Friday, September 4, 2015

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 34

And these just keep coming.  It is getting disheartening to see so many jumping on the anti-Confederate bandwagon.  Seems to be the pc thing to do.

Key West Preserves Memorials To Confederate and Union Armies.

University of Texas removes statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from campus.

Va. NAACP sees compromise on Confederate issue.

Heritage Preservation Association puts up another Confederate Flag in Danville.

Schools reaction to Confederate Flag shirt sparking controversy in Southern Illinois.

Middle Tennessee State students protest campus building named for Confederate leader.

Where You Can Find Confederate Flags Flying in Missouri.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 33

Texas judge clears way for removal of Jefferson Davis statue.

Confederate memorabilia gets favorable attention at Westmoreland Fair.

Mecklenburg County guards Confederate monument with plexiglass.

Confederate Flag removal paves the way for Charleston bowl game.

Dems shut northeast Ohio county fair booth over Confederate Flag sales.

Wilder student asked to remove Confederate Flag from truck.

No Confederate ban in Spartanburg schools.

Walpole High School votes to block Confederate Flag. (Massachusetts)

Confederate soldiers deserve honor too.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Discussion and Movie on General Sherman in Goldsboro, N.C.-- Part 1

From the March 11, 2015, Goldsboro (NC) News-Argus "Lecture shares view of Civil War general" by Dennis Hill.

"One hundred and fifty years ago this week, residents of Goldsboro were scared.

"The Civil War had raged for more than four years, the army of Union Gen. William T. Sherman had entered North Carolina after laying waste to much of Georgia and South Carolina, and people in the state feared the worst."

Sherman's March was the subject of a film and lecture presented at Wayne Community College.  Iy had special meaning to Goldsboro and Wayne County residents as Goldsboro was the objective of Sherman's march as he was hoping to meet up with other Union forces moving inland from the coast.

Local historian Kirk Keller gave the lecture and said that Sherman's hard-nosed (and much hated) mode of fighting helped quicken the end of the war, which, by 1865, the Confederacy didn't have any chance of winning.

This film/lecture is part of a series of events leading up to the March 21-22 Re-enactment of the Battle of Bentonville.  March 17, Dean Harry, president of the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield will give a talk on the battle itself at Wayne Community College.  On March 20, a Civil War concert will also be held at the college.

--Old secesh

Battle of Bentonville Re-Enactment, 150 Years Later

From the March15, 2015, Goldsboro (NC) News-Argus "The last battle" by Ethan Smith.

The filds and forests of Johnston County are a lot quitere now than they were 150 years ago when two great armies clashed as the Civil War was drawing to a close.

On Saturday and Sunday, march 21-22, the battle will occur again, this time with some 4,000 re-enactors and as many as 50,000 spectators.

Among those re-enactors will be several local men, members of the Wayne County History Club:  Randy Sauls, Lynn Bull and Bob Richter.  They participate in some of the area re-enactments, but not all, but say Bentonville is special because of its sheer magnitude where some 80,000 men took part back in 1865.  They took part in the 145th re-enactment five years ago.  I was there for that one.

Bob Richter says he was a Boy Scout in 1965 when his troop went to a re-enactment at Bentonville and he really goy hooked on the cannons.

The Bentonville re-enactment occurs only every five years, something that started in 1995.  As such, a huge push is made to get re-enactors.  Like I mentioned earlier, I was at the one in 2010, but was very disappointed in not being able to see much of the fighting.  I did, however, get the idea of what a regiment would look like on the march as I saw Union re-enactors in a large number marching through the woods to the battlefield.

Another nice thing about re-enactments at Bentonville is that they take place on the actual battlefield, something that can't be done on a National Battlefield.

--Old Re-EnactSecesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 32

All 173 Confederate Flag rallies since the Charleston massacre, mapped.  (Mostly in the South)

Confederate heritage group rallies at the Capitol.  (In South Carolina)

Civities:  Why can you fly the rainbow flag but can't fly the Confederate Flag  (Gay flags also offend a lot of people.)

School board member's Confederate Flag post sparks attention.

Cary man fights order to remove Confederate-style flag by homeowners association.  (Also, has the N.C. state flag incorporated elements of the Confederate Flag?)

The Confederate Flag, memorial Items Come Down at Virginia College.  (William and Mary)

GOP candidates for governor oppose removing Confederate monuments in Louisiana.

Confederate Flag rally at Capitol.  (Missouri)

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Famed Irish Brigade

Of course, this consisted mostly of men of Irish descent.

It consisted of five regiments, but originally was made up of three regiments:

69th New York
63rd New York
88th New York

It was later joined by the 29th Massachusetts who disliked having to fight alongside Irish and after the Battle of Antietam was replaced by the 28th Massachusetts and then the 116th Pennsylvania were added.

--Old Secesh

The Irish Brigade's Father William Corby

From Wikipedia.

Yesterday's post about the Mort Kunstler painting featured Father William Corby.

Born October 2, 1833, Died December 28, 1987

Attached to the Irish Brigade during the Civil War.  Born in Detroit, Michigan and enrolled at the then ten-year old Notre Dame College in South Bend, Indiana.  Wonder if he was able to get tickets to the game.

Ordained there and then taught there and returned to the school after the war and stayed there the rest of his life.

He is best known for giving General Absolution to the Irish brigade the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg.  This absolves you of your sins.  The Irish brigade brought 5,000 into the battle and only 500 remained after it.

A statue of Father Corby was erected at the Gettysburg Battlefield in 1912.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mort Kunstlers's 2015 Civil War Calendar for September-- Part 2

While the 2nd Corps lost more men in the Civil War than any other unit in the Federal Army, they continued to fight bravely.

Many of the men were practicing Catholics (a big surprise among Irish) and the brigade chaplain, Father William Corby, would regularly perform the act of "Last Rites" before going into battle in anticipation of lives lost.

Even during battle, Father Corby was present, offering spiritual strength, guidance, and peace of mind to soldiers through absolution.

--Old Secesh

Mort Kunstler's 2015 Civil War Calendar for September-- Part 1


Members of the Irish Brigade are lines up off a road, holding their hats in the air while a mounted officer holds his sword aloft and a priest does absolution, I'm guessing, also from horseback.  The U.S. flag is being held alongside the famous green harp flag.

IRISH BRIGADE AT ANTIETAM, SEPT. 17, 1862.  The Irish Brigade served in the 1st Division of the 2nd Corps in the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.  The men bravely fought and suffered many casualties in difficult assignments, as was displayed when the 2nd Corps was assigned to a position later called "Bloody Lane" during the Battle of Antietam.

--Old Secesh

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 31

Key West preserving Confederate monument.  (I wrote about this in my Running the Blockade blog today.)

Confederate Flag  thief nabbed by Florida police.

Georgia state flag's Confederate 'Stars and Bars' design avoids controversy.

Confederate Flag about slavery-- period!

Jon Anderson: Confederate Flag an affront to many.

Lone black student 'doesn't mind' flag.  (New Zealand)

Letter: SCV worthy of pride.

Reader view: Is there an honorable Confederate Flag?

Why is it ok to fly the Rainbow Flag when the Confederate Flag has to go?  From the LiveWire.

Also from the LiveWire:  "The 'Dukes of Hazzard Has Been on TV for 36 years.  You weren't offended until liberals told you to be."

Confederate Flag Wielding neighbor Causes Tensions in Rosedale.

Is Mississippi Ready to Pull the Confederate Emblem From State Flag?

--Old Secesh

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Still Waiting for the Public Outcry and Backlash Against the Blacks and Gays

Yesterday I wrote about the two murders that took place in Virginia where a black man killed two white reporters and wounded a white person they were interviewing.  We all know what happened after the idiot murdered the people in Charleston with the major attacks on Confederate heritage.

To be fair and right, we should now be having a similar attack on black racist groups and institutions as well as the gay flag.

I am still waiting, but have not heard a thing about public outrage.

I do not see any difference between the two situations.

What Is Good for the Goose Is Also Good for the Gander.  --Old Secesh

Lincoln Funeral Train Replica in North Carolina

From the August 28, 2015,  WBTV (NC).  The replica funeral train and Leviathan locomotive are in Spencer, N.C., this weekend at the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

There will be a weekend full of Civil War re-enactments, music, living history, tours, sutlers and more August 28-30.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 30

Julianne Moore petitions to change high school named after Confederate general.  (J.E.B. High School in Virginia)

Confederate Flag is a Symbol of History and Heritage.

New Orleans group to discuss future of Confederate monuments.

The Perfect Replacement for the Confederate Flag.  A flag with blue stars over picture of Burt Reynolds as the Bandit.  (from the Deadspin site)

Hidden Confederate memorials up for debate at local church.  St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond, where Lee and Davis worshipped and were members.

Walpole School Committee Apologizes for resident's Confederate Flag.  (On private property near the high school  The school is nicknamed the Rebels.

Poll" More Virginians see Confederate battle flag as symbol of heritage than racism.

--Old Secesh

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Horrible Murders in Virginia: Waiting for the Backlash

Yesterday's news of the reporter and cameraman being killed in Virginia raises the question of whether there will be a huge backlash against certain groups.

The two killed were white as was the badly wounded white person they were interviewing.  The murderer was black and I also hear he was gay.

To me this is a racist killing, well two killings.  I expect there to be as much anger as developed after the Charleston murders.  If all things Confederate can come under attack because of the racist killings there, surely it will happen because of the racist killings in Virginia.

This time the hate spewing forth should go against something blacks and gays hold dear.  Perhaps any of the black racist groups like the NAACP, Black College Fund or BET and definitely black use of the "N" word and the objectionable lyrics in rap music.  Maybe the gay flag should be banned as many find it objectionable.

If the Confederate Flag and statues can come under such public attack, it only makes sense that the action of one individual, like the one individual in Charleston, should bring about a similar reaction.

Let's Be Fair About This Thing.  I'll Be Waiting and Holding My Breath.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 29

Awesome Kids Get On Camera and Fight Confederate Flag.  (They even went so far as to call the Second national Confederate Flag as representing white supremacy because of all the white on it.)

Dallas NAACP Wants to Remove Confederate Statues From Public Property in Dallas.

State scrubs Confederate holidays from official calendar.  (Georgia)

Vero Beach student under investigation for ripping Confederate Flag from classmate's truck.

Letter:  Confederate Flag belongs in museum.

Preservation group to hold forum on alternatives to removing Confederate monuments.

North Fort Myers High School student kicked off campus for Confederate Flag.

Editorial: Walton's unwanted notoriety.  (Walton County, Florida's Confederate Flag)

Appeals court:  Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter can sue Memphis over park renaming.

--Old Secesh