Saturday, May 12, 2007
Delaware Confederate Monument
Well it took 142 years but Delaware has a monument dedicated to Delawareans who fought for the Confederacy. Today at the Nutter B. Marvel Museum in Georgetown the monument was unveiled. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #2068 (Delaware Grays) was the group that did it. About 200 people plus about 75 costume people were there for the ceremonies. The ceremonies lasted a long time, there was point in which I wondered if the granite monument would crumble before the speeches were done. Update; It would appear I did not give the website of the Delaware Grays click here
Out of the 66 names on the monument I would guess 80% of them were from Sussex County. Delmar was represented by Samuel Batson Hearn who joined the Confederate Army in 1862. He fought at second Manassas and Brandy Station. After returning to Delmar for leave he was captured trying to get back to his unit. He was paroled and he was at the fall of Richmond. His family was there to lay a wreath in his name at the monument. Update for much more information on Samuel Hearn go to the Delaware Grays site and click on Delaware Confederates.
H K Edgerton gave a great speech. He says history is being rewritten to be politically correct.
The Richmond Howitzer and the Danville artillery was there.
The 8th Georgia gave a salute
There was a number of people in costume there
A number of them had been on the History channel and various War between the States movies.
Ben Ward Has a Birthday
Friday, May 11, 2007
The Post Office
Also the Post Office is doing their food drive tomorrow so if you have canned goods or dry goods for them leave the items by your mailbox and they will be picked up.
July 6, 1932.......03
August 1, 1958.....04
March 2, 1974......10
May 29, 1978.......15 "A" Stamp Used
March 22, 1981.....18 "B" Stamp Used
November 1, 1981...20 "C" Stamp Used
February 17, 1985..22 "D" Stamp Used
April 3, 1988......25 "E" Stamp Used
February 3, 1991...29 "F" Stamp Used
January 1, 1995....32 "G" Stamp Used
January 10, 1999...33 "H" Stamp Used
January 7, 2001....34 Nondenominated Stamps Used
June 30, 2002......37 Flag and Antique Toy Stamps Used
January 8, 2006....39 Love True Blue and Lady Liberty Flag Stamps Used
A Spendid Little War - V
This action was one of the stranger ones in the Spanish American War in the fact that if you read books on the war it is rarely mentioned, yet of the 112 Medal of Honor recipients 52 came from this action. One of which was Leonard Chadwick from Middletown Delaware. He was serving on board the USS Marblehead at the time and volunteered to help cut the cable at Cienfuegos. He received the Medal of Honor on July 7, 1899. After being discharged from the service, Leonard Chadwick moved to Boston, Massachusetts . He died of asphyxiation and alcoholism on May 18, 1940.
Cienfuegos is located on the southwest side of Cuba, somewhat below Havana. Why there would be an underwater communication cable to Spain at Cienfuegos is beyond me as you would have to lay it around a third of Cuba before the cable begin to head to Spain.
"I Am Entitled to the Medal of Honor and I Want It"Theodore Roosevelt and His Quest for Glory
By Mitchell Yockelson
One sideline of the Spanish American war was Theodore Roosevelt attempts at trying to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Eventually he was awarded it in 2001 but it was long after his death. Not to completely diminish Roosevelt action in the Spanish American war but I feel it was mostly good publicity and not that much more than anyone else involved in the war. A good website discussing this and a lot of background information is here
In addition, on May 11th the US Torpedo boat Winslow engaged the Spanish at Cardenas Harbor, East of Havana. The Winslow was badly damaged in the ensuing battle. It resulted in the death of 3 sailors and several wounded. One of the dead was Elijah B. Tunnel of Accomac County, Virginia. He was a colored cabin Cook on the "Winslow". He had both legs blown off in a shell burst and later died from the wound. He is buried in Key West. Three Medal of Honor were presented. The Revenue Cutter Hudson towed the Winslow out of danger. The US Revenue Service was the predecessor of today's Coast guard. Congress authorized a special Cardenas Medal of Honor for all on board the Hudson. This medal should not be confused with the Medal of Honor.
In total 55 Medal of Honors were presented for action on May 11th. There would have been more but Naval Officers were not eligible for an award of the Medal of Honor.
A good description of both engagements is given here
Thursday, May 10, 2007
La Mexicanita Visit
Confederate Memorial Day
Delmar Greenhouses and Nurseries
Bess Buds is just north of town on Route 13 (34593 Sussex Highway). 302-875-2507. It actually has a Laurel mailing address but we will forgive them for that and call them part of Delmar. Their plants are always great looking. They set the standard for healthy plants that will probably live once you plant them.
Iron Hill Greenhouse and Garden Center is at 11133 Iron Hill Road. 302-846-3122. They have several greenhouses and additional landscaping material (stone, bulk mulch etc). Their plants also look great and they have the best selection of herbs.
The Garden Hut out on East Line Road (12609 E. Line Road)302-846-3477. It stands out due to the shade cover over the greenhouse that is either pink, magenta, or purple depending on the degree of color blindness you have. It is the smallest of the greenhouses but they have a good selection of plants in 6 packs. They also have a nice assortments of other plants. Being small they will also give you a good price/discount depending on the amount you buy.
Sunnyside Nursery is out on Line Road 302-846-0652. It is connected with the Sunnyside Nursery in Salisbury on Eastern Shore drive. They have a good selection of 6 pack plants and other plants. I wonder if you can't work an arrangement to avoid Maryland Tax on some garden items by selecting the items in Maryland and having them delivered to the Delaware operation.
Panichella Greenhouse is the newest operation. It is on Pepperbox Road 302-846-2824. Now I have always viewed Bess Buds as the standard on plants but Panichella's may exceed her. He only has three greenhouses, but they are full. He has by far the best selection of Petunias, Calibrachoa and Torenia.
Bryan and Brittingham is in town 302-846-9500. Now Bryan and Brittingham is a hardware/feed store but they have a good selection of the standard plants in 6 packs. Just based on quickest to pick up tomato plants they are the place to go.
Second Quarter Moon
The last quarter moon is here. It is also called the second quarter or waxing half moon.
From "Moon Gardening"; In the second quarter moon the pull of gravity is less, but the moonlight is substantial and on the increase, which was believed to encourage strong leaf growth. It was generally considered a good time for most types of planting and the prime time for this was usually two days before the full moon. The types of crops that prefer the second quarter moon are annuals that produce their fruits above the ground, but the seeds form inside the fruit, such as beans, melons, peas, peppers, squash, and tomatoes.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Douglas C. Ringgold
Intersection of Line Road and Stage Road
Sunday, May 06, 2007
There seem to be a culture among our elected officials and government employees that driving rules don't apply to them. They seem to view themselves as Special People and above the law. Does it piss you off as much as it does me? These are the people whose jobs are to enforce the law or make laws governing everyone driving habits. We come to them to complain about speeders and drunks on our roads and they are the ones who are usually doing it. In most cases the higher up elected official is being driven by a state trooper who should know the law. Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey is a recent example. In this case he was not driving but the State trooper who was driving certainly didn't try to obey any road rules other than the Governor rules the road. Then after the accident they tried to blame it on another vehicle. Governor Ed Rendell'sof Pennsylvania has been clocked traveling at more than 100 mphs on nine different occasions Gov. Rendell need for speed. President Bush motorcades have been involved in a number of accidents. In Delaware we certainly all have heard about John Atkins and his attempt at using his "get out of driving drunk" card. In Delmar, we had two elected officials on the Police Commission comment they drove over the speed limit. It is bad enough to have a government vehicle pass you on the highway driving like a bat out of hell but you would think elected officials would not behave like Ricky Bobby. The very government employees that are hired to enforce the laws are the ones who assist the elected officials in covering these violations up, which ensure they can continue to drive drunk or speed. Regretfully, we expect Elected Officials to keep a higher standard of conduct than "normal" people, after all they take an oath of office that says they will uphold the law, and all to often we are disappointed.
Upcoming Events in Delmar
May 8th Tuesday 8 PM Little league Meeting
May 10th Thursday 7 PM Concerned Citizen Meeting
May 10th Thursday 7 PM Middle School Band Concert at High school
My 13th Mother's Day
May 14th Monday 7 PM High School Band Concert at High school
May 17th Band awards
Wilmington Commercial May 2, 1876
Washington, May 1 - By direction of the President, Gen. George A. Custer has been ordered to his regiment in Dakota and left to-night. He is relieved from further duty as commanding officer under the brevet rank, and goes to his regiment as its Lieutenant Colonel. Gen. Terry succeeds him in command of the troops that were under him before he became a politician. Gen. Custer seems considerably chapfallen as this is the first time he has done any duty, except as a general officer since he left his regiment as a line officer, early in the late war.