Friday, February 12, 2016

General Edmund Kirby Smith -- A Biography

[Editor's note: The Florida State Legislature has voted to remove General Edmund Kirby Smith's statue from statuary hall in the capitol at Washington, D.C. Here is biography from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Hugh Chisholm, ed. (1911), "Smith, Edmund Kirby", 25 (11th ed.), Cambridge University Press, p. 260.What a shame.]

General Edmund Kirby Smith
(Library of Congress)
SMITH, EDMUND KIRBY (1824-1893), Confederate general
in the American Civil War, was the son of Joseph Lee Smith
(1776-1846), an American lawyer and soldier, who served with
credit in the War of 181 2 and rose to the rank of colonel U.S.A.
His elder brother, Ephraim Kirby Smith (1807-1847), also a
soldier, fell at Molino del Rey; and Joseph Lee Kirby Smith,
Ephraim's son, who took the Federal side in the Civil War, was
mortally wounded at the battle of Corinth, having at the age of
twenty-six attained the rank of brevet-colonel U.S.A. Edmund
Kirby Smith was born at St Augustine, Fla., on the 16th of
May 1824, and graduated at West Point in 1845, being assigned
to the infantry. In the Mexican War he was breveted first
lieutenant, and captain for gallantly at Vera Cruz and Cerro
Gordo and at Contreras-Churubusco. He was assistant pro-
fessor of mathematics at West Point from 1849 to 1852 and
was later engaged in Indian warfare on the Texas frontier. In
1861 he attained the rank of major. When Florida seceded he
resigned his army commission and entered the Confederate service
as a lieutenant-colonel. He was made a brigadier-general on
the 17th of June 1861, and was wounded at the battle of Bull
Run iq.v.). In command of the Confederate forces in the Cumber-
land Gap region Kirby Smith took part in General Bragg's
invasion of Kentucky in the autumn of 1862, and inflicted upon
the Federal forces a severe defeat at Richmond, Ky., on the
30lh of August; and was present at the battles of Perryville
and Murfrecsboro (Stone River). From February 1863 to the
fall of the Confederacy he was in command of the trans-Missis-
sippi department, and was successful in making this section of
the Confederacy (isolated from the rest by the fall of Vicksburg)
self-supporting. He instituted a regular system of blockade-
running, and met and defeated the Red River expedition under
General N. P. Banks in 1864. Kirby Smith and his troops
surrendered on the 26th of May 1865, being the last armed forces
of the Confederate States to do so. After the war, he was from
1866 to 1868 president of the Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph
company, from 1868 to 1870 president of the Western Military
.Academy, from 1870 to 1S75 chancellor of the university of
Nashville, and from 1875 to his death professor of mathematics
at the university of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. He died at
Sewanee on the 28th of March 1893. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


[Below is an excerpt about General Robert E. Lee from The Story of a Soldier’s Life by Field-Marshal Viscount Wolseley. This is a tribute to General Lee on the occasion of his 209th birthday anniversary, January  19, 2016.]
General Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee described as 'ablest general' - 'greatest man' by Lord Wolseley

                As soon as I could do so I proceeded to General Lee’s Headquarters, about six miles out of town, on the road to  Harper’s Ferry. Every incident in that visit to him is indelibly stamped on my memory. I have taken no special trouble to remember all he said to me then and during subsequent conversations, and yet it is still fresh in my recollection.  But it should be so, for he was the ablest general, and to me, seemed the greatest man I ever conversed with; and yet I have had the privilege of meeting Vom Moltke and Prince Bismark, and at least upon occasion had a very long and intensely interesting conversation with the latter. General Lee was one of the few men who ever seriously impressed and awed me with their natural, their inherent greatness. Forty years have come and gone since our meeting, yet the majesty of his manly bearing, the genial winning grace, the sweetness of his smile and the impressive dignity  of his old-fashioned style of address, come back to me amongst my most cherished recollections. His greatness made me humble, and I never felt my own individual insignificance more keenly than I did in his presence. He was the about fifty years of age, with hair and beard nearly white. Tall, extremely handsome and strongly built, very soldier-like in bearing, he looked a thoroughbred gentleman. Care had, however, already wrinkled his brow, and there came at moments a look of sadness into his clear, honest, and speaking dark brown eyes that indicated much his overwhelming national  responsibility had already told upon him. As he listened to you attentively, he seemed to look into your heart and to search your brain. He spoke of the future with confidence, though one could clearly see he was of no very sanguine temperament. He deplored the bitterness introduced into the struggle, and also the treatment of the Southern folk who fell into hostile hands. But there was no rancor in his tone when he referred to the Northern Government. Not even when he described how they had designedly destroyed his home at Arlington Heights, the property on the Potomac he had inherited from General Washington. He had merely “gone with his State” – Virginia – the pervading principle that had influenced most of the soldiers I spoke with during my visit to the South. His was indeed a beautiful character, and of him it might truthfully be written: “in righteousness he did judge and make war.”

Gen. Lord Wolseley
Who was Viscount Wolseley?
      Garnet Joseph Wolseley, the First Viscount of Wolseley, was one of the great British generals of the last half of the 19th Century. He was known as a tireless advocate of modernization of the British Army and was the "go-to" man whenever there was trouble in some far-flung area of the British Empire.
      He was  the son of a British Army officer born June 4, 1833 in Dublin, Ireland. Wolseley was educated in Dublin and commissioned into the British Army in  1852 in the King's Own Borderers, but transferred to the 80th Regiment of Foot. He served in the Second Burmese War, wounded at the Battle of Donabyu; the Crimean War in Russia;  the Indian Mutiny; the Anglo-French Expedition to China in 1860; the Fenian Invasion of Canada; the Ashanti Campaign in Africa; the Egyptian Army revo0lt; attempted to relieve Gordon at Khartoum; and the Boer War, 1899-1902.
      Wolseley was promoted to Field Marshal in 1894 and to Commander in Chief of the British Army, 1895-1901. He retired in 1903 and died March 26, 1913 in Mertone, France.
      In October, 1862, while stationed in Canada, took a leave of absence to  visit the Confederate Army. He had interviews with both General Robert E. Lee and Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Wolseley left behind his impressions in his auto-biography and in periodical articles.

Friday, January 15, 2016


Click for story>'NO VOTES FOR TURN COATS'
Louisiana Tiger Zouave

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Compatriots and friends,
One hundred fifty years ago the War Against Southern Independence ended with a devastated South. Since that time, the South has rebuilt and stands as a shining symbol of determination and dedication in the face of opposition and hostility. However in our day, there are those who seek to place upon the South another "reconstruction." Some have called this a time of "Southern Cleansing." Their goal is to remove all things Southern. One such attempt is current in the city of New Orleans. The city leaders have ordered the removal of Southern monuments that have stood in this Southern City for decades. Therefore

WHEREAS, on January 14, 2016, the New Orleans case is brought before the legal system for hearing, determination, and decision; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that Southern Heritage be protected via the preservation of the Southern Monuments in the city of New Orleans; and

WHEREAS, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is the premiere Southern Heritage organization in the United States.

NOW, THEREFORE, I Charles Kelly Barrow, Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate veterans, do hereby proclaim Thursday, January 14, 2016,as:


for all members and friends of the Sons of Confederate Veterans,

PROCLAIMED this 13th day of January, 2016.

Deo Vindice!

Charles Kelly Barrow
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Fascinating Interview with "Gone With the Wind" author, Margaret Mitchell

Click here for interview>Margaret Mitchell Interview, 1936

Margaret Mitchell
(Library of Congress)

Sunday, December 27, 2015


Click here for full story.False Notes From Wynton Marsalis Lead To A Divided City

(Library of Congress)
Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard was the most famous
Louisiana citizen of the 19th Century. His accomplishments
both in the military and civilian life were historic. What
a shame the current New Orleans city officials are
disgracing themselves by attacking his monument.