Saturday, November 22, 2014

Carrie McGavock And Her Yankee Slave

Frank James

Carrie McGavock
  Jessie James and his brother Frank lived in Nashville for four years, from 1877 until 1881. Frank said these years were some of the happiest of his life. They were hiding out because of their failed attempt at robbing a bank in Northfield Minnesota. Several members of their gang were killed and the Younger brothers had been captured. I am assuming that it was during this time that Frank James met Carrie Winder McGavock who was the owner of Carnton plantation in Franklin and popularly known as the "Widow of the South". Frank and Jesse were Confederate veterans although they were more guerrilla's than soldiers. They rode with Quantrill in Missouri.during the war. An Alabama Colonel gave the following account to Frank of an incident just after the battle of Franklin. Carrie's house and yard were full of wounded and dying soldiers that she and her family were caring for. Next Sunday is the 150th anniversary of the battle of Franklin.

   "I visited the battlefield of Franklin, where was fought one of the bloodiest and most terrible battles in the whole history of the world's wars, great and small" said the survivor of Quantrell's night-raiding daredevils. " I met there a lady who played a conspicuous part in that awful drama. She is Mrs. McGavock. "A colonel from Alabama, whose name I can't recall, told me that he was under Mrs. McGavock's command during most of the battle. Her magnificent home, situated close to the heavy fighting, was converted into a hospital soon after the battle opened. The Colonel says that when he applied to General Forrest for orders, that dashing cavalryman told him to report to Mrs. McGavock. He did as directed and when he reached the house found its fair mistress ministering to the wounded and washing the blood from the dead. Her skirts were splashed with blood and her bare arms were as bloody as though she had stuck them into buckets of the crimson fluid. "Go get a Yankee" was the imperious command she gave the Alabama Colonel, when he told her he had been ordered by General Forrest to report to her. 

  "Alive or dead" laconically inquired the Colonel. "Alive of course" was the quick response. What use have I for a dead Yankee?" "Without further ado the Colonel galloped back to our lines and in a jiffy all that remained of the army were made acquainted with Mrs. McGavock's order for a live Yankee. The Colonel soon succeeded in capturing one and marched him to the McGavock mansion, without the least idea of what use his trembling prisoner was going to be put. Mrs. McGavock eyed him closely for an instant when he was ushered into her presence and relieved everybody's feelings by inquiring of him; "Can you peel potatoes?" The Yankee gleefully told her he could. "Then come to the kitchen with me" was her next command. "Your people are trying to kill all of our boys and those who survive the day will want something to eat to-night. My cellar is full of potatoes, and you can begin now and peel on them until night comes. Then you can help me cook them. You have freed all of our negroes and now that you are in my power I will make you do the work my slaves would do but for the conduct of your sort of people" And the Colonel says the way that Yankee shed his coat and got down to peeling potatoes would have distanced the modern machine used for that purpose--St. Louis Republic.   

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Irma Grese - The Beautiful Beast

  Irma Grese was born on October 23, 1923. She had several nicknames. (The Beautiful Beast), (The Blonde Angel of Auschwitz) and (The Hyena of Auschwitz). She lost her mother at 13 and left school at the age of 15. Like many Germans she became infatuated by the oratory of Adolph Hitler. Irma joined a Nazi youth group and totally embraced their ideas. At the age of 19, in 1942, she was a supervisor at the SS training camp for female guards at Ravensbruck concentration camp. She rose to a senior supervisor in 1943 and was in control of up to 30,000 Polish and Hungarian Jewish women. Grese served at Auschwitz and by the end of the war she was at Bergen-Belsen. After Belsen was liberated the British placed her and other war criminals on trial. She was charged for the mistreatment and murder of prisoners. Prisoners testified that she wore heavy boots and took pleasure in  beating prisoners to death with a rubber whip that she carried. Grese arbitrarily shot people in cold blood, and assisted the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele in selecting prisoners for the gas chambers, She also specialized in the mental torture of prisoners and would unleash half starved dogs to rip them apart. It was said that she owned lamp shades that were made from human skin but that has been discounted in recent years. 

   Even prisoners were struck by her beauty. One witness said "There was a beautiful woman called Grese who rode a bike. Thousands and thousands of people were standing there on their knees in scorching heat, and she took delight in watching us," Other witnesses from a camp named Munk√°cs said "Greze used to be an actress, she was a gorgeous, pretty young woman." Olga Lengyel, a Jewish doctor, was told by Grese that when the war was over she wanted to be an actress. She gazed at her reflection in the mirror for hours, and she constantly made her seamstress sew new dresses. She had more than one lover, even with prisoners. When she became pregnant, she made another Hungarian prisoner, a former Jewish doctor, abort her baby. Grese was especially cruel toward beautiful women who were prisoners. When the war was over female guards were punished more frequently than men because they were remembered more often by the prisoners because female guards were fewer in number than men and they stood out more.. Cruelty was excused in men more so than women because it was considered out of character for them.

 Grese was among 45 people accused of war crimes at Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz after the war. She along with ten other prisoners were sentenced to hang for crimes against humanity. Three women and eight men. She never expressed remorse. The night before she was hanged she laughed and sang Nazi songs with another SS torturer Elizabeth Volkenrath. On Thursday December 13, 1945 she was marched to the gallows. The following is an eyewitness account of her death "We climbed the stairs to the cells where the condemned were waiting. A German officer at the door leading to the corridor flung open the door and we filed past the row of faces and into the execution chamber. The officers stood at attention. Brigadier Paton-Walsh stood with his wristwatch raised. He gave me the signal, and a sigh of released breath was audible in the chamber, I walked into the corridor. 'Irma Grese', I called. The German guards quickly closed all grilles on twelve of the inspection holes and opened one door. Irma Grese stepped out. The cell was far too small for me to go inside, and I had to pinion her in the corridor. 'Follow me,' I said in English, and O'Neil repeated the order in German. At 9.34 a.m. she walked into the execution chamber, gazed for a moment at the officials standing round it, then walked on to the centre of the trap, where I had made a chalk mark. She stood on this mark very firmly, and as I placed the white cap over her head she said in her languid voice, 'Schnell'. [English translation: "Quickly." The drop crashed down, and the doctor followed me into the pit and pronounced her dead. After twenty minutes the body was taken down and placed in a coffin ready for burial". 

Jewish Prisoners

Number 9, Irma Grese on trial

The face of evil

Captured Female guards

Female guards being forced to remove the bodies of their victims

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jonathan Gruber

Jonathan Gruber

  Jonathan Holmes Gruber is a professor of economics at M.I.T. and is the primary architect of Obamacare. He was caught on film calling the American people stupid. This is what he said about Obamacare.“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage, and basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.” I agree to a point with Gruber. There are far too many stupid people in this country. The stupid people are those who in light of overwhelming evidence to the contrary continue to vote for the Democratic Party and their ideology that is evil to the core. Then there are those who voted for the Republicans believing that they are actually going to bring about positive change. The Republicans stood for nothing. They won because people are desperately seeking to stop Obama and the Democratic agenda. It is obvious that they still don't get it..

  I prefer to believe that most people are just plain ignorant. I would rather be ignorant than stupid. You can fix ignorance through education but as they say, you can't fix stupid. Too many Americans are more interested in social media, video games, prime-time television, and pop culture. They are not paying attention which contributes to their ignorance. The mainstream media contributes to this ignorance by not fairly reporting the news. However the American people are not as stupid as Dr. Gruber thinks they are. Yes, a combination of stupid and ignorant people elected Obama and a Democratic Congress This enabled the passage of Obamacare. Americans in overwhelming numbers have never at any time wanted Obamacare. They didn't want it when it was passed and they do not want it now. In fairness to the Republicans, not one Republican voted for it. There are far too many elitist snobs like Dr. Gruber who are not as smart as they think they are. I trust the American people in their ignorance far more than I trust all the Dr Gruber's in the world. A warning to the Republican's however. If you blow this opportunity you have been given you do it at your peril. There is a growing desperation among the great unwashed masses. The last decent Democratic President, John F. Kennedy, said it best. "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable"

Friday, November 7, 2014

Murder In The Civil War- The Deaths of Major Generals Earl Van Dorn And William (Bull) Nelson

Major General Earl Van Dorn

  There were several famous generals killed in the Civil War. Albert S. Johnston at Shiloh. Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson would die as a result of his wounds at Chancellorsville. John Reynolds at Gettysburg. Leonidas Polk at Pine Mountain Georgia. John Sedgwick at Spotsylvania Court House and Patrick Cleburne at Franklin. Two famous generals however died under unusual circumstances. They were both murdered. Confederate Major General Earl Van Dorn and Union Major General William (Bull) Nelson. Earl Van Dorn was born in Mississippi in 1820. His mother was a niece of Andrew Jackson. Through her influence he received an appointment to West Point in 1838 and graduated near the bottom of his class in 1842. He fought in the Mexican War and against the Seminole Indians in Florida. He was so seriously wounded fighting the Comanche in Texas that he was not expected to live. He made a miraculous recovery in five weeks however.

  When Mississippi seceded from the Union Van Dorn resigned from the U.S. Army and joined the Confederate Army. Van Dorn was sent to command the Trans Mississippi Department and suffered a decisive defeat at Pea Ridge Arkansas. He would be defeated again at the battle of Second Corinth. After Corinth Van Dorn would be assigned to the Calvary where he would enjoy more success. On December 20, 1862 he raided Holly Springs Mississippi capturing 1,500 soldiers,and destroying 1,500,000 dollars worth of Union supplies. This action combined with Nathan Bedford Forrest's raid into West Tennessee caused General U.S. Grant to abandon his first attempt at capturing Vicksburg. On March 5, 1863 Van Dorn and Forrest won a resounding victory at Thompson's Station Tennessee. Van Dorn was given command of the Army of Tennessee's cavalry on March 16, 1863. On April 10, he was defeated by General Gordon Granger in the first battle of Franklin. This would be his last battle.

  Van Dorn loved the women and regularly committed adultery. He had been married for twenty years and had two children He met a Mrs. Jesse Peters at some point in 1863.She was beautiful and much younger than than her husband Dr. George Peters. She was Dr. Peters third wife and his cousin. He outlived his first two wives. Peters was a member of the Tennessee State legislature and he had to be gone for long periods. During his absence Mrs. Peters was seen at Van Dorn's headquarters and had taken a carriage ride with him, On one occasion Jesse violated protocol by going to Van Dorn's bedroom to be alone with him. It was customary that whenever a married lady visited a male the lady was supposed to wait in the parlor and a servant would be sent to notify the man that the lady was waiting to see him. The meeting was to take place in full view of others. Van Dorn was asked by the owner of this home to move his headquarters. The man's wife was distressed over the impropriety of the situation. Van Dorn moved to the Martin Chears home. Upon Dr. Peters return he heard much of the gossip about Van Dorn and his wife Jesse. On May 7, 1863 Van Dorn was sitting at his desk in his new headquarters in Spring Hill Tennessee. Dr Peters asked for a pass through Confederate lines. While Van Dorn was writing the pass Dr. Peters walked behind the general and shot him in the back of the head. The daughter of the mansions owner, sobbed, " The doctor has shot the general" The small caliber bullet lodged in his brain but he was still alive. He would die four and a half hours later without regaining consciousness.

  Dr. Peters, with pass in hand, tried to pass through Confederate lines but was captured in Mississippi. He was tried in a Confederate court but was acquitted. The crux of his defense was that he was defending the sanctity of his home. The irony of all this was that that Dr. Peters and Jesse reconciled. Jesse swore to her dying day that nothing happened between her and Van Dorn. Van Dorn's family however believed that Peters was a Union spy and that Van Dorn's death was an assassination.
The Martin Chears Mansion In Spring Hill

Major General William (Bull) Nelson


  Major General William (Bull) Nelson was born on September 27, 1824 in Maysville Kentucky. As a teenager he reported for training aboard the USS Delaware in 1840. He sailed the South Pacific and received brutally harsh treatment from his officers. In 1846 after attending the first class of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis he became a Midshipman. He served with bravery and distinction during the Mexican war. Although he was a good officer he could be obnoxious and dictatorial. When the Civil War started he made himself available to Lincoln as a naval officer and was assigned as commander of the Washington Navy Yard. On July 1, 1861 He was a large man weighing 300 pounds. Nelson was detached from the Navy, promoted to general and ordered to raise 10,000 troops for an invasion of East Tennessee. He was sent to fight under Buell at Shiloh however. After Shiloh General Braxton Bragg organized an invasion of Kentucky. Nelson was sent to Louisville to organize a defense.

  For whatever reason Nelson developed an intense dislike of men from Indiana. He called them “uncouth descendents of ‘poor trash’ from the mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.” Rumors were circulating that his Indiana troops would kill him in the next battle. A Union General with the unfortunate name of Jefferson C. Davis, an Indiana man, was assigned to work under Nelson building up the Louisville defenses. Davis didn't want to be assigned to Louisville and whenever he was asked a question by Nelson he would give a flippant answer like "I don't know". Nelson would answer "You should Know". Davis was a regular Army officer and he resented being under the command of Nelson. Nelson gave him a good chewing out. He tried to have Davis reassigned but Davis protested. Nelson threatened him with arrest however. Davis traveled to Indiana to see Governor Oliver Morton. He was obsessed with General Nelson and Morton returned with him to Louisville.

  They found Nelson in the lobby of the Galt House on the morning of September 29, 1862, The Galt House was an exclusive hotel in Louisville that was popular with Union officers. When Davis spotted him he told Nelson that he didn't like being dressed down by him and he was demanding satisfaction. Nelson shouted "Go away you damned puppy". Davis grabbed a hotel card, crumpled it up and threw it in Nelson's face. Nelson backhanded Davis and turned to Governor Morton and asked him "Did you come here to see me insulted"? Nelson turned and began to walk upstairs to his room. He asked a nearby reporter “Did you hear that insolent scoundrel insult me, sir? I suppose he didn’t know me, sir. I’ll teach him a lesson, sir.” Davis was enraged and asked for a pistol. An attorney from Indiana named Thomas Gibson handed him one. Davis shouted, "Nelson, not another step sir!" Nelson started to face him but Davis shot him before he could complete the turn. The bullet was fired from just three feet away and hit Nelson in the chest. In a state of shock Nelson staggered up the stairs and collapsed on the second floor. Nelson was still conscious. He said “Send for a clergyman. I want to be baptized. I have been basely murdered.” General Thomas Crittenden, who was eating breakfast, rushed to his side and asked “Are you seriously hurt,” Nelson answered “Tom, I am murdered.” By 8:30 AM Nelson was dead.

Davis shooting Nelson at the Galt Hotel


  Jefferson C. Davis was arrested but would never be charged for the death of Nelson. Davis was supported by his men in the ranks. He would become one of the most dependable and aggressive commanders in the Union Army. During Sherman's March to the Sea on December 8, 1864 at Ebenezer Creek Davis would be embroiled in another controversy when many slaves, fleeing from Confederate cavalry, were stranded on the west bank of the creek by Davis. Many of them panicked at the thought of possibly being killed, or being returned to slavery by the Confederates. As a result many of them would drown after jumping into the creek.

The man who murdered General Nelson - Major General Jefferson C. Davis



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Famous Picture of Three Israeli Soldiers at the Wailing Wall

I was 17 when Israel captured Jerusalem in the Six Day War. This is one of the most famous pictures to come out of that war. Three Israeli soldiers standing at the Wailing Wall.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey) and Mary Doe (Sandra Cano)

Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey)
Mary Doe (Sandra Cano)
   The history of abortion is pretty varied in world history. In America it was fairly common from colonial times through the 1700's and into the early 1800's. There were various methods used to produce abortion such as herbs, abortifacient pills that were advertised in newspapers and other devices. Ironically it was the American medical association and doctors in general who worked to outlaw abortions starting in the early 1800's. They felt that it was a violation of their Hippocratic oath. Even the early feminist movement was anti-abortion in the beginning. Such feminist icons as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony for example. The pro-abortion movement began to pick up steam in the early twentieth century due to the efforts of such people as Marie Stopes in England and Margaret Sanger in America. Then in the late 1950's a drug called thalidomide was prescribed to pregnant women as a sedative and to relieve symptoms of morning sickness. This caused hideous deformities in their unborn children. Many in the the medical profession began to jump on the abortion bandwagon.

    During the rise of the radical feminist movement in the 1960's the issue of abortion became the cause celebre of the political left. The feminists were looking for a test case to bring before the Supreme Court that would grant women the right of abortion on demand in the United States. The feminists found two unsuspecting women that were very vulnerable and of course these activists were all too willing to exploit them. Norma McCorvey, aka (Jane Roe) was a pregnant 21 year old mother of two, with only a tenth grade education, She couldn't afford a illegal abortion in Texas or a legal abortion in California. Norma tried, unsuccessfully, to get an abortion by making up a story that she had been raped by three men and a woman. Her boyfriend was actually the father. Two feminist lawyers, Linda coffee and Sarah Weddington, took her case through lower courts for three years. Finally they were successful in bringing it before the Supreme Court. Resulting in the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision that invented the concept of a (right to privacy) out of thin air. Two justices dissented, Byron White and William Rehnquist. Byron White, who was a liberal Democrat, wrote the following dissent.

  "I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court’s judgment. The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant women and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes. The upshot is that the people and the legislatures of the 50 States are constitutionally disentitled to weigh the relative importance of the continued existence and development of the fetus, on the one hand, against a spectrum of possible impacts on the woman, on the other hand. As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court."

  Jane Roe was not able to have the abortion that she sought and gave her child up for adoption. Over time Norma continued to be exploited by the feminist movement. On the anniversary each year of Roe vs. Wade the feminists would drag her out for publicity shots which were always covered by the mainstream media. She was finally freed from this darkness when she accepted Christ as her savior. Over time she has become a staunch advocate for the pro-life cause and has also been freed from the sin of lesbianism. Since her conversion the mainstream media has virtually ignored her. Should we be surprised? Norma wrote about the moment she realized that abortion was murder. This is from her book (Won By Love). "I was sitting in O.R.’s offices when I noticed a fetal development poster. The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them. I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. ‘Norma’, I said to myself, ‘They’re right’. I had worked with pregnant women for years. I had been through three pregnancies and deliveries myself. I should have known. Yet something in that poster made me lose my breath. I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that’s a baby! It’s as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth — that’s a baby!" "I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn’t about ‘products of conception’. It wasn’t about ‘missed periods’. It was about children being killed in their mother’s wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion — at any point — was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear."

  "Sandra Cano aka (Mary Doe) was a 22 year old Georgia mother pregnant with her fourth child. She lost custody of her first two children and adopted out her third child. Abortion, except for extreme circumstances was illegal in Georgia. She claimed that she never wanted an abortion. Sandra was seeking a divorce from her husband and was tricked by her lawyer into signing an affidavit requesting an abortion. She was also trying to regain custody of her first two children. Sandra fled from Georgia because her mother and lawyer tried to force her into an abortion. Like Norma, she would also give birth to the child that she supposedly wanted to abort. She claims that the whole case of Doe vs. Bolton is based on a lie. Sandra has tried to overturn Doe vs. Bolton in the courts since 2003 but she has been unsuccessful. She is also staunchly pro-life in her views. She recently said “No one should have a right to kill their children. No mother should ever want to do so,” and in her opinion abortion is a “covenant with death.”  Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton were decided on the same day. These two decisions were terrible law. If ever there was an instance of legislating from the bench this was it. These two decisions created a terrible law. Not only did it create the right of abortion on demand, (Roe vs. Wade) which nullified state law, which is where abortion law should be, in the individual states, but it gave a woman the right to have an abortion through all nine months of her pregnancy in (Doe vs. Bolton). This is the justification for late term abortions. This law is responsible for the deaths of over 55 million people since 1973. A holocaust unlike anything we have ever seen."