Friday, July 1, 2016

McHenry County Civil War Round Table-- Part 3: Peninsula Campaign Navy

I had done research on the naval aspects of the campaign, but that wasn't discussed much.  I'll be writing about my research in my Civil War Navy Blog, "Running the Blockade" next week.

With the fall of Norfolk looming, the Confederates were looking to remove the CSS Virginia, a huge threat to Union efforts, up the James River to Richmond.  Its guns were removed, but the newly lightened ship then had too much freeboard between its armor and wooden hull.

This would enable Union gunners, and especially the USS Monitor, to damage or sink the ship.  This was a big reason why the ship was destroyed.

The Virginia's crew (and possibly guns) were removed to Drewry's Bluff for that place's defense.

--Old Secesh

McHenry County Civil War Round Table: Peninsula Campaign-- Part 2

Some things brought up in the meeting June 25, 2016:

**  Question of numbers regarding Lee and McClellan's armies.  It was effectives as opposed to aggregate numbers.  Not everyone in an army fights in a battle.  There are a lot of support troops.

**  Lee was very aggressive when it came to fighting as opposed to Johnston.

**  Big pressure on McClellan for "On to Richmond" from Lincoln.

**  Big pressure on Johnston to defend Richmond from Lee and Davis.

**  McClellan preferred to use siege techniques he had learned observing the Crimean War.  This revolved around the use of big guns.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 293: Man Disgraces Confederate Flag in Virginia

From the June 22, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Virginia Supreme Court rejects Confederate Flag appeal.

**  Confederate Flag-Waving Man Arrested after Pointing Shotgun at Black Woman, Vandalizing Car.  (Virginia)  (Win)  Actually, the fact that the idiot did this is a loss for us, but at least he was arrested and hopefully will be found guilty and punished.  Vandalizing the car was bad enough, but pointing a gun at someone.

Embarrasses Me That He Was On Our Side.  Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 292: Judge Allows Removal of Louisville Confederate Monument

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

**  Judge: Mayor can remove Confederate monument.  (Louisville)  (An Expected Loss)  We'll not get a fair shake most of the time in the justice system.  You have to wonder why something that has been there 121 years has suddenly got so offensive.

**  Confederate Flags broken, taken off truck; Father, daughter arrested.  (Charleston, S.C.)  (Win)  Now, what about the black representative in Pennsylvania who removed a Confederate Flag from the public display?

--Old Secesh

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 291: Southern Baptists Votes to Stop Displaying the Confederate Flag

From the Google Alerts for June 17-18, 2016, for Confederate.

**  The largest Protestant denomination just voted to stop displaying the Confederate Flag.  (Win-Loss)  (Not sure what religion has to do with it.)  The Southern Baptist Convention.  Of course, that is not going to make up for their segregationist stance in the past.

**  Advocates for keeping Confederate monument to hold protest Sunday.  (Louisville)  (Win)

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 290: Sure Getting Tired of This

Will these continuing heritage and erasure attacks ever end?  I really do not like relating the ongoing story as it keeps me from doing what I really enjoy and that is writing about aspects of the Civil War that I find interesting, like yesterdays post about the McHenry Civil War Round Table's discussion group on the Peninsula Campaign.

Oh well, the war waits for no one.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 289: Flag Goes "Missing" in Pennsylvania

From the June 15, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flag removed in Pa. Capitol, after its 'theft' from historic display.  (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (Loss)  The Hanover Area Historical Society had a summer display of 50 flags associated with North American history at the state Capitol's East Wing Rotunda.  Flags range from the Vikings to the present and at one time included a Confederate Flag.

Then, the Confederate Flag went "missing."  State Representative Vanessa Lowery Bean, a black woman, was offended and took it upon herself to take it down.  It was returned then Governor Tom Wolf ordered it removed.

Rep. Brown represents Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, home of Philadelphia.

In the meantime, a quick look at Philadelphia County black murders for 2016 and I saw headlines and information such as 79.1% of murder victims there are black.  West Philly residents protest black-on-black murders, crime.  Philadelphia ranks 4th in black homicide victims.  And, I thought things were bad in Chicago.

Perhaps Rep. Brown has more pressing issues than Confederate Flags.

Also, Shame On the Governor for Erasing History.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MCCWRT Discussion Group-- The Peninsula Campaign-- Part 1

The McHenry County Civil War Round Table of  Illinois met at Panera Bread Co. on Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake on Saturday June 25, 2016.  The topic of discussion was the 1862 Peninsula Campaign.

Some of the things discussed:

McClellan organized a very messed up Union Army after he took command after the First Battle of Bull Run.  Joe Johnston did much the same for the Confederate Army, which despite its victory at that battle was also very disorganized and a reason it did not pursue the defeated Federals.

**  The Army of the Potomac bonded with McClellan and it became "his" army.

**  Johnston and President Davis became enemies.  Davis really wanted to be a field general (with his military background) and secretary of war for the Confederacy more than he wanted to be its president.

**  McClellan chose the Virginia Peninsula between the York and James rivers instead of attacking overland from the north because of the rivers.  he figured that the Union Navy could then protect his flanks and deliver goods.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 288: Chevy Drops Kid Rock

From the June 14-15, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Southern Baptists may consider opposing Confederate Flags.  (Loss)  Is it a religious thing now?

**  Chevy drops Kid Rock, adds Luke Bryan.  (Loss)  It is thought this is done because Kid Rock uses the Confederate Flag in his shows and is not afraid to stand up.  Luke Bryan is one of those "Bro Country" partiers who would never use a Confederate Flag in his show.  Personally, I am not a Kid Rock fan except for some of his songs.  I do like Luke Bryan's music a lot.

**  Gov. Haley Vetoes Study of Moving Confederate Relic Room.  (South Carolina) (Win)  There was talk of moving it from, Columbia to Charleston.  I'd  say just to leave it where it is.

--Ol;d Secesh

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 287: It's an Underwear Issue

From the June 11-12, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Ex-South Carolina cop says he was wrongfully fired over Confederate underwear picture.   (North Charleston, S.C.)  (Win)  Appearing in just your underwear or showing a large part of your underwear, however, is questionable at first.  He has filed a law suit.

**  Bennie Thompson's push to ban Confederate symbols at Capitol blocked.  (Win)  Mr. Thompson is a U.S. Representative (D-Miss) and a black man.  And, who is racist, Mr. Thompson?

**  Talbot County Council votes to keep Talbot Boys statue.  (Maryland) (Win)

How About That, Three Wins in a War We Can't Win?  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 286: Good Old "Ole Miss"

From the June 11, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Ole Miss Adding Slavery Into Plaque by Confederate Statue.  (Mississippi)  (OK, if that floats your boat.)  Anyone that doesn't know that ONE of the reasons the Confederacy was fighting was to keep slavery, please raise your hand.  But, the school will retain its nickname, "Ole Miss" and "Rebels."  Hey aren't they connected to slavery?

The plaque was put up earlier this year, but that version did not mention that slavery was the central cause of the war.  I keep telling that to all those who fought for the Confederacy who didn't have slaves.

The sideline mascot used by Ole Miss, Colonel Reb, was retired a while back.

--Old Secesh

Friday, June 24, 2016

McHenry County Civil War Round Table Discussion Group Meets Saturday: The Peninsula Campaign

We will be meeting at Panera Bread on Northwest Highway, US-14, in Crystal Lake, Illinois, at 10 a.m..  This month's topic will be  the Peninsular Campaign and all are welcome to attend and share a word or two.

I will be concentrating on the USS  Monitor and Galena's role in the fighting.

See Ya There.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 285: Changes for New York Parade

From June 8 and 10, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Changes vowed for New York parade after Confederate Flag display.  (Saratoga Springs, NY)  (Loss)  And I have no doubt the changes will involve banning the flag.

**  **  Policeman with Confederate Flag underwear says North Charleston fired him because he is white.  (South Carolina)  (Win)  And, even better he has a lawsuit going against the city.  Other than a bad case of bad taste, this was no reason to fire him.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 284: Battle Over Flag Rages On

"Mississippi's state flag is the last in the U.S. to directly feature the emblem."  Georgia removed  the battle flag from its banner a  while back.  However, some say that other state flags have aspects of the Confederate one in it.

"After Charleston, many other states took action to remove the flag.  Texas and Virginia began refusing to issue vanity license plates with the Confederate battle emblem.  Florida had the flag removed from the seal of the state Senate.  Retailers such as Walmart and Amazon, also announced they would stop carrying the Confederate flag.

"The rally's proximity to the one-year-anniversary of the attack weighed on the minds of the demonstrators.  'That was something so brutal and horrible,' Moore said.  'Any person with a heart should have been touched to bring down all images of Confederacy across the country.'

"'We want the nation involved,' said Edelia Carthan, 37, the cousin of Emmett Till.  "This is not just a Mississipii problem.  This is a national problem.'"

Emmett Till Was Another Example of Man's Inhumanity to Fellow Man.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 283: Battle Over Confederate Flag Rages On

"_____ ___, charged in the attack om Charleston on June 17, 2015, had posted images posing with the flag ahead of the incident.  (I do not use the name of mass murderers.)

"The 'Take It Down America' event was arranged in support of attorney Carlos Moore's federal lawsuit against the state of Mississippi and its governor, Phil Bryant.  Moore argues that the state flag incites racial violence and infringes upon the 14th Amendment's protection for black residents.

"He believes the federal government should remove the flag based on its ability to strike down 'badges and incidents of slavery' under the 13th Amendment."

But. Mr. Moore, ____ ___ killed nine people.  Do you know how many blacks were killed in Chicago this past weekend?  And, how about since the beginning of June or 2016?  I've heard lyrics of rap songs calling for killing.  Perhaps rap is even more dangerous to blacks than Confederate Flags.  Maybe you should be trying to also get rid of rap as a danger to blacks.

And, after all, not one of those Chicago blacks was killed by a Confederate Flag.

--Old Secesh