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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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The NFL….Who Is Winning?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 30-10-2017

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Well, I kind’a of know who is winning in the NFL East and that is about it this year. I still watch Dallas, for now anyway. I thought I might watch Houston, but….well, anyway. Those men, the NFL, most of them anyway, are good fellows and law abiding citizens….Only a few in the NFL do drugs, beat their wives, shop lift, drive drunk, shoot people, but it is just that those are the ones we hear most about…The others are good guys. But how about protesting in a different manner? A different place? Don’t disrespect the flag or our country and the people protecting who make a fraction of the wages you NFL boys do. Most of you are college educated and know better than disrespect your own country…Or do you? …. By the way, are you winning?…. The answer is no. You are tearing down what your brothers in the military is trying to build up. That’s how I see it anyway.

Colin Kaepernick’s Million Dollar Book Deal

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-10-2017

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I am wondering….One World did this deal with Mr. Kaepernick for a million dollars.  Who will they target to buy this book? The kneeler’s or the stander’s? …..I’m glad he signed with them and I hope One World realizes a return on their investment. It sounds like a wonderful way to get his message out to the people and not disrespect our country or our flag by kneeling during the national anthem anymore.

 

 

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.