30 January 2018

Lee Chapel & Confederate Flags: 1910

Today I received a notice in a Facebook feed showing a photo purported to have been taken inside Lee Chapel in 1910. Note that the image clearly shows a Confederate battle flag of some type displayed above the Recumbent Lee. (The image is apparently a negative and reversed.)

A number of Civil War historians have asserted that Confederate battle flags were not placed in Lee Chapel until the 1930's. This assertion, ostensibly, gave weight to the effort to remove the flags because they were not being displayed in a "historical" setting. I think that argument was weak at best, but this image could possibly prove that argument moot; though it won't make any difference now.


25 January 2018

Peter Jackson Works Miracles With WWI Archival Film

As I continue to work with the film and photo editing (on a VERY amateur level) of my new vlog, I'm becoming even move fascinated with using film to share, teach and interpret history. I've been involved in two history related film projects over the last twenty-fiver years and I love the medium for teaching history and educating. Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) is working on a new WWI film and has done some amazing work with archival footage. He's taken the grainy, fuzzy images and made them almost HD quality using the latest technology. My maternal grandfather (the grandson of a twice wounded Confederate Veteran) fought in WWI and will be the subject matter of one of my vlog posts this year.

Note the dramatic sharpening of the images in the clip below. Absolutely stunning.

I hope to have the introductory episdoe of my vlog uploaded by the end of this month - next week; assuming all goes as planned.

24 January 2018

NPS Continues To Honor Robert E. Lee

 Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial "Arlington House is the nation’s memorial to Robert E. Lee. It honors him for specific reasons, including his role in promoting peace and reunion after the Civil War." ~ National Park Service, Arlington House
More here

I've visited Arlington House twice in my lifetime. Once as a child and again a few years ago with my wife. It is well worth your time in case you ever get the opportunity. Truly hallowed ground in so many ways.

23 January 2018

The Savior of AM Radio Has Passed: Ed McLaughlin RIP

He is also, to a large degree, the father of the mostly conservative, alternative media. It truly is amazing how the real movers and shakers behind dramatic changes are often unknown.
“We owe a great debt to Ed McLaughlin. His vision reinvented talk radio and saved AM radio, which was almost dead at the time. He fought a huge battle against the odds to get the Rush Limbaugh show launched amid great controversy and he prevailed. And because of his work, talk radio became what it is today.”
McLaughlin is truly a historic figure. More here.

22 January 2018

The Civil War Trust on Stonewall Jackson: "Rare Breed of Military Genius"

The Professor from Virginia by Mort Künstler
I got busy yesterday writing another piece for Western and Eastern Treasures Magazine and failed to note Stonewall's birthday. So a belated birthday post, from the Civil War Trust's Facebook feed:
Thomas J. Jackson was born on January 21, 1824, 194 years ago. After earning the nickname “Stonewall” for his determined stand at the Battle of First Manassas in 1861, Jackson created havoc for Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley, using rapid movement to keep larger enemy forces off balance. As a corps commander in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, he continued to display his own rare breed of military genius, contributing to victories such as Second Manassas, Harpers Ferry, and Fredericksburg. After another brilliant performance in the early stages of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Jackson was wounded by friendly fire on the night of May 2, 1863. He died eight days later on May 10 from pneumonia, a complication of having his left arm amputated from the incident.

You can read about Jackson's actions at the Battle of First Manassas here: https://www.civilwar.org/…/videos/stonewall-jackson-first-m…

20 January 2018

The Civil War Trust on Robert E. Lee: "An Exemplary Career"

Posted yesterday in the Civil War Trust Facebook feed:
Robert E. Lee was born in Virginia #OnThisDay, January 19, 1807, 211 years ago. Receiving his education at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Lee graduated 2nd in a class of 46 in 1829. Along with four of his classmates, Lee completed his studies at West Point without earning a single demerit. Entering the Army’s Corps of Engineers, Lee went on to have an exemplary career, constructing fortifications and serving as one of Winfield Scott’s most capable aides in Mexico. When the Civil War began in 1861, Lee chose to side with the South. After commanding Confederate forces in West Virginia in the war’s early months, Lee became Jefferson Davis’s military adviser in Richmond. When Gen. Joseph E. Johnson was wounded during the Peninsular Campaign in June 1862, Lee was chosen to replace him. Embarking on a bold counter-offensive, Lee drove Gen. George McClellan’s army away from Richmond. He then turned north and defeated John Pope at Second Manassas. Lee commanded the legendary Army of Northern Virginia throughout the remainder of the war, earning further victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville and stymying Federal attempts to capture Richmond before finally surrendering to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Court House.
#PhotoCredit Colorizedhistory
adjective: exemplary
serving as a desirable model; representing the best of its kind."an award for exemplary community service"
synonyms:perfect, ideal, model, faultless, flawless, impeccable, irreproachable

And I would add, a worthy hero.

19 January 2018

Happy Birthday General Lee

On My Nightstand

This just arrived from Amazon. Quite fitting for General Lee's birthday. And I'll be posting 2 Youtube videos later. The one posting at 7:00 PM will feature a recent speech about the character of Lee and Jackson. 


17 January 2018

Coming Friday Evening . . .

And I hope to have an announcement about the new vlog/documentary series by the end of next week. Stay tuned and please subscribe.

16 January 2018

How "Experts" Discredit Themselves

They allow their agenda to overrule the truth and facts. 

Note the reference to "no historical evidence." I could critically apply this behavior to a number of disciplines and professions, but readers can figure that out without any help from me. "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."

14 January 2018

Studio Prep & Testing Continues

For Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Relics™ . . . 

Trying to get the right lighting is a challenge (on a shoestring budget), but I'm making progress. I was putting away the Christmas decorations in the attic recenlty and came across a circa 1985 camcorder lighting system that my parents gave me many years ago. I had forgotten I still had it and doubted it would even work, but it does! I had been experimenting (unsuccessfully) with some other lighting options and I was about to purchase some professional lighting equipment but I think this system will do just fine. The light is a bit harsh, but I'll try some diffusing methods and we'll see how it goes. This is a blast and I've not even started (other than testing) recording the episodes yet!

By the way, please consider subscribing to my Youtube channel if you want to get notifications on episodes. I need to get to 1000 subscribers as soon as possible, so I've got about 700 more to go to reach that goal. From a base of 1000 subs, I should be able to build to 10,000 subscribers which will allow me to attract some sponsors and produce even better videos. In the mean time, video quality will continue to improve (dramatically with the new episodes) as I dive further into this medium of communication, teaching and sharing knowledge and learning much in the process. I've been watching a number of other similar efforts and though my videos will be unique and the basic themes are already well defined in my mind, I'm getting some good ideas and inspiration from other vlogs and Youtubers.

Your support is appreciated. 

11 January 2018

Part 2 of Battlefield Bullets . . .

Will be posted on Youtube tomorrow at 5:30 PM. Another short relic hunting video will be posted next week, same time. And I hope to have the first, new introductory video/vlog, Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Relics™ posted Friday the 26th at 7:00 PM. Stay tuned, as this new effort is shaping up to be quite an interesting challenge and is growing before I even finish the first video. 

07 January 2018

Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Relics - Coming Soon

I recently announced plans for a Vlog beginning this month. Those plans are still on schedule, though I'm needing to do some different things for lighting purposes. That's just a bump in the road. I'm still arranging the relics and layout of my office/studio and have plans for the first few episodes. The first episode of Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Relics will be released before the end of the month. I know you're all breathlessly awaiting that event. By the way, if you subscribe to my Youtube Channel, I'll send you a really cool window sticker - they're all the rage. Just send me an email after subscribing with your name and address.