Monthly Archives: February 2017

Backyard campfire

Minnesota campfire
Photo credit: Nathan Hood

We had a campfire over the weekend, as Minnesota experienced some record setting heat this February.


Battle of Olustee

Battle of Olustee
Lithograph by Kurz and Allison

The Battle of Olustee, was fought on 20 February 1864. It was the only major battle of the Civil War, fought in the state of Florida. Union troops, 5500 strong, led by General Truman Seymour, landed in Jacksonville, and moved towards Tallahassee, in order to disrupt Confederate supply lines, mainly the rail lines.
There were 5000 Confederate soldiers, led by General Alfred Colquitt, dug in near the town of Olustee.

The two armies crashed into each other at Ocean Pond, in one of the bloodiest battles of the war.

Ocean Pond battle

The Federal army was funneled in between swampy areas, where the Confederates had built up sturdy earthworks. Still, the Federals looked like they could win the day, when several events turned the tide. Fighting was fierce on both sides. At the end of the day, the Confederate soldiers held their ground, but suffered 946 killed and wounded, and 6 captured or missing. The Union force suffered 1861 killed or wounded, with 506 captured or missing.

Olustee Battlefield Park

While in Florida, I visited Olustee Battlefield. I had stopped by the Olustee Depot for details on the battle, and the National Forest that surrounds the area. Ocean Pond now has a popular campground. There is a small museum on the main road into the battlefield, and an interpretive trail that follows some of the troop movement.

Swamp near Olustee

It was a sketchy day to be hiking about, but I did the battlefield trail anyway. There was a line of thunderstorms across the Florida panhandle and Georgia. When I left the Depot, I knew that we were already in a tornado watch area, and that there were tornadoes sighted just north of the Park. Still, I figured I had until 4pm, when things would get nasty. The rain was spotty, but when it came down, it came at me sideways. The wind howled, and thunder rolled all around me. Out in the middle of the swamp, was a lone bell or chime, clanking endlessly in the wind. It was an eerie addition to the old battlefield.

Olustee cover

If the cover today was anything like it was in 1864, there would be little to hide behind if you were a Union soldier marching in on the entrenched Confederate force. Ferns, and a lot of tall pines.

Olustee Memorial

Every year, near the battle’s anniversary, a reenactment takes place on the site of the Civil War battle. It is suppose to be one of the most vivid one’s out there. So much so, that movie producers have filmed the reenactment for their Civil War movies. One film that contains footage shot of the reenactment is “Glory”.

Olustee Reenactment


Straight up @ Twilight

Looking upward


Desperate in Iowa

post-election-search-map-2

Strolling through the wild web, I found the above graphic one morning. It shows what each state has googled the most since the election in November. Some of them are quite unique, and others are just plain worrisome. At any rate, I thought it was amusing.

Who knew South Dakota was so into golf?


1956 Powell Sport Wagon

'56 Powell Pickup

I have never seen a Powell pickup, but there is one for sale down in Cleveland, GA. The Powell line of trucks, were built in Compton, California by the Powell MFG Company between the years 1954-57. Approximately 1200 pickups were manufactured by Powell.

Powell toolbox

The Powell had a pull out tool box/cylinder to the right of the tailgate. Perfect for fishing rods.

Powell motor

This Powell is powered by a Plymouth flathead six.

Powell scooter

Powell was mainly known for building scooters and trail bikes. This 1954 Powell P-81 scooter is included in the sale. Both the bike and truck have been restored.
In addition to the 1200 pickups and over 10,000 scooters and trail bikes built, Powell also manufactured 300 station wagons and three motor homes.

The asking price for the pair is $16,000.


Target Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Target Center exterior

My cousin’s two boys were awarded free tickets to the Target Center to watch a Timberwolves basketball game for getting on the “A” Honor Roll. They needed two “adults” to go with them, and somehow I was picked to attend, as well as my Uncle.

Target Center

The New Orleans Pelicans were in town on the day that they picked to go. It was also Crunch’s birthday, the mascot of the Timberwolves. Which added to the festivities.

Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns, Photo credit: Minnesota Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns had a great game, and put on a show in the first half, but he found himself in foul trouble fairly early in the second half. Towns ended up with 36 points, and 8 rebounds.
Ricky Rubio also played well, scoring 15 and dishing out 12 assists.
The Wolves led at halftime, but their bench left a lot to be desired. When the starters rested or were on the bench due to foul trouble, the Pelicans came back, and led much of the second half. New Orleans would go onto a 122-106 win.


Beach-tracked

Tracks along beach