Skip to comments.The FReeper Foxhole Enjoys a Lazy Sunday and A Few WBTS Facts - May 22nd, 2005
Posted on 05/22/2005 1:03:03 AM PDT by snippy_about_it
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The War Between the States
More than three million men fought in the war.
Two percent of the populationmore than 620,000died in it.
In two days at Shiloh on the banks of the Tennessee River, more Americans fell than in all previous American wars combined.
During the Battle of Antietam, 12,401 Union men were killed, missing or wounded; double the casualties of D-Day, 82 years later. With a total of 23,000 casualties on both sides, it was the bloodiest single day of the Civil War.
At Cold Harbor, Va., 7,000 Americans fell in 20 minutes.
Senator John J. Crittendon of Kentucky had two sons who became major generals during the Civil War: one for the North, one for the South.
Ulysses S. Grant was not fond of ceremonies or military music. He said he could only recognize two tunes. "One was Yankee Doodle," he grumbled. "The other one wasnt."
Missouri sent 39 regiments to fight in the siege of Vicksburg: 17 to the Confederacy and 22 to the Union.
During the Battle of Antietam, Clara Barton tended the wounded so close to the fighting that a bullet went through her sleeve and killed a man she was treating.
At the start of the war, the value of all manufactured goods produced in all the Confederate states added up to less than one-fourth of those produced in New York State alone.
In March 1862, European powers watched in worried fascination as the Monitor and Merrimack battled off Hampton Roads, Va. From then on, after these ironclads opened fire, every other navy on earth was obsolete.
In 1862, the U.S. Congress authorized the first paper currency, called "greenbacks."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., future chief Justice, was wounded three times during the Civil War: in the chest at Balls Bluff, in the back at Antietam and in the heel at Chancellorsville.
Confederate Private Henry Stanley fought for the Sixth Arkansas, and was captured at Shiloh, but survived to go to Africa to find Dr. Livingston.
George Picketts doomed infantry charge at Gettysburg was the first time he took his division into combat.
On July 4, 1863, after 48 days of siege, Confederate General John C. Pemberton surrendered the city of Vicksburg to the Unions General, Ulysses S. Grant. The Fourth of July was not be celebrated in Vicksburg for another 81 years.
Disease was the chief killer during the war, taking two men for every one who died of battle wounds.
North and South, potential recruits were offered awards, or "bounties," for enlisting, as much as $677 in New York. Bounty jumping soon became a profession, as men signed up, then deserted, to enlist again elsewhere. One man repeated the process 32 times before being caught.
African Americans constituted less than one percent of the northern population, yet by the wars end made up ten percent of the Union Army. A total of 180,000 black men, more than 85% of those eligible, enlisted.
In November 1863, President Lincoln was invited to offer a "few appropriate remarks" at the opening of a new Union cemetery at Gettysburg. The main speaker, a celebrated orator from Massachusetts, spoke for nearly two hours. Lincoln offered just 269 words in his Gettysburg Address.
Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest had 30 horses shot from under him and personally killed 31 men in hand-to-hand combat. "I was a horse ahead at the end," he said.
The words "In God We Trust" first appeared on a U.S. coin in 1864.
In 1864, Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to Lieutenant General, a rank previously held by General George Washington, and led the 533,000 men of the Union Army, the largest in the world. Three years later, he was made President of the United States.
Andersonville Prison in southwest Georgia held 33,000 prisoners in 1864. It was the fifth largest city in the Confederacy.
By the end of the war, Unionists from every state except South Carolina had sent regiments to fight for the North.
On November 9, 1863, President Lincoln attended a theater in Washington, D.C., to see "The Marble Heart." An accomplished actor, John Wilkes Booth, was in the cast.
On March 4, 1865, Lincoln was inaugurated for a second term. Yards away in the crowd was John Wilkes Booth with a pistol in his pocket. His vantage point on the balcony, he said later, offered him "an excellent chance to kill the President, if I had wished."
On May 13, 1865, a month after Lees surrender at Appomattox, Private John J. Williams of the 34th Indiana became the last man killed in the Civil War, in a battle at Palmito Ranch, Texas. The final skirmish was a Confederate victory.
Hiram Revels of Mississippi became the first black man ever elected to the U.S. Senate. He filled the seat last held by Jefferson Davis.
Good morning, Snippy and everyone at the Foxhole.
Good morning All.
Good morning Snippy, Today my son finally Gradurates and next is Marine boot camp in July. The bar is open now and the beer is on me. HOO RAH.
Some churches have become divided over styles of worship. One group may be insisting on a traditional service, while another is agitating for a more contemporary format.
We can all profit from a lesson a man learned on a business trip after attending a church service near his hotel. He talked with the pastor about how he had been blessed by the sermon, even though some of the worship time was not to his liking.
The pastor simply asked, "What was it you think God didn't like?" The man had the grace to reply, "I don't suppose there was anything He didn't like. I was talking about my own reaction. But worship isn't really about me, is it?"
We are entitled to our own preferences, and we must hold firmly to our biblical convictions. But before we voice our fault-finding opinions, let's seriously try to understand God's viewpoint. Consider Ephesians 5 in the light of worship: We are to be filled with the Spirit, speak to each other in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, give thanks to God, and submit to one another (vv.19,21).
Whatever the style of worship, as we express to God our praise for who He is and all He has done, we lift Him up and encourage others. That's what God likes. -Vernon Grounds
Lift our voice in one accord,
Singing of God's grace and mercy
And the goodness of the Lord. -Sper
At the heart of worship is worship from the heart.
What Is Worship?
The Church We Need
On This Day In History
Birthdates which occurred on May 22:
1671 Abraham Patras Governor-General of East-Indies (1735-37)
1780 Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek composer
1804 John William (Turk) Livingston Commander (Union Navy), died in 1885
1813 Richard Wagner Leipzig Germany, composer (Ring, Flying Dutchman)
1821 Alfred Sully Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879
1828 Albrecht Gräfe pioneer eye surgeon; founded modern ophthalmology
1844 Mary Cassatt US, Impressionist painter (Woman Bathing)
1859 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle UK, author-brought Sherlock Holmes to life...twice
1891 Robert Gordon Sproul educator/college president (University of California)
1897 Robert Neumann Austrian/British author (Waters of Babylon)
1902 Al Simmons Milwaukee WI, outfielder (A's)/lifetime batting average of .334
1906 Harry Ritz US comic (Ritz Brothers-Silent Movie)
1907 Sir Laurence Olivier actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, The Boys from Brazil,Khartoum, Othello)
1910 Johnny Olson TV announcer (Price is Right)
1911 Anatol Rapoport Russian/US mathematician/biologist (game theory)
1920 Thomas Gold astronomer (proposed steady-state theory of universe)
1922 Judith Crist New York NY, movie critic (TV Guide)
1924 Charles Aznavour [Chahnour Varinag Aznavourian] Paris France, French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum)
1927 Michael Constantine Reading PA, actor (Room 222, Don't Drink the Water)
1928 Roscoe Robinson US gospel singer
1928 T Boone Pickens CEO (Shamrock, Mesa Petroleum Co)
1938 Frank Converse actor (It's About Time, Dr Cook's Garden, Movin' On)
1938 Richard Benjamin New York NY, director/actor (Goodbye Columbus, He & She)
1940 Bernard Shaw news correspondant (CBS, CNN)
1941 Paul Winfield Los Angeles CA, actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attacks)
1943 Tommy John pitcher (Yankee/Dodger)
1950 Bernie Taupin lyricist, writes with Elton John
1952 Jan Todd woman power lifter, once lifted 248 kg in a squat
1953 John Edward Stevens New York NY, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List)
1970 Naomi Campbell London England, model/actress (Cool as Ice, Unzipped)
1972 or 1639 (experts differ) M0sby born inventor of the Inside the Shell Egg Scrambler, World famous theoretical physicist working on just where does the odd sock go.
Rumor has it that she has the ability to
rub and scrub till the house shines just like a dime
Feed the baby
Grease the car
Powder my nose at the same time
"Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again."
God Bless you and yours.
The Corps is a remarkable organization. Your son will meet some good men.
In my opinion Nathan Bedford Forrest was the greatest Anglo fighting man since Robert the Bruce.
W.T. Sherman was very talented, having the confidence of U.S. Grant. I think his evaluation of Forrest has merit.
Imagine what might have happened if Forrest had had Jefferson Davis' job.
IMHO, that's the main reason the South could never win a modern conventional war/war of attrition.
Congratulations! I'll take one of those beers even if it isn't noon yet. :-)
Perhaps as I continue my CW reading/studies I'll be able to one day. In the meantime, I would gladly welcome your insight and comments on a Forrest Presidency.
BTW, three weeks from today (probably at this very moment), I'll be trooping through the Gettysburg Battlefield. I haven't forgotten your request for pics of certain coordinates. I'm really excited about this trip.
Beautiful painting, thanks.