This Week in Southern History (July 21 – July 28)

Welcome to the first edition of “This Week in Southern History.”

JULY 21

1861: A Confederate army under Pierre Beauregard defeated Union troops under Irvin McDowell at the Battle of Manassas (referred to as “The Battle of Bull Run” up north).

The battle was the first major engagement of the War Between the States, and tested the mettle of many famous units that would gain fame and renown throughout the war.  Likewise, the actions of General Thomas Jackson during the battle lent him the nickname “Stonewall” – which referred to his stubborn defense of Henry House Hill.

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My Curse on the Red, White and Blue

Memorial day was conceived shortly after the War Between the States, and designated for the commemoration of Union dead in the late conflict.

This short poem commemorates John Sedgwick, the highest ranking Union officer killed during the war.  Born in Connecticut, he fought Seminoles, Mexicans, and Apache before the secession and the war thereafter.

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Some Thoughts on the JQ

“The Jewish Question” is a common topic discussed among members of the Alt-Right, with solutions ranging from complete acceptance and integration to ovens.  I don’t yet have a solid opinion on the end game in terms of the millennia long conflict that has existed between European gentiles and Jews.  But here are some of my thoughts on the Jewish question.

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A Forgotten Hero: James Graham, Marquess of Montrose

 Above: James Graham (left) and Thomas Jackson (right).  Both men are famous for that which they accomplished during just one year of their lives (1644-1645 and 1862-1863 respectively).

This is a short summary of the life and times of James Graham, one of the most interesting and admirable figures in British history (in my humble opinion).  His story caught my eye some time ago, but I have only recently begun looking into it.  Join me, dear reader, as we explore the life of James Graham, “The Great Montrose.”

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