Monday, December 31, 2012

Continuing the 150th Anniversary of The WAR

Happy New Year tomorrow, as we look forward to a great 2013 for everyone, and for the continuation of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.
During the next few days we will recap the major events of 1862 and look toward the historic commemoration of the tumultuous 1863. 
I hate to revisit so many of the battles, because of all the waste in human lives on both sides as well as steady decimation of the Confederacy. But there is much to write about and I look forward to sharing it with you. Thanks for your faithfulness in reading our blog!  You are such an encouragment to me!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas On December 26, 2012

A Merry Christmas to all our readers, one day late. I hope your Christmas was as happy as ours was and that you were with friends and family and enjoyed commemorating the birth of our Saviour as much as we did.
I was going to write more today, but instead went to see Les Mis and it lasted much too long but was a great movie, just as good as the Stage Play. Of course the "war part" was senseless just as all wars are, just as "Our War" was, tragic and seemingly as  unavoidable as it was.
More in the New Year! Until then, keep the Faith, faithful readers. I will return soon.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas at the Confederate White House

As our thoughts turn toward December 25th, you may wonder what went on at Christmas during the Confederacy. In this era of "plenty" we can't help but wonder how they "made do"  in the war-racked South.
There is a six page article about Christmas in the Confederate White House on the web, taken from the New York World Magazine, Sunday, December 13, 1896, written by Mrs. Jefferson (Varina) Davis. The newspaper clippings are included among the Jefferson Davis papers at Rice University.
 Among the many items they lacked were raisins for mince pie, which was a "must", so the housewives of Richmond saved other fruits to substitute. Brandy was $ 100.00 a bottle but this was somehow forthcoming. Suet was found and cider likewise...but the most important thing of all was the  eggnog. Eggs and liquors simply  had to be procured, without which the servants would have considered Christmas a total failure.
How did they do it without Wal-mart and Publix? 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Trace Adkins and the Confederate Flag Flap

An article in Montgomery Advertiser on December 1, 2012 caught my attention. It was about Trace Adkins, Country Music Artist and Singer. He was performing at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony wearing an earpiece decorated like a (gasp) Confederate Battle Flag.
That would not bother me or you now would it? When he was criticized for it he said: "As a proud American I object to oppression of any kind.  To me, the battle flag represents remembrance of my Southern lineage—I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle. I advocate for the preservation of America's battlefields and honest conversation about our Country's history. To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense."
Trace, YOU ROCK!!!