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January 18, 2011 1:54 PM   Subscribe

Know that feeling of disappointment when you realize this is yet another Civil War Re-enactment that's just not down enough? Good news.
posted by yerfatma (30 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yay! Zealous Bates Tower is my very own ancestor. REPRESENT!
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:56 PM on January 18, 2011


history never disappoints
posted by The Whelk at 1:58 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


LET’S GET JIGGY WITH JOHN SAPPINGTON MARMADUKE!


posted by clavdivs at 2:00 PM on January 18, 2011


These guys had great names. Zealous. Absalom. Asboth. Ludovicus. Bushrod. Galusha.

Metal!
posted by cazoo at 2:01 PM on January 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


According to the Wiki that the Whelk links to:

States Rights Gist was known to his family as "States". You don't say?

And he was born in Union, SC. You can't make this stuff up.

(With the names and the haircuts, it seems like the 1860s were more like the 1960s than I imagined.)
posted by Benny Andajetz at 2:06 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


the inspiration for generations of Airdale Terriers

I LOL'ed.
posted by GuyZero at 2:07 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


We exceeded its bandwidth limit. Here's the google cache.
posted by clarknova at 2:11 PM on January 18, 2011


Yup. Best of the web today. So ridiculous. And good.
posted by KingEdRa at 2:21 PM on January 18, 2011


Shit, I'm just going to start making up my own civil war names:

Mordechai Pompeius Covington

Harlan Tabelel Smith

James Ignatius Resistance Effingham

Frederick Caleh CSS Alabama Rushford

Thomas Jubal Palatinate Greely

William Barachias Ithilien McGrath III
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 2:24 PM on January 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


These guys had great names.

And greater facial hair.
posted by Joe Beese at 2:38 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Frederick Caleh CSS Alabama Rushford

Known to his family as Freddy Cascading.
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:38 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


oh wait crap now I get it
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:39 PM on January 18, 2011


I do like the idea of embedding entire other multiword names in people's names, though. I feel like we should start doing it recursively. Like for instance there should be a George Washington Carver Smith, and then he can get famous and we can name more babies after him.
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:40 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I need to see if they get jiggy with Captain John Savage, one of my very own Civil War ancestors.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 2:41 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


No they don't have him, but they sure do have some good pix.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 2:47 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Your experience is not complete until you click through to the attributed inspiration for the site, and get a look at the hair on Edwin Hatch. that is all.
posted by OHenryPacey at 2:55 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Bishop Leonidas Polk was killed in 1864 during Sherman's campaign to capture Atlanta. I always loved the mundane matter-of-factness in Sherman's subsequent telegram to General Halleck: "We killed Bishop Polk yesterday and have made good progress today..."
posted by marxchivist at 2:57 PM on January 18, 2011


my cousin in Ohio has a few letters and photos from our great- great grandfather Henry Cooper, a quarter master with Battery H, First Ohio Light Artillery. in a letter to his wife, he states there is little time for grooming facial hair, as the battery is usually marching or planning the next battle.
posted by tustinrick at 3:32 PM on January 18, 2011


Repeat after me:

Bushrod Johnson.

Best porno name ever!
posted by Splunge at 3:43 PM on January 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


WHAT FOOL DARES DISTURB THE EVENING TINCTURE OF BALTHAZAR MURDER STONEFIELD ACCALUM?!
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 4:47 PM on January 18, 2011 [6 favorites]



These guys had great names.

And greater facial hair.


And the kind of faces you know only see on people about to launch into a screaming fit about how the reptile people stole their brains.
posted by The Whelk at 4:48 PM on January 18, 2011


Salmon! God as my witness… friggin' Salmon.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:49 PM on January 18, 2011


Salmon P. Chase no less. Next time I need a fake id I'm going to be Salmon P. Chase.
posted by GuyZero at 5:27 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


From Highways and Byways in Sussex by E.V. Lucas:

Mr. Lower prints the following names from a Sussex jury list in the seventeenth century: Redeemed Compton of Battel, Stand-fast-on-high Stringer of Crowhurst, Weep-not Billing of Lewes, Called Lower of Warbleton, Elected Mitchell of Heathfield, Renewed Wisberry of Hailsham, Fly-fornication Richardson of Waldron, The-Peace-of-God Knight of Burwash, Fight-the-good-fight-of-Faith White of Ewhurst, and Kill-sin Pemble of Withyham. Also a Master More-Fruits Fowler of East Hoathly, for it seems that in such names there was no sex.

I disagree with Lucas--those names are all PURE SEX.
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:42 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm from Union, SC. States Rights Gist's descendants were my next door neighbors. He was the governor during succession. The funky naming convention died out at some point. My former neighbor's name is Ronnie.
posted by Tashtego at 7:31 PM on January 18, 2011


Pikers. Leave my damn name alone!
posted by Bushrod Johnson at 8:39 PM on January 18, 2011


I have clicked the link three times to be sure, and scrolled through the whole first page, and I still don't get it. Am I too old or too Southern or what...what is the point of the fpp?
posted by rahnefan at 8:51 PM on January 18, 2011


Apparently John Bell Hood has been reincarnated as Brett Keisel of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:28 PM on January 18, 2011


Well, let me chime in with Oregon's own Melville Wilkinson, who surely rocks some chops to beat the band. They just don't grow 'em like that any more.
posted by redsparkler at 11:26 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Civil War, you say? Needs more Roundheads.
posted by mippy at 7:23 AM on January 19, 2011


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