Archive | January 2013

You are browsing the site archives by date.

Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment… George Washington

  There is history that rises to the level of Herodotus and Gibbon and then there is gossip adorned with facts and encumbered with opinions. It is so often the case that we come across the later that we are not only surprised to come across the former but we often have to reread it […]

If the south should lose, it means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy. That our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers, will be impressed by all of the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision…. General Patrick Cleburne CSA

No where has this been truer than in the presentation of the Confederate Navy as a pirate force – which it of course was not. Now an outsider has written a history of the leaders, officers and men who – in less time than it took the United States Navy to recover from the Pearl […]

Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together… Jonathan Swift

Following the bibliographical data and description we have reproduced the publisher’s comments in their entirety. If the reader suspects that the publisher is gushing a little too effusively, like a debutante who has had too much cheap champagne – laced with gin, then the reader is more than perceptive. Unfortunately actually reading the book creates […]

When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen… George Washington

Today – January 19th – is the birthday of Robert E. Lee, formerly a holiday throughout the States of the Confederacy and still a holiday in the State of Virginia [where it is celebrated as Lee-Jackson day in order to also honor Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson born January 21st]. Lee’s birthday has been celebrated since […]

the Reconstruction experiment in racial democracy failed because it began at the wrong end, emphasizing political means and civil rights acts rather than economic means and self-determination… Booker T. Washington

It goes without saying that the greatest tragedy in the history of the American Republic was the War Between the States by which the industrialized north became the predominant force in the new American Nation while the remnants of true Republicanism were suppressed in the South through an often brutal military occupation called Reconstruction. You […]

I am inclined to think that General Joe Johnston was the ablest and most accomplished man that the Confederate armies ever produced. He never had the opportunity accorded to others, but he showed wonderful power as a tactician and a commander. I do not think that we had his equal for handling an army and conducting a campaign… James Longstreet

It is almost impossible to study the War for Southern Independence and come to any conclusion other than that the union political leadership and many members of the military command would have wound up being charged as war criminals in the twentieth century – William Tecumseh Sherman – chief of the later group with Grant […]

Tell mother, tell mother, I died for my country… useless… useless… John Wilkes Booth

My thoughts be bloody : the bitter rivalry between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth that led to an American tragedy New York : Free Press, 2010 Nora Titone Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865 Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xii, 479 p., [16] p. of plates: ill.; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-455) and index. Clean, […]