January 1999 Weekly Firesides

Hear Ye ..............Hear Ye 

"The Weekly Fireside" 
of the American Civil War History 
Special Interest Group 
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 03 January 1999

Happy New Year Everyone..... Just look at that year number!!!!! A "1" and three "9's" equals 1999. Who'da thunk it....... Heh Heh Jayne, Tom and I have missed ya... But...... we sincerely hope you have enjoyed the holidays, 'cause we certainly have. We can't wait, though, to see you all next Thursday. I'll be on the road again for two weeks, but will be again to join you from "afar". GFS Jayne has graciously volunteered to do the "Weekly Firesides" in my absence; "God Love Her".... She's a jewel...... :-)

Jayne, Tom and I also want to thank you members for all the "Christmas Cards" and well wishes we have received from you. It has indeed been our pleasure to have you as a part of our American Civil War History family this year. We hope you'll all stick around and enjoy this subject together with us in 1999....

Take NOTE at the Upcoming Events Schedule at the end of the Fireside. We have added a monthly occurance called “Gettysburg Night”. This evening (once a month until we complete the series) is dedicated to a collection of stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) What makes this so UNIQUE is these are stories about the “People of Gettysburg”. The tailor, the shopkeeper, and the mothers and fathers and what they experienced when 170,000 soldiers (give or take) showed up in their perfectly peaceful village and tryed with everything in their power to “wipe each other off the face of the earth.” You really won’t want to miss these treasures that Tom is graciously willing to share with us. :-)
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This Thursday is OPEN CHAT and the "First Thursday of 1999", so come on out and break in the NEW YEAR with us. As "Ole Tom Bodet" says; "We'll Leave The Light On For Ya"......

FOR ALL YOU 1ST TIMERS ON THURSDAY - "WELCOME" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU :-)..... 
COME AGAIN, WE "RELISH" YOUR COMPANY.... 

Check the NEW "MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS" section below....... We're experimenting with this 
new addition.
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The continuing series I'm putting in the newsletter under the HELP DESK, is on the Civil War Military 
Records which can be found at, or through film ordering at your local Family History Centers 
(FHCs)........ So many of you have been astonished that those records are available through the FHCs, that 
we thought this would be of worth in your research.... 
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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 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". 

New Postings since last we talked :-) With any luck the librarians will have added a "goodly" number of the Weekly Firesides to the "Files Library" under Newsletters by the time you get this newsletter. 
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U.S. Military Records at the Family History Centers............................. 

The next stage of this series, I thought would be best to describe the various Types of Military Records 
available for Civil War researchers and those available through the FHC network. 

FINALLY Specific Confederate Sources........................... 

Records of the Confederate Army are located in the National Archives, state archives, and historical 
societies. Records at the National Archives will be discussed in this outline. For state service records, 
such as Alabama's "Confederate Service Records", 1861-1865 (FHL 67 films; FHLC computer number 
482117), see the state research outlines.

SERVICE RECORDS .........continued

For information about marines see the following:

Donnelly, Ralph W. "Service Records of Confederate Enlisted Marines." Washington, D.C.: Ralph W. Donnelly, 1979. (FHL book 973 M2dr.)

Records of Officers. For information about officers in addition to the service records, see the following:

Crute, Joseph H. "Confederate Staff Officers, 1861 - 1865." Powhatan, Va.: Derwent Books, 1982. (FHL book 973 M2cru.)

Donnelly, Ralph W. "Biographical Sketches of the Commissioned Officers of the Confederate States Marine Corps." Washington, D.C.: Ralph W. Donnelly, 1983. (FHL book 973 M2do.)

Dudley, William S. "Going South: U.S. Navy Officer Resignations and Dismissals On the Eve of the Civil War." Washington D.C.: Naval Historical Foundation, 1981. (FHL book 973 M2du.)

Estes, Claud. "List of Field Officers, Regiments and Battalions, in the Confederate States Army, 1861 - 1865." 1912; Reprint. Mattituck, New York: J.M. Carroll & Co., 1983. (FHL book 973 M2lo.)

Krick, Robert K. "Lee's Colonels: A Bographical Register of the Field Officers of the Army of Northern Virginia." 3rd ed., rev. Dayton, Ohio: Press of Borningside Bookshop, 1990. (FHL book 973 D36kca.)

Office of Naval Records. "Register of Officers of the Confederate States Navy, 1961 - 1865." 1931. Reprint. Mattituck, N.Y.: J.M. Carroll & Co. (FHL book 973 M2ro.)

Warner, Ezra J. "Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders." Baton Rouge, La.: Louisiana State University Press, 1959. (FHL book 973 M2wa.)

.......................................Confederate Service Records to be continued.
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From: GENESGENE

NPS African-American Civil War Sites http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/aa-sites.html

I have not gone into these, but i think i saw you searching for some 
Sites in last fireside. 

{{{Jean}}} Thanks for the unique site. It’s the first I’ve seen on African-American Civil War. Your always there with info :-)
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From: rosewebb@datasync.com (Rose C. Webb)

A New ACW site. Links to rosters of many soldiers
who were kept in Union POW camps...along with links to documents
and personal stories....

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~south1/bound.htm

Also If interested in Personnel entering Civil War from Cerro Gordo,
Hancock, Winnebago & Worth Counties in North Central Iowa, you are invited to
see:
http://narn,jumpgate.net/~rbone/roster.htm

{{Rosie}}} Sis, you’re incredible :-) Thank You....
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OK all you Civil War “Surfers”, welcome to a “Feast”!!!! Heh Heh SusiCP has sent in a “treasure trove” for us to revel in.... And for FREE, there’s a Revolutionary War series......

{{{Susi}}} INCREDIBLE STUFF!!!! Thanks

GENERAL SITES
(1) America'sCivil War (magazine)
http://www.thehistorynet.com/AmericasCivilWar/
(2) The American Civil War Homepage
http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/
(3) American Civil War Resources in the Special Collections Department of
the University Libraries at Virginia Tech
http://scholar2.lib.vt.edu/spec/civwar/cwhp.htm
(4) A Brief Naval Chronology of the Civil War (1861-1865)
http://www.history.navy.mil/wars/civilwar.htm
(5) The Civil War Archive
http://www.civilwararchive.com/
(7) Civil War Order ofBattle for Major Engagements
http://www.access.digex.net/~bdboyle/battles/orders.html
(8) Civil War Soldiers andSailors System
http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/
(9) Civil War Timeline
http://www.historyplace.com/civilwar/index.html
(10) CivilWar Times Illustrated (magazine)
http://www.thehistorynet.com/CivilWarTimes/
(11) Genealogy Gateway to U.S. Military Resources
http://www.polaris.net/~legend/milifile.htm
(12) General Officers of the Civil War
http://people.delphi.com/yatsuo/go_main.htm
(13) Institute for Civil War Research
http://members.aol.com/lewrjohn/icwr.html
(14) North and South Magazine
http://www.northandsouthmagazine.com/
(15) Researching People of the Civil War Era
http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/other/genealogy/
:
CSA GENERAL CONFEDERATE SITES:
(1) Confederate Deat at Rock Island
http://www.thehistorynet.com/CivilWarTimes/
(2) The Confederate Network
http://www.confederate.net/
(3) ConfederateRegimental Histories Directory
http://www.tarleton.edu/activities/pages/facultypages/
jones/confeds.html
(4) Confederate States Navy
http://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/academic/history/marhsall/
military/civil_war/usa/C.S.N./
(5)The Museum and White House of the Confederacy
http://www.moc.org/
(6) Sons of Confederate Veterans
http://www.scv.org/
REVOLUTIONARY WAR
(1) Tennessee Society Sons of the Rev.
http://www. members.aol.com/tnsor/index.htm
(2) SAR in the State of Wisconsin
http:www.execpc.com/~drg/srwi.html
(3): SAR (California)
http:www.walika.com/sr.htm
(4) 75th (Highland) Regiment of Foot Light Infantry Co in Amer. Rev.
http:www.erols.com/seventyfourth/74th1.htm
(5) The 2nd NC Regiment of the Continental Line 1775-1783
http://web.infoave.net/~rblevins/index.htm
(6) 2nd Connecticut Regiment
http://www.revwar.com/2ndct/02ct.shtml
(7) New Jersey in the Revolution
http://people.csn.net/dpost/
(8) National Soc. SAR
http://www.sar.org/
(9) National Soc,DAR
http://www.dar.org/
(10) The American Revolution On-Line
http://users.southeast.net/!dixe/amrev/index.htm
(11) American Rev. in GA
http://ngeorgia.com/history/nghistar.shtml
(12) Amer. Rev. War Soldiers-Their Descendants
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ars/index.htm
(13) Col. Joseph's Crockett'sWestern Battalion
http://www.wlu.edu/~brown/crocketts.html
(14) The David Library of the Amer. Rev.
http://www.libertynet.org/diar/dlar.html
(15) His Majesty's 65th Reg. ofFoot
http://views.vcu.edu/~tcrabb/lxiv.html
(16) Maryland Loyalists and the Amer. Rev.
http://erols.com/candidus/index.htm
(17) Michael Meals information and links to sites about the Amer. Rev.
http://www.revwar.com/
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From: BACAZ

this one is great....... The American Civil War Homepage http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil~war/warweb.html

{{{BACAZ}}} Great site.. Thanks..
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From: GFS LindaE

CIVIL WAR Site:
http://cpcug.org/user/jlacombe/mark.html (A Barrel of Genealogy Links -section for Civil War)

{{{Linda}}} We’ve listed this site before about a year ago, but it has been updated incredibly in the Civil War area. Thank You for reminding us.....
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From: CMBarker
Jimmy...

Here's one site you may want to check out..it's the Civil War Virtual Archives Ring
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/1867/cwring.html
Mark

“Mark” This is a great site. Thanks.. For the members; this is Web Ring that goes on forever... You will want to keep this one written down, as it will grow frequently.... Enjoy..
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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!.........................................................

Well here it is! In response to overwhelming number of emails indicating this to be a great idea, we have 
responded in kind..... 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 recommend the "Requestor" 
pay for all film costs and any postage involved for a helping member. This is intended to be a "Free" 
assistance between members. Do unto others as........ you know :-) Keep me posted on how this is 
working!!!! 
GFS Jim
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PICTURES OF THE GRAVESITE OF Edwin Nichols at the New Hope Battfield Cemetery are requested 
by Lkiwki@aol.com ..... If anyone can assist in this, please email this member direct and work out any 
details or additional information. Lynne, if you hit paydirt, let me know and I'll remove this posting.

The New Hope Battlefield is just off (North ?) of US Hwy 278 about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, 
Georgia. Towns close or fairly close are Dallas, New Hope, Kennesaw, Braswell, Marietta. 
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DID YOU KNOW?? ................................... 
Excerpts from various areas of documented history or family journels........ 

Among the most moving poems to emerge out of the South was that by Mississippian S.A. Jones, whose "Only a Soldier's Grave" rather effectively expresses both pride in the cause and sadness over the cost.

Only a Soldier's Grave.....

Only a soldier's grave! Pass by,
For soldiers, like other mortals, die.
Parents he had -- they are far away; 
No sister weeps o'er the soldier's clay;
No brother comes, with tearful eye:
It's only a soldier's grave -- pass by.
True, he was loving, and young, and brave,
Though no glowing epitaph honors his grave;
No proud recital of virtues known,
Of griefs endured, or triumphs won;
No tablet of marble, or obelisk high; --
Only a soldier's grave: -- pass by
Yet bravely he wielded his sword in fight, 
And he gave his life in the cause of right!
When his hope was high, and his youthful dream
As warm as the sunlight on yonder stream;
His heart unvexed by sorrow or sigh; --
Yet, 'tis only a soldier's grave: -- pass by.
Yet, should we mark it -- the soldier's grave,
Some one may seek him in hope to save!
Some of the dear ones, far away,
Would bear him home to his native clay:
'Twere sad, indeed, should they wander nigh, 
Find not the hillock, and pass him by.
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A BIT OF COMMUNITY............................ 

Check out the following member inputs for comments and requests for information, Feedbacks, Items of 
Interest and Pleas for HELP................ 
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I got a little note sent on to me about PinkPJ1934.
It seems they have a NEW addition to the family!!!!!

It's a Girl
Dec. 26, 1998 6:35 PM.
Karla Rose
7 lbs. 12 0zs. 18.42 inches
Mother & Baby are fine.
So are Grandparents. end.

{{{{Pink}}}} Congratulations from US’uns Heh Heh That’s some kind of Christmas Present....
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From: AslanJ

Do y'all know if a Confederate Cemetery in Brandon FL has ever been inventoried or surveyed? My 
daughter found this cemetery and she and I plan to do the inventory in the next week if it is not already 
done. If we get it done, I will send the list to you and to John Rigdon for his Civil War site. 
Will let you know what we find.
Judy

{{Judy}} As of this posting, I have received no feedback on this one. I'd go ahead and proceed. Good Luck in your efforts and keep us posted on your progress :-).
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From: Ufopdg

I enjoyed reading the article about LEE . Like my grandmother always said "You can learn something new everyday". I am always forwarding your newsletters to a member of my family or a friend for them to read. 

Alabama ACWROOTS Home Page (http://www.rootsweb.com/~alcwroot/) Check this out for information on the civil war. Jim this is the last day of the hurricain season so if you come back to Pensacola any time soon you should be ok. LOL

{{{Pat}}} Heh Heh I’m headed back in January.... So that means I’m OK?? LOL
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From: SouthUSA
Someone in SC Chat suggested I ask you for the words to the "Confederate Prayer". I cannot seem to 
locate it. If you do not have it, could you suggest some web sites where this might be found.
Patty

{{Patty}} Further digging on my part has uncovered the poem "Confederate Memorial Day"; Unknown author! It's not the title you indicated but it does have promise. I'll put it following this note. In the mean time, a Civil War Poem site to check is http://www.erols.com/kfraser/

"Confederate Memorial Day"

The marching armies of the past,
Along our Southern plains,
Are sleeping now in quiet rest
Beneath the Southern rains.

The bugle call is now in vain
To rouse them from their bed;
To arms they'll never march again--
They are sleeping with the dead.

No more will Shiloh's plains be stained
With blood our hero's shed,
Nor Chancellorsville resound again
To our noble warrior's tread.

For them no more shall reveille
Sound at the break of dawn,
But may their sleep peaceful be
Till God's great judgment morn.

We bow our heads in solemn prayer
For those who wore the gray,
And clasp again their unseen hands
On our Memorial Day.
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From: CDeripaska

Jim & Jayne,
Thank You so much for all the beautiful fireside time you give. I don't get to visit very often but enjoy the message each week. This is my favorite email!!!!! Jim, Thank you for the music information. I love music and your recommendations have been a wonderful source. I'm still looking for good cello tape or cd. Have a wonderful holiday and may God bless you . Carolyn

{{Carolyn}} Bless your heart... Your response just fires us up more!! BTW I’m off looking for some good Cello CDs for ya :-)
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From: PinkPJ1934

A question please. Does anyone know anything about a little civil war cemetery on Tubman Road just 
west of Lewiston Road in Appaling [that's near Martinez, and Augusta] Georgia?
I went to see it but could not find it. 
Most sincerely
Pinkpj1934

"Pink" - that location doesn't ring a bell, but we'll find out if anyone else does.... HEY YOU GEORGIA 
Folk.....! Can anyone help Pink out????????
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In response to Pink's question above:
From: MBrown2205

I'm a GA folk, but that's too far from metro Atlanta for me to be familiar. Bill Smedlund has written 
books re the Civil War. One of them is "Campfires of GA Troops" and it lists everywhere a unit camped. 
I'm not sure how to contact him, but he is in the metro area. Goes to the GA Archives a lot. He may 
know. Also Ken Thomas, the genealogist ghuru that writes to the Atlanta Journal/Constitution Sunday 
edition. He also is an employee of the State of GA Dept of Natural Resources and has historical sites as 
his project. He may know. You can contact him by going into the accessatlanta.com go to the paper and 
then you can get in touch by going to community I believe.

Pink and Mbrown: I've sent off an email to Susan Hardin of the Atlantic Journal/Constitution to see if we 
can dig up the referenced Ken Thomas. The response from Susan this week is that we have “Piqued” her interest in Pink’s question. No answer yet to the referenced Ken Thomas... Keep the fingers crossed!!
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From: BaileyABCE
Dear Jim 

And to all the faithful - Thank you for so many wonderful moments this past year!
Happy New Year to all- and God bless

{{Bailey}}} Bless your heart. Hopefully we can amass many more memories :-) Give that girl “Jenny” of yours a BIG HUG from US’uns.....
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From: FastAsYou7

{{{{{{Jimmy}}}}}}}}
What a FANTASTIC newsletter you put out this time!! Not that they aren't all great but I linked to Scott Williams site and was awestruck with the amount of info on there. I didn't even know that Jefferson Barraks was Confederate!!!! And I'm from the area and have been to JB. LOL!!!!

{{Kitti}} AWESOME!!!! “Deanne” you did good. You caught “Super Soaker” by surprise... I’m rolling on the floor..... that site is a KEEPER!!
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From: Drjlmc

Thanks for all the news letters I enjoyed them. Merry Christmas to you and your family and staff. doug.

“Doug” It’s certainly our pleasure... Happy New Year from us ALL!!
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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. 

OUR PROMISE: to provide an "online" environment that is NOT judgemental and to address ALL 
aspects of this "Pivotal Period" in our History, with honesty and truth (where 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 TO YOU "FIRST-TIMERS" THIS WEEK, "Welcome"... :) 

We heartily enjoyed your visit and participation. We relish 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 GFS Jayne, GFH TEG 
and GFS Jim and our many fill-in friends :) 

1/7/99 - OPEN CHAT

1/14/99 - Letters, Songs and Poems Night. Don't forget to send us (GFS Jayne, GFH TEG or GFS Jim) 
any that you would like us to share.. Or you can share them yourself....

1/21/99 - OPEN CHAT

1/28/99 - "Gettysburg Night - Part I" - stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) You’ll notice the Part I because there be a ton of these. Soooo we’ll have a Gettysburg Night once a month until we do them all.

2/4/99 - OPEN CHAT

2/11/99 - Letters, Songs and Poems Night. Don't forget to send in any that you would like shared.... 
These are great evenings. Come out and enjoy a treat!!

2/18/99 - OPEN CHAT

2/25/99 - "Gettysburg Night - Part II - stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) You’ll notice this is Part II and therefore a continuation of Tom’s collection. We’ll have a Gettysburg Night once a month until we finish.

We'll See You Thursday Night……….! 
Your Hosts 
GFS Jayne, GFH TEG and GFS Jim 

Hear Ye ..............Hear Ye 

"The Weekly Fireside" 
of the American Civil War History 
Special Interest Group 
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 10 January 1999

As you all know, my "Senior" partner is back in FL, so it is indeed my pleasure to "do" the Weekly Fireside this week and next.

On New Year's Eve, Tom and I left our "hats" hanging on their pegs and joined a few of you at the Fireside in our playclothes. A quote from Jim when I told him..."I KNEW you couldn't stay away... LOL" and we couldn't. d:) We'd like to thank those who joined us and wished us a Happy New Year!!! And to all of you we didn't see... we wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Be sure you check the Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events at the end of the Fireside. We have added a monthly occurance called “Gettysburg Night”. This evening (once a month until we complete the series) is dedicated to a collection of stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) What makes this so UNIQUE is these are stories about the “People of Gettysburg”. The tailor, the shopkeeper, and the mothers and fathers and what they experienced when 170,000 soldiers (give or take) showed up in their perfectly peaceful village and tryed with everything in their power to “wipe each other off the face of the earth.” You REALLY won’t want to miss these treasures that Tom is graciously willing to share with us. :-)

This Thursday is our first for the year, very special Songs, Letters & Poems Night!!! Be sure to join us. We've got some good ones for you!!! As "Ole Tom Bodet" says; "We'll Leave The Light On For Ya"......

FOR ALL YOU 1ST TIMERS ON THURSDAY - "WELCOME" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU :-)..... 
COME AGAIN, WE "RELISH" YOUR COMPANY.... 

Check the NEW "MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS" section below....... We're experimenting with this 
new addition.

The continuing series I'm putting in the newsletter under the HELP DESK, is on the Civil War Military 
Records which can be found at, or through film ordering at your local Family History Centers 
(FHCs)........ So many of you have been astonished that those records are available through the FHCs, that 
we thought this would be of worth in your research.... 

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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 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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U.S. Military Records at the Family History Centers............................. 

The next stage of this series, I thought would be best to describe the various Types of Military Records 
available for Civil War researchers and those available through the FHC network. 

FINALLY Specific Confederate Sources........................... 

Records of the Confederate Army are located in the National Archives, state archives, and historical 
societies. Records at the National Archives will be discussed in this outline. For state service records, 
such as Alabama's "Confederate Service Records", 1861-1865 (FHL 67 films; FHLC computer number 
482117), see the state research outlines.

SERVICE RECORDS .........TO BE CONTINUED WHEN JIM RETURNS HOME

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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!.........................................................

Well here it is! In response to overwhelming number of emails indicating this to be a great idea, we have 
responded in kind..... 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 recommend the "Requestor" 
pay for all film costs and any postage involved for a helping member. This is intended to be a "Free" 
assistance between members. Do unto others as........ you know :-) Keep me posted on how this is 
working!!!! 
GFS Jim

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PICTURES OF THE GRAVESITE OF Edwin Nichols at the New Hope Battlefield Cemetery are requested 
by Lkiwki@aol.com ..... If anyone can assist in this, please email this member direct and work out any 
details or additional information. Lynne, if you hit paydirt, let me know and I'll remove this posting.

The New Hope Battlefield is just off (North ?) of US Hwy 278 about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, 
Georgia. Towns close or fairly close are Dallas, New Hope, Kennesaw, Braswell, Marietta.

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY............................ 

Check out the following member inputs for comments and requests for information, Feedbacks, Items of 
Interest and Pleas for HELP................ 

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From: GFS LindaE

Hi Jayne

I know you will appreciate this.

I get so involved in your Fireside that I forget about other things. Tonight I put on water for hot chocolate -- forgot about it reading the newsletter -- awful smell -- I ran out of water and was burning up the pan. Going to try again. I set the timer. And there it goes. Got to run.

{{{{{Linda}}}}} Sorry you "burned the water" but sure glad you enjoy the Fireside. d:)

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From: AJWRJW

Hello,
Thought you may be interested in this chat through our Mead Society. Jan 20th.
Thanks, Amy

Fwd Message:
From: Mwungms
To: AJWRJW
Hello Amy and Bob; George told me that you were looking for information on 
AOL, you're the first ones to get the message on Andy's Chat.

Welcome to the Gen. Meade Society of Philadelphia, looking forward to meeting 
you.

Catch Andy Waskie on "AOL" WEDNESDAY Night Civil War Chat, on January 
20th at 9 PM ET. Discussion of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEN. GEORGE 
MEADE.

Log on to AOL and type CIVIL WAR into KEYWORD... Chat will be in the 
Mason Dixon Chat room.

To continue on for addition information click on:
Civil War Information Center 
Civil War History Message Board
U.S. Commanders of the Civil War
George Meade (Leave a message)
Regards,
Mike Wunsch

{{{{{Amy}}}} Thanks for forwarding this to us

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From: Docflats

Dear Jim,
So glad you are highlighting Gettysburg. Some time ago we took two of our sons to Gettysburg. Never could I have anticipated the impact of our youngest buying a book of (Gardner and Brady were the photographers I think) photographs and then standing on Seminary Ridge and peering into the Devil's Den. I felt I was walking among the souls. I never truly understood the meaning of hallowed ground before!!! If I just think of Gettysburg I get a lump in my throat.
If anyone anticipates going there is a motel adjacent to General Lee's headquarters. General Lee's houses a small but magnificent museum. At the time it was free. Someone said that during the war one day the housekeeper had just set the table when a cannon ball whizzed through the front and went out the back over the table and didn't break a dish! I've got three boys and my dishes didn't survive them!
If anyone goes there my suggestion is to hire a personal guide. I witnessed one at work and made me wish that we had. Awsome!
Just Some Observations,
Mary Lou

{{{{{Mary Lou}}}}} Thanks so much for the feedback... Our very own GFH TEG is a
Guide and Park Ranger at Gettysburg. You won't want to miss his series beginning on the 28th of this month.

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ED. NOTE: As I said Tom and I sat around the Fireside with a few visitors New Year's Eve. USMCHOME joined us at one point. Seems Jim and Diann had sent for an ancestor's pension file from the National Archives. They received a pension file back... only problem was... it wasn't the right person... not even close!! The consensus of opinion was that the envelopes got mixed up prior to mailing. So, if any of you were expecting a pension file for John Cushman, born in MA, who served with the 94th NY, you may want to contact USMCHOME@aol.com. On the other hand, if you've received a file for a Mr. Kelly who isn't your ancestor, please contact Jim and Diann

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ED. NOTE: I'm leaving this in for another week in hopes that some one finds the "Confederate Prayer" for Patty

From: SouthUSA
Someone in SC Chat suggested I ask you for the words to the "Confederate Prayer". I cannot seem to 
locate it. If you do not have it, could you suggest some web sites where this might be found.
Patty

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From: Doclynch

The following website is for the Medal of Honor Winners
http://www.popsplacebbs.com/mohr.htm

{{{{{Sharon}}}}} Thanks much.... haven't had time to check it out yet though.

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From: Bhhoch55

Jim, I really look forward to the Weekly Fireside epistle for I generally have a planned event each Thursday evening.
Thank you so much for keeping our interest so high regarding the "War Between the States".
Last year I sent you letters and sketches written and drawn by an ancestor of mine during his time in the war. Do you remember? He sketched their tent and the area near the Custis home.

Bertie Hoch >>
{{Bertie}}} I do indeed remember and thoroughly enjoyed those. We'll keep the firesides rolling. You're one of many that are in that situation on Thursday.... Jim


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From: GFS Beri and GFS Bear

We'd like to invite everyone to attend the kickoff of a new SIG, SOUTHERN COLONIAL. It's a spin off from Colonial Chat. TUESDAY nights, ROOT CELLAR, 10 PM ET. We cover everything south of the Mason Dixon line and go through the Spanish, French and English colonies. This BEGINS NEXT TUESDAY night, JANUARY 12, 10 PM ET. Hope to see a lot of you there.

{{{{{Beri & Bear}}}}} GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

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SusiCP has sent a list of Names and Post Office addresses of the members of the 8TH INDEPENDENT COMPANY OHIO VOLUNTEER SHARP SHOOTERS. Rather than include all the names here, if you are interested in this unit, please email me (GFS Jayne@aol.com) and I will send it to you.

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From: MRB1330

Hi Jayne,

J.A.Lumbard was my great grandfather. He was Publisher and Editor of a local newspaper in Selinsgrove PA for 55 years following the Civil War. If you would like to use this, you are welcome ... Peggy

Excerpts taken from a newspaper account (actually from his own diary) written by Joseph A. Lumbard who served with Co. G. 147th PA Vol. Inf.:

Christmas, 1862

Christmas in camp passed very quietly since nothing happened to make it appear different from an ordinary day in the war. The best treat that was given us was mail, containing numbers of letters from dear ones at home. In the evening we gathered about the camp-fires, and often smoked an occasional hard-tack at the fire. We compared the present with the past, and thought how differently we had passed our last Christmas from the present one; then we had plenty, surrounded by loving friends and the comfort of home. Now we were surrounded by hostile foes, and frequently suffering from the actual necessities of life. Situated as we were upon this bleak December night, with the wind whistling through the branches of the tall pines, and the waves of the Occoquan madly dashing upon the rock-bound shore, as if endeavoring to disobey the Divine injunction, "thus far shalt thou come and no further, here shall thy proud waves be stayed," all combined to make the contrast more marked. Nothin of any importance transpired to mar the monotony of camp-life, and the same hum-drum events continued to transpire each day of our stay at Occoquan

On the evening of the 30th of December the usual monotony was interrupted by the announcement that we were to move forward to join the rest of the Brigade, then encamped at the ancient town of Dumfries, Prince William County, the following morning.

The order came at an evil time, we were out of rations, having consumed almost the last particle of food for the supper just dispatched. However, having learned by actual experience that we might just as well acquiesce quietly, as no action that we were able to take would bring us rations or cause a general order to be countermanded, so we retired to our tents in order to secure the necessary rest and refreshment for the march on the morrow.

In the morning we were awakened by the timely beating of the sheep skin battery which called us forth for roll call and duty. We managed to raise sufficient coffee to give each member of the company a cup, which constituted the principal part of the day's diet unless we would be served with rations during the day, which we were informed was very probable.

During the night a slight fall of snow had fallen, covering the earth to the depth of several inches, but which as soon as the sun put in an appearance it began to melt, making a disagreeable slush and causing the marching to be unpleasant. By the time that the sun had faily gilded the heaven's dome with its light the command was marching, moving in the direction of Dumfries, traveling over the ground for the third time in as many weeks. We moved along smartly, the officers anxious to get us to our journey's end. We did not halt for dinner, but moved right along, Colonel Pardee having evidently learned of the condition of our haversacks.

We reached Dumfries at about 3 o'clock p.m., having marched 17 miles carrying fully forty pounds, with a mout full of victuals, save the cup of coffee which we had scraped together in the morning before we left camp.

When we reached the place designated as our camping place, which was in the midst of a brushy pine thicket, we were almost exhausted, a number of the boys threw themselves upon the ground without removing knapsacks or their accouterments.

Those who were present well remember the pangs of hunger we suffered on the occasion narrated above, and how we endeavored to satisfy the cravings of hunger by picking up the corn that had been dropped by the cavalry hourses while feeding there at some previous time, and how greedily we devoured the bits of hard-tack and scraps of meat which had been left scattered around by rebel troops encamped there earlier in the winter, and which were in a bad state of preservation. 
Well do we remember poor Asa B. Churchill who had been to the wagon train and cabbaged a pot of wagon grease, in which he fried some corn, but the mess was too much for even HIS stomach and he was reluctantly compelled to give back his supper.

{{{{{Peggy}}}}} As you know I had planned to use this before Christmas, but Jim got home from his trip to FL in December and decided he needed to get "back in the saddle" and do the Fireside himself... so I've saved it for an occasion such as this. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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ED. NOTE: Below you will find a few short news articles sent to me by GFH TEG

THE DOCTOR FINDS HIS BROTHER
Lieutenant John C. Warren, 52nd North Carolina Infantry, was 18 years old when he was struck by five bullets at Gettysburg. Left to die by the Federal surgones, he lay covered in blood and filth for tow weeks. By a unique coincidence, the lieutenant's brother, Dr. L. P. Warren, a brigade surgeone, was one of the medical men left behind by General Lee when the Army of Northern Virginia retreated.
One day while treating some of the thousnads of Confederate wounded, Dr. Warren discovered his brother, John,by now on the very edge of death. Dr. Warren attended him for several days, thereby saving his life.
Although the lieutenant hovered betwen life and death for many weeks, he Survived, and lived until 1914.

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THE WOUNDED WOMAN REBEL
Many know of the Confederate woman who was found dead on the field of Pickett's Charge and was buried by the men of Hay's Brigade on July 3. However, another female was certainly in the fighting at Gettysburg. In a letter written by a wounded Michigan man from the U. S. Military Hospital in Chester PA., this interesting account emerges.
"I must tell you we have got a female secesh here. She was wounded at Gettysburg, but our doctors soon found her out. I have not seen her, but they say she is very good looking. The poor girl has lost a leg. It is a great pity she did not stay at home with her mother but she gets good care and kind treatment. But it is rather romantic to have a female soldier in the hospital and her only to have one leg and far away from home, but I hope she will soon get better and get home to her friends".

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GLOWING GRAVES
What must have been a frightful phenomenon to local residents who had burials on their property was described by Mr. T. Ducan Carson, a bank clerk in Gettysburg.
"On my uncle's farm just below Big Round Top, hundreds of the dead were buried in a single trench. They were covered very shallow, and at night you could see phosphorescent light coming out of the earth where they were buried."
A Confederate assistant surgeon described this unusal light in a more detailed way. ''As I approached I saw each grave marked out in its whole extent by a ghastly phosphorescent gleam floating over it. I got off my horse and made a critical examination as I could. The light did not develop till the exhalation had risen some two feet above the grave. It was of a pronounced blue color, which, though pallid in its tint, was very distinct and conspicuously visible, and of uniform tenuity without glow or coruscation. It was very sensitive to air currents, and I could make it vanish by a wave of my hand, but in a few seconds it would glide into sight again after a very ghostly fashion."

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MUSKETRY FIRE
The following illustration may give the Gettysburg visitor an idea how terrific the musketry fire could get in certain places during the battle. From the evidence, it is a wonder anyone could have survived such fire.
"On Emmitsburg Road, the slab fences were so completely perforated with bullet holes that you could scarcely place a half inch rule between them. One 1-1/4 inch thick board was indeed a curiosity. It was 16 feet long, 14 inches wide, the board was perforated with 836 musket balls. This board was a part of the fence where Scale's brave little Brigade crossed it."

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THE FARROW
At one point during the great artillery duel at Gettysburg, the men of Company G of the 17th Mississippi Infantry were pinned down in a cornfield, and every man was laying as low as he could among the rows of corn. One Soldier, Lee Hill, of the Company is reported to have broken the tension by crying out- "Damn a man who won't plow a furrow deeper than this!"

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THE LAST WORDS OF SUMMER PAINE
Summer Paine, the great grandson of a Revolutionary War Patriot, was born in Boston on May 10, 1845. By the time he was twelve, Summer had already spent a year touring Europe. And when the Civil War was four month old in July of 1861, young Paine entered Harvard College, at the ripe old age of sixteen. Having a strong desire to be a part of the great struggle, Summer joined the army in May of 1863 as a second Lieutenant in the 20th Massachusetts Infantry. Due to the wounding of his captain, Oliver W. Holmes, Lieutenant Paine led his company into the battle of Chancellorsvile, within 24 hours of receiving his commission. By all reports, his behavior was extremely cool and calm through that terrible fight.
Exactly two months later on July 3, 1863, Lieutenant Paine was standing with his men on Cemetery Ridge, when the 20th Massachusetts met the assault head on of the Confederate Generals Pettigrew and Trimble. It was in the thickest of the fray that Paine, exposing himself directly in front of his men, was hit by a rifle ball which broke his leg. Falling on one knee, he waved his sword, and urged his men on, calling out: "Isn't this glorious? " a moment later, he was struck by a shell which caused instant death.
If you have time, walk to the Soldiers National Cemetery and stand a few minutes at his grave. Here you may wish to comtemplate a young man's short but noteworthy life. Imagine if you can, what he might have accomplished had he lived another 50 or 60 years.

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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. 

OUR PROMISE: to provide an "online" environment that is NOT judgemental and to address ALL 
aspects of this "Pivotal Period" in our History, with honesty and truth (where 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 TO YOU "FIRST-TIMERS" THIS WEEK, "Welcome"... :) 

We heartily enjoyed your visit and participation. We relish 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 GFS Jayne, GFH TEG 
and GFS Jim and our many fill-in friends :) 

1/7/99 - OPEN CHAT

1/14/99 - Letters, Songs and Poems Night. Don't forget to send us (GFS Jayne, GFH TEG or GFS Jim) 
any that you would like us to share.. Or you can share them yourself....

1/21/99 - OPEN CHAT

1/28/99 - "Gettysburg Night - Part I" - stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) You’ll notice the Part I because there be a ton of these. Soooo we’ll have a Gettysburg Night once a month until we do them all.

2/4/99 - OPEN CHAT

2/11/99 - Letters, Songs and Poems Night. Don't forget to send in any that you would like shared.... 
These are great evenings. Come out and enjoy a treat!!

2/18/99 - OPEN CHAT

2/25/99 - "Gettysburg Night - Part II - stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) You’ll notice this is Part II and therefore a continuation of Tom’s collection. We’ll have a Gettysburg Night once a month until we finish.

We'll See You Thursday Night……….! 
Your Hosts 
GFS Jayne, GFH TEG and GFS Jim

Hear Ye ..............Hear Ye 

"The Weekly Fireside" 
of the American Civil War History 
Special Interest Group 
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 17 January 1999

Jim is wrapping up his business in FL and will be home probably by the time you receive this. I really do enjoy "subbing" for him, and let me tell you something... doing this every week is a lot of work and Jim has been doing this every week, until this summer, for several years now and I'd like to applaud him. It is our way of communicating with all of you who can't join us in the room every week and we relish our "job". Your input is appreciated and without all of you, this Weekly Fireside wouldn't be the success that it is.

Thursday's "Letters, Poems and Songs night" was wonderful!!!! There were some really "heavy" poems, some songs and a letter. I'll remind you.... IF you have any letters, etc. from the Civil War era that you'd like to share with us, PLEASE send them to GFS Jim, GFH Teg or me, GFS Jayne, and we will be happy to read them to the "Faithful" for you. OR... if you'd prefer to read them yourself, that's fine too, just let us know that you want a "turn".

I have a little story to relate to you all, so please bear with me <G>.. The Genealogical Society that I belong to is contemplating charging less dues to those who would accept getting their newsletter via email. Well... they couldn't figure out how they could send out a newsletter every other month to so many people... When I told them we send out a five to eight page newsletter every week to over 800 addresses, they were flabberghasted!!!!! Soooo... just to show them what we do, I sent the all of the members of the board a copy of last weeks Fireside.... you will see one of the comments I received back in the Community section. d:)

Be sure you check the Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events at the end of the Fireside. We have added a monthly occurance called “Gettysburg Night”. This evening (once a month until we complete the series) is dedicated to a collection of stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) What makes this so UNIQUE is these are stories about the “People of Gettysburg”. The tailor, the shopkeeper, and the mothers and fathers and what they experienced when 170,000 soldiers (give or take) showed up in their perfectly peaceful village and tried with everything in their power to “wipe each other off the face of the earth.” You REALLY won’t want to miss these treasures that Tom is graciously willing to share with us. :-)

This Thursday is OPEN CHAT. Be sure to join us. 
As "Ole Tom Bodet" says; "We'll Leave The Light On For Ya"......

FOR ALL YOU 1ST TIMERS ON THURSDAY - "WELCOME" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU :-)..... 
COME AGAIN, WE "RELISH" YOUR COMPANY.... 

Check the NEW "MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS" section below....... We're experimenting with this 
new addition.

The continuing series I'm putting in the newsletter under the HELP DESK, is on the Civil War Military 
Records which can be found at, or through film ordering at your local Family History Centers 
(FHCs)........ So many of you have been astonished that those records are available through the FHCs, that 
we thought this would be of worth in your research.... 

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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 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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U.S. Military Records at the Family History Centers............................. 

The next stage of this series, I thought would be best to describe the various Types of Military Records 
available for Civil War researchers and those available through the FHC network. 

FINALLY Specific Confederate Sources........................... 

Records of the Confederate Army are located in the National Archives, state archives, and historical 
societies. Records at the National Archives will be discussed in this outline. For state service records, 
such as Alabama's "Confederate Service Records", 1861-1865 (FHL 67 films; FHLC computer number 
482117), see the state research outlines.

SERVICE RECORDS .........TO BE CONTINUED WHEN JIM RETURNS HOME

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From: AvalonPark

I love Civil War History and am an ardent admirer of your column. I hate to admit that I do not know what "hard tack" is. Could you please enlighten me. Thanks. Avalonpark@aol.com


I have answered Avalonpark in separate email, but for the benefit of all the members I will explain what it is. Hard Tac or Hard bread also called crackers by the men was made by the Mechanical Baking Company of Boston. And like todays K-rations it was part of a soldier's diet.

Picture in your mind a very large saltine cracker. Now make that cracker about a half inch thick, about 4 inches wide and about 4 and a half inches long. That gives you an idea of what it looks like. It was made of flour and salt and baked very hard. Each man would get a pound of crackers (hard tac) per day.
Here are some of the ways they would have eaten it. They would wrap it in a bandana and using their rifle butt crush it into a powder and add water to make a paste. Then sometimes they would wrap it around their ram rods and bake it over a fire. Sometimes they would make slush puppies using the same idea and fry it in a sea of bacon grease (Salt Pork), or they would boil it with their coffee and then scoop off all the weevils that infested the bread.
On the march the men would carry their rations in their haversack along with all his other belongings mixed in. Made for some strange eating.
GFH TEG
TOM

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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!.........................................................

Well here it is! In response to overwhelming number of emails indicating this to be a great idea, we have 
responded in kind..... 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 recommend the "Requestor" 
pay for all film costs and any postage involved for a helping member. This is intended to be a "Free" 
assistance between members. Do unto others as........ you know :-) Keep me posted on how this is 
working!!!! 
GFS Jim

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PICTURES OF THE GRAVESITE OF Edwin Nichols at the New Hope Battlefield Cemetery are requested 
by Lkiwki@aol.com ..... If anyone can assist in this, please email this member direct and work out any 
details or additional information. Lynne, if you hit paydirt, let me know and I'll remove this posting.

The New Hope Battlefield is just off (North ?) of US Hwy 278 about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, 
Georgia. Towns close or fairly close are Dallas, New Hope, Kennesaw, Braswell, Marietta.

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY............................ 

Check out the following member inputs for comments and requests for information, Feedbacks, Items of 
Interest and Pleas for HELP................ 

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IllinoisCW sent the names of some Civil War music tapes if you're interested in trying to find them. Addresses are given for most. You may want to write before you order anything to make sure the company is still in business. Frank has made a note of his favorites. d:)

Civil War Guitar Campfire Memories (instrumentals)
Civil War Piano Parlor Memories
from: Star Line Productions 
Glendale California 
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The Blues and The Grays (Vocal)
by: The Dear Friends 
Stephen Foster Memorial
Pittsburg, Pa 
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HOMESPUN SONGS OF THE CSA (4 tapes) (vocal)
HOMESPUN SONGS OF THE UNION ARMY (3 tapes) (vocal)
all by: Bobby Horton
3436 Sagebrush Lane
Birmingham, Alabama 36343

I HIGHLY recommend these. They are the best. Also available on CD.
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SONGS THE SOLDIERS SANG (vocal)
Don Laird Jr
at: Don Laird
P.O. Box 275
Oswego, New York 13126 
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97TH REGIMENTAL STRING BAND (5 tapes) (vocal)
at: 97th Regimental String Band
Largo Florida
NOTE: There is an EMail address for these folk... Check with IllinoisCW if you'd like it. 
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BALLADS AND SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR (vocal)
by Wayne Erbsen
at: Native Ground Music
109 Bell Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28805
1-800-752-2656 

The Regimental Band of the 11th N.C. troops (3 tapes may be more now) (instrumental)
at: The Regimental Band of the 11th N.C. troops
P.O.Box 53513
Fayetteville, N.C. 28305 

{{{{{Frank}}}}} Thanks so much for sending these to me. Maybe someone will 
enjoy them as much as you do. 

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ED. NOTE: I'm leaving this in as it's still "timely".

From: AJWRJW

Hello,
Thought you may be interested in this chat through our Mead Society. Jan 20th.
Thanks, Amy

Fwd Message:
From: Mwungms
To: AJWRJW
Hello Amy and Bob; George told me that you were looking for information on 
AOL, you're the first ones to get the message on Andy's Chat.

Welcome to the Gen. Meade Society of Philadelphia, looking forward to meeting 
you.

Catch Andy Waskie on "AOL" WEDNESDAY Night Civil War Chat, on January 
20th at 9 PM ET. Discussion of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEN. GEORGE 
MEADE.

Log on to AOL and type CIVIL WAR into KEYWORD... Chat will be in the 
Mason Dixon Chat room.

To continue on for addition information click on:
Civil War Information Center 
Civil War History Message Board
U.S. Commanders of the Civil War
George Meade (Leave a message)
Regards,
Mike Wunsch

{{{{{Amy}}}} Thanks for forwarding this to us

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From: StatesRats

Thanks for sending me a copy of this, and the plug on Dr. Waskie's chat on January 20th. I'd like to give you a link or new area that's been added to the "Civil War History and Research" area, for convenience to members. You'll find, hopefully, some good content to read, as well as books galore at good prices, and links to help researchers in the "Writers and Readers HQ" area..:-)

<A HREF="aol://4344:789.cwbe.7045166.596220975"> Civil War Books Emporium</A>
http://members.aol.com/statesrats/index.htm

Thanks again!

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ED. NOTE: This is the note I was telling you about at the beginning of the Weekly Fireside... Don't ya just love it!!!!!!!!!!! d:)

From: DelawBob
To: GFS Jayne

That's some project. Who collects and types all that stuff? We barely manage a Newsletter five times a year.

Bob

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ED. NOTE: On New Year's Eve, USMCHOME joined us at one point. Seems Jim and Diann had sent for an ancestor's pension file from the National Archives. They received a pension file back... only problem was... it wasn't the right person... not even close!! The consensus of opinion was that the envelopes got mixed up prior to mailing. So, if any of you were expecting a pension file for John Cushman, born in MA, who served with the 94th NY, you may want to contact USMCHOME@aol.com. On the other hand, if you've received a file for a Mr. Kelly who isn't your ancestor, please contact Jim and Diann

ED. NOTE: Jim and Diann.... this next one is for you!!!!! The "Faithful" comes thru!!!!

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From: Livasy4

On the subject of receiving the wrong pension file from NARA: I understand that NARA will refund the cost and find the correct file if available. It may be helpful to donate the file to a genealogical society (and post it on the web site) where the soldier resided, so it may help some one else. I enjoy the WEEKLY FIRESIDE, please keep it coming! Donna

{{{{{Donna}}}}} We appreciate the feedback and we thank you.

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ED. NOTE: The "Faithful" comes thru again!!!!!!!!!

From: SouthUSA
Someone in SC Chat suggested I ask you for the words to the "Confederate Prayer". I cannot seem to locate it. If you do not have it, could you suggest some web sites where this might be found.
Patty

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From: AslanJ

Patty - I do have this somewhere. I got it in MS at the Jefferson Davis Museum. I will look for it and if I find it, will send it.

Judy Canant

{{{{{Judy}}}}} It's the "Faithful" like you and Donna, (above) that make all we do worth our while!!!! THANK YOU BOTH!!!

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Subj: Thank You
From: MRB1330
To: GFS Jim

Thanks for sending me the copy of "Ode to the Confederate Dead" I signed on late and hate to miss anything especially when you are sharing songs poems and letters. I appreciate the chat room and the Fireside newsletter so much. You, Jayne and Tom are just such dedicated people and you should know how much we appreciate your efforts. Thanks again, Peggy

{{{{{Peggy}}}}} What can WE say.... but Thank YOU for the kind words. They keep our "juices" flowing... All the Letters, poems and songs read Thurs night will be uploaded into the History Lectures Library sometime this week I hope.. d:)

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ED. NOTE... the following came to me from several sources but originally came
From: morgana@ghg.net (Sue)

I have just added approximately 30 links to the Brothers Bound
webpage for those of us who are researching CW Prisoners of War
and the camps they were imprisoned in...that's approximately 65
more links than the original page, so if you haven't checked it
out in the last three weeks, it might be worth looking at again.

And as always, if you know of some links or have some information
you would like put on the page, just drop me a line!

Brothers Bound: A Source Page for CW Era Prisoners of War
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~south1/bound.htm

NOTE: This really is a great sight!!!!!

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From: Edie 157

I thank both you & Jim for sending me the newsletter. that way even tho I don't get into the chat room I know what's going on. A Very Happy New Year to you all. Edie

{{{{{Edie}}}}} You're more than welcome for the newsletter. We know everybody can't make it to the Fireside every week.... which is one reason we send the Weekly out <G> Happy New Year to you toooooo d:)

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From: JTice4840

THIS IS WONDERFUL........Please pass on.....

Accessiblity Archives - Civil War era
http://204.170.102.11/cgi-bin/accessible/verify.pl
ED. NOTE: according to another note received, this site is down right now, but will be back up soon

(More than 11,000 records; approx. 10 MILLION words)

This database contains the full text of major articles gleaned from over
2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond
Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865. The text
begins with the events preceding the outbreak of war at Fort Sumter,
continues through the surrender at Appomattox, and concludes with the
assassination and funeral of Abraham Lincoln. Included are descriptive news
articles, eye-witness accounts and official reports of battles and events,
editorials, advertisements and biographies. A great effort has been made
also to include articles which describe other than military concerns of the
day. These include such topics as travel, arts and leisure, geographical
descriptions, sports and sporting, social events, etc.

Since the major events are described in detail by both Union and Confederate
papers, their opposing perspectives are readily available for comparative
evaluation.

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SusiCP has sent a list of Names and Post Office addresses of the members of the 8TH INDEPENDENT COMPANY OHIO VOLUNTEER SHARP SHOOTERS. Rather than include all the names here, if you are interested in this unit, please email me (GFS Jayne@aol.com) and I will send it to you.

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FI WATROUS has sent to us a lot of information:
* NY 71st Regiment - list of officers' names and some info plus Regt. history.
* 71st Regt., American Guard, History
* a partial list of NY Inf. Units and dates they mustered in and out plus length of service
* NY 10th Inf, Zouaves, Records of Officers
* NY 10th Officers of the Regt.
* NY 10th Regt. History
* Officers Cos. B, C
* Officers Cos. D, E
* Officers Cos. F, G
* Officers Cos. H, I, K
If anyone needs any of this info, please send mail to any of us and we will forward it to you.

{{{Ike and Nancy}}} Thanks so much!!!! Hope we can help someone...

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THE BEAT OF A DISTANT DRUMMER

The Battle of Gettysburg on July 3,1863, became known as The High Water Mark of the Confederacy. At 1:00 in the afternoon, General Lee, in an attempt to crush General Meade's troops, chose to attack dead center into the Union forces, then on Cemetery Ridge. Trying to break the Union battle lines, Lee instructed his massed artillery to open fire on the unsuspecting men, sending a barrage of deadly shells into their foes.

To this, the union soldiers answered with their own lethal volley in a punishing manner. The exchange of artillery fire continued for some time. However, because of the limited vision caused by the powder darkened skies, Lee's attempt to soften the Union lines was mostly inconsequential. When the guns ceased, General Lee instructed General Longstreet to begin the mass assault on the Union position.

The famed General George Pickett was directed to send his 15,000 Confederates into the center of the Union Line in a desperate attempt to break, and ultimately win the three day battle. The men marched a mile across the field, each step of the way being bombarded with shot and shell, and when within range, fired upon by volleys of musketry. With dead and wounded rapidly littering the field, the men desperately fought their way foward. The effort was in vain, for only a few could reach the Union line before being driven back. In about an hour it was all but over, there on the bloodstained field were 10,000 casualties. After Picketts charge failed, the battle was over and for Meade, a decisive victory.

For many reenactors, walking Picketts Charge is an honor and done in memory of those who died in that futile attempt more than a hundred and thirty years ago. Each person has his or her own reason, but for Mike and Dan, they wanted to experience what it felt like just to walk that same battlefield. However, they would 'experience' more than just a feeling.

On a cool day, Mike and Dan decided it would be a good time to walk the field, and after an early breakfast, drove to the Virginia monument. The sun had just begun to rise and the battlefield was void of any people, perfect for comtemplating on the war dead as they would walk. As Mike and Dan started their stroll, they tried to imagine what was going through the minds of the thousands of Confederates as they faced sure devastation. As hard as they tried, they could not come close to the frightful sight witnessed by the soldiers under Pickett's command.

Slowly continuing across the field, they stopped about a third of the way when both said it seemed as if an energy was all around them. They looked around and still were the only people on the desolate field. Mike and Dan heard of people experiencing a certin unexplainable "feeling", yet until then it never personally had happened to them. Unsure of what was happening, they continued walking, trying to understand the unknown source of energy. When about half way across Pickett's Charge, Dan stopped again, turned to Mike and said, "Listen do you hear that?" Listening intently, he heard nothing until a few steps later, then he heard it too. They could hear the faint beating of a drum, the same beat heard as troops march. Thinking it strange, they concluded other reenactors must have been some where close by, also visiting the battlefield in the earily morning hour.

They again looked around as before, not a soul was within their sight. Not overly concerned, Mike and Dan resumed their walk, only to be stopped again by the sound, only this time louder. Now troubled by the unexplained event, they came up with several possibilities trying to ease their minds. Satisfied that the sounds were coming from a distance and carried to them, they started walking . Just when they thought they had the logical answer, the drumming started again, louder than before. Thinking other reenactors playing their drums were getting closer, they could not understand why they could not see them yet. The drum beats continued to get louder, just as if the drummers were approaching Mike and Dan, still, they could see nobody. By now, the mysterious beating of drums baffled the two men. As they stood as still as statues, they heard the drums increase in volume to such an extent, that they believed the sound to be coming from a few feet away! They did not speak or move as the phantom drum beats continued, apparently moving in the direction of the Union side. Mike and Dan stood there, nervous and trembling, hearing the drum beats passby, then the sound continually diminished until finally they could no longer hear it.

After the initial shock of the unexplained event, Mike and Dan are forever convinced that they had witnessed, first hand, a supernatural event.

{{{Tom}}} Thanks for sharing this with the "faithful"

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ED. NOTE: GFSmiltB mention the following in our SIG Thursday night and then the following was in our local paper the next day so thought I'd share it with you all. 

FBI RECOVERS CIVIL WAR-ERA FLAG
by Benaro C. Armas
Assiciated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- A rare Civil War-era American Flag that represented a black regiment has been recovered with the arrest of a man authorities say is an unscrupulous dealer who tried to sell the artifact to an undercover FBI agent.
The flag represented the 12th Regiment Corps d'Afrique, one of the first units comprised of black soldiers in the Union army. It's been missing for at least 22 years after being stolen from an Army museum while en route to Fort Jackson, S.C.
Charles Wilhite, of Overland Park, Kan., was arrested Monday after meeting with the undercover agent at a hotel. He was charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and theft of major artwork, and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted. He was free on $50,000 bail.
Wilhite, reached at his home by phone, had no comment on the charges
The flag, unveiled by the FBI Tuesday, shows signs of age -- white splotches have faded some of the flag's blue background and lettering sewn in across one of the red stripes is barely visible from afar.
"The significance of the flag is that it is one of the only U.S. Colored troop flags in existence," said Steven Wright, curator of collections at The Civil War Library & Museum in Philadelphia. "These are unbelievably rare, and absolutely priceless historically."
Authorities were tipped to the case by a Civil War relic dealer who said that Wilhite was trying to seel the flag, which possessed some "problems" with legal ownership, said Special Agent Linda Vizi.
An FBI agent posing as a buyer contacted Wilhite last monthe, and he tried to sell the flag for $28.000 plus expenses at the hotel Monday, Vizi said.
At one point, Wilhite valued the flag at more than $45,000, Vizi said. Wright said the silk flag could fetch a six-figure sum if in good condition.
In Civil War history, there were only about 27 flags made to represent black regiments, said David Cole, a curator at the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington. Only five, including the one recovered this week, are known to be in existence.
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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. 

OUR PROMISE: to provide an "online" environment that is NOT judgemental and to address ALL 
aspects of this "Pivotal Period" in our History, with honesty and truth (where 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 TO YOU "FIRST-TIMERS" THIS WEEK, "Welcome"... :) 

We heartily enjoyed your visit and participation. We relish 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 GFS Jayne, GFH TEG 
and GFS Jim and our many fill-in friends :) 

1/21/99 - OPEN CHAT

1/28/99 - "Gettysburg Night - Part I" - stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) You’ll notice the Part I because there be a ton of these. Soooo we’ll have a Gettysburg Night once a month until we do them all.

2/4/99 - OPEN CHAT

2/11/99 - Letters, Songs and Poems Night. Don't forget to send in any that you would like shared.... 
These are great evenings. Come out and enjoy a treat!!

2/18/99 - OPEN CHAT

2/25/99 - "Gettysburg Night - Part II - stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) You’ll notice this is Part II and therefore a continuation of Tom’s collection. We’ll have a Gettysburg Night once a month until we finish.

We'll See You Thursday Night……….! 
Your Hosts 
GFS Jayne, GFH TEG and GFS Jim 

Hear Ye ..............Hear Ye 

"The Weekly Fireside" 
of the American Civil War History 
Special Interest Group; 
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 24 January 1999

Well your wandering host is back in his humble abode for a bit... :-) Hugs and Thanks to GFS Jayne for producing and delivering the "Fireside" while I was "on the road", and to GFH TEG for all the hard work collecting the "Gettysburg Stories" you are about to be introduced to next week.

You'll remember back in December that I made mention of visiting the Civil War "Soldiers" Museum down in Pensacola, Florida. Well, I had a bit more time on this last trip and visited again and had a very nice conversation with the fine folk who provide their services to support those institutions. I also took my notebook and wrote down some highlights of the museum for your reading pleasure and possible future planning if you're traveling through Pensacola, Florida. 
The museum is located in the "Old Pensacola" area of town at 108 South Palafox Place. As I walked into the museum I was immediately drawn to a well stocked Civil War Library and (of course) picked up a softcover of a book I had heard of but haven't found until now. It was "Civil War in the Ozarks" by Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell. So far my expectations have been met and exceeded in the reading. Ike and Cato, this is a great read. As I went to pay for my find and pay th $5.00 admission fee for the museum, I met Barbara Wenner who was just happily explaining the museum to folks in front of me. You know, I didn't think there was anything left that only cost $5.00 to see; what a surprise. She told me all the exhibits and items to see inside, so off I went. 
Inside I was amazed at the number and quality of the various exhibits. The museum was arranged in a subject matter order rather that the timeline sequence that you normally see. I really enjoyed this change of order. It gave you the opportunity read and study an area of interest all in one place. Scattered throughout the museum were audio guides that explained and discussed various subject matter and in the back was an area where a 25 minute video gave the local history of Pensacola and surrounding areas. Along the wall by the entrance were portraits of the CSA Commanders by Noel. Scattered throughout were Uniform examples of Union Infantry, CSA Infantry, CSA Naval, and CSA Cavalry. Impressive exhibits of all these uniforms. You will also find many collections of weaponry and ordinance. Union and CSA rifles and handguns of all shapes and sizes, along with examples of CSA Artillery. The exhibits were really excellent with many original pieces as well as impressive reproductions. Many, many examples of flags mostly confederate. These ranged from battle flags to CSA state and CSA national. There was even an original battle flag brought home by a Confederate Soldier from 1st Manassas which now hangs in the museum. In another area of the museum was an excellent exhibit of the "Colored Soldiers" of the Civil War. Specific mentions were the 44th Mississippi Infantry and the 1st South Carolina Infantry from the CSA regiments and of course one of the more famous Black Regiments, the 54th Massachusetts. 
There was a very good collection of Confederate script and coinage, discussions on all the major battles, an impresive naval history section which covered the CSA Ironclads, CSA naval ships and the CSA admirals, and a thorough coverage of southern prisons. Down another aisle were exhibits of "Women in the Civil War", "Civil War Music" with collections of instruments including fiddles, "Alcohol & Tobacco, and Recreation which had collections of "bullet whittling", Cribbage, Chess, Checkers, Dominoes, Dice, and Playing Cards. 
As the founder and curator, Norman W. Haines Jr., M.D. is a doctor, there was an incredible area of Civil War Medicine. I marveled at the discussions and collections on drugs, hospitals, surgery, surgical instruments, medical services, the Ambulance Corps, Uniforms of the Medical Corps and medical equipment such as artificial legs, hands, crutches, etc. 
After reading all this, I wandered around a corner and saw a complete exhibit devoted to Berdan's Sharpshooters with their special rifles, uniforms and paraphenalia. What a pleasant surprise. And if all of this isn't enough, there are two "full size, life-like" exhibits. One depicting camp life and another of a field hospital in full battlefield use. "Mercy"!!
I had been noticing throughout the museum "Soldier Dolls" representing both Federal and Confederate soldiers of various units with incredibly accurate uniform details. About this time I met and talked with Channett Bosarge, and Charles Armstrong who are loyal workers at the museum. What delightful folk they were :-). They informed me that the dolls were completely produced by hand from all the available detailed military records on their specific function, regiment, infantry, etc. The gentleman that creates them is a midwestern businessman who does it strictly as a hobby for museums, but not for sale to the public. I would estimate the museum has between 30 to 50 of these dolls and they are indeed awesome replications, down to the uniform detail and corncob pipes. 
Dr. Haines has worked an awesome labor of love in this museum and you will have to go far to find the few that are it's equal. So if you're on a Civil War tour or just traveling through Pensacola, the "Civil War Soldiers Museum" is a must. Make sure you mark this one down in your travel folders.
Barbara, thanks for the enthusiastic welcome; and Channett and Charles, I really enjoyed our talk and sharing your knowledge and excitement with me.... Dr. Haines certainly has gathered great people around him to share in his "Love Labor"!...
Well that's all I have in my notes... Heh Heh! Soooo, now I know what the "Northwestern Florida" members have been raving about. Their email address is www.cwmuseum.org; the telephone number is (850) 469-1900. If you go visit let them know you're one of the "Faithful" from the AOL Civil War History SIG, and tell Channett, Charles and Barbara I said HI!!!!

Now don't forget to take NOTE at the Upcoming Events Schedule at the end of the Fireside. We have added a monthly occurance called "Gettysburg Night". This evening (once a month until we complete the series) is dedicated to a collection of stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) What makes this so UNIQUE is these are stories about the "People of Gettysburg". The tailor, the shopkeeper, and the mothers and fathers and what they experienced when 170,000 soldiers (give or take) showed up in their perfectly peaceful village and tryed with everything in their power to "wipe each other off the face of the earth." You really won't want to miss these treasures that Tom is graciously willing to share with us. :-)
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This Thursday is the FIRST "Gettysburg Night", so come on out and let yourself in for a real treat..... We'll have a fire going and heat up some "Spiced Cider" for ya....

FOR ALL YOU 1ST TIMERS ON THURSDAY - "WELCOME" WE ENJOYED HAVING YOU :-)..... 
COME AGAIN, WE "RELISH" YOUR COMPANY.... 

Check the NEW "MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS" section below....... We're experimenting with this 
new addition.
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The continuing series I'm putting in the newsletter under the HELP DESK, is on the Civil War Military 
Records which can be found at, or through film ordering at your local Family History Centers 
(FHCs)........ So many of you have been astonished that those records are available through the FHCs, that 
we thought this would be of worth in your research.... 
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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 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". 

New Postings since last we talked :-) With any luck the librarians will have added a "goodly" number of the Weekly Firesides to the "Files Library" under Newsletters by the time you get this newsletter. 
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U.S. Military Records at the Family History Centers............................. 

The next stage of this series, I thought would be best to describe the various Types of Military Records 
available for Civil War researchers and those available through the FHC network. 

FINALLY Specific Confederate Sources........................... 

Records of the Confederate Army are located in the National Archives, state archives, and historical 
societies. Records at the National Archives will be discussed in this outline. For state service records, 
such as Alabama's "Confederate Service Records", 1861-1865 (FHL 67 films; FHLC computer number 
482117), see the state research outlines.

SERVICE RECORDS .........continued

Pension Records. Pensions were granted to Confederate veterans, widows, and orphans by the former Confederate states. The Family History Library has the largest collection of available Confederate pension records. You can find the microfilm numbers with the compact disc Famly History Library Catalog by using the computer number. Those for the following states are available on film at the Family History Library:

Alabama (FHL 276 films; FHLC computer number 482000).

Arkansas (FHL films 1,722,443-563; FHLC computer number 588054). Indexed by Francis T. Ingmire, "Arkansas Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications" (St. Louis, Mo.: F.T. Ingmire, 1985; FHL book 976.7 M28f) and Desmond W. Allen, "Arkansas Confederate Pension Applications"...... 2 vols. (Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1991; FHL book 976.7 M22adl).

Florida (FHL films 006,717-006,885; FHLC computer number 377657). Indexed by Virgil D. White, "Register of Florida CSA Pension Applications" (Waynesboro, Tenn.: National Historical Publishing Co., 1989; FHL book 975.9 M2w).

Georgia (FHL 634 films; FHLC computer number 374852). "Index" (FHL films 1,493,047-085).

Kentucky (FHL films 1,670,795-844; FHLC computer number 569186). Indexed by Alicia Simpson, comp., "Index of Confederate Pension Applications, Commonwealth of Kentucky" (Frankfort, Ky.: Division of Archives and Records, 1981; FHL book 976.9 M2k).

Louisiana. “Application Record for Pensions, 1898 - 1944” (FHL films 1,412,743-44); “Record of Pensioners of the state of Louisiana, 1898-1940” (FHL films 1,412,742-43); and “Louisiana Confederate Veterans Pensions, 1912-1936” (FHL film 1,704,156, item 17; FHLC computer number 248616).

Mississippi (FHL 94 films; FHLC computer number 277157).

Missouri (FHL 27 films 1,021,101-27; FHLC computer number 195357).

North Carolina (FHL 105 films, FHLC computer number 494409).

Oklahoma (FHL films 1,001,529-48; FHLC computer number 197031), Indexed by “Index to Applications for Pensions from the State of Oklahoma.......” (Oklahoma City, Lkla.: Oklahoma Genealogical Society, 1969; FHL book 976.6 M24o; fiche 6046932).

Tennessee (FHL 181 films; FHLC computer number 250899). Indexed by “Indes to Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications” (n.p., 1964; FHL book 976.8 M24t; film 873,919; fiche 6051232).

Texas (FHL 700 films; FHLC computer number 318535). Indexed by John M. Kinney, comp., “Index to Applications for Texas Confederate Pensions” (Austin, Tex.: Texas State Library, 1975; FHL book 976.4 M22k; film 928,040, item 3).

Virginia. Acts of 1888, 1900, and 1902 (FHL 219 films; FHLC computer number 534241).

To find specific microfilm numbers for Confederate pensions with the Family History Library Catalog on microfiche, search the Locality section under [STATE] - MILITARY RECORDS. County pension records have been microfilmed for 13 South Carolina counties. They are found in the Family History Library Catalog under SOUTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY] - MILITARY RECORDS - CIVIL WAR - PENSIONS.
Below is a guide for writing to obtain Confederate pension records:

Allen, Desmond Wall. “Where to Write for Confederate Pension Records.” Bryant, Ark.: Research Associates, 1991. (FHL book 973 A1 No. 307) This pamphlet briefly describes pension files (with photocopy cotst), data of earliest pension legislation, available indexes, addresses of where files are located in each of the Southern states, and other sources of information on veterans.

.......................................Confederate Service Records to be continued.
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Subj: ELLIS ISLAND Database
From: FI WATROUS
Worth forwarding.
Ike
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ELLIS ISLAND DATABASE
This may be common knowledge and have been previously posted to the Long 
Island and GEN-NYS lists, but in the event it hasn't or that someone has 
missed it, I thought I would do so. It appeared in this morning's papers.

DATABASE TO LIST ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRANTS
Ellis Island, N.Y. [notice it says N.Y. and not N.J. :-)]
The American Family Immigration History Center will have a computerized 
database of arrival records on the 17 million people who passed through 
Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924, officials said. The center is 
scheduled to open in 2000.
Visitors to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum will be able to find the
manifests from the ships their relatives arrived on and get a copy of 
that record and a picture of the vessel. About 40 percent of Americans 
can trace their ancestry to Elis Island.
Public acess to the records was a goal since the foundation was created 
in 1982, said Lee Iacocca, chairman emeritus of the Statue of 
Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
The records were removed from Ellis Island decades agao and placed on 
microfilm by the National Archives and Records Administration in 
Washington. They are being entered into the database by volunteers from 
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. the project will cost 
about $15 million, all of which will come from private fund-raising.
The database will be accessible through 35 computer stations. Visitors 
will pay a "nominal" fee for access; each search should take seven to 
eight minutes, Edwin Schlossberg, who designed the center, said. The 
database has been set up to search for close matches and phonetic 
spellings.
Scholssberg, husband of Caroline Kennedy, said people's curiosity about 
that famous family made him realize how much family histories matter to 
the public. 
There is no mention of any on-line access or a CD-ROM version of it, so 
there could be an opportunity for a booming business for nearby residents
who have easy access to Ellis Island. But either could become available 
in a few years after 2000.
Kelvin Kean
Elverson, Pennsylvania

{{Ike}} Thanks for the info.... By the way I just noticed the name of Lee Iacocca in your notice. My memory reminds me that he was the creator of the “Ford Mustang” in the “back when” days.. Heh Heh
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Subj: Confederate Acadians
From: rosewebb@datasync.com (Rose C. Webb)

Here is the URL for ACADIANS IN GRAY
AIG http://members.aol.com/sacormier/AIG/index.html

ACADIANS IN GRAY
All Cajuns are related!
This site is dedicated to all Confederates of Acadian descent who wore
Confederate Gray during the War Between the States.

In this site you will find:
An Introduction to the project on Acadians in Gray.
A list of Acadian families in Louisiana who offered their fathers,
sons, husbands, and brothers to the Confederate cause.
A list of the Confederate units that contained a substantial number
of soldiers of Acadian descent, down to the company and battery level.
An index of names of Acadian Confederates with their ranks and units.
The purpose of this site is to celebrate the role played by Acadian
descendants in the struggle for Southern independence. Also, to
solicit information about these Acadian Confederates so that their
history can be fully told. Information you wish to share on any of
these units or individuals can be forwarded to the
e-mail address below or to:
Steven A. Cormier
14102 Granite Pointe Court
Chesterfield, VA 23838
SACormier@aol.com

{{Rosie}} Bless your heart Sis!! You’re always filing in in-basket with wonderful stuff!!! 
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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!.........................................................

Well here it is! In response to overwhelming number of emails indicating this to be a great idea, we have 
responded in kind..... 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 recommend the "Requestor" 
pay for all film costs and any postage involved for a helping member. This is intended to be a "Free" 
assistance between members. Do unto others as........ you know :-) Keep me posted on how this is 
working!!!! 
GFS Jim
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PICTURES OF THE GRAVESITE OF Edwin Nichols at the New Hope Battfield Cemetery are requested 
by Lkiwki@aol.com ..... If anyone can assist in this, please email this member direct and work out any 
details or additional information. Lynne, if you hit paydirt, let me know and I'll remove this posting.

The New Hope Battlefield is just off (North ?) of US Hwy 278 about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, 
Georgia. Towns close or fairly close are Dallas, New Hope, Kennesaw, Braswell, Marietta. 

............from the Editor!!! Any action on this plea since I was gone????? GFS Jim 
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DID YOU KNOW?? ................................... 
Excerpts from various areas of documented history or family journels........ 

REUNION - There are many tales of long-lost kinfolk who encountered each other as a result of the war. In one instance a wounded man in blue found, upon being brought to a hospital, that he had been laid down next to his brother, who wore gray. During the battle of Gettysburg, a Union colonel captured his Confederate nephew. But of all such stories, the strangest (in this editor’s opinion) is one told by Frank Moore in his classic “Anecdotes, Poetry, and Incidents of the War” (New York, 1866).
Nine or ten years ago, a citizen of one of the towns in the eastern part of Massachusetts was unjustly suspected of a crime which the statute connot easily reach, but which deservedly brings upon him the guilty of it the indignation of upright men. There were circumstances which gave color to the suspicion, and the unfortunate gentleman suffered the misery of loss of friends, business and reputation. His sensitive nature could not face these trials, and he fell into a condition of body and mind which alarmed his family. At length, having invested his property where it could be easily managed by his wife, he suddenly disappeared, leaving her a comfortable home and the care of two boys, ten and twelve years old. The first fear that he had sought violent death was partly dispelled by the orderly arrangement of his affairs, and the discovery that a daguerreotype of the family group was missing from the parlor table. Not much effort was made to trace the fugitive. When, afterwards, facts were developed which established his innocence of the crime charged, it was found impossible to communicate with him; and as the publication of the story in the columns of several widely-circulated journals failed to recall him, he was generally supposed to be dead.
At the outbreak of the present civil war, his eldest son, now a young man, was induced by a friend, a captain in a Western regiment, enlist in his company. He carried himself through campaigns into Missouri and Tennessee, and after the capture of Fort Donelson was rewarded with a First Lieutenant’s commission. At the battles of Furfreesboro’ he was wounded in the left arm, but so slightly that he was still able to take charge of a squad of wounded prisoners. While performing this duty, he became aware of one of them, a middle-aged man, with a full, heavy beard was looking at him with fixed attention. The day after the fight, as the officer was passing, the soldier gave the military salute, and said:
“A word with you, if you please, sir. You remind me of an old friend. Are you from New England?”
“I am.”
“From Massachusetts?”
“Yes”
“And your name?”
The young lieutenant told his name, and why he came to serve in a Western regiment.
“I thought so,” said the other, and turning away, he was silent. Although his curiosity was much excited by the soldier’s manner, the officer forbore to question him, and withdrew. But in the afternoon he took occasion to renew the conversation, and expressed the interest awakened in him by the incident of the morning.
“I knew your father,” said the prisoner. “Is he well?”
“We have not seen him for several years. We think he is dead.”
Then followed such an explanation of the circumstances of his disappearance as the young man could give. He had never known the precise nature of the charges against his father, but was able to make it quite clear that his innocence had been established.
“I knew your mother, also,” continued the soldier. “I was in love with her when she married your father.”
“I have a letter dated from her, dated ten days ago. My brother is a nine months’ man at New Orleans.”
After a little desultory conversation the soldier took from under his coat a leather wallet and disclosed a daguerreotype case.
“Will you oblige me,” he said, “by looking at this alone in your tent?” Agitated almost beyond control, the young officer took the case and hurried away. He had seen the picture before! It represented a man and a woman, sitting side by side, with a boy at the knee of each.
The romantic story moved the commander of the division to grant the youth a furlough; and both father and son reached home soon after.
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A BIT OF COMMUNITY............................ 

Check out the following member inputs for comments and requests for information, Feedbacks, Items of 
Interest and Pleas for HELP................ 
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From: MADMANSMOM

I have a question. My great grand father served in the German Homeguard in the Civil War for 3 months. Does this entitle him to the memorial stone that the VA will give free of charge? Does anyone have experience with this sort of thing? Mary

{{{Mary}}} As this is a “German Homeguard” I don’t have a clue. I’ll put this in the newsletter to see if anyone out there knows.....
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From: PinkPJ1934

A question please. Does anyone know anything about a little civil war cemetery on Tubman Road just 
west of Lewiston Road in Appaling [that's near Martinez, and Augusta] Georgia?
I went to see it but could not find it. 
Most sincerely
Pinkpj1934

"Pink" :-( I’ve struck out so far on this little cemetery, but I still I have it on my list to dig up somehow.... In addition, I received an email from the Atlanta Journal Newspaper’s Susan Hardin indicating the following: “
I'm sorry. You've piqued my interest and I've searched our archive for the
place and can't find a thing. However, I'm sure our news research department would do a better job, but they would charge a slight fee. Here's their toll-free number - 1-800-756-4197. Good luck.” *************************************************************************************
From: Docflats

Dear Jim,
So glad you are highlighting Gettysburg. Some time ago we took two of our sons to Gettysburg. Never could I have anticipated the impact of our youngest buying a book of (Gardner and Brady were the photographers I think) photographs and then standing on Seminary Ridge and peering into the Devil's Den. I felt I was walking among the souls. I never truly understood the meaning of hallowed ground before!!!
If I just think of Gettysburg I get a lump in my throat.
If anyone anticipates going there is a motel adjacent to General Lee's headquarters. General Lee's houses a small but magnificent museum. At the time it was free. Someone said that during the war one day the housekeeper had just set the table when a cannon ball whizzed through the front and went out the back over the table and didn't break a dish! I've got three boys and my dishes didn't survive them!
If anyone goes there my suggestion is to hire a personal guide. I witnessed one at work and made me wish that we had. Awsome!
Just Some Observations,
Mary Lou

{{{Mary Lou}}} Heh Heh I loved your analogy to cannonballs and sons...... Thanks for your comments and here’s a piece of information you probably don’t know. GFH TEG is indeed one of those Gettysburg Tour Guides. Tom will love your comment... :-)
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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. 

OUR PROMISE: to provide an "online" environment that is NOT judgemental and to address ALL 
aspects of this "Pivotal Period" in our History, with honesty and truth (where 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 TO YOU "FIRST-TIMERS" THIS WEEK, "Welcome"... :) 

We heartily enjoyed your visit and participation. We relish what members bring to the discussions, and 
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Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events****** 

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

1/28/99 - "Gettysburg Night - Part I" - stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) You'll notice the Part I because there be a ton of these. Soooo we'll have a Gettysburg Night once a month until we do them all.

2/4/99 - OPEN CHAT

2/11/99 - Letters, Songs and Poems Night. Don't forget to send in any that you would like shared.... 
These are great evenings. Come out and enjoy a treat!!

2/18/99 - OPEN CHAT

2/25/99 - "Gettysburg Night - Part II - stories and tales collected over the years by GFH TEG (our own Tom :-)) You'll notice this is Part II and therefore a continuation of Tom's collection. We'll have a Gettysburg Night once a month until we finish.


We'll See You Thursday Night……….! 
Your Hosts 
GFS Jayne, GFH TEG and GFS Jim

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