Showing posts with label Civil War Journals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Civil War Journals. Show all posts

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A New Confederacy

(The following quote was translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung of 28 April 2011).

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency.  It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their President.  The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America.  Blaming the Prince of the Fools should not blind anyone to the vast Confederacy of Fools that made him their prince.  The Republic can survive a Barack Obama.  It is less likely to survive the multitude of idiots such as those who made him their President.”

Thursday, April 4, 2013

You Go Girl!

I have the coolest family tree!  Full of rebels!  Mercy Jones, born in Massachusetts in Sept. 1654 was arrested at age 19.  Court records show the following:

The colonial laws regulated the subject of extravagant dressing.  In September 1673 the court recorded:“Diverse women at Springfeild presentd at ye Courte in March last for that being of meane estate they did weare Silkes contrary to Law vixt Goodwife Labden (,) Goody Colton (,) Goody Morgan (,) Goody Barnard (,) Mercy & Hephzibod Jones (,) Hunters wife ; Daughter ;Abell Wrights wife, & warned to this Courte the six former app’ring in Courte they were admonisht of their extyravagancyes & dismist.

Her sister was arrested as well, and with her name I can imagine she needed to do some fancy dressing to get beyond that moniker. What a cool family!  Besides Mercy Jones, my ancesters include the following:
  • King Edward I, aka Longshanks, my 21st Great Grandfather
  • Patrick Henry is my cousin, 8 generations ago
  • Robert Anderson, Commander of Fort Sumter, SC in Feb. 1861, where the Confederates started the Civil War
  • Charles Martel (born in 676 AD) 39th Great Grandfather
    "Were it not for Charles Martel perhaps the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet. . . . From such calamities was Christendom delivered by the genius and fortune of one man." Edward Gibbon: History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, Volume 5, page 156 - 157
  • Hugh de Courtenay IV, Pirate of the high seas in the 1460s
  • My 37th great grandfather, Charlemagne the Great
  • Princess Diana, 21st cousin by marriage
  • Prince William and Princess Kate, 22nd cousins by marriage
  • Vladimir "The Great", Grand Prince of Kiev is my paternal grandfather of wife of grand nephew of the wife of my 30th great grandfather.
      (note to self: you might need to take a break now...time to step away from the computer...)

After King Edward I, my family tree follows a line through his daughter, Princess Elizabeth, who married Humphrey De Bohun, Earl of Essex.  The royal blood line thins as it reaches the 1700s and then I find I'm related to commoners after that.  When it gets that far away from Royal blood, at some point, does it turn into a rumor? Anyway, I think I'll send an invitation to Will and Kate for the next family BBQ.  They must have, what... a mere 14 thousand 22nd cousins?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Scrapbook pages 6-7

As you know, I'm making 6 Civil War scrapbooks to go along with the 6 quilts I"m making to honor my GG grandfather, James Monroe.  Here are pages 6 and 7:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Hero quilts

I was thrilled to find photos of a Civil War era flag!  As you know, I'm working on 6 quilts to honor my great, great grandfather's service in the Civil War.  I found the flag his unit carried in the early part of the war.  The flag is being restored.    This is the flag for the 4th Iowa Regiment, Infantry Vol.  The lower corner of the flag is lost forever, the only part left is the "I" for Infantry.

 During the Civil War, silk fabric was used to make flags for the military.  They were painted with various symbols, names and stars on both sides of the flag.  As a result, the areas that are painted are very stiff.  This flag is 150 years old now, I'd say she looks pretty good for her age!  Iowa has over 300 flags currently being restored from the Civil War, WWI, WWII and other wars.

I've got a quilt loaded for a friend today, and the second Hero quilt will be loaded next week.  This is Thea's quilt!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Goodwill bargains!!!

Don't you know, I just HAD to stop by the Goodwill store yesterday!   I was thrilled to find 4 (four!) $35.00 12"x12" scrapbooks for $6 each.  

As you know, I'm making 6 Civil War themed quilts, 5 are for family members, 1 will hang in my school.  I'm making scrapbooks for each family member to go along with their quilt.  These are perfect!   My great great grandfather fought with Sherman in the Civil War.  He named my great grandfather William Tecumseh after the General he fought with.  I'll include stories of the battles, photos of the battles in which he was wounded.  But the main reason for creating the scrapbooks is to document the meaning behind each block in the quilt.  The Civil War Journals quilt uses blocks that were created during the war, with names such as the "Uncertain Times" block. 

I'm using Civil War reproduction fabrics in all the quilts.  Don't worry, I'll update everyone from time to time with photos of my progress. 

Friday, February 3, 2012


The Civl War Journals quilt is a BOM from Marcus fabrics.  I finished 5 of the blocks for January, and have 5 more to go.  These are 2 of the blocks that will go in my Uncle Leonard's quilt:

My sister's house caught fire 2 weeks ago, while she was home.  The firefighters arrived quickly and had the fire out before much was damaged.  She lost the roof and but nothing inside the house was damaged.  The electrician she hired a year ago did some shoddy work in her attic, he's in trouble now.

The power has been off since the fire, so she's staying in a motel until her house can be repaired.  A friend of hers is taking care of her cat while she's in the hotel. 

I took a break from the Civil War Journals to make a table topper as a thank you gift to the friend for helping my sister, and while I was at it I thought I'd make one for my sister as well. 

One can be seen on the far left.  The second one is nearly assembled.  I'll add the borders and get them quilted this weekend.  I need to get them in the mail by Tuesday!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Civil War

The kids are in bed, dh is working and the house is quiet.  I love quilting during this time.  A friend and I are visiting a new fabric store in the morning so I should get to bed but it's sooo nice and quiet right now.

I'm cutting out fabric for the first few blocks of the Civil War Journals quilt I'm starting.  This is the largest project I've  ever done.  I'm making 1 bed-size quilt, and 5 smaller quilts which will be given to family members.  The smaller quilts will be large wallhangings.  All 6 quilts will have photo transfers, another first as well.

I'm honoring my great, great grandfather James Monroe.  James fought in the Civil War from start to finish.  He enlisted on 6 Jul. 1861 in Company D, 4th Iowa Infantry. He fought in the battles of Chickasaw Bayou; Arkansas Post; First and Second battles of Jackson, Mississippi; Champion Hill; Siege of Vicksburg; Brandon, Mississippi; Chattanooga; Mission Ridge; In the Atlanta Campaign and in the battles of Jonesboro & Savannah. He was wounded in the head by a piece of shell at Chickasaw Bayou and was shot through the clothing at Vicksburg. Honorably Discharged at Davenport, Iowa 6 Aug. 1865.

I'm off to bed now... thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Civil War Records

There are 50 pages of records for my great, great grandfather's service in the Civil War!    So far, this is what I know.... He was wounded in the battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi on December 29, 1863.  Shrapnel from a cannon ball hit him in the head, fortunately the wound was minor.  I have his signatures on several documents, and also his wife.

My great, great grandfather helped burn Atlanta.  Remember the scene from Gone with the Wind where Rhett and Scarlett barely escape with their lives as they pass a 5 story building full of flames? ... Yes, my grandpa was one of those dirty yankees in Georgia!

An 85 lb. soldier
from the Civil War
 He served as a private from beginning to the end of the Civil War.  His company "was reenrolled at Woodville Alibama on the 1st day of January 1864 was with the Army of Gen Sherman on the March from Atlanta to Savannah in the State of Georgia – That the soldiers had no tents but Shelter Tents that on said March by reason of Exposure and hard marching the said James M. contracted the Chronic Disease – The same was in the line of his duty.  The Army left Atlanta Oct 3rd 18yr and got to Savannah December 24th 1864."

 The disease he contracted toward the end of the war disabled him for the rest of his life.  When he went to war he weighed 180 lbs, healthy for a man who was 5' 10" tall.  When he arrived back home at the end of the war he weighed 85 lbs.  

He fought in many battles, I'll have to make a list, watch for that in the near future.