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21 April 2010


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there are many distinguished people associated with VMI. Instructors, graduates, etc.

Stonewall Jackson, George Marshall, Chesty Puller, W. Patrick Lang, etc.

(May the Col. live in human terms as long as Stonewall Jackson's nag, 36 years.)

William R. Cumming

The Institute will be heard from today.

Patrick Lang

will et al

Ah! Little Sorrel is his name. He was Jackson's favorite among his saddle string. Jackson's division (then) held the lower Valley in 1861. That is the north end next to the Potomac. His troops stopped a US Army train on the B&O railroad and appropriated the contents and the engine. The rest they burned. Among the booty were a couple carloads of army remounts. Jackson walked around among them looking them over. He noticed after a while that one particular horse was following him around like a dog. He looked at it closely. It was a small rather undistinguished brown creature. It obviously liked being petted. He bought it (typical Jackson) from the Quartermaster's Department intending to give it to his wife to use as a saddle horse. The gelding proved to be as tough as an old boot and with wonderful stamina. The wife never got the horse. On the march Jackson halted religiously ten minutes in every hour, and made the men stack arms in the road while officers inspected feet. This horse would go over to the side of the road and lie down like a dog during the halt all the while watching Jackson. When the halt was ended the horse would "report" without signals to Jackson's side ready for duty. Old Jack was aboard this horse in the dark at Chancellorsville, reconnoitering in front of his lines when Confederate infantry opened fire believing that the staff party were Union cavalry. Jackson was hit in the left arm. Union artillery then opened fire in the dark wood as well. The horse was found several days later wandering slightly wounded in the wilderness. Jim Lewis, Jackson's camp cook led the horse down Broad Street in Richmond in Stonewall's funeral. The newspapers say that Jackson's broken old boots looked strange reversed in the stirrups. The horse's stuffed body is in the VMI Museum, still saddled. Lewis was a free African-American man of Lexington, Virginia. He stayed with the corps' headquarters until Autumn of 1864 when Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Pendleton, the corps CofS was killed. "Sandy" Pendleton was also a Lexington man. He was in his mid-twenties. Lewis went home after that, saying, "General Jackson's dead, Mister Sandy's dead. Now Jim is through." He was dead a month later.

Welcome to Confederate History Month. pl


Tell us about a "well deserved award" after Iran has a nuclear-tipped ICBM pointed at us.

Phil Giraldi

I really don't like Hillary but she has performed far far better than I ever would have expected. I was thinking that she was far superior to her predecessor but then realized I couldn't remember who her predecessor was. Condi. Ms Rice should be toasting in some level in hell at the present time but I believe she is actually back at Stanford.

Cloned Poster

I had the double pleasure of attending two speeches from Ms. Clinton in Dublin and Tanzania.

Great Stateswoman.

Patrick Lang


She doesn't seem at all soft on the Iranians. It will be interesting to hear what she has to say on this subject at VMI in what is likely to be a major foreign policy speech. I will be there. pl


Thanks Col. for the story of lil Sorrel. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was quite a character! Another favorite of mine is the Cajun, Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, who did not learn to speak English until he was twelve!

Patrick Lang


My favorite is Jubal Early, perhaps because I am like him. pl



To add to the Confederate History Month lesson you could say that the Stonewall Brigade found out just how tough their Yankee counterparts in the Iron Brigade were during their first engagement at Brawner's Farm (preceding the 2nd Battle of Bull Run). (Of course you could twist a Yankee's tail and claim they taught them how to fight).

I think Secretary Clinton has shown she is just as tenacious as the soldiers (of both sides) were then.


Col: I want President Obama to nominate her for the Supreme Court and make General Jones Secretary of State...and fire Dennis Ross immediately.


i wish there was a way to search the archives. we had quite an extensive discussion of the battle of cedar creek, sheridan & custer a few years ago.

Patrick Lang


Did you gert my DD 214? We could start a major discussion on the WBS/CW if you like. pl

Patrick Lang


My Yankee ancestors in the 2nd Vermont and 5th Wisconsin gave as good as they got.

At Gettysburg, Harry Heth's men yelled "Oh, no. It's them black hat fellers again," when they saw the Iron Brigade coming through the woods. pl

John Waring

Didn't the 26th North Carolina regiment and the Iron Brigade shoot each other to pieces the second day at Gettysburg?


For someone who has historically been characterized by some in the media as having a huge ego--and yes I assume most pols do--she has certainly taken to her job selflessly as a team player, and as a no-nonsense hard worker.

Patrick Lang


The first day on McPherson's Ridge. Colonel Burgwyn of the 26th was killed just a few yards from the spot at which MG Reynolds was killed by a sniper. pl



Any chance this will be taped? I am unfortunately unable to attend, though I did send the notice to some friends in Blacksburg. Hopefully they will make the drive up.

Patrick Lang


I was just notified that the vent has been postponed into October for scheduling reason. Stay tuned. pl


Col. Thanks for the update. I'll pass it along to my friends in Blacksburg. President Obama is speaking at the University of Michigan commencement this weekend. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say.

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