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It’s Monday, so have an amputated gangrenous foot! mmMMMmmm! Hey, at least I didn’t give it to you in color. In color, it’s really choice.

We went to a military show this Saturday. The standouts were the The London Branch of American Civil War Veterans, which was really a thing (but these weren’t really them).

One exhibitor proudly told me 100,000 Brits fought in the American Civil War. He didn’t specify, so I assume both sides, which is kind of a messy thing to be proud of. Being from Tennessee, I had family on both sides, too, but not sure I’m proud of it. It was the ugliest of wars.

I reckon 80% of the people who dressed up at this thing were dressed as American soldiers of one kind or another. I wonder if that’s because there’s so much more US milsurp.


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 14, 2022, 12:17 am

I’m not a War Between the States scholar, but learning that 100,000 British fought in the War is a stunning bit of information. I may need to take a closer look at my genealogy!

I do recall the first time I found slaves while working on my family genealogy; I had to walk away. I’d always assumed my family was too poor to own slaves, but that was naïve. Especially since my 6th great-grandfather was transported to the Colonies on a *slave ship. He was a prisoner of the Crown, and given a choice: three years in an English prison, or four years of bonded servitude in America. He chose the Colonies—and here I am 🙂 His bond was bought by the Lees of Stratford Hall, and he eventually married the daughter of an indentured servant “owned” by the Lees (for seven years). “Owning” other people—white people—was quite common.

*Apparently The Crown routinely used slave ships to transport English citizens/prisoners to the colonies.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 14, 2022, 12:30 pm

Brits, yes, named Paddy, and Mike, and Sean, and Seamus and Teague.

with strange funny English last names like
O’Rourke and Daley and Donovan, Kelly, Dolan and Prendergast? Never mind that last one.
Half of yours trulies GPs started out as subjects of His Royal Majesty King George V….none of them being actually ‘English’ (and none being involved in the, variously named, War of Northern Aggression, Civil War, War for State’s Rights, War to preserve the Onion).

The English English contribution is reckoned to be @50,000.

Why they’d want to come fight in our war with the dull drab fatigue/militia style uniforms when they had those flashy British uniforms available is beyond me.
Perhaps many fought on the sea, rather than the land. A sailor is a sailor is a sailor. The famed commerce raider Alabama was built, rigged, armed, and manned in England.


Comment from LesterIII
Time: June 15, 2022, 2:44 pm

Tangential to topic:

It is approaching time for the largest re-enactment of the WWII Allied landings in Normandy. It is quite spectacular: HUGE 3-day event, Honor Flight brings in any WWII veteran (who gets gets hosted and EVERYTHING taken care of for them), USO dance with big band, 100s of re-enactors, Landing Craft, Mechanized Armor demos, flyovers/air-support, etc. It is truly an amazing annual event, and the entire city of Conneaut OH participates. A friend of mine is in charge of Signal Corps, wires the entire encampment, runs working teletypes in real-time simulation of the enactment, switchboards, relay comms, runners to posts, has a staff of WACS/WAVES and other volunteers. It’s an awe inspiring event in scope and accuracy. So much living history and education being passed down and witnessed.

D-Day Conneaut
August 18 – 20, 2022

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