What We Are Reading: August 8 Edition
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Willie Cohen, 1210 So. 6th St., 8 years of age, newsboy, attends John Hay School. Was selling papers at Phila. & Reading Terminal 10:30 A.M. Monday June 13th, Said it was Jewish Holiday. Max Rafalovizht, 1300 So. 6th St, 8 years old, attends John Hay School, was selling papers at Phila. & Reading Terminal, June 13th, 1910. Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000. Willie Cohen, 1210 So. 6th St., 8 years of age, newsboy, attends John Hay School. Was selling papers at Phila. & Reading Terminal 10:30 A.M. Monday June 13th, Said it was Jewish Holiday. Max Rafalovizht, 1300 So. 6th St, 8 years old, attends John Hay School, was selling papers at Phila. & Reading Terminal, June 13th, 1910. Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000. It's the dog days of summer. Sounds like the perfect time to grab a cool drink, find a shady spot, and do some reading. If you have an Internet connection in that shady spot, check out some of the things we've been reading this week. (And if you don't have wifi out there, go back inside in the air conditioning and read them there!) "Damn the Torpedoes! The Battle of Mobile Bay," by Craig L. Symonds, on Civil War Trust. This week was the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay, during which Rear Admiral David Farragut, forcing his fleet into the Confederate-controlled bay, issued the command "Damn the torpedoes...  full speed!" "Finding Time to Write," by Amber Lanier Nagle, on Amber Lanier Nagle. You know you're supposed to be writing your family stories, but you don't seem to have the time. Amber has some ideas on how you can find the time. "Remembrance and Reflection as First World War Sacrifices are Recalled," by Carline Davies, Patrick Wintour, and Richard Norton-Taylor, on The Guardian. This week was the 100th anniversary of Great Britain entering World War I. Read about some of the commemoration events. "Remembrance: Charlie Payne's Letter to 'My Darling Boys' 23 August 1917," by Chris Payne, on Chris Payne's Blog. Charlie Payne, Chris Payne's grandfather, was in the British Expeditionary Force and wrote this moving letter to his four sons before he went into battle. "Taking a Constitutional," by Judy G. Russell, on The Legal Genealogist. Judy shares resources for finding early state constitutions and colonial charters -- great resources for understanding the records that we use in our research. "William H. Cackley (1783-1860) of Pocahontas County, VA, Lieutenant, Virginia Militia, War of 1812," by Susan McNelley, on Tracings by SAM. (Note: this is a PDF.) Susan shows the incredible amount of information you can find in War of 1812 pension files. (By the way, have you heard about the Preserve the Pensions project, which is working to digitize those great records')