Dear Billy, I'm probably going to get into trouble
myself with my praise of newspapers and tying them
into genealogy. Bear that in mind in reading my
feedback. To answer your question, I believe that
history and genealogy are inextricably linked. I think
that your project is fascinating. I'd at least be
delighted to read the material and make suggestions.
> First, Jeff, would you drop me a letter if you think
> that any notification of
> postings regarding the "river war" fought in the
> sounds and rivers of North
> Carolina is appropriate for NCNR?
> Second, do I have any trained historians on these
> lists beyond Jeff Weaver.
> The reason I ask is I have a great thesis, I can do
> a lot of the research, I
> just need critical thinkers associated with the
> None of the below is finished...but will be
> transcribed and put on the Web:
> For the eastern NC folks, reports from various Union
> commanders regarding
> raids up the Roanoke, New River, Chowan, etc. for
> the months September-November
> 1862. Many of these reports are headed Plymouth and
> Newberne [sic], As
> well, I have transcribed the escapades of Lt.
> Cushing well before he destroyed
> the Albemarle, in his expedition up both the
> Roanoke and the New River to
> Jacksonville (hint, he lost his steamer on the way
> Also, speculation regarding the defences of
> Wilmington and worries about a
> Confederate iron-clad steaming down the James river.
> The intelligence reports
> about both are fascinating and I hope to copy them
> this coming Wednesday.
> There is actually in the letters, a rough drawing of
> the Merrimac 2 (as the Yanks
> called it)
> My apologies to the mountain folks but I figure that
> most of you have eastern
> NC relations or have such a love of history as to
> overlook the
> non-genealogical info.
> Any complaints, please send them directly to me so
> we do not swamp any
> Best of wishes,
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
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