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7:44 am
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3:17 pm
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 hiya :). oh, so happy i found this! well uhm, let me introduce myself...
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
1:12 pm
Happy Birthday Adam Badeau! (Born Dec 29, 1831 in New York, I think....)

Adam Badeau was a close friend and confidante of Edwin Booth for a period of about ten years---they became friends in the mid-to-late 1850's and separated after a quarrel (cause unknown) in the late 1860's. Adam Badeau served in the Union army during the Civil War, and in the latter years of the War (I think 1864?) became one of General Grant's secretaries. (When he was wounded in battle he stayed at Edwin's house in Philadelphia, where he was cared for by Edwin and his brother, John Wilkes Booth, who amused himself by convincing Adam that he had no Confederate sympathies whatsoever.) After the war was over Badeau continued working for the govt., spending time in England and other places too (I think). He published several books; the first was a series of essays he wrote before the war, as a jounalist and art/drama critic, titled "The Vagabond." In addition to writing two books about Grant all by himself, he also helped to write Grant's Memoirs, now considered (by a fine, upstanding children's book about Grant,) to be "one of the great works of American Literature." (Of course, the children's book made no mention of poor Badeau.)
Because of his association with famous people there are several references to him in various books about Grant, Booth, and James Harrison Wilson, another of his friends who captured Jefferson Davis. Unfortunately it has been hard to piece together his life as its own entity--if any of you know of (and can point out) a source I have missed that focuses on Adam rather than on his important friends I shall be exceedingly pleased (not to mention very much indebted).

EDIT: Here is a picture of him!

Current Mood: euphoric
Wednesday, December 28th, 2005
10:16 pm
Hey, there, I'm new, and I figure I'll just fill this out. Read more...Collapse )
8:12 pm
Happy Holidays

Sorry for my lack of updates. I've been busy myself. I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and I hope for the best and happiness for everyone in 2006.

My Christmas was okay. I didn't receive any Civil War items, but I was given mostly clothes, which I needed so badly. Ah, well, hopefully during the summer we'll be travelling and stopping by CIvil War sites.

I'm reading Gone With the Wind now. I rented the movie a few weeks ago and I absolutely fell in love with it. I got the book last week and I'm on page 40. They're both my favorite. I actually can relate to the story/movie and the other day I was comparing myself to Scarlett O'Hara. I should re-create the movie. =)

I'm going to post my Norway stuff a little later.



Current Mood: busy
2:30 pm

Christmas was excellent this year, as my list consisted mainly of civil war clothing. I finally have a hoop! My brother is aggravated, however, by the replica union playing cards (as they lack numbers, and thus you have to count the little symbols), so I shall have to wait till school to use them.

I also received, from a reluctant relative, "Right or Wrong, God Judge Me: The writings of John Wilkes Booth", which I am thrilled to own. I had read it before, but I put it as the book at the top of my list anyhow (knowing full well that I'd be lucky if my family bought me even one book. They...don't exactly approve. Thus why I held back tears as I recieved this volume).

Here is an exerpt:

"The country is not what it was. This forced union is not what I have loved. I care not what becomes of me. I have no desire to outlive my country..."

from the diary of JWB, 17 April 1865

"After being hunted like a dog through swamps, woods, and last night being chased by gun boats till I was forced to return wet cold and starving, with every mans hand against me, I am here in despair. And why; For doing what Brutus was honored for, what made Tell a Hero. And yet I for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew am looked upon as a common cutthroat. My action was purer than either of theirs. One, hoped to be great himself. The other had not only his countrys but his own wrongs to avenge. I hoped for no gain. I knew no private wrong. I struck for my country and that alone. A country groaned beneath this tyranny and prayed for this end. Yet now behold the cold hand they extend to me. God cannot pardon me if I have done wrong. Yet I cannot see see any wrong except in serving a degenerate people. The little, the very little I left behind to clear my name, the Govmt will not allow to be printed. So ends all. For my country I have given up all that makes life sweet and Holy, brought misery on my family, and am sure there is no pardon in Heaven since man condemns me so. I have only heard what has been done (except what I myself did) and it fills me wiht horror. God try and forgive me and bless my mother. (...) I do not repent the blow I struck. I may before God but not to man.
I think I have done well, though I am abandoned, with the curse of Cain upon me..."

from the diary of JWB, 22 April 1865

Quite the contrast from his adorable entries of 16 or 17, which speak of squirrel hunting and girls. (Interestingly enough, many of the early letters are to T. William O'Laughlen, Michael's (alleged conspirator, died on Dry Tortugas) older brother, who also attended school with them.)

I just finished the novel "Henry and Clara", a historical fiction piece on Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris, the couple who were in the box at Ford's with Mary Todd and Abraham on the night of the assassination. Being historical fiction, it contains no footnotes, and only a brief note from the author explaining that a few of the letters were real and that the story was built around the frame of facts from his research. The author does not expand on what this frame consists of other than marriage and death dates from the family, leaving one with too many questions. The novel works a lot with the politics of the time, and is more slow reminiscence than action. I enjoyed it, though, as the only book I have ever seen on them. If anyone comes across a factual publication on them, please tell me.

I have also been reading Dr. Samuel A. Mudd's letters from Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortugas, where he was confined for 3 years. I have read only the first handful, which are hopeful, sad letters to his wife Frank with desperate pleas for a reply. Nettie Mudd, who originally compiled the book (with Richard re-printing it and donating it to the Exeter library), makes no note that I can find on why Frank's replies were so scare when she's petitioning so fervently for his release. A full account of the confinement on Dry Tortugas is in Samuel Bland Arnold's "Memoirs of a Lincold Conspirator", which was carifying, moving, and very angering. I have never felt more hatred towards our government.

My family cannot get it through their head that people wore civil-war era clothing during the civil war era outside of the South. *sigh* I was raised a vermonter, and am a good new englander, but I do not at all follow their reasoning in telling me for the past week that I dress like I'm from the deep south.

Sorry that was sort of long! Happy New Year!
Friday, December 23rd, 2005
4:09 pm
I'm a descendent of the Harper family (Harper's Ferry, Battle of Bentonville) and recently decided to learn more about the family. We had a family reunion in Bentonville a few years ago, which was a great experience. We have a copy of a book made about the family where it goes through all the relatives and everything (it was made in the '80s and in my picture with my mother I am just a few years old), but I still feel like I don't know enough about everything that went on. I was wondering if anyone has anything interesting they could tell me about the Harpers, Harper's Ferry, or even Bentonville. I'd love to know anything at all.
Sunday, November 13th, 2005
10:29 am

It's been a while since I updated. School has been very busy and 10th grade is hard.

First off, I recommend reading The Glass Menagerie. We finished reading it in school and the drama club put on a production and it was fantastic. It's now one of my new favorites.

Second off, I found a cool site: http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/civil-war-women.htm

I'm going to post my Norway book and how it is coming along so far.

Take care.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
3:21 pm
After having given up the hope of ever seeing a copy of Adam Badeau's The Vagabond, it occured to me today (as I procrastinated from my history paper) to type his name and work into google (aren't I smart?)--and the first thing that appeared was the text of the book, lovely and free and utterly adorable.

(Badeau was a good friend/confidante of Edwin Booth, possibly (as implied in Gene Smith's American Gothic) unrequitedly in love with him. He is adorable and sweet.)

Read "A Night with the Booths," here:

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
7:32 pm
Ack...I have been wanting very badly to write an entry on the Booths, but alas college essays have been taking the place of the Booths in my life...I miss reading about them. All I have to offer is a paper I just wrote for Astronomy. Writing-wise, it's crap, but I'm putting it in here because I think Tycho is very interesting, and all it really is is random facts stuck together. His life was quite entertaining. I left out, alas, the dwarf he had entertain him at his observatory. If I had time, I think Tycho would be really fun to research, however much I dislike him as a person.

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Monday, October 3rd, 2005
12:25 am
Random Crap #5 - The dance of death at Gettysburg
Throughout the war, both sides were often accused of actions that would qualify as war crimes. Both sides vehemently denied each others accusations. One of the most controversial issues of the time was regarding the use of an "exploding bullet". This projectile was designed to literally explode (as the name would suggest) upon impact with its target. It would send out not only the shrapnel from the bullet itself but also a large amount of tiny balls that would shred the internal organs causing certain death. Although there had been surgeons who claimed to have treated soldiers who suffered from injuries sustained by these hellish inventions, no documented evidence had ever been logged to confirm their usage. Near the area of "Devil's Den", the fighting had become a fatal dance of hand to hand combat. The Confederates were gaining the upper hand and many of the charging Union soldiers began to lose it. The heat of the moment and sheer nerves would cause them to drop more bullets than they could succesfully load. This would catch up with them and soon many were forced to drop their weapons and gear and run for their lives. As was the case with most soldiers, the dropped and surrendered gear was soon inspected and low and behold they found to their amazement that many of the cartridge boxes of the now fleeing Union troops were filled with "exploding bullets". In an act mixed of desperation and anger, the Confederates loaded up their longarms with these retrieved projectiles and before long they spotted Union soldiers making their way towards them. One Confederate sharpshooter took aim at a young Private and fired. The bullet hit Private's cartridge box which was filled to the brim with Explosive bullets. The impact caused every bullet in his box to erupt in a deadly fire with all bullets entering the Private's body. Stunned fellow soldiers looked on helplessly as this Private appeared to dance, his body standing erect and a glazed look on his eyes. It took 30 seconds for all of the bullets to finish their damage and for the young soldier to hit the ground. When his dance of death was done, he was left with a large hole where his stomach had once been. His fellow soldiers, seeing first hand with no immediate distractions, were very leary to move forward, but at the command of their officers went farther into the fray. Within a moment, a Union Sgt. would be hit, also in his cartridge box, he was very fortunate in that he managed to take off his box before the bullets began their fatal duty. As his box plummeted to the ground, he saw fragments shooting from his leather "US" embossed case. Many of those around him were unfortunate recipients of wounds because of his actions. many of the men in the ranks dropped their weapons and ran back to their lines. Even though the battle would continue on, the most ghastly visions of perhaps the entire war had already taken place and not even Lincoln himself could deny knowledge of the Union's usage of these horrific inventions spwaned from a horrific time.
12:17 am
Busy Month
This is shaping up to be a busy month. This Wednesday evening I will be giving a lecture in Salisbury,MD regarding the history of the 21st Misssissippi Volunteer Infantry. On the 15th I will be in Baltimore,MD addressing the convention of Sons of Confederate Veterans from Maryland,Delaware, Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. On the 29th I will be in St. Louis,MO where I will be finishing up auction school and while I am there (until November 5th), I have an appointment to give a lecture on the raids of Quantrill to a group of Daughter's of the Confederacy members. I kind of feel like I am adopting the travel schedule of a Rock Star, but I see no groupies :-). I know you guys are restricted by school schedules and the like but if you and/or your parents would ever liked to attend a lecture I am giving than please let me know and I will keep you all updated about my schedule. I am bound to be near you at some point.
Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
12:44 am
I am alive!
Hi all,
Sorry for having not been on lately. I have found myself quite busy... I did get some good news, my first book is scheduled to be published on July 1st of 2006.. will keep you updated if you would like to know more about it.. stay tuned for more Random Crap (unless you guys are so tired of it you want to kill me by now)
Saturday, September 24th, 2005
10:48 pm
Desiree's Baby

In English class we had to read this short story called Desiree's Baby. I fell in love with it. Here's the copy of the story and my paper on it. =)
Desiree's Baby by Kate ChopinCollapse )
Finally something I am interested in. I wrote the theme's sloppy copy, but I messed up the entire thing. In health we were in teh computer lab again, since I was done the project, I typed it up. I have to have my mom proofread it, so this is not the final copy. Things are subjected to change.
Pride and PrejudiceCollapse )

Current Mood: frustrated
Monday, September 19th, 2005
10:59 pm
Random Useless Crap #4
When we are young, we are taught about the glory of words that is the infamous "Emancipation Proclamation". What most educators will not bother to tell you is that the document which is credited with freeing millions of slaves did in fact free next to nobody and was actually a ploy designed to keep the Nations of Europe from recognizing the Confederacy as a legitimate nation. The words of Lincoln himself are:

"That on the 1st day of January, A.D. 1863, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

"That the executive will on the 1st day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State or the people thereof shall on that day be in good faith represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such States shall have participated shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State and the people thereof are not then in rebellion against the United States."

Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-In-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for supressing said rebellion, do, on this 1st day of January, A.D. 1863, and in accordance with my purpose so to do, publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days from the first day above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof, respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States the following, to wit:

Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana (except the parishes of St. Bernard, Palquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James, Ascension, Assumption, Terrebone, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the city of New Orleans), Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkeley, Accomac, Northhampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Anne, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth), and which excepted parts are for the present left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

And by virtue of the power and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States and parts of States are, and henceforward shall be, free; and that the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.

And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all case when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

And I further declare and make known that such persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God."

What I find funny is that the majority of educators in this country continually eat up the Lincoln dogma and then pass it along to their students. Either they do not know better,see Lincoln as a near Deity, or do know but are so afraid of crossing the line of political correctness by insulting the "Great Emancipator" and being branded a racist. It is easy to see several things by a close examination of this document. First, you will see that Lincoln freed the slaves in areas that were deemed to be in rebellion. These areas were obvioulsy the States that made up the Confederacy. That order alone was meaningless because the Confederate States of America was not "in rebellion", they were a sovreign nation. They were not subject to the laws of a Nation to which they did not belong. This would be the modern equivalent of our Government passing a law forbidding the Canadian Government to display a Maple Leaf on its National banner. The second problem is that there were certain areas of the areas "in rebellion" which were specifically not subject to this order. When this order was penned, history will show, that all of the areas of the Confederacy that were NOT subject to this order were those areas that were either firmly in Union Control or had a large percentage of residents who considered themselves loyal to the Union. It is funny that the areas of the enemy nation that could have had this order enforced were not even subject to the order to begin with. The third major thing you see with this proclamation is that States and territories which belonged to the Union, yet allowed slavery as an institution, were not subject to this order. This included the States of Kentucky, West Virginia (which would be admitted illegally to the Union a year later), Maryland, Delaware, Missouri, and the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.). Did Lincoln just forget to include these areas? No! He could look out of the Oval Office window any day of the week at any hour of the day and see hundreds of slaves running errands up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. He not only did not mention them, as you can read, he blatantly excused them from following this order. The intention of this document, no matter what PC history books will tell you, was NOT to free slaves. It was simply set up to swing the public opinion of the United States back in his favor and to give the Nations of Europe a good reason to not diplomatically recognize the Confederacy. Prior to this proclamation, the general consensus of the civillians in the Union was that the war was not worth the cost and that the South had a right to go. Even though the vast majority of Unionists were not favorable to the welfare of the "Negro Race" they would never cast stones at an administration or denounce a war that now had a new purpose. Freedom was the single best word to use to gain favor from a country who had just won that very thing less than 100 years earlier. Nobody wanted to back out of a war when they now thought the purpose would be to free an oppressed population. The nations of Europe for the most part were very very close for many reasons to either recognizing or siding with the Confederacy. Lincoln, knowing this had to find a way to keep them from getting involved and so he played upon the unpopularity of the institution of slavery among the peoples of Europe. No nation would officially join with a Nation that was now perceived to be fighting a war of oppression. A siding with a power of this nature (even though most European Nations knew the true story) would have led to near revolution in their own nations due to the fact that slavery was universally condemned by all classes in this area of the world. No King or Queen would ever want to bring the stigma of slavery upon their reign. Some apologists may say that even though this proves that Lincoln never intended to free anyone and could care less about a race that just a few years earlier he had denounced, it still shows that he was a brilliant commander. That is true, but so was Hitler!
Sunday, September 18th, 2005
10:24 pm
Random Useless Crap # 3
Imagine yourself, if you will, stuck in a damp, dark, extremely small prison cell. You are not in the cell aone mind you, there could be as many as 12 other people in the cell with you, you really dont know how many because the cell is so dark that you can barely see your own hands. You are fed bread that is coated with the fecal matter of rats, raw potatoes that are so rotten that they have maggots in them and water so rancid that you must close your nose to drink it. Perhaps the worst part is that you do not know where you are because you were dragged to that prison after being knocked unconcious in such an extreme way that your jailers were not even sure you would survive. Your family weeps every day because they do not know where you are or what has happened to you and death at this point welcome companion. If you can imagine this enviroment, perhaps you are thinking of a dungeon in medevial Europe. Maybe you are thinking about the Tower of London or maybe you are thinking about the modern prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While those places were no picnic, the place I am talking about is a place closely assosciated with our National Anthem. To many it is a immortal symbol of freedom and Democracy but to hundreds and thousands of souls forgotten by many, it was Hell on earth, this place is Ft. McHenry in Baltimore,MD. When the struggle for Southern Independence broke out in 1861, there was a lack of prisons to house those who may be captured in battle. This problem was resolved by taking forts dating back to the Revolution and war of 1812 and turning them into prison camps. If you have ever toured Ft. McHenry you would quickly notice how small and cramped the installation is. You would notice the narrow corridors and the mildewy smell that lingers to this day. Look inside those cells and you can almost see the frail, eldery, malnourished body of a Maryland Circuit Court Judge by the name of Carmichael. Judge Carmichael experienced all of the horrors described above along with untold others whose names have been lost. What was Judge Carmichael's crime? The answer is a suprising NOTHING. How could this happen in the United States of America? It is very simple really. When one man decides to go against the Constitution of the United States and declare the writ of Habeus Corpus(or basically the right to a trial and to know the charges against you)null and void, than one man alone can order the imprisonment of anyone he wants. Now the question would be, who would do such a thing? The answer to that is our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. On April 27th, 1861 , Lincoln suspended that writ for the purpose of invading Maryland (a Union State) as well as several Midwestern States (I.E. Indiana). Within days, a Union Cavalry patrol numbering over 100 approahed the Courthouse in Easton,Maryland. They held in their hand an arrest warrant signed by Lincoln himself. That afternoon they surrounded the building and a detachment entered the courthouse where court was in session. They burst through the door and interrupted the trial by demanding that Judge Carmichael submit to being chained and carried away. When Judge Carmichael asked to know what the charges were against him he was clubbed over the head by the butts of several Colt Revolvers and the grips of several Cavalry sabers. Blood was gushing from his head as the union patrol dragged him from the courthouse and threw his body into a wagon. They then went mere blocks where they loaded him onto Federal vessel in the Tred Avon river and escorted his unconcious body through the Miles River and into the Chesapeake Bay. From there he was taken North to Ft. McHenry where would awaken hours later after struggling to survive. He screamed from his cell asking about his crime and about his family but was only met with punches through the bars and taunts of "One more word and I will beat you to death you damned seccesh". Why was this allowed to happen? Why would the Union patrol use such force on an elderly man who simply asked a question? It is because Lincoln left explicit orders that "anyone who questions MY supreme authority shall be taken immediately by whatsoever means may be deemed neccesary". Carmichael would not be alone for long as soon the entire prison was overflowing with political prisoners. You had a mix of judges, lawyers, politicians, bankers, newspaper editors and reporters, priests, ex U.S. Officers and soldiers, and other well knowns of the time. With these SUSPECTED Confederate Sympathizers out of the way, Lincoln was free to move the Union Army to polling places throughout Maryland and other areas that questioned his authority to conduct this war. Voters at the polls were interrogated by Federal authorities as to who they wished to vote for and in many documented cases were escorted into the voting area where the Union soldiers themselves told them who to vote for. It is no surprise than that Maryland remained in the Union after pro-Union and Lincoln approved politicians were elected statewide in landslides. This was the first time that Lincoln suspended this Writ, but sadly it would not be the last as he would go on to do this several more times and bring his brand of terrorism to communities throughout the United States. My next post will also be Lincoln related, it will be a historical examination with the intent to prove that Lincoln's "Emancipation Proclomation" did in fact, free nobody!
5:23 pm
Much to my surprise I am now the official owner of the Battle Flag of the 21st Mississippi Volunteer Infantry, Co.D, Barksdale's Brigade. I managed to purchase that, a Confederate Cavalry Saber from Mobile, Alabama dated 1862, and a 1943 U.S. Army Air Force stereoscope with original box. I am indeed a happy camper
Saturday, September 17th, 2005
8:32 pm
Random Useless Crap #2
So when do you officially know that a song is powerful? Harry McCarthy knew his song, The Bonnie Blue Flag, was when halfway through the song a fist fight broke out because people became "too excited". If you try, you can almost imagine that glamarous stage in 1861 New Orleans, Louisiana. The crowd was composed of some of the cities best and brightest along with police officers, prostitutes, and members of the Texas infantry who were taking a rest of several days after their long hard march east from the Lonestar State. The crowd is fairly silent when all of a sudden a man of medium build with dark hair slowly walks from stage right. It does not take long for the crowd to notice that he is wearing the uniform of a Confederate Officer and this brings a loud, yet polite applause from all corners of the building. The man, who the crowd knows is Harry McCarthy, opens his mouth and a booming voice lets out the words: "We are a band of brothers
and native to the soil
fighting for our liberty
with treasure blood, and toil
and when our rights were threatened,
the cry rose near and far
hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
that bears a single star!"

With this the crowd erupted with applause and whistles. Most notable of the bunch were members of the Texas Infantry (who having probably had too much to drink) were not only hooting and hollering but standing on their chairs waving their caps wildly above their heads. In a few moments the crowd again calmed down and Harry McCarthy continued : "Hurrah!
for Southern rights, hurrah!
hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
that bears a single star."

The crowd again erupted in the same fashion and the Texas infantry became even more boisterous. One Private in particular got the attention of the officers of his brigade and they ordered him to calm down. Eventually he did and the performance continued : "As long as the Union
was faithful to her trust
like friends and brethren,
kind were we, and just
but now, when Northern treachery
attempts our rights to mar
we hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag
that bears a single star"

It was at this point that several ladies of New Orleans, filled with emotion, jumped upon the stage and rushed at Harry McCarthy. The first young woman to reach him grabbed him and gave him a kiss. The crowd was again cheering and the kiss made them cheer even louder. The Texas men would again erupt into near hysteria as the same young woman grabbed a "Bonnie Blue Flag" and began dancing and waving the flag about. Amidst the fanfare, Harry McCarthy continued his performance: "First gallant South Carolina
nobly made the stand
then came Alabama
and took her by the hand
next, quickly Mississippi,
georgia, and Florida
all raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag
that bears a single star."

Yet again the crowd erupted with enthusiasm at the stirring rendention by Harry McCarthy and the fervent flag waving by this young fan of his. The Texas men were again on their chairs letting out cheers and whistles which yet again prompted their officers to command them to sit down. They eventually did, including the same Private who had been ordered earlier and the song continued: "Ye men of valor gather
round the banner of the right
Texas and fair Louisiana
join us in the fight
Davis, our loved President,
and Stephens statesmen are
now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag
that bears a single star."

That was the final straw for these Texans who totally lost it. Being fed up with the crowd, members of the New Orleans police department began to approach the Texas troops, starting with the first young Private who had been singled out. They grabbed him and attempted to pull him from his chair. The texas enlisted mena nd officers saw this and became enraged. They started throwing chairs at the New Orleans police and the police responded with gunfire in the air. Their gunfire was met with gunfire and fists to the face from the Texas troops. Even though a minuature riot had broken out in the theatre, the cheers continued even among the combatants. Through all the gunfire could be heard the roaring chants "Long live the Confederacy" and "CSA". Even though the audience was demanding more, Harry McCarthy was forced to leave the stage or else the riots would grow in proportion. As for his young flag waving assistant.. they ended up getting married later that year.
3:01 pm


I didn't know it was today, until they said it on Pulse (the school announcement) and the social studies teacher read the Preamble. I thought, "Gah! Should have worn my Revolutionary soldier Life Is Good shirt today."
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Current Mood: okay

11:53 am
Bonnie Blue Flag...It's historical connotations
I am sure you have all heard the song by Harry McCarthy entitled "The Bonnie Blue Flag". I often wondered when I was in my early teens how a new Government could generate such excitement by simply showing a blue flag with a solitary white star upon it. When I was 13 I set out to find out why and ended up comming across a long story that most modern history books and Historians have forgotten. The flag is first seen in North America in Western Florida during a time when the Spanish ruled the area. The area known as "West Florida" was a long debated over area that came into being after the end of the French and Indian War. The British took control over the Spanish colony of Florida and portions of the French territory (at least a third of what is now Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana). The area proved to be too large of an assignment for just one British Governor to control so the the newly acquired territory was divided into two colonies, East Florida, which comprised most of what is now the main body of the State of Florida and West Florida, which today is made of the Florida panhandle and sections of Alabama, Mississippi, and Lousiana. The territory remained in British control until the end of the American Revolutionary war and signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. As per the agreement of the Treaty, the British agreed to cede both East and West Florida back to Spain and so once again the Florida territories came under the Control of the Spanish. Almost before the ink on the treaty was dry there was a problem. Spain refused to acknowledge the boundaries as they were at the end of the war and demanded that they take control of all of what they thought was their territory. The new United States refused to accept that and the result pushed the two nations to the brink of warfare. The dispute was thankfully resolved when Spain backed down and accepted the old boundary line when they agreed upon the treaty of San Lorenzo. In 1800 Spain and France signed a treaty (cant remember the exact name of that treaty, sorry :-( ) that returned control of the Louisiana Colony to the French. The lesson of the Treaty of Paris was not learned as once again Spain failed to make sure the boundary was determined in the treaty. This failure led to tensions between the two nations as they both demanded control over portions of West Florida. This dispute was short lived because in 1803 France sold its territory to the fledgling United States, this included the territory that was in dispute with Spain. The U.S. and Spain began negotiations but while they were in talks a whole new problem came about. The area of West Florida was being overrun with colonists from America. That would not have been a major issue but the settlers in this region did not allign themselves with either the United States or the Spanish. Before long the colonists had formed militias and had declared war on Spain. This rebellion was crushed by Spain in short order but Spain had failed to kill the idea or the spirit. In 1810, the colonists officially declared West Florida as an independent Republic. The militias of West Florida made it to the Spanish Garrison in Baton Rogue and captured the facility whereupon they immediately revealed the new flag of their nation. This flag consisted of a blue field with a single white star in the center. It quickly became known by the Scottish colonists to this area as the "Bonnie Blue Flag". As we all know, West Florida would shrink and end up disolving into one state that would go on to be admitted to the Union but the flag had become notorious as a symbol of freedom. The flag would again show up during the more well known Texas Rebellion (only this time wityh a yellow star) and would show up again in California where it served as the inspiration for an early pattern of that state's flag. From here, the story gets a bit tricky. On January 9th, 1861 the State of Mississippi suceeded from the Union and raised the "bonnie blue flag" over it's statehouse. It is said by some that Harry McCarthy (who was present at the raising of the flag) wrote his famous song after witnessing this but I personally believe that the song came from the flags unveiling in Baton Rogue, LA in that same year where again Harry McCarthy was present. At the sucession convention in Louisiana, the vote came announcing that Lousiana would be the next state to leave the Union. The crowd let our a roar that shook the earth and a woman with tears in her eyes jumped on the state that the announcement was made from and began waving the "Bonnie Blue Flag" to signify their independence. Harry McCarthy was moved by this scene and very shortly after this moment the song "Bonnie Blue Flag" started to appear in the form of sheet music all throughout the South where it became a instant favorite among soldiers and civillians. Harry McCarthy shortly after that would sing the song in front of an audience for the very first in New Orleans. My next "Random Crap" post will be about what happened the first time the song was performed live.
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