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[civilwarwest] Re: Visions...and a good thought

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  • P. B. Jones
    ... From: Pete & Joan To: civilwarwest@egroups.com Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 4:09 AM Subject:
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      From: Pete & Joan <goldenfrog@...>
      To: civilwarwest@egroups.com <civilwarwest@egroups.com>
      Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 4:09 AM
      Subject: [civilwarwest] Visions

      With this Western Theatre discussion page it ties up loose ends that have
      flapped in the wind for years.(The underwritten and oft ignored west's
      titanic struggle with the Civil War,) now, those of us who read and keep
      written pubs about the western war can bring to the forefront the sacrifice
      made by the men of the west! We can unite both theatres with our acquired
      knowledge Keeping alive the history of our nation's darkest moment....A
      thought
       
      And a good thought at that!  Hello...
       
      Tuesday I had the good fortune to attend 138th Battle Aniversary Programs at Wilson's Creek.  While MANY moments of the full day's events were noteworthy (I'll get to that in later posts), one moment spoke very loudly to me. 
       
      Michael N. Ingrisano, Jr. was speaking about the research involved in his book An Artillerman's War:  Gus Dey and the 2nd United States Artillery.  Mike was singing the praises of the National Archives and of  Wilson Creek's John K. and Ruth Hulston Civil War Research Library http://www.nps.gov/wicr/library.html , both of which were instrumental in providing him data. 
       
      He noted that most everyone seems to know about the National Archives, but the incredible wealth of information housed locally seems almost a secret.  For that matter, much of the western theatre is kept "a secret" with the emphasis on the East.  It was marvelous to see a man who lives in the Alexandria/McLean area of Virginia and who has easy access to Bull Run, Gettysburg, Antietam, etc.. actually chide his listeners for their (in his perception) complacency in recognizing the importance of what happened at a Wilson's Creek and the treasure we have in that battlefield.  Mike asked point blank "Why aren't you singing about this place from the rooftops?!".  It is NOT encroached upon by any kind of urban sprawl.  Commercialism does not show it's face on the field.  What you have is a remarkably pristine battlefield and the opportunity to retrace the steps of a Nathaniel Lyon,  Ben McCulloch, Sterling Price and company,  and see the terrain very, very much as they did on that beastly hot August day in 1861.
       
      Especially poignant to me was Mike's telling us about how he is very ITALIAN and had no ancestors who fought in any American Civil War battle, yet he was and is drawn to its stories (and he noted his good fortune in meeting his wife who's great grandfather is his book's central figure).  Since none of  "my people" had made their way to the states by the 1860's from what is now the Czech Republic, I could relate to all he said. 
       
      I had the opportunity to visit with both Mike and his wife after the presentation and requested that they both sign my copy of his book.  A part of what he wrote there...
       
          "You may not have relatives who fought here at Wilson's Creek but you do have the obligation to preserve the memories of men who fought and died here!"
       
      Message received, Mr. Ingrisano!  ;)
       
       
      Of course if you wish to BUY that book I wish you'd go to Civil War Interactive's Book Nook and  then to amazon so as to send some of those proceeds to the good folks at http://almshouse.com/  (sorry, Laurie...don't know how to do a link with that info!).
       
      Best regards.
       
      Pat





    • P. B. Jones
      ... From: Pete & Joan To: civilwarwest@egroups.com Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 4:09 AM Subject:
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 12 12:08 PM
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        -----Original Message-----
        From: Pete & Joan <goldenfrog@...>
        To: civilwarwest@egroups.com <civilwarwest@egroups.com>
        Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 4:09 AM
        Subject: [civilwarwest] Visions

        With this Western Theatre discussion page it ties up loose ends that have
        flapped in the wind for years.(The underwritten and oft ignored west's
        titanic struggle with the Civil War,) now, those of us who read and keep
        written pubs about the western war can bring to the forefront the sacrifice
        made by the men of the west! We can unite both theatres with our acquired
        knowledge Keeping alive the history of our nation's darkest moment....A
        thought
         
        And a good thought at that!  Hello...
         
        Tuesday I had the good fortune to attend 138th Battle Aniversary Programs at Wilson's Creek.  While MANY moments of the full day's events were noteworthy (I'll get to that in later posts), one moment spoke very loudly to me. 
         
        Michael N. Ingrisano, Jr. was speaking about the research involved in his book An Artillerman's War:  Gus Dey and the 2nd United States Artillery.  Mike was singing the praises of the National Archives and of  Wilson Creek's John K. and Ruth Hulston Civil War Research Library http://www.nps.gov/wicr/library.html , both of which were instrumental in providing him data. 
         
        He noted that most everyone seems to know about the National Archives, but the incredible wealth of information housed locally seems almost a secret.  For that matter, much of the western theatre is kept "a secret" with the emphasis on the East.  It was marvelous to see a man who lives in the Alexandria/McLean area of Virginia and who has easy access to Bull Run, Gettysburg, Antietam, etc.. actually chide his listeners for their (in his perception) complacency in recognizing the importance of what happened at a Wilson's Creek and the treasure we have in that battlefield.  Mike asked point blank "Why aren't you singing about this place from the rooftops?!".  It is NOT encroached upon by any kind of urban sprawl.  Commercialism does not show it's face on the field.  What you have is a remarkably pristine battlefield and the opportunity to retrace the steps of a Nathaniel Lyon,  Ben McCulloch, Sterling Price and company,  and see the terrain very, very much as they did on that beastly hot August day in 1861.
         
        Especially poignant to me was Mike's telling us about how he is very ITALIAN and had no ancestors who fought in any American Civil War battle, yet he was and is drawn to its stories (and he noted his good fortune in meeting his wife who's great grandfather is his book's central figure).  Since none of  "my people" had made their way to the states by the 1860's from what is now the Czech Republic, I could relate to all he said. 
         
        I had the opportunity to visit with both Mike and his wife after the presentation and requested that they both sign my copy of his book.  A part of what he wrote there...
         
            "You may not have relatives who fought here at Wilson's Creek but you do have the obligation to preserve the memories of men who fought and died here!"
         
        Message received, Mr. Ingrisano!  ;)
         
         
        Of course if you wish to BUY that book I wish you'd go to Civil War Interactive's Book Nook and  then to amazon so as to send some of those proceeds to the good folks at http://almshouse.com/  (sorry, Laurie...don't know how to do a link with that info!).
         
        Best regards.
         
        Pat





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