Quote of the day

“What is government itself,but the greatest of all reflections on human nature. If men were angels no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by menover men,the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself” James Madison

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Robert E. Lee: The Soldier and Man Pt. 1

Robert Edward Lee was born January 19, 1807 at Stratford Hall Plantation, Virginia. He was the son of the famed “Light Horse” Harry Lee and Anne Hill (Ne’e Carter) Lee. Robert was the fifth child in the family.

The Lee’s were a part of the Gentry class of Virginian society.  Robert’s maternal great-great Grandfather was the wealthiest man in the Virginia colony when he died in 1732. Robert’s Father would not have such success in their family’s finances, because Henry Lee squandered the fortunes of two wives, and abandoned the family. Harry lee moved to the Bahamas after being injured in a mob in Baltimore where he was truing to defend the home of a friend. The home he stayed in while he was in the Bahamas was the home of the famed Nathaniel Greene a hero in the Revolutionary war. It was at this home that Harry Lee died. Robert Edward was only eleven.

Nathaniel Greene

In 1825 Robert began his studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He became the first cadet to receive the rank of Sergeant at the end of the first year. When he graduated in 1829 he was at the head of his class. A position he shared with five other classmates. Having not gained any demerits during his years at West Point he was second overall in his class.

After his graduation he was given the brevet rank of Second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers.  Lee began his military career at Fort Pulaski on Cockspur Island Georgia. In 1831 he was stationed at Fortress Monroe. While he was there he married Marry Anna Randolph  Custis the  great- grand-daughter of Marth Washington. This was the beginning of an illustrious military career for Robert E. Lee. Pt 2 will come shortly.

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The Gettysburg Address

This is a most moving recitation of the Gettysburg Adress. I simply love what it had to say to the country during the Civil War and I love what it has to say to us today. “This country of the people, by the people and for the people shall not parish from the earth”

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Quote of the day


“But we had with us, to keep and to care for, more than five hundred bruised bodies of men, – men made in the image of God, marred by the hand of man, and must we say in the name of God? And where is the reckoning for such things? And who is answerable? One might almost shrink from the sound of his own voice, which had launched into the palpitating air words of order – do we call it? – fraught with such ruin. Was it God’s command we heard, or His forgiveness we must forever implore?”

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
The Passing of The Armies
Bantam Books, 1992

Brig. General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlin

Chamberlin made famous by the actions of himself and the 20th maine at Little Round top Gettysburg PA

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Quote Of the Day

When the American spirit was in  its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.
Patrick Henry

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Quote of the day

    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests” Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry

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A poem of the Civil War

Little Giffen

       This poem is true in every detail. The facts, often misstated, are set forth in a letter which the poets granddaughter, Miss Michelle Cutliffe Ticknor, courteously furnished for these pages. During the war, the wife of the poet daily visited the improvised hospitals of Columbus, Georgia. ” In one of these, the old Bank’s building, Mrs. Ticknor first saw the boy, Isaac Newton Giffen, and was so haunted by his pitiful condition that when the doctors declared his case hopeless, she carried him in her own carriage to ‘ Torch Hill,’ the country home of the Ticknors. There under the personal care of Dr. and Mrs. Ticknor he won his fight against death. Brought to ‘ Torch Hill’ in October, 1864, he left only in March, 1865, on receiving news of Johnston’s position. During his convalescence Mrs. Ticknor taught Giffen to read and write, and his deep gratitude toward the Ticknors leaves only one solution to his fate. How be met it, however, remains as obscure as his family history. That his father was a blacksmith in the mountains of East Tennessee is the only positive fact of his ancestry. He was sixteen years of age when taken by Mrs. Ticknor and had been engaged in eighteen battles and skirmishes.” It will thus be seen that the boy was wounded in one of the battles about Atlanta when Johnston and Hood were opposing Sherman. We may suppose that the Captain’s reply, given in the poem, was written after the battle of Nashville, December 15-16, 1864. In March, 1865, Johnston was again opposing Sherman, this time in the Carolinas, and it must have been in one of the closing battles of the war that ” Little Giffen ” lost his life.

Little Giffen
Francis Orray Ticknor (1822 – 1874)


Out of the focal and foremost fire,
Out of the hospital walls as dire,
Smitten of grape-shot and grangrene,
(Eighteenth battle, and he sixteen!)
Spectre! Such as you seldom see,
Little Giffen, of Tennessee.
“Take him- and welcome!” the surgeons said;
“Little the doctor can help the dead!”
So we took him and brought him where
The balm was sweet in the summer air;
And we laid him down on a wholesome bed-
Utter Lazarus, heel to head!

And we watched the war with abated breath-
Skeleton boy against skeleton death.
Months of torture, how many such!
Weary weeks of the stick and crutch;
And still a glint of the steel-blue eye
Told of a spirit that wouldn’t die.

And didn’t. Nay, more! In death’s despite
The crippled skeleton learned to write.
“Dear Mother,” at first, of course; and then”Dear Captain,” inquiring about the men.
Captain’s answer: “Of eighty-and-five,
Giffen and I are left alive.”

Word of gloom from the war, one day;
“Johnston pressed at the front, they say.”
Little Giffen was up and away;
A tear-his first-as he bade good-by,

Dimmed the glint of his steel-blue eye.
“I’ll write, if spared!” There was news of the fight;
But none of Giffen. He did not write.

I sometimes fancy that, were I king
Of the princely knights of the Golden Ring,
With the song of the minstrel in mine ear,
And the tender legend that trembles here,
I’d give the best on his bended knee,
The whitest soul of my chivalry,
For Little Giffen, of Tennessee.

Source: The Photographic History of the Civil War, Volume V

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Rising or Setting?

“I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now I… know that it is a rising…sun.”  This is what Benjamin Franklin said about George Washington’s arm-chair at the Pennsylvania state house.


What does that say for our country today and what did it say during the Civil War? I think it was saying that good times are ahead for the country. Our Country has gone through some very hard, and trying times but she made it through them all by turing back to God. That is the only way to make our country a rising sun again. The Civil War was a very trying time but it brought the country to its knees. America turned to God during the Civil War and many, many lives were saved through Christ. Christ is what made our country a rising sun and is what will keeping always rising.

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Quote Of the Day

“If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory” – Jefferson Davis


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Quote of the day

“Without slavery, the rebellion could never have existed. Without slavery, it could not continue.”

Abraham Lincoln, December 1, 1862, Message to Congress, James Ford Rhodes, “History of the Civil War, 1861-1865”, 1917, page 198.

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