31 March 2014

Waynesboro Heritage Foundation

Much of the work being done to preserve our Nation's history is to be credited to small, and largely unknown, local museums. Such is the case with my hometown's preserver of history and culture, the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation. The video below, featuring the foundation's president, Shirley Bridgeforth, gives a few highlights. A few of the items shown in the video are on loan from my own collection.

29 March 2014

Please Remove The Beam From Your Own Eye - You've Got Plenty To Keep You Busy In Your Own Backyard

State Flag of Mississippi
Image source
History blogger and Bostonian Kevin Levin recently posted comments about his anger at having to look upon the Mississippi flag while visiting a courtroom in the Magnolia state. Once ensconced back in the familiar enclave of Boston and safely behind his keyboard, Levin demanded that Mississippi "Take It [the state flag] Down!" 

Uh-huh. I can't help but wonder why Kevin didn't express those sentiments while in the courtroom, when his anger and emotion were fresh, as he described it: "Sitting in that courtroom on Wednesday, however, left me feeling enraged." And I'm not sure why Kevin had to travel all the way to Mississippi to get enraged over what he views as racist symbolism. He could have just hopped across state lines to Rhode Island and gotten "enraged" by walking on the campus of Brown University, named after a slave-trading New England family. Perhaps that's too close to home. The backwater ignorant Southerners of Mississippi are a much easier (and safer) target than the academic elites at Brown.

Of course, I'm not the first person to see the hypocrisy of New England elites. The subject of Brown University's namesake and history has been a controversy for some time. Back in 2009, Brown University decided to rename the Columbus Day holiday, "Fall Weekend." No, I'm not kidding. As an article noted at the time:

Proponents cited Christopher Columbus' enslavement and violent treatment of Native Americans, and argued the name of the Italian explorer should be expunged from the day of celebration.
But some were quick to point out Brown's hypocrisy; as the '09 article points out:
Brown’s founder, the Rev. James Manning, was a slave owner who accepted donations from many slave owners and traders, including the Brown family. The four Brown brothers, a wealthy family from Providence, made their fortune in part by trading slaves.

John — the second born — was the college's treasurer and used slave laborers to construct campus buildings, including University Hall. Eldest brother Moses — supported by family money — freed his slaves and became an abolitionist, as did his nephew, Nicholas Jr., who became the university's namesake.
One observer cut to the chase of Brown's double-standard:
"If you're going to get rid of the day honoring Columbus because he was involved in slavery, I don't see how you can bypass the Brown problem," said John Leo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. "They have to be consistent with their message on slavery. And if they’re not willing to do that, then there's no reason to take them seriously."
Yes, consistency and being taken seriously is becoming quite a problem with those offended by certain symbols and symbolism - especially if those symbols are in the South. Folks are beginning to laugh at the silliness and hypocrisy. A representative of the Sons of Italy also pointed out the slippery slope involved in singling out some symbolism and symbols, while conveniently ignoring others:
Raymond Dettore Jr., national historian for the Sons of Italy, said Brown's decision to drop Columbus is "laughable" and has damaged the university's reputation among Italian-Americans. Brown's "intellectual escapades" should not stop until the school's name is changed as well, he said.

"If they want to be consistent, that's exactly what they should do," Dettore said. "If Columbus Day was offensive to Native Americans, is a slave trader offensive to African-Americans?"
But those on the left are always rather selective about what is offensive and what needs to be changed. They criticize anything named after Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest because of his association with the Confederacy and the slave trade, but are quick to embrace an award (as Nancy Pelosi recently did) named after eugenist Margaret Sanger

Yet even more interesting to note is that Kevin seems to be suggesting some type of correlation between the symbolism of the Mississippi state flag and racial inequalities within that state's judicial system:
. . . all I could do was stare at the judge’s bench with “Justice” engraved on the front and the Mississippi state flag with its Saint Andrew’s Cross. . . . We met in a courtroom. Once again, our discussion returned to racial inequities in the system.
But Kevin didn't need to enlarge his carbon footprint by traveling all the way to Mississippi so he could blog about racial inequalities in that state's justice system. As a 2007 report from The Sentencing Project highlighted, racial inequalities in state justice systems are much more predominant in the Northeast than they are in the South:
States with the highest black-to-white [incarceration] ratio are disproportionately located in the Northeast and Midwest, including the leading states of Iowa, Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Wisconsin. This geographic concentration is true as well for the Hispanic-to-white ratio, with the most disproportionate states being Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, and New Jersey;

The last time I checked, none of these states displayed a Confederate flag in their courtrooms. Of course, I may have missed something, but I don't think so. Massachusetts' black to white incararation rate is currently more than 8 to 1, New Jersey's is over 12 to 1 and Rhode Island's is almost 10 to 1.

Mississippi actually falls  below the national average in disproportionate incarcerations by race with a black to white ratio of almost 4 to 1 - less than half of the New England states named above, as well as many others. (View the interactive map here.) While I applaud anyone addressing government injustice in our judicial system (I witnessed it first hand while serving as a Virginia magistrate for 12 years), it would appear that Kevin's outrage is misdirected and not based on current realities.

Once again, the obvious hypocrisy seriously damages the credibility of those who constantly point to the South as bearing the burden of America's racial problems. And some wonder why so many Southerners can't take busy-bodies like Kevin seriously. In many cases, they have absolutely no idea what they're talking about. These elites often focus on symbolism over substance; an emotional (and often agenda-driven) analysis of history and facts. Preconceived notions do die hard.

The issue of the Mississippi flag is Mississippi's business and, in 2001, they voted by a two to one margin to keep the Cross of Saint Andrews as part of their flag - in large part because many saw the controversy being orchestrated by others from outside the state. Even in predominantly black counties, the flag issue simply did not translate into the outrage some believed it should.

If Kevin wants to demand removal of the Mississippi flag from government buildings, fine. That's his right. Nonetheless, he will be unable to avoid being viewed as little more than yet one more meddling, hypocritical, busy-body elitist who can't seem to see the beam in the figurative eye of his native New England. He's got plenty to be enraged about in his own backyard.

27 March 2014

Busting The Segregation Myth

“In the 30 years I have been researching schools, New York state has consistently been one of the most segregated states in the nation — no Southern state comes close to New York,” said UCLA Civil Rights Project co-director Gary Orfield.

Illinois, Michigan, Maryland and New Jersey followed New York on the most-segregated-schools list.
It's interesting to observe so many anti-Southern historians and bloggers spend so much time discussing their selective memory regarding the Jim Crow history of the South - something that ended decades ago - yet they conveniently ignore the current situation in the North and often focus on symbolism rather than substance. This allows them to ignore real problems in their own backyard. They seem to be stuck in some kind of time warp where their agenda blinds them. They should separate their emotions and biases from their analysis. Story here.

25 March 2014

University Professor Charged With Assault

The University of California-Santa Barbara professor who allegedly assaulted a pro-life student on campus has been charged with criminal battery.
The kid this member of academia assaulted was 16 years old. Wow. Two areas of the professor's "research emphasis" are "pornography and sex work." Perfect.

And so goes the wacky world of academia. 

Story here.

24 March 2014

Understanding How Much Of Academia Thinks

Or doesn't.

Back story here.

Expository And Narrative Writing Aren't Necessary Skills

According to Common Core. As a matter of fact, Common Core architect, David Coleman, recently told a gathering of New York educators, 
The only problem with those two forms of writing is that as you grow up in this world you realize people don’t really give a s**t about what you feel or what you think.
That would go double for you Mr. Coleman. Yet one more reason to homeschool your child. Story here.

Educators Discriminating Against Christians

Seems like the only discrimination allowed these days is against Christians. 
“My hero is Jesus because he helps me … He also makes good things happen,” Ryleigh wrote on the paper. According to Watts [Ryleigh's mother], the paper was rejected by school officials. Ryleigh’s teachers allegedly asked her, “Can’t you write about something different?”
Poor kid. If she'd just chosen Karl Marx or Che Guevara, everything would have been hunky-dory. Story here.

23 March 2014

Front Porch Pickin' #35 - Little Black Bird

From the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, The EmiSunshine. Love the accent. As always, we strive to bring you the very best in Southern culture and music from Appalachia in our world renowned Front Porch Pickin' series. Get your culture here.

22 March 2014

More Bad History Being Taught To Public School Children

Will we hear objections from the progressive historians who are so quick to jump on other issues? I doubt it. This bad history fits their agenda - indoctrination. The 2nd amendment says nothing even close to what these students are being "taught." Is it any wonder homeschooling continues to grow by leaps and bounds?

. . . the parent says he went to the school and talked to his son’s history teacher and the head of the history department. After a “civil conversation,” he was informed that two teachers no longer with the school created the workbook several years ago, but it has continued to be used. The officials also assured him they are taking his concerns seriously and vowed to “go to the proper people to have it changed.”
Story here.

21 March 2014

Students Win & Heavy-Handed Administrators Back Down

Professional educators who attempted to shut down free speech have decided to back down after being threatened with legal action. What are these "open-minded professionals" so afraid of? Evidently, they are unable to defend their worldview or don't want dissent, so they simply attempt to shut out opposing views.
A Students for Life of America (SFLA) affiliate at the public high school in Branford, Connecticut won its battle for free speech Wednesday when school administrators agreed to permit the organization the same opportunities on campus as are afforded other student groups.
Story here.

20 March 2014

The Southern States Started The Civil War By Attacking The Northern States

At least that's what some elementary public school students are being taught here in Virginia. Even if one considers the firing upon Fort Sumter as what "stared the Civil War", it is quite a leap - and extremely misleading - to state that "the southern states attacked the northern states. This started the Civil War." Taken at face value, and not knowing any better, one would assume this means the Confederacy invaded northern states. Granted, getting into the complicated issues of causation is a bit heavy for 7 year-olds; however, making this misleading statement does a disservice to their understanding as well.

The image below was sent to me by a concerned parent of a second grader here in Virginia. The book was assigned to his son. The image is of a page taken from the "Easy Reader Biographies" series title: "Abraham Lincoln: A Great American President, A Great American." The author, Violet Findley, has written other juvenile titles including Phonics Bingo Ladders. Wonderful.

A couple of years or so ago, a number of Civil War bloggers and professional historians went to great lengths to criticize a Virginia public school textbook which falsely claimed that two black battalions fought under the command of Stonewall Jackson. Of course, that criticism was justified. Evidently, the Virginia public school system is still struggling with the facts when it comes to teaching students about the Civil War.

Not to worry, however as I've recommended some more appropriate titles about the War For Southern Independence.

I wonder if the Lincoln book mentions Honest Abe's thoughts on colonization? Hmmmm . . .

Anyone who wants to argue that paragraph isn't a bit one-sided and misleading, I'm listening. I doubt I'll hear anything but crickets.

Your Ancestors Invented It

Assuming you're from Southern Appalachia. Some Civil War bloggers like to suggest "heritage and history" are mutually exclusive terms. It's an asinine assertion, though it does serve their rather narrow agenda. But the two concepts are inseparable. Perhaps they're just jealous of those whom they view as having a much more interesting heritage. I'm not sure what else could explain their cynicism and snottiness. 

Below is another great video on Southern culture, history and heritage. I've taken my family to the Country Store featured in the video. It's a wonderful place to experience.

Back From Ol Mexico

And what a great trip! While on this tour of an ancient Mayan site, our guide even brought up the War for Southern Independence! He also explained efforts to preserve the Mayan culture which, I thought, had some interesting parallels with what we see going on here in the United States. I may post some thoughts on that topic later.

This weekend, I hope to finally post some comments and thoughts over the Levin/Savas dust up which took place a while back.

17 March 2014

Is Academia's War Against Free Speech Escalating?

Students across the country are already having their first amendment rights restricted to free speech zones on campus, but they are not even safe to speak freely in those spaces anymore.
Is this the next step in a disturbing trend? One academic has already suggested criminalizing certain views which oppose "accepted" views in Civil War historiography. So much for academia being the center of free-thinking. You're free to think and say whatever you please - as long as it agrees with the control freaks' perspectives. Will we see more violence directed against those with views opposing what students' academic masters dictate? Let's hope not.

13 March 2014

12 March 2014

Rush Revere & The First Patriots

#1 On Amazon (as of today) in its genre and sure to give the enemies of American Exceptionalism and academic elites heartburn.

Yes, the genre is historical fiction using time travel and a talking horse. This provides fodder for mocking and attempts to discredit. Nonetheless, this book, as well as Limbaugh's first, teach great fundamental truths about our Nation's founding.

Besides, academics who wish to criticize the fictional talking horse aspects of the books should note that Limbaugh's talking horse is much wiser and knowledgeable than many of their own talking asses. Hee haw.

10 March 2014

08 March 2014

The Work Continues . . .

On the Battle of Waynesboro book . . .

I'm trying to determine the precise terminus locations of Jubal Early's right and left flanks, and place them in a modern context. I think I've come close. Early's left flank was in the air, which is one of the reasons (besides the overwhelming odds) it was such a rout. Google Earth is a wonderful and amazing tool for such research.

I Strive To Escape From The Insane

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. ~ Marcus Aurelius
But the inmates seem to be holding the keys to the asylum . . . 
Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
"Relax, " said the night man,
"We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! "  ~
Don Felder, Glenn Frey and Don Henley

Posts may be sporadic over the next few weeks as I continue work on my next book, travel out of the country and, upon my return, participate in a three-day invitational Civil War relic hunt and recovery effort as I seek to escape from the insanity of the majority which surrounds me.

07 March 2014

Why Go To College?

More people are asking themselves that question, as evidenced by the Google search auto-fill in:

From Art of Manliness
I think there are multiple reasons folks are asking themselves this question. Value is the most obvious, especially with the debt load most students now carry. While tenured professors are fat and happy, administrators are fatter and happier, and schools build massive, wasteful edifices to themselves, students leave their institutions and go home to live in their parents' basement, unable to get the job in the field they studied in while simultaneously being saddled with massive debt.

Then there's the question that should actually be asked first - is college even necessary. This ain't 1950 or 1960 or even 1970. The world and job market have changed, as have the options available for learning and training for a career/calling. Many college degrees are quickly becoming (or have already become) obsolete.

And then there's the concern over indoctrination. Many parents I know don't really want to spend $100,000 (give or take a few grand) to have their children turned into fans of Che Guevara. Maybe tech school or buying a business would be a much better investment.

Of course, going to college can be a very rewarding and worthwhile experience. But, again, it's not a given, as noted in a recent Art of Manliness essay:
The late 1800s and early 1900s saw the American corporation take off. Mom and pop shops were no longer the norm, and more and more American men ended up in cubicles. While specific skills were still learned on the job, corporations wanted men who learned leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking at college.
Today, we’re seeing changes in the opposite direction. Schools themselves are seeing increasing financial problems, students (and their parents) are not able to pay for school, and the disconnect between a college education and gainful employment continues to grow. A hundred years ago, the college boom changed American culture. Will the 2008 recession and the growth of technical jobs and entrepreneurship in America change American culture and attitudes towards college again? 
You can read the first in a 3 part series here

The Enemies Of American Exceptionalism Are Upset

Yes, they really are. Ironic that this commercial about one of the left's idols - the electric car - got their dander up. Such an emotional bunch.

06 March 2014

Northern Elites Encouraged The "Lost Cause"

As Jack Temple Kirby points out in his book Media-Made Dixie: The South in the American Imagination, something called  “Dixie” emerged in U.S. popular culture the 1930s. Leading up to that period, the South was more often than not depicted as brutal and backward, but by 1939, the year of the release of Gone With the Wind (courtesy of a Jewish filmmaker from Pittsburgh) the nostalgic version of a glorious, fallen South became popular in everything from whiskey advertisements to the music of Tin Pan Alley. For the most part, it was not the creation of Southerners, but rather the purveyors of popular culture in the emergent media and advertising industries located in other parts of the country.
Source. No surprise. After Northern elites enriched themselves on slave-picked cotton and tariffs, it then idealized the South and turned it into their playground, all the while proclaming their moral superiority.

05 March 2014

The South River Yesterday

The South River is one of the two main tributaries of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. God's handiwork along the banks of this historic river yesterday morning was quite striking. I took this looking east toward the Blue Ridge, south of Waynesboro near my home. I've canoed this section many times since I was a kid.

02 March 2014

149 Years Ago Today - The Battle of Waynesboro

As I finish up work on the Battle of Waynesboro Book, I almost forgot to post this tribute to the battle's 149th anniversary - March 2. This was posted earlier this year at the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation's website:

In 1947, a 12-year old boy sat at a desk in a bedroom of his grandfather’s home. There he sketched a pencil drawing of his hero–General Robert E. Lee. It is an excellent profile likeness of the good General; especially considering it was drawn by a 12-year old. This home is located in the neighborhood now known as the “Tree Streets”—on Locust Avenue. Here, between what is now Pine and Cherry Avenues the last battle of the War Between the States in the Shenandoah Valley was fought. The young boy could gaze out his second story bedroom window and look up the hill from his home where Confederate forces faced overwhelming odds 82 years earlier. On this battlefield, Southern boys and men fought and died for what many of them had finally come to realize was a lost cause. Northern boys and men fought and died for what they hoped would soon be over. Though this was not a major battle, the sacrifices of the men who fought here—North and South—should not be forgotten. Some well known names were involved in the conflict.

Confederate General Jubal A. Early’s army was now but a shell of what it once was. Early would be facing an old adversary and a man despised by Valley residents—Union General Philip H. Sheridan. The year before, on October 29th, Sheridan had ordered his cavalry to burn all the “forage, mills, and such property as might be serviceable to the Rebel army” lying between Staunton and Harrisonburg. Known by Valley residents simply as “the Burning,” the action left Valley residents and the “Breadbasket of the Confederacy” with something with which they were not familiar—hunger. So complete was the devastation that Sheridan reported: “A crow would have had to carry its rations if it had flown across the valley.” Even Sheridan’s own men were shocked at the despair caused by their deeds. Union Colonel James H. Kidd wrote that “The anguish pictured in their faces would have melted any heart not seared by the horrors and ‘necessities’ of war. It was too much for me and at the first moment that duty would permit I hurried away from the scene.” Sheridan was not known for being moved by “anguished faces” and was evidently one whose heart had been seared by the horrors of war, once telling his overwhelmed troops that, “We’ll sleep in our own beds tonight or we’ll sleep in hell.” Valley residents would have preferred the latter.

Sheridan’s lack of remorse regarding war and its ugly consequences was shared by another well known Union officer that was present at the Battle of Waynesboro. Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer was considered Sheridan’s protégé. Custer was in command of Sheridan’s 3rd Cavalry Division and the twenty-five year old Custer was already a brave, battle-hardened warrior. Custer had been involved in the “measure for measure” hanging duel with Confederate Lt. Colonel John Singleton Mosby: each side retaliating by executing or hanging prisoners. Custer, too, was a principal in “the Burning” saying he wanted “to put the fear of Hell in these people.”

Jubal Early knew he was facing formidable foes. But Early was as fearless as were his Union counterparts—and just as controversial. Known for his “imaginatively profane speech,” Early originally fought hard to keep Virginia in the Union; but after being outvoted at Virginia’s Secession Convention in 1861, Early cast his fortunes with his native Virginia. General Early was known for his bravery and leadership. He would need both at Waynesboro where Early’s 1500 Confederates would face Sheridan’s Union cavalry of 10,000. The small division Early was left with was a tough and seasoned one and could count as one of its former brigade commanders, Colonel George S. Patton, the grandfather of the WW II general.

March 2, 1865 was a miserable day in Waynesboro. It was cold, foggy, and, according to Confederate mapmaker, Jedediah Hotchkiss, “cold sleet…was constantly falling.” Sheridan’s forces had marched into Staunton on the morning of March 2nd. He ordered Custer to “proceed to Waynesboro, ascertain something definite in regard to the position, movements, and strength of the enemy, and if possible, to destroy the railroad bridge over the South River at that point.” Custer reported that the road to Waynesboro – the “Staunton Pike”—was all but “impassable,” made into a quagmire of mud from several days of rain.

Early was expecting Sheridan and had his defenses in position stretched along a west to east line that would coincide with present day Pine Avenue from 14th street and extending beyond Main Street near where the Plumb House stands. During the heat of battle the Plumb family sought protection in their cellar. The home was on the receiving end of a Union cannonball and, after the battle, Union soldiers helped themselves to some of the Plumbs’ food stores. Early had his artillery facing West on the high ground between 13th and 12th Streets. At first glance, this would seem like an ideal position to defend against the Federals advancing from the West. Custer later reported that, “His [Early’s] position was well chosen, being upon a range of hills west of the town, from which the artillery could command all the approaches, while his infantry could, by their fire, sweep the open space extending along their entire front.” Early, however, had made a huge tactical blunder. Confederate Brigadier General Gabriel C. Wharton had advised Early to take up a position on the opposite (east) bank of the South River, but Early rejected Wharton’s counsel. He chose, instead, to back Wharton’s vastly outnumbered infantry division up against the rain-swollen river. Should the Confederates find it necessary to retreat and escape there would be no where to run. While there were two bridges in the area, one was on the east side, a good distance from Early’s position and the other was a railroad bridge which offered only a narrow route—not enough space to handle 1500 men rushing to avoid a slaughter. The shivering, sleet-covered Confederates had the unenviable posture of having 10,000 Yankees in front of them and a raging river behind them.

There was another weakness in the Confederates’ position. Early had failed to extend his line far enough to the south (Toward present day 16th Street) so that it would reach the river. This exposed his left flank. As the Federals approached the Confederate line around 2 pm, Custer ordered Colonel William Wells’ 2nd Brigade forward. Encountering stiff resistance from the Confederates, Custer considered other options. He quickly discovered the one-eighth mile gap in the Southerners’ left flank. He would later report: “…one point seemed favorable to attack. The enemy’s left flank, instead of resting on South River, was thrown well forward, leaving a short gap between his left and the river.” Custer ordered three regiments – the 2nd Ohio, the 3rd New Jersey, and the 1st Connecticut to attack Early’s exposed flank “under the cover of woods.”

The Federals, armed with seven shot Spencer repeating rifles, surprised and overwhelmed the Confederates. While the left flank was collapsing, Union Colonel Capehart’s 3rd Brigade tore into the Confederate’s front line and according to local historian and author, Robert Moore, the Confederates fired a “single ragged volley.” Hotchkiss reported with disgust that it was “one of the most terrible panics and stampedes I have ever seen. There was perfect rout along the road up the mountain.”

Early was watching the battle from a hill near the river. In just a few minutes, he realized “everything was lost.” Early and his staff, including Wharton and Dr. Hunter McGuire, made a dash for the bridge that led to Rockfish Gap. Early and Wharton escaped but as Dr. McGuire’s horse made a gallant effort to jump a rail fence, the two went tumbling into the mud. When McGuire stood up, he was greeted by a Union cavalryman pointing a gun in his face. McGuire immediately made a secret Masonic distress order which was recognized by another Union officer who intervened and took charge of the mud splattered McGuire. And at the bottom of Main Street Hill, Colonel William H. Harman (Brother to Stonewall Jackson’s quartermaster, John Harman) was surrounded by five Federals. Refusing to surrender, Harman was killed and a monument to his bravery was erected near the spot of his death. Since that time, this monument has been moved a number of times and now rests in Waynesboro’s Constitution Park.

In total, over 1200 Confederates were captured, along with all of the Confederates’ artillery pieces, wagons, and several battle flags. Thus ended the War Between the States in the Shenandoah Valley. In little more than one month, General Lee would surrender to General Grant at Appomattox.

Mature trees and stately homes now line the beautiful streets of this battlefield which holds the blood of brave Americans. The young boy that sketched the image of General Lee as he daydreamed from his bedroom window on Locust Avenue was my father. His grandfather, Charles “Mr. Charlie” McGann, once owned some of the land upon which the Battle of Waynesboro was fought. And his father, John McGann served with the 51st Virginia Infantry; which was present at the Battle of Waynesboro. By the time my father was twelve, the guns of March 2, 1865 had long been silent. Yet tales of battlefield bravery die hard in the hearts of 12 year old boys—as well they should. This is especially true when you grow up on those battlefields. As my father explored the woods, fields and streams surrounding his boyhood home, he was often haunted with reminders of the bravery and sacrifice of the gallant soldiers of March 1865. and he often spoke of the bravery of those men on that day so many years ago. Many Civil War veterans were still alive in the 1940’s. One veteran, Colonel C.H. Withrow (who would also serve as Mayor of Waynesbor), had fought for the Confederacy and lived on Pine Avenue. My father could recall his grandfather—Mr. Charlie—telling my father how he would walk to Col. Withrow’s barn on Pine and feed the old Colonel’s horse, “Bird.” Today, Bird’s bit occupies an honored place on my office wall.

Thankfully, the fighting is long over and the Tree Streets are quiet today. Yet many historians have written that the most heartrending sounds heard on battlefields like this one were actually heard after the fighting was over—boys and men crying out in anguish for their mothers and their God as they lie dying alone. The cries of those soldiers have echoed down through generations; from father to son. Their mothers were unable to hear them; their God did hear them, and may we never forget them.
Richard G. Williams, Jr. is a life-long native of Waynesboro and Augusta County. The author of several Civil War related books and numerous articles, he is currently writing a book about the Battle of Waynesboro to be published by The History Press in 2014.
Note: Readers interested in studying more about the Civil War in Waynesboro and the surrounding area are advised to purchase a copy of Robert H. Moore’s book – Gibraltar of the Shenandoah – Civil War Sites and Stories of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. The book is available at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum.

Elites Are Out Of Touch

Whether they be Hollywood elites or academic ones.

01 March 2014

Waynesboro Heritage Foundation

Education Establishment Excesses

Jose Fernandez, who oversees the Centinela Valley Union High School District in Lawndale, Calif., reportedly earned $663,000 in 2013, according to KCAL-TV.

His district includes only three high schools with a combined total of 6,500 students. The district also reportedly floated Fernandez a loan of more than $900,000 at 2 percent interest over 40 years. The loan was granted at a time when the superintendent had already declared bankruptcy.

Not so sweet:
Caryn Charles is a high school teacher in Hawthorne, Calif., and she says she has to pay out of pocket for paper for her students while the district lavishes the superintendent with handsome loans and a massive salary.
More here

Just to compare, this article indicates a family can do a very good job giving a child a superior education at a cost of just under $700 a year, per student. In my own personal experience, we sometimes spent more, sometimes less per child when we were homeschooling - depending on age and extra curricular activities. 

There's a lesson here: elites want you to depend on them so they can reap the rewards (theirs) which come with dependance. It's how the incompetent survive.