The Attack

? THE ATTACK

Available from me directly as well as now posted on Etsy, this black & white painting was originally done specifically for a local Sorenson Gallery, Black & White show. All entries were in B & W, including sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, and drawings. It was a great show and a lot of fun. As a Civil War reenactor, I thought a painting of a battle scene in a black & white would look like a large period photograph. It could have been done in a different style, looser perhaps, with splatters and scratches, as if it was a damaged tintype. But, in the end, I didn’t get too crazy with this first one. For that show, there was no red in the 2nd National flag. After the recent Confederate flag uproar, my wife suggested I add the red to the flag.
Having been a member of a reenacting company in the 3rd Confederate Infantry Regiment, a trans-Mississippi regiment in the Army of Tennessee, we portrayed the era of the Atlanta Campaign of summer of 1864. The two flags here show that. The smaller blue flag with center moon and the battle honors painted in white, was a flag in Cleburne’s Division. This is a battle flag pattern that General Hardee designed, and when the entire CSA was changed to the uniform Beauregard pattern of “Southern Cross” in 1864, General Patrick Cleburne refused to adopt. He said his men fought and died for the blue flag for three years. The other flag is the 2nd national CSA flag also called the “Stainless Banner.” It has the Southern Cross pattern in the corner.
This attack depicted could have been in the second phase of Battle of Atlanta, of a company in Govan’s Brigade, Cleburne’s Division, Hardee’s Corps.

The Etsy link is: https://www.etsy.com/listing/242275189/the-attack-oil-based-paint-on-canvas-48

Tim

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Jeremiah Ryan Memorial

SCV - Jerry Ryan Memorial
Camp 1804 genealogist Bill Lee speaking.

This was last Saturday on April 25, at Calvary Cemetery on Belmont Avenue, Fresno, California.
Jerry Ryan and his father were railroad builders in Houston, Texas. Before the Civil War they built the railroad across Cuba. Before the Civil War he married in Texas, and When Texas seceded in 1861, Jerry joined Waul’s Texas Legion. Waul’s became a trans-Mississippi unit in the Army of Tennessee, as did many regiments from Arkansas, Louisiana and other Texas regiments.
Early in the war Jerry was captured at the battle called Shiloh, and sent to Rock Island, the Union prisoner camp, Illinois. He was part of a prisoner exchange and either returned to Texas or returned to another Confederate unit. After the war he continued railroad work, and was working on railroad in Oregon. He came to Fresno to build the railroad there in 1873. Ryan was first section foreman for the Southern Pacific in this locality and by his industry and shrewdness soon accumulated enough money to start him in the hotel business.
In 1874 he ceased the railroad business and remained in Fresno. He was most likely a member of the Price Camp of Confederate Veterans, as other notable members were Doctor Muex, Doctor Henry Hopkins, and others. One other was a Confederate he had met at Rock Island, Illinois and exchanged with him. That was Fresno’s first County Sheriff, J. D. Collins. They became life-long friends and died a year apart, Ryan in 1909, Collins in 1910.
The memorial was hosted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans local General Tyree Harris Bell Camp #1804. General Bell probably knew Collins and Ryan also, as he farmed in what is now Clovis and Sanger, and is buried at Bethel Cemetery in Sanger. The Sons of Confederate Veterans genealogical organization is dedicated to preserving the memory of Confederates and their history.

SCV - Jerry Ryan Memorial marker

Tim
THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
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Mooney Grove Reenactment

Family - Evan and me - Kearney 2013

This weekend kicks off the Civil War reenactment season for most of California, at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia. It is hosted by the oldest reenactment organization in California, the CWRS – Civil War Reenactment Society. CWRS started the Kearney Park event in Fresno. The living history and soldiers camps open to the public at 9 AM both days. There are two battles each day, usually at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. See you there.

Tim

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THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
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Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

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The Buzz Interview

As for the results of the “A BOOK AND A DONUT” signing event, sales were GREAT, and as good as the BOOK BARN event in July. But, I did more talking about the book to more visitors than at the Clovis Book Barn. The other plus was that the store wanted The Doc books to sell from the “point of sale” counter.

This “THE BUZZ Interview” BLOG that I wrote last week was meant to be posted BY ME that Thursday, afternoon, with a photo, video link or YouTube link of the interview. I never got it posted last week. As it turned out I did not get a video of it. I thought it was a better interview than the one done two days previous, but that was my wife’s impression of my answers. But here is what happened. After the Tuesday interview, I was offered the Thursday interview, and I opted for the “Full Media” package. This was their highest package. The original broadcast time is live and covers a large area of the valley and a huge “antenna receiver” audience. This on KAIL My 7.1, Comcast 13, Satellite 53, and AT&T U-verse 53. This was “live” at 10:00 am and the show reruns at 4:00 pm at the http://www.centralvalleytalk.com, which is the web streaming show.

I thought a disk was being provided because I had checked for that on the sign-up sheet on Tuesday. At the end of the Thursday interview, I was told I could have a disk of it, but that it was for another fee. I declined that and explained that I would have to sell fifty books to break even with full media package as it was. I also explained that I have no idea what the results would be in my sales, or the numbers who show up at the event pitched in the interview as A Book and a Donut for the coming Saturday.

But, I did save it, the interview, at the home TV on DVR, and too, it is going to take saving it on an old VCR tape and then converting that to digital. So, it could not be done for Thursday afternoon.

For a YouTube of the first interview with Mike Scott, here it is again. ..

Perhaps two interviews in one week were too many to blog about.

And on the cost, is this why authors are advised to not pay for ads?

If you have an answer or more questions, contact me.
Tim
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Blog A Book & Donut Nov 15 2014 at Postal Annex

Civil War History at SCV Booth

This will be short as an example of how a little effort can go a long way.

Family - Richard - Tim - Evan -  at Kearney SCV booth Oct 2014

Richard Kline and Timothy J. Desmond explaining Confederate flags to visitors at SCV booth Oct. 18.

Family - Richard - Evan - Papa -  at Kearney SCV booth Oct 18 - 2014

Richard, Evan and Papa at Sons of Confederate Veterans booth at Civil War Revisted even, Kearney Park, Fresno County, California.

There is always more of course. This is not the last of the season’s events in California. While I would love to be in Franklin, Tennessee for November 30th and 150th Franklin, I have to settle for the Moorpark, California event on November 8 and 9, 2014. This is next to Simi Valley where the CA 118 West turns into the CA 23 South. It is at a different location this year at a different nearby ranch.
If you have more questions, contact me.

Tim

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Civil War Event Signing

Photo for blog - Tim Signing at Kearney Park October 2014
Signing Books at Civil War Revisited 2014 – 150th Atlanta Campaign event – Kearney Park, Fresno

This is posted after the date of October 18 – 19, but that is all right. Since the story in the novel, THE DOC, is about Civil War re-enactors who are in trouble with Homeland Security, a Civil War reenactment is the perfect place to garner followers. This last of the 2014 reenacting season events in the San Joaquin Valley was at Kearney Park in Fresno County and hosted by American Civil War Association and Fresno Historical Society. It commemorated the 25th year of the annual event.

While each year a different battle is depicted, this year being 150 years since the Atlanta Campaign, that was the theme.

Of course the Atlanta Campaign brings up all sorts of images of the most talked about events of those months such as General Sherman’s march to the sea, after, of course, the burning of Atlanta, and the mass market success of the novel and movie Gone With The Wind. As there was so much more than all that, visitors to my discussions were shocked to learn of Western Theater, Army of Tennessee, General Joseph Eggleston Johnston, General William Hardee, and often ignored Generals Daniel Govan, Ben Cheatham, and Patrick Cleburne with their success as they battled at the many locations from Ringgold in early May 1864 to Atlanta by July 22. I was going to tell some of them what I learned from my Arkansan friend Bob H., at Shiloh in ‘07, “Get used to it, you’re in the south.” But, I realized I wasn’t really in the south, but in California. I had to settled on saying , “I could go on” and so that’s it for this, I could go on.

For a few shots of Civil War revisited 25th Anniversary see The Fresno Historical Society’s Facebook page at:: https://www.facebook.com/fresnohistory
Their main website is: http://valleyhistory.org/

For a video of the event see the Fresno Bee online link at: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/10/18/4186166_25th-anniversary-of-the-civil.html?rh=1

Thank you Fresno Bee, Fresno Historical Society, American Civil War Association, and Civil War Reenactment Society (CWRS) for continuing the living history event. This last event of the season in our area is always a pleasure to be a part of, with the entire involvement of our fellow re-enactors.
There is always more of course. This is not the last of the season’s events in California. While I would love to be in Franklin, Tennessee for November 30th and 150th Franklin, I have to settle for the Moorpark, California event on November 8 and 9, 2014. This is next to Simi Valley where the CA 118 West turns into the CA 23 South. It is at a different location this year at a different nearby ranch.
If you have more questions, contact me.

Tim
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Civil War Revisited Event

Tim at Gettysburg
In one week is the annual Civil War Revisited event at Kearney Park, Fresno County, California. Co-hosted by Fresno Historical Society and American Civil War Association, it is still one of the premiere “annual” reenactment events in the state. There are close to a dozen reenactment organizations throughout California. While there is a tendency for those folks to attend their various events close to home, in the past, the Fresno/Kearney event has had groups from Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon join in with groups from Los Angeles and northern California.
The Fresno/Kearney event was started with the Civil War Reenactment Society working with Fresno Historical. CWRS is still attending and has members from Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and Madera Counties. I realize that it is a spectator event on many levels, but there is nothing like the thrill of participating and being a soldier, child, or civilian impression in the 1860s.
There are going to be hundreds of folks there to help you join up, and begin a reenacting experience. CWRS is more local, and ACWA is more northern California but has some members from Visalia too.
The School’s Education Day is Friday October 18. All are invited on October 19th and 20th next Saturday and Sunday. Drop by the tent of Lt. General W.S.L. Baylor, who I portray, next to Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Command tent in the Confederate Camp. Baylor was Jackson’s Adjutant General in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign.

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Memorial 5

Art - Kearney Mansion Jan 2010 cropped
Only four weeks left. Again, it’s getting short here. While the “Gold Rush” had a beginning of migrations to California, there were men coming from all areas from the eastern states, north and south, and from global locations. Other early farmers or names in the area were Hildreth, Daulton, Castro, Firebaugh, Chapman, Helm, Johnson, Faymonville, Savage, Heiskell, as well as Miller and Lux. Many were ex-miners.
When Millerton was still the Fresno County seat there was a civilian fight that had to be quelled by the US Army in the area. The state of California had the famous “California One Hundred” battalion that went to the east coast as a Union volunteers.

The war occurred before Fresno was a town. There were further folks coming after the war from both northern and southern states. There were veterans farming here before the City of Fresno was formed in 1872 on Easterby farm land.

Fresno County had the Alabama colony north of the San Joaquin River on Cottonwood Creek near present day Highway 99 and Avenue 12 in the present Madera County.[ Madera County was formed in 1893 from the northern portion of Fresno County.] Of the family names of that era are Borden, Mordecai, Dixon, Holmes, Reading, Sledge, Chapman, Friedlander. I mentioned Ryan in Fresno, and there were the three doctors, Hopkins, Maupin and Meux. The old Ryan Hotel in Fresno was built by Confederate Civil War Veteran Ryan.

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Where is Mudford?

Mudford is the town in two novels, “For Thou Art With Me” [1966], and “The Doc” [2010].

Mudford had come to be a place in California. We all know that many of the successful places sprang up and thrived because of the railroads.  But that doesn’t explain why places along the railroads like Borden, Trigo, Minturn, Berenda, Fig Garden, have ceased to be. Some of these were on the Southern Pacific line. Some were on the Santa Fe line. Southern Pacific is now Union Pacific. Santa Fe is now Burlington Northern Santa Fe or BNSF. It is an irony that these too lines, once “southern in origin” now have “northern” and “Union” names. It is known that if the railroad did not put in a station that would be the end for a place.  But, even then some of those places just didn’t become a place later, even if the railroad had a stop there initally.

A hundred years ago, this was the last place trekked upon by settlers in this valley.  Roads were built on the east side that ran along the Mother Lode region.  Roads were built along the west side that accessed the passes to the coast. The main way to get goods from Stockton to Millerton was on riverboats on the San Joaquin River. Firebaugh’s Ferry was a good crossing of the San Joaquin and the Butterfield coach line. But, here along this small river, the Chowchilla, spring floods left the ground very soggy with mud.  When some people began to cross this Chowchilla river, it was a muddy ford and that stuck too. Then the railroad came and the name Muddy Ford seemed just fine for everyone.  That was fine until the appearance of the well known Model T Ford automobile.  About the same time a newspaper editor ridiculed the name, related it to the muddy Ford automobile story and stated that the name was neither as manly as Gravelly Ford, on the San Joaquin River, nor was it as poetic as Firebaugh’s Ferry. 

This prompted the town leaders to change the name to many variations from Mud Ferry, Soggy Sod Crossing to Lux Landing. Lux Landing from Miller and Lux company and owner of much land near and far. At last they settled on Mudford, one word.  That seemed to please the town founders, many of whom were still living at the time, and also pleased any critics of the old name. The Doc novel available in the Kindle store at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=timothy+j+desmond&rh=n%3A133140011%2Ck%3Atimothy+j+desmond&ajr=0