Sunday, October 28, 2012

Have you ever felt that "Robert Register" is just the current label for something BIGGER?  ~ robertoreg

ROCK ME 'TILL I DON'T WANT NO MO' ! Landmarks Park in Dothan sponsored a Big Mama lecture back in July. She put Ariton on the map. From July 15 will feature Exploring Big Mama Thornton: Blues Legend of the Wiregrass Presented by Ms. Queen Ali, student, and Dr. Jeneve Brooks professor of Sociology at Troy University Dothan. This presentation explores the unique contributions of Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, the Ariton-born blues singer who first recorded “Hound Dog” (made famous by Elvis) and later wrote and recorded “Ball n’ Chain,” (popularized by Janis Joplin). It will include a discussion of Big Mama’s noted self-taught virtuosity on various instruments and will also feature performance video clips of this famous blues legend of the Wiregrass.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 25, 2012
Dear Robert Register, County Resident,
Letting you know that I received your ILL article request below. I apologize for the delay in this message, but I was away from HCC Library attending conferences and we have limited staff for ILL, so ILL processing of requests did not resume until this week.
I found the citation information from your request at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. at who publishes the magazine "Washington History",  however this particular article is not available freely from this site and we do not own access to this magazine through our database subscription to JSTOR.. So, I did request the article using the citation information from libraries who own copies of the magazine of "Washington History". I will let you know when the article arrives at HCC Library.
Thanks for your understanding.
Andie Craley
HCC Library Interlibrary Loan

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My good friend NATHAN GLICK from Mountain Brook died last week.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER Pictured in a June 15, 1871 Monroe, Michigan Reunion of Veterans of the January 22, 1813 Battle of River Raisin

 Although you wouldn't know it by listening to the Yankee and Canadian historians on Public TV, the Bicentennial of THE CREEK WAR IN ALABAMA truly begins in Monroe, Michigan on January 22. On that date two hundred years ago this January, British and Indian forces destroyed an entire American army on the banks of the River Raisin near present day Monroe and the next day ten Creek warriors who fought on the British side began preparing to return to what is present day Alabama carrying a letter from the British commander at Ft. Malden in present day Amherstburg, Ontario addressed to the Spanish commander at Pensacola. This was the letter Peter McQueen used to get the ammunition that the Mississippi Territorial Militia plundered from McQueen and his party at the Battle of Burnt Corn Creek on July 27, 1813, beginning the Creek War in Alabama.,4570,7-153-54463_19313_20652_19271_19357-117138--,00.html “Indian warriors who had taken part in the battle [of Frenchtown, or the River Raisin] spread throughout the Midwest, bearing news of the British victory. … [A] separate party of ten Creek Indians, led by two chiefs known as the Little Warrior and the Tuskegee Warrior, eluded Rangers along the Wabash while traveling toward their home in Alabama. These Indians had been inspired by Tecumseh during his visit to the southern tribes in 1811, and when war broke out had gone to Detroit to join the British. After fighting in the battle on the Raisin, they began the homeward journey down the Wabash and across southern Illinois. One account says that a British officer, finding these warriors too volatile to control, had given them presents and sent them home. On February 9 the Creeks reached the Ohio River where the Cache River then emptied into it, at what is now Mound City. Living there were two American families, the Thomas Clark family, consisting of a married couple, and the Phillips family, consisting of the pregnant Mrs. Phillips, her two grown children, possibly another child, and a man named Kennedy or Canaday. Visiting the Clarks was a neighbor named Shaver, who had come to buy whiskey. At first, the Creeks appeared friendly and the Clarks gave them dinner, but after dining the Creeks attacked and murdered both families. Shaver was wounded, but ran for his life and escaped, eventually reaching a neighboring settlement. Armed men followed the Indians across the Ohio River into Kentucky, but lost the trail in a snowstorm. Captain Philips, commanding at Fort Massac, led a detachment of soldiers down the river to bury the dead. Kennedy, the Clarks, and Mrs. Phillips were all found dead at the cabins, and the bodies of young William Phillips and his sister were found in the river sometime afterwards. The unborn baby of Mrs. Phillips had been torn from her womb and impaled on a peg; the hogs were eating the mother’s intestines.” — Gillum Ferguson, Illinois in the War of 1812 (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2012), 120"cache+river"+massacre+1813&source=bl&ots=hgbGzA9_u2&sig=08HBmRZIDuE70ALgB9gpJXs By Jon Musgrave Daily Register/Daily Journal Posted Apr 23 HARRISBURG — A Harrisburg native who’s written a new history, “Illinois in the War of 1812,” will present a program about the book at the Harrisburg Public Library noon Wednesday during the Brown Bags and Book hour. Gillum Ferguson’s new book comes on the bicentennial of the War of 1812, sometimes referred to as America’s Second War of Independence. Ferguson, a retired federal prosecutor, took interest in the war while writing an article about early Pope County Sheriff Hamlet Ferguson, for whom Hamletsburg is named. “I saw that he commanded an expedition in the War of 1812 and was surprised to discover that there wasn’t a comprehensive book about Illinois in the War of 1812,” the modern-era Ferguson said. In genealogical research he had discovered Hamlet and his brother Thomas, an early founder of Golconda, who turned out not to be his relatives. “Hamlet particularly was an interesting character,” Ferguson noted. At one point Hamlet led his neighbors in the militia in this expedition in February and March 1813. “They headed south in pursuit of some Indians, perhaps in connection with the Cache River massacre. They went as far as the Yazoo River in Mississippi,” he said. Creek Indians attacked two families living at what would become Mound City on Feb. 9, 1813, killing five and kidnapping two members of the Squire Clark and Kennedy families. While it fits that the massacre could have been trigger that led to Hamlet Ferguson’s expedition, it’s not clear. Like many of the accounts of the war in southeastern Illinois Ferguson couldn’t find any reports that provided details. “The only thing that constituted a kind of narrative of that is the pension application by one of Ferguson’s captains,” he added. But it was the lack of any overall volume compiling all that there was to know about the war in Illinois that surprised Ferguson. With the bicentennial coming up, Ferguson decided to tackle the project himself. The war in the west involved skirmishes between pioneers on the Illinois frontier against increasingly hostile Indians egged on by British forces in the Great Lakes region. The War of 1812 last three years ending with Gen. Andrew Jackson’s victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Ferguson starts his narrative with the killing of a settler near Pocahontas on June 2, 1811. “Elijah Cox: He was overpowered by three members of a small Indian war party. He was killed. His sister was carried off with a party of militia in pursuit,” Ferguson said. “After that event, and a killing of a settler near Alton… relations were frayed (and it was clear) there were bad days ahead.” Southern Illinois at the time was split into just three counties with Johnson and Gallatin Counties created in 1812. Gallatin stretched from the mouth of Lusk’s Creek up the Ohio and Wabash Rivers to almost Vincennes and west past Marion to the Big Muddy River, including all the territory in modern-day Saline. At the time the saltworks at Equality and the river traffic at Shawneetown were the primary settlements in the region. In his book Ferguson “underlines the crucial importance of the War of 1812 in the development of Illinois as a state.” The war began three years after Illinois became a territory and ended just three years before statehood. Ferguson was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College and the University of Illinois College of Law. He worked six years as a state prosecutor and 25 years as an Asst. U.S. Attorney in Chicago. As a federal prosecutor he worked in both criminal and civil divisions and as Deputy Chief of the General Crimes and Public Corruption Divisions, Senior Litigation Council and District Election Officer. Mostly, he concentrated in the prosecution of complex financial fraud. He’s now retired and lives in Naperville. James A. DeGroff Jr., president-elect of the Illinois Society of the War of 1812 called Ferguson’s book an “indispensable history commemorating our nation’s early history,” that will “engage scholars as well as lay readers.” University of Illinois Press published the 360-page tome. Ferguson will have copies to sell and sign Wednesday.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tonight I asked Jacquetta for my DOTHAN HIGH ring back & I gave her back her Enterprise ring. From THE DOTHAN EAGLE DOT COM: Enterprise, Dothan Continue Storied Rivalry Tonight! One of the oldest rivalries in the Wiregrass, if not the oldest, takes center stage tonight at Rip Hewes Stadium in Dothan. For the 82nd time, rivals Enterprise and Dothan, both in their 100th year of football, prepare to battle each other -- and is the case often, playoff implications abound.

Monday, October 08, 2012

July 8, 2001 Washington Post 
by Nancy Trejos
They tell the story of Maryland's founding -- an artistic ode to the Ark and the Dove landing on the shores near what became St. Mary's City and Leonard Calvert negotiating a truce with native Indians.
William A. Smith began to create the mural and its two adjoining panels under a commission from the state of Maryland in 1966. Twenty years later, an artist hired to renovate the work made alterations without consulting Smith -- it was a touch up that touched off a controversy about the right of artists to decide how their work is preserved.