May 2001 Weekly Firesides

 Hear Ye .... Hear Ye
"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 06 May 2001

Our Mission: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable online environment with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible.

OPEN CHAT Thursday was great fun. Not too crowded but comfy :-) Had some good question and answer sessions. I wanted to add that the John Buford Story (in it's entirety) with gracious permission from Tom to do so, has been sent to our Webmaster for posting. I need to update you some on the really neat work going on to provide many Genealogy materials, files, newsletters, and the Civil War material that we address to a Genealogy Forum Website so that "All" of you loyal folk can have access (not just AOL membership). Next week I hope to get URL addresses from our Webmaster to put in this newsletter permanently for your convience and access. Wish us luck, I think you'll like this. I'm tickled to death that we can now give our Non-AOL membership access to the material we do in the Chat Rooms.

We're still receiving some great suggestions and we encourage you to keep sending them in. Note: the John Buford story was the result of one of those suggestions.
Jayne, Amy, Tom and I are still churning around with the Schedule of Upcoming Events for the Summer.

Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Announcements

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

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Military Families Chat
With HOST GFS Beri, and HOST GFS Wolford
Wed, 8 PM ET in the Ancestral Digs Conference Room
of the Genealogy Forum (ONLY ON AOL) at KEYWORD: ROOTS

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StateGenSites - Bits of Blue and Gray
http://www.stategensites.com
HOST GFS Jayne is the editor of "Bits of Blue and Gray"
The site is still undergoing major reconstruction but
you can now read all the columns (new ones too!!) at
http://www.stategensites.com/bitsofblueandgray/
Thank you all for your patience.

Editor's Note: For those of you who are AOL Members, I sincerely encourage you to feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, Stories or articles that you have in our Civil War History Files. We are trying to liven up our Library. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you would desire to share those with the Civil War History community. Use "Keyword: ROOTS" to get to the Genealogy Main Screen. Then select Files, followed by selecting History and Culture and there you will find the two upload areas I mentioned; Civil War Files and Civil War Photos.

I would also note that the new Genealogy Forum Web Site is being constructed. On that Web Site, the Civil War History SIG will have an area to link to our Civil War Library (Lectures, Letters, Songs, Poems, Files, Firesides, and Photo's). When this is complete, anyone (not just AOL Members) will have access to all our material. We'll be sure to let you know when you can access it.

You might what to check on the progress of our Military Resources web site at http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/index.html
You can read past Weekly Fireside newsletters at http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/Fireside.htm
This coming Thursday is Civil War Letters, Songs and Poems night. Send in any material you want read in the room to HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG or HOST GFS Amy and we'll be more than happy to do the reading for you. We'll be watching for you, and we'll save you a seat by the fire :D

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

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

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.
From the main Genealogy Forum screen at Keyword "ROOTS," select the "File Library Center," then "History Files". At that point select "Civil War Files." Lectures and the Letters, Songs and Poems evenings are also posted in the "File Library Center" under "History Lectures" as the Lecture Subject. The "Fireside's" when they eventually get there, after their 30 days in the New Files section, are posted in the "File Library Center" under "Meeting Logs and Newsletters".

Music: Well I really have a treat to share with you this week. By now you probably know I'm a music lover and one of the things I dearly love is to listen to Gospel Music, new and old. I could kick myself for not sharing this earlier, but I was listening to a special on TNN the other night and it was the best yet. It was a music video called Mountain Homecoming put out by Bill Gaither. There isn't anything that will make your heart swell more than to hear the old and new gospel singers we've all grown up with and listen to now gathered in one group and singing together. I gotta list some of the singers for you. Howard and Vestal Goodman, Buddy Greene, Calvin Newton, Buddy Mullins, George Younce, Florida Boys, Henry Slaughter, The Lewis Family, Cynthia Clausen, The Issacs, Janet Paaschal, Mark Lowry, Jessy Dixon, Guy Pernrod, Terry Blackwood, JD Sumner and on and on. And what makes this special is that it is a video and you get to watch them. My Oh My!
.................enjoy

Weekly Web Sites we've Received

From: AJWRJW@aol.com
Civil War Women - On-line Archival Exhibits at Duke University
http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/collections/civil-war-women.html 

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From: Host GFS Jim@aol.com
eHistory.com Online Magazine - Sultana Article
http://www.ehistory.com/index.cfm
This address puts you on the main page. This site is fascinating with it's Civil War History section and I'm excited to see them putting a Northwest Florida Gulfcoast section together as well. Go into the "Articles" section to get to the Sultana piece. If you have trouble doing that try: http://www.ehistory.com/uscw/features/articles/9906/sultana.cfm

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From: ChuckBobo@aol.com
Jimmy, you probably know all about this site. It looks impressive to me.
The American Civil War Homepage
http://www.sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/warweb.html

Chuck I do know about it and it is indeed impressive. Impressive enough to share as many times as someone mentions it. This site was developed and is maintained by the University of Tennessee - Knotsville.

Did You Know?

Last week I put in a notice of "The Sultana Incident in 1865", and I got a note from my friend Erik (EConard1@aol.com) up Denver way to temper my "Cliches" Heh Heh ... Well I did a bit more research on this incident and I have a great website for you and also I found the article that Pam Newhouse wrote for a group called the eHistory.com Online Magazine awhile back. Carrin I used the "cliche - Worst American Maritime Disaster" because to the best of my knowledge the death toll for this incident was the largest in American waters. Of the 2400 passengers (mostly just released Union prisoners of war) 1700 perished in this incident. I'll put the websites in the Weekly websites section above. :-)

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

MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!

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

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

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

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From: Sharonny45@aol.com
Jim, I have an ancestor who died at Gettysburg. I have not been able to find a list that has names of Gettysburg deaths. His name is De Alton Dwight, he was from Illinois (well his parents were there). He was a traveling minister before the war started. Do you have any suggestions? thanks for all the work you and your team do. Years ago I was a host and it is not easy. thanks again.

{{{Sharon}} have learned from HOST GFS TEG that there is a "Gettysburg Role of Honor". He's checking.

A BIT OF COMMUNITY

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

From: EWilker@aol.com
I read your Weekly Fireside this morning and really enjoyed the poems from the tombstones. Some I've already heard, but the others were cute. I really enjoy your chat letter. I don't get online very often at the time of the chat, but do enjoy getting your letter.
Thanks for the great letter. Love getting it.
Ellen

{{Ellen}} thanks for dropping us a line.

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From: Kashathree@aol.com
I hesitate to suggest another topic to your already fascinating Weekly Fireside, but someone in the Charleston, SC area may want to report on the submarine Hunley, which has recently been raised from the bottom of Charleston Harbor. Or--and I have not checked this out--there may be a website for those who are interested in this bit of CW history.

{{{Kashathree}}} Don't you ever hesitate :D It's these inputs that keep our fire lit.!! Heh Heh As a sidelight, during my website sleuthing this week I ran across a site that had a CSS Hunley news and status page on it. I'll go find it again and report the results in the next newsletter.

WHAT WE ARE ABOUT

OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War", with byproducts of laughter, and comraderie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events*****

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

05/10/01 - Letters, Songs and Poems night. Send in any material you want read in the room to HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG or HOST GFS Amy and we'll be more than happy to do the reading for you :D

5/17/01 - OPEN CHAT

5/24/01 - "Cold Harbor" by Tom Gladwell and read by HOST GFS Jayne

5/31/01 - The Kansas/Missouri Border Wars - by HOST GFS Jim

6/7/01 - OPEN CHAT

6/14/01 - Letters, Songs and Poems night. Send in any material you want read in the room to HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG or HOST GFS Amy and we'll be more than happy to do the reading for you :D

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

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye
"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 13 May 2001

Our Mission: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable online environment with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible.

 

Well it's Mother's Day and we dearly wish you all A Happy Mother's Day!! We read a couple of "Mother's Letters" to their Civil War sons Thursday night and a number of poems (one sent to us from RSemmesCSA@aol.com). These are always great evenings and we wish you could have been there.

Well Good News has arrived. I finally have the Internet material now to pass on to all of you. The Website is up and operational. Within "The Genealogy Forum" website is an area devoted to Civil War History. The page is called Military Resources and the web address is:

http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

Please use the above shortcut instead of trying to find your way there from the Forum main page, which by the way is:

http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/

The Military Resources section contains a brief introduction about the page, Chat schedules for AOL members, Civil War files links, articles from the Chat, How-To's in searching for your Civil War ancestor, this years "Weekly Fireside's", the beginnings of a story collection, photos, message boards, etc. All of these (with the exception of the Chat Room on AOL) are now accessible from the Internet by anyone with a browser and an Internet provider. Check it out, pass the word to non-AOL folk and send us your perceptions, suggestions, material you'd like posted, etc. It's brand new and we want it to grow into an interesting and useful site for you. So help us out!

We give HOST GFS Brenda and her Web Team a great big Thanks for the planning, layout and hard work to get us up "Live". Heh Heh

Keep those great suggestions coming in. We aren't clairvoyant so keep us current with your needs and desires for the Chat Room and now the Website. Jayne, Amy, Tom and I are still churning around with the Schedule of Upcoming Events for the Summer.

Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Announcements
War Between the States (Tracing your Civil War Ancestors)
With HOST GFS Amy and HOST GFS Wolford on
Friday evenings at 9:00 PM EDT in the Golden Gates Chat Room
of the Genealogy Forum (ONLY ON AOL) at KEYWORD: ROOTS

* * * * * 

Military Families Chat
With HOST GFS Beri, and HOST GFS Wolford
Wed, 8 PM ET in the Ancestral Digs Conference Room
of the Genealogy Forum (ONLY ON AOL) at KEYWORD: ROOTS

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StateGenSites - Bits of Blue and Gray
http://www.stategensites.com
HOST GFS Jayne is the editor of "Bits of Blue and Gray"
The site is still undergoing major reconstruction but
you can now read all the columns (new ones too!!) at
http://www.stategensites.com/bitsofblueandgray/
Thank you all for your patience.

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We wish to announce the NEW
"Genealogy Forum's Military Resources" Website
devoted to Civil War History and the material presented in
the American Civil War History Special Interest Group
in the Genealogy Forum of America Online.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

Editor's Note: I sincerely encourage you to feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, Stories or articles that you have in our Civil War History Files through the new Military Resources Website. We are trying "beef up" our Library and now those of you who have patiently stuck with us who aren't AOL Members can now participate. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you would desire to share those with the Civil War History community. On the Web Site, there are links to our Civil War Library (Files, Firesides, and Photo's).

This coming Thursday is OPEN CHAT, so come on out and join us. We'll be watching for you, and we'll save you a seat by the fire :D Keep watching the schedule because I have a suspicion that we will have to split Cold Harbor up into two sessions. If that is the case we'll just shift the schedule by one week after the indicated Cold Harbor night.

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

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

THE HELP DESK

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

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website has a myriad of options for you. Here are some the choices: US Military Records, Conscription/Draft Records, Civil War Battle Names, Secession of the Confederate States, Your Civil War Ancestors - Where to Begin, Military Resources on the Internet, links to the Stories, Files and Talks of the American Civil War History Chat on AOL, message boards and many, many others. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Additional Note from the Webmaster: Although we are thrilled to provide this area for you now, we want you to know that we are still building it and MORE files, Regimental Histories, etc., will be available in the near future. Stay Tuned!

Music: You know, I have a habit of listening to new CD's and old while I'm typing up The Weekly Fireside and the one I have on tonight is David Arkenstone's new CD titled "The Celtic Book of Days" . Some of the musical selections on this album are "Cailleach's Whisper, Behind Walls of Stone, Stormcry, The Quest of Culhruch, and Road to the Faire. It brings on visions of William Wallace, Prince Charlie and the Scottish Highlands. Heh Heh It's hard to write about Civil War stuff while that's going on. :-)

.................enjoy

Weekly Web Sites we've Received


From: Host GFS Jim@aol.com
CSS Hunley Sites
History of Confederate Submarine Hunley and Its Rediscovery
http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org12-3.htm
C.S.S. Hunley, recovery and preservation updates
http://www.awod.com/gallery/probono/cwchas/hunley.html
The Hunley in Historical Context
http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org12-7b.htm
CNN News Stories
http://www.cnn.com 

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From: SusiCP@aol.com
Rootsweb.com has a website for listing Revolutionary soldiers and includes their descendants' email addresses. There is also a link for French and Indian soldiers and their descendant's.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ars/index.htm

MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

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

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

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

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From: Sharonny45@aol.com
Jim, I have an ancestor who died at Gettysburg. I have not been able to find a list that has names of Gettysburg deaths. His name is De Alton Dwight, he was from Illinois (well his parents were there). He was a traveling minister before the war started. Do you have any suggestions? thanks for all the work you and your team do. Years ago I was a host and it is not easy. thanks again.

{{{Sharon}} have learned from HOST GFS TEG that there is a "Gettysburg Role of Honor". He's checking.

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From: FOXGEN1@aol.com
I have been a reader of the Weekly Fireside for years now. I have spent 21 years trying to find out who my Dad's parents were, to no avail. My question to you is"Are there any online records for Merchant Marines for the period of 1917 to 1925? My Dad William Fisher b Feb 1, 1901 or 1902 was too young for the first War and too old for the second war, so he once told me he was a Merchant Marine. Would appreciate any help you can give me.
Thank you
Marian

{{{Marian}}} There should be something out there on the Merchant Marines. We'll see what any Navy experts have to say that read the "Fireside".

A BIT OF COMMUNITY

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

From: Kashathree@aol.com
This was in Tues, 8 May, Springfield MO News Leader, p. 5B:
Discovery of cemetery halts roadwork--Associated Press-Kansas City--
Construction of a new highway in south Kansas City has been halted by the discovery of a small cemetery dating back to the Civil War era. State officials are anxious to find any descendants of the Holloway family who are bured in the cemetery. If the heirs can't be found, the state will have to get court permission to move the nine graves in the plot, in order to finish a new Missouri 150. Construction workers recently unearthed a marble headstone, dating from 1858, while moving a large section of water pipe. Archaeologists later found another headstone and evidence of seven other graves. The site has not been disturbed further.

{{{Kashathree}}} Thanks for the news. BTW check the Hunley websites above in the newsletter.

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From: Roygcgrfa@aol.com
Thank you very much. TEG sent me the entire Buford article last night, its now in a safe place. Tom's articles are just great, this one particularly so.

Thanks again,
Roy G.
{Roy} You certainly have that right. Tom indeed has a gift.

WHAT WE ARE ABOUT

OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War", with byproducts of laughter, and comraderie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events*****

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

5/17/01 - OPEN CHAT

5/24/01 - "Cold Harbor" by Tom Gladwell and read by HOST GFS Jayne

5/31/01 - The Kansas/Missouri Border Wars - by HOST GFS Jim

6/7/01 - OPEN CHAT

6/14/01 - Letters, Songs and Poems night. Send in any material you want read in the room to HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG or HOST GFS Amy and we'll be more than happy to do the reading for you :D

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

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye
"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 20 May 2001

Our Mission: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable online environment with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible.

Thursday night was just good old OPEN CHAT night, and Jayne tells me that a good time was had by all. I was stuck with that disease again called working on the road and wasn't able to get in. "Bummer!"

However, before returning home on Saturday, I did get to visit two museums in Columbia , South Carolina with some good Civil War Material for you. I did a little trip report and have written up all the goodies I discovered later in the Fireside, for those of you who just might be traveling in that vicinity this summer.

Also, we've received a "TON" of email for the newsletter this week. So much, we couldn't get it all in this week, so watch for it next week. I just love these problems :D

Keep those great suggestions coming in. We aren't clairvoyant so keep us current with your needs and desires for the Chat Room and now the Website.

Notice: The John Buford story is available on our "Military Resources" website. "Thanks Brenda :-)"

Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Announcements

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

* * * * * 

Military Families Chat
With HOST GFS Beri, and HOST GFS Wolford
Wed, 8 PM ET in the Ancestral Digs Conference Room
of the Genealogy Forum (ONLY ON AOL) at KEYWORD: ROOTS

* * * * * 

StateGenSites - Bits of Blue and Gray
http://www.stategensites.com
HOST GFS Jayne is the editor of "Bits of Blue and Gray"
The site is still undergoing major reconstruction but
you can now read all the columns (new ones too!!) at
http://www.stategensites.com/bitsofblueandgray/
Thank you all for your patience.

* * * * * 

We wish to announce the NEW
"Genealogy Forum's Military Resources" Website
devoted to Civil War History and the material presented in
the American Civil War History Special Interest Group
in the Genealogy Forum of America Online.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

Editor's Note: I sincerely encourage you to feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, Stories or articles that you have in our Civil War History Files through the new Military Resources Website. We are trying "beef up" our Library and now those of you who have patiently stuck with us who aren't AOL Members can now participate. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you would desire to share those with the Civil War History community. On the Web Site, there are links to our Civil War Library (Files, Firesides, and Photo's).

Well my suspicions played out... The Cold Harbor story that Tom has so diligently put together is going to take two sessions, so this Thursday will be Cold Harbor Part I and the following Thursday will be Cold Harbor Part II. That shift in turn has moved the Kansas/Missouri Border Wars story out to June 14. Check the Schedule of Events at the conclusion of the Fireside. :-)

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

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

THE HELP DESK

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

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website has a myriad of options for you. Here are some the choices: US Military Records, Conscription/Draft Records, Civil War Battle Names, Secession of the Confederate States, Your Civil War Ancestors - Where to Begin, Military Resources on the Internet, links to the Stories, Files and Talks of the American Civil War History Chat on AOL, message boards and many, many others. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Additional Note from the Webmaster: Although we are thrilled to provide this area for you now, we want you to know that we are still building it and MORE files, Regimental Histories, etc., will be available in the near future. Stay Tuned!

The Museums of Columbia, South Carolina
South Carolina State Museum Visit

Well I got a wee bit of time on this last trip to do some searching around for Civil War "goodies" that might be of interest to you. I was roaming around Columbia, South Carolina and I found two museums of possible interest to you. The first was the South Carolina State Museum in downtown Columbia on Huger Street between Gravais and Taylor Streets. It has four major floors of exhibits. 1st floor is Art, 2nd floor is Natural History, 3rd floor is Science & Technology and the 4th and final floor is Cultural History and that's where the Civil War exhibits were.

The second museum was actually on the campus of South Carolina University. It's called the "Confederate Relic Room" and it's located at the corner of Sumter and Pendleton streets, only about 5 or 6 blocks from the State Museum.

Now back to the State Museum on Huger Street. There was an exhibit area called "The Palmetto Gallery" which contained old women's clothing fashions. It covered the years 1740 up to present with a pretty impressive section on the 1850s and 1860s. It covered fabrics from satin, flax, cotton, gauze, taffeta and velvet. If they wore those clothes in the heat I was experiencing they must have been constantly "sloshing" around. Heh Heh

The Civil War exhibits had an interesting arms section. They included 1860 Army Colt handguns, 1851 Navy Colts, 1849 Pocket Colts, 1860 Enfields, an interesting 1861 Percussion Shotgun, good examples of converted 1816 Muskets (one of the primary arms of the Confederate foot soldier), and 1795 Flintlocks. I was especially interested the locally (South Carolina) produced by the "Palmetto Armory". There were Inside Lock rifles, the Morse Carbine and Morse Models 1842 Musket, 1841 Rifle and 1842 Dragoon Pistol.

There was also a good display and exhibit on the CSS Hunley, with a full size scale model including the Spar Torpedo which was used the night they sunk the Housatonic in Charleston Harbor on 19 Feb 1864. As most of you know, the actual Hunley was discovered in 1995 by Ralph Wilbanks with funding from Clive Cussler (the author). It's quite an experience to see the actual replica with mannequins installed in a cutaway portion. It was indeed very small (not for the claustrophobic). There was a 9-man crew, 8 of them to propel the Propeller Shaft, which drove the submarine, and 1 to operate the Diving Plan Controls.

Very interesting set of exhibits depicting the history of the Native Americans in the region and the subsequent settling and migration of the European settlers.

The Confederate Relic Room on the campus SC University was another experience. I don't recall having visited a place where there were so many actual relics on display, especially "Battle Flags". Needless to say they were mostly South Carolina items of history. The flags on display were the "Lexington Guards" of the 15th SCV Infantry Regiment, Company C; "Williams Guards" of the 3rd SCV Infantry Regiment, Company B; "Hampton's Legion" of the 2nd SC Cavalry Regiment later transferred into the "Texas Brigade"; "Kershaw's Division" of the 3rd SCV Infantry Regiment with the "Manassas to Appomattox Banner; "Brockman Guards" of the 13th SCV Infantry Regiment, Company B; "Gregg's Brigade" of the 1st SCV Infantry Regiment; the 10th SCV Infantry Regiment Flag, the 24th SCV Infantry Regiment Flag, the 26th SCV Infantry Regiment Flat; "Kings Mountain Guards" of the 5th SCV Infantry Regiment; "Hagood's Brigade" of the 27th SCV Infantry Regiment, "Edisto Rifles" of the 25th SCV Infantry Regiment, and finally the 2nd SCV Colored Troops Flag which fought for the Union.

There was also a very interesting display of "Columbia Burning". That occurred 16-19 Feb 1865 as Sherman's troops were on their way up into North Carolina. The articles indicated the fire started from numerous cotton bale fires that were started throughout the town by persons unknown. Many of these individual fires were put out by the Columbia citizens and Union soldiers (at least those that weren't drunk) but it was to no avail and a goodly portion of the town went up in flames that finally became impossible to fight other than to tear down fuel (wooden buildings, etc.) in the fire's path.

Other relic collections included ceremonial swords, and arms; Medical tools, and paraphernalia; money and coins; and items from the B.H. Teague collection.

The South Carolina State Museum is open Monday - Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm. Their phone number is (803) 898-4921 and they have a website: http://www.museum.state.sc.us

The Confederate Relic Room Museum is open the first and third Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

Weekly Web Sites we've Received

From: BitsOBlueNGray@aol.com 

Civil War Prisons: History, Controversy, Poetry
http://humwww.ucsc.edu/gruesz/war/history.htm

Military Records: Civil War Prisons
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/9787/cwprison.html

Every Day Memorial Day (this was also submitted by AJWRJW)
http://home.ptd.net/~nikki/memorial.htm

Salisbury National Cemetery - Rowan County, North Carolina
http://www.interment.net/data/us/nc/rowan/salisnat/index.htm

MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

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

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Thanks!! - The Editors

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From: FOXGEN1@aol.com
I have been a reader of the Weekly Fireside for years now. I have spent 21 years trying to find out who my Dad's parents were, to no avail. My question to you is"Are there any online records for Merchant Marines for the period of 1917 to 1925? My Dad William Fisher b Feb 1, 1901 or 1902 was too young for the first War and too old for the second war, so he once told me he was a Merchant Marine. Would appreciate any help you can give me.
Thank you
Marian

{{{Marian}}} Here's some info sent in by Robin (QNavyWife@aol.com)

Thanks Robin :D
HI, = Here's a website that may help Marian looking for info about the Merchant Marines.
http://home.pacifier.com/~rboggs/INFO.HTML
and here is another one too http://www.crumpler.org/floyd/merchant.htm.
Maybe she will find what she is looking for here, or at least someone who can steer her in the direction she needs to look!
Robin

A BIT OF COMMUNITY

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

From: CDeripaska@aol.com
Jim, Having a hard time concentrating with Celtic music?? Try the soundtrack of "Gettysburg". I know it's an old tape and most everyone has heard it by now, but it is such an awesme soundtrack. I still have a hard time concentrating with it on, my mind wonders to all the action going on in the movie during certain songs. I sure enjoy your music recommendations and the only reference I've found to good cello music. Thanks for the info. Carolyn

{{{Carolyn}}} Bless your heart, you must be clairvoyant! I have it on right now :-) Heh Heh

WHAT WE ARE ABOUT

OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War", with byproducts of laughter, and comraderie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events*****

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

5/17/01 - OPEN CHAT

5/24/01 - "Cold Harbor - Part I" by Tom Gladwell and read by HOST GFS Jayne

5/31/01 - "Cold Harbor - Part II" by Tom Gladwell and read by HOST GFS Jayne

6/7/01 - OPEN CHAT

6/14/01 - Letters, Songs and Poems night. Send in any material you want read in the room to HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG or HOST GFS Amy and we'll be more than happy to do the reading for you :D

6/21/01 - The Kansas/Missouri Border Wars - by HOST GFS Jim

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

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye
"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 27 May 2001

Our Mission: To serve all genealogists by providing an enjoyable online environment with as many helpful and reliable resources as possible.

Thursday night was Part I of Tom Gladwell's Cold Harbor. Man oh man does that man write stories. :-) It was a great time and HOST GFS Amy read a great Memorial Day Poem... I'll include that in this week's newsletter. Many great websites to look for, so check the listing below. Maureen sent in an absolutely awesome "Historical Maps of America" site. I could spend hours out on this one. :D Be sure to check it out.

Notice: We'll let you know when the "Cold Harbor" Story is on the Website.

Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Announcements

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

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Military Families Chat
With HOST GFS Beri, and HOST GFS Wolford
Wed, 8 PM ET in the Ancestral Digs Conference Room
of the Genealogy Forum (ONLY ON AOL) at KEYWORD: ROOTS

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StateGenSites - Bits of Blue and Gray
http://www.stategensites.com
HOST GFS Jayne is the editor of "Bits of Blue and Gray"
The site is still undergoing major reconstruction but
you can now read all the columns (new ones too!!) at
http://www.stategensites.com/bitsofblueandgray/
Thank you all for your patience.

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We wish to announce the NEW
"Genealogy Forum's Military Resources" Website
devoted to Civil War History and the material presented in
the American Civil War History Special Interest Group
in the Genealogy Forum of America Online.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

Editor's Note: I sincerely encourage you to feel entirely free to post any Civil War Letters, Stories or articles that you have in our Civil War History Files through the new Military Resources Website. We are trying "beef up" our Library and now those of you who have patiently stuck with us who aren't AOL Members can now participate. There is also an area for you to upload photos, if you would desire to share those with the Civil War History community. On the Web Site, there are links to our Civil War Library (Files, Firesides, and Photo's).

Thursday night is PART II of the Cold Harbor story that Tom has so diligently put together. We'll be watching for you :D

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

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

THE HELP DESK

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

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website has a myriad of options for you. Here are some the choices: US Military Records, Conscription/Draft Records, Civil War Battle Names, Secession of the Confederate States, Your Civil War Ancestors - Where to Begin, Military Resources on the Internet, links to the Stories, Files and Talks of the American Civil War History Chat on AOL, message boards and many, many others. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Additional Note from the Webmaster: Although we are thrilled to provide this area for you now, we want you to know that we are still building it and MORE files, Regimental Histories, etc., will be available in the near future. Stay Tuned!

Memorial Day Tribute
read by HOST GFS Amy

The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on Life's parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.

No rumor of the foe's advance
Now swells upon the wind;
No troubled thought at midnight haunts
Of loved ones left behind;
No vision of the morrow's strife
The warrior's dream alarms;
No braying horn nor screaming fife
At dawn shall call to arms.

Their shivered swords are red with rust;
Their plumed heads are bowed
Their haughty banner, trailed with dust,
Is now their martial shroud.
And plenteous funeral tears have washed
The red stains from each brow,
And the proud forms, by battle gashed,
Are free from anguish now.

The neighing troop, the flashing blade,
The bugle's stirring blast,
The charge, the dreadful cannonade,
The din and shout are past;
Nor war's wild note, nor glory's peal,
Shall thrill with fierce delight
Those breasts that nevermore may feel
The rapture of the fight....

Rest on, embalmed and sainted dead!
Dear as the blood ye gave,
No impious footstep here shall tread
The herbage of your grave;
Nor shall your story be forgot,
While Fame her record keeps,
Or Honor points the hallowed spot
Where Valor proudly sleeps.

by Theodore O'Hara

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

Weekly Web Sites we've Received


From: HOST GFS Jayne@aol.com 

US Army Military History Institute's Photograph Database card catalog
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/PhotoDB.html.
The collection of online photographs is available at:
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/HPOL.html
This one is just great!

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From: SusiCP@aol.com

Captain Hugh Boon of the 1st Virginia Cavalry
http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvwags/1wvc/1wvc-frm.htm

MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!

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

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ANSWER(S) TO YOUR QUESTIONS, PLEASE BE SURE TO LET US KNOW!!!!!
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From: GFSBrenda@aol.com
It would be wonderful to have something more on the Revolutionary War before Independence Day, wouldn't it? I know that most of you focus on Civil War research, but you might have seen something in your own research that could help.

{{{{Brenda}}}}} I'm putting this in the "Fireside" because a goodly portion of our readers are "History Researchers" as well as addicts of Civil War History.
Gang, Brenda and her team are the group that has so diligently built and are maintaining the Military Resources WebSite listed above in the newsletter. If any of you have any Revolutionary War articles or material that you would want posted (we'll copyright notice them at your desire), send a copy to any of us Hosts and we'll get it to Brenda.....

A BIT OF COMMUNITY...

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From: IrishInCal@aol.com
<< http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military>>
Wonderful site..going to reccomend it in my Chats too.
Grace

{{{Grace}}} Thanks. It's growing every day. GFS Brenda and team are doing a great job.

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From: JRose10700@aol.com
- An announcement.......

Period funeral services for Confederate Brigadier
General Joseph Burton Johnson will be held on the
weekend of October 26 & 27, 2001, in Fairfield, Texas.
Hosts for the event are the Johnson-Sayers-Nettles
Camp #1012, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Company
A, 12th Texas Infantry Regt.

On Friday the 26th at noon, the General's remains will
be placed in state at the Moody-Bradley House in
Fairfield. The house is a period home built in 1860,
and was visited by the General on many occasions
during his lifetime. The General will lie in state
under 24 hour honor guard until the funeral services
begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27th.

Prior to the funeral (during this state time) visitors
may enter the home and pay their respects to the
General and his descendants, many of whom will be
attending.

Funeral services are to begin at 10:00 a.m. with
eulogies to be spoken at the Moody-Bradley Home by
members of the Clergy, the Masons, the Texas State
Grange, the family, and the hosts. At approximately
10:45, a period procession will form at the Home, and
proceed 1.3 miles through the City of Fairfield,
directly to the Fairfield City Cemetery. Those
wishing to participate in the procession should be
physically capable of the 1.3 mile march, and be
dressed in period attire. Black mourning for ladies,
and period civilian or military attire for men. Those
wishing to avoid the procession will be allowed to
drive from the home to the cemetery, park, and
position themselves within the cemetery in plenty of
time to view the procession as it enters the cemetery.

At the cemetery, a short masonic ritual will be
performed, as well as ceremonies by the clergy,
followed by a military tribute, to include a 21 gun
salute by full scale period artillery, and volleys of
musketry from the expected 600 or so troops. The
General's Great Granddaughter will be presented with
the silk flags covering the General's casket and all
present will be allowed to offer personal tributes at
the close of ceremonies. We estimate a time frame of
approximately 2-1/2 hours from beginning to
completion.

There are presently plans "in the works" to include
our service with the sesquicentennial celebration for
Freestone County, which will add a myriad of other
attractions to that same date. These attractions
will in no way have bearing nor control on our
ceremony as we are to be the focal point of the
weekend.

For those who wish to arrive on Friday evening, there
are numerous motels within a 30 minute drive of
Fairfield, including, Teague, Mexia, and Buffalo. FYI,
Fairfield is located at the intersection of US Hwy 84
and I-45 about half way between Houston and Dallas.

The entire City is currently undergoing a face lift
for the occasion and promises to exhibit it's
prettiest face for the event. The City of Fairfield,
and Freestone County are giving their unanimous
support to the event, and it will without doubt, be an
event worthy of relating to your own descendants.
Massive press coverage is expected and promised from
print, radio, and television.

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From: HOST GFS Jayne@aol.com
This was in Tues, 8 May, Springfield MO News Leader, p. 5B:
Discovery of cemetery halts roadwork--Associated Press-Kansas City--
Construction of a new highway in south Kansas City has been halted
by the discovery of a small cemetery dating back to the Civil War era.
State officials are anxious to find any descendants of the Holloway
family who are bured in the cemetery. If the heirs can't be found, the
state will have to get court permission to move the nine graves in the
plot, in order to finish a new Missouri 150.
Construction workers recently unearthed a marble headstone, dating
from 1858, while moving a large section of water pipe.
Archaeologists later found another headstone and evidence of seven
other graves. The site has not been disturbed further.

{{Jayne}} Thanks

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From: SusiCP@aol.com
Celebrate! Holidays In The U.S.A.
Memorial Day
(Last Monday in May)

It was 1866 and the United States was recovering from the long and bloody Civil War between the North and the South. Surviving soldiers came home, some with missing limbs, and all with stories to tell. Henry Welles, a drugstore owner in Waterloo, New York, heard the stories and had an idea. He suggested that all the shops in town close for one day to honor the soldiers who were killed in the Civil War and were buried in the Waterloo cemetery. On the morning of May 5, the townspeople placed flowers, wreaths and crosses on the graves of the Northern soldiers in the cemetery. At about the same time, Retired Major General Jonathan A. Logan planned another ceremony, this time for the soldiers who survived the war. He led the veterans through town to the cemetery to decorate their comrades' graves with flags. It was not a happy celebration, but a memorial. The townspeople called it Decoration Day.

In Retired Major General Logan's proclamation of Memorial Day, he declared: "The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country and during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit."

The two ceremonies were joined in 1868, and northern states commemorated the day on May 30. The southern states commemorated their war dead on different days. Children read poems and sang civil war songs and veterans came to school wearing their medals and uniforms to tell students about the Civil War. Then the veterans marched through their home towns followed by the townspeople to the cemetery. They decorated graves and took photographs of soldiers next to American flags. Rifles were shot in the air as a salute to the northern soldiers who had given their lives to keep the United States together.

In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day and soldiers who had died in previous wars were honored as well. In the northern United States, it was designated a public holiday.

In 1971, along with other holidays, President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday on the last Monday in May.

Cities all around the United States hold their own ceremonies on the last Monday in May* to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country.

Memorial Day is not limited to honor only those Americans from the armed forces. It is also a day for personal remembrance. Families and individuals honor the memories of their loved ones who have died. Church services, visits to the cemetery, flowers on graves or even silent tribute mark the day with dignity and solemnity. It is a day of reflection. However, to many Americans the day also signals the beginning of summer with a three-day weekend to spend at the beach, in the mountains or at home relaxing.

In Waterloo, New York, the origin has not been lost and in fact the meaning has become even more special. President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Waterloo the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1966, 100 years after the first commemoration. Every May 30, townspeople still walk to the cemeteries and hold memorial services. They decorate the graves with flags and flowers. Then they walk back to the park in the middle of town. In the middle of the park, near a monument dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines, the Gettysburg address is read, followed by Retired Major General Logan's Order # 11 designating Decoration Day. The village choirs sing patriotic songs. In the evening, school children take part in a parade.

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is the nation's largest national cemetery. Not only are members of the armed forces buried here; astronauts, explorers and other distinguished Americans have all been honored with a special place here. President John F. Kennedy is buried in a spot overlooking Washington, D.C..

Here in the early hours of the Friday morning before Memorial Day, soldiers of the Third U.S. infantry walk along the rows of headstones. Each soldier stops at a headstone, reaches to a bundle of flags he is carrying, pulls one out and pushes it into the ground. These soldiers are part of a special regiment. the Old Guard. Most consider it a privilege to place flags on the more than two hundred thousand graves of soldiers who served in the wars or who died in them. "They have done their job," said one soldier, "and now it's my turn to do mine."

It is an equal honor to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier all year. There are actually four soldiers buried in this spot: the unknown soldiers of the two World Wars, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam War. Each soldier represents all of those who gave their lives in the modern wars. Soldiers from the Army's Third Infantry guard the tomb twenty-four hours a day. Wreath-laying ceremonies take place all through the year and people from all over the world come to watch the changing of the guard. On another hill of Arlington Cemetery there is a mass grave of unidentified soldiers from the Civil War.

On Memorial Day, the President or Vice President of the United States gives a speech and lays a wreath on the tombs. Members of the armed forces shoot a rifle salute in the air.

Veterans and families come to lay their own wreaths and say prayers. There is a chance that one of the soldiers buried here is a father, son, brother or friend.

*Some southern states continue to celebrate Memorial Day on various days, i.e. June 3rd in Louisiona and Tennessee called "Confederate Memorial Day" and on May 10th in North and South Carolina.

{{Susi}} thanks for sharing.

WHAT WE ARE ABOUT

OUR FOCUS: the "History of the American (United States) Civil War", with byproducts of laughter, and comraderie!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule of Upcoming Topics/Events*****

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

5/31/01 - "Cold Harbor - Part II" by Tom Gladwell and read by HOST GFS Jayne

6/7/01 - OPEN CHAT

6/14/01 - Letters, Songs and Poems night. Send in any material you want read in the room to HOST GFS Jim, HOST GFS Jayne, HOST GFS TEG or HOST GFS Amy and we'll be more than happy to do the reading for you :D

6/21/01 - The Kansas/Missouri Border Wars - by HOST GFS Jim

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


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