Small items that don’t warrant full posts on their own:
- Orange County, Texas has formally declared April as “Confederate History and Heritage Month” at the request of the local SCV camp. You may recall that these are the same folks building a Confederate monument on Martin Luther King Boulevard there, which is totally a coincidence. Totally.
- The planned miniseries To Appomattox has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $2.5M. It’s a huge amount, but I hope they’re successful.
- Speaking of Kickstarter, this one was kind of a bust.
- There’s also this page set up to raise funds to make a movie about Nathan Bedford Forrest, based on what the video says is Lochlain Seabrook’s “novel” about the man. That will be a screenwriting challenge, given that the novel is 822 pages long, almost twice as long as Jack Hurst’s well-regarded bio of the man.
- A while back I mentioned that it looks like a multi-agency team has found the remains of the steamship Planter, that Robert Smalls famously stole at Charleston and delivered to the Union fleet offshore. The team seems more and more confident of the find.
- Rob Ford, the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, is running for re-election. Let’s dance!
- St. Mary’s Cathedral in Galveston (above, during restoration) is set to reopen Sunday for Easter Mass after being severely damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. St. Mary’s, which was established in the 1840s, is sometimes called the “Mother Cathedral of Texas.”
- Back in January I missed Lt. Col. Robert Bateman’s observations on Charlie Goodson’s “New Confederate Army.” Better late than never. The video link doesn’t work, but there’s lots more here.
- And in Lexington, Brandon Dorsey is responding to the dispute over Confederate iconography at Washington & Lee by organizing a debate to establish Robert E. Lee’s reputation, or something. Naturally, he wants you to send him money to do it. I expect this will be as successful as his much-hyped boycott of Lexington and his plan to defeat that city’s mayor for reelection.
Got any more? Put ‘em n the comments.
_____________St. Mary’s restoration photo by Kevin M. Cox, Galveston County Daily News.