Friday, October 21, 2016

Folly Island, South Carolina, in the Civil War-- Part 1: 13,000 Union Troops There At One Time

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the Civil War cannonballs found on Folly Island in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and I got to wondering about the role the island played during the war.

From the Civil War Album.

Federal troops occupied the island in 1863.  At one point, there were over 13,000 Union troops stationed there, including the 7th Connecticut, which regiment I am writing about right now in my Civil War Navy blog, Running the Blockade.  (And research on that regiment started because of research on General Amos Hall from the War of 1812 in my Not So Forgotten blog on that war. I had found out he had served in the 7th Connecticut during the American Revolution)

At the time of Union occupation, it was relatively uninhabited and the federal soldiers constructed the first system of roads to allow ambulances to transport the wounded and for communications.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, October 20, 2016

And Meanwhile, in Chicago

As the Confederate Flag comes under increasing attack across the United States because of its slavery connection, what are blacks up to in Chicago?

I heard on WXRT that last weekend, there were 50 people wounded in Chicago and 8 killed.  Most of these were black people.

Then, there was that huge black man who pummeled the white and much-smaller female police officer in Chicago recently.  She did not shoot him, as she should have, because of fear of black repercussion.  As a result, she is in a hospital and beaten badly.

Black Lives Matter, You Know.  And, That Confederate Flag, You Know.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 363: Outrage in St. Cloud

From the September 20-21, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Somalis report Confederate Flag waving, threats after St. Cloud stabbings.  (St. Cloud, Minnesota)  (Loss)  A 20-year-old Somali injured ten with a knife and was killed.  The people Somalis were complaining about also flew U.S. flags.  This was a horrible event but should have nothing to do with the Confederate Flag.

**  Clay teen faces off with School District over Confederate Flag.  (Clay County, Florida)  (Loss)  he was asked to remove the flag from his truck.  His friends put Confederate Flags on their trucks in show of support.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hainesville Civil War Re-enactment-- Part 6: 17th Corps Field Hospital

The skirmish/battle re-enactment revealed that the soldiers were in much more compact units units when fighting as compared to today where they are much more spread out.  Casualties were high because of this with the improved accuracy of rifles and artillery.

Of much interest was a re-enactment of the 17th Corps (Union) Field Hospital.  This one had a contract surgeon, one who was not in the military but hired to do surgery and operations.  He used his finger to probe for the bullet in a wounded soldier.

Amputations would not be done unless the bone was found to be shattered, which often happened in wounds.

Ninety-five percent of the soldiers were farmers and taking their leg was like taking their livelihood.

General Grant had a tent, but I didn't talk to him.

Sorry, Bub, Wrong Army.  --Old Secesh

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hainesville Civil War Re-enactment-- Part 5: No Confederate Flag on Battlefield

I always enjoy the battle re-enactments at these things.  Although there weren't more than about 30 re-enactors ion both sides in total, they sure did give observers a good idea of what a battle would look like back then.  The addition of a pa system also was very helpful and the person doing the announcing explained why things happened as they did.

The Union won this day and either forced Confederate off the field or captured them.

The only drawback was that the Union forces had flags, but there was no Confederate flag.

That PC Stuff Strikes on the Battlefield.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 362: Another High School Bans the Flag

From the Google Alerts for September 19, 2016, for Confederate.

**  New Prairie officials ban display of Confederate flags.  (South Bend, Indiana)  (Loss)  Another high school banning freedom of expression.  Big surprise there.  And, this should also be on any flag anyone finds offensive.  I can think of some of them that offend me.

**  Ideas for monuments percolate from community members.  (Charlottesville, Virginia)  (Loss)  This regards the statues of Lee and Jackson.  Leave them.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 361: A New Confederate Monument

From the September 17, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Locals gather to honor newly built Confederate monument.  (Campbell County, Virginia)  (Win)  In your face pcers.

**  Armed with ropes, activist group plans to pull down New Orleans Andrew Jackson monument.  That would be a shame as it is a highlight of that wonderful Jackson Square.  Jest a carry-over from all this anti-Confederate stuff.

--Old Secesh

Friday, October 14, 2016

Hainesville's Civil War Encampment-- Part 4: Elijah Haines

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

I also saw a person portraying the founder of Hainesville (and namesake), Elijah Haines.  Born 1822 died 1889.  Elijah Haines came to Lake County in 1838.  Much of the village's land once belonged to him and Hainesville might have become even a bigger town, except nearby Round Lake got the train station when the railroads came through.

I was unable to find out what Mr. Haines did during the Civil War, but he likely was too old to serve as he would have been 39 years old when it started.

When the actor spoke, I knew I had heard that voice before.  But, wearing a beard, as Elijah had, the face wasn't too clear until I got closer.  It was my good friend and fellow teacher Bob who used to teach U.S. History to 8th graders at Magee Middle School.

I had a nice time visiting with him as we have lost touch.  He is also retired and big-time into acting.  Every year he plays the role of the king in exile at the nearby Renaissance Faire just over the border in Wisconsin.

We've agreed to get together for a Civil War Round Table meeting as some future date.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 360: Changing Richard Dowling Street in Houston

From the September 17, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Dropping Confederate street name in Third Ward starts revamp of city renaming rules.  (Houston, Texas)  (Loss)  The street currently named  for Confederate hero Richard Dowling, but want it changed to Emancipation Avenue.  Evidently, the name has not been changed yet.

Houston really seems in the mood for Confederate erasure as their school system has already changed the names of all schools with Confederate ties.

Of course, I still propose a $1 million to the SCV or UDC for any Confederate name or memorial changes or removals.  If you have to be pc, then pay for it.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, October 13, 2016

7th Connecticut Infantry: American Revolution and Civil War Regiment

I have been doing research into the 7th Connecticut Infantry in my Not So Forgotten War of 1812 blog.   This was a regiment that fought in the American Revolution.

 This started as I was looking for the service of the War of 1812's Major General Amos Hall who was in it as was his father, Stephen Hall, who commanded a company.  I also found out that Nathan Hale was an officer in the unit before he became George Washington's spy and you're probably familiar with what happened to him.

While researching it, I found that Wikipedia also had a 7th Connecticut fighting during the Civil War.  And, it was at the second Battle of Fort Fisher, which is right up my line of interest.

I'll write more about this unit in my Running the Blockade Civil War Naval blog.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 359: While You're At It, Alexandria

From the September 17, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Alexandria will seek to move Confederate statue and rename Jefferson Davis Highway.  (Virginia)  (Loss)  And it was a Southern town.  But, perhaps they should go even a step further if they are so concerned with any and all things Confederate.

Since people in that town owned slaves all the way to the end of the war (remember, only slaves in Confederate-occupied land were freed in the Emancipation Proclamation and Alexandria was under Union control almost from the get-go of the war), I think that they should seriously consider changing their town's name.

Perhaps rename it P.C. City or Black lives Matter.

And, remember.  You should be paying the UDC or SCV $1 million for every Confederate memorial removed or whose name is changed.  That would be $2 million.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.  --Old Secesh

Hainesville, Illinois, Civil War Encampment-- Part 4: "Hurry Up, We've Got a War to Get To"

The lady who drove in who was wearing a hoop skirt said she played a civilian, no one in particular, just an average woman of the war.  While waiting for the bus to pick us up I suggested that with that hoop skirt and parasol she had, she could perhaps Mary Poppins it to the encampment site.

The bus seemed to take a real long time to come back to get us.  "Hurry up, we've got a war to get to!!"

It finally came and we were on out way over a road that would have been right at home during the war.  It was a very bumpy ride.

We saw General Grant, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln and Elijah Haines for whom the Village of Hainesville was named.  Mr. and Mrs Lincoln were Max and Donna Daniel, probably the best Abraham and Mary Lincoln actors anywhere in the Midwest.  Sadly, they have already announced that they will be "retiring" from performing them after this year.  I've seen then on several occasions and they sure do a great job.  He even has quite the sense of comedy as did the real Lincoln.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 358: Do Confederate Symbols Mess You Up?

From Google Alerts for September 16-17, 2016, for Confederate.

**  JSU Research:  Confederate Symbols Could Disrupt Heart Rate, Physiology.  (Jackson State University in Louisiana)  (Loss)  Not a real big surprise that a black college would come up with something like this.  Sounds a bit racist that a black college would come up with something like this to me.  Are colleges supposed to be racist?  I guess me saying this makes me a racist.

I have to wonder what all of these black riots over police shootings is doing to my heart rate and physiology?  Probably not good.  And, then, there is what happens when I hear rap music and even worse, see white kids getting into it.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 357: What To Do With the Baltimore Monuments

From the September 16, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  No more-foot-dragging on Confederate monuments.  (Baltimore Sun)  (Loss)  I couldn't quite tell if this was an editorial or not, but the writer/paper definitely are not our friends.  A Baltimore Commission has suggested removing the Lee-Jackson statue and the one honoring Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, but keeping the Confederate Soldier and Sailor's Monument and the one honoring Confederate women.

The article seemed to want all of them gone.  But it did give a history of each one.

--Old Secesh

Hurricane Matthew May Dish Up Some More Historic Objects

I have been hearing a lot about all the flooding in eastern  North Carolina.  I know that the Neuse River, by where my brother lives in Goldsboro, N.C. had a new high crest level and there were several skirmishes fought near it.  As such, there is the possibility that at least something good will come of the hurricane.

Perhaps some Civil War or other historical things will be found.

One Can Only Hope That Some Good Comes of This Event.  --Old Secesh