Civil War Anniversary Events Continue In Columbus, LaGrange

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Share Kevin Benefield details some of the last 150th Civil War anniversary events in Columbus and LaGrange, both in west Georgia.5:28Civil War sesquicentennials are just about over, with some of the last observances in Georgia taking place this weekend in Columbus and LaGrange.In this week’s travel segment, “City Lights” contributor Kevin Benefield says that the National Civil War Naval Museum, located on the Chattahoochee River in Port Columbus, will have free admission Friday through Sunday.The museum commemorates the Battle of Columbus, regarded as the last full battle of the war. The battle began several days after the formal surrender of the Confederacy at Appomattox.Columbus was one of the main supply centers of the Confederacy and was ordered by Union authorities to have its arsenal destroyed. This includes two notable Confederate warships still on display at the museum: the largely intact CSS Jackson and what’s left of the CSS Chattahoochee.There will be a full re-enactment of the battle May 2 and 3. This weekend’s activities include a formal city commemoration to mark the start of the battle on Thursday, and a talk by former museum staffer Charles Misulia, who wrote a book about the battle.  Benefield, the editor of Southbound, says there are other places to visit in Columbus with more about the city’s Civil War history, including the Columbus Museum and the National Infantry Museum, located just outside Fort Benning. For general travel information about Columbus and environs visit www.columbusga.org.Another Civil War observance this weekend is in nearby LaGrange, site of the famous confrontation involving the all-female Nancy Hart Rifle company. While their men were off fighting, several dozen women defended their homes and prevented Union Col. Oscar LaGrange from destroying the town near the war’s end. The “Nancies,” as they were called, fed soldiers from both sides as they prepared for a peaceful surrender. A week of festivities devoted to the event includes a Troup County Historical Society reception Friday and a re-enactment and tea on Sunday afternoon. For details and ticket information, visit the Nancy Harts events page at exploregeorgia.com. Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 5:28 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

USC will face strong A&M defense

first_imgUSC quarterback Perry Orth (10) drops back to pass against Vanderbilt at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Saturday, October 17, 2015.USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) drops back to pass against Vanderbilt at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Saturday, October 17, 2015.COLUMBIA – Shawn Elliott conceded it was nice to come to his first Tuesday news conference as the University of South Carolina’s interim head coach and talk about football.The Gamecocks  resumed their preparation for a Halloween game at Texas A&M feeling pretty good about themselves but realizing the severity of the trip that awaits.“It’s good,” Elliott said of returning to practice following USC’s bye week. “It’s really good. That’s what we’re here to do — play the game of football, focus on it, get those distractions away, and now we’ve got a full week of preparation where we can just solely focus in on Texas A&M and what we need to do to get better and try to accomplish that.”For many, the humiliation of last year’s opening-game 52-28 loss to the Aggies was the beginning of the end of the Steve Spurrier era.Elliott and the team have not forgotten the consequences of that game and are  eager to get another shot.“It definitely left a bad taste in our mouth,” said sophomore linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams. “This year, it’s kind of like redemption. We get the opportunity to go to College Station and go out there and play the best game of the year.”That won’t be easy, even though A&M has dropped its past two games, which has meant a fall out of the Amway Coaches Poll Top 25.It is one of the most talented teams in the country.While many think of offense when thinking of the Aggies, the defense has also been strong this season.“I remember speed,” Elliott said of A&M. “They had a lot of speed. They could cover sideline to sideline. When I reflect on that game, I can look back and say we didn’t (have speed). We looked tired, we looked sluggish, we looked slow. A lot of things you could look back and say happened in that football game, taking away from that was the speed.”That hasn’t changed this year.  Under long-time defensive coordinator John Chavis in his first season with the Aggies, the team features one of the country’s best defensive fronts.It is led by sophomore end Myles Garrett, who leads the Southeastern Conference in sacks with 8.5. Texas A&M is tied for No. 15 in FBS with 21 sacks in seven games.Texas A&M's Myles Garrett (15) leads the SEC in sacks.Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett (15) leads the SEC in sacks.That poses a problem for the Gamecocks, who enter the game with quarterback Perry Orth starting only his fourth game and the offense still looking for a way to score points .“(Garrett) is an incredible pass rusher,” said Orth. “He and (Daeshon Hall), they both get after the passer. When you’re playing, you just have to be focused on down the field and trying to find your receivers.“You’ve got to trust your offensive line to do their job and they’ve done a heck of a job so far this year. I can’t give them enough credit.“last_img read more

Bubba Wallace says cops won’t pepper spray Confederate Flag protesters like with BLM

first_imgLast Updated: 30th June, 2020 17:06 IST Bubba Wallace Says Cops Won’t Pepper Spray Confederate Flag Protesters Like With BLM In a recent interview, Bubba Wallace stated that if fans decide to protests against the flag’s ban, the officers won’t hit them with tear gas or rubber bullets Also read | Bubba Wallace’s father Darrell gets emotional while discussing Bubba Wallace noose incident: Black Lives Matter protests, Bubba Wallace noose, Bubba Wallace garageIn a recent interview, Wallace stated that it fans decided to protests against the flag’s ban, the police officers won’t hit them with tear gas or rubber bullets like they did to the Black Lives Matters protestors in the USA. Wallace added that one won’t see the police personnel inside the racetracks, where everyone is having a good time. He stated that he thinks he won’t see the bullets fly in there. “It’s exactly what you see on the flip side of everything going on and in cities as they peacefully protest,” Wallace continued. “But you won’t see cops pepper-spraying them and shooting them with rubber bullets, will you?”Ever since protests have begun in the USA, various videos of police personnel shooting rubber bullets and using pepper spray against Black Lives Matter protesters have been shared online. One of the incidents Wallace was referring to occurred some weeks ago when protesters near the White House were cleared to make way for President Donald Trump to take a picture with the Bible in front of the St. John’s Episcopal Church. Wallace ran in support of the Black Lives Matter movement the same day NASCAR banned the flag. NASCAR announced the ban two days after Wallace spoke against the flag.  Earlier this month, NASCAR banned the Confederate Flag from NASCAR events and properties. NASCAR’s statement claimed that the presence of the flag did not provide the inclusive environment for all fans, competitors and the industry. Bubba Wallace, who is the only full-time black NASCAR driver, also spoke on NASCAR’s decision after the announcement, saying that the Confederate Flag has ‘no place’ in the sport.Also read | Is Bubba Wallace related to Rusty Wallace? What is the connection between the two?Bubba Wallace on the NASCAR Confederate Flag ban and Black Lives Matter protests WATCH US LIVE Also read | Nascar Confederate flag ban: The NASCAR Confederate Flag was banned, Black Lives Matter protestsA few days later, a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway. As the incident could have been a hate crime against Wallace, an investigation by the FBI was promptly launched. The FBI’s investigation concluded a few days ago, which revealed that the noose was there at the No. 43 stall since last October. After the investigation, Wallace stated that he was relieved by the results. (Image source: AP) Also read | NASCAR confederate flag: Talladega race sees plane flying ‘banned’ NASCAR Confederate flag, Black Lives Matter protests Devika Pawar LIVE TV FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By First Published: 30th June, 2020 17:06 IST COMMENTlast_img read more