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Company I,40th Alabama Infantry Regiment

Discussion in 'Military and War' started by bdtex, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Puzzling Evidence

    Puzzling Evidence Free range human living on a tax farm.

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    Confederate soldiers were hardly considered "traitors" as our Liberal brethren would try and convince us, au contrare, they were honored members of our military and often drew soldiers pensions.
     
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  2. Constitutional Sheepdog

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    That's irrelevant you side with the devil and they will turn on you.
     
  3. bdtex

    bdtex Administrator Staff Member

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    That is good stuff there. Way cool to me that his descendant,your ancestor,was so involved in the UDC. They did and do so many wonderful things to honor Confederate soldiers.
     
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  4. Puzzling Evidence

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    Union soldiers were important too, but our Confederate ancestors are now being dishonored. Thank you for your kind words, sir. I feel blessed that I was close to my grandfather who lived to be 106 and had a memory like a steel trap. He related second-hand accounts of the civil war directly to me. I'm one of the few people on earth who can say that.
     
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  5. bdtex

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    You are blessed. The only grandparents I had who might have had such second-hand accounts both died while I was still too young to know what I didn't know. Me and a distant aunt and 2nd cousin seem to be the only ones interested in our family Civil War history. In my direct family,that interest is probably gonna die with me. Hope not.
     
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  6. Puzzling Evidence

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    Keep them alive for right now.
     
  7. Puzzling Evidence

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    Here is a narrative from a collection of first-hand accounts found in “Civil War Treasury” edited by B.A. Botkin that speaks volumes to General Lee’s character. It also speaks to me about the ...power behind that greatest commandment… Love One Another.

    “I was at the battle of Gettysburg myself, and an incident occurred there which largely changed my views of the Southern people. I had been a most bitter anti-Southman, and fought and cursed the Confederates desperately. I could see nothing good in any of them. The last day of the fight I was badly wounded. A ball had shattered my left leg. I lay on the ground not far from Cemetery Ridge, and as General Lee ordered his retreat, he and his officers rode near me. As they came along, I recognized him and, though faint from exposure and loss of blood, I raised up my hands, looked Lee in the face, and shouted as loud as I could, ‘Hurrah for the Union!’

    The General heard me, looked, stopped his horse, dismounted and came toward me. I confess that I at first thought he meant to kill me. But as he came up he looked down at me with such a sad expression upon his face that all fear left me, and I wondered what he was about. He extended his hand to me, and grasping mine firmly and looking right into my eyes said, “My son, I hope you will soon be well.”

    If I live a thousand years I shall never forget the expression on General Lee’s face. There he was, defeated, retiring from a field that had cost him and his cause almost their last hope, and yet he stopped to say words like those to a wounded soldier of the opposition who had taunted him as he passed by! As soon as the General had left me, I cried myself to sleep there upon the bloody ground.”

    -Marcus J Wright
     
  8. Puzzling Evidence

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    I hate to say this, but to me, Grant was the superior General in as he was extremely studious and able to take in large amounts of information and from that, formulate a battle plan.

    Robert E Lee was a great man, but his uprightness was his undoing. His men loved him and willingly died for him, but he was very meek in asking for supplies. He did not wish to ask for taxes to be collected as this was an infringement upon personal liberty!

    I remember both as great men. Grant could have been a better president with a bit of help from Congress.
     
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  9. voyager

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    Several of my ancestors are veterans of the 26th North Carolina. Planted their flag on the wall at the Angle at Gettysburg on the third day. Fought the Iron brigade on the first day.

    Salute !

    http://26nc.org/History/history.html
     
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  10. voyager

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    Maybe, maybe not. Grant had an unlimited supply of fodder to throw into the grinder. Also Lee was sick on and off fighting Grant all the way to Richmond. Lee had also lost Stonewall Jackson, Jeb Stewart, and even Longstreet for a time.
    The Victor writes the History.​
     
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  11. JackDallas

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    Lee was an elitist and while he was a brilliant tactician and strategist, he was more than willing to waste the lives of his troops to achieve even a futile objective.
    At the Battle of Saylor's Creek, while trying to out run Grant into Western Virginia, Lee, knowing the war was lost ordered an attack attempting a breakout through the union line in an attemp to continue the fight. Many Confederate lives were lost for absolutely no good reason.
    Lee surrendered at Appomattox a few days later.
     
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    wrong... the whole thing.

    Read some Shelby Foote Vol. 3 the Civil War at least the end starting from page 915. The Troops at the REAR of the column at Saylors Creek had gotten cut off and were fighting for their lives. Lee was WAY up ahead and when he heard about it and came back in time to see the end.

    after that...

    Lee sent Gen. Gordon and was left of his Corp. to see if it was only Cavalry blocking his way forward or if Grant had gotten infantry in front of him. After dispersing the Cavalry they found 30,000 Union Troops lined up to meet them.

    And That was the end of the war for the Army of Northern Virginia..
     
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    This link goes to information that speaks to my reason for claiming that Lee was an Elitist,
    https://www.historyonthenet.com/grants-war-strategy-that-made-3-confederate-armies-surrender
     
  14. voyager

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    Go visit the places you know they fought at. I got to do that last year at Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Resaca. Might get to do it in October at a place north of Vicksburg.
     
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    I have been to Chickamauga and was at a reenactment at Resaca. You need to get to Gettsyburg, Antietam, Spotsylvania (the Mule Shoe), Fredricksburg... There are driving tours available with sound at some. At Fredricksburg there are homes on one side of the road and Confederate trenches on the other.
     
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    Sharpsburg is in next year's travel plans. Planning 2-3 days there in June.
     
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    Sharpsburg/Antietam is my favorite Civil War battlefield. Three distinct engagements, The Cornfield (West Woods/Dunker Church; The Sunken Road; and Burnside's bridge are truly awesome. I've been there at least 10 times (Lived in Maryland for 7 years). I wrote a poem about it:

    ANTIETAM

    I walked today on hallowed ground

    Reclaimed by passing years

    Where shot and shell and musket round

    Cut trees and corn and heroes down

    And summoned mother's tears


    I lingered near the old west wood

    Where the Dunker Church still stands

    There Jackson's army turned and stood

    Relinquished precious southern blood

    And challenged patriot's hands


    When Hooker's men, before he fell

    In double line array

    Charged like demons o'er the swell

    Rushing headlong into hell

    They sought to win the day


    But Jackson braced and held the line

    Then called on rebel zeal

    Hood's Texans ran into the whine

    Where stands today their noble shrine

    And died there on that field


    The battle shifted, as did I

    To the center of Lee's line

    Where D.H. Hill blocked passage by

    New Yorkers there, prepared to die

    For recompense Divine


    At the sunken road, McClellan thought

    Swift victory might be won

    But Gordon's Alabamans fought,

    And havoc on the Union wrought

    Beneath the midday sun


    A haunting peace pervades that lane

    And makes one stop and pause

    Belies the suffering and the pain

    Brings tears that fall like summer rain

    For Country, Home and Cause


    I lost myself, and wept inside

    Within that furrowed way

    Where ghosts in butternut abide

    With honored Union, side by side,

    And pass the time of day


    'Neath Burnside's bridge

    Still runs the flood

    None left now can remember

    Whoever shed such noble blood

    As those brave souls who on it stood

    That day in mid September


    Determined Federal flesh and steel

    Disdainful of defeat

    Crossed the span by utter will

    Drove the Georgians from the hill

    And threatened Lee's retreat


    But Little Mac on a distant lea

    Still plagued by cautious doubt

    Failed to give his troops decree

    To take the fight to Bobby Lee

    And denied to them the rout


    Virginia's gallant sons subside

    Through Sharpsburg, west, and then

    Across Potomac, swift and wide

    To sanctuary on the other side

    And form to fight again


    A stillness there invades the soul

    And makes the senses weak

    The guns are silent on the knoll

    The drums have ceased their martial roll

    Along Antietam Creek


    I sat in silence, grieved, alone

    I heard the soldiers speak

    And welcome me as one they've known

    No seeds of hatred there are sown

    Beside Antietam Creek


    When I return, as I'm wont to do

    They greet me through the pall.

    And every heart is brave and true

    My brothers now in gray and blue

    And God reigns o'er us all


    Yes, God reigns over all


    [c 1994 Jack Dallas 2-1-94]
     
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    I am fortunate to have lived in Maryland for a number of years back in the 90s. I ve been to a few CW battlefields.

    Gettysburg
    Antietam
    First Manassas (Bull Run)
    Second Manassas
    Petersburg
    Lookout Mountain
    Pea Ridge (Ak)
    Wilson's Creek (Mo)
    Fredericksburg
    The Wilderness
    Vicksburg
    Shenandoah Valley

    I regret not visiting them all but don't expect i ever will.
     
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    I believe I have seen that before,but it's always good. Can't wait to walk that hallowed ground. Got chill bumps just thinking about it.
     

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