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By BRIAN BURNES
The Kansas City Star
If hes likely the most familiar Civil War veteran buried in Clay County, hes not alone. The considerable company he keeps has been detailed in a new book, Divided Loyalties Civil War Soldiers Buried in Clay County, Missouri, just published by the Clay County Archives and Historical Library.
Volunteers with the longtime nonprofit organization in Liberty compiled the book in observance of the Civil Wars 150th anniversary. It contains biographical narratives for 812 Civil War soldiers buried in the county Union, Confederate, guerrilla and Home Guard units formed primarily for protection in Clay County. Details include their birth and death dates, unit and rank, and place of burial.
Thats the key credential.
These soldiers didnt have to be born in Clay County to be included, said Stuart Elliott, Clay County Archives president. But they did have to be buried here.
The archives volunteer researchers learned by doing. It was common, they learned, that 19th-century parents would honor other family members by naming children after them. That meant researchers more than once followed trails leading to the wrong Moses, Gabriel or Isaac. Then again, archival materials detailing one soldier often would contain clues regarding others. In one week, researchers added 120 names to their list.
The book includes more than 600 photos of the soldiers or their grave markers. There also is a list of 69 county cemeteries.
The book even gives you the GPS coordinates for the cemeteries, Elliott said.
All proceeds from book sales benefit the all-volunteer archives. For information, go to claycountyarchives.org.
The deadline to submit poetry and short fiction for the annual BkMk Press Book Prizes is Jan. 15.
The awards bear the names of two deceased faculty members John Ciardi (for poetry) and G.S. Sharat Chandra (for short fiction) who taught at whats now the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
We get submissions for both awards from across the country and the world, said Ben Furnish, BkMk Press managing editor.
Winners receive $1,000 as well as publication. Books by the 2012 poetry and short fiction winners Suzanne Cleary (Beauty Mark) and Lauren Cobb (Boulevard Women) just now have been published, Furnish said.
To review submission guidelines, go to newletters.org/writers-wanted/BkMk-writing-contests.