Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ekmer Ellsworth & the U.S. Zouave Cadets-- Part 3: Iron Brigade Connection


Then Elmer Ellsworth went to Rockford, Illinois, and his group of militia made a name for themselves with their precision drill at Camp Sinnissippi in Rockford at an encampment.  This is where the Sinnissippi Park is located today.  The Kenosha Civil War Museum has a broadside advertisement for this.

Ellsworth fell in love while in Rockford with Carrie Stafford, the daughter of a rich and powerful Rockford father who did not like Ellsworth's prospects and did what he could to prevent a marriage until Ellsworth could prove he could support his daughter.

Next, Ellsworth went to Madison, Wisconsin, and trained the Governor's Guard, some of those men going on to prominent positions in the famed Iron Brigade during the Civil War.  The Iron Brigade originally was made up of the 2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin regiments, but was later joined by the 24th Michigan and 19th Indiana regiments.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Elmer Ellsworth and the U.S. Zouave Cadets-- Part 2


Elmer Ellsworth lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1853 to attend Kenosha High School.  He came to Chicago in 1854 at age 17 and became a businessman, something that he was not suited for and this venture bankrupted him.

While in the city,thought, he vigorously studied the two main military drill manuals of the day by William Hardee and Winfield Scott.  He also got a copy of the Zouave training manual.  The Zouaves had impressed the world with their action during the Crimean War.

In 1857, he became drill instructor of the Rockford Greys and in the summer of 1858 taught them the Zouave system of drill.  Many of these men later formed three companies in the 19th Illinois Infantry.

--Old Secesh

Monday, November 20, 2017

Elmer Ellsworth and the United States Zouave Cadets-- Part 1


Presentation given to the McHenry County Civil War Round Table November 14, 2017, by Doug Dammann of the Kenosha Civil War Museum (Wisconsin).

Elmer Ellsworth was one of the most influential people of the Civil War, even though he died as young as he did and as early in the war.  It was the influence he had on his officers and what they accomplished later on in the war.  Mr. Dammann then showed a picture of the Green Bay Packer coaching staff  in 1992, featuring head coach Mike Holmgren and his assistants.  A whole lot of them went on to head coaching position and success on other teams.  And, that was what Ellsworth's officers did.

And, of course, there was the whole Zouave military thing and training.

Besides his own regiment that he raised in New York, the 11th, or Fire Zouaves (raised from New York fire stations) his mark was also on the 19th Illinois and 44th New York.

His great grandfather, George Ellsworth, was a private in the Continental Army during the American revolution.  His greatest ambition was to attend West Point but he didn't have the political connections to get nominated and attend.  But, he studied the all things military religiously.

Real Military bearing.  --Old Secesh

Friday, November 17, 2017

MCCWRT Meeting November 14, 2017


The McHenry County Civil War Round Table's Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 3 at the Bernard Mill Restaurant in Ringwood, Illinois, from 11 to 2.  The restaurant is in an actual 19th century mill.

Cost is $30, with proceeds going to the scholarship program.  Food will be served family style and guest speaker will be portraying Clara Barton.

The new officers and board were elected.

Our speaker for the night,  Doug Dammann is with the Kenosha (Wisconsin) Civil War Museum where he has been for the past ten years.  The museum opened in 2008 and they have a Second Friday Lecture once a month as well as a Campaign Tour the second to last weekend in October.  They just got back from Sailors Creek, Virginia and the Appomattox Campaign.

He spoke on Elmer Ellsworth and the United States Zouave Cadets.  I, of course, knew who Elmer Ellsworth was but didn't know anything about his Zouave Cadets which was why I looked them up and wrote about them this past week.

Well, At Least I May Finally Learn for Sure How to Pronounce Zouave.  --Old Secesh



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Civil War II-- 594: Statues in Question


From the September 17, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flags not banned in most Lehigh Valley schools.  (Win)  But guess what they want done.

**  Confederate statue at Ole Miss campus rammed by pickup--  not clear if intentional.  (Loss)  It was in area known as Confederate Circle and honored Confederate dead.    The suspected driver was intoxicated and received medical attention along with a passenger.  "Hey, let's get  drunk and ram that statue!!"

**  Confederate statue part of county history, some say.  (Bell County)

**  Demonstrators gather to remember Confederate statue removed in (d)allas.

--Old Secesh

U.S. Zouave Cadets-- Part 2: Doing That Zouave Thing


There is a song sheet cover for a song dedicated to them called "The U.S. Zouave Quarter Step."

There were numerous Zouave units on both sides during the war, some wearing variations of the loose-fitting uniforms.Elmer Ellsworth received a Zouave drill manual and took over a drill company in Chicago that was about on its last legs.  he renamed it the Zouave Cadets and toured nationally one summer/fall before the war.

Ellsworth was a law clerk for Abraham Lincoln before he became president.

Ellsworth's monument and grave are in Hudson View Cemetery in Mechanicsville, New York.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November Civil War Chronology-- Part 2: The Gettysburg Address


Nov. 17, 1863:  Siege of Knoxville, Tennessee, begins and lasts for 16 days.

Nov. 19, 1863:  President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the Pennsylvania Battlefield.

Nov. 23, 1863:  Battle of Orchard Knob, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Nov. 24, 1863:  Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

Nov. 25, 1783:  British evacuate New York City.

Nov. 30, 1864:  Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MCCWRT Meeting Tonight: Elmer Ellsworth and the Zouave Cadets


The McHenry County Civil War Round Table will be meeting tonight at the Woodstock Public Library in Woodstock, Illinois, at 7 p.m..  The library is located at 414 W. Judd Street, just a couple blocks of the famous 1840s Woodstock Square, where the movie "Groundhog Day" was filmed.

Tonight's presentation will be "Elmer Ellsworth and the Zouave Cadets" given by Doug Dammann.

--Old Secesh

U.S. Zouave Cadets and Elmer Ellsworth-- Part 1


From the Smithsonian.

This will be the topic of the McHenry County Civil War Round Table presentation tonight in Woodstock, Illinois.

Most know Elmer E. Ellsworth was the first Union officer killed in the war on May 24, 1861, when he took down the Confederate flag from the roof of the hotel in Alexandria, Virginia.  But not so many know about the group that brought him to military prominence, the Zouave Cadets.

The U.S. Zouave Cadets were organized by Ellsworth in Chicago 1859-1860.  They were noted for their precision drills and colorful uniforms.  They toured the United States in 1860, putting on shows and in August 1860 were invited to the White House to put on a performance for President James Buchanan and his popular niece, Harriet Lane.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 593: The Right Punishment for Tearing Down a Confederate Monument


From the September 17, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  What's the right punishment for tearing down a Confederate monument?  This refers to the August 14 incident where protesters tore down the Confederate monument.  For fear of trouble, the police allowed them to tear it down (these are very violent people).  But they filmed them and said they would make arrests later.

Several of them were charged with 2 misdemeanors and 2 felonies apiece.:  participating in a riot with property damage of more than $1,500, inciting a riot with property damage of over $1,500.

I'm Glad This Happened.  It Was Definitely a Hate Crime and That Should Have Been One of the Charges As Well.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 592: Going to a Rally


From the Sept. 17, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Fort.

**  More Confederate symbols around Dallas could be removed.  (Loss)  Of course.

From Sept. 17, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Pro-Confederate rally drawing more protesters than Confederates.  Only a few Neo-Confederates in attendance.  Many more Neo-Nazi anti-Confederates.  I mean, as long as we are calling Neos.

**  One arrested as group rallies behind Confederate monuments.  About 200 pro-Confederate rallied in Lee Park in Dallas with few counter-protesters.  usually, pro-Confederates are severely outnumbered, much like in the first Civil War.

--Old Secesh

Monday, November 13, 2017

Civil War II-- 591: Now the Plaques


From the September 16, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate monument rally at Madison County courthouse scheduled today.  Will not tolerate racism.  (Huntsville, Alabama)  There is a Confederate statue at the courthouse.  Counter protesters are expected  The statue erected 1905.

**  ECC history professors:  Confederate symbols sign of white supremacy.  (Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois).

**  Report:  UVA Board of Visitors votes to remove Confederate plaques from Rotunda.  (University of Virgina)  (Loss)  They want to add context to Jefferson owning slaves.

**  Passions run high as Confederate monuments are removed.

--Old secesh

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day 2017: National Cemeteries


From U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

This being Veterans Day, no better place to  honor our veterans than a cemetery or ceremony.  I'll be going to the commemoration at the Fox Lake, Illinois, railroad station at 11 a.m..

If your community doesn't have a ceremony, a cemetery is a good place to visit.

There are 135 National Cemeteries for military in 40 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.  There are also 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites that are administered by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Many states also have state veteran cemeteries.

And, for those of you who don't know, by law, Confederate soldiers are considered to be American veterans, so these attacks on Confederate cemeteries and statues is definitely an offense against ALL American veterans.

Saluting ALL of Our American Veterans Today and Every Day.  --Old Secesh

Friday, November 10, 2017

Marines in the Civil War


From Wikipedia.

The United States Marines were generally relegated to a minor role during the Civil War, most of their duty being on blockade duty.  As more and more Southern states seceded, the Corps lost a third of its officers who started the Confederate States Marine Corps.

A Marine company performed poorly at the First Battle of Bull Run and retreated along with the rest of the Union Army.

Blockade duty included sea-based amphibious landings.

In late November 1861 a group of Marines and sailors from the USS Flag landed in force at Tybee Island, Georgia and occupied the Lighthouse and Martello Tower at the northern end of the island.  It would later be an Army base for the bombardment of Fort Pulaski.

--Old SecMarine

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Civil War Timeline for November-- Part 2: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address


NOVEMBER 9, 1864--  Lincoln Re-Elected for second time.

NOVEMBER 13, 1814--  Union General Joseph Hooker born.

NOVEMBER  15, 1864--  Sherman begins his March to the Sea.

NOVEMBER 18, 1863--  Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg Address.

NOVEMBER 23-25, 1863--  Battle of Chattanooga.

NOVEMBER 28, 1861--  Missouri formally admitted to Confederacy.

NOVEMBER 30, 1864--  The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.