Lincoln government incited war
I saw a couple of things in the paper recently that elevated my ire.
One writer paid tribute to William T. Sherman by setting him as a good example of an American soldier’s attitude when he wrote to Ulysses Grant after their attempted unconstitutional Southern genocide that he never worried about getting in a tight for he always knew that Grant would be there to save him. Out numbering the foe by three to one usually and up to five to one in many cases with much superior ordnance and accoutrements was also comforting, I’m sure.
That war should not have been. It was spawned by duplicity and purposely incited by Lincoln’s federal government to render precisely what all federalists hold dearest to their hearts, complete subjugation of the nation’s civilians.
In another article about the 1863 siege of Vicksburg Iowa governor Terry Branstad said, “this was a tragic era of American history, but the result was the union was preserved and America is what it is today.” To applaud the result, he obviously doesn’t read the opinion page.
I find no valor in the actions of the U.S. government 1861-1865. We hear about Gettysburg and Vicksburg, not much detail. We don’t hear about Greenville, a town about the size of Prattville today located 100 miles up river from Vicksburg. It was another one of many blown off the face of the earth by our glorious perpetual union that cared not for the murdered civilians but only for perpetuity.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Lincoln government incited war
Sunday, May 26, 2013
The most widely accepted first observance of a Memorial Day was held "in Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well."
"Today, cities in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866. Both Macon and Columbus, Ga., claim the title, as well as Richmond, Va. The village of Boalsburg, Pa., claims it began there two years earlier. A stone in a Carbondale, Ill., cemetery carries the statement that the first Decoration Day ceremony took place there on April 29, 1866."
"In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events."
"It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays."
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Prattville Dragoons Commander's Column from May Camp Dispatch - Get Involved in Confederate Heritage Events
Monday, May 13, 2013
Daniel Pratt's own mother died when he was fourteen and he quit school at the age of twelve. He moved to Georgia at the age of twenty and Sam Griswold taught him how to build cotton gins. It is said that Sam dressed undercover as a woman to sneak into Eli Whitney's to steal his gin design - one of the first incidents of industrial espionage. In 1833 Pratt moved to the Autauga area and worked in the McNeal Mill until he left to build his gin shop on Autauga Creek, leasing 2064 acres for $21000. A Crenshaw Gin sits in the middle of the Gin Room which was the final stop of our tour. 1890s blueprints of gin designs are hung about the room and one case provides samples of cotton cleaned to varying degrees in gins from "good ordinary" to "fair middling: from which the term fair to middling was coined. Within ten years Pratt had accumulated great wealth and besides the large manufacturing shop, Pratt also founded the Autauga Citizen newspaper and the Autauga Banking and Trust. Pratt loved the arts and played the organ, one of which is found in the Pratt Room of the museum. Daniel Pratt was a Methodist but helped build community churches of all denominations. A number of additional buildings sprang up in addition to the gin shop including a huge cotton mill which burned down in 2002. Continental Gin continued gin manufacturing operations in the facility until a few years later. Developers have plans to preserve the historic gin manufacturing buildings including the old water turbine and convert the building to apartments. This is wonderful news to preserve this historic structure which tells the story of the town of Prattville.
|The Pratt Room in the Prattaugan Museum|
Sunday, May 12, 2013
|Rachel Deaile Addresses Camp 1524 in the Dragoons Room|
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Following a gathering in the foyer of the house, the Dragoons with their host moved to the Dragoon Room, named in honor for the company which was formed in 1861 after an initial meeting in this very room. Daniel Pratt, founder of the town of Prattville and the gin works which was the center and heart of the antebellum village provided a quarter million dollars in war bonds and horses for uniforms and munitions and supplies to outfit the Prattville Dragoons, a light mounted infantry corps. Sixteen were in attendance to enjoy a terrific educational program. Following an invocation by Chaplain Snowden, Flag Chairman Larry Spears led everyone in pledges to the United States and Confederate Battle Flags. George and Brent Jenks were recognized as special guests from the Semple Camp. Announcements included upcoming events including the Confederate History and Southern Heritage Festival in Wetumpka on Saturday May 11th (which will be the subject of a future blogpost soon to come), and the registration deadlines for the Alabama Division and the National SCV Reunions. Rachel announced that she was happy to return the Sons of Confederate Veterans 1990 charter recently discovered in the museum archives establishing the Prattville Dragoons and a presentation was made at the conclusion of the tour program. Check back for two additional posts for details regarding Rachel's extensive program.
|The Prattaugan Museum Illuminated at Night|
Thursday, May 9, 2013
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
|Dragoons at the Prattville Cityfest Saturday Morning|
Sunday, May 5, 2013