Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rambling Notes

Lots going on – as usual. Here are a few headlines that have been sent to me recently.

There was an article in a recent Gaston Gazette on the dedication of tombstones to two brothers: Lt. John H. Roberts (Co. H, 37th NCT) and Lt. Adam M. Roberts (Co. M, 16th NCT). You can read the article here.

Over at the Southern Unionist Chronicles, Cenatua has been talking about Shelton Laurel and Stephen S. Shook (58th NCT).

There is going to be a marker dedication for 13 Confederate soldiers who died in the battle of Whitehall, North Carolina, on December 13. The dedication service is in Whitehall.

A month or so ago, fellow blogger Drew Wagenhoffer published a review on a new book Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family. Check out the review here.

There is also going to be a lecture in Raleigh on December 1 on the life of Andrew Johnston. The lecture will be in the old State Capital. You can call 919-733-4994 for more information.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your two years! Yours is one of the few blogs that I read; I really enjoy it!

At the time of the Shelton Laurel Incident: It is noteworthy that while the Shelton Laurel Massacre transpired, the Cherokee Battalion, Thomas' Legion was on detached duty in neighboring Madison County. They were rounding-up deserters, fighting bushwhackers, enforcing conscription, and of course, fighting any Union incursions.

A Side Note: A "misperception" of the fighting style and tactics of the Eastern Cherokee. Several accounts have the Eastern Cherokee always cowering, or retreating, in the presence of advancing Union forces in East Tennessee. Nothing could be further from the truth… The fact is that the “East Cherokee” fought with ambush tactics - draw in the Union elements into the mountains - and then attack! The Cherokee prowess for hunting mountain game had merely transferred to their fighting tactics. (Over hundreds of years, they had adapted from hunting game to hunting the enemy.) Apply the terrain to their advantage, stalk, etc.

The Eastern Cherokee did not fight like the Plains Indians, period. They merely welcomed a Union chase into the so-called Smoky Mountains.
M. Parker