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  • February 1857

    02/26/2017 7:22:59 AM PST · 198 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to EternalVigilance
    Personal Memoirs is a great read. (My paperback copy doesn't include any of those maps.) I recommend Jean Edward Smith's bio of Grant as a supplement. He provides a more clear and colorful accounting of Grant's own exploits in Mexico and, IMO, provides a better overview of the Mexican War.
  • February 1857

    02/25/2017 6:48:04 AM PST · 187 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
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    Continued from January 6 (reply #40)

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    Nicole Etcheson, Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era

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    John W. Geary Wikipedia page

  • February 1857

    02/23/2017 7:31:23 AM PST · 161 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from February 19 (reply #98).

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    Don E. Fehrenbacher, The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics" (1978)

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    Justice Robert C. Grier Wikipedia page

  • February 1857

    02/20/2017 10:32:24 AM PST · 129 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to Rebelbase; Tax-chick
    These guys would solve the case in time to start a second investigation on the same episode.

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  • February 1857

    02/20/2017 10:14:57 AM PST · 128 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to Jim 0216; DiogenesLamp

    Having finally looked up Article IV, Sec 2 to read it for myself, I have to join those saying it doesn’t bear on Dred Scott’s case. He was not a fugitive. If the text of the section is your highest guide that should be what matters.

  • February 1857

    02/19/2017 2:16:26 PM PST · 105 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to Jim 0216
    From what I can tell, there was no "extended residence" in Illinois or a territory, so I'm not sure this passage applies to this case.

    Dr. Emerson resided at Fort Armstrong, Illinois from some time in 1834 until some time in 1836 when he was transferred to Fort Snelling in Minnesota Territory.

    "Thus Dred Scott, who had been held as a slave in a free state for more than two years, was now taken into an area where slavery was forbidden by the Missouri Compromise." (Fehrenbacher)

    Two years should be long enough to establish legal residence.

  • February 1857

    02/19/2017 6:31:05 AM PST · 100 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to BroJoeK; DiogenesLamp; colorado tanker; Jim 0216; HandyDandy
    I seems relevant to this ongoing vigorous discussion to drop in the following excerpts from Fehrenbacher's book going back to 1846, when suit was first filed on behalf of the Scotts.

    . . . [T]he central question raised in the suit - whether extended residence on free soil liberated a slave - was not an issue in American politics and had already been tested many times in the Missouri courts, with consistent results. . . . Once the subject of a suit for freedom was raised, anyone familiar with Missouri law could have told the Scotts that they had a very strong case. Again and again, the highest court of the state had ruled that a master who took his slave to reside in a state or territory where slavery was prohibited thereby emancipated him.

    The Dred Scott Case, pages 251 & 252.

    Since it was Missouri law that was cited in the suit and not Illinois law it appears to me that the full faith and credit clause is not in play.

  • February 1857

    02/19/2017 6:00:47 AM PST · 99 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from February 15 (reply #42).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • February 1857

    02/19/2017 5:57:22 AM PST · 98 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from February 14 (reply #35).

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    Don E. Fehrenbacher, The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics" (1978)

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    John Catron Wikipedia page

  • February 1857

    02/15/2017 5:00:29 AM PST · 42 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from February 14 (reply #36).]

    February 15, SUNDAY. Lieber sat with us at Trinity Chapel, and expressed great satisfaction at Hobart’ sermon, so I introduced them after service. It won’t hurt him with the Board of Columbia College to be known as a parishioner of Trinity.

    Mr. Ruggles is rapturous about my Columbia College paper. He has vast power of admiring. It is free from gas, and it states a few prominent truths or truisms that have been heretofore overlooked or practically neglected, to our great damage, with tolerable plainness. Those are its only merits.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • February 1857

    02/14/2017 5:34:53 AM PST · 36 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from February 12 (reply #34).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • February 1857

    02/14/2017 5:32:57 AM PST · 35 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
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    Continued from December 18, 1856 (reply #28).

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    Don E. Fehrenbacher, The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics" (1978)

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    Justice Samuel Nelson Wikipedia page

  • February 1857

    02/12/2017 6:40:27 AM PST · 34 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from February 11 (reply #26).]

    February 12. Opinions vary much as to the reliability of Farrell’s evidence in the Burdell case. My confidence in it grows less. Its value depends wholly on the man’s grade of intelligence and general reputation. His identification of Eckel is not conclusive in its favor. All the twenty or thirty people from among whom he selected his man knew what he was brought there for and their glances at the one object of suspicion , even without any special sign of concern in Eckel himself may have guided the witness.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • February 1857

    02/11/2017 9:28:00 AM PST · 30 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to Jim 0216
    I’m not sure where it fits with the events leading up to the Civil War..

    There are several events of great import in the years prior to secession and the onset of hostilities. For example, we are currently in the period between the oral arguments and the announcement of the decision in the Dred Scott case. Later we will have the Lincoln's House Divided speech, then the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and in late 1859 the Harper's Ferry incident. During this same period, however, there are long periods where there is not much in the day-to-day news to keep this projecting humming along, unless I find things like Harper's Magazine or G.T. Strong's diary to post. Strong's political views and later his involvement in the Federal Sanitary Commission are directly relevant to our core subject. For things like the Burdell murder case and the like, the best I can say is that they provide insight to the times as viewed through the eyes of a certain class of easterners.

    Beginning January 1858 I'm pretty sure I can provide Harper's Weekly postings (a different publication than Harper's Magazine) to liven things up.

  • February 1857

    02/11/2017 8:16:13 AM PST · 28 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick
    A very nice turn of phrase!

    But obviously not intended to be appreciated by Strong's current generation of friends and associates.

  • February 1857

    02/11/2017 7:22:16 AM PST · 26 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from February 9 (reply #21).]

    February 11. Very material evidence yesterday before the Coroner in the Burdell case; that of one Farrell, who identifies Eckel – for particulars vide newspapers. The man gives his testimony candidly and cautiously and seems to be a total stranger to all the parties implicated. First impressions as to its entire reliability are very decided. But looked at closely, it’s a little queer, not quite consistent with other facts and very vulnerable, at any rate, to comment and criticism. . . .

    Have finished my very voluminous answer to the Columbia College committee’s interrogatories. Sorry for the committee if it undertakes to read and digest the document. It’s a judgment on them; retributive justice for their own tedium and feebleness.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • February 1857

    02/09/2017 7:03:57 AM PST · 21 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from February 5 (reply #15).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • February 1857

    02/05/2017 9:49:14 AM PST · 19 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to BroJoeK; HandyDandy
    I confess, I had to look it up, had no idea. But won't spoil it for everybody else... it's well worth the effort.

    Endorsed

  • February 1857

    02/05/2017 6:43:29 AM PST · 15 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from February 4 (reply #10).]

    February 5. Thaw and slop omnipresent and omnipotent. Broadway is a “Grand Canal” of snow broth, and furnishes a splendid opportunity to naturalize the hippopotamus in this hemisphere, as the camel has been introduced into Texas. Nothing very novel today. The Coroner is still stupidly accumulating evidence utterly irrelevant and immaterial about the Burdell case.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • February 1857

    02/04/2017 7:01:16 AM PST · 10 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from February 1 (reply #3).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • February 1857

    02/01/2017 5:01:34 AM PST · 3 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from January 29 (reply #122)

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • February 1857

    02/01/2017 4:58:11 AM PST · 2 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    The Discovery of the Northwest Passage – 2-7
    Celebrated Wines – 8-12
    Monthly Record of Current Events * – 13-16
    Editor’s Drawer – 17-24
    Fashions for February – 25-26

    * The business of Congress – slavery and squatter sovereignty. Controversial Kansas delegate admitted by 112-108 vote. Appropriation approved for steamer for the revenue service to be used in New York area to rescue distressed vessels. Is this how the Coast Guard began?

    “The inhabitants of that portion of New Mexico recently acquired by the ‘Gadsden Purchase,’ have sent a delegate to Washington requesting that this district may be erected into a Territory, under the name of Arizona . . .”

    “The delegate from Minnesota presented a petition that this Territory might be admitted into the Union as a State . . .”

    A chart shows results of the November election in both popular and electoral terms, both state-by-state and free states vs. slave states.

    The governor of Mississippi proposes a Convention of Southern States to concert a plan of action in case the northern states continue their hostility towards southern slavery.

    “In Utah Judge Drummond charged the Grand Jury that the Mormon ceremony of ‘sealing’ does not constitute a legal marriage, and instructed them to indict all ‘sealed’ persons who had not been legally married, especially in cases where two or more women are found cohabiting with one man.”

    “Charles B. Huntington, a New York broker, has been convicted of forgeries to an immense amount. . . . The defense set up was that he was affected with an irresistible propensity to forgery, which amounted to moral insanity . . . This defense proved unavailing . . . he was sentenced to the State Prison for four years and ten months . . .”

    Plus news from Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia.

  • February 1857

    02/01/2017 4:52:51 AM PST · 1 of 203
    Homer_J_Simpson
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    Free Republic University, Department of History presents U.S. History, 1855-1860: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott, Lincoln-Douglas, Harper’s Ferry, the election of 1860, secession – all the events leading up to the Civil War, as seen through news reports of the time and later historical accounts

    First session: November 21, 2015. Last date to add: Sometime in the future.
    Reading: Self-assigned. Recommendations made and welcomed. To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by reply or freepmail.

    Link to January 1857 thread

  • January 1857

    01/29/2017 5:47:32 AM PST · 122 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from January 24 (reply #103).]

    January 29. . . . Columbia College premises sold today; net proceeds $591,000.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • January 1857

    01/26/2017 6:22:10 AM PST · 121 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin
    This is the only pre-Civil War picture I have seen of him.

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  • January 1857

    01/26/2017 4:59:19 AM PST · 119 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...

    Happy 37th birthday to George Templeton Strong, born on this date in 1820. He will be 197 years old in 2017.

  • January 1857

    01/24/2017 4:20:55 PM PST · 112 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker

    Chase and Seward carried a little abolitionist baggage, but Lincoln was wise or crafty enough to not get that far ahead of public opinion, as it prevailed especially in the western states.

  • January 1857

    01/24/2017 3:42:24 PM PST · 110 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker
    Francis Lieber seems to have been a prominent example that the large numbers of German immigrants entering the United States were not friendly to the slavery cause.

    My great X5 grandfather immigrated from Germany sometime early in the 18th century (b. 1708, Germany, d. 1749, Lancaster Co. PA). His descendants lived in PA, OH, and IN up until the Civil War but I don't know where any of them stood on slavery, other than they didn't have it where they lived.

  • January 1857

    01/24/2017 11:09:00 AM PST · 107 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to Jim 0216
    I know how it is. I've got my own writing project going and it doesn't take much to get me distracted from the daily chore. It is not often I get accused of utilizing razzle-dazzle. Anyway, you are on the ping list.

    Regards, Homer

  • January 1857

    01/24/2017 8:55:54 AM PST · 105 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to Jim 0216

    Sorry, I don’t have time to take on any new projects. Can’t you do it yourself? After all, if you want something done right . . .

  • January 1857

    01/24/2017 5:06:02 AM PST · 103 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from January 22 (reply #91).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

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    Francis Lieber Wikipedia page

  • January 1857

    01/23/2017 3:22:22 PM PST · 102 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick; BroJoeK
    Near the end of the 1st movement of Beethoven 7th symphony (approximately 11:10-11:38 on this recording) the bass viol section does something that seems a little different than what the rest of the orchestra is doing. I read on some liner notes that Karl Maria von Weber attended a performance of the 7th and when he heard that part he decided Beethoven must be insane.
  • January 1857

    01/22/2017 1:50:49 PM PST · 97 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to BroJoeK

    When I was prepping this entry for posting if figured I would link youtube versions of the pieces so we could compare our opinions to those of George Strong. But I ran into the same difficulty identifying them with all the ones he mentioned. Maybe the numbering system changed over the years.

  • January 1857

    01/22/2017 11:18:21 AM PST · 94 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to Seizethecarp

    Boy, extreme lack of common sense and suffering an extreme consequence as a result.

  • January 1857

    01/22/2017 5:55:58 AM PST · 91 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from January 19 (reply #87).]

    Tuesday night Eisfeld’s third concert. The Quartette in F, Beethoven’s Opus 19, was not intelligible to me, but admirable in the better informed judgment of others (for example, J.J. Post, who had heard it before). Eckart’s trio, Opus 18 – Hoffman at the piano, as extemporized substitute for the great Gottschalk, who was ill; clear, fluent, and pretty, particularly the scherzo manifestly the germ of the old “Gaily the Troubadour” melody. Haydn’s Quartette in G, No. 63, very familiar and genial. Last night a big, slow, splendid ball at Mrs. Peter Schermerhorn’s in University Place.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

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    Theodore Eisfeld’s Wikipedia page

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  • January 1857

    01/19/2017 4:48:14 AM PST · 87 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from January 15 (reply #81).]

    Forgot to chronicle Miss Betty Rhinelander’s engagement. The lucky man is William Edgar (Newbold Edgar’s brother, the “Commodore” of the Yacht Club), old, forty-five at least, and not handsome, but very respectable, rich, honest, well-connected, and manly, and to his intimate friends genial and generous. A good step on both sides.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • January 1857

    01/15/2017 12:53:49 PM PST · 85 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick
    The library board also included the unwell Mr. Ruggles, about whose health outcome I don’t want to know until it happens in sequence.

    Que sera, sera
    Whatever will be, will be
    The future's not ours to see
    Que sera, sera
    What will be, will be

  • January 1857

    01/15/2017 7:57:28 AM PST · 83 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick
    Several of these attendees are listed as founding trustees of the Astor Library.

    That is interesting.

    Okay, how did you know that?

  • January 1857

    01/15/2017 6:45:22 AM PST · 81 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from January 11 (reply #67).]

    January 15, THURSDAY. . . . Tuesday afternoon I dined at John Astor’s *, with D’Oremieulx, George Anthon, Cornell, Lord, Henry Day, Porter of Niagara, Edward Bell (the Great Bell of Moscow, where he was last winter), and Dick Emmet; very splendid and quite pleasant. The lady’s elegance of manner was a little oppressive, but she improves on acquaintance I had the honor to take her in and sit next her, and gradually warmed up to the conviction that she was amiable and agreeable.

    *John Jacob Astor (1822-1890), son of William B. Astor, had married Charlotte Gibbes of South Carolina. His career was mainly devoted to administering the Astor estate, which came into his hands on the death of his father in 1875, and to the promotion of the Astor Library.

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

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    John Jacob Astor III Wikipedia page

  • January 1857

    01/11/2017 6:15:05 AM PST · 69 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to x; Tax-chick; henkster
    A crotchety misanthrope. Not necessarily representative of anyone but himself.

    Opinionated, biased, no doubt, though I suspect some of his more sensational criticism is tongue in cheek. But no misanthrope is George Strong. Within his admittedly narrowly defined bounds he sees helping his fellow man through public service as a duty. His service as Columbia College trustee, Trinity Church alderman, supporter of the arts and volunteer in Republican Party campaigns all testify to this.

  • January 1857

    01/11/2017 5:09:19 AM PST · 67 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from January 6 (reply #41).

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    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • January 1857

    01/09/2017 5:50:41 PM PST · 63 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to x
    If you were a wealthy New Yorker or Philadelphian in 1830 or 1840, you did business with wealthy Southerners. You socialized with them. Your family intermarried with theirs. They were your peers. You didn't think yourself superior to them. If they had more money or older money or didn't have to work, you might even have felt inferior to them.

    I don't think prosperous N.Y. attorney George T. Strong got that memo. In the 1840's and 50's he was downright contemptuous of southerners, upper or lower class.

  • RUSSIANS 10 MILES INSIDE POLAND; FIFTH ARMY OPENS PUSH IN ITALY (1/7/44)

    01/07/2017 11:32:15 AM PST · 18 of 18
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    Back when I posted this issue of 70-year-old WWII news I omitted this important item for some reason. My uncle’s B-17 crew (Chason was pilot) Went on Mission #3. From the unit war diary:

    7. With allied fighters virtually flying formation with them throughout the operation, hundreds of American bombers rode triumphantly to Ludwigshafen today to knock out one of Germany’s most important industrial centres. The 381st provided 25 B-17s over the target, seven from this squadron, led by their commander Major George G. Shackley, of Greenwood Lake, N.J.

    He flew lead with 1st Lt William J. McDaniel on “Sweet and Lovely”; the composite group was led by Capt Marvin D. Lord, with Lt Bill Ridley, other pilots being: Lts Parsons, Chason, Sandman, Thompson, Hanson (534th ship), Nason (535th ship) and Shultz.

    http://381st.org/Unit-Histories/War-Diaries/533rd-Bomb-Squadron-War-Diary

  • January 1857

    01/06/2017 2:47:07 PM PST · 53 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster; Tax-chick; BroJoeK
    Before and during World War 2, the south was a reservoir of labor for northern industrial plants.

    I learned from my recent reading (Bio of Jefferson Davis, IIRC) that this was also true to some extent during the Civil War. Some poor whites, trying to cope with hard times made much worse by the war, figured that they could do better for their families by going north to find a job than by enlisting or being conscripted into the confederate army.

  • January 1857

    01/06/2017 7:17:18 AM PST · 41 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    [Continued from January 5 (reply #22).]

    January 6. Have been honestly trying hard all the evening, and for the tenth time, at least, to frame answers to the printed interrogatories as to improvements in Columbia College served on the trustees individually by the Omnibus Committee “On the course.” It’s very difficult to do it satisfactorily or at all, and unless I give up the job in despair, it will cost me a month’s work and probably never be read by anyone of the committee. Many of the questions are so badly drawn that they can be answered only by an essay on education. But I’ll return to the work. Ellie is good for at least another hour at Moses H’s, it being only half-past twelve. “A fool (that’s Gouverneur Ogden) can ask more questions in a minute than a wise man (that’s me) can answer in a day.”

    The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas

  • January 1857

    01/06/2017 7:15:16 AM PST · 40 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
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    Continued from November 4, 1856 (reply #24).

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    Nicole Etcheson, Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era

  • January 1857

    01/05/2017 7:48:47 AM PST · 22 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    1/5 reply: Continued from December 31, 1856 (reply #70)

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  • January 1857

    01/01/2017 9:20:28 AM PST · 12 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to StoneWall Brigade; rustbucket

    Good thing rustbucket is on the ping list then.

  • January 1857

    01/01/2017 7:59:52 AM PST · 10 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to PapaNew
    Happy New Year!

    This seems to revolve around Harper’s Magazine which now, like the NYT, is entrenched in Leftism, but maybe then actually offered some sound information. Is that how you see it?

    I had to subscribe to the current editions to get access to the archives. Today's Harper's probably aligns well with things like New Yorker, so, definitely left-leaning. I am not so well-versed in the nuances of 1850s politics that I could say with confidence where the magazine fell on the ideological continuum of the time, but it seems like they play it pretty straight. Remember, at this time abolitionism was widely considered way radical. Maybe I should read the opening fiction/parody closely and look for hints.

    Is this mostly about the events leading up to the Civil War?

    That's the idea. I wanted to do a Civil War series but I realized my knowledge of that history is sadly deficient, so the 160-years-ago dodge is my way of buying time while I study up.

  • January 1857

    01/01/2017 7:13:47 AM PST · 7 of 123
    Homer_J_Simpson to SES1066
    Query - were the ‘X’s in the original?

    No. I add those where I don't post the complete article. I only use about a quarter of each issue and they don't usually begin articles on a new page.