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The FReeper Foxhole - Eyewitness to War: William W. Patteson - Feb. 26th, 2005
Civil War Magazine | 2002 | Scott M. Sherlock

Posted on 02/25/2005 10:15:23 PM PST by snippy_about_it


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Eyewitness to War: William W. Patteson

Teenager William W. Patteson fled his Virginia farm and fought at the Battle of Cedar Mountain.

By Scott M. Sherlock

In the 1890s many veterans of the Civil War became motivated to record their experiences. Some of the accounts were published, but many others remain undiscovered in archives. The reminiscences of William Warden Patteson, a resident of Culpeper County, Virginia, were recently found in the manuscript collection of the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. They reflect his experiences between 1862 and 1865. During the summer of 1862, Patteson was a 15-year-old youth living with his family at his father's farm outside the town of Culpeper Court House.

That summer, momentous changes came to the Culpeper region, brought about by Union Maj. Gen. John Pope and his Army of Virginia. Frustrated by the failure of the national forces to achieve victory over the Confederates on the Virginia Peninsula, Washington had established Pope's army and directed it to move into Virginia and threaten Richmond from the west. Pope ushered in a change in Northern war policy by issuing a series of orders, approved by President Abraham Lincoln, that gave sanction for his forces to live off the land and to harshly treat Southern civilians. To crush secessionist attitudes, war was to be made not only on the Rebel armies but also on the local population.

Patteson recalled the ominous directives in his memoirs: "In the Summer of 1862, General John Pope of the Union Army was ordered to Culpeper and told to subsist off the people of that and the adjoining counties, his orders to his vandals were to take any and everything of value and what they could not carry away to destroy which these brutes did effectively.

After his army had robbed the citizens of everything of value they carried off many of its best citizens to prison because they were Southern." Indeed, Pope's orders served to inflame the passions of Southern civilians as well as soldiers. Even Army of Northern Virginia commander General Robert E. Lee, normally restrained in his demeanor, referred to Pope as a "miscreant" and his soldiers as "robbers and murderers."

To counter the Union push into Culpeper County in mid-July, Lee sent Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's wing of his army westward, setting in motion events that would lead to the Battle of Cedar Mountain on August 9, in which Patteson participated.

In the following excerpts from Patteson's reminiscences, which begin on August 7, he describes fleeing the family farm with his uncle, the Reverend William J. Warden, and joining up with Jackson to serve as a "free fighter" for one week's service:

"We pressed on to Gordonsville getting there about 10 o'clock, we soon discovered that General Jackson had taken up his headquarters at another splendid Virginia lady's home, Mrs. Phillip Barbour. She had sent for him and his staff to come to her home. She was a great Presbyterian like the General and we at once went there.

My uncle had been a school mate of the General and were great friends.

"No boy could have been happier than I was when introduced to him. He asked me where I lived and I told him in Culpeper and that I had heard that our home with hundreds of others had been ransacked and everything on the place of value taken away or destroyed. We told him briefly of our loss of horses and escaped.

I said 'dear General I want to get home.

I see no way but in helping you whip these Yankees. I am a good shot and want a good rifle and if you will give me one I will do my best.' He at once wrote the order & in 30 minutes I had a new rifle and 50 rounds of ammunition. How proud I was when that matchless Christian soldier held my hand and said 'I know you will do your duty.' I had gotten tired of retreating.

"I soon found the 21st Va. Regiment of Infantry, 2nd Brigade under then General [Charles S.] Winder of Baltimore who lost his life two days after this at [the Battle of Cedar Mountain]...on August 9th 1862. The Company I went with, E of the 21st, I knew nearly every member when they first went out over a year before. Then they had first gotten through the...days of fighting around Richmond and lost 57 men by sickness, death and wounds [and] had then only 28 men. Five of these were Pattesons. They gave me a hearty welcome and that evening of August the 7th, we marched to Orange, Virginia. 10 miles.

"The next night we camped in Madison County going by Liberty Mills. My uncle stayed with General Jackson and the next day getting with a battery of Artillery the officers of which he knew, did good service when the battle came on in (the) morning. One of the guns whose officers had been killed or wounded he did services with them and they greatly loved him saying 'Parson you can fight well like you pray.'

"When we went into camp on the evening of August 8th, I told the boys as they were broken down I would skirmish around and see what I could get good to eat and after going to five houses, each filled with our men, I struck a fine farm and the lady of the house said 'my dear soldier boy if you will wait a while, I will have you a good supper.' But it was growing late and I was more than a mile from camp and the home was filled with men and thanking her I said 'if you will give me some apples and peaches I will go back.'

"She said, 'take all you can carry.' I soon filled a bag I brought and struck for camp getting there after sundown. (Soon after leaving this farm house a regiment of [Brig. Gen. John P.] Hatch's Yankee Cavalry came up and captured nearly everyone in the house.) As we formed the next day we passed the house.

"When I got to camp nearly all of the boys had eaten their supper and gone to sleep except a cousin George R. Patteson who I slept with. He said Will 'I want some fried apples' and took a servant boy. They had a lot of canteens and [went] down to a spring across the road in a corn field [to get] some water. So many asked that I took some [canteens]...and off went with him, we had just gotten to the spring when the moon came out from under a cloud and coming down in the corn field was a long line of Yankee cavalry. They had come so noiseless that had not his boy seen them we both would have been captured. He said they are Yankees and we both struck for camp -- they calling us to stop. We at once aroused the camp. The drums beat and soon every one was in arms. They did not come any further but fell back. We did not sleep very much that night.

"Early next morning we were on the march to Culpeper County. You see I was a free fighter to go and come as I pleased, for I was underage. (My uniform was a black jacket and what was once a white pair of pants and [I] carried along the same pair of saddlebags which amused the boys very much.) We pushed on at a rapid walk not stopping to eat any thing & about one o'clock orders came to hurry up and we double quicked for two miles or more."

Patteson's first taste of battle came during the artillery barrage that opened the fight at Cedar Mountain. "At 2 o'clock we had barely gotten into position when every Battery in Pope's Army opened on us, ours replying. We had not over half as many pieces of Artillery, but Stonewall came thru to whip that braggart and his thiefs & we did it. We layed for (3) hours under this heavy artillery fire of shells and shrapnell. While we were under this fire a school mate said to me 'Warden why did you come in here? If I had been in your place I would not have come for a thousand dollars.' I said I have come to help whip the Yankees and would not take a thousand dollars for my chance to help whip these devils who have destroyed our home.

"At 5 o'clock the artillery stopped and the Yanks had advanced close to our lines [in] heavy columns of infantry. I was so delighted when it stopped I did not mind the small balls that were flying through the timber and around my ears like swarms of bees -- but jumped up. My cousin George R. Patteson pulled me down saying 'here come the greatest danger.' I told him I did not mind the little ones but I soon found out. We were on the extreme left of our Army and Pope's army being so much larger...attacked us in front and rear.

"Just at this critical moment General Jackson rode up close to our company and told our Colonel to hold that part of the line at all cost. We heard what he said and we gave a cheer saying 'General we will hold this until the last man is dead.' In a few minutes we had driven back two heavy columns of infantry, but in our rear [the Federals] having (10) men to our one broke through.

"But just at this most critical time two of our regiments -- Virginia and Alabama men attacked them in the flank and with such a Rebel yell that no Yankee yet has been able to stand and they thru down their arms and most of them ran panic stricken over us. Many we killed and took prisoners. It was the turning point and in a few minutes Pope's army was in a retreat. He [Pope] who had made the statement that he had never seen any but the backs of the rebels, had to run himself -- he had never met Stonewall before...."Our division lost nearly 50% in killed and wounded. The Company I was in had over half killed and wounded (our brigadier General Winder was killed also our Colonel [Richard H.] Cunningham and 2 lieutenants of our County).

"We drove them back a mile & a half and just around sundown they threw five thousand Cavalry against our lines to try to break through. We were drawn up in line in a field near a large body of timber where Hatch's cavalry were ready to make the charge. Orders came for every man to put double charges of balls in his guns. My gun had been shot 50 times and I had only wiped it out once and in ramming down the last charge the steel ramrod [got] hung [up] and I could not get it out. My cousin said it would burst if you shoot it out that way. Take this rock and beat it down which I did. I was in the front rank kneeling down. The rear rank stood up with fixed bayonets. When they came charging out of the woods one of them was riding on a fine sorrel horse. I said look boys I am going to get that fellow and let drive at him and he went down with his horse. The charge from my gun had torn his side to pieces and the steel ramrod had gone in him and struck something and down into the saddle. The recoil from my gun was so heavy that it knocked me over and nearly broke the arm of one of our men behind me. My Captain [William P. Mosely] said 'Warden I did not know I had a piece of Artillery in my Company before.'

"This was on Saturday and I stayed on the battlefield until Monday and then withdrew to Orange. General Jackson [was] trying then to cut off heavy reinforcements coming from Fredericksburg to Pope's relief.

"My uncle found me and we both thinking we could get to Culpeper quicker, tried another route back through Madison County. We got in sight of the town as the last of Pope's rearguard were going out.

In an hour both of us were at home. But such a change. One of the main dwellings had been burned down for wood & all but one of the other buildings. No fencing, no crops, no stock, no timber. Servants all taken away and nothing but bare ground left.

"They told us when Pope's army came in hundreds of them came there and took everything they could find of value away. No bedclothes, silverware, dishes or anything to eat left and they were breaking up and taking the furniture away."

While some of Patteson's account may be exaggerated, his determination to fight with Jackson and his comments on the Union army are indicative of the passions aroused by Pope's measures. The battle-seasoned youngster remained with his family until 1863, when he again left home to fight for the Confederacy. That time he served with Colonel John S. Mosby's 43rd Battalion, Partisan Rangers.

This article was written by Scott M. Sherlock and originally appeared in the July 2002 issue of America's Civil War.

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1 posted on 02/25/2005 10:15:26 PM PST by snippy_about_it
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3 posted on 02/25/2005 10:17:18 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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4 posted on 02/25/2005 10:39:38 PM PST by Samwise (On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.)
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Good evening/morning everyone!

To all our military men and women past and present, military family members, and to our allies who stand beside us
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5 posted on 02/25/2005 10:51:58 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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A rather scruffy but tough looking man walks up to the bar in an English pub. The Landlord eyes him up, but eventual asks him what he would like to drink.

"Arga" rasps the man.

"I'm sorry. I didn't quite get that" replies the Landlord.

" A wa a ukin arga" gurgles the man. The Landlord decides that he is in great discomfort when he speaks." Oh, You want a Larger !" deduces the landlord.

The man slowly, and gingerly 'nods' his head whilst holding a Cravat his throat. All the time making horrible gurgling and rasping noises when he breathes.

After giving the man his change the Landlord quips " that's a terrible touch of flu you have there"

The man's brow furrows, and he pulls the cravat away from his neck and raises his head as far as he can to reveal a terrible, jagged scar running all the way across his throat. The scar tissue itself showing it had once been a very deep cut.

The Landlord gasps, but to spare the mans feelings, stops himself from turning away. "that's a terrible scar you have there" he says. " how'd it happen"? he enquired.

The man, gasping and wheezing between sips of Larger, begins to form the words, his face contorted with frustration and the determination to speak. "Arklans"? repeats the Landlord. The man nods his head and gestures for another drink.

"No. sorry" says the landlord as he pours the Larger." I don't understand".

The man then pretends to 'march up and down the bar. " Oh! I get It, you were In the Army" the man cracks a smile, nods to the Landlord, and leans back against the bar,gurgling for breath.

The Landlord remains puzzled. "arklans" he repeats. Suddenly the 'penny drops'"The Falklands. You were injured in the Falklands" He says.

The man looks up from his pint and gives a modest nod. The Landlords Eyes begin to glaze as he looks at the dishevelled fighting man.

His chest fills with pride and he puts his hand gently on the mans stooped shoulders and says " What you lads did down there was fantastic"

He opens the till and takes out the mans Fiver. "Here, take this back, you are a true Hero. Whenever you come In here you can drink for free" And pours the man another drink.

The man takes a sip and his face contorts as he tries to gurgle his reply of thanks. A tear forms on the eyelash of the Landlord and his chin begins to quiver. But he is not ashamed, for he is humbled In the presence of this warrior.

The man grips the bar and begins to shake with his concentration. he looks at the landlord, whose face is now a twin river of tears, and in his best voice replies,"muchos gracias,amigo"!

6 posted on 02/25/2005 11:36:57 PM PST by ijcr (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps.)
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Good morning, I'm off to our local Quilt & Art show this morning. I have 3 quilts and a wall hanging on display. There are no prizes for this one, just a chance to show off your work.

9 posted on 02/26/2005 4:30:07 AM PST by GailA (Glory be to GOD and his only son Jesus.)
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Morning SNippy

10 posted on 02/26/2005 6:07:39 AM PST by SAMWolf (I came. I saw. I stole your tagline.)
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SAmwise is Number 1 !!!!

11 posted on 02/26/2005 6:08:10 AM PST by SAMWolf (I came. I saw. I stole your tagline.)
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Hi Radu. Making the midnight rounds?

12 posted on 02/26/2005 6:08:49 AM PST by SAMWolf (I came. I saw. I stole your tagline.)
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I know I shouldn't laugh, but LOL!

13 posted on 02/26/2005 6:11:10 AM PST by SAMWolf (I came. I saw. I stole your tagline.)
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Morning alfa6.

14 posted on 02/26/2005 6:11:45 AM PST by SAMWolf (I came. I saw. I stole your tagline.)
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Morning E.G.C.

Looking forward to a nice weekend.

15 posted on 02/26/2005 6:12:23 AM PST by SAMWolf (I came. I saw. I stole your tagline.)
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Morning GailA.

Can someone buy the quilts if they wanted?

16 posted on 02/26/2005 6:13:18 AM PST by SAMWolf (I came. I saw. I stole your tagline.)
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We have rain in the forecast for the weekend. It's in the 40's this morning.

17 posted on 02/26/2005 6:36:29 AM PST by E.G.C.
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Good morning everyone.

18 posted on 02/26/2005 6:49:28 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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On This Day In History

Birthdates which occurred on February 26:
1361 Wenceslas of Bohemia Holy Roman Catholic German emperor (1378-1400)
1677 Nicola Fago composer
1802 Victor Hugo France, author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)
1824 Carlos Calvo Argentine diplomat/people rights scholar (Calvo Clause)
1832 John George Nicolay US, author (Abe Lincoln's biographer)
1842 Camille Flammarion Mars researcher & popularizer of astronomy
1845 Alexander III St Petersburg, Russian tsar (1881-94)
1846 William F "Buffalo Bill" Cody Davenport IA, killed 4000 buffaloes
1852 John Harvey Kellogg surgeon, inspired flaked cereal industry
1866 Herbert Henry Dow pioneer in US chemical industry (Dow Chemical)
1876 Pauline Musters shortest known adult (58.9 cm, 1' 11.2")
1882 Walter Lucht German artillery general (WWI/WWII)
1887 Grover Cleveland Alexander HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
1893 William Frawley Iowa, actor (Fred Mertz-I Love Lucy, Bub-My 3 Sons)
1908 Tex Avery cartoon director (What's up, Doc?)
1916 Jackie Gleason Brooklyn NY, comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners)
1917 Robert Taft Jr (Senator-R-OH)
1918 Theodore [Hamilton] Sturgeon US, sci-fi author (Starshine, A Way Home, Hugo, Caviar)
1920 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], Tulsa OK, actor (Felix-Odd Couple, Love Sidney)
1925 James Moody US, jazz saxophonist/orchestra leader
1928 Anatoli Vassilyevich Filipchenko Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16)
1928 Antoine "Fats" Domino New Orleans LA, rhythm & blues pianist/singer (Blueberry Hill)
1931 Robert D Novak Joliet IL, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
1932 Johnny Cash Kingsland AR, country singer (I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Boy Named Sue)
1933 Godfrey Cambridge New York NY, actor (Cotton comes to Harlem)
1943 Bob "The Bear" Hite California, singer (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country)
1945 Mitch Ryder rocker (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress)
1958 Susan J Helms Charlotte NC, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 54, 64, 78)
1966 Wesley Walls NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints)
1973 Marshall Faulk NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
1976 Froso Spyrou Miss Cyprus-Universe (1996)

Deaths which occurred on February 26:
1076 Godfried III with the Hump, duke of Netherlands-Lutherian, murdered
1154 Rogier II Guiscard King of Sicily (1101-54), dies at 60
1577 Erik XIV Wasa King of Sweden (1560-69), dies at 43
1813 Robert R Livingston US diplomat (Declaration of Independence), dies at 66
1870 Wyatt Outlaw black leader of Union League in North Carolina, lynched
1901 Chi-hsui during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded
1903 Richard J Gatling US inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84
1950 Harry Lauder (Maclennan) Scottish comic/singer, dies at about 75
1959 Lou Costello actor (Abbott & Costello), dies at 52
1961 Mohammed V ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51
1969 Levi Eshkol [Sjkolnik], Israeli premier, dies; Golda Meir takes over 3/17
1969 Karl Jaspers German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
1977 Bukka White bluesman, dies at 43
1994 Avery Fisher US audio manufacturer (1st hi-fi), dies at 87



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On this day...
1266 Battle of Benevento
1531 Earthquake in Lisbon Portugal, kills 20,000
1564 Christopher Marlowe, dramatist (Dr Faustus), baptized
1616 Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
1732 1st mass celebrated in American Catholic church, (St Joseph's Church, Philadelphia)
1773 Construction authorized for Walnut St jail (Philadelphia) (1st solitary)
1797 Bank of England issues 1st £1-note
1804 Vice-Admiral William Bligh ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad
1815 Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
1834 1st US interstate crime compact (New York-New Jersey) ratified
1848 Marx & Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto"
1862 Battle of Woodburn, KY
1863 Lincoln signs National Currency Act
1869 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states
1884 British & Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II
1893 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan
1895 Michael Owens of Toledo OH patents a glass-blowing machine
1907 Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
1907 US Congress raised their own salaries to $7500
1915 Malancourt, Argonnen - 1st (German) flame-thrower
1919 Acadia National Park established (as Lafayette National Park), Maine
1919 Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
1923 Italian nationalist & fascists merge (blue-shirts & black-shirts)
1924 Trial against Hitler in Munich begins
1929 President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park
1930 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)
1935 Germany began Luftwaffe operation, under Reichsmarshall H Goering
1936 Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"
1940 US Air Defense Command established at Mitchell Field, Long Island NY
1941 Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California)
1941 Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
1941 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
1942 WWII Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"
1944 1st female US navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed
1945 Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th US Air Force
1949 USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
1954 Michigan Representative Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
1955 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed - G F Smith
1960 Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champion
1962 US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
1967 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in St Paul, to become NWA champion
1972 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek WV, kills 125
1973 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m
1979 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
1980 Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for the 1st time
1981 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since August 1980 are released
1983 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks
1984 Last US marines in multinational peace-keeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
1984 Pak Awang (84) marries 80th spouse
1990 USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czechoslovakia by July, 1991
1991 Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1992 Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion

1993 2nd tallest building in world, NYC World Trade Center bombed, 7 die

1995 London finance house of Barings collapse after losses in Singapore by trader Nick Leeson
2000 Pope John Paul II visited Mount Sinai in Egypt, where he prayed for religious tolerance in a garden under the peak revered as the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments.
2001 A U.N. tribunal convicted a Bosnian Croat political leader (Dario Kordic) and a military commander (Mario Cerkez) of war crimes for ordering the systematic murder and persecution of Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war.
2003 The Supreme Court rules that federal racketeering and extortion laws had been wrongly used to try to stop blockades, harassment and violent protests outside clinics.

Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"
US : Wine Appreciation Week (Day 5)
US : All You Can Eat Day (every month)
Canned Food Month

Religious Observances
Christian : Feast of St Nestor
Christian : Commemoration of St Ethelbert, king of Kent; baptized by Augustine
Jewish : Purim-Feast of Lot (Adar 14, 5762 AM)

Religious History
1732 In Philadelphia, Mass was celebrated for the first time at St Joseph's Church the only Roman Catholic church built and maintained in the American colonies before the Revolutionary War.
1807 Birth of Johann K.F. Keil, German Bible scholar. His Old Testament commentary, written in collaboration with Franz Delitzsch, first appeared in 1861. Known today as "Keil & Delitzsch," the multi-volume set is still in print!
1840 Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: 'Our soul should be a mirror of Christ; we should reflect every feature: for every grace in Christ there should be a counterpart in us.'
1846 Birth of George C. Stebbins, American Baptist music evangelist. A composer of over 1,500 songs during his lifetime, Stebbins is still remembered today for writing the melodies to such hymns as: "I've Found a Friend," "Take Time to Be Holy," "Have Thine Own Way, Lord" and "Jesus is Tenderly Calling Thee Home."
1963 The Lutheran World Federation's missionary radio station at Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, was dedicated.

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.

Thought for the day :
Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

19 posted on 02/26/2005 7:05:40 AM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: bentfeather

Hi Feather.

20 posted on 02/26/2005 7:13:34 AM PST by SAMWolf (I came. I saw. I stole your tagline.)
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