Monday, January 20, 2020


Another of the Ribbons I have from J C Tatum.

A description is posted HERE

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The cornerstone laying was accompanied by a large and elaborate ceremony in 1896, including the Confederate veteran's reunion and plans were for a massive temple in Monroe Park costing $250,000.
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 Fundraising became a problem and the project was scaled back and, with a less-elaborate design, it was finally completed in 1907 on land donated by the city of Richmond at Monument and Davis. The original cornerstone from this 1896 ceremony was included in the final monument.

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On June 3, 1907, the 99th anniversary of Davis’s birth, his only surviving child, Margaret Davis Hayes, unveiled the statue (still missing a few details) on Monument Avenue. The ceremony and parade were the highlight of the annual United Confederate Veterans reunion. Attended by a crowd estimated between 80,000-200,000 people.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Richmond VA, 5/30/1894

Another Ribbon my great Grandfather had.

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The Monument --

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The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument was dedicated May 30, 1894 on Libbie Hill terrace in Richmond, Va. - Known as the “Single Soldier,” “Silent Sentinel” or similar names depending on the locale, he tops many of the thousands of Civil War monuments to be found in more than 30 states. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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The Confederate Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument Association was formed in 1889. They decided that the monument was should be modeled after "Pompey's Pillar" in Alexandria, Egypt. It depicts a bronze Confederate private standing on top of the pillar, which is composed of 13 granite blocks to symbolize each of the Confederate states. The monument was completed at the south end of 29th St. in 1894, at a total cost of over $30,000.

An inscription on the statue reads the following:

Erected by the Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument Association
Anno Domini 1887-1894

A wonderful on line booklet on Monuments can be found 

My Great Grandfather was a Member of The First Company Richmond Howitzers.

They also have a Monument in Richmond VA.

He was proud of his Service !
He wrote --
" After an interval of over thirty years of time my memory takes me back to my wartime days 
(1861 1865) it seems strange about my experience as a Confederate soldier , yet it is true. And that I am proud today as a prince of that experience 
. I rejoice with exceeding great joy to know that I and my brother William were  soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia and that I lived in the same days and generation and breathed the same liberty loving atmosphere as Generals Lee and Jackson and that incomparable host of patriots whose valor and  heroic achievements for our cause has challenged the admiration of the civilized world .
My brother and I did our duty to the last, we had guns and used them in many hard fought battles to our satisfaction, without either being taken prisoner or receiving only slight wounds once in a while"
                                                                                                         John C Tatum

And I in turn am proud of Him !

Sunday, January 19, 2020

May 29th 1890

I got to wondering about this Ribbon my Great Grand Father had --

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So I Googled the info on the ribbon and found THIS

 So it turns out it was for The unveiling of the statue of 
General Robert E. Lee, at Richmond, Va., May 29th, 1890.

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(From Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17.Reverend J. William Jones, Ed.)

 " The unveiling of the statue of General Robert E. Lee, at Richmond, Va., May 29th, 1890.

This demonstration in its spontaneity was unique in the history of our country. All hearts were in accord, and there was harmony and entire decorum, notwithstanding that pre-arrangement of organizations was precluded, through the absence of knowledge of intending participants in the procession. Many organizations without previous intimation to the directors in Richmond, arrived but a little while before the line was forming, and many joined it whilst it was in motion. Yet there was no confusion, only a little delay as bodies were marched through divided lines resting in the shade. The wants of the waiting were well attended with refreshments from the gracious hands of gentle women.
Memory was turned back to days of anxiety, of peril, of suffering, and of sacrifice. Veneration for a great-hearted and devoted leader—sublime in dutiful performance, was paramount in the breast of every participant. Bitterness had not lodgment. Amidst crowding images and incidents, patriotism and charity were brightly present. The fiat of the sword was unreservedly accepted at Appomattox. The South holds the common interest of our reunited country in its due regard. It earnestly invokes respectful consideration and fraternity.

It was a cloudless day. The atmosphere was balmy and all nature was in its gayest garb.

It was an inspiriting expression of a generous people. No serious accident occurred. Almighty God seemingly gave His countenance. Who should cavil? The day will never be forgotten by the participants and future generations will have its incidents recounted to them by successive treasurers of its memories. "

It seems JC Tatum was there ! And at a few other events --

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I have the ribbons in my collection now !


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A view of Slavery from the inside.

It is what it is, My ancestors were slave owners, I've posted before about this.

I've been copying a journal of family lineage for a cousin - And ran across this page -

I've tried to transcribe it --

Slaves of Theophilus Tatum in the year 1850. (each slave worth $1.000.00)
They were set free by Abraham Lincoln when he violated his oath to the Constitution of the United States.
These Negros were all healthy, trained, gentle, happy and loved by all members of their masters family also much respected.  Any female member of his family could be left alone in the house or on the road for any length of time with perfect safety.  The ladies of the family looked upon them as good protectors.  Any of these slaves were sent at any time on errands, responsible errands for any member of the family.  They brought and carried the neighborhood news, This means of communication was common amongnst the planters in those days,  Negro messengers went to and fro on horseback for miles, bringing verbal or written news to friends and neighbors.

Names of the slaves --
Clary - Ellen - Braxton
Jemdma - Maria - Telemachus
Lucy - Lewis - Gesde - Albert.

I'll let you make your own conclusions !

Dave Tatum.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

                         ONCE UPON A TIME IN Virginia, you could ------

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1- Be in the birth canal and have a reasonable chance of being born alive.
Northam says -
(" If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.")

2- Have confidence (to some extent) the car behind you had brakes that worked.
Northam proposes ending vehicle safety inspections, raising gas tax

3- Feel confident that dead people and illegals were not voting.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced he will be introducing a legislative package to repeal voter photo identification requirements

4- Own a firearm without fear of confiscation.
Northam proposes gun-control bills for  General Assembly session

5- Honor your Confederate ancestors.
Gov. Ralph Northam's office said Monday that he will push for legislation replacing Virginia's statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee housed in the United States Capitol.
A Virginia lawmaker has filed a bill that would scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals and would add one on Election Day. The measure by Del. Joe Lindsey, D-Norfolk, is one of hundreds lawmakers will consider when they convene.

The common Denominator =

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OOOps wrong photo -
A photo on Ralph Northam's page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School's 1984 yearbook appears to show a man in blackface.

“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now,” he said. “This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.”

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Northam, a Democrat, at first apologized for being in the 1984 photo, which depicted one person in blackface standing next to someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe. But he soon reversed direction, saying he didn't believe he was in the photo and calling it "disgusting, offensive, racist."

Welcome to Virginia !

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"Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here "

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Collards by Dave ---

Collards are a Southern Tradition.
Especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas
And around my house I buy em and I cook em !

This years batch were fresh cut and gotten from a local market.

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I got em home and proudly displayed them !

The price was scary --

A Helluva good batch !

I like to cut the veins out of mine before I chop em -

Then I chop em up and soak em in salt water -
(some folks use Baking Soda also)

I will mush em and flip em a few times to make sure they are right !

The water will start turning green !

After an hour or so we fill the pot

Start off with a bit of meat
I got some seasoning meat at the same store --

This meat also makes good omelets and biscuit meat, I might have a stroke or heart attack from eating it but I gotta die from somethin and it ain't gonna be hunger ! 

OK meat in the bottom

Then layer collards and meat

Til the pot is full !

I start off with about 2 Quarts of water !

I cover mine with a colander it allows steam to escape but also gives some drip back !

Turn the heat on high ! !

They cook down FAST gotta keep an eye on them !!

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and add a little water as needed !
Once they cook down, turn down the heat to medium ! 

How long do you cook em ?

Till the're done !

I love collards !
I put a shot of white vinegar on mine !

I know different folks cook em different ways !

But this is how I do it !

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Sanctuary Symbolism ?

           The Following is part of an article from my local paper The Suffolk News Herald.

The article deals with Suffolk residents telling city council that they want their 2nd amendment rights protected from the upcoming gun law changes proposed by the Governor.

Mark Herring the AG of Virginia says it's Symbolic !

Excuse me Mr Herring it's not symbolism - it's the Voters telling you and their city Government they want the state to BACK OFF !

However the Democrat's seldom listen to the people, instead they Dictate to the people. 
They tell us what we want or need !

Now then - Delegate Jay Jones says that a Civil War mentality is prominent with this movement !

Hey I thought the Civil War was over Slavery ( at least that's what they are teaching in school )
not the 2nd amendment.
So Del. Jones thinks it's OK for localities to choose if they want to move war monuments, 
but do not have the right to choose on protecting the 2nd amendment ! 


Gov. Northam and AG. Herring you are public servants !
You are not Dictators but servants, you do what the voters tell you to do !

How about LISTENING !