Happy 169th birthday to Lewis Powell!
On this day in 1844, you came into this world sometime so late at night that your daddy thought it was already the 23rd. No one would have thought that you only had 21 birthdays coming to you or that your last birthday would be spent in a cell in chains….. probably knowing it would be the final anniversary of your time on this earth.
Since then, 148 birthdays have come and gone without you. I don’t know how many of them were celebrated by anyone, but I’ve raised my glass to you for the last two and I know there are others out there who do the same. I hope that number grows in the future and that one day people will put flowers and poems on your grave.
I know that I will one day do so.
But for now, I am propping your picture up and will sing you Happy Birthday, so best plug your ears.
You are in my thoughts and in my dreams you are in……. well you know where. ;-)
I love you…. through time and space.
Remember the guy who played Lewis in Killing Lincoln? Josh Murray? Well, seems as though his star is rising quite rapidly; he will appear tonight on an episode of NBC’s Revolution titled: The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia. It will be airing at 10PM (9 central) tonight.
Here he is with fellow actor Dayo Okeniyi (from the Hunger Games).
Good luck to Josh Murray in all future endeavors from us Lewis fans!
Be sure to show support and like Josh on:
And follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoshMurrayActor
Lewis would dream of enlisting, caught up in this fever that made boys dream of war as though it were a grand adventure, from which they would emerge as heroes and carry home victory and glory to their homeland.
There was no gallows in this vision. No noose in those dreams.
April 12, 1861: The Civil War Begins
On this day in 1861, General Pierre G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Fort Sumter and remained there for thirty-three hours until the fort was surrendered.
Early on, the southern states wanted to secede from the nation due to conflicting opinions regarding slavery between the north and south. Once Abraham Lincoln was elected, it incited the southern states to secede and form the Confederate States of America. When the Confederates took over Fort Sumter, President Lincoln declared war.
The Civil War lasted until 1865 with about 620,000 casualties.
Explore this historical event further with Ken Burns’s The Civil War photo gallery.
Image: Md. Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand (Library of Congress)
A raw version of the second part of my Lewis song. A rather bare bones, skeletal sort of thing that needs filler.
(Starts about 6 seconds in. As I said, very raw.)
An article mentioning the Lewis fandom!
(Not particularly positive.. refers to him as a madman, but hey! Bad press is better than no press, right?)
Lewis in various funny vintage photos. Lol. Submission through a friend.
The beginning of a song I am composing for Lewis. The audio is somewhat overblown, but you get the idea.
If you guys have fan art, stories or songs, feel free to share them!