September 2002 Weekly Firesides

Hear Ye .... Hear Ye
"The Weekly Fireside"
of the American Civil War History
Special Interest Group;
Distribution Coast to Coast
Week ending 01 September 2002

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

If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter by email, please have them send an email to HOST GFS Jim and HOST GFS Jayne with subscribe in the subject line.

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Well I hope all of you are having a great last fling this Labor Day Weekend. I am having an absolute ball! :-) I got Grandbabies all over the house and I'm sure catching up from the last road trip - Heh Heh ... I ran across some great music this week that I wanted to share with you so check the "Music and Stuff" down below in the newsletter. HOST GFS Amy has been under the weather a bit this last week but she's on the mend :-)

Don't forget, this coming Thursday night is The Hunley Story by HOST GFS TEG. You won't want to miss this one.

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"Uncle Chuck's" Civil War Calendar!!

HOST GFS Chuck has been providing us with some excellent Civil War Events around the country so as long as he keeps sending them we'll keep this "Town Crier" up.......


The Descendants and Friends of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (1861-1864) will commemorate and celebrate the belated addition of "The 28th Man" to the Civil War memorial in Sturbridge, MA on 21 - 22 September 2002. For further details, see http://www.nextech.de/ma15mvi/


20-21 Sept. 2002 - Tracing Delmarva Ancestors, Salisbury, MD
The Maryland Genealogical Society holds its Tracing Your Delmarva Ancestors seminar at Salisbury Universary, Salisbury, MD. The seminar is co-hosted by the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society and the Nabb Research Center of Salisbury University

The seminar will feature prominent speakers on the early settlers of the Delmarva Peninsula and topics of interest to researchers of Delmarva families.

THE PROGRAM
Please note that the schedule for the seminar is subject to change without notice.
Registration Information -- Cost: Friday Only: $25; Saturday Only: $25; Friday and Saturday: $50; Friday Banquet: $25.

Register by mail -- Send check or money order payable to: Maryland Genealogical Society (MGS). When registering by mail, please include your phone number, address, email address and options (Friday Only/Saturday Only/Both Days/Friday Banquet) you wish to purchase.
Mail check to:
MGS
c/o Delmarva Roots
217 Schley Ave.
Lewes, DE 19958

Register by Phone -- You may also register by phone by calling 1-800-576-8608 during normal business hours. We accept Mastercard or Visa credit cards.

Register online -- To register online, go to Delmarva Roots Genealogy store (http://www.delmarvaroots.com) and select Maryland Genealogy Seminar from the product list and select the days and/or banquet you wish to attend, add them to your shopping cart and then checkout. We accept Mastercard and Visa credit cards.

Vendors will be in attendance offering a large number of books, CDs, maps, and other miscellaneous items, covering source material, background history, how-to and other topics.

For additional information, contact: (800) 576-8608; or web site: http://www.delmarvaroots.com.


September 13, 14, & 15, 2002
Antietam, 140th Anniversary Commemoration

Fox's Gap
The Cornfield
Bloody Lane
AP Hill's Assault
near Hagerstown, MD.
For Ticket, Lodging & Travel Information call
1-888-248-4597
For even more information go to the following websites:
http://www.antietamreenactment.com/
http://www.marylandmemories.org/proof/iten/antietam_anniversary.html

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Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Activities and Sites
Available for your Enjoyment and Research

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


"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 On-Line.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

The Weekly Fireside Archives
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/Fireside.htm


The Genealogy Forum Mailing List Signup
You may subscribe by sending an email to:
GOLDEN-GATE-L-request@rootsweb.com
Title the subject of the email SUBSCRIPTION and type "Subscribe"
in the body of the email message.

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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).

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

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

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Music Notes ..............

I haven't had a piece in the newsletter for some time sharing music tidbits with you and I thought, well, it's time. For those of you who don't know him, I'd like to introduce you to an extraordinary pianist, Jim Brickman. He has 8 CDs on the market and for those that do know him, he has a new one out called "Love Songs and Lullabies". You can check out his other CDs at http://www.jimbrickman.com

I heartily recommend that you try him out for a nice quiet evening of pure joy. :D

..............enjoy!

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THE HELP DESK

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

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website (Website is listed above in the Fireside) 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!

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Websites we've received:


From: AnMadraRua@aol.com

From: BitsOBlueNGray@aol.com

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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

Here's how it works... If you are trying to get photographs of a gravesite or battlefield, to collect for your Civil War ancestor research and records, then send us a request and we will post it here... Other members 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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OUR WEEKLY READING
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, and Poems evenings)

You know I was very surprised about 10 or so years ago when I discovered that Herman Melville not only was a renouned author (Moby Dick, etc.) but he was a poet. As he was a Union officer of artillery during the Civil War, he captured his perceptions of that period in poetry. Lot's of poetry. If you're interested, try checking "The Battle Pieces of Herman Melville" out of your local library sometime. Here's an example:

The March into Virginia
by Herman Melville (1819 - 1891)

Did all the lets and bars appear
To every just or larger end,
Whence should come the trust and cheer?
Youth must its ignorant impulse lend --
Age finds place in the rear.
All wars are boyish, and are fought by boys,
The champions and enthusiasts of the state:
Turbid arders and vain joys
Not barrenly abate --
Stimulants to the power mature,
Perparatives of fate.

Who here forecasteth the event?
What heart but spurns at precedent
And warnings of the wise,
Contemned foreclosures of surprise?
The banners play, the bugles call,
The air is blue and prodigal.
No berrying party, pleasure-wooed,
No picnic party in May,
Ever went less loth that they
Into that leafy neighborhood.
In Bacchic glee they file toward Fate,
Moloch's uninitiate;
Expectancy, and glad surmise
Of battle's unknown mysteries.
All they feel is this: 'tis glory,
A rapture sharp, though transitory,
Yet lasting in belaureled story.
So they gayly go to fight,
Chatting left and laughing right.

But some who this blithe mood present,
As on in lightsome files they fare,
Shall die experienced ere three days are spent --
Perish, enlightened by the vollied glare;
Or shame survive, and, like to adamant,
The throe of Second Manassas share.

This poem is a Federal counterpart to the Confederate "Enlisted Today." As Melville indicates, confident and green young Union soldiers broke ranks to pick berries on their way to being routed and slaughtered by Confederates at the first battle of Bull Run (Manassas).

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY..

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

From: SusiCP@aol.com
Transcript of Co. H. 61st Regiment O.V.I.

HISTORY OF BELMONT AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES OHIO.
(It was printed in 1880 so the copyright law would not apply.)

Page 205
Co. H. 61st REGIMENT O.V. I.
This company was recruited at Bellaire, Bridgeport, Martin's Ferry, Jacobsburg and Glencoe, Belmont County, Ohio. It was enlisted between January and April, 1862. It was organized as follows:

John GARRETT, Captain.
David RANKIN, First Lieutenant.
Milton . JUNKINS, Second Lieutenant.
Isaiah GRAFTON, First Sergeant.
John WRIGHT, Sergeant.
William SMITH, Sergeant.
William WHIMS, Sergeant,
John.G. LANING, Sergeant,
Zenas SHIPMAN, Corporal,
James W. GRAFTON, Corporal.
David B. LONG, Corporal.
Wilson S. MITCHELL, Corporal.
John KENNEDY, Corporal.
John DRUM, Corporal
Joseph B. DEAN, Corporal.
Jacob H. LONG, Corporal.
MUSICIANS--John HUNTSMAN, William MARTIN.
WAGONER--William LONG.

PRIVATES--Wesley G. AULT, Richard BEAVERS, Solomon BEACH, Thomas BROWN, Edward BROWN, John CUMFORD, William CLARK, John DWAYER, John DETWILER, Joseph DAAGAN, Alexander W. DANIELS, Francis DAINE, Alexander EVANS, Monroe FRANCIS, Richard S.FRANCIS, John FRY, Nelson GRAY, Isaac A. GRIST, William GASTON, Nicholas HINES, Albert HOCKADY, Samuel HINES, William JOPLAND, Thomas JACKSON, Jacob JACKSON, John W. JACKSON, John, JONES, John JOHNSTON, Sterling JOHNSTON, William JUDD, Robert A. KELSEY, Joseph H. KING, Peter KENNEY, William LASH, James A. LONG, S. B. LONG, E.M. MITCHELL, Michael McCLUSKY, John MACAULEY, W. A. McKIRAHAN, Jacob MAY, William MILLER, John MOORE, George MARTIN, James NICHOLSON, Hugh NIXON, Terrence O'BRINE, Robert H. PATTERSON, John W. PATTERSON, Samuel POTTS, Richard PEARCE, David PORTER, Walker PITTETT, John PORTER, John T. ROTHWELL, James D. RICHARDS, James S. SMITH, Alfred SHAHAN, John SHATZER, George SWARTZ, John C. TAYLOR, Joseph PENLEY, William TAYLOR, James W. WRIGHT, George W. WORLEY, Michael WELSH, James WEIR, Daniel W. WISE, Charles WEIGHT, Fedale ZARNE.

Company H was partially consolidated with the 82nd regiment, Ohio Infantry, March 31, 1865, and made part of company H of that regiment.

CASUALTIES OF CO. H.

John G. LANNING, promoted to sergeant February 11, 1864. James S. SMITH, promoted to corporal February 5, 1864. John T. ROTHWELL, promoted to corporal March 2, 1864. David PORTER, promoted to corporal February 4, 1864. Westley G. AULT, promoted to corporal June 2, 1865.

DISCHARGED.

James Cain, released prisoner: discharged by virtue of War Department. James W. WRIGHT, discharged at Camp Dennison, Ohio, June 28, 1865. Mustered out at Louisville, Ky., July 24, 1865.

{{{Susi}}} Thanks for the material....

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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 and HOST GFS Jim and our many faithful friends :)

9/05/02 - The Hunley Story by HOST GFS TEG

9/12/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

9/19/02 - OPEN CHAT

9/26/02 - The Ozarks Burn - 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 15 September 2002

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

If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter by email, please have them send an email to HOST GFS Jim and HOST GFS Jayne with subscribe in the subject line.

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Aye twas a great eve we had of poem reading and the sharin' of letters and just general good cheer and looking for information. We missed ya.

Now this coming Thursday is OPEN CHAT, so come with your Civil War questions and discussions. We'll be watching for ya.

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"Uncle Chuck's" Civil War Calendar!!

HOST GFS Chuck has been providing us with some excellent Civil War Events around the country so as long as he keeps sending them we'll keep this "Town Crier" up.......


The Descendants and Friends of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (1861-1864) will commemorate and celebrate the belated addition of "The 28th Man" to the Civil War memorial in Sturbridge, MA on 21 - 22 September 2002. For further details, see http://www.nextech.de/ma15mvi/


20-21 Sept. 2002 - Tracing Delmarva Ancestors, Salisbury, MD
The Maryland Genealogical Society holds its Tracing Your Delmarva Ancestors seminar at Salisbury Universary, Salisbury, MD. The seminar is co-hosted by the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society and the Nabb Research Center of Salisbury University

The seminar will feature prominent speakers on the early settlers of the Delmarva Peninsula and topics of interest to researchers of Delmarva families.

THE PROGRAM
Please note that the schedule for the seminar is subject to change without notice.
Registration Information -- Cost: Friday Only: $25; Saturday Only: $25; Friday and Saturday: $50; Friday Banquet: $25.

Register by mail -- Send check or money order payable to: Maryland Genealogical Society (MGS). When registering by mail, please include your phone number, address, email address and options (Friday Only/Saturday Only/Both Days/Friday Banquet) you wish to purchase.
Mail check to:
MGS
c/o Delmarva Roots
217 Schley Ave.
Lewes, DE 19958

Register by Phone -- You may also register by phone by calling 1-800-576-8608 during normal business hours. We accept Mastercard or Visa credit cards.

Register online -- To register online, go to Delmarva Roots Genealogy store (http://www.delmarvaroots.com) and select Maryland Genealogy Seminar from the product list and select the days and/or banquet you wish to attend, add them to your shopping cart and then checkout. We accept Mastercard and Visa credit cards.

Vendors will be in attendance offering a large number of books, CDs, maps, and other miscellaneous items, covering source material, background history, how-to and other topics.

For additional information, contact: (800) 576-8608; or web site: http://www.delmarvaroots.com.

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Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Activities and Sites
Available for your Enjoyment and Research

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


"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 On-Line.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

The Weekly Fireside Archives
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/Fireside.htm


The Genealogy Forum Mailing List Signup
You may subscribe by sending an email to:
GOLDEN-GATE-L-request@rootsweb.com
Title the subject of the email SUBSCRIPTION and type "Subscribe"
in the body of the email message.

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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).

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

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

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Did you know?.....................

Atlanta, GA.
September 16, 1864

Rev Bradley, Confederate Army:
Dear Sir:
     Your letter of September 14 is received. I approach a question involving a title to a "horse" with deference for the laws of war. That mysterious code, of which we talk so much but know so little, is remarkably silent on the "horse." He is a beast so tempting to the soldier, to him of the wild cavalry, the fancy artillery, or the patient infantry, that I find more difficulty in recovering a worthless spavined beast, than in paying a million of "Greenbacks"; so that I fear I must reduce your claim to one of finance, and refer you to the great board of claims in Washington, that may reach your case by the time your grandchild becomes a great grandfather.
     Privately, I think it was a shabby thing in that scamp of the Thirty-first Missouri who took your horse, and the colonel or his brigadier should have restored him. But I cannot undertake to make good the sins of omission of my own colonels and brigadiers, much less of those of former generation. "When this cruel war is over," and peace once more gives you a parish, I will promise, if near you, to procure out of Uncle Sam's corrals a beast that will replace the one taken from you, so wrongfully; but no it is impossible. We have a big journey before us and need all we have, and, I fear, more too; so look out when the Yanks are about and hide your beasts, for my experience is that all soldiers are very careless in a search for title. I know that General Hardee will confirm this, my advice.

With great respect, yours truly,
W.T. Sherman,
Major General

-- Rev. G.S. Bradley


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

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THE HELP DESK

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

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website (Website is listed above in the Fireside) 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!

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Websites we've received:

From: HOST GFS Jayne@aol.com

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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

Here's how it works... If you are trying to get photographs of a gravesite or battlefield, to collect for your Civil War ancestor research and records, then send us a request and we will post it here... Other members 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....


From: onale@comteck.com

"onale" We'll see what we can get from the membership

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OUR WEEKLY READING
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, and Poems evenings)

Attributed to Thomas and Ellen Snowden, the words by Daniel Decatur Emmett. The Snowdens were black musicians and singers and Dan Emmett (1815-1904) was a singer and composer. He also wrote the popular "Old Dan Tucker." "Dixie" is discussed in the Introduction. It was one of Abraham Lincoln's favorite tunes

Dixie

I wish I was in de land ob cotton,
Old times dar am not forgotten,
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
Is Dixie Land whar I was born in
Early on one frosty mornin',
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

Chorus:
Den I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie Land I'll take my stand,
To lib and die in Dixie!
Away, away, away down South in Dixie!
Away, away, away down South in Dixie!

Old Missus marry Will de Weaber,
Willium was a gay deceaber,
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
But when he put his arm around 'er,
He smiled as fierce as a forty-pounder,
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

His face was sharp as a butcher's cleaber,
But dat did not seem to greab 'er.
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
Old Missus acted the foolish part,
And died for a man dat broke her heart,
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

Now here's a health to the next old Missus,
And all de gals dat want to kiss us,
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
But if you want to drive 'way sorrow,
Come and hear dis song tomorrow,
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

Dar's buckwheat cakes an' Ingen batter
Makes you fat or a little fatter,
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
Den hoe it down and' scratch your grabble,
To Dixie's land I'm bound to trabble
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY..

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

From: DdHober@aol.com
I am forwarding this message to you in hopes you can somehow help this person. I igured somone on your list may also be interested in their books.
Dd

In a message dated 8/30/02 8:40:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time, krkjdk@bellsouth.net

Hi. I was wondering if you know of someone who might be interested in buying 2 books I have that collects Civil War items in Pa.? I had heard former Sen. John Heinz had a library or something like that with the W.Pa. Roundtable. One book is called Thrice in the Rebel Dungeons and talks about Andersonville and other camps. The other was written in 1868 about U.S. Grant and has his picture inside. It is signed on the book. I'll give someone a decent deal pricewise but also would like to see that someone gets them so people could use these as a research resource. I had relatives in the War also and am originally from Pa.
Don Kirkwood
krkjdk@bellsouth.net

Dd - We'll certainly see if anyone is interested. If you are email krkjdk@bellsouth.net


From: Phreyor@aol.com
Friends: Can anyone here tell me more about the 118th infantry of Illinois? How and where in Illinois did they form, where did they train, and any personal stuff would be very helpful. I had a German immigrant relative in the out fit. Thanks. Phreyor...
P.S. I love reading your stuff! Keep up the good work!

"Phreyor" we'll see what the readers say!


From: BitsOBlueNGray@aol.com
Ken Burns' The Civil War will be rebroadcast this month on PBS-TV... here's page where folks can check to see when it's going to be broadcast in their area

http://www.pbs.org/whatson/index.html
PBS - TV Schedule


From: BitsOBlueNGray@aol.com
Subj: [CW-POW] Free Workshop-- Dr. George Schweitzer-- Gallatin, TN

Whether your ancestors wore blue or gray in the American Civil War, the East Tennessee Historical Society is offering a free workshop to help find your family’s Civil War story. The free class will be held 2 to 4 p.m. (Central Time) on Saturday, September 21, 2002, in the Gallatin City Hall in Gallatin, Tennessee. The instructor, Dr. George K. Schweitzer, is a popular, nationally known lecturer and author of nineteen genealogy research books.

Participants will learn how to determine if an ancestor served in the Civil War and how to locate records for both Confederate and Union veterans. Participants do not need Tennessee ancestors to participate since the information will be useful to researchers regardless of their ancestor’s home state.

The classes are a celebration and introduction to a new statewide initiative sponsored by ETHS to track down descendants of Civil War soldiers who lived, fought, or died in the Volunteer State. The new heritage program, “Civil War Families of Tennessee,” celebrates the unique role of individuals in Tennessee’s Civil War story.

The workshop is co-sponsored locally by the Gallatin Bicentennial Celebration Committee, Inc. For additional information about the free workshop visit the ETHS web site at http://www.east-tennessee-history.org.

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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 and HOST GFS Jim and our many faithful friends :)

9/19/02 - OPEN CHAT

9/26/02 - The Ozarks Burn - by HOST GFS Jim

10/03/02 - OPEN CHAT

10/10/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

10/17/02 - OPEN CHAT

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 22 Sept 2002

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

If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter by email, please have them send an email to HOST GFS Jim and HOST GFS Jayne with subscribe in the subject line.

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A great time was had by all around the Fireside for some general chit-chat about the Civil War. We're sorry you missed it!!

Be sure to join us this week for HOST GFS Jim's story "The Ozarks Burn" You won't want to miss it!!!

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"Uncle Chuck's" Civil War Calendar!!

HOST GFS Chuck has been providing us with some excellent Civil War Events around the country so as long as he keeps sending them we'll keep this "Town Crier" up.......


From the PA-CIVIL-WAR list:

Many Civil War reenactment groups do living history presentations of selected battles, meetings, social events and other activities in the 1860s. The 97th Reg't. Pa. Vol. Inf., a modern reenactment group, has chosen to rededicate the monument to the original 97th, which stands in Marshall Square Park, West Chester, PA. The event will occur on October 27th, 2002, at 2:00 pm, the 115th anniversary of the original event. The public is invited to attend this historic event.

The program follows the original one, which included music written for the occasion by Miss Nettie H. Livengood. According to Florence Williams, the event organizer, "the order of exercises" was found in the Chester County Historical Society files as recorded by the Daily Local News, October 19, 1887. Dennis Wales, the captain of the modern 97th Reg't. PVI will represent General Henry R. Guss, the founder of the regiment. Morris Farnum, Chaplin of the reenactment group will represent Rev. David W. Moore, the original Chaplin. William C. Kashatus, director of Public Programs, Chester County Historical Society will give the oration as Andrew G. Curtin, the "War Governor of Pennsylvania". Band music by Sousa of the 1887 era will be provided by the Coatesville High School Band lead by Victor Holloday. Permission has been granted to fire a salute as was done by the Griffin Battery, however, rifles rather than cannon, will be used.

An attempt has been made to represent the original figures of the time and their 21st century counterparts. These include military and political figures as well as service and civic organizations.

The public is invited to join us in this historic event at 2:00 pm at Marshall Square Park, West Chester, PA. Handicap parking will be available for a few cars in a nearby parking lot. Please contact Florence K. Williams (610-444-2972) for a parking card.

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Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Activities and Sites
Available for your Enjoyment and Research

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


"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 On-Line.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

The Weekly Fireside Archives
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The Genealogy Forum Mailing List Signup
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Title the subject of the email SUBSCRIPTION and type "Subscribe"
in the body of the email message.

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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).

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

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

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Did you know?

This was forwarded to me by IllinoisCW@aol.com and since we just did a story about the Hunley not long ago, I thought you might like to read it.

HUNLEY PROJECT UPDATE

CLEMSON AND HUNLEY SCIENTISTS
COMBINE EXPERTISE TO CONSERVE NATIONAL ICON

September 19,2002 - Charleston, SC – Clemson University is joining an international effort to conserve the H.L. Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink a warship in battle. The Civil War submarine, recovered off the coast of South Carolina, is one of the largest intact metal artifacts ever recovered from the ocean floor. But its size – 45 feet – and wrought iron and cast iron composition have complicated the job of conserving the submarine, which is now being maintained in a special chilled fresh-water solution at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center.

The research could lead to new approaches and methodologies for the conservation of historically significant marine artifacts, said Richard V. Gregory, director of Clemson’s nationally renowned School of Materials Science and Engineering.

Like any iron artifact immersed in seawater for an extended period of time, the Hunley’s iron hull is contaminated with iron chlorides, said Paul Mardikian, Senior Conservator on the Hunley Project. If exposed to air, these 'salts' literally bind up to the metal, making the overall structure of the sub extremely unstable. The potentially devastating effect of oxygen and humidity could induce a corrosion cycle where, if the submarine is left untreated, she could decay and eventually collapse or disintegrate to iron dust.

“Clemson has the analytical and research power that is required to help preserve this American icon,” said Mardikian. “Just as the Hunley was a technological first for its time, so will be the method of conservation.”

"We're charting new ground – it's not like there's a text book out there we can follow," said Mike Drews, the materials scientist heading the Clemson research team. “There has been very very precious little scientific research done on marine artifacts of this kind.”

One key difference is the team will utilize metal fragments from the actual sub (for example, a rivet that had to be removed in order to gain entry into the sub) and other recovered ships from that same time period. Most of the current in-depth conservation know-how comes not from recovered artifact metals but from modern metals that have been corroded in lab settings.

Drews estimates that it will take at least a year to analyze the sub and devise the best strategy for its conservation. The entire project could take as many as seven years.

Drews and Mardikian will coordinate a team of scientists and students from Clemson, the Smithsonian Institution, France’s Cold Plasma Research Lab, the Western Australian Maritime Museum, and other scientists from around the world. The team will map corrosion and corrosion products and make recommendations on the best way to halt the decay. In time they’ll also analyze leather and textile artifacts found in the sub. Drews will take a sabbatical from teaching in order to work on the Hunley’s conservation and preservation fulltime beginning in September.

Once long-term stability is successfully achieved on the submarine, the Hunley will then be put on permanent public display as a historic and technological educational tool. Until that time, she’ll remain at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center. Currently, scientists are also conducting forensic research and facial reconstructions of the Hunley’s eight-man crew.

"The Hunley truly is a national treasure, and we've only got one chance to do it right," said Drews.

Clemson University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the leading national university in South Carolina and 39th among the nation's top public universities.

The Hunley disappeared on Feb. 17, 1864, after becoming the first submarine in world history to sink a ship in battle. After being lost at sea for over 130 years, the Hunley was located in 1995 and then recovered in August of 2000. Authorities are still working to solve the mystery of what caused the Hunley to sink after her historic mission.

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

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THE HELP DESK

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

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website (Website is listed above in the Fireside) 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!

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Websites we've received:

From: BitsOBlueNGray@aol.com

From: HOST GFS Dae@aol.com

From: GFS Joe and MM3C11259@aol.com
Keyword: CIVIL WAR (AOL only)
15 minutes before eastern time noted below will allow you to participate in computer discussions with the following:
KEYWORD: The Civil War > get the full chat line up

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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..

Here's how it works... If you are trying to get photographs of a gravesite or battlefield, to collect for your Civil War ancestor research and records, then send us a request and we will post it here... Other members 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....


From: onale@comteck.com

"onale" We'll see what we can get from the membership

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OUR WEEKLY READING
(these items are extracts from our Letters, Songs, and Poems evenings)

A set of letters were shared with me by Larry Boynton who is the ggrandson of William Short the writer of the following letter. Larry was so very gracious to allow use to share them with the "members"

Camp Butler Newport News Virginia
Thursday afternoon Feb 13th 1861 [1862]

Dear Sister Ann,

I received your kind letter of the 8th was very glad to hear from you. I am here yet in the same old place. And am well, never was better in my life. It is strange that you have not received a letter from me before. I have wrote to you every week and I calculate to do so for weeks to come.

Everything is quiet here as usual. A terrible accident happened here last Tuesday the 11th. And one of my mess was killed and another man that belonged in Co. D. Last Tuesday they was trying to throw a shot over to Pigs Point across the river, firing with an 8 inch Sawyer rifled gun. They fired once and the shot dident go over. The next time they say they over charged the gun and it burst, killing 2 men instantly and wounding several others. James Shepard was one, he came out with me and was in my mess all the time. I was eating supper with him 10 minutes before he was killed. We was both eating supper when they fired the first time. Shepard says to me lets go out and see them fire. We both started, I went most out there when I turned back and says to Shepard, if I don't take care of my coffee some of the boys weill drink it. I went back and put my coffee in my box and started to go out to the gun. I got just out of the door when the gun bursted. The boys came running down to the Captain saying Shepard was a dead man and sure enough he was. He had just got there when the gun bursted. I think if it hadn't been for the coffee I should have got hurt. Most likely I should have moved close by him as he asked me to go and see them fire. A piece of cannon struck him and killed instantly. The other man was one of the men that was drilling on the gun. It was a horrible sight. Yesterday we sent the body home. I went down to the fort with the body. The whole regiment turned out and the 1st New York regiment band played music. It was a solemn affair. I don't want to see another such, not for anything but I probably shall if I ever get into battle.

I received a letter from Charles at the same time I received yours. He says he has wrote to you often. Sure is something wrong about it, for sure is as many as three letters that I have sent that you haven't got, and it is nothing strange if his letters should get lost. He writes he is well as usual and says he has goot time. As you say I guess he has extra good times. I have got the same chance to spend my money. I could spend every cent of my wages for extras if I was a mind to.

I haven't heard from any of the folks except you, for a great while.

About papers Ann, anything in the shape of reading, no matter what, will be thankfully received and all expenses paid, and expecially a paper from Manchester.

The late victories have almost started a new life into the men. We have laid still so long without any such good news; We are receiving good news from Burnside today, stating that he has taken Roanoke Island and destroyed the Rebel's gun boats. And that the people of Norfolk are in a great escitement---fearing the safety of that city. Burside is now in the rear of the city and nothing to hinder him from marching on to the city except the swamps and the bad state of roads. It has rained almost every day for a month. Today is as pleasant and warm, we was out drilling in our shirt sleeves. Perhaps tomorrow it will rain. I will draw to a close---write soon. Give my love to all that inquires for me.

From your brother
William E. Short
Newport News, VA

Co. B. 29th Mass. Regt.
Care of Capt. I. N. Wilson

Tell Willis to write me a letter
You must excuse these turkey tracks and a poor pen.

Tell .....?..... to write if you write to her.

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A BIT OF COMMUNITY..

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

I'll leave all the following in as I don't have any new ones.

From: DdHober@aol.com
I am forwarding this message to you in hopes you can somehow help this person. I igured somone on your list may also be interested in their books.
Dd

In a message dated 8/30/02 8:40:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time, krkjdk@bellsouth.net

Hi. I was wondering if you know of someone who might be interested in buying 2 books I have that collects Civil War items in Pa.? I had heard former Sen. John Heinz had a library or something like that with the W.Pa. Roundtable. One book is called Thrice in the Rebel Dungeons and talks about Andersonville and other camps. The other was written in 1868 about U.S. Grant and has his picture inside. It is signed on the book. I'll give someone a decent deal pricewise but also would like to see that someone gets them so people could use these as a research resource. I had relatives in the War also and am originally from Pa.
Don Kirkwood
krkjdk@bellsouth.net

Dd - We'll certainly see if anyone is interested. If you are email krkjdk@bellsouth.net


From: Phreyor@aol.com
Friends: Can anyone here tell me more about the 118th infantry of Illinois? How and where in Illinois did they form, where did they train, and any personal stuff would be very helpful. I had a German immigrant relative in the out fit. Thanks. Phreyor...
P.S. I love reading your stuff! Keep up the good work!

"Phreyor" we'll see what the readers say!

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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 and HOST GFS Jim and our many faithful friends :)

9/26/02 - The Ozarks Burn - by HOST GFS Jim

10/03/02 - OPEN CHAT

10/10/02 - Our Monthly sessions of Letters, Songs and Poems of the Civil War

10/17/02 - OPEN CHAT

10/24/02 - Battle of Spotslvania Court House May 12, 1864 by HOST GFS TEG

10/31/02 - To Be Announced

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 29 Sept 2002

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

If you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter by email, please have them send an email to HOST GFS Jim and HOST GFS Jayne with subscribe in the subject line.

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Well we were a little down in attendance last Thursday but we still had a lively group and the story went well.

This coming Thursday is OPEN CHAT so come on out and join the Civil War History discussions.

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"Uncle Chuck's" Civil War Calendar!!

HOST GFS Chuck has been providing us with some excellent Civil War Events around the country so as long as he keeps sending them we'll keep this "Town Crier" up.......


From the PA-CIVIL-WAR list:

Many Civil War reenactment groups do living history presentations of selected battles, meetings, social events and other activities in the 1860s. The 97th Reg't. Pa. Vol. Inf., a modern reenactment group, has chosen to rededicate the monument to the original 97th, which stands in Marshall Square Park, West Chester, PA. The event will occur on October 27th, 2002, at 2:00 pm, the 115th anniversary of the original event. The public is invited to attend this historic event.

The program follows the original one, which included music written for the occasion by Miss Nettie H. Livengood. According to Florence Williams, the event organizer, "the order of exercises" was found in the Chester County Historical Society files as recorded by the Daily Local News, October 19, 1887. Dennis Wales, the captain of the modern 97th Reg't. PVI will represent General Henry R. Guss, the founder of the regiment. Morris Farnum, Chaplin of the reenactment group will represent Rev. David W. Moore, the original Chaplin. William C. Kashatus, director of Public Programs, Chester County Historical Society will give the oration as Andrew G. Curtin, the "War Governor of Pennsylvania". Band music by Sousa of the 1887 era will be provided by the Coatesville High School Band lead by Victor Holloday. Permission has been granted to fire a salute as was done by the Griffin Battery, however, rifles rather than cannon, will be used.

An attempt has been made to represent the original figures of the time and their 21st century counterparts. These include military and political figures as well as service and civic organizations.

The public is invited to join us in this historic event at 2:00 pm at Marshall Square Park, West Chester, PA. Handicap parking will be available for a few cars in a nearby parking lot. Please contact Florence K. Williams (610-444-2972) for a parking card.

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Civil War History & Genealogy Forum Related Activities and Sites
Available for your Enjoyment and Research

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


"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 On-Line.
The address is:
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/

The Weekly Fireside Archives
http://www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/resource/Military/Fireside.htm


The Genealogy Forum Mailing List Signup
You may subscribe by sending an email to:
GOLDEN-GATE-L-request@rootsweb.com
Title the subject of the email SUBSCRIPTION and type "Subscribe"
in the body of the email message.

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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).

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

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

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Did you know?......

The day of the Presidential election of 1864 approached. The Rebels at Andersonville Prison were naturally very much interested in the result, as they believed that the election of McClellan meant compromise and cessation of hostilities, whil the election of Lincoln meant prosecution of the war to the bitter end. The toadying Raiders [at Andersonville] who were perpetually hanging around the gate to get a chance to insinuate themselves in to the favor of the Rebel officers, persuaded them that we were all so bitterly hostile to our Government for not exchanging us that if we were allowed to vote we would cast an overwhelming majority in favor of McClellan.

The Rebels thought that this might perhaps be used to advantage as political capital for their friends in the North. They have orders that we might, if we chose, hold an election on the same day of the presidential circulation. They sent in some ballot boxes, and we elected Judges of the Election.

About noon of that day Captain Bowes, and a crowd of tightbooted, broad-hatted Rebel officers, strutted in with the peculiar "Efyer-don't-believe-I'm-a-butcher-just-smell-of-me-boots" swagger characteristic of the class. They had come in to see us all voting for McClellan. Instead, they found the polls surrounded with ticket pedlars shouting:

"Walk right up here now, and get your Unconditional-Union-Abraham Lincoln tickets!"

"Here's your straight-haired prosecution-of-the-war ticket."

"Vote the Lincoln ticket; vote to whip the Rebels, and make peace with them when they've laid down their arms."

"Don't vote a McClellan ticket and gratify ---- Rebels, everywhere," etc.

The Rebel officers did not find the scene what their fancy painted it, and turning around they strutted out.

When the votes came to be counted out, there were over seven thousand for Lincoln and not half that many hundred for McClellan. The latter got very few votes outside the Raider crowd. The same day a similar election was held in Florence, with like result. Of course this did not indicate that there was any such preponderance of Republicans among us. It meant simply that the Democrat boys, little as they might have liked Lincoln, would have voted for him a hundred times rather than do anything to please the Rebels.

I never heard that the Rebels sent the result to the North.

John McElroy


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

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THE HELP DESK

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

Editor's Note: The new Military Resouces Website (Website is listed above in the Fireside) 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!

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Websites we've received:

From: Kashathree@aol.com

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MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS!!..


Here's how it works... If you are trying to get photographs of a gravesite or battlefield, to collect for your Civil War ancestor research and records, then send us a request and we will post it here... Other members 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....


From: onale@comteck.com

"onale" We'll see what we can get from the membership


From: hgteater@msn.com