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Ross Brigade

Some times you wonder why thing are the way they are. Why does Hood’s Brigade get better press. Why are other brigades better known. All things given very few differences can be found between brigades. The Battles they fought is a significant difference. Who the leaders above the brigade where and how the command structure was seen. The Ross Brigade was often under several layers of command and reports were not seen by history. Stephen D Lee was a commander who desired that most data come through him. In the Atlanta Campaign, Ross often reported directly to Johnston or Hood, providing current information to these leaders.

Even when The brigade was under Forrest the command structure was such that it was difficult to find the reports of the Brigade. Another factor was that the trunks holding the Brigade orders and reports was intrusted to a Lieutenant who was going to write the brigade history. He died and the trunks fell to the protection of his wife. Though she tried her best to protect them, they were pilfered in a hotel in Alabama during a search by Union forces. The records were scattered and captured flags and colors were stolen. This one event cause the loss of a lot of Regimental and Brigade history.

A lot of brigade history is lost in attics and scattered over the country. Of the many men of the Ross Brigade, only a few of their descendents are known and recognized today. Each soldier should have many descendents which would should announce the brigade history to the world. But many of us do not know the history. In the year 2000 I had no idea that my kin had fought in the Brigade. I knew nothing of the Brigade and I had graduated from Sul Ross State University. I did not even know that Sul Ross had been Texas most popular governor. That he had been a University President. Part of this is due to the education system that we have grown. It no longer lets us know who our great leaders were, but does let us know who our great dis-tractors were. The Marilyn Monroes and Elvis Presleys are important. Who cares about Sul Ross, for that matter, Jimmy Carter. Obama will be quickly forgotten.

Whitfield was forgotten soon after he left the Brigade. Ross was remembered until the last soldier died. A few Aggies know who Sully is but not who and what Sul Ross was and did. These were the two great leaders of the Brigade. John Whitfield had fought in the Spanish American War of 1845. He was a know leader, who General McCullough placed in a position of leadership early on. McCullogh task him to build a Legion. A balanced 12 company unit with Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery. Whitfield had his legion by March of 1862, but McCullough was gone and the purpose was forgotten. Whitfield commanded a 12 company regiment. Known as the Legion but numbered as the 27th Texas Cavalry Regiment. Two of its companies were basically Arkansas companies. Company B wes transferred to Ras Stirman’s Arkansas Sharpshooter Regiment for the Battle of Corinth. The other, Company K, served as a company of the regiment.

Whitfield was wounded at the Battle of Iuka, Mississippi on 19 September 1862. He was not able to return to command until April of 1863. He missed the Battles of Corinth, Hatchie Bridge, and the Holly Springs Raid. Even then he was no longer the person that he had been before. He spent a lot of time searching for his star and suffering ill health. By September 1862 he was replaced by Hinche Mabry. Two months later Mabry was transferred to General Forrest’s command and Ross took command of the Texas Cavalry Brigade.

What made Ross a Commander. He was a college graduate. He commander an Indian Company as a Ranger Captain under Major Van Dorn before the Civil War. He had killed a Comanche Chief in hand to hand combat. He was a confident of Sam Houston who trusted him to negotiate treaties with the Indians. All of this happened before he was 22. In 1861 he volunteered in his brother’s company as a Private. When a regiment was organized in September of 1861 he was selected to be the regimental Major. By May of 1862 he was selected to be the commander of the 6th Texas Cavalry Regiment. During the next year he was and acting brigade commander of an Infantry Brigade at Hatchie Bridge. During the times when Whitfield was absent sick on on trips to Richmond he was a Brigade Commander in Training.

In August 1863 he was chosen to lead a special unit in support of Gen S.D. Lee. The unit operated in nothern Mississippi and Alabama from September to December 1863 and was very important in causing a Union Corps to withdraw from Mississippi to north of Corinth. The Corps commander thought he had run into a reinforced division. Ross had selected the soldiers in his unit and they were the best fighters. Because of its structure and use, little is know of its actual battle history. Few reports were made and fewer are available for review.

Once Ross took command of the Texas Cavalry Brigade, we know most of its actions until the latter part of the Atlanta campaign. Ross often reported in person to General Johnston so we know of these reports. They are history and are noted in Stephen D Kirk’s book on the brigade. Some are noted by Hood and some by Ross. The actual facts about the Atlanta raids of Kirpatrick and McCook are well documented, but are immersed in incorrect data and innuendo cause by personal pride and lack of character. Even Ross and Victor Ross glossed over the facts, to keep from telling the actual story. Union accounts are even worse. History written by those making it is often not truth.

We can only sift through all the facts and hope we see the truth. Often a letter found one hundred and fifty years later is a key. It might be from a soldier to his father. Here the fact is not obliterated. A son is not afraid to tell his father the truth. A lover to his wife is not so truthful. To his mother, never. For he did not want to scare her because of the facts of War.

Ross wrote to his wife, but often was soft on the facts. He did not want to scare her. Thus is history tinged with the lies of lovers and children of mothers. I have been looking for the results of a battle at Yazoo Pass Mississippi, but nothing has come from history. Not even a fact that there was no battle. But up to a point the 27th was held in Mississippi and then raced to Tennessee to join the brigade on 5 April 1863 for the Battle of Thompson Station. A Union reinforced Regiment had left Nashville and was reconnoitering south of Franklin when it ran into Van Dorn’s complete Corps. The 27th was hiding behind rock walls because its horses were to tired to fight. Acting as Infantry, they completely surprised the Union force and in the ensuing battle the Union force was captured with only a small Cavalry detachment able to make it back to Nashville. The Confederate forces lost few men and won a great battle. One might ask how you can hide a Corps, but the area of Thompson Station is of hills and valleys and much trees and bushes. Around the station were rock walls and a few out buildings that provided good cover. Neither Ross or Whitfield were here to Command. Both were just retuning. John Griffith who commanded the Holly Springs Raid was commanding his last effort with the Brigade. Soon after this Griffith would return to Texas and become a Brigadier General.

Ross’s Brigade is important because it is the Brigade and its associations that cause Ross to be elected Governor with the highest percentage of voter turn out before or since. In fact they did it twice. Ross was very popular. He could have served a third term as Governor. That alone might have saved his life. For after 4 years as President of Texas A&M he went hunting and caught a cold. As Governor, he might not have done this. He died of pneumonia.

His work as a legislator, lawman, Governor and President is well documented and should be known. I have the latest Texas Almanac and even it does not include Ross as a two term popular governor. The book glosses over the late 188os and 1890s. Must not have been important. The most popular governor in Texas History forgotten. Only a small town in McClennan county by the name of Ross is remembered. Several rappers are known along with other dignitaries if the time.

So goes history. We remember what the times think is important. Not what has got us to this point. Even an editor of the Texas A&M newspaper wanted to remove the statue of Sul Ross “Sully” because Ross was a racist. Sad. I was on the Amtrack when it stopped in Alpine, Texas, and the conductor wanted to know for what the town was remembered. He then talked about a TV star from the ’70s “Hoss Cartwright”. I ask if he meant Dan Blocker. He said, “Who?” Dan Blocker played Hoss Cartwright in the TV series. No one even thought of the name of the University in Alpine. Sul Ross State. Few deserve to have a University named after them, but Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross does. Who remembers the Ross Brigade?

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Ross Brigade, December 1862 and Today

On this day in December 1862, the Whitfield Brigade had just received their horses back from Texas. The 9th was still in the line acting as an Infantry regiment. The 6th had received their horses first and were quickly becoming Cavalrymen again. They had already been in a small skirmish and were ready for anything.

Lieutenant Colonel Griffith of the 6th was the Acting Brigade Commander. Colonel Whitfield had been wounded at Iuka, Colonel Ross had gone to Texas on leave to recoup from his having horses shot from beneath him at Corinth and to rest from his malaria. Griffith had been a militia commander in Texas and was seasoned compared to the other 4 regimental acting commanders. When General Pemberton asked for targets or operations that might help his command, Griffith came up with an idea of severing the supply lines of Grant, thus greatly slowing his progress in Mississippi. He talked this plan over with his fellow regimental commanders and sent his plan, indorsed by the regimental commanders of the new Texas Cavalry Brigade, to Pemberton at Vicksburg.

Winter in Mississippi can be very cold one day and very warm the next. When I was there two years ago, it was hot at Jackson. I was in my wool Cavalry uniform and went to mark the grave of Lieutenant Colonel Henry W. Bridges, who had been the Company Commander of my Great Grandfather. I was sweating in the wool. It is normally humid and is not the best place for troops to winter but it is better than many areas of the North, but the troops were in good spirit and ready for a good battle. They were brushing up on cavalry tactics and replenishing their supplies and gear for the up coming winter and any battle that might occur. That the senior commanders were absent was not a problem, for the troops liked all of their seniors, as they had elected them.

General Pemberton saw merit in Griffith’s plan and added some marks of his own. He asked that Colonel Forrest conduct a similar operation in north west Tennessee at the same time. The timing was for the last two weeks in December. The call went out on the 14th of December for the Regiments to meet at General Van Dorn’s headquarters. Thus on the 15th a corps of three brigades left Granada on a raid. On the morning of the 20th the corps destroyed the depot at Holly Springs, capturing over 1000 troops and over a million dollars in arms and supplies. The troops left well provisioned and in good spirits. The next day they attacked a fort at Davis Mills, without success. They moved on and managed to win some small battles and destroyed several miles of railroad and bridges and equipment. They arrived back in Jackson on December 29th, 1862.

The two raids combined cause General Grant to regroup and start over in his assault on Mississippi. With a great loss in materials and supplies, the Union Army was forced to forage off the land. This cause great hardship on the people of Tennessee and Mississippi. The Union troops left the people with nothing in the middle of winter, and often burnt the homes in which they lived. The only solace, is the Union Army of Mississippi also suffered. They were short of rations and supplies. To some degree they were in the same condition as the southern troops. The raids probably caused the war to be 6 to 8 months longer. We know that Grant did not capture Vicksburg until July 1863, while his plans were for a winter 1862 capture.

Though the members of The Texas Cavalry Brigade, were well provisioned after the raid, they soon left Mississippi during a period of heavy rain and moved several hundred miles into Middle Tennessee. By March they were operating near Spring Hill Tennessee.

Because the South lost the War, the Holly Springs raid is down played by the Union. It receives little praise for it success and that it delayed the War’s end. The wars in Europe lauded the success of Napolian but really like his Waterloo. Why is the War in America any different. The difference, lies in the cause. The Union says the War was fought over slavery. We in the South fought to protect our new nation from Northern aggression. The South had other reasons for fighting such as the high taxes and the rights of the individual states, but the invasion of the South by Northern troops was the biggest call to arms. Linclon’s reason for fighting the war, was to keep the Union intact. He knew that his power lay in the number of states in the Union. To have it decreased by thirteen or more states, would have been a blow to his presidency. He had never expressed any support of the end of slavery. Only when it became a tool of war, to impact the Southern states did he use it. Even then he did not include the freedom to Union controlled areas and states.

Here is where history is being rewritten to give it a different slant than it had in 1861. Only the Abolitionist desired to end slavery in 8161. They did not believe that blacks were equal, only that they deserved freedom. The ideas expressed today and those of 1861 are vastly different. The manner that blacks demand an extort with terms like racist, and extreme terminology are extreme today, but in 1861 it would have cause their death. It is a sad state that we have come to. When one race can extort another, we have only come full circle, and the other race is now in slavery. The black leaders will get a group of preachers and legislatures and a group of agitators, and force their way. They will yell down other groups and the newspapers will support them. Thus freedom is gone. It has died a new death, for America will never return to the greatness it once had. Even the definition of that greatness is gone.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans has now become the Great Grandsons and Great Great, but we are still committed to the charge given by Stephen Dill Lee at one of the Reunions at the end of the 19 Century. He asked that we maintain watch over the Southern Way and help to remember the sacrifice of the Southern Cause. It was his desire that we remember. For some in the North, they want to reeducate the Southerner to believe that we were wrong, and that everything we believed was wrong. The fact that the Constitution supported the Southern cause makes no difference. The fact that we were both Americans, by definition, is not relevant. Because the North wore down the Southern Army, had more men, had more materials, the South has to believe everything that the North does. General Lee said had he known of reconstruction, he would not have surrendered. Many of the South still fight on, but many others have been beat down by political correctness and green propaganda. It is easier to join them than to fight them. To some degree the same is true of Obamacare. Even though we know that it is no good, many of us still will join in the program and support it. This healthcare act is the most socialist oriented act ever enacted in America and greatly taxes the people and redistributes the wealth of the nation.

The attack on the South continues, but the attack on America is now at its zenith. We do not know the true nature of this attack nor who the real leader is. Many say it is George Soros, but we do not really know. At every point, we see the American way being destroyed. The Constitution is being dismantled before our eyes. Our very way of life is being taken away from us, and few really care. They have been charmed by the government with its free gifts of money and things, without being required to work. We are watching the end of our great Nation, and we do nothing, but send emails and write blogs. Some Text or socialize but direct action is from few. Even the Tea Party can not get all of its members to really react and try to stop the destruction.

It is sad that the destruction of the South was the start of the destruction of America.

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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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Line of Battle, The Ross Brigade

When  did the Ross Brigade become Ross’. My guess would be after the first battle of the Atlanta Campaign. A member of the Brigade might have said in the cold days of January 1864 when Ross led them in ferrying rifles across the Mississippi. Others might say it was much earlier. Some might even say it was when Ross was selected to Major in the 6th Texas in  September 1861. Whitfield was its first Commander from December 1862 to December 1863. But he was not there for many months due to wounds received at the Battle of Iuka, and due to trips to Richmond to get his Brigadier promotion. In doing so he allowed Ross to become well known by the troops. When Ross was on the north Mississippi-Alabama reinforcement mission for General Stephen D. Lee from September to December 1863, the troops missed him. In December when he returned to assume command it was like a lover coming home. They even wanted to sing to him on the first night.

Stephen Kirk has written an excellent book on the Brigade. He provides a picture of the Brigade during the struggles of the Atlanta and Tennessee Campaigns. If you had ever driven from Rome to Atlanta Georgia on US Interstate 75, you would be able to list the battles of the Atlanta Campaign from the road signs even though it does not say that each was a battle. From those road signs you would also know where the brigade fought. Though a Cavalry Brigade all the regiments had fought as Infantry at Corinth and two of the companies were trained as skirmishers and sharpshooters. The regiments went into the line where ever they were needed. They fought as infantry, served as pickets, scouted and acted as pure cavalry.

Stephen Kirk is 87 years old and has books on the 6th and 9th Texas Cavalry Regiments under his belt. This new book is inclusive of all the regiments and has a muster roster of each included with more than just history from the National Archives. He has searched out detail from the census and the letters the men sent home. He writes so that we know these men and their units. His detail of the period from May 1864 to May 1865 provides a first look at the brigade during this period. Where the Hood Brigade had historians telling its stories right after the Battle of Gettysburg, the Ross Brigade was known only by its soldiers. In Texas that fame gave Ross an easy two terms as governor. But the rest of the world did not know the story. Here Kirk is adding a chapter that has been untold.

The story until this time has been a comment that the Brigade was in combat for a total of 110 days without let up. Now with Kirks writing we know how those days were spent. We know the names of the battles where they fought, not just the Atlanta Campaign. There was Rome, Dallas, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Lost Mountain,  Brown’s Mill, the Siege of Atlanta, Jonesboro, Nash Farms and the wild raids of McCook and Kilpatrick are just a small portion of the battles in which the brigade participated. The fact that they went where ever they were sent caused them to be a most dependable part of both Johnston and Hoods Armies.

When Hood started the Tennessee Campaign, the Brigade was the lead element all the way to Franklin. With luck they were placed on the far right flank at Franklin and hardly saw any of the fighting.  During the Nashville Battle they were given a diversionary mission at Murfreesboro. Thus they missed being chewed up with Hoods Army. But then they were chosen by General Forrest to protect the Armies rear in the retreat. Ross ask for and received an Infantry brigade and then protected the retreat so that at no point did the Army get into serious trouble.

I like this book and have enjoyed the reading. It took longer than normal, because it has so much detail that I did not know, and it had so much detail that I did know. That was a problem. I stopped time and again to check fact. Early in the book I tripped over some small detail until I realized that it was data that the proof readers had missed. That slowed me down. Once I was past the first few pages I began to really enjoy the book. In a reread I decided that most people would miss the items that I tripped over. The detail was military in nature and was not important enough to stop the presses. I will inform Stephen of the small items that I have found for a reprint.

Why is the book important? Because it is the first material that goes almost day by day into what was going on in the summer of 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign and finally tells the story of Ross’ Brigade. Ross’ Brigade was an unknown item until now. It explains the autumn of 1864 and the the winter Campaign into Tennessee. Not much was known about what Ross did during this time. I am very familiar with much of this detail from going through the  rosters of the 3rd and the 27th. I have started on the 6th but Kirk has already done the 6th and the 9th. The pain of constant battle, heat, rain, and then the cold of Tennessee are almost unbelievable. They were almost doing two shifts a day. They replaced each other and had no problem either leaving during a contact or staying when the contact was more than they could stand. All of the commanders were great and could have run the brigade. Ross seemed to be the only one who could run it well. We also see that Ross had good re-pore with the Army and Division commanders. He would report to General Johnston or to General Hood without hesitation and kept up reports to the same during contact. In this respect he was the perfect cavalry commander. The detail in this respect by Stephen Kirk displays the ability to seek out information and put it in its proper order.

In all the other books on the brigade and the separate regiments, 1863, 1864 and 1865 were years that were either glossed over or were skipped completely. The Legion, aka. the 27th Texas Cavalry seems to disappear after the Carter Creek affair in 1863 when they were caught napping. Yet this unit was a great part of the brigade in 1864 and was still functioning in 1865. We see the interplay of the units filling in for each other. In this respect this was a well functioning brigade and each regiment even when down to 200 men still was able to put up a great battle and uphold the brigade name. The Union knew who they were. General Kilpatrick, a Cavalry Division Commander bragged about running over and destroying the Ross Brigade, when in fact the greatly reduced Ross Brigade, regrouped, and quickly took up the chase of Kilpatrick who was running for his life.

This book is an excellent and easy read. It is not filled with word and detail to the extent that you go to sleep before you know what is going on.  No, you are in the battle and are able to follow. In fact with a map, you would quickly become familiar with the Atlanta Campaign. Sherman knew this unit and was glad when it no longer opposed his march to the sea. Had the brigade been in front of General Sherman, his march might not have been so successful. They would have kept fighting to the last man.

 

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Whitfield Ross-9th Texas Cavalry-Colonel Dudley W. Jones

A few days ago, I saw a posting on the Texas Civil War History boards about some grave dedications in Houston. Having been a resident of the suburbs of Houston, I looked at the posting to see the names of the Civil War Veterans. In particular, I was looking for Colonel Dudley William Jones who had died in Houston in 1869. It is not a new search. I had read years ago that his grave was not well cared for nor was it easy to find.

This morning I woke up early and was in  a Google mood, so I started to search for the three cemeteries where he might have been residing. The first thing I discovered was that he could not have been in any of the three. The first city cemetery had been changed to the Founders Memorial Cemetery and was basically full in the 1840s. The second two, whose names I had were the Greenwood and the Washington Street Cemeteries were not started till the 1870s and Greenwood was actually Glenwood on Washington Street.

Then I discovered that a second city cemetery was started in the 1840s and was located north of the city on Girard Street. This cemetery was quickly filled with the victims of the several epidemics of that time. Some say there were over 10,000 people in the cemetery called City Cemetery II and was closed in 1904.

All was well, except for the unkempt graves.  In 1904 the city though probably illegally, De-designated the cemetery. In the 1920s the city wanted to build a hospital. Not having a good space, and the second city cemetery was beginning to look bad because it was full and not cared for the way it should have been, they decided to build the hospital over the cemetery. Even though it was opposed by the Daughters of the Confederacy they continued with the construction.  The city elevated the basement above the graves so they would not disturb the graves. A few graves were moved to facilitate the construction. Next the city decided it needed to build a Fire Department Maintenance Facility in 1968.  Again, because there was no one of importance except a few Confederates, the city went ahead with the construction. This time they moved a few graves to the Magnolia Cemetery and basically built right over the cemetery. In a later expansion, they dug up a few bones and they were being carried off as souvenirs until this was stopped and a anthropologist was placed in charge and the graves were dug up and re-interred at another location on the Fire Facility site.

Today the site is only accessible by special  permission according to an article written in December 2006 by Houstonian Tracey. Is Dudley William Jones still buried there, or was he ever? More than likely he was. Without family to protect his grave, it was soon over grown and not cared for.

What kind of city is Houston. Here are the graves of 10,000 people many whom built the city, but were unknown because of their wealth or because of epidemics that wiped out whole families. Dudley William Jones had no family in Houston, so his grave had no one to care for it. None of his soldiers knew he was there or dead until it was written of in Victor Roses’ book on “Fighting With Ross Texas Brigade”. At that time many were getting old, and the hospital, called Jefferson Davis after the President of the Confederacy, was soon built covering many of the graves.

Would some of you Sons of Confederacy in Houston check to see if Dudley Jones grave is still accessible or findable.

One of my friends here in Kerrville tells of his kin who are buried in McKinney. There graves are in a portion of town that is now run down and mostly populated by Black and Hispanic families. He feels that it is an un-safe area for whites, especially those who want to place a Confederate Battle Flag over their grave during Veteran or Confederate Veterans Days. He expresses the sadness of feeling that way.

Who was Dudley William Jones.  He was the son of Henry and Martha (Heron) Jones of Lamar County, Texas. Dudley was birthed in 1840. The year of his birth his family moved to Titus County and the community of Mt Pleasant. Jones was educated by his mother and the few schools of the area. He did attend Maury Institute in Coffeeville before the war.  He was even then noted to be “a great ladies man”. In 1861 he returned to Mt Pleasant and enlisted in the Titus Greys. This company soon went to Tarrent County to join the regiment of Colonel William B. Sims as Company I.

The regiment’s adjutant named Bell, was “accused of Abolitionism and Bigamy, the latter being pretty strongly proven upon him.” He was hauled out by the men and hanged. They soon elected Jones to replace him as adjutant and he was elevated from private to lieutenant.

The regiment fought through the battles in the Indian Territory in late 1861, Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge), Corinth, Hatchie Bridge and the Holly Springs Raid in 1862. Jones had been elected Lieutenant Colonel during the reorganization in May 1862. Sims had been wounded at Elkhorn Tavern. Nathan W. Townes was Sims replacement, but soon resigned and a 22 year old Dudley William Jones was elected to Colonel. His service was always good, but at the battle of Thompson Station in March 1863, it rose to courageous. He was cited by Ross the acting Brigade Commander.

Jones commanded the 9th Texas Cavalry through the battles in the Mississippi campaign against Sherman, the Atlanta Campaign and the Tennessee Campaigns fighting in over 100 days of fighting. He was wounded several times, but returned to be the commander at the surrender in May 1865. At that time he was also the acting commander of the Ross Brigade. He led his regiment home to Titus County. He traveled around the country for a year and returned  to his father’s farm in 1866. He soon learned law and started a practice in Mt Pleasant and was elected to the Constitutional Convention of 1866. He was the president of the Texas Club, an organization of former Confederate soldiers. He was a member of the committee that oversaw the removal of the remains of General Albert Sidney Johnston from New Orleans and saw to there interment in the Texas Cemetery in Austin.

In 1867 he moved to Houston, where he practiced law and was the editor of a news paper called the Klu Klux Vidette. On August 14, 1869, while eating dinner at a restaurant, he gagged on the food and soon died of a “hemorrhage of the bowels”. During the same time frame there was a bad epidemic and hundreds of people were being buried in the first city cemetery and soon they were being placed in the second city cemetery. Jones was lost in this shuffle.

In Mt Pleasant there is a monument erected in Jones memory on the town square, so I am told and have read. It was dedicated in the early 1900s at one of the Confederate Veteran Reunions. Did they know of the status of Jones grave at the time of the reunion?

This description of Jones life is found at his biography in the Handbook of Texas Civil War History online. The description of his lost grave and the debacle of the City Cemetery II are not there. This is discovery of this author this morning and the result of a couple of years of looking. Again I have not solved the problem. That will not occur until Jones grave is officially known and found.

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Islamic Spring, What is going on?

Am I an authority on this subject? No! But I am an old soldier and I recognize certain things about what is going on. Islam is a way of life, with some religion built in. The people doing the teaching in this body have been teaching hate of the western way of life for a number of years. What is Islamic Spring? My guess, it is their way of letting off steam from years of teaching hate. Our students go on spring break. This started out as a planned 9/11 anniversary attack on a US Embassy that was identified as weak, because of policies of the US government. The attacker probably a wing of Alcada. When it was successful and the US reacted so weakly, it was expanded to all the pent up hate to boil out. The movie that showed Mohammed as a bandit and exploiter of people is just a weak excuse to justify the death and destruction that is occurring.

Is the movie sufficient for people to die. To an Islamic Cleric, apparently it is. The Islamic death is martyrdom in their eyes. In the eyes of the west it is gross stupidity. Most of the west believes that life is sacred and should be preserved at all cost. Four deaths in Libya is nothing to the people of Islam. Will some people of Islam be astonished at this event, and want to disassociate them selves from what is happening? I would hope so, but in general, I believe those in the Mid-east gloat over any bad that happens to the west (the great Satin). They love to drag bodies through the street to show their disrespect of the west.  Have we in the US ever been guilty of activity of things like this? You can look at the KKK, skinheads, Japanese and German hate in WWII. That hate was very similar. Was it the same? No!

Hate in WWII was reaction to hurt caused by another nation. The KKK and skinheads wanted attention. The Islamic Extremest is stretching his wings. He is showing his power in killing US Envoys without any retribution, and he is developing leaders and recruiting. These events in the Middle East draw in on lookers and many are recruited for both the Extremest and Islamic parts of Islam. Thus Islam grows and the west declines. This has been going on since 300 AD. Islam has lost on many occasions, but it has also won. The mosk   on the site of the Jewish Temple in Israel is one example. In the last few years we have lost more than we have won. 911 was the first turn around. The attack on Iran and Afghanistan were payments on the bill. The loss to the Alcada was great, but did not end the show. They have spread all over the globe and are growing. Will the end of the West stop their growth?

No. They seek total world domination, and control. India, China and Russia are next.  Then they will rule with Sharai Law and place all peoples who appose them in to bondage and servitude. Who will this be.  You and me. All Christians, Buddhist and any other religion that opposes Islam.

Where does my belief and comments, come from? From my heart and mind. I am guessing based on experience about the reasons for happenings above. But after 76 years I have some knowledge of the world. I believe that those that are running Islam are seeking world domination. They do not care about life or anything else that might be associated with religion. Unlike the Bible, the Torah was written by one person. The Bible is a collection of writings about one subject. One does not reflect the other. The Bible preaches peace, and the Torah teaches hate. Everything? Again, No! Nothing is everything. There is enough good in the Torah to fill the average need. Its comments like you must support Islam or you must serve it, and any alternative is death is what at issue here. I do not want Islam, and I do not want death, so I become their enemy.

The US President is soft on Islam because of his family ties. He feels he can join with Islam and gain his socialist / communistic ways. He is by far the most pathetic President in history. Either the people who manage his strings are behind Islam, or they or working both sides  to get what they want. We as a nation have become a joke. What can we do about the situation in the Mid East? The best thing I can thank of is the solution suggested by Bill O’Rilley. Shut down the Mid East. No vacations, close all embassies, request all US presence leave the countries. Shut all ties. No phone, email, satellite, air lines, and on and on. This would send them a message, that would resonate.

An old joke comes to mind. What is black, round and glows in the dark? Teheran after a nuclear attack. This is the type of presence that the Mid East people understand. I do not believe in nuclear attack, but I do think we need to get their attention. When  the US attacked Iraq the Mid East understood.

Now the Muslim Brotherhood is calling the shots. They are Islamic Extremist, nothing more or less. Their lines cross current borders. Rush is saying that the Brotherhood, is telling us what to do. An we as a country still sit on our hands.

Why am I stating this now? Fifty something days from now we will be voting on the US government. With a conservative government we will send a message that the free has ended. A Senate and House of Representatives controlled by Conservative thinking Congressmen will help end this downward spiral. Will it end it? Likely not. I think this President will go back to his old ways and try to destroy America from the inner city.

What we must do, is vote. Then help others to vote. We must take back America. Then we start two things. One we need to root out everything that Obama has done in our government.  We must get the junk out of our laws that support ACORN and other subversive elements in our country. We must rid our selves of this affront to our Constitution. Second we must financially place our government in order. This will require us all to tighten our belts.

The government must foster growth of small business while reducing its cost. We must stop buying favor in other countries. We must bring all jobs home. The government must control inflation, so that people can afford to live. The different parts of the government that have been armed, against the general population, must end. The right wing extremist will cease to exist when the government is no longer a threat. The 2nd Amendment gave the right winger the right to protect our rights. Obama has armed parts of government to prevent the right from preventing his growth and expansion of government. This is another gross stupidity.

Some of you say that I should write more. My question is on which subject. Ross or Right. Good vs Evil. Or do you want more blog and website info. Or more as I have written today. Or more on survival?

Survival is a result of Obama’s success. When he is able to overthrow the government, then we will have to do all we can to survive. I am preparing for about 6 to 8 months of total ciaos. Hyper inflation, no or little government, no transportation, no food or little. Stores closed and boarded to prevent their destruction. So of you do not believe it is coming but just look at the stores. More and more gear for survival is available in normal stores at reasonable prices. Something is feeding the market. Or do we have a chicken and egg situation. Fear is feeding supply and demand.

Islamic Spring. Sound like Red Dawn. Media is feeding our concepts of the world and giving it direction. Is it true? I hope it is not  and all this is a waste of time.  God help us all!

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Say Whatever They Want To Hear, Will America Survive?

I have dashed this off in a huff. I am angry at America. We are destroying ourselves because of people who will lie an cheat to run a government. Then they say that they are honest, they are America’s Dream, they are the truth and Obama has done very well considering the terrible things that the Republicans have done to him. Only the deceit that Harry Reid and Obama have orchestrated can be considered the truth. They are destroying the American economy and the American dream.

Watching the Democratic and Republican Conventions, causes me to stop and take stock in America. The Demos want me to get in the boat with everybody, and the Reps want me to be strong and make my on destiny. Personally, I like the latter because I know where I am going. In the boat with everyone else, who paddles, and who runs the ship and who pays for the fuel to run the ship? Who paddles? In the Viking Ships all rowed, except for the Captain a navigator, and a person who calls commands and cadence. The ship was at the will of the commander, not the rowers. I worry about us all in the same boat.

Our current government is running on a program that spends money we do not have. It does not budget, nor does it explain what will happen when the money runs out. And the money will run out. The government does not make any money doing something that helps society. They can sell public lands and collect tariffs but in general the people make the money. We have cities and counties in the United States that are going bankrupt. We have States that are financially very bad off. And the the Demos get up at a convention and tell the world that every thing is great, we are morally correct, and the nation is in very good condition and is not in any trouble. Sixteen Trillion Dollars debt is a little bit of trouble. Of course a great portion of the debt is held by the public. If we default, we will be hurt the most. Countries that hold portions of the debt will be paid. But we the Americans will be financially destroyed.  We will go through the worst depression with the highest inflation that has ever been, because our government will not budget, nor will it seek to live within our means. We currently have inflation that is higher than the government is saying. My bills have gone up without a similar gain in income. To me that is Inflation. Gas plus food are the basic problems.

We can not spend what we do not have. But our governments both Democratic and Republican have spent way over the amounts of money that we have had. The Demos said last night that the Republicans had spent as much as the Democrats over time. The problem is that the Congress is the spender. The President signs off on budgets, but the Congress does the spending, and since 1932 the Democrats have had control of the Congress far more than the Republicans. Except for about 10 years the Democrats have held either the House of Representatives or the Senate for the last 66 years. During this time they have spent more money on poverty and helping the poor than any other nation in the world. Our poor are rich compared to India and China and other poor countries. It is not normal for a person to die of starvation in the United States. Only during great disasters do people die from heat or other problems, but that is usually due to mismanagement. We have given our poor food stamps, cell phones, air conditioning, clothing, food banks, housing and on and on. Some poor by definition live much better than low middle class.

This is the problem with all being in the boat together. To many do not work. This has now risen with the employment by the Federal Government increased to such a degree, that the cost is becoming a burden to the tax payer. Add the cost of poor, the government workers and the cost of all other government together, it comes to an amount so great we can not pay the cost. The only way out of the situation is to return the country to the point we can pay. We start by reducing the salaries paid to all government. I has got to the point to be totally out of control. Remove pay that allows people to live and work without using their pay checks. Take Congressmen and Senators back to reasonable rates, with removal of all  perks. Go through all departments and agencies removing the cost that are not needed. Delete, close remove some departments and agencies.

Completely rework the Tax code with a fixed rate or with as sales tax rate, and do away with the IRS. All will pay a portion as taxes, because when you pay nothing, you soon expect others to pay your way.

Sell the United States Postal Service. It is costing to much and continually looses money.

Next we can look at the programs that have been put in place for the old and the poor. In many cases this has grown over time to the extent that we can no longer afford it. Do not remove, but slowly make it more efficient and less wasteful.  Do this with all programs. We can not give grants if we do not have money. We can not fund other countries if we do not have money. We can not keep places like Camp David and any other special places that are expenses for a time of need. End social engineering in the Military. These programs cost money and they are not in line with the Military Mission. Cut all oversea purchases and contracts for procurement. Our people need this money. We can not afford these cost. The list of savings will get long.

Needless to say you are now receiving my message. Everyone in the  boat has to share the cost of this reduction. The rich or the middle class can not pay for the rest while growing the debt. When my credit cards max out I can no longer use them and I am required to pay expensive fees. When I have no money in the bank, I can not write checks. When I have no money I can not keep buying. Neither can my country. The Government is killing America.

Now is a time in History, when people have the right and honor to chose their direction. One problem is that so many people have been suckled at the nipples of government, that they do not want to stop receiving the money and food that they have been given without working. Do we let only those who are paying make the decision for the direction of our government? Do we allow both. One a boat with all the people in it, with no ability to pay for itself? Is the other a group of individuals who will create their own worlds and live off of their own efforts. This was the original way of our government.

I would say yes! But I would not cast off my brothers in the boat without a motor. There has to be some way the people in the boat together can continue to live and have the American dream. They also have to be able to live without having envy of those who work for themselves. I see two possibilities. One with City States and Urban States.  It would allow the two systems to work side by side, and the people who work for themselves would pay to the government as now, but the Government would have to live within its means.

A second choice is of two separate countries. One made up of City States and the other made up of Urban States. A prime law would be there could be no wars over arguments. All disputes would be resolved in a court between the two using a system of laws fair to such a system. Trade and commerce would occur between the two. Because of ken ships and families either could go across the boundaries of the other, but in no case would people of one system be able to try to change the other system.

Can we get there? More than likely, the answer to that is no. It will require a Civil War which will create as much harm as the last Civil War created. God help us all! The direction and the answer are difficult. As I watched President Clinton defending President Obama’s government, I began to recognize how far we are apart, and the impossible situation that we can never return to a stable  single government that would assist both systems. I know that many Democrats are good people, but I also know that the system  is failing as we talk. How can one group of people pay for another? We are not doing it now. The growth of the National Debt is more than we can support.

Americans rise up and do the correct things. Budget. Live withing our means in all cases. Take care of those who can not take care of themselves. Take care of the sick at all levels. Do away with the VA but give persons who served in war the care they need in our current systems. Maintain a Military that is capable of allowing our government to lead and not grovel trying to seek world acceptance through humble actions. We have been leaders. I receive a Military Retirement and Social Security both of which I funded. I was in the Military for 32 years and spent two years in Vietnam. I worked for 14 years in the civil sector working in  construction and engineering. Eighteen months of this was in China building quarters modules for offshore platforms. I paid into the Social Security form 1964 to the present. I paid my due. But I would give up some to save America. I am sure that most Military who served, would give up something to save America. Who else will!

Will the person who does not work do something to help the government pay its bills? Will the person on food stamps who is wasting, buy spending all of their stamps, give some of their food stamps back to the government? Will the person who is poor give up their IPOD and plan, except a plain phone and give some of of this money back to the bill payer, who is paying extra so that the poor can have an IPOD. This is not the America that our Four Fathers dreamed of. They did not want a welfare state. They wanted freedom from government.

It is time to put things straight. We must right America. IN GOD We TRUST!

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Whitfield Ross – TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG and What Subjects!

As I blog I see a lot of comments pass by that seem irrelevant concerning the Whitfield Ross Cavalry Brigade. I know that some of you have discovered the wonderful world of history and others like the blog format. I have the capability of opening a new blog that would cover questions about the blog and its process. I could also field other website and blog questions. That would leave the brigade to be a total history site.

A third option is to open a political comment site. I am not sure how many would like to follow this type of site as you all suspect that I am an Ultra Conservative. I have feelings about our country and about where it is going. I need to voice that need and I need to here your comments.

I can do all three, as Yahoo permits unlimited download and space as a member of Yahoo Small Business Web hosting.

Your comments and needs, Please. I know some of you are wondering how to blog. I would open these other sites and slowly do two or three blogs, with you looking on. I am not a blog expert, but I have started a few.

One thing I would do is remove the category on the brigade web site, so that members get only one notification. On the other sites I will set them up to allow only one email notification, should you select that feature.

Again let me know. I would look to start this about the 14th or the 30th depending on answers.

If no comments, we will continue on as today.

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Wake a Sleeping Giant, The Moral Majority

Never in the history of the United States have we come so close to the brink of disaster as we are today. We were close in the Revolutionary War, we thought we were close in WWII. In the Civil War, the battle was fought over Union and the North Won. But since that date the Union has been crumbling. By bits and pieces the progressives and Socialist have tried daily to take away little pieces of our liberty. Now add to that the Islamic peoples, and America is slowly going to its knees.

The battle is being won in the court and by the enemy. Using our own Constitution and a plan of taking small bites, the different groups are taking away our liberties and freedom. Add to that the election of a President that acts as a Socialist, but who may be something other than just a socialist. He may want more than just socialism. He may want the whole pie. The American Pie!

He has systematically destroyed the American system of finance and is slowly placing the US in great financial difficulty. He has caused us to be farther in debt than ever before and farther in debt than we can pay. His actions jeopardize the American Dollar and with it our whole financial system. I will say, when the system falls, it is highly likely that our ability to function as a country will also fall. What will this evil President and his criminal cronies do? Will they use their control of unions, Acorn, certain government agencies that the President has armed, plus support from the United Nations, a very socialist organization to farther their evil plans.

Thus can we now wake the giant that woke up in world wars of the past, to once again rise over the situation to the extent that we car reaffirm right and reason. Can we bring the country back from the brink of disaster. The Moral Majority has been those who remembered and honored their country. They knew who their forefathers were and what they had done for this great country. Can and will they do their utmost again?

The Tea Party is a start, but it is not all of the parts of the moral majority. Within the Democratic party there are conservative Christians, who will have to go against much of what they have backed for years. In the general population old people who do not think it is important enough to make the effort, must provide their support and vote, train and supply a country in need. Young people who have been trained and propagandized by the government and the Teachers Union, need to be turned around to fight the people who trained them. Religions, who have fought each other, need to realize that the enemy is and old one. The one Christianity fought in the first century AD. They must understand all the infighting helped harden them for this real battle, but the things they fought over are no longer important. Religions must be ready to feed the starving, and help organize them into farming and maybe fighting units, so that we can feed and protect ourselves. The population must learn to bring food to the city or take the people to the food, and then teach them to build homes that will sustain the first winter, and allow them to live.

We as a nation have a collective knowledge that will allow us to survive. Our problem is the people who want to control or destroy us. The three, populism, socialism and Islam, none of which cares about us as people, all they want is control and a population who does as told. All the population will be separated in to those who will obey and those that will not. The later will either be destroyed or made to do slave labor. The weak, sick will be made to die quickly.

Thus like the people on hijacked airlines, the only way you can live is to fight. Any other course is death. Thus, now is that time. Not later when the plane is in the air. Now we must rise up and take back our country. Now we must do things we do not like. The cost of our debt is so high we can not pay it. Other countries that want what we have are doing all they can to destroy the DOLLAR and the EURO. With these two monetary systems gone, the countries of Europe and America will also go. Probably all of America, both North and South. So now is the time to rise up and take arms.

You do not believe me. There is plenty of evidence of what I speak. Now is the time to think and see. All you need to know is available. If you wait longer, someone will get into the pilots seat and fly us either into the ground or into some other horrible end. Wake up Old Men and Women, get up all you lazy non working people, who have fed off the government for so long. Realize that the government is no longer going to feed you. Have you not heard the rumblings about Obamacare not taking care of Old People, about groups of people who would decide who would get care and who would not. Who was too old and to weak. These will receive end time counseling. Sounds like “Soylent Green”, the old Charleston Heston, SciFi movie, where the old went to a end place where they we wined, dined and led to their deaths, in a loving and caring way, but to their deaths, to make food for the rest of the population. The evidence is there, just look. Wake up before it is to late. Jump out of that arm chair. And grab a friend and vote. Start to stand up to your Government while you can.

Wake up, oh sleeping giant, wake up before, you are tied down and helpless! And become the food of future generations. Wake up you Men of God. Wake before the dark one wins. Yes, Christ will come, when he is ready, but now where does it say lay down and become Soylent Green. No book says not to fight evil. You must take up arms in Christ’s Name, so that every thing is ready when he comes.

I have moved this article from another website to here to get more views, for I feel we will not make it unless we take up arms and go to war. Grab you grandparents and parents and take them to vote. If they state that the poles say it is irrelevant, tell them that is the media trying to suppress their vote. By voting we will win. As a country we all believe in God. The President says that we are no longer a Christian Nation. Let us prove him wrong!

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