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Do you have a favorite area of historical interest?

Started by Walter "Tommy" Little. Last reply by lil JT Sep 7, 2011. 4 Replies

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Comment by Chaplain ET on November 19, 2011 at 3:54pm

My Mother always told me I was a thinker, "Tommy," but I think she lisped a little...

Comment by Chaplain ET on June 30, 2011 at 11:28am
Lev; the last name was Thompson, and the first was William. He came up from New York, and we KNOW he was a loyalist. He had a son, also named William Thompson, so it does get screwy. I have gone through the files at SLC, Chele (I happen to be a Latter-day Saint), and beyond the notation that he came from New York, that's all we have!
Comment by Chele on March 31, 2011 at 8:22pm
Chaplain....have you tried contacting the Mormon Church in Utah. They have a very large archive of genelogy. From what I understand they go back pretty far in time. If they can not help you maybe they can point you in the right direction.

Good luck in your search.
Comment by Linda G on March 17, 2011 at 3:00pm
Chaplain...you may want to check Canadian historical data, re the Plains of Abraham..... British occupation...exile....Acadians.
Comment by lev on February 22, 2011 at 9:35pm
i dont really know if i can help in any way, there were literally tens of thousands of loyalists that fled to canada, mainly nova scotia. what was the last name? sometimes that can help pin point origin....
Comment by Chaplain ET on February 22, 2011 at 9:23pm
Lev; do you have any contacts or info on United Empire Loyalists during the Revolutionary War? I have an ancestor that stayed with the British during that war, and ended up in New Carlisle in Quebec. We know that he came from New York, but have no connection as to where he was living there, or who his parentage was. I've searched through a lot of stuff, but haven't seen any firm connections. Can you help, please? Thanks.
Chaplain ET
Comment by lev on February 22, 2011 at 12:06pm
i am not so familiar with the western theater of the civil war.... i am mainly a revolutionary war historian, though the civil war is a very interesting time period. i once hear that there were over 10,000 battles in those five years, i kind of believe it, scary in a way. my new project tis a face book fan page for the company that i am working for that deals mainly with the common man in colonial Boston in the decade leading up to the revolution. if you search for "the path to independence/ tour the freedom trail" you will find it. i just uploaded a short film on the death of christopher seider 11 days before the "boston massacre" (february 22, 1770), kind of a "this day in history" series. i am also gearing up for the boston massacre re enactment on march 5th....
Comment by Chele on February 22, 2011 at 9:55am
I agree with you concerning Longstreet, yet did not know that Grant and he were friends. Read in Gods and Generals that after the war Hancock and Grant sent Longstreet south to handle one of the Reconstruction States for the Union. I kind of get the feeling the Chamberlin was also overlooked during the war.

Just return from Winchester in Clark County, KY where I saw a State marker which stated that Civil War at Boonesborg. That fighting was in Boonesborg I was not aware of. Are you aware of the circunstances and who the Generals were?
Comment by lev on February 16, 2011 at 10:55am
combine that with the fact that custer was the most photographed man in the war... or even the time period, i think that he was audacious, which made him effective in that sort of battle field activity, plus he was an egomaniac... both are correct. probably the most overlooked general in the civil war was longstreet. as jackson was ordering pikes for his men, longstreet was writing a book on the effective use of the transverse trench. what most people don't realize is the cusp that the civil war was upon. on one side you have the revolution, line people up and fire at close range... on the other was ww1. trench warfare and aerial bombing. the weaponry had almost caught up to ww1, but the tactics were still in the revolutionary war. line people up with accurate weapons and fire at close range. that is the reason that the death rate in the civil war was so appalling... longstreet saw what was coming and thought accordingly, though he was soft spoken. he is much overlooked. there is a book about chamberlain (whom i love) called (something like) the last lion, that brings out battle tactics and all that they were up against....
Comment by Chele on February 16, 2011 at 9:34am
Thanks for the info.
are you aware of the statement made by Col. Chamberlin, " There is nothing like God on the battle field like a General ". was reading up on Custer the weekend and judging from his quick rise during the Civil War was this his thinking or just his Ego. seems he rose rapidly from his grad from West Point. both he and Stuart were favorites of Lee, yet Lee and Stuart went to the South. sometimes i feel that this was Custer's ego as he changed ranks alot through his Mil. career. What do think, or anyone else?
 

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