Friday, June 15, 2018

Honestly Abe ----

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One of the huge lies that Lincoln propagandists love to tout, is that despite all of the many racist quotes by Lincoln against black people, he really was against slavery because he forbade the extension of slavery into the new territories. They could not be more wrong! In Lincoln’s own words we find out the REAL reason he forbade the extension of slavery. He wanted these new territories and states to be white paradises, and he knew that if slavery was allowed to spread, the white slave owners would bring their black slaves with them and ruin that plan. He didn’t give a crap about black people! The refusal to extend slavery was NOT an act of benevolence for the black people. It was a strategic power play for keeping them OUT of the new territories. PERIOD!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Corey Wins !

Corey Stewart,
 a conservative who built his public image on championing Confederate symbols,
 won the Republican Senate nomination in Virginia.

In my hometown of Suffolk VA he won by 29 votes !

One of the votes was mine !

His next race will be against Tim Kaine 
who was Crooked Hillary's running mate  !

Here is hoping VA goes back to being a red state !


Voices of the Civil War --

In 2011 my local paper "The Virginian Pilot"
Did a 6 part series entitled

I was interviewed and had a thing or two in the paper --

This was from week 4 --

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After the series they came out with a book -
I finally bought a copy !

It was pretty fair and presented both sided of the war.

A segment on Black Union soldiers.

Also a segment on Yankee atrocities ( top left )

One part dealt with questionable Yankee activities.

But guess who had the last word ?

ME !

On the last page was my interview --

Not 100% accurate ( the reporter misquoted me on the rock throwing event.)

I don't recall the First Co Richmond Howitzers being at Second Manassas.

You can see the Howitzers history HERE !

But the rest of the segment was point on !

" Slavery was the sin of a nation. To lay it on the doorstep of the South is convenient, 
but it's not the whole truth."

I'm going to leave it ( the book ) to my Grandchildren. 


Monday, May 28, 2018

" Sad is a nation "

" Sad is a Nation who has no Heroes --

---Pitiful is a nation who has Heroes
But forgets them "

"John F Kennedy"

I posted a Meme similar to this Blog Post on a number of Confederate friendly F/B pages.
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It was well received ! 

My Hometown of Suffolk has not forgotten on this memorial day !

Front page of Suffolk News Herald.
"Brennan Podruchny helps place flags at Albert G Horton Jr Veterans Cemetery"

Thank you Mr Podruchny !

Also on the front page was this --

Unfortunately I was slated to work and missed the ceremony !

My friend Teresa Roane was one of the speakers --

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The Story is Here.

I feel this is the definition of "Inclusiveness" / to remember all !

Have a Safe and Blessed Memorial day !


Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Battle of Old Men and Young Boys !

The Battle of Old Men and Young Boys 
(First Battle of Petersburg)

Campaign Petersburg
Date June 9, 1864
Location Petersburg, Chesterfield County

                       United States                                                            Confederacy
                    Quincy A. Gillmore                                                        Henry A. Wise

52 (46 killed and wounded, and 6 missing)          75 (15 killed, 18 wounded, and 42 captured)

Battle of Old Men and Young Boys

Contributed by Michael P. Gabriel **

The Battle of Old Men and Young Boys, sometimes known as the First Battle of Petersburg, was fought on June 9, 1864, on the outskirts of Petersburg during the American Civil War (1861–1865). While Union general-in-chief Ulysses S. Grant and the Army of the Potomac were north of the James River, facing the Army of Northern Virginia north of the Confederate capital at Richmond, Union general Benjamin F. Butler devised a plan to take the important transportation hub of Petersburg. He sent a force of infantry and cavalry, commanded by Quincy A. Gillmore, to attack the lightly defended city on June 9, but Gillmore's infantry was turned away from the east. To the south, his cavalry was met by a small battalion of Virginia reserves—old men and young boys, mostly—who beat back the Union troopers for a couple of hours until reinforcements arrived. In the end, the expedition was a failure and added to Grant's concerns about Butler's competence in the field. The raid also alerted the Confederates to Petersburg's vulnerability, and thus when Union troops reappeared outside the Cockade City six days later, they faced substantial resistance

On May 5, 1864, Butler's Army of the James landed at Bermuda Hundred and City Point on the James River, ten miles east of Petersburg. His charge was to disrupt rail lines and harass the Confederates south of Richmond while Grant and George G. Meade initiated the Overland Campaign by attacking Robert E. Lee's army to the north. While the Union forces suffered horrific casualties at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River, and, at the end of the month, Cold Harbor, Butler's force was halted at Drewry's Bluff.

Undeterred, Butler cast his eye on Petersburg. The city served as an important transportation hub, where four railroads converged into the main line of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad; its capture would be a blow to Lee's ability to defend the capital and would deny him easy access to supplies and reinforcements. A captured Confederate map and intelligence provided by runaway slaves and deserters suggested to Butler that Petersburg was not well defended. Confederate generals P. G. T. Beauregard and Henry A. Wise commanded a mere 2,200 militiamen in Petersburg proper while the rest of their meager force blocked Butler's way at Bermuda Hundred. These 2,200 defenders, meanwhile, were not all Confederate regulars, but included a motley assortment of "grey haired men, and beardless boys," as one Petersburg citizen described them. Some were veterans, but others were dentists and business owners and men who had been exempt from military service because of age or infirmity; some did not even have working rifles.

Butler was an ambitious Massachusetts politician who kept alert for opportunities at personal glory, and in Petersburg he spied a headline-worthy prize. When Grant stalled at Cold Harbor, there was talk that Union forces might shift south toward Petersburg. The time to act, in other words, was now, before he would be forced to share his glory. Butler planned the attack for June 9 and placed Quincy A. Gillmore in charge of the expedition. Gillmore, who the year before had overseen the 54th Massachusetts's famous but failed assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, was blamed by Butler for the setback at Drewry's Bluff. And as he set off for Petersburg with 3,400 infantrymen, including United States Colored Troops, and 1,300 cavalry under the German-born August V. Kautz, he did not enjoy his commanding general's full confidence.

Gillmore's orders were to storm Petersburg, destroy its bridges, and return to Bermuda Hundred. Several miles from the city, tired from a night march and already behind schedule, his force split into three columns. Two brigades of infantry approached Petersburg from the east, while Kautz's cavalry swung to the south. At about seven in the morning, the foot soldiers ran into Confederate pickets, who slowly withdrew to Petersburg's main defenses a mile outside of the city. These fortifications, called the Dimmock Line, ran in a ten-mile arc from the Appomattox River on the north all the way to the South Side Railroad and the Appomattox River again west of the city. Laid out beginning in August 1862 by Confederate general D. H. Hill, they were guarded by some fifty-five artillery batteries that had fallen into disrepair. Nevertheless, Gillmore approached cautiously and failed to press hard, mistakenly assuming the works were heavily defended.

By nine o'clock, the alarm had gone up in Petersburg—"all the available bell metal in the corporation broke into chorus with so vigorous a peal and clangor … as to suggest to the uninitiated a general conflagration," one of the city's residents recalled—and Wise immediately deployed the thousand or so men he had at hand while requesting reinforcements from Beauregard. After demonstrating in front of the fortifications for several hours, Gillmore pulled his troops back. To the south, meanwhile, in front of Batteries 27 and 28, Kautz encountered Fletcher H. Archer's Battalion of Virginia Reserves. The unit of 125 soldiers included a 59-year-old bank officer, three members of the city council, and a mill manager who had been up all night guarding prisoners. Archer, a veteran of the Mexican War (1846–1848), later described "heads silvered o'er with the frosts of advancing years," while noting that others of his men scarcely deserved to be called men at all, unable to "boast of the down upon the cheek."

Kautz improvised a charge at 11:30, but his Pennsylvania troopers were repelled. He then carefully deployed his full force, most of which had since dismounted, and attacked again, but Archer's men still managed to hold them off for nearly two hours. They were helped in their effort by local slaves who played music to simulate the arrival of Confederate reinforcements. By the time Union troops finally broke through, actual reinforcements had arrived. They met one column of Kautz's cavalry while a scratch force of what one witness described as "patients and penitents"—hospital patients and jail inmates—met the other. Kautz, hearing only silence from Gillmore's front, and facing the possibility of increased resistance, broke off the action and retreated to Bermuda Hundred.

The Petersburg militia paid a heavy price in slowing the Union raid: 15 dead (including the bank manager), 18 wounded, and 42 captured. Gillmore lost 46 killed and wounded, and 6 missing; more than that, though, he fumbled an unprecedented opportunity to capture the Cockade City. Grant shifted the Army of the Potomac south the following week, arriving at Petersburg on June 15. But the Confederates, alerted to the city's vulnerability, had by then begun to reinforce its defenses, although they were still unprepared for Grant's flank attack and surprise move on Petersburg. Still, it took Grant nearly ten months finally to crack the city open. Once he did, on April 2, 1865, the war was effectively over a week later.

On June 9, 1866, the city of Petersburg began an annual commemoration of the militia's victory. The ceremony, organized by a local Ladies' Memorial Association, served as a precursor to Confederate Memorial Day.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I found a Gem !

I'm always on the look out for rocks.

My Daughter and I like to paint them and place them to be found !

My Daughter does great work !

I tend to make Confederate themed rocks --

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I put them wherever !

Once in a while I make one and keep it !

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The other day I was hunting for rocks and found a Gemstone !

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It's called Jet !

Info on Jet Here

It ain't the Hope Diamond --

but I think I'm gonna hang on to it.

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I put a small Black Powder cannon on it with a Naval Jack and put it on my shelf.

( This is a case of Finders Keepers. )


Sunday, May 20, 2018


Constance Cary Harrison

*Constance Cary Harrison (pen name, Refugitta; April 25, 1843 – November 21, 1920), also referred as Mrs. Burton Harrison, was an American writer. She and two of her cousins were known as the "Cary Invincibles"; the three sewed the first examples of the Confederate Battle Flag.

Constance belonged to an old Virginia family related to the Fairfaxes and Jeffersons. Her home was destroyed during the American Civil War and consequently she witnessed much of the horrors of that struggle.

After the seizure of Vaucluse--

--and its demolition (to construct Fort Worth, as a part of the defenses of Washington, D.C.) she lived in Richmond, Virginia during the American Civil War and moved in the same set as Varina Davis, Mary Boykin Chesnut, and Virginia Clay-Clopton. She was published in Southern magazines under the pen name "Refugitta."*

**Constance who later was won by President Davis’ private secretary. In a magazine article she alluded to her experiences and told how when the wounded were taken to the receiving hospital downtown the soldiers would beg to be taken to the Clopton Hospital, for the fame of the practice of the surgeon in charge, Dr. Henry Augustus Tatum of Richmond, Va., was widespread. His assistant was young Dr. Patterson. The reputation he gained was that he saved the limbs which others would have amputated as a quicker method of healing. This reputation he gained the previous year in his practice at the Warm Springs Hospital.**

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Dr Tatum, was my Great Grandfather's (John C Tatum) Uncle who died in 1862 from pneumonia.
William Henry Tatum ( John's Older Brother) notes his passing in a letter home Oct 9th 1862-

I often wonder is things had been different.