Thursday, June 22, 2017

Civil War II-- 484: Monument Removal Cost (n)ew (o)rleans $2.1 M

From Google Alerts for Confederate June 10, 2017.

**  Removing (n)ew (o)rleans' Confederate-era monuments cost city $2 M-plus in public, private money.  (Loss)  Actually $2.1 million.  I can't help but think that money might have been better spent, perhaps for police especially in light of the city ranking in America's most dangerous cities.

**  Mayor's Office:  Confederate Monument Coming Down Entirely By Monday.  (St. Louis)  (Loss)

Let's See How This Looks-- (s)t. (l)ouis--  Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 483: Massachusetts Governor Supports Removal of State's Only Confederate Memorial

From the June 10, 2017 Google Alert for Confederate Fort.  (I am starting to get a lot of these desecrations on this alert these days.)

**  Charlie Baker Supports Removing Massachusetts' Only Confederate Memorial.  (Loss)  Charlie Baker is the governor of the state and there is a marker on Georges island commemorating Confederates who were held prisoner at Fort Warren on the island.

And Union prisons were every bit as bad as Confederate ones.

--Old secesh

Civil War II-- 482: St. Louis and Tampa On the Road to Shame

From June 9, 2017 Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Workers Remove a Portion of St. Louis Confederate Monument.  (Loss)    So Sad.

**  Opposition Mounts To Possible Removal of Tampa Confederate Statue.  (Florida)  (Win for opposition.  Loss for the fact it is even being considered.  Tampa evidently wants to join (o)rlando.

Two cities soon to join the ranks of the shamed.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 481: St. Louis Continues Its Sad March to Shame

From Google Alerts for Confederate June 8, 2017.

**  More barricades are up around Confederate Memorial as the city moves toward bringing it down.  (St. Louis)  (Loss)  This is the first stage toward removing it.  The statue is 38 feet high, weighs 40 tons and was erected 103 years ago.  The city now plans to store it indefinitely.

So sad for St. Louis that it would join the ranks of the shamed.  And, I really like St. Louis, but will now boycott it.

Here is something to think about.  William Clark of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition owned a slave named York and took him along with it.  There is this big arch in St. Louis in honor of the expedition.  That makes it a slave expedition.  If the monument in Forest Park has to come down because of its slavery connections.

Just Thinking.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

There Will Be A Lot of Civil War II Entries For Awhile

I am again going to attempt to keep up with all of these attacks on the Confederacy.  As such, I am going to keep posting until I reach a point where I am only a day or two behind these desecrations.

But, I sure wish this wasn't going on so much as I would really rather be doing research and writing about the war itself and not this second war against us.

At first it was mostly attacks on the flag, but now it seems to have the object of erasing the history altogether with the monument removal especially.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 480: (c)harlottesville Shames Self

From the June 5 and 7 Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Rally at Confederate Monument Draws Clashing Protesters.  (South Carolina)

**  Two Virginia parks shed Confederate general names.  ( (c)harlottesville)  (Loss)  Lee Park becomes Emancipation Park and Jackson Park becomes Justice Park.  At least this is not desecration.

Another Southern Town Joins the Ranks of the Shamed and Lower Case.  So Sad.  I Will Also Boycott It.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 479: The Problem With LSU Tigers?

From the June 4, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Verify:  Are the LSU Tigers named after a notoriously violent group of Confederate soldiers.  (Yes, they were)  Looks like LSU will have to find a new nickname unless they are willing to incur black wrath.  How do you like the remark "notoriously violent?"

**  Arizona's black leaders want all Confederate monuments removed.  (Loss)  No big surprise here.  We're talking major racists and desecrators.

**  Confederate statues remain part of Ohio Civil War landmark.  (Johnson's Island)  (Win)  The tone of the article seems to be to remove it.  Johnson's Island was the site of a Civil war prison where 267 Confederate officers and soldiers died there.  It is a 19-foot statue dedicated in 1910.

Let It Stand.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 478: About Those (n)ew (o)rleans Confederate Monuments

From the June 4, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Lt. Gov. details plans to buy, place removed Confederate monuments.  (Louisiana)  (Win)   Billy Nungesser says mayor (m)itch (l)andrieu is moving too slowly now that he has desecrated the Confederate monuments.

However, he proposes having five black and five white college professors decide what to do with the,  I doubt we can get a fair decision from the black professors and probably not even the white ones.

**  Confederate statue removals part of (n)ew (o)rleans mayor legacy.

And, A Sad Legacy It Is.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Civil War II-- 477: Losses Continue

From the June 1-3, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate monument bills fall.  (Louisiana)  (Loss)  Sad, but too late for our statues in (n)ew (o)rleans anyway.  That idiot in Charleston has sure done in the Confederacy.

**  Confederate schools, mascots and monuments about in Alabama.  Well, it was a Confederate state.

**  Confederate landmark at center of controversy in Dallas.  (Loss)

--Old Secesh

Monday, June 19, 2017

Civil War II-- 476: Thank You Brandenburg, Kentucky!!

From the may 29-31, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Baltimore Mayor Considers Removal of Confederate Monuments.  (Loss)

**  Confederate statue removed from the (u)niversity of (l)ouisville campus dedicated in Brandenburg, Ky.  (Win)  It will be interesting to see when, or if, (n)ew (o)rleans gets around to doing something, as promised, with the three they desecrated.

**  Confederate monument in St. Louis vandalized again.  (Loss)

If we take all the Confederate statues and memorials down, what will those people have left to vandalize?

Something To Think About.  --Old Secesh

(b)uddy and (m)itch, Do You Know What a Desecrator Is?

The definition of a desecrator is a person who profanes or violates the sacredness or sanctity of something.

I'd say that might be what you are doing.

That also applies to Neo-Nazis.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Are the Confederate Statue Desecrators Neo-Nazis?

The funny thing, they like to compare slavery with the Holocaust.  Slavery definitely was not the Holocaust.  They like to refer to Confederate supporters as Neo-Confederates, a play on the Neo-Nazi image.  But, perhaps they are actually more the Neo-Nazis.

From Reddit Ask historians"  Did the Nazis ever destroy ancient and/or culturally significant buildings and sites the same way ISIS is currently going about destroying important buildings in Syria, such as Palmyra?

Much like what the Anti-Confederate Desecrators are doing with our heritage?

Two historians answered:

**  One said that Paris was to be destroyed when the Germans lost it.  But the German commander disobeyed Hitler's orders.  And that was to be the whole city.

**  Destruction of monuments and art took two different forms with the Nazis.  One was to humiliate and culturally destroy occupied people.  A second instance was the destruction of captured and German art and monuments to prevent their capture.

I thought the attacks on the Confederate Flag were bad enough, but this new wave against our monuments is taking it to a Neo-Nazi level.

So, Who Are the Neo-Nazis?  I Believe THEY Are.  --  Old Secesh




Nash Farm Battlefield

In the last post I mentioned that the museum for this battle had closed because of flying a Confederate flag which offended a black person.  I had never heard of this battle so looked it up.

From the Explore Georgia site.

The battlefield is a 204-acre pulic park in the western part of Henry County about 21 miles south of Atlanta.  The Civil War battle called Lovejoy or Lovejoy's Station took place in the area which is now mostly covered with development.

During the second half of 1864 there was much military activity during the Atlanta Campaign in the area, including Kilpatrick's Raid, infantry battles and skirmishes as well as the campsite of Confederate general Stephen D. Lee's Army Corps.

The park is open seven days a week and the museum just Fridays and Saturdays.

Guess It Won't be So open Any Longer.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 475: Orlando Apparently to Join (l)ouisville and (n)ew (o)rleans

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

Proponents protest Lake Eola Confederate statue relocation decision.  (Orlando, Florida)  (Win and Loss)  Win in that they were protesting.  Loss because of the coming removal.  The mayor has decided to (l)andrieu it and remove a 100 year old monument.  The mayor's name is (b)uddy (d)yer.

But, (b)uddy, did you know there are more than fifty city and county streets, roads, lakes and neighborhoods with Confederate names.  You'll be a busy desecrator.

**  Civil War museum closes after spat over Confederate Flag.  (Georgia)  (Loss)  Nash Farm Battlefield Museum.  See the next post to find out about this battle.

(o)rlando?  --Old Secesh


Civil War-- 474: Here's a Gal I Wouldn't Vote For in Virginia

From the May 25-26, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Lieutenant governor hopeful Susan Platt calls for taking down all Confederate monuments in Virginia.  (Loss)  She also wants to rename all roads and bridges named for Confederates.  Let's just wipe out four years of history.

And, she is a white person.  Hard to believe.  Going for the black vote.  let's hope white voters keep her out of office.

**  Confederate license plate requests quadrupled in Louisiana last year.  (Win)  These are requests for specialty plates for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Sadly, these weren't huge numbers with 61 requests, up from 13.  And 18 so far this year.  But we'll take any victory over this onslaught.

Unfortunately, I Don't Live in Virginia.  Who Is Running Against Her?  --Old Secesh


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Civil War II-- 473: Finally, A Governor Willing To Stand Up to Anti-Confederate Tyranny

From the Google Alerts for Confederate for May 25, 2017.

**  Governor signs protections for Confederate, other monuments.   (Alabama)  (A Huge Win)  Governor Kay Ivey signed it.

Also, a big thank you to those Alabama legislators to got the bill passed and to the governor despite opposition from racist blacks among them.

This bill puts the removal of monuments up to a vote of the people, the only fair way to do it.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 472: Museum Closes Over "Request" Demand

From the May 25, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flag removed, then Civil War museum  closes.  (Henry County, Georgia)  (Loss)  Commissioner Dee Clemmons "requested" removal of a Confederate Flag from outside the Nash Farm Battlefield Museum.  The museum says she demanded it.

The museum is for an August 1864 battle.

The museum removed it after the "request."  Then Clemmons returned and demanded that other Confederate stuff be removed from the museums.  The museum closed after that.

Commissioner Clemmons is a black person.

Is It Possible for Blacks to Be Racist?  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 471: Is St. Louis About to Disgrace Itself?

From Google Alerts for Confederate May 24, 2017.

**  St. Louis' Confederate Monument Vandalized After Protest.  (Forest Park)  (Loss)  This took place after supporters and opponents of its removal clashed.  No arrests made.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who is White, wants it taken down.

The monument is 34-feet tall and was erected in 1914.

Sadly, looks like another Confederate monument is about to get desecrated.

Like I Said, I'll Miss Ted Drewes and Route 66 Through Town.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Civil War II-- 470: Confederate Monuments Vandalized

From the May 23, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate monuments, more than 700 and as many as 1000 across USA, aren't budging.   (Win, when they stay)  Kind of surprising, but Helena, Montana, not a state you think of as Confederate, has a Confederate drinking fountain.

And, as we know, Blacks, their white allies and surprisingly many Southern whites, are after those monuments which they say hurt their feelings.

**  'Shame' spray-painted on Confederate monument in Virginia.  (Norfolk)  (Loss)

**  Graffiti scrawled on Confederate statue at Lake Eola Park.  (Orlando, Fla.)  (Loss).  USA scrawled on the base.

Here's something to think about.  What will BLM and those folks vandalize if and when all Confederate monuments come down?

And, how would Blacks feel if someone started vandalizing their monuments.  They probably wouldn't like it.  They'd call it racist.  It, of course, is not racist when they do it.

--Old Secesh


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

And, Meanwhile In Chicago, Murder and Mayhem In Last Weekend's Shoot-A-Rama

From the Hey Jackass: Chicago murder and Mayhem website.

Remember, Blacks really, really hate all things Confederate, especially since the racist idiot murderer in Charleston was photographed holding a Confederate Flag.

And, this past weekend was a particularly murderous one.  Seven were killed and 38 wounded.  Mostly Black.  And, most of them were shot by other Blacks.

Last week there were 15 killed and 55 wounded.

For June so far:  27 killed, 114 wounded.

For 2017 so far:  264 killed and 1251 wounded.

A person is murdered every 13:54 hours.  The map of the city shows most shootings taking place in black neighborhoods.  A list of deadliest 'hoods shows most all are Black.

81% of victims are Black.

Meanwhile, in 2017, police-involved shootings in Chicago were 6 killed and 7 wounded.

Also, so far in 2017, there have been 6 U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan.

And Yet, The Black Community Is Ever So Worried About Those Confederate Statues and Flags.  Makes You Wonder.  --Old Secesh

New Orleans Murders for 2017, So Far

It is kind of interesting to note that even though the racist killer in Charleston, S.C. killed nine innocent people, Blacks kill far more other Blacks than that across the United States and on a weekly basis, especially in Chicago.

So far, in 2017, there have been 85 murders in New Orleans, mostly Blacks, judging from where the killings take place.  For 2016, the number was 175.  Again, mostly Blacks killing Blacks.

And most of the Blacks were killed by other Blacks.

Not one of those three Confederate statues are suspected of any of the killings.  Nor are any Confederate Flags, but police are investigating.

And Blacks Are Really Hurt By Anything Confederate.

You Just Never Know When One of Those Racist Statues or Flags Will Go On a Killing Spree.  --Old Secesh

Monday, June 12, 2017

MCCWRT Meeting June 13, 2017: Nashville, the Confederacy's "Siren Song"

There will be a monthly meeting of the McHenry County Civil War Round Table Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Woodstock, Illinois, Public Library.

This month's speaker, Greg Biggs, will be discussing "Nashville: "Siren's Song of the Confederacy."   He will be talking about the failed Confederate efforts to retake Tennessee's capital city.

The library is located at 414 Judd Street in Woodstock, Illinois.

See You there.  --Old Secesh


Civil War II-- 469: Destroyers of Confederate Statues Compared to Nazis

From the May 22 and 23, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Mississippi Representative Karl Oliver Calls for Lynching of Destroyers of Confederate Statues.  (Loss)   I don't like the destroyers either, but comments like this don't help the cause.  Wish he hadn't have said it.  This part of what he said was completely unacceptable, and, of course, raises the red flag regarding the lynching of Blacks during the 100 years after the war.  A very sad chapter in our country's history.

 However, he did make a point of comparing the sterilization of history as taking place now to the Nazis destroying books and rewriting history.  (Win) This is a REAL good point.

Of course, comparing the Confederacy to the Nazis is a favorite tactic of the Anti-Confederates, so this is an interesting take on the situation.  Perhaps they are the real Nazis?  Or, as they like to say, Neo-Confederates...Oops, Neo-Nazis.

Are we seeing the rebirth of the Nazis?

These Mess Must Continue Peacefully.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 468: About Those Southern Cities and Confederate Monuments

From the May 22, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  New Orleans took down its Confederate monuments.  Will the rest of the South?  (Washington Post editorial)  (Loss)  In part they said removing monuments will go to "Deglorifying a past that deserves very little glory."

From their tone, I'd say we're also against the media.

OK, the Confederates were fighting against the terrorism of the abolitionists and a country that no longer supported the Southern states through its laws.

Here's hoping that other Southern cities will not go to the shame of (n)ew (o)rleans.

**  Effort to strip Confederate name from US-1 advances.  (Alexandria, Virginia)  (Loss)  The road is named for Jefferson Davis going through that city.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Civil War II-- 467: Problems in St. Louis

From the May 21, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Bill filed to tear down Confederate monument in Forest Park.  (St. Louis)  (Loss)  Filed by alderwoman Sharon Tyrus, a black person.  The bill calls for the removal of any and all Confederate monuments on any public property and that removal costs will not be done with public money, but private.

City treasurer Tishaura Jones is raising money to remove the monument with a Go Fund Me page.  She is running for mayor and is Black.

I'm Sure I'll Donate To This One.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 466: Experts Say Conflicts Over Confederate Names and Symbols Likely to Continue

From the May 21, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Experts:  Conflicts over Confederate names and symbols likely to continue.  (South Carolina)  (Loss)  A Greenville County student petition to change the name of Wade Hampton High School.  Of course, I have no problem with changing the name if the school is mostly black students.

And, as far as the title of the article, which is certainly true, why should, after 150 years, all of a sudden so much anti-Confederate hatred?

Seems All This Would Have Come Along A Lot Earlier.  --Old Secesh

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mort Kunstler's June Civil War Calendar: Race Down Chester Street

From the June page of the Civil War Calendar.

GEN. JACKSON AT FRONT ROYAL, MAY 23, 1862

One of the most heralded campaigns in American military history remains General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862.

One of the most pivotal engagements of that campaign took place in Front Royal, Virginia, where Jackson's troops were not only able to divide, but also to rout a much larger Union force.  he was then able to push his enemy's withdrawal even further by striking at its flank and threatening its rear formation.

Many experts believe that this move led directly to the defeat of Union Major General Nathaniel P. Banks' army at the First Battle of Winchester, two days later on May 25th.

After relieving the town of Winchester from the threat of Federal occupation, Jackson rested his men in preparation for a series of victories that were still to come.

The picture shows Jackson and his staff riding their horses down the street with several of them with their pistols held up in the air as well as foot soldiers running alongside them.  It must have rained recently as the street is muddy and clods of mud are being thrown up.  Townspeople are watching from the sides of the street.

Old Secesh


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Civil War II-- 465: Now, Orlando

From the May 16, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Orlando commissioners debate fate of Confederate statue.  (Florida)  (Lose)  Well, they actually should not have to have a debate about it.  It should stand where it is.  Those that don't like it should not look at it.  Avert  your eyes.  Swear under your breath, but keep it to yourself.

**  Governor Edwards' Confederate statue bill unnecessarily divisive.  (Louisiana)  I disagree.  We must find ways to save our heritage.  It should not all be about a black thing.

What, No Mickey For Me?  Maybe?  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Civil War II-- 464: Congratulations to Alabama's Lawmakers

From the May 20, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Alabama lawmakers approve Confederate monument protection.  (Big Win!!)  Wow, who'd have thought that we actually have lawmakers with the backbone to stand up to the black tyranny.

**  Confederate monuments:  As Lee comes down (l)andrieu's profile rises.  ((n)ew (o)rleans)  I think not!!  I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher.  Hopefully, he'll take a shot at a national slot where I can work against him.

Again, Thank You Alabama Lawmakers.  Finally Some Justice As Opposed to Mob Rule.  We'll Vote On It.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Civil War II-- 463: The Problem in St. Louis and That Flag Thing Again

From the May16 and 17, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  St. Louis' mayor wants Confederate monument removed.  (Loss)  And I really like those Ted Drewes' concretes.  Not so big of a Cardinal fan, though.  Cub thing you know.  As you know, I boycott cities that dishonor anybody's history.

**  NAACP pushes for NCAA tourney to move from Mississippi because Confederate symbol as a flag.  (Loss)  This has to do with the regional girls softball games

The NAACP had nothing to say about all the Black-on-Black killings.   But they are REALLY UPSET about that flag thing.

Hey, NAACP, Time To Get Your Priorities Straight!!  --Old Secesh

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gosh, With All These Southern Towns and Their Confederate Monuments...

If I plan to boycott all Southern towns that take down their Confederate monuments, will I be able to visit anywhere in the South again?

Let's see, (l)oiusville and (n)ew (o)rleans come to mind already.

Perhaps.  --Old Secesh

Friday, June 2, 2017

I've Decided to Call All These Anti-Confederate Attacks The Civil War II

Way back before Charleston, I was calling these assaults Heritage Attacks.  After Charleston, I switched to The Confederacy Under Attack.

Last month I was thinking of abbreviating Confederacy Under Attack to C.U.A..  That just didn't sit well with me.  What is a CUA?

At least for now, I will call these Civil War II.  Just as in the case of World War II, this is the second attack on the Confederacy, this time from Blacks and their allied Whites (especially Southern whites).

There's a war going on, though we didn't declare it.  What we are doing, at this point is defending our heritage from these malicious affronts.

I will continue using the numbers I was using for the Confederacy Under Attack and C.U.A..  And, besides Civil War II, you can look up past heritage attacks under Confederacy Under Attack in the labels area.

--Old Secesh

The Tullahoma Campaign

From Wikipedia.

Earlier this year, we had a talk at the McHenry County Civil War Round Table on this little-known Civil War campaign in Tennessee.  It was almost completely overshadowed by  the Battle of Gettysburg and surrender of Vicksburg, but was important nonetheless.

Also called the Middle Tennessee Campaign and lasted from June 24 to July 3, 1863.  Hence the overshadowing.

The Union Army of Cumberland under Major General William Rosecrans effectively drove the Confederates out of Middle Tennessee and threatened the strategic city of Chattanooga as a result of it.

Confederate General Braxton Bragg and his Army of Tennessee were in a strong position on the top of the Nashville Basin rim, south of that city.  But Rosecrans captured the strategic passes through the basin rim, partly aided by the new 7-shot Spencer repeating rifles.

As before mentioned, it was overshadowed by Gettysburg and Vicksburg as well as the Battle of Chickamauga two months later.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Here's a Guy Who Tells It Like It Is-- Part 2: Both Sides Committed Atrocities

3. Many different ethnicities fought for the Confederacy including Irish, Scots-Irish, Africans (both slave and free), Jews, Cherokees, Seminoles and Tejanos.

4.  The South did fight for States Rights, but unfortunately the right to keep slaves was one of them.  (Had it not been for this, life would be so much easier today.)

5.  The Confederate government was more concerned about the privileges of the planter elite than the rights and woes of the common farmer.  (I couldn't agree with this more.  Plus, slaves were what enabled the rich to keep control of the state governments.)

6.  Both the North and the South committed atrocities.  I will not glorify or demonize South or North, but I will remember all those who lived, fought, sacrificed and died in the American Civil War, both soldiers and civilians, slave and free, Southerners and Northerners.  Tell me the name of any war in which atrocities weren't committed on both sides.

Samuel Dawson Greenstone

I Liked What This Man Had to Say.  --Old Secesh

Here's a Guy Who Tells It Like It Is-- Part 1: Warts and All

From the April 16, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

CONFEDERATE HOLIDAY WORTH REMEMBERING

From the Greensboro, N.C. News & Review.

May 10 is Confederate Memorial Day in the Carolinas, but isn't celebrated much anymore.

It is a day for remembering those who died for the South, not celebrating some delusion of white supremacy or a glorious Lost Cause.  The Confederacy became the Confederacy wasn't all that glorious.

Here are some facts about the Confederacy:

1.  The South was deeply divided and in North Carolina, the mountains and Piedmont areas were particularly pro-Union (as were parts of most other Southern states).

2. Lincoln and Davis were really unpopular presidents of their sides.

More to Come.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I Watched a Little Bit of the Desecration of the Lee Statue

I came across a video of the desecration of the Robert E. Lee statue in new orleans.  It hurt me to the bone.  Tears to my eyes.  I couldn't watch long.  (n)ew (o)rleans lower case because of its shame.

And the crowd there celebrating and laughing and playing that rap music.  It was way too much.

Lee came down because he fought for the Confederacy.  The Confederacy offends the feelings of Blacks, and I can understand that.  If I was Black I would most likely also not like the Confederacy.

But, what about my feelings.  I am proud of my ancestors who fought for the Confederacy and to have their good names dragged through the mud and the overall attempt to erase and dishonor the effort to create their own country after it became apparent that they could no longer be in a country increasingly against the South, is way too much.

We're definitely living in the days of Black Tyranny!!!!

Sadly, White Feelings Don't Matter Anymore.  --Old Secesh


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

And Paying Special Honor to the United States Colored Troops on This Memorial Day-- Part 1

Continuing one more day with my salute to the United States military on Memorial Day 2017.

The USCT, United States Colored Troops, played an increasing role in the Civil War.  These regiments consisting of former slaves and free men.

These troops had to put up with racism from their fellow white soldiers, but also, the anger and possible slaughter if captured by Confederates.

Yet, they overcame.

Wikipedia has a good article on the USCT.

The United States Colored Troops consisted of 175 regiments and numbered 180,000.  By April 1865, they comprised about one tenth of Union forces.  They were the precursor of the famous Buffalo Soldier units created after the war.  (I had the honor of meeting one of the last of the Buffalo Soldiers last June in Goldsboro, N.C., where Black veterans had a reunion.)





Monday, May 29, 2017

Confederates Are U.S. Veterans Also

Honoring Those Who Served in the Confederate Military Today.  This Memorial Day

Maybe the anti-Confederate folks don't know it, but Confederate soldiers are considered to be veterans of the United States as well.

So, today, we pay respects to Confederate States of America soldiers, sailors and Marines.

Also, we pay our respect to those soldiers, sailors and Marines who served in the Union milit

The Brave.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

These Lives Mattered ... Your Offended Feelings Don't

Yesterday, a friend of my wife sent her a picture on Facebook that she showed me and I definitely liked it.

It was the famous picture of the dead Confederates by the Dunker Church at the Battle of Antietam.

Along the top was written the words "These Lives Mattered."  At the bottom was "Your Offended Feelings Don't!"

And, I'd be willing to bet that not a single one of them even owned a you-know-what.

That Pretty Well Sums It Up for Me.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CUA-- 462: Orlando's Confederate Statue

The Confederacy Under Attack

From May 16, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  House votes to let people decide on Confederate monuments.  (Louisiana)  (Win)  As any statue removal should be.  Let the people decide.  Either that or find some lawmakers with backbone to stand up to the tyranny of that one group.

**  Orlando's Confederate statue should be moved from Lake Eola Park, Mayor Dyer says.  (Florida)  (Loss)  He wants it moved to Greenwood Cemetery.

Looks like we might have another city looking to go lower case for its shame if this happens.

**  Controversy continues over Confederate statue in downtown Orlando.  (Florida)  (Sad)  There shouldn't be a controversy.  There were large crowds on both sides.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Our Lost Monuments: A Tale of Desecration The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 463

From Wikipedia.

ROBERT E. LEE MONUMENT

Dedicated in 1884--  Desecrated on May 19, 2017.  Built for $36,000 raised by the Robert E. Lee Monument Association.

Listed on National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1991.  In 2011 the New Orleans magazine said it was one of the city's most important statues.

BEAUREGARD STATUE

Dedicated in 1915.  Desecrated May 16-17, 2017

Listed National Register of Historic Places on Feb. 18, 1999.

DAVIS MONUMENT

Dedicated Feb. 22, 1911.  Desecrated May 11, 2017.

My thought is that the city should reimburse Confederate organizations for the dishonorable thing they did.  Plus, one would think that being on the NRHP would carry some weight.  Obviously not.

At Least BLM and Black Racists Can No Longer Vandalize These Monuments.  --Old Secesh

CUA Doesn't Make It For Me

CUA was my thought yesterday of a way to shorten the headline introduction from Confederacy Under Attack

I was looking at the Blog Archives and the CUA standing for Confederacy just doesn't make it for me.  I am going to have to come up with some other, shorter name than CUA, "The Confederacy Under Attack."

Surely, we are under attack, but I have to figure out some other name.

Right now, I am thinking of Civil War II.

This would seem to be the Civil War--  Part 2.  Just as there was a World War II, this is our Civil War II.  This time, instead of working just to defeat the Confederacy, our opponents are trying to absolutely eradicate it and to dishonor the men, women and children who put their lives on the line to start a new country, just as our forefathers did back in 1775-1783.

And So It Continues  --Old Secesh

Monday, May 22, 2017

CUA-- 461: Louisiana House Backs Ban on Monument Removal

The Confederacy Under Attack

From the Google Alerts for May 15, 2017, for Confederate.

**  Louisiana House backs ban on removal of Confederate statues.  (Win)    The vote was 65-31.  Every single Black voted against it and all walked off the House floor.  Very racist of them.

The bill now goes to the Senate.  We already know how the Blacks there will vote.  Hopefully the Whites will have the backbone to stand up against the tyranny.

The bill blocks the removal of all military monuments until the people vote on it.  Of course, this applies primarily to Confederate monuments.  That is the way it should be.

Too bad it is too late for the monuments in new orleans.

We'll Take Any Break We Can Get.  --Old Secesh


CUA-- 460: Charlottesville Protest

The Confederacy Under Attack

From the May 15, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Torch-Wielding Group Protests Confederate Statue Removal.  (Charlottesville, Va.)  (Win)  This is over the Lee statue in Lee Park.  Besides using the term torch-wielding, harkening back to the days of KKK and the Nazis, the writer made sure to mention that a well-known white nationalist was in attendance.

I kind of know which side the writer favors by his choice of words and phrases.

Looks like we have another city looking to join (n)ew (o)rleans and (l)ouisville in shame and dishonor.

--Old Secesh


CUA: Confederacy Under Attack

I will now start my headlines with CUA which will stand for Confederacy Under Attack, which is surely happening now and I'd have to say this new attack is even worse than it was back in the real war.

What that murderer in Charleston, S.C., did was as bad as what John Wilkes Booth did back in 1865 which brought on a much worse Reconstruction program that what it might have been under President Lincoln's direction.

I will be happy if the Blacks ever get satisfied and stop these attacks on my heritage.  I would much rather be writing about the war and aftermath like in my recent posts on the Confederate veterans home in Hitchcock, Texas.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 459: Tension Over Confederate Flag in S.C.

From the Google Alerts for May 13, 2017 , for Confederate.

**  Tension builds in South Carolina town over Confederate 'flagging' event.  (Summerville)  (Sad)  If you don't like it, don't look at it.

--Old Secesh


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mayor (m)itch Completes His Ugly Mission, (n)ew (o)rleans Must Now Bear His Guilt The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 458

I am angry.  I am hurt to the core.

I read this morning that the last of the three Confederate statues in new orleans, Robert E. Lee, was taken down yesterday, evidently done in the daylight this time and not undercover of the night as were the others.

I hope the Blacks are happy as they got their way. I am sure Mayor mitch is happy as he being a Democrat in a city with a lot of Blacks, he has assured himself of getting reelected as many times as he wants the job.  If he has any national aspirations, he surely won't get my vote and I'll certainly work for and support his opponents.

But, be assured, there will not be riots, looting and burning because we did not get our way.  Our heritage was severely disregarded and dragged through the mud.  No one should have this happen to their heritage.

Lee, Beauregard and Davis all served their country, the United States, long and faithfully until events in the North forced them to take a hard decision and cast their lot with a new country, just as our Founding Fathers found themselves back in 1775.

And, we don't know what the mayor and his council intend to do with the statues.  My guess it will be something else dishonorable.

Well, at least this ugly affair is over and I can start getting over it.

This Whole Thing Is Shameful and Dishonorable.  --Old Secesh

And Meanwhile in (n)ew (o)rleans: Crime and Murders Continue

From new orleans Murder Map:  76 murders in 2017, 175 in 2016.  This also shows where the murders occurred.

From NOLA Defender.

These are overnight police reports for the last eight days:

May 12-- 2 armed robberies, shooting, unclassified death

May 13--  2 shootings, 2 cuttings, 3 robberies, carjacking, homicide, suicide, unclassified death

May 14--  3 shootings, 2 stabbings, 2 robberies, burglary, unclassified death

May 15--  3 shootings, 2 traffic fatalities, sexual assault, robbery, unclassified death

May 16--  2 homicides, shooting, armed robbery, rape

May 17--  5 robberies, 3 shootings, 2 homicides, rape, carjacking, property snatching, unclassified death

May 17--  Two arrested at the Beauregard statue

May 18--  4 armed robberies, shooting, stabbing, homicide

May 19--   armed robbery, stabbing, purse snatching

And, all the while there was a big police presence at the statues.

Makes you wonder where the mayor's priorities are.  Old statues that haven't hurt anyone other than causng certain people to be offended...or crime.

--Old Secesh

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mayor (m)itch to Do the Deplorable in (n)ew (o)rleans The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 457

I came across articles saying that new orleans' mayor was going to have a press conference today about the last Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee coming down.  I was looking to see if he was a white or black person.

This has been a very trying and draining experience for me.

For now, I boycott that city if it thinks so lowly of my heritage (and ITS HERITAGE).  It is also relegated to lower case for its shame and dishonor.

A Time To Be Sad.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 456: Relief in State Legislatures

From the May 12, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Removal of Confederate monuments stirs backlash in statehouses.  (CNN)  (Win)   I am glad to see at least some support in the legislatures.

The anti-Confederate organization Southern Poverty Law Center says that at least 60 publicly funded symbols of the Confederacy have been removed since the Charleston murders, but state laws are being passed or pushed through state governments to prevent local governments from removing Confederate monuments and symbols.

North Carolina and Tennessee already have laws on the books.  Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia are working on laws to do that.

You'd Better Hurry Up, Mitch, With That Last Monument.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 455: Shreveport's Confederate Monument

From the May 12, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Shreveport's Confederate monument should stay, most speakers say.  (Louisiana)  (Win)  They held the first of four public hearings.  The monument was dedicated in 1906 and has a Confederate soldier and four generals:  Henry Watkins Allen, Beauregard, Lee and Jackson.  It is in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse.  At least they are discussing it.

Let's Hope They Keep It Where It Is.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 454: Confederate Memorial Day Stirs Controversy

From the May 11, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Plane with Confederate Flag banner flies over SC State House on Confederate Memorial Day.  (South Carolina)  (Win)  Here's thumbing the nose.

**  (n)ew (o)leans removes 2nd Confederate-era monument.  (Loss)  This was the one, the Davis statue,  that made the city lower case for its shame and dishonor.

**  Confederate Memorial Day stirs controversy.  (Loss)  It should not draw controversy.  If you don't like it, don't commemorate it.  Ignore it.

Sure Sorry About the Situation in new orleans.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

(n)ew (o)rleans Takes Down the Beauregard Statue: The Confederacy Under Attack

This occurred the night of May 16-17 and is out of order.

Now, fully lower case for its shame and dishonor.

I was listening to WXRT this morning and heard Mary Dixon say that (n)ew (o)rleans had taken down the second Confederate monument.

Undercover of the night, as they have done with the Davis and Liberty Place statues, the city of new orleans took down the P.G.T. Beauregard statue.  We all know what happens at night and this is nothing short of it.  And the sad thing, even though Beauregard was a Confederate general, he also was a force in new orleans after the war for the equality and voting rights of Blacks.

The city now has double shame to deal with.

I, for one, will not be going there anytime soon,  if ever.

I know the mayor and his cohorts could care less about my little boycott, but is there are a lot of other offended people like me, maybe that could have some bite.  Too bad I am the wrong color so my being offended doesn't matter.

And, I Really Liked new orleans At One Time.  --Old Secesh

Hitchcock's Confederate Veterans Home-- Part 2:

The home has been partially restored and is on the NRHP.  It hosts Juneteenth celebrations.  It was built by Virginian Henry Martyn Stringfellow, a private in the Confederate Army who fought at the battles of Yorktown and Richmond.

He accompanied Major General Magruder to Galveston and fought at the Battle of Galveston.  Promoted afterwards to captain, he was put in charge of the Houston ordnance department.  In 1863, he married Alice Johnston of Houston and settled in Galveston.

In 1866, he got involved in growing grapes for wine and in 1883, he started Stringfellow Orchards.

In 1894, he sold the property and it went through several owners and over the years it deteriorated.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hitchcock's Confederate Veterans' Home-- Part 1: Now Owned By a Black Man

From the November 4, 2016, Houston Chronicle "Historic irony in the preservation of Confederate veterans home" by Joe Holley.

Stringfellow Orchards in Hitchcock, Texas,  was built for Confederate veterans in 1884 and is a house on nine acres of land.  Today, it is owned by Sam Collins, III, a black man.

Said Minnette Boesel:  "We've been going around the country tearing down Confederate statues, and here he is, an African American preserving the Confederate soldier's legacy home.  He recognizes the significance of the place as a teaching tool.  Our kids are learning their history from it."

--Old Secesh

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 453: South Carolina Has Confederate Memorial Day

From the May 10, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  SC employees get day off to honor Confederate dead.  (South Carolina)  (Win)  This is held on May 10, the day in 1863 when Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died of pneumonia.  South Carolina is one of six states to observe it.  However, the state agency-run Confederate Relic Room and Museum in Columbia remained open, as it should be.

I wonder if any of the Blacks and Whites who hate all-things Confederate so much took the day off or worked in protest.

**  New Orleans needs help moving Confederate statues -- and stopping extremists in the way.  (Washington Post editorial)  (Loss)  A very negative editorial accusing our side of making efforts to stop this disgraceful removal "By intimidation or open threat of violence, a motley band of white supremacists, Confederate sympathizers and self-appointed advocates of Southern heritage."

Gee, I wonder whose side these folks are on?

Can't Win in the Papers Either.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 452: Largest Confederate Flag Raised

From the May 7-9, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Largest known Confederate Flag raised in Blairs (Virginia)  (Win)  The former tattered one was taken down and replaced with this 51-foot by 31-foot flag.  Always great to se the flag flying high and proud.  It is essentially a nose thumb and an up yours to the attackers.

**  Groups clash over removal of New Orleans Confederate monuments.  I am glad to see no one has been hurt as of yet.  Hope it stays that way.

**  Man Sues to Stop New Orleans From Removing Confederate Statue.  (Win)  But, there is no way we'll win in any court.

Flying the Flag.  --Old Secesh

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 451: Statue Supporters at Baton Rouge

From the May 5, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate sympathizers descend on Capitol.  (Louisiana)  (Win)  This took place in the state capital at Baton Rouge.  They were there in support of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

**  Police report filed after Confederate Flag allegedly stolen from cemetery.  (Selma, Alabama)  (Loss)  Took place at Old Live Oak Cemetery.  Report filed April 25, 2017.

Sad to think someone would take a flag off a grave.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 450: Protesters in New Orleans

From the May 3 and 7, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Black Lawmakers Set Boycott Over Confederate Emblem on Flag.  (Mississippi)  Real big surprise there.

**   New Orleans (remains capitalized until May 10):  Protesters face off over Confederate monuments.  It is alright to peacefully protest.  No violence, though.

It took place by the Robert E. Lee statue.  Emotions were high in the estimated crowd of 700.  Three were arrested.  The anti-Confederate group called themselves "Take Em Down NOLA."

--Old Secesh


Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 449: (n)ew (o)rleans Disgraces Itself: The Shame of a City

Mark May 10-11 as a sad time in U.S. history.

I was very sad to learn today that last night, under the cover of night and in secrecy, the city of (n)ew (o)rleans took down the Jefferson Davis monument that had been standing since 1911.

It was done in early-morning darkness, the preferred time for criminals and ne'er-do-wells.  Which is exactly my opinion of the city now.

This occurred just over 155 years after the city fell to Union forces during the Civil War.  A second fall.

Now, (n)ew (o)rleans joins its sister city, (l)ouisville in Shame.

It Hurt Me to the Quick.  But My Feelings Are of No Concern.  Just One Group's Feelings Matter.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Monuments to the Honorable Still Stand in New Orleans, But Not For Long

As New Orleans continues its headlong dive into shame, at least as of yesterday, the three monuments to Lee, Beauregard and Davis are still standing.  I am sure this has to be really bugging the mayor.

There have been confrontations, especially by the Robert E. Lee statue, which possibly is the next slated to be ripped down.  Fortunately, no injuries, but words were said and a few arrests made.

The mayor and his largely black city council need to know that there are people who take their actions seriously as an impugn to their heritage, including me.

Mayor, put the removal up to a vote of the people, at least on New Orleans, but Louisiana as well.  There are enough Blacks and their white supporters to vote for removal.  I'll live with the voice of the people.  It is time for the mayor to pay some respect to those of Confederate heritage in New Orleans.

And, who knows, perhaps avoid people getting hurt.

But, I Am Sure The Sad Day Is Near.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Stoneman's Raid and the Battle of Fort York

Wikipedia.

It was during tghis raid that the Battle of Fort York took place.

His roommate at West Point was Stonewall Jackson.

George Stoneman had led a previous raid in Virginia in 1863, before the Battle of Chancellorsville was fought.  He was later captured during the Atlanta Campaign.

This raid began March 23, 1865, in Knoxville, Tennessee.  His command consisted of 4,000 troopers.  They headed east into North Carolina where they plundered and destroyed towns.  Then they went into Virginia on April 2 where they destroyed 150 miles of railroad track.

Seven days later, on April 9, they returned to North Carolina and went to the towns of Winston and Salem, now Winston-Salem,, then toward High Point.

On April 12, Stoneman's men entered Salisbury with the intention of setting free Union prisoners held there.  But, they had already been removed.  Stoneman then set fire to the town.  It was at this time that the battle of Fort York took place.

Leaving Salisbury, Stoneman plundered Statesville, Lincolnton, Taylorsville and Asheville before returning to Tennessee on April 26th.

They had covered 600 miles and three states during the raid.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 448: Louisiana Military Memorial Conservation Act

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

**  Bill to stop Confederate monument removals puts power in people's hands passes committee.  (Louisiana)  (Win)  It is currently in the House of representatives and is called the Louisiana Military Memorial Conservation Act, House Bill 71.

The bill forbids the removal, renaming or alteration of any military monument to any war.

It would require citizens to vote on any removal.

This would be a great one to have in the books. I can live with it if any Confederate monument is removed after the people vote to do it.  But leaving the decision up to elected officials is a no-win for us.

Unfortunately, this will be too late to save the remaining three Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

--Old Secesh

Monday, May 8, 2017

MCCWRT Meeting May 9,2017

TheMcHenry County Civil War Round Table will be meeting at the Woodstock, Illinois, Public Library on May 9, 2017 at 7 p.m..  The library is located at 414 West Judd Street, right off the Woodstock Square

Steve Fratt will have a presentation on Civil War Tactics and Combat.

I'll be there.

Before the meeting, a group of members will be having dinner at Three Brothers on Illinois Highway 47.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 447: New Orleans

From the May 2, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Two arrested at Confederate monument protests, New Orleans police say.  (Loss)  Again, protest alright.  Violence not.

**  Beauregard and Lee monuments vandalized.  (New Orleans)  (Loss)  Another thing that is not ok.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Fort York, North Carolina-- Part 4: Part of Stoneman's Raid

The Battle of Fort York was fought April 12, 1865, three days after General Lee surrendered at Appomattox.

Col. John K. Miller arrived by the fort with 1,000 Union troops at 2 a.m..  His first two scouts to arrive at the site were killed.

He sent word back to General Stoneman who was busy pillaging and plundering nearby Salisbury that he needed artillery to take the fort.  The artillery arrived an hour or so later and a five and a half hour battle ensued.  The Union force lost 16 soldiers.

With dark approaching, Col. Miller retreated back to Salisbury after tearing up tracks on their side of the Rowan River, but they did not destroy their target, the trestle railroad bridge.

It is believed that the Confederates lost two men.

So, the Confederacy won the last pitched battle in North Carolina.  Even though Lee had surrendered, neither side knew about it.

--Old Secesh

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 446: Huge Confederate Flag on I-95 in North Carolina

From the May 2, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Myron Pitts, a black commentator saw a huge Confederate Flag near Fayetteville, N.C. and didn't like it.  I'm so surprised he didn't much care for it..  But this was the first I heard about it, so thanks, Mr. Pitts, for bringing it to my attention.

He described it as a huge Confederate Flag 20 foot X 30 foot on a 90 foot tall pole by I-95, 15 miles north of Fayetteville,  It was placed there by the North Carolina Division of the SCV as part of their Flags Across the Carolinas program.

I sure enjoy seeing those flags flapping in the breeze.  We may be losing the war against those who want to erase all aspects of the Confederacy, but this shows there is still some fight left.

Kind of an Up Yours, You Know.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 445: Alabama House Votes on Confederate Monuments Bill

From the April 27 and 28, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Alabama House to vote on Confederate monuments bill.  (Win)  The bill forbids alterations or removal of any markers over 20 years old.  It was passed, but black Democrats "railed" against it.  Who is being a racist now?

**  Business owner offers to tear down Confederate Memorial for free.  (St. Louis)  (Loss)  The monument is in Forest Park.  Stuart Keeting is the owner of Earthbound Brewery.  I know one place in St. Louis where I shall not imbibe or eat.

--Old Secesh

Fort York, North Carolina-- Part 3: "One Wing York" and "Galvanized Yankees"

General Zebulon York of Louisiana was in command of the fort which was named after him.  he had previously lost an arm and his troops nicknamed him "One Wing York.  About 600 of his troops were "Galvanized Yankees."

He went to the Confederate Salisbury Prison and picked out "Catholics, Irishmen and Scottish men" who would not as likely be loyal to the Union because they had not been born there.  The Confederacy had a serious manpower problem at this late date.  General York's other troops were mostly Home Guard.

The battle took place on April 12, 1865.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 444: Liberty Place Statue Comes Down in New Orleans

From the April 25, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Undercover Of Night New Orleans Begins Dismantling Confederate Monument.  (New Orleans)  (Loss, well sort of)  The monument was Liberty Place where according to the article a "white supremacist paramilitary group" attempted to take down the government of Louisiana in the 1870s.

Of course, to me most criminal activity takes place at night.

The workers were wearing flak jackets and helmets.

New Orleans' Mayor Mitch Landrieu Tweeted:  "Relocating these confederate statues is not about taking away from someone else.  It's about choosing a better future."

Hey, mayor, "confederate" is spelled with a capital "C".  As for taking away from someone, you sure are.

Remember, Your City Goes Lower Case As Soon As You Take Any Of The Other Three Down.  Your Shame Will Be the Same As (l)ouisville's.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Fort York, N.C.-- Part 2: Two Lines of Trenches and Artillery Batteries

I have been so tied up with the Confederacy Under Attack, I wasn't able to finish this blog post from April 6, 2017.

Fort York had a system of small artillery batteries connected by trenches.  The inner line consisted of 720 feet of trenches and three artillery batteries.  The outer line had 1,155 feet of trenches and four batteries..

Maybe half of the original fort was destroyed by the construction of three highways on three sides of it.  I-85 eliminates part of the outer trench system.  US-29 goes right through the fort.  Old Salisbury Highway (now Trading Ford Way) cuts between the fort and the Yadkin River.  Trading Ford Way passes the site of the famous old York Hill restaurant that was destroyed by fire five years ago.

At one time the fort had between 1,000 and 1,600 Confederate soldiers and its purpose was to defend the railroad trestle bridge over the river.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 443: New Orleans Begins Tearing Down First Monument

From the April 24, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  New Orleans Begins Tearing Down Confederate Statues.  (Loss)  Although, at this point I understand it was the Liberty Place statue and I will give the Neo-Haters a pass on this one.  As soon as any of the other three come down, the city goes to lower case (n)ew (o)rleans for its shame.  I also start my boycott of that shamed place.

**  Confederate Memorial Day is still celebrated in these states.  (Mississippi and Alabama)  (Win)  State offices are closed Monday in these states.  Georgia used to mark it, but removed the Confederate in  it and just refer to it as a state holiday.  South Carolina holds Confederate memorial Day in May to mark the death of Stonewall Jackson.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Murders in New Orleans (Still Upper Case) for 2017

New Orleans is still in upper case as it has not shamed itself yet but I came across a headline saying that as of Monday, May 1, the statue of Jefferson Davis still stands.  When that is taken down, the city becomes (n)ew (o)rleans and my boycott begins.  And, I am going to hate to boycott the place.  I like a whole lot about it (especially Bourbon Street and the fantastic music).

There was a confrontation of sorts at the Jefferson Davis statue and a large police presence to keep the peace.  Evidently, this statue is the next target of the extremists.

Anyway, I came across a site called the New Orleans Murder Map which says that so far in 2017, there have been 64 murders in the city.  In 2016, there were 175.  Unfortunately, the race of the victims was not given, but judging by the names, I would say a lot of them were Blacks.

Of interest, not one single police report blames a Confederate statue for the murders.

Yet, Those Statues Are the Real Big Deal in New Orleans.  Makes You Wonder What the Mayor and the Black Community Considers To Be of Importance.  --Old Secesh

Meanwhile, the Murders and Shootings Continue in Chicago

From the May 2, 2017, Hey Jackass!  Chicago Murder and Mayhem site.

This is a very interesting site with a lot more detail than I print.  Check it out.

Again, the vast majority of these murders and shootings are of Blacks on other Blacks.

Yesterday, WXRT, 93.1 FM, reported twenty shootings in Chicago since Friday, with three dead.

APRIL FINAL TOTALS:

46 killed
270 wounded

THIS WEEK April 30 to May 6:

1 killed
18 wounded

FOR THE YEAR:

183 killed
873 wounded

Of interest, police reports show that not one of these murders or shootings were committed by a Confederate Flag, statue or memorial.

Just Saying, As They Say.  --Old Secesh

Mort Kunstler's May 2017 Calendar: The Bloody Angle

May 2017 Civil War Calendar by Mort Kunstler.

"Spotsylvania, Va, May 12, 1864.

"General Ulysses Grant's 1864 invasion of Virginia seemed unstoppable -- until Grant ran onto Robert E. Lee's rock-hard defense at Spotsylvania Courthouse.

"One section of Lee's line was in the shape of a mule shoe and defied repeated attacks by courageous Northern troops.  Finally, struggling mightily in the rain, Northern troops broke through the Confederate line.

"Desperate moments followed until a Confederate counterattack drove back the attackers.  The fighting was among the bloodiest of the war.

"With only a log and earthen wall separating them, combatants shot, stabbed and clubbed each other for almost eighteen hours until darkness ended the ordeal."

Hand-to-hand action over the earthworks and shot-up flags from both sides and in all that rain.

I've always had a problem with spelling Spotsylvania.  Is it one or two "t's"

A Place I Definitely Would Not Want to Be.  --Old Secesh

Monday, May 1, 2017

I Will be Attempting to Keep More Current With the Confederacy Under Attack

With the ongoing events in New Orleans with those statues, I will make more of an attempt to stay current with these posts.

It appears that all is lost in regards to the statues remaining where they are in New Orleans.  Hopefully the city will give the statues to other cities that are more sensitive to the issue.  I would also like to see some sort of restitution for the offenses be made to Confederate descendant groups as a way of apologizing.

I am sorry to hear about the threats and hope they were not made.  All the police presence at the work site as well as workers wearing "war" gear is a sad thing.  Of course, there are many more places in New Orleans where people are not safe from the residents.  Perhaps police presence there would be better spent.

A Sad Time.  --Old Secesh


The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 442: The Shame of Charlottesville and Biloxi

From the April 19 and 25, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Amid Lawsuits To Stop Them, Virginia City Votes To Sell Off Confederate Statue.  (Charlottesville, Virginia)  (Loss)  Virginia law prohibits tearing down memorials to war veterans.  Selling the statue is their attempt to get around the law.  Lawmakers breaking the law, who'd have figured?

If they sell it and remove it, they go to lower case for their shame.  Then, they will have to sale all statues and memorials to all soldiers in all wars.

**  Another Mississippi city lowers Confederate-themed flag.  (Biloxi)  (Loss)  It joins all the state colleges and several other cities refusing to fly the state flag.  Again, the state needs to cut off funds to any and all who refuse to fly the state flag.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 441: There's That Neo-Confederate Tag Again

From the Google Alerts for April 18, 2017, for Confederate.

**  Candidate for Virginia governor was endorsed by neo-Confederates at 'Old South Ball.  (Virginia)  (Not sure if Win or Loss) The candidate was Corey Stewart.  The neo-Confederate group was the Save Southern Heritage.  Stewart also said at the Old South Ball that the removal of Confederate monuments was "historical vandalism."  Again, I would be happy to support this man if I knew how else he stood on other issues.

There they go again with that Neo-Confederate label.  Neo-Nazis, anyone?  Maybe we should start calling anti-Confederates Neo-Confederate Haters.

You can always tell which side the writer or newspaper is on when they use the term Neo-Confederate.  They are trying to compare us to Nazis.

**  Mississippi having a Confederate History Month does not harm anyone.  (Win)  Hey, isn't there a Black History Month?  It never hurt me.  And I agree that there should be a Black History Month.  Too long were their contributions and struggles ignored in history books.  There should also be a Confederate History Month.

**  Mid-South Confederate monument vandalized overnight.  (Jackson, Tennessee)  (Loss).  It is so sad that the BLM folks and Neo-Confederate Haters have to do things like this.

Perhaps We Should Place Law Enforcement Around the Statues All the Time.  --Old Secesh

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 440: Threats to Statue Removers in New Orleans? Hopefully Not

From the April 13-14, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Nungesser begs Trump to save New Orleans Confederate monuments.  (Louisiana)  (Win)  Louisiana Lt. Governor Bill Nungesser.    At least somebody in the state has sense enough to know that those statues are history, whether you like it or not.  Not like that "mayor" of New Orleans (still upper case until the next of the three remaining statues goes down).  Lower case indicates a city of shame, such as (l)ouisville.

Somebody not afraid to stand up for what is right.

**  **  Threats cast at contractors, workers linked to Confederate monument removal.  (New Orleans)  (Loss)  New Orleans officials report that threats have been received.  Even if a pro-statue person disagrees with what is happening, you fight it in the courts, legislative bodies and public opinion, even though there is not much chance of winning there.  A REAL LOST CAUSE as it were.  You don't make threats.  Even worse, you don't follow through.

I hope these threats are nothing more than another attempt to smear pro-Confederates.  If they are real, hopefully those who made the threats will be found, arrested and prosecuted to to the fullest extent of the law.

--Old Secesh

Friday, April 28, 2017

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Held Christmas Party in 2014

From the December 16, 2014, Owatonna People's Press (Southern Minnesota).  I am going back through some old articles I saved.

The Barbara Burii Tent 24 of the DUVCW had their annual Christmas party on December 13.  Officers were elected for 2015.  Michelle Walburn was elected tent president, after which they had a potluck dinner.

The DUVCW was organized on May 30, 1885, in Massilion, Ohio, and the first meeting was held June 3, 1885.

In order to belong, one must be a direct descendant of a Union Army, navy veteran and be at least 8 years old.

Local groups are called Tents and named after Army nurses during the Civil War.

--Old Secesh


Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 439: Another Pro-Confederate Flag Candidate

From Google Alerts for April 12, 2017, for Confederate.

**  Congressional Candidate Wraps Herself In The Flag...The Confederate Flag.  (South Carolina)  (Win) Sheri Few is running as a candidate in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District.  Depending what other other stances are, this would be a person I would vote for.

**  Jefferson Davis statue finishes move at University of Texas.  (Win)  It was removed in 2015, but now back as part of the American History Center on campus.  There are still statues of other Confederate leaders near the university's clock tower.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 438: "Over My Dead Body...Are We Going To Take Down a Statue of Robert E. Lee..."

From the April 9 and 12, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  CNY school district bans Confederate Flag, suspends students displaying it.  (Shelburne-Earlville, NY)  (Loss)  Remember, anyone finding anything on a teeshirt or worn that offends "ANYONE: needs to be expelled.  All it takes is ONE offendee.

**   Did a Republican running for Va. governor really dress up like a Confederate gent?  (Win) Corey Stewart was at the Old South Ball in Danville and said:  "Over my dead body when I'm governor of Virginia are we ever going to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson or any hero of the Commonwealth of Virginia."  Later he said, "I am proud to be next to the Confederate flag."

Finally, a politician not afraid to stand up to the Black Tyranny.

I May have to Move to Virginia So I Can Vote For This Guy Depending how he Stands On Other Issues.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Who Shot General John Sedgwick?-- Part 3: "They Couldn't Hit An Elephant At This Distance"

This account is from Union general Martin T. McMahon, the Chief of Staff of Sedgwick's Sixth Corps.

General Martin had just given the order to move troops when "the enemy opened a sprinkling fire, partly from sharpshooters.  As the bullets whistled by, some of the men dodges.  The General said laughlingly, 'What!  What! men, dodging this way for single bullets!

"What will you do when they open fire along the whole line?  I am ashamed of you.  They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.

Famous Last Words.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 437: More Vandalizing to Confederate Symbols

From the April 5, 7, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Mississippi governor proclaims April as Confederate Heritage Month.  (Win)  Wow, a politician with a backbone.

**  Vandals strike Confederate monument.  Brandenburg, Kentucky)  (Loss)  This is the monument that (l)ouisville disgraced itself by removing.  It is too bad that"some" people can't be pleased.

**  Confederate Flags vandalized after Georgia ceremony.  (Loss)

**  Danville faith leaders, pastors, call Confederate Flag "Symbol of Hate."  (Virginia)  (Loss)  A photograph of the group showed that all were Black except one White.

I Would Call What the City of New Orleans Is Doing Vandalism of the Highest Order.  --Old Secesh

Monday, April 24, 2017

As New Orleans Prepares to Go (l)ower (c)ase For Its Shame

I heard on WXRT, 93.1 FM in Chicago this morning that work has begun on taking down the Liberty Place monument in New Orleans.  I don't know much about this one as it was after the war and had something to do with a white effort to take down the state reconstruction government which was partially run by Blacks.

This monument is alright with me if they remove it.

However, as soon as any of the other three (to Davis, Lee and Beauregard) come down New Orleans goes to lower case (n)ew (o)rleans for their disregard to history and heritage.  Plus, it will mean the beginning of my boycott of that city (except to visit Chalmette and the World War II museum).

Also, there has been no mention of the payments to the UDC and SCV for this horrible thing.  If you trample on someone's past such as in this case, you should pay.  I am thinking a million dollars a monument.

Much of this erasure stems from the Charleston murders.  Since the black man in California killed three whites, some black monuments should be removed as well.

I Imagine the Jackson Statue in Jackson Square (and That Square's Name) Will be Next.  He Owned Slaves, You Know.  Plus, Was Very Horrible to Indians.  --Old Secesh


Friday, April 21, 2017

MCCWRT Discussion Group Meets Tomorrow: Topic "April 1865: The Month That Saved the Union.

The discussion group of the McHenry Civil War Round Table will meet tomorrow, April 22, at Panera Bread at 6000 Northwest Highway (US-14) in Crystal Lake from 10 a.m. to noon.  This was definitely a busy month 152 years ago.

I intend to bring up the Confederate victory at Fort York in North Carolina, which I started writing about back on April 6.  One of these days I might just finish it.

Some other things happening in April 1865:

9th--  Surrender of Lee.

14th--  Lincoln assassinated

19th--  Lincoln's funeral; begins

26th--  Johnston surrenders to Sherman.  John Wilkes Booth killed.

27th--  SS Sultana disaster

29th--  The blockade of most Southern ports lifted.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 436: One Bid to Remove the Monuments

From the April 5, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Only one contractor bids to remove New Orleans' Confederate monuments, wants $600,000.  (Not sure if this is a win or loss)

**  Cost for New Orleans to bring down Confederate monuments?  So far: one bidder, triple the budget.  (?)  Cuzan Services Limited made the bid.  Agree to remove three of the monuments (Lee, Davis and Beauregard)  They say the removal will be paid for by an anonymous private donor.

With all the many problems New Orleans has, this really shouldn't be a situation.

And, So It Goes.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 435: Confederate Monument Removal Bids Due in New Orleans

From the April 4, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

I sure wish I didn't have to keep doing these.  It takes away from what I'd rather be doing in this blog and that is research and interesting articles.

**  April 5--  Confederate monument bids due today.  (New Orleans)  (Loss)  This is the next big confrontation, though it has been going on ever since Charleston.  Maybe we can convince the haters to back off after what the black man did in Fresno.  After all, he did what the Charleston murderer did and for the same reason.

Of course, that will not happen.  These most recent murders are not receiving the publicity that the Charleston ones did.  Had it been a white man killing blacks in Fresno, the black community would have been outraged.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Montgomery Dent Corse, CSA-- Part 1: A Strong Military Background

From Wikipedia.

March 14, 1816-February 11, 1895.

Banker, gold prospector and soldier.  Commanded the 17th Virginia Infantry, then Corse's Brigade of Pickett's Division, Army of Northern Virginia.  He fought in several big battles.

Born in Alexandria, Virginia,   Captain in the 1st Virginia Regiment in the Mexican War.  Sailed to California in 1849 and participated in the Gold Rush there.  Returned to Alexandria in 1856 and entered the banking business with his brothers.

Three years later he was the first lieutenant in the Alexandria Home Guard.  In 1860, he organized a militia company known as the Old Dominion Rifles and became its captain.

A Strong Military Background.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 434: Confederate Cannon Removed

From the April 1, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Court won't revive Confederate-themed state flag suit.  (Mississippi)  (Win)  A Federal Appeals Court  has denied the request by a black lawyer to do away with the state flag.  The lawyer vows to take it to the Supreme Court.

**  Confederate cannon removed from College Park Middle School.  (Orlando, Fla.)  (Might as well)  The school opened in 1956 and was named Lee Middle School for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  The local UDC donated the cannon to the school in the late 1950s and they decided to remove it after the name change.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"I Am a Prisoner Unwounded"

A letter from Petersburg April 12/65.

"I am a prisoner unwounded.  Do not know whare I am to be sent.  Will let you know as soon as possible, when I have no doubt the Federal Authorities will let you communicate with me perhaps visit me.

"God bless & protect you & unite us soon - I was captured April 6th at Harpers Farm."  (Sayler's CReek)

Letter written by prisoner-of-war Brigadier General Montgomery Dent Corse, C.S.A., 17th Virginia Infantry, to his wife Elizabeth Beverly Corse.

Ten Fascinating Civil War Artifacts From Tennessee-- Part 4: A Tintype and Doctor's Kit

7.  PIRKLE FAMILY LIVES ON--  A tintype image of brothers Elijah and Jesse Pirkle in uniform.  They joined the Union Army in July 1863.  Two months later and within 15 days of each other, Elijah was shot and hospitalized and Jesse was captured and imprisoned.

8.  DOCTOR'S KIT--  The doctor's kit was found in Gallatin and was owned by Confederate Dr. Thomas Morris Woodson, who died in 1907.  It contains, among other things, a menacing looking tooth extractor and trepanning drills used to bore into a skull to release pressure.

I feel A Bit Light-Headed.  --Old Secesh

Black Man Wanted To Kill As Many Whites As He Could In California

We get the news from Fresno, California, that a black man set out on a vendetta to kill as many white people as he could.  He killed three white people.  This really sounds racist to me.

And, like the Charleston killer, he wasn't even nice enough to die.  The coward.

This is a horrible story.

But, when the sorry excuse in Charleston killed those Blacks in the church, there was a huge backlash against all things Confederate, especially the flag.  Since this was one deranged person doing something in the case of the Charleston white supremacist, and the blame was placed on all with a Confederate heritage, I suppose we should be able to find something that Blacks do that we don't like and demand it to be "erased" and "cleansed."

Let's see.  What should we "Demand."

It's Only Fair.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 433: Virginia and New Orleans

From the March 31, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  U.Va.should consider moving confederate plaques to another location.  (Virginia)  (Loss)  Upset about two plaques honoring students and alumni who lost their lives in the service of the Confederacy.  Hey, students, that is YOUR history whether you like it or not.

These men gave their lives for what they thought was right.

**  Confederate monuments to come down in May.  (New Orleans)  (Loss)

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 432: The Proposed Shame of New Orleans

From the March 29, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Battle over Confederate Monuments Continues  (New Orleans)  (Loss)  New Orleans plans to take the Confederate monuments down in two months.

Until the city shames itself as they plan, New Orleans will continue to be capitalized.  Once down, the city goes to lower case (n)ew (o)rleans like its sister shamed city of (l)ouisville.  Plus, I intend to have my own little boycott, even though I really like New Orleans.

)h Well.  --Old Secesh

MCCWRT: New Orleans Trip, Cemetery Walk

Presented by Dave Noe at the August 2016, meeting of the McHenry County Civil War Round Table meeting at the Woodstock (Illinois) Public Library.

I had never heard of this unit before.

Business:

**  We have two new members.

**  There will be a cemetery tour in Algonquin October 8 at 10 a.m..  The one hour tour will visit some of the graves of the 30 Civil War veterans buried there.  It is expected to last one hour.

**  New Orleans field trip planned for November 9-12.  This one was cancelled because of flooding, but there is some talk now of going there in a few months.  Of course, I might not be able to go because of the statue thing.

Shame On New Orleans  --Old Secesh


"Gloria Victis: 1903-- Part 2: Not Vandalized

The inscription on it:

TO THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS OF MARYLAND IN THE SERVICE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA  1861-1865."

There is an angel at the top of it holding a dead or dying Confederate young man.

It was nice to see that the monument had not been vandalized, but that was 1903, way before all this horrible anti-Confederate feeling.  There was no BLM spray-painted across it.

I am sure there is a movement among "some" to have it removed.  Slavery connection, you know.

To Honor the Brave.  --Old Secesh

Monday, April 17, 2017

Chicago Murder and Shootings to Date

And while Blacks everywhere are so much against anything Confederate, here's what is going on in Chicago.

I'm listening to WXRT right now and they are saying that over the weekend 39 people were wounded in Chicago, one of whom was killed.

These figures are primarily of Blacks killing other Blacks and from the site Hey Jackass: Chicago Murder and Mayhem.

So far in April:

24 killed
159 wounded.

For the last week (4-9 to 4-15):

9 killed
80 wounded

Year To Date:

160 killed
758 wounded

Meanwhile, U.S. deaths in Afghanistan so far in 2017 have been two.

And Yet, They Are Really Upset About Anything Confederate.  You's Have To Think This Would Be a Bigger Issue.  --Old Secesh

Gloria Victis: 1903-- Part 1: Photograph of the Confederate Monument in Baltimore

From the March 26, 2017, Shorpy site.

GLORIA VICTIS: 1903:  Baltimore circa 1903.  "Confederate Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Mount Royal Avenue."

Sculptor Frederic Ruckstall's allegorical bronze "Spirit of the Confederacy," whose Latin inscription means "Glory to the Vanquished.

This photograph of the monument was taken some time around 1903, and shows two horse-drawn carriages in the scene, no cars.

Sad to Know That "Certain" People Are Offended and Demanding Its Removal.  This Is a Piece of History.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 431: Some More Wins

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

**  Georgia lawmaker makes pitch for measures to mark Confederate history.  (Win)  State Representative Tommy Benton wants April to be recognized as Confederate History Month.  At least their are a few pols not afraid to stand up against this wave of Confederate hatred.

**  Supporters of Confederate Memorial Day proposal accuse critics of intolerance.  (Georgia)  (Win)  What's good for the goose is good for the ......  Very true.  Not to mention that opponents are also a bit racist.

**  Shreveport Representative files bill to protect military monuments.  (Louisiana)  (Win)  State representative Thomas Comody has a bill to protect monuments commemorating U.S. wars.  And that, of course, would include Confederate ones since Confederate soldiers are considered U.S,. veterans.

--Old Secesh

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Name Tarheel Has a Civil War Connection


In  my Down Da Road I Go blog, I have been writing about where the name Tarheels comes from in connection with the UNC-Chapel Hill winning the NCAA  National Basketball Championship earlier this month.

There are two theories as to where the name comes from.

One has to do with the American revolution and the other with the Civil War.

You can read about it by clicking on the Down Da Road I Go site to the right of this.

Of course, since the name Tarheel may have come from Confederates, I guess a new name will have to be found.  The Big "S" word, you know.

What Did It Have To Do With Gen. Lee? --Old Secesh

Ten Fascinating Civil War Artifacts from Tennessee-- Part 3:

Continued from November 4, 2016.

5.  LINCOLN'S NOTE--  Union soldier Henry Jenks and a friend dug their way out of Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, and made it back to Union lines.  Once there, he posed for a tintype photo and got a letter signed by Lincoln permitting him to return to their regiments.

6.  CONFEDERATE SOLDIER'S DIARY--  Roysdon Robertson Etter, 16th Tennessee.  One of his entries, dated November 30, 1864, is about the disastrous Battle of Franklin.  One of his statements:  "The ground could not be seen because of the crush of dead soldiers."

Love Those Artifacts.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lake County CWRT-- Part 5: Confederate Flags/Union Flags

Polk's Flag was a St. George's Cross.

There were 400 different flags in Illinois during the war.

During the war, flags were usually hand-sewn and then many were painted.  Irosh regimental flags were green and also painted.

Flags were made of silk and muslin.

--Old Secesh.


Lake County CWRT: Confederate Flags Presentation-- Part 4:

Every Confederate state had flags even though most didn't before the war.  South Carolina had three state flags during the conflict.  The Bonnie Blue Flag even had a song about it.  It was the second-most popular in the Confederacy after the song "Dixie."

Mississippi's state flag used during the war remained until the 1890s, when the present embattled one was adopted.

The Hardee Pattern Flag used by some unites was an all-blue flag with a white oval at the center which had the unit's name and number.  There was also a mostly red Van Dorn Pattern.

Hood's Texas Brigade took the Texas state flag in its unit flag.  This unit sustained heavy casualties throughout the war.

--Old Secesh


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lake County CWRT-- Part 3: Confederate Flags

Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard commissioned William Miles to come up with another design.  His design, referred to as the Second nation banner, or "The Stainless Banner" was used for two years.  It featured a white field with the more familiar Confederate Battle Flag as a square in the upper right hand corner.  The problem with this flag is that when hanging limp, it does resemble and could be confused with a surrender white flag.

The 3rd National Flag was then designed.  It was the same as the second national except for a vertical red stripe opposite the Confederate Flag.  It wasn't used long as it was adopted March 4, 1865, as the Confederacy rapidly drew to an end.  It is referred to as the "Blood-Stained Banner."  It was designed by Arthur Rogers.

--Old Secesh


Lake County CWRT-- Part 2: Flags of the Confederacy

On March 9, 2017, I went to the Lake County Civil War Round Table meeting in Grayslake, Illinois.  It is held at the village's Heritage and Museum.

A presentation was given by Rich Garling on Confederate flags.

During the Civil War, flags were often a rallying point in the smoke and confusion of battle.  There was nothing more disgraceful to a unit than losing its flag and a huge morale boost if the enemy's flag (s) were captured.  Mr. Garling read Joshua Chamberlain's quote on the flags at the Appomattox surrender.

Nichola Marschall (1822-1920) designed the original Confederate National Flag  It kind of resembled the Austrian National Flag at the time.  However, it was determined by the South that it too much resembled the flag of the United States.

It was decided that a new design was needed.

--Old Flag

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Tent Situation in 1865: Not Really Tense, Though

From the April 4, 2017, Shorpy Photo Site.  Go to the site for the photograph and you can enlarge it for big-time detail.

A TENT SITUATION: 1865.  April 1865.  Petersburg, Virginia.  "Federal Army camp.  Soldiers boxing.  From the Library of Congress.

This is a permanent camp complete with chimney and cook stoves.  These tents have been occupied for quite some time, since the summer of 1864 and the Siege of Petersburg.  It  being in April and with the few soldiers in the photo, this might have been after the Confederates evacuated their camps and trenches across from the Union ones.

Two of the soldiers are putting on a show like they're boxing and others just standing around.  "The war's over, man.  Bobby Lee's on the run.  We're going home."

An Interesting Look Back In Time.

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 430: Some Wins

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

**  Georgia lawmaker makes pitch for measure to mark Confederate history.  (Win)  State Representative Tommy Benton wants April recognized as Confederate History Month.

**  Supporters if Confederate Memorial Day accuse critics of intolerance.  (Georgia)  (Win)  And, in the case of Blacks being against it, that is racism raising its ugly head as well.

**  Shreveport Representative files bill to protect military monuments.  (Louisiana)  (Win)  State Representative Thomas Camordy has bill to protect monuments in the state commemorating U.S. wars.  Pf course, this means protecting Confederate monuments.

Three Classified Wins In One Day?  --Old Secesh


Monday, April 10, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 429: Now, It's the Arkansas State Flag

From the March 23-27, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Lawmaker Works to Change Confederate Significance of Arkansas State Flag Star.  (Loss)  The blue star above the word Arkansas represents the state's membership in the Confederacy.  The lawmaker is a black man named Charles Blake (D-Little Rock).

**  Lawmaker aims to revive Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia.  (Win)

**  Group looks to lawmakers to keep Confederate monuments.  (New Orleans)  (Win)  The group is the Monumental Task Committee, but I would say it is unlikely that the lawmakers will help.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 428: Finally, Some Wins

From the March 20 and 21, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flag flies next to NCAA arena in South Carolina.  (Greenville, S.C.)  (Win)  Previously the NCAA would not allow any tournaments to be played in the state because of the Confederate Flag flying at the Capitol.  The NCAA likes to pretend it is not political, but, it is a VERY political outfit.

**  Suit filed to prevent Lee statue removal.  (Charlottesville, Va.)  (Win)

**  New Bill to Give Confederate Military leader Robert E. Lee His Own Holiday.  (Arkansas)  (Win)  Lee's birthday had been a state wide holiday in Arkansas since 1947.  I imagine that the lady state representative will be completely against this.

--Old Secesh

Friday, April 7, 2017

McHenry County Civil War Round Table Meets Tuesday, April 11

On April 11, 2017, the McHenry Civil War Round Table will be meeting at the Woodstock, Illinois, Public Library at 414 Y. Judd Street, right off the historic 1850s Woodstock Square.

The presentation will be given by Dave Powell on the Tullahoma Campaign.  I look forward to it as I don't really know a lot about it.

Before the meeting, several members gather to eat at Papa G's on the historic Woodstock Square.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 427: Of Statues and Meetings

From the March 15 and 18, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate statue in Hemming Park causing angst; some support moving it.  )Jacksonville, Florida)  (Loss)   It was renamed Hemming Park in 1899 after Confederate veteran Charles C. Hemming installed the 62-foot Confederate monument.  (1.54 acres)

**  Protest Held Outside Gathering of Confederate Descendants.  (South Carolina)  (Loss)  The South Carolina Division of the SCV was holding an annual conference.  Thirty-five people protested peacefully, even though the descendants kept their flags inside the building.

Perhaps It Is Time for Confederate Descendants To Start Protesting Outside Racist NAACP Meetings.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fort York, Last Confederate Victory in North Carolina-- Part 1

From the March 28, 2017, Salisbury (NC) Post by Wayne Hinshaw.

Roy barber is a New York native now living in North Carolina who is very involved in anything to do with history and Civil War history in the Salisbury area.  He had ancestors fighting for the Union in the war.

Fort York is on a hilltop overlooking the Yadkin River at the junction of I-85 and U.S.-29.  The Land Trust for Central North Carolina purchased the 12.5 acre site and sold it to Davidson County in hopes the county would open it as a battlefield park.

Fort York was called Camp Yadkin, Fort Beauregard as well during its time in the Civil War.  At one time it was also the York Hill Campground, several of its sites and buildings still remain.

During the Civil War, the site was free of trees, but today it is heavily forested.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 426: Arkansas Removes Lee's Birthday

From the March 17, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Arkansas lawmakers vote to remove Lee from King holiday.  (Loss, well, sort of)  They moved Lee's birthday.  I actually do not like having both observed at the same time.  But, after all, Lee's birthday was observed first.  So, perhaps move King's birthday to the earlier or later weekend.  Either that, or make a payment to a Confederate descendant organization.

But what really galled me was the statement one lawmaker in Arkansas made.  Rep. Jana Della Rosa said:  "We are taking Robert E. Lee and we are putting him in the basement and we're acting like we're embarrassed that he even existed."

And, she is a white person.

Spoken Like a True Carperbagger.  --Old Secesh.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Yankee in Dixie: Shorpy Photo, Charleston, S.C.

From the March 21, 2017, Shorpy Photo site, "A Yankee in Dixie: 1865.  April 1865.  "Charleston, South Carolina.  Headquarters of General John P. Hatch, South Battery."  This would be during the Union occupation of the city.  There is bunting in the mansion, two USCT guarding the house and Union officers on the porch.

The house next door has black cloth wrapped around its porch columns.

Comment:  There is a picture of the houses today.  The black crepe embellishing thecolumns is for the dead President Lincoln.  In the case that the next-door home belongs to a Southern symphatizer I would think it might be for the end of the Confederacy.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 425: Mississippi Legislators Back Down

From the March 15, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Legislators Back Down from Confederate Flag Threat.  (Mississippi)  (Loss)  This was in regards to financial sanctions against the state supported universities for refusing to fly the stat flag because part of it has the Confederate Flag on it.  This is too bad.  Cowards!.  If the schools don't want to fly the flag, they should not be getting state support.

**  Now a group in Lafayette, Louisiana, wants statue of General Alfred Mouton removed.  (Loss)  Of course, the general was a Confederate.  Let's hope that the people in power there don't give in to a few people.

--Old secesh


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 424: Flag Removed, But Will Go Up Again

From the March 14, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Group removes Flag, Vows to raise It Again Soon.  (Rockbridge County, Virginia)  (Loss)  The 82-foot flagpole was removed because it was too close to the highway.

**  Local NAACP will protest outside Confederate Veterans conference.  (South Carolina)  (?)  The South Carolina Division of the SCV is holding the conference in York, S.C..

Something About a Black Group Protesting a Peaceful Confederate Group's Meeting Sounds a Little Racist to Me.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 423: New Orleans' Mayor Talks About the Confederate Statues

From the March 12, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu On Confederate Monuments--  Interview.

The mayor tried to say that he wanted them removed even before the Charleston murders and that they were put up by "the Cult of the Lost Cause."

The host said that general Lee accepted defeat and welcomed African-Americans into his church and ended up doing a lot of good for the United States.  This was especially important in the area of reconciliation.

Landrieu said that Lee had led an army against the United States for the purpose of keeping African-Americans as less than human.

I have to wonder if the mayor has any Southern roots.  Apparently not.  Perhaps descended from Carpetbaggers.

I Don't Think We Will Get Much Help From This Person.  --Old Secesh

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mort Kunstler 2017 Calendar: Respect of An Army, Lee's Surrender

From the April 2017 Civil War calendar

Robert E. Lee is shown riding his horse Traveler from the surrender at Appomattox.

"APPOMATTOX C.H., APRIL 9, 1865.  After four terrible years of fighting, the gallant Army of Northern Virginia had sustained great hardships and was unable to recover.  Nearing desperation, the Confederate forces reluctantly conceded to their Union counterparts.

"General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant met to discuss the terms of surrender at the McLean House at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.  After completing the terms, General Lee shook hands with General Grant, bowed to the other officers, and left the room.

"In reverence and awe, Grant's staff and those in attendance followed their former foe out onto the porch and front grounds as the Confederate commander signaled for his horse.  Despite the circumstances, the soldiers who had fought so hard against one another shared a mutual respect that represented the first step toward reuniting the country."

A Sad Day.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 422: Alabama Senate Passes Confederate Monument Bill

From the March 10-11, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Thefts:  Vandalism or Souvenir Seekers.  (South Carolina)  (Loss)  Three Iron Crosses of Honor erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy which were set in concrete were taken from the Old Sheldon Church (built 1745) and burned by Sherman.  Definitely hope it wasn't vandalism, but these days you never can tell.

**  Alabama Senate passes Confederate monument bill.  (Win)  This will ban changes to Confederate and other old monuments.  Tennessee and North Carolina have also passed bills like this.  Virginia's governor vetoed one like it.

And here I was thinking we couldn't get a fair shake in any legislative branch of government.

Bronx Cheer to the Va. Gov..  --Old Secesh

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 Murders in New Orleans (and (l)ouisville)

While I can still use New Orleans in the upper case.  When they take down the statues, their shame will be partly reflected with going to lower case (n)ew (o)rleans.

From the New Orleans Murder Map 2017, which shows where the murders take place:

50 murdered so far in 2017.  A total of 175 murdered in 2016.

By the way, (l)ouisville had 18 murders recorded in the first two months of 2017.

Again, it would seem the mayor and councils of either city should have a bigger thing to solve than removing the Confederate statues.

Word to the wise, not one single Confederate Flag, memorial or statue is suspected of any murder in New Orleans or (l)ouisville.

Seems To Me, Bodies Are A Bigger Threat Than Those Statues And Memorials.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 421: Virginia Flaggers Defy Court, Pay Fines

From the Google Alerts for March 9, 2017, for Confederate.

**  Confederate group won't take down rebel flag along highway.  (Virginia)  (Win).  The 82-foot tall pole and huge flag have been ruled to close to the highway and the Virginia Flaggers face a $200 fine the first ten days and $65 after that to a maximum fine of $5,000.

They are applying for a permit to move it, but, in the meantime, the flag will fly and supporters have volunteered to pay the fines.

It is on US-60 by Lexington.

Keep It Flying.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 420: Mississippi Universities To Be Punished

From the March 9, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

Mississippi House to colleges against Confederate battle emblem;  Fly flag or lose tax break.  (Win)

I was wondering when someone was going to draw the line.  All Mississippi state universities are refusing to fly the state flag because of its Confederate emblem inclusion.

I would have immediately cut all state aid and tax breaks to them because of their secession in this case.

The vote was close, however, 57-56.

Hope It Sticks.  --Old Secesh

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 419: New Orleans Takes a Step Toward Going Lower Case

From the March 7, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  New Orleans Can Remove Confederate Statues, Federal Appeals Court Says.  (LOSS)

And, this is a big loss.  I am not surprised as there is no way we're going to get a fair hearing in any court as they are all on the anti-Confederate side.  I am sure they will be down very quickly and with nothing said about what will be done with them.

Just like in the case of (l)ouisville, Kentucky, New Orleans is well on its way to lower case shame for the shameful act they contemplate now.  Too bad, as this will have a big impact on my choice to ever go back to the shamed city.

And, I still believe that when a governmental body wants to be that insensitive to others, they should pay.  I would put the sum to be paid at $1 million apiece for the Lee, Davis and Beauregard statues.  No charge for the fourth one.

The city will remain upper case until they do their ignoble move.

And, With New Orleans' Black Murder Rates, You'd Think They'd Have Bigger Issues.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 418: Save the Confederate Statues, Memorials and Monuments

From the March 2 and 5, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flag flies high near Chesapeake toll plaza.  (Virginia)  (Win)  Always love it when one of the Flags flie flags flies high and proud.  Kind of an "In Your FACE!!"

**  Editorial:  What Richmond should do about its Confederate statues.  (Virginia)  (Win)  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  The editorial says to keep the statues and monuments, but have a marker accompany each to tell the stories behind the monuments and individuals they honor.

I can certainly agree with this.  And, if need be, even to mention that the Confederacy was also fighting to keep slavery.  It is rare when the Confederacy can get a fair shake in the media.

Save Our Statues, Monuments and Memorials  --Old Secesh