Saturday, June 26, 2010

Polygamy, Mississippi Saints, Mormon Springs, Monroe County, MS

Click here to read three of my earlier published articles about polygamy, the Mississippi Saints, and Mormon Spring, Monroe County, Mississippi.

Illness prevents me from researching and writing new material --- so I'm "dipping" into materials published in Hill Country of Monroe County Mississippi Volume 1 (947 articles from the past). The CD is available; click here for information.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

More about the David Z. Palmer Memorial

Click here to read a thank you from Todd Palmer, Festus, Missouri, regarding the CSA Memorial for David Z. Palmer, Sunday, June 13, 2010, at Lann Cemetery, Splunge, Monroe County, Mississippi. Additional information about that ceremony and links to previous articles regarding it are included.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Southern Unionist Family --- Shhhhhhhhh! Let's not talk about this

Click here to read one of my favorite articles originally posted August 27, 2007. Available now only on CD or at one or two sites who have been granted permission to republish this personal essay, I've had several requests from readers to run it again. And during this time of not being able to research and write, I thought it might be fun to select and repost some of my favorites from the past. Here, then, is " Shhhhhhhhhhhhh! Let's not talk about this . . ." a personal essay involving my Southern unionist family of Alabama and Mississippi.

I can hear some of my Thornton relatives saying, "Shhhhhhhhhhhh! Let's not talk about this!

Johnson's Island, CSA POW Camp, Rededication Ceremony for Southern Memorial

On June 12, 2010, Johnson's Island (in Lake Erie) near Sandusky Bay, Ohio, was held a rededication ceremony to mark the occasion of the 100th year of the bronze CSA memorial. The service, marked with pomp, color, and ceremony, featured re-enactors from Kentucky serving as a color guard and a military band played "Dixie." For more information about this rededication service, photographs, and a link to a video of the band playing "Dixie" go to

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Amazing Grace --- Bagpipes

Watch and listen to Bagpiper Jean Orcutt perform Amazing Grace at the Palmer Monument Dedication Ceremony, Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Lann Cemetery, Splunge, Monroe County, Mississippi. Click this link:

Monday, June 7, 2010

Palmer Memorial Service, Lann Cemetery

For a short article about the marker dedication ceremony for Private David Z. Palmer, CSA, see the post at HILL COUNTRY ---

Within the article are photographs and video. The videos show the Flags, the Color Guard, the firing of the three-volley Musket Salute, and the playing of Taps on the bagpipe.

The colorful and moving service was conducted Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Lann Cemetery, Splunge, Monroe County, Mississippi.

Signs of the season: Ripe Blackberries

For photographic proof that some blackberries are getting ripe in the Hill Country on June 6, 2010, click this link:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bagpiper piping at my grave marker Sunday at Lann Cemetery

Yes, there was a bagpiper at my grave marker at Lann Cemetery. Click here to hear and to see the video --

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Poor Southern Whites: The Only Ethnic Group in America Not Permitted to Have a History

by Terry Thornton

Reasons why Family Historians should read SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN is the subject of a short essay at HILL COUNTRY. Click the following link to read my review of Dennis Covington's little masterpiece, Salvation on Sand Mountain: