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  1. Just received an email courtesy of Dave Payne I thought ya'all might be interested in: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001QoK2RCbM0CZ2bSPRbIc5KY1InpH7X5FZWFTzJ5yb4B80P3IywhVVtLMPlo2DBhPl9XPUw6m8en8Wcu1Vsl_vveBRYlj7PCbSVu2PnK4I0rVfrEBgzcxqlUYuvtzg60ePWmWXBeLQXjKtd5WdBYxA_5EK55JUp9jfbehILU7U-YfzudWsjPp4yqmOLVvVuw8l&c=r3liXfA0mZxMZKNs2dBITMPbNAE16AT_EUU9NJGtw3khBVNyM_Gwww==&ch=ycfRshYCri6WT_ktBL3N04zyqcnvemuvRgtpUmCqd8hjBpxGv0_Lrw== Virtual Book Signing™ History. Book. Talk. www.VirtualBookSigning.net See Rare Books and Artifacts at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates! Join us on Wednesday, December 3rd at 8:30 PM, Central Time, as Virtual Book Signing™ brings you celebrated historian Walter Isaacson discussing his new study of the Digital Revolution. 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What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. Order now for delivery after the event. The Innovators Costs $35.00 Shipping charges apply ($9 for first book plus $1 for each additional book) and Illinois residents pay 9.25% sales tax. Visa/MC accepted. To reserve your signed copies of these titles visit. www.VirtualBookSigning.net or call us at (312) 944-3085 Shiloh! Plus Lincoln and the Military! Join us on Thursday, December 11th at 6:00 PM, Central Time, as Virtual Book Signing™ brings you Timothy B. Smith discussing the battle of Shiloh, and John Marszalek discussing Abraham Lincoln's relations with the military. Watch these award-winning authors LIVE online at www.VirtualBookSigning.net, or join us in person at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001QoK2RCbM0CZ2bSPRbIc5KY1InpH7X5FZWFTzJ5yb4B80P3IywhVVtOrG-xWpb9nqpJOzu8EI6VuHCpWQHuWwyqmjvvq1VYc0xoqEByz0w5U34WMpt2NX8hq7NYJx-M7FWtq2Eok_ifvZ-2zlp-TAstws6btUr-Kwjxb_qsa4p_87Nc3GjRMclA7ej6Vh4BieTOHSjq5KYty--sXNvmY5_sewvw0Y9m7W&c=r3liXfA0mZxMZKNs2dBITMPbNAE16AT_EUU9NJGtw3khBVNyM_Gwww==&ch=ycfRshYCri6WT_ktBL3N04zyqcnvemuvRgtpUmCqd8hjBpxGv0_Lrw== Timothy B. Smith. Shiloh: Conquer or Perish. Lawrence: 2014. 1st edition, 624p., maps, illustrations. The Battle of Shiloh has been the subject of many books. However, none has told the story of Shiloh as Timothy Smith does in this volume, the first comprehensive history of the two-day battle in April 1862. Unfolding over April 6-7, Shiloh produced the most sprawling and bloody field of combat since the Napoleonic wars, with an outcome that set the Confederacy on the road to defeat. Contrary to previous histories, Smith tells us, the battle was not won or lost on the first day. Devoting unprecedented attention to the details of that second day, his book shows how the Union's triumph was far less assured, and much harder to achieve, than has been previously acknowledged. By breaking his analysis of both days' fighting into separate phases and sectors, Smith makes it much easier to grasp what was happening in each combat zone, why the battle unfolded as it did, and how it related to the broader tactical and operational context. The battlefield's diverse and challenging terrain comes in for new scrutiny. The experience of the soldiers finds its place here too, as Smith lets us hear the voices of the common man, whether combatant or local civilian, caught up in a historic battle for their lives. "We must this day conquer or perish," Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston declared on the morning of April 6, 1862. His words proved prophetic, and might serve as an epitaph for the larger war, as we see fully for the first time in this unparalleled and surely definitive history of the Battle of Shiloh. http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001QoK2RCbM0CZ2bSPRbIc5KY1InpH7X5FZWFTzJ5yb4B80P3IywhVVtPt3-fzSZk3dRMUVVDjlHKA7kAp4tytTkgAFj5rtKef6E4g0Ya1Fuhi6T0NUlYvn2EBcIZncjg2fd9Zy20eZVG0RNgwX8rTvnZdPyNSAh31O4kXigeWsCTeW8c0WsfmXrGeCXgg9LMOsAQWxfnwdaY0sReHuiS6WWI8ZqXN3x_3R&c=r3liXfA0mZxMZKNs2dBITMPbNAE16AT_EUU9NJGtw3khBVNyM_Gwww==&ch=ycfRshYCri6WT_ktBL3N04zyqcnvemuvRgtpUmCqd8hjBpxGv0_Lrw== John F. Marszalek. Lincoln and the Military. Carbondale: 2014. 1st edition, 168p. When Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States in 1860, he came into office with practically no experience in military strategy and tactics. As the war continued and Lincoln matured as a military leader, however, he became the major military mind of the war. In this brief overview of Lincoln's military actions and relationships during the war, John F. Marszalek traces the sixteenth president's evolution from a nonmilitary politician into the commander in chief who won the Civil War. Tying the necessity of emancipation to preservation of the Union, Marszalek considers the many presidential matters Lincoln had to face in order to manage the war effectively and demonstrates how Lincoln's determination, humility, sense of humor, analytical ability, and knack for quickly learning important information proved instrumental in his military success. Order now for delivery after the event. Shiloh: Conquer or Perish costs $34.95 Lincoln and the Military costs $24.95 Shipping charges apply ($9 for first book plus $1 for each additional book) and Illinois residents pay 9.25% sales tax. Visa/MC accepted. To reserve your signed copies of these titles visit. www.VirtualBookSigning.net or call us at (312) 944-3085 Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. 357 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 944-3085 Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Think of us as Lincoln's Chicago Address! Jim
  2. That was great. The only thing I noticed that Tim missed was when he was discussing Hurlbut's line in southern Wicker Field on the afternoon of the 6th, he failed to point out that the linchpin of the line was the 16th WI in it's center. Jim
  3. Perry, you may wish to stay in TN for the next week. Forecasted high for Wed. in OK City is 42 deg. and 38 for a high Thurs. Jim
  4. The last I saw of them, they turned north off Bark road and the woods swallowed em up. Jim
  5. In the military, the problem with taking ones own initiative, in direct opposition to orders, is that you had better be damn sure of being right. At Donelson, Wallace was right. His commander would not be happy about it, but nothing like success to cover one's butt. At Shiloh, for whatever reason, Wallace was wrong. Being wrong opens one to all kinds of problems, including becoming an escape goat. Jim
  6. John, if the camera don't do it, it ain't gettin' done! I personally think the photographer needs a little (A LITTLE!) fine tuning, but that's a subject for another day. Jim
  7. It has neither my Grandfather's nor my Father's. Fortunately, It also doesn't have mine, although there are two with the first, last and middle initial as mine, I really am feeling fine and the report of my grave(s) having been found are greatly exaggerated! Jim
  8. It also gets interesting when the pavement ends, then the gravel ends and then the dirt path ends. I've had some real hard times trying to turn around. A few years back I decided to see where Gladden Road led to, at night. There is a certain point where it really is just a path and I could swear I heard some Deliverance cords being played off into the woods somewhere! And yes, you do owe me royalties. I do accept beer in payment. Jim
  9. That's OK Oz. I didn't even know we could give out stars! Too bad someone who can actually take decent pics wasn't there as these scenes tend to be better than comes out of my camera. Jim
  10. I'm starting to learn some of the backroads by using my patented "Take any road that looks interesting and get sorta lost for a while" technique. On just such an excursion I came across an old house with great porches (I love houses with huge porches) that looks like it is getting some much needed TLC: Then I came upon a field of snow! Whew. Not snow, but cotton that looks pretty near pickin' time. But that ole cotton pickin job just ain't what she used to be! Driving in the Park in 80 deg. heat and high humidity and seeing the leaf colors changing is a little strange to this old Yankee: Recently I was lucky enough to watch the American Queen land in Savannah. First it raised it's smoke stacks, lowered to get under the bridge: The two stacks are raised one at a time. Meanwhile, the Captain lines up the boat (?ship?) with how he wants to be oriented to the shore, broadside to the current coming around the river bend, using the current to slowly push him near the shore and his engines to stay oriented. The crew are busy getting the gang plank ready: Meanwhile, time for a tie off line. Note the tree protector: After this pic my battery died, so I decided to stop taking more pics. Another section was added to the gang plank, after I snapped this: to reach the sidewalk. Two lines were added to the front (?bow?). The engine and the current were then used to keep everything steady and in place. There were three bus (really nice buses!) loads of people onboard. About 45-50 per bus. One bus did a step off tour of Savannah and the other two were bound for Shiloh. Larry DeBerry, owner and curator of Shiloh Battlefield Museum, was tour guide of bus #1. He asked if I wanted to come along. Thought of having him twist my arm, but I figured what the hay (like I really even thought twice about it!). Acting as Larry's assistant passing out literature, I went on a really great three hour ride. Found out the American Queen was on a 6 day cruise, which was suppose to be 7, but had problems before launch that delayed it one day. They started in Nashville up to the Tenn. River to Savannah and then to Chattanooga. Needless to say, a good time was had by all, including yours truly. Jim
  11. Richard, I have sent a message to people who actually get to make those types of decision and will let you know the results. Jim
  12. From the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/house-divided/wp/2014/10/20/civil-war-trust-meets-goal-of-40000-acres-preserved/ By Linda Wheeler The 40,000 acres preserved since 1999 is equivalent to 62.5 square miles, according to the Civil War Trust, which announced Monday that it had met a goal it had set for itself three years ago with the purchase of 654 acres at North Anna, Va., battlefield. The trust has now preserved battlefield acres at 122 Civil War battlefields spread across 20 states. That represents 943 acres saved at the well-known battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa., as well as three acres preserved at the less-well-known Palmito Ranch in south Texas. It is not closing its doors with this victory, however: It is moving ahead quickly to save more battlefield sites, said trust President Jim Lighthizer. “We cannot let up while America’s historic landscape continues to disappear at an alarming rate,” he said in prepared remarks. The recent purchase of the historic Fontaine Farm on the North Anna battlefield in Louisa and Hanover counties is the first time the trust had been able to purchase nearly an entire battlefield. The trust also announced that its Facebook page had surpassed 20,000 fans. “This tremendous — and growing — level of support will help us continue to achieve previously unimaginable successes,” Lighthizer said. There are 55,000 members of the nonprofit trust, making it the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the country. Jim
  13. Grandpa, I blew up the map to 250%. It says Bolling's Ford. In one of my little drives to learn the area, I found myself on McNairy Dr. I found a little burg called Shady Grove. Is this the Shady Grove to which you are referring Grandpa? Jim
  14. I plan on going to the Corinth Interpretive Center and have the author not only sell me the book in the bookstore, but have it autographed at the same time. I'm pretty sure arraignments could be made with the author (he has been known to be a nice guy if you catch him on a good day!) to send you a signed copy (with the proper financial inducements , of course). If not, I may be able to assist you in this matter. Jim
  15. Yup Sharon. I'm hiding out from WI winters near the intersection of Hy 142 and Bark Road. Jim
  16. You da man, Oz. Thanks for the link. Nothing on who he insulted, but it could have been Prentiss (I sure hope so). Jim
  17. Great maps John! Are they online? Link? Why do almost all old Shiloh maps have west at the top? I can just see it now. Someone said "In the future, a Yank is going to come out of WI who is going to try and make sense out of this battle. One of our numerous plans to prevent this is that all maps will be rotated 90 degrees to the right." It's working. Jim
  18. Well, thanks Ozzy, that's a start. Wonder who he disrespected. Sure do wish it was Prentiss, but you say it was not part of his command, so no hope. Now I just need to find "The rest of the story." Jim
  19. Way to go Chief. I hope it sells a million! Jim
  20. Bruce is getting a NARA pension? Birthday present?
  21. Another is Cordelia Harvey, widow of Gov. Harvey of WI, who many, including me, consider the mother of the WI VA healthcare system. And we can't forget Kate Cumming of Corinth. If you want to really learn about her I would suggest you visit the Corinth Interpretive Center and talk to Ranger Rachel. Jim
  22. HMMMM beer. Wonder if she needs a copilot who is willing to make sure everyone pays their fair share!?!?
  23. How does one get from the white X to the starting red X? Seeing as you are starting from next door to me, I would be willing to ferry people from the Church to the starting point for a small gratuity (beer). Jim
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