Tuesday, July 31, 2012
People should get there facts straight before doing something stupid! BOSTON (CBS) – A woman was arrested for vandalizing a statue in the Boston Common Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses saw the suspect throwing yellow paint on the Shaw Memorial, which features a statue of Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. Read the rest here
The much-anticipated Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln” will open Nov. 9, a date chosen to come after the presidential election. Earlier this year, Spielberg announced a release sometime in November but not before the election for fear that his movie would become political fodder. The movie will open at a limited number of theaters but will be more widely available beginning Nov. 16, according to news reports. Click here for more info. Washington Post by Linda Wheeler
Friday, July 27, 2012
Abatis: One of the most formidable obstacles laid around defensive positions during the war, abates were tangles of trees and large limbs carefully arranged with the branches pointed toward the attackers. Small branches and leaves were stripped away to prevent their use as cover for the enemy. Remaining branches were sharpened at the ends, and large chunks were often covered with earth, staked to the ground, or nailed to crossbeams to inhibit efforts to dismantle obstacles.
Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters Ralph Peters has done it again. Cain at Gettysburg, a novel, which remains true to the historical facts by taking you to the actual battle by way of telling the stories of what it was really like. Yes, you can get any other book out there that will teach you the tactical aspect but there just aren’t that many that you will get the real feeling from what really happened. Peters has brought the battle’s fighting to life by using fictional characters right along with the true historical characters. You will feel the challenges the men felt and how they fought the battles. Peter does an excellent job of telling what the Union and Confederates men were doing, talking about, how they felt without getting confused as you read page to page. You will discover what was happening the days leading up to the battle and during the three days of fighting. You will read of the men with the 69th Pennsylvania, 26th North Carolina and the 26 Wisconsin. You will learn that war wasn’t just all glory. It took blood and guts, brave men that fought for what they believed in. What they had to endure, for example stepping in the middle of a dead man’s belly. Now don’t get the impression this book contains graphic images the will form in your mind. Peter does a good job at telling you what it the men experienced without all that. If you are interested in learning about the Battle of Gettysburg then this is a great book to start with. Even if you know about the battle and think, a novel, why would I want to read a novel? You will be very surprised in what you will learn. I highly recommend this book! Enjoy
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Hello All! It’s been quite some time since you have heard from me. Life has been quite busy around the Evans house hold. So for a quick up-date: The house and yard are all finished. Everything is back to where it was before the tornado and I have to say it looks even better than before. At the end of May I went to Williamsburg, VA for 7 weeks. Our daughter went back to work for the summer at Colonial Williamsburg so I took the time to visit with my parents, my siblings and their families. Had a great time! I visited a lot of historical places and lots of wineries. I have been home for a couple of weeks and am finally caught up since being gone for so long. I would like to share some pictures of #1 redoubt that is in Williamsburg, Va. I visited just this one, there are 17 (if I remember right) there is another one that is not very far from this one but it’s back in the forest and with the heat Williamsburg has had this summer it was just too hot to go trampling through the woods. A lot of the other redoubts are on private properties so you can’t visit them.