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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
  • The Great Locomotive Chase

    04/11/2010 5:08:52 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 15 replies · 704+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 10, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    April 12, 2010, is the 148th anniversary of the "Great Locomotive Chase" that made "The General" famous.
  • “Great Locomotive Chase” Anniversary noted

    04/10/2010 3:33:22 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 17 replies · 994+ views
    Huntington News ^ | April 10, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    April 12, 2010, is the 148th anniversary of the "Great Locomotive Chase" that made "The General" famous.
  • Confederate History Month, African-Americans and Arab Slavery today

    04/08/2010 12:26:59 PM PDT · by Milagros · 10 replies · 499+ views
    Rolad Martin is all fired up about the Confederate History Month issue, as to "why they ommit slavery" from celebrating Conf. - Transcripts Apr 7, 2010 ... Roland Martin. I will ask him about Virginia's Confederate History Month... If Roland Martin is so concerned about slavery, why doesn't he mention the real --not metaphoric- [the "good" old type of] still practiced today. Where? (only) in Arabia of course. - Whether "normal" labor slavery in Mauritania. - Or in the cruel Arab Regime's Geocide in the Sudan. - Or How about sex and labor slavery in the Gulf Arab...
  • Va. gov. concedes omission in history month decree

    04/07/2010 4:29:03 PM PDT · by dware · 17 replies · 873+ views
    AP ^ | 04/07/2010 | Bob Lewis
    RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Bob McDonnell has conceded a "major omission" for not noting slavery in declaring April Confederate History Month in Virginia.
  • (Virginia Governor) McDonnell's Confederate History Month proclamation irks civil rights leaders

    04/07/2010 4:22:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 83 replies · 2,021+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | April 7, 2010 | Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman
    Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, reviving a controversy that had been dormant for eight years, has declared that April will be Confederate History Month in Virginia, a move that angered civil rights leaders Tuesday but that political observers said would strengthen his position with his conservative base. The two previous Democratic governors had refused to issue the mostly symbolic proclamation honoring the soldiers who fought for the South in the Civil War. McDonnell (R) revived a practice started by Republican governor George Allen in 1997. McDonnell left out anti-slavery language that Allen's successor, James S. Gilmore III (R), had included in...
  • Editorial: God's judgment on America

    03/31/2010 6:08:11 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 50 replies · 906+ views ^ | March 31, 2010 | Harlan Brown
    My wife and I visited Washington, DC, recently. It was my first trip to our nation's capital and my wife's first as an adult. Of all the tourist attractions that we saw, the Lincoln Memorial impressed us most. Yes, we were impressed by the stately architecture, the classic Greek columns, the grandeur of Abraham Lincoln carved in stone larger than life. But no, those aspects of the Memorial were not what impressed us most. The words of Lincoln What impressed us most was the portion of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address carved into the stone wall (emphasis is mine): and the...
  • Jefferson vs Lincoln: America Must Choose

    03/10/2010 6:35:02 PM PST · by Idabilly · 1,263 replies · 9,597+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center. ^ | 2010 | Josh Eboch
    Over the course of American history, there has been no greater conflict of visions than that between Thomas Jefferson’s voluntary republic, founded on the natural right of peaceful secession, and Abraham Lincoln’s permanent empire, founded on the violent denial of that same right. That these two men somehow shared a common commitment to liberty is a lie so monstrous and so absurd that its pervasiveness in popular culture utterly defies logic. After all, Jefferson stated unequivocally in the Declaration of Independence that, at any point, it may become necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected...
  • Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne—Stonewall Jackson of the West

    03/06/2010 2:27:46 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 101 replies · 906+ views
    Huntington News ^ | March 6, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Who was Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne?
  • A Forgotten Story for Black History Month

    02/12/2010 3:29:26 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 28 replies · 537+ views
    Canda Free Press ^ | February 12, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    While Black History Month mostly focuses on black adults in history, this story is about a black child.
  • The John B. Gordon Story

    02/05/2010 3:03:44 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 5, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    John B. Gordon, born February 6, 1832, was an orator, lawyer, statesman, soldier, publisher and governor of the State of Georgia.
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans have a role in modern America

    02/03/2010 8:57:04 AM PST · by cowboyway · 211 replies · 1,627+ views
    Nolan Chart ^ | Tuesday, February 2, 2010 | Mark Vogl
    The Sons of Confederate Veterans (S.C.V.) is a fraternal organization composed of male descendents of the men who served in the Confederate Armed Forces during the War for Southern Independence. Their emblems include the controversial Confederate battle flag. Their core responsibility is articulated in a charge given to them by Lt. General Stephen D. Lee which calls on them to defend the heritage, honor, and reputation of the Confederate soldier and the Cause they fought for. The Cause they fought for was individual liberty, state's rights, the original Constitution and the right to secede. In essence, Confederates fought an aggressive...
  • The John B. Gordon Story

    01/30/2010 1:16:14 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 12 replies · 448+ views
    Huntington News ^ | January 30, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    John B. Gordon, born February 6, 1832, was an orator, lawyer, statesman, soldier, publisher and governor of the State of Georgia.
  • Remembering Robert E. Lee

    01/19/2010 12:30:12 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 27 replies · 906+ views
    Canda Free Press ^ | January 16, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010, is the 203rd birthday of Robert E. Lee, whose memory is still dear in the hearts of many Americans and people throughout God’s good earth.
  • Remembering Robert E. Lee

    01/05/2010 3:28:41 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 131 replies · 2,125+ views
    The Huntington News ^ | January 5, 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Did you know that Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee were born during the month of January?
  • How to shatter the 'highest, hardest' glass ceiling (WaPo's Revisionist History on Sarah & Hillary)

    12/26/2009 10:02:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 2,237+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 27, 2009 | Anne E. Kornblut
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's approval ratings are soaring. Sarah Palin is now a best-selling author. From this vantage point, it almost seems obvious: the United States is going to elect a woman president. Someday soon. Right? It would be easy, in the gauzy view of history, to forget how ugly the contest became for the two women who broke new ground in the 2008 presidential campaign. Remember Clinton's sagging eyes, splashed across the Drudge Report, as Rush Limbaugh asked whether the country would want to watch a woman grow old in office? Remember the collective gasp as the...
  • What Three Liberals Do You Most Dislike?

    12/16/2009 11:23:27 AM PST · by MNDude · 167 replies · 2,912+ views
    There are so many to choose from, but what three liberals would you consider the most contemptible to you?
  • A Soldier's Christmas Gift

    12/15/2009 4:14:40 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 1 replies · 257+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 15, 2009 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate with family, friends and supper at Grandma's house.
  • Anti-protectionism in the Confederate States Constitution

    12/10/2009 12:17:26 PM PST · by TitleX · 18 replies · 498+ views
    The Powers of Congress, Article I section viii from the Confederate States Constitution includes a strong statement against protectionism: "nor shall any duties or taxes on importations from foreign nations be laid to promote or foster any branch of industry" I think it's interesting to compare this with McCain's S.Amdt.279 to ARRA, "To prohibit the applicability of Buy American requirements in the Act to the utilization of funds provided by the Act." McCain's amendment would essentially gut the [protectionist] Buy American provision, so his amendment is in line with the Confederate States Constitution. I wondered if the votes on the...
  • When 'Gone with the Wind' came to Atlanta

    12/05/2009 3:15:09 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 48 replies · 1,453+ views
    Huntington News ^ | December 5, 2009 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    December 15, 2009, is the 70th Anniversary of the movie 'Gone with the Wind.'
  • Florida Judge Clears Way For Confederate Plate

    12/03/2009 9:11:42 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 337 replies · 7,131+ views
    WESH-2 NBC ^ | 12/03/2009
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- A federal judge has issued an order that will make way for a Confederate heritage specialty license plate from the state of Florida's Department of Motor Vehicles. Confederate license plate Sons Of Confederate Veterans The proposed Confederate flag. In a lawsuit filed nearly one year ago after two years of Florida legislative inaction to approve the plate, a federal Middle District judge upheld the First Amendment right to have a plate issued by the DMV. "We followed all the procedures, paid the fees required by the state, and did absolutely everything that was required by law, and...
  • Missing piece in collection

    11/17/2009 8:25:16 AM PST · by cowboyway · 8 replies · 770+ views
    Pasadena Citizen News ^ | 11.15.09 | YVETTE OROZCO
    Paul Schupska knows his history. Over the years, his vast collections of baseball, World War I and II and antique toys have been displayed at community public libraries throughout the area. Whether it is a vintage GI Joe or an authentic World War II map used by Allied forces in a European bunker, Schupska prides himself on the completeness of his displays, on telling as much of a complete history as possible. When he recently showcased his World War II collection at the Pasadena Public Library on Fairmont, the Nazi insignias were part of that story. He has shown several...
  • Death of General Robert E. Lee

    10/11/2009 3:38:41 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 65 replies · 2,278+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 11, 2009 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    "Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by this nation." unquote--Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Remembrance: Death of General Robert E. Lee

    10/09/2009 4:00:18 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 37 replies · 2,277+ views
    Huntington News ^ | October 8, 2009 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    The United States flag, which Robert E. Lee had defended as a soldier, flew at half mast in Lexington, Virginia and throughout the USA.
  • When the Band Played Dixie

    09/17/2009 4:13:58 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 20 replies · 978+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 17, 2009 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    <p>In 1859, Ohio Native Dan Emmett first performed “Dixie” New York City.</p>
  • Veterans Day Parade Bans Confederate Flag

    09/17/2009 8:22:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies · 1,297+ views
    cbs 4 ^ | 09/17/09 | Jasmine Kripalani
    The Veterans Day parade that will be held in Homestead later this year will be missing one controversial symbol: The Confederate battle flag. That's because organizers decided to ban the flag from the parade after much back-and-forth debate. For some, the flag is a symbol of Southern pride. But others say it's a symbol of the country's racist past. Initially, the organizers – the Homestead/ Florida City Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee – had agreed to allow the flag. But they reversed that decision on Wednesday after Jeffrey Wander, the committee chairman, said he sent out emails asking for...
  • Father Emmeran Bliemel&#8212;Honoring a True American Hero

    08/15/2009 8:57:22 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 1 replies · 220+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | August 15, 2009 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Let me tell you about a German-American who, with no thought for his personal safety, saw to the spiritual needs of his fellow soldiers.
  • South Carolina continues to suffer

    07/28/2009 8:49:15 AM PDT · by cowboyway · 33 replies · 1,447+ views
    ESPN ^ | July 9, 2009 | Gene Wojciechowski
    University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier had it right two years ago, when he had the stones to say "I realize I'm not supposed to get in the political arena as a football coach, but if anybody were to ask me about that damn Confederate flag, I would say we need to get rid of it."
  • Remembering the Battle of Atlanta

    07/27/2009 3:11:29 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 106 replies · 2,424+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 26, 2009 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    July marks the145th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta that marked the beginning of the end of the Southern people's quest for independence.
  • Remembering the Gettysburg Reunion of 1913

    07/21/2009 5:35:10 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 31 replies · 912+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 21, 2009 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    The story of the Battle of Gettysburg and 50th Anniversary Reunion would make for a heart-warming and touching TV Historic mini-series or Hollywood movie.
  • Remembering the Gettysburg Reunion of 1913

    07/19/2009 6:24:16 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 80 replies · 3,046+ views
    Huntington News ^ | July 18, 2009 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Do you know who Gen. Robert Edward Lee, Major Gen. George Edward Pickett and Major Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain were?