“Boys of the Best Families in the State” — book signing by author Bob Schmidt

Nearly one year since his last appearance at the Bauhaus Kaffe, St. Francois County historian, Bob Schmidt, welcomes you to join him on Saturday December 3, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a booksigning and discussion of his book entitled “Boys of the Best Families in the State” Co. E 2nd Missouri Confederate Cavalry.  Originally published in 2002 and now in a 2nd edition, “Boys…..” will be a perfect Christmas gift for that Civil War enthusiast in your life.  Although a Company history, Bob’s book is a comfortable mix of genealogy and history on a group of cavalrymen from the Mineral Area counties of Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Iron Madison and Washington.  Also, one will find veterans from Jefferson and Perry counties as well as other portions of Southeast Missouri.  Some quite elusive veteran information is located in this volume.

Much has been told on the Civil War Union veterans of the Mineral Area.  In fact, Bob portrays a Missouri Union Cavalryman at local Civil War events but little is told on the Confederate Cavalrymen especially from Ste. Genevieve County.  It was there where several of the officers of Co. E 2nd Missouri Confederate Cavalry hailed, including Capt. (later Major) William Couzens and Lt. Alexander H. Chadwell, the former from the western reaches of the County and the latter from Ste. Genevieve.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a local author with nearly two decades of “hands on” experience in researching the Civil War Confederate (and Union) veteran of Southeast Missouri.  The Bauhus Kaffe is located on Jefferson Street directly across from the Courthouse in historic downtown Farmington.

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