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There Is a Wildfire, It Is Called, “BITCOIN!”

I know that Bitcoin have been above $66 today. That is way over a one hundred percent increase since the end of February. The simple math is that if you had invested $1 you would now have $2. If it had been $100 then you know the answer already. How about $1000 to $2000. I like that. No, Mother this is not a game.

Bitcoin may be the salvation for many  people in Cyprus and Greece. Then it may save many in Europe. When the Euro dies, many people will also die. Some will have gold or silver or some other currency, but it will be difficult to convert those. With a little preparation now, you can save your money. Start buying Bitcoin now. Continue to use the local currency until it will not buy anything. Then, if you have a nice nest egg in Bitcoin you will survive. You may also have doubled your nest egg. Remember the Dollar will fall soon for our Government is printing money as fast as they can. They want you to use and spend, not save, and not in a way they can not control.

You say you can not buy anything with Bitcoin, but you would be wrong. You can buy many things including medicine on the internet using Botcoin. You can even have it mailed to you. If your mail system is down, then maybe, some of your local stores will be using Bitcoin by then.  It will not be difficult. It is likely that it will be better than credit cards, unless the credit cards start using Bitcoin.

Why do I like Bitcoin. One, it is encrypted currency. No one can copy it and it can only be used in one place at a time. Two, it is valuable because people all over the world are beginning to believe in it and it is not a government currency. Three, In fact when you spend it, everyone can tell some money was spent, but no one but the merchant ant the buyer can tell who did the action. Four, It is very mobile. You can carry it on your phone. We truly are in the digital world.

I do believe that the Bitcoin may even save us from Obama. One thing the Bitcoin can do is make your money invisible and in some ways nontaxable. If everyone moved to Bitcoin the Government would soon be starved for money. Raising taxes would not help, for more money would just disappear.  There are even ways you can disappear completely. You can make a deal with your employer for him to pay you in Bitcoin. He would not have to pay payroll taxes because no one could prove he was paying anyone. Also by paying a little more, you could pay your own health care,  This has unbelievable ramifications. No, some of it may not be legal, but then no one can prove you are being paid. I thought of a way to encrypt a saying that would prove you were guilty. Use it for your wallet password. By the constitution they can not make you incriminate yourself, thus the government could not access your wallet. There are also many more solutions.  The end result is that you could along with your countrymen, bankrupt your country, without hurting yourself. Thus we could bring government under control.

The key, everyone has to start using Bitcoin. That alone will drive the value up while reducing the governments take. Also businesses would race to start accepting Bitcoin. The dollar would rapidly fall in value. Thus the government would fall even more.  Finally we could return to the small government our constitution envisions. Maybe we could even get congress pay under control.

How do you do this. To get started go to Bitcoin.org and read. Next get a wallet. It is something similar to those wallets you  had in msn. But this wallet is supper encrypted. I have even heard that people encrypt their password several times. This virtually makes it impossible for someone to have his wallet stolen. Then you can go into some elaborate system to hid the password. A note: Many passwords are lost and the wallet can not be opened.  Bitcoin even anticipates this and realizes that some Bitcoin will be lost to use. Since it is not a bank or government document it is not something that can be recovered. So keeping your password and your wallet address become super important.

Next we need Bitcoin. Of course that takes money. You can withdraw some from your bank, and contact Bitinstant.com for a deposit to transmit the money to one of the Bitcoin companies that sell Bitcoin. The biggest is MtGox.com (MT Gox) a Japanese company that sells Bitcoin. It will soon have a stateside version (CoinLab.com) that will sell in the US and Canada. It should also make money transfer easier. I have tried Bitinstant, Bank Wire transfer, and Dwolla.com The latter is easier, but it is slow.

wire is expensive. Dwolla cost one quarter per use. Bit instant and wire can get you Bitcoin in hours. There are many more ways and you may find one better. CoinLab will be available by the end of April which will greatly help, but the price of Bitcoin is going up fast. I hope it hurries.  Till this I will keep using MT Gox.

Now, you have some Bitcoin and you can keep it in your Mt Gox wallet or you can move it to your on personal wallet. Some people even keep their wallet on a memory stick or a separate hard disk or disc. What ever makes you feel good. Mine is at Blockchain.Info where I feel it is safe so long as I keep my password and access safe. One of the early users of Bitcoin had his wallet hacked, and another lost large amounts of Bitcoin. The guy that was hacked had left his password on his computer. They got to him very easy. I have mine in a encrypted file box in one  of my computers. The password is in a secure hiding place. Thus I do not expect to lose mine nor have it hacked. There are encryption programs online for sale and free. Microsoft even has a file secure encryption program. The main thing is be safe, secure your password and wallet.

At a web store you can purchase almost anything. The merchant will provide his wallet, and you deposit the amount from your wallet. I find scanning my wallet is easy and I retain the password. I enter the amount and my wallet and the transfer is made. Transferring money from Mt Gox to my wallet is similar. If you have your wallet on your smart phone this is very easy.

What else can you do? I am told you can buy illegal drugs and legal drugs. Drugs not available in your state or country, but in another. You can purchase online and it will arrive in the mail. There is no money trail, thus if questioned, you just say you have no knowledge. If you are my age, getting drugs at a price that I can afford is important. This will make it very easy. Are your parents old and spending hundreds of dollars for medicines. You can buy them in Belize or Denmark or other places where the medicine is cheap, then have it mailed to your parents. They will appreciate it.

The Silk Road (Black Market) is a little harder to find, but you will also need to be more invisible. Go to the TorProject.com and download their browser. It will place some but not many, restrictions to the way you use the browser. What is its benefit? This system bounces you search all over the world. No one can follow you and it it legal. How you get to Silk Road and to spend your Bitcoin, I do not know, but you are close.  There is also the gray market where the medicines are sold. It is smart not to be followed when buying medicines at prices not allowed in the US. Enough said. Again I have not done this but I have heard.

You can buy thousands of legitimate items items on the internet and the stores are taking Bitcoins. You can also gamble. Many online casinos are taking Bitcoin. Some convert them back to dollars or the local currency, but you remain somewhat secure. Some places like to stop money laundering, Others use Bitcoin all the way and your identity is secure. Again I do not know for sure for I have not gambled since Vietnam.

This is a quick course in Bitcoin. I am also a beginner but I may be ahead of you and this might help. The main thing is to get buying Bitcoins because they are going up in value and you can not help but win. Price on February 28 – $30.  Price tonight $65.50. Go!

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An Update on the 27th Texas Cavalry After Yazoo Pass

I wish I had an update. I have spent hours researching this time  frame and what happened. To  date, zilch, nada. nothing. So from about 12 February 1863 to 5 March 1863, what did happen to the 27th Texas.

There are many guesses, but here is my best guess. On the 19 of February, the 27th had a small skirmish with Union gunboats.  The fort that sealed off the area, Fort Pemberton, made the area very difficult for Union troops getting to Vicksburg from that direction. Rising waters had made land routes almost impassable. So impassable that even Cavalry could not operate. So the 27th was released to join the Whitfield Brigade. The Brigade had gone to Tennessee with General Van Dorn.

The distance from Yazoo Pass, Mississippi,  to Thompson Station, Tennessee, is almost 300 miles as the crow flies. But there is not a direct route today, nor was there one back in the 1860’s. The distance had to be close to 400 miles by hill and dale. That would have been a ride of 23 to 31 miles per day. Of course the wagons and slow men stayed in a slow train and the detachment that went to Thompson Station was light and not very  large. Maybe 300 men. When they got there the horses were good for nothing.

But getting there was not an easy task anyway. Grant had word that a Cavalry unit was moving north toward Tennessee. He put out the word to not let them pass, so it was not an easy movement. Add to that several river crossings, including the Tennessee and the Duck Rivers. The land is very hilly with fairly dense new growth. Today it has some fairly good forest and growth to encounter. The route they probably used was the Natchez Trace. Today much of it is a beautiful parkway. Then it must have been very difficult, especially when you were covering 23 to 31 miles per day on horse back for 13 days. If they rested a day then the mileage per day increased. We know that some men were captured and wounded along the route. So the Union did delay their progress. We do know that they were at Thompson Station on the 5th of March and that they fought as Infantry. I would guess, their horses said they were too tired to go into battle.  Actually they were worn out and needed rest for several days in the good Tennessee countryside, before they could function again as Cavalry horses.

The regiment was given the responsibility of hiding behind a rock fence behind the rail station. This they did well. A Union Infantry regiment reinforced with cavalry and artillery came along and the regiment was instrumental in capturing most of the unit, their equipment and their horses.

What can happen in 13 days and over a route of 300 to 400 miles. Not a whole lot, for they were going too fast. Union forces probably had trouble tracking them, they were going so fast. They could have taken cars, the name for rail road flat cars and have gone form Jackson to Corinth. After that it was by foot or horse back.  They were a battle hardened Cavalry regiment trained as Infantry and as skirmishers. They were capable of fighting most units they encountered. They had fought infantry divisions at Iuka and Hatchie Bridge.  They had gone against fortified positions at Davis Mills and were ready for the task at hand.

There was not a lot to eat. It was still winter and there were no crops growing. Only through hard forage could anyone find even an uneaten corn cob or apple still on the tree. So at times they went without. It was difficult to take food from countrymen during the winter. Also they were moving fast, so they did not have much time to forage. They took all the rations that they could. They also went through many towns where they knew that they could get some food.

There arrival in the Spring Hill, Thompson Station area before the 5th of March was a good fortune to General Van Dorn. It gave him enough power to take on and defeat a fairly large unit.  The Infantry unit captured consisted of 1906 men wounded or killed. The Confederates lost 300 in hard battle.

Today there is a sign and the rail road station, no tracks and the fields are deep in grass and a few other buildings. There is nothing to indicate the battlefield and the sign does not really relate to a Confederate victory. But then we lost the war.

What happened in those 13 days and how hard was it? From my house to Junction Texas is a little over 30 air miles. By road it is close to 50 miles.  On today’s horses, it would be difficult to do one day.  The horses had to be hardened to the daily toil and the hardship. These horses were but they were still burnt out by the time they got to Thompson Station. It was too many miles and too much hardship.

These 13 days were cold, beautiful, difficult, fun, and the superlatives could go on and on.  I have driven the area in both the winter and the summer. I prefer the summer, but they did not have a choice. They may have still had overcoats from the raid on Holly Springs, but in the war it did not take long for clothing to wear out. The horses probably needed new horse shoes and food.

What really happened during those 13 days my be lost in the writings of war. Surely one man wrote home of his ride. It would be nice to find something, I like to tie the ends so that a good description is provided. A guess does not tie ends nor is it necessarily true. It had to be a hard ride for the horses to be worn out. But the men fought well and were in the middle of the battle and carried away honor. This is my guess, and I pray that it does honor those 27th soldiers in those 13 February and early March days.

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The 27th Texas Cavalry After Carter Creek, April 27, 1863

After the debacle at Carter Creek near Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee, the 27th took awhile to regain enough strength to operate as a regiment. They had to have new equipment and horses, items that the Confederacy was dearly short. Texas helped and the portion of the regiment not at Carter Creek and those that got away, were the basis or reorganization. No, they would never be the 12 company regiment that they had been. But their commander, Lieutenant Colonel Broocks stated that they would never be surprised again.

And surprised they were not. Over whelmed the were. For the first few months they would regroup along the Big Black and Yazoo Rivers. Familiar territory, and a good place to regain their confidence. At the Battle of Yazoo City, Mississippi they fought well. In early January after Ross had assumed command they ferried as many rifles as anyone to waiting troops in Arkansas working in the icy waters of the Mississippi. As  February came along the regiment was working the area of central Mississippi from Jackson south. They were in front of Sherman when he left Vicksburg and started to Meridian. Though completely out numbered, the brigade and the 27th fought well. Though they did not defeat Sherman, he did return to Vicksburg because he knew that the trip ahead of him would be very bloody. Sherman called the Texas Troops, dandies who just ran around the battlefield and had a good time and their slaves took care of them.

The Ross Brigade was an orphan in the wilds of the war. Far from Texas they had to ask, borrow and take food and fodder from the people of the South. There equipment and horses came from battles with Yankee units. Often they went without. Without shoes, boots, food and fodder. Their horses often ate before them, and that was a corn husk. The people of the North say that the South starved the Yankee prisoners at Anderson-ville and other prisons. In truth they fared the same as the Southern Soldier. In May of 1864, the Brigade was sent to the east from duty that they had been performing in Alabama. There they had been rounding up deserters and Union sympathizers.  Not glamorous duty, but necessary.

They arrived in the vicinity of Rome, Georgia, on or about the 15th and many fought in the first battle of the Atlanta Campaign. It is not known which specific companies fought but all four regiments of the brigade were there. They moved down the line toward Atlanta with General Johnston’s Army delaying Sherman’s Army at a great cost to both. The South could not replace those that fell, except for a few young soldiers who came to replace fallen brothers. The North had an excellent system that kept sending soldiers. Sherman lost over 35,000. It is probable that had the South kept up the attrition of Union soldiers, the mother’s of the North would have stopped the war.

The 27th fought the 18th and 19th near Kingston, Georgia, May 26th to June 1st at Dallas. From June 1oth to July 2nd around Marietta and at the Kenesaw Mountain battles, June 15th at  Brush Mountain, June 20th at Powder Springs, Lattimer’s Mill and Noonday Creek. In July they were along Nickajack Creek and then Ruff’s Station, at Smyrna, Georgia. The battle line was then along the Chattahoochee River, and the 27th found itself along the Nickajack, Nancy Creeks, small tributaries,  in various battles.

The combat was fought in various modes. The regiment would be inserted as Infantry, as flank guards, as reconnaissance, as rear guards. Where ever they were needed they went and fought as directed. Finally on the 22nd of July they were sent according to their history to stop Garrard’s Raid to Covington, Georgia, and then General McCook’s Raid. The 27th was part of the effort that finally cornered General McCook and his superior force, and then chased them back to Union lines. They fought in battles at Flat Shoals, Lovejoy Station and Smith’s Cross Road, Clear Creek and Macon, Georgia. After a few days of reduced combat, they began to here of another raid. They were on picket  when General Kilpatrick’s Division began its raid. It came right over the regiment. It was all they could do, to hold until another regiment of the brigade formed behind them. Then they would pull out and race to the rear to set up a new position. From August 16th to the 22nd they were in almost continuous contact with Kilpatrick’s Raid. They fought initially at  Camp Creek, then Jonesborough, Red Oak, Flint River, Lovejoy Station and then at a quite farm southwest of Atlanta, called Nash Farm. Here Kilpatrick and his Division were cornered, by a vastly inferior force, and were forced to flee for their lives. They chose a mass brake out over the Ross Brigade. They did not know that Ross’ Brigade at that time was under 800 in strength. They lined up and charged out, making their escape. They lost many men and much equipment and horses. Though Ross had been run over, he was relieved that he had also been resupplied. The last real battle of the Atlanta campaign for the regiment was a small one at Fairburn, Georgia. After that they scouted Sherman’s Army but fought no more battles.

In October they fought a small skirmish with Union Cavalry at Van Wert, Georgia. From then on they were part of the advance guard of General Hood’s Army during its ill fated campaign into Tennessee. There would be actions at Lawrenceburg,  Campbellsville, and Lynnville. There would be skirmishes at Columbia, at the Duck River crossing and action at Columbia  Ford, skirmishes at Thompson Station, Owen’s Cross Roads. They were part of a demonstration at Murfreesborough and they played a minor roll at the Battles of Franklin and Nashville, and then fought at Richland Creek, Lynnville and King’s Gap (Anthony’s Gap, Devil’s Gap) near Pulaski, Tennessee as part of the Brigade and General Forrest’s rear guard which allowed General Hood to retreat from Tennessee.

They fought two more minor battles in January and February in 1865 both in Mississippi. On May 13th they were paroled in the vicinity of Jackson, Mississippi. A regiment that had once held 12oo men was down to less than 200. They had lost a good number at Iuka and Hatchie Bridge. From then on the attrition came from continuous battle and fatigue. The biggest enemy at the start of the War was disease. Measles, Mumps, Typhoid and numerous other ailments daily reduced the regimental strength. After Carter Creek there were a lot of desertions for a while, but after the Atlanta Campaign started the desertions fell to almost zero. A man who was being held in the hospital until he was well, might loose spirit and desert, but those in combat did not. You could almost say the regiment lost one man per day. Iuka was an exception. The regiment fought a Division that day and lost only 19, but there had been several more wounded. At Hatchie Bridge, they again ran up against a Division. That day they had more captured. Thus were the ways of war. The regiment served well after Carter Creek. They could stand tall, even though the South lost.

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