Friday, August 29, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mystery Solved !

For some time I have wondered what happened at the war's end,
to William Henry Tatum and my Great Grand Father John C Tatum.

Brothers who were members of the same outfit / First Company Richmond Howitzers.

Look at the dates of their Parole / Pardons --

J.C Tatum's is April 10th, Appomattox VA.

William H. Tatum April 18th, Richmond VA.

So what happened ? Why would two brothers who had grown up under the same roof and served in the same outfit during the war be split apart at the end ?

Well one thing I've started doing is re-reading books in my collection, and on page 44 of The Richmond Howitzers, by Lee Wallace Jr I found the answer.

JC. went to Appomattox, while William set out for North Carolina. Although his name is not listed the date and location of his pardon indicate he went south.

I'm fortunate to have the documentation available to solve the mystery. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

All things considered ---

I have had the opportunity  to do some reading lately ---

Seems I've got to rethink my position on secession, --

I'll get back to you.

Secession / Slavery

Lincoln said he had no intention to interfere with slavery - in his First Inaugural Address,

"I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
Yet the party platform in 1860 says--
# 8. That the normal condition of all the territory of the United States is that of freedom: That, as our Republican fathers, when they had abolished slavery in all our national territory, ordained that "no persons should be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law," it becomes our duty, by legislation, whenever such legislation is necessary, to maintain this provision of the Constitution against all attempts to violate it; and we deny the authority of Congress, of a territorial legislature, or of any individuals, to give legal existence to slavery in any territory of the United States.
So is it any wonder slave owners were concerned over Lincoln's election ?

  • Dew in his book admits Virginia left the Union because of Lincoln's call for 75.000 troops. 
  •  And McCardell in his book tells how wide spread "sectionalism" was in the South, so VA could have left the union for reasons other Than SC.
    And people within each state had differing reasons for wanting to leave or stay !

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Well my Ribbon Auction netted $102.50 for the VA Flaggers.
I'm very happy with that !!!

That will buy a few flags to pass out !

I wonder how much I could make for a set of


Saturday, August 2, 2014

How Far Will the Virginia Flaggers Go For Attention?

Silent Simpson !

Good ol Brook's so fast to hammer folks who post inaccurately.
But when one of the folks on his side of the fence does so, NOT ONE WORD !
Kevin shot his mouth off and was proven wrong.
As did quite a few commentators at his blog.
As for Kevin, he posted an apology to the Flaggers and S.C.V. but later removed it.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Does Crow taste Like Chicken ?

Kevin Levin said------- ( about the W&L university making a young man change his confederate attire)

"The Virginia Flaggers ... have now gone to great lengths to stage another conflict to garner sympathy for their cause."  K. Levin

"...this little fabrication takes the cake." K. Levin

"...the story is likely fabricated. There is no way to corroborate the story since no names are used and there were no police patrolling campus on Saturday." K. Levin

"The story was most likely fabricated. It is interesting how often minors are the centers of these stories."
K  Levin

"Though it’s possible, I find it hard to believe that no one else was around campus on Saturday. W&L denies that there was any incident which is a very risky thing to do if others witnessed this supposed exchange."
 K. Levin

W&L made this statement----

According to our Office of Public Safety, our officers reported four occasions when they interacted with individuals who were participating in the July 26 rally sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in downtown Lexington.

The officers characterized all of these interactions as respectful. They did not record names or ages of any of the individuals.

In each instance, the officers requested individuals not to carry Confederate flags or to wear attire with Confederate emblems on the campus. The individuals all complied with these requests.

The University chose to take these extraordinary steps — and the equally extraordinary step of closing Lee Chapel for the weekend — to avoid potential incidents. The decision to implement these procedures was based on the extreme nature of many communications that we received in the days leading up to the event.

Our primary concern will always be for the safety and security of our campus community and all its members, including the many visitors that we have throughout the year. At the same time, we have been clear that we will not allow outside groups to use the campus as a platform.

Given the tenor of the communications and without knowing what we might expect on Saturday, we had no choice but to employ these measures that day. We appreciate the manner in which our public safety officers performed their duties and the polite cooperation of those with whom they interacted. We hope that this will not be necessary in the future. We will continue to take whatever steps we think are prudent in order to keep the community and our facilities safe.

You want fries with that ? 

Well with no way out Kevin says ---   
 . My apologies to the Virginia Flaggers and SCV. 
Well at least he had enough gumption to do so.
Now then what about all the folks who commented at his blog ?