Thursday, February 16, 2006

No competition

There are several excellent posts with wild animals today. The bobcat pictures were taken in full daylight. Dharma Buns had a once in a lifetime experience. Rurality has a trail cam and has posted excellent pictures also.




I tried, but this is the best I can do.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Civil War in Kansas

The presentation at the Clinton Historical Society was by Arnold Schofield, Park Historian at Ft Scott National Historic Site and noted Civil War historian.

The first part of his presentation was spent setting up the Mine Creek Battle. In 1864 a rear guard of the Confederate Army led by General Sterling Price was sent into Missouri to capture St Louis, Kansas City as well as other strategic points. By the time of the Kansas Mine Creek battle, Gen. Price had made a large loop through the state and was mostly unsuccessful in his goals.

General Price's Army of Missouri consisted of 13,000 men, 14 pieces of artillery and a wagon train of supplies many miles long when it entered the State of Missouri but at the time of the Mine Creek battle in Kansas, there were 7,000 in the half mile long defensive line. The Union forces consisted of half that many. The difference was that the Confederate forces were poorly supplied and equipped with many of the soldiers having no weapon at all. The Union forces on the other hand were very well equipped with both horses and guns.

At this point, Mr. Schofield told us about the type of weapons used as well as how the soldiers rode their horses. Also, how the battles were actually staged. He emphasised that the Battle of Mine Creek was the largest cavalry battle west of the Mississippi. The loss of life was unbelievable. Also, he explained the uniqueness of the state of Missouri in that the Civil War battles were Missourians fighting Missourians.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

February Moon

Dan knocked on the porch door and motioned for me to look out the window. The moon was just coming up in the east and it looks full. However, I checked the calendar and tomorrow is actually the full moon. Still, it is beautiful tonight. Anyone reading this tonight and lives where there is a clear sky, look out and think about me here in Kansas looking at the same big bright moon! By the way, it is 28 degrees here and we are looking at a low of 16 tonight. Tomorrow it's forecast to be in the 50s. Remember its Kansas, if you don't like the weather, wait an hour.

It's been a busy weekend. We hosted our card group on Friday night. I did the route as fast as I could, raced home and was just ready as the first car came down the driveway. I worked yesterday, but last night was another interesting evening. The Clinton Historical Society met for their yearly meeting. The speaker was an expert on the Civil War, specifically battles fought in Kansas. I will write about his presentation tomorrow night. Tonight, I need to make Valentines for some special people.

I wrote about moon songs last November. Link to this page and you can hear all kinds of moon songs!