Friday, September 21, 2018

Lewis Washington-- Part 4: Buried in Charles Town, West Virginia

From Find-A-Grave.

Major Lewis William Washington

It said he was a major in the Confederate Army.  I could find no mention of his service.

Born 30 November 1812 in Georgetown, District of Columbia.
Died 1 October 1871 (age 58) in Jefferson County, West Virginia

Buried Zion Episcopal Churchyard in Charles Town, West Virginia.

--Old Secesh

Lewis Washington-- Part 3: What Happened At the Trial and the George Washington Artifacts

During John Brown's trial for treason against the State of Virginia, Lewis Washington testified as a witness for the prosecution.  During the cross-examination, Washington testified that Brown had treated his hostages well and gave orders not to harm civilians.

When the Civil War began, Lewis sided with the Confederacy.  On July 17, 1865, he was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson.

Many pieces of the Washington family, including the sword given George Washington by Frederick the Great and the pistols from Lafayette, were donated to the New York State Library by his widow in 1871.

Lewis Washington married twice, and one of his sons was James Barroll Washington, the friend of Custer.  James had one son, William Lanier Washington, who died in 1933, but had sold the rest of the Washington of the family collection of George Washington heirlooms at public auction in 1917.

--Old Secesh

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Lewis William Washington-- Part 2: The Harpers Ferry Raid

Lewis Washington inherited several George Washington relics, including a sword allegedly given by Frederick the Great of Prussia and a pair of pistols given by Lafayette.

John Cook, who served in John Brown's advance party before the attack befriended Lewis Washington  and noted these relics as well as the slaves at Beall-Air Mansion.  John Brown was fascinated with George Washington relics. (Kind of surprising since Brown hated slave owners so much.)

During Brown's October 16, 1859, raid on Harpers Ferry, a detachment of his force led by Cook seized the relics along with Lewis Washington and three slaves.  The hostages were taken to Harpers Ferry by way of Allstadt House and Ordinary where more hostages and slaves were taken.

They all went to John Brown's base at the fire engine house of the Harpers Ferry Federal Arsenal.  All survived their captivity and Washington identified Brown to the Marine rescue party.  During the assault on John Brown's Fort, a saber thrust by Marine Lieutenant Green at John Brown was allegedly  deflected by the belt buckle of George Washington's sword.

--Old Secesh

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Lewis William Washington-- Part 1: Grand-Nephew of George Washington

From Wikipedia.

November 30, 1812- October 1, 1871

Great grand-nephew of President George Washington and father of Custer's classmate at the USMA, James Barroll Washington.

He is principally known  for being a hostage of abolitionist John Brown during his raid on Harpers Ferry and as a prosecution witness during Brown's trial.

Son of George Corbin Washington, the grandson of William Augustine Washington, half brother of George Washington.

Lewis Washington inherited Beall-Air plantation near Halltown, Virginia (now West Virginia) from his mother and lived there from 1840 to his death in 1871.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Confederate Lt. James Washington-- Part 4: People Associated With Him

From FrontierNet.Net

People associated with James Barroll Washington.  All are accompanied by photographs.


Lewis was the great grandnephew of George Washington and father of James Barroll Washington.    He added the front half  of the Beallair Manor house in 1850-1855.  He was captured by John Cook during the John Brown Raid.  He later testified at John Brown's trial and other trials and hearings.


John Cook led John Brown's Raiders in their capture of Lewis Washington.  Several months before the raid, he had scouted the area and visited Beallair.

Beallair Mansion still stands in eastern West Virginia.

--Old Secesh

Monday, September 17, 2018

Confederate Lt. James Washington-- Part 3: Friendship With Custer Continued

From Frontier Net.  James Barroll Washington.

Was a graduate of  West Point where he became friends with George Armstrong Custer.  They maintained their friendship during the war and on several occasions, Custer assisted him and his family.

A photograph accompanies this showing him as being a major in the Confederate Army and at some point after the war.

This site also has people associated with James Barroll Washington.

--Old Secesh

Confederate Lt. James Washington-- Part 2: After Exchange Was Ordnance Officer in Montgomery

It was while he was on Gen. Johnston's staff that he was captured on May 31, 1862, at the Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia.

During this captivity he happened to meet with George Custer, an acquaintance of his from his days at the USMA at West Point.  The two former plebes, and now adversaries later sat together for a series of photographs.

Washington remained a prisoner until exchanged on September 21, 1862, at Aiken's Landing, Virginia.

Afterwards, he was assigned as an Ordnance Officer in Montgomery, Alabama.

After the war, he became an executive with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.  he died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 6 March 1900 and was buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, Ohio.

--Old Secesh

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Confederate Lt. James Barroll Washington-- Part 1: Native of Baltimore and Friend of Custer

From GENi

Born August 26, 1839 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Died March 6, 1900 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Father Lewis William Washington.  Mother Mary Ann Washington.

From Find-A-Grave

Buried Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.

Civil War Confederate officer  Descendant of President George Washington was a native of Baltimore, Maryland and attended the USMA at West Point.

He resigned from the Army when the Civil War began and became an officer in the Provisional Army of Virginia (PAVA).  Then became a lieutenant in the Confederate Army  and assigned to the staff of General Joseph Eggleston Johnston as an aide de camp.

--Old Secesh

Friday, September 14, 2018

George Custer and Friend Confederate Lt. Washington-- Part 2

"A camp photographer, seeing the two seated on a log, chatting, was preparing to photograph them, when young Washington called out to a small darkey standing near, and placed the child between them, saying the picture ought to be called 'Both sides, the cause.'

The "darkey" was a young slave boy who did not appear to be too happy to be there.

"And so it appeared in Harper's Weekly."

Photograph of Custer and Confederate Lt. James Barroll Washington (prisoner) and 2nd Lt. Custer with a young slave sitting between them.

The two men had been friends at the USMA before the war, now on different sides.

An Interesting Photo.  --Old Secesh

Thursday, September 13, 2018

George Custer and Friend Confederate Lt. James Washington-- Part 1

From the book "Custer in Photographs" by D. Mark Katz.

I picked up this book on Tuesday at the Friends of Woodstock (Illinois) Library book sale.  It is of every known photograph taken of George Armstrong Custer.  The captions tell you about the people in the photograph and when it was taken and other information.

From page 6 and 7.

Lt. James Barroll Washington (Confederate prisoner, Custer's friend and classmate), a member of General Joseph E. Johnston's staff, captured at the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, May 31, 1862, seated by 2nd Lieutenant George A. Custer, may 31, 1862, by James F. Gibson.

Two Friends Meeting Under Less Than Wonderful Circumstances, Especially for Lt. Washington.  --Old Secesh

UNC and 'Silent Sam'-- Part 4: What To Do With the Statue Now?

But the symbolism of an adolescent soldier became all the more polarizing after documents in the university's archives revealed the white supremacist language used at its 1913 dedication, including a gleeful account of the whipping of a young black woman.

Some members of this very liberal community (Chapel Hill, N.C. and UNC) now envision another, more painful battle if the UNC's governing body, whose members were chosen by the state's Republican-held General Assembly, decrees that the statue should be reinstalled.

The North Carolina  statewide Board of Governors met Tuesday and set a November 15 deadline for UNC-Chapel Hill's chancellor and Board of Trustees to present a plan to preserve the sculpture which has been hauled away to a secret location.

The chancellor, Carol Folt was against the way the statue was pulled down, but is leaving options open, including a "location on campus to display the monument in a place of prominence, honor, visibility, availability and access, where we can ensure the monument's preservation and place in the history of UNC and the nation."

My Thoughts On This Sad Situation Coming Up Eventually.   --Old Secesh

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

UNC and 'Silent Sam'-- Part 3: Faced Defiantly North

Some visitors to where the statue was continue to lament the sacrifices made by the young men who gave up their studies here to fight and die for a cause they believed in.

"Their bodies are who knows where.  What do they have?"  said Sandra Aldridge, who spat in disgust as she circled the railings after coming to campus for an appointment.  "If you don't like something, you don't just tear it down."

Decades of debate about the statue and its prominence on the campus have escalated into a politicized public drama, one heightened by the similarities to the controversy in Charlottesville a year ago.

Silent Sam has long been a flash point, facing defiantly north, overseeing a main entryway to UNC's historic campus.

--Old Secesh

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/11/01: Such A Beautiful Day Until...

Here is one blogger who isn't forgetting.

On just a little while, I am going outside to put up my United States flags.  Hope you will be doing so as well.

And, it was an absolutely beautiful day both here and in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.  How could something so horrible happen on such a beautiful day?

Not Forgetting.

Monday, September 10, 2018

UNC and 'Silent Sam'-- Part 2: 'Died On the Field Of Honor'

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt is hoping that people will be able to see that there is a difference between people who see the statue as a memorial to fallen ancestors and those who push white supremacy.

The pedestal from which "Silent Sam" stood for over a century is empty and surrounded by metal crowd control fences.  You can see where it fell headfirst to the ground and crashed through the barrier.

For awhile, a bouquet of flowers sat inside the barriers with a card inscribed to "James J. Cherry," one of the Confederate Roanoke Minute Men and a member of the University of North Carolina Class of 1862 who "died on the field of honor."  This is what a Confederate statue means to me.

The Statue Honored UNC Graduates, Students and Professors.  --Old Secesh

Saturday, September 8, 2018

UNC Ponders What To Do With Toppled 'Silent Sam'-- Part 1

From the September 5, 2018, Chicago Tribune by Frances Stead Sellers and Susan Svrluga, Washington Post.


Two weeks ago a group of protesters (actually thugs guilty of a horrendous hate crime) illegally desecrated the statue of a Confederate soldier at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  You can probably guess where I stand on this.

Now, there is uncertainty about what to do with the statue.

Many argue that it is a relic of racism and want it gone forever, school officials are thinking about putting it up again, but somewhere less prominent.

This from UNC Chancellor Carol Folt who thinks it doesn't belong at the school's "front door", where it was originally, but that the statue means different things to different people.  Many see it as a memorial to fallen Confederate soldiers, some of them ancestors, and that it "has a place in our history and on our campus where its history could be taught."

She seems to have changed her tune since the incident.  At first she seemed to be on the side of the desecrators.  Now, not so much.

This Monument Was Put Up To Honor the Students, Alumni and Faculty of UNC Who Gave Their Lives For the Confederacy.  --Old Secesh