Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 or 1984 ?




“Every record has been destroyed or falsified,--

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 every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted,
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 every statue and street building has been renamed,
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every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute.
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History has stopped. 
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 Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
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George Orwell, 1984





Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jesse James --




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Jesse James

**Born in Clay County, Missouri, on September 5, 1847, Jesse Woodson James was the son of Kentucky native Zerelda Cole James and her husband, Robert James, a Baptist minister and slave-owning hemp farmer who assisted in founding William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.


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*In 1863 Union soldiers visited the James farm. They were seeking information about Confederate guerrilla bands. The soldiers hurt and threatened Jesse James and his family.(** In May 1863, while at his family’s farm, a teenage Jesse was ambushed and his stepfather hung from a tree
(he survived) by Union militiamen seeking the whereabouts of Frank and his fellow insurgents.)  Shortly after this incident, James joined his brother, Frank, and a guerrilla unit led by
 William “Bloody Bill” Anderson.


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 James adapted quickly to a lifestyle that would set the pattern for the rest of his life:
 plan and attack, flee and hide.
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**During the 1869 bank robbery in Gallatin, the incident that first brought Jesse public notice as an outlaw, he shot and killed the bank’s cashier in an act of revenge,

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 thinking the man was Samuel Cox, commander of the pro-Union militia troops who had murdered guerilla leader Bloody Bill Anderson in October 1864. (In fact, the slain cashier turned out not to be Cox.) After the deadly heist, an influential pro-Confederate newspaper editor in Missouri, John Newman Edwards, befriended Jesse and went on to promote the former bushwhacker as a hero and defiant Southern patriot of the Reconstruction era. James himself wrote letters to newspapers in which he defended his actions. Through his articles and editorials, Edwards was responsible for helping to create the image of Jesse James as a Robin Hood figure who robbed the rich to give to the poor, an image that historians say is a myth.



**Catching the James became a personal mission for Allan Pinkerton,

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 Pinkerton was an abolitionist who had aided slaves on the Underground Railroad, uncovered a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln and gathered military intelligence for the federal government during the Civil War.




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**Shortly after midnight on January 25, 1875, a group of Pinkerton agents, acting on a tip that Jesse and Frank were at their mother’s farm (in fact, they were no longer there) carried out a raid on the place. The agents threw an incendiary device into the farmhouse, setting off an explosion that fatally wounded Jesse and Frank’s 8-year-old half-brother and caused their mother, Zerelda, to lose part of her arm. Following the raid, public support for Jesse and Frank increased, and the Missouri state legislature even came close to passing a bill offering the men amnesty. The James brothers also launched an intimidation campaign against their perceived enemies near Zerelda’s farm and in April of that year one of their mother’s neighbors, a former Union militiaman who had assisted the Pinkerton agents in preparing for the raid, was shot to death.
 Allan Pinkerton never pursued his hunt for Jesse and Frank any further.







**Rather than dying in a hail of gunfire while robbing a bank or train, the legendary Jesse James was brought down while dusting a picture on the wall of his rented home in St. Joseph, Missouri,

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 On April 3, 1882. His wife and two children were in another room at the time. James’ assassin, who shot him in the back of the head, was Bob Ford, a new recruit into his gang. Also in on the shooting was Bob’s older brother Charley, a James gang member. Earlier that year, Bob Ford had arranged with the governor of Missouri to take down Jesse in exchange for a reward. After the Fords announced to authorities they’d killed the infamous outlaw, they were convicted of murder and sentenced to hang; however, the governor quickly pardoned them.
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*http://shsmo.org/historicmissourians/name/j/jamesj/
** http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-jesse-james

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Haters are falling on hard times !


Portsmouth City Councilman Mark Whitaker
 indicted by special grand jury !


Remember this guy ?
Councilman Mark Whitaker urged the city council to consider removing the
Portsmouth Virginia Confederate monument !

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Now it seems that Mr Whitaker has bigger problems !
He is facing charges including multiple counts---
 of identity fraud, forgery, uttering checks, and other charges.
The story is Here !

One of his partners in the movement to remove the monument,

Kenny Wright
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Lost his reelection bid for Mayor of Portsmouth !


Wes Bellamy

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resigned from his teaching position with Albemarle County Public Schools.
Bellamy, who is also the vice mayor of Charlottesville,
  reigned from his post on the Virginia Board of Education !

Hopefully it's just a matter of time until Wes Bellamy
(The biggest voice in the Charlottesville Lee Monument issue!)
is just a Bad Memory !

It seems the Haters are falling on hard times !









Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Tribute for Lincoln.

I've been making Remember coins / mementos for Confederate Veterans for years,



I've finally made one for Abe Lincoln !

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The number of dead is debateable.
But I feel it's quite appropriate.

DT.


UPDATE !

Still fiddling with the design !

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Friday, April 14, 2017

At Sharpsburg --






George Anderson CSA

George B. Anderson was born on April 12, 1831 near Hillsboro, North Carolina. He was a graduate of West Point class of 1852, resigned his commission and joined the Army of the Confederacy at the outbreak of the Civil War. He participated in the battles of Williamsburg, Seven Days, Malvern Hill, South Mountain before being wounded at the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. He was wounded in the foot and died in Raleigh, NC on October 1862, as a result of surgery to amputate his leg. A mortuary cannon set in a block of stone is inscribed: 

BRIGADIER GENERAL GEORGE B. ANDERSON
CSA*


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Confederate Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch

The monument honoring Confederate Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch is located on the southern end of Branch Avenue.
This is one of six “mortuary cannons” placed on the Antietam battlefield to honor six generals, three Union and three Confederate, who were killed or mortally wounded at Antietam.

During the battle Branch was senior brigadier in A.P. Hill’s Light Division, commanding a brigade of North Carolina regiments. At the height of Hill’s successful counterattack on Union General Burnside’s Ninth Corps at the end of the battle, Branch was struck in the head and killed while conferring with Hill and his fellow brigadiers.**

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A friend who was visiting Sharpsburg placed two of the coins I make.
I'm happy to be able to help honor our Confederate Soldiers.
It's all about honor !

  *Source  http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMQP7J_Brigadier_General_George_B_Anderson_CSA_Sharpsburg_MD

** Source

 http://antietam.stonesentinels.com/monuments/individuals/general-lawrence-branch/

Thursday, April 13, 2017

At Gettysburg





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FOR VIRGINIA !
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From what I've read the coin will be removed by park staff and held for thirty days !

But the fact it was placed speaks volumes about dedication !

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Two More !

Even with the help of friends, I'll never thank them all.
Donald Caul placed this coin !
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But today I thanked two more.
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               James Goodman Pruden                           
6th Virginia Infantry, Company E (2nd), Private
Pruden was born in 1841 and was a farmer in Nansemond County. He
had brown hair, grey eyes, a fair complexion and was 5'7" tall.
His wife was Mourning A. Pruden. He died February 10, 1923.
He is buried at Bethlehem Christian Church Cemetery.



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                  Josiah Joyner                               
6th Virginia Infantry, 2nd Company E, Private
Joyner was born January 1, 1839. After the war, he was a farmer
in Nansemond County. He was married on February 15, 1866 to Nancy
Monroe Pruden (b.6-11-1843 d.7-9-1945). He died January 26, 1923
and is buried at Bethlehem Christian Church Cemetery. His wife
received a pension for his war services.

While I was walking around the Pastor of the Church came out and spoke with me.
I explained what I was doing, and offered to remove the coins if he had a problem with them.
I gave him two coins, and he had no problem with what I was doing.

D.T.