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November 2011

Confederate flag removed from Caddo Courthouse overnight


By Sean Staggs - bio | email


The Confederate Flag that flew for six decades in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse is gone.

Originally, the plan called for the flag to be removed by 4:00 p.m. Friday, however it was gone from the flagpole and replaced with an American Flag just hours after the Caddo Parish Commission voted 11 to 1 to remove the pole.

Lynda Gramling, President, Shreveport Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy confirms the flag was taken down overnight because she says  they "wanted it to be honored and not turned into a media circus."  

Grambling says they replaced it with an American flag, but that flag was also taken down, because it was flying below the Louisiana state flag.

Caddo Parish District 9 Commissioner Mike Thibodeaux had suggested moving the Confederate flag to the Greenwood Cemetery, where a number Confederate soldiers are buried. Gramling says that will not happen, however, because there are already enough Confederate flags flying there already.

Gramling says the flag will be stored in the possession of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

The Confederate monument on which the flag flew for 60 years remains, featuring a Confederate soldier and the busts of Generals Lee and Jackson, Beauregard and Allen. 


Civil War: How cannabis delivered victory to the Rebels

Hemp bales, made from the cannabis plant, won the day for the Confederacy in Missouri.

Photo: Battle of the Hemp Bales

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - The Civil War by Martha M. Boltz
From the Washington Times

Vienna, Va, November 10,  2011 — No one was arrested. No one got stoned. But 150 years ago, history shows that hemp saved the day for the Confederate troops when large bales of hemp proved too much for the Yankee forces on September 20, 1861, giving Confederate General Sterling Price a victory in Missouri.

And it all happened pretty much by luck and ingenuity.

Price’s men had come from the Battle of Wilson’s Creek a week or two earlier, and found that invading Yankee forces had seized the small town of Lexington, Missouri, some 30 miles east of Kansas City. The Yankees had taken over the town, including stealing a million dollars from the local bank.

The cache of money was buried on a hill where the Yankee were camped, a well-positioned area impenetrable by the Confederates.

It was frustrating to the Confederate general, who could only observe the men of Col. James A. Mulligan's "Irish Brigade" in their higher ground position, situated around the old Masonic college building.  He had even posted a young soldier in the attic of the building as a sniper, taking aim at Price’s men if they approached. Entrenched as the enemy was, it would be difficult for the Rebel troops to capture the Yankees, even though they outmanned them by 12,000 to 3,000.

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Missouri's Civil War experience depicted at History Museum


'The Civil War in Missouri' opens Saturday

Mike Takaki, an art installer with Ely, Inc. carries a reproduction of a Confederate guerrilla shirt while building a display for the Missouri History Museum's 'The Civil War in Missouri' exhibit Tuesday November 8, 2011. The exhibit, marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and curated from artifacts in the museum's permanent collection, opens Saturday to visitors. Photo by Robert Cohen,

ST. LOUIS • The Missouri History Museum's special exhibit on the Civil War opens this weekend with old artifacts and fast-moving interactive panels depicting this state's own convulsive, bloody divisions.

The exhibit is the museum's contribution to a four-year national commemoration of the Civil War's 150th anniversary. Missouri, a slave state, shakily remained in the Union. But it was deeply divided by sentiments that played out in harsh social conflict and brutal guerrilla warfare.

The exhibit runs through March 2013. It is in the museum's main building in Forest Park, at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue. Spread across 6,000 square feet of floor space are 187 artifacts, 251 images, 56 storyboards of explanatory text and 12 touch-screen panels. The images include old drawings, portraits, maps and original documents.

At the entrance, a jumbo TV screen cycles through the portraits and conflicting thoughts of 12 Missourians, six from each side, as war began. They include Jessie Benton Fremont, the influential and ardently Unionist senator's daughter and general's wife; and Sterling Price, a former governor who joined the rebel army.

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Civil War veterans on film


Civil War Veterans on film, from the documentary ECHOES OF THE BLUE & GRAY. Produced by Belle Grove Publishing Company.  

The survivors of that terrible war wished that their sacrifices be remembered. And, as they marched with thinning ranks into a new century, the invention of the motion-picture camera enabled technology to record their moving image, their faces and voices, allowing us to remember them as something more than a stilted pose, a bronze statue, or a name on a marble headstone.

 THE VACANT CHAIR arranged by William B. Styple, performed by Victoria Solonina. From Bellegrove Publishing

Quilt from Civil War tradition for Gold Star mother


Todd R. Hansen/Colusa County Sun-Herald

Todd Hansen

Gloria Estrada holds a handmade quilt provided by the U.S. Sanitary Commission, an organization that dates back to the Civil War, when women in the North made quilts for injured Union soldiers. Estrada's son, Army Pfc. Rueben Lopez, of Williams, was killed by a roadside bomb on Aug. 11 in Afghanistan. She is wearing his dog tags.

The quilt that Estrada received through the Camarillo Quilters Association of Ventura County is a Civil War reproduction made by Don Beld as part of the Home of the Brave Quilt Project.

"We know that nothing can replace the loss in your heart, but we hope the gift of this quilt will bring some small comfort in the years to come," a message that came with the quilt states.

Estrada said that, while the quilt alone is beautiful, it is the sentiments attached that mean the most.

The quilters hand wrote messages on various parts of the quilt.

One reads, "I thank you for your sacrifice to keep our country free."

Another states, "Freedom is not cheap. God Bless."

The quilt was presented to her last month by Williams Mayor Angela Plachek-Fulcher, whose daughter, Amanda, is an Army lieutenant in charge of the bomb disposal unit that investigated Lopez's death.

From The Colusa County Sun-Herald

Civil War reenactors mark Veterans Day

Robert Costello of Piscataway and Cheryl Mustachio of Middletown portraying his Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln on Sunday at the Zabriskie House in River Edge. They joined Civil War reenactors who came to Historic New Bridge Landing to demonstrate and talk about the Civil War as they commemorated Veterans Day.


Robert Costello of Piscataway and Cheryl Mustachio of Middletown portraying his Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln on Sunday at the Zabriskie House in River Edge. They joined Civil War reenactors who came to Historic New Bridge Landing to demonstrate and talk about the Civil War as they commemorated Veterans Day.

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RIVER EDGE – Veterans Day was commemorated with a little history as well as patriotism Sunday as a Civil War reenactment troop and a visit by a famous president paid tribute to the 623,000 lives lost 150 years ago — as well as fallen heroes of all wars.

Held at Historic New Bridge Landing, the event included prayers and a military gun salute, a 19th-century battlefield demonstration, lectures by historians and a talk by Robert Costello, who portrays Abraham Lincoln throughout the country.

The event, which drew about 130 people, commemorated both Veterans Day — which will be celebrated Friday — and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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Civil War Trust Reaches Goal To Save Part Of Wilderness Battlefield Near Fredericksburg And Spotsylvania National Military Park

Submitted by NPT Staff on November 7, 2011

This Google-generated map shows the location, in green, of the 1.4 acres the Civil War Trust acquired to preserve as part of the Wilderness Battlefield. The darker landscape, and the light-colored tracts, mostly lie within the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Another vital piece of the Wilderness Battlefield -- the site of the daytime field headquarters of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant -- has been preserved near Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park thanks to the efforts of the Civil War Trust.

The Trust last week announced that it had reached its fund-raising goal to acquire the 1.4-acre tract, which is surrounded by the military park. Private donations to the Trust, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Civil War battlefields, were augmented by matching funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia, notably a $108,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant.

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Service and sacrifice: A Civil War story

Melanie Lageschulte - DesMoines Register

By combing through military records, an Iowa genealogist gets glimpses into the lives and suffering of long-lost relatives.

This tale is, in some ways, a ghost story. Not a yarn wound around a mysterious light or unexplained noises. Instead, it is a tale of how three of my ancestors have taken on a new life through the pages of their Civil War military records.

Genealogists like myself love to spackle names and dates into their charts. But it is through weaving together stories about those ancestors, passed down through generations, that a real picture of them begins to emerge.

I couldn’t do that with the Busch family. That door to the past slammed shut when Anton Busch, my great-great-great-grandfather and a devout Lutheran, disowned his daughter Louise for marrying a Catholic. Louise rarely spoke of her childhood in Dubuque County.

My discovery that Anton, at 52, had volunteered for Iowa’s Greybeard regiment during the Civil War renewed my interest in the family’s mysteries. Then I learned Henry, Anton’s oldest son, had joined the fight. As did Anton’s son-in-law, George Friebertsheiser.

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Lincoln on war powers

"Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion...and you allow him to make war at pleasure." Abraham Lincoln 2/15/1848