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Posted on 06/22/2005 9:43:16 PM PDT by quidnunc
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Thank you both for your replies....I am glad to see that others also believe that either the 'spirits' or 'energy', from a massive event can perhaps remain, and that there are those who are touched by it, and tune into it...
GVgirl...your story proves the point....there are many things that happen, that we cannot explain...I, also, regret that you never bought that painting...
Full scale lawless insurrection triggered by those which disagreed with the outcome of the 1860 presidential election.
When Clinton was elected twice don't you believe conservatives were outraged, yet we did not stage sedition and begin bombing U.S. forts, resulting in civil war and economic chaos.
That point was argued before. Saxe-Coburg-Gotha recognized the CSA...therefore, recognition was obtained by at least one country.
I bet you could track that photog down, if you still wanted the painting. If it's meant for you to have it, it'll turn up.
LOL! Actually, I found it to be very beautiful.
During the 125th anniversary, I reenacted Gettysburg, Shiloh, First Bull Run, Chickamauga and Franklin.
I have a tape from a video camera that was right behind the works during Pickett's charge. While I lay "dead", the ground was shaking.
Your story is better than mine. I am thinking of going out east later this summer. Gettysburg is definitely on my agenda again.
Excellent. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and shared some history with the family. Some of my favorite times are dressing up in period attire and attending balls. They are a blast! Good music, good friends, and doing the Charleston!
Yeah, it remains a struggle here with the Battle of Franklin (Tenn) sites. It's prime land and we are growing like crazy. The city is always trying to find ways to take a little more.
I live on land that the Battle of Franklin (Tenn) was fought on. I've seen some strange things but hear even more.
I think ghosts are playing with my electronic devices. Some, like one phone, will make noises like someone is pushing buttons. The phone will go "click..bzzzzzzzz" like the speaker was turned on and then quickly stop.
Darryl Worley has a great song called Shilo...very accurate lyrics referring to the battle. Worth listening.
or, "that unpleasantness between the states"
I live on the extended battle site in Franklin. It was very bloody. Bodies at the Cater House were stacked 3-5 deep. Columbia Ave., then a dirt road, in fron of the house was a river of blood.
Almost every single house, church and public building in the area was used as a hospital and the blood stained wood floors are there to this day. Over 6,000 men died along with the most higher up officers the Confederacy ever lost in the entire war.
The worst part was the total waste of it all. The war was almost over and the vast majority of these men, on both sides, were going home. Totally needless. A total shame.
This has been one of the best threads I've read lately - thank you all for your contributions. I certainly didn't mean to help sidetrack discussion of the fields themselves with their associated paranormal phenomenon, but too much weirdness persists around them for easy dismissal.
A&E had a documentary on this where some good ol' boy agreed to give a bunch of reenactors a lift into town (Gettysburg proper) in the back of his pickup. When he slowed down to let them out none of them were there. Then there's the incident mentioned by an earlier poster where a tourist thought he was gabbing with a reenactor only to find that guy vanish. It seems that there's either circumstances that tie human souls to areas of extreme stress and trauma
or time itself is not always as linear as our sanity requires.
Another poster mentioned great violence on Lookout Mountain. Just a year after my Chickamauga experience I camped out for several weeks halfway up the mountain where an Indian cave was close to a stream - nary a nightmare or vision at all. Perhaps some of us are more receptive to that stuff than others at certain stages of development. People who are serious about learning more about paranormal phenomena should focus on the Civil War battlefields and the people who live around them.
OK, now you've mentioned Lookout Mountain. That brings up one of the few the direct links I have to my family history and the Civil War. My great-grandfather fought in that battle for the Union. (He had left home at an early age and joined the Union Army while his father and brothers fought for the Confederacy.)
The battle was hard fought and getting up that mountain was no easy task. According to his report, the horses were gripping roots with their teeth to try to get up the mountain.
I grew up in western Nebraska, far from any Civil War battlefields, but now I live just one hour from Lookout Mountain. If there are places to camp there, I might have to look into that.
To take a contemporary example, Turkey recognizes North Cyprus as an independent nation but no one else does. Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was a much lesser country than Turkey. So, claiming that the CSA was a sovereign nation based on the recognition of an obscure German principality is a pretty weak case.
I agree...it is weak, but nevertheless a case. :)
You know, whether I think you're right or not about the causes of the war (I do agree incidentally), that isn't what this tread was originally about.
This was supposed to be about historic battlefieds and the feelings people get when they visit them. Having been to Vicksburg I can agree with what others have said; it's borderline spiritual the feelings you get when you spend any time at all there.
Many brave men on both sides fighting and dying for what they thought was right. Valor that's totally gone now in American life.
That's really what this thread was about. I wish all Civil War threads here were about the men who fought it, not the politics or who's right or wrong that created it.
I responded to a dubious proposition was asked to refrain and have. However it looks as though interest has waned.
My great-great-granddaddy also fought at Shiloh with the 18th Alabama infantry...and survived. Married the daughter of his best friend, a fellow soldier.
"My great-great-granddaddy also fought at Shiloh "
I really must go there some day.....
(April 10, 2004) The Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) isn't getting the message. In February, Mansfield Battlefield was identified as one of the most endangered battlefields in America because of SWEPCO's mining operation.
In response, SWEPCO officials shrugged and kept on digging. Large parts of the battlefield have already been destroyed, and Dolet Hills is seeking a permit to mine on 58 additional acres.
Today, only 12 percent of Mansfield is protected from development. Of the 177 acres preserved and maintained by the state of Louisiana, 134 acres were acquired through a grant from CWPT.
Louisianans and other concerned citizens need to let SWEPCO know that its mining operation is destroying hallowed ground.
Take Action: The Friends of Mansfield have been created to help create awareness against SWEPCO's operations. Please help the Friends of Mansfield by writing to Louisiana Lt. Governor Blanco today. Please note: your letter will be most effective if you personalize the sample attached below.
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Saturday, July 16, 2005
Recipent's Name Recipent's Address City, State Zip
I urge you to take immediate steps to protect America's Civil War heritage at Mansfield Battlefield by denying the Dolet Hills Mining Company their permit application to destroy an additional 58 acres of this important landscape.
Large parts of this Civil War battlefield have already been forever destroyed by the lignite mining operation already underway by Dolet Hills (owned by the utility giant AEP-SWEPCO). This inappropriate use of America's historical landscape continues to be the most serious threat to the battlefield. To allow Dolet Hills to dig into an additional 58 acres of our American heritage is unthinkable and their permit must be denied.
Mansfield Battlefield is important to Louisiana, and to all Americans, and should be protected for present and future generations. Events highly significant to the shaping of our nation happened there, and risk being forgotten forever if the mining operation is expanded.
In March 1864, Union General Nathaniel Banks - intent on wresting control of Louisiana and Texas from the Confederacy - began a protracted, two-month campaign up the Red River Valley. Unfortunately for the inept Banks, his opponent was Confederate General Richard Taylor. On April 8, at Mansfield, Taylor struck elements of the Union army at Sabine Crossroads, forcing the startled Federals to quickly fall back. The Union Army was routed from the field. Taylors victory at Mansfield marked the end of Banks invasion and Federal dreams of taking Louisiana out of the war. One out of five men who fought at Mansfield became casualties.
This short summary alone demonstrates the need to protect what we still can. Underscoring the importance of this site, Mansfield Battlefield has been ranked as a Priority II, Class A battlefield by Civil War Studies Advisory Council.
Sadly, today, only 12 percent of the battlefield is protected.
Of the 177 acres preserved and maintained by the state of Louisiana, 134 acres were acquired through a grant from the Civil War Preservation Trust, an organization I strongly support.
We cannot afford to allow another 58 acres to be taken away. This is hallowed ground where men fought and died, and should be given due respect.
Please deny the Dolet Hills Mining Company's permit application. Thank you for listening to my views. I look forward to your response.
Your Name Your Address City, State Zip
The Civil War Preservation Trust
1331 H Street N.W. Suite 1001
Washington, D.C. 20005
You really need to contact Art Bell.
Gettysburg is definitely tops. But Fredericksburg was also terrific. And i liked Shiloh too. 2 cents.
Can't add any more than what I related, but the weirdness (according to locals I was aquainted with back then) is far more prevelent at night around certain sites like the tower. Ask around about the "haint" called Red Eyes.
Best of luck on your book.
Your granddad's farm abutted the battlefield. It would be a great tour.
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