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  • indyleaguesgraveyard
    Hello everyone, Having failed to read the email that I should introduce myself in my first posting to the group, I now send my second post to do just that. My
    Message 1 of 19 , Jan 1, 2010
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      Hello everyone,

      Having failed to read the email that I should introduce myself in my first posting to the group, I now send my second post to do just that.

      My name is Kevin McCann, and I am finishing a biography of a one-term congressman from Tennessee named Adam Huntsman. (He is known for defeating David Crockett in his last congressional campaign, after which he left for Texas and the rest is history.) He lost a leg during the War of 1812 and wore a wooden peg leg the rest of his life. (Under what circumstances he lost the leg has long been a mystery; the most logical seems to be that he served in John Williams' filibuster to East Florida in the winter of 1812-13.)

      I've recently become interested in the War of 1812, but it was a question that prompted me to join this group. (Please see my earlier posting on the Massachusetts Militia.) I hope a few of you can help answer this query and set me in the right direction.

      I look forward to reading the discussions!

      Thank you,

      Kevin McCann
    • jmgallen1812
      Jim Yaworsky invited me to introduce myself so here goes. I am an amateur historian, living in St. Louis, who thinks often of President Reagan s warning in his
      Message 2 of 19 , Jan 2, 2011
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        Jim Yaworsky invited me to introduce myself so here goes.

        I am an amateur historian, living in St. Louis, who thinks often of President Reagan's warning in his Farewell Address:

        "So, we've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's important -- why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant... If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual."

        I have always been interested in history. Over the past ten years or so I have not only studied history but have attempted to help others to remember what we did and know who we are by teaching one night continuing ed classes through our local community college. My history interests have been general and not specific to the War of 1812. I do plan to offer a class on the War during the Bicentennial period. I will be watching the postings for anything that will enhance my knowledge about the War so that I will be ready when the time comes. I do not know how much I will contribute to the discussions, but I do plan on reading some books about the war and could post links to my Amazon reviews if other members would be interested.

        I will be looking forward to the postings and may surprise myself and others with some postings of my own.

        Jim Gallen
      • Tom Hurlbut
        Welcome Jim! I m certain you ll have much to offer! Long Live the Republic! Major Tom _____ From: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com
        Message 3 of 19 , Jan 2, 2011
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          Welcome Jim!



          I'm certain you'll have much to offer!



          Long Live the Republic!



          "Major" Tom





          _____

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          Of jmgallen1812
          Sent: January 2, 2011 5:15 PM
          To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com
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          Jim Yaworsky invited me to introduce myself so here goes.

          I am an amateur historian, living in St. Louis, who thinks often of
          President Reagan's warning in his Farewell Address:

          "So, we've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's
          important -- why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what
          those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant... If we forget what we did, we won't know
          who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could
          result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with
          some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on
          civic ritual."

          I have always been interested in history. Over the past ten years or so I
          have not only studied history but have attempted to help others to remember
          what we did and know who we are by teaching one night continuing ed classes
          through our local community college. My history interests have been general
          and not specific to the War of 1812. I do plan to offer a class on the War
          during the Bicentennial period. I will be watching the postings for anything
          that will enhance my knowledge about the War so that I will be ready when
          the time comes. I do not know how much I will contribute to the discussions,
          but I do plan on reading some books about the war and could post links to my
          Amazon reviews if other members would be interested.

          I will be looking forward to the postings and may surprise myself and others
          with some postings of my own.

          Jim Gallen





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        • jmgallen@juno.com
          Tom, Thanks! One thing I can contribute is a link to my Aamzon review of The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict by Donald R. Hickey:
          Message 4 of 19 , Jan 2, 2011
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            Tom,
            Thanks!
            One thing I can contribute is a link to my Aamzon review of The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict by Donald R. Hickey:
            http://www.amazon.com/War-1812-FORGOTTEN-CONFLICT/dp/0252060598/ref=cm_lmf_tit_27
            Jim Gallen

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            From: "Tom Hurlbut" <hurlbut8646@...>
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            Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2011 20:30:50 -0500


            Welcome Jim!

            I'm certain you'll have much to offer!

            Long Live the Republic!

            "Major" Tom

            _____

            From: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com [mailto:WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
            Of jmgallen1812
            Sent: January 2, 2011 5:15 PM
            To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [Bulk] 1812 New Member Introduction

            Jim Yaworsky invited me to introduce myself so here goes.

            I am an amateur historian, living in St. Louis, who thinks often of
            President Reagan's warning in his Farewell Address:

            "So, we've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's
            important -- why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what
            those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant... If we forget what we did, we won't know
            who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could
            result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with
            some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on
            civic ritual."

            I have always been interested in history. Over the past ten years or so I
            have not only studied history but have attempted to help others to remember
            what we did and know who we are by teaching one night continuing ed classes
            through our local community college. My history interests have been general
            and not specific to the War of 1812. I do plan to offer a class on the War
            during the Bicentennial period. I will be watching the postings for anything
            that will enhance my knowledge about the War so that I will be ready when
            the time comes. I do not know how much I will contribute to the discussions,
            but I do plan on reading some books about the war and could post links to my
            Amazon reviews if other members would be interested.

            I will be looking forward to the postings and may surprise myself and others
            with some postings of my own.

            Jim Gallen

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          • Jeffrey Vaillant
            Joel Also consider Gilbert Collins book Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812 published in 1998 by the Dundurn Press (www.dundurn.com). My
            Message 5 of 19 , Jan 3, 2011
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              Joel

              Also consider Gilbert Collins book "Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812" published in 1998 by the Dundurn Press (www.dundurn.com). My paperback copy has lots of stickies marking pages of places I want to visit:):)

              Jeff



              "If we are to go forward, we must first look back." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
            • Colonel
              Jim, I do hope you will offer that course on the War of 1812, and also hope other instructors will do the same. However, your struggle against ignorance on
              Message 6 of 19 , Jan 5, 2011
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                Jim,
                I do hope you will offer that course on the War of 1812, and also hope other instructors will do the same. However, your struggle against ignorance on the subject will be very trying.
                I just retired from teaching History in a South Carolina High School last May and, along with many other frustrations that go along with such a career, let me share this concerning the War of 1812.
                The current US History text used by most of the schools in the state allow for six short paragraphs on the entire war. If you take away the map and assessment questions on the two pages used, you are left, in actuality, one page of text covering the conflict. The three main topics covered in a few sentences are the War in Canada, the burning of Washington, and the Battle of New Orleans. Baltimore is mentioned in a "balloon" on the map ---"Baltimore, Sept. 12-14, British fail to capture city and withdraw from Chesapeake Bay in October." The Star Spangled Banner and Ft. McHenry are not mentioned at all and most of my students had never heard of Francis Scott Key, not to mention all of the other heroes on both sides who served.
                I am afraid that what President Reagan warned of has already happened with the blessings of too many school systems. A large part of the problem is due to the fact that in Sourth Carolina some people in control of curriculum still believe that the entire history of the United States can be effectively taught in ONE SEMESTER, 90 SCHOOL DAYS! Whe one starts subtracting test days, extra school programs, broken sequencing from holidays, teacher workdays, or weather related school closings, it is not surprising that an entire generation knows very little about where they come from or what their predecessors have done.
                Again,I wish you all good fortune in your endeavors and hope you may inspire other instructors to also start programs such as you intend.

                Tom Moore


                --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "jmgallen1812" <JMGallen@...> wrote:
                >
                > Jim Yaworsky invited me to introduce myself so here goes.
                >
                > I am an amateur historian, living in St. Louis, who thinks often of President Reagan's warning in his Farewell Address:
                >
                > "So, we've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's important -- why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant... If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual."
                >
                > I have always been interested in history. Over the past ten years or so I have not only studied history but have attempted to help others to remember what we did and know who we are by teaching one night continuing ed classes through our local community college. My history interests have been general and not specific to the War of 1812. I do plan to offer a class on the War during the Bicentennial period. I will be watching the postings for anything that will enhance my knowledge about the War so that I will be ready when the time comes. I do not know how much I will contribute to the discussions, but I do plan on reading some books about the war and could post links to my Amazon reviews if other members would be interested.
                >
                > I will be looking forward to the postings and may surprise myself and others with some postings of my own.
                >
                > Jim Gallen
                >
              • Charlie Quesenberry
                That is sobering news, to say the very very least. It makes what we all do so much more than a hobby. ... [Non-text portions of this message have been
                Message 7 of 19 , Jan 5, 2011
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                  That is sobering news, to say the very very least. It makes what we all do
                  so much more than a hobby.

                  On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 10:12 AM, Colonel <lehrerprofessoren@...>wrote:

                  >
                  >
                  > Jim,
                  > I do hope you will offer that course on the War of 1812, and also hope
                  > other instructors will do the same. However, your struggle against ignorance
                  > on the subject will be very trying.
                  > I just retired from teaching History in a South Carolina High School last
                  > May and, along with many other frustrations that go along with such a
                  > career, let me share this concerning the War of 1812.
                  > The current US History text used by most of the schools in the state allow
                  > for six short paragraphs on the entire war. If you take away the map and
                  > assessment questions on the two pages used, you are left, in actuality, one
                  > page of text covering the conflict. The three main topics covered in a few
                  > sentences are the War in Canada, the burning of Washington, and the Battle
                  > of New Orleans. Baltimore is mentioned in a "balloon" on the map
                  > ---"Baltimore, Sept. 12-14, British fail to capture city and withdraw from
                  > Chesapeake Bay in October." The Star Spangled Banner and Ft. McHenry are not
                  > mentioned at all and most of my students had never heard of Francis Scott
                  > Key, not to mention all of the other heroes on both sides who served.
                  > I am afraid that what President Reagan warned of has already happened with
                  > the blessings of too many school systems. A large part of the problem is due
                  > to the fact that in Sourth Carolina some people in control of curriculum
                  > still believe that the entire history of the United States can be
                  > effectively taught in ONE SEMESTER, 90 SCHOOL DAYS! Whe one starts
                  > subtracting test days, extra school programs, broken sequencing from
                  > holidays, teacher workdays, or weather related school closings, it is not
                  > surprising that an entire generation knows very little about where they come
                  > from or what their predecessors have done.
                  > Again,I wish you all good fortune in your endeavors and hope you may
                  > inspire other instructors to also start programs such as you intend.
                  >
                  > Tom Moore
                  >
                  > --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com <WarOf1812%40yahoogroups.com>,
                  > "jmgallen1812" <JMGallen@...> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > Jim Yaworsky invited me to introduce myself so here goes.
                  > >
                  > > I am an amateur historian, living in St. Louis, who thinks often of
                  > President Reagan's warning in his Farewell Address:
                  > >
                  > > "So, we've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's
                  > important -- why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what
                  > those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant... If we forget what we did, we won't know
                  > who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could
                  > result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with
                  > some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on
                  > civic ritual."
                  > >
                  > > I have always been interested in history. Over the past ten years or so I
                  > have not only studied history but have attempted to help others to remember
                  > what we did and know who we are by teaching one night continuing ed classes
                  > through our local community college. My history interests have been general
                  > and not specific to the War of 1812. I do plan to offer a class on the War
                  > during the Bicentennial period. I will be watching the postings for anything
                  > that will enhance my knowledge about the War so that I will be ready when
                  > the time comes. I do not know how much I will contribute to the discussions,
                  > but I do plan on reading some books about the war and could post links to my
                  > Amazon reviews if other members would be interested.
                  > >
                  > > I will be looking forward to the postings and may surprise myself and
                  > others with some postings of my own.
                  > >
                  > > Jim Gallen
                  > >
                  >
                  >
                  >


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                • jmgallen@juno.com
                  Tom, Thanks for your encouragement. Jim ... From: Colonel To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com Subject: 1812 Re: New Member
                  Message 8 of 19 , Jan 5, 2011
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                    Tom,
                    Thanks for your encouragement.
                    Jim

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                    From: "Colonel" <lehrerprofessoren@...>
                    To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: 1812 Re: New Member Introduction
                    Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2011 15:12:37 -0000


                    Jim,
                    I do hope you will offer that course on the War of 1812, and also hope other instructors will do the same. However, your struggle against ignorance on the subject will be very trying.
                    I just retired from teaching History in a South Carolina High School last May and, along with many other frustrations that go along with such a career, let me share this concerning the War of 1812.
                    The current US History text used by most of the schools in the state allow for six short paragraphs on the entire war. If you take away the map and assessment questions on the two pages used, you are left, in actuality, one page of text covering the conflict. The three main topics covered in a few sentences are the War in Canada, the burning of Washington, and the Battle of New Orleans. Baltimore is mentioned in a "balloon" on the map ---"Baltimore, Sept. 12-14, British fail to capture city and withdraw from Chesapeake Bay in October." The Star Spangled Banner and Ft. McHenry are not mentioned at all and most of my students had never heard of Francis Scott Key, not to mention all of the other heroes on both sides who served.
                    I am afraid that what President Reagan warned of has already happened with the blessings of too many school systems. A large part of the problem is due to the fact that in Sourth Carolina some people in control of curriculum still believe that the entire history of the United States can be effectively taught in ONE SEMESTER, 90 SCHOOL DAYS! Whe one starts subtracting test days, extra school programs, broken sequencing from holidays, teacher workdays, or weather related school closings, it is not surprising that an entire generation knows very little about where they come from or what their predecessors have done.
                    Again,I wish you all good fortune in your endeavors and hope you may inspire other instructors to also start programs such as you intend.

                    Tom Moore

                    --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "jmgallen1812" <JMGallen@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > Jim Yaworsky invited me to introduce myself so here goes.
                    >
                    > I am an amateur historian, living in St. Louis, who thinks often of President Reagan's warning in his Farewell Address:
                    >
                    > "So, we've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's important -- why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant... If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual."
                    >
                    > I have always been interested in history. Over the past ten years or so I have not only studied history but have attempted to help others to remember what we did and know who we are by teaching one night continuing ed classes through our local community college. My history interests have been general and not specific to the War of 1812. I do plan to offer a class on the War during the Bicentennial period. I will be watching the postings for anything that will enhance my knowledge about the War so that I will be ready when the time comes. I do not know how much I will contribute to the discussions, but I do plan on reading some books about the war and could post links to my Amazon reviews if other members would be interested.
                    >
                    > I will be looking forward to the postings and may surprise myself and others with some postings of my own.
                    >
                    > Jim Gallen
                    >



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                  • ONeil
                    To Jim Yaworsky and all 1812ers I joined the group last night. I m a writer with a degree in European History. Most of my books are mysteries, however, my
                    Message 9 of 19 , Nov 23, 2011
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                      To Jim Yaworsky and all 1812ers

                      I joined the group last night. I'm a writer with a degree in European History. Most of my books are mysteries, however, my newest is an historical novel, BATTLE KISS, an epic story of love and war set around the Battle of New Orleans. Its huge (320,000 words). My web site is www.oneildnoux.com

                      Look forward to discussions about The War of 1812.
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