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  • Coded American Civil War message in bottle deciphered

    12/26/2010 2:04:42 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 30 replies · 3+ views
    bbc ^ | 25 December 2010
    A message in a bottle delivered to a Confederate general during the American Civil War has been deciphered, 147 years after it was written. In the encrypted message, a commander tells Gen John Pemberton that no reinforcements are available to help him defend Vicksburg, Mississippi. "You can expect no help from this side of the river," says the message, which was deciphered by codebreakers. The text is dated 4 July 1863 - the day Vicksburg fell to Union forces.
  • Civil War message opened, decoded: No help coming

    12/26/2010 1:39:06 AM PST · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    AP/YahhoNewa ^ | 12/25/10 | STEVE SZKOTA
    A glass vial stopped with a cork during the Civil War has been opened, revealing a coded message to the desperate Confederate commander in Vicksburg on the day the Mississippi city fell to Union forces 147 years ago. The dispatch offered no hope to doomed Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton: Reinforcements are not on the way. The encrypted, 6-line message was dated July 4, 1863, the date of Pemberton's surrender to Union forces led by Ulysses S. Grant, ending the Siege of Vicksburg in what historians say was a turning point midway into the Civil War.
  • Library of Congress Posts Civil War Portrait Collection to Flickr

    12/14/2010 9:02:20 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 13 replies
    researchbuzz ^ | DECEMBER 14, 2010
    The Library of Congress announced last week that it has made a huge collection of Civil War portraits available on its Flickr site. The portraits — almost 700 of them — are available at This collection is all from one place — the Liljenquist family — and includes the frames of the pictures as well as the ambrotype and tintype photographs themselves. Many of the pictures are soldiers (including some portraits of African-American soldiers) but there are some civilian pictures here as well. There are also many group pictures, both of civilians and soldiers. Some of the pictures are...
  • Dec. 15 Marks 71st Anniversary of 'Gone With The Wind' Premiere in Atlanta

    12/02/2010 4:13:27 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 16 replies
    Huntington News ^ | December 2, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Gone with the Wind premiered during the Christmas Season of 1939.
  • Wirz Memorial Set for Sunday, November 7th

    10/28/2010 4:14:35 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 31 replies
    Huntington News ^ | October 28, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Do young people know the truth about Henry Wirz?
  • Virginia 4th-grade textbook criticized over claims on black Confederate soldiers

    10/20/2010 8:19:20 AM PDT · by Palter · 139 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 20 Oct 2010 | Kevin Sieff
    A textbook distributed to Virginia fourth-graders says that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War -- a claim rejected by most historians but often made by groups seeking to play down slavery's role as a cause of the conflict. The passage appears in "Our Virginia: Past and Present," which was distributed in the state's public elementary schools for the first time last month. The author, Joy Masoff, who is not a trained historian but has written several books, said she found the information about black Confederate soldiers primarily through Internet research, which turned up work...
  • Petitioners protest Confederate flag [flown by homeowner]

    10/14/2010 6:26:12 AM PDT · by Rebeleye · 224 replies
    The State (Columbia, SC) ^ | 13 October 2010 | Bo Petersen
    More than 200 people have signed a petition to protest a resident flying the Confederate battle flag...The moves follow a controversy, when a new resident hung a Confederate battle flag from her porch alongside an American flag...
  • 140th anniversary of the death of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee

    10/11/2010 4:26:35 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 10, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    General Lee died at his home at Lexington, Virginia at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, October 12, 1870.
  • Hispanic Month Tribute to Moses Ezekiel

    09/17/2010 4:51:21 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 8 replies
    Huntington News ^ | September 17, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Moses J. Ezekiel was born on October 28, 1844, in Richmond, Va
  • Supporters of the Ground Zero Mosque Don't Get It

    08/22/2010 10:23:29 PM PDT · by kathsua · 4 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 08/22/10 | reasonmclucus
    President Barack Obama and New York officials don't understand that for many Americans, especially New Yorkers, building a mosque near Ground Zero is the equivalent of waving a Confederate flag at a Dr. Martin Luther King anniversary ceremony. I have no interest in visiting a mosque because I'm not a Muslim. I wouldn't wave a Confederate flag because my great grandfather who was a sergeant in the 72nd Indiana Regiment in the Civil War might turn over in his grave. I have nothing against those who wave the Confederate Battle flag (or Rebel flag) that Confederate soldiers carried when they...
  • The Gettysburg Reunion of 1913

    06/30/2010 3:47:19 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 30, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    The War Between the States Sesquicentennial, 150th Anniversary, runs from 2010 through 2015.
  • Happy 234th birthday America!

    06/25/2010 3:58:54 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 17 replies
    Huntington News ^ | June 25, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Do young people know who Gen. Robert Edward Lee, Major Gen. George Edward Pickett and Major Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain were?
  • Which Abraham Lincoln biography is the Best One?

    06/15/2010 12:04:20 PM PDT · by winstonwolf33 · 171 replies · 1,284+ views
    June 15, 2010 | Winstonwolf33
    I'm planning on reading a biography of Abraham Lincoln for a nice non-fiction change of pace. As you can imagine, there's so many Lincoln biographies out there I wouldn't know where to begin! Certainly, I would like to begin with the cream of the crop, but which one would it be? Even if I do a search in for Abraham Lincoln biographies sorted by five-star average customer reviews, a truckload of titles pop out.Here's just a few of those titles: Lincoln and His Admirals by Craig L. Symonds Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words (Vintage) by...
  • Memorial Day Rememberence - A Civil War soldiers last letter home

    05/31/2010 10:51:12 AM PDT · by XRdsRev · 3 replies · 380+ views
    5/31/2010 | Ernest Bower
    In the spring of 1864, Federal and Confederate Armies began a savage campaign for control of Atlanta, Georgia. Beginning in May, a series of battles and skirmishes took place which lasted through the summer and stretched from the Tennessee line to the outskirts of Atlanta itself, which was captured by Federal forces on September 2, 1864. Casualties for both armies were staggering. In total, nearly 9000 men were killed, over 41,000 wounded and 17, 000 missing or captured. On May 27, 1864 Federals under command of General Oliver O. Howard attacked Confederate troops entrenched near Pickett’s Mill, Georgia. Fighting left...
  • Remembering Jefferson Davis

    05/18/2010 3:44:58 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 85 replies · 969+ views
    Huntington News ^ | May 18, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Thursday June 3rd, is the 202nd birthday of Jefferson Davis?
  • This is Confederate Memorial Day in North Carolina

    05/10/2010 5:28:01 PM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 9 replies · 291+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 05-10-10 | J. D. Longstreet
    Every year, when spring rolls around, you can count on numerous articles in the mainstream media, and elsewhere, reviling the Confederacy, and so-called Neo-Confederates, the Confederate Battle flag, Proclamations of Confederate History Month, etc, etc, … ad infinitum. It never fails that Southerners are branded as slavers over and over, and readers are told how vile, and nasty, and ignorant, and just plain E V I L we Southerners are. Most of the ruminations by these writers and commentators are just plain garbage not backed up by REAL history but underwritten by revisionist history. In plain English -- it is...
  • Confederate Memorial Day steeped in tradition

    05/10/2010 9:51:39 AM PDT · by cowboyway · 82 replies · 999+ views
    The State ^ | Saturday, May. 08, 2010 | BRIAN HICKS
    CHARLESTON -- June Murray Wells still remembers the Confederate Memorial Days of her childhood: the ladies in their black dresses, the wreaths, the little flags on the graves — and the last two living Confederate veterans in Charleston. The two men showed up at the annual Magnolia Cemetery event back then, and were still able to squeeze into those old gray uniforms. “When I was a tiny little girl, I remember them coming to the ceremony,” Wells said. “Their jackets wouldn’t button in the middle.” Even then, in the first half of the 20th century, Confederate Memorial Day was an...
  • U.S. Marines Reject Recruits with Confederate Flag Tattoos!

    05/06/2010 5:44:40 PM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 23 replies · 771+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 05-06-10 | J. D. Longstreet
    "A widely regarded Southern symbol of pride and states' rights is standing in the way of would-be Marines in their quest to serve their country – a Confederate battle flag. Straight out of high school, one 18-year-old Tennessee man was determined to serve his country as a Marine. His friend said he passed the pre-enlistment tests and physical exams and looked forward with excitement to the day he would ship out to boot camp. Shortly before he was scheduled to leave Nashville for boot camp, the Marine Corps rejected him. Now, the young man, who wishes to remain unnamed and...
  • Author Interview - My Old Confederate Home

    04/20/2010 3:32:34 PM PDT · by Davy Buck · 6 replies · 322+ views
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 04/20/2010 | Richard Williams
    I came across a historical marker for the Kentucky Confederate Home. There was nothing left of the building itself, but I was fascinated that, well into the twentieth century, these old veterans of a war that had ended sixty years before still lived together, still saluted the old flags, still wore the old uniforms. . .
  • Confederate History Month in Dixie

    04/14/2010 5:19:20 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 45 replies · 594+ views
    Miller County Liberal ^ | April 7, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    April is a time to remember the men and women of the Confederacy and those who kept their memory eternal