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  1. Ozzy...... As you well Know, if you are a true student of the Civil War, you make it your business to know the obscure. I've probably visited just about every civil war monument in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, not to mention quite a few in Western Theater states. I'll try to do better in the future! THE MANASSAS BELLE
  2. Hi Ozzy........ It's the National War Correspondents Memorial in Gathland State Park near South Mountain, Burkttsville, Maryland. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  3. Lovely poem/song, Perry. I've always liked H W Longfellow's work. Here's wishing you and all the members of the Shiloh Discussion Group, peace in your heart this Christmas and good health in 2018. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  4. Perry...... First of all, I'm not a card carrying Democrat or Republican. Like all voters in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we do not affiliate with a political party. (I have to say, however, I definitely have strong Democratic leanings). Second, I believe slavery was a contributing factor to the Civil War. Third, I think the Confederate Monuments (outside battlefield parks) that were erected and dedicated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries served an emotional purpose for the people of the South who had native sons who fought in the Civil War. Fourth, I'm sorry to see all the 21st century controversy and removal of the Confederate Monuments, but I can also empathize with the black community who feel the time has come to find a more appropriate place to display them. Since I started studying the American Civil War, I became a monuments geek after visiting my favorite battlefield in Gettysburg. I collected every book on the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association and its history up until the Association dissolved when they transferred the monuments to the Federal Government. I also collected and read all the old Gettysburg Monuments Commission Reports for the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maine, Ohio, New Jersey, Vermont, West Virginia and Delaware. Each were chock filled with dedication programs, battle history of their state's regiments, and speeches, poems and songs that were part of the dedication ceremony. After the war, the South was not in a financial condition to add monuments to battlefields, and probably would not be welcomed in northern battlefields if they could afford it. As a result, Confederate Monuments eventually began appearing in Southern towns several decades after the war to honor their sons, brothers, and husbands who fought for the South. Time marched on and the Civil Rights Movement made us aware of injustices that needed to be corrected. The Confederate Monuments were/are a constant reminder to the black community of the slavery their ancestors endured and their history. There should be some meeting of sane minds. Perhaps it is time to not erase our history, but place the non-battlefield Confederate Monuments in a special museum or dedicated art history hall in local Southern towns for those who want to view them as monuments of our past history or art and protect them from hate groups' intervention. The chaos and fighting needs to end. (Perry, we have a long history of debating Civil War and political issues and have still remained very good friends. I value your opinions and thank you for letting me voice mine on this blog.) THE MANASSAS BELLE
  5. Hello..... In case there were any re-enactors or historians heading to Virginia next weekend.......Due to the current atmosphere here in Virginia, the long tradition of "Civil War Weekend" scheduled for August 24-25 in downtown Manassas (Bull Run) is officially cancelled. The times, they are a-changing. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  6. Shades of Frassanito!!! The Manassas Belle
  7. Perry, Well said, my friend. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  8. Congratulations, Perry, on your 10 years of Shiloh Discussion Group leadership! It's difficult to believe that time flies by that fast. I still remember the early days on Prodigy (close to 15 years prior to the SDG) when our Civil War group spent hours in live chats discussing the Civil War (Shiloh included). I also remember your dedication to writing well researched civil war articles while we both frequented Suite 101 on the Internet. (You even let me write a guest article a time or two.) Walking the fields of Shiloh with you, I, too, developed a keen sense of the history, beauty and peacefulness of that battlefield which still remains with me today. While I may not post as much now as I once did (life gets in the way sometimes), I still enjoy reading the posts from all the SDG members. I, too, have made many friends on the site and have enjoyed discussing the battle and meeting some of them on other sites or in person. Here's to the continued success of your site and 'Happy Birthday' to all the SDGers out there! THE MANASSAS BELLE
  9. Join me in wishing our fearless Shiloh Discussion Group leader, Perry Cuskey, a happy birthday today . Enjoy the day, dear friend! THE MANASSAS BELLE
  10. To All Esteemed Members of the Shiloh Discussion Group....... Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Kwanza and the best of battlefield touring in 2017! THE MANASSAS BELLE
  11. Neat stuff, Perry! Thanks for sharing! THE MANASSAS BELLE
  12. Thanks for sharing, Wrap. Great stuff. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  13. Ozzy...... I visited the real Gibraltar as a side trip to my tour of Spain in 2014. Great fortification with lots of history. Loved the caves and monkeys. ( I thought it was interesting that their modern main street crosses their airport runway so traffic has to stop every time a plane takes off or lands. It works!) I've been to Vicksburg but, like you, not to Fort Columbus. I'll have to add it to my "to do" list and visit it someday to see the comparison to Gibraltar. Thanks for the interesting topic! THE MANASSAS BELLE
  14. TomP and All....... I've been to the illumination at Antietam where they have 23,000 luminaries. It's quite impressive. People line up their cars as early as 3:00 p.m. the first Saturday in December and the lines go on for miles along the highway waiting for dark to drive through the battlefield. Lots of re-enactors are also encamped amid the luminaries at Antietam.....great opportunities for photos. It's an annual tradition for most folks here in Maryland and Virginia. Sounds like the one at Corinth will be similar. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  15. Camping? To me, "roughing it" is no room service! THE MANASSAS BELLE
  16. Sorry to hear of your friend's passing, Bruce. He was an avid student of the war and of Shiloh. We will miss him. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  17. So who won the book in 2009? THE MANASSAS BELLE
  18. Manassas1

    Hello All

    Welcome, Eric. Pull up a chair and sit with us awhile! Friendly and knowledgeable group here. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  19. Manassas1


    Glad you could join us, Russell. We look forward to your participating in our discussions on Shiloh. Friendly group here. Let us know if you have any questions. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  20. Wrap.... I think we would have the advantage adjusting since we could look back into history to get an idea of what life was like back then. They could not look forward to ours. Going back to their time, the first thing I would notice would probably be the lack of comfort items....no a/c, microwaves, telephones, electricity, etc. Autos and traffic jams would be difficult for them not to notice right away in our time, especially here in Virginia. As far as the smartphone goes, just hand them the instruction manual. If that doesn't make them want to go back to their own time, nothing will!!! THE MANASSAS BELLE
  21. Good one, Wrap! THE MANASSAS BELLE
  22. Svedra and all..... Looking forward to Tim's book. I've pre-ordered it. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  23. Thanks for sharing, Tom. THE MANASSAS BELLE
  24. Mona.... That's one happy birthday bird! Hope you had a wonderful day! THE MANASSAS BELLE
  25. Good for Julia!!! THE MANASSAS BELLE
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