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  • Need Good History of Reconstruction (Vanity)

    05/11/2012 10:02:22 AM PDT · by Trailerpark Badass · 8 replies
    5/11/12 | Trailerpark Badass
    Looking for a good, balanced (read "not leftist") survey of the period, both political/legislative & social/cultural developments.Don't need anything with an agenda on either side.
  • President in petticoats (Jefferson Davis)

    05/09/2012 6:14:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 8, 2012 | Jennifer Madison
    He led the Confederacy during its charge for succession. But after its inglorious surrender in the American Civil War, President of the Confederate States, Jefferson Davis, was very much caught with his skirt up, according to these propaganda photographs. The statesman, who became a political fugitive after the South fell, is said to have fled in such haste he grabbed his wife's overcoat rather than his own - a story re-imagined by northern artists depicting reports of his capture in a woman's petticoat.
  • Civil War shipwreck creates hurdle for government's $653M plan

    05/05/2012 6:24:33 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2012 | AP
    Before government engineers can deepen one of the nation's busiest seaports to accommodate future trade, they first need to remove a $14 million obstacle from the past -- a Confederate warship rotting on the Savannah River bottom for nearly 150 years. Confederate troops scuttled the ironclad CSS Georgia to prevent its capture by Gen. William T. Sherman when his Union troops took Savannah in December 1864. It's been on the river bottom ever since. Now, the Civil War shipwreck sits in the way of a government agency's $653 million plan to deepen the waterway that links the nation's fourth-busiest container...
  • 1st Brigade Band tunes up for new generation

    05/03/2012 6:23:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    JS Online ^ | 5-2-12 | Meg Jones
    Watertown - Back when "The Star Spangled Banner" was simply a patriotic song, when community bands marched off to war together and drummer boys died on battlefields still clutching their drumsticks, a group of young men from a small Wisconsin town played the soundtrack of the Civil War. They left behind no recordings. But their music can still be heard. Through the efforts of another hearty band, the tradition of young musicians whose patriotic fervor spurred them to join the Union Army and leave behind their families continues in Wisconsin. The 1st Brigade Band is a group of around 100...
  • Grierson's Raid

    Starting from La Grange, Tennessee, Grierson’s aim was to reach the Southern Railroad of Mississippi, and destroy as much of it as possible. From there he could either return to La Grange, or head south to the Union position at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He started with three regiments, some 1,700 men. One of the reasons for his success was that he was willing to split this force. He began on 20 April, sending 175 men (what he called the “least effective portion of the command”) back to La Grange, with orders to make it look at if the entire expedition...
  • Hillsdale Constitution 101 Week 9: "The Progressive Rejection of the Founding”

    04/16/2012 8:02:17 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | 04/16/2012 | Ronald J. Pestritto
    Progressivism is the belief that America needs to move or “progress” beyond the principles of the American Founding. Organized politically more than a hundred years ago, Progressivism insists upon flexibility in political forms unbound by fixed and universal principles. Progressives hold that human nature is malleable and that society is perfectible. Affirming the inexorable, positive march of history, Progressives see the need for unelected experts who would supervise a vast administration of government. Progressivism is rooted in the philosophy of European thinkers, most notably the German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel. Progressivism takes its name from a faith in “historical progress.” According...
  • Civil War Navy Conference (4 videos)

    04/13/2012 4:29:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    C-SPAN, Mariners' Museum ^ | March 9 2012 | C-SPAN
    The Civil War along the Atlantic Coast This week on The Civil War, American History TV visits the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The museum hosted a Civil War Navy Conference in early March to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, when for the first time, ironclads battled during the Civil War. First, author and Naval Academy history professor Craig Symonds talks about the War along the Atlantic Coast. Then, David Alberg of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary talks about the recovery and identification of human remains from the USS Monitor, the Union ship that...
  • Civil War vet to be laid to rest -- 88 years after death

    04/12/2012 5:33:09 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    koinlocal6.com ^ | 11 April 2012 | Kohr Harlan
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Civil War veteran who died years ago will finally be laid to rest this Friday in Portland. He was the youngest of 13 children, and the last one to die. And so, after he passed away, his remains laid unclaimed for 88 years. Alice Knapp's curiosity about her own family tree led her to Peter Knapp's remains. She still remembers taking possession of the box Peter's remains are in. "It was a gold box -- both he and his wife were placed in this gold box," Alice Knapp said. "It had a ribbon around it and...
  • Md. Civil War museum gives severed arm a good look

    04/12/2012 3:37:34 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    google-hosted AP story ^ | 11 April 2012 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    Long after the guns fell silent at Antietam, the earth yielded up gruesome reminders of the bloodiest day of the American Civil War: bodies, bones, buttons and entire severed limbs — one of which is now the focus of intense study at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. A Sharpsburg-area farmer is said to have found the human forearm while plowing a field two weeks after the 1862 battle. Officials at the museum in Frederick, Md., are trying to learn more about the limb in hopes of verifying that it's a relic of the Battle of Antietam and exhibiting...
  • Hillsdale Constitution 101 Week 8: “Abraham Lincoln and the Constitution”

    04/09/2012 7:38:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | April 9 2012 | Kevin Portteus
    Abraham Lincoln’s fidelity to the Declaration of Independence is equally a fidelity to the Constitution. The Constitution takes its moral life from the principles of liberty and equality, and was created to serve those principles. We are divided as a nation today, as in Lincoln’s time, because we have severed the connection between these two documents. Lincoln’s “Fragment on the Constitution and the Union” contains the central theme of Lincoln’s life and work. Drawing upon biblical language, Lincoln describes the Declaration of Independence as an “apple of gold,” and the Constitution as the “frame of silver” around it. We cannot...
  • Buell and Grant Surprise the Rebels at Shiloh

    04/07/2012 6:16:18 PM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 139 replies
    Civil War Daily Gazette ^ | April 7, 2012 | Eric
    April 7, 1862 (Monday) Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee General Grant tried to sleep, first under a tree near his men and then in a cabin that he found already occupied with the wounded. Through the night, Union transports and reinforcements arrived at Pittsburg Landing, bringing 25,000 much-needed men. Grant was certain that his line could withstand a Confederate attack. In fact, he was so certain, that he wanted to go on the offensive. Meanwhile, General Beauregard, now the sole commander of the Confederate Army of Mississippi, slept in General Sherman’s tent, the former owner vacating it as the Rebels attacked the...
  • My God! We Are Attacked! Disorganized Surprise at Shiloh Church

    04/06/2012 4:35:17 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 21 replies
    Civil War Daily Gazette ^ | April 6, 2012 | Eric
    April 6, 1862 (Sunday) Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. The Confederate Army of Mississippi was exhausted. After three treacherous days of marching through cold mud and rain, all 40,000 of them lay quiet, flat against the soaked ground waiting for dawn and the call to attack. As the dawn cast its first light slivers across the eastern horizon, Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard, first and second in command of the army, listened to the incipient tenors of battle developing cautiously in their front. Johnston sent word for a general advance and rode to lead his men. Beauregard remained to organize...
  • General McClellan and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    04/05/2012 5:10:55 PM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 32 replies
    Civil War Daily Gazette ^ | April 5, 2012 | Eric
    April 5, 1862 (Saturday) Yorktown, VA The previous day had been a good one for George Briton McClellan, commander of the Union Army of the Potomac. The Rebels to his front gave up ground quickly as he advanced two columns up the Virginia Peninsula. Though a division had been withheld from him a few days ago, he quickly recovered, taking less than two days to get his entire army of 66,700 on the road. As the dawn drove out the night, he must have felt a renewed optimism. He was certain that Confederate commander General John Magruder had left his...
  • U.S. Civil War Took Bigger Toll Than Previously Estimated

    04/03/2012 11:07:36 PM PDT · by U-238 · 125 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/21/2012 | Science Daily
    The Civil War -- already considered the deadliest conflict in American history -- in fact took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. That's what a new analysis of census data by Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker reveals. Hacker says the war's dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate that's 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in December in the journal Civil War History. "The traditional estimate has become iconic," Hacker says. "It's been quoted for the last hundred years or more. If you go with that total for a...
  • Hillsdale Constitution 101 Week 7: “Crisis of Constitutional Government”

    04/03/2012 5:18:40 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | April 2 2012 | Will Morrisey
    Welcome to Week 7 “Crisis of Constitutional Government” At the heart of the American constitutional crisis of the mid-nineteenth century stood the moral, social, and political evil of slavery. At stake in this crisis was the future of republican self-government.Abraham Lincoln saw the dilemma facing the nation as the “crisis of a house divided.” While the American Founders worked to put slavery, as Lincoln said, “on the course of ultimate extinction,” the institution had instead flourished in the first half of the nineteenth century. By the 1850s, efforts to expand slavery threatened to tear the nation apart.Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas...
  • Before well-known Battle of Glorieta Pass, Texans captured Santa Fe

    03/10/2012 10:46:03 PM PST · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 3/10/12 | Tom Sharpe
    The Confederates who briefly occupied Santa Fe 150 years ago this month found it an inhospitable city with Jewish merchants who refused their money, terrified nuns and a Hispanic majority neutral in the fight between Anglos. Much has been written about the Battle of Glorieta Pass, known as the Gettysburg of the West, which took place from March 26 to 28, 1862. But less is known about Santa Fe's few weeks as a Confederate territory. That is partly because just about anyone who openly sided with the Union had left Santa Fe -- heading either to Fort Craig, south of...
  • The Battle of Hampton Roads: The Monitor Meets The Merrimack (CSS Virginia)

    03/09/2012 8:36:56 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 40 replies
    Civil War Daily Gazette ^ | March 9, 2012 | Eric
    Washington was replete with panic as word of the previous day’s destruction reached its doorstep. The ravaging and ruin wrought by the ironclad CSS Virginia (once the USS Merrimack) at Hampton Roads was utterly astonishing. After nightfall, as the USS Congress smoldered, fixing its thick black smoke to the Hampton Roads horizon, and as several other ships were run aground, General Wool at Fortress Monroe reported the travesty to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. The note had to first travel to Baltimore before being telegraphed to Washington, leaving the citizens the entire night to be peacefully passed. But at 9:30am,...
  • Libertarianism and the Civil War

    03/06/2012 8:27:38 AM PST · by donmeaker · 105 replies · 1+ views
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 6 March 2012 | Ilya Somin
    There are, generally speaking, three types of libertarian perspectives on the Civil War. Many libertarians actually support the war, some condemn it without defending the Confederacy, and some are actually pro-Confederate.
  • Faces of Civil War sailors from sunken USS Monitor reconstructed in hopes of identifying them

    03/04/2012 3:58:49 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Saturday Mar 3, 2012 | Steve Szkotak
    Faces of Civil War sailors from sunken USS Monitor reconstructed in hopes of identifying them Faces of 2 USS Monitor crewmembers reconstructed Recovery: The turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor is lifted out of the ocean off the coast of Hatteras, N.C. on August 5, 2002 RICHMOND, Va. — When the turret of the Civil War ironclad Monitor was raised from the ocean bottom, two skeletons and the tattered remnants of their uniforms were discovered in the rusted hulk of the Union Civil War ironclad, mute and nameless witnesses to the cost of war. A rubber comb was...
  • The Original Secessionists

    02/18/2012 11:09:23 AM PST · by HMS Surprise · 302 replies · 1+ views
    the tea party tribune ^ | 2/18/12 | jim funkhouser
    There is nothing more irritating to a warrior-poet than an unwillingness to debate. If speech is troubling, or blatantly false, or amateurish, then it will fall of its own weight. I don’t need, and I suspect a majority of truthseekers don’t want, an administrator hovering above the public forum deciding which issues are too controversial for polite company. The Civil War has become untouchable, unless you agree with the standard arguments. 1. Lincoln was a god among men. 2. The South was evil. 3. Union is the ultimate goal of the American experiment. 4. The Federal government’s design trumps the...
  • Lincoln's timeless call to Prayer

    02/12/2012 10:32:44 AM PST · by lightman · 2 replies
    March 1863 | Abraham Lincoln
    Timeless words...written 149 years ago but could have been penned yesterday, but not by the current Imposter-in-Chief: "Insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and...
  • The Civil War, Part 1: The Places (Photos)

    02/08/2012 11:09:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | February 8, 2012 | Staff
    Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, commemorated by the Atlantic in a special issue, now available online. Although photography was still in its infancy, Civil War photographers produced thousands of images, bringing the harsh realities of war to those on the home front in a new and visceral way. As brother fought brother and the future of the United States was uncertain, the public appetite for information was fed by these images from the trenches, rivers, farms and cities that became fields of battle. Today's collection is part 1 of 3, covering the places of...
  • Moving letter from freed slave to old master after he was asked back to work on farm

    02/01/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 31, 2012 | Louise Boyle
    A fascinating letter has emerged from a one-time slave to his former master in reply to being invited back to work on the farm where he spent more than 30 years in servitude. Jourdon Anderson wrote to Colonel P.H. Anderson in August 1865, explaining that since he had been emancipated, he had moved his family from Big Spring, Tennessee to Ohio, was being paid for his labour and could support his family. According to an edition of the New York Daily Tribune published at the time, Jourdon Anderson dictated the letter to give his weighty and fitting response.
  • Syria Condemns Arab League Pullout

    01/29/2012 8:25:20 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    The Syrian government has condemned a decision by the Arab League to pull its monitors from the raging civil war zone. The Arab League said Saturday it had decided to "immediately" suspend its mission to monitor the situation in Syria due to the growing violence, the BBC reported. The decision came less than a week after a vote to extend the mission another month. Fierce fighting near Damascus centered on several eastern suburbs that had been seized by opposition forces, and which government troops fought to recapture. At least 12 people were killed and 30 others were wounded in the...
  • The Great Road: The Story of Frederick Road

    01/22/2012 10:17:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Montgomery Village Patch ^ | January 22, 2012 | Susan Soderberg
    Traveled by Native Americans, presidents, generals, gypsies and families seeking a new life in the west, “The Great Road,” known today as Frederick Road or Route 355, provided a path for both the adventurer and the entrepreneur. As the main route northwest from Georgetown, the last port on the Potomac River, it was heavily traveled from the mid 18th century until it was replaced by Interstate 270 in the 1960s. It began as an Indian trail leading from the Piscataway settlement at the mouth of Rock Creek to the great “Conestoga,” a trail that included footpaths and waterways (what we...
  • A clearer view: 8-ton steel truss surrounding Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley removed

    01/13/2012 9:50:02 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    The world got an unobstructed view of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley for the first time since the Civil War on Thursday as a massive steel truss that had surrounded the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship was finally removed.
  • Complete Civil War submarine unveiled for first time

    01/13/2012 9:21:52 AM PST · by shove_it · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo via Reuters ^ | 13 Jan 2012 | Harriet McLeod
    NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Confederate Civil War vessel H.L. Hunley, the world's first successful combat submarine when it sank a Union ship in 1864, was unveiled in full and unobstructed for the first time on Thursday, capping a decade of careful preservation. "No one alive has ever seen the Hunley complete. We're going to see it today," said engineer John King as a crane at a Charleston conservation laboratory slowly lifted a massive steel truss covering the top of the submarine. About 20 engineers and scientists applauded as they caught the first glimpse of the intact 42-foot-long...
  • Confederate submarine finally revealed after being buried at sea for 150 years

    01/13/2012 6:49:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 121 replies · 1+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 13, 2012 | Staff
    The world got an unobstructed view of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley for the first time since the Civil War on Thursday as a massive steel truss that had surrounded the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship was finally removed. The truss weighing more than 8 tons had shrouded the sub since it was raised off the coast of South Carolina almost a dozen years ago.
  • Jews and the Civil War

    01/05/2012 5:15:39 PM PST · by SJackson · 31 replies
    Jewish Light ^ | January 4, 2012 | Jim Winnerman
    the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Jewish family loyalties mirrored what occurred throughout the United States where brother fought against brother. Jews also found themselves on opposite sides of the battlefield. Out of 150,000 Jews in the U.S. at the outbreak of war, estimates are that 3,000 fought on the side of the Confederacy and 6,700 for the Union. It is thought 600 Jews died in battle. That there were Jews in the Confederacy was a fact largely forgotten until the publication in 2000 of the book, "The Jewish Confederates" by Robert Rosen. He meticulously documents how Jews...
  • Old South Economic Renaissance Leaving North Behind

    01/04/2012 4:20:22 AM PST · by billflax · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/03/2012 | Bill Flax
    Remember those cartoons with the feisty Confederate snarling, “Lee surrendered. I didn’t.” Well, Dixie has risen, but it seems more “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” Southern Hospitality now welcomes corporations as it once did travelers. There is little respite from the national economic doldrums Americans endure due to debased dollars, tax and regulatory uncertainty plus a popular culture increasingly resentful of success. But internal shifts signal that the South beats the North in more than just SEC football dominance. The South long disdained Yankee capitalism, but now in many respects she exhibits freer markets than her historic rival....
  • Will Obama steal the 2012 election?

    12/31/2011 8:34:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2011 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. claims Jim Crow is returning. In a recent speech, Mr. Holder said that attempts by states to pass voter identification laws will disenfranchise minorities, rolling back the clock to the evil days of segregation. He said that a growing number of minorities fear that “the same disparities, divisions and problems” now afflict America as they did in 1965 prior to the Voting Rights Act. According to the Obama administration, our democracy is being threatened by racist Republicans. Hence, the Justice Department must prevent laws requiring a photo ID to vote from being enacted. Mr....
  • History Museum publishes Civil War soldier's love letters, one missive at a time

    12/29/2011 4:34:51 AM PST · by Daffynition · 6 replies
    STLtoday.com ^ | December 28, 2011 | Tim O'Neil
    "just Hum me a tune in the evening hours occasionally & I will fancy I hear it borne on the Autumnal breeze" James E. Love, a Union soldier, wrote those sweet words on Oct. 9, 1861, to his fiancée back in St. Louis. He and Eliza Mary "Molly" Wilson, both natives of northern Ireland, had secretly become engaged before he joined the army two months into the Civil War. The letter, mailed from near Sedalia in western Missouri, is more chatty than newsworthy, written during a lull in the hunt for elusive home-state rebels. Love describes the beauty of the...
  • The Civil War: beauty from tragedy, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"

    12/23/2011 5:57:38 AM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 22, 2011 | Martha M. Boltz
    Many musicians and writers of poetry will admit that some of their finest work comes when they have experienced a death or a tragedy of some kind, that the writing of poetry has an almost cathartic effect. Such is the case of one of the best known and most beloved carols associated with Christmas, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” which came from the pen of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and was written on Christmas Day, 1864. His had been a tortured life in last few years before that day. On July 11, 1861, his wife Fanny had...
  • Rabbi Amar Warns Against Civil War - Calls for Dialogue

    12/14/2011 1:41:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and a delegation of rabbis from Judea and Samaria met with Ephraim Brigade commander Colonel Ron Kahane of the Ephraim Brigade on Wednesday. At the meeting Kahane and his officers told the rabbis about the incident at the Ephraim Brigade headquarters, where some 50 angry youth clashed with soldiers and threw Molotov cocktails and stones at IDF vehicles after hearing rumors demolition orders were to be carried out in Jewish communities Monday evening. In a separate incident Kahane was injured on Monday when stones were thrown at his vehicle. At the meeting the rabbis shared...
  • 1% vs 99% ZOT

    12/09/2011 8:35:26 PM PST · by TheDailyChange · 106 replies
    I got a real bad feeling the 2nd Civil War may be coming soon. While the (1% millionaires and billionaires) continue to print Trillions of dollars and run off at the mouth on the radio and television while continuing to run the world by establishing themselves as the “FEW WHO CONTROL THE MASSES) it has all the elements for a bad outcome. As a conservative who has given much thought to what all is going on, it has become abundantly all too clear that the objective of the 1% Democrats and Republicans who are OWNED and DIRECTED by HUGE CORPORATIONS...
  • The Civil War Is Over: Let The Battle Flag Be

    11/24/2011 7:25:50 AM PST · by octavius21 · 118 replies · 4+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 11/24/2011 | Steven Simpson
    Over the past several months, the NAACP has launched a campaign against the Confederate Battle Flag by protesting its presence at the South Carolina statehouse. Governor Nikki Haley did not respond to the demands of the NAACP to remove it. In a similar matter, black protesters have called for the removal of the Battle Flag from a Georgian cemetery that happens to have interred the bones of Confederate soldiers. And now, most recently, Republican presidential candidate Governor Rick Perry of Texas has become the newest target of the NAACP over whether the Battle Flag should appear on license plates. In...
  • Shelby Foote's War Story

    11/18/2011 8:26:03 PM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 29 replies
    Garden & Gun Magazine ^ | April/May 2011 | Jon Meacham
    Shelby Foote's War Story How a Memphis novelist’s history of the Civil War made history itself It was supposed to be a brief assignment—eighteen months or so, tops. In 1954, with the centennial of the end of the Civil War approaching, Bennett Cerf, the president of Random House, wrote the novelist Shelby Foote to propose a “short history” of the conflict. In midsummer the author traveled from his home in Memphis to meet with the publisher in New York, and the two came to terms. The target was 200,000 words; the advance, four hundred dollars. For Foote the plan was...
  • America's Story (part 1) - The Speech that redefined us, November 19, 1863

    11/17/2011 9:17:22 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 4 replies
    smithsk.blogspot.com ^ | November 12, 2011 | smithsk
    One hundred fifty years ago, Civil War broke out in the United States. In my opinion, this war was the worst war in our 235 + year history. It divided us as a people on many issues - slavery only one of them. The casualties - including both the Union and Confederate soldiers - were the greatest of any of our wars - even the American casualties during World War II - the worst war of the 20th century. The video scene below from Cold Mountain (2003) and extended lyrics from When Johnny Comes Marching Home give a sense of...
  • The Cold Civil War (America has an inter-generational struggle, the War of the Baby Boomers)

    11/08/2011 7:34:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/08/2011 | David Kahane
    Despite all the evidence of the past several decades, you still have not grasped one simple fact: that, just about a century after the last one ended, we engaged in a great civil war, one that will determine the kind of country we and our descendants shall henceforth live in for at least the next hundred years — and, one hopes, a thousand. Since there hasn’t been any shooting, so far, some call the struggle we are now involved in the “culture wars,” but I have another, better name for it: the Cold Civil War In many ways, this new...
  • November 7th, 1861, The Battle of Belmont

    11/07/2011 4:18:20 AM PST · by abishai
    On November 6, 1861, Brig. Gen. U.S. Grant left Cairo, Illinois, by steamers, in conjunction with two gunboats, to make a demonstration against Columbus, Kentucky. The next morning, Grant learned that Confederate troops had crossed the Mississippi River from Columbus to Belmont, Missouri, to intercept two detachments sent in pursuit of Brig. Gen. M. Jeff Thompson and, possibly, to reinforce Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s force. He landed on the Missouri shore, out of the range of Confederate artillery at Columbus, and started marching the mile to Belmont. At 9:00 in the morning, an engagement began. The Federals routed the Confederates...
  • Syria on Brink of Civil War

    10/22/2011 4:14:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Seven months of unrest in Syria approached the brink of all-out armed conflict Monday as 41 people were killed, among them 11 soldiers who clashed with organized army defectors. Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Assad to immediately stop the killings of civilians, a day after the Arab League called for “national dialogue” to end the violence. “There are continuous killings of civilian people. These killings must stop immediately,” Ban said in Bern. “I told Assad: ‘Stop before it is too late,’” he said. “It is unacceptable that 3,000 people have been killed. The U.N. is urging him again to...
  • ‘Bully for Garibaldi’ (U.S. Civil War)

    09/27/2011 6:38:35 AM PDT · by decimon · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 26, 2011 | DON H. DOYLE
    The tiny Mediterranean island of Caprera, near Sardinia, was not the sort of place to find an American diplomat in the late summer of 1861, but that’s precisely where Henry Shelton Sanford landed late in the afternoon of Sept. 9. It had been a long, involved trip: he came from Brussels to Genoa by train, secretly chartered a ship to avoid public notice and, on the night of Sept. 8, sailed through the Ligurian Sea to Sardinia. Landing late the next day, he hired a small boat to take him to Caprera, then walked more than a mile on a...
  • New analysis suggests Civil War took bigger toll than previously estimated

    09/21/2011 12:54:16 PM PDT · by decimon · 93 replies
    Binghamton University ^ | September 21, 2011 | Unknown
    BINGHAMTON, NY – The Civil War — already considered the deadliest conflict in American history — in fact took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. That's what a new analysis of census data by Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker reveals. Hacker says the war's dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate that's 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in December in the journal Civil War History. "The traditional estimate has become iconic," Hacker says. "It's been quoted for the last hundred years or more. If you go with that...
  • Confederate Flying Machine Will Rise Again at Auction

    09/14/2011 11:54:56 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 28 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | September 13, 2011 | Jeremy Hsu
    While Rebel and Union soldiers still fought it out with bayonets and cannons, a Confederate designer had the foresight to imagine flying machines attacking Northern armies. He couldn't implement his vision during the war, and the plans disappeared into history, until resurfacing at a rare book dealer's shop 150 years later. Now those rediscovered designs have found their way to the auction block, providing a glimpse at how Victorian-era technology could have beat the Wright Brothers to the punch. The papers of R. Finley Hunt, a dentist with a passion for flight, describe scenarios where flying machines bombed Federal troops...
  • UBS Quantifies Costs Of Euro Break Up, Warns Of Collapse Of Banking System And Civil War

    09/05/2011 7:13:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/05/2011 | Tyler Durden
    Any time a major bank releases a report saying a given course of action is too costly, too prohibitive, too blonde, or simply too impossible, it is nearly guaranteed that that is precisely the course of action about to be undertaken. Which is why all non-euro skeptics are advised to shield their eyes and look away from the just released report by UBS (of surging 3 Month USD Libor rate fame) titled "Euro Break Up - The Consequences." UBS conveniently sets up the straw man as follows: "Under the current structure and with the current membership, the Euro does not...
  • Latino group claims Aztlán war in next five years

    09/02/2011 3:27:59 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 70 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/27/11 | Miguel Perez
    Phoenix-based Nuestros Reconquistos claims that there will be a war very similar to the Civil War fought in the next five years. “La Raza and MEChA have already talked to Latinos and Phoenix and explained that Latinos need to arm themselves for war,” says Nuestros Reconquistos President Manuel Longoria. Latino groups believe they have enough people in states such as California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to successfully wage a war on the United States.
  • Obama Appears on Radio Show, Blames Bush, Tells Audience to 'Mobilize'

    08/30/2011 10:59:13 AM PDT · by blueyon · 70 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 8/30/2011 | ???
    The following is a transcript of "The Tom Joyner Morning Show's" interview with President Barack Obama, which aired Tuesday morning. TOM JOYNER: Yeah, it is slow and frustrating. And a lot of people are voicing their opinion about how frustrating it is for us in the black community and the unemployment rate being almost twice as much what the general market employment rate is. I understand. I understand people complaining, but I don't agree with people who are trying to - black people, black leaders who are trying to make you look bad, as if this is all your fault....
  • Survival Preparedness Food Preps, Ingredients versus Prepared Foods

    08/22/2011 6:50:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 96 replies
    You need to start stocking food. You can do a lot if you start early. Unfortunately, “early” might have been yesterday. Now we’re way past early, and you need a reasonable plan to get food supplies that will store well and don’t cost too much. Buy extra, use FIFO. Go ahead and buy more food than normal when you’re out shopping, and set it aside as preparedness. Use the “first in, first out” rule to eat your older supplies first. Keep rotating your supplies so you never abandon food “way in the back.”
  • Archaeologists comb newly-found Civil War POW camp

    08/18/2011 2:51:31 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, August 18, 2011 5:10 PM EDT | RUSS BYNUM
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — When word reached Camp Lawton that the enemy army of Gen. William T. Sherman was approaching, the prison camp's Confederate officers rounded up their thousands of Union army POWs for a swift evacuation — leaving behind rings, buckles, coins and other keepsakes that would remain undisturbed for nearly 150 years. Archaeologists are still discovering unusual, and sometimes stunningly personal, artifacts a year after state officials revealed that a graduate student had pinpointed the location of the massive but short-lived Civil War camp in southeast Georgia. Discoveries made as recently as a few weeks ago were being...
  • Love of Government: Famous Civil War Letter Still Speaks to Americans 150 Years Later

    07/29/2011 4:37:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Fox ^ | July 28, 2011
    As Congress and the White House battle to resolve the nation's debt crisis, a legendary letter written 150 years ago this week by a Civil War soldier on the eve of battle, bidding a heartbreaking farewell to his wife and children, offers a gentle reminder to all Americans of the meaning of sacrifice and love of country. Sullivan Ballou of Rhode Island, just 32 years old but already a major in the Union Army, sat down that calm Sunday night to write his wife, Sarah, before leaving to fight in what would become known as the First Battle of Bull...