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A Conflict in Ancestry

correct-flags.gifI recently mentioned in a previous post that I have been casually tracing our ancestry. In so doing, I discovered a couple of days ago that I have two ancestors on my Father’s side, each of which fought on opposite sides in the Civil War.

One of my Great2 Grandfathers* on my Dad’s Mother’s side fought for the Union in the 6th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry whose primary mission was to protect the B&O Railway across the Appalachians. He was a private in Company I and was wounded in the leg during a skirmish in 1865. After he recovered, he was discharged and received a $12 pension per month. Big money in those days.

*The superscript “2” above denotes this is a Great-great Grandfather

My Great Grandfather on My Dad’s Father’s side fought for the Confederacy in the 5th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry that engaged Union forces under Sherman in Georgia and the Carolinas. This ancestor was also listed as a private and was attached to Company H, the “Mounted Rifles,” who eventually surrendered to the Union in 1865. This ancestor was paroled and relocated to Colorado where he eventually married my Great Grandmother who bore my Grandfather, my Dad’s Dad.

Since the number of ancestors doubles with each generation, there is a fairly good probability that some of the ancestors were participating in major historical events as was the case above. I went back a couple more generations and found one of the ancestors buried in a grave denoting his participation in the Revolutionary War. I’m sure I will find more tidbits like that as I progress through my ancestry.

What’s for Dinner?

Jägerschnitzel

Deutsches Küche ist zum Abendessen (German cuisine is what’s for dinner).

One of our favorite entrees is breaded pork loin cutlets (Jägerschnitzel) served with sides typical of German cooking. Today’s meal consisted of the cutlets served with braised Brussels sprouts (Rosenkohl, or “rose cabbage” in German) and an excellent hot German potato salad (Heißer Kartoffelsalat) recipe that The Better Half found. She also put some tomato and avocado garnish on the plate for color.

Lately, we have been dipping into our ancestry in hopes of locating some of the graves of our forebearers as we tour parts of the country in coming months and years. Despite our love of German, Italian and some French cooking, my family lines mostly seem to have come from England, whose cooking we can do without (Spotted Dick?? Really??).

The ancestry quest has gone pretty well, having located two cemeteries in Colorado, a couple in Massachusetts and one more in South Carolina which contain the remains of ancestors going from grand parents to a couple of generations back from that.

During our excursion to witness the Great American Solar Eclipse, we are planning to visit my great grandmother on my Mom’s Dad’s side in Montrose, Colorado and to visit numerous relatives’ graves in Pueblo, Colorado, including my paternal grandmother and grandfather as well as that grandfather’s folks, another set of great grandparents.

Traffic Jam

Main Street, Wickenburg, AZ, USA

The Title of this post is, of course, a tongue-in-cheek description of the (clickable) image above with less than a figurative handful of vehicles on the road in downtown today. The Better Half took this photo as we were enroute to an appointment with the kidney specialist*.

When the temperatures rise in the desert to beyond the three-digit level, the winter population (a.k.a. snowbirds) completely disappears (maybe a few hardy stragglers stay a while) and the summer population dwindles to between five and seven thousand while the peak winter population was about 25 k this year. That makes a big difference in traffic, parking, shopping, etc.

TBH and I welcome the summer heat and the ease of our normal lifestyle chores and errands that it brings. Along about Labor Day, the migration invasion will resume. Meanwhile, we’re content with the lull.

*(Regarding the specialist, the prognosis is good with a marked improvement from the initial diagnosis of partial kidney failure.)

D-Day Astronomical Data

Invasion Map

Astronomical Data from the US Naval Observatory for Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, shows that the “OPERATION OVERLORD” invasion took place with a sixteen hour sunrise to sunset time and under a full moon during the night. I do not know if the astronomical timing was a factor in setting the date of the invasion. Nothing is mentioned in the Wikipedia Article as to astronomical information.

It was the greatest military undertaking in history, where the tactics and diversions were carefully planned. Operation Overlord and its sub-operations made for a very complex and ultimately successful invasion to free Europe from the Axis and Nazi stranglehold. Supreme Commander Ike had this to say to the Allied Forces as they prepared for the invasion:

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

— General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Letter to Allied Forces

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A Classic Wickenburg Street Hot Rod

Street Rod

As The Better Half and I were parking in the supermarket lot on Thursday last, a “seasoned” gentleman was firing up his modified coupe to depart. TBH captured this (clickable) image of this beautiful classic.

The car was a beauty with what appeared to be meticulous detailing and lots of shiny chrome in the right places. The audible experience was half of the pleasure at seeing this rod with a throaty growl from the manifolds with each rev of the throttle. It was beautiful.

We haven’t posted much nor have we posted frequently here since we are sidetracked with a few “chores” to address our upcoming excursions with the RV. The big guy is currently at the dealer having some warranty squawks worked as well as periodic maintenance.

We also have become involved with our genealogy since we wish to visit some of the gravesites of ancestors buried in Colorado; one great grandmother in western Colorado (Montrose) and uncles, aunts, grandparents and some more great grands in the center of the state (Pueblo). The sister of TBH does this as a hobby and has been very helpful in showing us the ropes as we are getting into the ancestry thing.

What’s For Dinner?

Smoked Brisket Dinner

I fired up a 2 pound beef brisket in the smoker this morning. I used a recipe I found on line for preparing the meat and the dry rub. Six hours later we had this wonderful dinner consisting of smoked brisket slices, The Better Half’s awesome potato salad and some baked beans. Clickable image.

This is the first attempt at smoking a brisket. I am pleased at the way it turned out, especially the smoky bark and the moist, tender meat.

I originally bought a four pound brisket and cut it in half so we could freeze half of it for another time. The half portion was more than enough for the two of us.

Classic Throwback Thursday

Shiny old classic

It seems that the old car guys around town like to get their classics displayed every chance they get. The Better Half and I attended an “arts and crafts” event in the downtown area last month only to be pleasantly surprised at several of the classic cars parked there.

I did not bring my regular camera nor the pocket sized one, so I made this photo using the Samsung Android Smartphone. I am still learning how to use the camera in it even though I have had it for quite some time. I tend to want to use a camera that is specifically made for making digital photos rather than an all-in-one doodad like the phone. I’m thinking that the streaks caused by the sunlight gleaming off of the shiny parts of the classic may not have been as prominent with my regular cameras.

Clickable image.

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