Saturday, February 28, 2009

Contest

I am a Son of the South, I am a Son of Texas,
But my real father I never knew
I was a healer but am remembered as a fighter
My mind was trained in science, but my hand was guided by faith
My beautiful wife was a true and noble woman
She is remembered by her family,
but revealed to the world by the daughter of the midnight cowboy.
My little daughter was sweet
And my son rode by my side
I was with Green as he fell on that terrible day,
And my own blood flowed out onto the Yellow Bayou
The order to dismount, I never obeyed
I stood by my men,
and though dead, they still wear their boots.

83 comments:

  1. Walt Whitmam

    Wrong but first!

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  2. That is hilarious. How long were you sitting and waiting for this? Anyway, you will are funny.

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  3. For real John Bell Hood.

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  4. I can see a little resemblance, but no it is not the Great Sam Houston.

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  5. Hmmm...I'm lost now. BTW this is fun. Oh well, time for more research. Are you sure it's not jOHN bELL hOOD?

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  6. Nate . . . Naaaaaaate . . . . Nate? Afraid to come out and play.

    Heather has slept in again, and Ray in the UK is up but quivering in his boots, afraid to have a go at it.

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  7. I'm here, diligently working. :-)

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  8. Heather my best suggestion is to just go on back to bed and get a little rest, as I am sure you will not get this one Ha Haaaaa Ha (evil laugh)
    PJM

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  9. I think the long quote is misleading. No doubt a quote by the person pictured but misleading. Therefore I will try another reseach method.

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  10. No wait, his name was George Mayes, not John....George, am I right?

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  11. Nope. It's David Dixon Porter

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  12. This might be the last mystery person contest. I grow tired of all this guessing.

    No, it is not George Mayes.

    No, it is not Porter

    Naaaaaate Naaaaaaaaaate, where are you?

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  13. John Brown, a guess.

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  14. Ray, please, you are reprenting the UK. If you are going to continue to play this game, I must insist that you get closer than that wild guess.
    PJM

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  15. Ray, perhaps you should go have an afternoon tea with someone and discuss the role of monarchy in modern society, as this contest is simply out of your league.

    Ha Ha Ha. I and only I know the mystery person.

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  16. Naaaaaate, Where are you Nate? Once again you come up short. No doubt you will have some flimsy excuse of a West Coast time zone working to your disadvantage.

    I will go and make myself a cappuccino now.

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  17. Is this General Richard Taylor, who was the Confederate leader at the Battle of Yellow Bayou?

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  18. Marie,
    Your weak attempt saddens me. No, you are wrong, wrong wrong.

    Ha Ha Ha, no one can get this one. NO ONE.

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  19. Oh, but I have the answer. General E. Kirby Smith is the mystery person. He was the last General to surrender in the American Civil War. Right?

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  20. Oh but you are wrong, so wrong.

    I have stumped EVERYONE with this one.

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  21. Oh sorry, someone already guessed him...looks like him though.

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  22. William,
    Welcome to the contest. I wish your entry had been a good one, but unfortunately it is just one more in a long line of wrong answers.

    PJM

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  23. Colonel William Parsons. Has to be him.

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  24. Anonymous, if that is your real name, you are making me tired with your wild and unguided guessing. I suggest you think more carefully than just throwing out shots in the dark.
    PJM

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  25. I beg your pardon but other than Walt Whitman, my guesses are based on the passage below the photo. I really think that passage might be a blind alley. This is really a tough one. You could give us a hint. lol!

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  26. John W Geary.
    The monarchy has no
    place in modern society.

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  27. A HINT? The people beg for a hint, but they will get NONE, no NOT ONE. No Hint for you, No hint for ANY of YOU.

    Naaaaaate, where are you?

    Ray,
    Despite your enlightenment on the role of monarchy in modern society, your feeble attempts at winning this contest amuse me. No, it is not John W Geary.
    PJM

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  28. George G Meade or could
    it be Edmund Kirby Smith.

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  29. That poem is a huge hint.

    I am thinking this is the medical doctor who treated General Thomas Green when he was wounded and died during the Red River Campaign. One of the battles of that campaign was the Battle of Yellow Bayou.

    But what that doctor's name is I can not dig out.

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  30. Ray,
    You are guessing, and guessing poorly.

    This contest will not be won by the likes of you

    This contest will not be won by any of you.

    PJM

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  31. Oh my, a new turn of events. Marie is suggesting a joint effort amongst contestants. A fearful turn of events. Could a team effort even come up with the right answer. I bet not even working together will work.

    HAAAA HAAAAA HAAAAAA

    I have stumped you, I have stumped you all.

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  32. I'm thinking Hunter McGuire the famous Civil War surgeon.

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  33. Anonymous,
    Isnt this like 46 wrong guesses in a row. Lets see, there are 4 Billion people on earth, and if we just keep going through the phone book you might get the right answer in about 2 million years.

    PJM will be remembered as the man who stumped the internet.

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  34. Yes, there all wrong. This is making me crazy. It appears most males of any stature had big beards in the Civil War era. A few times I was sure I was right. Anyway, I have to go to work. I will check back later to find out the mystery persons identity. I still maintain the passage below the photo is there to mislead. BTW doesn't the mystery pperson's jacket and tie appear to be painted or drawn on? Was this a common practice in those days? Oh well, good luck to someone.

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  35. How about General Joseph A. Mower.

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  36. Gen. William Steele

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  37. General Mwoer? Please. Come back after you have done some research.

    General Steele? Wrong again.

    Remember if no one gets it in 24 hours, I win.

    When I win I will show how this is a very possible one to figure out.

    I just took this contest up a few notches.

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  38. The guessing is becoming more desperate.

    The person who figures it out will answer with a definitive answer, not an answer in the form of a question.

    It is not John Anderson

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  39. O.W.Holmes Sr.

    This isn't guessing;
    solid research with
    Wiki.

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  40. Wikipedia???? Isn't that the online encyclopedia where 8th graders can edit the article on how to do brain surgery?

    Please.

    No, this is not Holmes.

    When the answer is revealed, you will see how it was possible for anyone to get this one.

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  41. Nate you are a genius. You are right!

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  43. Here we were all searching like crazy and the answer was right under our noses - he's a relative of PJM!

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  44. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH Foiled again by the sinister Nate Maas.

    For Captain Ahab it was Moby Dick
    For William T. Sherman it was Joseph Johnston.

    All great men have had their nemesis.

    For PJM it is the evil Nate Maas

    Nate, please explain to the folks how you possibly got this one.

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  45. Col. John S. "Rip" Ford. He commanded Confederate troops at the Battle of Palmetto Ranch, and was a doctor for a time.

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  46. Marie,
    Nate got it right. Colonel-Doctor Peter Cavanah Woods. My Great Great Grandfather.
    PJM

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  47. Sure. Good morning Paul! Thanks for another fun contest and what a wonderful mystery today. When I woke up, I was a little anxious as I noticed that there were already 46 posts on your blog! I figured I was too late. When I scrolled through the posts (and thanks also for calling me out), I was thinking this would be a hard one, but you had given us a lot of clues. My first google was to John B. Stetson with your boot line, not the guy. I then googled Gen. Tom Green hoping to find a surgeon link. As Tom Green has a county named for him in Texas and there were so many irregular soldiers in the mix, I gave up that line of searching. Then I latched onto that old movie Midnight Cowboy (the midnight cowboy was played by John Voight and his famous daughter is Angelina Jolie), so I then googled Angelina Jolie's movies and looked for a movie I thought might have a Civil War era wife. She was in the movie True Women where she played Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods. I googled that and it brought me back to your site!

    http://old-photos.blogspot.com/2008/03/georgia-woods.html

    And gee, you give the answer right there! What a family you have!

    Thanks again for the fun!

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  48. Oh well. I must say I've learned a lot about the end of the Civil War in Texas, so thanks for that!

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  49. Nate,
    You are brilliant.

    The little poem was a riddle, and I used a technique from back in my days in National Security and used a technique called Obfuscation, which could be described as hiding in plain sight. Every line of the poem is true, and once you know the answer you can quickly identify what each line means.

    But with that being said, really only two words would lead you to figuring out who it was. "Minight Cowboy". You are right, the part was played by John Voight, and his daughter is Angelina Jolie. If you look her up you see that she played Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods in the Movie version of Janice Woods book "True Women". You can then quickly find that her husband was Colonel-Doctor Peter C. Woods. Then it all fits together. His sweet daughter . . . his daughter was called "Little Sweet". Note in the line above, His wife was a TRUE and noble WOMAN. . . refering to the book true women.

    If you then look up Peter Woods, you find that he got in trouble because he commanded a cofederate cavaly unit, and he was ordered to dismount his men and make them infantry. Since the horses belonged to the men, he refused the order. Also, there was a book written about his unit called Dead men wore boots. So once you see who it is, you see that every line makes sense

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  50. I just realized this . . . A little ironic, but I live in Tom Green County (Named after General Green)

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  51. Well, very well done PJM. I didn't think I had ever seen a movie with Anglina Jolie in it and I had never seen Midnight Cowboy, so I was surprised when she was the voice for several of the movies my kids had seen. How was "True Women?" Either the book or the movie? Worth the time? What's your take being a family member?

    I was sure there was more to the riddle that what I noticed. Oh, and I forgot to mention to had me trying to find the maker of the Jennifer saddle for a minute too.

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  52. Nate,
    The book "True Women" by Janice Woods Windle is a spectacular book, and should be required reading for any young woman. I admit I am a little biased as it describes the women in my family. But with that said, the great thing about the book is that so much of history if presented about men and their heroism and bravery. True Women tells the story of the Texas Frontier, the Civil War, and other important events, but tells the story of the brave and heroic women who were just as important as the men. Their story is often not told, but told well in this book. As far as the movie, well, it is pretty much a waste of time. Poor acting, slow, and it completely loses the flavor of the book. Read the book, you will enjoy it.

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  53. Nate, I can't decide if you are really an android or a cyborg..I'm thinking probably a cyborg. All I know is that you are not human, LOL!

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  54. I think Nate Maas is an Alias that PJM uses to play in his own game. That is the type of thing he would do. I do not think Nate Maas is a real person. No one is that smart. He has won four times in a row.

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  55. This was so much fun. You guys are a hoot! What a nice way to spend a Saturday morning. It is so interesting to hear how you all go about slouthing out the mystery person.

    Well I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for making this so much fun!

    Paul, thanks for authoring this blog, and holding this fantastic contest!

    ;)S

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  56. Susan,
    Thank you for the post, and join in next time. You dont have to have a good guess, just start throwing out names like Ray in the UK does.

    Thanks!
    Paul

    Oh, and PS. I am not Nate Maas. Nate is a real person, not someone I made up.

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  57. I have a quick project for all you slouther's. I am researching saddle blankets of the 1800's for the "Sunday Historathon - 1800's" held on my blog. What I'm looking for is what a typical 1800's saddle blanket normally used under a Hope saddle would have been made of and how it may have been used other than for protecting the horse. I am planning a 40 day ride in the next year or two which will cover 800 miles and doing it as authentically 1800's period in terms of equipment and attire as possible. Thus the research.

    If anyone comes up with something I can use, I'll plug "you" and "this blog" on my blog.

    I'm asking a few other researcher blogger types out there too. It will be interesting if folks take me up on it to see what they come up with.

    Thanks for the comment PJM I may jump in at some point and give it a try. I am picking brain right now on how you folks go about finding this stuff.

    ;) S

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  58. I got to my computer late this morning. I couldn't believe there were 65 post already.This is great. But I sometimes miss the Saturday mornings when it was just a few of us. *S* I stood a better chance.

    Now I'm going to do my Saturday research of your Mystery man. Thanks PJM!!! Congrats Nate.

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  59. Sheila,
    I dont think that many people played. It was just that Ray in the UK had about 27 wrong gueses by himself.
    PJM

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  60. Great work Nate, it's
    an education reading
    how you do it.

    PJM
    Thanks for kind remarks.

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  61. Ray,
    Sorry, how about this:

    Ray in the UK:
    Winner of past Contests
    Valiant Efforts in All Contests
    Protector of Civility and Good Manners

    Are we friends again?

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  62. Susan, I haven't won for awhile but usually something in the picture gives you a clue as to what to start googling. It was unusual to get any clues from PJM. I was curious about the term "daughter of the midnight cowboy" but when I googled it, all I was getting was info about the 1969 movie "Midnight Cowboy" and I just knew that didn't have anything to do with the mystery photo....but I was wrong, it did! All I could think about was how I went to see the movie on a double date at a drive-in movie theater and missed the whole thing because I was smooching with the boy....LOL! Anyway, I start out with google and work my way through all the info.

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  63. I never know the mystery person--plus, it's only 9 AM here and it seems you guys solve everything before I'm even awake!-- but I read all the comments anyway because PJM's are so hilarious!

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  64. PJM and Nate,
    You guys are brilliant! I love the way Nate researches....lots of fun to see the outcome...

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  65. PJM
    Always. And beautifully
    work out.

    Well done Heather and
    Marie, you where on the
    right track...After a
    wild guess, I did try
    a few hopeful leads,
    but got hopelessly
    lost.

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  66. Thanks for all the nice comments from everyone. Although I consider it Team Internet vs. PJM. I'm proud to be working with people like Anonymous, Heather, Ray UK, William, Marie, Scott, Susan Catt, Sheila, Canaduck, and Linda Pendleton.

    PJM, my wife laughed out loud when I read your comments to her. She says she didn't realize that someday I'd become a "nemesis." She also thinks the True Women book would be a good read, so she thanks you for the book suggestion.

    Heather, your response to me did not compute. Please input future responses to me in binary. :D

    Anonymous, Nate Maas is not an alias, it's my real name. Although you're right, PJM is diabolical enough to try a trick like that. And no, PJM is not an alias for me either. :)

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  67. Nate,
    Next week you will be cut down to size. Oh yes, you will be cut down to size. I refuse to allow you to continue to make a mockery of my contest. I will find your weakness, and then exploit it for all to see. You will be humiliated. YOu will not continue to defeat me. Your streak of four in a row will come to an end.
    PJM.

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  68. You have a noble ancestor. Great re-reading the poem.

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  69. Wow! What a contest! PJM did take it up a notch this week. Next week I will win! You'll see.

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  70. ikiiiii bbbbbbiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilckkiiil - sorry, kitty walked across the keyboard.

    ~Mad(elyn) in Alabama
    I missed the contest yesterday - boo hisssssss.

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  71. PJM:

    What a great family tree you have, and what a great poem!!!

    I'm sorry I missed the contest yesterday . . . .

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  72. Paul - would you consider starting your contest a few hours later in the day on Saturday? I've been following your contests, and find that I can uncover the answer at least as quickly as some of the others, and I'd like to play, too. I'm in the Mountain time zone, and so can't really think about getting up at 4am to complete. Please?

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  73. I've been following the Mystery Person contests for some time. I usually don't get to them until early in the week following the post, but I like to see if I can figure it out before I check the comments for the answers, and I'm proud to say that had I been awake at the time of the original post, I would have figured it out before Nate! I'm going to have to get up early this weekend :-)

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  74. I remember back in the old days when there were maybe 6 or 8 posts! Great mystery person, I never try to guess because I just dont know, but I always look and read!! Good job everyone!!!

    Mom

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