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Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Last weekend I visited the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a free museum with excellent exhibits, a manageable floor plan, and it is located on the beautiful capitol square. Here are links to my individual posts on the museum:

Part One: The Civil War

Part Two: The Spanish-American War

Part Three: The Mexican Border War and World War One

Part Four: World War Two

USS Atlanta.

Built in Glasgow in 1861 as a merchantman named Fingal, she was bought by the Confederacy and after running the Union blockade was outfitted as an ironclad. Subsequently in 1863 the Atlanta was captured by the Union and re-armed as the USS Atlanta.

April 17

In 1863, 1700 Union Army cavalry troopers under Colonel Benjamin Grierson attacked central Mississippi in what is now known as Grierson’s Raid.  

The raid was intended to be a diversionary ploy to draw forces away from Vicksburg, where Union General Ulysses S. Grant was planning to strike with his main force.  

The foray was a complete success; the soldiers burned buildings, destroyed railroads and locomotives, helped free slaves (with, you know, the actions of the actual enslaved people who were looking for a way to GTFO), ruined supplies, demolished bridges, and generally made life difficult for the shithead rebels.  Grierson lost three killed, had seven wounded, and had nine soldiers go missing.

In addition to being a bold behind-enemy-lines action, Grierson’s Raid succeeded in accomplishing something no one had thought possible–making central Mississippi even more of a shithole than it already was.

How A Movie Proved Humans Are Space Orcs

Ever since silent films, humanity has been awestruck by movies and the hijinks that happen in them. However, there was one movie that addressed the topic of humanity’s weirdness to aliens: John Carter.

For those of you that don’t know, John Carter is a movie about a man named, well, John Carter. He was an outlaw around the time of the Civil War and was being pursued by a law keeper. After leading the law keeper into a cave, Carter found a strange artifact that, when he touched and accidentally activated it, sent him onto the desert surface of Mars.

From there, the movie goes on to show Carter stopping a civil war, using Mars’s lesser gravity to perform superhuman jumps and feats of strength. It also shows cultural differences, such as how the Green Martians act not unlike orcs, appearing brutish compared to human society.

The best thing about this movie, in my opinion, is that it came out BEFORE any sort of humans are weird posts appeared. I just happened to remember it thanks to said posts.

anonymous asked:

Hey SLAL, what are your thoughts on Ambrose Burnside?

Follow Up to the Burnside question: What’s up with generals being so eccentric??            

Answered my thoughts on Burnside here.

As for why generals are so eccentric, well, there’s a lot of ego that goes into generalship. There’s a lot of responsibility too, generals make decisions that have casualties, even when they succeed. So you figure a strong ego already, dealing with the stress of command, and it isn’t surprising to see quirks bubble their way to the surface.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

Flint Castle (Castell y Fflint)
Flintshire, Wales by Steve Wainwright

Dating back to 1277 CE, Flint Castle was the first in a series of fortifications built by the English King Edward I during the Conquest of Wales (1277-1283). These castles – dubbed the Iron Ring – were designed to encircle northern Wales and aid in the oppression of its people. Consequently, Flint Castle was attacked during many of the Welsh uprisings. However, it saw its final military use during the English Civil War (1642-1651). Initially a Royalist stronghold, Flint Castle was subjected to a successful 3 month siege by the Parliamentarians. Afterwards, the castle was slighted so as to not be used in any further military conflicts.