Friday, January 20, 2017

Civil War Companies Organized in McLean County, Illinois-- Part 2

37th--  Co. G
39th--  Cos. B and K
58th--  Co. G
62nd--  Co. H
63rd--  Co. D

68th--  Cos. F and G
70th--  Co. H
82nd--  Co. E

94th--  The entire regiment.
116th--  Co. F
117th-- Co. A
145th--  Cos. B, I and K

146th--  Co. G
150th--  Cos. A and B
152nd--  Cos. B and C.

The 94th Illinois Infantry, Pride and Joy of McLean County.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Civil War Companies Organized in McLean County, Illinois-- Part 1

This site lists 4,349 as having served.  I am unable to find the census for the county in 1860 to get some idea as to the percentage of people living there at the time.


1st--  Co. H
3rd--  Co. I
4th--  Cos. G and L
5th  Co. C


8th (3 months)--  Co. K
8th (three years)--  Co.K
20th--  Co. C
24th--  Co. B
26th--  Co. K
33rd--  Cos. A, C, and G

More.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Confederates Buried in McLean County, Illinois-- Part 3

Luther Penick Chandoin (1842-1896) enlisted in the 6th Kentucky (Confederate) Regiment in the fall of 1861.  This regiment was part of the famed First Kentucky "Orphan" Brigade initially led by former United States Vice President John C. Breckenridge.

The unit participated in some of the hardest fought battles of the war.

He was wounded and permanently disabled on May 28, 1864, shot in the face during the Atlanta Campaign. He moved to Heyworth some time around 1893 to live with one of his sons, James.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Confederates Buried in McLean County, Illinois-- Part 2: Frank M. Crickenberger

Frank M. Crickenberger is one of five Confederate veterans buried at Wiley Cemetery outside of Colfax in Martin Township.  A former Virginian he died at age 91 in 1938 and was a very well-respected man.  His wife and he settled in Colfax in 1880 and earned a living as a contractor and mason.

Evidently, he was also well-accepted by Union veterans in the area, even with their great dislike for the "damned secesh."

--Old "Damned" Secesh

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Charleston Murderer Gets Death Penalty

I was sure happy to see this yesterday.  What he did was horrible and now he should pay for it.

However, the sorry excuse now wants to appeal.

Let's hope his death is near.

This should be what happens to all who murder people for racial reasons.  Fortunately, South Carolina still has the death penalty.  I'd be really sorry if it had happened in a state that doesn't have the death penalty.

There Is Still Some Justice, Evidently.  --Old Secesh

Chicago Murder and Shooting Stats for 2016

All the while the black folks are attacking all-things Confederate because of the slavery thing and the Charleston murderer, perhaps they should be more concerned with these stats.

From Hey Jackass: Chicago Murder, Crime and Mayhem site about Chicago murders and shootings.

Final numbers for 2016:

Shot and Killed:  714
Shot and Wounded:  3665
Total Shot:  4379

So Far This Year:

Shot and Killed:  12
Shot and Wounded:  74

And, NONE of them were killed by a Confederate Flag or Memorial.  Most of these killed and wounded are blacks.  Most of the people doing the shootings are black.

And, the Charleston murderer killed 9.

By the way, U.S. killed in Afghanistan for 2016:  15

Makes You Wonder, Doesn't It.  You Black Community Activists Need to Get Your Priorities Right.  --Old Secesh.

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 401: Confederate Memorials Still There

From the December 24, 27, 28, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  A year later, Confederate memorial remains in Forest Park.  (St. Louis)  (Win).  The fact it is still there is a win  The writer of the article was NOT pro-Confederate, either.

**  Final report on Confederate memorials presented to City Council.  (Charlottesville, Virginia)  (Win)  The recommendation was to have the statues of Lee and Jackson recontextualized, not relocated.  I imagine this means there will have to be some mention of slavery.

**  Police Called After Movie-Goer Scared of Confederate Flag -Wearing Person.  (Oak Creek, Wisconsin)  (Real Stupid)

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

McLean County, Illinois, Answers the Call to Arms

In conjunction with the last post as far as Confederate veterans buried in McLean County.

In the first months after Fort Sumter was fired upon, 3,200 McLean County (Bloomington-Normal) men enlisted in 15 Union regiments.

Letters back home from McLean soldiers were full of hate for the "damned secesh."  (Hey!!  That's Me!!!)

By the end of the war, that number stood at 7,000.  Some 700 never made it back home.

--Damned Old Secesh

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mr. Strode and the Scogin Hill Cemetery

Scogin Hill Cemetery is located in two townships in McLean County: Dale and Bloomington.  There is also mention of a Scrogin Hill Cemetery in Lexington.  I also found that two War of 1812 veterans are buried there.  (See my Not So Forgotten War of 1812 Blog for today for more on this.)

This is the final resting place of William B. Strode, Confederate veteran.  He was originally buried in the Shirley Cemetery.

I can't find a lot of information on this cemetery, but a picture of its entrance has the date 1828.  Evidently, it is on a family named Scogin's land.  Quite a few Scogins are buried there.  There are 753 internments listed in it.

One is for William Bryand Strode with dates July 31, 1841 and death September 21, 1892.

He married Mary Thomas Jackson Strode (1851-1951).

Other persons with the Strode name buried there:

Lloyd Strode
Baby Strode
Theresse Strode

--Old secesh

Mr. Strode and the Shirley Cemetery

In an earlier post, I wrote about William B. Strode, who rode with General John Hunt Morgan's raid into Indiana and Ohio in 1863, was captured and sent to Camp Douglas in Chicago.  Evidently, he found Illinois to his liking as afterwards he got married and settled in Shirley, Illinois, a small town near Bloomington-Normal in the central part of the state.

He was first buried after his death in 1892 at the Shirley Cemetery and then later in the Scogin Hill Cemetery.

I looked up the Shirley Cemetery and have driven by it on occasion on our Route 66 travels.  I didn't notice it and from what I gather, it is in very bad shape today.

--Old Secesh

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Confederate Veterans Settled in McLean County After War-- Part 1

From the October 9, 2016, Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph "PFOP: Confederetae veterans settled here after the war."

Twenty-five or more Confederate veterans are buried in Illinois' McLean County (Route 66 ran through it).

William B. Strode is buried at Wiley Cemetery.  He was with John Hunt Morgan during his raid on Indiana and Ohio in the summer of 1863.  Captured by Union forces in July 1863 and sent to Camp Douglas in Chicago.

After the war he settled in Shirley.  While living there, he recognized a local resident named John Foster.  During Morgan's Raid, Foster's family was living in Ohio and Strode had taken an uninvited and unwelcome nap at their home.

Strode died in 1892 and was buried at the Shirley Cemetery but later was reinterred at Scrogin Hill.  (Scogin Hill Cemetery).

--Old Secesh

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Commentary by James I. Robertson, Jr. on Mort Kunstler-- Part 1

"Mort Kunstler revolutionized Civil War art.  For over a quarter-century, he elevated knowledge of America's bloodiest war by producing dramatic, unforgettable portraits of moments in that greatest test of nationhood.

"What sets Kunstler in a class of his own are selections of scenes and a talent for infusing human feelings onto inanimate canvas.  History is a living subject; humans are motivated by emotions.  Because both of these truisms mark every painting Kunstler produces, he has become a legend in his own time."

Nice Words.  --Old Secesh

Charleston Murderer Speaks

I found this piece of work's statement I saw yesterday hard to take.  He said, "I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed."

At least he admits they were innocent.

And, I wish they would stop showing him holding Confederate flags.  I sure didn't and never would have given him permission to hold one.  Unfortunately, no one can control who holds the flag.

Here's hoping that no tears will be shed when and if he is executed.  I know I will be celebrating his death.

Complete Worthless Excuse.  --Old Secesh

Friday, January 6, 2017

Mort Kunstler's Civil War Calendar for 2017, January: Lee's Horse



"There are few relationships more appreciated than that of a horse soldier and his mount.  During the American Civil War, over a million horses perished in service to their respective causes.

"Few of them are more remembered and revered today as much as Robert E. Lee's horse, Traveller.  Buried at Lee Chapel, at the same site as his commander, this dappled gray American Saddlebred was known for his speed, strength and courage in combat.

"Lee acquired him in 1862, and rode him throughout the war and beyond."

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 400: Wal-Mart Website Still has Other BLM Shirts

After reading this article (which also gave the name of the Charleston murderer, something I hate to see), I went to the Wal-Mart website and found a whole lot of BLM tee shirts for sale.

I also looked up Confederate in their offerings and saw two Mississippi state flags and a First National flag.  This is surprising, but now at least it will not become necessary to conduct my own boycott of the place.  I do enjoy shopping there.

And, since they started in Arkansas, it is a Southern business.

--Old Secesh