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  1. Yes, Sharon, that is an interesting perspective, but I prefer to be on the other end! Jim
  2. Perry: "Imagine a soldier being able to fully re-equip himself with debris still scattered around a month after the battle." While the letter is written a month after the battle, I believe he was writing about gathering items right after the battle. It would have taken some time for his wife to become aware that their camp had been overrun, and even more time for the letter from her to get to her husband and him to send back this reply. Jim
  3. I believe Sherman and Johnston respected each other during the war. Steven Woodworth in Nothing But Victory, pages 530-531 wrote that Sherman felt it was a good thing that Hood had replaced Johnston at Atlanta as he could get a decisive battle with Hood that the wiley old Johnston would never offer. Jim
  4. Happy birthday Perry. Looks like a good day to spend at the park! Here's hoping for a good year for you. Jim
  5. I found the book at the Beloit, WI Library. Jim
  6. I'm reading an interesting book called The Badax Tigers From Shiloh to the Surrender with the 18th Wisconsin Volunteers Edited by Thomas P. Nanzig. It is a collection of letters written by two members of Co. C of the 18th WI Inf., Thomas Jefferson Davis and Ransom J. Chase. On pages 56 - 57, Davis' May 8th, 1862 letter from Pittsburg Landing to his wife contained this paragraph (typos included): This ink is so thick that I can hardly write with it and I have to sit on the ground and write of my knees. I am mutch obliged to you for sending this paper and stamp though I have managed to get stamps and paper enough so far. The first letter I wrote you I was out of paper and used some leaves out of a book I picked up. You wanted to know if I lost my clothes and things. The Sesesh got my overcoat, knapsack, haversack, canteen, and my quilt and blanket. But after the battle I made it all good again for there was all kinds of equipag left scattered on the battlefield. Jim
  7. Welcome Hooverkw. The last time I was at the park, I saw, besides the eagles and deer, a fox, a pileated woodpecker and numerous other wildlife. It is truely a most wonderful park in all aspects. I also love standing at the landing, watching the water flow north, and thinking how it has to travel to the Ohio River, to the Mississippi River and then south to get 100 miles to the west to Memphis. Sure a long-a-bout trip (I'd take it in a second). I hope you enjoy this group. I know you'll enjoy your visit to the park. Jim
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    I know I shouldn't post messages of a commercial nature here and this isn't about Shiloh in the notice, I believe they do a good service and have had a hand in parts of Shiloh NMP. EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 10:00 a.m. EDT, May 13, 2010 For more information, contact: Mary Koik, CWPT, (202) 367-1861 x7231 Beth Newburger, Epoch, (571) 436-0887 Civil War Preservation Trust Releases Annual Report on Nation's Most Endangered Battlefields Best-Selling Author Jeff Shaara Joins Trust to Unveil “History Under Siege” Report (Washington, D.C.) – The iconic Pennsylvania battlefield synonymous with American valor, now facing a second attempt to bring casino gambling to its doorstep; a Virginia crossroads where a single marching order set the Union army on the road to victory, now proposed for a monstrous commercial development; and a rocky Arizona spire where Confederate and Union forces fiercely faced off, now jeopardized by state budget cuts; are some of the nation’s most endangered Civil War battlefields. At a news conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) unveiled its annual report on the status of the nation’s historic battlegrounds. The report, entitled History Under Siege™: A Guide to America’s Most Endangered Civil War Battlefields, identifies the most threatened Civil War sites in the United States and what can be done to save them. History Under Siege 2010 Media Advisory “All across the country, our nation’s irreplaceable battlefields – these tangible links to our shared history – are threatened by inappropriate development, misguided public policy, limited financial resources and, in some cases, simple apathy,” said CWPT President James Lighthizer at the report’s unveiling. “Next year marks the Sesquicentennial of the bloodiest conflict in our nation’s history, and as we prepare for that seminal moment, it is an opportune time to shine a spotlight on the places that tell America’s story.” Joining Lighthizer at the news conference was best-selling author Jeff Shaara, who also serves on the CWPT Board of Trustees. The author of nine New York Times bestsellers, Shaara’s novels, including the Civil War-themed Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, have been praised by historians for their painstaking research. His only non-fiction work, Jeff Shaara’s Civil War Battlefields, is a unique and personal tour across ten of America’s most hallowed battlegrounds. In testament to his commitment to historic preservation, Shaara donated the entire advance from the project toward battlefield protection efforts. “Nothing creates an emotional connection between present and past like walking in the footsteps of our Civil War soldiers,” said Shaara. “I hope that by drawing attention to endangered Civil War battlefields, Americans will this see hallowed ground in a new way and understand that these sites must be preserved for future generations to experience.” Also taking the podium at the news conference was Dr. Mark Snell, director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University. A Civil War scholar and retired army officer, Snell was appointed to the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the Civil War Commission last summer by Governor Joe Manchin, and was subsequently elected vice-chairman. “Particularly on the eve of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, there is no more fitting commemoration of American valor than respectfully protecting the land where our soldiers fought and bled,” said Snell. For three days in the summer of 1863, 160,000 men in blue and gray fought the Civil War’s largest and bloodiest battle around the crossroads town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In 2006, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rejected a proposal to build a slots parlor near Gettysburg’s East Cavalry Field, citing widespread public opposition to the plan. However, earlier this year the same chief investor rolled the dice again and announced plans for another Gettysburg casino. Although smaller than the previous proposal, this casino would be only one half-mile from Gettysburg National Military Park. In May 1864, Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s bloody Overland Campaign began in a tangled mass of second-growth trees and scrub known as the Wildness, Virginia. When portions of Grant’s army attacked elements of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army on May 5, 1864, it was the first time the two legendary commanders met in battle. In August 2009, the Orange County, Va. Board of Supervisors approved a massive commercial center featuring a Walmart and four retailers at the gateway to the historic battlefield. A lawsuit to block the project is pending. While most of the battles of the Civil War took place on southern soil, Confederate and Union forces engaged in their westernmost struggle at Picacho Peak, Arizona, on April 15, 1862. Confederate Capt. Sherod Hunter raised his flag in the small, frontier settlement of Tucson, hoping to take another step toward the Pacific and the creation of an ocean-to-ocean Confederacy. The Confederate rangers were met by a detachment of Union cavalry under the leadership of Lt. James Barrett near Picacho Peak, a rocky spire 50 miles northwest of Tucson. Although Picacho Peak State Park is a popular tourist destination, it will close to the public on June 3, 2010, due to drastic cuts in the state budget – less than one year before the sesquicentennial of the war, The Civil War Preservation Trust is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promoting appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. History Under Siege is composed of two parts; one identifying the 10 most endangered battlefields in the nation, and a second section lists 15 additional “at risk” sites also confronted by serious threats. Sites discussed in the report range from the famous to the nearly forgotten, but at least part of each site is in danger of being lost forever. Battlefields were chosen based on geographic location, military significance, and the immediacy of current threats. History Under Siege™ also includes: Camp Allegheny, W.Va., December 13, 1861: Early in the war, North and South both strove to gain control over the western counties of Virginia, meeting in a number of engagements among the peaks and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains. Today, the scenic beauty of Camp Allegheny, West Virginia stands to be compromised by a field of 40-story-high wind turbines — 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty — to be built within view of the battlefield. Cedar Creek, Va., October 19, 1864: In the fall of 1864, Union Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan marched up the fertile Shenandoah Valley, stripping the countryside bare to starve out Confederate forces. After a daring Confederate surprise attack at Cedar Creek, Union forces launched a crushing counterattack, extinguishing the South’s last hope of recovering the Valley. In 2008, the Frederick County Board of Supervisors approved a massive expansion of the mine operating adjacent to Cedar Creek, which would destroy nearly 400 acres of battlefield land crucial to telling the story of this decisive struggle. Fort Stevens, Washington, D.C., July 11–12, 1864: Fort Stevens was part of an extensive ring of fortifications surrounding Civil War Washington, but in July 1864 those defenses were vulnerable to a direct attack by Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. Jubal Early. President Abraham Lincoln, watching the action from Fort Stevens, came under fire from sharpshooters. Last year, a church adjacent to the fort applied for a zoning exemption to build an immense community center complex. The new construction would tower over the fort, significantly degrading the visitor experience. Pickett’s Mill, Ga., May 27, 1864: The Battle of Pickett’s Mill was one of the most stinging Union defeats of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign and the first serious check on Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s momentous campaign against this Confederate transportation center. Although Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is widely regarded as thoroughly preserved and interpreted, the park was forced to reduce its hours significantly due to budget cuts, and last autumn it was inundated by floodwaters that destroyed footbridges and a portion of the historic mill. Richmond, Ky., August 29–30, 1862: Confederate Maj. Gen. Kirby Smith’s newly-dubbed “Army of Kentucky”—a bearded, shoeless band of rebel soldiers — marched north in the soaring heat of August 1862 and encountered a hastily-formed Union force led by Maj. Gen. William Nelson. The ensuing battle became one of the most decisive Confederate victories of the Civil War. Although the battlefield has been well protected to date, future preservation efforts will be complicated by the addition of a new highway interchange, paving the way for significant commercial growth in an area that has previously experienced little development pressure. South Mountain, Md., September 14, 1862: In early September 1862, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee launched an audacious invasion of the North. But when a copy of his orders was discovered by Union soldiers in a field, wrapped around cigars, federal commanders were able to move quickly against the vulnerable Confederates at the Battle of South Mountain. In December 2008, Dominion Power purchased 135 acres of battlefield land for a proposed $55 million natural gas compression station, a plan that has been subsequently suspended with an option to re-file. Thoroughfare Gap, Va. August 28, 1862: Although a relatively small engagement, the Battle of Thoroughfare Gap was of immense strategic significance, setting the stage for the battles of Second Manassas and, ultimately, Antietam. In February, consultants began seeking comments from the preservation community regarding a proposal to build a 150-foot-tall communications tower within the core battlefield area at Thoroughfare Gap. Although construction of Interstate 66 in the 1960s saw portions of the mountain gap widened, the area retains much of its rural, scenic beauty. With 55,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT has preserved more than 29,000 acres of battlefield land across the nation. CWPT’s website is www.civilwar.org. ### (For additional materials, visit us online at http://www.civilwar.org/historyundersiege) www.civilwar.org [align=center]civilwar.org | Donate | Newsroom | Forward to a friend | Unsubscribe[/align] The Civil War Preservation Trust | 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005 | (202) 367-1861 Sorry about it's length, but what does that say about how much there is to do? Jim
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    Perry, I hope all is well with you and yours with the terrible weather OK is experiencing. Jim
  10. Reading some of the articles on this web site lead me to this one: http://sports.tmcnet.com/news/2010/02/03/4603803.htm I contacted Mr. Werner at the number given in the article. He in turned told me about a gentleman in Texas who was trying to create a list of Civil War Veterans' Grandsons. His name is Nolen R. Maxie. He has a web site just in it's infancy: http://www.civilwargrandsons.com/ Here is his list of Grandsons: Roster National Society of Civil War Grandsons NSCWG May 12, 2010 ******************************************* Oates, James Harry Beloit, Wi. Oates, Kelley Edward Rockton, IL. Myers, Ted Scranton, Pa. Dunn, William Jesse W. Columbia, SC. Dunn, Roby Paul Bristol, Tn. Johnson, Robert D. Macon, Ga. Russeau, Kenneth Grand Ledge, Mi. Werner, Jack Genoa, Oh. Rhodes, Chuck A. W. Grove, Pa. Jones, Brandon Lake Taxaway, NC. Crouse, Richard Conroe, Tx. Small, Authur Danvers, Ma. Green, Arthur E. Mobile, Al. Howard, Donald Lee Clovis, NM. Maxie, Nolan R. Conroe, Tx. Jim
  11. Happy birthday Ron. You may wish to call in the Ragin' Flock before Sharon cuts loose with her salute. We don't want any friendly fire incidents. Jim
  12. Information on Bjorn's talk on Wisconsin @ Shiloh is available here: http://www.kenosha.org/civilwar/documents/SalutetoFreedom.pdf I, of course, expect to see you all here June 12th. Jim
  13. Nice web site I was recently directed to by a fellow CWN (Civil War Nut): http://library.msstate.edu/USGrant/ On the left side is a section, Digitized Items. Click on Volumes. Should give a few hours of reading. Jim
  14. I found the letters. In a letter after the Battle of Shiloh, he states that he will write a long letter about the battle at a latter date, but it is not included in the collection. :X Jim
  15. Pittsburg Landing May, 1862: http://www.oshkoshmuseum.org/virtual/exhibit3/e30281a.htm The museum is suppose to over 100 letter of Lt. Col. Hancock online, but I haven't found them yet. Jim
  16. This seems to be a labor in progress, as they are adding 1000 per day. They don't have my Grandfathers yet, so, of course, it can't be done yet! Jim
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    Here's praying that everyone in Purdy is OK and my heart goes out to Nashville/Franklin. Jim
  18. Interesting article in the quarterly edition of the WI Dept Dispatch of the SUVCW: [align=left]The Department of Veterans Affairs has made the gravesites of more than 6.7 million Veterans easier to locate using handheld devices with Internet capability, such as "smart phones." The latest improvement builds upon a service begun in 2004, when VA introduced an online nationwide gravesite locator, linked to its electronic burial records, that helps people find the cemetery in which their loved one is buried. The grave locations of Veterans and eligible family members buried in national cemeteries, or whose graves are marked with a government headstone, can already be found with desktop computers and at national cemetery kiosks. The new Web site - http://m.va.gov/gravelocator -- is enhanced for viewing and browsing on "smart phone" devices such as an iPhone. The Web site will provide the name of the cemetery and a grave location, offer a link to a Google map and driving directions to the cemetery and, if the deceased is buried in a national cemetery or state Veterans cemetery, provide a link to a cemetery map to help find the section where the grave is located. In addition to the more than 6.7 million records now available, VA continues to add approximately 1,000 new records to the database each day. In 2005, VA added to its database of national cemetery burial records the locations of 1.9 million veterans whose graves were marked with a government headstone since 1997. These are mostly private cemeteries. Burial records with cemetery maps available are for burials in VA national cemeteries, state Veterans cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery if the burials occurred since 1999.[/align] [align=left]Jim[/align]
  19. Perry, you do realize that terminating all those who prefer the Celtics to the Lakers would make you pretty lonely here, don't you? Jim
  20. The CWPT has a new site for keeping track of upcoming 150th Anniv. events. I have found nothing on Shiloh yet, but will try to keep you'all (us blue bellies never could get a handle on that word) informed if I find something. http://www.civilwar.org/150th-anniversary/ Jim
  21. Here's a great big happy birthday to the best point person a web site could ever have. Thanks for keeping us informed on the park and I hope someone is taking you to Hagy's for a great celebration! Jim
  22. Happy birthday Rebb. Hope you have a great day. Jim
  23. Perry, having trouble deciding who to cheer for? Sometimes the best games are when your happy for either side to win. Jim
  24. Thanks Dan & Perry. Great report and visual aids. Jim
  25. Well, that sure does go a long ways towards suggesting Tom and Stacy know what they're talking about! Jim
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