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18th Century Confederate Southern Cooking By James M. Gray
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The contents of "18th Century American Southern Cooking" are recipes collected from various sources and friends who are known to have ancestral roots in the deep southern states of the... More > United States. People who can often trace their ancestral lineage back to days and members of Confederate families who defended the south against northern aggression by invading northern armies. Cooks world wide have adopted many of those recipes, added and taken away from them, renamed them and claimed them as their own. These recipes, however, are the originals as were handed down from family to family throughout the south, generation after generation; without any such changes. These are the foods my grandmother was raised on, then my mother and father and lastly, I was raised on.< Less
Metal Detecting Seminole Indian War Sites By James M. Gray
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Seminole Indian War Sites were manned by both military and civilians during the three Seminole Indian Wars in the early 1800's and some were later used as camp and fortification sites during the War... More > Between the States; by both Confederate and Union soldiers and are a part of that period of history with many now protected and preserved by civilian and state authorities as well. I was with such sites that James Gray began his years of research in Florida, not only locating many unknown sites, but also documenting and recording many of them with the office of the Division of Archives and History in the State of Florida. Being recognized by Florida state officials allowed the Florida Historical Research Foundation to approach private property owners about suspected fortification sites that might lie on their land. As a result many lost sites were rediscovered, completely mapped and state authorized records filed revealing their location and existence; preserving some for future state parks.< Less
Queensland's St. Helena Island By James M. Gray
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The St Helena Penal Establishment was situated on a small Island in Moreton Bay, some 5 km from the mouth of the Brisbane River, covered approximately 88 hectares above the high water line and was... More > one of the loveliest islands in the bay. The elevated tableland on which the prison was built looked like a large rugged block of ruby and emerald rising out of the sea. Its steep chocolate brown patches of rich soil,bordered with green fields of cultivation and bases of grass and shimmering sand provided a striking first picture of the island. It has had a fascinating history from the time it was first discovered; but its most important period began when it became a high-security colonial prison in 1867. The overcrowding of Brisbane's gaols resulted in the conversion of buildings originally intended for a quarantine station on St. Helena Island, into accommodations for prisoners convicted for a wide variety of crimes.< Less
Fort Harllee By James M. Gray
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Fort Harllee was established and constructed at latitude 79 deg. 50 min., longitude 81 deg. 40 min., on March 18, 1835 under the direction of Major William W. Harl1ee of the South Carolina... More > Volunteers, serving in Florida. He had visited the site the previous year and had erected picket walls with two substantial blockhouses, one on each diagonal comer. When it was built it was therefore named in his honor. He also served as its first commander. Fort Harllee was built primarily for the protection of early settlers in the area from marauding Seminoles and situated between Garey's Ferry at Middleburg and Newnansville, which would later become Alachua's first county seat. It was located on the north bank of the Santa Fe River at a point where the Black Creek to Newnansville Road crossed the river; just south of Hampton's Lake. When an alarm was given of impending Indian attack, settlers would all gather in and around the fort for protection.< Less
Soldiers Stories of the American Civil War By James M. Gray
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There were many amusing incidents that occurred involving soldiers during the American Civil War; many of which never came to light or was ever written about. These short stories and anecdotes are... More > some of the amusing, interesting and heart rendering incidents that soldiers revealed to their friends after they returned home after the war. In reading these, you will experience the personal touch and see how the war really affected many of the soldiers on the battlefield, on both sides; many of whom were not always enemies, yet they sought to kill the one another due to orders and corrupt politicians. It shows the human side of the soldier, rather than the military side that we were taught to accept.< Less
Confederate Generals of the War of Northern Aggression By James M. Gray
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This pictorial directory of "Confederate Generals of the War of Northern Aggression" has been made available by the William Kenyon Australasian Confederates, Camp 2160, of the Sons of... More > Confederate Veterans, Inc; located in Australia. It is an ongoing project to compile a complete pictorial directory of all Confederate Generals who participated in that unholy war; many who have long been forgotten. It is our hope that through this project all the South's Confederate Generals will again be remembered; not just the few along with General Robert E. Lee. All deserve to be remembered for the sacrifice they made in defending the south from Lincoln's illegal war.< Less
Florida Historical Index By James M. Gray
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A complete and concise index of all historic important sites appearing on the original land boundary plat maps of Florida, done by the military surveyors of the U.S.Army between 1853 and 1860. There... More > are fifty one pages of information, fifteen categories, over one thousand site listings each with sites listed by township, range, section information identifying the site and the date the map was prepared.< Less
Florida's Lost Archaic Indian Mounds By James M. Gray
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Indian artifact collecting is a hobby enjoyed by thousands of people and it goes a long way in helping to preserve artifacts from history that might never be found otherwise. It is illegal to dig for... More > artifacts without a landowner's permission, or on state-owned and controlled lands or submerged lands. The Florida Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Archaeological Research does have the ability to grant permission to conduct archaeological investigations: but it is seldom done except for professionals. To obtain an archaeological research permit, you or someone in your organization must have professional archaeological expertise that meets the "Qualifications for Recognition as a Professional Archaeologist' of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. In spite of all this, you can use the accompanying copies of a Florida Site File form and use it to your advantage; even if only providing a history of and improving the value of a collection.< Less
The Lake City Tombs, the paperback By James M. Gray
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The story of the Lake City Tombs is one shrouded in doubt, mystery and disbelief. A small Florida town in the 1920's set the stage for this 'true life' story. By mere chance an accomplished scientist... More > accidentally discovers an underground cavern in Lake City said to possess artifacts and petrified human bodies. Was it a well-orchestrated hoax or a major archaeological find? Author James Gray and his group of scientists have excavated the site and extensively researched the man behind the mystery. This publication combines several written works regarding the Tombs site and is the most comprehensive collection known at the time of printing.< Less
The Lake City Tombs, Hardcover Edition By James M. Gray
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The story of the Lake City Tombs is one shrouded in doubt, mystery and disbelief. A small Florida town in the 1920's set the stage for this 'true life' story. By mere chance an accomplished scientist... More > accidentally discovers an underground cavern in Lake City said to possess artifacts and petrified human bodies. Was it a well-orchestrated hoax or a major archaeological find? Author James Gray and his group of scientists have excavated the site and extensively researched the man behind the mystery. This publication combines several written works regarding the Tombs site and is the most comprehensive collection known at the time of printing.< Less