Saturday, July 12, 2003

Known as a "bell-crowned" helmet, this leather headgear was used by an officer of the 3d U.S. Infantry between 1821 and 1827. Although helmets of this type are relatively common in museum collections, this may be the only one identified as belonging to a named regular Army officer.

This illustration by Darby Erd depicts a regular Army corporal in the dress uniform of 1815. In that year Infantry regiments in the US Army were reduced in number from forty-eight to eight. The old 1st, 5th, 17th, 19th, and 28th Regiments were combined to form the 3d U.S. Infantry. The number designation of most regiments, including the 3d, was determined by the seniority of their commanding officers

Dr. Doster:
Please consider the following ideas and let me know what you think of this proposal.

It is my opinion that Creek Indians and their Florida Lands, 1740-1823 could be published in as many as three volumes. This expanded work would include your research on the Mississippi Territory, your research on public land sales in Alabama, new introductions written by you (including corrections of the original manuscript and the story of the manuscript's publication), footnotes, illustrations, maps, index, Internet links and bibliography. I believe this book will be highly profitable.

The seed money to begin this project will come from a tax-exempt, non-profit (IRS 501C-3) foundation. I am forwarding this email to three other men. I am also posting it on my weblog because I know the links to the other sites included on this message will be good. I am doing this because it is my conviction that the five of us working together can make this thing happen. The other men who will receive this message are:

Greg Spies of Coden, Alabama. Greg is past-President of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors and he is Co-Director of Northern Gulf Coast Archaeological Research Consortium,Inc., a non-profit scientific educational organization. Greg's work can be found on the Web in the historical pages of
Greg's work may also be found at's_survey.htm

Jim Tiger of Salem, Oregon who is an attorney. You have seen his bibliography of your work at

The last fellow is Herb Neu,publisher of Tuskaloosa Magazine.. His expertise in publishing and computer graphics will be invaluable. You can read all about Herb's magazine at

Regardless of how much progress we make on this, Jim Tiger has really opened the doors on your work by putting your bibliography on the Internet. I use it everyday. Hope to you hear from you soon and thank you so much for what you have done for us.
Best wishes,
Robert Register

Thursday, July 10, 2003

"The crew of I'm Alone after its sinking. Left to right: Edward Bouchard (sailor), Captain John Thomas Randall, Jens Jensen (assistant engineer), John George Williams (mate), Chester Hobbs (engineer), James Barrett (sailor), William Wordsworth (cook), Eddie Young (sailor), and Mr. Simpson (British vice consul in New Orleans)."
[The I'm Alone, flying a Canadian flag, was a "black" sunk by Coast Guard patrol boats in the Gulf of Mexico in March, 1929. One of the rummies was killed in the incident. The Canadian Government sued the United States for $365,000 and the ensuing legal battle brought world-wide attention.]

Probably the most familiar and popular book on the 1920s is Frederick Lewis Allen’s, Only Yesterday, an entertaining book about this entertainment-oriented era. On Prohibition itself there is The Long Thirst by Thomas M. Coffey and Herbert Asbury’s The Great Illusion, among others. The former includes stories of individuals significant in the era, including Captain Bill McCoy. McCoy’s biography is The Real McCoy by Frederick F. Van De Water.

The Coast Guard has published Rum War at Sea by a retired Commander, Malcolm F. Willoughby. This deals strictly with the service during the era. It is the only serious, systematic attempt to deal with the Coast Guard’s role in enforcement and it is extremely useful and well done. Other books on the subject include The Black Ships: Rumrunners of Prohibition by Everett S. Allen, Rum Row by Robert Carse, and Smugglers of Spirits by Harold Waters.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

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