Children of Civil War Veterans Are Still With Us

National Geographic News
November 11, 2014

First of all, Happy Veterans Day! This is  a very special holiday we observe in the United States and some (me, included) think it’s one of the most important holidays of all. A time set aside to thank those who we so much more to than we’ll ever be able to repay.

Here’s a link to a fascinating story on National Geographic: Children of Civil War Veterans Walk Among Us, 150 Years After the War.

So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that Slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interest of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this that I would have cheerfully lost all that I have lost by the war, and have suffered all that I have suffered to have this object attained. – Robert E. Lee

Some Wore Blue and Some Wore Gray

Some Wore Blue & Some Wore Gray (Kindle Edition)

When it comes to buying anything (books, bacon, burgers…) one word always catches my eye: FREE.

If you’re also a Civil War buff and bargain lover, here’s something pretty great. Head over to Amazon and get a free copy of Some Wore Blue & Some Wore Gray for your Kindle reader.  I love the tagline, “Sometimes the best characters aren’t fictitious.” Isn’t that the truth?!

This book is from best-selling author Heather Graham, so it’s pretty much a can’t-miss. I’ve read a few of her novels before and she’s one of the best.

Book Description:
With the 150th Anniversary of the Battle at Gettysburg and the Siege of Vicksburg, New York Times Best Selling Author, Heather Graham, is revisiting one of her favorite time periods – The American Civil War. This time, however, she has compiled biographies of some of her favorite real-life characters of the period. We hope you’ll enjoy her gift to you in SOME WORE BLUE & SOME WORE GRAY. And feel free to comment in the review section if there are people you would be interested in reading about from the Civil War. Ms. Graham sees this as a living, growing document and is certain to add to it as time goes by. Enjoy!
And then when you want to see where all this love of history took her, check out her three Bantam novels ONE WORE BLUE, ONE WORE GRAY, and AND ONE RODE WEST.

Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives you may win Southern independence, but I doubt it. The North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche. – Governor Sam Houston (Texas)

Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site will host a Civil War re-enacting group that will include a period wedding ceremony as part of the weekend’s events June 14-15, 2014.

The 9th KY Volunteer Infantry (9thky.org) will set up camp at the park, and the public can enjoy this living history experience starting at 9 a.m. both days. The Union Army re-enactors will drill, cook, discuss weapons, and talk about the history of the Civil War unit.

An actual wedding of two members from the re-enactment group will be Saturday, June 14, at 5 p.m. at the meetinghouse. It will be conducted as a wedding during the Civil War. Visitors are welcome to observe. A reception will follow with Civil War-era music and dancing.

Weather permitting, wet plate photography will be demonstrated throughout the day Saturday.  For more information, call 270-487-8481 or visit www.parks.ky.gov.

Old Mulkey Meetinghouse is the oldest freestanding log meetinghouse in Kentucky, built in 1804 during a period of religious revival. The structure has 12 corners in the shape of a cross and three doors, symbolic of the Holy Trinity.   The site in Tompkinsville is about 25 miles south of the Edmonton exit on the Cumberland Parkway.

Date: June 14, 2014—June 15, 2014
Event: Civil War Group Meets at Old Mulkey Meetinghouse in Tomkinsville, Ky on June 14-15, 2014
Topic: Civil War Event
Public: Public

Goober Peas! This catchy, upbeat song  was very popular with Southern soldiers during the Civil War. The lyrics pay homage to the soldiers’ diet of goober peas, or peanuts.

The song wasn’t published until 1866, with the composer listed as P. Nutt.

Song Lyrics for Goober Peas:

Sitting by the Roadside on a summer’s day, chatting with my messmates passing time away,
Lying in the shadow underneath the trees, Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!
Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas! Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!

When a horseman passes, the soldiers have a rule,
To cry out at their loudest “Mister here’s your mule.”
But another pleasure enchantinger than these, is wearing out your Grinders, eating goober peas!
Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas! Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!

Just before the battle the General hears a row, He says the Yanks are coming, I hear their rifles now,
He turns around in wonder, and what do you think he sees, The Georgia Militia, eating goober peas!
Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas! Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!

I think my song has lasted almost long enough, The subject’s interesting, but rhymes are mighty rough,
I wish this war was over when free from rags, and fleas,
We’d kiss our wives and sweethearts and gobble goober peas!
Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas! Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect that it will cease to be divided. It will become all the one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward until it shall become alike lawful in all the states, old as well as new, north as well as south.” – Abraham Lincoln,  Address to the Republican Convention on June 16, 1858

“If all do not join now to save the good old ship of the Union this voyage nobody will have a chance to pilot her on another voyage.” – Abraham Lincoln in a speech in Cleveland, Ohio on February 15, 1861