A variety of small stories that don’t warrant posts of their own:
- Most people know Alcatraz for its time as an infamous island prison, but during the Civil War it was part of the primary defenses of San Fransisco Bay and, by extension, the California gold fields beyond. Now a team from Chico State University, along with a faculty member from Texas A&M, is trying to uncover part of that rock’s lost history.
- The Museum of Texas City, Texas is almost ready to debut its exhibit on U.S.S. Westfield and the Battle of Galveston. The article is mostly paywalled, but its first phase will feature the IX-inch Dalhgren recovered from the wreck in 2009. Boom!
- I hadn’t realized that back in early 2012, Matt Heimbach took time out from his, um, “white pride” activities at Towson University to come and stand foursquare with the Virginia Flaggers at one of their big events of the year, protesting the opening of the Museum of the Confederacy site at Appomattox. Looks like he marched with them, too. Quack!
- Long-lost papers of Union officer Luis F. Emilio (above, 1844-1918) will go on auction next month in Maine. Emilio was a company commander in the famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry, and took temporary command of the regiment after the bloody assault on Fort Wagner in July 1863, when all the officers senior to him had been killed or wounded. He was just eighteen years old at the time. Years later, he published the memoir A Brave Black Regiment, one of the first and best accounts of African American fighting troops in the war.
- The struggle against vandalization of Civil War monuments continues.The monument at Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont, Colorado is going to be replaced at a cost of $62,000. The monument, along with more than 100 other stones and memorials, was smashed by vandals last summer.
- I’ve never quite figured out what the recent Duck Dynasty flap was all about. Near as I can make it, the basic dynamic involved is that (1) A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson because they feared a backlash from viewers and sponsors was tyrannical oppression of the First Amendment, and (2) A&E’s reinstatement of Phil Robertson because they feared a backlash from viewers and sponsors was ZOMG Freedomz! Do I have that right?
- On a related note, it’s worth mentioning that when Robertson was opining about being gay as the gateway to bestiality and all sorts of other bad things, and fondly reminiscing about “the blacks” being “happy,” “singing” in Jim Crow Louisiana he was a bonafide, deep-fried, Southron Heritage hero, but having more recently been quoted as rejecting the Confederate flag as a symbol of his DD-brand redneckitude, he’s now a “Traitor To Everything We Hold Dear!!!!!!” who has “has sold his soul.” Also, “he’s an ass clown.” How the mighty are fallen.
- Christy Coleman and Waite Rawls recently discussed plans for the new museum in Richmond with the Civil War News. In a separate interview, Rawls discussed his view that the new institution will enhance visitors’ understanding of the Confederacy. Despite considerable attention given to plans of preserving and caring for the collection, I don’t expect the interview will have any effect on folks who insist that the real intent is to “liquidate” the MoC’s collections.
- Finally, Michael Givens, Commnder-in-Chief of the SCV, gave the keynote talk at a Lee-Jackson Day Dinner on Friday evening. I don’t know what he said, but the picture accompanying the article is fabulous.
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