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Follow the Sun by E. V. Pete Hester Follow the Sun By E. V. Pete Hester Copyright Pending 2015     Foreword Butch Madison told this story to me several years ago and swore that everything he told was true and...

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J. I. Hall, Jr.....A Western Novel by E. V. Pete Hester This is my latest novel and it is not in a good format for reading, however, it is readable. I enjoyed writing this book and I had problems finding a publisher....so, what the heck, I wrote it just for...

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Confederates move to Brazil...John W. and Lisanna Brownlow... Otis Vaughn is interested in locating members of the Brownlow (Vaughn descendants) family who relocated to Brazil after the Civil War. In the past, I have had several readers from Brazil and if any of...

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The Saga of Zachary Williams, The Sabine Kid My book publisher gave me the rights back to my book, The Saga of Zachary Williams, well, kind of saying it was just "sorry and no good"....nah, he didn't say it that way but that is how it kind of came...

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Louis Napoleon Nelson, 1846 – 1934….7th Tennessee Cavalry, Co. M

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-10-2017

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A few days ago someone entered the name of Louis Napoleon Nelson on my search engine, one of the things that is recorded for me to see in my C/panel recap summary. Now I had no information on Louis Napoleon Nelson so I Goggled him. The results were very interesting:

Louis Napoleon Nelson, born in Ripley, Lauderdale County, Tennessee in 1846 and died August 26, 1934. Louis served in an integrated unit for the Confederacy; The 7th Tennessee Cavalry, Company M. Louis is a well known Ripley native due to the efforts of his  grandson, Nelson Winbush. (We might have more on him in a later post.) Nelson went to war with the sons of his owner, James Oldham, as their bodyguard. At first Louis served as a cook and look out, but he later saw action under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Louis also went on to serve as a Chaplain. Louis could not read nor write, but he memorized the King James Bible. He went on to serve as Chaplain for the next 4 campaigns, leading services with the soldiers before they went to the battlefield. He fought in battles at Shiloh, Lookout Mountain, Brice’s Crossroads, and Vicksburg. After the war Louis lived as a freeman on the James Oldham plantation for several years. He built a yellow, two story house, with a wraparound porch in Ripley. Throughout the years Louis went to 39 Confederate reunions proudly wearing his Civil War uniform. When Louis Napoleon Nelson passed away a Confederate flag draped his coffin. According to a story in the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper in 1933 Louis described himself as the only colored Democrat in Lauderdale County, TN. His funeral the following year, which included a military procession, was described as “the largest colored folks funeral we had ever seen in our time.” Today his story lives on through his grandson Nelson Winbush, who proudly proclaims his grandfather’s legacy.

As published on Black Ripley, The Histories of African Americans in Ripley, TN and the Surrounding Areas…..www.findagrave.com

So to whoever entered the name of Louis Napoleon Nelson in my search engine, thank you. I’m sure there was nothing in hesterbooks.com on him at that time…..Well sir, there is now…..And a thank you to grandson Nelson Winbush for his efforts on Louis Napoleon Nelson.

Pvt. Wilson J. Moore, 26th Alabama Infantry, Company D, CSA by Dan Hall

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-10-2017

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This is another article written by my nephew, Daniel Hall and published in the “Rebel Yell”, Publisher Southern Press, 629 Kirk Road, Gordo, Al 35466, October, 2017 issue, featuring an article in “Grizz’s Corner” and written by Lt. Commander  Dan Hall.

Of course, I never knew Wilson J. Moore, but I knew his grandson Tom Moore and his wife Pearl Hester Moore, my great aunt and uncle. They were both wonderful Christian people and I am richer and a better person by having had them in my life.

Thank you,  Nephew for this well written and informative article.

 

         Wilson J. Moore

Wilson enlisted as a private in Company D, 26th Alabama Infantry Regiment on December 7, 1861. At the time of his enlistment he is listed as 6 foot 1 1/2 inches tall.
The 26th was formed in Tuscumbia, Al. made up of soldiers from Fayette and Marion counties. They were ordered to Virginia to be apart of the Army of Northern Virginia under the command of Brigadier General Gabriel Rains. They were in the Battles of Seven Pines, Battle of Mechanicsville, and the Battle of Gaines Mill. Soon after they were resigned to Gen. D. H. Hill’s Division and were engaged in the Battles of South Mountain, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. ( Now I don’t know for a fact that Wilson Moore was in all these battles, but his regiment was so I don’t see any reason for him not being in them.)
At this point Wilson was attached to Chimbarazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia from February 3, 1863 to February 15, 1864, as a nurse. ( For him to be pick to nurse he must have done some nursing before or he had shown to be good working with wounded soldiers.)
On February 15, 1864, he and the 26th were ordered by Inspector General John J. Winder to convey prisoners to Andersonville, Ga. The regiment served as guards at Andersonville until May. They were assigned to the Army of Tennessee, Polk’s Corps, Walthall’s Division, Cantey’s Brigade. Wilson Moore was wounded in lower back at the Battle of Peachtree Creek on July 20, 1864. He was given a 60 day furlough to go home to heal and was captured in Fayette County, Alabama and sent to Alton Prison, Illinois. He signed the oath of allegiance there.
Wilson is not a ancestor of mine, but his grandson Tom Moore married Pearl Hester and she is a cousin of mine. Wilson is buried in Bethel Cemetery below Stansel, Pickens county, Alabama.

2nd Amendment Type Guy

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-10-2017

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I believe in my right to bear arms….I believe in your rights to bear arms. I have one and feel like that’s probably all I need. I don’t have a 410 gauge pump, which I would like to have and if I find a good one for the right price, I might buy it. I have considered purchasing a hand gun and still might, but I believe that would be the very high end of any guns I might purchase or desire to purchase. The fellow in Las Vegas had 33, right? Why would anyone need or want 33 guns? Are they supplying a private army? Should some sort of a flag be raised when someone says he wants,  has or needs 33 guns? I’m not speaking of collectors or dealers. If a private citizen has 33 guns, I personally think he bears watching. Then, of course, it brings up the question of how many is too many? A real hunter probably needs a few more, but what is wrong with asking how many guns he owns and if the answer is more than 3 or 4, question him as to why. We are going to have to take a strong look at some type control and I realize the “control” is the scary part….More and more of us believers in the 2nd amendment are trying to make some sense of what is happening in America…..America has gone stark raving mad…..And we need our guns…..I can protect my house with one or if my wife wants one, then two…..Can’t everyone? And I don’t need an automatic as I can fire a semi-automatic pretty darn fast.

Well, if I touched a nerve, let me hear from you. America needs all the suggestions we can get. Giving up our guns is not the answer, but something in between might work.

Standing or Kneeling….My Facebook Post

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 27-09-2017

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I have spoken my feelings on standing or kneeling for our national anthem at sporting events and I don’t intend to keep harping on it even through I have very strong feelings that everyone should stand. These athletes are mostly young men in their twenties, some very early twenties and their actions many times reflects that, such as one last week pretending to be a dog and urinating on the field of play….a very child like action. They are still learning about life and because they have gained total financial indepentence so young, they become very reckless. None the less,, all of us have had to learn that we must take responsibilies for our actions, i.e., drug use, abusive to others, obedience of all laws, paying our debts, etc and in general just man-up to life and that there is a price to pay for not doing what is right. The only way for most of these young men to learn about life is to experience the realities, such as “gainful employment”. Empty stands, poor tv numbers, drop in sponsors, lack of hero worshipers, team owners profits drops, etc., will let them know that nothing is forever. So to help them learn about all this fact of life, I will not buy the NFL clothing, buy an NFL ticket, back an NFL sponsor or watch a game on TV where the team does not stand for the national anthem….This is my last post on this subject

Professional Sports…..Over For Me

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-09-2017

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 A reprint from my Facebook page…..9/25/17

I’m through with professional sports…. An education was given to these guys, free of charge in most cases, with a four year degree to help them after their days in sports were over. This education provided at the expense of taxpayers, state and federal with them going on to play professional sports and become millionaires with money provided by the viewing American public. All of this free education comes from a country that has tried to provide security for these athletes, freedom for these athletes, a healthy enviroment for these athletes and their familes and yet they cannot stand and honor the country that has provided those benefits for them? Why? If they feel they need to protest something there are many other ways to do that. Visit and speak to schools, churches, corportations and special events to make your points……But do not dishonor the country that has provided so much, a military that has sacrificed so much, for them to be where they are….. I say, “Stand up…..Honor your country….and then organize and protest what you consider to be an injustice”….Until they do that, I’ll not spend any of my money to support them when they do not support our country…

Prodding A Mad Man

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-09-2017

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Let me ask you…..Is it wise for a person to prod a mad man, a man who has no rational capabilities at all, a man who has absolutely no vision? Well, I think you will agree with me that you give a crazy man a wide berth, and you try to keep everything quiet around him or lock him up to where he cannot hurt himself or others……The leader of North Korea, is close to being crazy, if he is not already. If we keep prodding him he will react in some fashion and I think his decision could result in a world war. Our leader should get behind closed doors with his military staff, make what ever decision they need to make and then follow through with any action that needs to be taken. Quit, I say quit telling the crazy man what you are thinking about him….He is crazy….Stop agitating him. We have a couple of other leaders of nations that could join him in his wild ideas….

Old Friends….A Repost

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-09-2017

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Old Friends

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-06-2009

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Old friends, after all of these years, we’re old friends,… just old friends, what a prize, what a treasure…..I can’t remember  the words to the Bill Gaither song, but I remembered some of it tonight while talking to some Alabama folks. One wonders how we let time get away from us. Folks just get too busy, at least I do. Anyhow, if you have been thinking about someone, call them. It will make you feel better and they will probably like to hear from you also. I think it will warm the hearts of both parties…..If they say, now “who are you?”, well, its been too long…..

I am making a list of folks to call and say hello to. I have put it off to long…9/20/17

Football Been Good To Me…..Just Not Lately (Dallas, Lobos, Aggies)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-09-2017

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The New Mexico Lobos took it on the chin twice in the last two weeks. Frist, the New Mexico State loss at 30 – 28 and then Boise State, 42 – something. Next week ain’t looking all that good either. Then, New Mexico State got me thinking that maybe they were going to be pretty tough this year, then Troy beat them 30 – 28 (or there abouts, too many scores to remember.) So, that was a let down as I was really pulling for them…..But, down inside, I knew that I had the Dallas Cowboys playing in Denver for Sunday’s game and I was relaxed going into this game….even into the third quarter I figured they would turn loose the horses. They kept the stud in the stable I reckon or they stayed in Dallas and did not make the trip. I don’t know, but it was bad….The other side of the coin is that Denver came to play….and play  they did. Elway better go ahead and up that young quarterback’s salary….He is good…And they have a running game this year….And they have a front line this year….and they have some D backs this year…..Did I mention some linebackers…I’m still gonna pull for the Lobos, and the Aggies, and the Cowboys…..But guys, don’t keep losing on the same weekend, Ok?

Rio Grande Rivalry…New Mexico Lobos vs New Mexico State Aggies

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 09-09-2017

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The football battle begins at 6 pm this evening. Nope, no tv…. to see it you can view by streaming on Facebook, (that’s what the paper said) and radio….Oh yeah, attending the game, that will also work….That’s what the Hester boys are gonna do. You know my son and grandson have done my yard all summer, mowing and trimming, weed eating and what ever else needs doing. So, I treated them to a game and not quite in the nose bleed section but not on “the first row”. We are excited about it and had invited my New Mexico State graduate grandson up for the game,  (showing that we do not play favorites) but he could not make it. I’m a Lobo fan, but you may not know that I attended New Mexico State – Carlsbad a few years ago. Ok, maybe a few is a little bit much, so ok, like maybe 50 years or so ago. So long that I have forgotten and have become a Lobo fan. But I still pull for the Aggies and they showed up well last week against Arizona State, 37 – 31 and the Rogers to Scott td catch was aired on ESPN and every other sports show in the nation…. a one handed catch….I hope they do that several times this year, just not against the Lobos….. I’m thinking Lobos…..42 – 35 …….

ok….The Lobos did not win but after a very slow start almost caught up….Final: New Mexico State 30 – New Mexico 28….Here is part of your crew….

Daniel Webster Hester, Loving Father and Grandfather, Called Pop by Many

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 08-09-2017

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My guest writer this week is my nephew Dan Hall….

Daniel ” Preacher, Sonny Boy” Webster Hester
By Dan Hall
Pop had two nicknames as I remember, I asked him one time as young fellow why some of the men called him “Preacher”. He said it started when he was in about the 4th grade, he said it was getting late in the fall and he didn’t have a coat. One Saturday he and his Dad walked over to the store in McShan to get him a used coat. The only one that was close to fitting him was a hammer tailed frock coat like some preachers wore. When he wore it to school the boys got to calling him “Preacher”, I ask if this made him mad. He said no, he didn’t care because now he had a good warm coat.
Sonny Boy was given to him at Mr. Reid’s sawmill (in Reform, Al) shorty after he went to work there, by an older gentleman working there. I was working there before going into the Air Force, and one day I called him Sonny Boy, I got a look that I had seen before, I was thinking, boy I’m fixing to get it. But all of sudden he began to smile that wonderful smile of his, from then on if I called him “Sonny Boy” I said it in joking way…..

Thanks Danny….Of course, my favorite name for him was Pop…..He was a real good man.