Confederate Rest memorial stone meant to heal wounds of Civil War

The band played ‘Dixie’ as Confederate POWs were marched to Camp Randall

What a spectacle it must have been that Sunday, April 20, 1862!

The Civil War had been raging for a full year, Wisconsin boys had mustered out of Camp Randall on the western edge of the village of Madison, population 6,611, leaving its bunkhouses — described as “mere sheds” — and small hospital largely empty.

Now they would be filled with 881 Confederate soldiers captured over 500 miles miles to the south on Island #10 in the Mississippi River, across from New Madrid, MO. In four more days, another 300 would join them. Likely they arrived at the train station on W. Washington Avenue or on Blair and Doty Streets.

“Madison citizens came pouring into the streets to see these men that they were convinced would look and act much differently from themselves. However, they were perhaps surprised to see little difference. Besides the fact that these new soldiers had on different uniforms, they looked no different than the boys Madison had seen leave them almost a year earlier.”

That’s according to Jesse Beckett of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, who wrote a research paper, heavily footnoted, under the supervision of two history professors. Her paper is titled, “Camp Randall, Alice Waterman, and the Culture of Death: Madison’s Steps to Reconnection.”


Gen. Lucius Fairchild

As [the Confederates in their gray uniforms] slowly made their way to Camp Randall, it is reported that bands playing music broke into “Dixie.” As the unofficial anthem of the South, the Confederate Soldiers entered into their new home with a little more bounce in their step.

Doctors and nurses worked to care for the sick men but for some, there was little hope.  … Madison citizens also tried to help where they could. There are reports of locals bringing newspapers, jellies, pudding, and brandy to the Confederate soldiers. These were gifts that had been given to the Northern soldiers. Even though they were gone and replaced with Southern soldiers, the women did not seem to care.

Many having arrived in Madison already injured, 140 died and were buried in a corner of Forest Hill Cemetery on the outskirts of Madison.

From the late 1860s until her death, Alice Whiting Waterman returned to the graves to make sure that they were looking respectable. The boards she erected as headstones were made of wood. Throughout the numerous winter months in Madison, Wisconsin, the boards would become weathered and fall into disrepair. At her own expense, Waterman replaced the wooden boards three times . … It was her goal to build a monument in this small corner of Forest Hill Cemetery [however] she was unable to see her vision come to life. 

Camp Randall

Mrs. Waterman had been living in the home of a Union veteran Frank W. Oakley and his family at 524 N. Carroll St. It was there that her wake was held upon her death in 1897. The retired captain “decided that it was only right to continue working in her footsteps.” 

“Soon after, researcher  Oakley spent much of his energy in conversation with southern citizens to build a monument for Mrs. Waterman.”

Oakley reached out to fellow Union captain Hugh Lewis, a Madison resident then serving as an officer of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. Lewis had lost an arm in battle.

Those who shed blood to save the Union and end slavery united with their defeated foes to honor a Madison woman, born in the South, for caring selflessly for the vanquished foe. How cheaply comes the virtue of today’s coffee shop rewriters of history.

‘We are one people, north and south’

UW-Eau Claire researcher Beckett quotes Oakley: “We thought it advisable to bring the matter to the attention of some prominent Confederates in Washington, to ascertain if some provisions could not be made by the different states to which these soldiers belonged, for the erection of a suitable monument to these Confederate dead, whereby their names and services may be preserved.

Committees throughout the southern part of the United States began to seek assistance and ask questions about how they could get involved in the work that was taking place in Forest Hill. One letter arrived to F.W. Oakley from a Mrs. M.J. Behan. She was a member of the Confederated Southern Memorial Association and was requesting information about Waterman. She said that the ladies she worked closely with were interested in helping to raise money and show their support. 

“Rest assured, dear sir, that your noble conduct in caring for our beloved dead is deeply and truly appreciated by the people of the South and the Women of the Memorial Association. Thank you from the bottom of their hearts for doing the sacred work that distance alone has permitted them from doing.”

W.M. Laughlin sent $10 and two notes “I desire to add that such action as yours emulated and carried out by the ‘principals’ of both sides engaged in the late war, will do much towards wiping out all sectional feelings and Americanizing this whole country.

A few days later, he penned another, “We are one people — no North/no South — and every effort should be made on the part of all Americans to make this a united, happy and prosperous country.”

Named slave owner

Tell the Madison Council before it meets on Tuesday, May 1 not to dishonor the Civil War veterans on both sides who buried their hatred on this northern soil. E-mail all 20 Madison Alders


For some, this monument was more than just honoring Waterman. They, too, were looking for a way to begin to join the two separate pieces of the North and South together again. Harrison Granite Company wrote to F.W. Oakley offering potential sketches of a monument to be built.

‘Fervently supported civil rights’

Oakley had served as adjutant to Fairchild during the latter’s 1886-87 term as national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Fairchild served as governor of Wisconsin 1866-72 after retiring as brigadier general in Wisconsin’s famed Iron Brigade, which suffered 77% casualties at Gettysburg and where Fairchild himself lost an arm.

Fairchild “fervently supported civil rights for blacks and vehemently opposed Rutherford B. Hayes for ‘appeasing’ southern segregationists in what he referred to as ‘the second civil war.’ He believed Reconstruction ended too early.”

In 1899, a letter came from the financial secretary of the Confederate Veterans Association, Camp 171 telling Oakley he was pretty sure the monument would be a success. Five years later, in 1904, the Daughters of the Confederacy were able to send $835 to Oakley to place in the fund for a monument. 

On June 15, 1906, Union Captains Oakley and Lewis and other members of the Lucius Fairchild Post 11 dedicated the memorial, whose inscription reads, in its entirety:

“Erected in loving memory by United Daughters of Confederacy to Alice Whiting Waterman and her boys.” 

That’s it. No rewrite of history. No lost cause nostalgia. No justification for slavery. The Daughters oversaw fund-raising for the stone at the request of veterans of the Union cause.

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Anti-Trump news media blames itself for not being more partisan

Hey Mark Pocan, does your offer to hire Andrew McCabe still stand?

The Resistance is certain Trump Must Be Guilty of Something. But what? Conspiring with Vladimir? Hiring hookers? Firing Jim Comey? Developing real estate?

The Left’s We-Know-Who-Dunnit novel appears headed toward a surprise ending, a twist worthy of Agatha Christie, a shocker worse than Election Night November 8, 2016 was to the MSNBC crew. One by one, like Ms. Christie’s And Then There Were None, their pet theories disappear. Perhaps the butler did do it, after all.

Meet parents reduxFiring deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, for instance, was evidence of “Trump’s all-out attack on the rule of law,” the Nation thundered, speaking for the liberal-progressive-socialist Hive. Mark Pocan infamously offered him a job on his congressional staff. Untruthfulness no object.

Soon after, the Justice Department’s inspector general inconveniently issued a scathing report that accused McCabe of, essentially, lying under oath. 

“The inspector general uncovered real wrongdoing,” National Review’s David French (one of the Essentials) writes. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions had ample reason to fire McCabe.” The Deep State rot goes deeper than one rogue agent.

The larger FBI and Obama’s Justice Department took the same shortcuts to undermine the electoral process that the rogue John Doe II secret investigation here in Wisconsin, it now appears. Mr. French again:

The more we learn about the 2016 campaign, the worse the Obama DOJ looks. The inspector general’s report and the James Comey book tour represent a reminder of its improper pressure and improper behavior — from the pressure to call the Clinton email investigation a mere “matter,” to the tarmac meeting, to the president’s own comments dismissing the scandal, and to the pressure placed on the FBI to refrain from taking “overt steps” in the Clinton Foundation investigation. An allegedly “scandal-free” administration seems to have placed its thumb on the scales of justice.

The deep state did indeed attack late in the 2016 presidential election, and it torpedoed … Hillary Clinton. 

Trump not a target

Now Rod Rosenstein says Trump is not a target of the Mueller investigation. Did you read that in the New York Times? No, but Bloomberg News and others carried it.

So now, the NY Times is reduced to lamenting that “America Abhors Impeachment.” And a mea culpa (mea culpa, mea maxima culpa) from a guilty white Times reporter who blames herself for not electing Hillary. Biased journalism, much? 

Putin Ties to RussiaIn her Sunday New York Times piece, Amy Chozik begs forgiveness that she got played by the Russian hackers and WikiLeaks for exposing Hillary’s habitual corner-cutting for the highest bidder, exemplified by her home brew, secret and illegal e-mail server. Her influence for sale through “donations” to the family foundation and high-priced talks to Wall Street bigs.

“The Russians had pulled off the perfect hack,” Ms. Chozik cries, sounding like the rube who got fleeced at the state fair. What makes it the perfect hack, of course, is that the information it revealed, however dirty the finger prints, was all true!

Ms. Chozik wears partisan sack cloth and ashes because, like virtually every right-thinking person, the Hive expected Hillary to win, despite the packed auditoriums for Trump and the empty seats for Hillary. (Chozik turns a neat phrase, calling the campaign “Hillary’s Death March to Victory.”)

Now … we are all living through the chaos of the Trump presidency and Robert Mueller continues to dig into the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. … I’ve started to see the “they” she spoke about on election night differently.

They were Facebook algorithms and data breaches. They were Fake News drummed up by Vladimir Putin’s digital army. They were shadowy hackers who stole her campaign chairman’s emails hoping to weaken our democracy with Mr. Podesta’s risotto recipe. And they were The Times and me and all the other journalists who covered those stolen emails.

Hillary was the lousier of the two

As if they turned up their noses at the leaked Access Hollywood private audio tape. Only reluctantly — but, inevitably, given the overwhelming evidence — does Times reporter Chozik blame the Democrat(ic) candidate.

These outside forces wouldn’t have mattered or weighed so heavily on me, on the country, had Hillary Clinton … not let the election get so close in the first place. The Russians, after all, didn’t hack into her calendar and delete the Wisconsin rallies.

That admission appears on the third to the last paragraph of a story running 40 paragraphs. As for James Comey, even Jon Wiener of the hard-Left Nation scores his performance.  

If Comey had written a book about how being “prideful and over-confident” led him to violate longstanding department policy and also political wisdom, with disastrous results, that would have been great. 

Blaska’s Bottom Line: the Mueller investigation will implicate the Obama/Hillary cabal, clear Donald Trump, and unleash Biblical levels of delicious, wholesome schadenfreude.

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Diversity in the Madison Hive means ‘all in favor, fall in line’

Guzzi crash bars

Guzzi engine guard sticks out to protect right cylinder

Spring arrived at the Stately Manor on Friday, which explains the slowdown at the Policy Werkes. 

The indentured servants installed crash bars to protect the Squire’s Moto Guzzi and its 90-degree, horizontally opposed twin fire pots. Only took all afternoon and several trips to the hardware store to replace lost bits and pieces, one of which is rattling around atop the engine just out of reach.

The Lovely Lisa installed pansies in the entry planter box here at The Stately Manor, so we are ready for state visits.

A public affair WORT

The white lab coats at the Werkes tuned the Atwater Kent into WORT radio at 89.9 FM Tuesday last week. We found County Board Supervisor Carousel Bayrd hosting “A Public Affair.” (We savaged Ms. Bayrd at “Lighten up, guilty white liberal.”)


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Lighten up, guilty white liberal

The joke is on you!

Heard that canard about our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances having no sense of humor. That canard happens to be true. As proof, we present Carousel Andrea Bayrd, county supervisor from Madison’s West side and aggrieved white liberal. Sees everything through the “lens of racial equity.” (Official policy of the Dane County Board. No kidding! When all you look for is race, race is all you will ever see.) Hostage to identity politics. Scourge of presumptive white privilege. A walking, voting magnet of micro-aggressions.

Madame Bayrd, keep your race card in your wallet; it has been declined for insufficient funds.

Carousel Bayrd

Supervisor Bayrd, have you never caught Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy?

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[UPDATE] Jeff Simpson says he doesn’t get the reference to Messieurs Pryor, Rock, or Murphy. Shall we help the poor, confused liberal-progressive-socialist to understand? Yeah. O.K. Here is the late, great Richard Pryor. After visiting Arizona state penitentiary, Mr. Pryor exclaims “Thank God we got penitentiaries!”

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Liberal mom hates school vouchers, wants to use them, feels guilty

Ask a guilty liberal advice columnist

The Policy Werkes subscribes to the New York Times and other liberal-progressive-socialist agitprop on the principle that forewarned is forearmed. Plus, we enjoy a good laugh at other people’s expense.

Karl Marx

A column in the Sunday Times magazine rarely disappoints. It’s called “The Ethicist.” Guilty white liberals write to the Ethicist, all tied up in knots of their own knitting. They are conflicted about just about everything. Some of them can’t take a dump without worrying about the effect on the ivory trade in Rwanda, seemingly.

But Sunday’s (04-15-18) Ethicist was especially rewarding: “I disapprove of school vouchers, can I still apply for them?” 

Ha! Ha! It is to laugh. Mom writes that she sends her kid to a private school. Kid is doing well in the school. Mom doubts the quality of the public schools in her area. Her state provides vouchers for low-income families. (Might live in Wisconsin.) She qualifies. 

Problem is, “I believe free public education is an important aspect of our society. … Given my beliefs, may I apply for a school voucher?” Continue reading

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NY Times makes sow’s ear out of Diamond and Silk

Always hostile to conservatives, the New York Times is so besotted with Trump hate that it is resorts to reverse racism. How then, to treat the Facebook censorship of two conservative black women who support Trump? With disdain, of course.

Ann of Althouse (go there, she needs the traffic), neatly encapsulates something that leapt from the pages of Sunday’s Times:

The NYT explains Diamond and Silk to its readers as “a modern-day minstrel show” aimed at “white conservatives”…

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