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Table of Contents 1. Philip Neitz by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project 2. Two Letters, 1st January 1920. Definite Progress. by firstname.lastname@example.org (Pte Harry Lamin) at WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier 3. Propaganda, American and British by George Simmers at Great War Fiction 4. The War With Eurasia/Eastasia by Brett Holman at Airminded 5. Martin Neilson by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project 6. American Civil War: Stones River Runs Red by n/a at About.com Military History 7. ** 4th Alabama Infantry by Jenny at Draw the Sword (and Throw Away the Scabbard) 8. Thomas Hardy: 'a New Year's Eve in War Time' by email@example.com (Tim Kendall) at War Poetry 9. ** Robertson’s Brigade, Cavalry Division by Jenny at Draw the Sword (and Throw Away the Scabbard) 10. Lucius J. Neal by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project 11. Odd Plane Out by Brett Holman at Airminded 12. Carlton and Oscar Neal by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project 13. 27th December 1919. Harry's on the Move!! by firstname.lastname@example.org (Pte Harry Lamin) at WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier 14. Recognition for a Navy Disaster by Phil Ewing at Other Military History Stuff 15. Our Kind of Book by Thomas E. Ricks at Other Military History Stuff 16. Ahs Centaur Is Found by n/a at Other Military History Stuff 17. Myths of the American Revolution | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine by n/a at Other Military History Stuff Contents 1. Philip Neitz BY: Steve Soper AT: Third Michigan Infantry Research Project URL: <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MenOfTheTheThirdMichiganInfantry/~3/OOV7BSx0vz0/philip-neitz.html> Philip Neitz was born on May 19, 1823, in Union County, Pennsylvania.In 1830 there was one Philip Neitz living in Chapman, Union County, Pennsylvania; and in 1850 there was a Philip Neitz, age 12, living with his father Samuel in Washington, Union County, Pennsylvania.In any case, Philip was married to Pennsylvania native Elizabeth (b. 1825), probably in Pennsylvania, and they had at least five children: Fanny (b. 1848), Lucetta (b. 1850), Lena Ann (b. 1853), William (b. 1855) and Philip (b. 1858). They moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio probably before 1848 and on to Michigan probably in 1855, eventually settling... 2. Two Letters, 1st January 1920. Definite Progress. BY: email@example.com (Pte Harry Lamin) AT: WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier URL: <http://wwar1.blogspot.com/2010/01/end-is-surely-in-sight-2-letters-1st.html> Jan 1st 1920 Dear KateJust a line to let you know that I have left Italy and have arrived in France at Marseilles. I dont think we shall be here more than a day or two. we got in today at 4 o clock. and we are not allowed out of camp so i expect we shall have to stay in. I hope to be in England this time next week that is with good luck. I have got my papers for demobilisation so I expect to get demobilised within this next fortnight so I hope to be seeing you... 3. Propaganda, American and British BY: George Simmers AT: Great War Fiction URL: <http://greatwarfiction.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/propaganda-american-and-british/> Ian Whitcomb’s essay Over There shows how in America official agencies such as George Creel’s Committee on Public Education mobilised the popular media (including music) from the very beginning of America’s engagement in the War. George Creel’s How We Advertised the War (1920) gives an account of how it was done. This was in marked contrast with Britain, where in August 1914 there were no government machinery for dispensing mass propaganda from above, and the expression of war enthusiasm was very much a bottom-up grassroots movement – and sometimes one that embarrassed the Government, as when the White Feather movement... 4. The War With Eurasia/Eastasia BY: Brett Holman AT: Airminded URL: <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/airminded/~3/75vVPWc3l5w/> Just as when reading Brave New World I applied my airminded filters and extracted Aldous Huxley’s vision of future warfare, I’m going to do the same for that other great British dystopia, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. (Which is what passes for summer reading for me. Quotes taken from this version.) War is much more important in Orwell’s novel than in Huxley’s: it’s constantly referred to throughout the novel, and it turns out to be a crucial part of the Party’s method for maintaining its control of Oceania. Assuming that there actually is a war, that is, and the whole... 5. Martin Neilson BY: Steve Soper AT: Third Michigan Infantry Research Project URL: <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MenOfTheTheThirdMichiganInfantry/~3/4NyueJ0T-VA/martin-neilson.html> Martin Neilson, alias “Frank N. Muriett,” was born on November 16, 1840, in Copenhagen, Denmark.Martin immigrated to America and by 1860 he was a farm laborer working for and/or living at the hotel of Stephen Corl in Cannon, Kent County.He stood 5’10” with gray eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 20 years old and living in Kent County when he enlisted with the consent of the Justice of the Peace in Company K on May 13, 1861. He was present for duty through December of 1861, but by February of 1862 was listed as a camp... 6. American Civil War: Stones River Runs Red BY: n/a AT: About.com Military History URL: <http://militaryhistory.about.com/b/2009/12/31/american-civil-war-stones-river-runs-red.htm> December 31, 1862-January 2, 1863 - Union and Confederate forces clash at the Battle of Stones River. Retreating south after the Battle of Perryville, Gen. Braxton Bragg assumed a position near Murfreesboro, TN. Pursued by Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans (right), Union forces reached the area on December 29. While both commanders intended to attack on December 31, Bragg moved forward first and drove back Rosecrans' right flank. Though forced back, the Union line ultimately held, though both sides took heavy losses. After a day of rest, the fighting was resumed on January 2, with neither side gaining an advantage... 7. ** 4th Alabama Infantry BY: Jenny AT: Draw the Sword (and Throw Away the Scabbard) URL: <http://www.drawthesword.goellnitz.org/2009/12/4th-alabama-infantry/> Located on South Confederate Avenue near the Bushman Farm, Alabama State Monument, and the tablet to Law’s Brigade is the simple bronze tablet to the 4th Alabama Regiment. This simple marker honors the 4th Alabama which contained 346 men at Gettysburg. There were 87 casualties, including 21 killed, 45 wounded, and 21 missing. Monument Specifications: Bronze plaque with inscription. Located on South Confederate Avenue near the Bushman Farm. Dedication Date: March 1904. Main Inscription: Text of the marker is as follows, Army of Northern Virginia Longstreet’s Corps Hood’s Division Law’s Brigade Fourth Alabama Infantry July 2 Left New Guilford 25... 8. Thomas Hardy: 'a New Year's Eve in War Time' BY: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tim Kendall) AT: War Poetry URL: <http://war-poets.blogspot.com/2009/12/thomas-hardy-new-years-eve-in-war-time.html> Thomas Hardy wrote several New Year's Eve poems. The most famous is 'The Darkling Thrush', which mourns the passing of a year and a century. Hardy is the wintriest of poets, and he tends to see New Year's Eve exclusively as an ending, without looking forward to seasonal renewal. Shelley's question in his 'Ode to the West Wind' --- 'If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?' --- is one which Hardy never thinks of asking. Hardy's failure to believe in the prospect of renewal suits a poetry of old age, a posthumous poetry in which the poet views himself as 'but... 9. ** Robertson’s Brigade, Cavalry Division BY: Jenny AT: Draw the Sword (and Throw Away the Scabbard) URL: <http://www.drawthesword.goellnitz.org/2009/12/b-robertsons-brigade/> Beverley Robertson’s Brigade in Stuart’s Cavalry Division. Location: South Reynolds Avenue, near Hagerstown Road Monument Specifications: Bronze marker with a round stone base. Marks the position and action of the brigade. Erected Date: 1910-1911. Inscription: The tablet reads as follows, C. S. A. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA STUART’S CAVALRY DIVISION ROBERTSON’S BRIGADE 4th and 5th North Carolina Cavalry July 1. The Brigade crossed the Potomac at Williamsport Md. and marched to Greencastle Pa. July 2. Marched from Greencastle Pa. to Chambersburg Pa. July 3. Marched to Cashtown and in the direction of Fairfield guarding the flank of the Army... 10. Lucius J. Neal BY: Steve Soper AT: Third Michigan Infantry Research Project URL: <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MenOfTheTheThirdMichiganInfantry/~3/CxRQjZNOeAQ/lucius-j-neal.html> Lucius J. Neal was born on August 4, 1839, in Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Michigan.By 1850 Lucius may have been living with the Robert Mitchell family on a farm in Raisin, Lenawee County. By 1859-60 Lucius was probably working as a lath sawyer, living on the west side of Mill Street south of Bridge Street in Grand Rapids, and in 1860 he was living with and/or working for one John Johnson in Grand Rapids’ Second Ward; nearby lived his brother Flavius who was staying at the Bronson House.Lucius stood 5’7” with light complexion, blue eyes and light hair and... 11. Odd Plane Out BY: Brett Holman AT: Airminded URL: <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/airminded/~3/I1RRY6YYHfw/> I recently read Sonya O. Rose’s Which People’s War? National Identity and Citizenship in Wartime Britain, 1939-1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), which is interesting on such subjects as anti-Semitism during the Blitz. But I kept being drawn back to the front cover, for a completely trivial reason. The illustration is from a 1941 poster designed by Philip Zec (the Daily Mirror’s political cartoonist), ‘Women of Britain, come into the factories’. The bombers in flying in the stream over the woman’s head are clearly highly stylised, and nearly all identical. But one of them is different, the one... 12. Carlton and Oscar Neal BY: Steve Soper AT: Third Michigan Infantry Research Project URL: <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MenOfTheTheThirdMichiganInfantry/~3/HQ3W1CStxyU/carlton-and-oscar-neal.html> Carlton Neal was born on August 4, 1820, in New York, the son of Jesse (1800-1870) and Agnes and probably stepson of Miranda or Marinda (1807-1884).Carlton’s father, a New York native, was possibly to one Agnes and then a second time to Connecticut native Marinda. In any case, Carlton’s parents settled in Michigan by the late 1830s, probably around 1837 and by 1840 were living in Cambridge, Lenawee County. In 1841 Carlton had reportedly left for the western side of the state and settled in Grand Rapids, Kent County. In any case, by 1845 and 1850 Jesse... 13. 27th December 1919. Harry's on the Move!! BY: email@example.com (Pte Harry Lamin) AT: WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier URL: <http://wwar1.blogspot.com/2009/12/27th-december-1919-harrys-on-move.html> Harry's written this card to Jack on 27th December reporting that he'll be on the move on the 29th. Coincidentally, the Card shows Tortona - the same location as his first card from Italy back in November 1917. Then, he bought the card as the troop train stopped on the way to the front. Perhaps this will be his last stop before leaving Italy. Note that it's been "Passed by Censor". That must be a relief. I suppose that the military machine is always insecure. (I have just inserted a scan of that first card - not originally on the posting. Click... 14. Recognition for a Navy Disaster BY: Phil Ewing AT: Other Military History Stuff URL: <http://militarytimes.com/blogs/scoopdeck/2009/12/29/recognition-for-a-navy-disaster/> The 1944 explosion at Port Chicago, Calif., destroyed two cargo ships and much of the surrounding port and naval base // NavHistHerCom From our colleagues up in The Show comes an interesting story about a piece of naval history finally recognized: This fall, the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial became a full-fledged member of the National Park System, meaning park rangers, more funding, and the whole treatment for the site of the Navy’s worst home-front disaster. Port Chicago, Calif., was the site of a naval depot in World War II, where, because of the military’s segregationist policies, many... 15. Our Kind of Book BY: Thomas E. Ricks AT: Other Military History Stuff URL: <http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/12/30/our_kind_of_book> My friend Jamie Hailer just published a book about Marine Raiders in World War II, titled Our Kind of War. ... 16. AHS Centaur Is Found BY: n/a AT: Other Military History Stuff URL: <http://blog.usni.org/2009/12/30/ahs-centaur-is-found/> ... 17. Myths of the American Revolution | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine BY: n/a AT: Other Military History Stuff URL: <http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Myths-of-the-American-Revolution.html> ... ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----