Civil War diary of Alvin man to be published

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A Civil War diary of John G. Slover, a man that later settled in Alvin, will soon be published thanks to the Alvin Historical Society and an author that makes his home in Alvin.

The author is Glenn Starkey, Alvin Councilman and author whose new book “Black Sun” has been released and is available at many literature locations.

Starkey will be the guest speaker at the Alvin Historical Museum General Membership meeting Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Alvin Senior Center at 309 W. Sealy at 2 p.m. Starkey will review one of his published historical novels and comment on the publishing of the John G. Slover diary.

The diary of John Slover, written in the 1860s when he was a quartermaster in the United States Army, was given to the Alvin Museum by his granddaughter, Marcella Slover Miles in 1986. His diary covers two years during the Civil War when he was stationed in Kansas and reflects his experiences there.

At that time the Alvin Historical Society had a hope to, one day, have it published. That hope is close to being realized.

Over the last three years Nan Self, Barbara Passmore and others have worked to transcribe the handwritten document into print form. But it was a fortunate circumstance that brought together those who held that hope and a person who had the ability to move it on its way.

City Councilman Starkey, himself a published author, offered to take the document and edit it into a publishable format.

This fall the final editing and second proofing were completed. Starkey’s son designed a cover and some additional biographical information on John Slover was compiled to be included in the publication. Currently the proof copy has been sent out to several sources requesting that it be reviewed and soliciting comments which will be included in back cover.

The museum is located at 300 W. Sealy St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission to the museum is $3 for adults and children 12 and under are free.

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Story by Karolyn Gephart

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