Ball’s Bluff?

Keeping with tradition….there has got to be something other than the silliness in the news to write about…..

When I cannot find something to write about I fall back on an old reliable….History.

The American Civil War…..I live in the South and there is a great amount of interest in this war…..truth be told many have no idea about the events just it was “Us against Them”…….then there is the re-enactments……we know about the generals both good and bad on both sides of the conflict……also we studied the battles that made up that war…..Bull Run, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, etc……but we seldom hear about the lesser battles unless we are trying for a grad degree in American history…..and that is where I come in……

One of these “lesser” battles would be the “Battle of Ball’s Bluff”…….and 21 October would be the day……

Union Sergeant Frank Donaldson of the 1st California struggled to help a wounded friend into a boat returning to Harrison’s Island, then turned to make his way back to the fight raging at the top of the 70-foot-high Ball’s Bluff. A man whose lower jaw had been shot away was in his path, but Donaldson had to ignore him; his mission was to help serve a mountain howitzer, not to render aid. Upon reaching the summit, he began to gather rocks that could be fired out of the cannon, as all the ordnance that had been brought over had been expended. During periodic lulls in the firing, he could hear the incongruous sound of a band on the island playing military airs.

Donaldson’s regiment was part of a 1,700-man force fighting an unintended and unplanned battle near Leesburg, Va. That day, October 21, 1861, was one that Donaldson would not likely soon forget.

For those that need visual…..

This should expand your knowledge of a part of our history……may you enjoy your Sunday…..and bask in the glow of fresh knowledge.

A glass of red wine, some fruit and nuts and cheese……now that is how to celebrate a cooler Sunday in the garden…….

This is what boredom looks like…..while the Right is losing its mind over a parade….MO has the best reaction yet.

13 thoughts on “Ball’s Bluff?

  1. I always love to learn more about your civil war.
    But I think Mo has the right idea, along with you and your red wine.
    (I don’t have any in the house today, so I’m jealous.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. You know.. at first glance I saw this reply, chuq… “well stocked wine rack” and I had to re-read to make sure you weren’t illustrating Stormy Daniels. Oh what a country we’ve become! 🙂

      2. Oh I hear ya, pal. I’m not much into the grotesque. I can’t answer for chuq.. you know, he’s ex-Army and those guys can pretty much take anything you throw at ’em. 🙂

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