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Hi! My name is Mocha

I am a Himalayan from Vienna, VA

Nicknames: Pokie

Age: 8 years old

Gender: F

Coat: long haired

Education: Mocha is an extremely smart cat and knows exactly when someone needs a purring kitty next to them.
She can cheer anybody up with her silly behavior and loud purring.

COTD on 11/28/12

My favorite tricks and treats are: I can get into EXTREMELY small hiding spots, and flip in the air when I'm trying to get something above my head. One time, it was really funny when I was running away from Casper and slid gracefully underneath a cart of flowers, then Casper tried to get under and bonked his head. MOL!!!!! and my favorite treats are just plain catfood. My mommy says that cat treats will make Casper fat, but she is not worried about me because I'm a skinny kitty. And she also says if she gives treats to me and not Casper, then it would be unfair. But one time, Casper got a treat from the vet and didn't eat it so my mommy gave it to me and it was YUCK! So I'm just happy with regular catfood.

Where I hang out: I love my owners' beds, and couches with sunspots.

My favorite grubs: Science Diet

My pet peeves: Dog smell, barking, and sudden movements.

What I love about my owners: They give me massages and are always there for me when I feel scared or upset, so I'm always there for them when they feel the same

My cat hobbies: Play with yarn, pipecleaners, and purr on people's beds.

Pet motto: Think first!

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Mocha was a birthday surprise. She was really small and light when we got her, and could fall asleep in our arms. Everyone loves her and she loves us

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Vote # 600! Hi Mocha and Casper!
Long time no meow...sorry! It's almost 10:00 and it's STILL cool outside,and I'm loving it! Mom was even able to spend some time out with us without getting too hot! Because of heat exhaustion some years back,she just can't take it anymore.:( .Dads daughter and G'son are coming to visit this Saturday and will be here for a the coming week,so I might not be able to visit my Furiends,unless mom can sneak on! Have a safe and happy weekend!~Purrs,Bart

Come visit me, Bart and Peach State Cats & In Loving Memory~.

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Dear Mocha & Casper,

I hope your family had a Purr-fect Christmas filled with Peace, Love and Family. I want to thank you for the glorious honor of being your Christmas COTD. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to pounce by my page with a vote & congratulations. My whiskers haven't stopped tingling. I want to dedicate my Badge to my Beloved Aunt Donna. I know she's smiling down from Heaven with her precious fur-baby, Cousin Jasper.

Thank you again for my COTD award. You helped to brighten my Mom’s spirits as your love & good wishes filled her heart with a feeling of peace. If you can, please keep our family in your Prayers right now. We want to wish you & your family a very Happy Mew Year. May it be blessed with Purr-fect Health, Happiness & Peace.

With Thank You ((HUGS)), Holiday Head Bonks,
Blessings of the Season & Healing Prayers for all our Sick Friends,
❄ K. Cody Lee of The Big Apple Gang® ❄

Come visit me, K. Cody Lee ♥ Angel Yum Yum -:¦:-, Q. Amber Lee -:¦:-Happy Easter-:¦:-, Q.Lelu Sabrina♥ -:TY for Your Friendship:- & The Chubbie Cubbies :¦:Vote A. Bootz & Meeko :¦:.

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Hi Mocha and Casper!,
Greetings Kitties! Today we touch upon the aspect of mob mentality.

Vigilantism and racial intolerance

While fledgling San Francisco reeled from the chaotic effects of rapid population increase, a group of like-minded individuals formed the Committee of Vigilance, a quasi-political militia, taking the " only occasionally enforced" law into their own hands.
This popular "militia" movement, as it was termed, distinguished itself through acts of violence, The Committee "judged" and summarily lynched 12 people, kidnapped hundreds of ethnic Irish, as well as government militia members, and forced several elected officials to resign.

The Committee of Vigilance relinquished power both times after it decided the city had been "cleaned up." to its moral satisfaction. This vigilante activity later focused on vulnerable Chinese immigrants, with their acts creating many race riots.The riots culminated in the creation of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 that attempted to reduce Chinese immigration to the United States by limiting immigration to males and drastically reducing numbers of immigrants allowed in the city. The law was not repealed until 1943 with the Magnuson Act.

However, due to the Gold Rush, and despite of the Vigilantes, and the somewhat gradual but successful implementation of law and order in late 1800's San Francisco, the city's red-light district thrived, and became known as the famous Barbary Coast, which, at the time, harbored a hotbed of gambling, drugs, prostitution and was known, most notoriously, for Shanghi-ing unwilling sailors.

TOMORROW : Robber Barons

Come visit me, Sir Hedley, K. Neelix (Angel Katie's guy) & Count Jakar (Vote A. Kieara for COTM).

12/06/2013 08:32.09 PM Report This Comment
I would like to thank you for congratulating
me on my ACOTD today, Mocha & Casper. I was very surprised to see myself in the spotlight today, as I didn't have many visitors yesterday. Still, it's a great honor and one I will cherish. All of the visits and gifts today are wonderful, as are you, my friend! Silent Purrs, Angel Q. Miss Millie and the Zoo Crew

Come visit me, ZOO CREW**Vote MOUSE #219407 Sept. COTM* & Sir Pique~Vote MOUSE #219407 Sept. COTM~.

12/06/2013 01:25.03 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
This is my final campaign blog. I hope that you enjoy it. Though sad, it is another bittersweet love story.

Day 29

The Jennie Wade Story

Mary Virginia Wade was a 20 year old resident of Gettysburg, Pa, engaged to Corp. Johnston H. Skelly of the 87th Pennsylvania She was a seamtress with her mother working from their home. To help make ends meet they also took care of a six year old boarder, Isaac. For safety, Jeannie and the family and Isaac, moved to her sister's house which stood less than 50 yards from Cementary Hill. There was no heavy fighting in the area but a Union Picket line did run behind the little brick house. There was intermittent skirmishing between it and the Confederates. Protected by thick brick walls the lived for three days in the midst of the greatest battle in this hemisphere. Jennie spent July 1 and 2 giving the soldiers bread and filling their canteens with fresh water. On July 2 she noticed that the bread supply was low and more bread would be needed for the next day. She and her mother left the yeast to rise until the morning. About 7am on July 3, Confederates sharp shooters began firing at the North windows of the house The two women began baking biscuits and around 8:30am Jennie stood in the kitchen, a Confederate musket ball smashed through the door, pierced a hole into the kitchen striking Jennie in the back beneath her left shoulder blade, ebedding itself into her corset, killing her instantly. Union soldiers carried her to the basement after hearing the cries of her mother and sister. She was buried in Evergreen Cementary in a coffin some Confederates soldiers had mad for an officer. The next day, her mother baked 15 loaves of bread from the dough Jeannie kneaded.
Jennie Wade was the only civilian casuality of Gettysburg. Unknown to Jennie, her fiancé, Corp. Skelly had been wounded and taken prisoner on May 13. He was taken to Richmond and died of his wounds on July 12, 1863. News of his death came several days after Confederates had withdrawn from Gettysburg.

I sincerely want to thank you for all of your support and friendship. I look forward to being your queen through December and have some things planned already!

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/29/2013 07:47.52 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
I am sorry that I don't have a Civil War blog for today as it seemed in appropriate on a day of giving thanks.

As I sit and look at this empty computer screen with no civil war blog prepared because of the Thanksgiving holiday. I think about all the soldiers in Afghanistan without their families and I give thanks for each and everyone of them for making the sacrifice and pray they all come home. Because of them, I can celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and the fourth of July.

I think about all the poor cats and kittens, dogs and puppies with out a human to love them and give them care and warmth they so desire. The love and food we receive every day is taken for granted by those of us who have always had loving humans who see that we have shelter, love and warmth. I am thankful for all that I have this Day.

I think of humans without places to call home. No place to go for food and wonder if any one loves them or care if they are cold and living on the streets.

I am saddened thinking about this on a day of Thanksgiving. But, I am sure, all my brothers and sisters, are as thankful as I for our humans who love us, feed us and spoil us.

I will do my final civil war blog tomorrow and the coronation will be on Saturday the 30th at 7pm EST.

I thank you for your votes, friendship and support.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/28/2013 07:07.01 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Gosh! two more days until the coronation! A dream of mine is coming true. But I still wonder where all that time went so quickly this month!

Day 27

Grierson's Raid (condensed)

On April 17, 1863, Colonel B.H. Grierson led three cavalry regiments from La Grange, TN, on a history making march through Mississippi to Union lines in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
On April 21, Grierson detached the 2nd Iowa Cavalry under Colonel Hatch , to destroy the railroad bridge between Columbus and Macon and then to return to La Grange Hatch had a sharp fight with Confederate troops, defeating them without the lost of a single man. Hatch's success was due to the fact his regiment was armed with Colt's revolving rifles. Hatch retreated along the railroad destroying it at Okolona and Tupelo. He arrived back at La Grange with the lost of 10 men. The main object was to decoy Confederates to the East giving Grierson ample time to get under way.
Mean while, Grierson continued his raid with less than 1000 horsemen, breaking the Southern Mississippi and New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern reailroad. Near Newton, they burned several bridges, destroyed locomotives, with cars loaded with commissary stores, guns and ammo. At Hazelhurst, cars and ammo and at Brookhaven the railroad depot and cars.
Having cavalry available to Grierson, Confederates were kept in a state of excitement alarm. Rumors exaggerated Grierson's numbers and where he could be. Several brigades of Confederate artillery were dispatched but Grierson avoided them all.
In 16 days, Grierson marched 600 miles-nearly 38 miles a day, destroying railroads, telegraph, and other property. Most important, he distracted the Confederates attention from Grant's operations against Vicksburg. Grierson lost 36 men while collecting a thousand horses and mules. The Grierson raid was probably the most successful operation of its kind during the civil war.

I want to thank everyone for all of your support, votes and friendship.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/27/2013 06:32.49 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Tonight I am going to do a mini intro of General Benjamin Grierson. What an unlikely man to be an officer of cavalry and to lead the raid he did.

Day 26

Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson must have been the Union Army's most improbable cavalry leader. He had hated horses since the age of eight, when he was kicked by a pony and badly hurt. he had objected vigorously when he was assigned to the 6th Illinois Cavalry in 1861. He had protested to None other than General Halleck himself, who brushed him off with the comment that he looked "active and wiry enough" to become a cavalryman.

What is more, Grierson, was something of a novice in military matters; in April 1863 he had only 18 months of service behind him. He was really a musician-a composer, arranger, pianist, flutist, drummer and guitarist who had been making an uncertain living as a music teacher when the war started. On patrols he entertained himself and those of his men within earshot by strumming away on a jews-harp as they rode along.

Grierson was born on July 8, 1826 and was the youngest of 5 children. He married in 1854 and had 7 children and only 4 survived to adulthood. He died on August 31, 1911, at age 85.

Tomorrow we will do the raid that Grierson is famous for. Mom enjoys reading about this raid and says it was really hard on the horses and riders but was a success.

Thank you for the continued support, votes and most importantly friendship.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/26/2013 06:14.25 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
know that I promised to begin with General Grierson today but mom can't get the printer to work and HP won't cooperate with the ePrint. Mom is about to throw a hissy! So how about a Civil War ghost story of a local Inn. Mom will toss Wikipedia out of the window and look through her books for her second favorite story of the war.

Day 25

The Martha Washington Inn in nearby Abingdon, VA, was built in 1830 by General Francis Preston. It was turned into a girl's school but in 1860 it became a hospital for the grieviously wounded soldiers. (Abingdon was the sight of some war action)

In 1863, John Stoves was brought to the hospital, half full of musket balls. A beautiful young woman named Beth, took care of the soldier. Beth changed his bandages and comforted him. He learned she could play the violin and he asked her to play for him. Though in severe pain, the music seemed to put him at ease and he would fall asleep. It is said that Beth fell in love with him.
One day, as he was lying near death, she played the violin for him and as she did he closed his eyes for the final time. She grabbed his hand and cried. A few weeks later she died. Some say it was from complications of typhoid fever and others say it was from a broken heart.
Her ghost is supposedly sighted often and guests will tell the clerks that they heard violin music during the night coming from room 403. It is also said that the young officer's ghostly steed trots around the water fountain looking for his master on clear full moon nights. I wonder....

We were going to end with this ghost story but our printer would NOT print info about Grierson so mom will work on that tomorrow.

Thank you for your votes, support and friendship.

Love and purrs Snuggles (the above was written in a hurry and I apologize for any mistakes)

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/25/2013 07:46.44 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
I can't believe that there are five more days of catpaigning after today. Where has the time gone? Thank you to each and everyone of you for the votes, support and best of all friendship.

Day 24

I would like to introduce you to General George H. Thomas's horse "Billy"

Know as the "Rock of Chickamauga" General George H. Thomas possessed two intelligent war horses, both powerful and large enough to carry the General's two hundred pounds. Both horses were bays with Billy being the darker of the two. Both horses stood about 16 hands and very stout. (Billy was named for General Thomas's friend, General William T. Sherman) Billy was like his owner, sedate in all his movements and wasn't easily disturbed by battle.

Billy bore Thomas through the campaigns in middle Tennessee and Northern Georgia. He was on the fields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga and marched to Atlanta. From Atlanta he moved to Nashville, where his master engineered the crushing defeat to the Confederate arms in the winter of 1864, the last battle in which Billy and Thomas participated.

I think it is appropriate to end the war horses with the oldest war horse.

Old Jim, according to records was the last surviving civil war horse. He lived until at least 1894. His rider, Lt. McMahon was killed in action but Old Jim went back to Aiken, SC. He entertained crowds at parades of Civil War veterans until his death.

I will do a quick look at General Benjamin Grierson tomorrow.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/24/2013 06:58.15 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
I have one more day of horse stories and then we will do a short bio on General Benjamin Grierson before I do his raid into the deep South distracting the Southern forces from General Grant's moves in Vicksburg. I will combine three short stories of the remaining horses we can find info on.

Day 23

General JEB Stuart's horse...

Highfly was the battle horse that carried General JEB Stuart through many campaigns and had become his favored companion. The horse's intelligence and faithfulness had Stuart through many dangers. In the summer of 1862, at Verdiersville, on the plank road between Fredricksburg and Orange VA,, Sturart was stretched out on a bench on the tavern's porch awaiting for General Fitzhugh Lee (General R.E. Lee's nephew) to confer on the next movement of cavalry. Highfly was unbridled and grazing in the yard near the road. The clatter of horses woke the Confederate General who walked to the roadway, leaving behind his hat, in which was a black ostrich feather plume, the pride of Stuart's heart. Suddenly horsemen rode around the bend of the road and Stuart was within gunshot of Union Cavalry. Being nonplussed he had ezpected to see Lee. He mounted his faithful, fast bay horse, leaving the chagrined Union Cavalry behind but the foe carried away the treasured hat with the black ostrich plum. General Stuart would later in the war, be killed in the battle of Yellow Tavern.

I want to thank each and everyone of you for the continued support of my campaign and your friendship means the world to me.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/23/2013 07:16.26 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
want to introduce you to Lexington and Sam, two of General Sherman's horses.

I also want to thank you for the votes, friendship and support of my campaign.

Day 2
General Sherman's best horse was killed at the battle of Shilo, leading the right wing of the Union forces against General A.S. Johnson's Confederate forces. Two other horses were killed while being held by an orderly. Of the many horses that carried Sherman through the years of the war, two had a particular place in the General's affections, Lexington and Sam. Lexington was a Kentucky thoroughbred (He was also the sire of General Grant's Cincinnati) and his fine action attracted the admiration of all who saw him. When Union troops finally entered and occupied Atlanta, in 1864, Sherman was astride Lexington for the grand review of the troops in Washington. He died in 1875 at a Kentucky horse farm at the age of 25 and he is buried there.

Sam was a large half thoroughbred bay in color, and was 16 1/2 hands tall. He had speed, strength and endurance. Sam made one to the longest and most difficult marches ever recorded in history, from Vicksburg to Washington, through the cities of Atlanta, Savannah, Colombia, and Richmond. With his rapid gait, he could march 5 miles and hour at a walk. Under fire he was calm and steady as his brave master. He was wounded several times, wile mounted, the fault was usually due to Sherman's disregard of the anxiety to seek cover. In 1865, Sherman retired Sam to a well earned rest on an Illinois farm were her received every mark of affection. The brave war horse died of extreme old age in 1884.

Mom tried to find more info about Lexington and couldn't except about his speed. Tomorrow I will see if I can find another horse story for you and then on Sunday we will do Grierson's Raid. John Wayne's Horse Soldiers is very loosely based on this ride.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/22/2013 07:03.52 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
since some of you requested more horse stories mom and I rustled up enough for a couple more nights!

Thank you each and everyone of you for your continued support, votes and friendship. Love you!

Day 21

General McClellan's horses...

While General McClellan was in charge of the Union Army in 1862, he had a number of war horses. His favorite horse was one named "Daniel Webster". He was called "that devil Dan" by the staff officers who had difficulty in keeping pace with Dan. During the battle of Antietam, the great horse carried the General safely through the day.

Daniel Webster was a dark bay horse, about 17 hands high, a purebred with good action and never showed any signs of fatigue no matter how hard the test was. He was extremely intelligent with more than ordinary horse sense. He had a fast walk which was important for a commander's horse but disagreeable for the staff officer's horses whose horses had to be kept at a slow trot to keep up with Dan! When McClellan retired to private life, Dan became the family horse at Orange, NJ where he died at age 23. McClellan said "No soldier ever had a better horse than I had in Daniel Webster."

McClellan also had another horse named "Burns", a fiery black, named after an army friend who had given him the horse. His only failing was at dinner time he would bolt for his oats regardless. Running at dinner time became such an obsession with Burns, that McClellan was always careful not to be mounted on him at that hour of day!

Tomorrow I will talk about Gen. W.T. Sherman's horses. Hope that you enjoyed meeting Dan and Burns.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/21/2013 07:44.49 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
am sorry that I couldn't find very much on Stuart's horse and decided to focus on General George G Meade's horse, Baldy, since there was a whole lot more info on him.

I want to introduce you to Baldy!

Day 20

At the first Bull Run in 1861, there was a bright bay horse, with a white face and feet, whose rider had been seriously wounded. The horse was turned in to the quartermaster and to recover from his own wounds. In September of 61, General Meade bought the horse, naming him Baldy. Though Meade became deeply attached to the horse, his staff officers soon began to complain about Baldy's peculiar gait which was faster than a walk and too slow for a trot.
Baldy's war record was remarkable. Wounded twice at Bull Run. Was at the Battle of Drainesville, took part in two of seven days of fighting around Richmond in 62. He was at the 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain and left on the field for dead at Antietam. He was found grazing on the battle field with a deep wound in his neck by a second Union advance. He was cared for and returned to duty. He bore the General at Fredricksburg, and Chancellorsville. He was in two days of fighting at Gettysburg and there he had a bullet to enter his body between his ribs and lodging there. The General would not part with him and kept him with army until spring of 64.
Baldy was to pasture in Pennsylvania. After Appomattox, Meade rushed to Philadelphia where he again met Baldy, who was fully recovered. For many years the two were inseperable and when Meade died in 1872, the bullet scared horse followed the hearse. Baldy died ten years later. His head and two fore feet were mounted and are treasured relics of the George G. Meade Post, Grand Army of the Republic, in Philadelphia.

I don't know what I will write about tomorrow. I will have to read some of my books! It will be a surprise if mom is able to type for me tomorrow after unloading a pickup full of hay. If you would like a couple more horse stories please let me know and I will do them.

Thank you again for the votes and friendship and support.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/20/2013 07:15.41 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
want to thank everyone for the votes, friendship and support that you have given me! Thank you so much.

Day 19

Allow me to introduce you to General Phil Sheridan's beautiful black horse Rienzi who was renamed Winchester.

Rienzi was foaled at or near Grand Rapids, MI. and was brought into the Union Army by an officer of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry. He was presented to Sheridan, who was a colonel at the time, In the spring of 1862, when the regiment was stationed at Rienzi, MS. The horse was almost three at the time.

Rienzi was over seventeen hands tall, black in color, powerfully built, deep chest, strong shoulders and was very smart. In his prime he was one of the strongest horses Sheridan had ever known. Rienzi always held his head high an was a quick mover but Sheridan was always able to control him. He was also very cool and quiet under fire.

At the battle of Cedar Creek on October 19,1864, Rienzi has his name changed to Winchester, the town made famous by Sheridan's ride to save his army. The distance from Winchester to Cedar Creek is 19 miles. Sheridan mounted on Rienzi rallied his retreating troops and the followed him back to the front and won the battle.

The battle of Five Forks, Sheridan shouted "Where is my battle flag?" he seized it and he dashed ahead followed by his command of cavalry and infantry. Winchester leaped the low works and landed Sheridan amid astonished Southerners. Behind came Merritt's cavalry in a charge that pushed the Confederates back in confusion.

Winchester passed a comfortable old age in his master's stable and died in 1878.

The horse was sent to a taxidermist and was first displayed at the museum at Govenor's Island and is now at the Smithsonian. He was a quite a horse.

I will introduce you to JEB Stuart's horse and General Meade's horse tomorrow.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/19/2013 08:25.44 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Good evening! I want to first thank everyone for coming by and voting for me and for the kind compliments on my blogs. Thank you for the support and friendship.

Day 18

General Jackson's horse...

General Jackson had his favorite charger from the beginning of the war. It is thought that the horse was eleven years old. On May 11, 1861, Jackson was in command of the garrison at Harper's Ferry, when a train load of supplies and horses was on the way to Union camps, was captured. Among the horses there was one that captured General Jackson's eye. He purchased the horse from the army's quartermaster for his own personal use. The horse was named Old Sorrel. Old Sorrel carried Jackson over many bullet swept battlefield and was with Jackson when he was shot by his own troops at Chancellorsville. During the swift campaign through the Shenandoah Valley in 1862, when Jackson's "foot cavalry" marched towards the citadel at Washington, the horse was his constant companion.
In 1864, at a state fair in Hagerstown, MD, Old Sorrel was one of the main attractions, He was tethered in a corral and got to munch on hay and choice bits of vegetables. Nearly all of his mane and tail had disappeared before the end of the fair! Poor horse.
When Old Sorrel died, admirers of General Jackson sent him to a taxidermist and Old Sorrel had him stuffed. Old Sorrel now rests in the Soldier's Home in Richmond, VA.

Tomorrow I shall do General Sheridan's horse. Mom has seen him at the Smithsonian and says he is a pretty horse and had to been beautiful when he was alive!

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/18/2013 08:06.56 PM Report This Comment
Dear friends first let me apologies to you all for not visiting you all sooner in my retirement. Mum and I took some time to rest after our campaign reign. Our time out has been slightly prolonged as many of you know mum’s uncle Tom had spinal surgery and his family are staying in the city with us right now so routines are not as usual. We thank most sincerely those of you who have dropped by with prayers for him.I thank you for you continued prayers for my health and support for mum. I am delighted to say that my check-up on Friday went well. Mum knows she is blessed every day I sat with her. On the subject of Kitties needing prayers for their health I pass on thanks for the prayers for our friend GINGER, her sister MAGGIE, brother TONY and family and while she is a little more stable Tony faces surgery and all need the circle of prayer continued. Please include in the circle ZABOO, BENJI, WICKET, SPONGIE together with their family and ALL THE KITIES AND FAMILIES KNOW TO US OR OTHERWIS WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS. We also remember all those involved in the Philippine disaster and pray for all our Mid-West friends including the Nice Crew. I would like to pay my respects to my outstanding successor as King, MALACHI, who’s reign is being conducted with the kindness and dignity we have come to know and expect from him and his mum. SNUGGLES must be complimented for an interesting and informative campaign which has been so clearly presented. I hope to be bringing you regular postcards from some of the places and events mum and I have enjoyed here in Ireland and around Europe. Today I would like you all to join me, after Queen Dolly’s kitten shower, a come to the Ballet. Mum and her girlfriends went to see this on Friday night and as she was so delighted by it I have decided to make it the first outing I bring you on as your retired King. So please join to see a very rare treat. “The Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet of Russia” one of Russia’s oldest and most distinguished ballet companies on tour here for just four days in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. The tragic story well known to us is truly spectacular when presented as a ballet. The joy, suspense and despair of this tragedy are all magnificently realised in a whirlwind of precision delivery from all performers, with such exquisite costume and set design; a feast for any cat’s eyes! And last but not least such exceptional, expressive dancers. I hope you will enjoy our evening as much as I enjoy your company. For those of you who would like a sneak preview or something to show their families they might like to see the following YouTube clip tailpage&v=uozpMA_JKCs Sleep well dear furriends and remember those cats and their families in need of prayers and thank you for your support always Every Blessing, Hugs and Purrs K. PUSHKIN and mum Aedamair

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11/18/2013 12:35.44 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Hello! I am going to introduced you to the horses of General Grant. He had quite a few but I am just going to introduce you to the ones that he really liked.

Day 17

When General Grant was appointed Colonel of the 21st Illinois Vol. Infantry, he bought a horse in Galena, IL. Though the horse was strong, he wasn't suited for the service. While taking his regiment to MO, they camped on the Illinois River. During this time, a farmer brought in a horse called Jack. He was a cream colored horse with a mane and tail that were silver in color with his hair becoming darker towards his feet. He was high in spirit, intelligence and a stallion. Grant used him until after the battle of Chattanooga in 63. Grant donated the horse to the Sanitary Fair in 63 or 64, and the horse was raffled off for $4,000.00!

During the battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh Grant rode a brown roan horse called Fox. (Wasn't anymore info on him)

At Shiloh, the Confederates left behind a very ugly, rawboned horse, that was apparently not good for anything. As a joke, an officer gave the horse to Grant. Grant named the horse Kangaroo. With a short rest, food and care, Kangaroo turned out to be a magnificent horse and was used at Vicksburg. Grant also had two other horses, gave one away and used the other until late in the war.

Jeff Davis, a small black horse or large pony, was ridden by Grant because of a carbuncle that made riding a spirited horse painful. Jeff Davis was an easy riding, smooth gaited horse. Grant bought him and kept him until he died.

Grant was given his charger, Cincinnati, by S.S Grant. Grant kept Cincinnati until he died in 1878.

In January of 1864, some people purchased the prettiest horse they had ever seen for Grant and his name was Egypt. (I couldn't find anymore info about him)

I will be doing Generals Jackson, Sherman and Sheridan's horses over the next two days.

I want to thank you for the continued support, votes and friendship. I am so honored.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/17/2013 06:06.43 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
I would like for you to meet Traveller, Gen. Lee's favorite mount during the war. I hope You enjoy the story and are able to develop a picture of him in your mind.

Day 16

Traveller probably one of the most famous war horses in Gen. Lee's stable. The Gen. had five other horses but they all broke down under the strain and hardships of the war. Lee alternated Traveller with his second favorite mount, Lucy Long, who served for two years before being sent to the country to rest.
In the spring of 1862 Lee bought Traveller for $200 in currency from Major Thomas L. Broun. Lee had seen the horse a year before and became attached to him and called the horse his colt. It was almost a daily sight to see Lee riding Traveller about camp. Traveller became Lee's favorite mount.
Traveller was an iron gray in color, with black points and a long mane and tail and stood 16 hands. He was five years old when Lee acquired him. He was muscular and had strong hindquarters, small feet and a deep chest (room for heart and lungs)and short back. His head was refined with a broad forehead and quick eyes. Traveller had the conformation that enabled him to carry Lee all day on a march and still be fresh at the end of it.
Traveller was the horse chosen to carry Lee to Appomattox for the surrender at McLean's house and then carry him back to his troops before finally carrying him back to Richmond.
Lee served as the President of Washington and Lee University before his death. Traveller followed with his head bowed behind the funeral procession.
Five years later Traveller died. I read somewhere that he had stepped on a nail and that it was responsible for the death of the most famous of the civil war's horses.

Love and purrs Snuggles

Thank you for your votes and friendship. I will do General Grant's horses tomorrow.

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11/16/2013 08:03.27 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Day 15

This is the last of my Oddities in an Odd War. I have enjoyed this part. The donkey story is a one of a kind! Thank you again for your friendship, support and votes.

*Winchester VA (located in N. VA) changed hands between the Union and Confederate Armies 76 times during the war as the armies surged to and for in the Shenandoah Valley.

*There was an Abraham Lincoln on each side of the war. The President and a Confederate, Pvt. Abraham Lincoln, of Co. F, 1st VA. Cavalry from Jefferson County. He was reported as a deserter and the North ended up with both!

*Years before the war, Jesse Grant, father of General Grant, lived and worked in the home of Owen Brown, whose small son would grow up to be John Brown the Abolitionist martyr who lit the fuse of the war.

*Of 425 Confederate Generals, 77 were killed or died of wounds during the war. The last surviving Lt. General of the Confederate forces was Simon Bolivar Buckner who lived to 1914. His son and name sake was killed as a General in WWII.

*Eight Union Generals came from the small town of Galena IL. They probably owed their rank to their friendship with U.S Grant, the most celebrated wartime citizen of the place.

*Of 546 nuns known to have served as battlefield nurses, 289 were from Ireland, 40 from Germany and 12 from France.

*Chimborazo Hospital, in Richmond, VA, is said to have been the largest hospital ever built in the Western Hemisphere and to hold that distinction to this day.

Tomorrow we shall meet Traveller, the horse that carried Robert E. Lee through the war.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/15/2013 07:20.23 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Day 14

Civil War Oddities con't

A French Army Veteran, Nonsieur Chillon, had migrated to California and in 1861 walked cross country to war, through Indian country, accompanied by his donkey Jason, with whom he slept.
Chillon found a home with the French speaking Third Louisiana, CSA, and settled down. There was one problem: the regiment's Colonel bore a strong resemblance to old Chillon. At bedtime Jason invariably pushed into the commander's tent and tried to curl up next to the officer, to the joyous yelping of the troops.

The 8th Wisconsin had one of the most remarkable mascots
in the Union Army, Old Abe, an American Bald eagle. Old Abe, a lively eagle, was brought to war by a soldier who had traded for the bird with an Indian for five bushels of corn. In camp, the bird followed his master like a puppy.
During battles, Abe soared aloft until the shooting stopped and then returned to the 8th. He feared artillery and would fly so high that he would almost be lost to sight He had the only bird's eye view of most of the battles fought in the Western theater. Sustaining at least one wound, he survived to live for fifteen more years in the Wisconsin State House. Today he is on display in the Wisconsin State Museum.

I will do some more oddities (and this war is full of them)tomorrow before introducing you to some of the General's horses! This is for the horse lovers out there.

Thank you for your daily votes and the friendship I treasure so much.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/14/2013 07:31.00 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Mom is late again! I want to thank each and everyone of you for your votes and encouragement. Your friendship is priceless and therefore treasured.

Some Oddities of our Civil War...

Day 13

Union ordnance men turned down the Spencer repeating breech loading rifle in 1860. It didn't get into the hands of troops until near the end of the war. The reason: Soldiers would fire it too fast, wasting ammo.

Firing on both sides was so inaccurate that soldiers estimated it took a man's weight in lead to kill a single enemy in battle.
*A Federal expert said that each Confederate shot, required 240 pounds of powder and 900 pounds of lead.

Two of the wars most famous and bloodiest battles are said to have been fought because of trifles. Gettysburg was because some soldiers needed some shoes and their columns were sent to Gettysburg for them. Antietam was because a Confederate officer wrapped three cigars in a piece of paper with a vital army order written on it and carelessly dropped or tossed the cigars. The order was found by a Union officer and it enabled the usually cautious General McClellan to attack Lee's divided army.

A young Confederate Officer, Captain S. Isadore Guillet, was fatally shot on the same horse which three of his brothers had been previously killed. The horse was willed to his nephew as he died.

Tomorrow we will do more oddities of the war. There are plenty of them!

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/13/2013 07:16.24 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Well, my secretary couldn't get the original blog to work out like she had wanted. So we will do one from her memory about Grant when she read his biography in school. I will say it wasn't when she was in college.

Day 12

When Grant was accepted into West Point, his parents bought him a trunk to carry his belonging with him or what he would need at West Point. The trunk was a camel back and they had his initials put on the trunk. When they gave it to him, his initials read S.U.G. You see, he was born Simpson Ulysses Grant. He looked at the trunk while in his bedroom and knew he wasn't going to West Point with S.U.G on that trunk! So with a hammer he changed his initials to read U.S.G, Ulysses Simpson Grant and his kept his name as such for the rest of his life.

Grant was married into a pro-Southern family. He married a young lady named Julia Denton out of St. Louis, Missouri. She brought with her three slaves and Grant returned them to her family before the outbreak of the war.

Grant owned a mulatto slave for about a year before he gave him his freedom. Grant could have used the money that selling the man would have brought but instead gave him his freedom.
Grant would serve under General Lee in the Mexican American War.

Grant may have been a general that could be labeled a slob as far as dress. This is evident when one sees a painting of Lee in his dress uniform and Grant in a mud splattered uniform at Appamattox.

The one thing about Grant that mom and I both like, is that he allowed the Southerns to keep their horses and mules that they had brought with them into the war so they could work their farms. When General Lee offered his sword to Grant, Grant would not accept the sword and allowed Lee to keep it.

Was Grant a drunk as accused? We don't think so. We know that he had a passion for cigars and it would be this passion that would kill Grant with cancer.

Hope that you enjoyed this trip down mom's memory lane about Grant. Tomorrow we will do some oddities of the war and may spend 2-3 days with it.

Love and Purrs Snuggles

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11/12/2013 06:41.27 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Thank you everyone for the friendship, votes and support.

Day 11

General Thomas J. Jackson aka Stonewall Jackson
Was he a hypochondriac?

Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, C.S.A, one of the most gifted field commanders in American history. He thought of himself as being "out of balance" and even under the fire of a battle, he would raise an arm to allow the blood to flow down into his body to establish balance.

He refused to eat pepper believing it made his left leg weak. Depite war time shortages, he often sucked on lemons believing they helped his "dyspepsia". His staff officers noted his strange diet, some meals were raspberries, milk and bread.

The only time that Jackson was comfortable, was when he was bolt upright with his organs held "naturally" one on top the other.

His complaints, issued almost endlessly through his young manhood were: rheumatism, dyspepsia, chilblains, poor eyesight (He would treat this by dunking his head into a basin of cold water, eyes open, for as long as he could hold his breath) cold feet, nervousness, neuralgia, impaired hearing, tonsillitis (for which he had an operation) biliousness and slight spinal distortion. Whatever the trouble, war seems to have cured him or diverted his attention.

Jackson's habit of draping his abdomen with cold towels in an effort to relieve pains of "dyspepsia"may have caused his death. Wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, he recovered from having his arm amputated but after a servantplaced cold towels on his body without the knowledge of the doctor, Jackson contracted pleurisy and pneumonia and dying soon after.

One can't help but wonder had he survived would the war have turned out differently for the man had the brain of a military genius.

Was he a hypochondriac or was he not?

Yes, he did receive his nickname at the 1st Battle of Manassas when troops looked up and one said "There sits Jackson like a Stonewall!"

Tomorrow we will look at Grant and some of the untruths that were told about him.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/11/2013 06:34.48 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Thank you each and everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for your continued support of my campaign.

Day 10

Day 2 of General Lee....

In heavy firing of the opening battle of the Wilderness Campaign, a courier rushed up to Lee with a dispatch was startled to get a scolding for having ridden his horse too swiftly. Lee took a buttered biscuit from his saddle bag and fed it to the hungry horse before turning his attention back to the battle.

On the morning of Appamattox, Lee had at least a passing thought of suicide He said within hearing of his staff "How easily I could be rid of all this and be rest." But in the next breath he spoke of the people of the South, their bleak future and the need to help their recovery.

Lee died October 12, 1870, two days after a flood had swept the hill country. Lexington VA undertaker C.M. Koones, reported he had no coffins as they had been swept away in the flood to his embarrassment.
Two young men volunteered to search for a coffin for Lee's funeral. They looked for hours and before finding one that had been swept over a dam and lodged on an island some two miles down stream. This was the coffin in which the Confederacy's greatest figure would be buried in. The casket was too short for Lee and he was buried without his shoes. (Lee was a small man, his shoe size was a four and a half)

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/10/2013 07:39.57 PM Report This Comment
Hello from Puff
I am the tan colored kitten in the pictures... I am the dad to the all grey kittens from Squeak... and the son of Calico.... I work as a guard cat... and patrol the farm with the really nice lady and keep her safe... I make sure that the sheep are not bothering her or clean up any extra milk.... that the lambs don't eat... I also watch that the pups are not out of line.... and that they stay on the path and out of the bushes..... I am also Barney the Livestock guard Dog's friend.

Come visit me, BabySqueak, BabyCalico, Squeak & Calico.

11/10/2013 02:38.06 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Ok! Here it is! the human side of General Robert E. Lee. Hope that you enjoy.

Day 9

A legend in his own lifetime, General Lee was a symbol of the Lost Cause, a mythical hero in death. Under the quiet grand air of Southern gentleman, he was a human being...warm, loving, hot tempered and fallible.

Long before the war, when Lee's children were young, he liked to tumble them into bed with him and read some stories aloud. However, they had to take turns tickling the soles of his feet, which he enjoyed. When the little ones got tired or got lost in the story, he would pause and say "No tickling, no story."

Years later, during the war, Lee received word of the death of his daughter Annie,. His aide saw him take the news without a change of expression as he did with the many other messages of the day. When the aide returned unexpectedly a few minutes later, he saw Lee with his head down on his camp desk sobbing.

For months, at the war's height, Lee had a pet hen that would lay an egg under his cot every day. He would always leave the tent flap up for her. He saw to it that she traveled with the army, even on the Gettysburg campaign. When he began the retreat from the field the hen wasn't to be found Lee joined the search for his pet., and wasn't content until she was discovered safely perched in his headquarter wagon!

Soldiers once watched as he dismounted under fire at Petersburg to pick something up from the ground and place it in a tree. Once he was gone, curious men found he had replaced a fallen baby bird back in it's nest.

We will con't tomorrow with more on General Lee. Can't figure how he could love having his feet tickled when mom pleads for mercy!

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/09/2013 07:08.11 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Thank you so much for all your support and friendship during my catpaign.

Day 8

How young they were...

John Pelham, famed Confederate cannoneer, was 23 when he enlisted and two years later was dead, just before being promoted from Major.

Bennett A. Young, a Kentucky cavalryman, trained under John Hunt Morgan, led the sensational Confederate raid on St. Albans, VT. in October of 1864at age 21. With a band of 26 men, he captured the town, robbed it's banks of some $100,000 and fell back to his base in Canada, almost fatally disrupting relations with the Canadian government.

Arthur McArthur of WI, failed to get into West Point in 1861. At age 17, he wrangled a place as an Adjutant of the 24th WI. At 18, he was a Colonel. He was wounded three times during the war. He went into the regular army and retired in 1909 as the last Lt. General of his era. He was the father of General Douglas McArthur.

Nelsome Miles had a reputation as a fighting young officer early in the war. He was kidnapped byt the the men of the 61st NY, from his company, the 22nd Massachusetts, and made their Colonel He was 26 in May of 1964 and became a General. He served 38 more years the Army retiring as a Lt. General.

George S. Lamkin of Winona, MS, joined Stanford's MS Battery at the age of 11 and was severely wounded before the age of 12 at the battle of Shiloh.

E.G. Baxter of Clark County KY, is recorded as enlisting in Co. A, 7th KY Cavalry, in June of 1962. He was not quite 13. One year later he was a 2nd Lt.

John Bailey Tyler, of D troop, 1st Maryland Cavalry, was 12 when the war came. He fought with his regiment until the end of the war without a wound!

One of Francis Scott Keys grandsons, Billings Steele, lived near Annapolis, MD., crossed the Potomac River to join the Rangers of John Singleton Mosby at age 16.

This just a sampling to give you an idea of how young the soldiers of the North and South were. Tomorrow I will show the human side of mom's favorite General, General Robert E. Lee.

Love and Purrs Snuggles

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11/08/2013 06:52.54 PM Report This Comment
Hello Mocha
Thank you for pawing by on my big surprise COTD. I had the most wonderful day mostly because I spent it with my pawrents by my side. My CC family also made my week extra special as most dropped by my page to greet me on both my purrday and COTD win. We truly feel the love an we are so blessed to have you all in our life. Thank you too for your friendship and we do apologize for the late reply as Mom has been quite busy and we have been experiencing very bad weather.

Have a great, happy and furry day today and always.

Purring happily as we leave this note!

Hugs from Mom!

Love always,

Come visit me, Hami.

11/08/2013 09:09.52 AM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
First, thank you for your continued support of my catpaign. Thank you.

Mr. Lincoln's Beard

Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and the first with a beard.

As a Presidential candidate it is apparent Lincoln had never given any thought to whiskers. About October 18, 1860, he received a letter from eleven year old Grace Bedell of Westfield, NY. She proposed that he give up shaving. The letter read:

I have got four brothers and part of them will vote for you anyway and if you will let your whiskers grow, I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you; you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin...All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.

Lincoln replied the next day

....As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a pieces of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?

A few weeks later Lincoln appeared it stubble sprouted on his chin. On November 26, 1860, he had his first bearded photo made and it showed a thin straggly line of dark hair. On January 26, 1861, he sat for the next photo and his beard was still scraggly By February 9, 1861, just before he left Springfield for Washington, had his beard grown to the familiar appendage on the most famous face in American History.

Lincoln's route from Springfield to Washing was long and two weeks into the journey, with halts at whistle stops, to be seen by curious people who to stare at him as a symbol of a new and dangerous time.

One stop was at Westfield, NY. Lincoln paused in his speech and asked if Grace Bedell was there? A little girl was handed up through the crowd and Lincoln kissed her while people applauded. Newspaper correspondents rushed off with the story before the train left the station.

Not all were pleased who saw Lincoln with his new beard!

That is the story of Mr. Lincoln's beard. Tomorrow we will see just how young they were.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/07/2013 05:27.56 PM Report This Comment
Thank You!!!
What a shocker to wake up and see my beady eyes looking back at me in the frame of fame yesterday!!! Enough to scare the fur right off of ya-right??? I thank all my furiends for their visits and votes that put me there. Also,a BIG shout out to everyone who stopped by with congrats and goodies for me today!!! I truly appreciate it all!!!


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11/07/2013 12:04.51 AM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Thank you for the support, votes and friendship during my catpaign.

Day 6

The Wilmer McLean story, one of my favorites

Major Wilmer McLean was a well to do wholesale grocer who retired to an estate known as "Yorkshire" in 1854. Yorkshire was so named by it's former owner, Colonel Richard Blackburn, who was an English immigrant from there.
Yorkshire was located along the Bull Run, near Manassas Junction, in Prince William County, VA. (Mom has been to the battlefield and saw the house)
On May 1861, the line of Bull Run was occupied by Confederate troops to guard against an expected thrust by the Union from Washington. Many regiments camped on or near Yorkshire and Camp Wigfall was established on Yorkshire's Southern most acres.
On July 18, the Union forces approached the sit and General P.G.T. Beauregard, the Confederate commander, left his headquarters and went to Yorkshire. At noon that day, a Union shell dropped into a chimney of McLean's home, fell into stew pot that was in the kitchen fireplace and exploded. Stew went all over the kitchen and needless to say the menu was revised!
Casualities from the battle were placed in McLean's barn but had to be removed when the Union began shelling the barn.
McLean decided that he had had enough of the war! He bought a farm with a red brick farm house facing the street, in the village of Appomattox, VA.
In 1863, back at Yorkshire, the second battle of Manassas took place.
But the war wasn't yet through with Wilmer McLean. On April 9, 1865, Wilmer McLean's house was chosen as the meeting place for Lee and Grant. Lee surrendered to Grant in McLean's parlor.

So there is the story about Wilmer McLean. The war just followed him! Hoped you enjoyed it. Tomorrow will be Mr. Lincoln's beard.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/06/2013 05:21.13 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Hi everyone! Here is the second half of House Divided.

Colonel J.S. Mosby, Confederate Ranger (aka the Gray Ghost)slipped into Alexandria, VA and captured Colonel D.H. Dulaney, USA. He had a well qualified guide in his ranks, French Dulaney, the Colonel's own son!

Stonewall Jackson's sister, Laura, was a Union sympathizer who remained unshaken in her devotion to the Union and was applauded for her stad by union soldiers. She sent a message by a Union soldier to the effect that she could "take care of the wounded Federals as fast as brother Thomas could wound them."

Lincoln's Lawpartner, John Todd Stuart, landed a berth at West Point for a promising young soldier, George E. Pickett, whose name became so inseperately linked with Gettysburg (Pickett's charge)

For the siege of Vicksburg, the state of Missouri, furnished thirtynine regiments, seventeen Confederate and twenty two Union.

The climax of the war for the Seventh Tennessee Regiment, CSA, was the complete capture of the Seventh Tennessee Regiment, USA, warriors, drummers, cooks and all!

Confederates captured Galveston, Texas, shelling and seizing the USS Harriet Lane. Major A.M. Lea, CSA and a boarding party, board the ship. The major found on deck, his dying son.

With this sad note I end A House Divided. Tomorrow we will look at Wilmer McLean. I promise his story is an interesting one.

Love and purrs Snuggles

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11/05/2013 05:39.53 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
I can't believe four days of catpaigning are gone! I am having fun sharing the civil war with all of my furriends!

A house divided wasn't just for Capitol Hill is was families. Here are a few:

Four of President Lincoln's brother in laws wore Confederate gray during the war. Lt. David P. Todd was charged with brutality to Union prisoners in Richmond.

Ben Hardin Helm, was a Confederate General killed at Chickamauga, was married to one of Mrs. Lincoln's sisters, spurned a personal offer of a commission from Lincoln. Her other two sisters were also married to Confederate officers.

Henry Clay, had grandsons that were soldiers. Three fought for the Union and four fought for the Confederacy.

Senator George B. Crittenden, of Kentucky, was proud of his two sons. Both became Major Generals, one for the blue and the other for the gray.

Jeb Stuart's chief of staff, Major H.B. McClellan, had four brothers in blue and a first cousin who was twice commander of the Army of the Potomac, General George B. McClellan.

We do more of these tomorrow before moving on to another topic. I find these amazing.

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11/04/2013 06:41.34 PM Report This Comment
The War of the Firsts!
Thanks for your continuing support.

The Civil War was known as a war of firsts or the breeding ground for modern warfare. Here is a partial lists for ya! (Don't want anyone falling asleep!)

Railroad Artillery
Submarine (remember the Henley?)
The snorkel
The periscope (used for trench warfare)
Landmine fields
Flame throwers
Wire Entanglements
Aerial reconnaissance
Anti aircraft fire (the balloons)
Repeating rifles (The Henry Rifle)
Telescopic sights for rifles
Long range rifles
Fixed ammo
Medical and Nursing Corps
Hospital ships
Ambulance Corps
A workable machine gun
Legal voting for the soldiers
The Secret Service
The Income Tax
Withholding Tax
Tobacco and Cigarette tax
The Draft
Correspondents Corps
Medal of Honor
The bugle call Taps
Photography of a Battle
The first black Army Officer
The assassination of a President
Commissioned army chaplains
and the list does go on. Quite a list of firsts wouldn't you say?

Tomorrow and perhaps the next we will look at houses divided. Some are surprising, fascinating but all sad. One wonders how families reconciled or did they?

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/03/2013 04:18.30 PM Report This Comment
Hi Mocha and Casper....
Thank you for coming by and giving me your vote and support and friendship.

On May 24, 1861, the city of Alexandria, VA is occupied by Union troops who had crossed the Potomac River in the cover of night so they could begin to defend the city of Washington. Very little resistance was shown by the Virginia troops. During this move 24 year old Elmer Ellsworth, an officer with the Union forces, becomes the Union's first casuality. He was an officer with the 11th New York Regiment, the Zouaves. (these guys wore bright, colorful uniforms and often were made fun of because of their uniforms!) He was shot James Jackson, the hotel keeper, where Major Ellsworth removed a Confederate flag flying from the rooftop of the hotel. In turn, Jackson was shot by a Union soldier with Ellsworth.

Newspapers played on the emotions of the people by reporting the events. One Southern paper wrote that "Jackson perished amid a pack of wolves' in describing the killing.

Tomorrow we will do some more firsts in the war before traveling to the First Battle of Manassas or the First Bull Run. I don't know about you but I am having fun!

Love and purrs Snuggles

Come visit me, Trace, Chase **loves Gidget**, Tigger, Angel Rhudy **Married to Angel Kaycee** & Angel Queen Snuggles.

11/02/2013 06:56.07 PM Report This Comment
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