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Friday, April 26. 2013
We're happily down on the Georgia coast this week, being amateur naturalists.
We love the Southland (and the West, and the Midwest, etc.)
This was one of Abe Lincoln's favorite tunes:
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"Dixie" is sort of confounding. It's just this catchy half-nonsense comic minstrel ditty, but it became wildly popular everywhere right before and during the war. It's like the whole country poured the significance of the conflict they knew was coming into one goofy song. And suddenly "Dixie" became universally synonymous with "The South" when that word had never denoted the South or any region in it before the song became popular.
There are a pile of parody versions sung by soldiers on both sides.
3 possible sources for the origins of the term "Dixie"...
Umm, Dixie. As popular as "America" ( my country tis of thee..)' America the Beautiful", or "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in the South. A staple of high school and college marching bands. I think it was the fight song of the U of MS at one time. But alas, the PC crowd had deemed "Dixie" and the stars and bars as racist. This is the first time I have heard it in years. Thank you. Sad that pride in Southern heritage has been condemned. Fortunately, it still lives in our hearts. Born in GA and in in TX by the grace of God.
For your enjoyment, Sidney Lanier's "Marshes of Glynn". The oak tree he set under as he wrote this is still there. Google: Lanier oak
I spent many childhood summer vacations on Jekyll Is.
Jeykll Island...Jeykll Island...Jeykll Island. Where have I heard that name before? Yikes! Now I remember! Shoulda sunk it in the Civil War.
That form of cross is known as the Saint Andrew's cross. The cross in white on a sky blue field is both the flag of Scotland and the Russian naval jack, St Andrew being the patron saint of both nations, as well as one or two of the Balkans, cain't remember which.
Saint Andrew was the first disciple to jine up Jesus. His speciality, his saintliness i reckon you could say, was in his open nature, his natural reaching out to others, and gathering them around for a hearing.
Both Russia and Scotland being specifically very short on that trait as anyone long on skepticism must necessarily be, i think they must've adopted Andrew hoping a little of his sunniness would shine down on their countries.
Like Martin Sheen and Ted Turner playing the southern generals in this two minutes from Gods & Generals, where Lee's army is in winter camp and a troup of entertainers sing the other confederate war song, "Bonnie Blue Flag" --which was never as popular as "Dixie" but was more of the formal genre (fewer lyrics about lovelorn suitors with a 'face as sharp as a butcher's cleaver' and such).
Thanx for that buddy,
I've heard of neither the song nor it's history before.
Garry, did you ever hear of the Hines Plan? and below the search articles, see
confederate invasion of canada
Invasion of Canada Montgomery Arnold
Invasion of Canada 1775
United States Invasion of Canada
Benedict Arnold Invasion of Canada
Russian Invasion of Canada
Irish Invasion of Canada
1935 Invasion of Canada
Invasion of 1812
--jeez, everybody on the planet invaded Canada, and Canada never even noticed most of 'em !
Obviously U haven't heard of this...
"Who won the "War of 1812"... ask Merc...
Nobody invades Canuskistan without getting their "Arses"waxed...JMO.
did you ever hear of the Hines Plan?
No I haven't. Google doesn't seem to help either.
good gravy --maybe just 00gle
[ confederate plan to bring canada into civil war hines plan ]
or just go here:
You coulda done with a little less bagpipe and a little more history class, is what i think, if you don't mind me sayin'.
Thanx. I did see that but missed the Toronto reference when I skimmed over it...(note to self: request refund on speed reading course)...Thomas left Toronto in July 1865 just a few months before my GrGrand Pappy arrived, in Toronto, from England.
Yes thanks!! I was just trying to remember the name of that tune; it had slipped my mind. I've been slowly reading a history of the Gettysburg campaign & on the March into Pennsylvania Lee's army was in high spirits; there are references to military bands playing "Bonnie Blue Flag" as much or more than "Dixie".
Was that Ted Turner in Rebel garb?
I'm afraid so --with Martin Sheen as General Lee sitting directly in front of him. In a twist of fate, Sheen ultimately won the war, simply shaving off his whiskers long enough for the enemy, NBC, to elect him President of the West Wing a mere century or so later.
Reading a history of that campaign, good to note how close, and how far north, Gettysburg is to DC. Another fact which is almost invariably short-shrifted in the Gettysburg histories, is the explanation for Lee's otherwise mystifying insistance on the Napoleon-at-Waterloo charge uphill on Day Three, Pickett's Charge.
Pickett's Charge is made out to be a Lee Fail in history --and so it was, but the untold story is that Jeb Stuart's cavalry, 5,000 strong and an elite fighting force, was coordinated to show up behind the AOP in the vicinity of the trees along the stone wall at the top of the ridge --the point where Pickett's men did finally breach the line, then couldn't hold and had to fall back, what was left of them.
What had stopped Stuart? The battle of East Cavalry Field. What tipped that fight to the AOP? The Spencer repeating rifle, at the crisis point, the face to face shootout along the fenceline at Rummel's farm. What AOP unit stopped Stuart there? The Michigan Cavalry, led by George Armstrong Custer.
Heck I didn't know Custer was even at Gettysburg. Shows you how far I've gotten in that book!!
IIRC, right at the end of the war Custer also led a cavalry unit whose action effectively foreclosed Lee's ability to retreat from Appomattox. I can't remember exactly what his cavalry did; capture the rail line maybe.
While I lived in D.C. I made it my business to visit as many Civil War battlefields as I could. When I set out to visit Gettysburg I was surprised at how much shorter the drive was than I expected. I thought of it as farther away.
How did you miss this version?:
But I have to admit, the 2nd S.C. String Band is hard to beat.
Re-reading, i maybe made a semi dig about Canada 'not noticing' all those invasions. Let me 'splain what i had in mind --not a jibe at all, but that the invasions --faced wityh the vastness of the land and the hard winters, just dissolved themselves into a handful of new immigrants, for the most part. "Rope-a-dope" is the idea --thank you Muhammed Ali for the term.
No offense taken. We are vast (90% live within 100 miles of the 49th).
As an aside, you might enjoy this nugget of history:
GGPappy Henry donated 2 acres of land for the St. Mary's Cemetery in Novar, Ontario where William is buried. I stood over the grave last Aug 2012.
Ah, deep run the ancient chords of mystic memory, to ape Mr Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural.
--i'm a huge fan of Canada Free Press. Back when it looked like the barbarians were gonna do us in on AGW, CFP's Drt. Tim Ball and editor Judy MacLeod were lonely but stirling voices holding the bridge.
Right this minutre, there is one place one can find the actual story of Benghazi --@ CFP, in the work of Doug Hagmann.
--if you leave off the name 'montagraph', the hits go way up. But montagraph is the link to the passport scandal, which in turns makes ever so many other items fall into place.
When you said Back when it looked like the barbarians were gonna do us in on AGW I must include Kate @ SDA on your short list as well. Kate did a great job debunking the AGW Crap.
31 million + hits and still counting.
Check out "America's Broken Immigration System" post...
btw...CFP is also "Tops"...