Friday, April 10, 2015

If The River Was Whiskey

Grand Gulf isn't just a military park. They have lots of interesting local artifacts there.

Do we need any further proof that there was serious money in bootleggin'?

Prohibition didn't end in Mississippi until the 60's. That don't mean there weren't a thriving, and well regulated, brown liquor market in the state. Far from it... Black Market Tax . In fact, it was a raid on a Junior League Ball, attended by the Governor, that finally forced the state's hand. There was no rush to legalize akahol. The bootleggers were getting rich, the state and state officials were getting their cut, and the Baptists were happy (the last thing they wanted was to have to buy theirs in a public establishment...hahaha. Do you know why you always take more than one Baptist fishing at a time...because if you take just one he'll drink all your booze. :oohyeahthat'sagoodone:).

A family friend, who died recently, used to get paid 50 bucks to run a trunkload of whiskey from Vicksburg to Jackson when he was a teenager in the 50's. You can still get moonshine here without much trouble.

I think it's also important to mention that we have a short but significant history with submarines. The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was the first submarine to ever sink a ship. It took down the USS Housatonic....known up until that point for seizing a British blockade runner that was trying to deliver two ship engines for Confederate Inronclads. It was a serious blow. Take note was one of your ships the bastards stole. Sadly, neither the crew or the submarine survived the exchange but they sank that b**CH!

While we're briefly on the subject, today in 1865, William Catledge of the 5th Florida Infantry, CSA, was paroled at Appomattox (one of 53 men that were left of the 5th). He was my Grandmother's maternal Grandfather. He wasn't the only Catledge that fought and her paternal side was also well represented but, it's William's name that appears, after about 6 pages of Campbells, among the list of those that were present at what amounted to the bitter, bitter end.

 You would be forgiven for thinking that this was a portable torture device carried by the U.S. army used to extract intelligence from the locals but...NO! This torture device was willingly worn by our Belles. That's what was under the hood of those old gorgeous hooped dresses.

Residents of the area remain on guard from attacks to this day. There's a nuclear power plant just a few miles from the park. She is ready for fact, she kinda looks like she wakes up every morning hoping somebody will try her.

There's Yankees to worry about, terror's like the Devil's petting zoo around there... is going to Flood!

Then there's us....a danger that, while it may be unintentional, can never be dismissed.

We are them. Those of us who weren't kidnapped from West Africa are anglo-celts who were too poor and rowdy to live in Scotland, Ireland and t'North of England...who have spent the last 200 years procreating in swamps. We have moonshine, guns, submarines and a nuclear power plant! What could possibly go wrong. HA!


  1. If only history had been taught like this when I was at school!


    1. I was speaking with a friend recently about the possibility of polluting young minds at a local learning institution. You know that it has become more than idle chatter when this blog disappears and you get an email to join an invite only.


    2. Yes, I'm with charity chic. The history teaching at my school was so bad that I failed my exams miserably and had to give it up...
      And I'm still lobbying BBC Four to hire you to do a documentary series!

    3. I'm ready for it...maybe at the BBC I wouldn't get run out as I most assuredly would from most high school history classes if I didn't change my ways.

      I had nothing but dreadful teachers history and otherwise...until college.

  2. Yup, this is the way to teach 'em. Time to hit the BBC with a few of your show-reels I reckon. I'd sign up for a course.

    1. Maybe I should do more of it around here. I kind of avoid it ...just assuming that people aren't that interested. It is the thing I have more training in than anything else.

      Speaking of history...on the side bar you'll see a link to the Immaginative Conservative. Today they've posted an excellent piece on John Wilkes Booth.