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25, July 2011

Tickled Purple

There is a memory I have from childhood. It’s the last week of school, and my best friend, Christa, and I are at recess. She has a cassette player and we are listening to a tape that she took from her sister’s room. I remember sitting there on the grass and just being wowed. It is unlike anything I have ever heard. Keyboards build, a guitar teases, a woman starts singing, followed by a male, then by another male who takes over the song. The three join together for the chorus, and then the magic words, “Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999.” What an idea! Read more »

25, July 2011

Civil War Love Letters: July 25, 1861

James reports that he and his company took Colonel Alf Jones, and Captains Mountjoy and Slayback prisoners. At the same time, troops from other companies in James’s regiment traveled aboard the steamer White Cloud toward Liberty, Missouri, near Kansas City. The Rebels attacked these troops at Blue Mills, Missouri. No additional information about the circumstances of either of these incidents was found.

 

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23, July 2011

Civil War Love Letters: July 23, 1861

James and his company remained in Lexington, Missouri. Three other boats arrived with stories of an encounter with the forces under Brigadier General Thomas A. Harris, Missouri State Guard. Harris and his troops had been moving throughout northeastern Missouri to fight Federal forces in that region. When some of Harris’s forces reached the Missouri River, the Federal troops sunk or destroyed their boats to prevent them from crossing.

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20, July 2011

Civil War Love Letters: July 20, 1861

James remained in Lexington, Missouri, where he had to deal not only with men who supported secession, but also with ladies who taunted the federal troops. James refers to the women as being of the F.F.V.s, which stands for First Families of Virginia, descendants of the original English settlers of Virginia.

 

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14, July 2011

Civil War Love Letters: July 14–15, 1861

Lexington
Steamer A. McDowell
July 14th 1861

My Dear Molly

I have been to Church this morning, (after writing you that Pencil Scrape before 6 A.M.) and I feel much better for it. It is such a great change from the vacuum & ennui of our boat life, or the weariness of our marches that it fell like oil on the troubled waters, or like dew on the grass. It was Communion Sunday too in an Old School Presbyterian Church & I never felt more like joining in Read more »

14, July 2011

Civil War Love Letters: July 14, 1861

Lexington
Steamer A. McDowell
July 14th 1861

My Dear Molly

I find this opportunity by the D.A. January - Ive sent you two or three long letters since I saw you - but the strange reports that we are receiving & the knowledge that both mail & telegraph are tampered with by the Enemy between here & you makes me uneasy & I fear that you may not receive them -

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13, July 2011

Remembering Srebrenica

This week marks the 16th anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica. About 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb forces in July 1995.

St. Louis is home to a large number of Bosnian refugees—the largest population outside of Bosnia. In 2000 the Missouri History Museum published a book by Patrick McCarthy and Tom Maday, After the Fall, focusing on a displaced family and their experiences. Here are some excerpts describing the siege.

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7, July 2011

Comics’ Second City: The Gateway History of the American Comic Book

Comics’ Second City: The Gateway History of the American Comic Book

By Mike Phoenix (St. Louis, 2010)

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6, July 2011

Civil War Love Letters: July 6–10, 1861

James begins this letter on July 6, 1861. However, he gets interrupted repeatedly, so he makes additions to the letter over the next several days. The letter ends on July 10, 1861, although James incorrectly writes June 10th, 1861.

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2, July 2011

Civil War Love Letters: July 2, 1861

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