Thursday, July 21, 2011

GENEALOGY & LOCAL HISTORY PROGRAMS AUGUST-DECEMBER 2011

Here's the latest list of upcoming programs I'll be doing at various locations (this list supercedes any previous list of 2011 programs you may have received). All are sponsored or co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library. All are free and open to the public. Please note that locations vary.

Thurs, Aug 18, 10 AM-Noon—Land Rich, Dirt Poor: the Use of Land Records in Genealogical Research. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses print, microfilm, manuscript, map, and Internet sources of land records and land record research aids. Buder Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at tpearson@slpl.org.

Tues, Oct 18, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM—Over There: Researching World War I Ancestors. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses print, microfilm, manuscript, and Internet sources of info on ancestors who served during World War I. Hayner Public Library, 326 Belle Street, Alton, IL 62002. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

Thurs, Oct 20, 10 AM-Noon— The Second War of American Independence: Researching War of 1812 Ancestors. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, and Internet sources of information about War of 1812 ancestors. Buder Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at tpearson@slpl.org.

Tues, Oct 25, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM—Research at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses print, microfilm, manuscript, and Internet sources of info on ancestors available via ALPL (located in Springfield, IL). Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington Street, Belleville, IL 62220. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

Sat, Nov 19, 10 AM-Noon--Squeezing Your Sources: Extracting All the Info You Can From Civil War Service and Pension Records. Join us as Tom Pearson describes ways to extract all the info that you possibly can from compiled military service records and pension records. Buder Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at tpearson@slpl.org.

Sat, Dec 17, 10 AM-Noon--Take Your Best Shot: Civil War Artillery! Join us as Tom Pearson discusses Civil War cannon and cannoneers. Buder Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at tpearson@slpl.org.

SLPL branch library locations and hours

Free parking is available on Buder Branch parking lot (Buder is located on Hampton Avenue several miles south of Hwy 44-- it's on the right just after the Target store).

Friday, July 8, 2011

READING LISTS--CIVIL WAR GENERALS, PT. 13

William Tecumseh Sherman
Union Army general

Born: February 8, 1820 (Lancaster, OH)
Died: February 14, 1891 (New York City)
Buried: Calvary Cemetery (St. Louis, MO)

West Point: 1836-1840 (sixth in his class—reduced from fourth because of voluminous demerits)

Battles & Campaigns

Second Seminole War
1st Bull Run
Shiloh
Vicksburg
Jackson (MS) Expedition
Chattanooga (TN) Campaign
Meridian (MS) Campaign
Atlanta Campaign
Savannah (GA) Campaign
Carolina Campaign

Commander of U.S. Army: 1869-1883.

Books about General Sherman:

Bailey, Anne J. War and Ruin: William T. Sherman and the Savannah Campaign. Wilmington, Del: Scholarly Resources, 2003. ST-973.7378

Caudill, Edward, and Paul Ashdown. Sherman's March in Myth and Memory. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008. HG-973.7378

Davis, Stephen. Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston, and the Yankee Heavy Battalions. Wilmington, Del: Scholarly Resources, 2001. ST-973.7371

Dugard, Martin. The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848. New York: Little, Brown and Co, 2008. HG-973.620922

Fellman, Michael. Citizen Sherman: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman. New York: Random House, 1995. ST-B SHERMAN

Flood, Charles B. Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. ST, BU-973.738

Hanson, Victor D. The Soul of Battle: From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny. New York, NY: Free Press, 1999. ST-355.009

Sherman, William T, Brooks D. Simpson, and Jean V. Berlin. Sherman's Civil War: Selected Correspondence of William T. Sherman, 1860-1865. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999. ST-973.7092

Simms, William G, and David Aiken. A City Laid Waste: The Capture, Sack, and Destruction of the City of Columbia. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2005. HG-973.738

Trudeau, Noah A. Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea. New York: Harper, 2008. ST,BU-973.7378

Thursday, July 7, 2011

MISSOURI ODD PHENOMENA FILE, PT. 3

El Dorado Light. The El Dorado Light is a mysterious light sometimes seen outside Collins, Missouri. Brandon, Jim. Weird America (1978), p.122.

Embalmers. The first licensed female embalmer in the state of Missouri was a black woman named Vora T. Wilson. Profiles in Silhouette (1980), p. 128.

Exorcist, The. The movie of this name is based on an actual series of events that took place in the state of Maryland, in Washington, D. C., and in St. Louis. A teen-aged boy in Maryland began to show signs of unusual and disturbing behavior. A psychiatrist called in for consultation could find no organic cause of the boy's distress. A Lutheran minister asked to look at the boy recommended that the family find a priest, because the minister felt an exorcism of a demon or spirit might be in order. Initial attempts to remove the unwelcome spirit by Jesuit priests at Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. resulted in the hasty transportation of the boy to St. Louis University, a Jesuit institution of higher learning in mid-America. A full-fledged exorcism, the first sanctioned by the Catholic Church in more than 100 years, resulted in the teen-aged victim's eventual return to good (i.e., malevolent entity-free) health. William Peter Blatty, a college student who heard about the exorcism from the priest who served as assistant in the procedure, later wrote a novel which changed names, locations, and some of the facts of the case and sold it as a novel, The Exorcist. Allen, Thomas B. Possessed: the True Story of an Exorcism (1993).

Explosion, Unexplained. An unexplained explosion took place somewhere along Missouri State Road CC near the town of Festus on May 26, 1970. Brandon, Jim. Weird America (1978), p. 125.

Explosion, Unexplained. See also "Bomb Blast."

Female Impersonator. A male detective impersonated an Italian woman to solve an extortion case. Jones, J. E. Review of Famous Cases Solved by St. Louis Policemen (1924), pp. 98-99.

Fitzgerald, James. Fitzgerald was being hanged in St. Louis as punishment for a crime he had committed when the rope broke. A big, heavy man, Fitzgerald hit the ground hard, and lay there writhing in pain for about one hour while a second rope was fetched. Once it arrived, Fitzgerald was led back onto the gallows and hanged again, this time successfully. Hyde, William, and Howard Conard. Encyclopedia of the History of St. Louis (1899), vol. I, p. 717.

Fletcher, Thomas Clement. Governor Thomas C. Fletcher of Missouri (1865-1869) held his inaugural ball in Fisher's Cave. Missouri Magazine 1 (September 1928): 26.