The Battle of Fort Fisher, N.C.

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 372: Tennessee Historical Commission Rejects Memphis Bid to Relocate Confederate Statue

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

**  Commission rejects plan to relocate Confederate statue.  (Memphis, Tennessee) (Win)  The Tennessee Historical Commission rejected the move by the Memphis City Council to relocate the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue.

And, besides, they haven't offered to pay the $1 million relocation fee.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 371: How About That NAACP?

From October 8 and 11, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Virginia Supreme Court won't rehear Confederate Flag Appeal.  (Danville) (Loss)

**  Rock Hill NAACP denounces York Tech decision to host SC Sons of Confederate Veterans.  (South Carolina)  The SCV is to hold its state convention there.  What if the SCV decides to denounce any place having the NAACP state convention?  But that sure would be a racist thing for the SCV to do.

Of Course, Anything the NAACP Does Is definitely Not Racist.  Are We Talking About the Same Group?  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 370: Facing the Expenses of Moving Those Heritage Statues

From the October 5 and 8, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate statue will stay put for now.  (Gainesville, Florida)  (Win)  They can't afford the cost to move the statue of "Old Joe."  And, that is not even including the $1 million they should have to pay to move it to the people whose heritage they are trampling upon.

**  Removing Two Confederate statues may cost Virginia city $700 K.  (Charlottesville)  (Win)  Awwww!!  I'm so sad.  And that does not even count the $1 million they need to pay the SCV and UDC.

--Old Secesh

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 369: Rise in Black Tourism in S.C. Because of Flag Removal.

Google Alerts from October 1 and 4, 2016, for Confederate.

**  Texas State Quietly Removes Confederate Monument.  (Loss)  It was of Jefferson Davis and had been on campus for 85-years.  Hey, doesn't the school owe a million bucks to the USC and SCV?

Remove a Confederate Monument and you should pay for destroying our heritage.  Million bucks a pop.

**  Rise in S.C. tourism among African-Americans following Confederate Flag removal.  That would be the flag taken down last year.

I'd have been just as happy if they stayed away.  Remember, the state was the first to secede and did have you-know-whats.  If the flag offended them so much, surely these things should as well.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 368: Confederate Flags

From the September 29, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flag images quietly removed from National cathedral.  (Washington, D.C.)  (Loss)  Well, next the name of the city will have to be changed because, after all, he owned you-know-what.

**  Confederate Flag confiscated during Manatee High School Spirit Week.  (Florida)  (Loss)

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 367: Future of New Orleans Monuments

From the September 27-28, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Petition calls for BYU to remove Confederate Flag from student's dorm window.  (Utah)  (Loss)  Brigham Young University.  Of course, that would then remove anything in any student's dorm window that anyone finds offensive must then be removed.

**  Future of New Orleans Confederate Monuments argued in Court.  I thought that was already done.  New Orleans remains upper case until they remove the monuments.

There are four monuments to be removed.  I'm ok with the Liberty Square one being removed, but the other three should cost a million dollars apiece to remove.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 367: Statue to Remain At Least For Awhile in Alexandria, Va.

From the September 26, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Despite Alexandria council vote, little chance 'Appomattox' statue will be moved.  (Virginia)  (Win)  The council wants to move it to the adjacent historical museum.  On September 17, the council voted to move it.

I still say, anyone wanting a Confederate monument or name removed should pay a million dollars to do so.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 366: Dueling Protests in New Orleans

From the September 25, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**   New Orleans:  Hundreds Protest Jackson, Confederate Monuments.  (Loss)

**  Dueling protests over Confederate monuments.  (New Orleans)  Well, at least we had some people there protesting the protest.

**  Confederate Flag sticker found on Ohio daycare bus.  (Oh, the horror, the horror.)

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Folly Island, S.C. in the Civil War-- Part 2: Forts and Batteries

The Union forces constructed batteries and forts at both the northern and southern ends of Folly island.  A large commissary depot, known as Pawnee Landing was built more toward the middle of the island to load and unload troops and supplies.  This is probably where the cannonballs discovered after Hurricane Matthew were discovered.

The only actual fighting on Folly island took place May 10, 1863, when Confederates attacked Union pickets on the left side of Little Folly island.  It was a light action, more of a skirmish as the Southerners were mostly on a reconnaissance mission to gather information and take prisoners.

--Old Secesh

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 365: Flag Flaps All Over

From the September 23, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  East Tennessee's largest Confederate Flag to be unveiled Saturday in Blountville.  (Win)

**  Rural Montgomery County In Confederate Flag Flap.  (North Carolina)  The Confederate Flag is on the N.C. state flag flies below the U.S. flag at the fire department in Troy, which is also a polling place.  Reports having it being flown there for a long time, but this is the first people have been upset over it.

**  People boycotting BBB due to Confederate Flags.  (Fayetteville, Arkansas)  (Their right to do it.)  This is the Bikes, Blues & BBQ.

Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 364: Monuments to Slave Owners and White Supremacists

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

**  Schools named after slave owners are the new Confederate Flag.  (From Grio- opinion).  Yes, that would mean any president who owned slaves like Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.  Such bad, bad men should be erased according to some.

**  Confederate monuments are Shrines to White Supremacy.  (From the Afro-American).  (Loss)  Just as monuments to MLK are monuments to riots.

--Old Secesh

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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

McHenry County Civil War Round Table Meeting Tonight: Battle of Monocacy

Tonight's meeting will be at the Woodstock, Illinois, Public Library at 7 p.m. and will feature a presentation by Charlie Banks on the Battle of Monocacy.

I do not know much about this battle other than it was fought during Confederate General Jubal Early's thrust toward Washington, D.C. in 1864.

The library is located at 414 Judd Street.

I Will Now Know Much More About It.  --Old Secesh

Hurricane Matthew Washes Up Civil War Cannonballs in S.C.-- Part 5: What Type of Projectile and How'd They Get There?

Members of the United states Air Force Explosive Ordnance Team, Folly Beach Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and Charleston County's Sheriff's Office responded to the call.

The Daily Mail of the United Kingdom said that Folly Beach is about eight miles south of Fort Sumter.

I have to wonder if they washed up on shore or were uncovered?  What kind of cannonballs were they (what type of cannon would have fire them)?    Were they intentionally left during the Civil War?  What was the name of the fort or fortification (likely a supply depot because of its distance from Morris Island and Charleston Harbor.)?

--Old Secesh

Hurricane Matthew Washes Up Civil War Cannonballs in S.C.-- Part 4: Fuses

Former Folly Beach Mayor Richard Beck discovered them and said:  "I knew they were cannonballs.  One of them had a very distinct hole in it that went directly into it, just knowing a little bit about the Civil War, I knew they put fuses in cannonballs for them to explode when they desired them to."

Beck said there were around fifteen cannonballs, most of which were welded together by rust.

--Old Secesh

Hurricane Matthew Washes Civil War Cannonballs Up in S.C.-- Part 3

From RayCom News Network.

A beach walker found them.  (Video accompanies the article).

The tip of the island at this point had lots of fortifications during the war.

By Sunday night, a number of them had been detonated by the Air Force and a small number of them transported to the Naval base.

The cannonballs were located several yards on the beach portion of East Ashley Avenue.

Witnesses reported hearing at least two loud booms and seeing smoke in the area.

--Old Secesh

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Washes Up Civil War Cannonballs in South Carolina-- Part 2

October 9, 2016.

"Civil War cannonballs found on South Carolina beach in Matthew's wake."

The cannonballs were rusted together in a pile.  A picture accompanied the article.  The bomb squad was called and the cannonballs were in the sand.

These were found at Folly Beach, South Carolina,Sunday afternoon, but the bomb experts had to wait until the rising tide receded.

Once the water goes down, technicians will render the cannonballs safe.  Local residents were warned that they might hear a small boom.

Folly Island was the site of much action during the Civil War. The first shots of the Civil War were fired from here at nearby Fort Sumter.


Hurricane Matthew Washes Up Civil War Cannonballs in South Carolina-- Part 1

"Hurricane Matthew Leaves Three Dead in South Carolina, Washes Up Civil War Cannonballs; Thousands Remain Without Power."

At Folly Beach, South Carolina, near Charleston.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Department called out a bomb squad to examine several Civil War cannonballs left in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

The bomb squad had to wait until high tide receded to do it before checking them.

--Old SeceshWash

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 356: Banning the Flag

From the September 9 and 13, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flag banned from New Prairie High School, sparks protest.  (South Bend, Indiana) (Loss)  At first it was believed this ban was against the flying of any flag, now it appears to be just the Confederate Flag.

**  Utah family protests Confederate Flag that flew in demolition derby.  (Loss)  Big deal.  If it offends you, don't go anymore.

--Old Secesh

North Carolina in the Civil War-- Part 3: "Put It On Your Heels To Make You Stick Better in the Next Fight"

After finding out that Jeff Davis had bought up all the tar, the other regiment then asked, "How's that, what's he going to do with it?"

The Carolinians replied,  "He's gonna put it on your heels on the next fight."

When General Lee heard the story, he remarked,  "God bless the Tar Heel boys."

The nickname stuck.

Old Sectar

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Civil War in North Carolina-- Part 2: Several Legends As to ow the Name "Tarheels" Came Into Being

There are several legends relating to the citizens of the land of tar, turpentine and pitch.  These have been major products of the state in the past (after all, with all those pine trees, you know).

One of these legends comes from the Civil War.

During one of the fiercest battles of the war, North Carolina troops felt they had been let down by another state's regiment.

Members of that other state's regiment taunted the Carolina boys, "Any more tar down in the Old North State, boys?"

The battle weary North Carolinians replied, "Not a bit.  Jeff Davis brought it all up."

And ....  --Old Secesh

The Civil War in North Carolina-- Part 1: "God Bless theTar Heel Boys"

From "The Civil War In North Carolina: Visit Our Historic Sites" brochure.


Many of you know that one of the nicknames of North Carolina is Tar Heel.  Hey even the main state school, the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, is nicknamed the "Tar Heels."

But, where did the name come from?

Next Blog for Answer.  --Old Tarsesh

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 355: Houston Schools Spend $1.2 Million to Change Confederate Names

From the September 8, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  San Francisco school board president calls for renaming schools tied to slavery.  That would be George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.  Really??  Get real.  No United States without these two.

**  Councilors mull  Jefferson Davis Highway change.  (Alexandria, Virginia)  (Loss)

**  People are upset that Houston spent money to change the names of schools named after Confederates.  (Texas)  I would be upset too.  They are spending $1.2 million to change the names.  That money surely could have been spent better.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 354: Street Name Debate in Florida

From the September 8, 2016, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flags absent Tuesday at Lake Arrowhead high school.  (California)  (Loss)

**   Confederate Flags Still Found At New York Fairs, But Meaning Is Up For Debate.  (Win)  If you don't like the flag, don't buy it.  Don't even look at them.  Go to another booth.

**  Confederate street sign debate in Hollywood.  (Florida)  They've had the names for a lot of years and some people are just realizing it?

--Old Secesh

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hainesville Civil War Encampment & Battle-- Part 3: Strange Driving Attire

Prairieview School serves elementary students in Hainesville and Grayslake and is a pretty one, done up with Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie architecture.  Sadly, when I got there, I counted only about ten cars in the parking lot, but some Police Explorers eagerly directing traffic.

I was directed, parked and then walked over to an area where a sign said there was shuttle bus pickup and drop off.  I had a 15 minute wait.  How far away was the encampment, anyway.  One reason I am glad we moved farther out when we left Round Lake Beach and moved to Spring Grove is traffic.  The whole time I was waiting there was a continuous line of cars driving west and mostly stopped on Illinois Highway 120.

And this was on a Saturday, not even a weekday rush hour.

A few more cars pulled in while I was waiting.  One of them had a lady driving with all sorts of pink material all over her body, bunched up and looking mighty strange.  I was wondering about her and then saw why.  She was wearing one of those hoop skirts.  She walked over by me and I inquired if it was hard to drive a car in a hoop skirt.  She assured me that it was.

--Old Secesh

Hainesville's Civil War Encampment and Battle-- Part 2: To Go Or Not To Go

Events consisted of talks by the presenters, a parade, drill, assembly, narrated battles on both days and hospital surgery.

It was a full docket, but unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate.  We had heavy rains in the early morning and then plenty of threatening clouds all morning and forecasts of more downpours.

Since Hainesville is about twenty miles from home, I was debating as to whether to go or not.  I would hate to drive all the way there and find it had been canceled, as happened once at the Lake Villa Civil War encampment.

However, at noon, I decided to chance it and drove there.

--Old Secesh


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hainesville's Civil War Encampment & Battle-- Part 1: Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Were There

This was a first time for it in the Village of Hainesville in Lake County, Illinois.  And held September 10-11, 2016, hosted by the Northbrook Sports Club.

They had free admission and parking at nearby Prairieview School with a shuttle bus.

I had only found out about it just the Thursday before it.

They had perhaps 20 re-enactors on each side as well as many presenters including President and Mrs. Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, General Grant and Elijah Haines.  Elijah Haines was the founder of Hainesville. President Lincoln and wife were portrayed by Max and Donna Daniel.  They are quite popular for their portrayal of the famous couple in this area (northeast Illinois), but sadly I have heard that they will be "retiring" at the end of this year.

--Old Secesh