My hometown Georgetown, South Carolina sits on Winyah Bay and when I was a kid riding in my dad's boat we pasted by the smoke stacks sticking out of the water of sunken Union gunboats that strayed too close to artillery batteries located on shore.Thought of those when they mentioned the ironclad battle. Got you on my blogroll.
Unlike a lot of Southerners I'm not one of those rabid Civil War buffs. But you have to admit that there is a lot of history in these parts - especially where you are. So much seems to be focused on VA and GA that I think some people forget SC's vital role.Thanks for adding me. But I sincerely enjoy your blog and I honestly do not add ones to my list unless I sincerely like them. Humor is good and can often get a point across better than a heavy handed diatribe. I'm still smiling over the one about the Jehovah Witnesses.
Frodo greatly enjoys "this day in history." Nathan Bedford Forrest, according to Shelby Foote, perhaps the greatest cavalry commander in an army of great cavalry commanders, was particulary relevant to conflicts in Tennessee. Ulysses Simpson Grant made his reputation at Vicksburg, in Mississippi. And John Bell Hood, another Texan, lost body parts in almost every conflict in which he participated. Few people, it seems, have even a little knowledge of the action in the northernmost province of St. Albans, Vermont. The point being that there was some pretty interesting stuff taking place almost everywhere during those times. It is unfortunate that there are some who see it as something more than a divot on the fairway.Frodo had two great-grandfathers as combatants. One wore blue, the other wore gray.Frodo misses Shelby Foote. He could tell a story.
My great, great (or maybe just great) grandfather was Forrest's teacher - and I think his only one. I guess you know he was a Grand Dragon in the KKK.
In fact, he was the Founder of the "Knights of the White Camellia" or KKK as we now know it. Frodo also admired the military skills of George Patton, but he still resents him slapping Tim Considine.