Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Civil War II-- 612: Five Things Learned From "Sixty Minutes"

From the March 13, 2018, Google Alerts for Confederate.

1.  Landrieu hasn't seen the statues since they were stored.  ((n)ew (o)rleans mayor)

2.  Still not clear where those statues will end up.

3.  Even liberal voices are divided on Confederate monuments.

4.  Richmond favors a new context for its statues rather than removal.

5.  Wynton Marsalis heard a family member deride the Lee monument in ((n)ew (o)rleans) since he was at least five years old.

(n)ew (o)rleans Lower Case Because of Its Shame.  --Old Secesh

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Civil War II-- 611: "Sixty Minutes" on the Richmond Monuments

From the March 13, 2018, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Public hearing on Confederate monuments proposed next week.  (North Carolina)

**  Five things we learned about Confederate monuments from "60 Minutes."  I'll list the five things in the next post.

**  Public hearing set on moving Confederate monuments from North Carolina's Old State Capitol ground.

**  A different approach to the Confederate statue debate.

**  Opinion:  Confederate monuments issue complicated, emotional.  (No kidding)

**  Richmond's Confederate monument debate featured on '60 Minutes."


Monday, March 19, 2018

Civil War II-- 610: Attacks on Monuments in Battlefields Now

From the March 12, 2018, Google Alerts for Confederate.

**  Volunteers step up to clean defaced Confederate monument.  (South Mountain Battlefield)

**  Students, officials battle over Virginia school's'Confederate' identity.  (Lee-Davis High School)

**  Opinion/Letters  Confederate icons lack moral standing.

**  Historical Commission meeting on parameters for Confederate monument public comment meeting.

Old Secesh

Friday, March 16, 2018

Civil War II-- 609: And You Don't Think The Attacks Are Over?

From the March 12, 2018, Google Alerts for Confederate.

Just because you don't read about these horrible attacks every day does not mean they are over.  To get a real-time look at the incessant Confederate-Hate attacks, do a Google Alert for the word "Confederate."

Cities that have taken down their Confederate monuments are in lower case for  their shame.

**  How (n)ew (o)rleans mayor was inspired to take down Confederate monuments by a jazz great.

**  (b)altimore renames former Confederate site for Harriet Tubman.  (Loss)  No big surprise here.

**  The history and future of Confederate monuments.  (CBS  "60 Minutes")  This past Sunday.  More on this next week.

**  (b)altmore's Confederate history seen through the lens of intersectional feminism.  (What?)

--Old Secesh

Henry Beard: Service in the 105th Illinois

From the Illinoisgenweb.  105th Illinois.

Henry Beard   Company A   Cook of A.D.  (African Descent)  Date of Muster  August 6, 1863.  Absent, sick at Muster Out of Regiment,

--Old Secesh

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Henry Beard, Former Slave & Member 105th Illinois-- Part 3: After the War

After living at the two-room house for ten years and with an expanding family, Henry Beard and his wife moved to a larger house on another portion of land a mile west of Brickville Road.  The Beards eventually had fourteen children.

Henry Beard died at Glidden Hospital in DeKalb, Illinois, on December 11, 1924, hours after being clipped by a train at the age of 84.

By the time Judy Beard died in 1941, only two sons survived.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Henry Beard-- Part 2: A Cook With the 105th Illinois

From General Duttons's America by the Sycamore, Illinois History Museum.

Henry beard was born a slave in Kentucky on January 1, 1831.  described as a big, strong man and very dependable.  But, "like most colored men of the time, he could neither read nor write."  But he had an "ultra polite manner and deference to all of his acquaintances on the street."

He joined the 105th Illinois Infantry regiment in Kentucky and worked as a cook in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Maryland.  When the regiment was mustered out, he went along with them back to Illinois.  he met his wife, Judy Jones, at Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1871 and brought her back to Sycamore.

They lived in a two-room house in "The Big Woods" north of Sycamore.

There is a picture of his large family of 9 children.

--Old secesh

Henry Beard, Former Slave, Co. A 105th Illinois-- Part 1

Henry Beard was a former slave who mustered into Company A of the 105th Illinois Infantry Regiment in Tennessee in 1863.   He served as a cook for D Company.

After the war, he settled in Sycamore, Illinois,  with his wife, Judy Jones, also a former slave.

His daughter, Georgiana Beard, and her siblings attended the one-room North grove School with neighboring Swedish children and learned to speak the language when it was the official language of the school.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The 44th and 12th New York Regiments At Gettysburg-- Part 2: 44th Casualties 111 of 460.

This is quite an impressive monument by looking at pictures of it.

The 4th New York was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel James C, Rice who then took over command of the brigade at the battle.Freeman Conner then took command of the 44th.  It brought 460 men into the battle, losing 26 killed, 82  wounded and 3 missing.

Two companies of the 12th New York were in action at the battle:  Companies D and E and brought 116 men onto  the field, suffering no casualties.  Commander of the 12th was Captain Henry W. Ryder

--Old Secesh

The 44th and 12th New York Regiments At Gettysburg-- Part 1: A Butterfield Connection

From the Battle of Gettysburg site.

There is a monument to the 12th and 44th New York Infantry Regiments on the Little Round Top.  The castle-like structure was dedicated in 1893.  It is the largest regimental monument on the battlefield.

It was designed by Daniel Butterfield, the original commander of the 12th New York who was Meade's Chief of Staff at the battle.  Butterfield is the man who either wrote or rewrote the tune "Taps" for bugles which is so often played at funerals.

The monument is 44 feet high and 12 feet wide and has a spiral staircase going to the second floor observation deck.  The tower is not open these days.

There is a Maltse Cross on the monument which is the symbol of the Union's Fifth Army Corps.
--Old SeceshTaps

Monday, March 12, 2018

Got Books? Civil War That Is: March MCCWRT Meeting

This Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the McHenry County Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. at the Woodstock (Illinois) Public Library at 414 West Judd Street, just off historic Woodstock Square for the monthly meeting.

This month, instead of a speaker ion a subject, members and guests will discuss Civil war books they are reading.

I plan to talk about "Faces of Fort Fisher 1861-1864" by Chris E. Fonvielle Jr.. and "Firestorm at Peshtigo" by Denise Gess and William Lutz.

Whereas the second book tells the story of a huge fire that took place in Wisconsin in 1871, there were quite a few Union veterans involved, plus a huge Chicago connection in that William B. Ogden was involved in Peshtigo.  Also, more than 2,000 people were killed around this Wisconsin town in one night.  It is overlooked, though, because it took place on the same day as the Great Chicago Fire.

--Old Secesh

Roanoke's Last Confederate Veteran Dies in 1941

From the October 3, 2016, Roanoke (Va.) Times.

"James Washington Gwaltney, Roanoke's last surviving Confederate veteran and the city's oldest resident, died at 4:45 p.m. at his home."

He was 96 years old and lived in Roanoke's Virginia Heights neighborhood.

He enlisted at age 16 and fought at the Battle of Chickamauga.  Attended the veterans' reunion at Gettysburg in 1938, the 75th anniversary of the battle.

--Old Secesh

Friday, March 9, 2018

Col. Freeman Conner, 44th New York

From Find-A-Grave.

Lt. Colonel Freeman Conner

Born 22 March 1836, Exeter, New Hampshire

Died  28 March 1906, Chicago, Illinois

Buried at Graceland Memorial Park, Valparaiso, Indiana.

--Old Secesh

44th New York, Ellsworth's Regiment-- Part 2: Losses During War

Everyone reported to Albany where they organized under orders of October 21, 1861, mustering for three years' service.  They left the state on October 21, 1861.

They were honorably mustered out October 11, 1864, under Colonel Freeman Conner at Albany.

During the war they lost KIA:  Officers 5, 120 enlisted.  Of wounds received in battle: 1 officer and 62 enlisted.  Of disease and other causes:  2 officers and 145 enlisted

Fifteen men died at the hands of the enemy.

Total 335 deaths.

At the Battle of Gettysburg, they were on the left of the Union line at Little Round Top where they suffered their greatest loss with 111 killed, wounded or missing.

--Old Sexesh

Thursday, March 8, 2018

44th New York, Ellsworth's Regiment-- Part 1: An All-New York Unit

From the New York History Project.

They were sometimes called the Ellsworth Avengers or People's Ellsworth regiment.

Colonel Stephen W. Stryker recruited the regiment under the auspices of the Ellsworth Association of the State of New York.  The original plan was to get one man from every ward and town in the state but this was not adhered ro.

The counties of Albany and Erie each gave two companies and Herkimer County gave one.

--Old Secesh