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The Rebel Yell!

Tumblr_n1zx1tTSU61rd3evlo1_500Origins Of The Rebel Yell- Co. E, 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry, 1919 Reunion-

“They Came with Barbarian Yells and Smoking Pistols” Units were nicknamed for their apparent ability to yell during battle. The 35th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry ”White’s Cavalry” were given the nom de guerre of “Comanches” for the way they sounded during battle.

The Confederate yell was intended to help control fear. As one soldier explained: "I always said if I ever went into a charge, I wouldn’t holler! But the very first time I fired off my gun I hollered as loud as I could and I hollered every breath till we stopped." Jubal Early once told some troops who hesitated to charge because they were out of ammunition: “Damn it, holler them across.” ” — Historian Grady McWhiney (1965) Origins: The yell has often been linked to Native American cries. Confederate soldiers may have imitated or learned the yell from Native Americans, many of whom sided with the Confederacy.

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Gone With The Wind - 74th Anniversary

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"Gone with the Wind" had its grand premiere during the Christmas Season of 1939, just 74 years after the end of the “War Between the States” and Sunday December 15, 2013 marks the 74th anniversary of that wonderful-classic movie that opens with: 

“There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.”

Read more at Southern Heritage News and Views


Tom Dooley

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Allegedly a photo of Thomas C. Dula a former Confederate soldier who was tried, convicted and hanged for the murder of his fiancée, Laura Foster. Many believe he may have been innocent & Ann Mellon killed her Cousin. Thomas had been involved with Ann & covered for her. The song "Tom Dooley" was written about him.

Link to the song…a classic 

 

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Helen Longstreet - A True Confederate Rosie the Riveter

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Confederate General James Longstreet of the Civil War died long before WWII.  However - his wife outlived him by many decades.  She, Helen Dortch Longstreet, at the age of 80 obtained a job at the Bell Aircraft bomber plant in Marietta, GA.  She was a riveter and assembler working on B-29s.   She refused to join the Union saying that there was no place for a Union in wartime.  

She said, "I was at the head of my class in riveting school. In fact I was the only one in it."

She worked at the plant for 2 years and never missed a day.  This feisty lady said that WWII was "the most horrible war of them all.  It makes General Sherman look like a piker."  She was a real character in her own right. 

General James Longstreet 's second wife was Helen Dortch b. 1863 whom he married in 1897.  He had 10 children of whom 5 lived to adulthood by his 1st wife Maria Louisa Garland 1827-1889.  He had no children with Helen. Tragically in 1862 between Jan 20 and Feb 2, 3 of his young ones died of Scarlet fever.  it was a source sorrow for the rest of his days. Longstreet died in 1904 at age 83.

Helen Dortch was born in Carnesville, Georgia, and attended Georgia Baptist Female Seminary (now Brenau College) and the Notre Dame Convent in Maryland. Having met Longstreet through her roommate, she married him on September 8, 1897, when she was just 34 and he was 76. She was widowed in 1904, childless.
 
Known as "The Fighting Lady." Helen was a champion of womens' rights, preserving the environment,  editor of a newspaper, first female postmistress in GA., and even ran for Governor as she was opposed to some racist positions the Governor was taking.  

Prior to marrying Longstreet, she was the first woman in Georgia to serve as Assistant State Librarian in 1894. She also authored the "Dortch Bill" (which became law in 1896) to allow a woman to hold the office of State Librarian.

Before and after becoming a widow, Helen Dortch Longstreet devoted much time to ensure that General Longstreet was accurately portrayed by history. In 1905, she documented her husband’s account of the Civil War by publishing the book "Lee and Longstreet at High Tide."

She was a VERY remarkable woman.   Regrettably, she died in the mental hospital in Milledgeville, GA, in 1962

 Sources:

 Hugh T. Harrington

author of "Civil War Milledgeville, Tales From the Confederate Capital of Georgia" 

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N.C Wyeth and His Amazing American History Illustrations


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Photo: Wyeth in his studio, c. 1903

N.C. Wyeth was born in Needham Massachusetts, His ancestor, Nicholas Wyeth, a stonemason, came to Massachusetts from England in 1645. Later ancestors were prominent participants in the French and Indian Wars, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War, passing down rich oral histories and tradition to N.C. Wyeth and his family and providing subject matter for his art, which was deeply felt. 

Newell Convers Wyeth (October 22, 1882 – October 19, 1945), known as N.C. Wyeth, was an American artist and illustrator. He was the pupil of artist Howard Pyle and became one of America’s greatest illustrators. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books, 25 of them for the Scribner Classics, which is the work for which he is best known. The first of these, Treasure Island, was his masterpiece and the proceeds paid for his studio. Wyeth was a realist painter just as the camera and photography began to compete with his craft. Sometimes seen as melodramatic, his illustrations were designed to be understood quickly. Wyeth, who was both a painter and an illustrator, understood the difference, and said in 1908, “Painting and illustration cannot be mixed—one cannot merge from one into the other."-Wiki

From: The Civil War Parlor


Three Stooges - Uncivil Warriors



The Three Stooges - Uncivil Warriors

Set during the American Civil War, the short begins with a Northern General (James C. Morton) assigning Larry, Moe, and Curly (as Operators 12, 14 and 15, respectively) to sneak behind enemy lines and obtain secrets. Disguising themselves as southern officers and taking the names Lieutenant DuckCaptain Dodge and Major Hyde, they insinuate themselves into the mansion of southern officer, Colonel Butts (Bud Jamison).

This is the first of several Stooge shorts in which they play enlisted soldiers. The Civil War was the setting for many of those shorts, and the Stooges fought for both sides (sometimes within the same short).

From Wikipedia


Tattoos and the Civil War

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Tattoos and the name Martin Hildebrandt go hand in hand. Hildebrandt set up New York’s first tattoo shop on Oak Street in lower Manhattan where he tattooed soldiers who fought on both sides of the Civil War. He tattooed military insignias and the names of sweethearts. His daughter Nora Hildebrandt at age 22, became the first tattooed woman to be exhibited in America. 

In 1870, Hildebrandt established an “atelier” on Oak Street in New York City and this is considered to be the first American tattoo studio. 

From “Corporal Si Klegg and His Pard” (page 303): How They Lived and Talked, and what They Did and Suffered, While Fighting for the Flag (Google eBook)  “As a matter of fact the army did get pretty thoroughly tattooed during the war. Every regiment had its tattooers, with outfits of needles and India-ink, who for a consideration decorated the limbs and bodies of their comrades with flags, muskets, cannons, sabers, and an infinite variety of patriotic emblems and warlike and grotesque devices … Thousands of the soldiers had name, regiment, and residence tattooed into their arms or legs. In portions of the army this was recommended in general orders, to afford means of identification if killed in battle.”  (Book is written by a Civil War veteran, who served in the Ohio 65th Volunteer Infantry)

Sources: http://www.vanishingtattoo.com/tattoo_museum/united_states_tattoos.html

http://www.xtimeline.com/evt/view.aspx?id=54021

http://www.amazon.com/Corporal-Si-Klegg-His-Pard/dp/0965672700

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The pipe

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The Pipe

My brother in law cleans up old houses, left by people that died and have no family.
In one of them he found some shoemaker stuff. And he knows I do some leather making. So the box ended up in my shed.This autumn I had to get some paint and the box fell,revealing some interesting things.

First I
 found a wooden kepi that looked a little "civil war-ish" to me. A mouthpiece and a wooden face followed in this treasure search. I cleaned  it and it all fitted together. The next step was of course  to "google" my find!! Came out it was a" Civil War soldier carved briar tobacco pipe, 19th c., with porcelain eyes and hinged kepi lid. "

I don't smoke,but if I would I could see the smoke through the nose of this wooden soldier. Asked my brother in law what he knew of the house, and he told me that in the second world war it was a house where they treated wounded American soldiers.

So let your fantasies roll free I guess...

But to me the pipe is a treasure to show off with, on re-enactment camps for years to come!

Alphons Schoots