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Our 43nd Year
FOR THE MEETING TUESDAY,
April 24, 2007
Meets Fourth Tuesday,
Founded March 1964
Fletcher Branch Library, H & Buchanan
(East of University Ave.),
Program at 7 p.m.
VOL. XLIII, No. 4,
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Speaking of Ladies
19th Century Women
Historical presentation by "Miss
The common woman was NOT at the battlefield or in camp. Civilians were not
commonly found around the military. However, some women were nearby performing
accepted civilian occupations for women. Such as:
Laundress: Beginning early in the war nearly every army had at least one
laundress per 20 men. They were generally women trying to support themselves or
were traveling with a male family member.
Cook: same as laundress in clothing is prepared to cook all weekend.
Nurse: Most nurses were not in close contact
with the actual camps. There were usually hospitals of some sort where the
nurses were set up. However, you could be a field nurse if you were so inclined.
As a part of your trivia for this meeting, members can identify the
of the more unusual occupations of women in
civil war will be our topic.
Women performed espionage, as unconventional
soldiers, and in humanitarian efforts.
Our speaker is available to speak to other groups.
1323 Lake Hall Rd.
Civil War Stories and a Novella
Dramatically compelling and historically informed, The Death of a
Confederate Colonel takes us into the lives of those left behind
during the Civil War. These stories, all with
Arkansas settings, are filled with the trauma of
They tell of a Confederate woman’s care of and growing affection for a
wounded Union soldier, a plantation mistress’s singular love for a sick
slave child, and an eight-year-old girl’s fight for survival
against frigid cold, injury, starvation, heartbreak, and
Here are women holding down the home front with heroism and loyalty,
or, sometimes, with weakness and duplicity. Will a young belle remain
loyal to her wounded fiance? How long can a caring nurse hold her finger
on a severed artery? And how does anyone comprehend the legacy of
slavery and the brutality of war?
The Death of a Confederate Colonel
triumphs in its portrayal of
desperate circumstances coated in the patina of the Civil War era, the
complexity of ordinary people confronting situations that change them
“Intensely imagined, elegantly and
efficiently told, the eight short stories and the powerful novella
comprising Pat Carr’s The Death of a Confederate Colonel
gracefully summon up for us our past. . . . Pat
is an admirably gifted writer, counted among our best and
brightest; and this book is a memorable achievement” —George
, author of Death of the
and Empty Bed Blues
’s voice is distinctive, clear,
and sharp. If her startling imagination reminds one of
its range is much wider than his. The Death of a Confederate Colonel
belongs high on the reading list of Civil War fiction.” —David
, founding director of the U.S. Civil
War Center and author of Sharpshooter
has described as “finely controlled and significantly moving,” has
written twelve books of fiction, including If We Must Die
finalist in the PEN book awards. Her more than one hundred short stories
have been published in the
, Yale Review
, and Best American Short
, among many other publications. She lives in
We Who Study
Must Also Strive To Save!
MEMORIES OF THE CIVIL WAR
Usually horseracing and especially the
Arkansas Derby have very little to do with the historic studies of the
civil war. However, this year’s the winner of the
makes the exception to the usual.
The winning horse “Curlin” was named for
, the great
grandfather of retired
, who is among the colt’s
four ownership groups.
was a slave who fought in
the Civil War as a confederate.
received a pension for his
service. The monthly stipend was for having served his country. That was
his income. It provided him a little bit more income than his friends
did and he felt very proud of that.
Curlin raised his family in Bumpus Mills
, which straddles the Kentucky
border about 60 miles northwest of
. He may be the same
that fought in the 4th
. Which was organized
May 15, 18
61 in Provisional Army of Tennessee: transferred to
Confederate service August 1861; reorganized
April 25, 18
62; consolidated with the 5th Tennessee Infantry
Regiment in December 1862; formed part of Company D, 3rd Consolidated
Tennessee Infantry Regiment
April 9, 18
As the Arkansas Derby winner, "Curlin"
now is on the road for the Triple Crown of horseracing.
April 24, 2007
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A link on the civilwarbuff website takes you to Australia
is a dedication to the Australian Union
and Confederate Veterans of the American Civil War of 1861 – 1865.
It has been created from numerous sources, government documents,
research libraries and hundreds of pieces of information emailed in and
donated by individuals from all over Australia and the United States;
and includes work by individuals in both the “Sons of Confederate
Veterans”, the “Sons of Union Veterans”, the “American Civil War Round
Table of Queensland” the “American Civil of Round Table of Australia”,
the late Roy Parker and others.
Hundred of thousands of individuals from all
over the world participated in the American “War Between the States”;
many in the north forcibly and against their will, inducted into Union
service right off ships as they immigrated to America seeking a better
life. Many others volunteered for what they thought would be a very
short conflict, in a war that was deemed by the U.S. Constitution to be
both illegal and without merit. Men of the southern states, however,
white and black, all served voluntarily in defence of their “states
rights”, brought on by aggressive northern governmental taxation, and in
the protection of their homes and property from total destruction.
What ever the reason for their participation,
no matter what their nationality, no matter what their race and no
matter for which side they fought; all served gallantly as honourable
soldiers in a war that took thousands of lives needlessly. As such, all
American Civil War Veterans, Union
and Confederate, should always be remembered and honoured for their
bravery and gallantry in that disastrous conflict.
Many veterans after the war was over left
for other parts of the world, seeking peace and solitude, hoping to
forget the tragedies of war and begin life anew somewhere else. Many
returned to their native lands of Scotland,
Russia and other countries. Many others
followed Australians who fought in the war back to
where they built new lives, married, raised families and left many
descendants who remain even today. It is for those veterans, now buried
and for their descendants, that this perpetual memorial website has been
made. To insure that their war veteran ancestors, like the Australian
war veterans of modern wars, will never again be forgotten.
last “Real Son” of a Civil War Veteran
Australian Army Education Service Corp
Senior Australian Education Officer,
British Commonwealth Occupation Forces,
Major Arthur W. John, who today lives in
Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia, is the 99 year old son of Confederate
veteran Joseph John, 54th
Virginia Infantry, Company K, who is buried in Fulham, London, England.
Everyone attending the Roundtable
meeting this month will receive a booklet from the
highlights the new publications and gives a short review of all of the
new civil war books available from the University. A note from the
University Press staff says:
Dear Civil War Enthusiast:
Every page of this catalogue showcases
new and recent books, along with classics, that will fascinate anyone
interested in the Civil War.
From collections of essays to regimental
histories to comprehensive histories to nineteenth-century memoirs,
there’s something for everybody here for the Civil War Buff, the
academic, the reenactor, or anyone with a love for history. Many of
these books are from the Press’s distinguished Civil War in the West
series, edited by Daniel
are marked with a
Be sure to look for our sale books, as
much as 80 percent off until
July 31, 2007
– as you discover titles that cover everything
from secession to reconstruction, in Union
and Confederate voices that range from preachers and doctors to
guerrillas and bushwhackers.
Here is a reminder of one of the popular
books from the past that is reminisent of this month’s subject.
A unique observation of an all too
familiar war from the seldom-viewed perspective of a spy behind the
Yankee lines. It is interesting that, in the early days, everyone seem
to accept what Rose
was doing, perhaps because they considered the rebellion in the south as
a mere annoyance. Ann
has provided an
interesting biography of a person and an era. ...
, CWRT Associates
For sheer bravado
and style, no woman in the North or South rivaled the Civil War heroine
Rose O’Neale Greenhow. Fearless spy for the Confederacy, glittering
hostess, legendary beauty and lover,
risked everything for the cause she valued more than life itself. In
this superb portrait, biographer
tells the surprising true
story of a unique woman in history.
“I am a Southern woman, born with
revolutionary blood in my veins,” Rose
once declared–and that fiery spirit would plunge her into the center of
power and the thick of adventure. Born into a slave-holding family,
moved to Washington,
, as a young woman and soon established
herself as one of the capital’s most charming and influential
socialites, an intimate of John
She married well, bore eight children and buried five, and, at the height of the
Gold Rush, accompanied her husband
to San Francisco
Widowed after Robert
died in a tragic
became notorious in
for her daring–and numerous–love affairs.
But with the outbreak of the Civil War,
everything changed. Overnight, Rose
, fashionable hostess, become
, intrepid spy. As Blackman
reveals, deadly accurate intelligence that Rose
supplied to General
written in a fascinating
code (the code duplicated in the background on the jacket of this book).
Her message to Beauregard
turned the tide in
the first Battle of Bull Run, and was a brilliant piece of spycraft that
eventually led to her arrest by
and imprisonment with her
regained her freedom and, as the war reached a crisis, journeyed to
Europe to plead the Confederate cause at the royal courts of
Drawing on newly discovered diaries and a rich trove of contemporary
accounts, Blackman has fashioned a thrilling, intimate narrative that
reads like a novel. Wild Rose
is an unforgettable rendering of an astonishing woman, a book that will
stand with the finest Civil War biographies.
is the author of Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel
Albright and co-author of The Spy Next Door, about the traitorous FBI
. In her long career as a news reporter
with Time magazine and the Associated Press, Blackman covered American
politics, social policy, and the powerful personalities that make up
society. She is married to
They have two grown children and live in the nation’s capital.
“This is a
fascinating tale of intrigue and suspense. Blackman has discovered some
truly remarkable, never-before-published papers that reveal how deeply
was in the Confederate cause.”
–Cokie Roberts, National Public Radio commentator, author of Founding
POEM FOR CONFEDERATE
by Oliver Reeves
How many springs have gone since they
Who wore the uniform of gray
Last looked upon summer snow of dogwood, blooming below
Their southern skies and friendly sun,
Or watched the winding rivers run
Or knew when spring wind's gentle hand
Stretched forth to heal their wounded land.
They sleep where the azaleas spread
Their glorious colors, where the red old hills
And mountain peaks
Stand listening while nature speaks.
And from the woodlands sound the strains
Of memories; where coastal plains
Run down to join the ceaseless tide
Ebbing and flowing as they died.
Let us remember them as time
And tide move on in endless rhyme.
When spring is wearing her bouquet
For the lost legions of the gray.
While bud and blossom, hill and tree
Remember them, so shall we.
(Oliver Reeves is the former
poet laureate of the State of
marching armies of the past
Along our Southern plains,
Are sleeping now in quiet rest
Beneath the Southern rains.
The bugle call is now in vain
To rouse them from their bed;
To arms they'll never march again--
They are sleeping with the dead.
No more will Shiloh
's plains be stained
With blood our heroes shed,
To our noble warriors' tread.
For them no more shall reveille
Sound at the break of dawn,
But may their sleep peaceful be
Till God's great judgment morn.
We bow our heads in solemn prayer
For those who wore the gray,
And clasp again their unseen hands
On our Memorial Day.
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GOD BLESS AMERICA