Monday, July 6, 2015

The Chicago Casualty Figures for the 4th of July Weekend Are In

A lot has been made of the horrible tragedy in Charleston where a white supremacist killed nine blacks in a church.  It was horrible.

But, every week, blacks kill other blacks in Chicago.  Most of it is gang-related and often innocents are killed or wounded.

I just read that this past weekend, 10 people were killed in Chicago and another 54 wounded.  We didn't even have those kinds of casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq war zones most of the time.  And these are from a U.S. city, supposedly not a war zone.  Most of these people are also black.

Now, I know that gangs like to listen to Rap Music and we all know about the content of that kind of music.  And, I am offended when I have to listen to these songs, either on a jukebox or from a passing group of people or cars.   Perhaps there should be a movement like that against the Confederate flag to eliminate that as well.

Something to Think About.

The Confederate Flag Under Attack-- Part 4: "The United States of the Offended"

Woman climbs the flag pole at the S.C. statehouse and takes the Confederate flag down... She climbed the 30-foot pole and took it down and was arrested when she reached bottom as it is illegal to do so.

A North Carolina man has 150 Confederate flags on his property in Rocky Mount.  Edward West, 71, lives in a predominately black part of town and had them up before the murders and will not take them down.  At least Rocky Mount officials say it is still legal to fly them.

Confederate flag supporters rallied for it in Gastonia, North Carolina, with signs such as "Don't Erase Our History" and "United States of the Offended."

One of the next battles to be fought in the Confederate controversy will take place in Brooklyn where Borough President Eric Adams, black, demands that the General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive be removed from Fort Hamilton.  Lee was an engineering officer there from 1841-1847.  Jackson was an acting company commander there as well.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Message From SCV Commander-in-Chief Charles Kelly Barrow on the Killings

From the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Facebook Page.

"Thus the Sons of Confederate Veterans condemn the tragedy and we share in the mourning of the families affected by this tragedy that occurred in Historic Charleston, S.C.."

And then, he continued that we "have observed a renewed assault on all vestiges of our Confederate Heritage  in the wake of this time of mourning.  Those that are antagonistic towards our emblems of heritage have begun to wage an ethnic cultural cleansing, the likes of which have been unseen in quite some time.

"One by one, we have watched as stores have banned the sales of Confederate themed merchandise.  Legislatures have begun calls anew to change the locations of displays of Confederate related Statues, memorials, Automobile plates, Flags and other related icons of Southern heritage.."

I too, am shocked and saddened by the killings by the deranged idiot, who in no way represents me or most Southerners.  But this attack on our history need to abate.  They were a;ready going on before the killings but I am dismayed at the preponderance now going on across the country.

I am even willing to have the Confederate flag at the S.C. Statehouse taken down for good.  But I draw the line at it being expunged everywhere and in all instances.

I do think, however, Confederate flags everywhere, especially along the interstates should be lowered to half mast or removed for a period of time.

The 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment-- Part 3

On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the regiment rested near McPherson Ridge.  Pettigrew and the surviving officers spent the day working to get the less seriously wounded soldiers back in the ranks.

On July 3rd, the 26th took part in what today is known as Pettigrew/Pickett's Charge against the Union Army's center along Cemetery Ridge.  The regiment suffered artillery and small arms casualties during its advance over open field and lost another 120 men and had a flag captured.  They lost more than any other regiment, including the entire Company F.

There is some controversy as to whether they penetrated the Union line, but they were among the last to be repelled.

They later fought at the Overland Campaign, the Siege of Petersburg and were at Appomattox.

The Battling 26th.  --Old Secesh

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Confederate Flag Under Attack-- Part 3: Army Posts Named After Confederates

Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, 1825-1865, West Point 1847, became post in 1941.

Fort Hood, Texas John Bell Hood 1831-1879, West Point 1853.

Fort Lee, Virginia 1807-1870, West Point 1829.

Fort Pickett, Virginia, George Pickett, 1825-1875, West Point 1846.

Fort Polk, Louisiana,  Leonidas Polk, 1806-1864, West Point 1827.

Fort Rucker, Alabama, Col. Edmund Rucker, 1835-1924.

There are people who want these names changed.

--Old Secesh

26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment-- Part 2

In 1863, the 26th was attached to the Army of Northern Virginia under Gen. Lee.  It was the largest and best-trained regiment present in General Pettigrew's brigade which was attached to A.P. Hill's Second Corps.

On the first day at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, the 26th was engaged at McPherson's Ridge and suffered heavy casualties fighting the Iron Brigade's 24th Michigan (which suffered the most casualties of any Union regiment at the battle).  Colonel Henry King Burgwyn and their lieutenant colonel were killed. Altogether, the 26th suffered 588 (86 killed and 502 wounded) casualties of the 800 men it brought into battle.  But they forced the 24th Michigan to retire.

Another 120-136 men from the 26th would become casualties on the third day during Pickett's Charge.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, July 2, 2015

North Carolina's 26th Infantry Regiment-- Part 1

From Wikipedia.

Yesterday I wrote about the painting of the 26th N.C. assaulting the center of the Union lines on Cemetery Ridge during Pickett's Charge on July 3, 1863.  This is definitely a regiment with a history.

The 26th North Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment was formed fro  ten companies from North Carolina, and one of which was from Virginia.The regiment was raised in 1861 mostly from central and western North Carolina with Zebulon B. Vance as colonel.  When Vance was elected governor, Henry King Burgwyn, 20, became the colonel.

They spent most of the first year pf the war defending the North Carolina coast and saw their first action at the Battle of New Bern.  They were then sent north to Virginia and participated in the Seven Days Battles and returned to the North Carolina coast after that.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Confederate Flag Under Attack-- Part 2: Ten Army Bases Named for Confederate Officers

From the June 23, 2015, Time "U.S. Waves Over 10 Army Bases Named for Confederate Officers."

Of course, this is also a point of contention for the anti-Confederate folks these days.  Their names must be changed.

Nine of the bases are named after Confederate generals and one for a colonel.  The bases received their names long after the war, some into the 20th Century as the world wars were building.

The Pentagon announced they were not considering renaming the bases.  All of the Confederate officers served in the U.S. Army before the war.

The Army bases, where located, Confederate officer, years lived and West Point Class

CAMP BEAUREGARD--  Louisiana,  P.G.T. Beauregard, 1818-1893, West Point 1838.

FORT BENNING--  Georgia, Brig. Gen. Henry Benning, 1814-1875, established 1918.

FORT BRAGG--  North Carolina, Braxton Bragg, 1817-1876, West Point 1837.

--Old Secesh

Mort Kunstler's Civil War Calendar for July-- Part 2: On Brave 26th N.C.

Gen. George Pickett's Virginians, Gen. J.J. Pettigrew's North Carolinians, Alabamians and Tennesseeans, and Gen. Isaac Trimble's North Carolinians marched against a brutal onslaught of fire from Union artillery and musketry, only to be thrown back in defeat.

Despite the unrelenting artillery fire and impending defeat, General Lee's gray-clad troops moved on gathering behind their flags.

Shown here is the regiment of men pressed behind the flag of the 26th North Carolina, struggling in vain to reach the Union line.  A survivor wrote: "...our brave men pressed quickly forward and when we reached within about forty yards of the works, our regiment had been reduced to a skirmish line by the constant falling of men at every step -- but still they kept closing to the colors."

A Striking Picture.  --Old Secesh

Mort Kunstler's 2015 Civil War Calendar for July-- Part 1: High Water Mark

Of course, that would be Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.

It shows action at the stone wall where Confederates are about to reach and hopefully get over it.  I am sure that in today's racial climate, there would be some folks highly offended by the battle flags the Confederates are carrying, however.  But, the Southerners are clearly taking a beating and in the background you can see hordes of Union soldiers rushing up to the front line.  It is clear to see that the wave is about to break in defeat.


The High Water Mark is Kunstler's depiction of the famous Battle of Gettysburg's finale.  Lee's gamble for victory is being smashed against the Union Center.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Confederate Flag Under Attack-- Part 1

Wal-Mart and Sears have stopped selling Confederate-themed merchandise.

"Black Loves Matter" has been spray painted on a Confederate monument in Charleston, S.C..

There is a street in New York City named for a Confederate general.  The central street of Fort Hamilton is named General Lee Avenue.  Robert E. Lee served as the base engineer there before the Civil War.  There is a movement to rename it.

Also, it is pointed out that at least ten military bases around the country are named after Confederates.

Georgia's NAACP says Confederate flags should be removed at all state courthouses and other public properties.

Blacks have been trying to have the Confederate flag at the South Carolina statehouse removed since the 1970s.

EBay and Amazon are removing Confederate flag items from their sites.

NASCAR is backing the removal of the Confederate flag at the S.C. statehouse.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Changing My Focus For Awhile: We're Under Attack

When I started this Civil War Blog, which grew out of my Down Da Road I Go and Cooter's History Thing blogs,  it was with the idea to write about things that interest me about the Civil War.

Back then, there were attacks on my Confederate heritage and especially the Confederate Battle Flag which was ongoing and intense, but nothing like it has gotten in the last several weeks after that sorry excuse killed those people in the church.  I would have to think the last time the Confederacy was under this much attack was back in 1861-1865.

It seems that many are crawling out of the woodwork to cast their disparages against any and all things Confederate.  Doing that old PC thing.

And Especially The Flag.

I hate the fact that the white racist/bigots have adopted the flag as their own.  These Jerry Springer Southerners certainly don't represent me.  I would never wave the flag in front of blacks to taunt them.  To me, the flag is a symbol of pride.  Unfortunately, that is a pride that was tainted with slavery, but back then, that was just the way it was.  Slavery had always existed and the slave owners of the South felt that the way of life was tied to the institution (even though some 75% of Southerners didn't own slaves).

And, besides being an ineffective labor system, it also enabled the rich plantation owners to exert way too much control over the lower class whites and state governments.  You know, the old government by and for the rich thing.

A lot of it had to do with keeping the slave states and free state numbers in the U.S. Senate equal.  The North already controlled the House of Representatives and was big on passing tariffs and other laws that were good for their section and not so for the South.

As this trend continued, the admittance of slave states in the same numbers as free became extremely important.  Even though any states west of Texas would not be likely a good place for slavery because of a lack of agriculture.

Plus, there was the continued need for slave labor on the plantations.  The North was receiving huge numbers of immigrants every month to provide needed labor for their factories.  The South wasn't getting the people.

Even though Abraham Lincoln did not propose to do away with slavery where it already existed, he would not ever allow any new slave states to enter the Union.  The South saw no other alternative but to secede from the Union.

And then, there was the John Brown thing.  Abolitionists were loud and numerous in their praise of him as a hero.  So much in fact that most Southerners came to believe that most Northerners felt the same way.  How could they belong to a country that praised a man who wanted the earth to run red with Southern blood?

Very Few Other Choices.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lincoln's Blood Relics-- Part 12: The Mourning Drum

Abraham's Lincoln's final journey began when his body was placed on the train which traveled 1,600 miles from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois, a trip of 13 days.  One million Americans viewed his corpse in the bug cities and another seven million at least saw the train pass by.  Whenever his body was taken from the train, military units joined the procession and marched to the sound of drums.

In Springfield, his corpse was displayed for 24-hours in an open casket at the State House where he had given his famous 1858 "House Divided" speech  At 11:30 a.m. in May 4, 1865 the drums beat one last time as the procession exited and went past his home en route to Oak Ridge Cemetery.

One of those drums was recently discovered in Illinois.  It is no different from thousands of such made during the war, this one by Noble & Cooley Co. in Granville, Massachusetts.  They are still in business today.  Its oak rims have been beaten down by countless drumstick strikes and there are no marks to indicate the regiment or company it was used in.

But there is a remnant of black mourning ribbon, a few inches from a coil that must ave once laced the drum.  And, even better, on the top head there is written in ink a remarkable history: ":This Drum was Played at Pres Lincoln's Funeral in Springfield Ill."

The author says that on the day he obtained it, he held a pair of Civil War-era drumsticks in his hands and very carefully tapped out the faint, muffled sound of the funeral march.

Now, That's Some History.  --Old Secesh

Friday, June 26, 2015

South Carolina Governor Calls for Removal of the Battle Flag from Statehouse Grounds

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has called for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the grounds of the statehouse.  She said that it was still alright to fly Confederate Battle Flags on private property.  Her reasoning for this is that the flag has been acquired by hate groups.

She is supported by many others in the state government.

Until 2000, the flag flew over the Capitol dome, but increased pressure by black groups brought about an eventual compromise and it was brought down, but placed in front of the Confederate Memorial on the ground.

Anti-flag groups now want it removed from there as well.

Under the circumstances, I can agree with the removal and it is the right thing to do.

This should be done on all public property throughout the South except when it is of a historical nature.

However, I fear that the anti-flag groups are going to want a complete ban on the flag being flown everywhere, including private property.  Just try to fly a Confederate flag (other than the First National which most people do not realize is a Confederate flag) anywhere and not get someone in your face or in the news.

Then, next, ban all Confederate memorials, statues or even mention.

Fear of This Going Too Far.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

St. Louis' Gratoit Military Prison-- Part 1

I have been writing about Charles Gratoit in my War of 1812 blog "Not So Forgotten" the last two days.  I found out there was a prison in St. Louis named after him, so did some more research.  There is also a Gratoit Street in St. Louis.

Charles Gratoit was born in St. Louis and appointed to the USMA by Thomas Jefferson and one of the first graduates of it.  During the War of 1812 and after that he served as a military engineer involved in the construction of many forts and defenses, including North Carolina's Fort Hampton which was the subject of my posts in that blog.

From Civil War St. Louis:

Gratoit Military Prison held not only Confederate prisoners (most on there was to other prisons), but also spies, guerrillas and civilians suspected of being disloyal.  Also, even federal troops accused of crime or misbehavior..

It was in a large brick building with two wings.  Abutting the northern end was the Christian Brothers Academy.  There was even a round room for female prisoners.

--Old Secesh