Sesquicentennial Historical Address — Sussex County, NJ sounds like a solemn and impressive bit of history.
This address, By Francis J. Swaze, part of the sesquicentennial observance of Sussex County, was delivered at Newton, NJ on September 2, 1903. While it claims only to be accurate through the Civil War, it’s interesting that the extractive industries (iron and various other minerals) get short shrift here despite their role in American history beginning with the Revolution – or even before; “The Old Mine Road” is one of the oldest thoroughfares mentioned in colonial-era literature. As we look at the history of this county today, we see these industries as perhaps the most important part of the county’s history.
That said, we understand and appreciate the traditional emphasis on farming and related aspects of country life, and exploits with regard to the native Americans and in the Revolution as being of greatest interest to the audience for these remarks back over a century ago. In addition to the history captured in this address, one can read it to get a better sense of priorities in American thought over a century ago. Further, considering this was an address to people who lived in the county a long time, and whose ancestors were likely among those mentioned, this would have been a crown-pleaser.
All in all, it’s a useful document! And it’s now available for download.
These inscriptions were collected by Gertrude Barber (1929-1930) as part of her effort to capture the rapidly disappearing local history of many Sullivan County communities.
Gertrude Barber, the person who collected and transcribed the gravestone inscriptions of the Old Liberty cemetery, one of a number she collected in the 1929-1930 period, deserves our thanks for this effort. She spent her summers in the Sullivan County area collecting church and cemetery records, and during the winters transcribed her work using a manual typewriter and six carbons, which she deposited in major libraries that showed an interest in her work. Not all did. Not many people at the time were interested in this kind of material, or in this geographical area, and were it not for her efforts, much of the information on these stones would eventually be lost. No doubt some already is.
We regret that she did not get around to collecting all of the cemeteries in Sullivan County, but we are grateful for those she did do. There are no doubt errors in her copying and transcription. Again, because of the magnitude – and difficulty — of the copying and transcription task she undertook we readily forgive her errors and are thankful again that she undertook the task at all.
We are delighted to make this compilation of the old section of the Liberty, Sullivan County, New York cemetery, together with the index we compiled of it, available as a download.
Please CLICK HERE to go to the Liberty page of our main website for more information and to download Gravestone Inscriptions of the Old Liberty Cemetery.
Our second publication of Southern History in the last month is this important volume listing the occupations and addresses of more than 1000 graduates of Emory College (now Emory University) in Georgia.
The volume includes some history of the college and other supporting documents, but most important is the information provided about the graduates themselves. Here’s the table of contents:
More information is available at our main website, where you can also download this document.
This is an important piece of Confederate military history, one that has not been published elsewhere. At the same time, it is a snapshot of one of the most important cities of the Confederacy during the early years of the Civil War.
When Charleston, SC, was under martial law during the Civil War (or the War Between the States), the person in command of the entire city was the Provost Marshal of Charleston. He was responsible for all activities in the city, both military and civilian.
During this period, the Provost Marshal, Colonel Alexander Haskell Brown, kept a “letter book” that today serves as a chronicle of the period of military law. (For those who might not know the concept of a letter book, back in the days before typewriters and carbon paper, official correspondence was hand written, then hand copied to a “letter book” so a record of the correspondence could be kept. Frequently, correspondence received was also copied to the letter book. As you can imagine, this letter book covers many topics germane to a city under martial law.)
Robert G. (Gerry) Carroon, the editor of this document, hand copied the original letter book, which is in the archives of the University of South Carolina, and transcribed it. A number of years ago, at his request, we published this document on CD-ROM. When we discontinued the CD in the process of phasing out our CD business, the material became unavailable for a period of time. We are happy to say that Provost Marshal of Charleston is again available, this time as a download.
Please CLICK HERE to read more about it and, perhaps, download a copy.