care
Jimmy"

Music: Jim's music review will return when he gets back from his week long stay 
in Turkey... 

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Editor's Note: for those of you who are AOL members, I want to encourage you 
to feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, or Stories or articles that you have in 
our Civil War History Files. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you would 
desire to share those with the Civil War History community. Use "keyword=roots" to get 
to the Genealogy Main Screen. Then select Files, followed by selecting History and 
Culture and there you will find the two upload areas I mentioned; Civil War Files, and 
Civil War Photos. I would also note that the New Genealogy Forum Web Site is being 
constructed. On that Web Site, the Civil War History SIG will have an area to link to our 
Civil War Library (Lectures, Letters, Songs, Poems, Files, Firesides, and Photo's). When 
this is complete then anyone (not just AOL Members) will have access to all our material. 
We'll be sure to let you know when you can access it.

This coming Thursday is another part of the Women in the Civil War Series "A 
Woman Who Was Banished" - the Story of Rose Greenhow. You won't want to miss it!!

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

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SOMETHING SPECIAL
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The following 2 letters came from the CIVIL WAR maillist. I contacted the sender, Joan 
Keller in MI and asked her permission to use them. This is what she told me:
"They are letters from my great, great Uncle Josiah Staley. The originals are in the Ohio 
Historical Society. I transcribed them by hand. As you might guess they are in sad 
shape. They were found in a chicken coop on the family farm in S. Dakota. A Judge who 
knew the family passed them on to preservation at the OHS"
.
Letter #1

"Camp Monroeville, October 6,

Some say we have to go to Crawford Company to tend to the sesesh. You can tell certain 
ones not to let me catch them within musket shot. If we are not sent to Crawford, I think 
I will get a pass next Friday night and walk home. 

I think you had better come about Monday for then the men are all coming to camp then 
you can see the whole Regiment together. If I go home you can bring me back.

"Camp Wilson, Va. October 26,1862

Dear Wife:

I wrote to you the day we came to this camp. Since that time I had two likenesses taken. 
I put them into a carpet sack directed to Mrs. Mathews in Crestline. She will leave them 
at Neumans store where you can get them. You can take yoiur choice and then fix the 
other up good and safe and send it to mother in Iowa. You had better put pasteboard in 
front so it will not get broke. If I was in your place, I would take the dark one.

The place we are camped is on a side hill with the big hills all around. It is a sesesh farm. 
The owner was taken prisoner and died. I am now in his house which is a large one built 
70 years ago. One of the slaves belonging to the farm sits groaning in the corner. She is 
80 years old. There is an old Irishman with her. I never saw such misery. She is covered 
with filth from end to end without enough clothes to cover her nakedness but it is not her 
fault. The Irishman says that her owner offered her her freedom. What a blessed thing it 
would be if this poor old creature would accept this liberal offer. She could then run 
through the mountains where she pleased and scratch for her self if she only could walk. 
The old Irishman carries her the crackers.

We will leave this place in a few days and go to Richmond about 60 miles from here but I 
would rather go to Tennessee, but we must go where we are told and do as we can.You 
must take good care of yourself and the children and don't let Frank and Mont fight. Get 
your likeness taken in one side of a case and Frank's in the other for me the first time you 
go to town. Get a good one if you have to pay double price, then do it up well and send it 
on to me.

There are rebels all around here but they dare not say much. There are the remains of 
two brick houses between this and town which shows the vengeance of union soldiers. 
There is no such army nearer than 60 miles of us so they say but scouts are not far off- It 
is said there was three tried to pass our guard the other night but I don't believe it. I don't 
stand guard for I am the cook in our mess which is sixteen men. We sleep in one small 
tent but we are going to get larger ones soon. If I don't get home in the spring, I would 
like to have you come and see me if we are no further from home then than we are now it 
would not cost very much. You could make as much at mending and washing in a month 
as it would cost to come and go home again. That is if you was a stout woman.

There is a good deal I could write if I could think of it but I must close, I will write soon 
again. Direct to Clarksburgh, putting in the Co. and Regt. 

Josiah Staley

Send some three cent stamps. Sometimes I can't get them. "

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Letter #2 also sent by Joan Keller

"Beverly,Va.Nov.l5th.l862
Dear Parny:
I wrote to you a few days ago, but as we have moved since I thought it would be well to 
write a few lines tonight. There appears to be a different movement going on now. The 
expedition that went up the Tiger has returned, the rebels all put out except 60 prisoners 
they took. They brought them past our camp this morning they were the meanest looking 
set I ever saw. They were ragged and dirty. Some of them looked about as interesting as 
the old scalawlag that used to pass up and down Brokensword. We came here this 
evening and then received orders to go on to Webster. We have to leave at 3 o'clock in 
the morning. I can't tell what is to be done. The rebels are playhing smash with the 
railroad over there and troops have been leaving here fast. The 87th. Pa. and Ninth Va. 
Regts have been on the go for ten days, but they had to leave this evening. The poor 
fellows looked tired but they are well drilled men and must go ahead of us. 

Some say there is a fight going on but if there is, it islikely it will be over before we get 
there. It will take us two days beside our railroad traveling. I am afraid it will rain by 
morning. If it does, we will be hard traveling. One night while we were at Huttonville, 
we were ordered to put all our rig so that we could get it and strike no light in the tents 
and fall into line in three minutes. But for my part, I laid down with as little fear as I ever 
did. I find it is a good thing to have a clear conscience. We were not disturbed. 

I have got no letter from you y et. Thomas has got three. He got one tonight. Some of 
the boys get three at a time. Nothing does a soldier so much good. Then some yells, 
"Josiah Staley,Fred Staley has got your wife and boy's letter through mistakeK". You 
had better believe it makes me feel good but no letter yet. 

Our men took l50 head of cattle and 40 horses from the sesesh. 

Josiah Staley

The pictures are first rate I will write in a few days, Don't get uneasy, I 
don't think we will have a fight."

{{{{{Joan}}}}} I've taken the "liberty" to add you to our distribution of the Weekly 
Fireside newsletter. I thank you so very much for allowing me to share Josiah Staley's 
letters with the "faithful". 

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

Editor's Note: Regimental Histories and Letters, etc. Postings: keyword "roots," after 
which will bring you to the main screen of the Genealogy Forum. Select the "Files 
Library Center," then "History Files". At that point select "Civil War Files." Lectures 
and the Letters, Songs and Poems evenings are also posted in the "Files Library Center" 
under "History Lectures" as the Lecture Subject. The "Firesides" when they eventually 
get there after their 30 days in the New Files section are posted in the "Files Library 
Center" under "Meeting Logs and Newsletters". 

Weekly Web Sites we've received
If you've found a favorite Civil War site, by all means, let us know!!

from Host GFS Gary
A, B and C names have been added to the database Black Hawk Co, IA Civil 
War Soldiers. Stop by and take a peek.
CENSUS ONLINE & OTHER DIGGINS:
http://www.imagin.net/~tracers/census1.htm

from Bulldogtjr
Civil War Terminology Explanations
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/terms.htm#recruit

from EJMOULTON:
For you collectors of Historical and current Music...
The Lester L. Levy Sheet Music Collection - Home page
http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/

from HOST GFS LindaE and HOST GFS Nance
The Ten Costliest Battles of the Civil War
(Based on total caualties (killed, wounded, missing and captured)
The Ten Costliest Battles of the Civil War (Data) 
http://www.civilwarhome.com/Battles.htm

#1 Battle of Gettysburg
http://www.civilwarhome.com/gettysbu.htm

#2 Battle of Chickamauga
http://www.civilwarhome.com/chickama.htm

#3 Battle of Chancellorsville
http://www.civilwarhome.com/chancell.htm

#4 Battle of Spotsylvania
http://www.civilwarhome.com/spotsylvaniacourthouse.htm

#5 Battle of Antietam
http://www.civilwarhome.com/antietam.htm

#6 Battle of the Wilderness
http://www.civilwarhome.com/wildernessor.htm

#7 Battle of Second Manassas
http://www.civilwarhome.com/2manassa.htm

#8 Battle of Stone's River
http://www.civilwarhome.com/stones.htm

#9 Battle of Shiloh
http://www.civilwarhome.com/shiloh.htm

#10 Battle of Fort Donelson
http://www.civilwarhome.com/donelson.htm

From: SusiCP
http://www.civilwardata.com/
http://genforum.familytreemaker.com/civilwar/
http://www.cfcsc.dnd.ca/links/milhist/
http://www.oz.net/%7Ecyndihow/pensions.htm 
http://east2.elhs.limestone.k12.al.us/html/expert/ahistory.htm 
http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/
http://www.snowcrest.net/jmike/civilwarmil.html
http://www.infinet.com/~lstevens/a/civil.html
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/ 
http://www.vcu.edu/dl/civilwar/index.html
http://www.nara.gov/genealogy/civilwar.html 
http://www.usmo.com/~momollus/Mocwlink.htm
http://gen.1starnet.com/civilwar/CSAMAIN.htm
http://www.geocities.com/~sterlingprice/index.html
http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/oh/oh_state.htm
http://www.americancivilwar.com/civil.html 
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphome.html 
http://www.shelby.net/jr/kmnmp/index.htm
http://www.cyndislist.com/cw.htm
http://home.att.net/~secondmdus/
http://www.innova.net/~vsix/elmiradoc1.htm
http://www.cob-net.org/docs/brethrenlife.htm 
http://www.bpmlegal.com/76NY/index.html
http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/Mass19.html
http://members.aol.com/Shortyhack/links.html
http://www.usigs.org/library/military/index.htm
http://www.inetnow.net/%7Eehallman/cem.htm
http://www.rootsquest.com/~military/howto.htm
http://members.spree.com/pahoa/cwindex.html
http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/pensions/
http://oglethorpe.corinthian.net/mccc/plookup.htm
http://www.history.navy.mil/
http://www.bullrun.com/

From: HOST GFS LindaE
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, THE ARMY OF VIRGINIA AND THE ARMY OF 
THE POTOMAC 
http://www.rockingham.k12.va.us/EMS/CivilWar/CivilWar.html

Bentonville Battleground: Site of the Civil War Battle of Bentonville
http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/bentonvi/bentonvi.htm

The Ten Costliest Battles of the Civil War
http://www.civilwarhome.com/Battles.htm

Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida - Natural Bridge Historical Society, Inc.
http://pone.com/nb/
http://pone.com/nb/casualties.htm

Sherman's March Through South Carolina
http://members.aol.com/x69xer/sherman.html

1st Battle of Bull Run Confederate Order of Battle
http://www.civilwarhome.com/bullrunbattleorderconfed.htm

Welcome to the U.S. Civil War Center!
http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/

Civil War Index Page
homepages.dsu.edu/jankej/civilwar/civilwar.htm

Battle of Olustee or Ocean Pond
http://extlab1.entnem.ufl.edu/olustee/

Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley 1863-1865
http://www.rockingham.k12.va.us/EMS/Civil_War_in_the_Shenandoah/Civil_War_in_th
e_Shenandoah.htm

Battle of Fredericksburg
http://members.aol.com/lmjarl/civwar/frdrksburg.html

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

The Civil War Home Page
http://www.civil-war.net/

William Tecumseh Sherman to Atlanta : "War is Hell"
http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/sherman/sherman-to-burn-atlanta.html

Battle of Balls Bluff
http://members.aol.com/CintiCWRT/balls.html

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/

Civil War History - Bullrun.com by Encyberpedia
http://www.bullrun.com/

Siege of Petersburg
http://members.aol.com/siege1864/

Civil War Records
www.nara.gov/genealogy/civilwar.html

Reenactors Page
http://www2.tsixroads.com/~rodbond/reenacting.html

NYS and the Civil War
http://www.snymor.edu/pages/library/local_history/sites/

The American Civil War Homepage
http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/warweb.html

Causes of the Civil War
http://members.aol.com/jfepperson/causes.html

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From: frye@gnat.net
The following are corrections to some miss-spellings in the last posting...
Kevin

http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/index.html
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/Andersonvilleprison/Descendants.html

"Kevin" - Thanks for the update. You can send email to him at: frye@gnat.net

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From: Jowhara7

Thought this site was very thought provoking
http://home.flash.net/~skyangel/ourflag/ourflag.html

Ed. Note: Jacque... thought provoking is an understatement!! Thank you so much for 
sending this.

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

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

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

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From: LaddofOhio
Jim this lady, on another List, is requesting help with Civil War Veteran
Census data. Can you be of help? If so, mail me and I will pass it on 
to her through the appropiate List! Thanks!
"Hello, Does anyone have access to the Special Census taken of Civil War
Veterans? I am looking for any BERRYHILL vets.
My grgrGrandfather William BERRYHILL died during the war, 
and it is said that at least two of his brothers were also in the Civil War, 
but I don't know which ones; They could be: David, Matthew, James or John Thanks 
for any help, Kathy
[a ps:] I forgot to mention that I may not have all of the sons' names.
It is also possible that there was an Alexander and possibly others.

[Since this is from a List concerning Putnam County, Ohio, I suspect that
the information would fall into Ohio Ciil War Veterans.]
Donald L LADD
LDG Directory Manager
to view the Directory:
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~ladd/id.htm

"Don" thanks for forwarding the request. See an answer to your question below.

From: TUBES14

The 1890 Civil War Veterans census records can be ordered and checked at any Family 
History center.
HOST GFS TEG 

Thanks {{{Tom}}}

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


From: AJWRJW
Friends of Montgomery Cemetery
Would like to announce ourů

Second Annual Civil War Living History
Norristown, PA
May 6 & 7, 2000

The Historical Society of Montgomery County is sponsoring the Second Annual Civil 
War Living History encampment at Montgomery Cemetery in Norristown, PA. We will 
demonstrate camp life, civilian programs, sutlers, walking tours of the Generals' graves, 
programs for school groups and spectators as well as some fund raising events.

Come and watch experience life as it may have been during the Civil War!

For further information:
www.angelfire.com/pa/montgocem
Email: AJWRJW@aol.com
Pa128th@aol.com
or Contact:
The Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 Dekalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401
(610)272-0297

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From: QNavyWife

HI,
I am hoping to make it Thursday night to the chat! I was wondering if you would do a 
favor for me..... As you know I am the secretary for the Madison County (NY) Civil War 
Round Table. We now have a web page. I am just beginning to learn how to make pages 
so it isn't fancy but it has info at least! Could you let "the Faithful" know about it in the 
next Fireside? I'd appreciate it! Madison County (NY) Civil War Round Table Here's 
the link to it...... Also, in case he hasn't already contacted you, a man named Bruce 
Mowday who is the co-author of a book called "Unlikely Allies". It is about Fort 
Delaware, a Civil War prison community near Delaware City on Pea Patch Island in the 
Delaware River. For more info, please contact Bruce at mowday@worldaxes.com. He 
asked if I could let people know about it so I am. Some of the faithful might be very 
interested in the book. 
Thanks again!
Robin 

{Robin} You bet we will. 
Jim

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From: VFTurner2

Grace-Marie Hackwell Seminar
The San Mateo County Genealogical Society has announced that they are sponsoring a 
half-day seminar, featuring Grace-Marie Hackwell, noted Civil War Historian. The 
Seminar will be on Saturday, July 15, 2000 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the First 
Presbyterian Church of San Mateo, located at the corner of Hacienda and 25th Avenue, in 
San Mateo. She will present two topics: (1) Locating Your Civil War Soldier, Find out 
if YOUR ancestor served in the Civil War, and (2) Writing Your Civil War Soldier's 
Military History, Learn how to use the information in your soldier's military service and 
pension records.

Grace-Marie has been a Family Historian/Genealogist for over 30 years. She currently is 
an Educator and Genealogical Instructor Specializing in Civil War Research (Cabrillo 
College, Aptos, CA.,) and Regional Director, California State Genealogical Alliance 
(South Central Coast). She served 7 years as Director of the Family History Center 
(Santa Cruz, CA) and was the Founding President of the Pajaro Valley Genealogical 
Society. Grace-Marie also is a Past President, Northern CA. Chapter of the Ohio 
Genealogical Society. She has written two books, A Guide to Locating Your Civil War 
Soldier and The Family History Time Line, authors and maintains a number of web sites 
about Civil War regiments, including the 4th, 51st, 66th and 142nd Ohio Volunteer 
Infantry and the 1st Mass. and 15th Penn. Cavalries. And if that is not enough, she 
arranges and escorts genealogical research tours including annual trips to Salt Lake City, 
Utah.

The cost of the seminar is $10 for members of SMCGS, $12 for non-members and $13 at 
the door. Reservations may be made by sending a check made out to: SMCGS: Hackwell 
Seminar, and mail it to HACKWELL SEMINAR, P.O. Box 5083, San Mateo, CA 
94402-0058.

{{{{{Vern}}}}} Thanks for passing this on to us

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From: BLTBROWN96

It's early Monday mornin 4/17 /00, but I must write this note . I , as a postal worker who 
works nights, very rarely get to the fireside, I do however enjoy the stories, songs, 
poems,etc which appear in the firesides. Thanks so very much for sending these missives 
to me. I do thoroughly enjoy them. Bob of BLTBROWN86
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From: ROSAMUNDI4

Thank you so much for the "Weekly Fireside" it is much better than any TV program! J. 
Miller
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{{{{BLTBROWN96 & ROSAMUNDI4}}}} Thank you to both of you for the kind 
words, we all appreciate them more than you realize.

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04/27/2000 - "A Woman Who Was Banished" - the Story of Rose Greenhow - part of the 
Women in the Civil War Series

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