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A Glimpse at History
« on: July 13, 2009, 12:58:25 PM »

Lincolns Body? Or not?
30 March 2009, 9:02 am

First of all the information in this article is a culmination of many articles…(Historical Documentary shows and actual documentation I have had the opportunity to utilize and enjoy). I find this event to be another blunder in the integrity of the American public at large.

It starts because during the 1800’s and, especially you during the Civil War, Medical advances occurring by accident and necessity.  they had become aware of their need to know about the human body to prevent disease and death. However, there is no provision at that time, anywhere that allowed Medical researchers access to Human cadavers to learn upon. Large amounts of money can be made by grave robbing for those willing to dig up dead bodies, and sell them to Medical colleges and the like. Yuck! It was not until later, that a provision was made to allow researchers and medical colleges  rights to take over unclaimed bodies for their research, still, shortages occurred.

Which is a basis for our Lincoln story. It was not such a big business here in the states by the time of Lincoln’s death or there after…(there are recorded incidents of it occurring in Canada and it hit the National News in 1875 in Montreal, proving the practice did still occurr)  It is evident to me that there have been several plans over the years to steal Lincoln’s body. I have found a few different plans of ransoming it for various reasons.  Again, Yuck!!!

This particular plan was concocted in Nov. of 1876 by James Kennally a Chicago business man who wanted to randsom the body for $200,000 in exchange for his friend Ben Boyd to be set free from prison, after being caught for creating a counterfiet $50 dollarbill. Unfortunate for him, he revelaed his plan to a man named Swedges who ran to the Feds and alerted them of the plan. These men knew that the body would be in good shape due to it being enbalmed very well in April 1865. The art of Enbalming a dead persons body began during the Civil War in and around the time of the battle of Antietam, in an attempt to get bodies home to families in good shape, if they had the money to pay for it.  Lincoln had been taken to several locations in the Month following his death and the practice performed on him several times until it was felt the appearance of his body started to become unpleasant. These men knew the 16th president’s, embalmed, body resided in a marble container and were confident only one locked door stood between them and their payday.

They did manage to get into the tomb and pry off the lid of the marble vault, but the coffin was sealed. They attempted to lift off the casket lid to get a glimpse, but it was screwed on and time was running out. As it turns out ,the coffin was lead lined and so heavy that the three men attempting the grave robbery, couldn’t lift it out of the vault. The authorities were waiting due to Swedges.

Soon after the failed caper, the question of how to prevent this from ever happening again was answered.  They placed Lincoln in a moldy basement below the tomb and eventually buried him in a shallow unmarked grave. Mrs. Lincoln was placed there too upon her death in 1882. He remained there for over a decade. This improved in 1887 when the two caskets were reburied in the tomb in a well-protected grave. This hole was filled with tons of concrete.

In 1901 when the Lincoln tomb was refurbished, the coffins were moved again and installed in a new steel box, and a fresh layer of concrete. The men doing this, did take a gander at Ole Abe. They cut a small hole in his box and 22 local citizens checked out he body to make sure he was still there. Abe looked fine. Among the people who examined the body in 1901 was a Springfield resident named Fleetwood Lindley, who died in 1963. He was the last living person to examine the face of the 16th president.



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Old News
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2009, 12:58:25 PM »

Old News
1 April 2009, 3:42 pm

Thought you might like to find out about an interesting newspaper that comes to us out of Landisville, Pa. called Old News. Its a collection of articles every month that explores different historical events, from all sorts of eras. You can find them at www.oldnewspublishing.com. The one I recently recieved had an article on Nazis Seek “Heavy Water” for Atom Bomb… one on the Titanic…one about how a slave disguises herself as a white man and so on.  All different eras that should touch on an era you love. Its worth looking into!!!!!!

Have yourself a Historical Day!!!!!!

Savannah



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Thomas Jefferson Famous Quote
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2009, 12:58:25 PM »

Thomas Jefferson Famous Quote
15 April 2009, 8:59 am

Here are a couple that give us something to ponder!

Here in Michigan where unemployment has soared to record highs, foreclosed homes are on every block and not just the ones owned by Union workers being laid off by the Big Three. Many homes in foreclosure are/were owned by people with unbelievable experience and with a solid educational background who were either in a supportive industry to the Automotive, or were self-employed with their own company as a supplier or their company had a supportive role to Automotive. Even with a small percentage invested in that arena right now can take a company out because they are not getting paid for work done months ago (that they have already laid out the money to pay employees, benefits and company expenses while they waited faithfully to be paid) and the government is suggesting the Big Three file bankruptcy. Are we all nuts! The Big Three would be sound, financialy, but anybody that could of bought a vehicle, will be living in a box in a local park! Any way….we must try to remember to pull together, help each other, help your neighbor if you can and never give up!

“Determine never to be idle…It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”  Thomas Jefferson

“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.”  Thomas Jefferson

And lastly if you are as overwhelmed as I am by the Negative articles, gloom and doom always given to us in the news and newspapers to the point I cannot pick them up and read them, nor can I watch the news often without wondering… because of all the horrible events occurring, according the the news media…why more people aren’t committing suicide like they did in the great depression? Could it be because the newspapers are sensationalizing for sales ( and we are reacting to it by not buying anything making this whole thing worse) or is that why the drug companies are so filthy rich…because we are all on anti-depressants just to handle it because of the media?!!!LOL …Seriously….I seem to only be able to digest one paper right now and that is the Monroe Evening News.

“I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.”  Thomas Jefferson

What amazes me about these quotes are that they still hold true today! They were written so long ago…but the man seemed to have not only a looking glass into the soul of man…but a true grasp as to the snares that lay before that man in government.

Try to have a Historical Day!

Make each day count!           Savannah



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Women in the Civil War!
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2009, 01:00:11 PM »

Women in the Civil War!
24 April 2009, 8:40 am

Marian Green-1st Michigan Engineers

Fannie Wilson & Nellie graves 24th NJ

Lizzie Compton age 16 of 11th Kentucky Volunteers

Mary Owens Pennsylvania

Frank Henderson (fictious male name) 3rd, 11th &19th Illinios Infantry

Lizzie Cook detected before serving

unknown name, however, story goes she fought entire war alongside men and when the war was finished ,put on her skirt, walked out of her tent, and retired from military service.

Charles Martin (never gave her real female name, drummer in Penn. regiment

No name, however, regimental daughter giving aid on the field to 6th MASS through-out war.

Kadie Brownell 5th Rhode Island Volunteers

Captain Sarah Taylor of the 1st Tennessee

Mrs. G., wife of slain officer, promoted by President of United States to the position of Major in the army.

Miss Major Pauline Cushman-Federal scout and spy

Francis Hook of the 19th Illinois Regiment

Miss Schwartz- age 15 of Missouri

Annie Lillybridge of 21st Michigan Reg.

Mrs. Colonel; Ellis from Tipton- special aid to General Hunter

A bugler in the 8th Michigan also namd Frank

There were African American woman in the 12th Rhode Island

They were aids to officers,nurses,doctors,speakers,farmers; they sewed uniforms, flags, underwear; they were cooks, spys, secret agents, conspirators, government contractors,soldiers,officers; they made weaponry, they were wagon drivers, they started what we now know as the Red Cross…developed triage and ambulatory services. They were storekeepers, mill workers etc. etc. etc.

How many of them are buried as unknown all across this great country just because it wasn’t fashionable or what the popular vote said was what a women was supposed to be doing. When we honor the brave men….we must also honor them…those we will now never know….who gave their last full measure.

Make everyday a Historical one!!!!!!

Savannah



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First testicular cup used in 1874!
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2009, 01:00:11 PM »

First testicular cup used in 1874!
21 May 2009, 9:10 am

A little known fact:

In 1874 the first testicular cup was used in a game of Hockey,

The helmet wasn’t introduced to a sporting event until 1974

Took 100 years for men to realize the brain was also important? LOL!!!!

I just had to share that with you!!!!!

Have a historical day!

Savannah



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Rededication of the Lincoln Memorial
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2009, 01:00:11 PM »

Rededication of the Lincoln Memorial
28 May 2009, 12:58 pm

On May 30, 1922 Cheif Justice of the Supreme Court William Howard Taft, chairman of the Lincoln Memorial Commission, presided over the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial. The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, founded on the day of Lincoln’s death to uphold his ideals, planned the elaborate ceremony, attended by President Warren G. harding, Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln in his finl public appearance, and Civil War veterans from both the Union and Confederate seated on wooden chairs in the front row. It was a crowd of men in straw hats and women with parasols all assembled that day to hear Dr. Robert Moton, President of Tuckegee Institute, the African-American university in Alabama who was the keynote speaker. However, all African-American dignitaries were escorted by white Marines to the “Colored Only” section. This alone proved the country still had a long way to go to acheive true equality.

This year on May 30th President Barack Obama will address another crowd assembled on the same National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial and there will be no segregated seating. “We want to be able to showcase the diversity of the nation, celebrate equality, and show what’s happened in the country since Lincoln’s time until today, ” says Jennifer Rosenfeld, deputy executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The rededication ceremony is part of a trio of free public events at the Lincoln Memorial that are apart of the yearlong nationwide series commemorating the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth on February 12, 1809.

If you scroll to some of my earlier entries….I first reported on this last year as up and coming events.

Hope some of you are able to make it!

Have a Historical day!!!!!!!!



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Only Ghosts Came Home
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2009, 02:00:15 PM »

Only Ghosts Came Home
1 June 2009, 12:48 pm

New book “Only Ghosts Came Home” to be released in 30-45 days with the first 10 numbered copies available for purchase to those wanting a numbered copy for your collection. It can be reserved by e-mailing savannah_meade@yahoo.com and requesting a copy as long as they remain available. No copy is fully reserved until payment of $20.00 is received.(this is not an elevated price due to it being numbered) At the time of reservation of the book, an address will be forwarded to you, for you to forward payment. The rest of the books will arrive 2-4 weeks after the first 10 copies and will be available for purchse through www.savannahmeade.com or by reserving a copy through Savannah’s e-mail address like suggested above.

This book is the 2nd in a trilogy…the first being “And She Fought At Gettysburg” available for purchase currently for $15.00 and the last “Bitter Resolutions!” not yet released.

The first is a book about a woman that fought and died at Gettysburg:

The second takes us from the battle of Gettysburg almost to the end of the war and the third will be on the reconstruction period. All are in novel form with the intent to provide the reader with a clear feel of the time period. All events are fictional set in researched, accurate historical events. Without understanding History we can never understand or appreciate the future.  “Nor can we prevent future events from repeating the past with all of its grand mistakes.” quote by Savannah Meade



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Urban Myth about Walt Disney!? Fact or Fiction?
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Urban Myth about Walt Disney!? Fact or Fiction?
18 June 2009, 1:37 pm

Since I have been accused of not considering World History or even modern History when I write my blog site even though it is mainly on the Civil War, I thought that left an open door for a more recent trivia fact about a modern Icon. Walt Disney. This is for you to decide for yourself and is being used as a basis upon which to make a point, that all history can be torn apart ,and validated research thought to be trivial on just about anything. Here is my subject in point!

The History Chanel Magazine wrote in February 2009  that they wanted to put to rest an urban legend that basically stated “Walt Disney is frozen and resides beneath the “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction at Disneyland awaiting a new life.

According to their authoritative investigators including Barbara and David Mikkelson, who investigate stories just like this one and want to put to rest this myth. Their evidence shows that Disney was cremated after his death on Dec 15 1966, at the age of 65, and his urn placed at Forest lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California as their key proof  including the official death certificate, which is a legal and binding offical document.

Based on their research, I would draw that same conclusion!

However, while researching Cryonics in the year 1987 at the University of Eastern Michigan, I considered cryonics for my new family and myself upon our death, and went as far as to contact and obtain all of the legal paperwork and step by step instructions as to how to set up an estate upon our deaths to pay for our storage and our support upon our reawakening if and when that day came.

I will NOT divulge the company I went through or its location, but it was told to me by the (director?person in charge) again I will NOT give too much specifics here so that person cannot be tracked down. Cryonics is a very guarded society, in my opinion, and they have the right to be because of the skepticism. But that they had Walt Disney’s head/ brain because he was of the belief that scientists would be able to reproduce a body and place his brain in it, before they would be able to complete the repair process on an aged/diseased body. Therefore there were two ways to choose to be frozen and stored 1.whole body 2. head. Each choice came with a continuing cost that was covered through leaving the cryonic society an insurance policy naming them as the beneficiary for your storage and continued maintenance.

My point is that their information they found probably does exist…because Cryonics, even today, is not a widely accepted practice. And, he probably didn’t want someone to try and attempt to steal his head…much like the incident when criminals attempted to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln. All of those documents would still exist even if he was frozen, because there has to be a death certificate to get the Life insurance policy to pay the cryonic society. And, if he was of the belief that the head was the most important part to keep…then there would have been a body to cremate and place in California. It still would not fully prove he was not a cryonic society subscriber, again, in my opinion after having visited the IDEA of preparing for my future death. The education of this experience was interesting and rewarding ,and it helped me to appreciate its existance. But waking up someday, not knowing anybody scared me so much, i couldn’t do it.

For me, this urban myth still exists based on my experience in 1987 and their research has not changed my mind.  As a side note to my readers, this is a prime example of what I am always talking about….taking what other people research and evaluating it for myself and then choosing whether to do additional research on it, or if I already have, then do I choose to change my beliefs accordingly, or to remain steadfast to my own.

My choice in this matter is: I believe a piece of Disney exists, not in a park somewhere, but in a future Lab because Walt was a true visionary and a brave soul. Anyone who saw Walt Disney World, in its true glamour and form that exists today, when he looked at the mosquito infested swamps in Florida and pursued it against everyones advice, is not only a visionary, but a brave individual. One that could stand the test of time, and be fine, alone, in the future.

You can believe it or not…..I don’t care….I reported what I experienced first hand.  And with that Have a Historical Day!!!

Savannah



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Unwavering Rebels!
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2009, 02:00:15 PM »

Unwavering Rebels!
2 July 2009, 8:23 am

As late in the war as February of 1865, and the Southern Army is basically starving, a young Black Writer by the name of Thomas Morris Chester pens a few lines about what he witnessed at the cornfield on the Boulware plantation. He talked about how in between the Union and Reb lines, there was a cornfield and the Union Army watched as the Rebs went into the cornfield and ate the hard, bug infested corn for lack of anything else. They, the Union pickett lines, inturn, invited the Rebs into the Union lines where they were able to witness the colored troops eat fresh beef and soft wheat bread. They were asked to return to the Union at that point, and they would also be able to eat as heartily. They were then permitted to decide for themselves if they would return to their rebellious camps unharmed or desert. All commented that they would love to return to the Union, but did not wish to desert, but would “cheerfully give in their adhesion when the Southern people yeilded.” They then turned and return to their camp, “where the magnanimity of Major Hart…and the disposition of our colored troops to recieve them on deserting, were, no doubt, duly discussed.” 

Starving, cold and already inclined to return to the Union, they remained faithful Rebels. What is it about honor, faith, and loyalty that we as a society to not possess as a whole any longer? I think this opens a discussion about the “IT” factor. They had “IT” and we don’t! What do you think?



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Leopa is in the hood!
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2009, 03:00:09 PM »

Leopa is in the hood!
16 July 2009, 1:12 pm

My blogs are written from a historical side of events. This event sounds to me like it could be a historical event!

This is my attempt to share with the public a worth while group of people that are trying to make a difference during a period of time when famine is great and the ability for an hono...

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A Glimpse at History Leopa has great success!
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2009, 12:00:06 PM »

Leopa has great success!
10 August 2009, 9:58 am

Leopa makes history in Monroe County!

Leopa which stands for Lake Erie Offshore Performance Association had a lower than hoped for turn out this year. I have learned that it was mainly due to the economy in the Great lakes Area, but also due to various mechanical breakdowns in the early season with...

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A Glimpse at History Abe gets new life
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2009, 11:20:44 AM »

Abe gets new life
13 September 2009, 8:45 am

I am talking about the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield Illinois. One of the first things you see when you walk in is a statue of the man himself. However it does not inspire awe or reverence. It isn’t 23 feet tall, somber and made of marble.

It is Abe himself welcoming you w...

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A Glimpse at History Historical Fact
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2009, 09:46:47 PM »

Historical Fact
19 October 2009, 8:22 pm

Did you Know?

They used to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery…if you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”. But worse then that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot&#...

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A Glimpse at History HISTORY OF ASHLAND ESTATE
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2009, 10:18:44 AM »

HISTORY OF ASHLAND ESTATE
24 November 2009, 9:13 pm

Henry and Lucretia Clay had a home at Ashland from round 1806 until 1852. At first it was their country home while they maintained their town house in Lexington, and then in 1809, they resided until his death. The Clays delighted in the pleasure that the grounds near the house provided to their guests, and Henry Clay frequently invited travelers to visit his farm and grounds.

At its largest the estate covered up to 600 acres. Hemp, tobacco and grains were grown and livestock was raised. Clay was very interested in stock breeding and imported pure bred stock, mainly concentrating on sheep and cattle. While Clay was gone on extended trips to Washington, the farm was managed b y his wife, Lucretia, and an overseer. the labor was performed by up to 50 states.

After Henry Clays death in 1852, his heirs sold the estate to his son, James Brown Clay. Soon after James acquired Ashland, he had the original house, which had been in bad repair for some time, torn down and a new one built. The second house was completed in 1857. It followed the plan of the first one and is documented to have been built on the original foundation or at least within the original trench. An archaeological excavation was done in 1990 and it revealed that the second house was on the identical spot as the first house and that the original foundations had been rebuilt or extensively repaired.

During the Civil War, James B. Clay and his family moved to Canada because of his Confederate sympathies. James  died in Canada in 1864 and in January of 1866, his widow, Susan Jacobs Clay, sold the estate to Kentucky University an amalgamation of the private Transylvania University and the state Agricultural and Mechanical College. At the time of that sale the estate was 324 acres. From 1866 to 1878, the Ashland house was used as the residence of Kentucky University’s Regent, John Bowman, and his family, and it was part of the campus.

In 1882, Kentucky University was dissolved and the Ashland estate was sold to Henry Clay McDowell and Ann Clay McDowell, a daughter of Henry Clay Jr. and granddaughter of Henry Clay.  The McDowell’s added numerous improvements to the house and grounds, including indoor plumbing. Henry McDowell died in 1899 and in 1915, the McDowell’s daughter, Nannette, and her husband Dr. Thomas Bullock and their son, Henry, moved into the house with their mother. Anne died in 1917 and all of the property except the 20 acres immediately surrounding the house was sold by the McDowell heirs. Nannette McDowell Bullock died in 1948 and in her will she gave the house, property, and most of the belongings to the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation to be used as a museum in honor of her  great-grandfather. She made provisions for her son to live at Ashland for as long as he desired. the first floor was opened to the public in 1950, and in 1964, when Henry Bullock moved out, the entire house was opened as a historic house museum. It is now registered as a National Historic Landmark.

Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate is located at 120 Sycamore Road in Lexington, Kentucky 40502…..it is a wonderful excursion trip for a few hours on any trip North or South off of 1-75 on your way to Florida, for instance. It only takes a few hours to tour and as we will discuss in the next entry….many things can be learned about the man and his vision into the future.

Make it a historical day!

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Re: A Glimpse at History Historical Fact
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2009, 10:41:53 AM »

Historical Fact
19 October 2009, 8:22 pm

Did you Know?

They used to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery…if you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”. But worse then that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot&#...

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