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Old 11-04-2017, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Did Sherman get orders to do all that destruction in Atlanta or did he do that on his own ?
They sure made a mess there.
Atlanta was destroyed in two separate fires. The first one was started by accident. In the process of evacuating Atlanta, loaded railcars were set fire to keep them out of Union hands. Some of the boxcars contained ammunition and they exploded, igniting a fire which spread through a good portion of the city.

The second time was purposeful and ordered by Sherman. He had the population evicted and before departing for the march to Savannah, Sherman's troops set fire to all which could be interpreted as having military value. This was Sherman's decision, he was not under orders from above to specifically destroy Atlanta.
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Old 11-04-2017, 07:06 AM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Atlanta was destroyed in two separate fires. The first one was started by accident. In the process of evacuating Atlanta, loaded railcars were set fire to keep them out of Union hands. Some of the boxcars contained ammunition and they exploded, igniting a fire which spread through a good portion of the city.

The second time was purposeful and ordered by Sherman. He had the population evicted and before departing for the march to Savannah, Sherman's troops set fire to all which could be interpreted as having military value. This was Sherman's decision, he was not under orders from above to specifically destroy Atlanta.
That was interesting, I never heard that before.
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Old 11-05-2017, 05:28 AM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Mountain Climbers




On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, Earth's highest mountain.


There are over 200 bodies on Mount Everest and they're used as landmarks.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart...rks-146904416/

It would be bad enough falling from a mountain or freezing to death but I would hate to spend eternity as a landmark for other climbers, " Take a left when you get to Old Blue Ears."





Years ago I read a book called Annapurna, it was about Maurice Herzog who climbed the 10th highest mountain in the world back in 1950. It was interesting reading about how he survived reaching the top of Annapurna and how he got back down. He described a train in the village where he saw someone sweeping little black things out of a boxcar that he first thought were pieces of coal or woodchips but later found out they were toes and fingers that were amputated from other people who had been climbing the mountain over the last few weeks. That book had about 300 pages but I finished it in two days, just couldn't put it down.
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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When Thanksgiving was first declared a national holiday by President Lincoln, it was supposed to be gratitude for General Sherman's capture of Atlanta and Rear Admiral Farragut's victory in Mobile Bay.
Lincoln's Proclamation of Thanksgiving was originally issued in October of 1863, in response to a long lobbying effort by Sarah Joseph Hale, editor of Godey's Ladies Book, the first American woman to serve as editor of a magazine. Raised in New Hampshire, she wrote about Thanksgiving in New England in an 1827 novel called Northwood, and later petitioned four of Lincoln's predecessors to make the holiday a national one. She is also credited as the writer of Mary Had A Little Lamb.

A second proclamation was issued in 1864.

1863 Proclamation

1864 Proclamation

Sarah Josepha Hale
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:21 PM
 
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One of few men to survive without a parachute..........


https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/...-lived-to-82/2
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:18 PM
 
Location: North Pacific
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Default “Croatoan”

John White of the Roanoke Colony in 1587 was appointed to return to England to get supplies. When he got back the people he had left behind had all disappeared. Poof without a trace ...

Archaeologists Find New Clues to “Lost Colony” Mystery
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Old 11-06-2017, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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He was detoured by war with the Spanish Armada. Had he not been a couple of years late to return, it might not have been a lost colony.
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:46 AM
 
Location: North Pacific
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The article doesn't say when Mr. White was expected to return, only that it took him 3 years longer than anticipated. He left behind his wife and children.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:09 AM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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HOAXES


A lot of them have become legends, like, Piltdown Man, The Cardiff Giant, Drake's Plate and The Calveras Skull. We probably never would have heard of Bigfoot if it weren't for Raymond L. Wallace stomping around in his big feet wooden cutouts.

Another hoax more recent was the Archaeoraptor.
In 1997, in Xiasanjiazi, China, farmers were digging in the shale pits looking for fossils to sell to dealers, which was illegal but very common back then, when one farmer found a rare fossil of a toothed bird, complete with feather impressions. Unfortunately, the fossil broke into pieces while handling. The farmer found similar pieces of fossils in the same pit and glued all the pieces together so he would be able to sell a complete fossil.
It was sold to a dealer the following year and smuggled to the United States. National Geographic heard about the rare fossil and quickly published a story in their magazine describing it as a possible missing link between bird and dinosaur. After a complete examination of the fossil was done, National Geographic issued a press release in 2000 stating that it might be a composite (fake).

If you're interested in a particular hoax you should be able to find it on this site, they list quite a few:

History Hoaxes



The Museum of Hoaxes
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:25 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Unsinkable Sam


He was a cat that survived the sinking of three war ships.
Sam was originally owned by a crewman on the German battleship Bismarck, he was used to kill the mice on board ship. The ship was attacked and sank on May 27, 1941, killing 2082 of the 2200 crew. Sam was rescued by the HMS Cossack who spotted him floating on a wooden plank. On October 24, 1941, the Cossack was torpedoed and the crew had to transfer to another ship. Sam was transferred to the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. The Ark Royal was torpedoed on November 14, 1941. Sam survived that sinking also and retired from ship work. He died of natural causes in 1955.

His picture:

https://www.zmescience.com/other/fea...-sam-cat-wwii/


If that cat could talk what tales he'd tell

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