Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On Wast Constant!

Colin of the ninth concession: a tale of Scottish pioneer life in eastern Ontario (1903):

Chapter I, Auld Peggy's Story:

"....husband hed deserted her an' ran aff wit' a bold-faced hussy tae a place in the States that they ca'd Wast Constant [Wisconsin]...."

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pike's Expedition In The Newly Acquired Territory

From The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Volume I (of 3) To Headwaters of the Mississippi River Through Louisiana Territory, and in New Spain, During the Years 1805-6-7:

"Pike's expeditions were the first military and the second governmental explorations which were pushed to any considerable extent in our then newly acquired territory of Louisiana. The name and fame of the brilliant young soldier who impersonated the authority of the United States over all the ground between British and Spanish possessions are thus inseparably linked with those of Lewis and Clark in the beginning of our history of the Great West... ."

Jim's Photo Of A Map Entitled, "The French In The Upper Mississippi Valley"

"In July, 1805, Pike was ordered by General Wilkinson to explore and report upon the Mississippi river from St. Louis to its source, select sites for military posts, treat with the Indians, make peace if possible between the Sioux and Ojibways, and find out what he could about the British traders who still occupied posts in our newly acquired territory."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Before It Was Tennessee

Mansker's Fort in *Goodlettsville, TN

FLOWERING of the CUMBERLAND by Harriette Simpson Arnow:

...Prior to 1790 Davidson and Sumner counties were parts of North Carolina; the same counties were parts of the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio, 1790-1796; it was not until the creation of the State of Tennessee in 1796 that any county was officially a part of Tennessee.

*Part of Goodlettsville is in Davidson County and part in Sumner County

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Guerilla Warfare In Missouri

Jim's Photo (Ozark County, MO, General Vicinity)

From The Blue and The Gray:

Guerrilla Warfare in Missouri: This account of guerrilla warfare comes from Colonel [William] Monks and describes conditions in Ozark County, on the Arkansas border, in 1862.

The Ozarks History blog also mentioned Colonel Monks.

More information here from the Ozarks Civil War website about guerrilla warfare in the area.