Showing posts with label Civil War. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Civil War. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gloucester, Virginia Civil War, Andrew Jackson Andrews Autobiography

Civil War Account - Gloucester, Virginia Andrew J Andrews

An autobiography from a Gloucester citizen from the time of the American Civil War.  A first hand account of what the war was like in this area.  A very rare book.  We have had a copy of this for several years but it had a lot of issues and we spent numerous hours trying to clean it all up only to get about three quarters of the way through it.  We found this copy so now we do not have worry about finishing up that last quarter.  Slideshare members can download a free copy of this book any time.  Its a really great read with some very interesting information in it.

Perfect for the Civil War historian and local re enactors and anyone else with an interest in local history.  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Whirlwind of Events

The past several months have been a whirlwind of spectacular events all around the Hampton Roads and surrounding areas.  Above is a picture taken Friday evening, June 7th, 2015 of the L'Hermione in Yorktown.  It was the maiden voyage from France to the United States and Yorktown was the first stop.

L Hermione at Yorktown, Virginia 2015 from Chuck Thompson

We scanned in the brochure that was given away at the event as well as a copy of the boarding pass.  Take a look to learn more about the L Hermione.

We spend 4 days in Yorktown taking pictures of all the events and shows going on.  We took over 3,000 pictures and some HD video that we still need to process and get up.  The above is some art we created from the event.

The weekend before that was the Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival.  3 days of non stop entertainment.  We only went on Sunday for a few hours but still managed over 700 photos from the event.  We have them up on Google + and Flickr.

If you are a history buff, the events are non stop fun.  Pirates are the most fun to work with when it comes to photography.  Many of them are real hams.  Above is a few of the folks from the Motley Tones.  The female is Ring Tone pictured above and in the background purposely  messing up the photo is Flintz Tone.  I love those names.  They have real character.  You can visit their website at

The weekend before that was several great events for history buffs.  Civil war reenactments in Yorktown and American Revolution reenactments in Gloucester at the Courthouse Circle.

We managed over 1,500 photos between these two events.  Talking about a lot of shooting.

And a few weeks prior to these was a Pirate invasion in Yorktown.

At this one we only created about 300 photos total.  We were there more for the enjoyment of the event than to shoot anything.  But I just can't resist taking a bunch of pictures anyway.

Virginia is graced with a host of incredible places to visit and events to attend throughout the entire year.  For us, we love history so that is usually where you will find us the most.  We make a lot of friends at these events and share our works as much as possible.

And then there is always the fun of taking pictures where ever you are.  Events or not.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Original 13th Amendment To The Bill of Rights: 1840

A study of history can turn up some very big surprises.  Not in favor of present conditions is one we just recently came across.  We just found in a book written and published back in 1840 and known as the "American Citizens Manual", and comes from the Library of Congress, so it is an official document of the United States, some very disturbing evidence that history has in fact been tampered with and against the people no less.

  The book has a number of facts that are not in the least common knowledge today.  In fact, the Bill of Rights is not even called the Bill of Rights but instead, Amendments to the Constitution.  The first 12 amendments are the same as we read them today, however, in 1840, there was in fact a 13th amendment.  It is not the same as we have today.  What is that amendment?

1840: XIII- If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honor, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept or retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them or either of them.

Today we are told that the 13th Amendment that we all commonly know reads as follows and came about in 1865.

1865 XIII - Section 1.  Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

                  Section 2.  Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Interesting.  These two amendments that both claim to be the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, also know as the Bill of Rights, are not even close.  So it would seem that we have two 13th Amendments to the Bill of rights.  What happened to the original on listed in a book published in 1840?

American Citizens Manual- 1840, Real Law from Chuck Thompson

Take a look at page 28 of the book ported in here to see the original 13th Amendment as stated in this article above.  On the way to that page, note that the book is an official Library of Congress documented book.  Our so called present 13th Amendment to the Bill of rights was proposed to the legislatures of the several States by the Thirty-eighth Congress, on the 31st day of January, 1865 and was declared, in a proclamation of the Secretary of State, dated the 18th of December, 1865, to have been ratified by the legislatures of twenty-seven of the thirty-six States.

  Abraham Lincoln was still the President of the United Stated when this began in January 31st, 1865.  He was not assassinated until April 15th, 1865.  (Anyone notice anything peculiar about that date?)  The official end of the Civil War was April 9th, 1865.  11 of the 36 states of the Union were not a part of the Union at that time.  There were 11 Confederate states leaving only 25 states left in the Union when this new 13th amendment was started.

  Now this is where it continues to get even more interesting.  Virginia, on February, 9th, 1865, a Confederate State, somehow managed to ratify this new 13th Amendment with the Union?  That is what our United States government tells us today.  And no one questions this?  Really?  Yes really.

(Citation: - The Constitution of the United States of America - 108th Congress, 1st session, Document number 108-95.  United States Government Printing Office Washington: 2003. ISBN 0-16-05-1424-X)

  What would be the purpose of getting rid of the original 13th Amendment and replacing it with a new one?  Well, you have to know and understand your history.  Both the Confederate States and the Union States received financing for their war efforts from foreign countries.  A violation of the original 13th Amendment and a very serious problem for all politicians and government employees at so many levels.  Everyone involved was now guilty of crimes against the United States.  If the original 13th Amendment were made to disappear, then, no harm, no foul.  Everyone walks away without issues.  With the original 13th Amendment still in place, even Lincoln was a criminal guilty of treason against his own country who would have lost his citizenship and would have needed to be hung for treason against the country.

  It is not at all in the interest of any politician anywhere for the original 13th amendment to ever come back as they are all guilty of treason for accepting any foreign present, money, office, title and so forth.  Contributions to campaigns from foreign nations to say the likes of the Clinton's from China?  Even our Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe would need to be hung for treason with all the work he does with China.  This marked the beginning of the end of the United States that so many try and fight for.  It is the full justification of treason against ones own country.

  You will never see this in any past history book or present ones for that matter.  Few have ever put it together.  Even fewer understand it.  This article will not be popular either even though it exposes the information.  Not enough people will ever see this to make any difference and many will be thankful for that.  History you were never meant to know.    

This is not what any of them ever fought for.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Governor McAuliffe Announces Television Series Pilot for Virginia

ABC to Produce Civil War Series for Amazon Prime

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that ABC Signature, a division of ABC Studios, has chosen Virginia for Point of Honor, the pilot for the television series ABC is co-producing with Amazon Studios. The original series is a historical drama about a Virginia family whose lives are torn apart by the Civil War. Filming will take place in September around central Virginia and streaming episodes will be part of the Amazon prime service, which provides original filmed content to members.

Director Randall Wallace, who graduated from E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg and went on to direct the 2010 film Secretariat about Virginia’s legendary triple-crown winning thoroughbred, will helm the project. Wallace is also known for his screenplay for Braveheart and most recently wrote and directed the touching film Heaven is for RealPoint of Honor is co-written and produced by Carlton Cuse, executive producer for the hit series Lost, for which he won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Producer’s Guild Award and a Writer’s Guild Award.

Governor McAuliffe commented, “I am proud to welcome ABC and Amazon to Virginia to filmPoint of Honor. Once again the Commonwealth will serve as the perfect palette to tell the story of this important part of American history. We appreciate the opportunity to welcome Randall Wallace home to Virginia."

“Bringing Point of Honor to Virginia is another success for the state’s film industry” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Projects such as this are instrumental in expanding the infrastructure required to promote a strong and vital production business environment, thus continuing to diversify our economy and create jobs."

Randall Wallace commented, “We are immensely impressed with the welcome we have received from Governor McAuliffe, the Virginia Film Office and the support from everyone we’ve met in Virginia.”

Virginia Film Office Director Andy Edmunds noted, “We have been working with Randall Wallace since he came to Virginia to research for Secretariat. A lack of competitive film incentives at the time prevented him from being able to film that legendary Virginia story in Virginia. I couldn’t be happier that we are finally able to bring Randall back to his home state for a ground-breaking new media project such as this one. The economic impact for Virginia should it become a series will be significant."

Point of Honor will be eligible for a film tax credit and funding from the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund. The exact amount will be based on how much money the production spends within the state, and certain deliverables to promote tourism in Virginia.

In 2012 the economic impact of the film and television industry in Virginia totaled $328.4 million and provided 3,061 jobs with $50.5 million in tax revenue.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces Donation of Battlefield Lands to Commonwealth by Wal-Mart

Yorktown, Virginia
 (Photo credit: Battleofthehook)
Donated land in Orange County is affiliated with Battles of Chancellorsville and Wilderness

RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Wal-Mart has donated to the Commonwealth of Virginia more than 50 acres of land in Orange County associated with the Civil War battle of Chancellorsville and most notably with the battle of the Wilderness.

“We are delighted by this generous and voluntary gift from Wal-Mart,” said Governor McDonnell. “It’s another demonstration of Wal-Mart’s role as a good and positive corporate citizen in Virginia, whose presence here serves long range goals for our vitality.”

Henry Jordan, Senior Vice President, Eastern Seaboard Wal-Mart said, “Wal-Mart is extremely pleased that we have both found a home for our new store in Orange County while donating the property at the originally proposed site to the Commonwealth.  In this way, we have been able to give back to the community and serve the needs of our customers.”

Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources, the agency that will receive and steward the donated land, has worked quietly with Wal-Mart to complete a the donation documents and its acceptance. Those documents are now final and will be record by Wal-Mart. The department holds or co-holds numerous easements on thousands of acres of privately-owned battlefield lands throughout the commonwealth, easements that protect the lands from future development.

“This is a wonderful legacy gift from Wal-Mart that comes during the mid-point of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War,” said Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, director of the Department of Historic Resources. “We look forward to working with community leaders to steward the property and realize its potential for public benefit.  We are grateful to the Company and to Speaker Bill Howell, Chairman of the Sesquicentennial Commission, for his work to encourage the donation.”

“On behalf of the entire Sesquicentennial Commission, I want to thank Wal-Mart for this generous donation,” added Speaker Bill Howell. “The Civil War is an important part of Virginia’s history. This donation will allow for the preservation of these historic lands for future generations.”

Wal-Mart had originally purchased the land, which was zoned for development, for construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter store, a decision the company was willing to revisit when the site’s close affiliation with Chancellorsville and Wilderness were brought to light.

Wal-Mart has since then selected, purchased, and constructed a store at an alternative site four miles west of the original site located at the intersection of Routes 3 and 20. The company’s alternative site was supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Civil War Trust, and other groups who today applauded the donation.

“With this donation, Wal-Mart successfully fulfils the commitment made in 2011 to choose an alternate site and work to set aside the original location,” said Jim Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust. “The Commonwealth and Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources are ideally suited to be stewards of this resource, safeguarding its integrity for future generations of Americans to visit and study. We deeply appreciate Wal-Mart’s gift and the Commonwealth’s willingness to facilitate this important milestone in the protection of battlefield lands.”
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