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Who was William T. Anderson’s friend, F.M.R.?

FMR Flag

When William T. Anderson (aka Bloody Bill) was reported to have been killed, a friend known only as F.M.R. placed a flag on the body with the inscription “Let it not be contaminated by Federal hands.”  Author, Betty Dorsett Duke reveals the likely identity of F.M.R. along with several other illuminating finds.

Read HereWilliam T. Andersons Friend F.M.R.

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William Quantrill and his men: Setting the record straight

Over the years I’ve seen quite a few people who should know better, try to claim that Quantrill and his men were not a legitimate part of the Confederate forces. I came across this some time back and wanted to share it with you.

“February 9, 1864, Bonham, Tex.,
Brigadier General H. E. McCulloch to Brigadier General H. P. Bee
Bonham, Tex., February 9, 1864,
Brig. Gen. H. P. BEE,
Commanding Division on Coast:
GENERAL: Captain Quantrill has been ordered to the coast and will send report to General Magruder. His company could not have been moved to that point if I had not promised to use my influence to keep them in the independent partisan service to which he is entitled by his commission from the President. I have written to General Magruder and asked him to continue them in that service on the coast, and have advised Quantrill to ask for service west of Corpus Christi, where I think he will do us great good.
There is no doubt about their being true Southern men, and, no odds what happens, will fight only on our side. They have been bad behaved in some instances, but have not been guilty of a fourth of what has been charged against them. They are in a country filled with the very worst character of men, numbers of whom are hid in the brush and come out at night and rob and steal; and there are plenty of enemies to the country who would have been glad to get up a conflict by telling bad tales upon them besides those that were true, and I really think the people are to a great extent unnecessarily uneasy about them…..”

This was signed by,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Northern Sub-District.

Read More here: http://www.pddoc.com/skedaddle/010/0187.htm

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Jesse James: Avenger or Cold-Blooded Killer?

Recently PBS’s American Experience re-aired an old documentary about Jesse James. The authors and so-called Jesse James historians on that particular show tried to strip Jesse James of his folk-hero status and paint (smear) him and those he rode with as “terrorists” or cold-blooded psychopathic killers. Why? Only they can answer that; but I have come to the conclusion that they (the authors and so-called Jesse James historians on that show) suffer from a lack of knowledge regarding not only Jesse but also in regards to certain aspects of Civil War history and the effects that war in general can have on a person, especially victims of war atrocities.

Below is a rebuttal to the views expressed by those who tried to tarnish the name of Jesse and the men he rode with. The second is an article about a Civil War sniper by the name of Jack Hinson. I feel the article about Jack Hinson compliments the rebuttal.

Jesse James: Avenger or Cold-Blooded Killer?
by Betty Dorsett Duke

“Jesse James’ legendary status began in his own time and still attracts world-wide fascination. he is referred to as America’s Robin Hood (Avenger), a robbin’ hood, an outlaw, a patriot and a terrorist. Terrorist seems to be used out of place in this instance due to it being a modern word often misused to abuse one’s enemies – is it revealing of those who use it to describe him? Whatever the case may be the debate will probably never end because one man’s Robin Hood is another man’s terrorist. some claim the Border War between Missouri and Kansas rages on, and when one hears accounts like those on the PBS American Experience’s Jesse James, one gets the feeling that the Civil War, the battle between the North and South, is also still being fought with words instead of bullets…” Read the full article here: http://jessejamesintexas.com/whatsnew.htm

Jack Hinson: The Civil War Sniper
Story by David LaPell

I recently came across this article at guns.com and felt it compliments the article I posted on February 12th.
The following is an excerpt: “At the outbreak of the Civil War Hinson owned a flourishing plantation in Stewart County, Tennessee. The wealthy father of ten children, Hinson opposed secession, had actually freed his slaves prior to the Emancipation Proclamation and even once had General Ulysses S. Grant over for supper. This being the case Hinson decided to sit out the war, refusing to choose a side even when one of his sons enlisted in the Confederate Army. Unfortunately for Hinson, the atrocities of war would choose a side for him in 1862 when a Union Patrol picked up his Hinson’s sons, George and John (who like their father were not affiliated with either side) while out hunting for game. The Union soldiers from the 5th Iowa Cavalry assumed the two Hinson boys were rebel guerillas despite their pleas of innocence. The two were disarmed, tied to a tree and then shot. As a further outrage, a lieutenant with the company used his sword to decapitate the two and set their heads on posts around the Hinson farm. Jack Hinson swore revenge.” Read the full article here: http://www.guns.com/jack-hinson-the-civil-war-sniper.html

We shouldn’t judge a person by the canvas of the time in which they lived.

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