Sunday, June 29, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Good Friday was the day
There is sobbing of the strong,
He lieth in his blood--
There is sobbing of the strong,
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I am certainly not alone in being fascinated by the assassination and its larger conspiracy; the number of books concerning the assassination are legion. But while the killing of Lincoln has been thoroughly covered, and the details known well to most, the immediate aftermath of the slaying and the monumental manhunt for Booth still remains relatively unexplored, only recently receiving full and fair treatment. It must be remembered that Booth's plot included not just the killing of Lincoln, but also Vice President Andrew Johnson, Secretary of State William Seward, and, had he decided to take up Lincoln's offer to join him that evening at Ford's Theater, General U.S. Grant. Keep in mind, too, that at the time of the slaying, the American Civil War was not yet over. Lee's army had surrendered and Richmond had fallen, but Jeff Davis and the members of his Cabinet were still on the loose, and several Confederate armies remained in the field.
Through historical reenactments and recreations, combined with expert commentary from noted historians (including the emminent Doris Kearns Goodwin), the History Channel's The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth does a great job at explaining the assassination and in documenting the largest manhunt in U.S. history. It does a good job at capturing the emotions of the time, which were largely shock and outrage followed soon after by profound mourning. And not just in the North, but throughout the South as well. Most in the former Confederacy knew that Lincoln would be their best friend in efforts at Reconstruction and reconciliation. The filming of this documentary at historic sites related to Booth's escape, i.e. the Samuel Mudd House, Surratt's Tavern, etc, makes it all the more compelling. For those who have not yet seen The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth, I would highly recommend that you do so. More information can be found here.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Sergeant Thomas Tosh (Co. E)
David Williams (Co. E)
Daniel E. Reedy (Co. E)
Edward G. Pugh (Co. F)
William Smith (Co. F)
James Bradley (Co. F)
Corporal Alexander Govan (Co. G)
James Allison (Co. G)
Joseph Alexander (Co. H)
Jeremiah Willoner (Co. I)
John Clark (Co. I)
William J. Price (Co. I)
Benjamin B. Kershner (Co. I)
George Dresh (Co. I)
Jacob Lauby (Co. K)
Corporal Alexander Govan, Company G, was among the killed at Cold Harbor
William Koch (Co. A)
George Betz (Co. A)
John Hegg (Co. A)
Simon Snyder (Co.A)
Elias Lins (Co. A)
Corporal Monroe Heckman (Co. A)
J.D. Ash (Co. A)
Samuel Eckroth (Co. A)
Israel Britton (Co. A)
Sergeant Samuel Strauch (Co. B)
Sergeant Robert Campbell (Co. B)
1st Lieutenant P.C. Loeser (Co. C)
2nd Lieutenant William Clark (Co. C)
John Dolan (Co. C)
Thomas Boyle (Co. C)
Daniel Boyer (Co. E)
John Clemens (Co. E)
Robert Beverage (Co. E)
Patrick Brennan (Co. E)
Charles Quinn (Co. E)
Albert Cummings (Co. E)
Abraham Sigmund (Co. E)
Sergeant James Easton (Co. F)
Corporal Robert Padden (Co. F)
George H. Jones (Co. F)
Jacob Kuhns (Co. F)
William E. Duffy (Co. F)
Cyrus Haines (Co. F)
James Hoult (Co. F)
Sergeant C.F. Kuentzler (Co. G)
Corporal John Hutton (Co. G)
William Martin (Co. G)
John Benedict (Co. H)
Sergeant Henry Burnsteel (Co. H)
Corporal Henry Matthews (Co. H)
Corporal William Lloyd (Co. H)
Joseph Hayes (Co. H)
Anthony O’Donnell (Co. H)
James Welsh (Co. H)
William Davis (Co. H)
Edward Metz (Co. H)
1st Sergeant Oliver A. J. Davis (Co. I)
Sergeant Jacob Ongstadt (Co. I)
Corporal Elias C. Kehl (Co. I)
Peter Keller (Co. I)
William Owens (Co. I)
John H. Cooper, Jr. (Co. I)
Isaac Beltz (Co. I)
Charles Gould (Co. I)
Martin Dooley (Co. I)
Thomas J. Reed (Co. I)
H.W. Hass (Co. K)
Milton Nagle (Co. K)
William G. Keiser (Co. K)
Thomas Hudson (Co. K)
Friday, June 6, 2008
Most of the time they were complimentary and affectionate--i.e. "Stonewall" Jackson, "Uncle John" Sedgwick, "Uncle Billy" Sherman etc--but oftentimes they were not; indeed, some were downright insulting.
I thought I'd take a look today at some of the less than flattering nicknames of some of the war's Union and Confederate leaders.
Vote for your favorite in the comments section, or add your own to the list. I am sure there are scores I forgot. . .
Apparently, William E. Jones loved to gripe and moan and complain. Hence his nickname: "Grumble." Another Jones, David Rumph Jones, of no relation, was much more affectionately referred to as "Neighbor."
Hugh Judson Kilpatrick? More like Hugh Judson "Kill Cavalry."
Ben Butler was an ardent abolitionist and is thus alright by me in my books. But he was vilified throughout the South as "Spoons," for his penchant for stealing exquisite silverware and china from Southern homes, and the "Beast."
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These are just some of the less-than-flattering Civil War nicknames I can think of. If you have any for me to add. . .let me know.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
More information about the storm and its wreckage can be found on the Hagerstown Herald Mail website:
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sadly, it seems as though every year Baber is the target of vandals. It happened again this past weekend.
You can read the story here:
What is wrong with some people?
Monday, June 2, 2008
3" Federal Hotchkiss Shell (flatnose), missing sabot.
Here is the complete story as reported in yesterday's Pottsville Republican & Evening Herald:
Bomb squad removes Civil War-era shell from Schuylkill County Historical Society
BY STEPHEN J. PYTAK, STAFF WRITER
Published: Sunday, June 1, 2008 9:32 AM
"A bomb squad from Fort Drum, N.Y., removed a Civil War-era artillery round Saturday from the county historical society.
The unexploded Hotchkiss shell filled with black powder and made to fit a 3-inch ordinance rifle, was donated to the Historical Society of Schuylkill County, 305 N. Centre St., Pottsville, this week by the estate of Leo L. Ward.
Ward was a longtime president of the historical society who died May 17, according to David Derbes, acting president of the society.
Ward’s son, David, cleaned out Ward’s apartment on the 600 block of Mahantongo Street and donated historical items to the society, Derbes said. Among them was the antique round.
'It’s like a tin can, three inches in diameter and seven inches long. It contains powder and little shots,' Derbes said.
Markings on one end of it stated it was made in 1862.
While visiting the society Friday, J. Stuart Richards, Orwigsburg, a Civil War historian, encouraged Derbes to get rid of it.
'As soon as I picked it up, and saw it was a Hotchkiss with the date of 1862 on it, I wasn’t sure if it was an active round or what they call a canister round. But rather than be safe than sorry, we contacted Pottsville police,' Richards said.
Derbes contacted Pottsville police Chief Joseph H. Murton V and Murton made the arrangements to have the bomb squad remove it.
Sgt. Ryan Jaminet of the 725th Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Fort Drum walked to the second-floor storage room, where the round was sitting in a cardboard box. Jaminet picked up the unexploded shell with his bare hands and carefully placed it in an ammunition can.
'That will at least stabilize it,' Derbes said.
The round probably wouldn’t ignite if dropped, he said.
'Black powder is not as sensitive to friction as other things. More so to flame. While it’s a little bit more stable, it’s a little bit more dangerous than some other things,' Jaminet said.
A spark would probably set it off, Jaminet said.
The round was taken to Fort Drum.
'We’ll probably dispose of it on the range,' Jaminet said.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Then I know of just the thing for you.
The Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours is offering a five-day, extensive look at the battle of Gettysburg to take place on July 23-27. Antietam Park Historian Ted Alexander orchestrates these incredible--and highly educational--seminars each year, and this year's Gettysburg event, which coincides with the battle's 145th Anniversary, promises to be a good one. A brief blurb of the event from the Chambersburg CWST website describes this upcoming seminar as: "5 days of tours, talks, panels and other special events, including a visit to the new Gettysburg Visitors Center. Featuring Ed Bearss, Kent Masterson Brown, Pat Falci, Gary Kross, Wayne Motts, Andy Waskie, Jeffry Wert, Eric Wittenberg, and others. Tours include Stuart's Ride to Gettysburg, Eisenhower's Gettysburg, and the Making of the Movie "Gettysburg" and much more."
I was fortunate enough last year to be included in Ted's Antietam seminar, which was a great thrill.
For more information, please visit: http://www.chambersburgcivilwarseminars.org
So, if you've received your economic stimulus check and are not quite sure how to spend it. . . then let me suggest you register for this star-studded event.