Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog


Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on March 8, 2015



A hundred fifty years ago this weekend, the British blockade runner Denbigh was here in Galveston, loading cotton and waiting for a dark night to slip again out of the harbor. Her destination, as usual, was Havana. I’ve never been to Cuba, but I’d sure like to go.



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  1. Reed (the original, accept no substitutes) said, on March 8, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    And I looked at the photo and thought they were pouring out a fresh round from the Super Bass-O-Matic ’76.


  2. H. E. Parmer said, on March 8, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    So, I could drain the water from a can of crab meat, add some salt, gasoline, vinegar and PGA in the proper proportions — don’t forget the dash of lemon! — and get the same effect? Probably considerably more cheaply, too. This sounds more like a home ipecac recipe, or some kind of Bizarro World cocktail. (“Charleston Choker: it am awful!”)

    Speaking of Bizarro World: good gravy, that Edgerton character! Although I’m sure the alternate history our “mid-South flagger” concocted makes him feel quite special. When it comes to cases like H.K., I’ll let John Cleese speak for me. Sometimes, a total lack of self-awareness is a merciful thing.

    I agree that the image of MLK and George Wallace having a nice sit-down on the veranda of the governor’s mansion and working things out without all that fuss and bother is highly risible, but for me the crowning touch has to be H.K.’s little homage to King’s “I Have a Dream” by way of Birth of a Nation:

    I would tell them to stop somewhere along the way and beg, borrow, or buy a Flag like mine, and sing, We Shall Overcome Some Day all the way to the Capitol, whereupon they will find the Table of Brotherhood awaiting as would their ancestors had not the Yankee come.

    Not only was it authentic Mid-South Flagger gibberish, it expressed a level of useful idiocy seldom seen even in this day and age.

    • Andy Hall said, on March 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      I’d read The Guardian news story, bu the video is new to me. They are who we thought they were.

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