Wednesday, July 26, 2017


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"During the summer of 1862, there was some pretty fierce fighting near and around Richmond, Virginia. During a lull in one such battle, a Confederate artillerist rubbed the smoke out of his eyes and when his vision cleared, he saw a small puppy waddling out of the woods, making its way to the line of cannoneers of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion. The frightened little puppy was white, with black spots mixed in its short hair, and it ran right up to the surprised artillerist, who scooped him up and out of harm's way. The puppy was almost immediately named “Stonewall Jackson” in honor of the beloved commanding general. 

Stonewall grew and thrived in the camp with the men of the artillery. He became especially attached to the chief of the gun crew, Sergeant Van, who taught Stonewall the fine points of soldiering. Van taught the dog to stand at attention clenching a little pipe between its teeth. Then, just before roll call, Van took the pipe from the dog's mouth and inserted it between the toes of the dog's forepaw. During roll call, Stonewall dropped his paw to his side and stood straight and stiff at attention, eyes front, until the company was dismissed.

Stonewall, like his namesake, was very brave during battle, dashing about wildly, barking whenever there was a lull in the shooting. But the men worried about the little dog's safety during battle, and quite often when the artillery came under fire, someone would put him in an ammunition box out of danger. Stonewall was never wounded.

Like his namesake, as well, canine Stonewall's reputation for intelligence and bravery spread through the Army of Northern Virginia. He was much loved by the men of both the Richmond Howitzer Battalion and the Louisianans of Brigadier Gen. Harry Hays. When the Louisiana troops were sent to a different theatre of war, they apparently “invited” Stonewall to accompany them. The Richmond artillerists were never reunited with “their” dog, although there were numerous attempts to locate “Stonewall.” However, they were assured that he was in a safe place and survived the war."


Friday, July 21, 2017

A Win Win Situation !

I've made over one thousand.

( and regardless of the voices from the Phantom Zone, it's not illegal )

And I have sent them to many compatriots across the United States.

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So if you get one in your change one day, and you are Offended, ( I WIN )

Or if you get one in your change and are Happy, ( I WIN )


While I was making a batch I found an error penny, the copper coating is incomplete --

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I did a bit of digging and found this --

Zinc cents with copper plating have been minted since the middle of 1982. Sometimes the plating is partially or completely missing, resulting in cents with a silvery looking surface on part or all of the coin.

Completely unplated $100.
95% plated $50.
50% plated $20.
10% plated $10.

Every time it rains, it rains - pennies from Heaven !

Have a Dixie Day !


Wednesday, July 19, 2017


For all you Yankee Bloggers !

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For, Kevin / Brooks / Andy and their Peanut Galleries !

                                                                   Click -  HERE !

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Another Rebel in the Family !

*William and *John Tatum were not the only Rebels in my family ---
(*Members of First Company Richmond Howitzers 1861 / 1865 )

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 " The State of Virginia never hesitated to recognize me as a Lieutenant in the Continental line for the war, nor did anyone who ever knew of my services and all."
Henry Tatum.

Henry Tatum was also, he was my G G G G Grand Father !

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Major Henry Tatum's Declaration

For the purpose of obtaining the benefits of an act entitled "An act for the relief of certain Surviving Officers and Soldiers of the Army of the revolution," approved on the 15th of May
1828, I Henry Tatum lately of Chesterfield County, now of Richmond City and County of Henrico in the State of Virginia, do hereby declare that I was a Lieutenant in the Continental line
of the Army of the Revolution, and served as such during the War. I further declare that in the year 1776 I marched under Captain Ralph Faulkner as a Cadet, and in the latter part of that year I
received an Ensign's Commission, was attached to the 5th Virginia Regiment Charles Scott commander, which was reduced and I then was attached to the 3rd Regiment and became a
supernumerary by lot. 
Given under my hand this 22nd day of July 1828
S/ Henry Tatum

I guess when it comes to casting off a Tyrannical Government

The apples didn't fall far from the tree.
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It seems Henry was having a problem getting his pension --
you can see the correspondence HERE !
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