Nomenclature of Our Southern Armies

The North Carolinians are called “Tar Heels;” South Carolinians, “Rice Birds;” Georgians, “Goober Grabbers;” Alabamians, “Yaller Hammers;” Texans, “Cow Boys;” Tennesseans, “Hog Drivers;” Louisianians, “Tigers;” Floridians, “Gophers;” Virginians, “Tobacco Worms;” Arkansians, “Tooth-picks;” Missourians, “Border Ruffians;” Kentuckians, “Corn Crackers;” and Mississippians, “Sand Lappers.” The Cavalry, “Buttermilk Rangers;” Infantry, “Webfoot.” A regiment of deserters from the Federal […]

Our Cause Is Just and Holy

Come, all ye sons of freedom, and join our Southern band, We are going to fight the Yankees and drive them from our land. Justice is our motto and providence our guide, So jump into the wagon, and we’ll all take a ride. Wait for the wagon! The dissolution wagon! The South is the wagon, and […]

Receiving Authority There

St. Patrick poured forth to God the following prayer: ‘O Lord Jesus Christ, lead me, I beseech thee, to the seat of the holy Roman Church, that, receiving authority there to preach with confidence Thy sacred truths, the Irish nation may, through my ministry, be gathered to the fold of Christ.’ And soon after, being about […]

To Conquer Is to Live Enough

Confed’rate Forever

May our states of the South never sever But companions of freedom e’er be; May they flourish Confed’rate forever, The boast of the brave and the free. — Dixie, The Land of King Cotton, words by Captain Hughes, music by John Hill Hewitt.

‘Tis Dripping with Our Blood

Oh, I’m a good old Rebel soldier, now that’s just what I am; For this “Fair Land of Freedom” I do not give a damn! I’m glad I fit against it, I only wish we’d won, And I don’t want no pardon for anything I done. I hates the Constitution, this “Great Republic,” too! I […]

The Voice of the Irish

And after a few years I was again in Britain with my parents [kinsfolk], and they welcomed me as a son, and asked me, in faith, that after the great tribulations I had endured I should not go anywhere else away from them. And, of course, there, in a vision of the night, I saw […]

Here’s to Our Confederacy

The third verse of the song misstates the order in which the states seceded from the Union. The dates on which the states seceded are as follows: South Carolina (December 20, 1860), Mississippi (January 9, 1861), Florida (January 10, 1861), Alabama (January 11, 1861), Georgia (January 19, 1861), Louisiana (January 26, 1861), Texas (February 1, 1861), Virginia (April 17, 1861), Arkansas (May 6, 1861), North Carolina (May 20, 1861), and Tennessee (June 8, 1861). Thus, Alabama did not […]

Drive-In Movies and Dashboard Lights

Where is she now? The backseat Queen of fraternity; Where is she now? She is heavy of thigh and light on integrity. Someone should’ve told her: When beauty’s all you offer, Too soon the world discovers that your beauty’s gone. — Nanci Griffith.