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History With Kev Presents: Plagues And Diseases at Tallahassee History Festival, March 26, 2022.

History With Kev Presents: Plagues And Diseases at Tallahassee History Festival, March 26, 2022.

On Saturday, March 26, 2022, I had a booth on Plagues and Diseases, at the first annual Tallahassee History Festival, held  at the Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee.  I  focused on yellow fever in Florida and  discussed Jacksonville’s first black doctor, Dr. Alexander Darnes (see Below), a former slave, freed, schooled in medicine and earned his MD.  He went on to treat yellow fever patients during the 1887 to 1888 yellow fever outbreaks in Jacksonville Florida.
I also talked about Europe’s plagues and told tales of  the famous plague doctor, Der Doctor Schnabel von Rom, a.k.a. Dr. Beak, and of his scaring village children as he made his rounds.   And I   spoke on  Civil War medicine at The First Battle of Manassas (July 21, 1861).  I am published on the medical care during that battle, via the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Everyday life in Antebellum Apalachicola Florida, as viewed from the Thomas Orman store ledger of 1853-54.

Everyday life in Antebellum Apalachicola Florida, as viewed from the Thomas Orman store ledger of 1853-54.

Greetings,
I am Kevin Bair, owner of history with kev.com, a Ph.D. (2023) historian,  and board member of the Apalachicola Area Historical Society.
I gave a presentation in beautiful Gulf and Mexico port town of Apalachicola, Florida, on May 2, 2022, at the David C. Raney Carriage House next to the Raney house, on everyday life in Antebellum Apalachicola as viewed from the Thomas Orman store ledger of 1853-54.
The ledger gives great insight into what people were buying along with what sail and steamships were in port.  It reveals who bought what, what kind of groceries were sold, what alcohol was bought, and what ships were in port. Did you know Florida had over a thousand plantation? Most of the Florida’s cotton, as well as much of central and west  Georgia along with parts of Alabama’s cotton was exported from Apalachicola  to Liverpool England, Boston,  New York and many other ports.

Daily  Antebellum life in Apalachicola Florida as viewed from the Orman Ledger, 1853 – 54

Daily Antebellum life in Apalachicola Florida as viewed from the Orman Ledger, 1853 – 54

Greetings,
Kev has an upcoming talk on daily Antebellum life in Apalachicola Florida as viewed through the Orman store Ledger, 1853 – 54. It will be Saturday, 4 pm May 21, 2022, Raney Carriage House in downtown Apalachicola Florida.
Have you ever wondered what daily life was like in 1850’s Florida?
The Orman store ledger through daily transaction reveals who bought what, what out kinds of groceries were sold, what alcohol was bought, and what ships were in port.
Did you know Florida had over 1000 plantations?
Much of Florida’s cotton, as well as that of central and Western Georgia and parts of Alabama, was ship out via Apalachicola.
Did you know Apalachicola was an international port, and she hosted more than 200 steamer / paddle wheelers on her rivers?
Did you know in 1853 you could go bowling in Apalachicola?
Did you know the one of the popular songs of 1850 was De Camptown Races?
And the controversial book of 1852 was Uncle Toms Cabin.
Do you know the difference between screw and steam cotton press?
The answers to these questions and more will be discussed in my presentation at the Raney House in Apalachicola Florida, May 21at 4:pm.
Can’t attend, then check out www.historywithkev.com or https://www.facebook.com/historywithkev/ for the presentation.
It will be uploaded soon after the presentation.
Thanks for watching, Kevin
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Introduction to Kevin’s dissertation topic; Hospital ships of The Western Sanitary Commission used during the Battle of Pittsburg Landing  April 6-7, 1862.

Introduction to Kevin’s dissertation topic; Hospital ships of The Western Sanitary Commission used during the Battle of Pittsburg Landing April 6-7, 1862.

Some of the hospital ships used at Pittsburg Landing: DA January, which could carry 300 wounded, the Louisiana could carry 400, the city of Memphis 750. There were other hospital ships, the Tycoon, the Lancaster No. 4., the Monarch and the Continental. Along with these, the State of Ohio sent eleven ships of their own to aid their regiments. This ships worked tending to the sick and wounded while taking them upriver to varied hospitals.
Each Union Army regiment, 600-800 men, was issued three medical tents, a hospital tent would hold for eight, one Sibley tent , could house twelve, and one Wedge tent which could hold six. Each Regiment was issued one ambulance. Unfortunately, most regiments were lacking most of these supplies and some had none of them.
Which of the two types of medical care had better survivability rate? How did the ships of the Western Sanitary Commission compare to the care given at battlefield hospitals?

Preliminary Dissertation Topic and Research Methodology.

Preliminary Dissertation Topic and Research Methodology.

  Greetings, Welcome to Kev’s introductory blog on the first steps taken towards researching and writing his dissertation. The research topic looks at the hospital ships used in the Western Theater of operations during the Civil War. Specifically, the hospital...

Critical Review: Joll, James. The Origins of the First World War. 2nd. ed… New York : London: Longman Pearson Education, 1992.

Critical Review: Joll, James. The Origins of the First World War. 2nd. ed… New York : London: Longman Pearson Education, 1992.

In his book, Joll sought to surmise the causations of the war. To do this he focused on the prewar mood of 1914 between 28 June and 4 August 1914; exploring the varied “political, intellectual and moral beliefs” of the belligerents and how these mores may have impacted the decisions their leaders made.
As the 1980’s grappled with the ongoing Cold War and debates over armament build up and the legal right to invasion, the 1984 release of The Origins of the First World War, with its illustrations of prewar stockpiling of armament and escalating social and political tensions between belligerents, was fortuitous as it emulated the issues of the day between the United States, NATO, West Germany, Russia, and the Warsaw Pact.