Sunday, May 20, 2018

"Even though Act #481, crafted by then State Representative Robert Edington of Mobile, created the Battleship Commission, one fact did not escape the attention of the original Commissioners. The legislation gave the group zero money to bring the battleship to Alabama, and no money to fund any construction and/or operating expenses once the WWII hero arrived in Mobile. Public fundraising was the only answer, and over one million little heroes and heroines raised their hands to save the aging warship. Alabama’s school children heard the call, and donated almost  $100,000 to aid the cause, receiving a pass good for free admission as long as Governor Wallace was in office."

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018

200 years ago next weekend, the U.S. Army under the command of General Andrew Jackson, with the support of the U.S. Navy at the mouth of Pensacola Bay, began a bombardment of Bateria San Antonio of present-day Fort Barrancas on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. On May 28, 1818 the Spanish Governor of West Florida surrendered to General Jackson and prepared to be transported to Havana. Here's a humorous poem that gives the Southerner's view of the criticism OLD HICKORY received in D.C. for his initiative. (from the MISSISSIPPI FREE TRADER [Natchez] Oct. 13, 1818)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 2018 ROBERTOREG Projects

1) City Map of Aven (circa 1915) for decoding the novel DEVIL MAKE A THIRD.

2) A DAUPHIN ISLAND HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY TRIVIA CONTEST based upon the Franco-Spanish War on the Gulf Coast from 1719-1720 in anticipation of its 300th anniversary in 2019.

3) The May 28, 2018 commemoration of the 200th anniversary of General Jackson's U.S. Army conquest of Pensacola in May, 1818.

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4) Document the commencement of the construction of a U.S. fortification on Dauphin Island in 1818 for the 200th anniversary of that endeavor.

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Don José Masot, who was governor of West Florida, having received intelligence of Jackson’s westward march and his designs on Pensacola, sent him a written protest against his invasion, as an offence against the Spanish king, “exhorting and requiring him to retire from the Province,” threatening if he did not, to use force for his expulsion. This protest was delivered by a Spanish officer, on May 23, after Jackson had crossed the Escambia river and was within a few hours’ march of Pensacola. Notwithstanding Masot’s threat, instead of advancing to meet the invader, he hastily retired with most of his troops to Fort San Carlos, leaving 255a few only at Pensacola, under the command of Lieutenant-colonel Don Lui Piemas, for the purpose of making a show of resistance.
Masot’s protest, instead of retarding, seems to have accelerated Jackson’s advance. In the afternoon of the same day on which it was received, the American army was in possession of Fort St. Michael and encamped around it. Thence, immediately upon its occupation, Jackson sent Masot a dispatch in reply to his protest, in which he demanded an immediate surrender of Pensacola and Barrancas. In his answer, on May 24, to that demand, Masot, as to Pensacola, referred Jackson to Don Lui Piemas; as to San Carlos he replied: “This fortress I am resolved to defend to the last extremity. I shall repel force by force, and he who resists aggression can never be considered an aggressor. God preserve your excellency many years.” Upon the receipt of this communication, Jackson, by arrangement with Colonel Piemas, took possession of Pensacola.
On the twenty-fifth, Jackson replied to Masot’s dispatch of the twenty-fourth, in which he tells him he is aware of the Spanish force, 256and hints at the folly of resistance to an overwhelming enemy. In conclusion he says: “I applaud your feelings as a soldier in wishing to defend your post, but when resistance is ineffectual and the opposing force overwhelming, the sacrifice of a few brave men is an act of wantonness, for which the commanding officer is accountable to his God.”
In the evening of the day on which Jackson’s communication was written, and within a few hours after it was received by Masot, Fort San Carlos was invested by the American army. On the night of the twenty-fifth, batteries were established in favorable positions within three hundred and eighty-five yards of the fort, though the work was interrupted by the Spanish guns. Before the American batteries replied, Jackson, in his anxiety to spare the effusion of blood, sent Masot, under a flag of truce, another demand to surrender, accompanied by a representation of the futility, if not the folly, of further resistance. The refusal of the demand was followed by the batteries and the fort opening upon each other. The firing continued until evening, when a flag from the fort invited 257a parley, which resulted in a truce until the following day, the twenty-seventh, when, at eight o’clock in the morning, articles of capitulation were signed. Such was Masot’s defense to “the last extremity,” and such the fruit of Jackson’s expostulation with his fiery but feeble antagonist.
The military features of the capitulation were that the Spanish surrender should be made with the honors of war, drums beating, and flags flying, during the march from the gate of the fort to the foot of the glacis, where the arms were to be stacked; the garrison to be transported to Havana; and their rights of property, to the last article, strictly respected.

Monday, May 14, 2018


Wednesday, May 09, 2018

“Let me reiterate this point: Nikolas Cruz, the shooter that was involved in this horrific accident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, had no connection to the PROMISE program.” ROBERT RUNCIE, Broward County Superintendent of Education (How can you tell if an OBAMATON is lying to you? HIS LIPS ARE MOVING!)

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

I tell ya what. It time fo' OLD TUSKEELOOSEE to start planning its BICENTENNIAL and IMHO, the best way to KICK IT OFF is to make signs which remind people of the old street names BUT not only that!
The citizens of Tuscaloosa should make it THEIR CIVIC DUTY to DISCOVER & LEARN how each street name has a connection to their city.
Here's my contribution to the cause:
2. 31st Ave.- BEAVER STREET
3. 30th Ave.- DEER STREET
4. 29th Ave.- BROWN STREET
5. 28th Ave.- JACKSON STREET
7. Lurleen B. Wallace, S.- JEFFERSON STREET
8. Lurleen B. Wallace, N.- WASHINGTON STREET
9. Greensboro Ave.- MARKET STREET
10. 23rd Ave.- MONROE STREET
11. 22nd Ave.- MADISON STREET
12. 21st Ave.- COLLEGE STREET
13. 20th Ave.- YORK STREET
14. 19th Ave.- BEAR STREET
16. 3rd St.- SPRING STREET
17. 4th St.- PINE STREET
18. University Boulevard- BROAD STREET
19. 6th St.- COTTON STREET
20. 7th St.- UNION STREET
21. 8th St.- PIKE STREET
24. 11th St.- OAK STREET
25. 12th St.- WALNUT STREET
26. 13th St.-  LOCUST STREET