We’re standing at the wall, when we heard their spirits call. Whatever happened to our fame? We never left this place, for we would not be disgraced, there were no medals for our slain. A defiant battle cry they held their colors high as faithful soldiers here they held. Upon the sacred ground they laid their brothers down as fateful soldiers they fell.
These are the words of a song that have been rolling around in my head for several days. They have filled my thoughts even in the night as I try for hours to rest; looking at a clock that seems to forever be stuck in slow motion. These names keep haunting the inner folds of my mind as I ponder, “What can we possibly do to convince the powers that are, to do the right thing. The spirits of these 206 men and boy scream from their graves. “Did our sacrifice mean so little?” “Do these people think so little of us as to never mention our names aloud in the open air of time.” It is altogether fitting and proper that we celebrate these men and boy’s lives with a stand wall. Their names should be engraved on a single wall, standing upright for all to see. If it is lying down horizontally, it becomes a floor for children to stand or play on; or for some unthinking adult to sit on. This is unthinkable, unreasonable and unacceptable.
As Election Day approaches us, keep in mind what has transpired of the last few weeks. Words have meaning. Words have consequences. Our own words, spoken loosely, without thought, sometimes comes back to bite us in the gluteus maximus.
I have used the words of men from the centuries past to describe some of my thoughts, only they have so eloquently said them and much better than my meager attempt. Here are several of my favorites.
Quote: Men must be decided on what they will not do; then they are able to act with vigor in what they ought to do. Mencius from “Maxins.”
Quote: He that judges without informing himself to the utmost that he is capable, cannot acquit himself of judging amiss. Locke on “Human Understanding.”
Quote: Cruel and cold is the judgment of man, Cruel as winter, and cold as snow; But by and by will the dead and the plan, Be judged by the motives that lieth below. Lewis J. Bates from “By and By.”
Quote: We shall be judged, not by what we might have been, but by what we have been. Sewell from “Passing Thoughts.”
Quote: Oh, judgment thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason. Julius Caesar, Act III.
Quote: The virtue of justice consists in moderation as regulated by wisdom. Aristotle
Quote: Decide not rashly. The decision made can never be recalled. The gods implore not, Plead not, solicit not, they can offer Choices and occasion, which once being passed, Return no more. Dost thou accept the gift? Longfellow from “The Tower of Prometheus.”
This is my position, and as Ramses III once said, “So let it be written, so let it be done.” This isn’t the only site available. Plans are always subject to change, even when we don’t really want too.
P.S. I’ve decided personally not to vote next Tuesday for at least three of the commissioner candidates, but instead, write myself in as a write-in candidate. All our supporters can do as they wish…
This noun is the moral uprightness of man. It gives us completeness and unity. This past week I recorded a program and watched it to see if I could learn anything from it content. Body language and more importantly facial expressions was the subject. Did you know there are seven micro-expressions that every man, woman and child can’t escape? We humans are inherently programmed with these expressions and whether you are black or white, male or female, European, Oriental, Asian, African, Anglo or Indian, you can’t change those expressions. They tell us whether a person is showing (1) anger (2) contempt (3) disgust (4) fear (5) happiness (6) sadness and finally (7) surprise. The first three expressions occur when someone is trying to suppress or repress an emotion. The other four expressions reveal our joys and sorrows. According to the program you have no control of them as they occur. The entire program reminded me of the TV show, “Lie to Me.” The expert consultant for the show could determine the truth on any given matter, within seconds. You can say one thing, but your face says something else totally different. It is quite an interesting science.
This week, I’m pleased to announce that we have raised $1,100 toward the memorial wall. The support just keeps coming. We received a $1,000 check from an anonymous supporter at the Historical Societies fall banquet. Whoever you are “Thank You.” from the all the JCRA committee. “God Bless You.” Also, Gayle Arbogast of Century 21 sent us a $100 check. We will never be able to express the extent of our gratitude to those folks who whole heartily support our effort. Keep the support coming. Make checks payable to JCRA.
As announced last week, we are planning a “Christmas Fashion Show.” It will feature men, women and children dress and clothing of the 1860’s. A Church Building is the perfect spot to celebrate the holiday. Come support the show. It’ll be a free event, however we will be accepting donation from anyone willing to support us. It will be held December 3rd at the Messiah Lutheran Church. More details will be forth coming soon.
150 Years Ago
The re-enactment of the “Battle of Balls Bluff” was the weekend of October 21-23 at Leesburg ,Virginia. Friend and fellow living historian Sam Leister and other from his “Bucktail” unit attended the first ever 150th anniversary of the actual event. Sam was telling me how grueling the marches were; two miles each direction. They formed up at 8:30am and didn’t return to camp till nearly 5:30pm. That my friends, is a long day of drilling and fighting. The truly exciting part of the event is that very rarely do we as historians actually get to re-enact an event where it actually happened. I surely envy Sam and his experience in history.
After Ball’s Bluff all becomes quiet here in the northeast for a while. All the fighting is now happening in Missouri, Kentucky and Oklahoma; but it’s not all Yank vs. Rebel. The rebels are finding themselves fighting the Native American element in the Oklahoma Territory.
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