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Perry Cuskey

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  1. Everything is set for our tenth annual Epic Trek at Shiloh this November. Click the link below to read the announcement on our Facebook page. Feel free to contact me with any questions, and I hope to see everyone there! https://www.facebook.com/groups/shilohdiscussiongroup/permalink/10159188446946352/ Perry
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    Welcome to the group, Jim. Glad to have you join us. 👍
  3. Okay folks, we have our subjects set for our Epic Trek with historian Tim Smith on November 2nd. This year we're returning to our original format of examining two different subjects rather than just one, and I hope you agree that they're good choices. More details will be posted soon, but here's an overview for now: Our morning hike will focus on Union General Benjamin Prentiss and his controversial role in the battle and its aftermath. Did Prentiss save Grant's army, as we often hear, or is there more to the story? And was he responsible for alerting the Union army to the danger that mor
  4. Sad news to share with the group. Long-time member C.D. Rickman passed away earlier today after a long bout with cancer. Many of us had the chance to get to know C.D., and came to realize that he was a man with some exceptional qualities. He had a strong passion for people and things that mattered to him, and would not hesitate to take an active role and get involved. His love for Shiloh is evident in his active involvement not only with our group, but also as an officer in the Friends of Shiloh. He played a leading role in the establishment of the touchingly beautiful Savannah Veter
  5. Hello Hank, Concerning the good General, I was wondering what your views were on his statements in his official report concerning Peabody's conduct during the battle, as well as what he said about the Colonel's role in alerting the army to presence of the enemy prior to the attack. Perry
  6. Hello everyone. This is to let you know that we're ready to go with our next Epic Trek, with historian Tim Smith. This will be our seventh consecutive year with Tim, and it promises to be another great experience. Here are the details: Price: $30 per person. Payable on the morning of the hike. Date: November 3rd, 2018. Location: Shiloh National Military Park Start Time/Place: 8:00 a.m. at Ed Shaw's, just south of the park. (Not completely set in stone just yet on Shaw's, but Mona or I will keep you posted.) If you're not sure how to get there, don't worry, we've got you c
  7. Trying to anticipate, are we? There's a lot more involved than this report. It does come into play, but it's only part of the story. Perry
  8. I didn't watch, but I that's okay. I don't need Jack Nicholson to explain to me what revisionist history is, and how badly the term gets misused. And I'm looking forward to it more. Perry
  9. Well, as I mentioned, I'll have more to say about revsionism, and Prentiss, when the time comes. It will be more than just a little that I have to say. Perry
  10. I don't think we could find a more dedicated defender of Benjamin Prentiss than you've proven to be, Hank, even though I don't see him the same way. But I think he'd probably appreciate your standing up for him. As for the, um, "revisionism malarkey" at Shiloh, I'll have more to say on that subject, as well as on Prentiss, when the time comes. For now though, I'll add my own little trivia question - who was one of the earliest revisionists of the battle of Shiloh? I don't want to give away his name, but here's a hint: his initials are Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss. Perry
  11. Here's a link to the original poem, below, including stanzas that weren't included in the song when first published in 1872 by a British composer named John Baptiste Calkin. Even though two stanzas are missing and the others rearranged in the musical version, the spirit of the original poem is maintained. I think that video has the most beautiful version of the song I've ever heard. http://www.hwlongfellow.org/poems_poem.php?pid=40
  12. Sometimes from the depths of anguish and despair emerges something beautiful and inspiring. Such is the case with a Christmas song that started out as a poem, written in the middle of a seemingly endless war by a man who was no stranger to either anguish or despair. I'll let the video below tell the rest of the story. It's very much worth a listen. However life may find you as we near the end of 2017, I wish you better days ahead, and a truly wonderful 2018. Merry Christmas, folks. Perry
  13. Just a reminder that we're meeting in the visitors center parking lot at 7:30 on Saturday, and we'll head out to Crump's Landing once we've got everyone checked in and paid. Right now it looks like our good-weather luck is going to hold for another year, with a projected high in the 60's and only a slight chance for rain on Saturday. So keep your fingers crossed. Perry
  14. Sorry to hear that Alan. Best to you and Mark, and I hope you can both make it for next year's hike.
  15. A thought-provoking article on this subject by David French at National Review - http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453338/john-kelly-civil-war-comments-confederate-honor
  16. (Note - this blog post delves into modern-day issues. Issues related to the Civil War, to be sure, but modern-day issues just the same. Which as many of you are probably aware, is an off-limits subject on the discussion board. The same rule does not apply to blogs however, so if you are a member of the board, wish to start up your own blog and talk about such things, you're welcome to do so. Just don't start advocating violence, or endorsing groups like the KKK, Neo-Nazis, Antifa, and the like. That will get your blog shut down, as it still resides on the SDG's site. Aside from that, you're fr
  17. I was able to include a link to your Facebook page in your original post. Best of luck to you with your new book. Perry
  18. Got all of you marked down, so thanks. Look forward to seeing you in November. Also, if anyone else is having problems getting a hotel room near the park or looking for an alternative, you might look into AirBnB as an option, if you don't mind staying in a private residence. There were several options available near both Savannah and Corinth last time I checked, although it's been a little while now. The price ranges were also pretty varied, ranging from not bad to I don't think so. Perry
  19. Hi folks, You can find the updated information on this year's hike at the link below. I hope you can join us...
  20. Sorry for the long delay, everyone. Here's the information for our upcoming Lew Wallace hike with historian Tim Smith (Please note - if you plan on joining us, please post a reply here, or send me a PM or an email, so we can get an idea of how many to expect. Thanks.) - Date - Saturday, November 11th, 2017. Starting time - 7:30 a.m. Meeting place - Shiloh National Military Park visitors center parking lot. Price - $30 per person. (See below for payment information.) This two-part hike will focus on Lew Wallace at Shiloh. The morning portion of the hike will cover Wall
  21. Circumstances and common sense. That's how and why the Sunken Road was chosen for a defensive position, and why The River Road was chosen for the same reason later in the day. That's about as complicated as it gets. Perry
  22. I understand the reason behind this post, and while it's okay in and of itself, if it starts to get out of hand it's going to be closed. We're not discussing modern-day issues on this board, even by stealth. Perry
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