Category Archives: Mr. Adair’s Classroom

“Where do we begin Mr. Adair?”

“At the beginning, ” he said. And throughout the year that I was under his tutelage – he would continue to challenge me to, “Never stop searching for truth.” In this endeavor, we provide – once again – the writings of many writers – many of whom I have known for years – providing historical lessons of import and understanding – little of which is addressed in our “classrooms” today.

Bury me with my people” ~ The Cruelty of War

We saw a grave today at Cave Hill Cemetery that intrigued us….it is the grave of a woman buried with the Confederate Soldiers. The Epitaph simply reads…. “Bury me with my people.” ~ David Huff and Jenny Lee Huff, November 9, 2018

The story of Elizabeth Temms

The former Confederate soldier asked only one thing as death grew closer in a Federal prison in Louisville, Kentucky two years after the War had ended. The simple request, “bury me with my people” was apparently ignored by those in charge of the remains, who surely knew where “home” was. Continue reading

The Stars, the Bars and the Southern Cross

The Stainless Banner and hundreds of flags hand-sewn by women to represent their local Civil War battalions: Fascinating history of the many Confederate flags that came before the Southern Cross

Capturing a Confederate battle flag during the Civil War was considered an act of valor with Union soldiers being granted furloughs and awarded Medals of Honor. To qualify, Union soldiers sent the captured flags to the War Department and later on to officials in Washington, D.C. where they were kept in storage until Congress passed an act in 1905 – decades after the war ended – to have them returned to the states of the units that carried them.

So many different variations of Confederate battle flags were created before the Southern Cross became widely accepted as the symbol in 1862, that 279 of them went unidentified and were sent to what was then the Confederate Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Today, it’s known as The American Civil War Museum and has more than 820 variations of Confederate and Union national, state, presentation, company and regimental battle flags, making it the largest collection in the United States. Continue reading

100 Years Ago: The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

The First World War ended 100 years ago this month on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Nearly 20 million people had perished since the war began on July 28, 1914.

In early 1918, it looked as if the Central Powers — Austria-Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire — would win.

Czarist Russia gave up in December 1917. Tens of thousands of German and Austrian soldiers were freed to redeploy to the Western Front and finish off the exhausted French and British armies.

The late-entering United States did not declare war on Germany and Austria-Hungary until April 1917. Six months later, America had still not begun to deploy troops in any great number. Continue reading

New Discovery Proves History Books Were WRONG!

The Eruption of Vesuvius, 1768 by Francesco Fidanza

I have previously written how the academics have REFUSED to revise history even when the evidence has been right in their face. I have previously written that the date for the eruption of Vesuvius could not possibly historically correct based upon a single coin that was discovered in the dig. My position based upon a single coin has now at last been confirmed by writing on a wall recently discovered. This time, they have NO CHOICE!!!! Continue reading

Always Ready to Invest Money in Treason…

John Brown, 1859

In 1858 abolitionist/terrorist John Brown was appealing for funds for his terrorist activities. Even terrorists have to pay for the chaos they create. The subject of this article, Rev. Thomas Wentworth Higginson, noted, upon receiving Brown’s plea for funds that “I am always ready to invest money in treason, but at present have none to invest.” So, for Higginson, the treasonous intent was clearly there, even if they money to support it wasn’t.

Most who have studied our history seriously already know that, in his terrorist assault on the Federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, John Brown had the support, both moral and financial, of a group called The Secret Six. These men were very well-known and well connected Northeasterners (New England and New York) who were radical abolitionists (as opposed to common-sense abolitionists). Continue reading

Stone Mountain and the “Monument Man

Those who are defending the historic monuments which are under attack from Cultural Marxism – are the monuments men and women of today.

Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson ~ Stone Mountain, Georgia

When National Socialism came to power in Germany in 1933, it sought an ethnic and cultural cleansing of the country. Jewish culture and art was not considered fully human and underwent a purge. Once Nazi Germany started World War II in 1939, it also sought the same purge for all of Europe. Art considered Germanic was confiscated from all over Europe and brought to Germany. Adolf Hitler planned to create a massive museum in his home town of Linz, Austria, the Furermuseum, which he envisioned to become the cultural center of Europe. Continue reading

Was the Fourteenth Amendment Constitutionally Adopted?

President Andrew Johnson

During and after the Civil War, Southerners repeatedly declared that the cause for which they fought was the “sublime moral principle” of states’ rights. Given such protestations, and given the history of southern resistance to federal authority throughout the antebellum period, it is easy enough to associate states’ rights exclusively with the South—but it is also mistaken. Connecticut and Massachusetts endorsed interposition in 1808; the Hartford Convention of 1814 did the same. In 1840 Vermont made it a crime to aid in the capture of a runaway slave, despite the federal fugitive slave act. In 1846 the Massachusetts House of Representatives declared the Mexican War unconstitutional; a decade later Wisconsin asserted the supremacy of its supreme court over the United States Supreme Court. Continue reading

Camp Douglas: Chicago’s forgotten Civil War prison camp

Publisher’s NOTE: For me, what you are about to read has been a fascinating journey – partially because I spent 12 or 13 years of my youth growing up in the ‘burbs about 25 miles north of the Chicago Loop. Even with the amazing teaching of Mr. Adair in the 5th grade, I was not aware of the history nor the monument dedicated to our Brothers from down South. Oh no, no – I am not speaking of the Brutha’s who have probably died in the 32nd Street and Cottage Grove area in modern times – I speak of the ancestors who fought the Second American Revolution. Oh – I guess some of you still call it the Civil War. Well children – no war was ever civil, so just hush yo’ mouth…

When I came across the first part of what lays before you, I was instantly drawn in – but it has sat in my folder for quite some time, but then the second part was placed at my feet just two nights ago – and that was it – it was time to edit and publish this amazing story – and yet – given the topic – it is disgusting as well, but it is our history.

So sit back and breath it in – keeping in mind that the first part of the journey is a bit jaded, due to the Nawth’n way of looking at things? – but the second part gets to the meat of reality. What REALLY went on in this 80 acres of pure Hell? – Oh – and by the way, in 1970 my wife (then fiance) and I went to a birthday party one night around 32nd and Cottage Grove – and we were the only White folks in the ‘hood.

I’ll see you at Sundown…

Prisoners of Camp Douglas

When Chris Rowland’s co-worker told him that Chicago was once home to a Civil War prison camp, he almost didn’t believe it. But a bit of Googling led Chris to a name, Camp Douglas, and a location, Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. It also led him to the camp’s gloomy history, one that included dismal living conditions and a death toll that numbered in the thousands. Beyond that, though, Chris, a 36-year-old sales engineer at a South Side manufacturing company, found hardly any information about the camp. So he came to Curious City for help:

Why was there a prison camp in Chicago during the Civil War and why did so many people die there? What happened to it?
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The First 13th Amendment: Contradicting the Union Myth of a Holy Cause

In history Americans seem to prefer whitewashed myth to truth.

Ludwell H. Johnson used the words, the American Iliad, in the subtitle for his comprehensive book on the American “Civil War,” North Against South. The Iliad analogy is very appropriate for two reasons. First, the War was a traumatic, bloody, and nation changing event. The enormous casualties and destruction alone would sear its battles, personalities, and tales of heroism into American memory. Second, what most Americans know about the causes of the War is a pious myth. Continue reading

Who Was the Founding Father of the Fourth Amendment?

He sparked John Adams’s passion for independence.

February 5 marks the birth of the American who had the greatest hand in what became the 4th Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures – James Otis. Unfortunately, “one of the most passionate and effective protectors of American rights” is too-little remembered today.

Otis’ efforts applied the celebrated English maxim, “Every man’s house is his castle” – or, as William Pitt said in Parliament in 1763, that “The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the crown” – to the colonies, in resistance to Crown-created writs of assistance. They were broad search warrants enabling customs officials to enter any business or home without advance notice, probable cause, or reason, which Otis asserted were unconstitutional. Continue reading

Confederate veterans group says schools should teach true history

Several local members of a Confederate veterans group say public schools are not properly educating students on Civil War history, and the group wants that to change.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) approached the Catawba County Board of Education on Monday to ask why high school bands did not take part in the Soldiers Reunion Parade. That conversation evolved into a discussion of how the Civil War is taught in schools. Continue reading

History Must Be Accepted and Celebrated, not Destroyed

The General Lee statue at the heart of the Charlottesville riots. | Wikimedia Commons

At Hillsdale, the beginning of each semester is typically characterized by calculating the minimum amount of sleep required to function, stressing over the looming workload ahead, and raving over the prospect of reading Dante or Virgil with their favorite professors. But not for students at the University of North Carolina, who, on Aug. 20, seized their last night of freedom to help topple Silent Sam, a confederate statue erected on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus. Continue reading

Andrew Jackson and the Standing Army

Whatever historians might claim, Andrew Jackson feared and despised imperialism as the inevitable death of the republic. He cherished expansion as normal, but he considered imperialism a perversion of expansion and republicanism. To our modern ears, this might sound like a very fine distinction, but to Jackson and the frontier settlers of his day, the distinction proved immense. Equally important, Jackson harbored suspicions about the United States employing a standing army throughout the entirety of his adult life. When a choice must be made, he defended the right of militias against standing armies. Continue reading

The Alamo Is Still Under Siege’?

How San Antonio handles the Alamo Plaza redevelopment will say a lot about what kind of city it wants to become.

San Antonio may have been founded in 1718, but it was a thirteen-day siege in 1836 that gave the city its second name: the Alamo City.

More than 1.5 million people visit the Alamo every year, and far too many leave underwhelmed. There’s a lack of interpretive signage, no visitors center, and no presentation of the larger battlefield and the events that unfolded there. Instead, the Alamo is under siege once again, this time by commerce and schlock. The plaza has all the gravitas of a saloon, with noisy, carnival-like surroundings that include an Odditorium, Haunted Adventure, Guinness World Records Museum, and Tomb Rider 3D, all courtesy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. All that’s missing is a midway and corny dogs. Continue reading

The FINAL Straw: Setting the Record Straight

The Stamp Act, pamphlet, published in London, 1765. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

When do you think the American Revolution began? Was it with the signing of the Declaration of Independence; was it with the opening skirmish at Lexington and Concord? I think it became inevitability the moment the Stamp Act was passed in 1765. This one small tax on printed goods was the first in a long train of events which culminated in the Colonies deciding they didn’t want to be governed by British rule anymore.

Therefore, if the Stamp Act was the opening act of the American Revolution, what would you say was the opening act of the so-called Civil War? I may be alone in thinking this, but I think that the implementation of the plan for a government, as outlined by the Constitution, was the first of many events that eventually led to the South seeking its independence from the system of government they had helped bring to life just 70 some odd years earlier. I’ll get to that in more detail in a moment, but for the time being I’d like to discuss another issue that is of concern to me. Continue reading

“What does that flag mean to you?”

I had the privilege of attending a flagging event yesterday (9/2/18) at Silent Sam’s pedestal on the UNC-CH campus with some folks from out-of-state. Most of them, I believe, were from South Carolina, and at least one was from Georgia; good folks, all of them, and I enjoyed being there. We could have used more North Carolinians, and in a way, the lack of fellow North Carolinians inspired this article. Things went smoothly for the most part. There were a few snide remarks mumbled by passers-by, but that was as out-of-hand as it got.

I did get the chance to talk to, and try to educate, a few people who stopped to ask questions. Continue reading