Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Cottonclads Victory at Galveston.

I've read many accounts of the Battle of The Ironclad's.
The Monitor and the Virginia, it happened just a few miles from where I live.
I've even worked in Dry Dock 1 where the Virginia was built !

I ran across an interesting story the other day about The Cottonclads that took back Galveston.

Jan 1 1863, a small fleet of five Confederate cottonclads, steamed into Galveston harbor. They were John Magruder's. They were called cottonclads due to the bales of cotton stacked on the decks.

John Magruder

This fleet was determined to retake Galveston Harbor and end the Blockade.

Aboard the Westfield was William B Renshaw The Federal Fleet Commander.
The Westfield responding to the Confederate attack ran aground. When other Federal ships came to her aid, Confederate batteries from the opposite shore drove them away.

Renfield decided to destroy the Westfield, and succeeded in doing so. But he and several of his crew were killed in the explosion. ( Shoulda had a longer fuse )

Renfiel destroying the Westfield.

While this was going on the Confederate gunboat Bayou slugged it out with the Union Side-wheeler Harriet Lane. The Bayou blasted a hole in the Harriet Lanes wheelhouse before it's cannon blew apart.
 Then the Bayou rammed the Lane, Confederates swarmed the Lane and captured her.

The remaining Federal ships slipped off under a flag of truce.

A Happy New Year for Galveston !

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Quips from The Phantom Zone !

One of the things I've done is create my own "Phantom Zone" !

It's a place I banish troublesome Trolls to.  The folks who comment and just want to argue !

My last two post seem to have awakened the " Phantom Zone Residents "

Corey Meyer is one of the inhabitants - using the fake name Ralph Steel he recently  sent me this Jewel --- ( in response to drunk Yankees )

"It is reported that the Confederate commander at the battle of Griswoldville in Georgia during Sherman's march to the Sea. I think it was more common than what you think. Both with Yanks and Rebs".

This poor fella can't even compose a coherent sentence. I feel sorry for his students.

One of his Co-inhabitants is Rob Baker. Rob is famous for using the "Tu Quoque"** argument.
so in response to drunk Yankee's I get ---- " You know Confederate's did that too right ?"

** Tu quoque (/tˈkwkw/;[1] Latin for "you, too" or "you, also") 

Thanks for the laughs fellas

Update !!

It seems more noise is escaping from the Phantom Zone.

Do you Boys want some Cheese to go with that Whine ?

Quit Trolling and I will quit Spanking you !

Friday, September 12, 2014

More Yankee Courage !

What is it with Yankee's and Booze ?
Grant gets his men drunk and sends em in to be slaughtered ! Cold Harbor & Spotsylvania.

 Later at The battle of the Crater, General James Ledlie and General Edward Ferrero get drunk in a Boom-proof While sending USCT and others in to be massacred.
The cartoon above is a lampoon of Ferrero from northern newspapers of the day !

Both were censured by a court of inquiry for their conduct during the battle.

Gotta Love the Courage ! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Less Than Honorable ?

General George Armstrong Custer.

On June 11 1864 Gen Custer was involved in a battle at Trevilian Station.
After initial success he over extended his pursuit of Confederate wagons and found himself surrounded by Confederate forces. 

When his color bearer was hit Custer "Saved The Colors"
Unlike most others who save the Flag, Custer did not raise the colors.
He tore them from the staff and hid them under his coat !

After the fight Custer reported to Sheridan, who asked Custer if the colors had been taken ?

Custer pulled the flag from inside his coat, proudly waved it over his head, saying.
"Not by a damned sight- There it is" !

It's just my opinion, but Custer was just a tad short of honorable in his actions.

How many men North and South gave their lives forwarding the colors ?

Custer was a coward !


I love the comments here and at Facebook about this post.
Even getting a few from the Phantom Zone !
Say Hello to General Zod !

It turns out Ralph Steel is Corey Meyer.
Sneaky Devil slipped by me !

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Facing Death with Honor ?

At Cold Harbor ( and other places )
Grant used whiskey to bolster the courage of his men !

William Meade Dame writes ----

“The fight was over, just about as dusk was closing in. In this, and the fight at five o’clock, the enemy lost about six thousand men, killed and wounded. In the assaults, at ten, eleven and at three o’clock, they certainly lost between two and three thousand in killed and wounded, so this day’s work cost them about seven or eight thousand in killed and wounded, besides prisoners.

Our loss was very small. On our immediate part of the line, almost nothing. In the battery, we had one man wounded at five o’clock. In this furious close up fight with infantry, with the awful mauling our guns gave them, strange to say, we had not a man touched. The only blood shed that day, at the “4th” gun, was caused by that rail striking my hand. And our battle line was just as it was, in the morning, save for the hecatomb of dead and dying in front of it, and six hundred prisoners we held inside.

About these prisoners: Numbers of these men were drunk, and officers too. One Colonel was so drunk that he did not know he was captured, or what had happened. The explanation of this fact, I do not profess to know, but this was what the men themselves told us, “That before they charged, heavy rations of whiskey were issued, and the men made to drink it. I know that indignant denial has been made of this charge, that the Federal soldiers were made drunk to send them in, but this I do certainly know, as an eye witness, and hundreds of our men know it too, that here, on the Spottsylvania line, and at Cold Harbor, and other times in this campaign, we captured numbers of the men, assaulting our lines, who were very drunk, and said they were made to drink. And this fact is one reason for the carnage among them, and the light loss they inflicted upon us. It made their men shoot wildly, and the moment our men saw this, they could, with the cooler aim, send death into their ranks. These hundreds of men going, drunk, to face death was a horrible sight; it is a horrible thought, but it was a fact.

Is that facing death with Honor ?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cold Harbor --

I have run across a great book --
By Craig L Symonds

Battles described on one page with an accompanying map !

Great stuff for a guy with a short attention span !

Today I read about a number of battles, the one at Cold Harbor stuck in my mind.

If you don't read anything else, read the last paragraph. Please !




 On the third anniversary of the founding of our organization, the Va Flaggers are pleased to announce the completion of our third Interstate Flag project. Last month, a 9x12 Army of Tennessee pattern Confederate Battle Flag was quietly hoisted up a 45’ pole, high on a hill, on a parcel of land adjacent to north bound Interstate 295, near Cold Harbor. Raised just days after the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the Hanover County Confederate Monument, she will fly as a living, breathing reminder of the courage and sacrifice of our Confederate Veterans. This memorial was made possible through the diligence of several Va Flaggers, the continued and generous support from folks across the U.S., and the dogged determination of one 15 year old boy to honor his Confederate ancestors, several of whom fought in battles in Hanover County.


WHEREAS, in April 1861, the Commonwealth of Virginia, in order to retain her honor, exercised her Constitutional Right to secede from the Union; and

WHEREAS, Virginia, known as the Mother of States and Statesmen, did not make this decision lightly but only after exhaustive efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the issues which divided Southern and Northern states failed; and

WHEREAS, the sons of Hanover County, Virginia heeded the call of their Mother State by the tens of thousands to defend their country, their Commonwealth, their home and their family from an invading army; and

WHEREAS, these brave Virginians of Hanover County fought in the Confederate Armed Forces alongside other men from across the South; and

WHEREAS, these men sacrificed their all and spilled their blood defending the sacred soil of both Hanover County and Virginia; and

WHEREAS, their sacrifices Hallowed the Ground of Hanover County such as Hanover Courthouse, Mechanicsville, Gaines Mill, Seven Days, First and Second Cold Harbor, Haw’s Shop/Enon Church, Peake’s Station, Beaverdam, Watt House, North Anna and many other battlefields; and

WHEREAS, Richmond, Virginia, was the Capital of the Confederate States of America and the wartime home of President Jefferson Davis and many Hanoverians protected and served this Capital; and

WHEREAS, we must never forget the sacrifices made by the women of the South, who with every ounce of their being supported their men in uniform, undertook the duties normally performed by men, and suffered along with their children, and other citizens untold horrors in a war torn land; and

WHEREAS, “after four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude”, as General Robert E. Lee so eloquently wrote, the war for Southern Independence ended for the fabled Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865; and

WHEREAS, the honorable blood of such brave Virginians from Hanover County such as John Tyler, Captain William Latane, Edmund Ruffin, and the thousands of known and unknown heroes of Hanover County, Virginia flows through the veins of thousands of its citizens; and WHEREAS, it is the sworn duty and privilege of the citizens of Hanover County to encourage education within Hanover County, defend the good name of Hanover County, and to teach and promote the true history of the Hanover County to future generations;

THEREFORE, the Virginia Flaggers do hereby dedicate the I-295 Cold Harbor Memorial Confederate Battle Flag in honor of the sons of Hanover County, and in memory of all Confederate Soldiers who fought, bled, and died on her soil.