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The Tribe of Barbarism

Today I plucked this great quote from Jonah Goldberg of the National Review and Townhall. He was commenting on Islam lecturing the US (and the west) at the UN about the limits of free expression. Goldberg hits the nail on the head with this: “…the tribe of barbarism doesn’t get to lecture the tribe of […]

Book Review: Valley Thunder by Charles R. Knight

The Battle of New Market, Virginia, May, 1864 was a rather small affair by American Civil War standards. Only about 10,000 men on both sides were involved. Yet, it is one of the most popular, well-known battles of the War Between the States. The reason for this is because of the charge of the VMI […]

Originally posted on Military History Now:
As World War Two neared its second anniversary, two counties on the sidelines, Ecuador and Peru, began their own conflict, that is until the United States called on both to break it up. Soldiers in French uniforms, supported by Czech tanks, Italian artillery and American fighter planes, doing battle…

The Problem with Danegeld

Here is a link to an excellent piece written by Victor David Hanson for National Review titled President Ethelred. The title caught my eye because I knew that the Anglo-Saxon King named Ethelred had an attached nickname-the unready, basically meaning, “I have no real plan to deal with these nasty Danes.” (unready does not mean […]

The Personal Side of Thomas “Stonewall”Jackson

The Personal Side of Thomas “Stonewall”Jackson

Most students of the American Civil War know Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson as a great General and devout Christian but few know him as a family man. When we visited Lexington, VA last week we had the opportunity to learn about General Jackson’s home life by taking a tour of the house he and his wife […]

Missouri Cavalry in Virginia?

We visited the Battlefield at New Market, VA today. It was not a large battle by Civil War standards, less than ten thousand men engaged between the two sides. I found this story interesting. There was one company of Missouri Cavalry on the Confederate side at New Market. They numbered 62 men and were without […]

Stonewall Jackson’s Grandson was a Fighter Pilot in WW2

I was surprised to find this grave marker around General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson’s statue and grave marker in Lexington, VA. The inscription is for Stonewall Jackson’s grandson, Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian (1915-1944) This Jackson served in the Army Air Corp during WW2 and reached the rank of Colonel. He had quite the career which you […]

General Lee’s Resting Place

Yesterday we spent a good part of our day in Lexington, Virginia. Lexington is home to Washington and Lee University, named for George Washington and Robert E. Lee who served as the university’s president following the Civil War. One of the guides told us that Lee had turned down a $50,000 a year offer from […]

A Few Comments on Making Comments

Like many bloggers I screen comments before I approve them, or in some cases trash them. I’ve had to trash very few but when I do it’s because either the comments are rude, profane or otherwise not contributing anything useful. The other reason I’ll trash a comment is because I can’t figure out what the […]

Jihadists Fail

For some reason I felt the need to post this video. It’s from a movie titled The Four Feathers. It featured Heath Ledger well before he was The Joker. It was a rather good movie but more importantly perhaps spoke of a time when Britain policed the world rather than us. The rampaging Mahdi mob […]