Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ekmer Ellsworth & the U.S. Zouave Cadets-- Part 3: Iron Brigade Connection


Then Elmer Ellsworth went to Rockford, Illinois, and his group of militia made a name for themselves with their precision drill at Camp Sinnissippi in Rockford at an encampment.  This is where the Sinnissippi Park is located today.  The Kenosha Civil War Museum has a broadside advertisement for this.

Ellsworth fell in love while in Rockford with Carrie Stafford, the daughter of a rich and powerful Rockford father who did not like Ellsworth's prospects and did what he could to prevent a marriage until Ellsworth could prove he could support his daughter.

Next, Ellsworth went to Madison, Wisconsin, and trained the Governor's Guard, some of those men going on to prominent positions in the famed Iron Brigade during the Civil War.  The Iron Brigade originally was made up of the 2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin regiments, but was later joined by the 24th Michigan and 19th Indiana regiments.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Elmer Ellsworth and the U.S. Zouave Cadets-- Part 2


Elmer Ellsworth lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1853 to attend Kenosha High School.  He came to Chicago in 1854 at age 17 and became a businessman, something that he was not suited for and this venture bankrupted him.

While in the city,thought, he vigorously studied the two main military drill manuals of the day by William Hardee and Winfield Scott.  He also got a copy of the Zouave training manual.  The Zouaves had impressed the world with their action during the Crimean War.

In 1857, he became drill instructor of the Rockford Greys and in the summer of 1858 taught them the Zouave system of drill.  Many of these men later formed three companies in the 19th Illinois Infantry.

--Old Secesh

Monday, November 20, 2017

Elmer Ellsworth and the United States Zouave Cadets-- Part 1


Presentation given to the McHenry County Civil War Round Table November 14, 2017, by Doug Dammann of the Kenosha Civil War Museum (Wisconsin).

Elmer Ellsworth was one of the most influential people of the Civil War, even though he died as young as he did and as early in the war.  It was the influence he had on his officers and what they accomplished later on in the war.  Mr. Dammann then showed a picture of the Green Bay Packer coaching staff  in 1992, featuring head coach Mike Holmgren and his assistants.  A whole lot of them went on to head coaching position and success on other teams.  And, that was what Ellsworth's officers did.

And, of course, there was the whole Zouave military thing and training.

Besides his own regiment that he raised in New York, the 11th, or Fire Zouaves (raised from New York fire stations) his mark was also on the 19th Illinois and 44th New York.

His great grandfather, George Ellsworth, was a private in the Continental Army during the American revolution.  His greatest ambition was to attend West Point but he didn't have the political connections to get nominated and attend.  But, he studied the all things military religiously.

Real Military bearing.  --Old Secesh

Friday, November 17, 2017

MCCWRT Meeting November 14, 2017


The McHenry County Civil War Round Table's Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 3 at the Bernard Mill Restaurant in Ringwood, Illinois, from 11 to 2.  The restaurant is in an actual 19th century mill.

Cost is $30, with proceeds going to the scholarship program.  Food will be served family style and guest speaker will be portraying Clara Barton.

The new officers and board were elected.

Our speaker for the night,  Doug Dammann is with the Kenosha (Wisconsin) Civil War Museum where he has been for the past ten years.  The museum opened in 2008 and they have a Second Friday Lecture once a month as well as a Campaign Tour the second to last weekend in October.  They just got back from Sailors Creek, Virginia and the Appomattox Campaign.

He spoke on Elmer Ellsworth and the United States Zouave Cadets.  I, of course, knew who Elmer Ellsworth was but didn't know anything about his Zouave Cadets which was why I looked them up and wrote about them this past week.

Well, At Least I May Finally Learn for Sure How to Pronounce Zouave.  --Old Secesh



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Civil War II-- 594: Statues in Question


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

**  Confederate Flags not banned in most Lehigh Valley schools.  (Win)  But guess what they want done.

**  Confederate statue at Ole Miss campus rammed by pickup--  not clear if intentional.  (Loss)  It was in area known as Confederate Circle and honored Confederate dead.    The suspected driver was intoxicated and received medical attention along with a passenger.  "Hey, let's get  drunk and ram that statue!!"

**  Confederate statue part of county history, some say.  (Bell County)

**  Demonstrators gather to remember Confederate statue removed in (d)allas.

--Old Secesh

U.S. Zouave Cadets-- Part 2: Doing That Zouave Thing


There is a song sheet cover for a song dedicated to them called "The U.S. Zouave Quarter Step."

There were numerous Zouave units on both sides during the war, some wearing variations of the loose-fitting uniforms.Elmer Ellsworth received a Zouave drill manual and took over a drill company in Chicago that was about on its last legs.  he renamed it the Zouave Cadets and toured nationally one summer/fall before the war.

Ellsworth was a law clerk for Abraham Lincoln before he became president.

Ellsworth's monument and grave are in Hudson View Cemetery in Mechanicsville, New York.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November Civil War Chronology-- Part 2: The Gettysburg Address


Nov. 17, 1863:  Siege of Knoxville, Tennessee, begins and lasts for 16 days.

Nov. 19, 1863:  President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the Pennsylvania Battlefield.

Nov. 23, 1863:  Battle of Orchard Knob, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Nov. 24, 1863:  Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

Nov. 25, 1783:  British evacuate New York City.

Nov. 30, 1864:  Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MCCWRT Meeting Tonight: Elmer Ellsworth and the Zouave Cadets


The McHenry County Civil War Round Table will be meeting tonight at the Woodstock Public Library in Woodstock, Illinois, at 7 p.m..  The library is located at 414 W. Judd Street, just a couple blocks of the famous 1840s Woodstock Square, where the movie "Groundhog Day" was filmed.

Tonight's presentation will be "Elmer Ellsworth and the Zouave Cadets" given by Doug Dammann.

--Old Secesh

U.S. Zouave Cadets and Elmer Ellsworth-- Part 1


From the Smithsonian.

This will be the topic of the McHenry County Civil War Round Table presentation tonight in Woodstock, Illinois.

Most know Elmer E. Ellsworth was the first Union officer killed in the war on May 24, 1861, when he took down the Confederate flag from the roof of the hotel in Alexandria, Virginia.  But not so many know about the group that brought him to military prominence, the Zouave Cadets.

The U.S. Zouave Cadets were organized by Ellsworth in Chicago 1859-1860.  They were noted for their precision drills and colorful uniforms.  They toured the United States in 1860, putting on shows and in August 1860 were invited to the White House to put on a performance for President James Buchanan and his popular niece, Harriet Lane.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 593: The Right Punishment for Tearing Down a Confederate Monument


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

**  What's the right punishment for tearing down a Confederate monument?  This refers to the August 14 incident where protesters tore down the Confederate monument.  For fear of trouble, the police allowed them to tear it down (these are very violent people).  But they filmed them and said they would make arrests later.

Several of them were charged with 2 misdemeanors and 2 felonies apiece.:  participating in a riot with property damage of more than $1,500, inciting a riot with property damage of over $1,500.

I'm Glad This Happened.  It Was Definitely a Hate Crime and That Should Have Been One of the Charges As Well.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 592: Going to a Rally


From the Sept. 17, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Fort.

**  More Confederate symbols around Dallas could be removed.  (Loss)  Of course.

From Sept. 17, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Pro-Confederate rally drawing more protesters than Confederates.  Only a few Neo-Confederates in attendance.  Many more Neo-Nazi anti-Confederates.  I mean, as long as we are calling Neos.

**  One arrested as group rallies behind Confederate monuments.  About 200 pro-Confederate rallied in Lee Park in Dallas with few counter-protesters.  usually, pro-Confederates are severely outnumbered, much like in the first Civil War.

--Old Secesh

Monday, November 13, 2017

Civil War II-- 591: Now the Plaques


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

**  Confederate monument rally at Madison County courthouse scheduled today.  Will not tolerate racism.  (Huntsville, Alabama)  There is a Confederate statue at the courthouse.  Counter protesters are expected  The statue erected 1905.

**  ECC history professors:  Confederate symbols sign of white supremacy.  (Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois).

**  Report:  UVA Board of Visitors votes to remove Confederate plaques from Rotunda.  (University of Virgina)  (Loss)  They want to add context to Jefferson owning slaves.

**  Passions run high as Confederate monuments are removed.

--Old secesh

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day 2017: National Cemeteries


From U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

This being Veterans Day, no better place to  honor our veterans than a cemetery or ceremony.  I'll be going to the commemoration at the Fox Lake, Illinois, railroad station at 11 a.m..

If your community doesn't have a ceremony, a cemetery is a good place to visit.

There are 135 National Cemeteries for military in 40 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.  There are also 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites that are administered by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Many states also have state veteran cemeteries.

And, for those of you who don't know, by law, Confederate soldiers are considered to be American veterans, so these attacks on Confederate cemeteries and statues is definitely an offense against ALL American veterans.

Saluting ALL of Our American Veterans Today and Every Day.  --Old Secesh

Friday, November 10, 2017

Marines in the Civil War


From Wikipedia.

The United States Marines were generally relegated to a minor role during the Civil War, most of their duty being on blockade duty.  As more and more Southern states seceded, the Corps lost a third of its officers who started the Confederate States Marine Corps.

A Marine company performed poorly at the First Battle of Bull Run and retreated along with the rest of the Union Army.

Blockade duty included sea-based amphibious landings.

In late November 1861 a group of Marines and sailors from the USS Flag landed in force at Tybee Island, Georgia and occupied the Lighthouse and Martello Tower at the northern end of the island.  It would later be an Army base for the bombardment of Fort Pulaski.

--Old SecMarine

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Civil War Timeline for November-- Part 2: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address


NOVEMBER 9, 1864--  Lincoln Re-Elected for second time.

NOVEMBER 13, 1814--  Union General Joseph Hooker born.

NOVEMBER  15, 1864--  Sherman begins his March to the Sea.

NOVEMBER 18, 1863--  Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg Address.

NOVEMBER 23-25, 1863--  Battle of Chattanooga.

NOVEMBER 28, 1861--  Missouri formally admitted to Confederacy.

NOVEMBER 30, 1864--  The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

Civil War Timeline for November-- Part 1: McClellan Chosen and Removed


From Mort Kunstler's 2017 Civil War Calendar month of November.

NOVEMBER 1,  1861--  McClellan replaces Scott as Commander of U.S. forces.

NOVEMBER 3, 1816--  Confederate General Jubal A. Early born.

NOVEMBER  5, 1862--  McClellan  removed from command.

NOVEMBER 6, 1861--  Jefferson Davis  re-elected  President of the Confederacy.

NOVEMBER 7. 1861--  Union forces capture Port Royal.

NOVEMBER 8, 1861--  Wilkes seizes Confederate commissioners off the British ship Trent.

NOVEMBER 9, 1825--  Confederate General Ambrose P. Hill born.

--Old Secesh


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mort Kunstler 2017 Civil War Calendar, November: Clara Barton at Fredericksburg


THE ANGEL OF THE BATTLEFIELD

Clara Barton and Walt Whitman at Chatham, December 1862.  The Lacy House, known as "Chatham", was a stately mansion that overlooked the Rappahannock River and Fredericksburg.  It became a field hospital for untold numbers of Union and a number of Confederate casualties from the nearby battle at Fredericksburg.

"No fewer than 1,200  wounded men were packed into the rooms and hallways of the mansion.  Late arrivals from the battlefield lay on the cold, muddy ground.

Moving among the wounded was a volunteer nurse named Clara Barton.  She seemed to be everywhere:  distributing food, applying bandages, showing kindness to what she called the "hundreds of the worst wounded men I have ever seen."

Another nurse at the Lacy house was Walt Whitman.  The bearded poet was stunned by the crowded and chaotic situation he beheld.

--Old Secesh


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Civil Wat II-- 590: Are Some Confederate Statues Uglier Than Others?


From the September 15, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Fort.

**  Statue of Robert E. Lee removed from (d)allas park.  (Loss)

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

**  Confederate rally organizers say they don't know how many people to expect Saturday.  (Richmond, Va.)

**  America's ugliest Confederate statue isn't coming down anytime soon.  (Franklin, Tn.)  Statue of Nathan Forrest.  And I  thought all Confederate statues were ugly to Confederate-haters.  Guess some are uglier than others.

**What should you say about a sensitive issue?  Learn more about Confederate statue debate.

--Old Secesh




Monuments Around the South Carolina Statehouse


Last week I wrote about a movement to erect a statue of Robert Smalls, a slave who commandeered the Confederate transport Planter in Charleston Harbor, on the grounds of the S.C. statehouse.  This is where the confrontation over  the Confederate Flag started.

Statues on the grounds include an African-American monument, Robert E. Lee tree memorial, Confederate Women memorial, Confederate soldier monument, Wade Hampton (Confederate general) and Dr. J. Marlon Sims.  I have written about Dr. Sims before and his questionable experiments on black women in gynecology so would not have a problem with his statue coming down.

The Statehouse also has bronze star markers where it was struck by Union artillery in 1865.

Again, I would like to see a statue for Robert Smalls there.

--Old Secesh

Monday, November 6, 2017

Civil War II-- 589: How Racist Is the SPLC?


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

**  Changing history?  No -- 32 Confederate monuments dedicated in the past 17 years.  This according to the very racist Southern Poverty Law Center which really does serous research on all the things they want removed.

This includes public schools, plaques and monuments. Iowa has had three dedicated since 2010.  Maybe the SPLC could work more on finding ways to end the mayhem in Chicago instead of keeping track of Confederate monuments.

**  Tensions put spotlight on Confederate monument in Houston park.

**  How the U.S. military still celebrates Confederate heroes.  (Military base names, of course.)

**  U.S. military leaders condemn racism following Trump's comments on Charlottesville violence.

**  **  Now black lawmakers say its time to get rid of Confederate statues in Congress, including Jefferson Davis and a host of rebel military officers.

It Just Goes On and On.  --Old Secesh


Civil War II-- 588: Going After the Tablets Now


From the September 17, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Navy and Confederate.

**  Protesters rally against the removal of Confederate statue in (d)allas.  Too late for that.

**  UVa Board of Visitors votes to move Confederate tablets from Rotunda facade.  (University of Virginia)  (Loss)  The plaques honor the school's Confederate dead.  Going after the tablets now.  What next?

**  There are still ten military bases named after Confederate soldiers.  And guess what they want done with those names?

--Old Secesh


And Meanwhile, In Chicago, the Deaths Continue to Mount Up


From Hey jackass, Chicago Mayhem and Murder site.

Yesterday, when we heard that a white person had killed all those people in the Texas church, the first thing I thought was "Oh No.  Please don't let the church be a black one."  That is so sad that I would think that.  And my next thought was, "Please don't let him, if this was a black church, been photographed with anything Confederate.

I mean, all this Confederate hate really got started with the black church in Charleston.

But then, I keep seeing all the shootings and murders in Chicago, where a whole lot more than 9 Blacks have been killed.  Evidently, the black community only gets really upset when it is a white person who does the shootings and killings.  It must not be a problem when it is Blacks killing and wounding other Blacks.

Here are the numbers:

November to Date:  9 killed, 37 wounded

Week in Progress (11-5 to 11-11:  3  Killed, 7 wounded

Year to date:  557 Killed, 2640 wounded

Every 2:19 someone gets wounded
Every 12:21 someone gets killed

The neighborhoods with the most murders and shootings are Black.

Victims are 78.3% Black and 17.6% Hispanic.




Friday, November 3, 2017

In Case You're Wondering What an Iconoclast Is


Well, I had to look it up, but figured it is something I wouldn't want to be called.

Merrian-Webster Dictionary.

Iconoclast:  A person who destroys religious images or opposes veneration.

Dictionary.com

1.  A person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, as being based on error or superstition.

2.  A breaker or destroyer of images, especially those set up for religious veneration.

SYNONYMS  from Thesaurus.com.

nonconformist, rebel, dissenter, radical.

How Many of These Fit Those Confederate Haters?  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 587: It's An Iconoclast Thing, You Know


Rubes for September 22, 2017.

Even the comic strips are getting into this.  In this single frame comic, a statue is holding a sledgehammer.  The person whose image is the statue is standing behind it with a sledgehammer held high and getting ready to hit it from behind.

At the base of the statue is "Iconoclast of the Year."

Iconoclast.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 586: (d)allas Goes to Shame


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

You don't hear these reports of aggression on Confederate monuments everyday on the news, but, as you can see, they continue.  Maybe, hopefully, they will take a break for the winter, but I doubt it.

**  On the terrible issue of monuments and all that.

**  Group that opposes Confederate symbols plans "Confederacy Heritage Awareness Rally in Norfolk.  (Virginia)

**  Confederate statue removed in (d)allas.  (Loss)  For its shame, (d)allas goes lower case and I start my boycott of it.  It is now on my list of disgraced cities.

**  Confederate monument vandalized in Roanoke.  (Virginia)  (Loss)  That is not "vandalized."  It is nothing short of a hate crime and should be treated as such.  I wonder what they'd call it if a Martin Luther King statue was "vandalized."

**  Leftest attacking more than just Confederate monuments.

**  Pensacola council discusses fate of Confederate monuments.  And, let's hope they decide to let them stay.  I'd sure hate to stop visiting the place.

--Old Secesh


Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Civil War Chronology-- Part 1: Lincoln Elected


Nov. 6, 1860:  Abraham Lincoln elected 16th president of the United States.

Nov. 7, 1861:  Battle of Port Royal Sound, South Carolina.

Nov. 8, 1864:  President Lincoln reelected.

Nov. 12, 1864:  General William T. Sherman's Federal troops burn the city of Atlanta, Georgia.

Nov. 16, 1864:  General Sherman's army departs Atlanta beginning its March to the Sea.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 11, November: Franklin, Tennessee


FRANKLIN, TENN.  178 acres saved.

Battle of Franklin -- November 30, 1864.  Photo of Carnton Plantation.

From poster child for the concept of "lost" battlefield to a thriving heritage tourism destination based around a growing community-supported park, Franklin's preservation renaissance has been nothing short of remarkable.

Acre by acre, preservation advocates have secured once-developed parcels at the heart of the battlefield and pursued an ambitious course of landscape restoration.

Way to Go Franklin!!  --Old Secesh

Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 10, October: Cedar Creek, Va.


CEDAR CREEK, VA.  639 acres saved.

Among the Cedar Creek landmarks protected through Trust efforts is the monument commemorating the valiant stand of the 8th Vermont  Regiment -- whose sacrifice allowed the Union Army to regroup in the face of a surprise pre-dawn Confederate attack. -- and Reinzi's Knoll, where Union Major General Philip Sheridan arrived on the field to rally his men and launch a devastating counterattack.

--Old Secesh


Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 9: Battle of Antietam


September 2017

ANTIETAM, MD.  314 acres saved

For decades, full interpretation of Antietam National Battlefield faced a major stumbling block; a private inholding within 300 yards of the visitor center and surrounded by park landmarks at the Cornfield and Dunker Church.

That changed with the Trust's acquisition of the bloody "Epicenter" property, which will be restored and transferred to the park.

--Old Secesh

Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 8: Battle of Cowpens


August 2017

COWPENS, S.C.

Few narratives in American military history are as underappreciated by those general public as the Southern Campaign of the American revolution, during which backcountry battles -- often between Patriot and Loyalist colonists and militia rather than formal than formal standing armies -- helped turn the tide of war.

In 2015, the Trust announced a campaign to protect 1,037 acres at six battlefields across South Carolina.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 6: Battle of Gettysburg


July 2017

BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, PA.  1019 acres saved

In the two years between the announcement of the Trust's campaign to acquire Robert E. Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg and the October 28, 2016, ribbon-cutting event, this four-acre property underwent a dramatic transformation.

Gone are the hotel, swimming pool, parking lit and other signs of development, letting the fully restored historic structure shine.

--Old Secesh

Monday, October 30, 2017

All Sorts of Problems Posting These Blogs




Something seems to be wrong with out internet connection and I am also having big problems getting into my Google Blogspot site.  The connecting circle just keeps going round and round.

And sadly, I am supremely technologically challenged in today's pc-speak.

I do not know how I got to post this, but will keep trying to get back.

There could be aserious gap in all my blog posts on all seven blogs.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Civil War II-- 585: More Confederate Symbols Around Dallas Could be Removed


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

**  Update:  Confederate rally organizers say they don't know how many people to expect Saturday.

**  More Confederate symbols around Dallas could be removed.  (Loss)

**  Confederate monument debate draws passionate crowd, but no special meeting set. (Pensacola, Fla.)

**  Missouri had a star on the Confederate Flag.

**  Onteora sets ban on Confederate apparel.  (New York) at high school)  That  should also apply to all items of clothing that anyone finds offensive.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Civil War II-- 584: Who's a Racist?


From the September 15, 2017, Google Alerts for Civil War North Carolina.

**  One test to judge which Civil War leaders deserve monuments.  The article has a photo of a "vandalized" Confederate monument in Cornelius, N.C..  We all know that is a hate crime.

**  Pro-Confederate Republican gets teary-eyed after a constituent calls him a racist.  N.C. State Rep. Mike Clampitt (R).  Wonder if it was a black person calling him a racist?

Would a Black Person Calling a White Person a Racist Be Considered Racism?  --Old Secesh

Civil War-- 583: Who is Confederate General Tilgham


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

**  Kentucky city debates moving Confederate statue.  (Paducah)  Statue of General Lloyd Tilgham.

**  Who was Confederate General Lloyd Tilgham?  Good one.  I'm not sure myself.

**  Dallas ISD proposing new process to rename schools.  (ISD--  Independent School District)  And you know whose names they want removed from the schools.  However, in my opinion, should the majority of the students at a particular school be Black, Remove the name.  But not if most are White.

**  Richmond police to  host meeting ahead of demonstration.  (Virginia)

**  Scott suggests Trump be more careful on racial matters.  (Tim Scott is a black S.C. senator).  Trump must remember that Blacks are one of two groups WHO MUST NOT BE OFFENDED.

--Old Secesh


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Woman's Relief Corps


From Wikipedia.

There is some confusion as to whether  this is the Women's Relief Corps or Woman's Relief Corps.  It is the Woman's Relief Corps.

The Woman's relief Corps (WRC) is an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the republic (GAR) which was an organization made up of members of the Union military during the Civil War.  The WRC was established in Denver, Colorado, in 1883 with the express purpose of perpetuating the memory of the GAR.

That has expanded to the veterans of all U.S. wars and the organization still exists.

Everything they did had to be permitted by the GAR and they have always been very involved in Memorial Day observances.

They operate the Grand Army of the Republic Museum in Springfield, Illinois.

--Old Secesh

Monday, October 23, 2017

Woman's Relief Corps Backing Effort in World War II


I recently posted in my Tattooed On Your Soul World War II blog on October 18, 2017, about a member of the Woman's Relief Corps distributing patriotic information to students at Sycamore (Illinois) High School in March 1942.  She was a member of the Woman's Relief  Corps No. 18.

Her organization was organized in 1883 and was an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, which was comprised of Union veterans.

--Old Secesh


Civil War II-- 582: Much Discussion at Civil War Round Tables


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

**  Trump is right:  Confederate memorials should stay.

**  Roundtable focusing  on battle over Confederate monuments.

**  Confederate monuments and civic values in wake of Charlottesville.

--Old Secesh

Sunday, October 22, 2017

About That (s)t. (l)ouis Thang


Liz was not  real happy with me yesterday when she remarked while we were driving around (s)t. (l)ouis (small letters because of its shame) that we had not stopped at Ted Drewes for a concrete ice cream.  Though I would definitely have wanted one,, I told her the big reason we didn't go is my boycott of that city because they took down the Confederate statue in Forest Park.

When that happened, (s)t. (l)ouis joined the ever expanding list of cities I am boycotting.  If you offend me by taking down a Confederate statue, I certainly won'y spend any money in your city.  And that is really too bad because I definitely like (s)t. (l)ouis.

On Friday, I liked at the (s)t. (l)ouis newspaper and saw an article saying that so far this year, murders in that city were at 160, up six from the same time a year ago.  Perhaps that city should take care of more pressing problems than Confederate statues.

By the way, that Confederate statue that used to be in Forest Park is not considered a suspect in any of the murders, so I guess we can at least be thankful for that.

You Sure Have to Watch Out for Those Racist Confederate Statues.  No One Must Be Offended!!  --Old Secesh

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 5: Battle of Brandy Station


June 2017

BRANDY STATION, VA.  2089 acres saved.

With more than 2,000 acres saved forever, more land has been protected at Brandy Station by the Trust than at any other battlefield.

The crowning achievement, however, has been the preservation, restoration and interpretation of the crest of Fleetwood Hill, where the Trust has removed significant modern intrusions and installed walking trails and educational signs.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 5: Battle of Chancellorsville


May 2017

CHANCELLORSVILLE, VA.  847 acres saved

From the site of the opening salvos on the First Day at Chancellorsville, to the open field where Stonewall Jackson crashed into the unsuspecting Union flank -- and a handful of troops attempted to stop him at the Bushbeck Line -- the Trust has saved some of the battlefield's most important landscapes from rapidly encroaching development.

Hopefully, there will be better signage by now.  Back in the 70s, Liz and I went on a drive to go over Jackson'd flanking movement and got hopelessly lost.  We were wondering if we were even still in Virginia.

Talk About Your Wilderness?  --Old Secesh

Monday, October 16, 2017

Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 4: Battle of Shiloh


April 2017

SHILOH, TENNESSEE   1199 acres saved.

The Trust has transferred approximately 926 acres to Shiloh National Military Park -- including a  491-acre property that represented the largest preservation effort undertaken at Shiloh since the park's creation in 1894.

The anticipated transfer of the trust's 273 acres at Fallen Timbers, the final clash of the Shiloh Campaign, is the focus of boundary expansion legislation pending in Congress.

--Old Secesh


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 3: Battle of Bentonville


March 2017

BENTONVILLE, N.C.  1785 acres saved

In the last 15 years, the exceptional partnership between the Civil War Trust and the State of North Carolina has managed to permanently protect almost one-third of the land over which raged the largest battle ever fought in the Tar Heel State -- giving Bentonville the Trust's second-greatest tally of protected acreage at a single site.

This battle took place about 15 miles from where I was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 2: Petersburg Break Through


FEBRUARY    Petersburg, Break Through, Va.  407 acres saved.

Petersburg Breatthrough, April 2, 1865, Petersburg National Battlefield, Va.

Beginning in 2012, the Trust has worked to restore the landscape on our Breakthrough property and provide a unified interpretive experience with adjacent land owned by the National park service and Pamplin Historical Park.

We have cleared nonhistoric trees from 160 acres, removed all modern structures -- including one home, three barns, four grain silos and a seven acre hog farm.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Civil War II-- 581: Poll Finds That Nationally, Most Americans Want Confederate Monuments to Remain


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

**  Nationally, majority favors keeping Confederate monuments, poll finds.  (Ipsos Poll on Racial Issues)  (Win)  Conducted August 21 (After Charlottesville) to September 5.

57% want them to remain
26% remove
17% undecided

Blacks are 54% for removal, Whites had 67% for remaining

89% said all races should be treated equally

31% of Americans say we must protect and preserve white European heritage.  31% disagree.  78% say America must protect and preserve its multi-cultural heritage, 5% disagree.55% agree that racial minorities are under attack

39% agree "White people are currently under attack in this country.  38% disagree

The poll covered 5,360 adults online during the survey.

Never Sure About Polls Myself, But Some Interesting Stats.  --Old Secesh


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Civil War II-- 580: Columbus Statue "Vandalized" What Next, the Statue of Liberty?


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

** Supporters, opponents of Georgetown's Confederate statue talk options.  (Austin, Texas)

**  Charlottesville victim's found on Confederate monument.  (Roanoke, Va.)  (Loss)  It has been painted and press calls it "Vandalism."

**  Christopher Columbus statue vandalized in Central Park as debate about Confederate monuments continues.  (New York City)  (Loss)  The mayor to reassess city's monuments to determine if they are appropriate.  Like President Trump says, what's next.

Hey France gave us a big old statue out in the harbor.  Didn't they do horrible things to the Indians and in building their empire?  Maybe that will have to come down.

New York Governor Cuomo is Italian and says that the Columbus statue is of honor to Italians.

I Still Wish They Would Stop Calling It "Vandalizing" and Call It What It Really Is, a HATE CRIME.  --Old Secesh

Monday, October 9, 2017

Wisconsin Comes Close to Secession?


The topic of Tuesday's McHenry County Civil War Round Table meeting will be "Hotbed of Secession!!  Wisconsin??" given by Jerry Allen.

The newsletter had this to say about the presentation:

Wisconsin Governor Alexander Randall abhorred slavery and was known as a rabid abolitionist (I like this description).

By 1860, anti-slavery feeling in Wisconsin was running high, with the governor's full encouragement.

In March, a member of the Wisconsin legislature introduced a bill to declare war on the United States unless it abolished slavery.  (That sure takes secession to another level.)  There was a lot of support for this.  Agents were sent out to see which state militia companies would support secession as it was possible that Governor Randall would have to call out the militia.

For the rest of the story, come to the meeting.  Details are on the previous post in this blog.

By the way, Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, where the University of Wisconsin Badgers play football, is a Civil War camp/prison and named after Alexander Randall.

With a Badger Vent.  --Old Secesh

Sunday, October 8, 2017

MCCWRT Meeting Oct. 10: Wisconsin the "Hotbed of Secession!"


This Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the McHenry County Civil War Round Table will hold its October meeting at the Woodstock Public Library in Woodstock, Illinois.

Jerry Allen will present "Hotbed of Secession!  Wisconsin?"  I know about South Carolina and the other Southern states seceding, but, Wisconsin?  Should be interesting.

The library is at 414 Judd Street, just a few blocks off the famous 1850s Woodstock Square and where the famous movie "Groundhog Day" was filmed.

The meeting starts at 7.

See You There.  --Old Secesh

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Meanwhile in Chicago, the Murders and Shootings Continue: 414 Blacks Killed So Far in 2017


As horrible as Las Vegas (and now we hear the Vegas murderer had gotten a room in Chicago in a hotel overlooking where the huge Lollapalooza concert took place, but didn't show up) was and the nine killed in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015, these numbers coming up in Chicago are really shocking.

From Hey Jackass, Chicago Mayhem and Murder.

September

58 killed, 273 wounded


Week to Date   10-1 to 10-7
11 killed, 51 wounded

YEAR TO DATE

506 killed, 2427 wounded

Of the 506 killed, 414 were Black  In 446 homicides the police have no suspects and just 64 charged.  This means that the black community is not cooperating.

Meanwhile, in New Orleans where they took down three Confederate monuments, the death toll, mostly Blacks, stands at 121 so far in 2017.

And, we heard that the Las Vegas murderer (I won't use his name and wish the media wouldn't either) had booked the rooms in the same hotel during a rap concert.

Very Alarming Numbers.  --Old Secesh

Mort Kunstler Civil War Events in October


From the Mort Kunstler 2017 Civil War Calendar.

10TH--  1837 --  Col. Robert Gould Shaw, U.S. born

19TH--  1864:--    Battle of Cedar Creek

20TH--  1819--  Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, U.S., born

21ST--  1861--   Battle of Ball's Bluff

--Old Secesh

Friday, October 6, 2017

Mort Kunstler Calendar for October 2017-- Part 2: The Battle of Fredericksburg


The men from Maine pushed their way over the bodies of their fallen comrades to within a stone's throw from the Confederate lines before they were forced to find cover on the body littered slopes of Marye's Heights.

There they stayed in the bitter cold all night and all day, lying amid the bodies of the dead.

Finally, on the afternoon of the next day, they were recalled for the retreat of the Federal army.  It was a harrowing and heartrending exposure to the worst of war for Chamberlain and his men.  Yet,they had proven their mettle.

The painting shows men lying prone, loading rifles and men standing and firing, including Lt.-Col. Chamberlain firing his pistol and a bullet-riddled U.S. flag.  One prone man with a pistol, reaches over to check to see if a man is dead.  Quite a gripping picture of big-time bravery.

--Old Secesh

Mort Kunsler Civil War Calendar for October 2017-- Part 1: Courage in Blue


From the Mort Kunstler 2017 Civil War Calendar.

FREDERICKSBURG, VA. DECEMBER 13, 1862.

During the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1962, Northern troops from the Army of the Potomac repeatedly assaulted impregnable Southern positions on Marye's Heights.  Wave after wave of Federal troops charged up the hill -- and were slaughtered.  Casualties were horrific.

Near dusk, after numerous unsuccessful attempts to break the Confederate line, another assault was ordered.  Among the front-line troops chosen for the attack was the 20th Maine Infantry, whose officers included Lieutenant-Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Civil War II-- 579: It Is Time To Stop Calling It "Vandalizing"?


It is time for the media to stop referring to the horrible things being done to Confederate statues and memorials as "vandalizing" and start calling it what it REALLY IS.

And, that would be a HATE CRIME.

And to start treating those who commit these acts as people carrying out a hate crime.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 578: "Silent Sam" Under Attack at UNC


From the September 14, 2017, Google Alerts for Civil War North Carolina.

**  Students are threatening to sue University of North Carolina over Confederate statue.  (Loss)  The "students" are the racist Black Law Student Association.  I'm not sure how many members they have.

Their victim is to be "Silent Sam" the statue honoring UNC students who fought for the Confederacy.  There have been near daily protests for its removal and an occasional counter-protest.  Also clashes.  The statue has been "vandalized" as they call it, but in actuality, a hate crime.

In 2005, UNC added a sculpture nearby honoring enslaved blacks.  If "Silent Sam" comes down, this new one should also, unless the enslaved blacks were students.

**  Questioning the revelance of Confederate statues.

Things to Know About P.G.T. Beauregard-- Part 4: Does This Sound Like the Rantings of a Racist?


**  His reputation among Southerners was badly hurt by his outspoken work for human rights.  "As part of a coalition of prominent white and black New Orleanians, he not only argued to give black people voting rights but also pushed for integrated schools, public places and transportation.

**  "I am persuaded that the natural relation between white and colored people is that of friendship," he wrote in an article published in July 1873 newspaper.  "I am persuaded that their interests are identical; that their destinies in this state, where the two races are equally divided, are linked together; and that there is no prosperity for Louisianans which must not result of their cooperation.

"I am equally convinced that the evils anticipated by some men from the practical enforcement of equal are mostly imaginary and that the relation of the races in the exercise of these rights will speedily adjust themselves to the satisfaction of all."

Unfortunately, this black-white movement failed.

Looks like perhaps, the Beauregard statue should not have been taken down.

Beauregard, Supporter of Equal Rights.  Enemy of Blacks?   --Old Secesh

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Things to Know About P.G.T. Beauregard-- Part 3: Ladies Man, Railroad Man and Wealth


**  He was quite the ladies man, especially as the "Hero of Fort Sumter"  He traveled literally with wagon loads of champagne for entertaining.

**  He was instrumental in getting the famous New Orleans street cars running.

**  A railroad man.  After his return to New Orleans after the war, he served as president of the New Orleans, Jackson Great Northern Railroad.  Later he was president of the New Orleans and Carrollton Street Railway, where he invented a system of cable powered street cars.

**  He became quite wealthy.

**  Appointed head of the Louisiana Lottery in 1877.

--Old Secesh


Monday, October 2, 2017

Civil War II-- Part 577: Watch Out for Those Dangerous Confederate Sweaters!!


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

**  Confederate monuments mark America's prejudice.

**  The neighbors mad at you for flying the Confederate battle flag?

**  Confederate Flag sweater stirs up debate at Langdale County school.  (Loss)  You've got to watch out for those prejudiced sweaters.  Mighty dangerous, you know.

**  Miss New Jersey wants Confederate statues moved to museum.  It comes to this?

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- Part 576: UNC Could Be Sued for "Silent Sam"


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

** Caravan sporting Confederate Flags crosses country.

**  Monumental issues:  Some want Confederate statues moved.  (Bell County, Texas)

**  Editorial:  Richmond should stand ready for trouble at Confederate demonstration.  (Virginia)  This was a demonstration put on by C.S.A. II coming up on Saturday.

**  North Carolina college could be sued over Confederate statue.  (UNC)  "Silent Sam"

--Old Secesh

Things to Know About P.G.T. Beauregard-- Part 2:

**  Beauregard was also involved with designing the "Confederacy's most enduring and controversial symbol," the Confederate battle flag.

**  He didn't like his first name and signed everything G.T. Beauregard.

**  Had a French heritage and that was his primary language as a youth..  He didn't learn English until he was 12-years old.

**  His nickname was "Little Napoleon" because he was small and had the French heritage as well as a fascination with Napoleon.

**  He had been appointed superintendent of West Point in January 1861, but the appointment was withdrawn the next day when Louisiana seceded from the Union.

--Old Secesh


Things To Know About P.G.T. Beauregard-- Part 1: "A Man of Great Contradiction"

From the May 16, 2017 (n)ew (o)rleans Times Picayune    "P.G.T. Beauregard:  What to know about him before his Confederate monument is removed"

**  His roots to (n)ew (o)rleans run much deeper than those of Jefferson Davis or Robert E. Lee.  He was born in St. Bernard Parish and spent most of his non-military career in (n)ew (o)rleans.

**  He "was a man of great contradiction.  He fired the first shots in a war to preserve slavery, yet in defeat argued passionately for human rights and for granting black people the right to vote."

(Actually. Lincoln had already said that slavery would be allowed to remain in the Southern states after he was elected and before the states seceded so i would have to disagree with part of that last statement.)

**  His biographer, T. Harry Williams, in his book "P.G.T. Beauregard: Napoleon in Gray," wrote, "but after the war he helped destroy the old agrarian way and to build the New -- the industrial-- South."

--Old Secesh

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Mapping During the War-- Part 2: "The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War"


Continuied  from September 21, 2017.

Ironically, Jedidiah Hotchkiss was born in New York, became a teacher in Pennsylvania and traveled extensively in Pennsylvania before moving to the Shenandoah Valley where he joined Jackson in 1861.

Many of the areas of the South, where most of the fighting would occur had been inadequately mapped before the war.

Both the Union and Confederate leaders relied on their "topography" staffs.  Many of these maps were compiled after the war into "The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War."  It was compiled between 1891-1895 under a board of directors and credited to Captain Calvin D. Cowles, 23rd U.S. Infantry.

It consists of 821 maps, 106 engravings )mostly of fortifications and 209 drawings of weapons, logistical equipment, uniforms and federal corps flags.

It was tied to the Official Records War of the Rebellion, Union and Confederate.

--Old secesh

Friday, September 29, 2017

Confederates In DeKalb Saturday


The Camp Douglas Memorial Camp #516 and the Rock Island Memorial Camp #2229 will be having a joint meeting/luncheon this Saturday, September 30, 2017, in DeKalb, Illinois.

That's right, there are Confederate hereditary groups right here in Lincoln's home state.

Both camps are named after Civil War prisons in which Confederates died, some 6,000 at Camp Douglas in Chicago alone.

Steve Quick will give the keynote address on "The Past and Future of the hereditary Societies."

--Old Secesh

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Other Events Affecting the Civil War-- Part 5: Improvements in Artillery

**  A turning point of the war was the firing on Fort Sumter.  It didn't have to happen and made the Confederacy look like the bad guys for starting the war.

Fort Sumter would have had to surrender in a few days because of lack of provisions.

**  Incredible improvements in artillery velocity and accuracy made masonry forts obsolete.

**  Ironclads made wooden warships obsolete.

**  Incredible fortunes were made during the war.

**  After the war, the GAR had a huge impact on politics.

**  Was Albert Sidney Johnston as good of a general as everyone thought?

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Civil War II-- 575: VMI Says They'll Keep Their Confederate Statues


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

**  Battle grows over Confederate remnants.  ((t)ampa, Fla.)  (Loss)  Now want to rename R.E. Lee Elementary School.  Again, I have no problem with that if the majority of the students are Blacks.

**  Another city could furl state flag with the Confederate emblem.  (Meridian, Ms)  (Loss)  The state flag is not flown at all eight state universities.

**  Virginia military college to keep its Confederate statues.  (Virginia Military Institute)  (Win)  With their history, taking them down would have been ridiculous.

**   Liberty man places 'Slaves 4 Sale' sign over Confederate Flag to reject racism label.  He had been criticized for flying the flag.  He said he wasn't a racist.  I can't think of a dumber or worse thing he could have done.

Way to Go, VMI!!  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 574: Another Statue "Vandalized" Isn't It About Time To Call This a "Hate Crime"?


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

**  Cincinnati church considers removing Confederate memorial.

**  Driver killed in crash with crane en route to remove Confederate statues.  (Dallas)

**  Ellwood Park Confederate statue vandalized.  (Amarillo, Texas)  (Loss)  "Vandalized?"  I think not.  This is nothing short of a hate crime.

**  Boat in Confederate Flag hubbub draws cops.  (Folly Beach, S.C.)

Nothing Short of Boat Hatred.  --Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 573: Confederate Statues in Cemetery Will Need 24-Hour Security


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

**  Fox News host suggests opponents to Confederate memorials will want to take down 9/11 memorials too.

**  The battle over the nation's Confederate remnants.

**  Marchers in Decatur push for removal of Confederate monument.  (Georgia)  (Loss)

**  Confederate monument to be repaired after it was scratched in move.

**  Lexington cemetery agrees to conditionally 2 Confederate statues.   (Kentucky)  The cemetery says the statues will need 24-hour protection.

--Old Secesh

Civil War-- 572: N.C. Governor Wants Confederate Monuments Removed from Capitol Grounds


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

**  Three monuments with combined age of 330 years is Cooper's latest stunt.  (North Carolina)  (Loss)  Roy Cooper is governor and he wants them removed from Capitol grounds.

The article did mention that eleven haters were arrested for knocking the Confederate statue over in Durham last month.  I'm glad they were arrested and really thought they'd just get away with it.  However, Governor Cooper failed to condemn their criminal activity.

**  Back to the lawmakers group in North Carolina calling for the removal of Confederate markers in public places.

""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."

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Civil War II-- 571: Ohio and Washington Cities Shame Selves, Welcome to the Lower Case


From the August 21, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Fort.

**  Black mayor:  Remove Florida Capitol's Confederate monument.  It is 135 years old.

**  Ohio cities remove Confederate markers in wake of protests.  (Loss)  (f)ranklin and (w)orthington.  Lower case for their shame.

**  Indiana State Fair asks vendors to drop Confederate goods.  (Loss)

**  Swastikas pop up in (b)ellingham after bride signs honoring Confederate soldier removed.  (Washington State)  (Loss for the removal of the markers)  Captain George E. Pickett, later Confederate general, built Fort Bellingham.  The bridge is currently Pickett bridge and will be renamed.

--Old Secesh

Monday, September 25, 2017

Civil War Trust 2017 Calendar-- Part 1: Princeton Battlefield

The Civil War Trust is a major battlefield preservation organization, primarily for the Civil War, but they have expanded to buy acreage in American Revolution and War of 1812 battlefields.  Like they say, once its gone, its gone.  Here are battlefields they have purchased land.

JANUARY--  Princeton, N.J., 6.7 acres.  Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777.  Princeton battlefield State Park.

In November 2014, Princeton, N.J., served as the backdrop for the official launch of Campaign 1776, our initiative to protect Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields.  The next year, we returned to celebrate the new project's first successful acquisition and transfer the land to Princeton Battlefield State Park.

--Old Secesh

Civil War II-- 570: Confederate-Haters Show True Colors


From the August 20, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate Fort.

**  Charlottesville mayor: I changed my mind about Confederate monuments.  (Virginia)  (Loss)  Mayor Mike Singer voted against removing the Lee statue initially, wanting a new context marker by it.  he now wants it gone.  My opinion is that the clash in Charlottesville, though both sides had a part in the blame, is the final nail in the coffin of all things Confederate.  It started with the idiot murderer in Charleston.

**  SC Heritage Act means fate of Fort Mill 4 Confederate monuments will not be decided by public debate.  (Win)  The legislators will decide.

**  Dallas police pull 4 protesters over barriers for their protection in clash over Confederate monument.  The four pulled over were there in defense of the statue.  This shows you the true colors of the other side just as they did at Charlottesville.  The Confederate haters are dangerous.

This monument is in a cemetery.  Many of the Confederate haters yelled at the police (not nice words) and threatened the defenders.  Sadly, there are a real lot of the haters.

--Old Secesh

Don't Bury the Past, Understand It-- Part 2


Confederate monuments were erected after the Civil War to honor generals and the common soldiers.  Many of those common soldiers never owned a slave.  They were fighting not to be able to own a slave, but to defend their homes from invasion by enemy soldiers.

Nothing can justify slavery  No person or group can be proved innocent of that aspect of our history.  "But it did occur.  We should not bury it, but we must make an effort to understand it realizing that understanding it does not justify it."

The author thinks taking down the monuments should be done democratically  through city and county governments.  I would go a step further and really make it a democratic process and have the people vote on it.  Majority rules in my country.  If the majority votes to take them down, then take them down.  Too often, city and county governments are made up of a lot of Blacks or Whites afraid to upset Blacks by retaining the monuments.

"Remember, we are looking at history through 21st century eyes.  The people who erected those monuments looked at it and lived through 19th century eyes worth no impact from black comment."

Something to Think About.  --Old Secesh


Civil War II-- 569: Don't Bury the Past, Try To Understand It-- Part 1


From the August 21, 2017, Google Alerts for Civil War North Carolina.

From the August 29, 2017, Salisbury (NC) Post, Post Opinion.

The North Carolina governor wants all Confederate monuments taken down.

The real cause of the Civil War was the geographic differences between North and South.  Agriculture was suited for the Southern climate and was the economic means by which the South made its money.  Slavery made that money.  Slavery made the South economically thrive.

The North's climate was not as conducive to agriculture.  Industry grew in New England, powered by an unending flow of free labor from immigrants coming over the Atlantic.  The North did not need slavery.

However, the North was not innocent when it came to slavery.  At one time New York City was one of the largest cities in the world to which slaves were imported.  Also, many Northern ships were used in the slave trade.

By the time of the Civil War, slavery was confined to the 14 states where the climate would support large scale farming which was, in those pre-machinery days, labor intensive.  Slaves provided that labor.

--Old Secesh

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 brevetted to brigadier general in the U.S. Army for gallantry at  the Battle of Rosebud, Montana, June 17, 1876, where he was shot through the face.  This was just a few days before Custer's Last Stand.

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: Divisive Richmond, Va. Town Hall Meetings on Fate of Confederate Monuments


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:

RACE  VICTIM  ASSAILANT
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