Merry Christmas

Merry Chrismtas to every one! I hope you have an awesome christmas and  I hope you remeber the reason for the season the birth of christ. Matthew 1:18-2:23

Published in: on December 25, 2009 at 7:11 pm  Comments Off on Merry Christmas  

My Resources

I have many books and things at my use for when I write this Blog. I think you (my readers) might enjoy them to so I will give you a list of all my books and resources.

1. General Lee’s Army— Joseph Glaatthar

2. Personal Memoirs of General Ulysses S. Grant— Ulysses Grant

3. Reading the man— Elizebeth Brown Pryor

4. Civil War Battlefield Guide— Jeff Shaara

5. For Cause and Comrades— James McPherson

6. Eyewitness to the Civil War— J. Steven Wilkins

7. Never Call Retreat— Bruce Catton

8. Christ In the Camp— William Jones

9. Visiting Our Past— National Geographic Society

10.Historic Places— Readers Digest

11. The American Civil War 365 Days— Margaret Wagner

12. The Civil War Experience 1861-1865— Jay Wertz

13. American History: A Timeline of the Civil War

14. Witness to the Civil War John D. Wright

15. The Red Badge of Courage— Stephen Crane

16. Biography of  John Wesley Powell— Marian T. Place

17.Biography of Sacajawea— Jerry Seibert

18. Biography Abigail Adams— Regina Z. Kelly

19. Biography of Ben Franklin— Augusta Stevenson

20. Biography Miles Standish— Augusta Stevenson

21. The Army of the Potomac: Mr. Lincoln’s Army— Bruce Catton

22. The Army of the Potomac: Glory Road— Bruce Catton

23. The Army of the Potomac: A Stillness At Appomattox— Bruce Catton

24.  Ken Burn’s Civil War Series

25. American Civil War BattleFields DVD series

26.  American Civil War DVD set

25 and 26 are similar but different things

All of the books and videos/DVDs  are available on and  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do

Published in: on December 21, 2009 at 5:26 pm  Comments Off on My Resources  

Phil Kearney

Phil Kearney was a man that you could make a legend out of. He was brave to the last moment of his life and gave his all for his country. All heroes also have their downfalls. Phil Kearney had both his ups and his downs and I will tell you about both.

Phil Kearney was born June 2, 1815 in New York, New York. He was the son of Philip kearney Sr. and Sarah Watts. When Kearney was a boy he was called “A perfect horse killer” because he was a very reckless rider. At the age of seven Kearney was struck by tragedy. His mother died. It took time as one would expect to recover from the grief but the young Kearney eventually returned to his  normal hot tempered self.

Early in life Philip Jr. had aspirations to be in the army. When he was ready to take the entry exam for West Point his father and Grandfather paid him $1500 not to join.  They wanted him to become a lawyer. Philip Jr. eventually accepted their decision.  Kearney studied law and entered into the law firm of his cousin Peter Augustus Jay, but in the back of his mind the longing to be in the army was always there.

In 1836 Kearney’s Grandfather died and left him over one million dollars in inheritance making him one of the richest men in America at the time. Now that he was a legal adult without financial troubles and out from the control of his father Philip Jr. joined the army.

With the help of his uncle Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Watts Kearney and General Winfield Scott whom he had met and impressed while in law school received a commission as second lieutenant of the first dragoons a cavalry regiment.  He reported to his uncle at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on June 10, 1847. He served here for two years.

Kearney turned out to be a well-liked if not rather eccentric officer. He was always quick to encourage and praise the work of those below him in rank. His comrades often questioned why he would join the army if he had all that money and such a good social standing.  Kearney often used his fortune to help outfit his company. After two years as 2nd lieutenant of the 1st dragoons he was assigned to the military district commandant Henry Atkinson as an Aide-de-camp. Kearney was not necessarily happy about his new assignment but there was an upside to it. Kearney fell in love with the commandants sister-in-law Diana Bullitt. Everyone thought that Diana and Philip would get married but Kearney did something that suprised everyone including Diana. He accepted an assignment overseas.

His new assignment was in the France. He was to observe the French Cavalry which at the time was thought to be the best in the world. The United States government sent three young men over and Kearney was choosen as one of them. He was chosen partly because his Uncle Stephen Kearney was the one making the selections. He arrived in France in 1839 just in time to take part in the Duke of Orleans’s expedition into the Algiers. This was just the opportunity that Kearney had been looking for. This assignment gave him the chance to fight in an actual war rather then just leading troops during peace time.

This is part One part two will go shortly

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Lincoln’s Second Innagural Address

This is one of the most epic documents from the Civil War. It is full of all the emotion that Lincoln had from the war and all that had happened to him. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do.

At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement, somewhat in detail, of a course to be pursued, seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention, and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself; and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it–all sought to avert it. While the inaugeral [sic] address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war–seeking to dissole [sic] the Union, and divide effects, by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.

One eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was, somehow, the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union, even by war; while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether”

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

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The Constitution

Recently I have been having a conversation with a friend on the issue of the constitutional legality of the North declaring war on the South and here is I have given you section 8 and 9 of the in which  states the powers and limitations of the Congress. I think you will find it interesting.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties,emolm  Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Section 9 – Limits on Congress

The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.

The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

(No capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.) (Section in parentheses clarified by the 16th Amendment.)

No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.

No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, e, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.

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