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Old 01-18-2008, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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For sure that kinda legacy means alot! I was stunned at intensity of Civil War re-enactors, many were literally filling shoes of direct anscestors, incredibly knowledgable. It was like they could spaek all day in character. Traditions been handed down across generations.

Missy, I hiked the back trail through the woods from lower parking lot at Ft.Duffield West Point to the encampment - not even knowing ticket booth at main entrance on top of the roadway hill was there, stepped into the Rebel Camp wearing my usual overalls and workboots. Glad nobody was firing live ammo or i mighta been shot. Re-enactors in full immersion of living history welcomed me stepping from trail in the woods practically as one of their own without stepping outa CW character - it was great!!

Kshe95gal I'll betcha Quantrill detachment of re-enactors wanna read those memoirs too, specially reviving gggp's acquaintance with em attaching stories and lore to their camp. Apparently Quantrill forces were hundreds strong at their peak in 1863 and ranged from Missouri to Texas from what I'm reading tonite. Then circa 1865 depleted remnants including Quantrill himself, after lengthy and healthy career massacring and burning towns out West were finally bagged in Spencer Co northeast of Hart Co Munfordville "Civil War Days" celebration on Dixie Hwy about halfway between Bowling Green and Louisville. Come visit us and join outrageous fun and festivities, meet gggp's pals and put yerself alongside him in the same timeframe.

Hart County Civil War Days Schedule (http://www.visitmunfordville.com/cwdays07.html - broken link)
KYcoyote I love driving down Dixie towards Bowling Green.I much much much prefer backroads and driving through the small towns rather than the boring, plain expressway. I actually live off Dixie in the Shively/PRP area in Louisville but have used to have tons of family in Brandenburg. We have some interesting stories ourselves but I don't type well enough to type it all out lol
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I wonder if you should not approach a publishing house to see if it's publishable. There is a lot of interest in civil war diaries. I know the University of Louisiana has a terrific press that specializes in Civil War material, and my bet is that the University of Missouri might be interested as well.

You won't get rich (although if you do, I expect a new car!) but it would be great to have this shared outside of the family.

(I had an ancestor who was in the Union army stationed in Kentucky - maybe your great-great-grandfather took a shot at my great-great-grandfather!)
That thought had crossed my mind for sure, as soon as I get a chance I am going to pursue it! As a side note, another on of my forebears was wounded in a skirmish @ Fredricktown, Mo. Years later he was walking down a road in SE Mo, met the man who shot him, and invited him home for dinner!
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For sure that kinda legacy means alot! I was stunned at intensity of Civil War re-enactors, many were literally filling shoes of direct anscestors, incredibly knowledgable. It was like they could spaek all day in character. Traditions been handed down across generations.

Missy, I hiked the back trail through the woods from lower parking lot at Ft.Duffield West Point to the encampment - not even knowing ticket booth at main entrance on top of the roadway hill was there, stepped into the Rebel Camp wearing my usual overalls and workboots. Glad nobody was firing live ammo or i mighta been shot. Re-enactors in full immersion of living history welcomed me stepping from trail in the woods practically as one of their own without stepping outa CW character - it was great!!

Kshe95gal I'll betcha Quantrill detachment of re-enactors wanna read those memoirs too, specially reviving gggp's acquaintance with em attaching stories and lore to their camp. Apparently Quantrill forces were hundreds strong at their peak in 1863 and ranged from Missouri to Texas from what I'm reading tonite. Then circa 1865 depleted remnants including Quantrill himself, after lengthy and healthy career massacring and burning towns out West were finally bagged in Spencer Co northeast of Hart Co Munfordville "Civil War Days" celebration on Dixie Hwy about halfway between Bowling Green and Louisville. Come visit us and join outrageous fun and festivities, meet gggp's pals and put yerself alongside him in the same timeframe.

Hart County Civil War Days Schedule (http://www.visitmunfordville.com/cwdays07.html - broken link)
What a fabulous idea! I lived in Louisville in the mid '80's, love Ky, sure dont need an excuse to visit! I have long been an avid history enthusiast, with the Civil War in the forefront, so that would be great.
As another sidenote, the property we live on is on the site of a Civil War skirmish, we have been digging up minie balls for several years now, there is a re-enactment of the skirmish here every year, and I always attend, but they stage it several miles away.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:50 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Best way to get an opinion on the Jackson Purchase it to visit it sometime! Lots to see and do!
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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We used to visit the purchase area quite a bit when I was small, we went to the lakes to fish, camp. etc.
I moved to the Ft. Campbell/Hoptown area when I was 22. Compared to what was happenening in SE Mo at the time,(this was during all the farm foreclosures in the '80's) I was actually able to make a living.
I ended up moving to Louisville, my first hubby was from there, the purchase area does feel like another state, but I loved it! Loved Louisville, too!
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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The purchase area of Kentucky had more natural gifts than any part of Kentucky at the time of the Civil War. Every County but one in the Purchase bordered an extremely navigable river that was crowded with steamboats . Four Counties had good rail transportation. The transportation network to St. Louis, New Orleans, Nashville, Huntsville, Memphis and the Ohio flowing from Pittsburgh was second to none. The alluvial soil planted in the Purchase by the rivers was often compared to the nile valley of Egypt---incredibly rich. Census studies confirm that the people of the Purchase were the most literate of any area of Kentucky.
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