Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Yankee Hoax !

I found this interesting note on the sinking of the Steamer General Lyon,
I wonder if Brian Williams was on board ?

( from- --- http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.illinois.counties.hamilton/3023.2/mb.ashx)

This story has propagated all over the net in recent years, just as it was propagated though various newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic in 1875.

It was apparently all a hoax, per this article in the National Republican, July 7, 1875 (available on the Library of Congress newspaper archive site):

" A Hoax.
The Secretary of War some weeks ago received
letters from persons in Illinois, stating that Henson
G. Raines, a private in company K, 56th Illinois
volunteers, who was supposed to have been
lost at sea on March 31, 1865, by the burning of
the steamer General Lyon, was in Grey's hospital,
London, without means to reach home; that he
jumped into the sea when the General Lyon was
lost, and drifted four days upon a cabin-door, with
a man named Butler, when they were picked up
by a schooner and left on an island inhabited by
cannibals, where Butler died. Raines remained
there ten years until March last, when he escaped
aboard the British man-of-war Vengeance, and
taken to London.
General Schenck was instructed to inquire Into
the case and aid Raines, if necesary to retnrn to
his home and parents near Golconda, Ill. A letter
received at the War Department yesterday
morning, from Minister Schenck, reports that no
such man as Henson Raines has been in Gray's
hospital during the past ten years, and it is believed
the whole story is a hoax. Minister
Schenck also reports there is no such British
vessel as the Vengeance."

A rather cruel joke to perpetrate if Raines' family really was pulled into it, and actually seeking to get their 'castaway' home.

I dug around until I found the article above because I thought the whole story seemed very dubious. What deserted-but-habitable island exists near Cape Hatteras? And in looking into the "HMS Vengeance", I found there was no active warship with that name in the British Navy in 1875. Also, I could find no local account in 1875 London of Raines ending up in hospital there - this would have been quite a sensational "Robinson Crusoe" story, and certainly would have gotten coverage in the London papers.

Amazing how a 130+ year old hoax can take on a life of its own...


Neil S.

You can read more about the sinking HERE -

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Correcting Bad History !

Just for Fun !

This was the original -

Old Mort did a nice job.

Sometimes ideas just pop into my head.

I ain't a Pro at Photo Shop, in fact my version was made using 2 different
photo shop type programs.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Doctor is in !

I've been getting a lot of Flogger comments,

" I've been threatened"

" Your flags have no context "

" You won't print my comments."

" you posted my private comments "

To all you Floggers --


But wait, There is MORE !!!
For a free session, correctly answer this -
Who said ?
"Prediction: There will be no Confederate flag on I-95 near Richmond."
Offer open to Floggers of the United States!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kevin Levin's shortsightedness

Every once in a while I check out Flogger Blogs,

I did so today and found Kevin being shortsighted and misinformed 
on Lee / Jackson day in Virginia.

Kevin states -

" I can say with confidence that very few people formally acknowledged the holiday. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find any formal recognition of the holiday throughout the state beyond the Sons of Confederate Veterans and other heritage groups. "

Wow !! I guess Kevin doesn't remember that Lee / Jackson Day
is a State Holiday in Virginia.

VA State Holidays for 2015
State Holidays January 1
 New Year’s Day January 2 8 hours additional holiday time
  January 16 Lee-Jackson Day
 January 19 Martin Luther King, Jr.
 Day February 16 George Washington Day
 May 25 Memorial Day
 July 3 Independence Day
 September 7 Labor Day
 October 12 Columbus Day 
November 11 Veterans Day 
November 25 4 hours additional holiday time
 November 26 Thanksgiving November 27 Day After Thanksgiving
 December 24 8 hours additional holiday time December 25 Christmas 

All state employees get the day off WITH PAY !

Now then that sure seems like "Formal Recognition" to me !

I haven't heard of one state employee refusing the day off or returning the day's pay.

Atta Boy Kevin, call em like you see em.


In true Levin style Kevin re-invents his definition of formal and tries to claim victory.

Now I gotta agree, Lee / Jackson Day ain't what it once was.

Yep it's still a State Holiday, but it ain't on any calenders I've seen.

The Left Wingers / PC crowd are trying to put it in the Memory Hole.

But it ain't dead by a long shot !

Lexington still gives a Presentation
see it Here

The Public still recognizes the Day - Here

 Holidays tend to change with time, Santa has replaced Jesus, so has the Easter Bunny .

But no one has yet replaced Lee / Jackson.

It may fade with time, but Shall Not  be forgotten.

It's Black History Month !

February is Black History Month.

I'm gonna post a few items that don't get mentioned much.

A Sketch in Personal Narrative of the Scenes a Soldier Saw
Private, First Company Richmond Howitzers

When rations got short and were getting shorter, it became necessary to dismiss the darkey servants. Some, however, became company servants, instead of private institutions, and held out faithfully to the end, cooking the rations away in the rear, and at the risk of life carrying them to the line of battle to their young massahs

Heroic Henry Comer, standing, carried this wounded officer
5 miles to safety, to medical care and saved the officers life..

Union soldier James G. Bates wrote a letter to his father that was reprinted in an Indiana newspaper in May 1863. In the letter Bates assured his father that there were black Confederate soldiers:

I can assure you [his father,] of a certainty, that the rebels have Negro soldiers in their army. One of their best sharp shooters and the boldest of them all here is a Negro. He dug himself a rifle pit last night [16 April 1863] just across the river and has been annoying our pickets opposite him very much to-day. You can see him plain enough with the naked eye, occasionally, to make sure that he is a "wooly-head," and with a spy-glass there is no mistaking him. (Winchester Journal, May 1, 1863)

Reminiscences of the Richmond Howitzers
By Carlton McCarthy

A few of our negro cooks, who were with our wagon train when it was captured by the enemy, escaped and returned to camp today. Certainly they were the happiest fellows I ever saw and were greeted with loud cheers by our men.
A chance at freedom they had, but they preferred life and slavery in Dixie to liberty in the North.

Black cooks in Confederate camp near Charleston, S.C.

To all the Black Confederates who Loved DIXIE.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Be Careful what you wish for.

Someone had a problem with an S.C.V. sign.

"Y'all may remember a few weeks ago there was a news story about this sign being removed because it was in the DOT right of way. All I have to say is, to whoever raised a stink about it, THANK YOU...there is now a Battle Flag flying, too! Well done, gentlemen of the Old North State! HUZZAH!"
(Susan Hathaway)

The story about the signs removal is HERE

Billy Starnes‎Major Charles Q. Petty's Mechanized Cavalry SCVMCNC

The sign is now out of the DOT right of way. Although a little farther off the road, we decided to add a 52' x 52" Battle Flag so it is now more eye catching than ever.


May I suggest
"Solar Flood Lights"

Monday, February 16, 2015


My ancestor was fighting for Virginia.

He was a slave owner.

He was fighting for independence from an oppressive Government.

The Government he was fighting against offered Freedom to slaves who would join their cause.

He was considered a "REBEL" / "TRAITOR"


Pay Roll from

Henry Tatum - 1777.

Drawn By J.C. Tatum.