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Kev is a Ph.D. student at Liberty University – 2022



Lecture 1 of 8 on Pre-Civil War: Religious thought on Death and Burial,  Training of Doctors and Early Medicine

Lecture 1 of 8 on Pre-Civil War: Religious thought on Death and Burial, Training of Doctors and Early Medicine

Out of the 3.5 million soldiers who served during the 1861-1865 war, more than 600 thousands perished. It is estimated that two thirds of those deaths, roughly 400,000 out of 600,000 succumbed to some type of disease: such as, dysentery, typhoid, yellow fever, malaria, gangrene, tetanus, are some of the few. Furthermore, there was 400,000 cases of wounds and injuries and close to 6,000,00 cases of sickness.

The Tangled Web Of Civil War Medicine

The Tangled Web Of Early Civil War Medicine An Inept Lincoln Cabinet During The Battle of First Manassas, 1861 and The Peninsula Campaign, 1862: Unnecessary Deaths of Savable Men By Kevin M. Bair History Ph.D. Student Liberty University Fall 2020 HIUS 820 Introduction...

The Natural Ice Trade, preview video for my May 15th presentation at the Raney House in Apalachicola Florida

The Natural Ice Trade, preview video for my May 15th presentation at the Raney House in Apalachicola Florida

Greeting, I am Kevin Bair of History with Kev, and this week Saturday, May 15, at 4:00pm, I will give a short talk on Frederic Tudor the Ice King of Boston and the natural ice trade he started in 1805. This will be at the Raney House in Historical Apalachicola Florida. A thanks goes our to Caty Greene and the Apalachicola Historical Society for having me.

At the presentation you will hear about the impact Tudor Ice had on the Tropics and the South, including Apalachicola, as well Apalachicola’s own as refrigeration inventor Dr. John Gorrie. You will also hear about the two smuggled ice machines from France by daring Union Blockade Runners. I cannot forget Apalachicola’s other early artificial ice entrepreneurs, the Whiteside brothers, Samuel and George, who helped build post-civil war ice machines, stared several ice making companies, including the Apalachicola Ice and Canning Company, and the Gorrie Ice Company in Savannah Georgia, as well as help found the Southern Ice Exchange.

Shipping Ice, what was its journey like, from being sawed out of Boston ponds in 1806, carted by horse and wagon, loaded on Square Rigged ships and sent to far away destination in the Tropics, like Martinique, or all the way to Calcutta? Domestically, some of the Southern Ports were, Savanna, Charleston, Apalachicola, New Orleans.

If your curious about the finer details on the ice trade and men like Tudor, Gorrie, and several other prominent men, such as the Whiteside brothers who started the Apalachicola Ice and Canning Company and the Gorrie Ice Company in Savannah Georgia, then head on down to Raney House in Apalachicola Florida this Saturday May 15, at 4:00 pm.
I hope to see you there, Kevin

Critical review: Wood, Gordon S., The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787.

Wood suggested the revolutionary movement was initially spurred on by leaders who wanted the new government free of the king’s power and unjust taxation. In the eyes of the early agitators the new government would be a society based on their visions and desires for a Greek and Roman style of government, a type of utopia; based on the nostalgic image of the Roman Republic. This vision became an emblem of their aspirations for the future government, along with illustrating their discontent with the King and British parliament (53). This anticipated Shangri-La was to be administered by educated and cultivated gentleman, via an existing social hierarchy of society’s elite members, many of them Tories (480).

Dr. John Gorrie “Father of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning”?

Dr. John Gorrie “Father of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning”?

During the 19th Century, many men throughout the world sought to create artificial cold, as well as manufacture ice. Dr. John Gorrie (October 3, 1803 – June 29, 1855) (Figure 1), was one of the pioneering entrepreneurs who sought to make artificial cold. His goal as a physician was to cool the rooms of his home hospital to ease the suffering of his yellow fever and malaria patients. He lived in Apalachicola Florida, a small town along the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The city of Apalachicola lies forty miles east of St. Joseph.
In 1845 he was successful in creating artificial ice by mechanical means. He used this invention to cool the rooms of his patients. His invention was patent no. 8,080, issued on May 6, 1851, for the Improved Process For The Artificial Production Of Ice.

What is Historic Preservation?

What is Historic Preservation?

This video deals with elements of historic preservation.  Three individuals were interviewed. Bob Holladay, President of the Tallahassee Historical Society, on, What is a Historical Society and what to do with controversial monuments. Caty Greene, President of the Apalachicola Historical Society, on the David Raney House, fund-raising, and the role of the Society within Apalachicola. Lance Kelley, Assistant Manager of the St. George Island Florida State Parks, discussing the Park’s role in the Thomas Orman House and the Dr. John Gorrie Museum.

    I interviewed three experts and the interviews average 35 minutes.   The tough part was deciding what to edit out.  Each unedited interview would make an informative presentation, but  wanted to present a few lens on what historical preservation is, as well as what are some of the challenges facing historic preservation.