Thursday, July 28, 2011

So who is the "Revisionist" ?

It seems that "All Things Confederate" are under attack.

. The PC "Historians and their sock puppet bloggers are out to continue the trend started over 150 years ago.

The NAACP is offended by the Battle Flag! Black Confederates' who do not meet the parameters of certain "Historians" do not exist! George Orwell had it right, they keep stuffing all things Confederate down the memory hole and rewrite what they want us to believe. So who is the revisionist ?
Then if you don't get on board with their Official Version of the war, you're a Neo Confederate ! Any documentation you present is validated only if they say so! And in order to have their blessing it has to conform to what they want you to believe!
If your going to start tearing down Monuments start with Mr Lincolns in DC.
I am offended by it! My tax dollars are going to maintain a memorial to a racist war monger !
The Great Emancipator: who was in favor of Colonization! And started a war that cost many thousands of lives on both sides.
The Tyrant who imprisoned people who spoke against his policy's', deported members of the government who opposed him, issued arrest warrants for Jude's who disagreed with him! And shut down newspapers that voiced opposing views. Why won't the well rounded "Historian / Bloggers / Teachers / X-Teachers, address the Norths role in the slave trade, the Black Exclusionary Laws, or any number of other racist factions that were in the north?


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Man from GEORGIA, at the Gates of Hell!

Ya get outta life what ya put into it!

It's often been said----
"You get out of life what you put into it"!
But the price was way too high! And I'm not talking about the reward money!

I'm talking about all the lives lost on both sides of "Mr Lincolns' " war!

Monday, July 25, 2011


Hey Kevin!

Glad to read your checking out the "Local History" in your new hometown!

Do me a favor ! Check out the local maritime museums; see what they have to say about the North's role in the slave trade!

I'll bet the places are overflowing with the true story ! (NOT)

After all, the South has to address slavery at its battlefields and museums, so the North should be held to the same standards.

While you are checking it out, I'm gonna buy a lotto ticket, I got a better chance of winning the lotto than I do waiting for an HONEST reply from you!

Be careful Bubba remember what happened in Virginia, ya can't go bad mouthing your home town and keep a job!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sad But True !

It's sad but TRUE, this sounds like an Amos and Andy bit, more than it does an actual government function !

Friday, July 22, 2011

Toy Cannon / Salute Cannon !

The first picture is a "Toy Cannon" Made by REMCO in 1960 Called "Johnny Reb"
It shoots plastic balls with a spring!

The Second Cannon is a "Salute Cannon" Made By David Tatum in 2005.
It uses black powder and will put a golf ball through a car door!

I hope you understand the difference!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hurry hurry step right up !

I Think I will Pass on this product!
( I know what it smells and taste like, and it ain't good)
But I can't wait for the Infomercial!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Confederate Soldier.

The Confederate Soldier.


It should be remembered also that, while the South was restricted to its own territory for supplies, and its own people for men, the North drew on the world for material and on every nation of the earth for men.

The arms and ammunition of the Federal soldiers were abundant and good, so abundant and so good that they supplied both armies, and were greatly preferred by Confederate officers.

The equipment of the Federal armies was well-nigh perfect. The facilities for manufacture were simply unlimited, and the nation thought no expenditure of treasure too great, if only the country, the “Union” could be saved.

The factory and the foundry chimneys made a pillar of smoke by day and of fire by night. The latest improvements were hurried to the front, and adopted by both armies almost simultaneously; for hardly had the Federal bought, when the Confederate captured, and used, the very latest. Commissary stores were piled up all over Virginia, for the use of the invading armies. They had more than they could protect, and their loss was gain to the hungry defenders of the soil.

The Confederate soldier was purely patriotic.

He foresaw clearly, and deliberately chose, the trials which he endured. He was an individual who could not become the indefinite portion of a mass, but fought for himself, on his own account. He was a self-sacrificing hero, but did not claim that distinction or any merit, feeling only that he was in the line of duty to self, country, and God. He fought for a principle, and needed neither driving nor urging, but was eager and determined to fight. He was not a politic man, but a man under fervent feeling, forgetful of the possibilities and calamities of war, pressing his claims to the rights of humanity.

The Confederate soldier was a monomaniac for four years. His mania was, the independence of the Confederate States of America, secured by force of arms.

The Confederate soldier was a venerable old man, a youth, a child, a preacher, a farmer, merchant, student, statesman, orator, father,brother, husband, son, the wonder of the world, the terror of his foes !

Monday, July 18, 2011

Rolling Cotton on the Tatum

Rolling Cotton on the Tatum

It wus inna munfa May inna 1863

Five months had passed since we done learned Pesident Linklon done set us free....

I members like it wuz yesterday Oh Dem proud Yankees at the gate

At dat Worthington plantation Its near sundown / getting late

Me and Tod, and ol Big Joe Knew that we wus free

And decided dat we would go To thank Mr Lincoln, in Washington DC

Yes we would go out de gate of Worthington plantation.

We wuz free men Mr Linkon said so In his mansupation proclamation.

At the gate and headed north Glory in our faces a showin.

Dat Yankee guard point his gun at us an said Where you boys think you Going?

Why wes a going to Washington, Washington DC

To Thanks Mr President Linkon cause he done set us free.

Dat Guard he laughed an said turn around, cause you boys got work to do!

He stand there wif dat shiney gun, in his pretty suit of blue.

Wells I guess old Massa Linklon lied, and to this day I hate em.

Cause me an Tod an Ol Big Joe, we still rolling cotton on the Tatum.

By David Tatum
I wrote the poem THEN I found the Story


THE design on page 273, from a sketch by Mr. Theodore R. Davis,

illustrates the SEIZURE AND HANDLING OF COTTON IN THE SOUTHWEST. With the sketch Mr. Davis sends us the following letter:



Monday Night, March 30, 1863. "General T. E. G. Ransom, one of the youngest Brigadiers in the army, and an excellent and a gallant officer, who has been severely wounded several times, having learned some weeks ago that a large amount of cotton, pledged to the British Government at seven cents per pound, by the soidisant Confederacy, was hidden near the American Bend, determined to make an effort to rescue it, and at once set about forming an expedition for the purpose. "Rapid as were the General's movements, he did not succeed in reaching the place before more than half of the staple was burned by the guerrillas; but the remainder, something over three thousand bales, he has secured to our Government, and has been engaged for some days past in hauling it in, and putting it on board of the transports, as is seen in the sketch.

"The cotton was marked "C. S. A.," and with the rebel and British flags, as is shown in the upper centre of the picture. The left corner represents a huge pile of the staple covered at the top with boards, to protect it from the inclemency of the weather. The right corner reveals the negroes hauling the "fleecy monarch" from the swamps and cane-brakes where it was concealed; and the main sketch exposes the shipping of the floculent fibre on board the David Tatum and other steamers lying at the shore. "The poor contrabands toiled most energetically to bring in the cotton, and were very instrumental in discovering it, hoping by their fidelity and labor to obtain their freedom, for which they manifest a most ardent longing. "

Alas for their vain hopes! After all the service they had rendered they were not allowed to go aboard of the boats, General Grant having issued a special order prohibiting their removal, because no provision has been made for them at Young's Point. "The disappointment and distress of the negroes were painfully apparent when they made this unwelcome discovery, and as they stood in crowds—men, women, and children—along the levee, with sorrow-stamped faces, their grief was pitiful to witness—all the more so because they did not murmur or complain.

"Seneca was right: Small griefs are loud; great woes are dumb.

Give A Rebel Yell !


Give A Rebel Yell !

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What would Sherman have done"

This is a letter from My Great Uncle W.H. Tatum / First company Richmond Howitzers.
It shows the difference in the way the war was waged!

(Click on letter to make it larger)

The Battle Flag

I support the Battle Flag of my great grand father to honor his courage.

He defended his home state of Virginia, for four years against an invading army!

He had broken no law. Instead he faced overwhelming forces, better armed, and vastly outnumbered! And kept them at bay for four years.

That is something worth honoring! And if "those people" can not understand that concept I do not know what else to say.

The hate groups who have adopted the Battle Flag are out of my control,

but the honor my ancestors deserve for their efforts will not be lost in the mist of time.

Dave Tatum

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Who was the Confederate Soldier ?

In 1861
a ringing call came to the manhood of the South. The world knows how the men of the South answered that call. Dropping everything, they came from mountains, valleys and plains— from Maryland to Texas, they eagerly crowded to the front, and stood to arms. What for? What moved them? What was in their minds?

Shallow-minded writers have tried hard to make it appear that slavery was the cause of that war; that the Southern men fought to keep their slaves. They utterly miss the point, or purposely pervert the truth. In days gone by, the theological schoolmen held hot contention over the question as to the kind of wood the Cross of Calvary was made from. In their zeal over this trivial matter, they lost sight of the great thing that did matter; the mighty transaction, and purpose displayed upon that Cross.

In the causes of that war, slavery was only a detail and an occasion. Back of that lay an immensely greater thing; the defense of their rights—the most sacred cause given men on earth, to maintain at every cost. It is the cause of humanity. Through ages it has been, pre-eminently, the cause of the Anglo-Saxon race, for which countless heroes have died. With those men it was to defend the rights of their States to control their own affairs, without dictation from anybody outside; a right not given, but guaranteed by the Constitution, which those States accepted, most distinctly, under that condition.

It was for that these men came. This was just what they had in their minds; to uphold that Solemnly guaranteed constitutional right, distinctly binding all the parties to that compact. The South pleaded with the other parties to the Constitution to observe their guarantee; when they refused, and talked of force, then the men of the South got their guns and came to see about it. They were Anglo-Saxons. What could you expect? Their fathers had fought and died on exactly this issue—they could do no less. As their noble fathers, so their noble sons pledged their lives, and their sacred honor to uphold the same great cause—peaceably if they could; forcibly if they must.

*Those Who Answered the Call
So the men of the South came together. They came from every rank and calling of life— clergymen, bishops, doctors, lawyers, statesmen, governors of states, judges, editors, merchants, mechanics, farmers. One bishop became a lieutenant general; one clergyman, chief of artillery, Army of Northern Virginia. In one artillery battalion three clergymen were Cannoneers at the guns. All the students of one Theological Seminary volunteered, and three fell in battle, and all but one were wounded. They came of every age. I personally know of six men over sixty years who volunteered, and served in the ranks, throughout the war; and in the Army of Northern Virginia, more than ten thousand men were under eighteen years of age, many of them sixteen years.

They came of every social condition of life: some of them were the most prominent men in the professional, social, and political life of their States; owners of great estates, employing many slaves; and thousands of them, horny-handed sons of toil, earning their daily bread by their daily labor, who never owned a slave and never would.

There came men of every degree of intellectual equipment—some of them could hardly read, and per contra, in my battery, at the mock burial of a pet crow, there were delivered an original Greek ode, an original Latin oration, and two brilliant eulogies in English—all in honor of that crow; very high obsequies had that bird.

Men who served as Cannoneers of that same battery, in after life came to fill the highest positions of trust and influence—from governors and professors of universities, downward; and one became Speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States Congress. Also, it is to be noted that twenty-one men who served in the ranks of the Confederate Army became Bishops of the Episcopal Church after the war.

Of the men who thus gathered from all the Southern land, the first raised regiments were drawn to Virginia, and there organized into an army whose duty it was to cover Richmond, the Capital of the Confederacy—just one hundred miles from Washington, which would naturally be the center of military activities of the hostile armies.

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

I guess that this is as true of an account as you could find anyplace!

Not from a politician of the era, not from a historian – 150 years after the fact! But from the man who signed or made his mark on the dotted line. The man who faced cold winters, little or no provisions, nonexistent pay, an overwhelming number of enemy soldiers; who were better armed, fed, and clothed !

It was every man of the south who simply wanted the right to choose his own Government, and set the levels of the politician’s power at an acceptable level.

I noticed a passage in the book / ---------------------------

“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”

Also from a different book titled -
Reminiscences of the Richmond Howitzers
By Carlton

“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.”

With all of the conflicting views on Black Soldiers in the Confederacy, an argument that will continue as long as the sun rises and sets, somehow the efforts of the loyal black servant gets lost in the shuffle.

Ok this group of black men were not rifle carrying soldiers, but their dedication is deserving of recognition. Their courage and dedication shows where their loyalty was at.
No matter how you slice it they were “Black Confederates”. No one held them at gunpoint, all they had to do was walk away, but they didn’t. So were these men slaves when they could have walked away and didn’t? I guess they were, but something other than the Massahs whip kept them in camp! Loyalty! Honor! Courage! The same attributes we give to the confederate soldier who signed on the line and defended his country.

So It was not only the free man but the servants themselves who opposed the onslaught of the north.

I have a letter from another member of the Richmond Howitzers

William Henry Tatum, my Great Uncle, it says in part------

When I volunteered I really did not know how a long a time it was for, and in fact did not care.
I am, with the other 12 month volunteers . Called upon to reenlist in accordance with an act of congress Dec 11 1861, and I am called on to decide what I shall do, before we are mustered out of service.

I think that with everybody else, that the period will be the most critical one in our history, our enemy are perfectly aware of the straight in which we are placed and will certainly endeavor to take advantage of it.

Now what is my duty, to go home and leave our defense to undisciplined militia who will make a sorry fight at best, leaving it in the range of probability that the Northern hessians will overrun our state before the summer is over and bringing ruin on all of us? Or stay in the field, determined to see the end of this business before we give it up.

I might say to myself I am only one, I will not be missed, but ought we allow such selfish considerations to govern us, our whole army is made up of individuals, and suppose each was to say the same thing?

That’s a powerful statement!

It says a lot about my ancestor and about the Confederate soldier as well.

Again from William Meade Dane
The Confederate Heart

The heart is greater than the mind. No man can exactly define the cause for which the Confederate soldier fought. He was above human reason and above human law, secure in his own rectitude of purpose, accountable to God only, having assumed for himself a nationality which he was minded to defend with his life and his property, and there to pledged his sacred honor. In the honesty and simplicity of his heart, the Confederate soldier had neglected his own interests and rights, until his accumulated wrongs and indignities forced him to one grand, prolonged effort to free himself from the pain of them. He dared not refuse to hear the call to arms, so plain was the duty and so urgent the call. His brethren and friends were answering the bugle-call and the roll of the drum. To stay was dishonor and shame!

So who was the Confederate soldier?

He was a man of every color, every income range, every religion, a man who was highly educated or had no education at all. A farmer, a lawyer, a politician, a store clerk, a blacksmith, a ship captain, a dock worker, a military man, a civilian, a slave , a slave owner, a native American, A Doctor, He was every man who resisted the despotic Government of Abe Lincoln; and all had one thing in common, they were Southerners!

Men to whom Honor was more than an idea, it was a way of life.
Men of courage, outnumbered, without supplies’, Men who when the enemy had repeating rifles and endless amounts of ammunition , stood their ground and threw rocks at the invaders.

Men who at Appomattox upon General Lee’s return from the surrender told the general,

“Just give us the word General and we’ll charge em again”!

That is who they were, and that is why we honor them.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Suppress Nothing !

This is a pretty basic rule! I feel that " Suppress nothing that is true"

This is what separates The Confederate or Southern Historian from the Yankee or Northern one!

The Northern historians are always shining a bright light on the South/Slavery !

The Yanks are all too quick to show the admitted faults of the south. In doing so the choose to ignore or conceal the other side of the issue!

They keep the spotlight in your eyes so that you Cant see what they don't want you to see!

All the time they are shining their halos!

It's a tactic that has been used for 150 years!

If the Yankee Bastards would just own up to their part in the mess we could move ahead!

But I guess guilt keeps em from doing so !

All of you Yankee Historians/Bloggers should follow the Suppression part !

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Myth Buster !

Well so much for the claim of Black Confederates Being a Myth!

Air Quality !

Clean Air Advisory

For the first time in eleven years The Air quality in Charlottesville VA has improved dramatically. No explanation has been given by the EPA.

However at the same time the Air Quality in Boston has taken a dip in quality proportionate to the improvement in Charlottesville !

This strange occurrence has the EPA scratching their heads.

But not Me !

Friday, July 1, 2011

Hand off !

The winner of the first “Platinum Magnolia” award!

Sometimes ya gotta hand the ball off and let someone else run with it !