Thursday, November 5, 2009

Old Rebels

Today's OPOD was taken in 1917. It shows a nice group of Rebel soldiers. I am not sure where the picture was taken. This is a fine group of Southern Gentlemen. Zoom in on the picture, and notice how proud each man is standing. The other thing I notice about the picture is that they are holding the US flag. Many of the pictures of Veterans have the Rebels still holding their battle flag.

17 comments:

  1. I think that if they would have their own flag, the army trumpet player would not be there and play signals.

    The leftmost man has got a pipe in his mouth; not very respectful behavior :)

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  2. The fellow on the right has buttoned his jacket one-button-off. Haven't we all done that at some point-in-time, just hopefully not for a picture that will be sent around the world 92 years later. JUDI

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  3. They are a proud looking group,
    except for the young man with the
    trumpet.
    He seems uneasy, looking away with
    his arms crossed.

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  4. They were proud to be Americans. The guy with the trumpet might be a little to young to have fought in the war.

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  5. This photo is from the 1917 UCV Reunion in Washington DC. It was the first reunion to be held outside the South. If I were to offer a guess about the US flag, these gentlemen are being good guests and trying to honor the city hosting them. There are several shots of different groups all taken in front of the Convention Hall in DC. This building used to be the largest in the town and lay along 5th Street between K and L Streets.

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  6. Actually the person on the far left has his buttons done wrong also.
    The officer up front show a lot of pride in his appearance, with his uniform and his neatly trimmed beard.
    And who knows the young man up front with the bugle may have been a grand son of a deceased Rebel
    R

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  7. It looks like the man on the far right has a mask over his face. I wonder why?

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  8. Everyone I've talked to suggests that even though the CSA was defeated, they accepted it and embraced their country. It didn't make them less American and I don't find it odd they have an American flag with them. I'm surprised they don't also have a battle flag, but maybe that's just because I'm so used to seeing it everywhere.

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  9. Jules
    That is just a flaw in the old photo.

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  10. These old civil war photos simply amaze me.

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  11. Sixth man from the left looks very much like my great grandfather.

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  12. I think this was taken in Washington DC and the soldiers are from Nashville Tennessee.

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  13. Maybe these guys had a few drinks before they posed for the photo!!

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  14. George and Anon:

    First of all, when two independent clauses are separated by a conjunction, the conjunction is preceded by a comma. However, when one of the aforesaid independent clauses contains a comma, then the comma preceding the conjunction becomes a semicolon.

    Secondly, I was fully aware that the first sentence in my post of Wednesday, November 4, contained three independent clauses. Since this is an informal forum, I did not bother correcting it.

    Like you, I detest the vernacular that I hear around me every day - whether it is in conversation or in the media. Your comments regarding the teaching and emphasis of proper English in schools are sadly true. I spent thousands of dollars to send my daughter to a private school so that she would be taught proper grammar, punctuation, and syntax, and I also made her study Latin. I can assure you that it has paid huge academic dividends.

    However, I stand by my previous comments. I do not believe that this blog is the proper forum for correcting the author’s (or anyone else’s) grammar and punctuation. PJM spends his personal time posting these wonderful old photos for our enjoyment, and readers’ comments should be primarily directed to same.

    If the two of you wish to correct everyone’s grammar (and discuss the Latin etymology of every big word you encounter), I respectfully suggest that you save those topics for cocktail and/or dinner parties. Our perhaps you should pursue careers as English teachers. In either case, I’m sure you’ll both be big hits.

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  15. I had the same thought as SmartGirl - some of them look like they've been drinking.

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  16. The flag you call the US flag, is the US millitary flag.
    US also have a civil flag, that have as far as i know, never been used.

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  17. Imagine what these men went through. A horrific war, the rebuilding of a nation. Having to accept defeat (even they though they thought there cause was just). Wow what a time to be alive. How can we complain in this day and age. This generation were truly made up of brave souls. I love these pictures. To be able to look at these men and wonder what they had seen. What an era.

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