Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

“Amanda” Sure Gets Around. . . .

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on January 2, 2012

Over at Civil War Memory, Kevin addresses a post at SHPG by Carl Roden, taking Kevin to task for supposedly editing the comment on his blog made by one “Amanda Buncle, a 15 year old Georgia girl.” The Facebook post has been taken down (surprise!), but Kevin’s put up screen captures here and here. Kevin admits editing the comment, saying “The last thing I want to do is alienate a young adult who expresses an interest in American history. . . .With this in mind I want to offer a sincere apology to young Amanda.  I encourage you to share your ideas on this site in the future if you are moved to do so.” Then, he goes in for the kill:

Two things before I close: First, let me suggest that you change your email identification to something other than dixibytch.  It is not fitting for a young Georgia girl.  And I wonder if you can explain why your comment and those of Mr. Roden, who has been banned from this site, have the same IP Address?  I found it strange that your first and only comment on this blog, which references Mr. Roden specifically, include the same IP address.

As it happens, a few months back I also got a comment posted from someone giving a return address of dixiebytch95-at-yahoo-dot-com, also with an IP address identical to the one Carl Roden used before he was blocked from commenting here. Because Roden had been previously blocked from commenting here, it went directly into the spam filter, and never appeared online. But I did keep a copy. It begins:

My name isn’t important, but Amanda will do. I read your stuff on Carl Roden and I have some really interesting details about Mr. Roden from personal dealings I have had. I think you should know what you’re dealing with exactly. Believe me when I say he’s not somebody you want to just look the other way with. In fact I think he may be among the most radical and dangerous folks on that site you mentioned. I went there and—wow its pretty far out there. I had to post under a different name and make a new profile to come here so I could tell you. Sorry I don’t really have an account. . . .

It goes on like that for another 1,650 words.

I won’t share the rest, but it concludes, “you also need to be careful.”

Get some professional help, Carl. You need it.



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  1. theravenspoke said, on January 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    You’d think an Internet stalker would know better than to prove the imbecility of Lost Causer denialists……again.

    Because I know he’ll peruse these comments…..

    Roden, ‘ya got some issues buddy.

    Your obsessive lying and Internet stalking mean only one thing.

    You need psychiatric help.

  2. Rob Baker said, on January 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm


  3. Corey Meyer said, on January 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    LOL…that is too funny. Carl has not posted anything on my site under that name, but he knows I would be on him very quickly.

    Nice job!

    • Andy Hall said, on January 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      I would not have brought it up, but if he’s doing this “Amanda” foolishness elsewhere, then he needs to be called out on it.

  4. corkingiron said, on January 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    And here was I thinking “riffraff” was one word…..and not normally capitalized. Still – “Riff Raff” might be a good gamer name.

    • Andy Hall said, on January 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      “Black Confederate Denier,” “Useful Idiot,” “PC Fascist,” “Tool,” “Riff Raff” — I can’t keep track anymore.

  5. Woodrowfan said, on January 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I think “Riff Raff” was a villain on “Underdog.” Serious, he was a gangster wolf.

  6. Martin Husk said, on January 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for this “lighter side” post on the dangers of internet stalking by grown men pretending to be teenage girls. Almost sounds like an episode of “To Catch a Riff Raff.”. Great way to kick off the new year.

  7. Larry Cebula said, on January 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    What is it with middle-aged men pretending to be young women online? Apparently it is a very common phenomena.

    • Andy Hall said, on January 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      For the record, the communication I received from “Amanda” did not indicate “her” purported age.

  8. Fortpillow said, on January 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    How sad that this blog is run by a Texan who chose the name Dead Confederates for this blog because it neatly encapsulates his own view about his Civil War ancestors. There is an inescapable logic to it; all of them were Confederates, and all of them are dead.

    To expand a bit on that latter point, they are not just physically dead, but also dead as individuals, as personalities. While I can quote many factual details about their lives and military service, they can never be fully known as individuals. With a few exceptions, they left no memoirs or personal papers that reflect what they believed or how they felt or what motivated them; their thoughts and desires and regrets and fears and eccentricities are as dead as their corporeal selves.

    They are, in every sense, dead Confederates.

    I have been reading the letters that my Confederate ancestor wrote. They come alive with the history of the times. This before the war, during, prison and his term in the 41st us congress. To read them is to understand the people of the South.

    • Andy Hall said, on January 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Hello, John. Any further comments posted here by you will require you to give your full name. I’m not inclined to give you the privilege of anonymity, given your posting history elsewhere. I’m not interested, either, in hearing about your “seed.” Consider yourself on a short leash.

      I’m glad you have lots of contemporary correspondence from your ancestors. Most descendants of Confederates don’t, and that’s a loss. I do take issue with your statement, “to read them is to understand the people of the South.” No, it’s not; to read them is to better understand them as individuals. Reading a dozen, or a hundred, letters from your ancestor helps you understand him. That’s a good thing, but it’s no more a Great Truth about the South as a whole than Dave’s frequent posts about his ancestor in the Richmond Howitzers.

      Finally, keep in mind that “the South,” even in 1861-65, was made up of a great many people, a large proportion of whom left us almost no written legacy at all.

      I hope you will continue to visit this blog and contribute — constructively — when you feel like it.

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