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CONFEDERATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION OF BELGIUM

Due to the renovation works at the Communal Museum, the CHAB Club House has moved into temporary premises at Wolubilis, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. Our monthly meetings will thus be held there until further notice. New Address: 1 place du Temps Libre - Local A300 - 3rd floor (right when leaving the elevator). The building is located along the Cours Paul-Henri Spaak, just opposite the Woluwe Shopping Center. The entrance is on the ground floor, left of the bookstore/restaurant Cook & Book. See access map

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Saturday April 14, 2018 at 3 PM

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GENERAL SHERMAN AND THE DEPORTATION TRAIN

OF THE 400 WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF ROSWELL

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At our temporary Club House, lecture by Daniel Frankignoul: “General Sherman and the deportation train of the 400 women and children of Roswell”. In May 1864, Sherman launched his Atlanta military campaign. On July 6, at the head of the 3rd Ohio Cavalry, General Kenner Garrard captured the small town of Roswell north of Atlanta and burned the cotton factories and mills that provided hospital sheets and uniforms for the Confederate army. He reported to General Sherman who replied: “You will arrest all those you find and charge them with treason. Let the women take their children and the clothes they can carry. You will send them to Marietta under escort. From there, I will have them board a train and deport them to the North.” More than 400 girls, women and children were loaded into freight cars and embarked on a dramatic 500-mile journey to Indiana. Generals Garrard and George Thomas were so shocked that they asked Sherman to confirm his orders. The Patriot & Union newspaper from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, printed: “It is hard to imagine that an officer with the rank of Major General in the United States Army may have forgotten the basic principles of decency and humanity!”

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Saturday May 5, 2018 at 9h30 AM

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WATERLOO - ULTIMATE EPISODES OF THE 1815 CAMPAIGN

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Outing organized by Hubert Leroy on the sites of the 1815 Waterloo campaign. Visit of the battlefield of Quatre-Bras and the Caillou Farm.

9:00 - 9:30 am: assembly of the group at the car park of the restaurant Le Luxembourg located at the crossroads of Baisy-Thy on the N5 (direction Charleroi). In case of location difficulty, please contact Hubert Leroy by phone at 0477-294978.

9:30 am: departure with Léon Bernard, well-known lecturer and guide of the battlefields of Ligny and Quatre-Bras, for a commented tour of the latter. It is recommended that participants share their vehicles for this trek. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

12:00 am - 2:00 pm: lunch at the Café de la Lanterne in Genappe. See menu

 

2:30 pm: visit of the Caillou Farm, the last headquarters of Emperor Napoleon (June 17-18, 1815), commented by our member Maurice Jaquemyns, professor of history and lecturer. The museum has been completely renovated and redesigned with new collections. Entrance fee of 3 €. Depending on the timing, a hike on the Plancenoit battlefield will be possible.

Please specify your choice of menu and register with Hubert Leroy by mail at hb.leroy@skynet.be or by tel. 02-6331506, and transfer the amount of 40 € on his bank account BE72 3754 4007 3016 with the mention "CHAB extra muros", before Wednesday 25 April at the latest.

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PREVIOUS CHAB NEWS (Issued September 21, 2017)
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The last days of the Alabama, by Charles Priestley

William Yancey and the Fishmongers, by Charles Priestley

Alcide Bouanchaud, Pointe Coupee Artillery, Louisiana, by Brian Costello

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CURRENT CHAB NEWS (Issued March 29, 2018)
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The great escape from Libby prison, by Lt Frank E. Moran, U.S.V.

Charles Augustus Hobart, blockade runner and Turkish admiral, by Charles Priestley

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It is recommended that our American and international members pay their yearly CHAB subscription by PayPal. Please make all payments to: chab.belgium@yahoo.com

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LATEST PAINTINGS FROM JOHN PAUL STRAIN

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TO THE LOST FORD

PEACE IN THE VALLEY

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In the spring of 1863 Colonel Abel D. Streight of Indiana submitted a plan to General Rosecrans to transport 2000 soldiers by river boat from Nashville, to Eastport, Mississippi, and on from there to destroy the railroads in the interior of Alabama and Georgia. General Bragg, receiving news of the invading force, ordered General Nathan Bedford Forrest to stop the enemy's advance. Bragg had unleashed the most dangerous quick-striking force of the Confederate Army. On April 30th, General Forrest attacked the rear of the Federal column, completely surprising the startled soldiers in blue. Streight's men engaged a number of Forrest's regiments on horseback. Many horses and men were killed in the charge. Before Forrest could regroup his men and form them into a dismounted line of battle, Col. Streight's forces had remounted their mules and were on the run. So began a running gun battle that would go on for 4 days, 4 nights and cover 199 miles. After two days and nights of fighting and fleeing, Col. Streight Crossed Black Creek Bridge heading for the safety of Rome. They burned the bridge and, believing Black Creek to be now impassible, Col. Streight eased his pace of retreat. His soldiers were worn down from fear, lack of sleep, and constant fighting, but at last they could feel safe. As General Forrest led his troopers in pursuit, they stopped at the home of Emma Sansom, a 16year-old southern girl whose brother had left home in 1861 to join the 19th Alabama Infantry. Emma told Forrest that the Yankees had burned the bridge down, but if a soldier could saddle her horse, she could show General Forrest a lost ford where his men could cross the creek. Emma would later write that General Forrest said, "There is not time to saddle a horse; get up here behind me." As they started off Emma's mother came running up, out of breath, wishing to know what was happening. Forrest said, "She is going to show me a ford where I can get my men over in time to catch those Yankees before they get to Rome. Don't be uneasy; I will bring her back safe." Emma led Forrest along a branch of the creek that emptied just above the lost ford and pointed out the crossing. He returned the young girl home, and asked for a lock of her hair, before riding back to the lost ford. To Col. Streight's amazement and despair Forrest was back on his trail. Both forces again made an all-night march. At about 9:00 AM on May 3rd, Streight reached the town of Lawrence. Streight deployed his men in defensive positions as Forrest attacked with his much smaller force. As the fighting subsided Forrest sent a flag of truce to the Federal commander, while at the same time, making his force appear larger than it was. Forrest and Streight met face to face. Forrest demanded the surrender of the Federals. When Streight asked Forrest how many men he had, Forrest bluffed saying he had a fresh column of troops arriving and enough men at hand to finish the job. Col. Streight and his command surrendered, and stacked their arms in a clearing as Forrest and his smaller force took them prisoner. The story would be told over many a campfire of how the beautiful southern girl would help the “Wizard of the Saddle” ride down, defeat, and capture the northern invaders.

Peace in the Shenandoah Valley had returned during the early winter months of 1862. The great Stonewall Jackson and his troops had driven out the armies from the North with skill and boldness. General Jackson now commanded the new II Corps with 33,000 troops, beginning the immense task of organizing and preparing his men for the many challenges to come. There was an air of festivity in the town of Winchester as the holiday season was approaching and winter snows had blanketed the valley. Jackson’s wife, Anna had arrived to be with her husband and took up residence with the Reverend Graham family on Braddock Street just a short walk from the general’s headquarters. As Anna and the Graham children prepared for Christmas, General Jackson prepared his troops for what the New Year would bring. But for now, as Stonewall rode past the Opequon Church he was content. He had won peace for his beloved Valley

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