Saturday, September 23, 2017

The 2017 Great Purge of American History

I must admit that I like this name for what is going on right now with Confederate history.  It sums it up quite well.

I first used the term in yesterday's post "Will Dallas Join the 2017 Great Purge of American History.

I am now including this as a label for the Civil War II posts.

It is nothing short of a purge, so let's call it that.

--Old Secesh

Other Events Affecting the Civil War-- Part 4: Month of July 1863

Continued from August.

These were ideas put forth at the MCCWRT discussion  group on July 29, 2017.

**  Trent Affair and capture of the CSS Florida in Brazil in a highly questionable action on the part of the Union Navy.

**  Month of July 1863: Vicksburg, Gettysburg and the capture of Port Hudson.

**  Sanitary Commission and advancements in medicine:  hospital ship and Ambulance Corps.

**  Camp cleanliness.  Suturing up wounds with horsehair (after it was boiled).

**  Nevada being admitted to the Union.  Lots of silver coming out of it to finance the war.

**  1864 Presidential election.  Lincoln winning meant that the war was to continue.  Essentially the last hope the Confederacy had at this time.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 568: What Should Be Done With All Those Empty Confederate Monument Plinths?

From the September 11, 2017, Google Alerts for Civil War North Carolina.

**  What should be done with all the empty Confederate monument plinths?  (OK, a plinth is the base supporting a statue.)  "As more Confederate statues come down around the U.S., the fate of the remaining, often colossal pedestals with a dark past is now up for debate."  A good question.  With the words "dark past," I have to wonder what the author wants?  This was from Architectural Digest and a lot of the article was about what happened to Soviet Union and German monuments to the Communists and Nazis after they fell.

Sadly, many of these articles rely on information from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is quite an anti-white organization, posing as a fair, unprejudiced, information gathering group, which right now seems to really be involved in counting up and pointing out any and everything remotely connected with the Confederacy with the intention of inciting certain groups to have it all brought down.

This organization says that most Confederate monuments were erected during the Jim Crow Era and the Civil Rights Era.  Because of this, the monuments were erected to keep the Blacks in their place.  They contend the Jim Crow Era began in the late 19th century and ran until 1965 and the Civil Rights Era.  I always thought the Jim Crow Era began shortly after the Civil War ended, as a part of the Black Codes.    Another site I found said it began in 1870.

In the late 19th century, Confederate veterans and general were fast fading away to death and the statues were an attempt to honor them while they still lived.

--Old Secesh

Friday, September 22, 2017

MCCWRT Discussion Group Meets Saturday, Sep. 23

The McHenry County Civil War Round Table will be meeting Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Panera Bread Company in Crystal Lake, Illinois located at the intersection of Main Street and US-14.

The topic of discussion will be Great Innovations of the Civil War.

We will meet from 10 a.m. to noon.

I picked 11 innovations in the Navy and have listed them on my Running the Blockade:  Naval Civil War Blog.

--Old Secesh

Civil War-- 567: The 2017 Great Purge of American History

From the September 11, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Fort.

**  Naval Academy to discuss two buildings named for Confederates.

**  Whitewashing the realities of history helps nobody.

**  Mayor Rawling's task force on Confederate monuments.  Does Dallas need a new name?  U.S. Vice President George Mifflin Dallas supported the Fugitive Slave Act.  Will Dallas join the 2017 Great Purge of American History?

**  Last-minute court decision blocks removal of Confederate statue in Dallas.

I Like That 2017 Great Purge of American History Name.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Civil War II-- 566: Crane Crash On Way to Remove Confederate Statue in Dallas Causes a Death

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

**  Fox News host asks  of 9/11 memorial will come down next.  One hundred years in the future, perhaps people won't see things the way we do today.

**  Fighting the rhetorical Civil War.

**  Kevin O'Brien Norwell:  Confederate monuments should be preserved, not razed.

**  Fayetteville's Confederate cemetery:  Ruminations on the futility of war.  (Arkansas)

**  Rally to remove Decatur's Confederate monument draws divisive crowd.

**  'Lost Cause puzzle.'  Many Kentucky towns have Confederate statues.  Here's how they got there.  This article lists towns and statues with a short history on each.

"*  Crane crashes heading to remove Confederate statue.  (Dallas)  This was an accident resulting in a fatality.

I Imagine Certain People Will Blame the Death on the Confederate Statue.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 565: How Far Is Too Far in Removing Confederate Monuments?

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

**  How far is too far in removing Confederate monuments?  Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch, Jack Torry, Sep. 10, 2017.  He mentioned the Confederate statues on Capitol Hill in D.C. and the stained glass windows at the National Cathedral.

Last month about 100 people gathered at Columbus City Hall demanding the removal of the city's three Christopher Columbus monuments.

In Durham, New Hampshire, the post office has a mural of an Indian in a menacing pose and there are some who want it removed.

In Memphis, an iconic theater has ended its annual showing of "Gone With the Wind."

He describes this as "the increasingly divisive debate."

And for those of you who still believe these people will stop when all the Confederate monuments are gone from, public spaces, think again.

No Kidding.  They're Just Starting.  --Old Secesh

Mapping During the Civil War-- Part 1: In Its Infancy

From the September 8, 2017, Coastal Point "Civil War Profiles:  Mapping During the Civil War.

This was the age before GPS (Global Positioning System in case you're wondering).

Mapmaking was in its infancy during the Civil War.  Military officers often complained about the inaccuracy or nonexistence of maps in the areas in which they were operating.  There was, especially for Union commanders, the serious problem of unfamiliarity with their territory.

Jedidiah Hotchkiss, however, was one of the foremost mapmakers of the war.  he was Confederate and spent much time with Gen. Stonewall Jackson.

On February 23, 1863, he noted in his diary, "I got secret orders from the General to prepare a map of the Valley of [Virginia] extended to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then to Philadelphia."  The order came from Jackson, but his map was used for his June-July incursion into Pennsylvania leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Fighting Guy" Henry-- Part 3: A Commendable Service Record

From the Arlington National Cemetery site.

He served in the First Regiment U.S. Artillery in the early fighting in the Civil War and in 1863 was elected to command the 40th Massachusetts Infantry regiment.  Some of his battles and postings:  Bull Run Campaign, Key West, Hilton Head, S.C. and the Battle of Pocotaligo, S.C., the attack on Charleston and bombardment of Fort Sumter.

Guy Vernor Henry was breveted to brigadier general in the U.S. Army for gallantry at  the Battle of Rose Bud, Montana, where he was shot through the face.

Later, he commanded the all-black 10th U.S. Cavalry.

The obituary for him saluted "Fighting Guy" Henry for his "brilliant and fearless campaigning."

His grandfather was Daniel D. Thompkins, governor of New York and vice president of the United States.

Again, I Had Never Heard of Him before.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 564: Confederate Rally Planned for Richmond on September 16

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

**  Booker wins support for his push to remove Confederate statues from Capitol.

**  Stonewall Jackson window memorialized at black church in Virginia.  (Roanoke)  Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.  They seem to want it to remain because Jackson was a man of Christ who led Bible study for his slaves and taught them to read and write, although that was illegal in the prewar South.

**  Is it time to tear down monuments to the Confederacy?

**  Committee for Augusta NAACP chapter to investigate Confederate monuments' history.  (Georgia)  At least, so far, they are not DEMANDING they be torn down.

**  Richmond police prepare for clash as a Confederate group plans rally at Robert E. Lee statue.  (Virginia)  This coming weekend, September 16.  The Confederate group is CSA II: The New Confederate States of America.  There is fear that it will result in another Charlottesville.

Sure Hope the Richmond Rally Doesn't Become Another Charlottesville.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 563: Richmond, Va. Town Hall Meetings on Fate of Confederate Monuments Divisive

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

**  Charitable group sporting Confederate flag raises concern.

**  Here is the best way to handle Confederate monument issue.  The Richmond town hall meetings are full of acrimonies and divisive.

**  Cincinnati church considers removing Confederate memorial.

**  Mayor:  Confederate statues could come with endowment.  (Lexington)  Private donors have raised $100,000 for removal, upkeep and protection.

**  Supreme Court asked to consider Mississippi's use of Confederate image.  (On its state flag)

--Old Secesh

What Goes Around Comes Around in (b)altimore

And we're not talking about around the mountain.

Some more on the "hate crime" done to the statue of Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words to our National Anthem.

(b)altimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D) recently removed four Confederate statues.  She has no plans to remove the Francis Scott Key statue however.

A statue of Christopher Columbus was also "vandalized" in her city.  I sure wish the media would stop using the term vandalism to describe these actions.  They are nothing less than hate crimes.

She opened the door, now has to live with it.

Lower case (b) for the city because of its shame.  I also do not plan to visit the city even though I really would like to visit Fort McHenry and other historic sites.

Now (b)altimore Has Opened the Door.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Civil War II-- 562: N.C. Governor Wants Confederate Statues on Capitol Grounds Removed to Bentonville.

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

**  Southern Alamance students disciplined for Confederate attire, social media.  (North Carolina)  Depends upon how they were wearing the attire, especially if in a confrontational mode.  Of course, Southern Alamance may have to change the name as Southerners is often used for Confederates during the Civil War.

**  Sick of the sudden uproar over Confederate statues -- and response.

**  Divide over Confederate statue's removal stands amid removal efforts.  (Dallas)

From the Sept. 9, 2017, Civil War North Carolina Google Alerts.

**  NC governor has new site in mind for 3 Confederate monuments on Capitol grounds.  Wants to move them to the Battle of Bentonville State Historic Site.

**  Tearing down prejudice, rather than statues.

**  Civil War monuments should be removed, but preserved.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II--561: Three Victories

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

**  Passer-by snags makeshift sign placed at former Franklin Confederate monument.  (Ohio)  The monument was 90 years old.  the sign said, "We do not negotiate with terrorists.  BLM is a terrorist organization."

**  Tyrone Town Council keeps mural with Confederate soldier as is.  (Fayette County, Ga.)  (Win)

**  County commission votes to keep Confederate plaque.  (West Virginia)  (Win)

**  Manatee County Commission votes against removing Confederate monument.  (Florida)  (Win)  The vote was 4-3.  I'd like to know how many of the three voted to remove it were Black?

Can You Believe We Actually Won on Three Things?  Maybe There Is a Spark of Hope Still Left.  --Old Secesh

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mort Kunstler-- Part 2: September Dates

SEPT. 19--  1863  Battle of Chickamauga

1864  Battle of the Wilderness

SEPT 24--  Sheridan lays waste to the Shenandoah Valley.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 560: A Cathedral and Re-Enactors

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

**  A Confederate soldier in this Virginia town should not stand alone.  Leave him, but...  (Leesburg Courthouse)  (Put up one honoring Blacks)  Opinion.  I can agree with this.  I say, leave the Confederate monuments where they are, but definitely put signage with the word slavery, or, even better, honor Blacks in the area who have accomplished things.

**  The removal of Confederate windows at National Cathedral was no cause for celebration.  (Washington, D.C.) (Loss)  Removed September 6, 2017.  Lee and Jackson were very devout Christian men.

**  Maine's Confederate re-enactors say they show 'history' not racism.  They are in the 15th Alabama.  A professor at Bates College, a black woman who  chairs the African-American Studies Department says their portrayal is disgusting.  Coming from a black person, i am not surprised as to her opinion.

i was at the Civil War re-enactments in Wauconda and Hainesville, Illinois, and found no protesting by Confederate re-enactors.  That was refreshing.

We're Just Portraying History.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 559: Dallas Preparing to Shame Self

From September September 8, 2017, Google Alerts for Civil War North Carolina and Sept. 9, 2017, Confederate Fort.

**  Professors weigh in on statue debate.

**  Equipment, manpower delay Dallas Confederate statue removal.  (Robert E. Lee)  Dallas evidently wants to shame itself as well.

**  We can't only say Confederate symbols are ;heritage' not 'hate."

**  North Carolina governor trying to remove old Capitol monuments.

From Sept. 9, 2017, Yahoo! News.

High school students disciplined after wearing KKK hoods, burning cross.  (Creston Community High School, Iowa)  (Loss)  They posted on social media.  There is no excuse for this type of behavior.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 558: New York Poll Says to Leave Confederate Memorials

From the September 8, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Another Confederate statue sparks debate in Mississippi.  (Oxford, Mississippi)

**  Confederate Flag banned in Indiana school after clashes among students.  Depends upon how the Confederate Flag is worn.  If just on a shirt, ok.  If as a cape to flaunt in front of black students, no.

**  Siena Poll:  New Yorkers say leave Confederate symbols.  Only, they used a small "c" for Confederate.

**  Confederate statue cannonball thief caught on video.

**  Controversy over Confederate symbols comes  to Jefferson County.  (West Virginia)

**  Informal Discussion:  Confederate memorials.

--Old Secesh

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Fighting Guy" Henry-- Part 2: His Medal of Honor

Continued from Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

He was in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and later in Puerto Rico, alongside of General Nelson Miles and is buried at Arlington Narlational Cemetery.

Guy Henry's Medal of Honor came while commanding the 40th Massachusetts at Cold Harbor on June 1, 1864 where he led assaults of his brigade upon the enemy's works.  he had two horses shot out from under him.

He had a son named Guy Vernor Henry, Jr. (1875-1967).  he became the third member of the family to graduate from West Point in the Class of 1898.  He earned a Silver Star in the Spanish-American War, was in the Puerto Rico Campaign, Philippines and in both world wars.  He spent a lot of time in the cavalry and even won a bronze medal in the Olympics.

--Old Secesh

Why Is It OK for Blacks to Be Racist, But Not Whites?

A whole lot of this Black hatred to all-things Confederate, currently directed at statues, but primed to expand to anything having to do with slavery, (watch out Mt. Rushmore).   This is primarily designed as attacks on things a lot of white Southerners hold dear.  When one group hates and goes out of its way to attack something of another group, this would seem to be racism to me.

Now, I understand why Blacks would not like the Confederacy and don't blame them.  As I have said before, if I was a black person I am sure I wouldn't like them either.

But in this country, you have to learn to live with some things you don't like.  Again, there are things about Blacks that I don't like.

I Guess, the Racism Thing Is Like Saying the "N" Word.  Something That Is OK for Blacks to Say or Do, But Not Whites.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Statue of Francis Scott Key in Baltimore "Vandalized": Wrote That 'Racist Anthem'

September 13, 2017 "Statue of Francis Scott Key  in Baltimore vandalized with graffiti."

Wednesday morning, Baltimore residents found the Francis Scott Key memorial at 1200 Eutaw Street spray pained in red and black from the sidewalk to the top of its columns.

Francis Scott Key was the lawyer, author and poet from Frederick Maryland who wrote the poem "The Defense of Fort McHenry" which later became the National Anthem of the United States, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The vandalizing (I call it a hate crime) took place exactly 203 years after he wrote it.  The statue is located at 1200 N. Eutaw Street.

The words "Racist Anthem" were written on the monument.  The seldom sung third voice contains the words "No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave."  This would refer to slaves who fought for Britain who gave them a promise of freedom.

Francis Scott Key owned slaves and opposed abolition.  He died in 1843, so was not a Confederate.

And some of you think these people will be satisfied when all Confederate symbols are gone.  That is JUST the BEGINNING!!

Silly People.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 557: N.C. Law Enforcement Group Wants All Traces of Confederacy on Public Spaces to Go

From the September 8, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  All traces of Confederacy must go, NC law enforcement group says.  (Loss)  Hard to believe a law enforcement group would say something like this.  They also want the repeal of the N.C. Cultural History Artifact Management and Patriotism Act of 2015, which protects all monuments, but especially Confederate ones.

The headline is misleading.  When I saw it, it sounded as if they wanted all traces of the Confederacy everywhere removed.

The name of the group is the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.  I would also like to know if it is mostly a black organization, or bipartisan.

Some follow up, I went to their site and on their blog, they have the announcement.  The newspaper article made it sound like they wanted everything, everywhere removed.

"WHEREAS, visible and systematic markers of racism and white supremacy, including those commemorating the Confederacy, were erected outside courthouses and centers of government power specifically to reclaim those public spaces for the unjust causes the markers and symbols represent."

Evidently, it is just those by courthouses and in public places.

They also want the 2015 act removed so communities can act on Confederate statue removal.

The Statues Being Put Up to Promote Racism and White Supremacy Needs to be Proven, Not Just Thought.  If They Can Find Actual Proof, Then Take It Down.--Old Secesh

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Civil War II-- 556: Richmond and Washington D.C.

From the September 8, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Democrats offer bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol.  (Loss)  It turns out that the two Democrats are both Blacks.  There are 12 Confederate leaders in the National Statuary Hall.

**  Former Confederate capital considers removal of statues.  (Richmond, Va.)  (Loss)  Even for it to be considered is a loss.

**  A major US church decided to remove memorials to Confederate leaders.  (National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.)  (Loss)  If there were ever two men more committed to their church than Robert E. lee and Stonewall Jackson, I'd like to know who they might be.

**  Confederate monument to be removed from downtown Tampa Thursday.  (Florida)  (Loss)

**  Confederate statues, memorials in Washington, D.C., scrutinized.  And, you know what they want to do to them.

Sad Times.  --Old Secesh

Junping the Blog Ahead

Because I am so far behind on my posts about all this Confederate hating, I am going to jump ahead to September 8, 2017.  I will endeavor to catch up from August 13 to this new date.

Sure wish all this would stop, but at this point it will not stop until every last vestige of the Confederacy is, sadly, erased.

I wish something could be done to stop all this desecration.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 555: Richmond, Ireland and Commies

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

**  Richmond, Va., grapples with fate of Confederate monuments.

**  The Rubberbandits lead calls urging Cork fans not to flly Confederate Flags.  (Ireland)  Has it gotten to this?

**  Nazis and Commies and violence, OH MY--  Why Confederate statues must come down.  I am thinking that perhaps they should be taken down for the safety of those who want to pull them down in what is called "vandalizing" but in actuality is a "hate crime."  Now, we're compared to Commies?

We certainly wouldn't want any of these "people" committing the crimes to get accidentally injured if a statue fell on them.

**  The Confederacy isn't about heritage.

Commies?  Really?  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Fighting Guy" Henry, Union Army Officer-- Part 1: Medal of Honor Recipient

Today, Guy Vernor "Fighting Guy" Henry will be the topic of a presentation at the McHenry County Civil War Round Table in Woodstock, Illinois.  As I said in an earlier post, I'd never heard of him before so had to do some research.  Quite and interesting man.

From Wikipedia.

Born March 9, 1839.  Died October 27, 1899.

Military officer, Medal of Honor recipient, Indian fighter and early governor of Puerto Rico.

His father was William Seton Henry, 1816-1851, was an 1835 graduate of the USMA and fought in the Mexican War.

Guy Vernor Henry graduated the USMA in 1861, right at the start of the Civil War and was a Union officer.  Later he was in the Indian Wars.  From 1891 to 1894, he commanded the famous 7th Cavalry.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 554: People Who Hate Confederate Statues

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

**  Ky. mayor:  2 Confederate statues to come down after Charlottesville.  (Lexington)  Mayor Jim Gray is taking steps to remove statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckenridge.  Sorry mayor, though, you will have to change your last name because you-know-who wore that color uniform.  Mustn't offend anybody, you know.

**  Enough of the Confederate statues, the alt-right heroes and Trump moral ideology.

**  West Virginia group calls for removing Confederate statue.  (Charleston)  (Loss)  Statue of Stonewall Jackson on state capitol grounds.  And, you just know they will get their way.

**  Cherokee Triangle statue of Confederate officer vandalized following Charlottesville violence.  (Louisville, Kentucky)  (Loss)  Mayor asks Public Art Commission to prepare a list of any possible items connected to racism and slavery.  That way he can have them removed.  And here I was thinking that Louisville had been "cleansed" after the Confederate Memorial had been taken down.  This particular statue that was "vandalized" was erected in 1913 and is for John Breckenridge Castleman.

I just love the way the media calls the desecration of monuments "vandalizing" when it actually is a hate crime.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 553: Pro-Confederates Are Not Nazis and Confederate Soldiers Are U.S. Military Veterans

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

**  Debate over the Confederate monument in Caddo Parish continues.  (Louisiana)

**  What would Martin Luther King think of HBO's 'Confederate?"

**  State law:  Confederate monument stays.  (Asheboro, North Carolina)  (Win)

**  This weekend's Charlottesville rally represents an alliance between pro-Confederates and Nazis.  Don't you just love it when the Confederate-haters try to compare pro-Confederates with Nazis, especially when the Confederate-haters are essentially Nazis themselves?  I am a Pro-Confederate and I really hate all things Nazi.

**  Girl Scout mom concerned about Confederate Flag during Veterans Day parade.  "Virginia Beach, Virginia)  She is a black woman.  The group was allowed to have the flag because Confederate soldiers are officially United States veterans.  Sorry Mrs. Mom.

That's Right, As Much As Confederate-Haters May Hate It, Confederate Soldiers Are Every Bit As Much Of American Soldiers As the Union Ones They Fought.  Something They Sure Won't Admit.  --Old Secesh

Monday, September 11, 2017

Where Were You 9-11?

Yesterday, I asked several people where they were on 9-11.  Most said at work.  Most said they would like to go to the ceremony in McHenry, Illinois' Veterans Park today, but, alas, they had to work again.

Today, my waitress at Steak 'N Shake in McHenry said she was at work.

The checkout person at Wal-Mart said that she was in the Marine Corps in an aircraft hangar and watched the events unfolding in the sergeant-major's office.

Then, at the Spring Grove Walgreens a lady stocking the Halloween aisle said she was at home and her daughter called to say she had to turn on the TV and watch.  Unfortunately, 9-11 is also her birthday so that kind of ruined the day for her.  I wished her a happy birthday and sang one verse of "Happy Birthday" to her.

Most of the time I could remember Mom's birthday because of its closeness to 9-11.  Her birthday was September 14.

I am devoting all my blogs to 9-11 today.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

MCCWRT Meeting Tuesday, September 12: Guy Henry

The McHenry County Civil War Round Table meets Tuesday, September 12 at the Woodstock Public Library at 414 Judd Street in Woodstock, Illinois, at 7 p.m..

The topic of the presentation will be on someone I know absolutely nothing about, Guy Henry and will be given by Frank Crawford.

A group will get together for dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Three Brothers Restaurant on Illinois Highway 47.

Eatin' and the Civil War.  Sounds Like a Plan to Me.  --Old Secesh

Sadly, I Can't Get Into My "Second Civil War" Blog to Post

Well, at least I can get the blog up, but can't figure out how to post on it.  Not enough options.

This is why I had the last two posts on this blog.  I was hoping to have ones like this on the new one.

I'll Keep Trying.

Technologically Challenged Old Me.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 552: The Trouble With Tiki Torches

From the Aug 11 and 13, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Fort and Civil War North Carolina.

**  Protesters clash over Confederate monument in Dallas.  (Loss)  How long before the shooting starts?

**  Charlottesville reignites Lee NAACP fight for removal of Confederate symbols in Fort Myers.  (Florida)  (Loss)  Guess who wants the Lee statue removed?

**  1 arrest in San Antonio rallies about Confederate statue.  (Travis Park)

**  Rally planned at Confederate memorial set for relocation.  (Tampa, Fla.)

**  Why white nationalists drawn to Charlottesville.  There was a photo of he tiki torch parade.  Something as seemingly innocent and fun as a tiki torch gets ugly.  Ban them from white nationalists as a safety hazard (we sure wouldn't want them burning their fingers or shirts), but mostly because it looks too much like a Nazi rally.  No tikis for ticky-tocky idiots!!

Judging by the large number of tiki torches I see in stores around here, the stores around Charlottesville must have been emptied.  Somebody made some money.

What was that old John Hiatt song?  "The Tiki  Bar is Open."

Tiki torches are supposed to be fun, not hate.

Tiki Torches Provide Great Lighting for Your Favorite Cocktail.  Keep It Out of Hate.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 551: Statues, Statues, Statues and Snooty

From Google Alerts for August 11, 2017, for Confederate.

**  Resident asks county to replace Confederate statue.  (Asheboro, N.C.)  (Loss)  One person, a former NAACP president, asked for its removal.  Sadly, today, all it takes is just one black person to be offended to accomplish the fact.

**  Easthampton police investigate theft of Confederate Flag   Makes you wonder why so many Confederate flag backers drive pick-up trucks?

**  Confederates for Snooty: Southern group backs manatee statue.  (Tampa, Fl.)  Ha Ha!

**  Competing protests at Travis Park Confederate monument expected to bring hundreds downtown.  (San Antonio)  This always scares me.  There are idiots on both sides and always the chance for bloodshed.

**  Landrieu:  Confederate monument removal didn't add to drainage problems in New Orleans.  Oh, really.  The city spent $2 million for the monument removal.  That could have gone to work on the city's water problem.  (Especially in light of Harvey's near miss.)

**  What to do with Confederate statues?

**  Citizens Advisory Committee votes down a recommendation to remove Confederate monument.  (Caddo Parish, Louisiana)  (Win)  A rare win, but for how long?

Little Ole Manatee Me.  --Old Secesh

Friday, September 8, 2017

Big Change Coming To This Blog...Hopefully

I have been thinking about starting a new blog to tell the sad story of the desecration going on today of the Confederate statues and all things Confederate.  This blog was originally set up to examine things dealing with the Civil War.

But, there was, even back in 2008, many heritage attacks.  Today, those attacks of have become a regular deluge.  Every where I look, the statues are either coming down, often in the process of hate crimes and often as the result of city's caving into Blacks.

Anyway, today I started a new blog called "The Second Civil War: The Confederacy Under Attack Again."  And I hope to put all he sad stuff there and keep this one for the real Civil War history.

It is set up, but I am not satisfied with the way it looks, but will keep working on it.
We shall see how well it goes.

Like I Said, I DEFINITELY DO NOT NEED Any More Blogs, But, Oh Well.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Meanwhile, the Murders, Shootings and Mayhem in Chicago Continue

From Hey Jackass, Chicago Murder and Mayhem September 7, 2017.

While Blacks are so concerned about Confederate memorials, monuments and statues.  So far in Chicago.

SEPTEMBER TO DATE--  10 killed, 56 wounded

WEEK TO DATE  (9-3 to 9-9)--  8 killed 39 wounded

YEAR TO DATE--  447 killed, 2159 shot

Every 2:18 hours a person shot.  Every 12:21 hours a person murdered.

Again, most of the murders take place in Black neighborhoods and involve Blacks Killing Blacks.

So far this year:  police-involved shootings--  9 killed 10 wounded.

Some more stats:

Black   378       50
Hispanic   81   5
White/Other   14  2

Costs on average $55,000 per gunshot victim for ER (first 30 minutes).  And guess who isn't insured?

Police clearance rate for homicides:  13.1%.  Some people know who did it but just won't say.

The TV and radio stations reported fewer murders and shootings in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend, almost gleefully.  According to Chicago CBS, there were 7 killed and 35 wounded from 11 p.m. Friday, September 1 to 5 a.m., Tuesday, September 5.  That is 7 more killed and 35 more wounded than is acceptable.

I came across a news story that so far in 2017, the United States has had 6 soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

No Confederate Statues Are Suspected in the Mayhem.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 550: Welcome to One Flag Over Texas

From the August 19, 2017, Yahoo! News  "Six Flags drops Confederate Flag from Texas park Six Flags Over Texas."

The park opened in 1961, on the Civil War Centennial.  Along with the U.S. flag and Confederate one, the flags of Spain, Mexico, France and the Republic of Texas flew over it.  To cover the Confederate Flag removal, all but the U.S. flag were taken down.

Now, we know the Confederacy had that "S" thing going.  But what about the other countries?  There has never been a country in existence that didn't have things that embarrass us today.  That is why.

Six U.S. flags now fly at the entrance.

They need to change the name to One Flag Over Texas.

One Flag Over Texas sure doesn't have the pizazz that Six Flags Over Texas did.

One has to wonder about Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags Over St. Louis.

Let Us Be Politically Correct and Not Offend One Of the Two Groups Who MUST NOT Be Offended.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 549: Charlottesville Votes to Shroud Monuments

From the August 23, 2017, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald by AP.

The Charlottesville City Council voted to drape two Confederate statues in black fabric during a chaotic meeting packed with irate residents who screamed and cursed at the council members over the city's response to the white nationalist rally.  This anger resulted in three arrests

A photograph accompanying the article showed both Blacks and Whites yelling and doing the Black Power salute.  They were looking every bit as hateful as the white nationalist had been.

The white nationalist rally was organized in part to protest the city's decision to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee.

The removal is in the midst of a legal challenge because a 1998 state law forbids local governments from removing, damaging or defacing war monuments.  The city contends that this does no apply to the Lee statue because it was put up before 1998.

A judge has issued an injunction that keeps the city from removing it while the lawsuit plays out.  Until then, the shroud  will stay in place as the city's mourning for the woman killed.

The other statue is of Stonewall Jackson.

In the meantime, Charlottesville is looking to break the law, good law-abiding citizens as they are.  But, under the circumstances of what happened, I would have to agree that the statue should be removed to some other place.

I Was Wondering Why the Statue Was Still There.  --Old Secesh

Dr. J. Marlon Sims, Controversial "Father of Modern Gynecology"

Yesterday, I wrote about critics in New York City wanting a statue to this man, J. Marlon Sims, removed from Central Park.  His work is indeed laudable, but the way in which he did it was shocking.

From 1845 to 1849, in Montgomery, Alabama, he operated on 12 black slave women with fistula.  They were brought to him by their owners.  And, he did it without using anesthetics.  This is where I find a serious problem with him.

Besides the statue in Central Park, there are also ones in the Alabama and South Carolina capitols as well as a marker at his birthplace in South Carolina.

If the memorials are allowed to remain, mention of the slave women and his not using anesthesia definitely need to be mentioned.  This puts him in the same situation as the Nazi doctors who experimented on people in the concentration camps.

Again, I Would Have No Problem With the Statue's Removal.  If It Stays, There Should Definitely Be Signage About the Slave Women He Used.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Civil War II-- 548: Critics Want Central Park, N.Y. City Statue Removed

From the August 23, 2017, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph herald "More Confederate memorials under fire," AP.

Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth.

Dr. J. Marlon Sims was a 19th-century physician who is credited with developing a surgical technique to repair certain types of fistulas, or tears, which prior to that had been a seemingly insurmountable condition.  He developed the technique through operations on enslaved black women in Alabama, without anesthetic.

I wonder why this did not become an issue before.  Oh yes, Civil War II.

Controversial?  Definitely.  Operating on them without their consent and using anesthetic?  No excuse, even if progress was made!

I Would Agree With Taking Down This Statue.  --Old Secesh

19th Annual Battle of Morseville Civil War Re-Enactment This Past Weekend

From the August 23, 2017, Flash.

This took place in Stockton, Illinois on Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27.

Gates opened at 9 a.m. on the David and Eloise Farm, in Stockton.

The encampment and re-enactment was presented by the 3rd Iowa Light Artillery.

Food available.  Admission $5 and kids 6 and under free.

There were drills, General Grant, artillery dress parade and a battle.

Love Those Re-Enactments.  --Old Secesh

Monday, September 4, 2017

Civil War II-- 547: Fort Bragg, Governor Vance, TV and Dallas

From August 11, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Fort, Civil War North Carolina and Confederate.

**  Fort Bragg name not going anywhere as Army resists Confederate name changes.  (Win)  Although, in today's political climate, how much longer they can is probably not going to be long.

**  The future of the Vance Monument.  (Asheville, NC) (Loss)  Vance was the wartime governor of North Carolina.

**  Reimaging Confederate history creates a dangerous reality.  (About the HBO "Confederate" TV show.

**  'Confederate' danger:  Fake history and uneducated public at an explosive moment.  (TV)

**  Vote:  What should Dallas do with its Confederate memorial and statues?  I would like to have found out how the vote went.

**  Dallas' 4 black City Council members say Confederate statues 'must and will be removed'-- after process.  (Loss)  Very racist of them to say that.  At least this is one time I didn't have to spend more time finding their race.  I wish all newspapers and media would always tell the race of people in these stories.

And, There Is More From August 11.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 546: Army, Richmond, Fairs, TV and Ole Miss

From August 10, 2017, Google Alers for Confederate.

**  The Confederate Flag fight is back.

**  **  Army denies Dem's demands to rename Confederate streets on historic base.  (Win)

**  100s pack Richmond hearing on Confederate monuments.  I would sure hate to see those historical monuments go.  I side with the mayor about letting them remain but with signage.

**  Emotions run high at first public hearing on Confederate statues.  (Richmond, Va.)

**  Resident asks NC county to replace Confederate statue.  (Loss)  Sadly, today, all it takes is one black person to request (or demand) removal and they get their way.  I wish I counted that much.

**  Burlington County freeholders denounce Confederate Flag at Farmer Fair, request ban.  (Loss)  Not sure what freeholder means?

**  At Ole Miss, the debate about Confederate imagery and names never ends.

**  HBO's 'Confederate' uproar sparks TV industry debate.

**  Confederate flag at Wood County Fair a slap to Civil War veterans.

--Old Secesh

Civil War-- 545: It Turns Into a Flood

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

These are the headlines of the stories for this date.

**  Ole Miss edges out of its Confederate shadow, gingerly.  (Loss)

**  US Army refuses to rename streets honoring Confederate leaders.  (Win)

**  Time capsule found in base of Lake Eola Confederate statue.  (Florida)  (Win, but in a sad way because of the statue removal.)

**  Group wants Forrest statue, other Confederate symbols removed.  (Loss)

**  Dem. rep. flips after Army refuses to remove Confederate street names on base.  The representative was a black woman named Yvette Clarke.  I can't help but think she needs to be addressing more serious problems her constituents face.

**  Confederate flags, 'Black Flies Matter' shirts leave some New Hampshire county fairgoers disgusted.

**  La Fayette:  Walmart employee says woman damaged her car over Confederate Flag flap. (Loss)

**  5 solutions to Salisbury's Confederate marker controversy.(Maryland)  1.  Let it be, 2.  Give the full picture of its significance,  3.  Add markers around it,  4.  Put it in a museum,  5.  Relocate it closer to Winder's home.  The marker was put up by the Maryland Civil War Commission and is for Confederate General John Winder, former U.S. Army officer and in charge of Confederate prisons, including Andersonville.

This Just Keep Getting Bigger and Worse.  --Old Secesh

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Mort Kunstler's 2017 Calendar, September-- Part 1

Dates from the September calendar

SEP. 2--  1864   Atlanta surrenders

SEP. 5--  1863   Britain seizes Confederate ships and shipyard

SEP.6--  1819  General William S. Rosecrans, US, born    1861   Grant moves into Paducah

SEP. 8--  1828   General Joshua Chamberlain, US, born

SEP. 10--  1836   Gen. Joseph Wheeler, CS, born

SEP. 11--  1861  Union victory at Cheat Mountain

--Old Secesh

Friday, September 1, 2017

Mort Kunstler's 2017 Civil War Calendar, September: "Iron Horses, Men of Steel"


"In June 1861, Cplonel Thomas J. Jackson supervised the greatest overland movement of locomotives and railroad equipment done in the Civil War.

"Winchester citizens stared in wonder as 40-horse teams pulled their heavy loads through the streets."

In the painting, the horses are hitched four-across and pulling what looks like some sort of railroad car, team teams back.  There is also a pair of oxen pulling what looks like a cowcatcher from a locomotive and a small engine.  Mounted troops/cavalry ride alongside the teams.  Young boys are running in the street and the sidewalks are packed with onlookers.  Confederate First national and Virginia flags fly from the buildings.

I had never heard of this accomplishment of Stonewall Jackson.

Quite An Accomplishment.  --Old Secesh

Were Confederate Generals Traitors?

I have been increasingly hearing that all who fought for the Confederacy, particularly those who had formerly been in the United States military, were traitors.

Was secession legal?  If it was legal, then no one who fought for the Confederacy were traitors.  Author William E. Williams believes secession was legal.  After all, New England came dangerously close to secession because of their opposition to the War of 1812.  They believed secession was legal.  (And then, they said the South's secession was illegal 49 years later.)

"Confederate generals were fighting for independence from the Union just as George Washington and other generals fought for independence from Great Britain.  Those who label Gen. Robert E. Lee as a traitor might also label George Washington as a traitor.  I'm sure Great Britain's King George III would have agreed."

To be a Traitor Or Not To Be.  --Old Secesh

Two Things I Wish Newspapers Would Do: Where and Who

When I read the articles about this Confederate-hater thing going on these days, I wish newspapers would always include their town and city in their internet edition as I spend a lot of time having to figure out where they are.  On the internet, people around the world read your articles and may not know where you're publishing.

Also, especially in articles where someone is really attacking the statues, I would like to know what race they are.  In the case of politicians, you can look up their web page, but if they aren't politicians, sometimes it is very difficult.

The race of a person attacking the statues makes a big difference.

Sort of a Racism Thing, You Know.  --RoadDog

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Civil War II-- 544: Hate Crime in Ohio, Confederate Statue Beheaded in Cemetery

From the August 23, 2017, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald "More Confederate memorials under fire", AP.

Police say a Confederate soldier statue at a cemetery in Ohio has been damaged by vandals who took its head.

Columbus police say the vandals climbed onto an arched memorial at the Camp Chase Confederate cemetery and toppled the statue atop the monument to the ground.

The soldier's head and hat were then knocked off.  The vandals took the head but left the hat.

Police say the vandalism occurred early Tuesday at the cemetery where 2,000 Confederate soldiers are buried.  Camp Chase was the site of a Union prison for Confederates and these men died at the camp.

I like the way the desecraters were referred to as vandals in the article..  Since the Confederates were white, I'd say a hate crime was committed.

It is one thing to do something illegal like defacing and tearing down a Confederate monument that is not built over a grave, but to do something like that over 2,200+ bodies.  Something just isn't right.  Especially people who died at the hands of the Union after they were captured.  Maybe we should start thinking about taking down statues to Union soldiers in the North as well.

And, Again, the Confederate-Haters Say They Just Want Confederate Statues Removed From Public Places Like Courthouses.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Civil War II-- 545: Confederate Flag Under Attack in Manhattan

From the August 23, 2017, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald, AP "More Confederate memorials under fire."  AP.


The Confederate flags had been in a Manhattan apartment's windows for over a year.  And then, in a matter of days last week, rocks were thrown at them, a window was punched out, a tarp was hung over them and legal action taken.

By this week, the lighted flags were no more to be found in the seventh-floor windows in the East Village neighborhood, where the Confederate flag was displayed alongside an Israeli flag and a colonial-era American one.

The flags' owner, William Green, said by e-mail that the reaction reflects a misunderstanding of their meaning.  he said the battle flag represents Confederates who "loved their country."  "Heritage not hate."

And the press likes to portray Confederate-Haters as nice, stand-up, do-the-right-thing folks.  I don't think so.  Was this a Hate Crime?

Oh Well.  Anti-Confederates Behaving In Their Usual Way.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Civil War II-- 542: Renaming the "Cradle of Liberty" Boston's Historic Faneuil Hall Because of Slavery Connection

From the August 23, 2017, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald, "More Confederate memorials under fire" AP.

An advocacy group is calling for renaming Boston's historic Faneuil Hall because its namesake had ties to the slave trade.

The brick meeting house, built in 1742 and nicknamed "The Cradle of Liberty," was where Samuel Adams and other American colonists made some of the earliest speeches urging independence from Britain.

Decades later, Frederick Douglass and other prominent abolitionists also would use the famous stage to call for an end to slavery.

Kevin Peterson, founder of the New Democracy Coalition, days it is time to change the name because it was built and donated to Boston by Peter Faneuil, a wealthy merchant who owned and traded slaves.

For any of you who think they will stop when all the Confederate statues are down... Not Likely.  Any and everything associated with any aspect of slavery will have to go.

Maybe President Trump Knows What He's Talking About With Washington and Jefferson.  --Old Secesh

Monday, August 28, 2017

About the Nazis and Their Destruction of Cultural Items

Some other things I found while looking up Nazi destruction of cultural items:

**  Destroyed what they considered to be "degenerate art."

**  Destroyed books in "quest to destroy European culture."

**  Destroyed monuments in Poland.

**  Destroyed the Glade of Armistice in Paris which was built to celebrate the Allied victory over Germany in World War I.

So, who is either demanding the statues come down or taking it in their own hands to vandalize and desecrate the Confederate statues.

Who's a Nazi Now?  --Old Secesh

Friday, August 25, 2017

Welcome to the Black Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Statues)

Only this time, instead of glass, it is statues being broken.  And instead of innocent people being massacred, it is innocent statues.

Just as the Nazis had a purge/pogrom against the Jews in Germany on the night of November 9-10, 1938, Kristallnacht, the Blacks are having their own, with the help of their white minions and gutless politicians, against any and everything about the Confederacy.

I am sure that down the road, when revisionist historians look at this period of U.S. history, that they will compare it with Kristallnacht.  The persecution and destruction of a group of people.

Now, I under no circumstances expect Blacks to like the Confederacy.  If I was black, I certainly wouldn't like the Confederacy.  But, in this country there have always been and always will be things that make some, if not all of its citizens angry.

Are there things about Blacks that anger me?  You bet there are.

But after over 150 years, time has come to get on with your life.

As a sign in our local American Legions says, "Pull Up Your Big Girl Panties and Get On With It."

Who's a Neo-Nazi Now?  --Old Secesh

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Did the Nazis Ever Destroy Culturally Significant Buildings or Sites?

What with all this desecration and destruction of Confederate monuments, I was wondering if similar atrocities have occurred in the past.

REDDIT ASK HISTORIANS:  Did the Nazis ever destroy ancient and/or culturally significant buildings and sites in the same way ISIS is currently going about destroying important buildings in Syria, such as Palmyra?

The answer is yes.

**  Paris was to be destroyed before the Germans evacuated the city but the commander disobeyed Hitler's orders

**  Nazi destruction of monuments and art work took two different forms:

1.  To humiliate and culturally destroy the occupied people.
2.  They also destroyed German art work and monuments to prevent their capture by the Allies.

Makes you wonder if the Confederate-haters, are in fact Neo-Nazis or maybe Neo-ISIS.  Perhaps the Blacks are picking up the Nazi banner.

Makes You Think, Though.  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Civil War II-- 541: Tampa Reverses Self, Richmond Debate Begins

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

**  Can Tampa's Confederate monument rest in peace at Brandon family cemetery?  (Florida)  (Loss)  Last week, by a vote 4-2, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to remove the 106-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the old courthouse.  The original black racist commissioner did not give up after his first attempt ended in a defeat.  I'd sure like to know the racial breakdown of the commissioners and how they voted.

So, another city prepares to shame itself and after I was so proud of them to stand up against this black tyranny last month.

**  Richmond debate over Confederate statues begins with remarkable civility  Will it last?  (Virginia)  Evidently, a commission will be set up to make recommendations.  I kind of know how this will work out.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Civil War II-- 540: U.S. Army Stands Up to Black Tyranny, But for How Long?

From the August 8, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Fort.

**  U.S. Army refuses to take Confederate general names off Fort Hamilton streets.  (New York City)  (Win)  This is a huge win.

But, you just know that Blacks are now going to push for the names of Army bases which are named for Confederates will become a top priority and I am sure the Fort Hamilton story will not be over until the names are changed.

And, at one time Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were considered to be American heroes, two of the greatest American generals ever, despite fighting for the "other side."  How could so many Americans be so wrong for so long?

One Really Has to Wonder.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 539: More About Confederate Memorials, Flags and Statues

From August 3-4, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Why are there Confederate statues in the District?  (Washington, D.C.)  From Afro-American.  And guess what they want?

**  Confederate Flag will continue to fly near S.C. business despite owner's concerns.  (Orangeburg)  The Edisto River Creamery is in a bind because the SCV owns a flag that flies by the property,  In this case I say the SCV should give the guy a break and lower the flag.  Maybe sell the land to the owner.

**  Dallas Confederate memorials scream 'white supremacy'.   (Dallas News Commentary)  (Loss)  The writer has located 5 Confederate named monuments in Dallas and obviously wants them removed.  At least this was not a regular news story but one person's opinion.

Sadly, the Confederate-haters think all Confederate monuments are white supremacist.  Believe me, that is not what they mean to me and not what the people who put them up, most often by UDC, had in mind either..  This was out of respect for men who put their lives on the line to start a new country after it became apparent they could no longer be a part of the United States.

So Sad What is Going On.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 538: Now San Antonio, Detroit and Richmond

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

**  SA councilmen call on relocation of Confederate monument.  (San Antonio)  (Loss)  It was erected in the early 1900s in Travis Park "Lest We Forget Our Confederate Dead."  District 2 Councilman William "Cruz" Shaw, a black racist, is leading the attack.

**  Confederate Flags banned at Detroit's Eastern Market vendor hub.  (Loss)  But considering the city, probably for the safety of all.

**  From Confederate Fort Google Alerts.

Richmond kicks off talks on Confederate monuments.  (Virginia)  (Win and Lose)   Win because they are talking about it.  Loss because we know what will eventually happen if the other side does not take it upon themselves to remove them.  I liked the mayor's plan to leave them, but have signage.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 537: On Trump and the Sad Thing in Charlottesville

August 15, 2017.

I was watching the video of Trump's talk about what happened in Charlottesville and was really aggravated with that one obnoxious female reporter who kept interrupting him.  The President said that before he makes a statement, he likes to have the facts (well, I have to admit he sometimes does not).  He said the statement he made on the night of the confrontation was a good one when he said there was blame on both sides.

He also said that removing the Confederate monuments will open the door for the removal of others.

The driver of the car who killed the woman and injured the others was a disgrace to himself, his country and his family.  A murderer.

The President seemed to be saying that he knew stuff about the confrontation which the public doesn't know.  I would hope so as he IS the President.  But, I think he should release pictures of what the counterprotesters were doing.  I sure would like to see that, if it exists.

I have to agree that media coverage of Trump and the Confederate haters is very biased and a disgrace to the profession.

--Old Secesh

Monday, August 21, 2017

20 Significant Events Affecting the Civil War-- Part 3: About Gen. Butler

**  Butler declaring escaped slaves as contraband.  Everything Butler did that wasn't in the field was good. He was a good administrator and contraband addressed the problem with what to do with incoming former slaves.

There is a new book about Butler.

Butler had part interest in the racing yacht America for which America's Cup is named.

**  Trent Affair

**  Death of Stonewall Jackson and impact on Lee.  Now had three corps instead of two.  Ewell and Hill never matched Jackson's ability.

Lee was called "Granny" and "King of Spades" for digging trenches.

Capture of the CSS Florida in Brazil.  Somewhat questionable move bt the Union commander.

--Old Secesh

Friday, August 18, 2017

Others on 20 Most Significant Events Affecting the War-- Part 2: Moving Capital to Richmond

**  Slavery would have died out eventually, possibly by 1900.

**  Movement of Confederate capital from Montgomery to Richmond was a really bad move.  It deemphasized the importance of the Western Theater  Richmond as capital would secure Virginia for the Confederacy.  It was now, however, too close to Washington, D.C., and too hard to defend.

**  The North's Herman Haupt and his control and use of railroads was a big help in their cause.

**  Creation of the U.S. Military Rail Roads.

**  The firing of Simon Cameron

**  Dred Scott Decision and the Fugitive Slave Act.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 536: Guess Where the OscarSoWhite Guy Stands on the New TV Show 'Confederate'?

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

**  OscarsSoWhite creator starts social media campaign to stop 'Confederate.'    (The proposed HBO show "Confederate").  So, who's being a racist?

**  School board votes to drop high school's Confederate name.  (Fairfax County, Va.)  J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church.  However, they will just be dropping the J.E.B. part of the name.

--Old Secesh

Civil War-- 535: U.S. Army Stands Up to Black Racism

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

**  US Army refuses to rename streets honoring Confederate leaders.  (Fort Hamilton in New York City)  (Win)  The streets are named for Lee and Jackson and black racist Congressman Yvette Clarke wanted the names removed.  The black racist Southern Poverty Law Center says there are 1503 Confederate place names and symbols across the United States.  You just know they would like all removed.

More credit for the U.S. Army resisting black tyranny.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Civil War II-- 534: NAACP Issues Black Travel Advisory for Missouri

From Chicago's WXRT, July 28, 2017.

**  Missouri NAACP has issued a travel warning to Blacks driving in Missouri.  They warn that Blacks can get killed.

I don't know about this one.  But I think signs should be put up along interstates where it is not a good idea for white motorists to get off the interstate.  There are dangerous neighborhoods, even for Blacks.

--Old Secesh

What the Others Had to Say About the 20 Events Affecting the Civil War-- Part 1: Battle of Ball's Bluff

It was clear that there was some confusion in the McHenry Civil War Round Table's discussion group as to what the subject's parameters involved.

Some interesting comments:

**  The Battle of Ball's Bluff early in the war caused the death of Col. Baker.  This caused an impact on political generals and led to the formation of the Committee On the Conduct of the War.

**  Lee's decision to resign from the U.S. Army.

**  The Anaconda Plan

**  The Emancipation Proclamation destroyed the Confederacy in the eyes of Europe.

**  The U.S. navy was the 13th largest in the world at the outbreak of the war.  It grew to be huge.

**  Fort Sumter

More to Come.  All of Interest.  --Old Secesh

My 20 Most Significant Events Affecting the Civil War-- Part 4: Union Navy

16.  Technology: Mines. telegraph, repeating rifles, railroads.  Even though they had machine guns and submarines, those did not have that big of an impact.

17.  Lack of cooperation from Confederate states and their governors to the central government.  It was a states rights thing, you know.

18.  The Union's population and economy.

19.  The Union Navy's ability to strike whenever and wherever along Confederate coasts and deep into the interior via rivers.

20.  Confederate commerce raiders impact on the North's commerce.  At one point practically swept Northern commerce from the oceans.  Huge increase in insurance rates and reflagging ships to foreign countries.

OK. one more.  21.  The huge growth of the Union Navy.

This Sure Gets You To Thinking.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 533: Trump Places Blame On Both Sides

You'd have to believe that the President of the United States is privy to more information on events than the press and regular people.  In other words, he must know what he's talking about when he says both sides were to blame.  He did a lot better than whoever is the Virginia governor right now when he appeared on TV Saturday and rambled on in that rant he gave.

I am not sure who the female reporter was that kept trying to interrupt the President while he was speaking, but she should be fined or banned from other press conferences until she learns some decorum.  She would have been perfectly at home with the anti-protesters in Charlottesville.

As far as the events in Charlottesville, Trump said, "You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.

He also had it right when he said that the reason the white supremacists were in Charlottesville in the first place was the anti-Confederate hate group's determination to bring down the statue of Robert E. Lee.  He also expressed common cause with with those in the South working to preserve monuments to Confederate leaders and soldiers

Trump said, "This week it's Robert E. Lee.  I noticed Stonewall Jackson is coming down.  I wonder -- is it George Washington next week?  And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after."

Anyone who reads this blog knows of the Black Movement to take down all Confederate symbols.  And, I am sure afterwards they will go after any American who ever owned slaves, including some fairly influential Founding Fathers.  I am not sure what Blacks are going to do about those Blacks in Africa who sold Africans into slavery all those years ago.  Perhaps ban African history or, maybe drop that African-American name they like so much.

How can you honor people who sold Black Africans into slavery?

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Civil War II-- 532: President Again Places Blame On Both Sides-- Part 1

From the August 16, 2017, Chicago Tribune "Trump Unscripted" by Noah Bierman, Washington Bureau.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at the ... alt right?"

"Tuesday, the President forcefully blamed the counterprotesters as well as white supremacist groups for this weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., abandoning his scripted condemnation just a day earlier as the neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups widely seen as responsible."

His initial response on Saturday after the woman was killed by the automobile driven allegedly by a white supremacist was the fault of "many sides."  Of course the alt-left, Blacks and their white minions didn't like that as they wanted the full blame on the protesters.

President Trump's statement Saturday was on the mark.  What happened in Charlottesville was the fault of BOTH SIDES.  Had the alt-left counterprotesters not been there, this would not have happened.  Seeing videos of the savagery, it is clearly evident that both sides were guilty of in-your-face tactics which would only lead to bad results.

And, remember, I am sure there were people there on both sides who had weapons.  It is a wonder it didn't end up a shooting match.

Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 532: No More J.E.B. Stuart High School in Virginia?

From the July 27, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate name may be expelled from Virginia school.  (Falls Church)  (Loss of Win under circumstances.  J.E.B. Stuart High School.   There has been a two-year debate and July 27, there will be a vote to determine the name.

The school opened in 1959 and the name was chosen the previous year during the height of the Civil Rights movement.  It would appear to me that the name was chosen as a slap in the face to the movement and as such I would agree to the renaming.

Also, if the majority of the students are Black, I would support renaming.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 531: Hillsborough County (Fla) Reverses Self and Votes to Remove the Confederate Statue

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

**  Hillsborough County workers survey new site for the Confederate monument.  (Tampa, Florida)  (Loss)  The Hillsborough County Commissioners voted 4-2 to relocate the controversial statue, over 100 years old.  I'd like to know the racial breakdown of the vote.  I am sure black racists and their white minions carried the day.

So sad, too, as they had just recently voted to keep it where it is.  But one black commissioner wasn't happy about it.

Oh, well, another city and county preparing to shame themselves into the lower case.

Let's see how that would look:  (t)ampa   (h)illsborough County.

So Sad, So Sad.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Civil War II-- Part 530: Trump Gets It Right, Both Sides To Blame for Charlottesville

Listening to the radio just now, I heard what President Trump had to say about Charlottesville and he pegged it right.  The blame for it goes to both sides.  The counter protesters were just as bad as the white groups.  Had they not been there, doing their hate tactics, this would not have happened.

Believe me, the Confederate haters are just as bad as any of the radical pro-Confederate groups.

Place the blame for where it belongs-- both sides.

And, then, I heard also that last night a gang of anti-Confederates pulled down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina.  The police were nearby, but to insure no one got hurt or killed, did nothing to stop them.  These people probably were mostly Black and possibly with their white minions, but I haven't seen any pictures of the desecration.

Sure Wish They Would Stop.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 529: Leave Those Confederate Statues Alone!!

Time has come for these Black attacks on Confederate monuments, memorials and statues (also now even markers), to cease.  There are many people being pushed to the limit.  I fear there will be more Charlottesvilles.

I would be willing to accept the desecrations done by statue removals up to now.  Just no more taken down.

Old Secesh

Monday, August 14, 2017

Civil War II-- 528: OK, We Met Yours, Now You've Met Idiots of a Different Bent

And believe me, I hated seeing the KKK, White Nationalists and Neo-Nazis out there.  Their hatred certainly does not reflect my views.

I was afraid something like this would happen.  What would happen when their idiots met our idiots in big numbers.  It happened this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, a real flashpoint for the Second Civil War, the attempt by Blacks and their white minions to erase the Confederacy from history.

I sure hated seeing the idiots carrying the Confederate Flags.  It is hard enough to distance us from their twisted objectives.  And, that just gives the other side ammunition to continue their attacks.  I wish there was some way to make it illegal for them to carry the flag.

I really dislike the KKK, Nazis, white supremacists and white nationalists.  And, I really hate it when they come out as pro-Confederate.  It makes us look bad.

I am hoping that the idiot who drove the car into the Confederate-haters gets full prosecution and even the death penalty.  There was no excuse for that.

But, I am thinking this Confederate-hatred thing is going to become more violent as the Blacks in the NAACP and BLM press home their advantage they've had since the Charleston murders.  I am very moderate when it comes to this, but continue getting madder and madder as each statue comes down.

I mean, the flag attacks were one thing, but this takes it to a whole other level.  This is nothing short of desecration.

They need to stop their attack.  Time for an armistice or cease-fire.  The Blacks have certainly made their slavery point and certainly have driven it home.  I'd be willing to leave it at the statues we've already lost being gone, just no more removals.  If they would just be satisfied with that.  That's not going to happen.

Hopefully, we won't reach the point where we have to do something about all the MLK memorials and roads named for him or the Union soldier statues in public places in the North as both have things to be ashamed of.  But, if the Confederate statues all come down, so should these.

If Removal Is Based on Offended, Then It Should Go Both Ways.  --Old Secesh

Can't Find My The Second Civil War: The Confederacy Under Attack...Again Blog

OK, Saturday, I, against my better judgement, started yet another blog.  With seven blogs already, really the last thing I needed.

But, I am thinking that I am getting too much into this new Civil War, this one to erase the Confederacy from history, in this blog.

As I have said before, I'd much rather be writing about the original Civil War, but I can not stand by and let the good name of the Confederate soldiers be besmirched by this black and their white minions hate campaign.

Surely, the Confederacy was partly there for the continuation of slavery (even though Lincoln would have allowed the horrible institution to continue as long as the states stayed in the Union), but there had to be other reasons why they fought since most soldiers did not have slaves.

Anyway, since Saturday, I have tried to find the new blog but with no luck.

Maybe I'll Try Again At Some Other Time.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 527: (r)ockville and (m)ontgomery County, Maryland Shame Selves

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

**  (r)ockville Confederate Statue Removed.  ((m)ontgomery County, Md.)  (Loss)  It was a 13-ton statue in place for over 100 years.  The county, for its shame, paid $100,000 to have it removed to White's Ferry.

The reasoning for its removal was that it only honored the Confederate soldiers of the county.  My answer to that is that they should have put up a Union monument and one to honor slaves, but leave the Confederate one.

Another City Joins the List of Shame.  Another Place I Won't Be Visiting Soon.  --Old Secesh

Friday, August 11, 2017

My 20 Most Significant Events Affecting the Civil War-- Part 3

11.  Placing John Bell Hood in charge of the Army of the Tennessee.

12.  The large number of Southerners who did not support the Confederacy.

13.  Lincoln:  The ultimate politician and the Right man at the Right Time.

14.  Loss of Confederate ports and, to an extent, the blockade.

15.  The breakdown of the Confederate transportation system.

--Old Secesh

Why Did Alexander Gardner Move Soldiers' Bodies For His Civil War Photographs?

From the December 2014, Smithsonian "Ask Smithsonian."  Question from Charlie Ian of Los Angeles, California.

Gardner was seeking to create dramatic tableau of the aftermath of battle.

The best known of his "manipulations" was the so-called Rebel sharpshooter at Devil's Den at Gettysburg, for which he moved an ordinary soldier's corpse some distance to a nook in the rocks to give him the status of a sharpshooter.

In effect, he created a narrative about an individual; it was his way of coping with the mass, anonymous casualties of modern warfare.

Now,we justifiably deplore this as an affront to historical fact.

David G. Ward, senior historian, National Portrait Gallery.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Civil War II-- 526: Other Universities Get In On the Anti-Confederate Thing

Continued from the previous post.

Yale University renamed a residential college honoring United States Vice President and slavery proponent John C. Calhoun.

Earlier this year, the University of Oregon changed the name of a residence hall honoring KKK leader Frederick Dunn.  Read the Wikipedia article about him.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 525: And Now, Oregon State University

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

**  Oregon State debates buildings with controversial namesakes.  (Oregon)  (Loss)  And, of course you know what the "controversial" is all about.  The "C" word, you know.  And, of course, the "S" word.

This is all against people accused of having racist ideas,  Excuse me, I forgot the "R" word.  It is OK to be a Black and a racist, but not to be White and a racist.  That is another of the "N" word things, you know.  OK for one group to be it or say it.  Not OK for another group to say it or be it.

**  The Arnold Dining Center was named for Benjamin Arnold, the 2nd president of OSU.  He was a former Confederate soldier and required students to wear a gray uniform.

**  Avery Lodge named for Joseph C. Avery, founder of the city of Corvallis, where OSU is located, and ran a pro-slavery newspaper.

**  Benton Hall  The article didn't mention who it was named after and I couldn't find him either.  Benton hall is the oldest building on campus and the original administration building.

**  Gill Colesium was named for Armory "Slats" Gill, former basketball coach accused of segregating his team.

People That Important In Your History and a Big reason You Exist At All..  Ridiculous.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 524: Black Caucus of Elected Officials-- Just Imagine If There Was a White Caucus

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

**  Why black leaders from across the nation are teaming up in Biloxi.  (Mississippi)  The Mississippi Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.  Of course, anti-Confederate hatred will be a big thing.

Imagine what they would call it if we had a Mississippi White Caucus of Elected Officials.

Do you think they'd say that was RACIST?

You Betcha.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Civil War II-- 523-- Part 2: Black-On-Black Crime a Bigger Issue Than Confederate Statues

"My point is that history is history, and it should be left alone.  It should be studied, and the actions of 16th century men and 13th century Aztecs should be understood in proper context.

"Finally, it would be a lot more valuable if we devote our time and energy in fighting black-on-black crime in our communities or improving public schools."

Or, I might add that we should be trying to do something about the horrible problems of the inner city that lead to all the murders and crime.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 523-- Part 1: What About Blacks Selling Other Blacks Into Slavery in Africa?

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

**  Dallas and the latest insanity of removing Confederate symbols.  (In the American Thinker by Silvio Canto, Jr.)  (Win)

Wants to preserve history and the name.  Most Confederate soldiers did not own slaves.  Their service should be honored, especially men like Lee who fought in the U.S. Army before the war.

And this point he made was key.  All references to African history should also be eliminated if that is to be done to the Confederacy.  BECAUSE they were the ones who CAPTURED Blacks and SOLD them into SLAVERY.

He mentions that in the Nov. 18, 2009, in the Guardian, African chiefs should be made to apologize for the slave trade.  Just try to get any of our Blacks to admit the role their ancestors had in slavery.  That is not likely to happen.  To them, black slavery was entirely a white thing.  No Blacks had anything to do with it.

(White European and Northerners from the United States would come to the west coast of Africa and buy Blacks from the Blacks.  Very rarely did they go into the interior.  Why would they?  It was dangerous and they had all the slaves they needed right on shore thanks to the other black tribes.)

He goes on to talk about the Aztecs in Mexico because they had slaves, raped women and were active in human sacrifice.  Because of this, should we stop any reference to Mexican history.

He Sure Made Some Good Points and There Are More..  --Old Secesh

The Sultana Disaster at MCCWRT Tonight: One of the Biggest Crooks in the Union Army, Ruben Hatch

Tonight's presentation of the McHenry County Civil War Round Table will be at the Woodstock Public Library in Woodstock, Illinois, from 7 to 9 p.m..  The library is located at 414 W. Judd Street.

Gene Salecker will present "Ruben Hatch:  Sultana Boarding Agent in Vicksburg for Prisoners Coming Home."

On April 24, 1865, the steamer Sultana left Vicksburg carrying as many as 2,100 released prisoners from Andersonville and Cahaba along with 100 civilian passengers and a crew of 85.  The ship was extremely overcrowded carrying nearly six times over its 376 capacity.

At approximately 2 a.m. on April 27, nearly 7 miles north of Memphis  it blew up.

Lt.Col. Ruben Hatch and other officers and businessmen are responsible for what is called "The Worst Maritime Disaster in American History."

--Old Secesh

Monday, August 7, 2017

McHenry Civil War Round Table Meeting Tuesday: Ruben Hatch and the Sultana Disaster

The monthly meeting of the McHenry Civil War Round Table will take place this Tuesday, August, 8 at the Woodstock Public Library, 414 Judd Street (just off the historic Woodstock Square) from 7-9 p.m..

Gene Salecker will make a presentation on Ruben Hatch:  Sultana Boarding Agent in Vicksburg for Prisoners Returning Home."

On April 27, 1865, the seriously overloaded Steamship Sultana exploded killing at least 1,192 passengers, mostly just-released Union prisoners of war, many from Andersonville.

--Old Secesh

Fort Fisher in My RoadDog's RoadLog Blog

These past two months I have been writing about my trip to Fort Fisher, North Carolina, back in January of this year.

Look in the Blog I Follow section and hit RoadDog's RoadLog Blog and look for the "N.C. Jan. 2017" headlines or just hit the label of one of them.

--Old Secesh

My 20 Most Significant Events Affecting the Civil War-- Part 2: Army-Navy Cooperation

6.  Union Army-Navy Cooperation

7.  The Emancipation Proclamation  It didn't really free any slaves, but went a big way to keeping England and France out of the war.

8.  Egyptian/Indian (India) cotton replaced Southern cotton.

9.  Collapse of Confederate money and finances

10.  Loss of the Mississippi River

--Old Secesh

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My 20 Most Significant Events Affecting the Outcome of the Civil War-- Part 1: Enlisting Black Soldiers

On July 29 our Mchenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group met at Panera Bread in Crystal Lakem, Illinois, with this as the topic of the day.

Interesting topic and some interesting ideas as to the significant events.

I took about 15-20 minutes to come up with my own list off the top of my head.

Here they are:

1.  Enlisting blacks in the Union Army/

2.  Northern industry superiority/ Southern industry's inadequacies and lack of

3.  Collapse of the Southern will to fight as the war progressed

4.  Advances in Naval architecture:  ironclads, turrets, steam power and bigger guns.

5.  Special-use warships (ferry boats and double enders) special-built blockade runners.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 522: Caddo Statue and New HBO Show 'Confederate'

From the July 18 and 21, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Meeting being held tonight to recommend future of Caddo's Confederate monument.  (Shreveport, Louisiana)  I am sure this will be a Loss)

**  'Confederate' team knew backlash was coming.  HBO creating new series by 'Game of Thrones' people.  Of course, there WILL be some people completely against this show.  In this show, the Confederacy is independent and still has slavery.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 521: War Has Been Declared on Confederate Statues

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

**  Local artist selling "Commemorative" Confederate Statue Coin.  ((n)ew (o)rleans)  (Win)  They cost $25 and are of the statues removed.

**  Should a monument honoring Confederate soldiers in Bradenton be removed?  (Florida)  (Loss)

**  Majority of Hillsborough commissioners now support moving Tampa's Confederate statue.  (Loss)  So sad. Another city flirting with shame and lower case as well as my boycott.

Let's See How It Will Look.  (t)ampa.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 520: Still Going After Those Confederate Statues

From the July 14-17, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Buccaneers do the right thing by supporting removal of Confederate Monument.  (Tampa, Florida)  (Loss)  First the Tampa Bay Rays and now this.  I tell you, we can't get NO respect.

**   Time to talk about Confederate statue.  (Manatee County, Florida)  (Loss)  Talking about removing the statue erected June 3, 1924, by the Judah P. Benjamin Chapter UDC,   No talk about Confederate statues is going to turn out well for us.

**  Hillsborough County Considering Removing Confederate Statue.  (Tampa, Fl.)  (Loss)  And they had earlier voted to keep it.

I Tell You, We Just Can't Win.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, August 3, 2017

What's the Latest Murder Count in Chicago?

From the Hey Jackass Illustrating Chicago values site.

Killed and Wounded for July 2017:  70 killed, 355 wounded

Killed and Wounded for This Week 7/30-8/5:  3 killed, 40 wounded

Killed and Wounded for 2017 so far:  384 killed, 1834 wounded.  Kind of looks like after-battle casualty reports.  What is this?  The Battle of Chicago?

The three most murderous 'Hoods are Austin, North Lawndale and Englewood.  All of these are black neighborhoods.

Most of the murdered and wounded victims are Black.  Most of the shooters are also Black.

No Confederate statues, monuments or memorials are suspects according to the police.

And Yet, the NAACP Is All Hot and Bothered About Any and All Things Confederate.  Looks To Me Like Their People Killing and Shooting Each Other Should Be More of a Problem Than Confederate Flags and Statues.  --Old Secesh

And, Meanwhile, the Body Count in (n)ew (o)rleans for 2017

From the (n)ew (o)rleans Murder Map site.

Killed so far in 2017:  106.

Killed in 2016:  175

Again, these numbers are nowhere near those posted by Chicago, but Chicago is a much larger city.

Interesting to note, most of these people murdered are Black.

Also interesting is the fact that not a single Confederate monument, statue or memorial is suspected of doing the killings.

Oh, Wait a Minute, They Have All Been Taken Down.  That's A Pretty Good Alibi.  --Old Secesh

Meanwhile in My Civil War Naval Blog, Running the Blockade: Shaw's Sword and the Junior Reserves and Confederate Conscription

The last week I have been writing about the discovery of Col. Robert Gould Shaw's sword in my Naval blog.  He, of course, was the commander of the famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the Union Army's first black regiment who performed so honorably at Fort Wagner in Charleston Harbor in 1863.

He was killed leading his men and his sword taken and later returned  to his family and then "lost" for many years until being found in a family member's attic.

Even though he was leading an Army regiment, I am writing about his sword in my naval blog because it involved a coastal fortification.

Yesterday, I also posted about the North Carolina Junior Reserves and Confederate conscription in the naval blog.  Even though this is primarily an army thing, since the Junior reserves were at Fort Fisher, I am writing about it there.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 519: What To Do With Georgia Counties Named After Confederates?

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

**  Terry Dickinson:  As Confederate statues are moved, Georgia county names will stand.  (Win)  Since there has been no black effort to change the names.  But, sadly, now that it has been brought to their attention....

Counties with Confederate names:  Toombs (Robert), Stephens (Alexander) and Hill (Ben).  There is a Lee County, but that was named after Robert E. Lee's father, a Revolutionary War hero.  But since he fathered a Confederate, I suppose his name will have to go as well.

Perhaps this will become the NAACP's next great effort to erase history.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Civil War II-- 518: What to Do With Those Pesky Slaveowners Who Weren't Confederate

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

((++**  What should we do to slaveholders who weren't Confederates?  (Loss)  that would be Jefferson, Washington, Benjamin Franklin and James Monroe.

A total of 12 United States presidents owned slaves.

**  Texas Medal of Honor plaques to replace Confederate at courthouse.  (Bexar County)  (Loss) The Confederat memorial is between the Destin Reserve Justice Center and the Bexar County Courtyeu.

--  RoadDog

Mort Kunstler's Civil War Events for August

August 5, 1864--  The Battle of Mobile Bay

August 9, 1862--  The Battle of Cedar Mountain

August 10, 1861--  The Battle of Wilson's Creek

August 17, 1862--  Uprising of Sioux Indians

August 21, 1821--   Gen. William Barksdale, CSA, born

August 28, 1861--  Fort Hatteras falls

August 29-30, 1862--  Second Battle of Bull Run

--Old Secesh

Mort Kunstler's Civil War Calendar, August 2017: Rendezvous With Destiny-- Gen. John Buford at Gettysburg


Gen. John Buford at Gettysburg, June 30, 1863.

Robert E. Lee's Army  of Northern Virginia was converging on strategically located Gettysburg, and so was the Union army.

On June 30, the day before the battle began, Union General John Buford arrived in the town.  Realizing the Southern army was nearby, Buford rushed his cavalry through town to set up defensive positions on the ridges west of Gettysburg.

Buford's choice of "good ground" enabled the Union to prevail on the war's greatest field of battle.

You see Buford mounted with his escort galloping at full speed through the town of Gettysburg.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

General John Henry Winder, CSA-- Part 2; Andersonville, a Family Affair

His son Sidney was selected to find a suitable location for a new prison to relieve the overcrowding at Libby and Bell Isle prisons in Richmond.  Sidney selected Andersonville because it was near a railroad and he had information that the location had a "large supply of beautiful water,"

The general's nephew, Richard Winder was given command of the prison's construction.

General Winder died at the Confederate military prison in Florence, South Carolina, of a heart attack in 1865.

Had he not died, very likely he would have had to stand trial for Andersonville.  "In all probability, the responsibility for conditions at Andersonville should fall on the Winder's shoulders as much as on Captain Wirz."

--Old Secesh

General John Henry Winder, CSA-- Part 1: Commander of Confederate Prisons

This last Monday, July 24, I wrote about Salisbury, Maryland, wanting to take down a marker to John Winder, a Confederate general.  It was erected by the Maryland Civil War Centennial Commission in the 1960s.

I wasn't sure I had ever heard of this general before, but it turns out I had.

From Andersonville National Historic Site.

General John Henry Winder

West Point graduate, served during the Mexican War.

Resigned his Federal commission in April 1861 and joined the Confederate Army where he was appointed provost marshal and put in command of Union prisoners in Richmond.  Late commanded all prisons in Alabama and Georgia. and for a time made his headquarters at Andersonville.

--Old Secesh

Some Interesting Facts About the NAACP

From the Free Dictionary.

When double checking on what NAACP stood for, I came across some interesting facts about the organization.

**  It is the largest and oldest Civil Rights organization and based in Baltimore, Maryland.

**  Its main goal is the elimination of racial discrimination.  (Now it seems to be the eradication of all things Confederate.)

**  It grew out of the Springfield, Illinois, race riots of August 1908.  That's right, Abraham Lincoln's hometown and the capital of what is considered a Northern state.  And they had a race riot.  It fought with the Union during the Civil War.  Who'd have figured?

**  It came about because of white people and in its early years its leadership was largely white.

I Sure Wish They Would Get Back to Working Against Racial Discrimination And Leave the Confederacy Thing Alone.  They Have Much Bigger Problems To Deal With.  --Old Secesh

Monday, July 31, 2017

Should There Be a NAACP? Should the Name Be Changed?

Under the circumstances for what the letters stand for, perhaps it shouldn't be NAACP, which stands for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  I didn't think Blacks liked to be referred to as Colored People anymore.

Perhaps the letters should be changed to NAAAA, the N Quadruple A.  You know, National Association for the Advancement of African-Americans.  But wait!!  The term African-Americans offends me.

Or, how about NAARCP, the N Double ACP,  the National Association for the Advancement of Racist Colored People.  It seems they really have a racist problem with people of Confederate heritage.

Or, in current days, the NAHATC,  The National Association for Hatred of All Things Confederate?

It's Too Bad It Doesn't Matter What Offends Me.  --Old Secesh

Friday, July 28, 2017

McHenry Civil War Round Table Discussion Group Meets Saturday, July 29: Topic Is the Twenty Most Significant Events Of/Affecting the Civil War

The McHenry Civil War Round Table will be meeting Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Panera Bread Company in Crystal Lake, Illinois, at US-14 and Main Street.

The meeting will go from 10: a.m. to noon.

This month's discussion is a good one and should get a lot of input.  It is "The Twenty Most Significant Events of / Affecting of the Civil War."

I have my list already prepared and will give some of them.  The rest will be next week.

1.  The enlistment of blacks into the Union Army.

2.  Northern industry.

3.  Collapse of the Southern will to fight.

4.  Advances in Naval architecture:  growth of steam power, bigger guns, ironclads and turrets.

5.  Special use warships and blockade-runners.

Looking forward to hearing what others have to say.

Should be a Good One.  See You There.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Civil War II-- 517: What About Non-Confederate Slaveowners? Should They Also Be "Erased?"

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

**  What should we do with monuments to slaveholders who weren't Confederates?    That is a good question.  If monuments to Confederates have to come down because of slavery, then monuments to anyone who ever had slaves, Confederate or not, need to come down as well.

The writer of the article said that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and James Madison owned slaves.  I didn't know that Benjamin Franklin owned slaves, however.  A total of 12 United States presidents were slaveowners.  All vestige of them need to be removed according to Blacks and their minions.

And Lincoln, though he freed the slaves, was not originally going to abolish slavery in the South, just contain it.  Since he was ok with its existence, all things with his name on it have to be removed as well.

Washington, D.C.?  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Civil War II-- 516: The Racist NAACP Wants Chattanooga Confederate Statues Removed

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

**  Tennessee NAACP to ask for Chattanoogooga Confederates statues removed.  (Loss)  Real Big surprise here.  Imagine the NAACP wanting to erase someone's heritage?

NAACP, one of the biggest racist groups around.

Should we add to their name?  Perhaps Neo-Racist?  Or, Real Racist?  Or, the Black KKK?

Trying to Deal With the Biggest-Ever Racists.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Civil War II-- 515: A New Confederate Flag Goes Up in North Carolina

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

**  Sons of Confederate Veterans raises flag on 85-foot pole near Newton.  (North Carolina)  (Win)  It is by N.C. Highway 16.  Whenever I see the flag flying high and proud, it is a thumb to the old nose to Confederate-haters.  We're still here and not going away.

**  Confederate Flags fly high in Catawba County as monuments go down (across the South).  (North Carolina)  (Win)  The flag is on private property.  There is also a Confederate Flag flying at a local business.

--Old Secesh

Monday, July 24, 2017

Civil War II-- 514: Still Over 1,500 Confederate Statues, Memorials and Monuments To Go for Some Blacks

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

**  Confederate Monuments:  Dozens Across South Have Been Removed Or Renamed.  (NBC)  That famous anti-Confederate organization, Southern Poverty Law Center, estimates that there are more than 1,500 remaining that need to come down.

Of course, now in Massachusetts and Maryland (see last post), there are people wanting markers removed.  Any marker mentioning anything Confederate will need to go, evidently.  That means that on battlefields there will be a dire shortage of information as to what took place at that spot.

This is getting ridiculous.  And certain people and their minions want them ALL down!!  Well, if we fight them on each and everyone., maybe they will tire and turn to their real problems like their people shooting each other and that mess in the inner city in general.

Sure Hope People Come To Their Senses and Stop Trying To Erase History. So Many Statues, So Little Time for NAACP and BLM.   --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 513: About the John Winder Marker in Maryland

From the July 8, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Rally to keep confederate general marker on courthouse grounds set for Saturday.  (Salisbury, Md.)  (Win)  There is a petition going around to remove the marker of John Winder.  I was kind of surprised to see that local ABC affiliate 47 ABC spelled confederate without a capital letter.

It was put up by the Maryland Civil War Centennial Commission.  I did not know this was a white supremacist organization.  They would have to be if they put up a marker to a Confederate general.   Well, at least according to today's Confederate haters.

I do not know this general so will do research.

**  Ole Miss to Recognize Slave Labor on Pre-Civil War Buildings.  (Win)  Slave labor was used.  I imagine they will be using signage instead of renaming or tearing down the buildings.

Again, I Support Signage Instead of Tearing Down or Renaming If That Will Keep the Anti's Happy.  --Old Secesh

Friday, July 21, 2017

I'd Much Rather Be Doing This One On the Discovery of Col. Shaw's Sword, 54th Massachusetts

I would much rather be doing entries on the Civil War, the original Civil War, not the new one. I call Civil War II.  As long as these horrible attacks continue on my heritage, I will continue to defend.

From the July 13, 2017, CBS News, Boston  "Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw's long-lost sword found in attic."

He was the commanding officer of the Union's first all-black regiment, the 54th Massachusetts, and his sword has been given by his descendants to the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston.  There is a famous statue of Shaw and the 54th in front of the Massachusetts State House.

In 1863, he led the 54th in a valiant, but futile, attack on the Confederate Fort Wagner guarding Charleston, South Carolina in an exploit made famous by the 1989 critically acclaimed movie "Glory."  He was killed in action and his sword stolen.

It was recently discovered in a Boston North Shore family attic by Mary Minturn Wood and her brother, descendants of Shaw's sister Susannah.  When they saw the initials "RGS" engraved on the sword, they knew it was his and they decided to gift it  to the historical society even though they could have made a lot of money at auction.

The sword went on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society on  Tuesday, the 18th of July.

More Power to the Family for Gifting It Instead of Selling It At Auction.  --Old Secesh

156 Years Ago-- July 20 and 21, 1861: Confederate Congress Meets and the Battle of First Bull Run

Looking at the Chicago Daily News, July 20 and 21

**  1861--  The Congress of the Confederate States of America began holding sessions in Richmond, Virginia.  The original Confederate capital had been in Montgomery, Alabama.

**  1861--  The First Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas, Virginia, resulting in a Confederate victory.
Things Were Sure Looking Good Back Then.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 512: KKK and Protesters Meet in Charlottesville

July 8, 2017, Yahoo! News  "KKK marchers in Virginia met by throngs of counter-protesters"  A.F.B.  by Sebasien Blane.

"Supporters of white supremacist Ku Klux Klan marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee...."

Police kept the two groups separated, but there were lots of chants back and forth, some not so nice.  And there was not-so-nice language as well.

Fortunately, there were no shootings.  This is what I really worry about whenever flashpoints of idiots (both sides) like this occur, especially with one of the groups being the KKK.

The name of Lee Park has already been changed (which puts Charlottesville in line for lower case (c)harlottesville and a boycott by me).  But as long as the statue remains in place, the city hasn't shamed itself so will stay capitalized.

The anti-Confederate protesters have already vandalized the Lee statue as is their usual mode of operation.

This Confrontation, Thankfully, Was Not Worse.  --Old Secesh