Indiana 84th

For about as long as I can remember, the diary of Samuel B. Smith has been a cherished asset to the family. The first time I laid eyes on the relic was sometime in the early 1960’s and the manuscript was falling apart then. The last I saw of it, the heirloom was in the hands of Wanda Murphey, Jim’s wife. Jim Murphey was Lorraine’s brother. Lorraine was my Grandmother. Samuel B. Smith was Lorraine and Jim’s Grandfather. The scope of the diary is the days while Samuel served in the 84th Regiment Indiana Infantry during the American Civil War. His enlistment was for a 3 year term. Copies of the original diary were made in the 1970’s for all immediate family members. I have had 2 in my possession through the years and have read it so many times that I practically know it verbatim. At the back of the diary is a family tree which is fairly modern, the manuscript was actually penned many years after the events from Samuel’s notes.

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“City of Light” September, 1983


It was the summer of 1983 and major changes were underway. Having just wrapped up my College experience (condensing my 4 year program into 6), I was leaving my steady job of 4 years, finally moving forward with my 2-year-old plans of moving to Dallas and was taking a real vacation to Paris, France! The impending jet lag did not scare me one bit, after all, I was used to being up all hours of the night and day working, studying and of course partying. Amazingly, the bars closed at 3:00 am and looking back, I really don’t know how I was able to do it. Oh well, looking forward not rearward.

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RETREAT ? Not An Option

In the year 1066, William I, set off from the beaches of Normandy to invade England, greatly influencing English culture and class structures to this day. Nearly a millennium later, the roles were reversed and an invasion was launched from the other side of the channel. June 6, 1944 – D-Day (Deployment Day) of “Operation Overlord“, marked the beginning of the largest invasion in history.

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Dinner on the Green

"Chip Davis' Day Parts: Dinner"

“Chip Davis’ Day Parts: Dinner”

Elegant candlelit dinner for two, early evening, late summer, a lake with swans to one side, an English manor on the opposite, surrounded by lush tall trees and a few weeping willows – this would be in that playlist;

 John Archer – Dinner on the Green

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Steve D.