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Did you happen to catch the July issue of Going In-Depth? If not you’re missing out! It’s jammed full of genealogy help and information. Better yet it’s free every month!
You can take a look at it here. While you’re at it flip to page 19. That’s my article on the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). I learned so much researching that article. The little known resources I found locally on Civil War veterans is killer.
Today I’m following up on the Personal Sketches album I referred to in the article. Here’s one page of that fabulous book written in the veteran’s own hand! We get a glimpse into what the war was like for him. What events and people he’ll never forget. It’s his story.
**I did correct the spelling when transcribing this page hoping to make it easier to read. I didn’t change punctuation.**
W. Francis Maltbie
born December 24, 1836 in Centerville, Montgomery County, Ohio
I first entered the service April 20, 1861 at Lima, Ohio. Entered as a private Co. F 20th Regiment OVI and was a private at the close of the war. I was first discharged August 18, 1861 at Columbus Ohio by reason of expiration of term of service. Reenlisted on the 30 day of August 1861was transferred from Co. B 81st OVI to Co. D 81st OVI in December 1864 and was discharged July 13, 1865 Louisville, KY by reason of expiration of term of service.
Record of Service
My first battle was Pittsburg Landing, Tenn – 2nd Corinth Miss in May and June 1862 commonly -??- the Siege of Corinth. 3d battle was the battle at Corinth October 3 and 4th 1862 – 4th Resaca Ga 5th OstaNaula – 6th Lays (Fery) Ferry – 7th Rome Cross Roads. 8Th Dallas. 9Th Kenesaw Mountain. . . 10th Atlanta July 22nd to the 27th the Siege of Atlanta 11th Jonesborrow August 31st 1864. 12th Savannah – 13 Bentonville North Carolina
Record of escapes
I was slightly bruised from a spent shell at Corinth Miss Oct 3d 1862 and another time at the Siege of Atlanta Ga I never was in a hospital and was never taking prisoner
Sumner T Mason, Gidion Ditto, J W Tellier, Thomas A Maltbie, G W Miller, J M Nantshurr, A Fulmer, G W Dirtson
Noted Events (Battle of Pittsburg Landing, Atlanta Campaign. Shermans March
of importance (to the Sea, and through the Carolinas, and Grand Review Washington
Maltbie took the time to record his Civil War service in his GAR post’s book. It was that important to him! Only about a quarter of the members did.
I read an online article recently from the Washington Post. It cited how the Manassas National Battlefield Park was trying to keep the level of public interest high after having already commemorated the 150th anniversary of both Civil War battles at Manassas. Their new approach is summed up in the article’s title “Manassas events focus on the human face of the Civil War”.
The human side of the Civil War. That’s exactly what clicks with me when I research this period in history. I am particularly interested in the men, the privates, the grunts that carried out all the orders. They endured excessive hardships, witnessed extensive human suffering and looked death in the face at every battle. They carried out commands they knew would certainly result in their demise yet followed those orders anyway. Civil War soldiers are the grandfathers and great grandfathers of today’s “Greatest Generation.” I believe in looking at Civil War veterans we can see that their bravery and loyalty was instilled in their descendants who fought in both World Wars.
Then there is the human side of the Civil War at home. Young wives with babies trying to maintain their household. Farms and businesses to be run without the help of sturdy young men and wise fathers. Families receiving telegraphed death notices, the shortages, hunger and fear especially in southern homes. So many stories and life events that need to be told.
It’s not often the likes of little ol’ me gets to do something big but I’m involved in something BIG!The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is an online community of genealogists helping each other in their research. With a well developed website, all genealogists can read the free monthly online newsletter, forums or blog. Readers are encouraged to leave comments or ask questions about specific aspects of their genealogy research. IDG has a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter too, adding fun to our genealogy research.
IDG is genealogists helping genealogists and I happen to be a part of this generous community! I write a monthly column for The In-Depth Genealogist. It’s Tracing Blue and Gray. Each month I write about the best methods of Civil War Research and also look into the real aspects of what our ancestors endured during their Civil War service. My first article debuted May 2012 and I’ve been with the newsletter ever since.
That is until this month. No longer is The In-Depth Genealogist a monthly digital newsletter. It’s now a monthly digital MAGAZINE!! Launching their premier issue yesterday February 15th, IDG is an expanded, beautifully formatted, treasure trove of guest articles, columns and genealogy resources. All free! If you haven’t seen the new IDG Magazine just click here! You’ll be amazed at all the info packed inside and if you haven’t subscribed yet click here, so the next issue of IDG is delivered to your inbox.
Kudos to the editorial staff of Terri O’Connell, Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, Jen Baldwin and Jen Alford for putting together such a magnificent publication! They’ve earned a big pat on the back and many thanks for allowing me to be a part of this exciting venture!
What do I do with the small scraps of paper, hastily scribbled ideas and the sticky notes plastered everywhere!
After writing yesterday’s blog post on digitizing my genealogy records I started to mentally plan the process. It wasn’t long before I realized I had left out a component.
If you take a quick peek at yesterday’s post you’ll see I’m taking a pledge to reduce paperwork but my plan only addresses actual documents as they relate to myself and my ancestors. If I’m to attempt a paperless desk (attempt being the key word here!) I need to eliminate the small scraps of papers on my desk with hastily scribbled notes and research ideas. Also the sticky notes plastered everywhere!
What do I do? I remembered a blog post some time ago by Marian over at Marian’s Roots and Rambles. I searched through her many excellent articles to find the one I remembered. Marian cites in her post: Taming all that Information! – Part 1
“The capturing of data for me can take these various forms but the filing of data remains consistent. I’m not sure if I discussed this in the webinar or not. I am not a paper person so I really don’t keep paper files (I will lose them!).
All of my information whether handwritten transcriptions, photographs or scans gets put into a project specific directory in my computer with a long descriptive filename. The longer I have been researching the longer my file names have become! I try to put
I doubt there is a genealogist around who hasn’t come up empty when searching for names in a data base. When our first attempt with the actual surname draws a blank we vary spelling or try a wildcard.
One family name on my research list is Waller. Of course this particular family was not to be found in the 1860 census even though I knew they where they lived in Ohio. Varying Waller to Walker, then to Walter turned up my missing family on the third try.
An even simpler way to research these MIA ancestors is by using wildcards. When used on a database like Ancestry.com you would use an asterisk * that can be inserted for up to 6 characters in a name. I’m (un)lucky enough to have Williams as a surname I’m researching. Using a wildcard I’d type in Will* and come up with Wills, Willis, William, Williams, Williamson, etc. These are all variations I want to look at. Enumerators and transcribers have been known to have bad days and my Williams’ may be hiding from me behind one of these variations.
Just remember in using the asterisk * on Ancestry you always have to use at least the first three letters of a name. You can’t use “Wi*” but can use “Wil*”.
If you only want to replace a single letter in a name just use a question mark. Nant? Will return Nantz, Nants, Nanta or Nanti. That last letter in a surname can be hard to read on a census roll and is then indexed incorrectly.
If all this fails, which it has for me, I have gone though each individual name in a township’s records, expanding to the surrounding townships as well. This admittedly tedious process did turn up the Nance family I was searching. In the 1860 census their surname was listed as Vance, a variation I would never have guessed.
Just remember as you research to keep some kind of log documenting who you’re searching for, what variations of spelling/wildcards you have used and what databases you have searched. Unfortunately I haven’t always done this and found I’ve duplicated some work! It was a lesson learned. Who has enough time to do all the research they want let alone do the same research twice!
Good luck on your hunt for those elusive ancestors!