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This Week in the American Civil War: Aug. 3-9, 1864


Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday August 3, 1864

Federal land forces landed on Dauphin Island and prepared to take Fort Gaines at the entrance to Mobile Bay. However, the fort remained in Confederate hands guarding the entrance from the west, along with Fort Morgan on the East.

In Georgia, Federal troops increased their pressure on Atlanta by crossing Utoy Creek and fighting at Sunshine Church, Frogtown, Jug Tavern and Mulberry Creek.

Federal Major General Phil Sheridan arrived in Washington, D.C. to take over the Army of the Shenandoah.


This Week in the American Civil War: July 27-Aug. 2, 1864


Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, July 27, 1864

After deciding to lay a partial siege to Atlanta, Federal Major General William T. Sherman sent out several cavalry expeditions to cut the railroads to the south of the city and to harass the Confederates.

Federal Major General Oliver Otis Howard assumed command of the Army of the Tennessee, succeeding Major General John A. Logan, who had temporarily succeeded Major General James B. McPherson, who was killed in the Battle of Atlanta.


Norwegian-American Tre Lag Stevne

Norwegian-American gathering explores the challenge of multi-cultural settlement

The public is welcome.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, three groups of Americans with Norwegian Ancestry will come together in St. Cloud for 3+ days of educational seminars,W-TreLagStevne-Group-2family history research, entertainment, cultural exploration, local touring, and (yes, even “those stoic Norwegians” can manage this!) plain old fun.

The three groups: Gudbrandsdalslaget, Nord Hedmark og Hedemarken Lag, and Trønderlag, have ancestral roots in three neighboring valleys in Norway. Both separately and together these heritage groups have held meetings over a period of 106 years and have chosen the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn in St. Cloud as the site of their 2014 convention. “Tre Lag Stevne” translates to English as “Three Group Meeting.”


They called me ‘Teacher’

Stories of Minnesota country school teachers and students from 1915 to 1960

By Thomas E. Melchior

Excerpts used with the author’s permission

Part 1

At any moment in our lives, we can look back and discover that the stories of our lives are following us. They seem detached, disjointed pieces from unrecognizable puzzles. But when we move, they follow us, these stories of our lives. Some are tied together with silken threads. If we want to know who a person is, we must listen to that person’s stories, all of them if possible. Oh, we could say, “Country school teachers were dedicated, creative, hardworking, compassionate, caring, and sometimes angry and cruel.” But Those words tell us nothing about who these people really are. If we know their stories, then we will know their hopes, fears, loves and dreams.


This week in the American Civil War: July 20-26, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, July 20, 1864


Major General George H. Thomas led his Federal Army of the Cumberland over Peachtree Creek heading towards the fortifications of Atlanta, from the north. Confederate Lieutenant General John Bell Hood decided to attack, although there were delays of more than three hours. After some success, the fierce Southern assaults failed. Thomas and his men steadfastly held off the frantic Confederates, who charged for about two hours. Approximately 20,000 Federals were engaged with 1,779 killed, wounded and missing. Hood’s Confederates faced losses of 4,796 out of roughly the same number engaged. Hood, who was not present at the battle, failed his first big test in command.

Other action occurred at Leggett’s Hill, Decatur, Flint Hill Church and Howard House, Ga.; Newtown Philomont and Berryville, Va.; Blount County, Tenn.; and at Arrow Rock, Mo.