Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Gettysburg Cyclorama: An Early Virtual Reality Experience-- Part 1

From the April 18, 2016, Time Magazine "Technology: What VR's rocky past reveals about its future" by Lev Grossman.

"The first version of the Gettysburg Cyclorama was created in 1883 by a French artist named Paul Dominique Philippoteaux.  It was an enormous circular painting, depicting the Battle of Gettysburg at the moment of Pickett's Charge, that wrapped around the viewer completely: you stood inside it.  It was 22 feet high and had a circumference of 279 feet."

"The effect was enhance by actual earthworks and broken trees and fences set up in the front of it, in the foreground, which also hid the bottom edge of the canvas.  Audiences were enthralled.  Veterans of the battle wept.  It may have been the most immersive media experience of its day.

Circle Me In.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 246: About Those State Flags in D.C.

From the April 21, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  House GOP unveils Confederate Flag display compromise.  (Washington, D.C.)  (Draw)  Until last year, an underground tunnel connected the Capitol building with the Rayburn Office Building.  All along it were the flags of all the states.  Of course, one of them is the Mississippi flag with the you-know-what.

These flags were removed because of construction.  They will not be replaced.  Now there will be large reproductions of the state quarters that were out awhile back.

Opponents of the Mississippi state flag are calling this a win.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 245: Removal of Confederate Monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia

From the April 18,2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  City Council to Discuss Confederate Monuments, Protests Planned.  (Charlottesville, Va.) (Win)  A rally is planned by the Virginia Flaggers'  Five Confederate monuments are in Charlottesville.  Two are at the University of Virginia, one on West Main Street, another in the middle of Court Square and the most controversial one in the middle of Lee park.  There is a drive to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and rename the park.

**  Two Confederate-era monuments defaced in New Orleans.  (Loss)  They are of the Battle of Liberty Place and the one to Abram Joseph Ryan.

--Old Secesh

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 244: Va. Governor Vetoes Confederate Monuments Bill

From the April 20, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Pastor wants SBC to repudiate Confederate Flag.  (Loss)  A black pastor is asking the Southern Baptist Convention to do this.

**  Virginia Senate fails to overturn veto of Confederate monuments bill.  (Loss)  Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe cast a veto to stop a bill to prevent local governments from attacking Confederate monuments.  The Senate was unable to get a 2/3 majority to override.  The House did get a 2/3 majority.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 243: Most People in Louisiana Want to New Orleans Statues to Remain Where They Are According to a Poll

From the April 20, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Majority of Louisianans oppose the removal of Confederate statues.  (Win)  According to an LSU poll.  Some breakdown:  73% of respondents wanted them left where they were, 88% of whites, 47% of blacks, 92% of republicans and 54% of Democrats.  Like I said, let's put it to a vote.

**  City renames Confederate cemetery.  (LaGrange, Georgia)  (Loss)  On West Mulberry Street and renamed Mulberry Street by the city council.  It now has two sites: the Confederate Cemetery and the second part is named to honor Horace King. a 19th-century bridge builder who was born a slave.

--Old Secesh

Wilmington North Carolina's Bellevue Cemetery


Bellevue Cemetery was surveyed in 1876 by Brown & James and covers 15 and a half acres.  During the Civil War it was known as Green's Battery.  The land was purchased in 1876 to establish a private cemetery for people of moderate means.

An Act of the North Carolina General Assembly incorporated the Bellevue Cemetery Company as a capital stock company in January 1877.

Bellevue now contains 30 acres.

Marker erected by the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

--Old secesh

Friday, April 29, 2016

Proposed Civil War History Center Would Need $15 Million From Local Taxpayers

From the February 12, 2016, Fayetteville (NC) Observer by Andrew Barksdale.

There is a proposed Civil War Center for Fayetteville which will cost $65 million.  The organization is asking Fayetteville and Cumberland County $7.5 million apiece.

This is the first of four fundraisers.  They have raised $6 million so far.

the second phase is on now with a goal of $5 million.  The third phase will involve the money from Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

The North Carolina General Assembly will pay the rest.

Perhaps They Could Just Have South Carolina War Relics Room Move There.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Civil War-Themed Events in Springfield, Illinois for April-- Part 2


April 15, Lincoln Tomb

Honors President Lincoln of the anniversary of his death.  Guest speakers and wreath laying.  Free.


April 24, Lincoln Tomb.

The annual pilgrimage of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to honor President Lincoln.  Involves a walk from Lincoln's New Salem Village to the Tomb.

The Ghostwalk/Legends continues throughout the summer and fall.

Also, starting June 7 to August 30, every Tuesday night, the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment of the Civil War performs Civil War drills, firing of muskets and flag-lowering ceremony in front of Lincoln's Tomb.  Plus there will be re-enactors portraying people from the Civil War.

June 11-12 at the Old State Capitol there will be a Civil War Medical Encampment, Springfield's largest outdoor, living history education event.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Civil War-Themed Events in Springfield This April-- Part 1: Ghosts and Death

With such a tie to Abraham Lincoln, it is not surprising that Springfield, Illinois, would have a lot of related events during the year.

Here are the ones listed in the Springfield 2016 Visitors Guide:

LINCOLN'S GHOSTWALK: LEGENDS & LORE--  (From  March 8-Nov. 1)  Downtown Springfield.

This 90-minute, 10-block walking tour uses Lincoln sites as the backdrop for the strange and bizarre history surrounding Lincoln's life and death.  Admission

LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL HALF MARATHON--  Old State Capitol.  (April 2)  Run where Lincoln walked past Springfield's major Lincoln sites, including his home and tomb.  Admission

SUVCW DEATH DAY PROGRAM--  (April 9)  Lincoln Tomb  A ceremony commemorating the 151st anniversary of President Lincoln's death.  The ceremony starts with a military parade, followed by several speeches, the laying of wreaths and culminates with taps.  Free

SUVCW--  Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


10 Fascinating Facts About Lee and Grant-- Part 1: Of Bluebloods and Names

From the April 9, 2016, Yahoo! News "10 fascinating facts about Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant" by NCC Staff.

1.  Robert E. Lee was among the "bluest of Virginia bluebloods."  The Lee name is important in colonial and early Virginia history.  His father was "Light Horse" Harry Lee, who fought with George Washington and gave the eulogy at Washington's funeral.

2. U.S. grant was not a blueblood.  He grew up in Ohio and his father was not rich.  Grant, however, said, his grandfather fought at Bunker Hill.

3.  The family of Lee's future wife did not think Lee was good enough to marry their daughter.  When Lee announced his intention of marrying Mary Anne Cistis, her father objected because "Light Horse" Harry Lee had fallen on hard times financially.  Mary Ann Custis was Martha Washington's great granddaughter.

4.  Ulysses wasn't Grant's first name.  He was born Hiram Ulysses Grant in Point Pleasant, Ohio.  A mistake made on his application to West Point by the Congressman who nominated him resulted him being listed as Ulysses S. Grant.

--Old Secesh

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 242: Coshocton to Honor Confederate Soldier Despite Protest

From the April 14, 16, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Bill to block removal of Confederate monuments fails in House panel; now what?  (Louisiana)  (Loss)  This would be the only way to prevent removal of monuments anywhere that has a majority black city council and/or mayor.

**  County will honor Confederate soldier, despite complaint.  (Coshocton) (Win)  Finally, politicians not afraid to face black wrath.  Of course, it was a black who complained.

The man complained about the grave of a Civil War Confederate soldier, William Webb, Co. B, 1st Tennessee Cavalry.  He was a POW being transported to an exchange when he fell and died.

You Just Can't Please Some Folks.  --Old Secesh

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Springfield, Illinois' Camp Butler: Union Training Camp, Confederate POW Camp

From the Springfield 2016 Visitors Guide.


Camp Butler was once the site of a Union Army training camp for regiments raised in Illinois.  It later became a Confederate prison.Now, it is a national cemetery for veterans and their descendants.

It was named for Illinois treasurer at the time, William Butler, not Benjamin Butler as I had thought at one time. William T. Sherman helped pick the site.  It was the second-largest training camp in Illinois, after Chicago's Camp Douglas.  By the end of the war, some 200,000 Union troops had passed through it.

More than 25,000 individuals are buried here, including over 1,700 Union and Confederate soldiers.  As many as 700 prisoners died there during 1862 as an epidemic of smallpox and other diseases ran rampant.  There are 866 Confederate graves with a marker placed in their midst in the early 2000s by the Illinois Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.

5063 Camp Butler Road

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 241: Confederate Flag Flap

From the April 14, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flag flap costs Meredith man 510 dollars (Win)  He tore down a Confederate flag and pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.  It is too bad that it has come down to this.

**  UM NAACP celebrates Confederate History month their own way.  (Univ. Mississippi) (Win)  Good idea.  I'm sure the Confederacy was not shown in a goof light, but at least they didn't protest against having it at all.

**  Hemming Park Nonprofit Says No Plans To Remove Confederate Statue.  (Jacksonville, Fla.)  (Win).  It's there, has been for a long time.  Learn to live with it or ignore it.

Confederaste Flag Flap (A Great Headline)  --Old Secesh

Thursday, April 21, 2016

North Carolina and Ohio Sites for Park Day 2016

This is an annual event held earlier this month where volunteers were invited out to the sites to do work.  I sure wish one was closer to me as I sure would like to get out and do some good.  It is sponsored by the Civil War Trust.


First Battle of Kinston Battlefield Park
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site
Bennett Place State Historic Site
Asheville History Center at Smith-McDowell House
Fort Branch
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park


Berlin Heights Battlefield
Johnson's Isle Civil War Prison Site

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Civil War Bell Rings for GAR's 150th Anniversary

From the April 7, 2016, Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle "Civil War-era bell to ring on Saturday."

It was first rung before the Civil War at the Webster Baptist Church.  It will again be rung 15 times Saturday for the 150th anniversary of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).  It is a part of the Bells Across New York event.

The commemoration will be conducted   by the local chapters of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Daughters of Union Veterans.

The bell was installed in 1857 when the church was built.  When Lee surrendered at Appomattox in 1865 it was rung so hard that it cracked and that crack is still there.

A Real Piece of History.  --Old Secesh