Category Archives: WBS

“Tattoo,” A Memoir of Becoming

This memoir could have been subtitled "a message in a bottle."  PL I am privileged to have been given reviews of the book by two people I greatly respect and admire: —————- "Because much of the focus of Walter Lang’s … Continue reading

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A Re-naming Bee

(Lt Col collar insignia, CSA) "There are 10 major U.S. military bases named in honor of Confederate military leaders, all in former Confederate States: Camp Beauregard (1917), near Pineville, Louisiana, a Louisiana National Guard installation named for Louisiana native and Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant … Continue reading

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CSS Shenandoah In Melbourne, 1865, By Walrus.

(CSS Shenandoah burning whalers in the Bering Sea) The confederate raider CSS Shenandoah visited Melbourne in the colony of Victoria in 1865. She was berthed within a hundred yards of where I keep my yacht today. Despite Britain declaring itself … Continue reading

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Discussion on CW/WBS

There was a statue that stood at Prince and Washington Streets in Alexandria, Virginia.  It stood  there since the 1890s as a memorial to Alexandria's Confederate dead.  As I recall there were 110 names on the pediment.  The city in … Continue reading

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The Other 13th Amendment – TTG

I ran across this series of twitter postings by Susan Simpson, a DC lawyer. She discovered some surprising (at least to me) antebellum congressional documents at the Federal Archives showing how far politicians were willing to go in appeasing the … Continue reading

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Stand Watie – the last Confederate General to surrender

"Watie was born in Oothcaloga, Cherokee Nation (now Calhoun, Georgia) on December 12, 1806, the son of Uwatie (Cherokee for "the ancient one", sometimes spelled Oowatie), a full-blood Cherokee, and Susanna Reese, daughter of a white father and Cherokee mother.[2] He was … Continue reading

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“The Civil War, a Narrative.” Foote

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“Lord Acton and the American Civil War” The Imaginative Conservative

"… if we take for granted that Acton would be infatuated with twenty-first century Americanism we might think again, for, as much as Acton thought of Jefferson and Adams, out of all American political theorists he reserved the highest praise … Continue reading

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“SHARPSBURG” by W. Patrick Lang (a prequel to TBC)

(Little Mac)               “This must be a ruse. Surely it is a ruse?”               George McClellan’s question was strangely melancholic.  He had been like that of late.               Handsome Joe Hooker looked at the little man standing across the farmhouse … Continue reading

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Chancellorsville, from “The Butcher’s Cleaver”

"- 3:10 A.M., 2 May – (The Crossroads) The two generals sat by the coffee pot waiting for it to boil.  Upended cracker boxes made seats.  Both men were known for their patience, but it had been a long night. … Continue reading

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