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NY Times: Disunion: One of the North’s worries was the ability of Great Britain to build large dangerous ships. One, in particular, the Scorpion class, with more modern cannon turrets vs. the deck mounted rails for large ordnance, was stopped, though two were built and later used by the British Navy as shown in Wikipedia. One built and completed, the CSS Alabama, created havoc in the Atlantic until finally sunk by the USS Kearsarge, off the coast of Cherbourg, France, where some of the Confederates are buried. The Union compelled the designer/owner of what became known as the submarine "Alligator" to be used and ordered up the James River to Appomattox, though then lower water levels wouldn’t allow it to submerge, perhaps a possible fleet of them served as a warning to other nations. Reparations in Switzerland amounted to over $20 million, fined for the construction of the CSS Alabama I’ve read after the Civil War. The "Alligator" also sunk off of Cape Hatteras, NC, as did the USS Monitor, and is being searched for as part of the inventory of the more recent "Battle of the Atlantic".
The article fails to mention that, way back then, 44 Presidents ago, the President and Vice President could be from different parties and the Constitution amended created, along with the Electoral College, which actually elects the President, the single party rule of the Executive branch. Some states have since changed their "all for one" party candidate Electoral College votes to a more equal distribution of those important votes, as states have rights to. Choose the multiple choice answer for who elects the President "the people" and you’ll get that question wrong on a prior US citizen test. Let’s not forget that Mr. Nader is the oldest candidate to ever seek that office.
New York Times 12/13/2011 “Campaign Stops”
I watched a documentary (Catholics, Elke Sommer, et al.) about it once. At the time of construction various groups and organizations donated a stone or two(?) to the Washington Monument. One, contributed by US Catholics, was stolen and reputed to be dumped into the Potomac River, and never a part of the Washington Monument. Maybe they could find it and replace the cracked one from the donated stone. If you know more about it, please leave me a comment.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
“It was not replaced until 1982.” – Homilies and Occasional Thoughts
"Near this same spot, 57 years earlier, had occurred perhaps the most notorious episode of fratricidal bloodshed in American history." Killing Jeff Davis
I think much of the Burr-Hamilton rancor came out of the original Constitution as "framed", allowed the best man, that is with the most votes, the President and the runner-up, the Vice President, no matter what political party they had come from. It was amended. Oddly I was working in Tishomingo, Mississippi in 1979, and one of the researchers during the Bicentennial there found letters that Aaron Burr had been there along the Natchez Trace which led into the southern frontier before the widespread adoption of cotton. He had been also accused of treason, to have plotted to take a section of the country away from "We, the People" that I’ve read was a fabrication.
By the way its also reported that President Lincoln was at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, NY to witness the firing of the R.P. Parrott patented rifled cannon, and watched a 200 pound projectile fired at the west shore of the Hudson River. Perhaps the memory of the tragedy of the NYC foundry cast "Peacemaker" explosion and deaths aboard the USS Princeton under President Tyler still fresh (Tyler was below deck with this tragedy brought future bride, Julia Gardiner, the perished NY Senator’s daughter) when the 300 pound shell was fired President Lincoln was moved away it was related. His funeral train would one day stop there.
I used to visit the Motthaven E 143rd from the Patterson House projects before my family moved to Centereach in Brookhaven, NY. Back then prior to 1960 it was important station, and appears to have been as old as 1906. Apparently right across the street, according to the Bronx historians research was the Janes and Kirtland Foundry which built and assembled the current US Capitol Dome finished for President Lincoln for just over $1 million. As an 7 or 8 year old I ‘m not sure if I thanked the firemen for getting my friend and I out of a stuck elevator in that project at 143rd and Third Ave., so thanks for the service. Maybe it should be on the National Register of Historic Places and might have developed out of a need by the historic foundry, evidence today gone beneath the sidewalks of New York. May 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Neglected and rusting deep below Grand Central station, the armoured train that helped heroic Roosevelt keep his polio secret – UK’s Mail Online
My aunt’s husband was a clerk (or "clark" as you say) in FDR’s law office before all the politics. I had an uncle with polio who worked in the Hall of Records (today’s beaux-arts Surrogate Court on Chambers St.) with my grandfather, a real estate reporter, who sometimes kept his family of eleven children going knowing where the new coal contracts might be. My uncle in a wheelchair unfortunately perished there in an elevator (or "lift" as you say) accident during WWII, his five other brothers served in it. Was told FDR was instrumental in getting the famous lawyer for the handicapped, Basil O’Connor, on his behalf and awarded $5000, a lot of money in those days for his death.
The other-side of my family come from Grand Manan Island not far from Campobello, where its thought FDR contracted polio. Well I thought I’d report, as reported the other day, it was to a Boy Scout camp at Hessian Lake, in today’s Bear Mountain State Park, nearby NYC that he was sick from, no worries.
Excellent coverage and photos here.