Posts Tagged ‘Civil War’

Rutherford B. Hayes Standing with his wife Lucy sitting and their dog Dot.  We have been to this site and stood on this spot….










This is President Haeys’ son Scott with the family dog named Old Major. The picture is from the 1870’s. I think this dog looks part collie…..










This film shown behind Rutherford B. Hayes Grave shows where his two Horses from the Civil War were buried.  Somewhere between the two grave is buried one of his dogs.  This film is by Stars1976.  This is one of our favorite places to visit for it has so much history there.  We also feed the squirrels there by hand….


With the Squirrels at Spiegel Grove, the home of Rutherford B. Hayes.  They will come up and eat right out of your hand.  The grounds are used by joggers and those walking their dogs are more than welcomed here.  We saw Collies here!!!!!








His home had many animals living there and the grounds had lots of animals living there when it was his home also.  Off to the left of his home is his grave and his wife’s grave as well as Old Ned’s and Whitey’s graves. President Hayes was very fond of his animals family members and each of them is remembered someway in his writings.  Rutherford B. Hayes was President from 1877-1881 in a era when animals were not always valued.  At the Hayes home they were deeply loved.





We were so moved by the story of this man and his family and life I named one of our Collies after him.

Niamh’s Misty Meadow Rutherford B. Hayes……








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I Ginger, future World Dictator have been challenged by a cousin who is a Yankee who happens to live in the South.  However, I was born in the South so that gives me a leg up (pun intended) over her.  I am from Georgee and as you may or may not know it was part of the Great War Of Southern Independence and being born there I have that Rebel blood in my veins!  *Gives a Rebel Yell!*

While I offered to give my cousin a big position in my world domination dictatorship she still threw down a challenge.  While she may also reside in a state in dear old Dixie that doesn’t make her a true daughter of the Great War Of Southern Independence like me!  So, let me tell you dear cousin that you don’t mess with Georgee or anyone from Georgee.  If you don’t believe me listen to this song… the old longtooth red skinned creep called the Devil got his butt kicked in Georgee and that shows how if you mess with Georgee you lose….  so listen up and cry because if that old horny toad of a demon couldn’t win you can’t either….

Notice it was in Georgee, not some Yankee state like you were born in….  I might live in a Yankee state but I gots  Georgee  red clay in my veins and I got that Rebel Yell that makes your blood curdle and the only one to ever even challenge me and hold me a tie is the old guy and even then he gets his butt kicked regularly….. but as he says its because he has that Puritan, Norse, German, Scottish blood in him…..   So, prepare to meet Lee, Stonewall, ol’ JEB and the old guy’s hero.. Longstreet combined when you mess with me!  MUWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAH

*REBEL YELL!!!!!!!*     By the way, to all my southern family members….

The line “In Dixieland where I was born”  and “I wish I was in Dixie” makes me long for Georgee……

By the way did you all know that James Longstreet and Jefferson Davis both had collies in their later years?  *REBEL YELL!!!*

*The old guy made me put this here…* Please do not write about Slavery to me, for this post is not supporting slavery for we despise such things.  For many of the South the war was about many other things too.  He thought you should know this for many people try to make everything about some past injustice that while horrible and gladly gone has nothing to do with any human alive today.


Me facing South and Singing DIXIE!!!  So cousin, join me and you can run roughshod over all humans when I rule and be as naughty as you want with all the treats you can eat or its “Rebel Yell” time and you are gonna think you are old George McClellan when I gets done with you!

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Who is this?  He was a Civil War Hero, was wounded five times, 3 times Governor of his home State and was a one term (by his choice) President…..


Need A hint? Well I am it…. hehehehe

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Here is a picture of Rutherford B. Hayes after he left the Presidency on the West End of the big porch… notice the two dogs.. 🙂

Here we are in the same spot…. 🙂

THis is Old Whitey, Hayes horse when he was in the Army. His other was called Old Ned….

Those horse meant a lot to Rutherford B. Hayes.  When they passed he had them buried on the knoll on the property with stones above them.. this is Old Ned’s….

A few feet away is Old Whitey’s stone and grave….

Perhaps nothing signifies more how important these horses were to Hayes than where they are buried…. from between the two horses graves this is what you see…. President Hayes’ grave….

Here is the grave of President and Mrs. Hayes….. on the other side is their son Webb Hayes and his wife.  Webb Hayes was a military hero like his father and won the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions in the Philippines…. he was everywhere the action was and took part in the fabled charge up the hill with Teddy Roosevelt!   I believe that President Hayes and his son are the only family to have a President and a Congressional Medal Of Honor winner in the same family and in back to back generations.  We were very surprised and very moved to find that the descendents of the Hayes family to this day visit the family home.  They do not come in and make airs… they buy a ticket and take the tour like everyone else, blending into the crowd.  They do however, get to use the home and gardens for family weddings and such which we feel is only fair… after all they gifted the library, the grounds and the family home to the ppl of the USA in 1965….


Here is Mrs. Hayes with her birds…..  they had a lot of pets and loved animals….


Here they are with Spot….


Wow, I am thrilled to be named Niamh’s Misty Meadow Rutherford B. Hayes……  what a honor….

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On my Case Tractor the log is of Old Abe, a real life eagle who was the mascot (yes, she went into battle with the Wisconsin Regiment during the civil war and the Rebels shot at her, but never hit her.) of the Wisconsin Volunteer 8th Regiment, Company C.

A Native American of the Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwa tribe captured her (Flambeau Red later became the color of Case Tractors) and she was sold to a

farmer for a bushel of corn and then sold by the farmer to the soldiers for $2.50.

Company C made a special perch for Old Abe and she went into every battle, including the battle of Corinth where half of the 8th regiment was killed. She would spread her wings and screech as they charged into battle and the Rebels hated it shooting at her and calling her that damned Yankee Buzzard!

Several of the carriers of her perch were killed under her and while her feathers were grazed by bullets, Old Abe made it through without a wound. She was so respected that when General Grant, Sherman and Rosecrans passed by they took off their caps in respect.

Old Abe retired to the Wisconsin State Capitol after the war yet made many appearances such as the 1880 Grand Army of the Republic Convention and the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

Old Abe became the insignia for the famed 101st Airborne, still one of the most feared fighting units of the US Army, she is the team namesake of several high school football teams and in 1869 she became the Logo of the Case Threshing Company, later the JI Case Company who now is merged with International Harvester and New Holland into the biggest agricultural company in the world. Case retired Old Abe in 1969 after 100 years as the Logo.

Old Abe passed away due to smoke inhalation in a fire at the Wisconsin State Capitol in 1881. She was preserved and mounted in the capitol as the main centerpiece until 1904 when another fire at the State Capitol burned her remains and most of the Capitol building down.

Named after Abraham Lincoln, Old Abe lived up to her symbol as the official bird of USA on the National Seal as a true friend in peace and a fierce warrior in battle.

Below is her picture…

Living by a River we have Eagles fly over and we think of Old Abe when they do….. *Salute*  Here is Rutherford B. Hayes(who is named after a President who was also a war hero in the Civil War watching a bird fly over) .
Here is Old Abe as the Case Company Logo on the side of a Flambeau red Case Tractor….. This logo is stamped on almost every part on my Case Tractor……, there is no mistaking who made the tractor for Case made sure it was everywhere and to this day it is in farm country one of the best known logos although out of use for over 40 years.

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