Friday, December 10, 2010

Larry Micheal Guinn, Viet Nam

Larry Micheal Guinn
Burial in Elmwood Cem., Clay Co., Illinois.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

"Way down South, in the land of Cotton..."

Here is a cotton field after the mechanical picker has gone through it. I notice a lot of cotton on the ground and on the stalk. I wonder about this because the focus currently in the manufacturing arena is on efficiency of the machine doing work.
The finished bales of cotton.
and the road in Williston, SC marking the path of the cotton wagons

That's not snow in the center and gutter, but cotton that is compressed by the batts.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Leut. James Miles Killian Guinn, CSA [Alabama]

One Sunday morning in Capt. E. B. Smith's log tent--it was in April, 1862, just before the siege at Yorktown, where we were then in camp--thirteen in number besides Mrs. Lieut. Guinn, the following named persons we remember as a part of those present, Capt. E. B. Smith, Lieut. J.M.K. Guinn , Lieut. A. T. Reaves, Lieut. E. M Burgess, Corporal Shelt Savage, Rev. Lewis J.. Black, Private J.. Meachum and Thompson Reaves--in number, the other five we have forgotten--were passing the time talking about our chances in getting home alive, when the subject came up as to where we had rather be wounded. Thompson Reaves, as well as we remember, started the subject by saying, "I had rather be wounded by having my index finger on my right shot off," Then said he, "I would get a discharge and stay at home." John J.. Meachum said, "Thomps, I'll take my big toe and that would give me a furlough, and I'll stay if I once get there." (Meaning home). Shelt Savage said, "I believe I'd take my left side." Capt. Smith said, "Shelt, I am like you. I want; both hands and feet and I'd take my right side." Lieut. Reaves said: "Boys, I'll take my foot. Polly is good company and I had rather be with her than anywhere else." Lieut. Guinn said, "I'll take my left arm between the wrist and elbow; I could come and go when I pleased." Lieut. Burgess said, (suiting the occasion by placing his finger in the center of his forehead). I want to be hit right here and where killed be buried." Rev. Lewis J.. Black said, "I don't care where I am hit, I only pray God, if I am to be wounded seriously to cause my death, I may be killed so dead that not a muscle of my face, arm, leg or body will move. I pray to God that this may be made so as a token and evidence; that you all, my wife, father, mother, brother, the members of my church and everybody else, may know that I am a Christian and that I will meet them in heaven." The scriptures say: "The last shall be first." Lewis Black was the first; while laying behind the breastworks, at the battle of Seven Pines, he was struck by a ball sin the head. Old soldiers know when a ball hits them, it sounds like a marble hitting a board, this was the case with the one hitting Lewis. Every eye near him was instantly turned toward him/ for they all knew and most of them had heard him pray to God that it might be thus--we inquired diligently and critically for we had promised him too, to see if his prayer was answered, and they all testified that not a feature of his person moved that they saw. Lieut. Burgess being next to last selecting, was the next to first killed. On the morning of June 27th, near a cowtrail coming obliquely into the road cutting the space of three or more feet wide through the bank three or four feet high to the level of the road bed, while standing cautioning the boys of the danger in passing it, as the Yankees had one or two pieces of artillery planted to cover it, which had killed Captain Clark and Thad Pool, he was struck with a minnie ball in the forehead just where he had selected and was buried as near the spot as was thought prudent. The last but two and the first but two, Lieut. J.M.K. Guinn was the next. A piece of shell struck his left arm between the wrist and elbow just where he too had selected that fatal Sunday morning. The next was Lieut. A. T. Reaves, shot through the foot as he had selected. Lieuts. Burgess, Guinn and Reaves were shot on the same day--June 27th-- the second day of the Seven Day's battle. The next two were Thompson Reaves and John J. Meachum. Reaves had his finger shot off and Meachum his big toe--just as they had selected. The writer was at home on furlough when they came home, when Mrs. Guinn related the circumstances, calling the names of the entire thirteen and with special attention to the six at that time, wounded as desired and selected. In the spring following Capt. Smith and Sergeant Shelt Savage were wounded each in the side, as they had selected. The other five we have forgotten their names. If we knew where Thompson Reaves and Shelt Savage were, for they were alive when last heard from, we would write them; perhaps they would remember the others.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brig. Gen. Thomas Gwin, CSA

Thomas Benjamin Gwin served in the 32nd and 58th Alabama Infantry.
He was Brig. General, Commander of the Fourth Brigade, Alabama Divison, UCV.
He died in 1926

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Richard Alfred Gwinn

Name: Richard Alfred Gwinn
Date of Birth: Dec. 24, 1947
Years at NGCSU: 1964-1967
Began Tour in Vietnam: March 24, 1969
Date of Death: Sept. 26, 1969

Richard A. Gwinn was born in Florida, the son of an Army man. Gwinn moved around a lot when he was younger, typical of a military family.
The Gwinn family moved to Germany in 1950 then moved back to the U.S. in 1954. Gwinn spent his high school year in Anchorage, Alaska, and graduated in 1964.
Gwinn then enrolled at North Georgia College where his father taught Military Science.
While at North Georgia Gwinn became close friends with Tom McLaughlin, or "Buddha" as his friends called him. McLaughlin remembered Gwinn as a quiet individual who never bragged on himself.
"Richard was always out to help others. He was a great listener who would never let you get down. He took everything with a smile," McLaughlin said.
Gwinn was a member of Foxtrot Co. his freshman year, but was moved to Charlie Co. his junior year. In 1967 Gwinn became a member of Scabbard and Blade.
After graduation from North Georgia College in 1967, Gwinn commissioned into the Army as an infantry unit commander in the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. Gwinn went to Vietnam in April of 1969, where he spent much of his time fighting in Long An Province.

On Sept. 26, 1969 Gwinn was killed by hostile fire.

Lt. Cmdr. William Gwin, USN

 Left: Lt. William Gwin; above: Gunboat 'Tyler'
Lt. William Gwin

William Gwin - A Biography
William Gwin, naval officer, was born in Columbus, Ind., Dec. 5, 1832. He entered the U.S. navy as midshipman, April 7, 1847, and was regularly promoted, reaching the rank of lieutenant, Sept. 16, 1855, and lieutenant-commander, July 16, 1862. He was an officer on the Cambridge and Commodore Perry on blockading duty with the Atlantic squadron in 1861, and on the formation of the river flotilla in January, 1862, he was assigned to the Tyler, a Mississippi steamboat transformed into a gunboat, but not iron-clad. His first service in the west was in removing torpedoes planted in the Tennessee river and in the capture of Fort Henry, Feb. 6, 1862, when his vessel with the Conestoga and Lexington acted as the reserve to the iron-plated gunboats holding the advance in the assault. By orders of General Grant he then proceeded up the Tennessee river, destroyed or captured the enemy's boats, and a new gunboat, and broke up their camps. He returned in time to take part in the second day's unsuccessful assault on Fort Donelson, Feb. 14, 1862, when, as at Fort Henry, he was assigned to a position far in the rear, and the shells fired from the Tyler and Conestoga passing over the Federal ironclads holding the advance line did more damage to the U.S. gunboats than to the Confederate fort and he ordered the guns to stop firing. The Tyler was detained in the Tennessee river to cooperate with the army of General Grant while the rest of Flag-officer Foote's fleet proceeded down the river to Cairo and thence to Island No. 10. Lieutenant Gwin took part in the battle of Pittsburg Landing, April 7, 1862, and by shelling the enemy enabled the army to recover the ground lost on the first day of the battle. On July 15, 1862, the Tyler with a large body of soldiers on board left the combined fleet then stationed above Vicksburg and under sealed orders proceeded to the mouth of the Yazoo river, where he met the Queen of the West and the Carondelet going in the same direction. The Tyler had proceeded about six miles when she met the Confederate iron-clad ram Arkansas steaming down the river in the direction of the Federal fleet. As his boat was of wood, Lieutenant-Commander Gwin fired a few shots against the armored side of the ram, but they glanced off and he stopped the engines and awaited the Carondelet, an iron-clad, when they united in a running fire against the Arkansas while steaming together down the river. The soldiers on board were unprotected from the shot of the ram and under the restraint furnished by the good fight made by the Carondelet Commander Gwin was enabled to escape, as was the Queen of the West. On reaching the Federal fleet the Tyler announced the approach of the Arkansas, and after the Confederate ram had run the gauntlet of the entire fleet Gwin was dispatched to Cairo to announce the news of the escape of the Arkansas, then under protection of the batteries at Vicksburg. On Dec. 27, 1862, he was given command of a fleet of four iron-clads and two gunboats with the Benton as flagship, and directed to attack the Confederate batteries at Haynes's Bluff on the Yazoo river, but after a gallant fight of an hour and a quarter, during which time the Benton received twenty-five damaging shot and her commander was mortally wounded, the gunboats withdrew. He died on the gunboat Benton near Haynes's Bluff, Miss., Jan. 3, 1863.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor

Friday, November 12, 2010

I love pictures of aeroplanes...but I'm concerned.....

Friday, October 15, 2010

Elmer Ellsworth Gwinn, Jr.

On Eternal Patrol - Lost Submariners of World War II


Elmer Ellsworth Gwinn, Jr.
Rank/Rate Electrician's Mate, Third Class
Service Number 03372775
Birth Date November 15, 1921
From Champaign, Illinois
Decorations Purple Heart
Submarine USS Kete (SS-369)
Loss Date March 20, 1945
Location Between 29-38N 130-02E and Midway
Circumstances Lost at sea, cause unknown

Elmer was born in Nashville, Tennessee, son of Elmer Ellsworth and Janice Gwinn.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fast Food...Have it your way.

August 1, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) -- Police say a man who robbed a Wendy's at gunpoint was so upset with his haul that he twice called the fast food restaurant to complain.
A man wearing a ski mask and holding a gun walked up to the drive-through window of an Atlanta Wendy's about 11:15 Saturday night. He told an employee to put the cash drawer on the counter.
The robber grabbed the drawer and ran away.
Police say he later called the fast food restaurant to complain about the lack of cash.
In one call he said that "next time there better be more than$586." He made a similar threat" in the second call, police said.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

House boat/tug

O.K., here it is. The ultimate RV! There are a lot of places to be reached by inland rivers...Cincinatti..St.Louis..Paducha...Kampsville.
This is a 90 foot house barge being pushed by a 37 foot tug with a single diesel engine.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Pictured here is an inland river tug. A 'knee-pusher'. This particular vessel is shown as in service with the Army Corp of Engineers, or ACE, the people who develope and maintain navigable waterways.
The name of the vessel is MV PERSON.
This boat is no longer with the ACE, nor is it's name the same.
I like this boat for purely outlandish would make a good liveaboard/travel RV!
You can go to a lot of interesting places by water in the US and Canada.
That's it. No other value to this post. Just interesting.

Friday, January 22, 2010

John Gwinn III

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Gwinn III was a United States Navy officer born in Maryland on 11 June 1791.

During the War of 1812, he was a POW after the Royal Navy had captured Frolic in 1814 and he later commanded Vandalia.

As Captain of USS Constitution, Gwinn sailed on 9 December 1848 and arrived at Tripoli on 19 January 1849. While transporting Daniel Smith McCauley and his family to Egypt, McCauley's wife gave birth to a son, who was named Constitution Stewart McCauley. At Gaeta on 1 August Gwinn received onboard King Ferdinand II and Pope Pius IX. This would be the first time a Pope had set foot on American territory. At Palermo on 1 September, Captain Gwinn died of chronic gastritis and was buried near Lazaretto on the 9th ending a forty-year Navy career.

Gwinn's body was moved to Glenwood Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a few years later and remained there until 1931 when his body was moved to Arlington National Cemetery.


^ a b Patterson, Micheal Robert (2 January 2008). "John Gwinn, Captain, United States Navy". Arlington National Cemetery Website. Retrieved on 19 October 2008.

^ "Commanders of the USS Constitution". Timonier. 2002. Retrieved on 19 October 2008.

^ Martin 1997, pp. 291–299


Martin, Tyrone G. (1997). A Most Fortunate Ship: A Narrative History of "Old Ironsides". Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1557505888. OCLC 243901224.

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John Gwinn Captain, United States Navy

Body of Constitution’s Skipper Dug Up In Philadelphia for Reburial
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsyvlana, August 20, 1931 –
After resting eighty-one years in the soil of Philadelphia, the body of Captain John Gwinn, one-time commander of the frigate Constitution, was disinterred today from the old Glenwood Cemteery in preparation for burial in Arlington National Cemetery.
The body will be taken to Washington where a procession will march to Arlington for a ceremonial reburial. The marker on the Glenwood grave bore this inscription: “In memory of Captain John Gwinn, United States Navy, Born June 11, 1791; Died at Palermo, Sicily, September 1, 1849, while in command of the U.S. Frigate, Constitution. He served his country faithfully for forty years.”
The body was brough from Sicily and buried here September 19, 1850.

Philadelphia War Veterans Are Guard of Honor for Coffin of Commander of Constitution To Be Buried At Arlington After Neglect of 80 Years, Military Honors Will Be Accorded by the Navy Department Tomorrow
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, August 22, 1931 –
Escorted by veterans of the Spanish-American and World Wars, a coffin containing the body of Captain John Gwinn, one-time commander of the frigate Constitution, was taken to the Broad Street Station today on the way to Arlington National Cemetery. After eighty years of obscurity in the old Glenwood Cemetery here, the bodies of Captain Gwinn and his wife will be buried at Arlington on Monday morning.
The grave of Captain Gwinn, who died at Palermo, Sicily, in 1848 while in command of the Constitution, was discovered recently by Frank X. Bosler, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, who notified James J. Burke, a leader in veterans affairs here.
With the aid of Charles J. O’Neill, commander of Liberty Bell Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a movement was begun to have the body taken to Washington.
Preceded by police and the Navy Yard Band, the coffin was borne on a gun caisson excorted by eleven members of the Dewey congressional Medal Men’s Association.
Admiral Lucius A. Bostwick, commandant of the Navy Yard, and other officers of the Navy and Army followed in automobiles.
The bodies of Captain Gwinn and his wife will be taken to Washington on a Pennsylvania Railroad train leaving at 6:50 o’clock tomorrow morning.

WASHINGTON, August 22, 1931 – A service with full military honors will be held on Monday at the Arlington National Cemetery for Captain John Gwinn. Acting Secretary Jahncke of the Navy Department and Chaplain Sydney K. Evans, Navy Chaplain, will officiate. A military escort composed of a company of bluejackets, a company of marines and the Navy Band will be provided.

Shield on Coffin of Captain Gwinn is Presented at Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, September 27, 1931 –
A shield which in 1849 decorated the coffin of Captain John Gwinn, commander of the frigate Constitution, was presented to the Historical Museau aboard Old Ironsides here today by members of the Liberty Bell Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
On the varnished plaque, received by Lieutenant A. D. Clark in the absence of Captain Louis J. Gulliver, are two silver plates inscribed:
“Died September 4, 1849, in command of the U.S. Frigate Constitution, at Palermo, Sicily,”
and “Presented by Commander Charles J. O’Neill, Liberty Bell Post 1906, Veterans of Foreign Wars, U.S. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”
The grave of Captain Gwinn was recently discovered in an abandoned cemetery in this city. Leaders of the Veterans of Foreign Wars brought about the reburial in Arlington National Cemetery.
Captain John Gwinn III was the son of John Jr. and Mary Good Gwinn, both of Maryland. He was born 11 June 1791 at Taneytown, Frederick County, Maryland. He married Caroline S. Lynch, 22 December 1823 at St. Peters Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Little Boy - 1855

From the Aiken Standard (newspaper):
According to Boyd and Diane Gunter, president of the Horse Creek Historical Society, a train came through Aiken Station - then located in Warrenville - carrying, among others, a little boy. The boy, who was approximately 12 years old, was traveling alone and was too sick to speak. He didn't have any form of identification with him so he was taken in by Henry Senn, an area wagoner whose wife operated the Graniteville Hotel, to be nursed back to health when he'd be able to tell his story.

The little boy's fever never broke, and he died a few days later. He took his identity and the purpose for his trip with him to his grave, which was provided by the people of Graniteville.
"The village folk 'nickeled' up and had Mr. Lawrence Quimby, the coffin maker, build a coffin," Boyd said.
In addition, William Gregg, the founder of Graniteville, donated a burial plot in the cemetery. As was the case with other families that couldn't provide a gravestone, Gregg provided a cedar marker until the people of Graniteville saved enough money to purchase a permanent stone for the Little Boy.
This is another element that has added a sense of intrigue to his story.
"Time had passed, and no one could remember the day he died, so his stone reads, 'The Little Boy, October 1855,'" Boyd said.
The generosity of Graniteville didn't stop with the interment of the Little Boy. Over the years, the grave has been visited by many adults who leave flowers and children who leave coins, toys and other small gifts.
"This is probably the most visited grave in the cemetery," Gunter said of the final resting place of many, which also includes 83 Confederate soldiers.
As part of preserving the history of Graniteville and Aiken County, the historical society has maintained its monuments. The grave and tombstone of the Little Boy are no exception.
Enduring vagrants and vandalism are factors in the deterioration of the Graniteville Cemetery, which is only open to visitors during the day. Time and natural erosion ultimately have been the biggest culprits in the diminishing aesthetic beauty. The Little Boy's tombstone, the one which replaced the original cedar marker, broke over the years and is currently propped on the grave.
The historical society and the Graniteville Cemetery Association are in the process of buying a new tombstone. In addition, the historical society will beautify the grave by covering it with gravel, planting three crape myrtle trees and installing a bench for visitors.
Dedicated to the preservation and upkeep of the Little Boy's grave, not to mention his story, Boyd and Gunter are quick to point out there are so many more stories to tell. Many can be found in Graniteville Cemetery.
"Tombstones do talk," Boyd said of the symbolism and literal information they possess.
"There is so much here, a lot of history," Gunter said. "But this is what everybody knows - the Little Boy."