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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 10:55 PM
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Historical Triva for a Star #3
The following is a historical trivia quiz. The first DUer without a star to answer correctly will have a donation to DU made in their user name, earning them a star. Members already having stars may play if they choose, provided they send me a private message upon confirmation of a correct answer giving me the name of a non-starred DUer they would like to have a star.

Who am I?

I once rode into battle shouting the rebel yell as a major general of volunteers for the army of United States of America. Several of my contemporaries in both the wars in which I fought considered me incompetent, and I didn't do a great deal to prove them wrong. Still, I served both my countries to the best of my ability, much like a dog will do his best to use the can opener without having any thumbs.
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 10:57 PM
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1. Um . . . Roy?
Nobody has answered #1 or #2.

:smoke:
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 11:06 PM
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2. I know ...

I put up four when I do this and check answers afterward.

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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 11:10 PM
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3. Well, I won't argue with a history buff.
;)

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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 11:25 PM
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4. I'll guess Pickett...
I seem to recall my dad telling me he was not too bright...
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 11:28 PM
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5. Yeah, he was a moron ...
Edited on Sat Aug-19-06 12:07 AM by RoyGBiv
Other than Lee, who at least recognized the desperateness of the situation, Pickett was the only person who actually *wanted* to make the assault that was made on July 3rd at Gettysburg, mostly because he'd missed all the action so far and wanted to get into the fight. Not the brightest bulb in the lamp, for sure.

But he was dead by the time the recognizable "rebel yell" could have been used by an American solider.

The incident to which I referred occurred during the Spanish American War in Cuba.



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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 11:47 PM
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6. Joe Wheeler?
served in the Civil War and Spanish American, right?
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 11:54 PM
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7. That would be the one!!!

Excellent ...

Now, you get to choose someone who needs a star since it appears you already have one. :-)

Wheeler was an idiot in the S-A War as well. He yelled really well and had a lot of great lines, or at least lines attributed to him, but he didn't succeed in much except getting himself surrounded.

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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 12:06 AM
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8. Did he survive the war?
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 12:18 AM
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9. Yes ...

Much to the chagrin of the soldiers he commanded. Gary Busey played Wheeler in a movie about the Rough Riders. He looked nothing like him, and the character wasn't exactly right, but I thought it was wonderful irony. A maniac playing a maniac.

After the close of operations in Cuba, Wheeler went on to the Phillipines where he commanded a brigade under General Arthur MacArthur against the so-called "insurrectionists" (shades of Iraq there and a lot of lessons to be learned).

He died in New York City, unapologetic about his association with the Confederacy, always declared that unilateral secession was a basic right of the states or the people and that slavery was the best condition under which blacks could live. In short, he never stopped being an incompetent ass.

He also hated Longstreet, who returned the favor. :-) At the start of the Spanish American war, Wheeler was chomping at the bit to get into the fight and put "those people" in their place. It had been the dream of many former Confederates to invade and occupy Cuba, and even if the basic principles upon which the Confederacy were founded were gone, Wheeler saw this as a chance at redemption. He was an old fool (as opposed to a young fool) at the time of the war, but he was a military politician who had friends and had worked his way into high positions.

Meanwhile, Longstreet wrote:

"As the evening hours draw near, the bugle calls of the eternal years sound clearer to my understanding than when drowned in the hiss of musketry and the roar of cannon. By memory of battle-fields and prophecy of coming events, I declare the hope that the present generation may witness the disbandment of standing armies, the reign of natural justice, the ushering in of the brotherhood of man. If I could recall one hour of my distant but glorious command, I would say, on the eve of battle with a foreign foe, 'Little children, love one another.'"

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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 12:44 AM
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10. I wanted to see that movie
My husband said it was well done.

My dad was fascinated by the 1898 alterations (Endicott batteries) to Civil War era coastal defense fortifications. There were a number of weapons that were first used during that time, including a disappearing rifle and a dynamite gun. His dad was among the group of marines that brought Arlington's WWI unknown soldier back to the States. He served on board the Olympia, which was a sister ship to the Maine. The Olympia is now docked in Philadelphia, and open to visitors.

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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 12:56 AM
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11. It was good ...

People like me, who became entranced by the movie Gettysburg despite its ample technical, historical, and artistic faults, seemed really to love it. A lot of the same people were in both movies. Beringer, who played Longstreet in Gettysburg, played Roosevelt in the Rough Riders. A particularly good moment was when Patrick Gorman, the actor that played General John Bell Hood in Gettysburg, showed up with a bit part. He played an old Civil War soldier who was watching the train pass with Roosevelt's volunteers on it and made a comment that was a reference to _The Killer Angels_, the book on which Gettysburg was based.

But I digress. As you know, I can go on and on and on... :-)

Further digression ... Patrick Gorman had a part in the satirical movie _George Bush Goes to Heaven_.

When you have the time, send me some info on that organization you mentioned to which your mother belongs. I want to look into that.

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