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Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on January 9, 2016

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Short items that don’t warrant full posts of their own.

Got any more? Put ’em in the comments.

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  1. cptshandy said, on January 10, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Thanks for pointing me to the movie – I didn’t know the story of the Free State of Jones, very fascinating, I’ll have to check out the book you mentioned!

  2. bob carey said, on January 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Whats with the Union Jack. Did I miss something? Do these people want to secede and become part of the British Commonwealth or is this a tribute to the commerce raiders built by the Brits?

    • Andy Hall said, on January 10, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Who knows?

      Did you catch the “Rednecks for Obama” flag? That’s, um, interesting.

      FWIW, this rally seems to have gotten practically zero media attention.

      • bob carey said, on January 11, 2016 at 5:32 am

        Yeah, I caught the Obama image I can’t figure it out. It looks like it is paired with the CBF on one piece of cloth, even when I try to put myself in their mindset it still doesn’t make any sense.

        • Andy Hall said, on January 11, 2016 at 8:31 am

          It made a little stir in 2008, for obvious reasons.

      • Leo said, on January 13, 2016 at 11:07 am

        I remember seeing two men holding a banner for “Rednecks for Obama” in town for the first Presidential Debate between Obama & McCain, but I don’t recall a confederate flag. There was a big write up about them in the local paper. One of them is a retired Missouri State trooper who said he is sick of Republican policies destroying the middle class. The other man only had one arm. I can’t recall much more about them.

  3. stardub187stardub said, on January 10, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Hello,
    Just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog. I came across it after reading Kevin and Brooks blogs. I’m no history expert at all. I actually went to school for wildlife biology, but I have found many similarities in how historians and biologists operate. Peer review is a big one. Anyway the research you do, especially on the BCS myth, is fascinating. Keep up the good work!

    • Andy Hall said, on January 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks. You wrote:

      I actually went to school for wildlife biology, but I have found many similarities in how historians and biologists operate. Peer review is a big one.

      The subject is different, but the basic principles of all academic disciplines are the same.

  4. Leo said, on January 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

    May I suggest another item not warranting a full post?

    Mississippi governor, Phil Bryant, lauded his initiative to change the state seal in 2014 during his inaugural address, but he never mentioned the controversy surrounding the state flag.

    I think I see an elephant in the room.

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    “… Through passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act we have
    guaranteed the people their God-given and constitutional right to
    express their religious beliefs without government interference or
    persecution.

    We have emphasized this freedom through the redesign of our state
    seal, and reaffirmed our national motto, “In God we Trust. …”

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/technology/article54286275.html

    ——————————————————–

  5. Iron Nosy said, on January 13, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Hello Andy,

    I have been binge reading your blog for a few days now, when I came upon your post on ‘Gettysburg: Armoured Warfare” and it got me wondering, have you ever heard of the upcoming multiplayer first/third person Civil War melee/shooters Battle Cry of Freedom and War of Rights?

    • Andy Hall said, on January 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      “I have been binge reading your blog for a few days now. . . .”

      Have fun in detox. 😉

      “Have you ever heard of the upcoming multiplayer first/third person Civil War melee/shooters Battle Cry of Freedom and War of Rights?”

      I have seen the Kickstarter videos for “War of Rights,” and it’s very impressive-looking. There have been first-person shooters set in the CW before, but they didn’t appeal very well to me conceptually because that mode of play doesn’t fit very well with the massed infantry tactics of the period. Campfire Games seems to recognize that, and it will be interesting to see both (1) how they strike that balance, and (2) whether that plays well with gamers. That latter is probably the biggest challenge, because the first-person shooter market has some 800-pounder gorillas, including the GTA series and the new Star Wars game.

      (Full disclosure — I’m not really a FPS fan myself, being more of a Total War guy.)

      But man — just look at that virtual world — it’s beautiful:

      Battle Cry of Freedom:

      • Iron Nosy said, on January 13, 2016 at 6:18 pm

        I am sure the two games will succeed (assuming the games are any good) as evidenced by that the DLC expansion to Mount and Blade: Warband, called Napoleonic Wars was quite successful. There is certainly a niche for the multiplayer historical shooter, since I don’t think there has been a major first/third person game that has really tackled it.

        Napoleonic Wars as it happens are the same developers for Battle Cry of Freedom. War of Rights is certainly a looker, but thus far I prefer BCoF because it features cavalry and useable artillery (plus the ability to play fifes and drums is rather cool :P) as well as BCoF’s less strict clan system (which is important on my end).

        But we shall see. It’s just good that we are getting two games set in a time period that does not feature heavily in the video game world.

  6. H.S. Anderson said, on January 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    “At least two dozen people attended Saturday’s big Confederate flag rally in Columbia, South Carolina. Can you feel the momentum?”

    I was in Columbia to walk around the State House grounds, something I’d never really taken the time to do, and I saw this rally, and the pro-life rally on the other side of the capitol, as well as the smaller Confederate flag rally beside the soldiers’ monument. The linked picture must be either before the flag rally got going, or after it broke up, because I estimated about 100-125 people there, with a grand total of 2 counter protesters. That’s not a huge rally, but certainly larger than the linked image would lead one to believe.

    • Andy Hall said, on January 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Perhaps. I was going by the picture available at the time I wrote the post. Pictures posted since then do seem to show more people.

  7. Foxessa said, on January 21, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Hall, for tipping me to the trailer for Free State of Jones — I so admire the Jenkins and Stauffer book about Newt so much (not so much the book on which the film is based — nevertheless it looks terrific).

  8. Mike Musick said, on January 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks so much for the link to the NYPL digital images and the drawings from Frank Leslie’s. Wonderful things!


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