Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: A New Nationality

    “We’ve spawned a new race here Mr. Dickenson, rougher, simpler, more violent, more enterprising, less refined. We’re a new nationality. We require a new nation.” Benjamin Franklin, 1776         He started off in a low

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thomas Jefferson

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence

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Robert E. Lee’s Greatest Victory

  He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression; and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach;

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Abraham Lincoln

And, after that, the chunky man from the West, Stranger to you, not one of the men you loved As you loved McClellan, a rider with a hard bit, Takes you and uses you as you could be used, Wasting

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How the West Was Won

Western Wagons They went with axe and rifle, when the trail was still to blaze, They went with wife and children, in the prairie-schooner days, With banjo and with frying pan—Susanna, don’t you cry! For I’m off to California to

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Civilization VI Optimism

    As faithful readers of this blog know, I like to play historically based computer strategy games.  One of my favorite series has been the Civilization games by Sid Meier.  The first one reached my house on Christmas Eve

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Grant: Man of Contradictions

Fate has a way of picking unlikely material, Greasy-haired second lieutenants of French artillery, And bald-headed, dubious, Roman rake-politicians. Her stiff hands were busy now with an odd piece of wood, Sometime Westpointer, by accident more than choice, Sometime brevet-captain

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Litany for Dictatorships

  The home raids on conservatives in Wisconsin, go here to read about them, brought this Stephen Vincent Benet poem that he wrote in 1935 to mind.  If more people do not stand up when government is run by gangsters this

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The Last Stand of the Black Horse Troop

Something for the weekend.  I Am a Rebel Soldier sung by Waylon Jennings.  Stephen Vincent Benet in his epic poem on the Civil War, John Brown’s Body, follows, in part of his poem, a Confederate Georia cavalry unit in the Army of

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D W Griffith’s Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, who padded up and down The sacred White House in nightshirt and carpet-slippers, And yet could strike young hero-worshipping Hay As dignified past any neat, balanced, fine Plutarchan sentences carved in a Latin bronze; The low clown out

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February 12, 1865: Lincoln’s Last Birthday

Lincoln was a long man. He liked out of doors, He liked the wind blowing And the talk in country stores He liked telling stories, He liked telling jokes. “Abe’s quite a character,” Said quite a lot of folks. Lots

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God of Our Fathers

Something for the weekend.  God of Our Fathers.  Written in 1876 to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it reminds each American how fortunate we are to live in this land.   God of our fathers, whose almighty

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American History and Political Correctness

“the difference between the old and the new education being) in a word, the old was a kind of propagation – men transmitting manhood to men; the new is merely propaganda.” CS Lewis, The Abolition of Man My son and

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Lee’s Greatest Victory

He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression; and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a

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The Many Faces of Abe

One of the many things that I find fascinating about Lincoln is how different he looked in most of his photographs.  All but one of the Lincoln photographs were taken during the last eleven years of his life, and they

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The Army of the Potomac

Army of the Potomac, advancing army, Alloy of a dozen disparate, alien States, City-boy, farm-hand, bounty-man, first volunteer, Old regular, drafted recruit, paid substitute, Men who fought through the war from First Bull Run, And other men, nowise different in

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The Army of Northern Virginia

      Army of Northern Virginia, fabulous army, Strange army of ragged individualists, The hunters, the riders, the walkers, the savage pastorals, The unmachined, the men come out of the ground, Still for the most part, living close to

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Justice Hathorne

He pointed his finger once more, and a tall man, soberly clad in Puritan garb, with the burning gaze of the fanatic, stalked into the room and took his judge’s place. “Justice Hathorne is a jurist of experience,” said the

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Governor Dale

and cruel Governor Dale, who broke men on the wheel Stephen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil and Daniel Webster, Benet has Satan conjure up the damned souls of 12 villains from American

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King Philip

King Philip was there, wild and proud as he had been in life, with the great gash in his head that gave him his death wound. Stephen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil

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Walter Butler

For there was Walter Butler, the loyalist, who spread fire and horror through the Mohawk Valley in the times of the Revolution. Stpehen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster In his short story The Devil and Daniel Webster, Benet

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Daniel Webster and Leviathan

I have long admired Stephen Vincent Benet’s The Devil and Daniel Webster in which Daniel Webster defeats Satan in a jury trial for the soul of Jabez Stone.  Far lesser known is an amusing story written by Benet in which

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The Reverend John Smeet

The Reverend John Smeet, with his strangler’s hands and his Geneva gown, walked as daintily as he had to the gallows. The red print of the rope was still around his neck, but he carried a perfumed handkerchief in one

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Girty the Renegade

And there was Simon Girty, the renegade, who saw white men burned at the stake and whooped with the Indians to see them burn. His eyes were green, like a catamount’s, and the stains on his hunting shirt did not

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Fortnight For Freedom Day 1: Freedom is Not Just a Big Word

  Beginning for two weeks, up to Independence Day, the Bishops are having a Fortnight For Freedom: On April 12, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S.  Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, “Our First, 

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Alternate Georges

On the birthday of the Father of Our Country it is proper to take a moment and reflect that in all likelihood the United States of America would not exist today but for the leadership shown by George Washington during

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February 6, 1862: Surrender of Fort Henry

Fate has a way of picking unlikely material, Greasy-haired second lieutenants of French artillery, And bald-headed, dubious, Roman rake-politicians. Her stiff hands were busy now with an odd piece of wood, Sometime Westpointer, by accident more than choice, Sometime brevet-captain

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Sam Grant, the Beatles and the Internet

I feel that we are on the eve of a new era, when there is to be great harmony between the Federal and Confederate. I cannot stay to be a living witness to the correctness of this prophecy; but I

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United States v. Satan

A scene from the classic movie, The Devil and Daniel Webster, based upon the short story by Stephen Vincent Benet, in which Daniel Webster bests Satan in a jury trial to save the soul of New Hampshireman Jabez Stone.  Prior to

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Marse Robert

Some of our readers south of the Mason-Dixon line no doubt have perhaps felt left out in my many posts regarding Abraham Lincoln.  I am fully aware that great Americans fought on both sides of the Civil War, and one

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