Honoring Our Fallen

While I have been busy with crafts and other things, I have also pondered what to write about. I don’t like to just throw things into a blog but to find things meaningful to write about. Maybe I don’t write every day, sometimes not even every week, but I hope my few posts have meaning for you in some small way.

As you have seen in previous blogs I am a history buff. Yesterday I went and took a few pictures of our Confederate monument which our evil government moved from its original location so that it would not offend anyone. It offended me and hundreds of other loyal patriots that love this country. They stuck it out among trees away from public view. They have greatly dishonored those that this monument represent. It doesn’t represent any particular race, it represents the hard cold battle that was fought on our soil to maintain control of their land and their inheritance. I don’t care whether you think the war was right or wrong, just respect those who died that we might live!

THE REASON THEY FOUGHT!

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY

The next time you see a civil war monument, don’t just turn you nose up at it and walk away…..take a moment and take it in and then research it. You just might learn something of value!

Have a great and blessed day.

PS I have visited many monuments and stood at the graves of great heros.

New York Symbols – Will The Truth Set You Free?

In viewing some of the old photo albums that my Mother had, I found the following two.

Twin Towers – I don’t know what year this was shot in. The picture was so faded it took some editing to even get it to this quality.

There will soon be a lot revealed about this world we live in. Things and people are definantly NOT the way we have seen them all our life. What really happened with the bombing of the Twin Towers. What you think you know and what was reported most likely is not what happened at all. Is the United States responsible for its own demise? Do your own research. We are so quick to blame others countries but is that really what happened? Even the History Channel has detailed information that implies that this country is its own worst enemy. It is time America started asking questions and started getting answers.

Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty as well as many other monuments are in question. While this country has been so quick to destroy Civil War monuments that only portrayed truth and heroism, other monuments still stand that may have a more sinister history. The Statue of Liberty is no exception. In Brad Metlzer’s Decoded on the History Channel the statue is full of less than honorable codes. You be the judge. You can view this video and more on YouTube. His research is not based on “conspiracy theories” but on facts.

To be the judge of what is really going on in this country, do the research. This puzzle has many pieces and many players. There are specific reasons why other countries are pulling away from the United States.

If you are a history buff like me, I will research anything. Some things are not quite so obvious they are hidden in codes and other methods of deception that you may not even be aware of. I have uncovered things in my family history that I certainly was not expecting and uncovering the real history of this country is no different.

Throw out the history books that you have read and start doing your own research into history. What you find might truly amaze and shock you. Keep an open mind because the TRUTH will set you free.

Precious Memories

While I get there are some people that don’t understand what the civil war was about…it had a purpose.

The remains of my father’s re-enactment uniform.

Slavery was never at the root of the war. It was all about power. Fortunately the slaves benefited from the war while countless farms fell to the yankees and thousands of homes destroyed.

To this day the Civil War is still regarded as the bloodiest war on American soil. Like my father, I respect all those who fought…both black and white. Many of my Confederate and Union ancestors lost their lives in the war. All of their blood ran red regardless of which side they fought on.

Regardless of your personal feelings about the war, it is time to show respect for all of the fallen of that war. We would do well to study their values and way of life.

Behind The Cover

In fragile condiiton, it still holds the key to the world.

While at one time the cover on this book was very detailed, but now as all things age it is slowly turning to dust! You note there is no title on the cover. Do you know what it is? I purchased this book at an auction probably 25 years ago. It was in fragile condition even then. I have pulled it off my shelf over the years and moved it about my house. Today when I was moved to open it I was shocked at how much it had deteriated.

I am a collector of many things one of which is Bibles. Yes this is an antique Bible. I took a few pictures from its pages before it can no longer be open. Even if you are not a believer I encourage every single person to read a Bible of your choice. Within its pages are stories of not just God and his son Jesus but also great historical events. The Bible is a history book and one that as of yet cannot be disputed. Here are the unique things about this particular Bible:

This was found just inside the book.
This was written by the receiver of the book which gives you a clue as to its age.
Because of its age all of the pictures are black and white and very detailed.
This shows the actual date of 1844. Yes it is 177 years old.

While this book never belonged in my family I have tried at times to locate any descendent of the family without success. I am a lover of antiques but more importantly I am a lover of the Bible.

Have a blessed day.

Americana

While you may not agree with my views on things, I appreciate each one of my followers.

No it is not finished yet.

I started this painting to represent both the past and the present. Not unlike most Americans I have a number of ancestrial links to the Civil War. Unlike some I am very proud of these ancestors. Most of them lost their lives not fighting for slavery as some are misled to believe but to simply maintain control of their own land.

You need to realize that during that time period they had been fighting for years prior to the war. The slaves benefited from the war but they were not the reason it occurred. In fact most slaves were freed prior to the start of the war.

Now we all know that the act of slavery was something this country should have never gotten involved it. And you can thank not Americans but the British for that! The fact is there was not enough manpower for the large plantations and farms to continue to operate. Slavery was seen as a solution to a problem. They never set out to destroy another race. It became evident very quickly that you were either a slave or a slave owner. Here are a few little known facts… 1. While most people assume that all slaves were black, that also is not true. There were white slaves often referred to in Wills as Indentured Servants. 2. There were black slave owners of black slaves. There were not many but they did exists. 3. Were slaves mistreated….in some cases yes but in other cases they were well respected by their owners. Most earned their freedom on their own. In my family tree there were both white slaves and slave owners and I am not ashamed of either.

The disgust over our monuments being destroyed is warranted. When you erect a statue to a common criminal but destroy monuments to fallen heros that just shows how far our society has fallen from reality.

Every race, every society has the right to celebrate their history. There is always some good and bad in every society. While this country has fallen on its knees it doesn’t mean that we cannot get back up.

It is time to unite our past with our present and allow that knowledge to make us stronger. We do still have an opportunity to make this country great again!

It starts with the simplicity of love and respect for all of mankind.

Digging Up Roots

While surfing Ancestry and other geneological sites to find documents like this, I am taken back to the days when my grandmother and I would pound the pavement for a chance to see the real documents.

While these sites do offer links and documents I don’t get the excitement that I did back in those days when I actually found the documents that linked another ancestor. You also have to be careful because if the links you find online are not substantiated by an actual document it is easy to connect a wrong link.

I know by the time I finish this paragraph you are going to think I am really wierd. My grandmother and my aunt and I would make long trips to graveyards in distant cities just for the opportunity to find that long lost connection, that one grave that would solve another link in the puzzle of life.

I cannot even tell you the hours we spent but it was like a junkie on crack! We could not wait until the next adventure. We made a lot of trips to the courthouses across the state and the North Carolina Archieves just to get a copy of a will, death certificate or marriage register. While yes you can do a lot of that online now it has taken the excitement out of genealogy and created more uncertainty about the information you are getting.

If you have never done your family tree

This is an adventure your whole family can get involved in. Don’t know how to start? Start with yourself at the base of the tree and work upwards and locate as much information as you can about each family member, then their children, grandchildren….you get the picture.

While we are spending so much time at home it is a great way to make your time at home count.

Happy rooting!