22 August 2008

Zyour Papers Pleez

Great. Just what we need - a national police force. I can see the black-suited, jack-booted thugs on every corner in America; stopping citizens, checking ID's. But we'll be "safe and secure."

See story here.

21 August 2008

Jubal Early Pistol in Waynesboro Now

By Alicia Rimel (From the News-Virginian)

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.

Police State

Both the left and the right are quickly turning these United States into a police state. See eye-opening piece here.

20 August 2008

Forty Years Later

"They lived as they lived in 1968 -- reveling in the bloodying of America, chanting praises of Marxist monsters . . ."

For a brilliant piece on the current state of the Democratic Party, click here.

Now What Do They Think?

I've had a gut full of listening to the talking heads praise China's culture and society, extolling virtues on the brutal communist regime out of thin air. The Olympics has been, if nothing else, an orchestrated PR campaign for the communist thugs - no disrespect meant to our athletes.

I wonder what all the progressives, liberals, and mainstream media types think about this?

(Warning - graphic video of cruelty to animals.)

18 August 2008


Can you believe that NBC would actually question an American athlete's pride in his country and whether or not it is "cool" to say so?!?!?!

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.

Confederate Widow Passes

"Mrs. Hopkins accepted her newfound fame gradually and with some reticence. It was a story she had never shared with the children she had in later marriages, but when she learned others were interested in this living link to history, she came to enjoy being interviewed and photographed by journalists from as far away as England." Complete story here.

(Hat tip to reader Doug Hill.)

13 August 2008

Common Sense Prevails, I Think

Flash: Tredegar to accept new Jefferson Davis statue. See my previous post here.

"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.

Story here.

12 August 2008

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11 August 2008

Chaplains Museum News

I just learned that the National Civil War Chaplains Museum will be featured in an upcoming issue of America's Civil War. That is fabulous news and will give the museum some welcome exposure. Other exciting developments regarding fundraising, endorsements, acquisitions, and additional space will be announced soon.

(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.)

2009 Stephen Dill Lee Institute

I just received an early announcement regarding the line up for the 2009 Stephen Dill Lee Institute to be held in historic Charleston, South Carolina February 6-7. Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis will be the subject matter for this event. Though final details are still pending, the speaker roster is quite impressive:

Friday evening, 6 February 2009:

Saturday 7 February, program begins at 8:30 AM:

The conference will be held at the historic Francis Marion Hotel located in the historic district of downtown Charleston. My wife and I have only visited Charleston once, but we absolutely loved it. We took a short vacation there a few years ago with 3 of our daughters and fell in love with the history and charm of Charleston and have always wanted to go back. This might be the time to do so. The conference will be hosted and moderated by Professor Thomas DiLorenzo.

09 August 2008

Battle of Waynesboro Booklet

This past Friday, I finally completed a booklet which tells the story of the Battle of Waynesboro. The booklet will be published in cooperation with the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, Inc. and distributed free to visitors to the Waynesboro Heritage Museum and the Plumb House. My family and ancestors have special ties to that battle and the land upon which it was fought. Waynesboro being my hometown, this project was especially gratifying; even though it was done pro bono.You can view and read the booklet in pdf here. Thanks to fellow Civil War blogger and author Michael Aubrecht for assisting with layout and design.

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.

Gettysburg "Witness Tree" Likely A Goner

"It was there as a silent witness - to the battle, to the aftermath, to the burials, to the dedication of the cemetery," said John Heiser, a historian at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Story here.

(Hat tip to reader Doug Hill.)

08 August 2008

Friday Night At The Movies

You Heard It Here First

Remember when I posted this about the coming oil price collapse?

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

Green No Longer Hot, uh, I Mean Cool

I'm not one for jumping on bandwagons. A traditionalist, I find pop-culture trends silly, childish, ignorant, and boring. The "go green" mania falls into those categories. While I've long considered myself a "conservationist" and am all for being a good steward of our wealth and natural resources, the wacky-ecofreaks have thrown common sense to the wind and actually damaged their "cause." Like so many aspects of American culture, common sense has been jettisoned to benefit the radical politics of a bunch of self-absorbed adult children who've never been disciplined.

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

This Should Be Interesting

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War by H.W. Crocker, III (Regnery Publishing ~ available October 21, 2008). Harry is a friend who helped me get a foothold in my writing "career." His writing is always penetrating and drives the cultural Marxists up the wall.

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.


Educator To Head SCV

A high school history and civics teacher (who also holds a master's degree) has been elected Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Story here.

(Ok, ok, just ignore the previous post!)

04 August 2008

Reduction in Posting

I will be greatly reducing my blogging and posting here for the foreseeable future. I've got to finish up a few projects, get serious about my next book, finish organizing my office and library, and blogging just isn't in the schedule. I will try to post once a week, unless something really worthwhile comes up.

1908 Confederate Time Capsule Opened - Post #600

An appropriate post to celebrate #600:

"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

Congratulations on 20 Years Rush!

A great entertainer, a political genius, a true American success story, and an important part of millions of Americans' daily routine.

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.