“One hundred and fifty years ago today,” Spence says.

“Shiloh,” says Admin. “Hornet’s nest, fallen timbers, sunken road – the first really big bloodbath of the Civil War.”

“Although there’s a sunken road at Antietam, too – kind of confusing.”

“Don’t a lot of the battles have a similar pattern – Confederates winning day one, Union day two, and then it’s sort of over?”

“Not sure. But in two or three days those huge armies would probably eat up all the food around and have to move on.”

“Reminds me of Napoleon – an army marches on its belly.”

“Civil War tactics hadn’t moved on much from Napoleon’s time. But the weapons had, as both armies learned in the worst way. Endlessly fascinating in retrospect, the Civil War, and if I may venture an opinion, a guarantee of American exceptionalism pretty much forever.”

Welcome Guinness.


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146 Responses to “Shiloh”

  1. Macy the Min-pin
    9:14 am on April 6th, 2012

    Good morning y’all, the South Shall Rise Again!

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:15 am on April 6th, 2012

    Just heard that the Civil War casualties were higher than originally stated. More like 750,000 plus. Wonder how they will ever really know.

    Good morning, all.

  3. Melanie
    9:30 am on April 6th, 2012

    Hmmm. When I lived near Chicago, it was the Civil War.
    When I moved to VA, it became the War of Northern Aggression.
    Also sometimes known as the Great Unpleasantness.

    Good morning all, Hoping today is a better day!

    Riö, apology accepted. Please do not send Beau to the house late at night again to appolgize. Whew, the Pack went nuts! Barking at the doors, back and forth, lots of snuffling outside, bad smell. … oh wait … That was Beau, wasn’t it?

  4. OleyHowlers
    9:31 am on April 6th, 2012

    Good morning, all!
    Welcome Guinness…whew! for a minute we thought we had the actual Golden Harness winner joining FOC !
    Shiek is eating (not as much as normal yet, but enough to get his medicine)…YAY!
    Why did the Civil War guarantee American exceptionalism? We can’t quite get our minds around that one.

    Mom is home today, but Pop had to go to work. Mom is going to be oh-so-busy cleaning stalls, weeding flower garden, and holding horses for the horse dentist. We’ll try to use our iPaw if she lets us.

  5. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:40 am on April 6th, 2012

    Good!…Friday!…snort!… Here is something that may clear up confusion on the part of the Howlers…grunt!…From our friend Wiki…sniff!

    American exceptionalism refers to the theory that the United States is qualitatively different from other countries. In this view, America’s exceptionalism stems from its emergence from a revolution, becoming “the first new nation,” and developing a uniquely American ideology, based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism and laissez-faire. This observation can be traced to Alexis de Tocqueville, the first writer to describe the United States as “exceptional” in 1831 and 1840. Historian Gordon Wood has argued, “Our beliefs in liberty, equality, constitutionalism, and the well-being of ordinary people came out of the Revolutionary era. So too did our idea that we Americans are a special people with a special destiny to lead the world toward liberty and democracy.”…snort!…Sort of like the Plunderers…heh!heh!

  6. dawson
    9:46 am on April 6th, 2012

    There’s a Guinness in the Friends of Chet. There was a Guinness in running the Iditarod this year. Irish?

    American exceptionalism in weaponry? We are extremely exceptional in the amount of money spent on weaponry. Don’t get me started.

    It’s here! My very last day of work! A bittersweet day for me. Sad to say so long to the elders that have become a second family and my co-workers who have become close friends but sweet to think that very soon I will be with family. Yippee!

    Whoops! I’m going to be late on my last day!

  7. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:58 am on April 6th, 2012

    Retirement!…Dawson is retiring?…snort!…I didn’t think she was old enough to retire. But my friends brother is retired and he is in his fifties….grunt!…I’m in my fifties-plus and my work is never done…wheeze!

  8. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:03 am on April 6th, 2012

    Whoo hoo for Dawson!

    And CHobbitt is right behind her!

  9. B.Stover
    10:15 am on April 6th, 2012

    Ever hear of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire? “Forever” is a long time.

    Good morning all

  10. OleyHowlers
    10:17 am on April 6th, 2012

    Hurray for Dawson!!!! AWOOOOO! Wish our mom could retire but she’ll be working til she dies.

    Rio, that doesn’t ‘splain how the Civil War/War Between the States guaranteed so-callled American Exceptionalism. We do understand how our Declaration of Independence and Revolution to gain our independence, and our ideals of democracy at a time when those ideals were so new and previously untried made America exceptional, but not how a war between our northern and southern states guaranteed exceptionalism. By that time, most of the world had already outlawed slavery; we were one of the last. So that isn’t it.

    On another note, does it bother our neighbors to the north when we refer to ourselves simply as “America”? We always wondered about that.

  11. BearSpiritDog
    10:23 am on April 6th, 2012

    Almost time for the Big Bash!
    Retirement Parties for…..Ta Da
    Awesome Dawson & C.Hobbit Harris!

  12. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:27 am on April 6th, 2012

    Spencer!….Well, you may have to wait for an explanation from Spencer (or Admin) on how Exceptionalism relates to the Civil War….grunt!….Good luck with that as we are still waiting to hear what happened to Astrid. I wonder how Colonel Bob is doing? I always thought he would show up in more Chet and Bernie adventures, but so far nadda…sniff!

  13. dawson
    10:28 am on April 6th, 2012

    OleyHowlers: Your neighbours to the north know how unexceptional their southern friends are at geography. Heh.

  14. Tipper and Gilly
    10:32 am on April 6th, 2012

    Good morning everyone.

    Dawson – YIPPPEEEEEE!!!!!!!

    Howlers- re Shiek – YIPPPEEEEE!!!

    Re American exceptionaliam – our family kind of thought this country was exceptional even before a bunch of new folks arrived and started drawing imaginary boundary lines between everyone else.
    just sayin’

  15. Rose
    10:52 am on April 6th, 2012

    Greetings All!

    OH: Glad to hear Shiek is on the road to good health!

    Dawson: You lucky, lucky, girl! WooooooHooooooo!

  16. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:53 am on April 6th, 2012

    Exceptional!….Speaking of Exceptional – The Rockies play their first game of the season today!….Woooooo!…SiberH its finally Friday and a Good One at that!…snorkel!

  17. Beau - The Black Pug
    11:12 am on April 6th, 2012

    The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him….gurgle!

  18. Beau - The Black Pug
    11:18 am on April 6th, 2012

    As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. Ecclesiastes 10:1

  19. Barb & Maggie
    11:35 am on April 6th, 2012

    Beau has his own avatar? When did that happen and what the hell is he talking about?

    Ditto what T & G said about the newcomers to this land. They have been wasteful and arrogant.

  20. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:42 am on April 6th, 2012

    Uh-oh!…Looks like Beau has been reading the Bible again…snort!heh!…I think he is trying to tell Melanie that he is happy she forgave me, and sorry that he smells and wiped his nose on her pant leg…grunt!

  21. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:02 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Avatar!…What’s wrong with Beau having his own avatar anyways?…grump!

  22. Siber-H
    12:05 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Spence, would you please explain how the Civil War guaranteed American exceptionalism. This is interesting.

    T&G: I agree with you. What the European man did to this country is beyond tragic. Sometimes mom and I like to imagine what the West looked like before the arrival of the white men and their livestock.

  23. Siber-H
    12:09 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rio! I know! It is Friday!!
    5:pm our time

    Fellow Sibers; Great news about Shiek! I hope he is on the road to recovery now.

  24. OleyHowlers
    12:24 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Ditto what Dawson said about the geography-challenged and what T&G and others said about the newcomers. On behalf of European White people, Mom apologizes to the original Americans and the Africans brought here against their will. As for us, we know our farm is an exceptional place, and in fact any place we’ve ever been was exceptional. The bantomine paste syringe that Kat just chewed up was especially exceptional.

  25. Barb & Maggie
    12:28 pm on April 6th, 2012

    We didn’t say there was anything wrong with Beau having his own avatar, just never noticed it before, so it must be new.

    Siber, it wasn’t just bring the livestock west, it was all the other awful stuff. Running off the indigenous people who were already there, killing millions of buffalo just for “fun”, and on and on. Didn’t we call that Manifest Destiny? More like man’s inhumanity to man.

  26. Buddy the Phillies Fan
    12:30 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Ahem..I’d I like to point out that the Phillies won their opening game yesterday, thanks to the great Roy “Doc” Halliday, who pitched a virtual shutout.

  27. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:31 pm on April 6th, 2012

    America!…You cannot re-write history…sniff!

  28. Mollypop's Mom
    12:32 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Dawson – Happy yet sad day, last day of work. I went through that and it was bittersweet. The next day I went skiing!

  29. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:35 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Phillies!…..Awwww, so there is life after Albert Pujols…heh!heh!

  30. Siber-H
    12:40 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Fellow Sibers, That is cool. I like Halliday. He’s from Colorado
    Rose, CC is pitching for the Yankees today.
    Timmy is pitching for the Giants.

  31. Jasper the Poodle
    12:47 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Mom is letting me try to use her cell phone to write on the blog. Is it working?

  32. Barb & Maggie
    12:48 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Happy Last Day, Dawson!

  33. Siber-H
    12:54 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Yes, Jasper, It is working.

    Happt Retirement Dawson!

  34. BearSpiritDog
    12:55 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Jasper: Tell your mom it worked!

    Siber-H: Yesterday felt like Friday all day. You were right the first time. Now I don’t know where it is.

    Beau: Congrats on the avatar!

  35. Rose
    12:55 pm on April 6th, 2012

    SiberH: I am a little nervous about CC. He did not look especially stellar during Spring training. I hope he will pull it together for the game. I will stream the radio broadcast here at work.

  36. Tipper and Gilly
    12:57 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Howlers and all. Please, please never feel that you have to apologize for history. Mama and Dad really don’t like it when some folks demand apologies for past tragedies.
    They always say that it’s not what is in the past but what you do in the present that can determine the future.
    Trust us – some of our ancestors weren’t the kind you would invite over for coffee either. But, that was them. This is us. And we are all thrilled to pieces to count you all as our friends and family.

  37. Rose
    12:58 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rio: Will your friend be using your avatar pictures as reference for PugMugs or will youse guys be posing for a brand new picture?

  38. Snowhook Bella
    1:05 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rio: I have found that they are very few mistakes in life that can’t be corrected or forgiven. It’s good to see my two favorite pugs on this here blog.

    Howlers: I’m glad to hear that the Sheik is getting closer to feelin clip clop.

    Dawson: Enjoy your last day of work. Now, about that party…

    Today is a sweater and boots kind of a day. It’s snowing with poor visibility.

  39. Masquers
    1:12 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rio: That was really nice of Beau to hand deliver the apology for your slip of the iPaw (which, by the way, was totally out of character) Personally, I put it down to over-the-top-enthusiasm for our upcoming big spring sale.
    Howler’s mom: When Shiek is feeling fully clip clop, as Bella puts it, will youse be going for that ride? I have a feeling he is looking forward to it.

  40. OleyHowlers
    1:18 pm on April 6th, 2012

    T&G, thank you for your perfect words, as usual. In truth, Mom’s ancestors weren’t anywhere near this side of the Atlantic when those atrocities were committed. However, she has always been acutely aware of the priveledged life she got to lead through no thanks to her or her family’s success, but purely through the color of her skin. For that there is shame, yet she has much hope for the future.
    Can someone on this here blog ‘splain what the heck she is talking about? Should those red/white huskies Meashka and Kat fear their black/white brother Dima and sister Sasha???

  41. OleyHowlers
    1:23 pm on April 6th, 2012

    A navy jet crashed in Virginia Beach!

  42. Masquers
    1:40 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Looks like the 2 pilots ejected.

  43. Masquers
    1:42 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Howlers: No details yet. Let us know when you hear more.

  44. OleyHowlers
    1:49 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Masquers, two apartment buildings are on fire.

  45. C.Hobbit
    2:11 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Dawson: last day-ever to work. Wow. Happy for you.

  46. Snowhook Bella
    2:17 pm on April 6th, 2012

    A couple of years ago a helicopter crashed on a training mission near base. AJ an I took a train ride a couple of weeks later that passed by the crash site. It was devastating and looked otherworldly. I hope those in today’s crash ejected safely and that all those impacted will be safe.

  47. Melanie
    2:18 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Ten Gallons of Compost!

    Beau, thanks for your apologies. You can stop now. And thanks, Riö, for explaining what that stuff was on my pants cuff.

    Hope all is okay in VA. My brother used to live down in that area when he wasn’t on board a ship in the middle of the ocean for months at a time.. He was in the Coast Guard.

    I was telling Zoe about the new room in the store. I was thinking of a sealed jar of Newfie Drool. I have been out voted 1 to 10. The Pack and I were the ten; Zoe was the one. Still not sure how we got outvoted … Pondering

  48. Siber-H
    2:22 pm on April 6th, 2012

    I could donate some sand from one of my projects in the yard, or maybe a tumbleweed or two.

  49. Melanie
    2:34 pm on April 6th, 2012

    A tumbleweed? Hmm, how on earth would you ship a tumbleweed. It certainly wouldn’t weigh much!

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:40 pm on April 6th, 2012


  51. Barb & Maggie
    2:42 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Melanie, 10 gallons of compost is but a pittance! We have now hauled 75 gals. to the 4 garden beds this spring, 15 5-gal buckets. It is really primo stuff! We know, it’s probably a bit wierd to get all excited over compost, but we love the stuff.

  52. Rose
    2:55 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Maggie, you are up top right now.

    SiberH: I would love to have some of your civil engineering dirt and tumbleweed. I have a steer skull by my desk at work. Having those two items would add a little more dessert authenticity.

  53. Barb & Maggie
    3:16 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rose, when we came on a few minutes ago there was a really cute therapy dog on top. Does anyone have any idea how many FOC there are now?

    Melanie, Have you had any conversations/confrontations about the signed agreement yet? We thought getting everyone to sign it was a brillant idea. Could cut way back on arguing.

  54. Masquers
    3:23 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Did any of youse guys watch Chet’s Krazy Kat video? Scary stuff!

  55. T.C.
    3:47 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Masquers, we read that, but were not able to view the video. Wonder what made that Krazy Kat act like that? Did you see that the other cat is not even “fixed”.

  56. OleyHowlers
    3:52 pm on April 6th, 2012

    All youse gardener and landscaper types, we need some help. This year, we have tons of this stuff in our yard. No idea what it is nor how to get rid of it. The grass looks horrible. We suspect this has to do with the awful draught last summer.

    Our yard has never been one of those golf course type lawns mind you. It has always been more weeds than grass. But at least when it was mowed, it looked fine. This stuff is horrible.

  57. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:18 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Grass!…That looks like a good place to take a dump!…grunt!

  58. Siber-H
    4:31 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Melanie, A tumbleweed would have to be shipped in a box. There are tumbleweeds out there that are almost the size of a small compact car. Once in awhile we see expensive motor homes traveling down the interstate with a tumbleweed attached to their roof. They are taking home a souvenir.

    Rose, you are a cool lady. A steer skull!

    Fellow Sibers, I don’t know. Just keep it mowed, I guess.

  59. Barb & Maggie
    4:41 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Oley, It does not look familiar to us either. Rio had a good idea!

  60. Tupper and Gilly
    4:48 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Hi everyone – just got back from the clay place and got a phone call from Melanie. They are completely and totally without internet up there. So she wanted us to tell you that she is neither ignoring you or buried under a pile of drooling Newfs. She will be back as soon as her town gets booted back up.

    Miraculous that no one was killed or even badly injured in that jet crash. Thank Dog!

    Wonder how The Delightful Dawson is faring on her final day.

  61. Tupper and Gilly
    4:50 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Siber – you could put some Chili Cheese Fritos in the specialty room – we know at least one person who would bid on them…..

  62. Siber-H
    5:18 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Oh yeah, T&G I could do that.

  63. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:30 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Fritos!…Oh brother…sniff!

  64. Redbone Hound
    5:33 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Yes Brother Rio – you called?

  65. Barb & Maggie
    5:42 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Oley, We are assuming you are talking about the light green stuff mixed in with the grass. You must have some different vegetation there than what we have in Illinois because it sure doesn’t look familiar.

    Chili fritos are really good!

  66. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:52 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Brother!…Redbone, I’m thinking we will need some Tennessee Shine in that special Room of ours…heh!heh!…Are you with me Brother?…snort!

  67. Barb & Maggie
    5:56 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Barb was at CLL today and her boss told her to leave early if it was quiet. CL is visiting relatives out of state. Since no one was calling, Barb left the office at 2:30 and went to the grocery store. Of course CL called her there and said she needed some emails sent, so Barb needed to go back to the office and fire up the computer again. Then at 4:15 she says “Oh my gosh, get out of there – it’s Good Friday! What a woman!

  68. OleyHowlers
    6:26 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Barb & Maggie, the horse dentist was here today and he said he has that stuff growing in his yard too. And our raised beds were full of that same stuff. The roots are not deep. It spreads out but at least in the garden, we could grab a bunch and pull it up.

  69. Rose
    6:32 pm on April 6th, 2012

    I can’t take it anymore!!!!
    I just opened my copy of Entertainment Weekly, and read that WB (my old employer) is remaking the classic detective film, The Thin Man. Blasphemy!!

    THEN, I read on and find out who will be playing the lead ARRRRRGGHH!!
    Johnny Depp!!! Spppppllllooorrrrtttttt! Are there any other actors in Hollywood besides him? Particularly one who can act????

  70. OleyHowlers
    6:34 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Back to todays topic: Journey to Shiloh is one of our favorite Civil War movies. Do youse remember that one?

  71. Garcia of Snowhook
    6:59 pm on April 6th, 2012

    We’ve been pondering what we could do for the Newfelant Room. There have been a lot of offers, some better than others and some took a little refining or coaxing. So far, we’ve convinced Belle Starr, that little nut, to part with a small portion of her chapstick collection, the candy and cake division. We made promises and concessions, but in the end, we—the rest of us— prevailed after Lefty put Belle’s ear in his mouth. Like I said, coaxing was involved.

  72. Melanie
    7:07 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Yes, Rose, there is another actor. His name is YSAS!

    Try Googling Chickweed then hit images.

    Yes, we are back! Now I have compost envy! (My garden areas are not as big as yours!)

  73. Masquers
    7:10 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rose: This is most upsetting news. Almost (but not quite) unbelievable.

  74. Barb & Maggie
    7:25 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Johnny Depp as the Thin Man? GAH!

    Composte Envy? I love it Melanie! You are probably right about size of our gardens. Three raised beds are 8 x 8 and one is 4 x 12. We put 4 5-gal buckets of compost on each 8 x 8 bed and then worked it into the dirt.

  75. Rose
    7:25 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Masquers: The Prof had to hide all the sharp objects in the apartment.

    And, yes, Melanie, McKey would be a most charming Nick Charles.

  76. Masquers
    7:35 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Howlers: Hmm…Journey to Shiloh is a very old movie is it not? James Caan…Harrison Ford…or, is there a newer version?

    Rose: My stomach is still turning.

  77. Gus & BooBear
    7:39 pm on April 6th, 2012

    We would rather see Johnny Depp in the Thin Man than Tom Cruise as Reacher!

  78. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:44 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Thin!…Another movie we won’t be seeing…grump!

    Baseball!…We are in baseball heaven right now even though the Rockies have fallen behind by one run…grunt!…Its still early. This is almost a brand new team – so many new guys to get to know…sniff!sniff!

  79. Masquers
    7:46 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Well, we know that Uggie won’t be playing Asta. He’s retired.

  80. Siber-H
    7:50 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Gus and BooBear, I agree with you.

    Rio, It is strange to see so many different Rockies. This will take awhile, but we will adjust.

  81. Melanie
    7:54 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Franklin says he’ll play Asta, unless Sam wants to. Then he’ll give in gracefully.

    No Grace, i wasn’t talking to you. Gracie, leave it, do NOT … Do you want to visit Snowhook? Then you best give that tail back to Frank!

  82. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:58 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Adjust!….I will adjust very quickly if they start winning…heh!heh!

    Helton!…Woooo!…The old guy just hit a Double!…snorkel!…We love Todd Helton…sniffle!

  83. Rose
    8:06 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Gus and Boo: I’d rather not see either happen.

    Masquers, I may have to sport again.

    OH: Are you leading the howling this evening? It’s a Larry Talbot night.

  84. Melanie
    8:08 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Well, as Dawson become a retired Superperson, I fade with the sunset.

    The compost is safe in the gutter, and the tire planters. I have started piling dirt onto the rock pile that will be for squash and pumpkins. Still can’t start on the raised asparagus beds. The boards are painted and I have all the hardware, but why put them up when it’s supposed to snow next week?

    TTFN everyone!

  85. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Early!…This is early for Melanie to be saying TTFN…grunt!…Does anyone want to see her email address again?…heh!

  86. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:27 pm on April 6th, 2012

    I would rather watch grass grow than watch Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher!

  87. Siber-H
    8:30 pm on April 6th, 2012

    It is the Moon of the Wolf. Every full moon is the Moon of the wolf. I’ll go out and howl just as soon as the Rockies win this game.

  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:32 pm on April 6th, 2012

    SiberH!…I don’t know if you caught it or not, but even Drew Goodman, the announcer thought yesterday was Friday…chuffle!

  89. OleyHowlers
    8:34 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Thank you, Melanie. Chickweed it is! And it’s edible!! Best of all, it sounds like it will go away after early Spring. We just don’t remember this being so prevalent other years.

  90. Rose
    8:41 pm on April 6th, 2012

    SiberH: I’ll be listening for your melodious howl.

  91. OleyHowlers
    8:41 pm on April 6th, 2012

    We just came in from howling at that bee-autiful moon!

    Masquers, Journey to Shiloh is very old…made in the 60s. We didn’t remember Harrison Ford being in it, but we looked it up and sure enough you are right! Also James Caan and Jan Michael Vincent.

  92. Garcia of Snowhook
    8:44 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Moon! The sun is still bright in the sky for us. Howling won’t begin until much, much later. Aawhooooo!

  93. Barb & Maggie
    8:44 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Siber, According to the info we kept on moons, the April full moon is also called the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Full Fisn Moon, named by coastal tribes because the shad were swimming upstreal to spawn. The names were applied to the entire month, per this article.

  94. Siber-H
    8:45 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rio, I did catch that. It was funny since the same thing happened to me.

  95. OleyHowlers
    8:47 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Maggie, we call this moon the Hunting Moon, just like all the others. Heh heh

  96. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rose!…You must be tone-deaf!…snort!…His Yarking is not Melodious. Its sort of like Barking on Steriods..chorkel!

  97. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:49 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Hey, y’all! I was really interested to see the subject of today’s post, since Shiloh is one of the Civil War battles Mom and Dad are most interested in. Dad’s great-great-great-uncle was wounded and taken prisoner at Shiloh. (I know I speak with a Southern accent, but Dad is actually a Yankee! His great-great-grandfather and two of his great-great-great-uncles fought with units from Iowa.) When Mom and Dad were still dating, Mom went to visit him at Fort Campbell, Ky. Dad decided to drive to Shiloh, so they left early in the morning — before breakfast. Dad spent the whole day following in the footsteps of the Iowa units — no lunch. Then, on the way home, Dad got a flat tire. While Dad was changing the tire, Mom walked to a nearby gas station and got a candy bar and soda. That was all she had to eat all day long. Dad didn’t eat anything — I think he was waiting for some hardtack!

  98. Siber-H
    8:50 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Barb, It was me, just me, that declared every full moon will be the Moon of the Wolf. It is similar to me deciding I was also going to be a Canadian citizen.

  99. Rose
    8:57 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Belle Starr: Will two-legged let you wear your sparkly collar for Easter? You have jewels to rival Natasha’s. Try and be still so two- legged may take a picture.

  100. BearSpiritDog
    8:57 pm on April 6th, 2012

    And, because this week has had TWO Fridays it has been a very long week.
    Signing off early as I will soon be joining the others for tonight’s Howlfest.
    See youse tomorrow – Bear

  101. Rose
    9:00 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rio: I have a special place in my heart for Siber. His yark is like a symphony.

  102. OleyHowlers
    9:00 pm on April 6th, 2012

    That is a very cool story, Kirby. Mom’s dream vacation is to tour all of the Civil War battlefields. Her great-grandfather was supposedly a prisoner in Libby Prison, but the details are not known.

  103. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:04 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Mom’s favorite Civil War general, Gen. Charles Ferguson Smith, died during preparations for the battle of Shiloh. He scraped his leg on a rowboat, developed an infection and died on April 25, 1862.

    Smith taught both Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman at West Point. During the battle of Fort Donelson — which Smith helped to win — Grant was the commanding officer for the Union forces. When the South asked for the conditions of surrender, Grant asked Smith’s opinion. Smith advised him to offer no terms except immediate and unconditional surrender. Grant concurred, which earned him the nickname “Unconditional Surrender Grant.”

  104. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:07 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Shilo!…Kirby, I am really glad to hear about someone on this here blog who knows a bit about the Civil War and has a real interest in it….sniff!… We have our own civil war of sorts going on in my house. It is the War between The Tan and The Black…grunt!… The Tan usually wins, but every now and then the Black takes a battle…sniff!…Did I tell youse guys that my friend actually got away with picking Beau up last night…heh!…Right off the floor too. He was bothering her in the bathroom so she scooped him up and put him in his bed and he didn’t growl or try to bite or anything…snuffle!…She was pretty happy about that. I just wish she would have put him outside for the night! I could have breathed easier.…huffle!

  105. OleyHowlers
    9:09 pm on April 6th, 2012

    We here are partial to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. His portrait is hanging in our bedroom!

  106. Barb & Maggie
    9:12 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Siber, We know you were just making a joke, but we just glanced out and saw this amazing full moon, and so had looked up the names. We have that list and the list of Andy Carpenter books in the drawer right by the computer. In case anyone asks for that info, we can look smart!

  107. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Grant!…I never knew Grant was nicknamed, “Unconditional Surrender Grant”…grunt!…Kirby do you have any of your Great Great Grandpa or Uncles things from the war?…sniff!

  108. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:13 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rio: It sounds to me like your friend is the one winning the War of the Tan and the Black!

    OH: Mom and Dad have visited quite a few battlefields — but there are so many more to go! Mom was a little bored at first, but then she started developing her own interest in history. She still can’t quote dates and who-won-what-battle, but she’s more interested in the unusual anecdotes. Like Gen. Smith, who survived several wars, but was felled by a rowboat!

  109. Mollypop's Mom
    9:14 pm on April 6th, 2012

    I have toured both the Gettysburg and Valley Forge battlefields. I found them to be so depressing with such terrible conditions. I know war is hell and that was enough for me.

  110. Tupper and Gilly
    9:20 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Hi everyone – we have been so crazy busy, but we need Siber and Rio for a couple of minutes. Can you guys help us out with a little song?
    The Pack is warming up for vocals, and much to the dismay of CHobbit, so are the herbal Kats.
    Rio – its a simple tune – got your harmonica? Siber – grab your tamborine – you know, the really fancy one.
    Let us know when you are all set.

  111. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Tupper!…I’ve blown all the spit out of my harmonica…snort!…Ready when you are…heh!

  112. Belle Starr
    9:23 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rose: After the day I had I better get to wear my new collar. I will talk to my red beard two-legged. He and I agree that what Belle Starr wants, Belle Starr gets. I like his philosophy. Now, if you’ll excuse I need to go dry my ear. Lefty germs- Gah!

  113. OleyHowlers
    9:23 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Mom is not so much intersted in battlefield tactics and maps. She is drawn to the plight of the regular soldiers, most of whom were just trying to earn some money and get off the family farm. She is even more interested with the plight of the ordinary citizens whose lives were turned upside down when the war came to their doorsteps.

    Mom and Popgo to Gettysburg at least once a year. This year, they hope to take their horses(Annie and Ned) there.

  114. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:24 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rio: Unfortunately, Dad’s grandmother loaned his things to someone in the family, but she couldn’t remember who it was the last time we visited her before she died. We just hope that whoever has all that is taking good care of it.

    We do have one letter that Mom found on e-bay. She was looking for Civil War stuff from Iowa and started reading a letter that popped up. She got down to the bottom and just about had a heart attack because it was signed by one of Dad’s great-great-uncles! He had written to his commanding officer asking for help getting some of the back pay that was owed him from his time as a prisoner of war. Mom didn’t tell Dad about it, but couldn’t sleep all week because she was so anxious to get the letter. And she was so excited because she won the auction! She put it in Dad’s Easter basket — it’s one of Dad’s most prized possessions!

  115. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Wha!?…heh!…Siber did you see that singer singing God Bless America?…snort!…He had to have the words to the song in front of his face …huffle!…What the hell?

  116. Tupper and Gilly
    9:34 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Ok Rio – give it all you got
    Newfs – start on the two
    Kats, you have the harmony line.

    Everyone else jump in – you know the tune – sing it to “I’ve Been Workin’ On The RailRoad”

    Okay now – an a one – an a two – sing it Patsy!

    Awesome Dawson is retiring
    At the end of day
    Awesome Dawson is retiring
    And she’s going to go away

    She will soon be with her family
    And Alice and Abbie too
    Awesome Dawson is retiring
    (CHarris – next is YOU!)

    Someone’s in the kitchen with Dawson
    Someone’s in the kitchen for real
    Someone’s in the kitchen with Dawson
    Teaching her to make oatmeal

    Quilt, stitch, frying pan throw
    Quilt, stitch Alice tail pu – ullll
    Quilt, stitch, frying pan throw
    And Redbone’s on the old banjo


  117. Gus & BooBear
    9:35 pm on April 6th, 2012

    When Mom’s parents passed and Mom and her sister were cleaning out a house that had so much stuff in it (61 years worth) they found a letter that a relative had sent to her Mom. Her mom was into geneology (sp?) and this relative had found a letter written by one of Dad’s ancestors who was in the Union Army. He was complaining to his wife that his buddies were receiving letters more often than he was and why wasn’t she writing every day? It was pretty sad because he was killed not long after in battle.

  118. Siber-H
    9:36 pm on April 6th, 2012

    I did see that Rio. I don’t know if this has anything to do with it, but Clay Walker has MS.

    Barb, uh, no, I wasn’t making a joke.

    Thank you, Rose

    T&G I am ready! Tamborine in paws.

    All the Civil War storeis are interesting.

  119. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:38 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Song!…heh!snort!heh!…I hope Dawson enjoys our rendition of that song…snorkel!…Too bad SiberH couldn’t find his tambourine in time…sniff!…He is probably our Yarking at that ole Moon…heh!

  120. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on April 6th, 2012

    SiberH!…You missed it – Dawson’s song I mean!…grunt! …I did not know that guy had MS…sniff!…I forgive him totally…wuffle!

  121. Siber-H
    9:41 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Great retirement song for Dawson! We could take it to #1 with our talent.

  122. OleyHowlers
    9:45 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Gus and BooBear, that is a fascinating and sad story. Thanks for telling it.

    Great retirement song for Awesome Dawson!

    Signing off now…our iPad died and we are living on borrowed time. Say Good night, Howlers.

  123. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:52 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Puss N’ Boots!…That is a very interesting story….sniff!…I actually didn’t think the soldiers in the Civil War received mail very often at all…wuffle!…Did they get it in clumps? I mean surely there was no mail delivery every week or so…snort!

  124. Siber-H
    9:52 pm on April 6th, 2012

    I may have missed Dawson’s song tonight (I was watchiing the Rockies score) but when we go to record it, I’ll be there.

  125. Snowhook Bella
    9:59 pm on April 6th, 2012

    I sang along and well, AJ just stood there in support. Did I mention that he refuses to sing? Ever.

    Happy retirement, Noswad!!!!

  126. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Top!…O’ The Nineth!…heh!heh!…And the Rockies are ahead by one…sniff!…and up to bat. COME ON! GET SOME RUNS…dammit!wheeze!

  127. Riö – The Evil Pug
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  128. Siber-H
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  129. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:08 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Bella – is not true AJ does not sing. Ve heard him loud and clear on moonlit night under stars along trail. He vas singing “get along little doggies”, and little doggies got along. All that vas needed vas balalykas, vould have sounded just like home.
    ah, sighhhhhhh….

  130. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:10 pm on April 6th, 2012

    SiberH!….Betancourt is the new closer…sniff!… He is the King of Fiddling….gah!…He almost drives me crazy before each pitch. There is no way Stover could ever watch this guy throw…chorkle! …Fiddle!Fiddle!Fiddle!…PITCH!

  131. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Yes!…Rockies Winnit!…Woooo!…First game of the Season! Here We Go!…YahhhhWooooo!

  132. Siber-H
    10:28 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Rio, I was thinking the exact same thing about Stover when I was watching old twitchy pitch. I almost had to close my eyes.


    It is good for our mental health and the Rockies’ mental health that they won this first game of the season.

  133. Snowhook Bella
    10:35 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Natasha: Is true—I mean you are correct. I have heard AJ sing once our history. We were driving home late one night, he thought I was asleep and was trying to stay awake. It was more like melodious talking. He denies it to this day.

  134. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:39 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Melodious!…Talking?…heh!snort!heh!…That Giant! Are you sure it wasn’t a Booming Melodious Whisper?…chorkel!

  135. Staff
    10:43 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Well I am very late to the blog today. Maggie is in the hospital and after work I went to see her. She had some pain in her chest on Wednesday and Dad had her hauled off much to her disgust. She is trying her darndest to get home soon and I hope she can. She will miss Easter dinner and more important she will miss seeing her Rhododendron in full bloom.
    Please say some plunder prayers for her to gain strength and get up and walk her way home.

    Loved the Awesome Dawson song. We are sure looking forward to having her here again.

    Mr Staff was applied to and says that if he had to choose he would pick the Angels against the Phillies for the World Series, but he liked Spence’s pick too.

  136. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:46 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Bella – he does not sign Happy Birthday to you???? Oh, is not right. Is must he sing Happy Birthday. Is bad luck if he does not.
    Please tell him Natasha says Must sing – even if very qviet – even if you still sleep. Must sing. You tell him, ok?

  137. Staff
    10:53 pm on April 6th, 2012

    I forgot to tell you I met the cutest little tri-color Pomeranian Therapy Dog at the Hospital. His name was Mugs which is what Maggie was called by her little brother when they were both very young. He was a real sweetie.

  138. Siber-H
    10:55 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Staff, Prayers for Maggie We hope she can come home soon and be well.

    Night All

  139. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:01 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Maggie!…Oh no. …sniffle!…I am very sorry to hear she is in the hospital. All of us here will say strong pug prayers for her and hopefully she will get out and be able to see her flowers bloom again…wheeze!…This was the hardest thing for my Grandma, not having her garden to tend to…sob!sob!

  140. Snowhook Bella
    11:01 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Staff: Maggie is tucked under the quilt and prayers have been said.

    Natasha: I will let him know, but I make no promises. Do you have any tips for getting men to do something they don’t want to do? The Herbs taught me a fancy little walk which I use quite often.

  141. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:06 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Guys!…heh!…Getting us guys to do what we don’t want to do?…snort!…Good luck with that hopeless project….chorkel!… Beau and I have mastered the art of “Ignoring”….chuffle!

  142. Snowhook Bella
    11:11 pm on April 6th, 2012

    The best piece if marriage advice I received was: You can’t nag a man across the room, but you can sweet talk him around the world. Alaska and forty+ dogs later, it seemed to do the trick.

  143. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:34 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Sweet!…Talk!…heh!…That stuff pretty much gets us to do some stuff we don’t really want to do…sniff!…Like now, I have to go to bed after all the Baseball excitement…woooooo!… Because this weekend is another busy busy time, so up up up I will go to my warm soft bed and all my baseball toys that are just where I left them…wuffle!sneeze!

  144. dawson
    11:49 pm on April 6th, 2012

    Aw Shucks!
    Thanks for that rousing rendition of a retirement song! I wish I could go skiing tomorrow like Mollypop’s Mom did the day after she retired. Instead I will be going through boxes of papers trying to get caught up on back taxes. What a bummer! But it will take a load off my mind to have it done.

    And then, someone chose today to dump 3 cords of firewood in the driveway, I can’t crab too loudly because it is free. The town is clearing for a new subdivision or something. If we get it all stacked we can have some more. Since our gas prices (heat) are supposed to go up 50 percent!!! next year, it may be a good idea to get more wood.

    Speaking of retiring…my eyelids are drooping. Goodnight all and thanks again for that song. I will sing myself to sleep! Alice tail pu-ulll!

  145. Macy the Min-pin
    1:22 am on April 7th, 2012

    We do not know this song “Working on the Railroad” but we do know a lovely little ditty called “The Eyes of Texas” are upon you…

    Rangers also take opening day. Yea. Our Angie was there and boy did she get sunburned.

    Happy retirement, noswaD!!

  146. Unusual wedding
    7:42 pm on June 28th, 2015

    Awesome post.|

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