Humor: The Picket Line and Camp Fire Stories

The picket line and camp fire stories: a collection of war anecdotes, both grave and gay, illustrative of the trials and triumphs of soldier life ; with a thousand-and-one humorous stories, told of and by Abraham Lincoln, together with a full collection of Northern and Southern war songs  (1864)

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The Outlaw Josey Wales

My Dad used to watch Clint Eastwood movies when I was a kid, and I had seen the Beguiled (a favorite!), but I had never seen The Outlaw Josey Wales before last weekend.

Actually, a few weeks ago I almost posted something about Stand Watie, and found a clip of the Outlaw Josey Wales with Lone Watie, but that's the first time I ever knew the movie was even about the Civil War.

Then last week, it was on tv… so I watched it.  And found that one of the Civil War tunes I'd recently found was featured throughout the whole movie. 

If you live in Marin – it's on again tonight at 830, on channel 16.

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Civil War Artists

Everyone has heard of Civil War era artists such as Eastman Johnson, Thomas Nast and Winslow Homer….

But what of other talented people who sadly aren't so well known?  Let me introduce you to two fine artists you may not have heard of.

I came across a series of paintings of the Battle of Antietam by Union Captain James Hope over at the NPS and they are well worth a look.  Scroll to the bottom of the linked page and you can view the series in an album (w/commentary notes) or a slide show.

They are all fairly similar and simplistic and don't look like much at first glance, but when you study them deeply you see quite a lot.  What struck me was how my eye was drawn upwards to the sky when there is so much happening on the ground.  They really are very impressive in their simplicity.

And my personal favorite – Gilbert Gaul.  I love the realism of his work and it almost reminds me of Norman Rockwell – well, at least the Between The Lines one does – ALMOST!  You can read a brief synopsis of Gaul's life at tennesseeencyclopedia and/or wikipedia.  And enjoy these painting I "stole/borrowed" from google images…

Sources used without permission:; the National Park Service;;; wikipedia; google images.

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Published in: on June 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm  Comments (1)  
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Bobby Horton Vs. the 2nd Carolina String Band

I’ve always loved Bobby Horton, but I had no idea how much until I found that he has a SIX VOLUME set of Confederate Civil War songs called Homespun Songs of the C.S.A., and that it is AWESOMENESS DEFINED.  You can hear samples at CDBABY…. My birthday is in October…As much as I love Bobby Horton, the 2nd Carolina String Band shuts him out.  Way out.

I love the 2nd Carolina String Band so very much that I have two of their songs and WON’T post them out of adoration and respect for them.  You can search skreemr and find them, but I won’t post them – as much as I want to, so very much.  And that’s quite saying something as I usually have no qualms about posting schtuff that ain’t mine, but they are so absolutely [expletive deleted] amazing that I just can’t bring myself to do it.

I’m torn, I want you to know and love them as much as I, but it isn’t my place to post it.

You could visit youtube and watch some of their videos though…

Let me put it to you this way, I love them so much I almost think I could move back home to Pennsylvania if I could go hear them play all of the time.  Yep, that’s right – they could possibly make me insane enough to make me move back to that despicable hell hole of a state since they play at Gettysburg.  That’s how [expletive deleted] fantastic they are.

I don’t know if I am exaggerating or not….


I do NOT know who this song is by, but I can’t leave you with silence and I feel I can post it since it is not a full song and only a sample as the last few verses are missing.



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American Civil War Handicrafts

It’s Arts & Crafts time, kids.

For a long time now I have been wanting to make my own Secession Cockade (aka Rosette) to show my support for the history of the CSA, and I finally found the instructions I bookmarked, but then could not find, and then found again… and in searching, I found two other sites (*one & **two) with similar instructions.

*(OUTSTANDING and impressive!)
**(Kind of a mess, but still followable.)

I also found a site with an interesting and informative write-up on what these Rosettes were all about.  I encourage to take a quick visit to gazkhan’s site, it’ll take less than 2 minutes to read and you’ll learn a lot.

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Published in: on June 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm  Comments (2)  
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Happy Birthday Jeff

Happy 202nd Birthday Jefferson Finis Davis.

"I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not.  The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves and so the war came." – Jefferson F. Davis

More words from Jefferson Davis

Sources: Wikipedia, America's Library, Southern Shelter, Gutenberg.

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