Civil War Began 160 Years Ago

by HB Auld, Jr.

On April 12, 1861,160 years ago, the American Civil War began.

“The bloodiest four years in American history began when Confederate shore batteries under General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Bay.

During the next 34 hours, 50 Confederate guns and mortars launched more than 4,000 rounds at the poorly supplied fort. On April 13, 1861, U.S. Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort. Two days later, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for 75,000 volunteer soldiers to quell the Southern “insurrection.”

(Credit: The History Channel)

A Week of Remembrances

by HB Auld, Jr.

Today marks the beginning of the end for the Confederate States of America, 156 years ago today. (credit: Phil Galloway for the original post)

Back on April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. The army was down from nearly 100,000 earlier in the war to a mere 28,000 by then.

Union forces blocked the Confederate attempt to unite with General Joseph Johnston’s troops in North Carolina and so in order to prevent any further bloodshed in an unwinnable situation General Lee chose to surrender.

Although that major surrender is remembered as the official end to the war, that was not the end of the war however. Joe Johnston surrendered the largest Rebel army on April 26, some 90,000 men. General Richard Taylor surrendered another 10,000 in Alabama on May 4th and General Edmund Kirby Smith surrendered in the Trans-Mississippi arena on May 26th. The final surrender of land forces occurred in Indian Territory on June 23rd when Cherokee Brigadier General Stand Watie threw in the white flag. The last Confederate unit to surrender was the CSS Shenandoah which had been at sea and had not received the news of the collapse. She gave herself up in August, thus bringing a close to a horrific war.

Today marks the beginning of a week of historical remembrances. The Civil War officially ended today, April 9, 1865. The start of the Civil War began on April 12, 1861, (160 years ago), with the firing on Fort Sumter. President Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865. He died the following morning on Saturday, April 15, 1865. The RMS Titantic struck an iceberg and sank in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912, in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

Vietnam Veterans Day, 2021

by HB Auld, Jr.

Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a day set aside in 2017 to honor those men and women who served “in country” in the Republic of Vietnam and its waters during the 20-year war there.

March 29 was chosen as the day to honor these men and women because that is the day of the final withdrawal of US Forces from South Vietnam in 1973.

Since respect and combat support wasn’t immediately given to those who served after the war ended, this day was founded in 2017 to finally offer that respect to everyone involved.

This is the day set aside by Congress to “Thank a Vietnam Veteran” for his or her service. God bless my brothers and sisters who served in that terrible war in Vietnam.

Remember Goliad!

by HB Auld, Jr.

“Remember Goliad.”

No, it does not have the same ring as “Remember the Alamo,” but it is just as important.

On this day, March 27, 1836, a Palm Sunday, more than 340 “Texians” under the command of Colonel James W. Fannin, were either marched or (in the case of the wounded), carried out behind the Presidio de Goliad mission and executed at point-blank range by the Mexican army. This, after surrendering with the condition that they be treated as Prisoners of War and spared. Colonel Fannin was one of the last to be executed, forced to watch as his men were executed. He had but three requests: Do not shoot him in the face, send his belongings to this family, and give him a Christian burial. He was promised all three and then all three requests were violated. A dark day, indeed, for the fight for Texas Independence from Mexico.

But a brighter day was coming. Just 25 days later, General, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was defeated by Texas General Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto.

Remember the Alamo.

Remember Goliad.

God bless Texas.

(Some of the information for this post was provided by Texas historian and writer, Tara Ross, on her daily history post.)

Jerry Lewis was born 95 years ago today

by HB Auld, Jr.

Happy birthday in heaven to the “King of Comedy,” Jerry Lewis. Jerry was born 95 years ago today. He was born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926, and died at the age of 91 four years ago on August 20, 2017.

He was a great humanitarian, comedian, actor, and entertainer. Thanks, Jerry, for the memories.

American Patriot Rush Limbaugh died today at 70 years

by HB Auld, Jr.

A great American, Rush Limbaugh, passed away today of lung cancer. He was 70 years old.

Rush Limbaugh was born January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born into a family of attorneys and judges and was the third generation to be named “Rush.” His grandfather, Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Sr., was named for a maiden aunt, Edna Rush.

Rush began his radio career at Cape Girardeau radio station KGMO at the age of 16 while still in high school under the radio name Rusty Sharpe. Throughout his early radio career, he worked under several other names . During the following decades, Rush worked at a number of radio stations throughout the US, usually being fired for one infraction or another (a common “affliction” of many young radio broadcasters). He eventually left broadcasting temporarily to work as an Events Salesman for the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball team. He returned to radio in Kansas City in November, 1983, working under his own name. He began broadcasting his conservative radio talk show format while in Sacramento, California, in 1987, following the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine by Ronald Reagan, which decreed that radio broadcasts must be provided for opposing viewpoints. He broadcast his daily conservative talk show, eventually going national with it, from then until his death in February, 2021.

“Stop thinking we are a minority.” — Rush Limbaugh, February, 2009, national TV address.

A friend of mine posted the following elsewhere and I thought it was too good not to repost here:

“A Talent on loan from God, has been returned!” Truer words have never been spoken.

May Rush Limbaugh rest in peace!

God bless his family, God bless Rush Limbaugh, and God bless America.

John Lennon Assassinated 40 Years Ago Today

by HB Auld, Jr.

John Lennon, singer, songwriter, and activist, was shot and killed 40 years ago today on December 8, 1980. He was 40 years old.

Lennon was assassinated in the archway of the Dakota apartments, his residence in New York City, by Mark David Chapman. Chapman had flown to NYC from his home in Hawaii where he planned the killing for months before carrying it out. He waited for Lennon outside the Dakota the morning of December 8, but did not meet him until the evening there. He had JohnLennon autograph his copy of Lennon’s “Double Fantasy” album before Lennon left with his wife, Yoko Ono, for a recording session. When John Lennon and Yoko returned to the Dakota several hours later, Chapman was still waiting and followed John into the archway where he fired five .38 caliber hollow-point bullets into Lennon’s back. Lennon was rushed to a nearby hospital in a police car, but was pronounced dead on arrival there.

John Lennon would be 80 years old if he had lived.

World War II Hero, Flying Ace, and Test Pilot Dead at 97

by HB Auld, Jr.

American US Air Force hero, flying ace, and test pilot Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager died today. He was 97 years old.

In 1947, General Yeager became the first confirmed test pilot to exceed the speed of sound in level flight.

General Yeager began his service to the Nation in 1941 as a Private in the US Army Air Corps as an aircraft mechanic. In 1942, he entered enlisted flight training and was promoted to Flight Officer upon graduation. Later on the Western Front, he had 11 confirmed kills, shooting down enemy aircraft.

Following World War II, he became an aircraft test pilot, flying the Bell X-1 at a speed of Mach I and breaking the sound barrier on October 14, 1947. During the Viet Nam War, he commanded squadrons in Southeast Asia and was promoted to US Air Force Brigadier General in 1969. He served more than 30 years in three military wars. General Yeager retired from military service March 1, 1975.

General Chuck Yeager passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020.

Pearl Harbor Ambushed 79 Years Ago Today

by HB Auld, Jr.

Seventy-nine years ago today on December 7, 1941, Imperial Japan attacked the neutral United States with a surprise Sunday morning ambush on naval bases at Pearl Harbor, HI.

During the unprovacated assault on the United States, aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service killed 2,403 US citizens and injured 1,178 others. It also sank four battleships and damaged four others, damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer. Additionally, 188 aircraft were destroyed and another 159 planes were damaged.

The following day, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared before Congress and declaring the previous day “…a day which will live forever in infamy….” requested that Congress declare war against Japan. Congress quickly complied and the United States entered World War II hostilities against Japan.

My own father, HB Auld, Sr., was already serving in the US Army when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and spent the remainder of his military service fighting the Japanese on the island of New Guinea.

My father-in-law, JB Kattes, enlisted in the Army four days after the surprise attack, on December 11, 1941, and served in the Army in Washington, Alaska, and Georgia until the end of the War.

God bless all of the men and women who served and all of those who gave their lives in Pearl Harbor and elsewhere in the War.

God bless America!

Rock and Roller Little Richard Born This Day 88 Years Ago

by HB Auld, Jr.

Happy birthday in heaven today to Richard Wayne Penniman, aka “Little Richard.”

Little Richard was born December 5, 1932, and died May 9, 2020, at the age of 87 years.

Rest In Peace, Little Richard and thanks for the great musical memories. You were an incredibly unique and interesting musician.

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