Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fighting On!

Thanks to Mr. Wolf (you know who you are!), I am going to try a series of "fixes" to the hacking problem. The responses show up in my email, from AOL. but they are not on the site. Anyway, it will be rocky here for a bit--bear with me!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Readers--someone who bills him or herself as "Anonymous" has seriously hacked this blog. I get 20-30 phony replies a day in my InBox, all offering me Viagra or a Russian bride. Plus some other stuff that was pretty offensive.

Any suggestions? Blogspot, the host of this site, has no way for me to get in touch with them--HELP!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Second Inaugurals

Lincoln's Second Inaugural was brilliantly discussed by Walt Whitman, but his words seem sad, and not a little prophetic.

When I look at the photos of the Second Inaugural, I remember only too clearly who was not there--our Colonel. He had worked so hard to elect Lincoln. He rode the famous Inaugural Express to Washington, protecting Lincoln and the First Family as he went. He, Hay, and Nicolay sat together in the crowd at the Capital to hear Lincoln repeat the oath of office, and later that evening, they went as a trio of bachelors to the Inaugural Ball, held in a large tent erected especially for the occasion.

I know Elmer Ellsworth was missed. I missed him today.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


No image tonight, but excellent news:

The Kickstarter campaign for 
has already met its original goal, and more!

Thanks so much to everyone who donated. I will post more later, but check for yourself on the Kickstarter site.

HUZZAH!!!!!!!!  & a Tiger!

Friday, January 11, 2013

NOT How the West Was Won

I watched an interesting movie last week--How The West Was Won. It had a bunch of stars from earlier decades, and the Civil War was included. This fact was why I watched it, btw. Oh my!

First, it was news to me that the West was won without the involvement of any African-Americans, or Africans either. There were smatterings of Germans (once) and a long shot including Asians, but I don't remember any Irish or AAs. Oh--there were a few Native Americans, but not too many. Who does these things?

The Civil War part was pretty funny. Harry Morgan (MASH?) was Grant, and at least his memorable voice did the character some justice. Sherman--yep, tall, thin, gangly Sherman--was played by John Wayne. Please help me! This was just so wrong, on so many levels. Sherman is prolly still laughing.

So--long story short--just because a movie has "some Civil War stuff in it," don't just trust that this will make it worth watching. Ever. Really.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Winter All Over

Love's Labour's Lost, Act V, Scene 2 [Winter] 
When icicles hang by the wall
   And Dick the shepherd blows his nail
And Tom bears logs into the hall
   And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When blood is nipp'd and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When all aloud the wind doth blow
   And coughing drowns the parson's saw
And birds sit brooding in the snow
   And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cinnamon Hardtack & Coffee, Please!

I have several reenactor friends--Ok, I did that myself for years--and one of them on Facebook does a little something special to her hardtack for the holidays. Personally, I see this heartshaped for Valentine's Day. The first part is a recipe from Total Gettysburg, from a blog called (I think) Wedded To War.
So, my friend makes this recipe, but sprinkles sugar and cinnamon on top of the crackers. Aw!!!!!!!!

Dr. Caleb Lansing’s Hardtack
Wiping his glistening forehead with the back of his hand, Caleb looked through the haze of smoke at the rest of the camp. The men sat on the ground or overturned barrels, unwrapping small bundles of hardtack from their haversacks. He pulled out his own, placed it on a flat rock, and rammed a Sharp rifle butt onto it, breaking it into pieces. ~Wedded to War
Hardtack was a staple food in the Union soldier’s diet, but notorious for being either rock hard or full of weevils. Imagine drilling and marching for miles with very little but hardtack to eat!
- butter for greasing the baking pan
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 TB baking powder
- 1 TB salt
- 1 2/3 cups water
Preheat the oven to 450 F. Grease the baking sheet. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and water. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. With freshly washed hands, squeeze the flour mixture with your fingers, this will be a very stiff dough. Flatten the dough to about 1/2 inch into a large rectangle. Using a knife, lightly trace lines into the dough to divide the pieces into 3 X 3″ square pieces.
Use a toothpick to prick holes across the entire surface in neat rows 3/4 of an inch apart. Be sure the holes go all the way through the dough to the baking sheet. Bake the dough about 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool 10 minutes. Remove the hardtack from the baking sheet with a metal spatula. Makes about 9 hard crackers.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Emancipation Proclamation

Much as I love old postcards, sometimes you gotta wonder just whose idea this was . . .
the postcard, not the Proclamation.