Sunday, February 18, 2018

Maxwell Van Zandt Woodhull, U.S. Army

From Wikipedia.

Was a Union officer during the Civil War.  Entered the U.S. Army in 1862 as a captain.

He was the son of Union naval officer Maxwell Woodhull who commanded the USS Cimarron and later died in an accidental discharge of a Union cannon.

Maxwell Van Zandt Woodhull received a brevet to brigadier general on March 13, 1865.

He was largely responsible for bringing George Washington University to its present site in Washington, D.C..  There is a memorial flagpole at Arlington National Cemetery which he had erected in his father's memory.

I wrote a lot about his father in my Running the Blockade: Civil War Naval blog.

--Old Secesh

February 9, 1861: Jefferson Davis Elected CSA President

On February 9, 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America at a congress held in Montgomery, Alabama.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Civil War II-- 606: What Is the Future of Confederate Statues?

From the August 15, 2017, Civil War North Carolina Google Alerts.

**  What's the future for North Carolina's Confederate statues?  There are more than 200 Confederate memorials and statues in the state that are protected by a 2015 state law.

The article also has a video of the desecration of the Confederate statue in Durham.

**  Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina.  (Loss)  They weren't so much protesters as they were guilty of a hate crime.

**  Around 100 demonstrate in Pack Square following deadliest white supremacist rally in Virginia.  (Asheville, N.C.)  Remember that the Confederate-haters were just as nasty and ugly as the white supremacists.

Sure Wish Those of Us Who Revere Confederate Soldiers Did Not Have the "Help" of the White Supremacists.  --Old Secesh

Two Interesting Accounts of Whether Confederate Soldiers Are U.S. Veterans

The August 13, 2017, San Antonio Employment and Law Blog had an interesting piece  "Confederate soldiers were veterans" by Thomas J. Crane.

Also, the Truth or Fiction site has a good one "Confederate Soldiers Are Considered U.S. Veterans Under Law."

Both give a good perspective.

--Old Secesh

Friday, February 16, 2018


From the August 14, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Kentucky Confederate statue vandalized with orange paint.  (Loss)  This is a HATE CRIME, not vandalsim.

**  West Virginia group to call for removing Confederate statues.

**  Confederate Flag controversy at Delaware County fair.

**  Confederate soldiers were veterans.  Meaning that they were U.S. veterans.

**  Sides clash over Confederate monuments in Dallas.

Remember the good old days when all the C-haters were after were Confederate Flags?

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 604: Again, You Desecrate a Confederate Statue, That Is a Hate Crime

From the August 14, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  It's time to stop coddling the Confederacy.  (Yahoo Sports)  (Sports...Really)  Why is there air?  To blow up footballs with!!

**  How Charlottesville hasn't yet changed he Confederate monument debate.  I would have to greatly disagree with this statement.  We are many times worse off for it.  I rank it right up there with the Charleston murders as rallying points for the Confederate haters.

**  Take the statues down.  (Atlantic Magazine)  (Loss)

**  Confederate statues vandalized in (l)ouisville.  (Kentucky)  It was the statue of John Breckenridge Castleman erected in 1913.  He was a major in the Confederate Army and later a brigadier general in the U.S. Army.  He had a lot to do with the development of (l)ouisville and especially its parks.

(l)ouisville is lower case for its shame as being the first major Southern city to desecrate a Confederate statue.

When Are We Going To Stop Calling it Vandalizing?  It Is Nothing But a Hate Crime.  Let's Call It Like It Is.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Sultana Tragedy

From the McHenry County Civil War Round Table.

On April 24, 1865, the riverboat Sultana left Vicksburg, Mississippi with as many as 2,100 released Union prisoners from Andersonville and Cahaba, 100 civilians and 85 crewmen.

To say the least, the boat was extremely overloaded and humanity filled almost every square inch.  The boat was six times over capacity which was 376.  At approximately 2 a.m. on April 27, seven miles north of Memphis, the ship's boilers exploded.

Lt. Colonel Ruben Hatch and other officers and businessmen were responsible for "The Worst Maritime Disaster in American History."

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Abraham Lincoln Declared Official Winner of 1860 Election This Date

On this date in 1861, Abraham Lincoln was declared official winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots.

Less than two months later, the nation was at war with itself.

Now, had Lincoln not been declared the winner, would the Southern states which had already seceded come back into the Union?

--Old Secesh

Monday, February 12, 2018

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Today

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in a log cabin in Hardin (now LaRue) County, Kentucky.

I have two other Lincoln related items taking place on this date in my Cooter's History Thing blog.

Essentially, Abraham Lincoln's election to the presidency was the final straw of many straws which led to the decision by Southern states to secede from the Union.

So, How Old Would He Be?  --Old Secesh

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Civil War II-- 603: In the Wake of Charlottesville

From the August 14, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  In the wake of Charlottesville protests, a Kentucky mayor wants to remove Confederate statues.  (Lexington)  (Loss)

**  The latest:  Confederate group:  Atlanta statue must be fixed.

**  There is a good article in the Chicago Tribune by Russell Contreras  "How Robert E. Lee went from hero to racist icon."

**  Councilman formally calls for Baltimore's Confederate monuments to be destroyed.  (Brandon Scott, a black man)  (Loss)

As for myself, any politician in anyway involved with desecrating a Confederate statue or memorial would never get my vote, but their opponent sure would.

--Old secesh

Friday, February 9, 2018

22 Americans Who Deserve Monuments More Than Any Confederate General-- Part 3

16.  Newton Knight, Southern Unionist

17.  Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts

18.  Madge Oberholtzer, anti-Klan

19.  J. Robert Oppenheimer, atom bomb

20.  Jesse Owens, Olympics

21.  Mark Twain

22.  Ida B. Wells, journalist, Civil Rights

Being deep into history, I like to see as many things marked as possible.  But I sure don't agree with the taking down of existing statues.

--Old Secesh

22 Americans Who Deserve Monuments More Than Any Confederate General-- Part 2

9.  Cornelius Charlton, Medal of Honor, Korean War

10.  Cesar Chavez

11.  John Glenn

12.  Shirley Chisholm, congresswoman

13.  Major General Gordon Grainger, Union general responsible for Juneteenth.

14.  Lyndon Johnson, Civil Rights

15.  Scott Joplin, ragtime music

--Old Secesh

Monday, February 5, 2018

22 Americans Who Deserve Monuments More Than Any Confederate General-- Part 1

From the November 9, 2017, Washington Post by Alyssa Rosenberg.

She is right in that they deserve monuments.  But, I wouldn't take down existing ones.  Not so sure about Jerry, though.

1.  immigrants

2.  Women Airforce Pilots

3.  Louis Armstrong

4.  Duke Ellington

5.  Ella Fitzgerald

6.  Clara Barton

7.  Jerry Brown, California governor

8.  Rachel Carson  "Silent Spring"

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Veteran of Four Wars Buried in Marshall, Minnesota

From the October 31, 2017, Marshall (Mn) Independent  "A walk in the cemetery reveals four-time war hero" by Jody Isaackson."

More than 50 Civil War veterans are buried at the Marshall Cemetery.  They are easy to identify because of their iron markers put up by the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic).

George Mathhews served in four wars:  Seminole War 1842, Mexican War 1846, Dakota War 1852 and the Civil War 1862-1865.

After the Civil war, he served three more years with the 1st Minnesota Mounted Rangers.

In a June 21, 1895 newspaper article, it was written that he served six enlistments in four different wars.  At age 80 he was living in Minnesota in the state soldiers home and was a member of the D.F. Markham Post GAR.

--Old Secesh

Monday, January 29, 2018

Abe Lincoln On Racial Equality-- Part 2

Abraham Lincoln also said:  "I will add to this that I have never seen to my knowledge a man, woman or child was in favor of producing a perfect equality, social and political between negroes and white men.  I recollect of but one distinguished instance that I have ever heard of so frequently as to be entirely satisfied of its correctness -- and that is the case of Judge Douglas' old friend Col. Richard M. Johnson."

The crowd responded to these remarks with laughter.

Thus Sayeth the Great Emancipator.  --Old Secesh