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The cardinal principles on which the art of war is based are few and unchangeable, resembling in this the code of morality; but their application varies at the theater of the war, the genius and temper of the people engaged, and the kind of arms employed… Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor, soldier prince of Dixie      T. Michael Parrish  Generals Confederate States of America Biography, Taylor, Richard, 1826-1879  Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c 1992 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xiv, 553 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.     Includes bibliographical references (p. [503]-537) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding […]

By reading the Ninth Amendment as creating a general right the unelected justices of the Supreme Court had substituted their own subjective notions of justice, liberty, and reasonableness for the wisdom and experience of the elected representative legislatures who were responsible for passing regulation.

That which is not prohibited is permitted is a libertarian point of view consistent with the Federalists and the writing of the Constitution. Unwittingly the anti-Federalist were laying the groundwork for the converse, that which is not permitted is prohibited, which is the basis of American constitutional government since the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments […]

Silent enim leges inter arma… Cicero

In times of war the laws are silent. Murray has written an excellent and even-handed book EXCEPT he gives the impression of a working court system. As Chief Justice, Roger Taney, who had not only emancipated his own slaves but had given pensions to those too old to work, administered the oath of office to […]

Leaders of the lost cause : new perspectives on the Confederate high command

Leaders of the lost cause : new perspectives on the Confederate high command    Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, c 2004  edited by Gary W. Gallagher and Joseph T. Glatthaar Generals Confederate States of America Biography Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xvi, 294 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong […]

The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses… Thomas Jefferson

If this book offered nothing but its analysis of Pickett and Custer it would be well worthwhile however it goes much further offering views of the curriculum – and how unsuited the institutional needs were to the American reality – in a chapter on Ephraim Kirby Smith. The chapters on the civil war experience are […]

“I’m a Southerner!”

At the end of the War for Southern Independence the English built cruiser CSS Shenandoah was on the high seas conducting her mission of commerce raiding against union shipping. It was not until October that she heard of the end of hostilities in April and returned to Liverpool and crossed the Mersey for the last […]

“So perish all such enemies of Virginia! All such enemies of the Union! All such foes of the human race!” – Colonel Preston of the Virginia militia said these words to the crowd that had gathered to see John Brown hang.

John Brown, abolitionist : the man who killed slavery, sparked the Civil War, and seeded civil rights    New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005 David S. Reynolds Antislavery movements United States History 19th century Hardcover. 1st. ed., later printing. x, 578 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references […]