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History My History Channel!
 
Okay, I'll admit I've never been a real history buff. Nevertheless, the past (in almost all its forms!) has always been of interest to me. I'm especially interested when I can see and experience, firsthand, a place that is of historical significance. Obviously that pretty much includes almost the entire planet but you know what I mean - a summer trip with my parents through the Petrified Forest, touring a Civil War site with a friend, or visiting the Taj Mahal with my wife are a samples of events that have help shape and enliven my interest in history!

Anyway, I think this page will be mostly bits and pieces of history that I've experienced firsthand on a personal basis or that really blew me away on the web or in some book or publication. So, the cautionary note for you, gentle reader, is to pick your sources well - a site like this, although fun to browse through, can not be relied upon for accuracy. Nevertheless I hope you find this page enjoyable and that it adds to your own interest in history as well!

 

 

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

- George Santayana

"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."

- Alexis de Tocqueville

 

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In August '12 I had the pleasure of visiting Medicine Wheel Wyoming. While there I was able to visit with a Crow Indian guide who worked for the Park
Service. We were all along and had a long, wonderful and interesting talk about his people's history and that of the Europeans who swarmed in from the
east. He recommended a book I was able to pick up from my local library:

Esak Ebandia
Plays With His Face

About the time the colonists won their independence and became a new nation, tribes of the Western Plains lived by the hunt for the hunt for their
subsistence and conducted intertribal warfare for their avocation. Their life was a continuous drama, a drama that only Mother Earth can produce. Each
day was a new episode offering new lands, new challenges, and new experiences. One day they picked berries, the next day they hunted the buffalo, on
another day they met the enemy tribe on the battlefield - and that night they enjoyed the victory dance, where recognition and honor were given to the
young warriors who had fought courageously.

From the Heart of the Crow Country
(The Crow Indians' Own Stories
by Joseph Medicine Crow
p. 25

 

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Redding House along the Chickamauga Campaign Trail by Roger J. Wendell - 10-03-2012 Redding House along the Chickamauga Campaign Trail by Roger J. Wendell - 10-03-2012 Redding House along the Chickamauga Campaign Trail by Roger J. Wendell - 10-03-2012 The Redding House
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
Sarah Chapel Road, Dade County, Georgia

The Redding House is a large double-pen log structure with an open breezeway between the pens. There are stone chimneys on either end of the house. The
structure is in excellent condition and has been fully restored by the owner. This was a working farm operated by the Redding family during the [Civil]
war. In addition to the house, there would have been stables, cribs, and other outbuildings. While there is no record of camps, there could have been
short-term Confederate camps in the area.

This site provides an example of what the women of the Confederacy did during the war. With most of the men away in the army, the females of the County
were responsible for holding things together. They managed the farms, and with the assistance of their children and enslaved Africans (if they owned
any),they not only produced food for themselves, but also grew a surplus for sale to the army. Some women worked under government contract during the
war making uniforms. The state quartermaster office employed male tailors to cut uniforms from patterns. The cut uniforms, thread, buttons, and other
accessories were then sent to women for sewing. The women also supported the Confederate cause in numerous other ways.

Each community had a Soldiers Relief Society that was made up of local women and girls. They met to make quilts and knit socks and mittens for the
soldiers; they also made uniforms and rolled bandages. These patriotic women welcomed the opportunity to thank men for their military service through
gifts and goods provided by local Soldiers Relief Societies. Some groups sent goods to local military units, while others forwarded packages to the front
with instructions to distribute them as needed. In addition, they frequently sent packages of food for the military camps. Relief societies also sent
reading material, Bibles, and religious pamphlets to the men in the field.

Overcrowded camps and unsanitary conditions killed thousands of Georgia Confederate soldiers. In addition, surgeons treated soldiers under conditions
that commonly led to deadly infections. More Civil War soldiers died from illness than from battle wounds. The Confederacy established a hospital complex
at Ringgold, Georgia. Because of a shortage of male nurses, women stepped in to care for the sick and wounded. Some of the young women of DadeCounty
volunteered for this duty.

At first, the women mainly brought food to patients and wrote and read their letters. Gradually, however, women began to take a more active role by
assisting surgeons and changing dressings. After the battle of Chickamauga, some of the less seriously wounded were brought to private homes in Dade
County for nursing and convalescence.

In this part of Dade County, the Soldiers Relief Society activities were directed by a young woman named Manerva Redding and her mother. The other
women brought the articles they had made to the Redding house and Manerva and her mother delivered them to the Confederate camps.

This sign sponsored by: State of Dade, Camp 707, Sons of Confederate Veterans

 

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