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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

BE A NOTE-TAKING NINJA!

We all take notes--at genie conferences (like MoSGA's upcoming annual shindig) or monthly society meetings, etc. But do your notes generally seem more cryptic or confusing than helpful? Then learn to take notes like a seasoned pro:

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FREEWARE

Really need a certain type of application for your computer, but are somewhat funds-challenged at the moment? Wikipedia offers a lengthy list of freeware in many different categories:

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MoSGA PUBLICATIONS SALE

We're selling our backlog of publications on various Missouri counties at bargain basement prices! If you are trying to further your own research, or would like to make a thoughtful (but thrifty) gift to your local library or society, now's your chance:

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MoSGA ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE

We are excited about our Annual Conference to be held August 2-3, in Columbia, Missouri. The very highly sought after speaker, Thomas W. Jones, will be our keynoter. We also have a wide array of topics to be covered in addition to Dr. Jones’ exciting lectures.

We would like to remind you that we offer online registrations as well as mail-in registration. Just go to our website and choose CONFERENCE link on the left. You can download the printable brochure, the schedule page, and also access the online form.

If you have already registered, please know that we appreciate your support. We look forward to seeing all our members and their guests at our conference.

Sincerely,

Nancy W Thomas
Conference Chairman and Web Manager

GUERRILLA HUNTERS IN CIVIL WAR MISSOURI

Kirkwood resident James Erwin will hold a Book Launch Party for his new book, Guerrilla Hunters In Civil War Missouri, on April 30. 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Public Library, 140 E. Jefferson. The public is invited to hear a brief talk about the book, and to share refreshments and food. This book is a companion to Guerrillas In Civil War Missouri which in 2012 spent several weeks on the St. Louis area Best Seller list compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance. Both books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. For more information, call 636-949-0105 or 314-602-6032.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

GENERAL ORDERS AND CIRCULARS OF THE CONFEDERATE WAR DEPARTMENT ON FOLD3.COM

General orders are essential for coordinating an effective military. Whether for something as basic as distributing sweet potatoes to hospitals or more critical like penalties for those who aid deserters, orders issued to the Confederate Army in the U. S. Civil War were key to smooth operations and troop communications. These orders are compiled in 1,648 pages of image documents from the General Orders and Circulars of the Confederate War Department, 1861-1865, recently added to the Fold3 Civil War Collection.

In addition to general orders applied across the board, these records also include orders for the assignment and transfer of officers, reports of deaths with inventories of personal effects, applications for leave, certificates of disability signed by surgeons, resignations of officers, copies of orders issued by Army commands, muster rolls and payrolls, returns of prisoners, and inspection reports.

On Fold3, the general orders and circulars are arranged in four volumes, by year and in numerical order, plus a name and subject index to all records in volume 1A. Most of the records are typed and therefore OCR-searchable, meaning words on most pages may be identified using keyword searches. Locating a subject in the index like "Sword bayonet, 6/64" identifies it as order number 6 in 1864. You can then search within Volume 3, which holds the 1864 orders, for keywords "sword" and "bayonet" to find General Orders No. 6 where we learn, in item VI, that triangular bayonets were substituted for sword bayonets and the reasoning behind it. It is also easy to browse to a particular order using the Fold3 viewer.

Soldiers—their names, deeds, awards, imprisonment, death, and more—are also easily found using either search or browse techniques. Examples of intriguing documents include this one for Major John G. Barnwell who was found "not guilty" of charges against him relating to his appropriation of arms and equipment. An 1864 roll of honor yields hundreds of names on its thirteen pages of "those who have deserved well of their country, as having best displayed their courage and devotion on the field of battle,"` defined by the original 1863 General Order No. 131.

General Orders and Circulars of the Confederate War Department is a free title through the rest of April as part of Fold3’s recognition of Confederate History Month. More information about this title can be found in the Fold3 description.

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AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENT COMMISSION RECORDS ON FOLD3.COM

Fold3 has added 242,000 records from the American Battle Monument Commission to accompany those of the Foreign Burial of American War Dead already on the site.

The American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) was established by Congress in 1923 as the guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials. The ABMC commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces through 24 overseas military cemeteries, and 25 memorials, monuments, and markers. The cemeteries and memorials honor those who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

Search within the honor roll databases on Fold3 to find service information, dates of birth and death, notes relating to the circumstances of death, burial or memorial location, status, and awards received. We encourage you to add photos, documents, comments, and stories to the memorial pages of the servicemen and women included in this collection.

Sgt. Virgel D. Faust and five others aboard a B-26 bomber crashed into the sea near Sousse Harbor, Tunisia, on December 18, 1942. The Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) connected to his memorial page stated that the “Ship remained under control with 1 engine out until shortly before it hit the sea. All of its guns remained in action against flak barges until ship hit water.” The ABMC record indicates that Faust’s name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage.

The ABMC databases are offered in tandem with the records of the Foreign Burial of American War Dead, with information pulled from Chris Dickon’s history of American soldiers buried abroad, The Foreign Burial of American War Dead. The book not only details the history and locations of American soldiers buried or lost abroad, it also provides the names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Those names, together with others from the ABMC databases, are now in one place on Fold3. Learn more or search the Foreign Burial of American War Dead and the ABMC from a special Fold3 memorial page designed as a tribute to those who lost their lives abroad, buried or commemorated on foreign soil.

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GREATER ST. LOUIS BOOK FAIR

The 2013 Greater St. Louis Book Fair opened on the evening of Thursday, April 25 and will continue through the evening of Sunday, April 28--so there's still time for folks in the St. Louis area to drop by the staging area in the parking garage of West County Mall.

Schedule

The following is a preliminary schedule for the 2013 Greater St. Louis Book Fair. Fair times, special events, admission and policies may be subject to change.

Saturday, April 27: FREE General Admission, 10:00 am-09:00 pm
Sunday, April 28: FREE General Admission, 11:00 am- 6:00 pm (and it's Half-Price Day!)
Monday, April 29: Non-Profit Day (Closed to the Public), 07:30 am-10:00 am

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MISSOURI'S CIVIL WAR: DIGGING UP THE PAST AND GIVING IT A NEW FACE

St. Louis, MO. April 13, 2013 - The Civil War may have happened over 150 years ago, but big things are still happening with Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation (MCWHF).

In news along the Gray Ghosts Trail, MCWHF sponsored an archeology survey in Callaway County, Missouri, that was completed on March 21, 2013. Dr. Doug Scott of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln led over 50 archeologists, volunteers and students at the site of the 1862 Battle of Moore's Mill. Details of the survey and its results are the subject of a recent feature article in Vox Magazine.

Gregory Wolk, executive director of the foundation and author of the book, Friend and Foe Alike: A Tour Guide to Missouri's Civil War, is featured in the current April 2013 issue of Missouri Life Magazine. His article, "Following Grant," highlights how the U.S. Grant Trail along eastern and central Missouri showcases the president's legacy.

See more about these happenings and stay up to date on trail developments and travel tips by liking our brand new Missouri's Civil War Trails Facebook page (and follow us on Twitter).

About Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation:

A 501(c)(3) educational organization, MCWHF was founded in 2001 to assist Missouri communities in interpreting and preserving their important Civil War heritage sites, and in marketing Missouri's vast Civil War resources to visitors who will be traveling during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

For more information:

Kelly Brinton
Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation
members@mocivilwar.org
877-221-3133

or visit mocivilwar.org.

AND NOW THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT…

An article in the 19 April 2013 Columbia Daily Tribune tells of an app used in Iceland (pop. 320,000), a place where nearly everyone is related. Turns out Iceland has a huge database with genealogical details about nearly everyone. With this app featured in the article, Icelanders can bump smart phones and find out if they are related. It even has an anti-incest feature so that daters can check to see if they are a little too closely related !!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

THE HISTORY OF WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

The History of Will County, Illinois: Containing a History of the County ... a Directory of Its Real Estate Owners; Portraits of Early Settlers And Prominent Men; General And Local Statistics; History of Illinois; and History of the Northwest. Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr. & Co., 1878.

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WESTPORT, 1812-1912

Westport Improvement Association, Kansas City, Mo. Westport, 1812-1912. Kansas City, Missouri: Press of Franklin Hudson Publishing Company, 1912.

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HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SURVEY, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Kansas City (Mo.) Chamber of Commerce. Public Health and Welfare Committee. Health And Hospital Survey, Kansas City, Missouri, Made for the Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City Under the Direction of the Committee On Public Health And Welfare. [Kansas City: Lechtman Printing Co.], 1931.

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HISTORY OF KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Case, Theo. S. 1832-1900. History of Kansas City, Missouri: With Illustrations And Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men And Pioneers. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason, 1888.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

MISSOURI YESTERDAYS

Hauck, Louise Platt, 1883-1943. Missouri Yesterdays: Stories of the Romantic Days of Missouri. Kansas City, Missouri: Burton Publishing Company, 1920.

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BLOOD ON THE STREETS

New book on the Civil War in Jackson County:

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PRAIRIE BOYS GO TO WAR

New history of the 5th Illinois Cavalry:

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WUNDERLIST

Need to get organized? Wunderlist can lend a helping hand—for free:

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WHO ARE THEY?

Two sailors found in the wreckage of the U.S.S. Monitor have been buried. Facial reconstruction has told us what they looked like—but so far, we still don’t know who they were:

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

FOODS THAT WILL WIN THE WAR, AND HOW TO COOK THEM

Foods That Will Win the War, and How to Cook Them (New York: World Syndicate Co., c1918), by C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss (Gutenberg text and illustrated HTML):

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FGS PARTNERS WITH DAGV

March 28, 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a new partnership with Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände e. V. (DAGV), an umbrella organization of genealogical and heraldic associations in Germany, in order to further the exchange of ideas and information between genealogists and family historians across the globe.

Originally announced during the recent RootsTech 2013 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, March 23, 2013, FGS and DAGV will work to “develop technical solutions to preserve and present records and to increase the mutual contact” between both societies and their members. DAGV, founded in Frankfurt am Main in 1949 and based in Stuttgart, represents 63 member associations in Germany with a total of 20,000 individual members among the organizations. Combined with the over 500 member associations and 500,000 individuals represented by FGS, both organizations intend to work closely together within the world umbrella organization of the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d'Héraldique (CIGH).

A prevailing goal of this new alliance between FGS and DAGV is for a World Conference to be held in the near future to further the public’s interest in genealogy. Both organizations will focus on strengthening the world organization in order to build bridges for generations to come and setting the world family history research agenda for the 21st century.

Dirk Weissleder, DAGV National Chairman stated “ I personally want to ensure strong co-operation between our two umbrella organizations in the US and Germany. In order to support genealogical research at this level, we must leverage our personal contacts in sharing information and experiences. A key initiative will be to get younger people interested in genealogy through the use of the Internet as well as the structures of our genealogical societies.”

D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President, added: “The challenges and opportunities facing genealogical societies are not limited by geography and it is an an honor and privilege to begin looking at ways our organizations can work together for the future of a global family history community.”

Visit the DAGV website at http://dagv.org for more information about its projects, publications and activities. And follow FGS at http://fgs.org or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fgsgenealogy.

HISTORY OF BUREAU COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Bradsby, H. C. History of Bureau County, Illinois. Chicago: World Pub. Co., 1885.

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HISTORY OF ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Brink, McDonough & Co. History of St. Clair County, Illinois: With Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery And Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men And Pioneers. Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough, 1881.

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FUNERAL CARD COLLECTION

If you’re researching ancestors from St. Clair County (IL), this collection of funeral cards could prove very useful:

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Monday, April 15, 2013

BELLEFONTAINE CEMETERY SEARCH

You can now search for those ancestors buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery (north St. Louis):

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WWI COLLECTION ON FOLD3.COM

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson addressed a joint session of Congress to ask for a declaration of war against Germany. Congress granted the request on April 6 and launched the United States into what was known as The Great War and later, World War I.

President Wilson wrestled with his decision to declare war. His campaign slogan the previous year was, “he kept us out of war,” and is credited with his narrow win. In his address to Congress, Wilson uttered the now-famous phrase, “The world must be made safe for democracy." He added that he had "a distressing and oppressive duty" and that it was "a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance."

The Zimmerman Telegram is credited as the final provocation. The British intercepted a coded message from German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmerman to the German Ambassador to Mexico. In it, Germany offered Mexico territory it had lost to the U.S. in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona as a reward for Mexico’s support in the war.

Once they received news of the telegram, newspapers across the nation reacted with banner headlines. On March 1, 1917, the Chicago Tribune printed perhaps the largest and most succinct: "U.S. Bares War Plot." The San Francisco Chronicle called the telegram an "amazing letter … which discloses the German plot to embroil the United States with Mexico and Japan."

More than 600,000 documents relating to the war, including State Department Records, Gorrell’s History-AEF Air Service, and WWI Military Cablegrams can be found in the World War I Collection on Fold3.

WITH THE LIGHT GUNS IN ʼ61-ʼ65

Woodruff, William Edward, 1831-1907. With the Light Guns In ʼ61-ʼ65: Reminiscences of Eleven Arkansas, Missouri, And Texas Light Batteries In the Civil War. Facsim. ed. Little Rock, AR: Eagle Press of Little Rock, 1987 (1903).

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BARKSDALE FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY

Barksdale Family History and Genealogy (With Collateral Lines) (1940), by John A. Barksdale (page images at HathiTrust):

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI: ITS HISTORY AND ITS PEOPLE

Whitney, Carrie Westlake. Kansas City, Missouri: Its History And Its People 1808-1908. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke publishing co., 1908:

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

SHSM NOW IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

In fulfilling our mission of collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Missouri and the Midwest, we are pleased to announce the opening of our sixth research center. The new location serving the southeast corner of the state is located on the Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) campus in Pacific Hall.

The Cape center, which officially opened March 21, 2013, is open to the public from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. At the Pacific Hall facility, historians, researchers, and genealogists can access the SHSMO’s vast manuscript, book, and newspaper collections, no matter where the materials are housed.

As you know, SHSMO’s statewide reach has been well established with centers now in Columbia (headquarters), Kansas City, Rolla, Springfield, and St. Louis, but the governing board decided we also needed a presence in southeast Missouri.

According to Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., SHSMO president, “The Southeast Missouri State University campus is the perfect place for a new center. We can supplement and complement the work being done in the university’s Center for Regional History and its Archives and Special Collections.”

Our partnership also holds great promise for the collection, curation, and dissemination of materials relating to the rich history of southeast Missouri. I am so pleased we are sharing the robust collection of SHSMO materials pertinent to southeast Missouri, including the Oliver Collection, the Congressman William ‘Bill’ Emerson Papers, and the Charles M. Barnes Papers.

Collections from all of the Research Centers will be delivered upon request by researchers, on a schedule yet to be determined, but no less than once per month. To get started, review the collection listings at http://shs.umsystem.edu/research/ and complete the request form, available at http://shs.umsystem.edu/requestform. Please pay special attention to the section, “Requests for research materials to be used at an SHSMO research center,” and click on the “Cape Girardeau” option. Note that although the retrieval and delivery service is free, fees for subsequent copying or scanning of material may apply.

Please join in our excitement and visit the new center. The goal of our new partnership is to encourage historical study of this dynamic area while providing southeast Missouri residents convenient access to SHSMO resources.

The Cape Girardeau Research Center is headed by Dr. Frank Nickell, retired SEMO history professor and former director of the SEMO Center for Regional History. I’ve worked with Frank for many years and am pleased to have him as our first staff person in Cape Girardeau.

If you have questions, please call the Cape Girardeau Research Center at 573.651.2689 or the Columbia Center at 573.882.1187. We look forward to hearing from you about your research interests and requests.

Best regards,

Gary Kremer
Executive Director

SHSMO Cape Girardeau Research Center

Established as the sixth branch of the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Cape Girardeau Research Center supports the overall mission of the Society with special attention to expanding both the study of the southeast region of the state and the preservation of its history.

Location & Information

SHSMO Cape Girardeau Research Center
347 N Pacific Street, Room 301
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Contact: Dr. Frank Nickell
Phone: 573.651.2689
Email: shsofmo-cg@umsystem.edu or fnickell@semo.edu
Website: shs.umsystem.edu
Hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Parking: Free to Visitors, for more information click on the following link parking facts at Southeast Missouri State University.

DE-CLUTTER

Ready to de-clutter your desktop/your home/your life? These tips may help:

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GOING PAPERLESS

Ready to take a stab at going paperless? Lifehacker thinks these five easy-to-use scanners can help you make that happen:

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Monday, April 08, 2013

FREE ACCESS TO CONFEDERATE RECORDS

Fold3 is offering free access to its rich collection of Confederate Civil War records for the entire month of April. This contains 32 collection comprising of more than 19 million records, with the majority of the records created during the time of the Civil War.

Several of the records and publications from the National Archives’ War Department Collection of Confederate Records (RG 109) are digitized and appear on Fold3. These include Confederate Compiled Service Records, both the Union and Confederate citizens files, and Confederate Casualty Reports. All titles from RG 109 available on Fold3 are listed here with links to each title.

Additionally, Confederate Amnesty Papers, the Confederate Navy Subject File, the Turner-Baker Papers relating to Civil War Subversion Investigations, and files of the Southern Claims Commission are included as part of the free Confederate content for the month of April. Of unique interest, explore the compiled service records for the “Galvanized Yankees,” Confederate prisoners of war who were released by enlisting in the Union Army. Most of the CSA files contain a soldier’s declaration of “Volunteer Enlistment” with an oath of allegiance to the USA.

Learn more about your southern ancestors and those who fought for the Confederate States of America within the Civil War Collection on Fold3.

THE WAR IN THE SOUTH

George Washington’s campaigns in the mid-Atlantic colonies seemed to grab all the press—-but the real innovations in warfare were occurring mostly in the Southern colonies:

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THE SWAMP FOX

What do you know about the Swamp Fox? Not much, I'll bet--yet he deserves to be much better known:

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THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA

The Indian Tribes of North America (Washington: GPO, 1953), by John Reed Swanton (page images at HathiTrust):

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

RECUVA

Accidentally deleted a file that you really need? There might be a way to get it back—and you can do it using a free version of this application:

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MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

The following sources have recently been added to the Genealogy and Local History Index:

1. "The Log" (official publication of the The City Club of St. Louis), 1923-1924

2. Western Review: A Monthly Devoted to the Interest of Fraternal and Life Insurance Interests, 1904-1905

3. Year Book of the Old Cathedral Parish School, 1918

4. Year Book of the Old Cathedral Parish School, 1919

5. Year Book of the Old Cathedral Parish School, 1920

6. Year Book of the Old Cathedral Parish School, 1921

7. Occasional (Rosati-Kain High School yearbooks), 1939-1940

8. List of Members of the Second Baptist Church, circa 1879

9. List of Contributors, Easter Collection, 1921, The Cathedral Parish

10. Program for “Hello Dearie,” a musical comedy presented by the Perfection Chapter, Order of DeMolay, 1924.

11. Catholic Knights of America concert program, North St. Louis Turner Hall, 1887

THE CIVIL WAR ON FRAUD

During the Civil War, Union Army officials faced a number of enemies: the Confederate Army; Confederate guerrillas and sympathizers—and Northern contractors who gleefully defrauded the government out of millions of dollars:

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CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT?

During the Civil War, very few men were, actually: of 2,100,000 men who served, only about 51,000 were drafted (while another 118,000 men with deeper pockets paid surrogates to serve in their places):

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A VERY SALUTARY EFFECT ON DISCIPLINE…

That’s what a reporter had to say when the Army of the Potomac executed five deserters at once in September 1863:

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MONUMENTS MEN

They helped recover stolen treasures during and after World War II (oh, and some of them were women):

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THE BEST ANTI-VIRUS APP FOR WINDOWS

Well, it's certainly in the top five—and it’s free:

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BYE BYE GOOGLE READER…

Yes, it's going away soon, and I for one will miss it--but here are six great free alternatives:

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