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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, […]

A brown, chunky little chap, with a long body, short legs, not enough neck to hang him, and such long arms that if his ankles itch he can scratch them without stooping.

Philip Henry Sheridan, was a career U.S. Army officer and a union general in the  Civil War. His career was noted for his rapid rise to major general due to his close association with  Grant, who transferred Sheridan from the quartermaster corps in the Western Theater to lead the Cavalry Corps of the Army of […]

I have never known a man who was sensual in his youth, who was high-minded when old…Charles Sumner

This from a life-long bachelor who was unable to sustain a marriage when he was at the height of his career but Donald is almost a high priest in the cult of Lincoln and equivocates his way through 400+ pages attempting to make a silk purse of a sow’s ear known to his contemporaries as […]

Longstreet was brave, honest, intelligent, a very capable soldier, subordinate to his superiors, just and kind to his subordinates and it may be that Longstreet was sent to Knoxville because Mr. Davis had an exalted opinion of his own military genius. On several occasions during the war he came to the relief of the Union army by means of his superior military genius… U. S. Grant

Confederate struggle for command : General James Longstreet and the First Corps in the West College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c 2008      Alexander Mendoza Generals Confederate States of America Biography, Longstreet, James, 1821-1904 Military leadership Hardcover. xxi, 278 p. : ill., maps : 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and […]

A political prisoner is someone who is out fighting for his or her people’s rights and freedom and is imprisoned for that alone.

Whenever there is a weak and ineffective national government, or one that is obviously morally bankrupt or one that is attempting to force unconstitutional change on the nation there is generally talk of secession – and generally talk is all there is since only rarely does a generation willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes […]