16 February 2006 by Published in: General News 7 comments

Here are a couple of updates on a couple of things….

1. Ted Savas informed me today that the release date for my book on the Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads is the third week in March. The book is at the printer. It’s also under review by the History Book Club for an alternative book of the month selection. I will keep folks posted as the date draws near.

2. I’ve been fighting the neo-Confederate wars again today on my forum boards. I think I’ve won this particular battle, but what a waste of valuable time and energy. As I said here previously, I will never stop fighting these battles.

That’s it for now. There will, undoubtedly, be more to come….

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  1. Thu 16th Feb 2006 at 7:20 pm

    For years, a frequent internet poster has “quoted” from my Perryville book to help “prove” the existence of Black Confederates in large numbers. This was of course a misquote–someone apparently rewrote my words and gave it to this gentleman, who then innocently plastered it all over the ether. Thus you google the topic and eventually find me. It reached the point where people were asking my colleagues about the “neo-Confederate” in the department, and I finally had to ask the man to stop using my name. Plus I had to post a disclaimer and a statement on my webpage:


    The statement speaks for itself on the wider issue, but now I always wonder, how much of this “proof” folks like your posters pass around on the net as gospel is any more accurate than my “quote.”

  2. Thu 16th Feb 2006 at 7:29 pm


    Yikes. That would make me unhappy, too. I’m sorry that happened to you.


  3. Paul Taylor
    Fri 17th Feb 2006 at 10:18 am


    Just a quick FYI before I’m out the door… If you’re interested at all in fiction and have the time, you may want to peruse E. L. Doctorow’s “The March.” He depicts the 1865 dawn charge by Confederate cavalry into the Union camp near the “Monroe Road” (NC) that catches Gen. Judson Kilpatrick and his command completely off guard. Kilpatrick scurries off in only his skivvies and, to his horror, later learns that his previous night’s “companion” was last seen riding away draped only in his HQ’s battle flag. Your upcoming book will let us know if that’s true or not, however Doctorow’s depiction is pretty funny! 🙂 BTW, “Kill Cavalry” Kilpatrick is portrayed as a hard fighter, though considered a schemer who is disliked by all except Sherman. Overall, the author has him as a pompous ass who spends as much effort planning his next sexual conquest as his next military action. Accurate?

    Found the whole social vs. military history issue quite interesting. I was going to respond but you and others hit my nails right on the head: Utopian, touchy-feely, social issues are PC, military, warrior matters are not.


  4. Fri 17th Feb 2006 at 2:33 pm


    It’s part true and part not true.

    The part that’s true: Kilpatrick did skedaddle in his skivvies. He did rally his troops and eventually drive Hampton’s men from his camps. He was sharing a bed with a woman who was not his wife, and did leave her side that morning to find out what was going on.

    The part about her riding off wrapped in the flag is utter hooey. The woman–whose name is unknown–actually had enough of her wits about her to persuade Hampton to post guards around the house to protect her and her children–when, in reality, two brigade commanders and the divisional surgeon were holed up inside.

    She abandoned Kilatprick in Fayetteville the next day, probably fed up with his unchivalrous conduct.

    As for the rest of it, it’s probably a pretty good description.


  5. Fri 03rd Mar 2006 at 2:28 pm

    The book on Monroe’s Crossroads sounds most interesting and I very much look forward to adding it to my library.

    I understand your frustration with neo-Confederates. I can’t count the number of people who’ve contacted me to find out more about the large number of negroes that Parkhurst reported to have served with the Rangers and Georgians under Forrest at Murfreesboro. There were some very loyal slaves that accompanied the unit, some were even recognized and honored at the regimental reunions decades after the war. It is vexing how a couple reunion photos and one little comment by a man trying to justify his disastrous defeat has been extrapolated into the 8th Texas Cavalry having whole companies of black soldiers serving beside them.

  6. Robert Anderson
    Sat 04th Mar 2006 at 7:48 pm

    Good luck with history book club, will be looking for it. Thought you might be interested, as a lawyer, in a book I just finished reading, Lincoln’s Wrath. It tells the story of an anti-war editor who sued the Lincoln administration (gotta love this country) and won when they tried to shut him down! Some tough reading at time, but fascinating look at the pressures on editors and publishers who did not agree with the War. Anyway, thought you mind find the subject interesting if you do not already know about it.

  7. chancuff
    Tue 29th Aug 2006 at 3:30 pm

    Speaking of Lincoln …


    This is the origination of this Lincoln “quote”:


    that ran in INSIGHT magazine


    which is part of News World Communications (see bottom of page in link above) a wholly owned political mouthpiece of the Unification Church, the “Moonies”.


    I wrote Diana Irey offering her documented proof of what Lincoln never said, CCing all her campaign staff on, first on July 14th, and again on August 4th.

    I wrote her, and her staff, repeatedly warning them of the consequences of their inaction. If you’d like verification, write her campaign manager of record (Bill Pascoe, former Press Secretary of the RNC, is calling the shots behind the scenes) at jason@irey.com and ask him about my repeated warnings.

    If you choose to write, use this as the Subject Line “It’s showtime.”. He’ll know exactly what that means.

    When all these efforts failed, I contacted factcheck.org with this very same evidence. Brooks Jackson was able to see what Ms. Irey, and her entire campaign staff refused to.

    He published this, last Friday:

    (note the video clip in the top right corner)

    I would like to tell you there’s quite some honor to Bill Pascoe’s “within hours” response here:


    In conclusion, it warrants mentioning how this “Moonie” Lincoln quote came into common use, without any questions to its authenticity.

    Use Google to do a search for this quote. Go back 10-15 pages and you’ll find the older dates of its use. You’ll discover it was the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth who brought this fiction to life within weeks of Dr. Waller’s article.

    You will find Larry Bailey of bootmurtha.com has dusted off this Moonie quote and is using it for his “gimme’ your money” scheme, all over the net, including this gem written the chairman of Bailey’s PAC, in which it is used twice, for emphasis:


    It’s no accident that Diana Irey was boons-swaggled into using it.

    Bill Pascoe and Kelli Phiel, the folks Robert Novak refers to as her “handlers” in this article:


    “Irey, who looks quite young, is a bit green, but her handlers see her as great raw material.”

    I’ll give a dollar to anyone who can decipher the grammar, syntax, period occurring in the middle of the sentence, and random capitalization that occurs in the last sentence of this article.

    If you are unfamiliar with who Pascoe and Phiel are, let me introduce you.

    Pascoe is the gent who hung tough with Jack Ryan, even after Dennis Hastert rightfully withdrew all GOP support for him in 2004, when Ryan was exposed for insisting his wife go to sex clubs with him and have sex in public.

    “Jack Ryan is in the race to stay,” said Bill Pascoe, Ryan’s spokesman.”


    Pascoe also the one who called Alan Keyes and convinced him to move from Maryland to Illinois, to replace Ryan. I’ll let you Google that and for Kelli Phiel’s history working with Pascoe in the 2004 election.

    I wish I could tell you that I’ve not written Diana Irey repeatedly about her “handlers” past, but I cannot make that claim.

    Buzz Patterson used this “Moonie” quote at a chapter heading in his book, Reckless Disregard. If you own a copy, check page 65. He was not the only retired military man to adopt this Republican operatives invention. Ollie North did too:


    Least you wonder about my interest in all this …

    My family settled in what is now the 12th District of Pennsylvania in 1820, and have lived there ever since.

    My great, great grandfather, after whom I am named in honor of, served in Lincoln’s Union Army. He made the supreme sacrifice for our country on March 23, 1862, serving Stonewall Jackson he only defeat in the Civil war.

    Lincoln was, to borrow a title, “A Uniter”

    When some goofball Republican operative abuses the reputation of our greatest Republican president, in a Moonie publication no less, for the expressed purpose of political gain for today’s Republican Party … it troubles me.

    I suspect it will trouble you, too.

    Cliff Hancuff
    The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

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