A Civil War diary of John G. Slover, a man that later settled in Alvin, is now available at the Alvin Historical Museum.
Glenn Starkey, Alvin Councilman and published author of six books, edited the document kept by Slover and put it in a publishable format.
In the 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.
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 on the Kansas frontier and reflects his experiences there.
At that time the Alvin Historical Society had a hope to, one day, have it published. That hope has now been realized.
“Through the Storms: The Diary of John G. Slover” is available at the museum or through Amazon.com where it is an audiobook offered for Kindles. The book is 198 pages and is $18. Online it is described as follows:
January 1864. The Civil War has raged across the nation for years, touched everyone, and taken its bloody toll on the Union and Confederacy. The missing, wounded and killed number in the thousands and the count continues to rise. When John G. Slover enlisted as a Private in the 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry, he never expected to find himself on the Kansas plains fighting Indians as well as Confederate guerilla units. Through his daily entries in a saddlebag diary we can read what he endured and from his view understand the misery of the time.
The Alvin Museum Society, a non-profit organization, received the John G. Slover diary in a weathered, ragged state and has spent years transcribing it to share with the public. “Through the Storms: The John G. Slover Diary” provides a unique opportunity to follow him from birth in New York, through the Civil War, and onto his death in Alvin, Texas where he was a pioneer member of the community.
Slover was a resident of Alvin in the 1900s and the builder of the structure which now houses the Marguerite Rogers House Museum.
The Gift Shop is inside the Alvin Historical Museum. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Alvin Museum Society.
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.
For more information, go to www.alvinmuseum.org.
Story by Karolyn Gephart