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Monday, April 28, 2014

MUSEUM OF ENGLISH RURAL LIFE

The Museum of English Rural Life houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside.

It is the sheer quality and scope of the Library, Archives and Object Collections that makes MERL exceptional. The collections have Designated status ensuring their importance is recognised nationally and internationally.

As a University Museum and as the founder member of the Rural Museums Network, MERL has built up a reputation as the leading authority in its field and as a centre of excellence in teaching and learning.

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WAS GENERAL THOMAS SLOW AT NASHVILLE?

Boynton, Henry V. Was General Thomas Slow At Nashville? New York: F.P. Harper, 1896.

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REUNION OF THE 50th ILLINOIS INFANTRY

Illinois Infantry. 50th Regiment. Announcement—Twelfth Annual Reunion. S.l.: s.n., 1898.

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OHIO IN THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR

Ohio. Adjutant-General's Dept. The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War With Spain, 1898-99. Columbus, Ohio: E. T. Miller & Co., 1916.

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THE FINAL ROSTER

Cobb, Walter Westray. The Final Roster: a Roster of the Soldiers Who Saw Service In the Great War From Nottoway County, Va. [Lynchburg, Va.: Printed by J. P. Bell, 1920.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

CHARLES BOOTH ARCHIVE ONLINE

The Charles Booth Online Archive is a searchable resource giving access to archive material from the Booth collections of the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Senate House Library.

The Booth collection at LSE Library contains the original records from Booth's survey into life and labour in London, dating from 1886 to 1903. The archives of the Senate House Library contain Booth family papers from 1799 to 1967.

• Introduction and guides to the archives
• Poverty maps of London: Browse or Search
• Inquiry into life and labour in London
• Search the catalogue of original survey notebooks
• Browse the digitised police notebooks
• Browse the Stepney Union casebooks and Jewish notebooks
• Browse the Booth Family Papers

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ROSTER OF OHIO SOLDIERS IN THE WAR OF 1812

Ohio. Adjutant General's Office. Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812. Columbus, Ohio: Press of the Edward T. Miller Co., 1916.

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LOUISIANA SOLDIERS IN THE WAR OF 1812

Pierson, Marion John Bennett. Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812. Baton Rouge, La: Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society, 1963.

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CLAN MUNRO-USA

Clan Munro-USA wishes to inform you that we have posted on our website our genealogical data base consisting of the genealogical material covering the various spellings of:

* Monro, Monroe, Munro & Munroe

and the septs associated with clan Munro:

* Dingwall, Fowlis, MacCullich, MacCullich, McCullish, Vass & Wass

Click on our website, scroll down to mid page and click on Genealogy online.

Then insert the information required under Search in the upper left hand corner.

The data base is composed of the genealogical collections generated by our American genealogist Allen Alger and our late Scottish genealogist R.W. Munro. The data base consists of over 80,000 entries dating back to the 12th century.

The data base is a free download available to anyone interested. Please advertise this website to your members and users of your facilities.

2014 HERITAGE FAIR

For those people who enjoy climbing the branches of their family tree, or for those wanting to learn about tracing their family roots, the 2014 Heritage Fair in Paragould (AR) is the perfect place to do it all.

On Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Green County Historical and Genealogical Center will sponsor the Heritage Fair at the research center on 212 West Court St. in Paragould. The fair is designed to acquaint the public with the resources that are available, in Paragould and surrounding areas including Missouri, for researching family trees. It is also designed to offer people a chance to learn more about Green County and Northeast Arkansas. There are no admission fees and guides will be available to take those who want to through it.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WORLD’S FAIR EXHIBITS (1904): DEPARTMENT OF MINES & METALLURGY

Louisiana Purchase Exposition (Saint Louis, Mo.). Official Catalogue of Exhibitors: Universal Exposition, St. Louis, United States of America, 1904. Division of Exhibits; Department L; Mines And Metallurgy. Rev. ed. St. Louis: Committee on Press and Publicity, by the Official Catalogue Company (Inc.), 1904.

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A TOUR OF EUROPE IN NINETEEN DAYS

Francis, David Rowland, 1850-1927. A Tour of Europe In Nineteen Days: Report to the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition On European Tour, Made In the Interest of the St. Louis World's Fair. St. Louis: Louisiana Purchase Exposition Co., 1903.

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CIVIL WAR PHOTOS ON FOLD3.COM

Capturing everything from battlefields to camp life, from enlisted men to generals, photographs from the Civil War document an era that continues to fascinate us 150 years later. The best known of the Civil War photographers was Mathew Brady. While Brady is practically synonymous with Civil War photography, many of the photographs attributed to him were actually taken by his employees. In addition to Brady and his crew, there were other photographers who—like Brady’s men—took their bulky cameras and equipment on the road to document many aspects of the war, making it the first conflict to be so widely photographed.

Fold3 has three collections of these invaluable glimpses into the past: the Brady Civil War Photos (courtesy of the National Archives); the U.S. Civil War Photos (via the Library of Congress); and the New York State Military Museum Photos (Fold3’s newest addition to its collection of Civil War images). These collections document a vast array of military and non-military subjects, including army and navy life; generals in the field; hospitals; battle sites; prisoners and prisons; railroads; cities; and military equipment. And of course there are multitudes of portraits: of groups and individuals; soldiers and civilians; officers and enlisted men; government officials and women; and many others.

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LIKE TOPSY, WORLDCAT JUST GROWED AND GROWED!

The University of Alberta Libraries late last year created the 2,000,000,000th holding record in WorldCat, marking a major milestone for this unique library resource. For the past 40 years, libraries world-wide have worked together to build, sustain and improve WorldCat. These cooperative efforts get information seekers to the answers they need, and help other libraries be more efficient.

Today’s information consumers need easy, intuitive access to a comprehensive collection of the wealth of resources libraries make available. WorldCat provides a hub for that data, as well as services and applications to find anything held in library collections, efficiently and quickly from anywhere.

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JOURNEY WEST!

Greetings!

Next Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center will be hosting Journey West! It’s a family-friendly, first-person event where the visitor will assume the role of a settler traveling west from Missouri, or a settler traveling here from Kentucky. The entire Boone Home site will be transformed into a village from the 19th century. There will be special guests including Dale Besse, a renowned Native American Beadwork artist; Tonya Blackowl Moore, a Ponca/Kiowa American Indian who will be addressing the nuances of Native American culture; and Angela da Silva, cultural preservationist and performer of "Lila: The Life of a Missouri Slave". The day will also include Tomahawk throwing, live "period-accurate" auctions, and food available for purchase.

Please don't hesitate to call or email me should you have any questions.

Patricia M. Fulhorst
Marketing Coordinator
The Historic Daniel Boone Home
Lindenwood University
(636) 798-2005

KANSAS CITY 1940: A WATERSHED YEAR @ NARA-KC

On Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host John Simonson for a discussion and signing of his book Kansas City 1940: a Watershed Year. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program.

1940: It is the year Nazis rain bombs on London and goose-step into Paris, when President Franklin Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term and Kansas Citians finally run the corrupt Pendergast political machine out of power. The new reform-minded city government is bent on cleaning up the sinful “Paris of the Plains” and streamlining its future with wide, new miles of traffic ways. Notorious nightclubs have closed. The City Market opens. Glenn Miller swings, Bojangles taps, and Gone with the Wind premiers. Old buildings make way for parking lots. A dying meteor lights up the night sky above a racially segregated city, home to Charlie Parker, Thomas Hart Benton, Walter Cronkite, Satchel Paige, and Thomas J. Pendergast, ex-con. It is all on display in photographs taken by WPA workers and stories curated by John Simonson.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email us here. Copies of Kansas City 1940 will be available for purchase onsite from Rainy Day Books.

About the Author

John Simonson is an independent writer and editor. His local-history blog, “Paris of the Plains” became the basis for Paris of the Plains: Kansas City from Doughboys to Expressways, published in 2010 by the History Press. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Monday, April 21, 2014

AMERICAN LEGION DIGITAL ARCHIVE

The Digital Archive provides full-text access to newsletters, press releases, and other publications published by the national organization from the year 1992 to present:

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WWII TROOP SHIPS

How did your dad get from here to whatever WWII combat zone he fought in? By troop ship, most likely:

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LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING…

About the bloody Civil War in Missouri:

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GENEALOGY IN THE NEWS

Kudos to the News-Gazette (Champaign, IL) for running a regular column on genealogy (Illinois Ancestors):

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GERMAN EMIGRATION SOCIETY GENEALOGY PROJECT

Dear MoSGA,

Every year, thousands try to find their German ancestors. We are trying to connect with 500 at once! The German Emigration Society Genealogy Project is an effort to locate descendants from the 500 members that formed the earliest and most organized German emigration society to ever come to Missouri. Their effort to create a German State in America led to Missouri being one of the most predominately German states in terms of heritage in this country.

We were hoping for your help in informing everyone about this interesting genealogical project. Please visit our website, and let us know if you have any questions.

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Plans are to recognize these descendants at an event in conjunction with the exhibit mentioned below.

Thank you,

Dorris Keeven-Franke, Executive Director
Missouri Germans Consortium

Utopia - Revisiting a German State in America: A Traveling Exhibition
Ausstellungreise auf den Spuren einer deutschen Republik in den USA
Giessen-Bremen-Washington D.C.-St. Louis, 2013-15

Friday, April 18, 2014

IN CASE THAT EUROPEAN WING-DING REALLY GOES SOUTH…

Were government & school officials making preparations in case the conflict in Europe required additional American manpower? You betcha…

Kansas City (Mo.). Board of Education. Dept. of Military Training. Report of Military Training In the High Schools of Kansas City, Missouri: From January 23, 1917, to June 7, 1918. Kansas City: Smith-Grieves Co., 1918.

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DON’T JUST SUCCEED—EXCEL!

I knew Microsoft offered free templates for Word and PowerPoint, but it also offers them for Excel:

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DAD’S WAR: FINDING & TELLING YOUR FATHER”S WWII STORY

Step by step guide to finding the records necessary to tell the story of what your father (or mother) did while in the armed forces during WWII:

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Note: If you’re really serious about gathering as much info on his/her service as possible, you may wish to buy his book:

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HOW TO RESEARCH A WWII VETERAN

Courtesy of the National World War II Museum:

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FRANKLIN COUNTY VETERANS HALL OF HONOR

The Veterans Hall of Honor Committee was formed by the Franklin County Commission to honor the Veterans from the County. The project is not to honor the wars but our veterans that proudly served from Franklin County. Information that is needed to be considered for inclusion is verification of service (discharge papers). The Committee has substantial information regarding Veterans serving in the conflicts prior to World War II. World War II and newer conflict records are not available to the Committee. We will be depending on the Veterans or families of the Veteran to provide us with the information.

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GENEALOGY IN THE NEWS, PART II

The News-Gazette (east-central Illinois) recently ran an article promoting attendance at genealogical classes and workshops:

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GENEALOGY IN THE NEWS, PART I

Newspapers, that is—the Joplin Globe recently ran an article on finding county records on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives:

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THE SUBMARINERS’ SCRIBE

Paul Wittmer, a submarine sailor during World War II, spent six years compiling a list of his fellow submariners who perished on sea patrol. He wanted more than just names:

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WHAT’S THE BEST FREE PROTECTION (PART II)?

What’s the best all-in-one security suite? Here’s an article on that subject:

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WHAT’S THE BEST FREE PROTECTION (PART I)?

What’s the best free anti-virus application? PC Magazine weighs in:

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Monday, April 14, 2014

THE BIG DIVIDE

On Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host Aaron Barnhart and Diane Eickhoff for a discussion and signing of their book The Big Divide. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program.

Readers can plan to partake in a guided tour of the Missouri-Kansas border region. Discover the African-American soldiers who were the first to die for their freedom (months before the 54th Massachusetts of Glory fame took up arms); the ferocious battle to keep Missouri in the Union, with dueling governments, flags, and armies; and how the Civil War shaped future outlaw Jesse James and future president Harry Truman. Summer travel planning will be easy with this historical guide, which is packed with themed driving tours, kid-friendly sites, and tips from two experienced history travelers.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Copies of The Big Divide will be available for purchase after the program.

ST. LOUIS METRO-AREA CEMETERIES

Interesting article on early STL cemeteries on the St. Louis Genealogical Society website:

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St. Louis Public Library also has an extensive list of metro-area cemeteries on its website:

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ILLINOIS AT THE FAIR

Illinois. Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904. Report of the Illinois Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition: St. Louis, Missouri, 1904. Peoria, Ill.: Printed for the Illinois Commission by J.W. Franks & Sons, 1905.

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PROGRAMME OF OLYMPIC GAMES AND WORLD'S CHAMPIONSHIP CONTESTS

Louisiana Purchase Exposition Saint Louis, Mo.. Programme of Olympic Games and World's Championship Contests. Saint Louis: Department of Physical Culture, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904.

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WORLD’S FAIR BULLETIN, VOL. 3 (1901-1902)

Available full-text online at HathiTrust:

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

OPEN COURSEWARE CONSORTIUM

Nearly 25,000 free college-level (non-credit) courses in numerous subject areas available online in two dozen languages (including English).

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CITIZEN SOLDIERS ON THE PRAIRIE

Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie is an exhibit that focuses on the Sunflower Ordnance Works, later known as the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, located near present day De Soto, Kansas. The exhibit continues through August 23, 2014 and was curated by the Johnson County Museum. Records from the National Archives at Kansas City and Johnson County Museum are featured. The exhibit focuses on the workers and artifacts from the onetime world's largest smokeless powder explosives plant. The following lectures will be presented in partnership between the National Archives and the Johnson County Museum and will take place at the National Archives.

World War II Records at the National Archives on Saturday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. - presented by Jake Ersland, archivist at the National Archives. Ersland will highlight records found in the Archives that were created during war time. In addition, Ersland will offer tips on how to research military records and other war-related information.

Main Street America and the Cold War on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. - presented by Dr. Janet Valentine of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. Valentine will discuss the effects of the Cold War in post-World War II America.

To make a reservation for either of these free programs, call 816-268-8010 or email them here.

For more information about the Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie exhibit, hosted at the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee, KS, visit their website.

ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK PROGRAM AT NARA-KC

The National Archives—Central Plains Region hosted Alternative Spring Break Program interns Laura Gentry and Aubrey Maynard, Library and Information Science students from Wayne State University, to assist in planning and hosting two Citizen Archivist events during the week of March 10-14, 2014. The Citizen Archivist events focused on digitization and indexing of documents selected from: the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Selective Service System, and the Provost Marshal General's Bureau (Civil War). Collectively, the participants digitized 2,343 images and created 1,367 index entries.

In total eight members of the local community participated. Five members attended the first day and eagerly returned for the second day when offered the opportunity. An additional three joined on the second day. Participants were not required to attend both sessions, but several wanted to return to continue work on projects and sample other tasks.

The Citizen Archivist events illustrate the advantages of tapping into community interest in history. Though there is a time investment to prepare for and execute these events, they create a meaningful product that benefits researchers and staff.

Additionally, Gentry and Maynard emerged from this experience with a greater understanding of the National Archives digitization and indexing workflows and the behind the scenes planning required to hold such events. Skills such as record selection, project management, time management, resource allocation, and logistics, were refined through this process.

THE EBOOK'S PROUD PAPA

The ebook concept was born in 1930, the brainchild of prolific author Robert C. Brown, who called it the “Readie.”

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FUNNY FEDS

You might not be favorably inclined to the feds at tax time, but some federal employees do have a sense of humor:

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HAPPY 25th, WWW!

Yes, the World Wide Web is now 25 years old:

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Monday, April 07, 2014

DAILY OFFICIAL PROGRAM, WORLD’S FAIR (1904)

Louisiana Purchase Exposition Saint Louis, Mo.). Daily Official Program: World's Fair Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U.S.A., 1904 [Thursday, June 16th]. [St. Louis]: World's Fair Program Co., 1904.

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BELLEVILLE (IL) PUBLIC LIBRARY

The latest Missouri History Museum monthly e-newsletter included this info about Belleville (IL) Public Library's genealogy collection:

The Belleville Public Library (121 E. Washington, Belleville, Illinois) has several valuable old-style card indexes to Belleville and East St. Louis, Illinois, newspapers. Here’s a listing of these indexes:

1. Card index to several East St. Louis newspapers, 1865-1979. Most of the references are to the East St. Louis Journal.

2. Card index to The Diocesan Messenger, circa 1909-1934.

3. Card index to several Belleville newspapers, 1840-1940. This card index is also available on 11 reels of microfilm at the St. Louis County Library.

4. Card index to East St. Louis newspapers, 1865-1936 (on four microfilm reels). These microfilm reels are also available at the St. Louis County Library.

5. Belleville News-Democrat Obituary Index (card file), 1941-1993. Continued in several binders, 1994-2010.

I would estimate that these card files include more than 300,000 references, and they’re certainly worth checking if you have ancestors who resided in Belleville or East St. Louis (St. Clair County, IL). Contact the Belleville Public Library via email or phone (618-234-0441) to request a look-up in these card files.

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

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

1. Who's Who in Missouri, 1974

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Friday, April 04, 2014

PROBLEM SOLVING USING FANS

Problem Solving Using FANS – Friends, Associates, and Neighbors with guest speaker Beth Foulk on Wednesday, April 16 from 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Often the answer to climbing a genealogy brick wall is simply to go around it. By broadening our research to include our ancestors’ friends, associates, and neighbors, we can find answers that were previously elusive. Foulk discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. Visit her website to learn more.

To make a reservation for these free workshops, please call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov.

HARLEM'S RATTLERS AND THE GREAT WAR

The National Archives at Kansas City and the National World War I Museum have partnered to offer this public program at the National World War I Museum. For more information or to make a reservation, call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

Monday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.--Drs. Jeffrey Sammons and John Morrow will discuss Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War, a 6:00 p.m. reception will precede this free program. On May 15, 1918, a French lieutenant warned Henry Johnson of the 369th to move back because of a possible enemy raid, Johnson reportedly replied: "I'm an American, and I never retreat." The story, even if apocryphal, captures the mythic status of the Harlem Rattlers, the African American combat unit that grew out of the 15th New York National Guard, who were said to have never lost a man to capture or a foot of ground that had been taken. With historical precision and unparalleled research this book will likely stand as the definitive study of the 369th. Though discussed in numerous histories and featured in popular culture (most famously the film Stormy Weather and the novel Jazz), the 369th has become more a matter of mythology than grounded, factually accurate history.

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

From their website:

You can explore a catalogue of over 600,000 items in our collections here - pretty much everything in our databases in fact. There are items from aircraft down to shoes, photographs and art, weapons and toys, films, interviews and music, posters and letters, books from the library and records in the museum's own archives. Almost 90,000 of them have digitised images, sound or video that you can see and hear right here.

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KANSAS CASUALTIES IN THE WORLD WAR

Kansas. Adjutant General's Office. Kansas Casualties In the World War, 1917-1919: Regular Army, National Guard, National Army, Enlisted Reserve Corps. Topeka: Printed by Kansas State Printing Plant, 1921.

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ROSTER OF THE TWELFTH ILLINOIS VETERAN VOLUNTEER CAVALRY

Illinois Cavalry. 12th Regiment, 1861-1865. Roster of the Twelfth Illinois Veteran Volunteer Cavalry.

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CONNECTICUT AT ANDERSONVILLE

Connecticut. Andersonville Monument Commission. Dedication of the Monument At Andersonville, Georgia, October 23, 1907: In Memory of the Men of Connecticut Who Suffered In Southern Military Prisons, 1861-1865. Hartford: Pub. by the state, 1908.

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