Open Thread for a Rainy Saturday.

3245243 Who do you suppose that this is?  pl 

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18 Responses to Open Thread for a Rainy Saturday.

  1. Jason Hueske says:

    General Samuel Cooper.
    Col, here’s how I cheated:
    That site is very useful for identifying the origin of images. I hope you find a use for it. I don’t want to spoil the search for someone who may actually recognize the picture, so please feel free to not post this comment.
    Thanks for your blog.

  2. Maureen Lang says:

    Backpedaling on TA helped me ascertain this one.
    And, given Gen. Cooper’s wiki box info…have you perhaps been to his gravesite?

  3. Fred says:

    His would be an interesting biography to read.

  4. Fred says:

    Here’s a sad tale from South Carolina.

  5. Tyler says:

    In Arizona its 79 degrees and nothing but sun as far as the eye can see.
    I miss the mid atlantic rain and wet, to be honest.

  6. greg0 says:

    Thanks to Annie for suggesting The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters back in December. It’s a good book, reminiscent of Twain. My grandson got a new edition (Powell’s Books has everything!) on his birthday… And I got to read it first!

  7. greg0 says:

    Thought I’d share some Jeff Huber opinion, from the at-Largely blog on March 11 (
    “Marjah is a “test” that will tell us if the much-touted clear-hold-build counterinsurgency strategy will work. Marjah will pass the test, of course. At least, it will in the press releases McChrystal’s psyops czar Rear Adm. Gregory Smith hands out to the mainstream media’s stenography pool. And in Smith’s version of history, the Afghan army will have led the victory, no matter how many people blurt that they did so from their safe haven in the rear echelon. ”

  8. Patrick Lang says:

    I don’t know that there is one. He appears in both my novels and is buried half a mile from here. An Old Alexandrian. He was the chief of Confederate military intelligence as well as Adjutant General. He was a “marble man” except that he could not resist advancing the CSA career of his son who is buried next to him. The son had been previously “sent down” from WP. The son told his grandson, whom I knew, that he had decided in the Wilderness, as a major of artillery, that if he lived he would never be sober again. pl

  9. Tyler says:

    Have you read Sympathy for the Devil? Its by one Kent Anderson, who was part of 5th Group and (I think?) CCN. I think you’d enjoy it, if you like reading Vietnam War fiction that’s gritty and down to earth. I know I’ve read my copy to tatters.

  10. anna missed says:

    WOW, oral history – un-self conscious oral history at that. Hows that suppose to jive in the age of talking point, revisionist, or outright end of history, history? Who the hell are we anyway?

  11. Cold War Zoomie says:

    I miss the mid atlantic rain and wet, to be honest.
    Isn’t it funny how that works, Tyler? It only rained 4-5 times for the entire 14 months I was in Central America. Every day was sunny and warm. People think that would be paradise. I got tired of it! Sunny, warm weather is so much better after a cold, drizzly winter.

  12. Jackie says:

    It’s dreary and drizzily here in Kansas, but I’ll second CWZ. Winter must be endured so you can really appreciate the other three seasons. I’d love a good thunderstorm right about now.

  13. Will the Republican VP candidate in 2012 be Gingrich or Petraeus?
    Will the Democratic VP candidate be Biden or Clinton (H)?
    Will one or both Houses of Congress turn to a Republican majority in 2010?
    10 years down the road will Iraq or AF-PAK be key in US foreign policy and foreign relations agenda?
    The US has allied with dictatorships in the past [Soviet Union during WWII]! Should we seek a formal alliance with China and save both a lot of time and effort and confrontation at the edges? Give China clear title to Taiwan and keep Japan?
    Some of the above are false choices IMO but that in fact is the agenda now for the US in foreign policy and foreign relations premised on no war involving Iran and further toleration of WMD proliferation.
    The next war will be fought in space-space and in cyber space also IMO.
    Chinese aiming not just for moon landing but formal colonization. Russia will dominate the Arctic ocean and resource exploitation. Canada and US are dreaming unless they launch major effort now to prevent that Russian domination.
    By 2050 the new ranking of top ten of world’s most populous nations would be a shock to US citizens if they knew that alignment. Also a shock to Russians and Europeans.
    Is China a new economic Ghengis Khan? By 2030 we will know for sure. By the way what happened to the 600 strong Chinese unit that along with Isralies was first to land and show flag after Haitian Earthquake?
    Can open warfare across the Islamic World between various sects be avoided and how and why?
    Hey you said open thread or was it open threat?

  14. Tyler says:

    You’re not kidding there. I get so excited when it rains here I almost want to call out from work just so I can sit home and listen to the rain tear it up out there. The consolation is that when it rains here, it pours. And if its at the right time of day I can get a pretty good skyscape.

  15. Tyler says:

    Oh, here’s an interesting news link:
    Three US consulate members killed in Juarez in shooting.
    Well, here it goes.

  16. Charles I says:

    Wow, back when the Wilderness was Wilderness, a war torn pledge of life long inebriation. That’s oral history indeed.
    Speaking of your novels, I was just packing a crate of cottage reading. Any ETA on Devereux III?

  17. WP says:

    When I see you posting pictures of Civil War generals, it whets my appetite to see how you will portray them in your third novel in the series. I greatly enjoyed the first two novels and hope the third will be out soon.

  18. anna missed says:

    RE oral history. Back in the 80’s, just before my grandfather passed away my brother and I, got the idea we would ask him about his early life. The family lived in small town SE Ohio which was, from pre Civil War into the early 20thC, part of the “Hanging Rock” iron producing region. During this time the Ohio, W Virginia,& Kentucky nexus was the major iron producing area in the country, where even today one can locate the ruins of the charcoal fired furnaces – usually well off the modern beaten path, somewhere out in the woods and overgrown. It turned out that Grandpa worked in one of the last of these functioning furnaces as a teenager, and had a wealth of knowledge and personal detail about what it was like to work in them. One of the more fascinating details was his recounting of the work songs that the men sang at the furnace. He remembered all the words to several and sang them for us. The mere idea of it. Men singing together during the course of factory work. I had no idea.

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