Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Grimes Battery of Virginia

Facts About and Photos of the Grimes Battery

Here are some links to many sites with information on the Grimes Battery of Virginia aka Portsmouth Light Artillery Battery.







Portsmouth Rifle Company Co G Ninth Virginia Regiment


Historical address of the former commander of Grimes Battery.

Excerpt From the Portsmouth (VA) Star, June 8th, 1906.

There was unveiled today in this city a noble shaft, bearing the record of the achievements of one of the most famous military organizations in the history of Virginia, or of the South.
The beautiful monument erected to the memory of the survivors as well as those who fell in the engagements in which the old Portsmouth Artillery Company, now Grimes' Battery, participated, was with appropriate and impressive ceremonies, dedicated to this and succeeding generations of liberty-loving Virginians, this afternoon.

The flags engraved are not the Union and Confederate Flags.
They are the Stars and Bars and Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia.

*Col. William H. Stewart referred to "serving under two flags" in a speech.
The Battle of Craney Island in 1813 under the Union Flag and Several Battles under
the Confederate Flag, 1861-65. Maybe they couldn't engrave all the stripes (?)
It bears resemblance to the First National.

The monument now resides in the Portsmouth City Park.

Related Books


Portsmouth and it's environs had sent 1400 men into Confederate service. Approximately 225 died in that service and countless were scarred for life by their wounds. In spite of their situation, these men would rise again to become the leaders of their community and take their rightful place in Portsmouth society.

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Artwork around Town

Commodore James Barron Mural

I had added more to this post before the computer froze and I lost it all. I'll be back later to repost everything.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

150 Years Ago

The terms of the surrender were recorded in a document hand written by Grant's 

adjutant Ely S. Parker, a Native-American of the Seneca tribe, and completed around 

4 p.m., April 9. Lee, upon discovering Parker to be a Seneca remarked "It is good to 

have one real American here." Parker replied, "Sir, we are all Americans."

I would have never surrendered the army if I had known how the

South would have been treated. If I had foreseen the use those

people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no

 surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I

 foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die

at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in my right hand.


Robert Edward Lee.


  • However, every major researcher along with autobiographer, Douglas Southall Freeman; Shelby Dade Foote, Jr.; Bruce Catton; are but a few that consider the quote a myth and refuse to recognize it. “T. C. Johnson: Life and Letters of Robert Lewis Dabney, 498 ff. Doctor Dabney was not present and received his account of the meeting from Governor Stockdale. The latter told Dabney that he was the last to leave the room, and that as he was saying good-bye, Lee closed the door, thanked him for what he had said and added: "Governor, if I had foreseen the use these people desired to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox, no, sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand." This, of course, is second-hand testimony. There is nothing in Lee's own writings and nothing in direct quotation by first-hand witness that accords with such an expression on his part. The nearest approach to it is the claim by H. Gerald Smythe that "Major Talcott" — presumably Colonel T. M. R. Talcott — told him Lee stated he would never have surrendered the army if he had known how the South would have been treated. Mr. Smythe stated that Colonel Talcott replied, "Well, General, you have only to blow the bugle," whereupon Lee is alleged to have answered, "It is too late now" (29 Confederate Veteran, 7). Here again the evidence is not direct. The writer of this biography, talking often with Colonel Talcott, never heard him narrate this incident or suggest in any way that Lee accepted the results of the radical policy otherwise than with indignation, yet in the belief that the extremists would not always remain in office”.

Robert E. Lee's Surrender at Appomattox

Surrender at Appomattox, 1865

American Civil War Images to Ashokan Farewell

Inspired by Ken Burns' documentary series, "The Civil War", this video is a collection of American Civil War images set to the beautiful, stirring "Ashokan Farewell" by Jay Ungar. The rendition in this video is different from that in Burns' documentary—the copyright to the latter is held by Warner Music Group and not permitted to be part of the soundtrack for this video.

Old Train Coming - Memorial Day Civil War tribute

A video slide show of images and facts about the American Civil War, set to 'Old Train Coming', written and performed by my friend Jim Clare ( www.jimclare.org ).

American Civil War Tribute to the Fallen 


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

... and it's time for stopping the snow falling ( I'll save the animation for next year ) and start posting some Spring flowers. As soon as they come alive. For some reason, they're a little late this year. (?)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Tools Rediscovered

 Editing in Corel® Paintshop Pro Photo®

New Tools Rediscovered

[ I had forgotten that I had already posted something about my recent projects. I must have short term memory loss. I knew I had on my mind to post as soon as I got a chance. Anyway, here's an update. ]

I have several editions of PSPP since I've updated the software over the years. Some of the older versions had tools, apps and scripts that were dropped to add new features such as new fonts and frames. Some of these are still available as add-ons.  Sometimes I would start using the new versions before I explored all the features of the old ones. I happened to stumble into one of the older programs, looking for one of my favorite fonts and found some things I had never tried. The Watercolor script was one of those. Some of the transformations were neat. If I can remember all the steps, I should write a tutorial. I am now using PSPP X7 which is the 17th Edition. 

It's on sale (half price) as of March 31. 

I used a feature in the 9th Edition to transform this image into a textured watercolor.

And one of City Park

I'll be happy to share any of these tips with you. Message me @ Olde Towne Photos on Facebook.
Visit my Flickr Album to see more images. Enjoy the view.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Tool Found

New Tool Found. Actually, it's and old tool, rediscovered.  I found it in an old JASC editing program from 1993 that was eliminated when Corel took it over and called it PaintShopPro.  It emulates watercolor appearance to a digital photograph. I am now using Corel PaintShopPro Photo X7 which is the 17th level of the software program. I never did much artsy stuff in the beginning and went on to the later versions without knowing what was in the earlier ones. Now I'm going through some old images and applying this treatment to see what happens. I'm getting some nice results. I've posted some on my Flickr Photostream and some here. Comments welcomed.


Cropped, showing detail
I think I'll get some printed and see how they look.