An obscure anniversary and an obscure Union general

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Corinth (distinguished from the Siege of Corinth) that took place on October 3rd and 4th, 1862.  Union forces under the command of Major General William Starke Rosecrans defeated Confederate forces under the command of Major General Earl Van Dorn.

These days Rosecrans, if he is remembered at all, is known for being the Union commander at the gigantic Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863, one of the major Union defeats of the war and the second-bloodiest battle of the entire war after Gettysburg.  But up to that point he had actually been one of the most successful Union generals Lincoln had.  I learned a great deal about him during my time at Stones River National Battlefield, where Rosecrans was also the Union commander.

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The loss of B-17 “Nine-O-Nine” today

A famous aircraft (at least in some circles) was lost today at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, and I am just heartbroken.

This type of aircraft, the Boeing B-17G, was one of my favorite planes when I was a kid, and to a large extent it still is.  Many years ago I used to have a HUGE model that I built.  And one day at an airshow in my teens I finally had the chance to climb into one, and what a joy it was.  That plane was the “Nine-O-Nine”, flown by the Collings Foundation out of Stow, Massachusetts.  I had a t-shirt for years that was one of my favorites.

And now it’s gone.

I have no idea what happened, aside from the plane was trying to land when something must have gone terribly wrong.  There were thirteen people on the plane when it crashed – three crew and ten passengers.  I hope and pray that those who survived will be OK, and that those who did not didn’t suffer.  So if you are the praying type, spend a little time thinking about them.

Thanks.

~Geoff