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“Do you want to join in?” The blond who had introduced himself as Carlisle offered. 

The corners of your mouth lifted into a small smile. “I don’t know that I’d be any good. It’s been a while.” 

“How long’s a while?” Asked the honey blond with the southern accent… Jasper, you reminded yourself, his name is Jasper.

“Late 1800s…or thereabouts.” You replied with a smile. “I sorta lose track of the years. After the end of the War of Northern Aggression in any case.” You put a hand to your mouth, embarrassed by your slip of the tongue. “Sorry, the Civil War they call it now right?” 

“You’re from the south?” Jasper asked, eyes dancing with emotion. 

You pressed your lips together, suppressing a grin. “Huston Texas, born raised and bitten. Are we playing or what?” 

It was Jaspers turn to look embarrassed. “Sure thing darlin’ as long as we can talk more later.” 

The large one, Emmett, grinned so widely his dimples showed. “Well now Jazz, you didn’t show this much interest in me when you found out I was from Tennessee. I’m hurt.” He held one large hand to his unbeating heart. 

“Emmett. Shut up.” 

“And he calls himself a southern gentleman…” 

“EMMETT!” 

This game was looking like it might end up a lot of fun after all. 

  • man who refers to the American Civil War as 'The War of Northern Aggression' and insists against all historic values that the confederates were outnumbered 10-1 in most battles: "kids these days are being taught nothing but liberal brainwashing crap"
Reasons For the American Civil War

1) Slavery

2) See 1

B-b-but…states’ rights!

The right to continue slavery.

B-b-but…economic reasons.

An economy built on slavery.

B-b-but…war of northern aggression.

I’d be pretty aggressive if my neighbouring countrymen were keeping slaves.

B-b-but…the founding fathers.

Owned fucking slaves and were dead.

B-b-but…Africans sold slaves.

And if we were talking about the African civil war you’d have a point.

so i have a question

what exactly do southern states would have happened if the confederacy had won? like, i’ve heard of the whole attitude of “war of northern aggression” and “it wasn’t about slavery” etc. etc. but do they actually portray the things that would’ve happened if the confederates won as good? like in schools and shit? in front of children?

bc if so that is so fucking wild man i’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around it

sin eater, part 1 (between heaven & hell)


Yes, I know I have a number of unfinished fics on the go at the moment, but this is my birthday present to @kliomuse. Cass, we bonded over Captain Swan, and fic, and books and life in general, and I am so happy to call you my friend, both on Tumblr and off. You’ve helped me so much with our brainstorming sessions and your notes, and this is for you! A little fic set in the world of BH&H during the Jazz Age, in the city of Mardi Gras and voodoo, sinners and saints, New Orleans. I have never written this time period, or tried anything approximating Southern Gothic, so we’ll see how this goes. Posting in parts on Tumblr for now and I’ll upload to ff.net and AO3 when the whole thing is complete.

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Summary: A desperate young woman seeks a deal with the devil, but in the city of sinners and saints called New Orleans anything can happen, and while a demons answers, an angel listens and the souls of two young lovers hang in the balance between heaven and hell.


New Orleans, 1923

The young woman hitched her canvas bag a little higher on her shoulder and stared through the bars of the tall iron gate in front of her. Was it truly to keep people out…or was it keeping something in? Her grandmère had always warned her not to dabble in the arts practiced by the voodoo queens, the potions, the fortune-telling, the creation of charms and amulets to ward and protect, and most of all, the summoning of spirits.

“Once opened, the door cannot be closed, child. You will be forever marked, and those from the other side will have seen into the very heart of your soul itself. And they will want it for their own, they will crave it more than a newborn babe craves the milk of its mother’s breast.”

For a moment she quailed, the long-dead voice whispering in her ear like the call of the wind through the cypress trees out on the bayou. But then the gate creaked, hinges squeaking as the elaborately wrought cross in the middle began to part in two. It was only an inch, maybe less, moved perhaps by the rumble of a passing train or a strong breeze. But she’d heard no whistle in the distance, and the air around her was absolutely still. She shifted, looking around for any sign of a caretaker or sentry who might spot her and chase her off. Finding none, she approached the open gate and squeezed through the gap, flattening her skirt against her thighs lest it get snagged and the bag bumping awkwardly against her hip. She could feel the hard outlines of the carefully procured items inside, a candle that had never been lit, a container full to the brim with salt, a cloth-bound journal, and a small, sharp knife.

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redarmyscreaming  asked:

they should probably destroy the statues of their founding fathers that profited from the slave trade tooI’m sure that’ll do a lot to fix the problems in that country :v If only the Federal forces at Fort Sumter had not fired on Charleston thereby starting the WAR OF NORTHERN AGGRESSION.

History is never black and white, and attempting to present it as such only leads to revisionism. 

Rise of the Raven King: A Line-By-Line Analysis of Euron Greyjoy’s Introduction on Game of Thrones

(credit to Robin Furth and Richard Isanove)

In the final pages of the most recent book in ASOIAF, we see a character defined by his secrets and the front he uses to hide them fully unveil himself, finally expressing his worldview unfiltered…because he’s talking to a man he’s about to kill, so he can afford to be honest. Of course, while Kevan Lannister promptly takes the secret to his grave, we the readers are left with an indelible impression of Varys the Spider. No matter what lies he tells from here on in, no matter what faces he wears, we have seen the true Varys. “He is here.” 

In “Home,” the second episode of Game of Thrones’ sixth season, a similar scene occurs, only in this character’s case, we’ve had no such scene in the books. Euron Greyjoy is always performing; only when you put together the hints GRRM drops about him in AFFC, coupled with the nightmarish images of the man that leap out from ADWD and the released Theon chapter from TWOW, does it become clear that Euron is a monster wearing a pirate suit. The veil has yet to fully drop in ASOIAF…which is why it’s so powerful that GoT introduces him expressing his true self to his brother Balon before tossing him into the sea. For the show-only crowd, it’s a dense, dramatic introduction to a new character who’s clearly here to fuck with everyone’s shit; I think the showrunners led with this scene so that when Euron puts on the pirate suit for the kingsmoot, the show-only audience is primed to see through it. For book readers, though, it’s a gift: Euron Uncut, a behind-the-scenes portrait that syncs so perfectly with all the aforementioned groundwork laid in the books that it practically demands a line-by-line treatment. So here we are! 

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magnificent seven spoilers - a rewatch with subtitles!
  • we find out some of the townspeople names - Phillip (who survived) and Gavin (who didn’t)
  • Preacher survives the fight at the end as well
  • the little boy at the beginning who Bogue calls up is named Anthony, his father is the one whom Goodnight calls “Schoolteacher” - he and his father both survive the battle
  • Bogue offers 20 dollars for each parcel of dust
  • The woman with the baby is named Leni, her husband Caleb was shot dead at the beginning of the movie by Bogue’s men
  • The one eyed guy at card table with Faraday is named Lucas
  • Sam wanted to order a shot of busthead but had to settle for a double
  • Daniel Harrison aka Powder Dan is the bartender who ran with an outlaw named July Bully who Sam killed
  • Sam was whispering/singing the following lyrics “bring them in, from the fields of sin, bring them in”
  • the people at the cards table thinks Sam is gonna kill Faraday for staying behind
  • Sam is a duly sworn warrant officer from Wichita, Kansas, also a licensed peace officer in Indian territories in Nebraska, Arkansas, and 7 other states
  • The two men holding Faraday at gun point were brothers Earl and Dicky - Earl was known as Wild Bill and also The Two Gun Kid - they believed Faraday cheated them out of 50 dollars in a card game 3 days past in Virginia City
  • The town had about 40 men - farmers, not fighters
  • Faraday’s horse is a stallion named Jack
  • Faraday refers to Bogue as “Bart Bogue, the robber baron”
  • Goodnight is a Cajun 
  • Vasquez is wanted for killing a ranger, the reward for his capture or death is 500 dollars (quite a hefty price back in the days)
  • Sam seems to keep track of Goodnight’s movements or else he wouldn’t have just magically known that Goodnight would be at Volcano Springs - which means the two keeps some form of contact
  • The man Billy is fighting is named Arcade, and the referee of the fight is named Eddy
  • Goodnight was serving a warrant on Billy for the Northern Pacific Railroad - found Billy in a redneck saloon in Texas and watched in awe as Billy took on a whole room bare-knuckled (basically he had a “oh no he’s hot” moment)
  • Faraday suggests they spend half a day drinking
  • Goodnight and Sam greets each other very warmly, implying again they do see each other often enough to form a closeness, not to mention a familiar greeting style - Goody: “sight to see you with the storm on our backs.” - Sam: “rain ain’t nothing but wet.” - “Goody: “what we lose in the fire.” - Sam: “we will find in the ashes.”
  • Sam and Goodnight doesn’t just hug - Sam also tugs very affectionately on Goodnight’s hat
  • Goodnight refers to the group as “me in my grey, Chisolm my blue, Billy a mysterious man of the Orient, drunk Irishman, a texican, a lady and her gentleman caller”
  • Goodnight’s grandfather died at the Alamo in 1836 during the Texas Revolution - “New Orlean Greys, long barracks, bayonets, blood, teeth”
  • Vasquez’s grandfather was one of those “devils” that was in active service during the Texas Revolution - Toluca Battalion - hence Vasquez commenting “hey, maybe my grandfather killed your grandfather”
  • Jack Horne was a legend, known for killing 300 Native Americans
  • Horne and Sam met up in Cheyenne about 6 years ago before the events of the movie, which would have been the year 1873
  • When Vasquez says he doesn’t trust anyone who would bury their dead above the ground, Goodnight comments “don’t call the alligator big mouth til you cross the river"
  • When everyone is awake by the campfire at night - Vasquez is the only one sleeping (i relate to this so much, nap is important)
  • Goodnight joins Sam and says to him “we have heard the chimes at midnight have we not?”
  • Goodnight asks Sam what they get out of this fight, a little cash money or diamonds? Sam afffectionately comments “you ain’t changed” - further showing that the show has a very established history and fondness for each other
  • Goodnight comments that Emma is about same age that Sam’s sister would have been if she had lived
  • Red Harvest states his elders told him he has a different path
  • Sam lies that Billy is his manservant, that he saved Billy’s life in Shanghai so Billy owes him a debt of honor and the like
  • Sam calls Blackstone Detective Agents “cowards, union busting, back shooting homesteaders and women”
  • Faraday and Vasquez shoot back to back
  • Horne at one point dodges bullets so gracefully and agile that it’s like he knows ballet or the quick step
  • Billy covers for Goodnight, saying that his gun was jammed - Faraday clearly doesn’t believe it
  • Billy gets 5 of Bogue’s men, Faraday at first says he got 6, but after Vasquez says he has 6 too, Faraday changes his count to 7
  • Vasquez calls Faraday “guero” - the spanish slang term for a fair skinned or light haired person
  • Sam’s home is Lincoln, Kansas 
  • Gavin is the owner of the Elysium Hotel where the seven stashes their dynamite boxes
  • the town has only 7 days to prepare
  • Horne likes beans!
  • “Fame is a sarcophagus” - Goodnight says
  • Red Harvest comments that white men’s food is for dogs in his native tongue, to which Horne asks Sam what he’s saying and Sam jokes that Red Harvest is asking Horne to “kindly stop staring at his hairline” to which Horne replies “as soon as he stops licking his lips over mine” - casual racism of the time period
  • Faraday, when he’s checking everyone’s guns at the line asks “who here fought in the war of northern aggression?” - likely referring to the Civil War
  • the townspeople don’t want to learn knives from Billy because it’s too hard
  • Goodnight shows his military experience in training the townspeople to shoot - also proving that he is a good teacher
  • Goodnight has 23 confirmed kills at the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War, dubbed the Angel of Death, and a member of Conley’s Confederate Sharpshooters
  • Goodnight shoots the dummy 7 times, hits all 7 in the same place with enough force to knock the fake head off
  • Goodnight gives Billy the water canteen to drink after he did, there’s literally no drops, Billy shoves it back harder at Goodnight’s chest who just shrugs
  • Vasquez refers to some of the seven as “cabron” - spanish slang term for asshole, fucker, bitch
  • someone is picking off the mining guards from across the river when they went to go get the dynamite - we don’t know who is doing the shooting but it could be Goodnight
  • Only two men on Bogue’s side survived the first fight at Rose Creek - the Sheriff whose name is Harp that Sam sent to deliver the message to Bogue, and McCann, Bogue’s enforcer who rode off as fast as he could once the fight started
  • the first fight was seven men against “22 of the best guns money could buy”
  • Bogue’s Indian warrior is named Denali - whom Bogue asks to recruit an army to come back to Rose Creek
  • Faraday comments to Emma that he has no father and implies he has nightmares about taking a life
  • Both Sam and Billy refers to Goodnight as “Goody”
  • “very smart, smoking” - Vasquez says to Faraday when they’re both setting up bombs and in response, Faraday tosses the cigarette at Vasquez’s arm
  • Horne rides in as Goodnight is checking the time at 3 minutes and Horne says it’s too much land to cover 
  • Faraday calls his two guns Ethel and Maria - Vasquez jokes he has three Marias
  • The owl followed me, I heard the voice, I pull that trigger in violence, I’ll die a ghastly death” - Goodnight says to Billy who tries to calm him down by giving him a smoke
  • Horne had a wife and some children, he doesn’t like comparing guns to women
  • a lady from the town stitched up Horne’s clothing, clearly showing interest to which Vasquez comments Horne should return the favor
  • THERE ARE ACTUAL OWLS HOOTING WHEN SAM AND GOODNIGHT ARE HAVING THEIR HEART TO HEART 
  • Goodnight and Sam met when union soldiers were “kicking my sorry ass six ways to sunday” and Sam stopped it - “you asked me why I wanted to save a piece of rebel trash like you and I told you that the war was over”
  • Goodnight comments that the war isn’t over, not the killings and how it just goes on and on and on and he sees so much death
  • Goodnight tells Sam to “remember me as I was” and not as someone “faint-hearted” and a “coward” - someone who became everything he hates
  • Billy started to drink after Goodnight was shown to have left
  • Vasquez says he has no where else to go so he will stay
  • Horne says to be in the service of others with people he respects, he shouldn’t have to ask for more than that
  • Faraday is quiet, doesn’t comment, but does stay
  • Vasquez and Horne are both surprised that Red Harvest speaks English - cue sassy Red Harvest “so?”
  • Horne seemed to be someone who found religion later in life and looking for redemption 
  • Teddy ends up getting shot on the right shoulder and the gatling gun caught him in the leg
  • Vasquez basically calls McCann “motherfucker” in Spanish for shooting Faraday in the side and really pummels the other guy with a lot of bullets
  • Red Harvest actually runs out of arrows and switches to using a gun, which he has no problem of hitting his targets with either
  • Goodnight rides in 10 minutes late like the horseman of death (or angel of death) and warns “they got the devil’s breath”
  • Gavin, the hotel owner of the town, is killed by the spray of bullets from the gatling gun
  • Horne and Teddy drops to the ground and Horne shields the younger man
  • Vasquez gets hit by gatling gun in the left shoulder/arm
  • When the gatling gun is reloading, Faraday is the one to think of “the children!” and goes to help Sam move the kids out of harm’s way
  • Goodnight sends the Schoolteacher back down the steeple, tells him to get out - schoolteacher ends up joining his son Anthony and helps moving the kids away
  • Horne is pulling Teddy to cover, tells him to get something wrapped around his leg, find some ammo, and that Teddy did good
  • Horne’s death while Teddy watches is such a parallel to Boromir’s death which Pippin and Merry witnesses in LOTR
  • the second round of gatling gun fire may have knocked some debris into Billy’s left shoulder, he’s seen grasping it when the gun is being fired and he and Goodnight are ducked down
  • Vasquez says “andale, guero!” when Faraday gets onto his horse
  • Goodnight says “ride Faraday, ride!” as he covers Faraday’s run from the steeple
  • the gatling gun reloads for a third time and actually hits the steeple after Goodnight and Billy took out all the riders chasing Faraday - Goodnight actually gets hit twice first before Billy also gets hit
  • Billy’s last words are “oh Goody”
  • Faraday is shot at least 5 times, 3 on the right side, 1 on right arm, 1 on left leg 
  • Bogue enters the town with two other men who Sam lured into the undertaker’s office with the same song he sings at the beginning of the film “bring them in”
  • Bogue’s men attacked Sam’s family on October 14, 1867 - raped his mother, killed his two sisters then strung them up, and then tried to hang him too
  • Bogue thinks going into the church will protect him, asks if Sam is a god fearing man
  • Sam doesn’t actually see Bogue trying to reach for the gun in his ankle - Emma actually gets her revenge by killing Bogue
  • Vasquez tells Teddy to take care of Jack - Faraday’s horse
  • Red Harvest is leading along the horse that is carrying Horne’s body
  • Preacher, Teddy, Emma, Phillip, schoolteacher, Anthony, Leni, her baby and others lived
  • Sam’s eyes linger longer on Goodnight’s body
  • when our surviving three rides off, Red Harvest’s whooping can be heard 
  • 4 graves/crosses are placed side by side, likely on the hill/grassy plain where Faraday died blowing up the gatling gun - Goodnight’s cross has his flask, Faraday’s has one of his cards, and in front of Horne’s is red pinwheel - Goodnight and Billy’s names are next to each other

And to this I’ll add: LEAVE MY FLAG ALONE!!!!! Instead if screaming that it’s racist, go educate yourself on what the South really stood for. I’ll give you a hint: State’s rights and small federal government. But since you want to bring up slavery, how about you research that too. Even in the South, slavery was on its way out. The real fight was about how to count black men for purposes of representation in Congress. The North was more heavily populated thus had more representation in the House. To counteract this the South wanted to be able to count blacks. Of course the North didn’t want this. The South knew slavery was going away. In fact, slaves had already been freed in some cases. It was becoming more frequent. (Though certainly not frequent enough.) The South realized slavery was going away. (Again, not fast enough. It would have been at least another 10 years before slavery died out.) Knowing all of this, the South wanted blacks counted as part of their population to increase their representation and help them protect themselves against the tyrannical North. Of course the North didn’t want that. Thus ensued heated political debate. Go read Battle Cry of Freedom by McPherson to truly understand the causes of the War of Northern Aggression.

IN WAR A TOWER OF STRENGTH

Virginia Military Institute Cadets
New Market, Virginia - May 15, 1864

The year was 1864, and for three years the Federal Army had tried everything to defeat the Confederate forces. Many battles had been fought with both sides winning and losing. Casualty counts were far beyond what anyone had considered possible. General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had lost a major battle at Gettysburg, but the South’s willingness to fight for their independence had not diminished.

Federal strategy began to focus on destroying the South’s infrastructure which supplied Confederate forces in the field. In May, Federal General Franz Sigel’s army began its march from Winchester, intent on destroying the Virginia Central Railroad located in Staunton. If successful, General Lee’s Army would no longer receive the rich stores and supplies from the Shenandoah Valley.

To stop the Federal advance, the sparse Confederate forces under the command of General John C. Breckinridge and General John D. Imboden gathered all the troops they could muster. The Virginia Military Institute’s Superintendent Francis Smith was asked if his “School Boy Soldiers” would fall in. Taught from the very beginning at VMI the principles of duty and honor, the young men were eager to prove their worth as soldiers. The cadets marched for 4 days covering 80 muddy miles from Lexington to New Market in the drenching rain.

The battle of New Market began in earnest on the stormy morning of the 15th with lightning, thunder, and cannon fire echoing across the valley. General Breckinridge had not wanted to deploy his 250 young VMI cadets, and held them in a reserve position on the battlefield. But when a large gap opened in the center line of battle, Breckinridge with tears in his eyes said, “Put the boys in, and may God forgive me for the order.”

As the boys moved forward behind their colors the storm greatly intensified, with lightning, thunder and driving rain. Now in the eye of the storm, under heavy cannon and musket fire the cadets began taking casualties. Undeterred, they fought forward through a low section of the field with standing water and deep mud, with a number of the boys losing their socks and shoes. A 12 pound Napoleon cannon was abandoned in the face of the cadet’s charge, which the cheering boys captured. A Confederate officer watching the cadets said their charge “surpassed anything that I witnessed during the war.”

General Breckinridge would later ride to their position and say “Young gentlemen, I have you to thank for the result of today’s operations. Well done, Virginians…well done men!”

The actions of those brave cadets fulfilled the motto of VMI, and would be remembered daily from that day forward. “In Bellō Praesidium - In War A Tower Of Strength”.

Art by John Paul Strain