Tuesday, March 28, 2017

17th Maine Infantry-- Part 1

From Wikipedia.

This was Private John W. Haley's regiment.

Mustered in at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, August 18, 1862, for three years service.  Mustered out June 10, 1865.  Men still having time to serve were transferred to the 1st Maine Volunteer Heavy Artillery Regiment.

During the course of the war, 1,371 served in the unit.

12 officers and 116 KIA or mortally wounded.
4 officers and 159 died from disease.
31 died in Confederate prisons.

Their colonel was George Warren West.

--Old Secesh

Monday, March 27, 2017

3rd Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment: Many Battles

From Wikipedia.

In the previous post, I recounted what Private  Jon W. Haley had to say about the veterans of this unit transferring to his 17th Maine.

The regiment mustered into U.S. service June 4, 1861, at Augusta, Maine for three years service.  They mustered out June 28, 1864.  veterans who re-enlisted and recruits still with time to serve transferred to the 17th Maine.

Its colonel was Moses B. Lakeman.

During its service, the regiment enlisted 1,586 men and lost ten officers and 124 enlisted killed in action or mortally wounded.  In addition, another one officer and 149 died from disease.

This was a regiment that fought in most of the major battles in Virginia and the east, including Bull Run, the Peninsular Campaign, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the Overland Campaign.

--Old Secesh

Friday, March 24, 2017

"The Rebel Yell & Yankee Hurrah"-- On the Veterans and Getting Out Alive

This past week, I wrote about going to the Lake County Civil War Round Table meeting in Grayslake, Illinois, and stopping earlier at the town library where I found a really good soldier's diary by Private John W. Haley of the 17th Maine Regiment.

Earlier this month I wrote about Union soldiers classified as "Veterans."  These were soldiers who reenlisted after their term of service was over.  If most of their regiment declined to reenlist, they would be sent to other regiments.

Here is Private Haley's writing for June 5, 1864, during Grant's Overland Campaign against Lee (A Real Bloodbath):

"Soon as the light was strong enough we struck out for our regiment and soon ran afoul of them near where we were laying a few days before.  Nothing unusual transpired during the day except for the transfer of the 3rd Maine veterans to our regiment.

"Those who won't re-enlist are to go home in a few days, and a happy lot of mortals they are.  It makes me positively sick to see them!

"My term of service will not expire until August 6, 1865, a trifle over a year from now.  The way things look now, it is a ten-to-one chance that I will expire before my term does."

Telling It Like It Is.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, March 23, 2017

MCCWRT Discussion Group Meets March 25 in Crystal Lake

I am planning on being there.

The McHenry County Covil War Round Table discussion group will meet Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Panera Bread at 6000 Northwest Highway (US Highway 14) in Crystal lake, Illinois.

The topic will be Ulysses S. Grant Beyond Chattanooga.  All welcome to attend and add to the discussion or just listen.

I plan on mentioning the "Fistfight That Stopped a Battle" at Saunders Field during the Battle of the Wilderness and the sharpshooter who killed Gen. Sedgwick at the Battle of Spotsylvania.

Many think it might have been Charles D. Grace of the 4th Georgia from the town of LaGrange who killed Gen. Sedgwick.   This town also was home to the female militia unit known as the Nancy Harts, named after an American Revolution heroine.  I have written about them in this blog earlier this month.  I also have had quite a few blog entries on Nancy Hart in my Cooter's History Thing blog.

Maybe also find out if Spottsylvania is spelled with one or two ts?

See You There.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 417: Confederate Flags and Statues

From the March 3 and 5, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flag flies high near Chesapeake toll plaza.  (Virginia) (Win)  Always moves my heart to see one flying tall and proud.  While coming back from Florida, i saw a big one flying off I-65 in northern Alabama.  Sure liked that.

**  Editorial:  What Richmond should do about its Confederate statues.  (Virginia  Richmond Times-Dispatch)  (Win)  The author wants to keep the statues and monuments but have markers that tell the stories behind the monuments and individuals they honor.

I fully agree.  And, they can mention that they fought to keep slavery if that makes certain people happy.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Who Shot General Sedgwick?-- Part 2: Was It Charles D. Grace?

"One of the most interesting incidents relating to the Battle of Spotsylvania (I've seen it spelled with double ts and a single t) Court House is the death of Union General John Sedgwick on May 9, 1864.  His apparent disdain for enemy bullets and his last remarks provided an ironic end yo a brilliant career."

Two other Federal officers of rank were also shot on May 9th, about the same place and same time.  They were Col. Frederick T. Locke, a staff officer, and General William H. Morris, one of Sedgwick's subordinates.  Both recovered, though Morris was quite badly hurt.

At least a half dozen Confederates have been named as the one who fired the fatal shot: Charles D. grace, 4th Georgia; Thomas Burgess, 15th South Carolina; Benjamin M. Powell, 1st South Carolina; Reuben Garnett Willis, 13th Virginia; Waller Holladay, Charlottesville Artillery (Va.); and an unnamed skirmisher identified by the 6th Vermont and killed soon after.

--Old Secesh

Monday, March 20, 2017

Who Shot General Sedgewick?-- Part 1

From the December 1995, Blue & Gray magazine.

The Woodstock (Illinois) Public Library was getting rid of some of their old magazines, so I picked this one up as it featured the North Carolina Battle of Bentonville, fought near Goldsboro, N.C., where I was born.  The magazine also had the article"The Man Who Shot John Sedgwick" by Roger S. Durham.

One man who most believe was the shooter was Charles D. Grace of the 4th Georgia Infantry Regiment.  That regiment number sounded recently familiar to me and then I read that Grace was from LaGrange, Georgia, where the female military unit, the Nancy Harts were from.

I have been writing a lot about Nancy Hart, the American revolution heroine, in my Cooter's History Blog lately.

--Old Secesh

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 416: Maryland Church Reverend Oversteps Boundary

From the March 3, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Annapolis church pulls Confederate ceremony over 'connections with racism.'  (Annapolis, Md.)  (Loss)  Rev. Amy Richter of St. Anne's Episcopal Church denied the James I. Waddell Camp 1608 the right to commemorate the life and grave of Confederate Navy Captain James I. Waddell as they have done on occasions in the past.  (Waddell commanded the famous Confederate raider CSS Shenandoah, the last part of the Confederacy to pull down its flag after the war.)

Does she know how many Episcopalians were  involved with slavery?  Does she know that since Maryland was a slave state and her church was established in 1816, with the present structure being built in 1858.  Perhaps the building should be torn down for its connection with racism, since that was a basic tenet of slavery.

At least, change the name of the church because of its racist ties.

Shame On Her.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 415: N.C. School Board Stands Up to Blacks

From the March 1, 2, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  North Carolina School Board Rejects Ban On Confederate Flag.  (Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C.) (Win)  It is great to see someone stand up against the tyranny of the blacks these days.

**  Confederate statue to be removed from outside Maryland courthouse.  (Montgomery County)  (Loss)  The UDC donated it in 1913.  BLM vandalized it and it will be moved to another spot.

I wonder what we should start doing to the Union monuments on courthouse lawns in the North?  Considering what their occupying armies did.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Murder and Mayhem in Chicago

Remember, so much of this anti-Confederate thing started in earnest after the Charleston murders when the white racist killed the 9 blacks in that church.  Unfortunately, he was shown in previous pictures waving a Confederate flag.

That was nine lives and a horrible thing, for which I still hope execution takes place.

However, meanwhile, in Chicago, the mostly black on black shootings continue.

I went to the handy Hey Jackass, Murder and Mayhem site for these statistics:

March:  16  killed and 80 wounded

This week, so far (3-12 to 3-18):  5 killed 11 wounded

Year to Date:  114 killed and 505 wounded

On average, a person is shot every 2 hours 52 minutes.  A person is killed every 14 hours and 34 minutes.

And, Most of These Are Blacks Killing Other Blacks.  And the White Racist Killed Nine Blacks.  It Seems That the Black Groups Should be More Concerned With Their People Killing Each Other.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 414: Couple Sentenced for Horrible Behavior

From the February 28, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Couple sentenced for disrupting birthday party with Confederate Flags, making threats."  (Georgia)  (Loss)  I do not say this is a loss because of their being sentenced, but because of what they did.  This is entirely unacceptable and hopefully, it will be a painful sentence.

This took place at a black child's birthday party.  The couple was white.

Things like this gives us a bad impression.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What's With This Neo-Confederate Name?

I keep seeing a lot of articles with headlines and content referring to Neo-Confederate groups.

And, the use is not in a positive view.  It is way too close to the term Neo-Nazi and I am sure that is why anti-Confederate groups and journalists use it.  Connecting Confederate people with the Nazis makes them look bad.

Wikipedia describes a Neo-Confederate as a group or person trying to portray the Confederate States of America in the most positive light.

Interesting enough, Wikipedia does not list the Sons of Confederate Veterans or United Daughters of the Confederacy as Neo-Confederates.

The Other Side Is Comparing Confederates to Nazis.  No Way!!  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

McHenry County Civil War Round Table Meets Tonight

March 14, 2017.

Ed Urban will make a presentation on McHenry County and the Civil War. This will take place at the Woodstock (Illinois) Public Library a couple blocks from the historic Woodstock Square.  All welcome.

March 25, Saturday.  The McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group will meet in Crystal Lake, Illinois, at Panera Bread on Northwest Highway from 10 to noon.  Discussion will be on Ulysses S. Grant Beyond Chattanooga.

Getting My Civil War On.  --Old Secesh

Lake County Civil War Round Table Meeting-- Part 1: A Great Book

Last Thursday, I went over to Grayslake, Illinois, and attended the meeting of the Lake County Civil War Round Table at the Grayslake Heritage Museum in downtown.

I arrived early and found the Grayslake Library and checked it out.  I bought a CD by blues singer Anson Funderburgh and an excellent book "The Rebel Yell & the Yankee Hurrah: The Civil War Journal of a Maine Volunteer, Private John W. Haley, 17th Maine Regiment."  Edited by Ruth L. Silliker.

This could very well be one of the best diaries/journals written during the war and I have already enjoyed reading some of the accounts.

These were offered by the Friends of the Grayslake Library which has a wall of great books and CDs, etc..

--Old Secesh

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 413: Different Parade Date

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

**  Confederate veterans group granted permit for Lexington parade.  (Virginia)  (Win)  It will be held January 15, two days after the state holiday for Lee and Jackson.  This is big win n these days of rabid anti-Confederate hatred.

**   New Orleans asks federal court for warning before Confederate monument decision.  (Loss)  The city still wants to take them down.

New Orleans seems intent of shaming itself and becoming lower case.

--Old Secesh