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Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret…Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee’s biographers remind me of St. Augustine‘s prayer, Give me chastity and continence – but not yet. They can’t quite deal with the fact that even a Christian gentleman – and we can think of no better appellation for Lee – must still, being human, have frailties. It may be a uniquely American […]

they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco…

Those were the words Robert E. Lee used to describe the Confederate Congress at Richmond after one of his trips to get better food for his troops. Mark Twain would later say that America had no native criminal class – with the possible exception of Congress. Both were correct and the history of the union […]

Socialism means slavery…Lord Acton

While no right thinking person can disagree with Acton’s statement its corollary that, slavery means socialism, by no means follows. That is however the argument of the Genovese’s in their book that is all too typical or revisionist history where you begin with an assumption, borrow an artificial category and shoehorn convenient or invented facts […]

Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return To plague the inventor: this even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poison’d chalice To our own lips.

Lincoln’s avengers : justice, revenge, and reunion after the Civil War New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c 2004 Elizabeth D. Leonard Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Assassination Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xviii, 367 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-355) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust […]

I went to the White House shortly after tea where I found the original gorilla about as intelligent as ever. What a specimen to be at the head of our affairs now…Gen. George B. McClellan

The title referring to Lincoln as “our greatest president” is the give away that this is a puff piece from the lightweight end of the cult of Lincoln. We have accompanied the post with a series of contemporary political cartoons that show that his contemporaries were not quire so befuddled in their view of the […]

The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced…Robert E. Lee

Lee’s lieutenants : a study in command Old Saybrook, CT., Konecky & Konecky, c. 1998  Douglas Southall Freeman ; abridged in one volume by Stephen W. Sears ; introduction by James M. McPherson Confederate States of America. Army Biography Hardcover. 910 p. : maps, ports. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 853-856) and index. […]

There’s always been a mystery why the impartial Father of the human race should have permitted the transportation of so many millions of our fellow creatures to endure all of the miseries of slavery. Perhaps his design was that a knowledge of the gospel might be acquired by some of their descendants in order that they might become qualified to be messengers of it to the land of their fathers…Absalom Jones

An almost wholly inadequate history that attempts to prop up the currently politically correct view of its subject matter there are gaping holes where there were important invents and wholesale treatment of anecdotal history as established fact in weaving a tapestry of whole cloth on what should be a very important subject. Not recommended for […]

A battlefield narrative of the Confederacy’s attempt to win the West, an integral part of the Confederacy’s broader goals and the strategy for achieving them.

Blood & treasure : Confederate Empire in the Southwest College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c 1995 Donald S Frazier Confederate States of America. Army ; Southwest   History  Civil War, 1861-1865 Hardcover. 1st. ed. xiii, 361p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.  Clean, tight and strong binding with […]

The true story of a black musical savant in the era of slavery

This book tells us nothing about slavery and everything about slavery. Poor Tom Wiggins, blind and mentally deficient, born into slavery as nothing more than chattel. Was he sold down the river at the first opportunity? Was he beaten until he crawled off somewhere to die? Did he suffer any of the ten thousand horrors […]

One who approaches Greatness on his belly so that he may not be commanded to turn and be kicked… Ambrose Bierce

As the lean leech, its victim found, is pleased To fix itself upon a part diseased Till, its black hide distended with bad blood, It drops to die of surfeit in the mud, So the base sycophant with joy descries His neighbor’s weak spot and his mouth applies, Gorges and prospers like the leech, although, […]