Wednesday, August 7, 2013

From Garryowen to Glory

Friends,

First let me state that I am still alive.  My wife did read Monday's post and thought it was funny.  So I was allowed to live and post again.  It was a close one.  Hell hath no fury like an angry German redhead.

As some of my loyal readers know by now, I live with five cats.  I have always felt that our animal companions should have "people" names that fit their personality.  So as a History Addict, mine are named after historical/literary personages that suit the cats' personalities.  One of my cats is named George Armstrong Custer, or "Autie" as we call him.  I have had him since he was about 3 weeks old.  He was separated from his mother at way too young an age (and abandoned) and so I took him in and he has been with me ever since.  Because of those circumstances, he did not develop normally and though he grew into a big cat, he is still mentally like a kitten.  He got his name because as I watched him play with my other cat (I only had two at the time), I noticed that Simon would run into the hallway and hide behind the door.  Autie would go barreling along after him only to be ambushed as soon as he rounded the corner.  He never could figure out that Simon was waiting right on the other side of the door.

It is odd that I have a cat named after General Custer.  He is not my favorite general by a long shot.  It isn't because of his battlefield record, which wasn't bad......other than that whole Little Big Horn thing.  His performance in the Civil War is quite remarkable.  I just don't like his personality.  I've just never been a fan of those with enormous egos, be it during the Civil War or today.  I have a framed painting of his last stand hanging above my entertainment center at home.  Every morning I am greeted with Custer's demise.  Not a bad way to start the day!  And it is a reminder to me to always make sure that I know what I am getting in to.

There are other generals with less than stellar personality traits.  Braxton Bragg comes to mind!  Perhaps even McClellan.  So, dear readers, here is my question of the day.  Is there a Civil War person that you would rather run backwards, naked through a cornfield than to have to be locked in a room with?

My name is Lee Hutch and I am a Civil War Addict.

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