September 2000 Weekly Fireside

"The Weekly Fireside"

American Civil War History Special Interest Group

Submitted by the Civil War Team: 

Edited by HOST GFS Gary

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

I've also posted ALL the "Weekly Firesides" we've done since the first of the year (2000) into the Genealogy Forum's New Files area for your enjoyment. Give GFA Terry a few days to get them posted and then grab what you want. All New Files are uploaded to the New Files Area for about 30 days and then they will be moved to their proper archive. In the case of the Weekly Firesides, you'll find them in the Files Library under Newsletters. 

Bits of Blue and Gray

Just a note to let you  know the new Bits of Blue and Gray column is now available to read.

You can access all of the articles and military links for each of the states by going to the Bits of Blue and Gray homepage and clicking on the article you want to read: 

Bits of Blue and Gray

I hope you're enjoying the trivia questions and learning from them.  If any of you has trivia questions I could use, I sure do wish you'd send them to me along with the answers and a source verifying it... unless you don't mind if I use your screen name as the source.  At the site you'll also find a Message Board where you can leave suggestions, ask questions and make comments.

Host GFS Jayne

For other columns and genealogical information go to StateGenSites

For More "War Between The States" information

 Fridays at 9:00 PM EDT we will be reviving the "War Between The States SIG". 

The theme of this SIG will be "Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor"! 

Please join me, HOST GFS Amy and HOST GFS Wolford in Golden Gates 

Weekly Web Sites We've Received

If you have a favorite Civil War related site, please send it to:

HOST GFS Jayne to share.

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from PETCTR:
The Original Arkansas Genealogy Project, Civil War

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from HOST GFS Amy:
1890 Veterans Census Links

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from HOST GFS Jayne:
New URL for the jankej site

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from IllinoisCW:
Find A Grave

23 million out of print books

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from Jawote (via HOST GFS Amy)
The Civil War Midi Page

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The National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA

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from PETCTR:
The Original Arkansas Genealogy Project, Civil War

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from HOST GFS Amy:
1890 Veterans Census Links

The Electric Cemetery Home Page: Genealogy, Civil War, Auto Tags and Anadarko (Oklahoma) High School

Confederate Pensions Search Results

Women During the Civil War

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from FVJEB
H. L. Hunley press release

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from Gmtjaden
Iowa Counties Genealogy Page

Iowa Counties Maps, photos and other matierials

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from HOST GFS Jayne
Tenny's Civil War Page

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from TAZ EQ
From: Chris DeWan <

This letter is to alert you to a great new free resource on the Civil War. Seagate Technologies and Carnegie Mellon University's Universal Library have teamed up to bring you the Historical New York Times Project.

The content we offer is direct scans of microfilm shot of nearly every issue of the New York Times during the Civil War, all presented online in an easy-to-navigate format.

Visit, enjoy, and please link to us from your site if you like us!

~The Historical NYT Project Team

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from IrishinCal
The Electric Cemetery Home Page: Genealogy, Civil War, Auto Tags and Anadarko (Oklahoma) High School

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Confederate Pensions Search Results 

Members Helping Members!

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



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...

From: SusiCP
Subj: Ohio Units in the Civil War
From: (Jeffrey Laird)
I am trying to find out information on Company I of the 173rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. My gggrandfather Alexander Palmer served. Is there a roster available somewhere or someplace I could get records?


{{{Susi}}}} Thanks for forwarding this request. We'll see if anyone knows a Website with the Roster list.

Susi - ran across these sites on the Internet. See if they connect you to anything you're looking for....... 170th Regiment Ohio Vol. Inf. 173rd OH,... ...// 1st Ohio In

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From: SusiCP
Forwarded From: "Phil Rhoton" <>

The link below takes you to the MHI American Civil War searchable databaseof photographs. The photos are not available for download but can be ordered for a reasonable fee. Chris Whitaker sent this link to me and I actually found two photos of relatives who served from Monroe County.

C. Phillip Rhoton, M.D

{{{{{Susi}}}}} thanks for forwarding this site. It really is a good one and we've shared it before but no harm in sharing it again!!

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From: Dvgagel

I saw your request on the CW site. in addition to what was said there, all the Ohio rosters have been published along with a brief history. These are available in most OH libraries. Also you might want to check the county histories for the main counties contributing to the regiment. The histories published in the 1880s often have detailed histories of their local regiments. Also check the county newspapers for the CW time period as they often printed reports re: their regiments in addition to letters "from the boys" at the front. Many Ohio newspapers are on film and can be obtained on interlibrary loan from the OH Historical Society for $3.00/roll. Check OHS website  for details and a listing of filmed newspapers.

Good luck
Diane Gagel, 1st Vice President
The Ohio Genealogical Society

{{{{{Diane}}}}} Thank you for the response, I'm sure the info will help many of our "faithful"

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The Following was posted on several Rootsweb mail lists and forwarded to me by Wmdperkins

West Point History of the American Military...

I am posting this to every list that I subscribe in the hopes that someone know of the whereabouts of these volumes.

IF anyone has access to or knows where any of the volumes might be found, PLEASE post a response to your favorite lists. From talking to this individual, they may dwell on the military aspect of the engagements but the individuals involved are discussed in detail.

As best as he could remember, the title is------ "West Point History Series of the American Military" written in volumes separated by the different time periods and engagements. Thanks and thanks for correcting me if you know the exact title of the series.

NOTE: {{{{{{{FAITHFUL}}}}}}} just a few hours after sending out the Weekly Fireside last week, I got a note from Bill saying several of you had answered his request. He thanks you and we thank you!! The "Faithful' comes thru again!! A Note from Bill also "the proper title is "The West Point Military History Series"

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from HOST GFS LindaE


A good site for locating records about slaves is Christine's Genealogy Website, which you'll find at < >

This site includes links to other sites such as the Freedmen's Bureau Online:
< >

The Freedmen's Bureau was organized after the Civil War in an effort to help the poor classes, both black and white, in the South. It offered aid in the form of education, food, financial assistance, and employment for those who qualified.

{{{{{Linda}}}}} Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I took a peek, and for anyone doing research on Black Americans, these sites are definite MUST SEES!!!!

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From: QNavyWife

Just thought I would let you all know that I have quite a few rosters for NY regiments and would gladly do lookups! I have the 19th NY Infantry, 3rd NY artillery, 75th NY Infantry, 149th NY infantry, 122nd NY infantry, 157th NY infantry, 117th NY Infantry, the 20th NY (the United Turner Rifles), the 185th NY Infantry, parts of the 1st NY Light artillery, 15th NY Cavalry, 101st NY Infantry, and parts of  the 193rd NY Infantry. I may have missed a regiment or two thou. I also have a new and very incomplete webpage for the 20th NY (United Turner Rifles). The link is: 20th New York Infantry, the United Turner Rifles. < > It still needs a lot of work, but I will be working on it a lot the next few months! I am also secretary of the Madison County (NY) Civil War Round Table and in charge of our website....the link to that is: Madison County (NY) Civil War Round Table < > Ed Note: (this is a membership site)
Robin Moore

{{{{{Robin}}}}} Thanks for forwarding the websites to share and the offer to do the lookups. Who knows you may be just the person one of our "Faithful" is looking for.

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From Wmdperkins

AZig100437 writes: << Haven't talked w/sister yet, so I don't have an answer for you now. But I do have a question. I have read & my brother has read that there was a Ruggles from Conn. who in the Civil War, fought for the South. He was in a regiment from New Orleans. He apparently was an artillery officer for Gen. Beauregard (?) and fought at the battle of Shiloh. This was an interesting  bit of info and was just wondering if anyone else had heard of the man. I don't even know if I'm related to him; but I'm very curious about this man and what he might have done after the war. Anybody out there know anything about this man? Any info would be appreciated. >>

Bill's Answer:

Now this is a new one???

He is not shown as an officer.

The only RUGGLES officer (as far as I have determined) who fought against the usurpation of individuals freedoms and the authority of the individual states as set forth in The Constitution was Lt Col Daniel RUGGLES, USA till 1861, CSA 1861-1865. b Barre Mass, grad USMA '33, served with distinction and honor, though not always for the winning side. It is incorrectly reported that he is descended from Brig Gen Timothy but in fact it is Timothy's brother.

He commanded Braggs 1st Div at Shiloh and may have been the last commander to halt his attack against the Federal positions Sunday night.

On Monday, after the Union forces had been reinforced, he personally led numerous counter attacks, once taking up a units Colours himself. He also commanded part of the rear guard forces while the bulk of the CSA retired toward Corinth.

There were a number of RUGGLES' who were officers in the USA and if you look in the texts for the enlisted men you will find a great many who were common soldiers.

Maybe one day I should make a copy from a source and could post them to the list. They are easy to find, most good libraries have a set of the volumes. Be careful, though, reading through them becomes addictive.

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from: Dollydoo1

Thanks for your letters. Is there ever anyone who knows about the war in the South. Like Mississippi for instance! I would like to see if I could find a John White born about 1830 to 1840 born in SC but moved to MS and fought there.


{{{{{Diane}}}}} I've put your question here for our readers to see. There must be one of the Faithful who may be able to help you!!!!

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Could I subscribe to your Weekly Fireside? It was forwarded to me and I find it quite interesting as many of my ancestors were in the Civil War.

Thank you.

{{{{{Joyce}}}}} We all welcome you aboard!!! We'd like to thank your friend for forwarding our "missive" to you. :-) We're sorry you won't be able to join us in the chat room as only AOL members can get in, but we sure do hope you'll continue to enjoy the Weekly Fireside!!

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From KRoth in VA

I recently acquired a copy of the book "7th Virginia Infantry", by David RIGGS, part of the series of books on Civil War units. If you or anyone else needs a lookup, feel free to contact me.

KRoth in

{{{{{Ken}}}}} We appreciate the offer to the "Faithful" to do look-ups... 

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From Jab0615

I have the Virginia 31st Infantry by John Ashcraft I will do look-ups.


{{{{{Ken & Jim}}}}} We appreciate the offer to the "Faithful" to do look-ups..!!!!!

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From: "Kevin Frye" <>

Hi All,
I had someone send me this link and thought some of you could use it.

There is a 800 page book that was written by the Army in 1910 that is on-line. It has stories told by soldiers but better yet, it has photos and portraits of every soldier that served in the 155th PA Infantry. Reading the book, I saw that many of the soldiers  came from Beaver County.

1. Click Full Text.
2. Click Browse Books.
3. Scroll down to U.

I hope that you will freely share this information so people can link up with their ancestor's picture. It took me years to stumble across it and am pleased to share this valuable find.

I took a look at it... and was very surprised to find that the photos are so wonderfully done.

Kevin Frye
Please visit my homepage at

I, do Volunteer research at Andersonville Civil War Prison in Andersonville Georgia. Any research I do is absolutely at NO cost and I am willing to do what I can.

My sources are the following....... 

There are 2 online databases to do lookups.....One by by Company and Regiment. I also have a copy of the Dorence Atwater Death list which has the names and grave numbers of some 13000 graves with only 460 marked as " UNKNOWN " 

This along with a CD I have which contains 34,000 names of the 45,000 who were imprisoned there which helps me find prisoner records because of misspellings of the names or alternate names. I visit the prison site every couple of weeks and have access to the onsite databases as well as the physical files. If there is anything I can do in helping your research at Andersonville, please just ask. 


{{{{{Kevin}}}}} Thank you for the information! I hope everyone doesn't flock to your door at once!

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From: Mkp65

I would like to thank all of you for the informative account of the weekly meeting. I truly enjoy it. I am just sorry that I can't join in.

{{{{{Mary}}}}} We're sorry you can't join us too, but your kind words warm our hearts and we appreciate them more than you know.

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A friend of mine sent me a copy of the weekly "fireside". I loved it.
Been trying to find where I subscribe to it.. Can you help?

{{{{{Tim}}}}} You bet I can help.... you've been added to the distribution as of this newsletter. Welcome aboard!! Feel free to write us anytime!

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From HOST GFS Jayne

Someone asked me recently if a person immigrating (I hope if have the right word) into the US from say, Canada, and joined the Union Army, would that person have automatic citizenship or did they still have to be naturalized??

Responses from the faithful....

HOST GFS Wolford spoke to the folks at the National Archives and Records Administration, Northeast Region, Waltham, MA. HOST GFS Wolford asked the people at NARA... they said not exactly, they said they waive the 5 year waiting period, but it is not automatic. Another person said that during the Civil War the County Clerks could waive the waiting period. Does anyone else know any more??

SUBMITTERS NOTE: I also received the following from Jowhara7

Just read last weeks Fireside and your question about the naturalization.

I am not sure about all the ins and outs, but my great great grandfather John Friederich Appuhn immigrated in 6 Nov 1862, volunteered for McLaughlin's Calvary in 18 Mar 1864, captured 8 Oct 1864, to Andersonville Prison, released/exchanged 5 April 1865, mustered out 29 June 1865. I found his naturalization records - Naturalization Intention filed with the Probate Court, Wayne Co, OH - 4 Oct 1865. He was Naturalized 4 Oct 1865. Same court clerk signed both papers. So, it sounds like what you wrote in the newsletter happened to GGGrandpa Fred.


Now, I have a question....This same fella homesteaded in Cass County, NE 1869......My question - did the government help with this homesteading in some way? Also, are there photos of the soldiers that served in Ohio regiments on line? I did find his regiment, but so far haven't found any photos.


{{{{{Jacque}}}}} Don't know if you've checked it out yet, but you might want to try the following:

US Army Military History Institute
22 Ashburn Drive, Carlisle Barracks
Carlisle, PA 17013-5008
Tel: 717-245-3611

You might also want to try the following:

Selected Civil War Photographs from the Library of Congress' American Memory Project

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog - CW Photographs Search

AND can anyone help Jacque with her question regarding the homesteading???


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


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This Month's Special Features and Articles

Click on the titles to go read the article

"History of Northeast Missouri"

Edited by Walter Williams, 1911, pages 306-333

Chariton County, written by James S. WALLACE, of Brunswick

Submitted by: JTice4840

Here is an article sent to me from the Carrol County Mo. Rootsweb...

The Civil War

During the Civil War it is estimated that six hundred or seven hundred men in this county enlisted in the Confederate Army. The first company was organized at Brunswick and enlisted as Missouri State Guards with the following officers: Captain, E. W. PRICE; first lieutenant, H. L. GAINES; second lieutenant, R. A. DICKEY; Jr.. 2nd lieutenant, J. O. PATTERSON. The officers of the second company were: Captain,  Thomas H. PRICE; first lieutenant, John BARR; second lieutenant, John CROWDER; Jr.. 2nd lieutenant, William MCASHAN. These companies were composed of eighty- five men each. Another company composed of men from the forks of the Chariton enlisted in Company B, Third Missouri State Guard with the following officers: Captain, T. H. WALTON; first lieutenant, John LAMPKIN; second lieutenant William  EWING; Jr. 2nd lieutenant, John TAYLOR. This company is composed of eighty five men and reenlisted in 1862 in the Confederate Army, remaining in the service until the close of the war and was mustered out of Shreveport, Louisiana, in June, 1865. Captain T. H. WALTON was promoted to the rank of major and belonged to General ELLIOTT's battalion of General Joe SHELBY's brigade. In October, 1862, two companies of Company A, Third Regiment, Missouri State Guard, and Company I, Eighth Battalion, Missouri Infantry, consolidated and formed Company E, Eighth Regiment, C. S. A., of which regiment R. H. MUSSER was lieutenant-colonel and H. L. GAINES, major. The following officers were elected in Company I, Ninth Regiment: Captain, James C.  WALLACE; first lieutenant, G. T. VAUGHN; second lieutenant, J.N.  THOMPSON; Jr. 2nd lieutenant, F. F. WEED. This company was made up of men from Chariton County and participated in the engagements at Carthage, Drywood, Springfield, Lexington, and Elk Horn. At Elk Horn Captain WALLACE was severely wounded in the right thigh. Among other engagements in which this company participated were at Cypress Bend, Little Rock, Gaine's Landing, Jenkin's Ferry, and Pleasant Hill,  Louisiana. Captain WALLACE was again wounded in the knee at Jenkin's Ferry. He surrendered his company May 10, 1865 at Shreveport, Louisiana.

Several companies of Union Soldiers were organized at Chariton County and entered the Union Army in 1861. The officers of Company B, Eighteenth Missouri Infantry were: Captain, Peter R. DOLMAN; first lieutenant, Fred PARTENHEIMER; first lieutenant J. J. HERSEL, resigned; second lieutenant, J. J. ABRIGG. Captain John A. VANCE organized a company of Home Guard Militia, composed of Germans living in the southeastern part of the county. Captain BUCKSHARDT organized another company of Home Guard Militia composed of Germans and were stationed at Bowling Green Prairie south of Dalton. Quite a number of men in Chariton county enlisted in Companies E and H of the Ninth Regiment of Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, known as Colonel Guitar's Regiment. The officers of company H, Missouri State Militia were: Captain, H. S. GLAZE; 1st lieutenant, T. A. H. SMITH; second lieutenant, J A. DONAHOE; first seargent, J. X. MITCHELL; Second Sergeant, J. SHAW; third sergeant, F. O. BOOMER; fourth sergeant, Monte LEHMAN; fifth sergeant, John S. FOGGIN.

During the last year of the Civil war there were enacted in Chariton County some of the darkest deeds of cold-blooded murder that were ever perpetuated in any civilized community by men who seemed to be possessed of the instinct of the savage instead of that of civilized beings. Old men who had borne the burdens of the early pioneer in this county and whose gray hairs and tottering forms entitled them to more humane treatment were shot down by the roadside by these creatures in human form for the sole reason that they were accused of being southern sympathizers. On the other hand, there were roving bands of guerillas scouting over the country, many of them not connected with any military organization, who retaliated by killing inoffensive Union men who were non-combatants and had taken no part in the war. The Union men as well as the southern sympathizers who remained at home to care for their families suffered more from these atrocities than those who enlisted in either army.; Among those who were thus shot by the militia in 1864 was Moses HURT, who had been a Union man all during the war. He was taken a short distance from his home and killed by the roadside. Abner FINELL, one of the pioneer school teachers in Chariton County and a captain of the state militia in 1838, was taken from his home by the same crowd and shot by the roadside a few hundred yards from his front gate. James STARK Sr. living in the same neighborhood with Moses HURT, was given the alternative of going in the militia or going to prison. Be in a southern sympathizer, he declined doing either and so remained away from home. A captain of the militia, with some thirty men, went to his home to arrest him. He was not there and they told his son, James STARK, Jr., to tell them where his father was or they would hang him. But none of the family could tell anything of his whereabouts. They then took James Jr., a boy only sixteen years old, to the woods, and hung him several times to the limb of a tree, while the boy protested his inability to tell them where his father was. They finally hung him to a limb and rode off and left him hanging. His body was found  some days later and given a decent interment by his neighbors. The writer of this sketch was a schoolmate of a sister of James STARK, Jr., for several months during the summer of 1864 and often heard her tell the story of the brutal murder of her little brother. Horatio PHILPOTT, one of the pioneers of Chariton County, who came to the county in 1837 and opened a mill on the east fork of the Chariton, was known as a southern sympathizer, as were many of his neighbors. In October, 1864, he was taken from his home by a company of militia under the command of Captain TRUEMAN and this aged pioneer, seventy-five years old, was shot a few yards from his home. When found by his family he had on his person five gunshot wounds and two bayonet thrusts. Two of the gunshot wounds were in the head and the others, with the bayonet thrusts, were in the breast. Dr. James BRUMMALL, living in the same neighborhood, was killed the same day by the same company of militia. It is said that among the soldiers who committed the bloody deeds were one or two of his neighbors who boasted they killed old Dr. BRUMMALL. Jesse ROGERS, an old man of more than seventy years of age, was shot the day by the same soldiers after they had partaken of his hospitality and they refused to allow the family to bury him. As a result, his body lay two or three days before it was buried. He was a quiet, peaceable citizen and a most humble and devout Christian, whose only crime was that he was a southern sympathizer. Theophilus EDWARDS, aged seventy years, was another victim of this same lawless band, who left a trail of blood along the line of march through the county.

One of the most brutal and cowardly deeds committed by men claiming to be soldiers was the wanton murder of John W. LEONARD, a boy only fifteen years of age, by the militia stationed at Brunswick. He was arrested by John COX, who was raised on an adjoining farm and who had gone to school with young LEONARD. LEONARD was brought to Brunswick January 4, 1865, and placed in the guard house. At night he was taken out by a squad of militia and taken to the Missouri river, where a hole was cut in the ice, and, while he was pleading for his life, he was thrust in the river and held until his life was extinct. The charge against him was that it was reported by some neighborhood spy that he had been active with bushwhackers and for this without trial, he was made to forfeit his young life to gratify the lust for blood. The writer of this sketch knows the charge that John LEONARD was ever a bushwhacker was a falsehood, for he boarded with the same boy's mother, ate at the same table, and slept in the same bed with him from February 1864, until late in August of the same year and knows positively that he was never a member of any company of guerillas. The boy's mother, accompanied by a neighbor woman, came to Brunswick in an Ox wagon a few days after her son's arrest and tried to find out the fate of the boy. She was informed that he had been sent to the military prison at St. Louis. The aged mother died a few years afterward in the asylum at St. Joseph. Her mental trouble was caused by grief for her devoted son. Among others who were killed in Brunswick were Judge J. J. FLOOD, who was shot in his own house; John T. MCASHAN, who was shot and his body thrown into the Missouri river; an old man by the name of PIXLEY, who was shot and his body left in the road near Brunswick, was partially eaten by hogs; a man by the name of FRANKLIN, who was shot and his body thrown in Clark APPLEGATE's yard.

Among the Union men who were killed by the guerillas, in retaliation for those killed by the militia, were Senstra COLEMAN, Mr. PARTENHEIMER, Charles JENSIN, and James BITTINGER. On September 22, 1864, the town of Keytesville was taken by Captain TODD and THRELDKILL and their men and about fifty militia, under Captain Berry OWENS, surrendered. Robert CARMEN and William YOUNG were taken prisoner and Senator MACKAY plead with TODD to save the life of CARMEN, as he was the sheriff of the county and a quiet, peaceable citizen. But they were taken outside of the town and killed. After General PRICE's raid, many houses were burned by the militia, among them the fine residences of John D. LOCKE, Green PLUNKETT, Capt. William HERRYFORD, Martin HURT, and the John MOORE tavern in Old Chariton. A. KENNEDY's warehouse in Brunswick, together with a large quantity of furniture and tobacco and several pianos, was also burned.  The loss was more than $30,000 as the building contained the property of citizens who were leaving for St. Louis and other cities to escape the horrors of the Civil War.

From: Nalora <>

The subheading of "The Civil War" is found on pages 324-326

Cassidy Family Lore

Submitted by: Chris Cassidy Schutz

Massillon CASSIDY was the oldest son of Jeremiah Alexander and Martha Matilda (JACKSON) CASSIDY. They had a plantation in Morristown, TN at the time of the Civil War. The story as written:

When Massillon was 16, he was in the war between the North and South, serving as a Confederate soldier. He came home to see his mother. The Union soldiers came and tried to find him. His mother, Martha Matilda, saw them coming and had him hide in the well with cedar bucket and windlass. The Captain asked for a drink of water when they had finished searching. Massillon's mother said, "On one condition. Provided I can have the first bucket load." When they drew the bucket up with him in it, the Captain said, "Madam, I am a man of my word. You can have the first bucket load."

Massillon went on to live a very full life that benefited the people of Lexington, Kentucky where he made his home. Thanks to the kindness of that Captain.

Chris Cassidy Schutz

NOTE: Thursday night Goindigo1 came into the room a little late. We told Chris about our special Songs, letters and poems night. Chris asked if we could share a story that had been handed down through the family. Of course we said yes. I was going to wait till Thursday to read it, but decided to share it now as more of you will see it. {{{{{Chris}}}}} Thank you!!!!

This story was handed down through a few branches of the CASSIDY family. 

Godey's Ladies Book and Magazine
Philadelphia March 1863

GFS Amy and I were talking and I asked her if she had anything for the Weekly Fireside newsletter and this is what she gave me. Sounds very good but I'm hoping someone can tell us what "white heads of celery" are... and don't be too quick to answer that till you read the "receipt"

Chicken Salad

Boil a chicken that weighs no more than a pound and a half. When very tender, take it up, cut it in small strips; then take six or seven fine white heads of celery, scrape, and wash it; cut the white part small. in pieces of about three quarters of an inch long, mix it with the meat of the fowl, and just before the salad is sent in, pour a dressing made in the following way over it - 

Boil four eggs hard; rub their yolks to a smooth paste with two tablespoonfuls of made mustard; one teaspoonful of salt, and one teacupful of strong vinegar.


Place the delicate leaves of the celery around the edges of the dish.

White-heart lettuce may be used instead of celery. Any other dressing may be used, if preferred.

The Editors Corner

Weekly Fireside Staff


 Well, we'd certainly love to thank all of you for your loyal support of our American Civil War History SIG over the years. We have forged many great on-line friendships and "faithful followers" in our common interest and we cherish you for it. We seemed to have developed a great camaraderie and have shared ups and downs and the goods and bads... In the middle of all this we still get great new visitors who are excited about their research in the area and some nights we (Jayne, Tom, Amy and myself) are hard-pressed to keep up with your questions and comments. We try extra hard to make sure that we greet each and every one that enters our domain, but sometimes we just miss seeing you or we're distracted following up on someone else's question. If you have experienced that, then "Oh My" we heartily apologize and sincerely hope you don't think we don't care, 'cause we surely do. We just ask that you "bear with us" during the chaos and give us a chance to catch up or just "Ring our Bell" a few more times and get our attention. Another small courtesy we ask of you is that if you enter the Chat Room before the "On-Stage SIG" is still going on and some of us are in the "room" getting ready for shift change, please "talk" to us by using Instant Messaging (|Ms) so that we don't disrupt the conversations and information going on in the "On-Stage SIG". HOST GFS Jayne, TEG, myself and Host GFS Amy do this as well out of courtesy to the HOSTs still working. You folks are just great and this note isn't from any "incident" but we're working across the Genealogy Forum to improve "Shift Change" everywhere and these are some "Golden Rules" that have instituted on ourselves and thought is smart to pass this on to you folk, just in case you thought we were Acting Strange! Heh Heh - of course we NEVER act strange..... We're the most normal people we know..... "that gave me a giggle!"
Thanks for hanging in there with us... Jayne, Tom, Amy and Jim

Music To Research By


Jim, ole wiz of music, I'm desperately trying to remember the words to a song I heard my mother sing years ago. I used to sing it out on the front porch in the swing at night and made my daddy cry. The only part I remember is..." I'm writing this down in a trench, Mom. Don't scold if isn't too neat. You know as you did, when I was a kid, and came home with mud on my feet. ....... Then the old woman's hands began to tremble, as she fought against tears in her eyes. But she wept unashamed, for there was no name. and she knew that her darlin had died" Maybe not the exact words but I still remember the tune. i wish I knew it's origin, Any clue? Thanks Carolyn 

{{{{{Carolyn}}}}}} Heh heh The ole wiz of music struck out on this one. It really strikes me as World War I, maybe World War II time frame. OK Gang! Help me out here.



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My great cousins in Virginia Beach sent me a CD this week and I've been reveling in it. :-) The name of it is The Renaissance Album. Artists are Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, The Angels of Venice, George Winston, Ex Umbris, Tracy Silverman & Thea Suits, Ensemble De Medici, Baltimore Consort, David Arkenstone and many others..... What a great mix of talent and all Renaissance Music. Quite a change from the ordinary and very peaceful to absorb, heh heh!.. I think that's what I do now. "Absorb" music instead of just listening to it.... Not really a bad approach........... 

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10/26/2000 - Another story in the Women in the Civil War Series.... TBA

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