Yankees Afoot in the County

November 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

First regiment dispatched in pursuit of Thompson ~ Nov. 1, 1861 Orders from HQ ~ Wallace to reinforce Oglesby ~ Nov. 5, 1861 Motion of the troops alerted everyone. The wildlife; the water fowl, the Rebels encamped at Belmont. Scouts and spies had already relayed the sketchy information to Col. Read more


September 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

#NeverForget God Bless America Doesn’t Seem Like only 14-years ago ~ so much in the World has changed since then ~ and ~ not for the better. I’ll never comprehend Evil as in the form Arab Terrorists spew ~ and ~ I’m thankful to God for that. #NeverForget And, #Merica will not ~ Read more

Movements Detected

September 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Columbus Fortified Camp Johnston occupied at Belmont The sounds of the Pick Iron could be Heard rippling across the water as Battery Emplacements were carved into the Bluffs. The Iron Banks were most hospitable to the Rebel Forces. The layout of the Chalk Bluffs gave the Confederates the High Read more

You Can See For Miles

September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

It wasn’t the First Time they’d been here. But, it was the Best. The Times had come and the neutrality of Kentucky ~ at peril since the Firing on Sumter in April  ~ violated. Confederate troops were streaming up the Road and headed toward the Chalk Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi. Read more

The Story of M.J. McKinne and W. L. Collins

August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Tale of Fear Two Tennessean’s Survive to tell about the Civil War Mike (MJ) McKinnie was my ancestor. He rode with the 7th Tennessee; Co. E and was with General Nathan Bedford Forrest for the final two years of the War. During my search for his Civil War Service, I had the Good Fortune of Read more

Full Moon Eeriness Lights the Plain at Belmont

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Steamers Loaded with Troops Leaving Cairo, Ill. Rebel Troops Massed near Hickman, Ky, just North of Reelfoot Lake. It was time. Time to make the move, Polk decided. And, so with the order to Gideon Pillow to secure Columbus ~ which had been floating thru his mind for days ~ finally met the mark of Read more

Ill Winds of the Air in Late August 1861

August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Grant 100, 000 Strong At Cairo ~ Polk ; Pillow securing Mississippi Valley ~ Those were the highlights from Trooper’s dispatch. It was nothing new to anyone who had bothered watching the buildup after the Firing on Fort Sumpter. The next move was obviously clear. Who would make the first Read more

PBS to air The Civil War series

August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ken Burns wonderful masterpiece ~ The Civil War ~ is unquestionably the Finest Documentary on the most unavoidable War in the History of Mankind. Burns put it on Film. Iconic; Esteemed and Regarded as the Foremost Southern Civil War Historian ~ Shelby Foote ~ made that TV series. It was based on Read more

Orders Issued: Reconnoiter Extensively ~ Urgent

August 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

URGENT ~ Rebels In Kentucky ***UPDATE ~ Confederate Forces are reported to be inside the Kentucky Border at Hickman. Gen. Gideon Pillow with an Advance Party of Rebels have found their way across the Kentucky/Tennessee State Line and are now thought to be moving toward Columbus. General  Grant ~ Read more

Silver-Light Night Show: SUMPTER FIRED UPON

August 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

“City boys ain’t yet seen nuthin` Like this,” Wil whispered. Historical Meteorological Data recorded Aug. 11, 1861, depicts a phenomenal Weather Event in the Sky.  Awe struck by the Star Show, Grant tired of the constant nagging flashing Lights. He didn’t have Time to Read more
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