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September 2011

Man wants Civil War artifacts back from Cannonball House


A Confederate naval ship captain’s Civil War sword that exchanged hands for the first time in surrender at the Battle of Mobile Bay is at the center of a lawsuit filed Thursday against the operators of Macon’s historic Cannonball House.

The suit also revolves around another sword. The second sword belonged to Capt. James E. “Fighting Jim” Jouett -- who later rose to the rank of rear admiral in the U.S. Navy -- who captured the Confederate captain’s steamship in 1864.

WOODY MARSHALL/THE TELEGRAPH An Atlanta man contends in a lawsuit that a flag, a sword and other Civil War artifacts loaned to the group that runs the Cannonball House, seen above, decades ago should be returned to him.

    Jouett, in the late 1800s, gave his own sword and that of the Confederate captain, Peter Umstead Murphey, who died in 1976, to Murphey’s daughter.

    The suit is being brought by Murphey’s great-great-great grandson, Michael H. Dunn of Atlanta, who contends that a flag, a sword and other artifacts loaned to the group that runs the house decades ago should be returned to him.

    Some of the items are now in bad shape, and others have been lost, Dunn contends in the complaint, filed against Friends of the Cannonball House.

    Both sides have also filed reports in the case with the Macon Police Department.

    The suit asks a judge to declare Dunn the rightful property owner, who claims the “family heirlooms” were willed to him by his father, who died two years ago.

    The swords and other Civil War keepsakes were handed down for generations in Murphey’s family before being loaned in 1967 to a local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy for display in the Cannonball House.

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    A Striking Image: Civil War Monument Hit by Lightning

    The force of the blast knocked the pedestal out from under the statue and took off his head.

    By Lynn Jusinski

    The head is completely missing, and part of the pedestal was knocked off onto the ground. Credit: Courtesy of Jack Ertell

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    A statue that's been a part of Phoenixville since the 1870s is now heavily damaged following an apparent lightning strike.

    The Civil War memorial, located in Morris Cemetery, was likely hit by lightning early Wednesday morning. Jack Ertell, of The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, was out snapping photos of the crumbled statue Thursday afternoon.

    "This is a real shame," Ertell said. "This is a historical treasure in Phoenixville."

    The blast appeared to have completely disintegrated the head of the soldier perched atop the statue. Bits of the statue were spread all around on the ground. The force of the strike knocked part of the pedestal out from under the soldier, sending it careening to the ground, where it created a crater in the muddy soil.

    The soldier is still perched precariously atop the statue, and his legs are still attached to the base, though not to his body. Flip through the photo gallery above to get a look at how the statue looked before.

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    The Battle of Perryville

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    Silas Sharpton was captured during the battle of Perryville

    The Battle of Perryville
    October 8, 1862

    Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg’s autumn 1862 invasion of Kentucky had reached the outskirts of Louisville and Cincinnati, but he was forced to retreat and regroup. On October 7, the Federal army of Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell, numbering nearly 55,000, converged on the small crossroads town of Perryville, Kentucky, in three columns. Union forces first skirmished with Rebel cavalry on the Springfield Pike before the fighting became more general, on Peters Hill, as the grayclad infantry arrived. The next day, at dawn, fighting began again around Peters Hill as a Union division advanced up the pike, halting just before the Confederate line. The fighting then stopped for a time. After noon, a Confederate division struck the Union left flank and forced it to fall back.

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    Re-enactor retires after 20 years

    Susan Meeker/Tri-County Newspapers
    A fight between two Confederate and two Union soldiers following a friendly poker game led to a skirmish that left most of the 72nd New York Infantry “dead” or “dying” on a field during Colusa Civil War Days on Saturday.

    Tuesday, Sep 27 2011, 5:05 pm

    By Susan Meeker/Tri-County Newspapers

    After 20 years re-enacting the drama of the American Civil War, Rosario Roberts of Los Molinos is giving up salt pork and hardtack.

    His organization, Re-enactors of the American Civil War, has been recreating Civil War battles, as well as camp and civilian life from that time period since 1991.

    The organization finds re-enacting the Civil War gives the public a unique glimpse into the past.

    "It's time to retire," said Roberts, after one of four battles between Confederate and Union troops at the Colusa County Fairgrounds this past weekend. "I really loved doing this. Re-enacting the Civil War makes history come to life."

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    Rebel flag still flying in black SC neighborhood

    Annie Chambers Caddell stands outside her home in Summerville, S.C., on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. The Confederate flag behind her has raised concern in her predominantly black neighborhood, and neighbors plan a protest march.

    Annie Chambers Caddell stands outside her home in Summerville, S.C., on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. The Confederate flag behind her has raised concern in her predominantly black neighborhood, and neighbors plan a protest march. (AP Photo / AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

    By BRUCE SMITH - Associated Press

    SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - September 27, 2011 (WPVI) -- A year ago, dozens marched to protest the Confederate flag a white woman flew from her porch in a historically black Southern neighborhood. After someone threw a rock at her porch, she put up a wooden lattice. That was just the start of the building.

    Earlier this year, two solid 8-foot high wooden fences were built on either side of Annie Chambers Caddell's modest brick house to shield the Southern banner from view.

    Late this summer, Caddell raised a flagpole higher than the fences to display the flag. Then a similar pole with an American flag was placed across the fence in the yard of neighbor Patterson James, who is black.

    One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War began about 20 miles away in Charleston Harbor, fights continue over the meaning of the Confederate flag. Some see it as a symbol of slavery and racism; others like Caddell say it's part of their Southern heritage.

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    Civil War-era balloon technology still used in battle

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    Sunday - 9/25/2011, 9:03am  ET


    Professor Thaddeus Lowe observing the battle from his balloon 'Intrepid.' (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

    WASHIGNTON - During the civil war, the Union Army Balloon Corps performed aerial reconnaissance on the Confederate Army.

    Fast forward today and "the U.S. military is deploying balloons in wars zones today," says John Deperro, balloon enthusiast and Civil War reenactor with the Union Army Balloon Corps.

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    Civil War fort excavation at Jamestown


    To mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, researchers at Historic Jamestowne are excavating a shelter on the island built in 1861 and was known as fort Pocahontas. WYDaily checked in on the progress of the archaeological dig , which is link to both our nation's founding and the conflict which almost tore it apart.

    Road crew finds dangerous Civil War artifact

    September 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    Drew C. Wilson


    U.S. Marine Corps/Contributed photo: A cannonball found by construction workers sits in the grass awaiting transport to Cherry Point air station.

    BRIDGETON — A crew working to widen U.S. 17 found an unusual and dangerous object — a Civil War-era cannonball with its fuse still intact.

    Cherry Point air station’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was called in to remove the naval cannonball.

    According to Ira Whitford, assistant director of Craven County Emergency Management, the approximately 10-inch wide cannonball was discovered about 11:30 a.m. Monday near the Antioch Road area where U.S. 17 is being widened to four lanes.

    “They were out doing some grading preparing to pave and they discovered it. They picked it up and put it in a secure yard and they called us and we called Cherry Point EOD to come recover it,” Whitford said.

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    'Civil War in St. Charles County' Shows War's Multilayered Effects

    Documentary written by St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann airs Sunday on Channel 9, KETC.

    By Joe Scott
    September 22, 2011


    Like the rest of the country during the Civil War, St. Charles County was a diverse, uncertain hodgepodge of emotion, ambition, violence, and economic and political motivations.

    Channel 9 KETC will televise The Civil War in St. Charles County at 3 p.m. Sunday. After the broadcast, the program will be available online through the county's SCCMO-TV Cable 993 or online video on demand.

    Local politicians, educators, students and residents, including Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Judge Stephen Limbaugh, and Mark Wrighton, chancellor of Washington University narrated and provided voices for historical figures.

    The one-hour program was produced and edited by St. Charles County’s Video Production Department.

    St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, who wrote the documentary, said St. Charles County residents didn’t form into two sides in the Civil War. It was more like three sides, said Ehlmann, author of Crossroads: A History of St. Charles County.

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