Sunday, April 9, 2017

152 Years ago today. The general order was issued the day after the surrender.

Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia
Appomattox Courthouse, April 10, 1865
General Order No. 9

Robert E. Lee

I need not tell the survivors of so many hard fought battles who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to this result from no distrust of them, but feeling that valor and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss which would have attended the continuation of the contest, I have determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen.  You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a merciful God may extend to you His blessing and protection.  With an increasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration of myself, I bid you an affectionate farewell.

Robert E. Lee


General Grant gave generous terms.  Confederate soldiers were paroled and allowed to return home. Officers were allowed to retain their sidearms. Grant ordered that the remnants of the Army of Virginia be issued with federal rations, as they were literally starving. Because horses and mules of the Confederate Army were the private property of the soldiers who operated with them, Grant allowed the soldiers to take the animals home. He said they would need them for the spring plowing.

Immediately, the snowflakes and moonbats of the day attacked Grant. Then, as now, they were politicians and "stay at homes" who had never joined the Federal Army.  These slugs wanted treason trials. President Lincoln backed Grant, saying "Let 'em up easy." 

When John Wilkes Booth (who never went anywhere near a battlefield during the war, avoiding military service) killed Lincoln it was a ghastly blow to the South. It allowed the politicians in Washington to implement what became an occupation of the South, called in the North "Reconstruction."  That led to a lot of the problems that followed the war.

The South was devastated. Farms were burned, few able bodied men were left. The cities were destroyed, the rail lines were torn up.  The new "Reconstruction" government was filled with "freedmen" and Northerners, as no one who served the Confederacy was permitted to hold any government office at any level. Federal troops were stationed throughout the South, and most of them were newly formed black regiments. That didn't work out too well.


  1. The North had very little moral high ground, despite what the schools teach. Still, I think it was probably God's will that the nation stay as one country. The reason is that I wonder what the outcome of WW I and WW II would have been, had we been a conglomeration of mini-nations.

    1. I own the sixty book set of primary sources on the Civil War published back in the early seventies. They are diaries of men who fought in the war on both sides. I always have a hard time not laughing outright when some ignorant person says "but the war was about slavery!" Maybe for the New England abolitionists, it was. But the Federal Army was made up primarily of men who weren't from those states. They had plenty to say when Lincoln emancipated the slaves, and it was largely that they weren't fighting to free the "niggers", and weren't sure they wanted to keep fighting if that was going to be the result. I'm glad I bought those books when I did, because today they don't publish primary sources that don't go along with the dogma taught in schools. For the same reason they don't let kids read Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn today. If the powers that be don't like history, they rewrite it to suit themselves and their social engineering agenda.

      I think people should have a country where they share common beliefs, values, and cultures. I honest believe if you took the Left Coast, New York and New England and cut them loose, so they could be the Peoples Democratic Republic of Cloud Coo Coo Land, the rest of us would be so much better off. What we have now damn sure isn't working.

  2. Hey Harry,


    My great, grandfather hid in an outhouse with his brothers and sister on a farm outside Atlanta when the Union arrived. A Union soldier opened the outhouse door saw the kids and closed the door. The farmhouse was burned as I understand it.
    My great, great grandfather was out west probably when that happened as a 'Galvanized' yankee. That I guess was fortunate for the family because they migrated soon after the war to North Texas for better futures and greener pastures. My great, grandfather worked as a cowboy in Lincoln County, New Mexico then as schoolteacher back in North Texas. Later he studied the Bar and passed a law exam and became a lawyer, judge and then Cattlerancher.
    I'd say leaving the south was the best thing the family did after the war. One word of note. Something that most white men are ashamed of and that's my great, great grandfather who was Confederate then Union owned a slave before the war. I am not ashamed of that fact. I cannot build a time machine to go back and alter the past therefore I am not ashamed of the past.

    'Back to the previous post when I mentioned 'Kalishnakov' I believe that what we call 'Copy' is thought of differently by the Russians.
    The Russians 'Copy' something then improve on it. Therefore in 'their view' its 'New" and not a copy.
    Example is when they almost copy designs of our fighter jets, yet they actually improve on the design. The Russians copied the F-15 and kinda created the M-29. The unique feature that the Mig-29 had was the first fighter jet 'Passive Array Radar' and it got better because a group of four Mig-29's could 'Network' their radars together in the early 1980's to hunt the B-1 or B-52 Bombers. This network if I recall had about a 100 mile range. Networking computers back in the early 1980's was no easy task let alone doing with radar on a fighter jet.
    I gotta give the Russkie's credit for that one. That's why I hope to hell we never have to go to war with the son's of bitches.

    1. My family on my mothers side owned slaves. Doesn't bother me one iota.

      Lots of Southerners left the South after the war. There's still a "Confederate" colony in Brazil. The people there are descendants of Confederates who moved down there after the war. Today, of course, they are Brazilians but once a year they have a big "Confederate Ball" to acknowledge their heritage.

      I like the Russians. There's a lot about them to admire. I think it's a shame that our media and politicians are constantly insulting them and telling Americans how bad they are.

      For instance, Latakia Syria has been the only Russian port on the Med now since 1961. It's vital, and people wonder why the Russians support Syria.

      Sevastopol in the Crimea is Russians only year round warm water port, yet the dim wits in DC and on the media moan about Russian taking steps to keep the port at the expense of the Ukrainians. How about a little "real politik". Would we give up Norfolk if Virginia decided to be it's own republic. I think not.

      The Russians do improve on military products, and do a lot of innovation on their own.

  3. not to mention the raperies by northerners.
    the north got what it wanted, a stranglehold on the Southern economy and productivity.
    i always tell people to ponder the term 'sold down the river' when they posit that the north was full of highly moral idealistic abolitionists.

    1. Shermans "bummers" bear a lot of the blame for war crimes against the population. The disciplined troops of his army did burn and steal, but they considered that to be "lawful". The "knots" of up to 25 men who simply deserted and went pillaging were not under control and most of the atrocities against civilians were their doing. Sherman's provost troops tried to round these guys up, but "Uncle Billy" was all for what they were up to, since he figured it would demoralize Southern troops (which it did, of course.) I'm not aware of any of these individuals being subject to court martial for their actions.