Friday, July 27, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Return The Flags !

Demand the VMFA return the Confederate Battle Flags to the portico of the Confederate War Memorial

Confederate flags had flown over the grounds since the opening of the Old Soldiers Home in Richmond, VA in 1885. They were placed there by Confederate Veterans, to memorialize the Confederate dead, and honor the living. On the eve of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the War Between the States, June 1st, 2010, Confederate Battle Flags were forcibly removed from the Confederate War Memorial/Pelham Chapel by a restriction in the lease renewal, at the insistence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

As citizens of Virginia and descendants of Confederate soldiers who gallantly answered Virginia’s call to defend her, we demand that the VMFA remove these blatantly prejudicial restrictions and allow the Confederate Battle Flags to once again fly on the Confederate War Memorial.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012



A Sketch in Personal Narrative of the
Scenes a Soldier Saw

Private, First Company
Richmond Howitzers

A Useful Discovery
In this fight, necessity, the mother of invention, put us up to a device that served us well here, and that we made fullest use of, in every fight we had afterwards. When we had kept up that rapid fire, with a scant gun detachment, in plowed ground, and under a hot sun, for an hour, we were nearly exhausted. After Hardy was wounded, and left us, it was still worse. The hardest labor, and what took most time, was running up the guns from the recoil. We had stopped a moment to rest, and let the gun cool a little, and were discussing the difficulties, when the idea occurred to us. There was an old rail fence near by. Somebody said “let’s get some rails and chock the wheels to keep them from running back.” This struck us all as good, and in an instant we had piled up rails behind the wheels as high as the trail would allow. The effect was, that when the gun fired it simply jerked back against this rail pile, and rested in its place, and so we were saved all the time and labor of running up. We found that we could fire three or four times as rapidly, in this way. So that a chocked gun was equal to four in a fight. We found this simple device of immense service! We were told by the knowing ones that we ran the greatest possible danger. The ordnance people said that if a gun was not allowed to recoil it would certainly burst. But we didn’t mind! A device that saved so much labor, and enabled us to deliver such an extraordinarily effective fire on the battlefield, we were bound to try. We found it acted beautifully. We then knew the guns wouldn’t burst for we had tried it.
We used it afterward in every fight. The instant we were ordered into position, two or three cannoneers would rush off and get rails, or a log or two, to chock the guns. And on two or three very desperate emergencies, during this campaign, this device enabled us to render very important service. It made a battery equal to a battalion, and a good many other batteries took it up, and used it. I believe it added greatly to the effectiveness of our artillery in the close-range fighting of this campaign!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Charles Girard

  • Charles Girard who was a French military supplier to the Confederacy noted:

    "Even the Southern Slaves fight with their masters for their way of life,
    in preference to dying of hunger in Northern cities, as prey of the invader.

    From Paris pays / May 13, 1861.

Monday, July 16, 2012

A pretty smart guy said -------

  • Union means so many millions a year lost to the South; secession means the loss of the same millions to the North. The love of money is the root of this, as of many other evils. The quarrel between the North and South is, as it stands, solely a fiscal quarrel.”…   Charles Dickens

Monday, July 9, 2012

In a nut shell !

    • To quote Shelby Foote:
      "Early on in the war, a Union squad closed in on a single ragged Confederate. He didn't own any slaves, and he obviously didn't have much interest in the Constitution or anything else. And they asked him, “What are you fighting for?”                                                     And he said, 
      'I'm fighting because you're down here.' "

Friday, July 6, 2012

Yertle the Turtle !

Well this got Deleted at SHPG !

When Kevin Levin is at his blog, where he controls 100% of the content he is like this--

However outside his blog where he doesn't have total control,
 and you are free to question his findings and authority he is like this ----

Yea I said it !