22 August 2008
21 August 2008
Published: August 12, 2008
From a young age, Patsy Spilman knew the Colt .44 nestled in her father’s desk drawer was significant.
“I remember my daddy taking it out of the desk ... and handing it to me and saying that his daddy had given it to him and his daddy had given it to him,” Spilman said. The Colt Model 1860 Army revolver is the newest display at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum on West Main Street.
Carried by Confederate Gen. Jubal Early, the weapon was displayed for seven years at the Virginia Military Institute Museum in New Market. Now, Spilman has brought the Civil War artifact to Waynesboro (Virginia).
“Since our family has a connection to Waynesboro and Early has a connection to Waynesboro, it just made sense that it would be here as opposed to New Market,” said Elizabeth Massie, Spilman’s daughter. On Tuesday, Patsy’s son, Butch, attended a showing of the revolver at the museum with his mother and sister. Early gave the gun to Samuel Black after a wound suffered while leading a charge at Williamsburg in 1862 made it too painful for the general to continue toting the cumbersome weapon. From there, the Black family passed down Early’s pistol and holster from generation to generation: from Samuel Black to his son, Robert Black, to former Waynesboro Mayor Harry Black, Spilman’s father. Spilman said the gun neither was displayed nor spoken of frequently.
Spilman said her family doesn’t “make a big to-do over guns and battles. They were very country and gentle people so that wasn’t a big thing, although they treasured it because they knew it had been handed down as a treasure.”
The revolver still carries impact. Heritage Museum board President Shirley Bridgeforth said attendance has increased since the gun arrived. “We have more traffic now,” Bridgeforth said. “It’s picked up just for [Early’s pistol]. It’s just a nice artifact to have.”
The weapon, the handle of which bears the initials “J.E.,” is on display with its custom-made, left-handed holster and a history of Early and the Battle of Waynesboro. Nicknamed “Old Jube,” Early fought at Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Cedar Mountain and in the Seven Days Battles as well as both battles at Bull Run. His badly depleted Army of the Valley was routed March 2, 1865, in Waynesboro by overwhelming Union forces. It was Early’s final battle in the war, which ended less than six weeks later with Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
20 August 2008
I wonder what all the progressives, liberals, and mainstream media types think about this?
(Warning - graphic video of cruelty to animals.)
18 August 2008
Kobe Bryant (USA Olympics basketball team member): "Well, you know it’s just our country, it’s… we believe is the greatest country in the world. It has given us so many great opportunities, and it’s just a sense of pride that you have; that you say ‘You know what? Our country is the best!"
Chris Collinsworth (NBC Jackass): "Is that a ‘cool’ thing to say, in this day and age? That you love your country, and that you’re fighting for the red, white and blue? It seems sort of like a day gone by."Maybe it never occurred to this dimwitted buffoonish jackass that most Americans don't care if the elites think pride in country is "cool." Collingsworth should try residing in China for a year. We'll then ask him to define "cool" for us.
Read this unbelievable story here.
(Hat tip to reader Doug Hill.)
13 August 2008
"The decision, however, comes with no guarantees on where or whether the statue will be displayed. It would become part of the center's collection and available to display and use as it sees fit, said center officials. The center controls the Tredegar property for its owner, NewMarket Corp., which also must agree to accept the statue."
So what are they going to do, put it in a closet? I kind of doubt that. We'll see. If Tredegar is not going to properly display the statue, then it should be sent to Beauvoir.
12 August 2008
|1.|| The Maxims Of Robert E. Lee For Young Gentlemen: Advice, Admonitions, and Anecdotes on Christian Duty and Wisdom from the Life of General Lee |
by Richard G. Williams Jr. (Author), John J. Dwyer (Foreword)
|2.|| Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters |
by Elizabeth Brown Pryor (Author)
|3.|| Robert E. Lee on Leadership : Executive Lessons in Character, Courage, and Vision |
by H. W. Crocker III (Author)
11 August 2008
(Please consider the museum in your charitable giving as the museum now has 501(c)3 status. Linking to the museum by fellow bloggers would be much appreciated as well.)
Friday evening, 6 February 2009:
- Edwin C. Bearss: The Assassination of Jefferson Davis - The Dahlgren Raid
Saturday 7 February, program begins at 8:30 AM:
- Professor Clyde N. Wilson: A Sacrifice for His People - Jefferson Davis's Persecution and Imprisonment
- Walter Brian Cisco: Davis, Lincoln and the Rules of War
- Professor Marshall DeRosa: The Confederate Experience in Constitutional Government
- Kent Masterson Brown: Jefferson Davis, Constitutionalist
- Professor Donald Livingston: David, Lincoln and Liberties
- Samuel C. Smith: Davis, Lincoln and Christian Faith
09 August 2008
Thanks to fellow Civil War blogger and author Robert Moore as well for reviewing the essay for accuracy and suggesting a couple of corrections for clarity.
(Hat tip to reader Doug Hill.)
08 August 2008
Now comes this story.
"Just possibly, it means that what investors refer to in shorthand as the great 'oil up' story has finally revealed itself not as the fundamental reflection of scarce supply that its adherents liked to claim, but as a simple, speculative bubble that was always going to burst."
That's not to say, of course, that an Israeli bombing raid on Iran will not cause another spike or that our energy problems are over. It does point out, however, that the media and the government love to keep us all worrying about something and that this 'oil crisis' was hyped for a number of reasons. I'm reading some financials predicting oil back down to $40-$70 range by the end of '09.
I suppose we can throw away those tire gauges.
07 August 2008
But, fads are just that. They soon pass. As "Amercia's Got Talent" has replaced "Survivor" as the must see show for the masses, so too will go the "passion" for "green." Yes, there will be some die-hard hang-ons using "go green" for their reason to exist and bring purpose to their otherwise empty lives, but for most folks something "new" will replace the most recent craze:
"Julie Burchill can't stand them. According to her new book, Not in my Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy, she thinks all environmentalists are po-faced, unsexy, public school alumni who drivel on about the end of the world because they don't want the working classes to have any fun, go on foreign holidays or buy cheap clothes."
See complete story here.
We can only hope the faddish trends in historiography will suffer the same fate.
05 August 2008
I'm confident he will do the same with this newest book in the very popular "P.I.G." series.
Get ready for the arrows Harry. I'm sure you'll deflect them handily with your brilliance and grace.
04 August 2008
"Buried at the base of a Confederate statue across U.S. 60 from the courthouse, the capsule was opened by Buckingham Supervisor Brian D. Bates, an anthropology professor at Longwood University. Confederate currency, a copy of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's farewell address to the Army of Northern Virginia and a newspaper clipping from the monument's dedication ceremony in 1908 were among the contents."
Complete story here.
Click here to watch an interesting slide show about this event.
(Hat tip to reader Doug Hill)
01 August 2008
Today, Rush Limbaugh celebrates 20 years of giving liberals and the elite ruling class indigestion and ulcers. Here's to 20 more years of increased sales of Pepto-Bismol.