If the chief historian at the United States Military Academy, Col. Ty Seidule, says so, will disbelieving Southrons change their view? Doubtful. Still. He boils down what is a really simple answer to a simple question in this pretty good, 5:50 video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcy7qV-BGF4?
I was lying awake at 4:30 a.m. the other morning, pondering my family tree, as one does, picturing exponentially expanding boxes stacked on boxes, each one representing another ancestor, and each layer another generation. Each box contains a person’s name, a location, and birth and sometimes death years. I don’t have all the information memorized, … Continue reading The Names of My Forefathers
Today, September 4, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of my maternal grandmother, Cora Segrest, nee Hawthorne. She was the epitome of a grandmother; the content for the encyclopedia entry for “Grandmother”; she possessed the sine qua non of grandmotherliness. My sister, my maternal cousins and I remember Nanny as a white-haired, physically … Continue reading A Cora Hawthorne Segrest Centennial
Many years ago I liked to dash off a poem every now and again as the mood struck me. The idea is always there, lurking, so now I’m gonna write a wee poem every day in April and post it here as part of National Poetry Writing Month. Thanks to Jamie Gaughran-Perez at Threespot for … Continue reading NaPoWriMo Poems
On this day, March 30, in 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot by the deranged John Hinckley, Jr. As news came into the school, all of us kids were lined up in the hallway outside our second floor classrooms to be led downstairs to the cafeteria for parental pick up. As we waited to go, … Continue reading Reagan Shot: “Don’t you dare say I told you so”
In late 1864, London Telegraph reporter George Augustus Sala, that paper’s Washington correspondent, interview the Lincolns in the Blue Parlor of the White House. In his article about that interview, Mr. Sala described his impressions of the president in great detail. More on that soon. Here is a key section that stood out in light … Continue reading Abe Lincoln: Great Joker of Jokes, the Sancho Panza Made Governor
I don’t pretend to have much knowledge of the first Crimean War, except to observe that it: (a) involved Britain, France, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire; (b) featured the Charge of the Light Brigade made famous by Lord Tennyson; and © made Florence Nightingale famous. Russia went to war against the Ottomans in late 1853 … Continue reading 160 Years After First Crimean War: Into the Valley of Death Again?