Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1863
Major General Benjamin F. Butler returned to active Federal command, superseding Major General John G. Foster in the Department of Virginia and North Carolina.
Skirmishing flared between the Union and Confederate armies at Suffolk, Va.; the Fouche-le-Faix Mountains in Arkansas; Greenleaf Prairie in Indian Territory; near Natchez, Miss.; and at the Carrion Crow and Vermillion bayous of Louisiana.
It is free and open to the public 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Stearns History Museum.
“Amateur genealogists, beware. Researching your ancestry doesn’t always turn up heroes and royalty. It may turn up an unsavory character,” writes Sue Shellenbarger. The St. Cloud Area Genealogists know all about finding the good, the bad, and the interesting in genealogy. At November’s meeting SCAG board members will present short stories about some of their personal experiences during genealogy research.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, free for members, $5 for non-members
Have you ever wondered what resources are available in the Research Center and Archives of the Stearns History Museum? Come and find out. The Stearns
History Museum is offering a new monthly class to highlight the many resources available and show you how easy they are to access. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, our archivists will teach an Introduction to the Research Center and Archives workshop. We will show patrons how to use our archives and all of the different databases and collections that are available. Want to learn even more? We will offer an additional in-depth workshop every other month with our archivists highlighting one of the resources available at our facility.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1863
Confederate General Braxton Bragg sent Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s corps from the Chattanooga area to face Federal Major General Ambrose Burnside’s forces in east Tennessee in an effort to retrieve the Knoxville area into Confederate hands and re-establish communication with Virginia. Because Federal Major General William T. Sherman’s forces were still en route from Vicksburg, Miss., and had not arrived in Chattanooga yet, Major General Ulysses Grant knew that he could not act upon Chattanooga and had no reinforcements to offer to Burnside. Burnside would have to hold on as best as he could.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis visited James Island along with the forts and batteries around Charleston Harbor, S.C.
I was 6 years old when the Men’s Society of Holy Cross Church in Pearl Lake held its first annual fish fry in 1963.
I must have attended the event, but I don’t have any particular memories of that first meal. It’s just that I have so many memories of the fish fry that they all seem to run together.
For many years as a young boy of the parish, I was expected to work at the event, waiting on tables. We had to wear white shirts back in those days, with ties. The ties would eventually not be required, and then some years later the white shirts would be phased out as well. I guess young boys waiting on tables and wearing white shirts might not have been the best idea.
Since the food is served cafeteria style, our job as servers was to make sure people had beverages of milk, coffee or water, and that the tables were always well stocked with breaded fish.