Saturday, February 18, 2017

How Do You Move a Six-Ton Painting-- Part 3: Clark Gable's In It

The Atlanta Cyclorama painting was made by the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1880s and these paintings were very popular in this era before movies.  Only one other one still exists today and that one is at Gettysburg.

Many German painters were employed in making these.

Once in its new quarters, the painting will undergo a long restoration process and it is hoped will be on display sometime next year.

A viewing platform will be added at 12 feet high to give viewers a 360-degree experience.  There are also 128 plaster figures in the foreground for depth.  Among those is a Union soldier with Clark Gable's face, created after he and other "Gone With the Wind" actors visited the Cyclorama during the movie's 1939 premier in Atlanta.

--Old Secesh

Friday, February 17, 2017

How Do You Move a Six Ton Painting-- Part 2: Moving the Cyclorama

Before the move, the painting was cut into two pieces at a seam.  Both were rolled onto gigantic custom-built steel spools, each taller than a four story building.

Holes were made into the concrete roof of the old Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum and cranes lifted the spools out of them and then they were placed onto waiting trucks for the nine mile trip to the Atlanta History Center.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How Do You Move a Six-Ton Civil War Painting?-- Part 1: Very Carefully

From the February 9, 2017, Yahoo! News, Jeff Martin, AP.

The colossal panoramic painting of the Battle of Atlanta will be lifted by cranes from the building where it has been for almost a century and trucked over to its new location in Atlanta.

The six-ton Cyclorama painting is one of the world's largest paintings and was at its location in Atlanta's Grant Park and now will be seen at the Atlanta History center across town.

Work had already begun on the preparation to move, but the move began Thursday, Feb. 9, and experts believe it will take two days to complete its trek.

It is a massive 15,000 square-foot painting.

You Move It Very Carefully.  --OldPaint

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 407: The Flag Goes Back Up

From the February 4, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  The Confederate Flag going back up in South Carolina town.  (Walhalla)  (Win)  The flag will be going back up at a Confederate monument.

--Old Secesh

Monday, February 13, 2017

13th Illinois Infantry-- Part 2: Duty in Missouri

From July 1861 to Spring 1862, the regiment was based in Rolla, Missouri, guarding supply trains and fighting Confederate guerrillas.  They were also a part of General Fremont's force that marched to Springfield, Missouri in the fall of 1861.

They were mustered out on June 18, 1864.

During the course of the war, the unit lost 6 officers and 61 enlisted to killed in action or mortally wounded.  Another 5 officers and 123 enlisted died of disease.

Main officers:

Colonel John B Wyman, killed at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou December 28, 1862
Colonel Adam B. Gorgas, mustered out June 25, 1864.

Lt.-Col.  Benjamin F. parks--  resigned June 25, 1861
Lt.-Col. William Frederick Partridge--  mustered out June 18, 1864.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Another Union General Buried At Sycamore's Elmwood Cemetery: Frederick William Partridge

From Find-A-Grave.


August 19, 1824 to June 22, 1899.

Civil War brevet brigadier general.  Lt.-Col. of the 13th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Enlisted in the 13th Illinois from Sandwich, Illinois, as a corporal.

Breveted March 13, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services at the battles of Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga and Ringold Gap."

After the war he served as U.S. Consul in Bangkok, Siam from 1869-1876.

Buried at Elmwood Cemetery, in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois.

Plot:  Block 2, Lot 66.

Born in Norwich, Vermont.  Died in Sycamore.

--Old Secesh

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 406: About Those Mississippi Schools Not Flying the State Flag

From the January 26, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Bill: Make Schools Fly Mississippi's Confederate-Themed Flag.  (Win)  A bill in the Mississippi House of Representatives would require k-12 schools in the state to fly the state flag or lose state accreditation.

I'd like to see this become a law.  Only, I'd expand it to include state supported colleges, where none of them fly it.  I would no longer send state money until they fly the flag again.

Of course, I would exempt schools where the majority of the students are black.

--Old secesh

Thursday, February 9, 2017

General Dutton's America-- Part 3: Civil War

In 1861, Everell Dutton joined the 13th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, but he had to leave because of illness.  he joined the 105th Illinois Infantry after he recovered and spent the rest of the war with them as their lieutenant-colonel.

During the war, Sycamore sent 307 men to serve in the Union Army.

Dutton spent four months in Nashville, Tennessee, on the examination board.  His new wife Rosina joined him there.  After he left and rejoined the 105th, she returned to Sycamore.

His house is located in Sycamore by Center Cross Street and West State Street (Ill-64) which serves as Sycamore's main street.  In 2014 it sold for $180,000.  118 Center Cross Street.  The for sale information listed the house as being General Dutton's house.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

General Dutton's America-- Part 2: Married On Leave from Army in 1863

The exhibit is divided into three parts:  Sycamore As a Pioneer Town (1839-1860), Sycamore During the Civil War (1861-1865) and Sycamore in the Guilded Age (1866-1900).

The family of Everell Dutton arrived in Sycamore in 1846 and his father owned a store in the town.

During the Civil War, while home on leave, Everell married Rosina Adelpha Paine on December 31, 1863, in Sycamore.

His son George died in 1929 and was considered Sycamore's richest man at the time.

--Old Secesh

General Dutton's America-- Part 1: The growth of Sycamore and the United States 1839-1900

The Sycamore History Museum has an exhibit called "General Dutton's America."  It looks at Sycamore and America in general and follows it through the life of Everell Fletcher Dutton.  Dutton lived through a very important period of history during his lifetime.1839-1900.  The biggest event, of course, was the Civil War.

During this time, Sycamore grew from a frontier town of 262 people into a large city.

Everall Dutton moved to Sycamore as a boy, grew up, went off to college and returned home to become a clerk at the DeKalb County Courthouse.

Soon, he was wearing the Union blue in the Civil War and wrote home often, sometimes as many as three times a week.

And, he was just 27 when it ended.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 10: Everell Dutton, Brevet Brigadier General


105th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Lieutenant-Colonel.  Brevet Major General, U.S. Volunteers.  Rank date March 16, 1865.

--Old Secesh

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 9: Lt. Col. Everell F. Dutton

From Find-A-Grave.

Everell Fletcher Dutton  Born January 4, 1838, Charlestown, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.  Died June 8, 1900, in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois.

Captain in 13th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Lt.Col. 105th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

Buried Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, Illinois.

Both he and the regiment's colonel, Daniel Dustin are buried there.

Plot:  Block 4, Lot 18.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 405: About That Confederate Flag in the S.C. Courtroom

From the January 24, 27, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flag Won't Return to South Carolina Courtroom.  (York County) (Loss, but not really)  There is also a portrait of Confederate generals that won't be returning.  They were taken down for remodeling.  I don't really see why the Confederate Flag or generals should be in a courtroom.

**  Follow up on the one above.  Confederate Flag Going Back Inside S.C. Court House.  (Win, sort of)  The person who did this did so in violation of a state law.

Again, I See No reason for a Confederate Flag Inside a Courtroom.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 404: Middle School Teacher Placed On Leave for Confederate Flag in Classroom.

From the January 18, 19, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Council's statues votes ends in deadlocked frustration.  (Charlottesville, Virginia) (Loss)  Any deadlock is a big victory for us in this losing battle.  This concerns the Lee and Jackson statues.

**  Folsom teacher placed on leave after Confederate Flag found in class.  (California)  This took place in a middle school and obviously many in the community held him in high esteem.  He was using it as a teaching tool with nothing racist about it.

He has since retired.

Sadly, I would wonder my fate in today's schools since I always had a picture of Robert E. Lee in my room as well as a Confederate Flag in the hallway as part of a historic American flags display.

A Real Sad Day in American Education.  --Old Secesh

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 403: Move Lee's Birthday Commemoration?

From the January 16, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Arkansas Tries to Strip Gen. Lee from Martin Luther King Day.  (Loss)  And, Arkansas is supposedly a Southern state.  So sad.

As I stated in the last post, though, I would support having the Lee-Jackson Day on a different day if the NAACP and other black and white groups stop their incessant attacks on my heritage.

--Old Secesh