Tuesday, February 28, 2017

13th Illinois Infantry-- Part 4: Heroics at Ringgold Gap

The 13th also were at the siege and capture of Vicksburg and second capture of Jackson, Mississippi.  After that they were sent to Chattanooga and participated in the big Union victory at Missionary Ridge.

Their last major action evidently was in the pursuit of Confederates to Atlanta when they sustained heavy casualties at Ringgold Gap in Georgia, where the regiment lost 67 men, including Major Douglas R. Bushnell on November 27, 1863.  Also lost at the battle were Captain Blanchard and the color bearer, Riley, who was shot through the breast and as he fell got his blood on the banner.

The 13th held their position under Confederate attack for two hours, most of which were without ammunition and at the point of their fixed bayonets.

--Old Secesh

Monday, February 27, 2017

13th Illinois Infantry-- Part 3: At Chickasaw Bayou

The 13th was part of General Sherman's attack on Chickasaw Bayou in which the regiment's first colonel, John B. Wyman was killed on December 28, 1862.

They were also at the capture of Arkansas Post and the raid on Greenville, Mississippi

They were mustered out on June 18, 1864, after having served their three years (plus two months).

I have not been able to find out anything about whether some reenlisted and served in other units, but imagine they did.

--Old Secesh

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 408: Charlottesville To Take Down Lee Statue

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

**  City to spend $300,000 to tear down Confederate statue.  (Charlottesville, Virginia)  (Loss)  Statue of Robert E, Lee which has stood where it is for almost 100 years.  I have also read that there might be a legal fight.  I sure hope so, even though there is now way we can win in the courts.

Plus, I think Charlottesville should have to pay $1,000,000 to do it, that money going to the SCV and UDC.

Any time a Confederate statue is taken down, they cities or groups should pay for their dishonor to someone else's heritage.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, February 23, 2017

About That Mississippi State Flag

I can understand why blacks are offended by the flag what with its incorporation of the Confederate Flag in it.

My solution to the problem is to have a state-wide vote on it.  If the majority vote to change it, I would accept that vote.  However, if the majority vote to keep it the way it is, then the opponents would have to agree to leave it alone until another vote can be arranged.

Personally, I think it is a really nice-looking flag, a whole lot better than some state flags.

Keep the Flag (Or Vote It Away).  --Old Secesh

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The General Comes Home 45 Years Ago: Famous Andrews' Raiders Locomotive

From a reprint in the August 19, 2017, Panama City (Fla.) News-Herald.

They had a reproduction of their front page from Sunday, February 20, 1972.

There was a picture and a short article under it.


Civil War buff Denton Myers of Kennesaw. Georgia, stands guard over famed Civil War locomotive "General" after it reached its final resting place Friday.  The locomotive had been the focus of a five-year battle for possession between Georgia and Tennessee until the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Georgia.

The engine will be a special attraction in a museum in Kennesaw.

--Old Semotive

Monday, February 20, 2017

13th Illinois Infantry-- Part 1: "Fremont's Greyhounds"

Companies E and F were primarily comprised of men from DeKalb County.  Frederick William Partridge was lieutenant-colonel for much of existence.

From Wikipedia.

The regiment received the name "Fremont's Greyhounds" from John Fremont himself.  They were one of the regiments organized under the act known as the Ten Regiment Bill.

They were mustered into Union service by Captain John Pope (who later commanded the Army of the Potomac at the Second Battle of Bull Run in Virginia) at Camp Dement in Dixon, Illinois.

Entered federal service April 21, 1861 for three year term of service.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, February 18, 2017

How Do You Move a Six-Ton Painting-- Part 3: Clark Gable's In It

The Atlanta Cyclorama painting was made by the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1880s and these paintings were very popular in this era before movies.  Only one other one still exists today and that one is at Gettysburg.

Many German painters were employed in making these.

Once in its new quarters, the painting will undergo a long restoration process and it is hoped will be on display sometime next year.

A viewing platform will be added at 12 feet high to give viewers a 360-degree experience.  There are also 128 plaster figures in the foreground for depth.  Among those is a Union soldier with Clark Gable's face, created after he and other "Gone With the Wind" actors visited the Cyclorama during the movie's 1939 premier in Atlanta.

--Old Secesh

Friday, February 17, 2017

How Do You Move a Six Ton Painting-- Part 2: Moving the Cyclorama

Before the move, the painting was cut into two pieces at a seam.  Both were rolled onto gigantic custom-built steel spools, each taller than a four story building.

Holes were made into the concrete roof of the old Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum and cranes lifted the spools out of them and then they were placed onto waiting trucks for the nine mile trip to the Atlanta History Center.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How Do You Move a Six-Ton Civil War Painting?-- Part 1: Very Carefully

From the February 9, 2017, Yahoo! News, Jeff Martin, AP.

The colossal panoramic painting of the Battle of Atlanta will be lifted by cranes from the building where it has been for almost a century and trucked over to its new location in Atlanta.

The six-ton Cyclorama painting is one of the world's largest paintings and was at its location in Atlanta's Grant Park and now will be seen at the Atlanta History center across town.

Work had already begun on the preparation to move, but the move began Thursday, Feb. 9, and experts believe it will take two days to complete its trek.

It is a massive 15,000 square-foot painting.

You Move It Very Carefully.  --OldPaint

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 407: The Flag Goes Back Up

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

**  The Confederate Flag going back up in South Carolina town.  (Walhalla)  (Win)  The flag will be going back up at a Confederate monument.

--Old Secesh

Monday, February 13, 2017

13th Illinois Infantry-- Part 2: Duty in Missouri

From July 1861 to Spring 1862, the regiment was based in Rolla, Missouri, guarding supply trains and fighting Confederate guerrillas.  They were also a part of General Fremont's force that marched to Springfield, Missouri in the fall of 1861.

They were mustered out on June 18, 1864.

During the course of the war, the unit lost 6 officers and 61 enlisted to killed in action or mortally wounded.  Another 5 officers and 123 enlisted died of disease.

Main officers:

Colonel John B Wyman, killed at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou December 28, 1862
Colonel Adam B. Gorgas, mustered out June 25, 1864.

Lt.-Col.  Benjamin F. parks--  resigned June 25, 1861
Lt.-Col. William Frederick Partridge--  mustered out June 18, 1864.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Another Union General Buried At Sycamore's Elmwood Cemetery: Frederick William Partridge

From Find-A-Grave.


August 19, 1824 to June 22, 1899.

Civil War brevet brigadier general.  Lt.-Col. of the 13th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Enlisted in the 13th Illinois from Sandwich, Illinois, as a corporal.

Breveted March 13, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services at the battles of Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga and Ringold Gap."

After the war he served as U.S. Consul in Bangkok, Siam from 1869-1876.

Buried at Elmwood Cemetery, in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois.

Plot:  Block 2, Lot 66.

Born in Norwich, Vermont.  Died in Sycamore.

--Old Secesh

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 406: About Those Mississippi Schools Not Flying the State Flag

From the January 26, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Bill: Make Schools Fly Mississippi's Confederate-Themed Flag.  (Win)  A bill in the Mississippi House of Representatives would require k-12 schools in the state to fly the state flag or lose state accreditation.

I'd like to see this become a law.  Only, I'd expand it to include state supported colleges, where none of them fly it.  I would no longer send state money until they fly the flag again.

Of course, I would exempt schools where the majority of the students are black.

--Old secesh

Thursday, February 9, 2017

General Dutton's America-- Part 3: Civil War

In 1861, Everell Dutton joined the 13th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, but he had to leave because of illness.  he joined the 105th Illinois Infantry after he recovered and spent the rest of the war with them as their lieutenant-colonel.

During the war, Sycamore sent 307 men to serve in the Union Army.

Dutton spent four months in Nashville, Tennessee, on the examination board.  His new wife Rosina joined him there.  After he left and rejoined the 105th, she returned to Sycamore.

His house is located in Sycamore by Center Cross Street and West State Street (Ill-64) which serves as Sycamore's main street.  In 2014 it sold for $180,000.  118 Center Cross Street.  The for sale information listed the house as being General Dutton's house.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

General Dutton's America-- Part 2: Married On Leave from Army in 1863

The exhibit is divided into three parts:  Sycamore As a Pioneer Town (1839-1860), Sycamore During the Civil War (1861-1865) and Sycamore in the Guilded Age (1866-1900).

The family of Everell Dutton arrived in Sycamore in 1846 and his father owned a store in the town.

During the Civil War, while home on leave, Everell married Rosina Adelpha Paine on December 31, 1863, in Sycamore.

His son George died in 1929 and was considered Sycamore's richest man at the time.

--Old Secesh

General Dutton's America-- Part 1: The growth of Sycamore and the United States 1839-1900

The Sycamore History Museum has an exhibit called "General Dutton's America."  It looks at Sycamore and America in general and follows it through the life of Everell Fletcher Dutton.  Dutton lived through a very important period of history during his lifetime.1839-1900.  The biggest event, of course, was the Civil War.

During this time, Sycamore grew from a frontier town of 262 people into a large city.

Everall Dutton moved to Sycamore as a boy, grew up, went off to college and returned home to become a clerk at the DeKalb County Courthouse.

Soon, he was wearing the Union blue in the Civil War and wrote home often, sometimes as many as three times a week.

And, he was just 27 when it ended.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 10: Everell Dutton, Brevet Brigadier General


105th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Lieutenant-Colonel.  Brevet Major General, U.S. Volunteers.  Rank date March 16, 1865.

--Old Secesh

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 9: Lt. Col. Everell F. Dutton

From Find-A-Grave.

Everell Fletcher Dutton  Born January 4, 1838, Charlestown, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.  Died June 8, 1900, in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois.

Captain in 13th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Lt.Col. 105th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

Buried Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, Illinois.

Both he and the regiment's colonel, Daniel Dustin are buried there.

Plot:  Block 4, Lot 18.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 405: About That Confederate Flag in the S.C. Courtroom

From the January 24, 27, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Confederate Flag Won't Return to South Carolina Courtroom.  (York County) (Loss, but not really)  There is also a portrait of Confederate generals that won't be returning.  They were taken down for remodeling.  I don't really see why the Confederate Flag or generals should be in a courtroom.

**  Follow up on the one above.  Confederate Flag Going Back Inside S.C. Court House.  (Win, sort of)  The person who did this did so in violation of a state law.

Again, I See No reason for a Confederate Flag Inside a Courtroom.  --Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 404: Middle School Teacher Placed On Leave for Confederate Flag in Classroom.

From the January 18, 19, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Council's statues votes ends in deadlocked frustration.  (Charlottesville, Virginia) (Loss)  Any deadlock is a big victory for us in this losing battle.  This concerns the Lee and Jackson statues.

**  Folsom teacher placed on leave after Confederate Flag found in class.  (California)  This took place in a middle school and obviously many in the community held him in high esteem.  He was using it as a teaching tool with nothing racist about it.

He has since retired.

Sadly, I would wonder my fate in today's schools since I always had a picture of Robert E. Lee in my room as well as a Confederate Flag in the hallway as part of a historic American flags display.

A Real Sad Day in American Education.  --Old Secesh

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 403: Move Lee's Birthday Commemoration?

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

**  Arkansas Tries to Strip Gen. Lee from Martin Luther King Day.  (Loss)  And, Arkansas is supposedly a Southern state.  So sad.

As I stated in the last post, though, I would support having the Lee-Jackson Day on a different day if the NAACP and other black and white groups stop their incessant attacks on my heritage.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mort Kunstler February 2017 Civil War Calendar: Lincoln, the Family Man

Always a poignant scene each month and done with a lot of research.


"Although he was a well paid Illinois attorney when he ran for president, Abraham Lincoln had been born in backwoods poverty.  Perhaps remembering his deprived boyhood, Lincoln was an indulgent husband and father.

"In the White House, Mrs. Lincoln enjoyed an extensive wardrobe and the Lincoln boys were free to romp and roam.  Tragically, of the Lincolns' four sons, only Robert Todd survived to adulthood."

--Old Secesh

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 8: Colonel Daniel Dustin

From Find-A-Grave.

Daniel Dustin was born October 5, 1820, in Orange County, Vermont.  He died March 30, 1892, in Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri.

During the Civil War, he first served as major in the 8th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry and then as the commander of the 105th Illinois.  Breveted to brigadier general March 16, 1865, for "gallant service in recent campaign in Georgia and South Carolina.  That would be the March to the Sea and Carolinas Campaign.

Buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois.  Plot:  Block 9, Lot 9.

--Old Secesh

Friday, February 3, 2017

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 7: Lieutenant-Colonels

I also came across a list of lieutenant-colonels for the 105th.

Henry F. Vallette

Everell F. Dutton

Henry D. Brown

--Old Secesh

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 6: Photo of Officers

This photograph of the officers of the 105th Illinois Infantry appeared in the January 19, 2011  MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

Shown in the front row:

Lt.Col. E.F. Dutton, Henry Vallette, Col. Daniel Dustin, Horace Potter and Alfred Waterman

Second Row:

Daniel Chapman, Quartermaster Timothy Wells, David Chandler and George N. Beggs.

This photograph can be found in the Joiner History Room in the Sycamore, Illinois, Library.

--Old Secesh

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 5: Officers


Date of muster: September 2, 1862.

Breveted to brigadier general March 16, 1865.  Mustered out June 7, 1865.


Quartermaster:  Timothy Wells, Sycamore

Chaplain:  Levi Crawford of Sandwich.  Resigned December 24, 1862

Adjutant:  David O. Chandler of DeKalb

Major:  Henry Brown of Sycamore

I did have some confusion with the colonel and lt.-col having such close last names.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, February 2, 2017

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 4: Service

The regiment was organized in Dixon, Illinois, mustering into U.S. service on September 2, 1862 and then moved to Camp Douglas in Chicago on September 8, 1862 and then to Louisville, Kentucky, from, September 30-October 2, 1862.

After the March to the Sea, they moved from Savannah, Georgia, through South Carolina and into North Carolina and at the Battle of Bentonville March 19 to 21, 1865.  They occupied my hometown of Goldsboro, N.C., on March 24 and the Advance on Raleigh April 10-14 and Bennett's House and the Confederate surrender on April 26.

Afterwards, the regiment marched to Washington, D.C., by way of Richmond from April 29 to May 19, participating in the Grand Review on May 24.

They were mustered out in Chicago on June 7 and discharged in Chicago on July 17, 1865.

--Old Secesh

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 3: Battles and Campaigns

Atlanta Campaign
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Battle of Resaca, Battle of Peachtree Creek.

March to the Sea

Campaign of the Carolinas

Battle of Bentonville

Bennett's House, surrender

Grand Review in Wasihngton, D.C.

--Old Secesh

105th Illinois Infantry-- Part 2: Companies

Most of the men in these companies were from DeKalb County:

A, C, E, H and K.

Men in these companies were from Du Page County:

B, D, F  and I.

Company G was made up of men from both counties.

--Old Secesh

105th Illinois Volunteer Infantry-- Part 1: Service

Back on January 23rd, I was writing about Afton, Illinois, a town in DeKalb County, Illinois, that sent a lot of men off to the war.  Five of the men from Afton who gave their lives were all members of the 105th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

I did some more research on the regiment.

From Illinois Genealogy Web.

Served in the Army of the Ohio from September 1862 to November 1862
Posted to Gallatin, Tennessee November 1862 to June 1863
Served in the Army of the Cumberland June 1863 to June 1865.

This regiment was made up of largely men from DeKalb and DuPage counties in Illinois.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Here's a Thought of What to Do With the Lee-Jackson Birthdays and MLK One Occurring at the Same Time

In my last Confederacy Under Attack post I mentioned the problem in Lexington, Virginia, with the three men's birthdays being on the same weekend/day.  This is a problem in that they kind of represent the opposite sides of the spectrum

However. it should be he who first, which means the first one or ones to be celebrated should get the day.  That would mean Lee-Jackson get the day and MLK be moved to another day.

But, since the rest of the United States celebrates MLK, I have a proposition.

I would be in favor of moving the Lee-Jackson Day in return for the NAACP and other militant anti-Confederate organizations cease their attacks on the Confederacy.

I would then say to move it.

--Old Secesh

The Confederacy Under Attack-- Part 402: Conflicting Commemorations

From the January 11 and 14, 2017, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  ____ ____ trial over, but South still grapples with future of Confederate Flag, monuments.  (Loss)  Why should their be any problems with the Confederate Flag.  You don't like it, don't look at it.  Feel right to curse it under your breath, BUT keep it to yourself.

I still won't use that person's name.  No one should use his name.

**  Controversy continues over Lexington's Lee-Jackson, MLK celebrations this weekend.  (Virginia)  Easy enough decision here.  You have to go with which was first commemorated.

--Old Secesh

Confederate Gun Display Removed for Space Considerations

From the November 6, 2016, WECT NBC News, Wilmington, N.C.  "Museum director 'Confederate gun display removed for space."  AP.

The Greensboro History Museum Director Carol Ghiorsi Hart says she is not pulling it for political pressure reasons, but there is not enough space for it and it is time to change it anyway.

California doctor John Murphy loaned his collection of nearly 150 guns to the museum in 1998 then bequestedthem to the museum after his death.

It was the largest collection in the world and worth more than $2 million.  It consists of rifles, muskets and other Confederate guns.

Next June, it will be replaced with a World War I exhibit, marking the centennial of the U.S. entry to the

Here's Hoping They Don't Sell the Collectin, Unless to Another Museum.  --Old Secesh