Friday, November 27, 2015

Sam Davis, Boy Hero of the Confederacy

Sam Davis, boy hero of the Confederacy
Sam Davis was a member of Coleman's Scouts, of the Confederate Army. While on a scouting mission, he was captured in southern Tennessee. He was held in Pulaski, TN for 7 days. He would not tell the name of his officers or who had given him the Union information that he was captured with, supposedly saying "I would rather die a thousand deaths than betray a friend." He would be hanged in Pulaski on November 27, 1863. He was buried in a cemetery there, but someone from his family came and retrieved his body and took him to his home in Smyrna, Tennessee.

There are statues of Sam in Pulaski as well as on the grounds of the state capitol in Nashville.
Sam Davis, boy hero of the Confederacy
Sam Davis, boy hero of the Confederacy
Sam Davis Home

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Real First Thanksgiving-in Virginia

Site of First Official Thanksgiving
   Despite what most people think or are taught, there was a feast to give thanks before the Pilgrims up in Plymouth had their infamous gathering. Of course, most people also think that Plymouth was the first English settlement in America-more people should learn about Jamestown and Virginia. The plantation just north of Jamestown, known as Berkeley, was the place where the first official Thanksgiving was held.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Graves in Snow at Stones River

Graves in snow
   I wish this were current, but it is not. Photo taken in February 2010.
   Both graves are located just outside the Hazen's Brigade Monument at Stones River Battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The back one is William Harlan, Cpl US Army, World War I. The closer one is Sgt William Holland, Co I 111 Regt US Colored Infantry, 1834-1909.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863

   On this day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address. The speech was given at a dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle was just a few months before, in July of 1863. The monument above is marked as the site of the speech, though it was likely not given at this spot. This marker is just inside the cemetery and was placed in 1912. The photo below is the Soldiers National Monument, another site often thought of as the site of the speech, but it was not. The actual site was more likely inside Evergreen Cemetery, which is just over a fence to the east. The Soldiers monument was dedicated in 1869.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Where would we be without maps?

   The week of November 15-21 is Geography Awareness Week. You can read more about it at this National Geographic website. The theme is "Explore! The Power of Maps!".

Monday, November 16, 2015

National Fast Food Day

Best Hamburgers
   It's National Fast Food Day on November 16th, so go out to your favorite fast food restaurant and celebrate!
James Coney Island
Old Arby's sign
Blake's Lotaburger
Chick Fil A