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My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading… Thomas Hardy

This book is not History! It is the imagining of its author of what people may have thought, said or done built on to a skeleton of a few facts assumed but not in evidence. That it is categorized as both nonfiction and history is a very dangerous thing – what it is might properly […]

The moral character of Jefferson was repulsive. Continually puling about liberty, equality, and the degrading curse of slavery, he brought his own children to the hammer, and money of his debaucheries… Alexander Hamilton

The wolf by the ears : Thomas Jefferson and slavery    New York : Free Press, c 1977  John Chester Miller Presidents United States, Slavery, Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing.     xii, 319 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Bibliography: p. 298-307. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding […]

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing… Psalm 34:10

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? Therefore, son of man, […]

Who Looks at Lee Must Think of Washington… Herman Melville

Patriot pirates : the privateer war for freedom and fortune in the American Revolution Robert H. Patton  United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Naval operations  New York : Pantheon Books, c 2008 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xxii, 291 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references ( p. [275]-278) and index. Clean, tight and […]

I know that the acquisition of Louisiana has been disapproved by some … that the enlargement of our territory would endanger its union…. The larger our association the less will it be shaken by local passions; and in any view is it not better that the opposite bank of the Mississippi should be settled by our own brethren and children than by strangers of another family? Thomas Jefferson

Omniscience is a quality of the Almighty and not of politicians. Had the founders foreseen the invention of the cotton gin a mere six years after the drafting of the Constitution would they have approved a slavery clause? By 1787 slavery was becoming unprofitable – Jefferson would go into bankruptcy as a tobacco planter – […]

Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston stood bareheaded at the February funeral of General Sherman in New York. A concerned bystander leaned forward. “General, please put on your hat; you might get sick.”. Reluctantly, Johnston replied, “If I were in his place, and he were standing here in mine, he would not put on his hat.” Ten days later, Joseph Eggleston Johnston joined his adversary and friend.

When Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox it was a military surrender -i.e.; it involved only the disposition of troops. Johnston wanted “to arrange the terms of a permanent peace,” which would in his opinion include political as well as military terms. While Johnston recognized that continuing militarily was – in his considered judgement – […]

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb… Psalm 19

This mighty scourge : perspectives on the Civil War      James M. McPherson  United States , History , Civil War, 1861-1865  Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007 Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xii, 260 p. ; 24 cm.  Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-251) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust […]

We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is Manifest Destiny.

There is a large omission in this biography which explains a good deal about the left turn that this country took under the abolitionists and their allies. Thoreau, who was properly ignored by his brighter contemporaries but who has since become something of a luminary of the left dismissed American expansion with, “The whole enterprise […]

Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong… Lord Mansfield

Though the heavens may fall : the landmark trial that led to the end of human slavery    Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 2005 Steven M. Wise Slavery Law and legislation England History 18th century Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xvi, 282 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-268) and index. […]

You ask me if I will not be glad when the last battle is fought, so far as the country is concerned I, of course, must wish for peace, and will be glad when the war is ended, but if I answer for myself alone, I must say that I shall regret to see the war end… George Armstrong Custer

George Armstrong Custer was the “goat” [finished dead last in the standings] of the 1861 class of West Point but was given a commission anyway and performed, if not well, at least to the satisfaction of the “total war” generals who were not concerned with their own casualties so long as they inflicted heavier ones […]