Thursday, September 22, 2016

2nd Texas Infantry, the Beckmann Brothers-- Part 1: They Join Company F, A German-Speaking Unit

From the August 23, 2016, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch  "Theodore Decker Commentary:  After 154 years, family finally learn fate of fallen Civil War soldier" by Theodore Decker.

The brothers, Augustus and William Beckmann  came to America from the Grand Duchy of Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach, Germany, to find a better life.  They came for land and settled in Galveston, Texas.

Then, war came and they went to fight for their new country.  They enlisted in the 2nd Texas Infantry and became part of Company F, an all-German unit.  I imagine they felt comfortable with former countrymen.  Company F was also called the Mounted riflemen.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find out any more about Company F, but imagine they had an interesting history.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2nd Texas Infantry, Company C, Bayland Guards-- Part 3: Sam Houston, Jr.

Colonel Ashbel Smith was wounded.  Sam Houston, Jr., 19, went missing in the action when he was wounded, but the bullet struck his metal-covered New Testament his mother had given him.

A Union chaplain found him and noted the inscription on the New Testament and, knowing his importance, gave him special care.

Sam Houston, Jr., was sent to Camp Douglas in Illinois, survived and returned home in September 1862.

The people who write this application are asking for the marker to the Bayland Guards and they did get it in 2010.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Second Texas Infantry, Company C, Bayland Guards-- Part 2: Half Killed or Wounded at the Battle of Shiloh

From the Application for Official Texas Historical Marker for Bayland Guards.

On April 27, 1861, a Harris County group from Baytown and Cedar Bayou and others from Barbers Hill in western Chambers County organized as the Bayland Guards.  Fifty-year-old Dr. Ashbel Smith trained and outfitted them at his Evergreen Plantation.

Sam Houston's son, Sam, Jr. was a member as were Samuel E. Jones and Charles Elliott Jones, sons of Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas.

The company and regiment arrived at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee on April 3, 1861, and soon afterwards took part in the Battle of Shiloh, where the Bayland Guards led the Confederate advance into a Union camp with two other companies.  Half of Company C were killed or wounded in the assault.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Second Texas Infantry, Company C, Bayland Guards-- Part 1

Continued from September 9, 2016.

The incorrect grave marker for Augustus Beckmann also listed him as being in Company C of the 2nd Texas, as I found out, which was also incorrect.  But after finding out about this company, it had an interesting history and some somewhat famous members.

This outfit sounds to me like they were somewhat of an upper class group.  Plus, they were organized outside of Galveston.  I doubt that fairly recent immigrants like Augustus and William Beckmann would have had enough money to belong to an elite group.

--Old Secesh

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 353: A Mixed Bag on This Decision

From the September 8, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Judge hits out at Confederate emblem as he dismisses flag lawsuit.  (Mississippi)  (Win, well Loss, kinda)  The headline made me think it was a judicial decision against us, as usual.  Probably someone having an issue with the flag being somewhere.

Someone having a lawsuit against the Mississippi state flag which, of course, has that Confederate emblem on it.  The person wanted to have the flag declared unconstitutional because it was a relic of slavery.  The judge throwing the lawsuit out was definitely a win for us, but then what he said gave time for a pause in our gratitude:  "Mississippi was so devoted to the subjugation of African-Americans that it sought to have a new nation predicated upon white supremacy."

Kind of Lets Us Know Where He Stands, But At Least He Was Fair Enough to Throw the Lawsuit Out.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 352: High Schools Leading the Fight

From the September 3, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flags fly on vehicles at Lake Arrowhead high school.  (California)  (Win)  Took place at Rim of the World High School.  One person complained about it so officials are looking into it.  Of course.

**  Confederate Flag controversy erupts at Des Moines high school.  (Iowa)  There shouldn't be controversy over the flag.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What It Is ... Is Aggression

Just as Abraham Lincoln's Union government waged a war of aggression to subjugate the former Southern states in their attempt to start a new county, we have another war of aggression transpiring against us now.  And the saddest part is that there are so many Southerners supporting Blacklash against us.

This is a war we can't win, just as our forefathers fought.  But, we will continue to do all in our power to resist it.

Hell, No!  Not Giving Up.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 351: Flags Fly and Don't

From the September 7, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flags Sold at Wayne County Fair Despite Controversy.  (Ohio)  (Win)  It is always good when someone has the nerve to stand up against Blacklash.

**  Confederate Flags absent Tuesday at Lake Arrowhead high school.  (California, Rim of the World High School)  (Loss)

**  Neo-Confederate protester on campus riles up passing students.  (University of North Texas)  (Loss)  Even though he was taking a stand, verbally assaulting students and waving the Confederate Flag isn't going to win any converts.

Neo-Confederate (But Don't Do that) and Proud of It, Though.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

McHenry County Civil War Round Table Meeting Tonight: The Palmyra Massacre

Tonight, the McHenry County Civil War Round Table will meet at the Woodstock Public Library at 414 Judd Street in Woodstock, Illinois, from 7 to 9 p.m., CDST.

Tonight's topic will be the Palmyra Massacre and will be presented by Frank Crawford.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 350: Beware the Blacklash

From the September 1, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Students playing cornhole with Confederate Flag (the article headline had Confederate spelled with a small letter "c') board facing backlash.  (Trophy Club, Texas)  (Loss)  Byron Nelson High School.  Or is the correct term "blacklash?"  Ridiculous.

**  East High School student asked to remove Confederate Flag from car.  (Des Moines, Iowa)  (Loss)  And so it goes.

Blacklash Would Seem to Be a Good Term for This Anti-Confederate Movement.  --Old Secesh

And, Meanwhile, Back in Chicago: Chicago Breaks Last Year's Total of Shootings and Killings

I heard on WXRT this morning that the number of people shot in Chicago passed 3,000 yesterday.  Just this past weekend, 35 were wounded and 8 killed in these shootings.  Again, the media does not say what race those wounded and killed were, but judging from the locations, they would be mostly black.  And, we also know that the shooters were black as well.

That 3,000 makes more people shot in Chicago than in all of last year.  Over Labor Day weekend, Chicago also "broke" its total of murders for all of 2015.  And, we still have three and a half months to go in 2016.

Not a single incident of shooting or murder is attributed to a Confederate Flag, statue or memorial. None of them were done by anyone even waving a Confederate Flag.

I can not understand the black obsession with erasing my heritage because of the Charleston murders.  Not in light of them killing and shooting each other as they are doing in Chicago.

It is really a sad state of affairs.

Concentrate On WHAT Is REALLY Important.  --Old Secesh

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 349: What About Confederates Buried in National Cemeteries?

From the August 30, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  VA Announces Plan to restrict Display of Confederate Flag 'At Any Time' in National Cemeteries.  (Loss)  Twenty-nine of the cemeteries have Confederate soldiers buried in them.  Actually, this headline is misleading.  It still means that no Confederate Flag can be flown from any permanently fixed flagpole.

But private organizations can display the flag on Confederate graves on certain days.

Personally I would like to see all Confederate soldiers buried in National Cemeteries moved to one cemetery at a cost to be paid by the NAACP and other racist black organizations.and their white pcers.

Then I would make it where no black organization could visit the Confederate cemeteries (not that I would think they would anyway).  After all, those Confederate soldiers were racists and wanted to keep blacks sold into slavery by other blacks in Africa as slaves.  There could be no other reason for them to fight.  Well, at least what blacks seem to think.

--Old Secesh

Sunday, September 11, 2016

15 Years Ago

From the September 11, 2016, Dogs of C-Kennel comic strip.

1.  Picture of a dog and the words:  "This is Bretagne the service dog, along with her handler.
2.  9-11 ruins:  "She searched the rubble for two weeks..."
3.  9-11 ruins:  "sadly, they were not able to find anyone."
4.  Being petted:  "She then became a therapy dog comforting those who had lost loved ones."
5.  "She was the last living service dog who had served on 9-11."
6.  The dogs of C-Kennel:  "We thank our first responders..."
7.  Dogs of C-Kennel:  "Both two-legged and four."

Saturday, September 10, 2016

McHenry County (Illinois) Civil War Deaths-- Part 18: Powers to Rogers

Again, the number of deaths suffered by one small county was rather astonishing.

J.W. Powers
C. Preston
R. Prouse
N.E. Randall
C. Rapp
C. Reardon
T. Rees
G. Reiman
J.S. Reynolds
T. Rhodes
L.A. Rice
W.D. Robb
W. Roberts
E. Robinson
J. Rogers

--Old Secesh

McHenry County (Illinois) Civil War Deaths-- Part 17: Parker to Porter

W. Parker
G.W. Parson
M. Pease
F. Pecar
I.M. Pierce
W. Pierce
O.B. Perkins
M. Perry
B.B. Pettibone
J. Phillips
O. Pickett
G.W. Petit
O.E. Pomeroy
E. Porter

--Old Secesh