January 2004 Weekly Firesides

Hear Ye ....       Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 04 January 2004

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

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NOTES FROM THE HOSTS OF THE CIVIL WAR HISTORY CHATS
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We hope you've had a great holiday and we both want to wish you a Very Happy New Year...  We hope you'll find those soldiers you're looking for.  Join us Thursday nights and Friday nights and see if we can help you.   This Thursday and Friday are our special Songs, letters and poems nights.  If you have something you'd like to share, you may "read" it yourself or you can send it to HOST FMLY Bill or HOST FMLY Jayne.

Be sure to check out the Members helping Members section of the newsletter and also the Help Desk.  Maybe you can help someone or maybe you have a question of your own you need help with, just send the info to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com and we'll be sure to get your question in.

We're looking for reviews of the Civil War Books you've read and if you have any Civil War URL's you would like to share with the other readers, please send them to  CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com

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

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

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

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

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

JOIN HOST FMLY Jayne and HOST FMLY Bill...    Thursday 11 PM ET
AND Friday 10 PM ET in the  Ancestral Digs  Room    We will have the same schedule for each night, so if you miss the stories or songs letters and poems on Thurs. night, you can catch then on FRIDAY night!! 

Also on Thursday 8-9PM ET: Trace Your Civil War Ancestors in Ancestral Digs.  Join HOST FMLY Wolfrd and HOST FMLY Heathr to discuss ancestral searches from the Civil War period

You can visit the other Genealogy chats by going to KEYWORD:  Parenting Chats > scroll down to Genealogy, Genealogy 101 or Genealogy, Mugs & Hugs and click.    Be sure to read the Genealogy and History message boards at   Genealogy Community
 > Genealogy:Boards > Historial People, Places & Times (scroll down to War Between the States) (post your questions on them too!!!)

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

http://www.roberteleecwrt.org/reviews.html


Check out some book reviews at the above website.

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--------OUR WEEKLY READING--------
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs,
and Poems evenings)
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AN ODE TO FORGOTTEN MEN
by Frank Benway

They rushed to enlist        
To fight  their War
But some with great agony
Were assigned the Medical Corps
No Valiant fights
No Gallant charges
But Blood and Gore aplenty

Surgeons assistant was avoided
But most were Volunteers
Someday doctors they would be
As the Battle began they prepared
For the carnage soon to come
Doors and boards were the stretchers

Stomach wounds were wrapped
Then left, there was no help for them
The screams began as arms and legs
Were sawed and cut away
Quickly thrown outside
The pile grew, as they sloshed in blood
A sinking odor every where 

There was no wards nor hospital tents
They used what was at hand
For medicine, just Morphine or Laudenum
They dressed the festered wounds
Gangrene was their bain
Those green pussy wounds

Now came the women to the fore
To ease the woundeds pain 
The male nurses were relieved
To join the fighting ranks
The Surgeons assistance still was male
Great strength was needed there
They went unsung for many years
But not by the men they saved
This simple Ode is meant to Thank
Those men of long ago

Ben

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Note from Jayne:  For those of you who don't remember Frank Benway, Ben as everyone called him, he and his wife, Flo, both use to attend the Civil War History chats.  He loved writing poems and shared many of them with us.  He passed away a couple of years ago and is still missed by us all.

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DID YOU KNOW?
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He was relieved of command after the deadly Crater explosion at Petersburg.  After the war he served as governor of Rhode Island from 1866-1869 and then U.S. Senator from 1875-1881.  Who is he?

For the answer, scroll down to just above "The Town Crier"

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

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

Folks, this is YOUR place to ask questions... 
please feel free to use it...  send them to 
CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com
 

Since we are still in the Holidays and folks have been busy, I'm going to leave both of the queries for another week.

I received the following from Phreyor@aol.com
   If you can help, please do so.  You can send your reply to Phreyor@aol.com, and if you would copy us on it so we can put the answer here in the newsletter. 

Hello friends: Does anyone here know anything about a Pre-Civil War Regiment (2nd Missouri Regiment Cavalry Volunteers)? My relative was in this regiment from 1858-1860. He then quit and moved to Illinois were he later join another unit after the war started. Was the 2nd Missouri a Rebel unit? Thanks for any history and help with my mystery. 

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This was received from Shirley, Me in AZ@aol.com   If you can help, please do!!!

I'm compiling the biography of Captain Sally L. Tompkins and am interested in locating any and all information about her, her brothers &sisters, and other family members.  My FamilyTree chart on the families is about 5 feet long.  I have queried the Library of Virginia, Museum of the Confederacy, university library archives, etc.  Some places may be tired of my e-mails since I have queried them so many times.  I have found many interesting items by or about Sally.  Recently received a copy of a letter written in 1837 by her mother.  She had not been to visit a family member because the children had measles.  The other day received 3 letter written by Sally and am in the process of reading them.  They are negatives (black background with white writing) and therefore difficult to read.  I'll get it done though.

If anyone has anything pertaining to Captain Sally and is willing to share with me, they can contact me at my address or by e-mail address (meinaz@aol.com)

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

From:   Bitsobluengray@aol.com 
http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/january2004.htm

Reunio
n  An unusual "incident" of the Civil War involving family
members fighting on opposite sides.

This came thru one of the email lists I belong to.
http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2004/012004/01042004/1204749
"Fighting for piece of History"  Area battlefields brace for encroaching growth and development.

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From:  OhioSoldiers@aol.com 
Confederate Pension Records - NARA

http://www.archives.gov/research_room/genealogy/military/confederate_pension_records

Civil War Records at NARA
http://www.archives.gov/research_room/genealogy/military/civil_war_records.html

How to order Confederate Pension Records
http://www.searchforancestors.com/genhelp/military/confederate.html


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From:  IllinoisCW@aol.com 

Click here: The Civil War Message Board Portal
http://www.history-sites.com/

The Illinois in the Civil War Message Board - Message Index
http://history-sites.net/cgi-bin/boards/ilcwmb/

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From:  An Madra Rua
http://www.cr.nps.gov/seac/Shiloh-2001/shiloh-2001.htm

SEAC archeologists in the field!

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From: Cyndislist of new websites

URL:     http://pacivilwar.com/bios/

TITLE:     Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War - Biographies
DESCRIPTION:     Each Pennsylvania soldier biography contains regiment,
battles fought, injuries and POW details, if any, as well as birthplace,
birthdate, parents, spouse, children, residence and occupation before and
after the War.
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URL:     http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation

TITLE:     Robert E. Lee Historical Site
DESCRIPTION:     This site contains extensive Robert E. Lee research
material including photos, paintings, Lee's letters to his family and other
essential Lee material.

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URL:     http://www.sonofthesouth.net

TITLE:     Civil War Art Collector
DESCRIPTION:     This site has extensive, original illustrations from the
Civil War, as they appeared in the pages of Harper's Weekly.  Extensive
Slavery material is included.

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From:   DASHMOM@aol.com  The following was in one of the maillists she belongs to  PHILLY-ROOTS-L@rootsweb.com:

As posted to the list by Gene Stackhouse:

The Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library, 4278 Griscom St., Philadelphia, PA 19124-3954 (215-289-6484, http://www.garmuslib.org ) has 720 original applications for membership for the Ellis Post #6 of the GAR, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, dating from 1869 to 1940.
I have recently transcribed these applications. Copies of the transcriptions are available from me, from the GAR Museum and Library, and from the Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144,  (215-844-0514),
http://www.germantownhistory.org

I will be posting the names from these applications, a few at a time, over the next few weeks. Anyone interested in receiving copies of any of these transcriptions can contact me at genestackhouse@msn.com or may contact either of the above two institutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Answer to Did you know....    Ambrose Everett Burnside

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

January 12-13  Reconstruction: The Second Civil War airing on PBS's American Experience. This two-part documentary that tells the little-known story of the post-Civil War years will air on public television stations nationwide; check local listings! For press inquiries only, contact Daphne B. Noyes at 617-300-5344.

January 17    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Witness
Civil War Encampment at the Mansfield State Historic Site in Mansfield, LA. Authentically uniformed volunteers will portray a typical Civil War encampment in the field. Learn about the daily life of a Civil War soldier including diet, uniforms, equipment and weapons used. For more information, call 1-888-677-6267 toll free or 318-872-1474 locally.

January 17    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Come to enjoy
Living History Day at Fort DeRussy at the Fort Derussy State Historic Site in Marksville, LA. The Marksville State Historic Site staff invites visitors to Fort DeRussy, off La. Hwys. 1 and 1192, north of Marksville, to observe reenactors demonstrating various aspects of Civil War life. Activities will include cannon firing demonstrations, small arms displays, tours of Fort DeRussy and a game of Civil War baseball. For more information, call 1-888-253-8954 toll free or 318-253-8954 locally.

January 17-18  “Defending the Bay,” 20th Annual “Surrender of Fort Gaines,” Dauphin Island, AL. 9 a.m. re-creation of 1861 surrender of Federals to Alabama Volunteer Corps, living history activities, guided candlelight tour 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Sloppy Beagle Mess.
For more information, contact:
Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528, (251) 861-6992; www.dauphinisland.org


January 24   11 AM - 2 PM  Come to learn more about
Civil War Surgery and Medicine at the Mansfield State Historic Site in Mansfield, LA. A site historian will explain the medical treatment of soldiers during the Civil War. A reproduction amputation field kit will be on display. For more information, call 1-888-677-6267 toll free or 318-872-1474 locally.

January 31 - Feb 1    Florida, Mt. Dora  Battle of Townsend’s Plantation & Civil War Festival, Renninger’s Antique Center, Mt. Dora, 10-5. Battles Saturday at 3, Sunday at 2. Living history exhibits, ladies’ tea, dress ball with 97th Regimental String Band, chapel service, folk music, pre-battle concerts. All branches welcome, bounty for cavalry & artillery, cash prizes. Sutlers must pre-register. Admission $5, children under 12 $2. Sponsored by the Offices of Clay Townsend Esq.
 
For more information, contact:
Stacy or Clay, (407) 422-2956, Claytownsend@Bellsouth.net
. Reenactors: Mike Hardy, 37th Alabama, (407) 880-4575, mhardy@jag.net. Sutlers: Dennis Grenier, (407) 240-6754

February 7  11 AM - 3 PM   Frederick, MD  - Living History 
Confederate Surgeon presentation by Jason Grabill, 11-3, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick. Demonstration, discussion of Civil War era surgical practices, techniques, challenges.
 
For more information, contact:
(301) 695-1864


February 7   Elizabeth City, North Carolina - Living History
Civil War Naval Living History, Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City. Encampment, demonstrations, lectures & displays including artillery, shipbuilding, navigation, medical.
 
For more information, contact:
Museum of the Albemarle, (252) 335-1453, howard.draper@ncmail.net


February 7  Philadelphia, PA  Lincoln Day Annual Lincoln Day Parade and Honor Ceremony, Union League of Philadelphia. Participants meet by 11 a.m. in General Meade Room. Free luncheon, honor ceremony, parade through the city to Lincoln Monument, reception. No charge. Bring wreaths, music, colors. Military, civilians welcome.
 
For more information, contact:
registration, (215) 587-5592, (215) 204-5452, mundyj@unionleague.org
, andy.waskie@temple.edu

February  13 - 15   8 am - 4 pm  Olustee Battle Historic  State Park near Lake City, FL
140th Anniversary Battle of Olustee Reenactment at Olustee Battle Historic State Park near Lake City. 8-4 daily. Battles Saturday & Sunday, overnight cavalry campaign. Full-scale artillery, infantry, cavalry. Recruiting for 8th & 35th USCT, 54th Massachusetts. Ladies’ tea, civilian activities, medical demonstration, storytelling, Friday Education Day, period music, church services, evening ball for reenactors. No reenactor fee.
 
For more information, contact:
(386) 397-7009 or (386) 758-0400, Martha.J.Nelson@dep.state.fl.us
; http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.edu/Olustee/

February  13 - 15  Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, NC 
4th annual living history weekend commemorating 142nd anniversary of the Battle of Roanoke Island at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. After February 1862 victory the Union established camps and a freedmen’s colony. Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-3. Soldiers, sailors, artillery demonstrations, period crafts, presentations, lectures, children’s activities. Admission free for park ticketholders, $5 donation per family suggested for others.
 
For more information, contact:
(252) 475-1500.

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

January 8 & 9, 2004 - The Special Songs, letters and poems night.  If you have any one of the three things you'd like to share with the room, feel free to send them to HOST FMLY Bill@aol.com or HOST FMLY Jayne@aol.com

January 15 & 16, 2004  - OPEN CHAT with some Civil War Trivia questions added

January 22 & 23, 2004 - Vicksburg and Chattanooga by James L. Walker

January 29 & 30, 2004 - OPEN CHAT with more Civil War Trivia :D

We'll See You Thursday and/or Friday Night. 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT

Bill and Jayne  :-)

Hear Ye ....       Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 11 January 2004

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

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NOTES FROM THE HOSTS OF THE CIVIL WAR HISTORY CHATS
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This week in the American Civil War History Chats we will have OPEN CHAT... and there might just be a few trivia questions thrown in.  :) 

I talked to former HOST GFS Jim and he is doing well. There was sadness for the Walker family during the holidays as Jim's 91 year old mother suffered a stroke and passed away.  Jim is back working hard as usual and he promises me he will try to stop in to see us. 

Be sure to check out the Members helping Members section of the newsletter and also the Help Desk.  Maybe you can help someone or maybe you have a question of your own you need help with, just send the info to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com and we'll be sure to get your question in.

We're looking for reviews of the Civil War Books you've read and if you have any Civil War URL's you would like to share with the other readers, please send them to  CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com

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

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

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

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

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

JOIN HOST FMLY Jayne and HOST FMLY Bill...    Thursday 11 PM ET
AND Friday 10 PM ET in the  Ancestral Digs  Room    The "program" will not necessarily be the same both nights.  We will still have our  Songs, Letters and poems nights the 2nd Thursday of the month and the Friday following. Watch the schedule below to see what we're up to. 

Also on Thursday 8-9PM ET: Trace Your Civil War Ancestors in Ancestral Digs.  Join HOST FMLY Wolfrd and HOST FMLY Heathr to discuss ancestral searches from the Civil War period

You can visit the other Genealogy chats by going to KEYWORD:  Parenting Chats > scroll down to Genealogy, Genealogy 101 or Genealogy and click.    Be sure to read the Genealogy and History message boards at   Genealogy Community
 > Genealogy:Boards > Historial People, Places & Times (scroll down to War Between the States) (post your questions on them too!!!)

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

http://www.roberteleecwrt.org/reviews.html


Check out some book reviews at the above website.

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--------OUR WEEKLY READING--------
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs,
and Poems evenings)
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This poem came from someone in
the TreeHouse a while back, her
grandmother had copied it out of a
Philadelphia paper.  It was believed to
have been written around 1864
.
DON'T TELL ME THE NEWS
by unknown
.
Don't tell me the news!
The sad news any more.
Falling from lips like a knell;
It is the very same story o're and o're;
How they fought, and bled, and fell--
How our brothers fought, till the death angel came.
And ended the bloody strife
How our brothers fell, breathing low a loved ones name
Or a struggling prayer for life.
How they moaned and died on the cold, cold sod
Without one token of love,
Not even a drop of cold water--O God!
And the rain-clouds just above.
A letter! thank god, he is spared still to me
But- look again - what is this?
The writing is strange - he was hurired
No, no, this never was his,
Filled! how we start! our hearts stand still in their place
Ah! - twas a ball struck us there;
We grow faint - try to pray, but a white dead face
Comes betwee God and our prayer.
Killed! shot through the heart! yes, tis his heart
They shot through. these arms will fold
His form to this heart nevermore.  O the smell
How dark it has grown, and cold -
So cold and dark! the world is so cold and dark
A dark, cold world, at the best.
My heart, like a lone dove lost from the ark
Can find for itself no rest -
Can find no rest, no warmth, no love any more
O darling come back again,
Come and take me home to the beautiful shore
Beyond this sorrow and pain.

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DID YOU KNOW?
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What distinction did the 69th North Carolina (C.S.A.) have?

For the answer, scroll down to just above "The Town Crier"

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

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

Folks, this is YOUR place to ask questions... 
please feel free to use it...  send them to
CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com


  If you get an answer to your
quesiton, please let us know.

This was received from Gay GLea472968@aol.com

My GT GF's name was Henry F ( Frelinguysen ) Woodmansee, born 2 Aug 1844, Exeter, RI, died 9 Jan 1930 Wyoming, RI, married Lavina James 2 Oct 1867.
 
He initially served under a William H Hamners Company A 3rd Regmt RI Artillery. discharged 4 Aug 1865. He enlisted 24 March 1864. According to his Military Records, it shows him mustering in, on 11 April 1862. On April 10 1864 his records show him in Morris Island , SC serving as a Nurse for the Battalion and Regmt Hospital. His Battles included, Fort Sumpter, Seccessionville,Hilton Head, SC, Battery A, Shermans Expedition Corp . Under an Article, " A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion " by Frederick Dyer Pg's 1630, 234, 237, 239,
His duties following the war, included, House of Representatives 1906-1909, from 1919-1922 Postmaster of Wyoming, RI, Town Councilman of Richmond, RI. He was one of 3 last members of the Lincoln Post Grand Army of the Replublic, Hope Valley, RI. I only wish I could have met our fathers, GF

If anyone might have any further information, it will be appreciated.  I hope I didn't give you to much here and thank you.

Gay

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This was received from Jean , JeanAjca@aol.com
Look for information on SAMUEL CALDWELL, AMOS P. CALDWELL, half Brothers who served under CAPTAIN HENRY DICKERSON CALDWELL, Company L, 5th Calvary Unit, Illinois, entered at Effingham, Illinois. 
 
Anything you can find on them, I would appreciate it a lot! 

Jean...   we'll put these in here this week and see if anyone can help out.  I might tell you though that IllinoisCW@aol.com is our resident "Illinois expert"  You might want to drop him a line.

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I received the following from Phreyor@aol.com   If you can help, please do so.  You can send your reply to Phreyor@aol.com, and if you would copy us on it so we can put the answer here in the newsletter. 

Hello friends: Does anyone here know anything about a Pre-Civil War Regiment (2nd Missouri Regiment Cavalry Volunteers)? My relative was in this regiment from 1858-1860. He then quit and moved to Illinois were he later join another unit after the war started. Was the 2nd Missouri a Rebel unit? Thanks for any history and help with my mystery.

Phreyor....   Here's an answer from our ol' friend Jimmy Walker..

The two Federal regiments indicated don't seem to fit the dates being mentioned, but they were the only "2nd" Missouri Cav Regiments formed for the Union.  One of my ancestors was in "Merrill's Horse" as was recruited in Macon, Missouri.  I don't think any of the Confederate Cav Regiments (and there was a 2nd Confederate Missouri Cav Reg) were organized any sooner.  (Will have to check Sifikas Confederate HIstories) There may have been some state militia organized earlier because of all the travail going on in Missouri before the Civil War actually started and Lincoln called for troops.  That will take a little more digging on Missouri State history.

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This was received from Shirley, Me in AZ@aol.com   If you can help, please do!!!

I'm compiling the biography of Captain Sally L. Tompkins and am interested in locating any and all information about her, her brothers &sisters, and other family members. 

If anyone has anything pertaining to Captain Sally L. Tompkins and is willing to share with me, they can contact me at my address or by e-mail address (meinaz@aol.com). 

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

From:   Bitsobluengray@aol.com

"Who Was Robert E. Lee"
submitted by Calvin Johnson

http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/who_was_robert_e_lee.htm

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From: Cyndislist of new websites

URL:   http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/news/articles/4025.asp?rc=locale%7E&us=0
TITLE:     Getting the Most Out of the Civil War Pension Index, Part I
DESCRIPTION:     .

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URL:     http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/news/articles/4056.asp
TITLE:     Getting the Most Out of the Civil War Pension Index, Part II
DESCRIPTION:     .

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URL:     http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/news/articles/4005.asp
TITLE:     Getting the Most Out of the Civil War Pension Index, Part III
DESCRIPTION:     .

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URL:     http://pacivilwar.com/bios/
TITLE:     Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War - Biographies
DESCRIPTION:     Each Pennsylvania soldier biography contains regiment,
battles fought, injuries and POW details, if any, as well as birthplace,
birthdate, parents, spouse, children, residence, and occupation before and
after the War.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Answer to Did you know....    Two companies of Cherokee Indians

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

January 17    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Witness Civil War Encampment at the Mansfield State Historic Site in Mansfield, LA. Authentically uniformed volunteers will portray a typical Civil War encampment in the field. Learn about the daily life of a Civil War soldier including diet, uniforms, equipment and weapons used. For more information, call 1-888-677-6267 toll free or 318-872-1474 locally.

January 17    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Come to enjoy
Living History Day at Fort DeRussy at the Fort Derussy State Historic Site in Marksville, LA. The Marksville State Historic Site staff invites visitors to Fort DeRussy, off La. Hwys. 1 and 1192, north of Marksville, to observe reenactors demonstrating various aspects of Civil War life. Activities will include cannon firing demonstrations, small arms displays, tours of Fort DeRussy and a game of Civil War baseball. For more information, call 1-888-253-8954 toll free or 318-253-8954 locally.

January 17-18  “Defending the Bay,” 20th Annual “Surrender of Fort Gaines,” Dauphin Island, AL. 9 a.m. re-creation of 1861 surrender of Federals to Alabama Volunteer Corps, living history activities, guided candlelight tour 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Sloppy Beagle Mess.
For more information, contact:
Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528, (251) 861-6992; www.dauphinisland.org


January 24   11 AM - 2 PM  Come to learn more about
Civil War Surgery and Medicine at the Mansfield State Historic Site in Mansfield, LA. A site historian will explain the medical treatment of soldiers during the Civil War. A reproduction amputation field kit will be on display. For more information, call 1-888-677-6267 toll free or 318-872-1474 locally.

January 31 - Feb 1    Florida, Mt. Dora  Battle of Townsend’s Plantation & Civil War Festival, Renninger’s Antique Center, Mt. Dora, 10-5. Battles Saturday at 3, Sunday at 2. Living history exhibits, ladies’ tea, dress ball with 97th Regimental String Band, chapel service, folk music, pre-battle concerts. All branches welcome, bounty for cavalry & artillery, cash prizes. Sutlers must pre-register. Admission $5, children under 12 $2. Sponsored by the Offices of Clay Townsend Esq.
 
For more information, contact:
Stacy or Clay, (407) 422-2956, Claytownsend@Bellsouth.net
. Reenactors: Mike Hardy, 37th Alabama, (407) 880-4575, mhardy@jag.net. Sutlers: Dennis Grenier, (407) 240-6754

February 7  11 AM - 3 PM   Frederick, MD  - Living History 
Confederate Surgeon presentation by Jason Grabill, 11-3, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick. Demonstration, discussion of Civil War era surgical practices, techniques, challenges.
 
For more information, contact:
(301) 695-1864


February 7   Elizabeth City, North Carolina - Living History
Civil War Naval Living History, Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City. Encampment, demonstrations, lectures & displays including artillery, shipbuilding, navigation, medical.
 
For more information, contact:
Museum of the Albemarle, (252) 335-1453, howard.draper@ncmail.net


February 7  Philadelphia, PA  Lincoln Day Annual Lincoln Day Parade and Honor Ceremony, Union League of Philadelphia. Participants meet by 11 a.m. in General Meade Room. Free luncheon, honor ceremony, parade through the city to Lincoln Monument, reception. No charge. Bring wreaths, music, colors. Military, civilians welcome.
 
For more information, contact:
registration, (215) 587-5592, (215) 204-5452, mundyj@unionleague.org
, andy.waskie@temple.edu

February  13 - 15   8 am - 4 pm  Olustee Battle Historic  State Park near Lake City, FL
140th Anniversary Battle of Olustee Reenactment at Olustee Battle Historic State Park near Lake City. 8-4 daily. Battles Saturday & Sunday, overnight cavalry campaign. Full-scale artillery, infantry, cavalry. Recruiting for 8th & 35th USCT, 54th Massachusetts. Ladies’ tea, civilian activities, medical demonstration, storytelling, Friday Education Day, period music, church services, evening ball for reenactors. No reenactor fee.
 
For more information, contact:
(386) 397-7009 or (386) 758-0400, Martha.J.Nelson@dep.state.fl.us
; http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.edu/Olustee/

February  13 - 15  Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, NC 
4th annual living history weekend commemorating 142nd anniversary of the Battle of Roanoke Island at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. After February 1862 victory the Union established camps and a freedmen’s colony. Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-3. Soldiers, sailors, artillery demonstrations, period crafts, presentations, lectures, children’s activities. Admission free for park ticketholders, $5 donation per family suggested for others.
 
For more information, contact:
(252) 475-1500.

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

January 8 & 9, 2004 - The Special Songs, letters and poems nights.  If you have any one of the three things you'd like to share with the room, feel free to send them to HOST FMLY Bill@aol.com or HOST FMLY Jayne@aol.com

January 15 & 16, 2004  - OPEN CHAT with some Civil War Trivia questions added

January 22, 2004 - Vicksburg and Chattanooga by James L. Walker
January 23, 2004 - Vicksburg and Chattanooga if enough interested...

January 29 & 30, 2004 - OPEN CHAT with more Civil War Trivia :D


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

Bill and Jayne  :-)

Hear Ye ....       Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 18 January 2004

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

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NOTES FROM THE HOSTS OF THE CIVIL WAR HISTORY CHATS
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This week in the American Civil War History Chats we have scheduled a story about Vicksburg and Chattanooga which has been done in the past by our ol' friend Jim Walker.  However........    I have been summoned for a Capital Murder Trial jury and won't know till Wed whether I'm chosen to serve.  If I am chosen, I'm going to have to go to bed early so probably won't be able to host the Thursday night room.  I'm going to make Thursday night an OPEN CHAT and then Friday we'll do the Vicksburg and Chattanooga story.   Bill has been suffering with a terrible case of shingles, so I don't know if he'll be in the room Friday night or not.   I'll no doubt be able to be in the Friday night chat.

Be sure to check out the Members helping Members section of the newsletter and also the Help Desk.  Maybe you can help someone or maybe you have a question of your own you need help with, just send the info to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com and we'll be sure to get your question in.

We're still looking for reviews of the Civil War Books you've read and if you have any Civil War URL's you would like to share with the other readers, please send them to  CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com

I've got a special project going on for the Bits of Blue and Gray website. I'm going to put back issues of the Weekly Fireside newsletter on the site.  I need to get more of them programmed before I upload them.   I'll let you know here when I've added them.  I think you'll enjoy them. 

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

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

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

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

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

JOIN HOST FMLY Jayne and HOST FMLY Bill...    Thursday 11 PM ET
AND Friday 10 PM ET in the  Ancestral Digs  Room    The "program" will not necessarily be the same both nights.  We will still have our  Songs, Letters and poems nights the 2nd Thursday of the month and the Friday following. Watch the schedule below to see what we're up to. 

Also on Thursday 8-9PM ET: Trace Your Civil War Ancestors in Ancestral Digs.  Join HOST FMLY Wolfrd and HOST FMLY Heathr to discuss ancestral searches from the Civil War period

You can visit the other Genealogy chats by going to KEYWORD:  Parenting Chats > scroll down to Genealogy, Genealogy 101 or Genealogy and click.    Be sure to read the Genealogy and History message boards at   Genealogy Community
 > Genealogy:Boards > Historial People, Places & Times (scroll down to War Between the States) (post your questions on them too!!!)

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

http://www.roberteleecwrt.org/reviews.html


Check out some book reviews at the above website.

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--------OUR WEEKLY READING--------
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs,
and Poems evenings)
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This was sent to us way back in August 1998 by Ike and Nancy Watrous, I'm sure they won't mind if I share this once again. 

ROLL-CALL
by Nathaniel Graham Shepherd

The spirit of Shepherd's somber poem, "Roll Call" lives in images of the burial parties of countless brigades, but is especially reflected in the Old Vermont Brigade. Many occasions arose in the Old Vermont Brigade for forming burial parties; for these soldiers belonged to the brigade that suffered the greatest loss of life of any one brigade during th war. 1,172 of its men were either killed in battle or died of wounds.  The same five regiments that lay in Camp Griffin, near Washington, D.C., in 1861 marched together in the Grand Review on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington in 1865.  When their term of enlistment expired in 1864, they had all re-enlisted and preserved the existence of the brigade.  It was famous also for being composed entirely of troops from one State. It contained the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Vermont Infantry, and later the First Vermont Heavy Artillery.  It was in this respect conspicuous in the Union Army, which did not adopt the Confederate policy of grouping regiments from the same State in brigades.  The gallant record of the Vermont Brigade was nowhere more conspicuous than in the Wilderness Campaign.  The first five regiments lost in the battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864: 195 killed, 1,017 wounded, and 57 missing, making a total of 1, 269.  Within a week its loss had amounted to 58 percent of the number engaged.  The words of the poet are therefore no merely fanciful pciture of frightful loss in battle.  There were a dozen battles in which the federal armies alone lost more than 10,000 men, enough to populate a city, and it has been estimated that the totals on both sides amounted to more than 700,000 killed and wounded.  When it is recalled that most of these were young men who in the natural course of events had many years of usefulness yet to live for their
country, the cost to the American nation is simply appalling.  This is entirely aside from the many sorrowing mourners for the heroes of the Old Vermont Brigade and for many others who failed on the battlefield to answer "here" at roll-call.

"Corporal Green!" the Orderly cried;
"Here!" was the answer loud and clean,
From the lips of a soldier who stood near, - 
And "Here" was the word the next replied.

"Cyrus Drew!" - then a silence fell;
This time no answer followed the call;
Only his rear-man had seen him fall:
Killed or wounded - he could not tell.

There they stood in the failing light,
These men of battle, with grave, dark looks,
As plain to be read as open books,
While slowly gathered the shades of night.

The fern on the hilsides was spashed with blood
And down in the corn where the poppies grew
Were redder stains than the poppies knew,
And crimson-dyed was the river's flood.

For the foe had crossed from the other side,
That day in the face of murderous fire
That swept them down in its terrible ire;
And their life-blood went to color the tide.

"Herbert Cline!" - At the call there came
Two stalwart soldiers into the line
Bearing between them this Herbert Cline,
Wounded and bleeding to answer his name.

"Ezra Kerr!" - and a voice answered "Here!"
"Hiram Kerr!" - but no man replied.
They were brothers, these two; the sad wind sighed,
And a shudder crept through the cornfield near.

"Ephraim Deane!" - then a soldier spoke:
"Deane carried our regiments colors," he said,
"When our ensign was shot: I left him dead
Just after the enemy wavered and broke.

"Close to the roadside his body lies;
I paused a moment and gave him to drink;
He murmured his mother's name, I think,
And Death came with it and closed his eyes.

'Twas a victory, yes; but it cost us dear:
For that company's roll, when called at night
Of a hundred men who went into the fight
Numbered but twenty that answered "Here!"

Published in PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR,
Vol 9, pub 1911

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DID YOU KNOW?
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Another family.....   In 1810, a father imprisoned for owing money, released in the spring of the year.  Mother and father consider their situation and decide they cannot afford to remain at the grand family estate in Westmoreland County, Virginia.  They travel north by carriage to take up residence in a small house in Alexandria, across the Potomac from the newly established Federal capital.
Young Robert was three years old as his parents passed into "genteel poverty."  But not into a gently life.  Two years later, his military-hero father, Henry "Lighthouse Harry" Lee, once governor of Virginia and a congressman, was beaten and mutilated by a mob in Baltimore.  Recovering with difficulty, left disfigured, broken in spirit, he made his farewells in 1813 to family, commonwealth, and contry ... all for a new life in Barbados.  he meant to return soon, and after a few years, he indeed was on his way back.  But he fell ill aboard ship, went ashore at Cumberland Island, Georgia, and died there March 25, 1818.  Son Robert I. by then was just eleven years old.

.............and there you have it 

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THE HELP DESK

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

Folks, this is YOUR place to ask questions... 
please feel free to use it...  send them to
CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com

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

From:   Bitsobluengray@aol.com

http://pacivilwar.com/pow/
Confederate and Union Prisoners of the War - POWs - Genealogy
Type in a name and it will do a search for you or if you scroll down you will see the various prisons listed where various types of searches can be done.

http://www.cyndislist.com/cw.htm#Mailing
Mailing Lists, Newsgroups and Chat


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From one of the maillists I belong to.

In Celebration of General Robert E. Lees Birthday - January 19.
One of Americas Greatest Heroes!

http://www.dixierising.com/eCard/DixieDay.php?view=1&id=185990 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

January 24   11 AM - 2 PM  Come to learn more about
Civil War Surgery and Medicine at the Mansfield State Historic Site in Mansfield, LA. A site historian will explain the medical treatment of soldiers during the Civil War. A reproduction amputation field kit will be on display. For more information, call 1-888-677-6267 toll free or 318-872-1474 locally.

January 31 - Feb 1    Florida, Mt. Dora  Battle of Townsend’s Plantation & Civil War Festival, Renninger’s Antique Center, Mt. Dora, 10-5. Battles Saturday at 3, Sunday at 2. Living history exhibits, ladies’ tea, dress ball with 97th Regimental String Band, chapel service, folk music, pre-battle concerts. All branches welcome, bounty for cavalry & artillery, cash prizes. Sutlers must pre-register. Admission $5, children under 12 $2. Sponsored by the Offices of Clay Townsend Esq.
 
For more information, contact:
Stacy or Clay, (407) 422-2956, Claytownsend@Bellsouth.net
. Reenactors: Mike Hardy, 37th Alabama, (407) 880-4575, mhardy@jag.net. Sutlers: Dennis Grenier, (407) 240-6754

February 7  11 AM - 3 PM   Frederick, MD  - Living History 
Confederate Surgeon presentation by Jason Grabill, 11-3, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick. Demonstration, discussion of Civil War era surgical practices, techniques, challenges.
 
For more information, contact:
(301) 695-1864


February 7   Elizabeth City, North Carolina - Living History
Civil War Naval Living History, Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City. Encampment, demonstrations, lectures & displays including artillery, shipbuilding, navigation, medical.
 
For more information, contact:
Museum of the Albemarle, (252) 335-1453, howard.draper@ncmail.net


February 7  Philadelphia, PA  Lincoln Day Annual Lincoln Day Parade and Honor Ceremony, Union League of Philadelphia. Participants meet by 11 a.m. in General Meade Room. Free luncheon, honor ceremony, parade through the city to Lincoln Monument, reception. No charge. Bring wreaths, music, colors. Military, civilians welcome.
 
For more information, contact:
registration, (215) 587-5592, (215) 204-5452, mundyj@unionleague.org
, andy.waskie@temple.edu

February  13 - 15   8 am - 4 pm  Olustee Battle Historic  State Park near Lake City, FL
140th Anniversary Battle of Olustee Reenactment at Olustee Battle Historic State Park near Lake City. 8-4 daily. Battles Saturday & Sunday, overnight cavalry campaign. Full-scale artillery, infantry, cavalry. Recruiting for 8th & 35th USCT, 54th Massachusetts. Ladies’ tea, civilian activities, medical demonstration, storytelling, Friday Education Day, period music, church services, evening ball for reenactors. No reenactor fee.
 
For more information, contact:
(386) 397-7009 or (386) 758-0400, Martha.J.Nelson@dep.state.fl.us
; http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.edu/Olustee/

February  13 - 15  Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, NC 
4th annual living history weekend commemorating 142nd anniversary of the Battle of Roanoke Island at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. After February 1862 victory the Union established camps and a freedmen’s colony. Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-3. Soldiers, sailors, artillery demonstrations, period crafts, presentations, lectures, children’s activities. Admission free for park ticketholders, $5 donation per family suggested for others.
 
For more information, contact:
(252) 475-1500.

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


January 22, 2004 - OPEN CHAT (Jayne may not be available due to jury duty.
January 23, 2004 - Vicksburg and Chattanooga

January 29 & 30, 2004 - OPEN CHAT with more Civil War Trivia :D

February 5 & 6, 2004 - to be announced

February 12 & 13, 2004 - Our special Songs letters and poems nights.  If you would like to share something sent from your ancestor during the war, please send to HOST FMLY Jayne and HOST FMLY Bill


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

Bill and Jayne  :-)

Hear Ye ....       Hear Ye

"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 25 January 2004


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NOTES FROM THE HOSTS OF THE CIVIL WAR HISTORY CHATS
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Our Thursday and Friday chats were great last week, I hope you were able to join us.  Thursday night we had open chat talking about several subjects.... the diet of a soldier as compared to ours, restoration of cemeteries and state laws governing old cemeteries, grave markers, tours, prisons, museums and Morgan's Raiders.  Friday night we told the story of Vicksburg and Chattanooga and Bill gave us some strange and interesting facts about the Civil War. 

Check in with us this coming Thurs and Friday.  It will be Open Chat and I'm sure we'll find some trivia questions we can ask  ;)

Be sure to check out the Members helping Members section of the newsletter and also the Help Desk.  Maybe you can help someone or maybe you have a question of your own you need help with, just send the info to CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com and we'll be sure to get your question in.

We're still looking for reviews of the Civil War Books you've read and if you have any Civil War URL's you would like to share with the other readers, please send them to  CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com

I've got a special project going on for the Bits of Blue and Gray website. I'm going to put back issues of the Weekly Fireside newsletter on the site.  I need to get more of them added before I upload them.   I'll let you know here when they've been added to the site.  I think you'll enjoy them. 

When going over the old Weekly Firesides, I found a feature we use to have in the Newsletter....   Music to search by....   :D    While I'm not researching, I I am working on the newsletter and listening to a CD called "Remembrance" by tenor John McDermott.  The Songs go back to the Civil War, with the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."  They display the many faces of remembrances.  Some of the songs are "Roses of Picardy," "I'll Be Seeing You," "The Green Fields of France," "Shenandoah," and about 12 others. 

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

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

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

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

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

JOIN HOST FMLY Jayne and HOST FMLY Bill...    Thursday 11 PM ET
AND Friday 10 PM ET in the  Ancestral Digs  Room    The "program" will not necessarily be the same both nights.  We will still have our  Songs, Letters and poems nights the 2nd Thursday of the month and the Friday following. Watch the schedule below to see what we're up to. 

Also on Thursday 8-9PM ET: Trace Your Civil War Ancestors in Ancestral Digs.  Join HOST FMLY Wolfrd and HOST FMLY Heathr to discuss ancestral searches from the Civil War period

You can visit the other Genealogy chats by going to KEYWORD:  Parenting Chats > scroll down to Genealogy or Genealogy 101 and click.    Be sure to read the Genealogy and History message boards at   Genealogy Community
 > Genealogy:Boards > Historial People, Places & Times (scroll down to War Between the States) (post your questions on them too!!!)

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

From:  Hugh W36

WHITE DOVES AT MORNING.
By James Lee Burke.
Simon & Schuster


I had to finish reading this book about the US Civil War in a hurry because when I telephoned my local branch library to renew it, I was told that there was a waiting list.

The writer, James Lee Burke, is well known for his 12 published detective stories and his prose was fluent and easy to read but I hardly like reading about civilization at its lowest ebb.

The scenes are beautifully set and the period detail seemed  to be authentic, but the sordid facts of violence. prostitution, rape, dead children, horrible planters and white trash overseers, and slavery, did not make an enjoyable read.

In reality the gruesomeness and aftermath of war is all too well known to me, but with a brilliant director this book  could be an Oscar winning film in the style of Mississipi Burning - which I have always refused to see because of the inhumanity of the subject.

Burke wrote a quaint epilogue telling the reader what happened to the characters, a bit silly really, because he should have written a sequel, or even a trilology, not that I would read it or them, but as part of the business of writing for a living, it would seem to be a good commercial idea.

Hugh Watkins

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http://www.roberteleecwrt.org/reviews.html


Check out some other book reviews at the above website.

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--------OUR WEEKLY READING--------
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs,
and Poems evenings)
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Adieu to a Soldier
Walt Whitman
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ADIEU O soldier,
You of the rude campaigning, (which we shared,)
The rapid march, the life of the camp,
The hot contention of opposing fronts, the long manoeuvre,
Red battles with their slaughter, the stimulus, the strong terrific game,
Spell of all brave and manly hearts, the trains of time through you and like of you all fill'd,
With war and war's expression.
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Adieu dear comrade,
Your mission is fulfill'd- but I, more warlike,
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Myself and this contentious soul of mine,
Still on our own campaigning bound,
Through untried roads with ambushes opponents lined,
Through many a sharp defeat and many a crisis, often baffled,
Here marching, ever marching on, a war fight out- aye here,
To fiercer, weightier battles give expression.
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Source:  http://members.tripod.com/~DizzyDi2/

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DID YOU KNOW?
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In case you ever wondered why a large number of your ancestors
  disappeared during a certain period in history, this might help.

Epidemics have always had a great influence on people - and thus
  influencing, as well, the genealogists trying to trace them.  Many
  cases of people disappearing from records can be traced to dying
  during an epidemic or moving away from the affected area.  Some
  of the major epidemics in the United States are listed below:

  1657    Boston                                 Measles
  1687    Boston                                  Measles
  1690    New York                              Yellow Fever
  1713    Boston                                  Measles
  1729    Boston                                  Measles
  1732-3  Worldwide                             Influenza
  1738    South Carolina                       Smallpox
  1739-40 Boston                                  Measles
  1747    CT,NY,PA,SC                         Measles
  1759    N. Amer [areas inhabited by white people]       Measles
  1761    N. Amer and West Indies                 Influenza
  1772    N. America                              Measles
  1775    N. Amer [especially hard in NE] epidemic        Unknown
  1775-6  Worldwide [one of the worst epidemics]  Influenza
  1783    Dover, DE ["extremely fatal"]        Bilious Disorder
  1788    Philadelphia and New York                       Measles
  1793    Vermont [a "putrid" fever] and          Influenza
  1793    VA [killed 500 in 5 counties in 4 weeks]        Influenza
  1793    Philadelphia [one of the worst epidemics]       Yellow Fever
  1793    Harrisburg, PA [many unexplained deaths]        Unknown
  1793    Middletown, PA [many mysterious deaths] Unknown
  1794    Philadelphia, PA                                Yellow Fever
  1796-7  Philadelphia, PA                          Yellow Fever
  1798    Philadelphia, PA [one of the worst]       Yellow Fever
  1803    New York                                        Yellow Fever
  1820-3  Nationwide [starts-Schuylkill River and spreads]   "Fever"
  1831-2  Nationwide [brought by English emigrants]   Asiatic Cholera
  1832    NY City and other major cities          Cholera
  1837    Philadelphia                            Typhus
  1841    Nationwide [especially severe in the south]   Yellow Fever
  1847    New Orleans                             Yellow Fever
  1847-8  Worldwide                               Influenza
  1848-9  North America                           Cholera
  1850    Nationwide                              Yellow Fever
  1850-1  North America                           Influenza
  1852    Nationwide [New Orleans-8,000 die in summer]   Yellow Fever
  1855    Nationwide [many parts]                 Yellow Fever
  1857-9  Worldwide [one of the greated epidemics]        Influenza
  1860-1  Pennsylvania                            Smallpox
  1865-73 Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans}  {Smallpox
          Baltimore, Memphis, Washington DC}              {Cholera
          [A series of recurring epidemics of:}           {Typhus
                                                  {Typhoid
                                                 {Scarlet Fever
                                                  {Yellow Fever
  1873-5  N. America and Europe                   Influenza
  1878    New Orleans [last great epidemic]               Yellow Fever
  1885    Plymouth, PA                            Typhoid
  1886    Jacksonville, FL                                Yellow Fever
  1918    Worldwide[high point yr] more people were       {Influenza
          hospitalized in WWI from this epidemic than
          wounds.  US Army training camps became
          death camps, with 80% death rate in some
          camps
Finally, these specific instances of cholera were mentioned:

1833    Columbus, OH
  1834     New York City
  1849     New York
  1851     Coles Co., IL, The Great Plains, and Missouri

(from Kansas mailing list)

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

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THE HELP DESK

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

Folks, this is YOUR place to ask questions... 
please feel free to use it...  send them to
CWWeeklyFireside@aol.com

From: SusiCP
Thought the data about where Regiment was from, you may want to put in paper
>>:>) Susi

Columbia Co. Civil War 178th Regt. The Regt was recuited in Columbia,
Montour, Lancaster, and Luzerne Counties. A. H and I were from Columbia,
F and G mostly from Montour. Co. H,

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

From:   Bitsobluengray@aol.com

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jan21.html

Today in History  -  there are tabs you can click to move forward or backward. 

http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office Records

Someone gave me the following site, I dropped it into an email to myself and forgot to put who gave it to me, so I apologize to whomever it was. 

http://www.dupontalumni.org/article23.htm
History of Cleveland Hall, Hermitage, Tennessee

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From: An Madra Rua


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
Then click on the B&N University file tab all the way to the top right.

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From: DaePowell


http://lab.artlung.com/htm/gettysburg/
Gettysburg Address in HTML Buttons (for no good reason)

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FROM OUR READERS
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From:  UCMEGEEBEE

Jayne,
Of course, if you think the quote would be of interest to anyone else, you may share it....

(This is the quote Glenda sent to me along with a bit more which is below.)

From the old records for County Line Baptist Church recorded on October 13, 1860:     "The church resolved that they would meet on Friday before the first Sabbath in next month for the purpose of fasting and prayer to Almighty God that he would calm the troubled waters of a political world and save us as a nation from a dissolution and the shedding of blood."
 
No Tara... no ya-hooing.. but a picture of how people truly felt at that trouble time. I just thought you would like seeing it too..



...I am still working with those old records and last night discovered the following entry. I find all old records interesting, but these are amazing in the clarity of the picture they send of the people living during that awful time. It looks as if when war finally came, that Alabamians were like Uncle Robert and loyal to their own.   Sorry to bother you with this, but it is wonderful to share them with someone that will appreciate their importance. Hope you had a good day today. Glenda

November 9, 1861
Upon a motion, there was a committee of three appointed, to wit: Brother W. W. Baird, W. A. Hunter and S. M. Perry to draw up resolutions expressive of the feeling of the church in reference to the death of our beloved young brother J. C. Talbert, who died in the service of the Confederate States.    
                               
S. M. Perry, Moderator            C. P. Hunter, Clk.  

Dec. 8th, (1861)           
On the Sabbath the church met in conference. The committee to draw up resolutions expressive of the feelings of the church in reference to the death of Brother J. C. Talbert (sic, should be Talbot) submits to the church for their action the following obituary and resolution for their action which was unanimously adopted, to wit:           

The subject of this notice, J. C. Talbert, (sic, should be Talbot) son of John R. and Lucy W. Talbot was born Oct. 7th, 1837, united with the Baptist church at Sardis in Wilkes County, Georgia in September 1855 and was baptized by Elder Enoch Calloway. He lived a pious, consistent and useful member of the same until with his parents he drew his letter and removed to Chambers County, Alabama and united with the church at County Line. Shortly after the contest commenced in which we are engaged as a people for our independence, he joined a company of cavalry, commanded by Elder Jefferson Falkner, as captain and went to aid in repelling from his native and much loved South an invading foe. He was not, however, permitted long to remain in the service of his country. He was attacked with that scourge of the camp, flux, which terminated his life in camp near Columbus, Kentucky on the 20th of Sept. 1861. He stated to his comrades in arms that he felt perfectly prepared for death and that he was going to meet his Savior and his God in peace and requested that his body should be sent home to his relatives and interred at the church of which he was a member, which was done.

Resolved 1st     That in the death of our beloved Brother John C. Talbot, County (Line) has lost a good citizen, the army a brave and patriotic soldier, the church a pious, devoted, active and useful member and the family an affectionate and dutiful son and brother.

Resolved 2nd      That the church mourns her own loss and deeply sympathize with the bereaved family and would mingle her tears with theirs at the loss of one who was so much the pride both of the family and the church.

Resolved 3rd     That the foregoing proceedings be spread upon our minutes, a copy sent to the Southwestern Baptist for publication and a copy presented to the bereaved family.                                   

S. M. Perry, Moderator            C. P. Hunter, Clk. 

Interesting to note: In "A Survey of Cemeteries in Chambers County, Alabama" I found an entry for this gentleman's tombstone. His parents were buried next to him. The stone reads:           

John C. Talbot    10/7/1837 - 12/26/1861

Note from Glenda:   I have no explanation for the error in his death date. Since the entry in the old church records was made prior to the date reported to be his death on his tombstone, I would think the church record is correct.   gb        
   

Glenda  Thanks so much for sharing this with us all!!!  

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NOTE:  This was sent to me by Glojet


The Elusive Ancestor
by Merrill Kenworthy

I went searching for an ancestory.  I cannot find him still.
He moved around from place to place and did not leave a will.
He married where a courthouse burned.  He mended all his fences.
He avoided any man who came to take the U.S Census.

He always kept his luggage packed, this man who had no fame.
And every 20 years or so, this rascal changed his name.
His parents come from Europ.  They should be upon so list
of passengers to the USA, but somehow they got missed.

And no one else in the world is searching for this man.
So, I play geneasolitaire to find him if I can.
I'm told he's buried in a plot, with tombstone he was blessed;
but the weather took engraving, and some vandals took the rest.

He died before the county clers decided to keep records.
No Family Bible has emerged, in spite of all my efforts
To top it off, this ancestor, who has cause me many groans
Just to give me one more pain, betrothed a girl named JONES.

If you have a story to tell, please send it to us. 
     HOST FMLY Jayne and HOST FMLY Bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



January 31 - Feb 1    Florida, Mt. Dora  Battle of Townsend’s Plantation & Civil War Festival, Renninger’s Antique Center, Mt. Dora, 10-5. Battles Saturday at 3, Sunday at 2. Living history exhibits, ladies’ tea, dress ball with 97th Regimental String Band, chapel service, folk music, pre-battle concerts. All branches welcome, bounty for cavalry & artillery, cash prizes. Sutlers must pre-register. Admission $5, children under 12 $2. Sponsored by the Offices of Clay Townsend Esq.
 
For more information, contact:
Stacy or Clay, (407) 422-2956, Claytownsend@Bellsouth.net
. Reenactors: Mike Hardy, 37th Alabama, (407) 880-4575, mhardy@jag.net. Sutlers: Dennis Grenier, (407) 240-6754

February 7  11 AM - 3 PM   Frederick, MD  - Living History 
Confederate Surgeon presentation by Jason Grabill, 11-3, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick. Demonstration, discussion of Civil War era surgical practices, techniques, challenges.
 
For more information, contact:
(301) 695-1864


February 7   Elizabeth City, North Carolina - Living History
Civil War Naval Living History, Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City. Encampment, demonstrations, lectures & displays including artillery, shipbuilding, navigation, medical.
 
For more information, contact:
Museum of the Albemarle, (252) 335-1453, howard.draper@ncmail.net


February 7  Philadelphia, PA  Lincoln Day Annual Lincoln Day Parade and Honor Ceremony, Union League of Philadelphia. Participants meet by 11 a.m. in General Meade Room. Free luncheon, honor ceremony, parade through the city to Lincoln Monument, reception. No charge. Bring wreaths, music, colors. Military, civilians welcome.
 
For more information, contact:
registration, (215) 587-5592, (215) 204-5452, mundyj@unionleague.org
, andy.waskie@temple.edu

February  13 - 15   8 am - 4 pm  Olustee Battle Historic  State Park near Lake City, FL
140th Anniversary Battle of Olustee Reenactment at Olustee Battle Historic State Park near Lake City. 8-4 daily. Battles Saturday & Sunday, overnight cavalry campaign. Full-scale artillery, infantry, cavalry. Recruiting for 8th & 35th USCT, 54th Massachusetts. Ladies’ tea, civilian activities, medical demonstration, storytelling, Friday Education Day, period music, church services, evening ball for reenactors. No reenactor fee.
 
For more information, contact:
(386) 397-7009 or (386) 758-0400, Martha.J.Nelson@dep.state.fl.us
; http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.edu/Olustee/

February  13 - 15  Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, NC 
4th annual living history weekend commemorating 142nd anniversary of the Battle of Roanoke Island at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. After February 1862 victory the Union established camps and a freedmen’s colony. Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-3. Soldiers, sailors, artillery demonstrations, period crafts, presentations, lectures, children’s activities. Admission free for park ticketholders, $5 donation per family suggested for others.
 
For more information, contact:
(252) 475-1500.

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

January 29 & 30, 2004 - OPEN CHAT both nights with more Civil War Trivia :D

February 5 & 6, 2004 - to be announced

February 12 & 13, 2004 - Our special Songs letters and poems nights.  If you would like to share something sent from your ancestor during the war, please send to HOST FMLY Jayne and HOST FMLY Bill


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

Bill and Jayne  :-)

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