Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Revolutionary War-- Pension Records & Disability Payments

68. Clark, Murtie June. The Pension Lists of 1792-1795: with Other Revolutionary War Pension Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991. (Central-HG 973.34)

69. Dorman, John F. Virginia Revolutionary Pension Applications, Abstracted. Washington, D.C.: J. F. Dorman, 1958-1980, 35 vols. (Central-HG 975.5)

70. United States. Department of the Interior. Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969. (Central-HG, ST 929.373)

71. United States. Pension Bureau. Pensioners of Revolutionary War Struck Off the Roll. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969. (Central-HG 355.151)

72. United States. War Department. Revolutionary Pensioners: a Transcript of the United States for 1813. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1959. (Central-HG 929.373)

73. United States. War Department. Pension Roll of 1835. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968. (Central-ST 973.34)

74. White, Virgil D. Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files. Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Co., 1990-1992, 3 vols. (Central-HG 973.74)

War of 1812-- Pension Records & Disability Payments

75. McGhee, Lucy Kate. Missouri Revolutionary War Soldiers, War of 1812 and Indian Wars Pension List. Washington, D.C.: n.d. (Central-HG 977.8)

76.. The Pension Roll of 1835. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992, 4 vols. (Central-HG 973.34)

77. United States. Census Office. A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services; with Their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshals of the Several Judicial Districts in 1840. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1967. (Central-HG 929.373)

78. United States. War Department. Kentucky Pensions of 1835. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1959. (Central-HG 976.9)

79. White, Virgil D. Index to War of 1812 Pension Files. Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Co., 1992. (Central-HG 973.526)

Monday, November 28, 2011


Korean War—Rosters & Reference Works

51. Blanchard, Carroll H. Korean War Bibliography and Maps of Korea. Albany: Korean Conflict Research Foundation, 1964. (Central-ST 016.9519)

52. Dornbusch, C. E. Histories of American Army Units, World Wars I and II and Korean Conflict, with Some Earlier Histories. Washington, D. C.: Department of the Army, 1956. (Central-ST 016.355)

53. United States. Marine Corps. First Division. First Marine Division. November 1-December 15, 1950, Chosin Reservoir. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1951. (Central-ST 951.9)

Vietnam War—Rosters & Reference Works

54. Headhunters: Stories from the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, Vietnam, 1965-1971. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1987. (Central-ST 959.704342)

55. Stanton, Shelby L. Vietnam Order of Battle. Washington, D.C.: U.S. News Books, 1981. (Central-HG Oversize 959.70433)

56. The Marines in Vietnam, 1954-1973: an Anthology and Annotated Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Printing Office, 1974. (Central-ST 959.70434)

57. The United States Navy and the Vietnam Conflict. Washington, D.C.: U.S.Government Printing Office, 1976. (Central-ST 959.704345)

Revolutionary War-- Bounty Land Records

58. Bockstruck, Lloyd Dewitt. Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants: Awarded by State Governments. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996. (Central- HG 973.34)

59. Cartwright, Betty Goff Cook. North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791. Memphis, TN: I. C. Harper Co., 1958. (Central-HG 973.34)

60. Jillson, Willard Rouse. The Kentucky Land Grants: a Systematic Index to All of the Land Grants Recorded in the State Land Office at Frankfort, Kentucky, 1782-1924. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1971. (Central-HG 976.9)

61. Mayo, Robert. Army and Navy Pension Laws, and Bounty Land Laws of the United States Including Sundry Resolutions of Congress from 1776-1852. Washington, D.C.: J. T. Towers, 1852. (Central-ST 355.115)

62. Smith, Clifford N. Federal Land Series: a Calendar of Archival Materials on the Land-Patents Issued by the United States Government, with Subject, Tract, and Name Indexes. Chicago: American Library Association, 1972-1982, 4 vols. Vol. 1 covers 1788-1810; vol. 2 covers 1799-1835; vol. 3 covers 1810-1814; vol. 4 covers land grants in the Virginia District of Ohio. Includes name and tract indexes in each volume. (Central-HG 333.16)

63. Wilson, Samuel M. Catalogue of Revolutionary Soldiers and Sailors of the Commonwealth of Virginia to Whom Land Bounty Warrants were Granted by Virginia for Military Services in the War for Independence. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1967. (Central-HG, ST 973.34)

War of 1812-- Bounty Land Records

64. Christensen, Katherine. Arkansas Military Bounty Grants (War of 1812). Hot Springs: Arkansas Ancestors, 1971. (Central-HG 929.3767)

65. Dunaway, Maxine. Missouri Military Land Warrants, War of 1812. Springfield, MO: M. Dunaway, 1985. (Central-HG 929.3778)

66. United States. General Land Office. War of 1812 Bounty Lands in Illinois. Thomson, IL: Heritage House, 1977. (Central-HG 977.3)

67. Wardell, Patrick G. War of 1812: Virginia Bounty Land & Pension Applicants: a Quick Reference Guide to Ancestors having War of 1812 Service Who Served Lived, Died, or Married in Virginia or West Virginia. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1987. (Central-HG 973.52455)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011



38. Pictorial Atlas Illustrating the Spanish-American War: Comprising a History of the Conflict. New York: G. F. Cram, 1898. (Central-ST 973.8)

39. Venzon, Anne C. The Spanish-American War: an Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1990. (Central-HG 016.97389)


40. DeCastelbled, Maurice. History of the A.E.F. New York: Bookcraft, 1937. (Central-ST 940.91)

41. Livesey, Anthony. I. The Historical Atlas of World War. New York: H. Holt, 1994. (Central-HG 940.410223)

42. Ohio. Adjutant-General’s Office. The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War, 1917-1918. Columbus: F. J. Heer Printing Co., 1926-1929. (Central-ST 940.91)

43. Schaefer, Christina. The Great War: a Guide to the Service Records of All the World’s Fighting Men and Volunteers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1998. (Central-HG 940.3)


44. Conference on Research on the Second World War. World War II: an Account of Its Documents. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1976. (Central-ST 940.5307)

45. 42nd Rainbow Infantry Infantry Division. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Co., 1987. (Central-ST Oversize 940.541273)

46. Goodenough, Simon. War Maps: World War II, From September 1939, to August 1945, Air, Sea, and Land, Battle by Battle. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1982. (Central-HG Oversize 911)

47. Sixth Marine Division: the Striking Sixth. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Co.,1987. (Central-ST Oversize 940.541273)

48. Stanton, Shelby L. Order of Battle, U.S. Army, World War II. Novato, CA: Presidio, 1984. (Central-HG Oversize 355.30973)

49. 34th Bombardment Group (H), 1941-1945. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Co., 1988. (Central-ST Oversize 940.544973)

50. United States. National Archives. Federal Records of World War II. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1951, 2 vols. Vol. 1 covers civilian records; Vol. 2 covers military records. (Central-HG 940.92)

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Jones, Douglas C. Elkhorn Tavern. NY: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, 1980. ST-Fic

Civil War novels generally focus on either a particular battle or a particular character. This novel carries the name of a major Civil War battle, Pea Ridge (better known as Elkhorn Tavern in the South), but its real focus is a group of characters, the Hasford family, homesteaders in rural Arkansas, and how their lives are affected by the aftershocks of that battle. War has at least temporarily claimed the Hasford family patriarch, Martin, who is in the rebel army in Virginia. At home are his wife, Ora; daughter, Calpurnia; and son, Roman.

A casualty of the battle, a wounded Union Army officer, finds his way to the Hasford doorstep. Ora Hasford and Tulip Crozier, an eccentric neighbor, are forced to amputate the officer's gangrenous left hand with makeshift tools in a harrowing scene that helps lend a human face to the horrors of war.

Elkhorn Tavern tells us the story of how an amputee learns to embrace love and cope with the difficulties that his missing hand presents. It also has several other stories to tell, however: how a woman in a perilous time and place faces life without the husband on whom she has depended; how a teen-aged boy and girl grow to maturity in that same perilous time and place; and how a family copes with predators of all stripes that the war has inadvertently unleashed.

Elkhorn Tavern is a great read for Civil War buffs, but will also interest persons who just like a good story well told. It's similar in some ways to Cold Mountain, but was published 17 years before that book first saw light of day. If you like this book I've got good news for you: author Jones has written a number of other novels about the Hasfords (Come Winter; Remember Santiago; Roman; and Winding Stair)- so your stay as a temporary guest of the family needn't end here.


Brighton, Terry. Hell Riders: the True Story of the Charge of the Light Brigade. NY: Henry Holt & Co., 2004. Central-HG, BU 947.073842

On October 25, 1854, nearly 700 members of the Light Brigade, British Cavalry Division, armed only with sabres and lances, charged up a Crimean valley ringed on three sides by Russian artillery and infantry. The charge, which covered about a mile and a quarter in seven minutes' time, resulted in nearly 300 British soldiers being killed, wounded, or taken prisoner, and at least as many British horses lying dead on the field. Was the charge really the tragic result of missed communications, as has long been claimed, and was it in fact a complete waste of the lives of good men and horses? The conclusions reached by the author after extensive research may surprise you.


Rose, Alexander. Washington's Spies: the Story of America's First Spy Ring. NY: Bantam Books, 2006. HG, BU, MA 973.385

It's fairly common knowledge at this point that George Washington was not America's best general ever. He wasn't our best-ever strategist or tactician, and he came close at several points during the Revolution to losing it all due to strategic or tactical errors. But it's long been known that old George was quite good at one thing, certainly-- learning from his mistakes.

It seems, however, that scholars of the period have discovered that George was good at something else as well. Not just good, in fact: he was something of a visionary when it came to intelligence gathering and espionage. Now, things started badly for Washington here as in so many of his endeavors-- initial forays into the "spy game" resulted in blunders like the Nathan Hale affair, in which schoolteacher turned spy Hale was sent into the lion's den to gather intelligence. He had nearly succeeded despite the overwhelming odds, only to be taken into custody when he mistakenly flagged down a British frigate instead of the colonial navy ship he had been expecting. Washington was thus left hanging (as, alas, was poor Nathan) while a new agent was recruited.

Washington soon hit on the idea of using spies who remained in place behind enemy lines, and were thus less conspicuous to the British and local Loyalists, instead of spies sent in from outside who stood out like sore thumbs as they observed British activities and attempted to question locals and British soldiers about British numbers, movements, and armaments. The problem then was getting out messages from spies to the First Spook-- a problem solved by the use of, among other things, invisible ink.

Washington's (largely successful) effort to build what modern-day spooks would call an all-source intelligence network was one of the main reasons that he was able, with a poorly equipped and nearly always outnumbered army, to defeat the British and help a fledgling nation gain its independence. Read this book, and you'll discover how this most remarkable man accomplished this most remarkable feat.


Hopefully we won't face any great weather extremes this winter--but reading about a place that's a whole lot colder than St. Louis should make whatever we face seem no big deal by comparison!

Arneson, Liv, Bancroft, Ann, and Cheryl Dahle. No Horizon is So Far: Two Women and Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2003. HG 919.8904

Antarctica: Great Stories From the Frozen Continent. Sydney: Reader's Digest, 1985. ST-Oversize 919.8904

Campbell, David G. The Crystal Desert: Summers in Antarctica. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1992. ST 508.98

Parfit, Michael. South Light: a Journey to the Lost Continent. NY: Macmillan, 1985. ST 919.8904

Free-lance writer Parfit spent a full season in Antarctica under the auspices of the National Science Foundation. He was able to travel widely while there, visiting McMurdo Station, South Pole Station, and Russian and Chilean research stations to name but a few places, traveling at times in an ice-breaker to get there. Although his main focus is the people who choose to live and work at research stations in Antarctica, he also manages to paint unforgettable glimpses of the polar landscape and the frozen continent's amazing fauna. He captures in lively and lovely prose the thrill of adventure and the pursuit of scientific discovery, and will make readers who have even the slightest interest in the place very sorry that they have never been there. A first-rate book about a fascinating place.

Pyne, Stephen J. The Ice: a Journey to Antarctica. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998. ST 919.8904

Rosove, Michael H. Let Heroes Speak: Antarctic Explorers, 1772-1922. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000. HG 919.89904

It's remarkable how many explorers of the Antarctic were also gifted writers, and compiler Rosove here allows them to speak for themselves. Famous Antarctic explorers like Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton are accorded their due, but so are other, less well-known adventurers. Nearly all of them appear to have been involved in a love-hate relationship with the Frozen South: all speak of its bleakness and unforgiving nature (Scott wrote, "Great God! This is an awful place!"), yet most also speak of encountering scenes of awesome beauty and grandeur (a member of Shackleton's expedition said of a thousand-foot-wide ice crevasse that, "The whole was the wildest, maddest, and yet the grandest thing imaginable."). The English poet John Keats wrote a poem titled "La Belle Dame Sans Merci," which translates as the beautiful lady without mercy. Judging by their writings, it seems obvious that these explorers would have no trouble believing that the subject of Keat's poem was Antarctica, a beautiful but forbidding mistress every bit as cruel and then some as any that exists in fact or fiction.

Shackleton, Ernest Henry. South: the Last Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton and the Endurance. NY: Lyons Press, 1998. ST 919.8904092

Smith, Roff Martin. Life on the Ice: No One Goes to Antarctica Alone. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2005. HG 919.89

Monday, November 14, 2011


Civil War-- Military Service Records & Rosters


19. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Missouri, 193 reels. (Central-Microfilm)

20. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Missouri, 854 reels. (Central-Microfilm)

21. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Illinois, 101 reels. (Central-Microfilm)

22. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Missouri, 54 reels. (Central-Microfilm)

23. Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1897, 70 reels. (Central-Microfilm)


24. Dornbusch, C. E. Military Bibliography of the Civil War. Dayton, OH: Morningside Books, 1987, 4 vols. Vol. 1 covers northern states, vol. 2 southern and border states. (Central-HG 016.973)

25. Groene, Bertram H. Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor. Winston-Salem, NC: J. F. Blair, 1973. (Central-HG 016.9293)

26. Hewett, Janet B. The Roster of Confederate Soldiers. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1995. Mutilvolume set. (Central-HG 973.741)

27. Hewett, Janet B. The Roster of Union Soldiers. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1997. Multi-volume set. (Central-HG 973.741)

28. Illinois. Adjutant-General’s Office. Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of Illinois. Springfield, IL: Phillips Brothers, 1900-1902, 9 vols. Organized by regiment: check website of Illinois Secretary of State to find out a man’s regiment. First 8 volumes cover Civil War regiments; last volume covers Black Hawk War, Mexican-American War, and Spanish-American War. (Central-HG 353.9)

29. Iowa. Adjutant General’s Office. List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Living in Iowa (1886). Decorah, IA: Decorah Genealogy Association, 1997. (Central-HG 929.373)

30. Munden, Kenneth W. and Henry P. Beers. Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1962. (Central-ST 016.9737)

31. Neagle, James C. U.S. Military Records: a Guide to Federal and State Sources, Colonial America to the Present. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1994. (Central-HG 929.30973)

32. Pearson, Thomas A. Missouri Men Who Served in Illinois Civil War Regiments. St. Louis: St. Louis Public Library. (

33. Pearson, Thomas A. Missouri Men Who Served in Kansas Civil War Regiments.St. Louis: St. Louis Public Library. (

34. Schweitzer, George K. Civil War Genealogy: a Basic Research Guide for Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors, with Detailed Sources and Precise Instructions for Obtaining Information from Them. Knoxville, TN: G. Schweitzer, 1980.(Central-HG 016.9293)

35. United States. War Department. The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War. New York: Gramercy Books, 1983. (Central-HG, ST Oversize 973.7)

36. United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 70 volumes. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901. Last volume is a general index to entire set: each volume also has its own index. (Central-HG, ST 973.7)

37. Welcher, Frank J. The Union Army, 1861-1865: Organization and Operations. Bloomington: University of Indiana, 1989, 2 vols. Vol. 1- Eastern Theater, Vol. 2- Western Theater. (Central-HG 973.41)


Here's the latest list of upcoming programs I'll be doing at various locations. All are sponsored or co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library. All are free and open to the public. Please note that locations vary.

Sat, Nov 19, 2011, 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

Sat, Dec 17, 2011, 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:

Saturday, January 28, 2012, 10 am-Noon—Cavalry Raids: Secret Weapons or Flashy Sideshows? Buder Branch. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses Civil War cavalry weapons, equipment, and tactics. Was the cavalry raid a legitimate military tactic, or was it a waste of essential resources? Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 10 am-Noon—Civil War 24/7: Researching Civil War Soldiers & Regiments on the Internet. Buder Branch. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses ways to thoroughly research Civil War soldiers and military units using the Internet (free and subscription sources discussed). Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at

SLPL branch library locations and hours

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


War of 1812-- Military Service Records & Rosters


12. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812, 234 reels. (Central-Microfilm)


13. Coles, Harry Lewis. The War of 1812. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1965. (Central-ST 973.5)

14. North Carolina. Adjutant-General. Muster Rolls of the Soldiers of the War of 1812. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976. (Central-HG 973.524)

Mexican-American War-- Military Service Records & Rosters


15. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican-American War, 41 reels. (Central-Microfilm)


16. Dufour, Charles. The Mexican War: a Compact History. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1968. Maps. (Central-ST 973.6)

17. Hackenburg, Randy W. Pennsylvania in the War With Mexico. Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1992. (Central-HG 972.05)

18. Nebraska. Secretary of State. Roster of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the War of 1812, Mexican War, and the War of the Rebellion, Residing in Nebraska, June 1, 1893. Lincoln: Jacob North & Co., 1893. (Central-ST 973.74)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011




1. General Index to Compiled Service Records of Revolutionary War Veterans [58 reels]. (Central-Microfilm)

2. Revolutionary War Service Records [138 reels]. (Central-Microfilm)


3. Atwood, Rodney. The Hessians: Mercenaries from Hessen-Kassel in the American Revolution. NY: Cambridge University Press, 1980. (Central-ST 973.342)

4. Carrington, Henry B. Battles of the American Revolution: Battle Maps and Charts of the Revolution. New York: New York Times, 1968. (Central-ST 973.33)

5. Daughters of the American Revolution. Index of the Rolls of Honor (Ancestor’s Index) in the Lineage Books of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1972 [160 volumes].(Central-HG 929.373)

6. Myers, Paul W. Pennsylvania Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, Living in States Other Than Pennsylvania. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1987. (Central-HG 973.3448)

7. Smith, Clifford Neal. Brunswick Deserter-Immigrants of the American Revolution. Thomson, IL: Heritage House, 1973. (Central-HG 929.343)

8. Smith, Clifford Neal. Mercenaries from Ansbach and Bayreuth, Germany, Who Remained in America after the Revolution. McNeal, AZ: Westland Publications, 1979. (Central-HG 973.342)

9. Smith, Clifford Neal. Muster Rolls and Prisoner of War Lists in American Archival Collections Pertaining to the German Mercenary Troops who Served with the British Forces during the American Revolution. DeKalb, IL: Westland Publications, 1976. (Central-HG 973.342)

10. The State Records of North Carolina. Raleigh: P. M. Hale, 1886-1914 [30 vols]. (Central-ST 975.6)

Volume 16 has a list of soldiers in the North Carolina Continental Line.

11. White, Virgil D. Index to Revolutionary War Service Records. Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Co., 1995 [4 vols]. (Central-HG 973.4)