Upcoming Seminar – 1861: First Blood

17 02 2011

Liberty University will be holding their 15th Annual Civil War Seminar March 25-27. The topics to be discussed are 1861 events, and among the speakers are Ethan Rafuse on First Bull Run and Jim Morgan on Ball’s Bluff. And who knows where John Rambo might show up.  Nobody expects John Rambo.  His chief weapon is surprise and fear.  Err.., his two weapons are surprise, fear, and ruthless efficiency. Umm..his three weapons are surprise, fear, ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical devotion to high explosives…oh, bugger.

Read more about the seminar – which has nothing at all to do with Rambo or The Spanish Inquisition – as far as I know - here.

And now for a little British humor…





Is A Puzzlement

4 02 2011

I admit it – I’m a sucker for The King and I. In 1977 I actually got to see a revival of the musical at the Uris Theater on Broadway. Orchestra seats. Yul Freakin’ Brynner. Close enough to see all the gears and stuff and the line where his face panel met his robot head.  OK, just kidding about that last bit, but he was awesome in Westworld, too. But yes, we were close to the stage, and Brynner in his late fifties looked like he could still kick ass, even while doing the polka.  And I love the film, though my wife gets very annoyed when I correct her on occasions when she inadvertently allows her head to be higher than King’s…er, mine.  But why am I talking about this?  The Civil War Trust has a Primary Sources entry up on their website about Abraham Lincoln’s rejection of the offer of Siam’s King Rama IV (aka Mongut at left as portrayed by The Man) of war elephants to help defeat the Confederacy.  Check it out.

And now for a little singin’ ‘n dancin’:





Oh, That Ulysses!

12 01 2011

Monday evening saw the airing of U. S. Grant: Warrior on American Experience.  I was sent a copy for review, but since this is an abridgement of an earlier two-part program I couldn’t make time for it.  Regardless, I was watching a football game.  If I get a chance to view it in the coming weeks, I’ll post thoughts here.

Check out this series of videos that will give you new insight into U. S. Grant.  Hat tip to Crossroads.

There’s a fourth one (actually the third in the series) that’s hilarious, but quite ummm…ribald.  If you’re resourceful, you’ll find it.

On the third side of the coin we have this post on Beyond the Crater by guest Bryce Suderow, sure to elicit a different emotion from Grant fans.





Playmobil at Bull Run

4 09 2010

Hat tip to Warfare in the Age of Steam.








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