Friday, February 22, 2008


Please excuse this post, but I need it to have my cool avatar on the Internet somewhere so it can show up when I make posts on various forum groups.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Art Work of the 8th Missouri Cavalry

This is a piece of art that I did for my Dad for Christmas. It depicts our direct ancestors, from left to right, Captain Jacob Cossairt, Co. I, 8th Missouri State Militia Cavalry Regiment, US and of course, 2nd Lieutenant Joseph G. Lewis, 8th Missouri Cavalry Regiment, Cos B & A, CSA.

You'll note the Missouri Battle Flag, or Price's Flag, above Joseph. Not sure exactly what flag he went under, but he was a part of Price's Raid in late 1864. At any rate, it is known as the Missouri Battle Flag. So it works. Maybe, Mr. Jim McGhee, you can comment further on this...

2nd Lt. Joseph G. Lewis, Cos. B & A
In this picture, you can see the grain of the myrtlewood under neath. The piece is a mixed media, done with India Ink and acrylic paints. It is kinda in between a sketch and a painting. I can do these fairly quick (it took about 8 hours to do). A full painting or drawing takes a long time. I get bored with that. Most folks get the gist from a simpler piece anyhow. So the extra effort is wasted in my opinion.

Captain Jacob Cossairt, Co. I, 8th Missouri State Militia Cavalry Regiment, US

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Bonnie Blue Flag - From Gods and Generals

Here is a neat YouTube excerpt of the song that I found recently. I liked it so much, I thought I'd post it here!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

New Videos from Bethany

Here is a very nice video from my Sweetie Pie! She took the song Dixie, as sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and put pics of us at early 2007 reenactor events in Illinois (Naperville, IL and LaPorte, IN) in a slide show. Very nice...enjoy!

And this video is again, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but they are now singing the Bonnie Blue Flag. I don't know which song is my favorite. I do enjoy singing both. My wife thinks it is funny that our little kids (ages 2 to 10...five kids!) all know much of the words to both least the first verse and chorus. I simply deem it as my patriotic duty to teach them these songs. I guess I need to teach them the Star Spangled Banner now!

And here is a very nice video from Bethany of the highlight event for the NC 26th (well, except for the event the 26th hosts at Minooka!) at Boscabel, WI. It rained like crazy this event, except for during the battles, which was nice. A lot of very good pics. I'll always remember this event, as it was our last event with my good comrades who got me started in the hobby from the 26th NC Infantry, Co. G. To Company G - Huzzah! to you all! Ah, this song is Ashokan's Farewell, and while not a period song, it is a very fitting song for these pics. And it sounds very nice as well.