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Black Confederate Chaplain, Louis Napoleon Nelson…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 08-09-2015

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This post is from “Rebel Yell”, General John Herbert Kelly, Camp 1980, published by Southern Press, 829 Kirk Road, Gordo, Alabama and sent on to hesterbooks.com by Daniel Hall. This is a very nice article and I never knew that the Confederate soldiers had a black Chaplain….But it says here that he preached to the dad gum Yankee sinners as well…..Pardon me, I just had to say that…..  Note at the end of the article, “he had a Confederate Flag draped over his coffin”.

 

Black Chaplain of the Confederacy
Louis Napoleon Nelson

Louis Nelson was a private on Co. M, 7th Tennessee Cavalry. Louis went to war with the sons of his owner, James Oldham, as their bodyguard. He first served as a cook, then a rifleman under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest and finally a chaplain. He would stay on as chaplain for the next four campaigns leading services for both Confederate and Union soldiers. He later on said this ” number of Yankee soldiers joined during a worship service and after its conclusion, all shook hands and went back to fighting.”
The September 10, 1863 issue of The Religious Herald, Louis had enjoyed a reputation among the men of being devout during which time he was chaplain, the regiment experiences two revivals. The Religious Herald correspondent describing his service wrote, ” He is heard with respectful attention and for earnestness, zeal, and sincerity, can be surpassed by none.”
To his Tennessee Regiment, as well as the reporter who wrote the story, the service of their black chaplain was ” a matter of pride.”
Louis couldn’t read or write, but had memorized the King James Bible. He never had a guide line to follow, his pulpit was the battlefield, his heart was his Bible. He spoke with great passion and changed people’s spiritual lives because it came from the heart.
After the war he attended 39 Confederate Reunions and countless number of funerals he would attend and speak at. In the summer of 1934 at the age of 88 he passed away. His funeral, which included a huge military procession, and a Confederate Flag draped upon his coffin…… Gone was this Great and Mighty Man of God…. Gone but not forgotten….

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Sept 12, 2015 Football Picks (updated 9/13/15)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 08-09-2015

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Alabama over Middle Tenn….Bama by brutal…maybe Coach puts in the 3rd team early…Coach Saban did not try to run up a big score…1st team onlly played first half…Bama 37- 10

Arizona over Nevada by 7….took Arizona a while to get started, but Wildcats won 44 – 20.

Wisconsin over Miami, Oh by 17…Wisconsin won big…58 – 0

New Mexico over Tulsa by 14…go Lobo’s…Tulsa stronger than I thought..Tulsa 40 – 21

New Mexico State over Georgia St by 7….New Mexico State could have won with late field goal but missed wide right….Ga St 34 – 32

Texas Tech over UTEP by 14…Texas Tech 69 – 20

Stony Brook over Central Conn by 7…Stony Brook 38 – 9…The way Toledo beat up on Arkansas this week, Stony Brook is probably glad the storm postponed their game with Toledo last week….

Last week (9/5) went well, except I said New Mexico State would be the spread, 35 points and they lost by 41 points….all considered, I’m proud of New Mexico State’s play….Play on Aggies…

week of 9/12 was sad….Lobos and Aggies getting beat….Aggies was late getting started and field goal kicker missed. That hurts…..Lobos kind of beat them self…109 yards in penalties in first half and good drives killed by penalties, one was a score called back. You can’t do that with good teams…Oh, well, next week….maybe…

Beautiful Colorado…careful driving and looking

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 08-09-2015

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Reprint from Pete Hester Facebook page, 9/7/15

One of our lovely, late model cousins, Stacy Bonner posts pictures of the beautiful state of Colorado from time to time, a lot of mountain scenes that are beautiful. I wondered if you folks know that there are 77 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in the state of Colorado and two additional peaks at 13,960….More than any other state in the lower 48. Now, I don’t know about Alaska and how many peaks over 14,000 feet they might have, but Colorado is something to look at, except if you are driving….A lady I know, who shall remain nameless. went with me from Carlsbad, NM to Grand Junction, Co years ago on a sales call. I drove up through Farmington, NM to Durango to Silverton to Ouray to Grand Junction. Co….in late May….I was driving as slow as possible to be able to get over the mountains and this lady kept letting me know, in no uncertain terms that I was driving too fast…Once is Grand Junction she begged me to fly her back to Carlsbad saying she could not stand another mile over mountain roads. Well, heck, I was going back in a couple of days and felt it was unnecessary to go to that much expense, so I did not. On the return trip home, guess what……blizzard conditions up on the mountains….I could have walked fasted than I was driving. This lady was praying, out loud and I heard her promise the Lord that if she arrived back to Carlsbad safely, she would never, I say, never take another road trip over any mountainous road. She did make it and to my knowledge has never made another such trip by car. Anyway, Colorado is really pretty….but if you don’t like curves, I mean, you see brake light up ahead then realize they are yours, you might want to reconsider the trip.

Football Pick results…..Week of 9/5/15

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-09-2015

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My picks…Sept. 5, 2015

Alabama vs Wisconsin…I’ll be picking both schools this year..I have a son up in Madison, WS, however that will not help Wisconsin this year….Alabama by 14…                                                          so, Alabama won by 17 and for a while it looked like Alabama would score at will..

Arizona vs UTSA….Texas at San Antonio is a good school, just not good enough to beat Arizona…Arizona by 21..Ok, so 21 points was a little too much, Arizona won by 10, but UTSA is going to win a lot of games this year.

New Mexico vs Mississippi Valley State….Lobo’s break out year…winning six, maybe seven…New Mexico by 17….The Lobo’s won by 66 points but things will get tougher next week.

New Mexico State vs Florida….My upset special….New Mexico State beats the spread…..Well, they get a good pay check to get beat up on…..I lost, New Mexico State lost by a bunch, 61 – 13 and I don’t like to do big number math….know what I mean, Vern?…

Texas Tech vs Sam Houston St….Tx Tech by 17….This year I will be following Texas Tech for fun. Tech is a good school and gives a lot of New Mexico kids scholarships in all sports, so I’m adding them this year…Sam Houston St is a little better than I thought…Texas Tech won by 14…

Stony Brook vs Toledo.. I will not be following Stony Brook this year unless they beat Toledo. If they do beat them, then I will track them….stay tuned…this game was postponed by stormy weather….so I will go with a Stony Brook game this coming week….

Doodling Sawdust…..An Extinct Profession

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 31-08-2015

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Where have the “good old days” gone. One of my first jobs, along with my cousin Cecil, was doodling sawdust. Uncle Dee, Cecil’s dad, had a portable sawmill….He would move the mill around from timber tract to timber tract. There was a drag chain that would take the sawdust out from under the saw and carriage area and deposit the dust at a location several feet away from the mill. The end of the chain was attached to a tall pole and as the dust pile grew the chain was located higher. After the chain reached a certain height, doodlers would be hired to throw the dust back away from the pole and hopefully far enough away to allow the base of the pile to grow. Now, in the case of Uncle Dee’s mill, when school was in session, some of his regular workers would take their turn in doodling. When school was out, we were hired and we were paid handsomely for this task. Two dollars a week…Now that was a lot of money, and, get this, as an additional perk, when we got the dust far enough away from the chain…we could roll down the sawdust pile or play….until the dust got close to the pulley and then we better have our little butts up there shoveling dust or we were in trouble…but we usually kept up….Uncle Dee was a good boss, and a fair boss…He never showed favoritism for Cecil over me..It may have been there, but if it was he never showed it. With my mom and dad both working, I had lots of time. Uncle Dee and Aunt Vera included me in lots of their activities. I never felt like an outsider. Doodling sawdust, stacking lumber, chopping cotton, poisoning cotton, picking figs or other fruit, weighing field hands cotton sacks, Cecil and I did it together and shared praise and pain equally….I think my favorite job was doodling sawdust…A doodler is just not needed anymore….(as far as I know) …..Pete Hester

Alabama Football….A Story by Otis Vaughn

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 30-08-2015

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My friend Otis Vaughn has scored big again. This is a wonderful story about Alabama football. A must read story for any Alabama fan…..University of Pennsylvania fans may like it also…..Good job Otis

 

Timeless Win in 1922 by Otis Vaughn (Alabama Football)

2015 Football Season…Here we go again…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-08-2015

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My picks…Sept. 5, 2015

Alabama vs Wisconsin…I’ll be picking both schools this year..I have a son up in Madison, WS, however that will not help Wisconsin this year….Alabama by 14…so, Alabama won by 17 and for a while it looked like Alabama would score at will..

Arizona vs UTSA….Texas at San Antonio is a good school, just not good enough to beat Arizona…Arizona by 21..Ok, so 21 points was a little too much, Arizona won by 10, but UTSA is going to win a lot of games this year.

New Mexico vs Mississippi Valley State….Lobo’s break out year…winning six, maybe seven…New Mexico by 17….The Lobo’s won by 66 points but things will get tougher next week.

New Mexico State vs Florida….My upset special….New Mexico State beats the spread…..Well, they get a good pay check to get beat up on…..I lost, New Mexico State lost by a bunch, 61 – 13 and I don’t like to do big number math….know what I mean, Vern?…

Texas Tech vs Sam Houston St….Tx Tech by 17….This year I will be following Texas Tech for fun. Tech is a good school and gives a lot of New Mexico kids scholarships in all sports, so I’m adding them this year…Sam Houston St is a little better than I thought…Texas Tech won by 14…

Stony Brook vs Toledo.. I will not be following Stony Brook this year unless they beat Toledo. If they do beat them, then I will track them….stay tuned…this game was postponed by stormy weather….so I will go with a Stony Brook game this coming week..

My Property…..Riverfront…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-08-2015

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My property lies 21 feet below sea level. And it is surrounded by water, one is a major river that is navigable and  the other is a large lake of tremendous portions of water….water is very, very, plentiful all around me. And every few years we have major storms that break the dikes that is suppose to keep the lake water and river water out of my property. Every time that happens, and I get flooded,  I call on you folks to help me out, to help rescue me and my family and to help me rebuild by houses and barns….oh, and I have many, many buildings and a very large family. And you know what, every time I have a storm or I am inundated with rain or floods, you come to my rescue….I really appreciate you doing that and I am glad you do not get tired of making that sacrifice. You have not failed me yet….I am the City of New Orleans and “I ain’t moving”. (Does this make any sense?)….Yeah, I know…that is not how I should look at it….So, you please tell me, just how  should  I view this situation?

Confederates move to Brazil…John W. and Lisanna Brownlow Family by Otis Vaughn..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-08-2015

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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 you know some of the Brownlow’s family or belong to the Brownlow family I would like to put you in touch with Otis Vaughn. This is a nice and well written article and I hope to hear from you on it. Thanks to Otis for sharing and thanks to you readers for taking the time to read this interesting article. Click on the Lisanna the Confederado heading to open. Thank you, Pete Hester…

 

Lisanna the Confederado 2nd version

Engle, New Mexico…..Ghost Town…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-08-2015

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   Engle, New Mexico…. Now a ghost town, built in 1879 as a cattle shipping point on the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and was a thriving location until the Elephant Butte Damn was completed in 1916 and business dropped off as people moved away. Today it is headquarters for Ted Turner’s Armendaris ranch. An old school house still stands. Trains still pass through Engle, but the old train station has been torn down. Engle is located 17 miles east of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico on Highway 51.