Friday, November 6, 2009

Southern Soldier

Old Soldier week comes to an end today, with this picture of an old Rebel Soldier. The picture was taken in 1913.

The South Will Rise Again!


  1. Interesting that he would be holding a U.S. canteen

  2. I wonder if the canteen was a souvenir of the war. If so, it probably brought back some pretty grim memories for this old soldier. Of course, for all we know, it could be just a photography studio prop. Part of the appeal of these old photos, for me, is this sort of speculation.

    Another thing I like about this photo is that we finally see one with the Stars and Bars.

    1. If you were finally waiting to see the "Stars & Bars" then I have bad news: this flag isn't it.

      "Stars & Bars" is the nickname of the Confederate First National flag, which has white stars on a square blue canton, and a white bar between two red bars.

      The Stars & Bars looks a lot like the US Stars & Stripes--intentionally. The strong similarity of the two flags led to confusion in early battles of the war, which led to the adoption of a battle flag of an entirely different design; viz.white stars arranged along a blue saltire set on a red field.

  3. Thanks for posting this weeks pictures of civil war soldiers. I really loved seeing all of the confederates soldiers. When you look at Civil War photos they are usually of Union soldiers or Southern prisoners. It is a nice change to see Confederates.

  4. This photo says it all, there's nothing more to say.

    May the South rise again - I'll be there!!!

  5. 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.

  6. SmartGirl, How many times did you post that last comment? Personally, I just ignore comments that don't relate to the topic.

  7. Anon:

    For some reason, I have trouble with my browser. It jams and the comments post more than once.

    It's hard to tell where they're going to show up.

    Time for a new operating system.

  8. I don't have any connection to the South so I don't understand why it would need to rise again. Can someone explain to me what that means? Is it more about personal alliances/ties to the south? Or do people really believe the South will once again form the CSA and become an independent country? I really am interested, I hope I'm not offending anyone.

  9. Oh, I'm a good old rebel
    Now thats just what I am
    And for this yankee nation
    I do no give a damn.

    I'm glad I fit (fought) against 'er (her)
    I only wish we'd won
    I ain't asked any pardon
    For anything I've done.

    I hates the Yankee nation
    And eveything they do
    I hates the declaration
    Of independence too.

    I hates the glorious union
    'Tis dripping with our blood
    I hates the striped banner
    And fit (fought) it all I could.

    I rode with Robert E. Lee
    For three years there about
    Got wounded in four places
    And I starved at Pint (Point) Lookout.

    I coutch (caught) the roomatism (rheumatism)
    Campin' in the snow
    But I killed a chance of Yankees
    And I'd like to kill some mo'. (more.)

    Three hundred thousand Yankees
    Is stiff in southern dust
    We got three hundred thousand
    Before they conquered us.

    They died of southern fever
    And southern steel and shot
    I wish they was three million
    Instead of what we got.

    I can't take up my musket
    And fight 'em down no mo' (more)
    But I ain't a-goin' to love 'em (them)
    Now that is serten sho. (certain sure.)

    And I don't want no pardon
    For what I was and am
    I won't be reconstructed
    And I do not give a damn.

    Oh, I'm a good old rebel
    Now that's just what I am
    And for this Yankee nation
    I do no give a damn.

    I'm glad I fought against 'er (her)
    I only wish we'd won
    I ain't asked any pardon
    For anything I've done.

    I ain't asked any pardon
    For anything I've done...

  10. Really impressive pics this week, I love civil war photos even if I'm from Europe. Hope we will see civil war pictures soon.

  11. In looking at the soldiers in all these great photos this week many question, of course, come to mind. One that keeps coming to mind is whether all (or any) of the uniforms are original. I've read that most of the Southern soldiers were in rags by the end of the war. I'm guessing that a lot of them had uniforms made after the war.

    PJM: Thanks for putting these wonderful photos together. Excellent choices.

  12. Norkio

    Your not offending anyone in the
    UK. European history is so old and
    complex that nobody really takes
    this seriously any more.

    I was talking to a young German boy
    a few days ago on Hastings beach
    while metal detecting, he was very
    interested in what I was doing.

    Eventually he asked me something
    and I replied, forget the wars,
    historically we are the same
    people. He nodded. He understood.

    I think PJM is playing with us. It
    would make no political or
    commercial sense to divide America.

    My metal detector is a Garrett Ace
    250, made in Texas.

  13. Thanks for all the great photos that let us look back in our nations history. These men gave all when there was no other choice but to do so. You have served these men in a way with sharing there photos for new generations to see. Thanks for bringing history alive.

  14. The unidentified man in this image is wearing the uniform of a fraternal organization, probably the United Confederate Veterans organized in 1889. The badges he is wearing were likely for reunion participation. The canteen he is holding was standardized by the U.S. Army in 1878 hence the "U.S." The evidence of the uniform and canteen places this image in the 1880-90s.


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