Saturday, September 23, 2017

The 2017 Great Purge of American History


I must admit that I like this name for what is going on right now with Confederate history.  It sums it up quite well.

I first used the term in yesterday's post "Will Dallas Join the 2017 Great Purge of American History.

I am now including this as a label for the Civil War II posts.

It is nothing short of a purge, so let's call it that.

--Old Secesh


Other Events Affecting the Civil War-- Part 4: Month of July 1863


Continued from August.

These were ideas put forth at the MCCWRT discussion  group on July 29, 2017.

**  Trent Affair and capture of the CSS Florida in Brazil in a highly questionable action on the part of the Union Navy.

**  Month of July 1863: Vicksburg, Gettysburg and the capture of Port Hudson.

**  Sanitary Commission and advancements in medicine:  hospital ship and Ambulance Corps.

**  Camp cleanliness.  Suturing up wounds with horsehair (after it was boiled).

**  Nevada being admitted to the Union.  Lots of silver coming out of it to finance the war.

**  1864 Presidential election.  Lincoln winning meant that the war was to continue.  Essentially the last hope the Confederacy had at this time.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 568: What Should Be Done With All Those Empty Confederate Monument Plinths?


From the September 11, 2017, Google Alerts for Civil War North Carolina.

**  What should be done with all the empty Confederate monument plinths?  (OK, a plinth is the base supporting a statue.)  "As more Confederate statues come down around the U.S., the fate of the remaining, often colossal pedestals with a dark past is now up for debate."  A good question.  With the words "dark past," I have to wonder what the author wants?  This was from Architectural Digest and a lot of the article was about what happened to Soviet Union and German monuments to the Communists and Nazis after they fell.

Sadly, many of these articles rely on information from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is quite an anti-white organization, posing as a fair, unprejudiced, information gathering group, which right now seems to really be involved in counting up and pointing out any and everything remotely connected with the Confederacy with the intention of inciting certain groups to have it all brought down.

This organization says that most Confederate monuments were erected during the Jim Crow Era and the Civil Rights Era.  Because of this, the monuments were erected to keep the Blacks in their place.  They contend the Jim Crow Era began in the late 19th century and ran until 1965 and the Civil Rights Era.  I always thought the Jim Crow Era began shortly after the Civil War ended, as a part of the Black Codes.    Another site I found said it began in 1870.

In the late 19th century, Confederate veterans and general were fast fading away to death and the statues were an attempt to honor them while they still lived.

--Old Secesh


Friday, September 22, 2017

MCCWRT Discussion Group Meets Saturday, Sep. 23


The McHenry County Civil War Round Table will be meeting Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Panera Bread Company in Crystal Lake, Illinois located at the intersection of Main Street and US-14.

The topic of discussion will be Great Innovations of the Civil War.

We will meet from 10 a.m. to noon.

I picked 11 innovations in the Navy and have listed them on my Running the Blockade:  Naval Civil War Blog.

--Old Secesh

Civil War-- 567: The 2017 Great Purge of American History


From the September 11, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Fort.

**  Naval Academy to discuss two buildings named for Confederates.

**  Whitewashing the realities of history helps nobody.

**  Mayor Rawling's task force on Confederate monuments.  Does Dallas need a new name?  U.S. Vice President George Mifflin Dallas supported the Fugitive Slave Act.  Will Dallas join the 2017 Great Purge of American History?

**  Last-minute court decision blocks removal of Confederate statue in Dallas.

I Like That 2017 Great Purge of American History Name.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Civil War II-- 566: Crane Crash On Way to Remove Confederate Statue in Dallas Causes a Death

From the September 11, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Fox News host asks  of 9/11 memorial will come down next.  One hundred years in the future, perhaps people won't see things the way we do today.

**  Fighting the rhetorical Civil War.

**  Kevin O'Brien Norwell:  Confederate monuments should be preserved, not razed.

**  Fayetteville's Confederate cemetery:  Ruminations on the futility of war.  (Arkansas)

**  Rally to remove Decatur's Confederate monument draws divisive crowd.

**  'Lost Cause puzzle.'  Many Kentucky towns have Confederate statues.  Here's how they got there.  This article lists towns and statues with a short history on each.

"*  Crane crashes heading to remove Confederate statue.  (Dallas)  This was an accident resulting in a fatality.

I Imagine Certain People Will Blame the Death on the Confederate Statue.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 565: How Far Is Too Far in Removing Confederate Monuments?


From the September 11, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  How far is too far in removing Confederate monuments?  Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch, Jack Torry, Sep. 10, 2017.  He mentioned the Confederate statues on Capitol Hill in D.C. and the stained glass windows at the National Cathedral.

Last month about 100 people gathered at Columbus City Hall demanding the removal of the city's three Christopher Columbus monuments.

In Durham, New Hampshire, the post office has a mural of an Indian in a menacing pose and there are some who want it removed.

In Memphis, an iconic theater has ended its annual showing of "Gone With the Wind."

He describes this as "the increasingly divisive debate."

And for those of you who still believe these people will stop when all the Confederate monuments are gone from, public spaces, think again.

No Kidding.  They're Just Starting.  --Old Secesh

Mapping During the Civil War-- Part 1: In Its Infancy


From the September 8, 2017, Coastal Point "Civil War Profiles:  Mapping During the Civil War.

This was the age before GPS (Global Positioning System in case you're wondering).

Mapmaking was in its infancy during the Civil War.  Military officers often complained about the inaccuracy or nonexistence of maps in the areas in which they were operating.  There was, especially for Union commanders, the serious problem of unfamiliarity with their territory.

Jedidiah Hotchkiss, however, was one of the foremost mapmakers of the war.  he was Confederate and spent much time with Gen. Stonewall Jackson.

On February 23, 1863, he noted in his diary, "I got secret orders from the General to prepare a map of the Valley of [Virginia] extended to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then to Philadelphia."  The order came from Jackson, but his map was used for his June-July incursion into Pennsylvania leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Fighting Guy" Henry-- Part 3: A Commendable Service Record


From the Arlington National Cemetery site.

He served in the First Regiment U.S. Artillery in the early fighting in the Civil War and in 1863 was elected to command the 40th Massachusetts Infantry regiment.  Some of his battles and postings:  Bull Run Campaign, Key West, Hilton Head, S.C. and the Battle of Pocotaligo, S.C., the attack on Charleston and bombardment of Fort Sumter.

Guy Vernor Henry was breveted to brigadier general in the U.S. Army for gallantry at  the Battle of Rose Bud, Montana, where he was shot through the face.

Later, he commanded the all-black 10th U.S. Cavalry.

The obituary for him saluted "Fighting Guy" Henry for his "brilliant and fearless campaigning."

His grandfather was Daniel D. Thompkins, governor of New York and vice president of the United States.

Again, I Had Never Heard of Him before.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 564: Confederate Rally Planned for Richmond on September 16


From the September 10, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Booker wins support for his push to remove Confederate statues from Capitol.

**  Stonewall Jackson window memorialized at black church in Virginia.  (Roanoke)  Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.  They seem to want it to remain because Jackson was a man of Christ who led Bible study for his slaves and taught them to read and write, although that was illegal in the prewar South.

**  Is it time to tear down monuments to the Confederacy?

**  Committee for Augusta NAACP chapter to investigate Confederate monuments' history.  (Georgia)  At least, so far, they are not DEMANDING they be torn down.

**  Richmond police prepare for clash as a Confederate group plans rally at Robert E. Lee statue.  (Virginia)  This coming weekend, September 16.  The Confederate group is CSA II: The New Confederate States of America.  There is fear that it will result in another Charlottesville.

Sure Hope the Richmond Rally Doesn't Become Another Charlottesville.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 563: Richmond, Va. Town Hall Meetings on Fate of Confederate Monuments Divisive


From the September 10, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Charitable group sporting Confederate flag raises concern.

**  Here is the best way to handle Confederate monument issue.  The Richmond town hall meetings are full of acrimonies and divisive.

**  Cincinnati church considers removing Confederate memorial.

**  Mayor:  Confederate statues could come with endowment.  (Lexington)  Private donors have raised $100,000 for removal, upkeep and protection.

**  Supreme Court asked to consider Mississippi's use of Confederate image.  (On its state flag)

--Old Secesh


What Goes Around Comes Around in (b)altimore


And we're not talking about around the mountain.

Some more on the "hate crime" done to the statue of Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words to our National Anthem.

(b)altimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D) recently removed four Confederate statues.  She has no plans to remove the Francis Scott Key statue however.

A statue of Christopher Columbus was also "vandalized" in her city.  I sure wish the media would stop using the term vandalism to describe these actions.  They are nothing less than hate crimes.

She opened the door, now has to live with it.

Lower case (b) for the city because of its shame.  I also do not plan to visit the city even though I really would like to visit Fort McHenry and other historic sites.

Now (b)altimore Has Opened the Door.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Civil War II-- 562: N.C. Governor Wants Confederate Statues on Capitol Grounds Removed to Bentonville.


From the September 9, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Southern Alamance students disciplined for Confederate attire, social media.  (North Carolina)  Depends upon how they were wearing the attire, especially if in a confrontational mode.  Of course, Southern Alamance may have to change the name as Southerners is often used for Confederates during the Civil War.

**  Sick of the sudden uproar over Confederate statues -- and response.

**  Divide over Confederate statue's removal stands amid removal efforts.  (Dallas)

From the Sept. 9, 2017, Civil War North Carolina Google Alerts.

**  NC governor has new site in mind for 3 Confederate monuments on Capitol grounds.  Wants to move them to the Battle of Bentonville State Historic Site.

**  Tearing down prejudice, rather than statues.

**  Civil War monuments should be removed, but preserved.

--Old Secesh


Civil War II--561: Three Victories


From the September 9, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Passer-by snags makeshift sign placed at former Franklin Confederate monument.  (Ohio)  The monument was 90 years old.  the sign said, "We do not negotiate with terrorists.  BLM is a terrorist organization."

**  Tyrone Town Council keeps mural with Confederate soldier as is.  (Fayette County, Ga.)  (Win)

**  County commission votes to keep Confederate plaque.  (West Virginia)  (Win)

**  Manatee County Commission votes against removing Confederate monument.  (Florida)  (Win)  The vote was 4-3.  I'd like to know how many of the three voted to remove it were Black?

Can You Believe We Actually Won on Three Things?  Maybe There Is a Spark of Hope Still Left.  --Old Secesh

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mort Kunstler-- Part 2: September Dates


SEPT. 19--  1863  Battle of Chickamauga

1864  Battle of the Wilderness

SEPT 24--  Sheridan lays waste to the Shenandoah Valley.

--Old Secesh