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  • Ruth: Slavery's reality contradicts Sons of Confederate Veterans, Civil War revisionists

    01/24/2014 8:00:53 AM PST · by rockrr · 206 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | January 20, 2014 | Danial Ruth
    It seems fitting that the de facto anthem of the Confederacy during the Civil War, which some people might still be shocked to learn the North won, turned out to be "Dixie." After all, since Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox there's been no shortage of looking away, looking away at the reality of history when it comes to the Civil War. Nowhere is that full flower of denial more apparent than among the followers of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which is upset about a proposal to erect a monument to Union soldiers who died in the Battle...
  • Civil War Ring Returned to Owner's Family

    04/13/2013 7:26:44 PM PDT · by rockrr · 19 replies
    United Press International ^ | April 10, 2013 | Staff
    FREDERICKSBURG, Va., April 10 (UPI) -- A Virginia man who found a silver ring engraved with the name a Civil War soldier said he spent seven years tracking down the owner's family. John Blue of Manassas, who has been hunting Civil War relics for 30 years, said he found the ring engraved with the name of union soldier Levi Schlegel at a Fredericksburg construction site and decided to return the $1,500 relic to Schlegel's family, WUSA-TV, Washington, reported Wednesday. "I wanted to set an example. I've never heard of an ID piece going back to an original family member," Blue...
  • 4 ways we're still fighting the Civil War

    04/11/2011 7:56:33 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 64 replies
    cnn ^ | April 11, 2011 | Blake, John
    As the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of its deadliest war this week, some historians say we're still fighting over some of the same issues that fueled the Civil War. "There are all of these weird parallels," says Stephanie McCurry, author of "Confederate Reckoning," a new book that examines why Southerners seceded and its effect on Southern women and slaves. "When you hear charges today that the federal government is overreaching, and the idea that the Constitution recognized us as a league of sovereign states -- these were all part of the secessionist charges in 1860," she says. 1. The...
  • 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/sets/72157625520211184. 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...
  • Civil War History Meets Twitter @Discovercivwar

    03/23/2010 9:17:07 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 19 replies · 414+ views
    Archives ^ | March 23, 2010
    Civil War History Meets Twitter @Discovercivwar Follow the National Archives’ Upcoming Civil War Exhibit on Twitter Washington, DC…You can now follow the National Archives’ exhibition marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Discovering the Civil War on Twitter [http://twitter.com/discovercivwar]. Followers can discover the Civil War for themselves through tweets highlighting the people and stories of the Civil War linking to images of items that will be featured in the exhibition such as letters, diaries, photos, maps, petitions, receipts, patents, amendments, and proclamations. @discovercivwar will also alert the public to exciting, free programs related to the exhibition that will be held...
  • Gen. Sherman's 'Disproportionate Response'

    01/04/2009 2:29:32 PM PST · by NCjim · 215 replies · 3,309+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 4, 2009 | Jerome J. Schmitt
    Reviled in the South to this day as a terrorist, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman decided that the only way to end the protracted armed conflict of the American Civil War and terminate the rebellious, racist, slave-regime in the south was to bring the war home to the civilian population of the Confederacy. Defying conventional military wisdom, he turned his back on the Confederate field armies, captured and burned Atlanta, and commenced his "March to the Sea". According to Wikepedia" He and U.S. Army commander, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, believed that the Civil War would end only if the Confederacy's...
  • Selected Civil War Photographs Collection [Part III]

    03/24/2008 3:55:48 PM PDT · by indcons · 42 replies · 1,804+ views
    The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men. An additional two hundred autographed portraits of army and navy officers, politicians, and cultural figures can be seen in the Civil War photograph album, ca. 1861-65. (James Wadsworth Family Papers). The full album pages are displayed as well as the front and verso of each carte de visite, revealing...
  • Ron Paul says Lincoln was wrong to fight the Civil War. Do you agree?

    12/26/2007 9:26:27 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 50 replies · 990+ views
    AOL Blog ^ | Dec 26th 2007 | DAVID KNOWLES
    Ron Paul appeared on "Meet the Press" over the weekend, and gave voice to a sentiment scarcely heard in American politics. He claimed that the Civil War was unnecessary, and that Lincoln "never should have gone to war" to stop slavery. A better approach would have been for the federal government to simply purchase freedom for all of the slaves in the country. Watch Ron Paul on Meet the Press [YouTube]: Of course, such a program sounds more than a little strange coming from a man who is so mistrustful of government that he wants to abolish the Department of...
  • In defense of his Confederate pride

    10/11/2007 2:41:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 452 replies · 1,968+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | October 7, 2007 | Stephanie Garry
    Nelson Winbush is intent on defending the flag of his grandfather. It's just surprising which flag that is. ___ KISSIMMEE -- Nelson Winbush rotates a miniature flag holder he keeps on his mantel, imagining how the banners would appear in a Civil War battle. The Stars and Bars, he explains, looked too much like the Union flag to prevent friendly fire. The Confederacy responded by fashioning the distinctive Southern Cross -- better known as the rebel flag. Winbush, 78, is a retired assistant principal with a master's degree, a thoughtful man whose world view developed from listening to his grandfather's...
  • New life for an old Civil War sentinel

    06/16/2007 8:42:56 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 06.11.07 | Bob Braun
    Bill Styple and time have a peculiar relationship. He lives in the present, writes about the past and wants to save both the present and the past for the future of his town. "I just want to preserve for our children a little of what I and my parents had in the past," says Styple, 46, who, with others from Kearny, is about to give the Hudson County town, its residents and its children a gift: A statue of a Civil War soldier. A replica of a statue that, for nearly 50 years until 1933, stood mute guard before the...
  • April 12, 1861 The War Between The States Begins!

    04/12/2007 9:34:54 AM PDT · by TexConfederate1861 · 908 replies · 7,107+ views
    Civil War.com ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    On March 5, 1861, the day after his inauguration as president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln received a message from Maj. Robert Anderson, commander of the U.S. troops holding Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. The message stated that there was less than a six week supply of food left in the fort. Attempts by the Confederate government to settle its differences with the Union were spurned by Lincoln, and the Confederacy felt it could no longer tolerate the presense of a foreign force in its territory. Believing a conflict to be inevitable, Lincoln ingeniously devised a plan that would...
  • Wartime 'Agitation' ('Civil War' vs. WoT 'copperheads')

    02/27/2007 12:23:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 808+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 22, 2007 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    I began this column last week with a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln in which harsh treatment was deemed warranted for congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military. It turns out to have been a paraphrase of our 16th president's attitude toward those who engage in such behavior, rather than a direct quote. I regret the error and should, instead, have used the following, verbatim excerpt from a letter President Lincoln wrote in June 1863, as Robert E. Lee's army was on the march north to the fateful battle of Gettysburg. Mr. Lincoln...
  • Burke Davis, who wrote Civil War books, dies

    09/07/2006 11:16:56 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 12 replies · 1,700+ views
    TimesDispatch ^ | Sep 2, 2006 | ELLEN ROBERTSON
    A private burial for Walter Burke Davis Jr., a writer and historian best known for his books on the Civil War, was held Aug. 21 in Greensboro, N.C. Mr. Davis, whose 47 books included novels and biographies, died Aug. 18 in a Greensboro hospital. The former resident of Meadows of Dan in Patrick County, who also wrote fiction and nonfiction for young readers, was 93.
  • Clemson’s role as baseball host unfurls flag flap (More Confederate Flag)

    07/25/2006 10:19:23 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 303 replies · 3,590+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | July, 23, 2006 | Joseph Person
    Unless lawmakers remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, the road to the College World Series could become longer for Clemson, South Carolina and the state’s other schools. An NCAA subcommittee is re-examining the flag issue after the head of the Black Coaches Association questioned why Clemson hosted regional and super regional games before advancing to Omaha this past season. In 2002 the NCAA implemented a two-year moratorium prohibiting schools in South Carolina from hosting any pre-assigned championships. A year later the NCAA extended the ban indefinitely. Now BCA executive director Floyd Keith wants college athletics’ chief governing...
  • Mary Boykin Chesnut a Confederate heroine

    07/26/2006 3:38:05 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 12 replies · 389+ views
    roanoke ^ | July 23, 2006 | Ned Harrison
    She was called the diarist, the grande dame, the confidante of the Civil War. She moved in the highest circles, and was personally acquainted with Varina Davis, wife of the president of the Confederacy. Mary Boykin Chesnut was all that and more: She brought the war to life as did no other of the time. For her writings and her insight at the most critical time in the history of the United States, she is a heroine of the Confederacy. She was born to Southern aristocracy: Her father was Stephen Decatur Miller, a lawyer and later governor of South Carolina...
  • Gone With The Wind (column by George Will)

    06/25/2006 9:55:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 188 replies · 3,591+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2006 | George Will
    Confined to her bed in Atlanta by a broken ankle and arthritis, she was given a stack of blank paper by her husband, who said, "Write a book." Did she ever. The novel's first title became its last words, "Tomorrow is another day," and at first she named the protagonist Pansy. But Pansy became Scarlett, and the title of the book published 70 years ago this week became "Gone With the Wind." You might think that John Steinbeck, not Margaret Mitchell, was the emblematic novelist of the 1930s, and that the publishing event in American fiction in that difficult decade...
  • Park gets working cannon (Fredericksburg)

    04/10/2006 12:53:30 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 38 replies · 1,035+ views
    Fredericksburg ^ | 4/10/2006 | CATHY JETT
    The sound and smell of the brutal cannon barrages at the Battle of Fredericksburg must have been overwhelming. The deep, rich booming of the 12-pound, smoothbore Napoleons. The high-pitched "crack, crack" of Parrott rifles. And the acrid, sulfuric stench of black powder at each explosion. "A chicken could not live on that field when we open on it," said a Confederate cannoneer atop Marye's Heights to Lt. Gen. James Longstreet as they looked down upon advancing wave after wave of blue-coated Union soldiers. Soon, visitors to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park will get a taste of what it...
  • In different uniforms, brothers met at Shiloh

    02/21/2006 6:41:08 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 13 replies · 761+ views
    decatur ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2006 | Clyde Stancil
    A questionnaire attached to Jesse "Tobe" Blankenship's 1877 request for a Civil War pension asked why he, a Lawrence County man, fought for the Union. "My father was threatened to be hung by a Southern officer — do not know his name," he answered. A mountain man with eight sons, Hudson Blankenship was neutral on the Civil War. At the time, it was the equivalent of declaring himself a Unionist. His refusal to become an informant for the Confederate Army nearly cost him his life. The threat inflamed teenaged Tobe Blankenship, said Moulton's Gladys Blankenship LuAllen, Tobe Blankenship's great-granddaughter. "It...
  • Oil producer opens massive Civil War museum

    01/25/2006 9:00:39 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 17 replies · 603+ views
    kltv ^ | 25-Jan-2006 | AP
    FORT WORTH, Texas - After two decades collecting Civil War treasures, Texas oilman Ray Richey finally reached a turning point. "Either build a third storage building or a museum," said Richey, 50. "Or I could quit collecting, which was not an option." Richey went with the museum, an expansive building just a short walk from his office on the western outskirts of Fort Worth. But the Texas Civil War Museum, which opened to the public Wednesday, is more than just his huge stockpile. Richey partnered with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, whose Texas collection was displayed in Austin from...
  • Civil war erupts over Confederate handbags

    01/06/2006 12:05:39 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 538 replies · 7,295+ views
    DFW ^ | January 6, 2006 | JIM DOUGLAS
    BURLESON — Two North Texas high school students who were kicked out of class for displaying rebel flags vow to take their fight to court. They said they are proud of their heritage, but Burleson High School education officials maintain the Confederate symbol is offensive. Ashley Thomas remembered how it all started. "Principal comes up and says, 'You've got to get rid of your purse... it's racist." Ashley and Aubrie McAllum both received purses patterened after the Confederate battle flag from their parents for Christmas. Both girls decided to take their presents to school. "I don't have 'KKK' written on...
  • Editorial Condemns Monument to Confederate Soldiers

    11/17/2005 9:35:42 PM PST · by Rebeleye · 12 replies · 981+ views
    The Decatur (Alabama) Daily ^ | 16 November 2005 | Editorial
    The idea to honor only Confederate soldiers is a bad idea...
  • "Generals in Bronze," Details Artist James Kelly's Civil War Interviews

    10/23/2005 4:43:13 PM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 20 replies · 831+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/23/05 | NAHAL TOOSI
    The book, "Generals in Bronze," comes out Nov. 1, and is already generating tremendous buzz in the world of Civil War buffs. Late in his life, artist James Edward Kelly tried to publish his memoirs, a book that would have featured his colorful interviews with the many Civil War figures who posed for him. But by then, the Great Depression had set in and publishers told him no one was interested in a war long past. Seven decades after his death, Kelly's dream is being fulfilled. Civil War historian William B. Styple has written a book that chronicles Kelly's life...
  • Artist's Civil War interviews reveal nuanced portraits

    10/23/2005 7:57:44 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 7 replies · 511+ views
    AP ^ | 10/24/5 | Nahal Toosi
    In the final years of his life, New York artist James Edward Kelly tried to publish his memoirs, a book that would have revolved around his colorful interviews with the many Civil War figures who posed for him. But the Great Depression had set in, and publishers told Kelly that no one was interested in a war long past. Seven decades after his death, Kelly's dream is being fulfilled. Civil War historian William B. Styple has published a book that chronicles Kelly's life and includes the artist's interviews with key 19th century figures. Styple embarked on the project two years...
  • The FReeper Foxhole - A Journal by Foxhole FRiend & Re-enactor Lee Heggy (3 of 3) - Sep. 30th, 2005

    09/29/2005 10:54:21 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 61 replies · 2,718+ views
    Lee's excellent adventures | Lee Heggy 123
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • The FReeper Foxhole - A Journal by Foxhole FRiend & Re-enactor Lee Heggy (2 of 3) - Sep. 29th, 2005

    09/28/2005 9:38:12 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 52 replies · 3,346+ views
    Lee's excellent adventures | Lee Heggy 123
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • The FReeper Foxhole - A Journal by Foxhole FRiend & Re-enactor Lee Heggy (1 of 3)- Sep. 28th, 2005

    09/27/2005 10:28:13 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 33 replies · 2,315+ views
    Lee's excellent adventures | September 28th, 2005 | Lee Heggy
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Civil War authority Shelby Foote dead

    06/28/2005 10:45:07 AM PDT · by Moose4 · 165 replies · 6,117+ views
    AP via CNN.com ^ | 28 June 2005 | Unattributed
    MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- Novelist and Civil War historian Shelby Foote, whose appearances on a PBS-TV documentary series helped America better understand one of the most defining periods of its past, has died, his family said Tuesday. Foote's widow, Gwen, said her husband, who was 88, died Monday night.
  • The FReeper Foxhole Saturday Symposium - Maryland joins the Confederacy? - June 25th, 2005

    06/24/2005 10:40:35 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 41 replies · 1,100+ views
    our own minds
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • National Civil War Museum Explores History of 'Taps'

    05/26/2005 8:10:22 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 28 replies · 786+ views
    art daily ^ | 27 may 2005 | PRNewswire
    HARRISBURG, PA.-PRNewswire/ Each Memorial Day, ceremonies across the country echo with the sound of a plaintive bugle call, played to honor those who died in America's wars. The call is "Taps" and it dates back to the American Civil War. "There are some heart-warming myths about 'Taps,'" warns George Hicks, the executive director of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Museum, which opened in 2001, has 65,000 square feet of exhibit space that tells the story of the entire conflict, without sectional bias. The Museum's exhibit about Civil War music includes six battered and tarnished bugles that...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Enjoys a Lazy Sunday and A Few WBTS Facts - May 22nd, 2005

    05/22/2005 1:03:03 AM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 53 replies · 1,443+ views
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    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • The FReeper Foxhole - Eyewitness to War: William W. Patteson - Feb. 26th, 2005

    02/25/2005 10:15:23 PM PST · by snippy_about_it · 69 replies · 982+ views
    Civil War Magazine | 2002 | Scott M. Sherlock
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Civil War reality show to air on Maryland TV station

    01/24/2005 8:54:28 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 10 replies · 524+ views
    evn sun ^ | 25-Jan-2005 | Erin Negley
    "Sabers and Roses," the Civil War reality show featuring a treasure hunt, has found a home close to Gettysburg. The show will air on NBC 25 (WHAG-TV), the network's affiliate in Hagerstown, Md., said executive producer and show host Kevin Dolan. Starting April 9 - the 140th anniversary of the end of the Civil War - the station will air the show early Saturday morning for 13 weeks. An Austin, Texas, NBC affiliate will pick up the show as well. Dolan didn't go into details, but said footage from a November casting call in Gettysburg will air in the first...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Profiles - Nurse Pember's Whiskey War - December 4th, 2004

    12/03/2004 11:21:04 PM PST · by snippy_about_it · 68 replies · 1,032+ views
    see educational sources
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • 'Lee & Grant' provides leadership lessons from battle front

    11/14/2004 5:41:14 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 8 replies · 722+ views
    fortworth telegram | November 14, 2004 | Cecil Johnson
    Lee & Grant: Profiles in Leadership From the Battlefields of Virginia, by Maj. Charles R. Bowery Jr., U.S. Army (Amacom, 272 pages, $24). On May 5, 1864, at the height of the mayhem and maneuvering of the battle of the Wilderness, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sat on a stump on the bank of the Rapidan River and whittled on a stick.In his book, Bowery joins scores of historians and commentators on Grant who have focused on the Union armies' general in chief's extraordinary behavior at that critical moment of the Civil War. Bowery uses that episode to illustrate the...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Profiles Brigadier-General States Rights Gist - October 31st, 2004

    10/30/2004 11:54:08 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 109 replies · 4,461+ views
    see educational sources
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Reviews "The Myth of the 5 Dead Rebel Generals" - October 30th, 2004

    10/30/2004 12:06:05 AM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 126 replies · 1,764+ views
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    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Revisionist attempts to reframe old debate don't wash

    10/26/2004 4:28:59 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 260 replies · 2,534+ views
    hearldonline ^ | 24 oct 2004 | Thomas G. Clemens
    The recent flurry of letters from neo-Confederates asserting that slavery had no role in the Civil War is troubling, as they seem doggedly determined to force counterfactual information on the public. The trend towards "true Southern history," minimizing the slavery issue by insisting that all of America was racist, and that slaves fought for the Confederacy is a spurious and disingenuous argument. Using half-truths and outright misinformation, they try to avoid what any serious historian of the Civil War recognizes as a major issue of the war. Having studied the Civil War since my early teens and teaching it on...
  • Forgotten Tennessee cemetery yields N.C. Confederate graves

    10/11/2004 6:36:53 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 52 replies · 1,597+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | October 9, 2004 | Duncan Mansfield, Associated Press Writer
    Forgotten Tennessee cemetery yields N.C. Confederate graves By DUNCAN MANSFIELD, Associated Press Writer October 9, 2004   11:35 am JACKSBORO, Tenn. -- On a little hill overlooking the Cumberland Mountains, weeds and brush are being cleared from a neglected family cemetery, revealing a tall sentry-like beech tree and a forgotten past."Boothill" and 52 slash marks are carved deep in the trunk -- one cut for each of the sunken graves surrounding it. Some are marked by jagged field stones, others not. Who is entombed here?"I was afraid that during my lifetime I would never know," said 88-year-old Alice Coker, a...
  • HISTORY: Forgotten Kentucky soldier was 'best cavalry general' in Civil War

    09/23/2004 11:55:07 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 121 replies · 1,324+ views
    wkyt ^ | 23 sept 2004
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Gen. John Buford's bravery at the battle of Gettysburg was little noted nor long remembered in his native Kentucky. "He is one of those all but forgotten heroes," said John Trowbridge, director of the Kentucky Military Museum in Frankfort. "But we would never have won the battle without Buford's quick thinking and quick action on the first day." Rebel infantry outnumbered and outgunned Buford's Yankee cavalry. Even so, the horsemen in blue stalled the Confederates long enough for Gen. George G. Meade's Union Army of the Potomac to organize a defense and ultimately to win the Civil...
  • U.S. Civil War site dedicated in France

    09/23/2004 11:42:19 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 21 replies · 714+ views
    seattle ^ | September 23, 2004 | ap
    CHERBOURG, France -- American cannon blasts bellowed in the English Channel 140 years ago, and bloodied bodies lined the deck of a sinking Confederate ship. Teary onlookers watched in horror from the Normandy coast.On June 19, 1864, far from battlefields at home, the USS Kearsarge hunted down and sank a dreaded Confederate raider in one of the most important naval battles of the U.S. Civil War - off the coast of France.The Confederate State Ship Alabama today lies where it sank under 198 feet of swirling currents about 7 nautical miles off the French town of Cherbourg.On Thursday, the Civil...
  • Hunt begins for Civil War sub [USS Alligator]

    08/25/2004 10:05:58 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 18 replies · 1,094+ views
    The News and Observer [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | August 25, 2004 | Jerry Allegood, Staff Writer
    Hunt begins for Civil War subResearchers use high-tech equipment to scan the ocean floor for the USS Alligator By JERRY ALLEGOOD, Staff WriterOCRACOKE -- In the battle for submarine fame, the CSS Hunley has far outclassed the USS Alligator. Consider their Civil War service: The Confederate Hunley was credited with sinking a Union ship. The Union Alligator aborted its first mission because it couldn't dive in shallow river water. The Hunley was believed to have sunk in combat. The Alligator went down in a storm while being towed to Charleston, S.C. The Hunley sank with nine men aboard. The Alligator...
  • Confederate Widow Draws Civil War Interest

    06/23/2004 8:37:52 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 9 replies · 328+ views
    Guardian ^ | 19 June 2004 | MELISSA NELSON
    LEXA, Ark. (AP) - Until this month, Maudie Celia Hopkins was best known for her fried peach pies and applesauce cakes. Then relatives disclosed that the 89-year-old woman had been married 70 years ago to a veteran of the Civil War, making her a living link to history and triggering a stream of calls from journalists, historians and old friends wanting to know more about her three-year, Depression-era marriage to William M. Cantrell. ``Americans are thirsty for information about the Civil War, they cannot get enough of it,'' said Terry Winschel, a historian at the Vicksburg National Military Park in...
  • Freeing the Unfree? Sherman on Equality

    06/09/2004 6:23:32 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 20 replies · 1,798+ views
    09 June 2004 | stainlessbanner
    In his article "A Class War" Victor Davis Hanson paints the picture that General William T. Sherman and his army were fighting a war of equality. He seems to think average "agrarian" men of the northern states, were so inspired they would lay down their tools, leave their families and join the Union army to invade the Southern States on a campaign of social equality. Hanson states Sherman's objective was "freeing the unfree and humiliating the arrogant." This is a nicely packaged version of history that reads well, though historically inaccurate.The Draft - Yankees RiotSupport for invading the South was...
  • Union knapsack holds 140-year-old mystery

    05/04/2004 4:19:51 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 5 replies · 176+ views
    wistv ^ | 3-may-2004 | BrettWitt
    (Columbia-AP) May 3, 2004 -- Historians hope a NASA scientist can help solve the mystery of who owned a rare Union knapsack from the Civil War. A name is stenciled in the inside flap is difficult to read. Art Ruitberg took infrared photos of the bag Monday. He says the ink often used back then shows up better under the special light.The knapsack has been in South Carolina's Confederate Relic Room and Museum since at least 1904 when Confederate Private Oscar Chappell donated it. But it got mislabeled and it was nearly a century before anyone found out about it.Chappell's...
  • Funeral re-enactment honors Gen. Longstreet

    05/04/2004 3:57:51 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 5 replies · 183+ views
    G'Ville Times ^ | 3-May-2004 | RYAN SMITH
    <p>The casket was there by the grave. So was a widow dressed in mourning black.</p> <p>A regiment of Confederate soldiers lined up nearby. Each fired three shots in salute to James Longstreet.</p> <p>More than a hundred years after he first was laid to rest in Alta Vista Cemetery, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Dahlonega camp and several re-enactors replayed the famed lieutenant general's funeral and processional in Gainesville.</p>
  • Union troops used Confederate officers as human shields

    04/27/2004 6:28:54 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 194 replies · 992+ views
    newsleader ^ | April 24, 2004 | Terry Shulman
    <p>Saddam Hussein's devilish practice of using human shields isn't exactly new. It was pioneered by an American, in fact, during the last year of the Civil War.</p> <p>"Your officers, now in my hands, will be placed by me under your fire, as an act of retaliation," Union departmental commander Gen. John G. Foster wrote his Southern counterpart in an edict, and with that a sordid new standard was set in the conduct of war.</p>
  • Presence of the Past

    03/21/2004 1:09:44 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 15 replies · 1,110+ views
    Publication Program | 1996 | Harry Kollatz, Jr
    In February 1996, the Museum of the Confederacy, located in Richmond, Virginia, held a fund-raising ball celebrating its centennial and invited participants to come in black tie or period clothing. This created a controversey that launched a televised face-off between former Gov. Douglas L. Wilder, a grandson of slaves, and Robin Reed, the museum's director. Wilder drew comparison between Confederate soldiers and Nazi prison camp guards. Reed said the ball was a non-political event, designed to raise money and attract a younger audience. Denunciations and affirmations piled up, and the publicity swelled participants in the event. To some critics, it...
  • Civil War buffs get their fill at talks

    03/16/2004 11:59:37 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 151+ views
    StarTelegram ^ | Mar. 14, 2004 | Matt Curry
    DALLAS - Eyes shifted from side to side, and anticipation began to build. The objective rested only a few feet away.Suddenly, with a slight nod from their leader, they surged ahead. The foe never stood a chance.Mounds of golden fried fish and green beans were wiped out. The victorious charge on the buffet brought to order the monthly meeting of the Dallas Civil War Roundtable.Round tables, which began in Chicago in 1940, give historians the chance to promote their work and allow dedicated Civil War buffs to gobble up endless information -- frequently the nuts and bolts of key battles...
  • Why This Man, and His Era, Merit Our Consideration

    02/23/2004 4:50:53 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 4 replies · 515+ views
    CWHome ^ | 23-Feb-2004 | H. Alexander Wise Jr.
    On the verge of the 21st century, some may ask, "Why the Museum of the Confederacy" The answer varies with the person. For me, it is that the culture of which the Confederacy was the final expression can teach us many lessons as our country prepares for a new century. We owe it to ourselves and our society to re-examine that culture. Nor can we afford to let stereotypes - either pro or con blind us to the good things. The culture that gave rise to the Confederacy was imperfect and provincial. But in a way its provincial character was...
  • Chilling secrets of Cold Mountain

    02/23/2004 4:18:07 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 7 replies · 299+ views
    the advertiser - au ^ | 21feb04 | JUSTIN BERGMAN
    THE American Civil War was known for its ferocity and bloodshed, but one event, the Battle of the Crater, was unique in its ferociousness. Now its site -- one of a massive explosion followed by mass butchery and slaughter -- is becoming a new highlight on the tourist trail of Civil War memorials and battlefield guided tours. Much of this is because of the horror depicted by the graphic opening scenes of the film Cold Mountain, co-starring Nicole Kidman.It tells how the event unfolded when Union soldiers blasted a gaping crater beneath a Confederate camp outside Petersburg, Virginia, in July,...