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  • Guess I will stick to whistlin' Dixie! :D :cowboy: and singing Alberta Bound

    Alberta Bound
    Gordon Lightfoot
    Oh the prairie lights are burnin' bright
    The Chinook wind is a-movin' in
    Tomorrow night I'll be Alberta bound
    Though I've done the best I could
    My old luck ain't been so good and
    Tomorrow night I'll be Alberta bound
    No one-eyed man could e'er forget
    The Rocky Mountain sunset
    It's a pleasure just to be Alberta bound
    I long to see my next of kin
    To know what kind of shape they're in
    Tomorrow night I'll be Alberta bound
    Alberta bound, Alberta bound
    It's good to be Alberta bound
    Alberta bound, Alberta bound
    It's good to be Alberta bound
    Oh the skyline of Toronto
    Is somethin' you'll get onto
    But they say you've got to live there for a while
    And if you got the money
    You can get yourself a honey
    A written guarantee ta make you smile
    But it's snowin' in the city
    And the streets and brown and gritty
    And I know there's pretty girls all over town
    But they never seem ta find me
    And the one I left behind me
    Is the reason that I'll be Alberta bound

    Alberta bound, Alberta bound
    It's good to be Alberta bound
    Alberta bound, Alberta bound
    It's good to be Alberta bound
    It's good to be Alberta bound

    So you are Alberta bound because you ain't got the money to get yourself a honey in Toronto and all the pretty girls don't find you. Therefore you have to go back to the one you left behind.

    I hope you don't expect anyone here to pity you!
    It is absurd to imagine that he who is outside can command in the Church — Leo XIII., Satis Cognitum, 1896

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  • And nowww, back onto this topic:

        Rebel Bishop: The life and era of Augustin Verot.
        [B]y Michael V. Gannon [....]
    [Augustin Verot] was stunned to receive an official letter from Baltimore in early 1858, notifying him that the Vatican had chosen him to be the Vicar Apostolic of Florida, a new office which carried an episcopal dignity.  After his protests failed, he was consecrated titular bishop in Baltimore's cathedral on Apr. 25, 1858 [....]  On July 22, 1861, in a solemn consistory at the Vatican, Pope Pius IX assigned Bp. Verot to be ordinary of the Diocese of Savannah, whose boundaries were the same as the State of Georgia.  But he would be retained as vicar apostolic of Florida.
    The promotion would equip the newly promoted ordinary with no more than a dozen priests total to administer the sacraments and preach the faith to Catholics in 2 states of the Confederacy.  So Verot would spend more of his efforts as an additional scarce priest than as an ordinary.  It would position him, in roughly 3 years (1864), to assign a few priests to minister to tens-of-thousands of gravely ill or dying Union prisoners at "Andersonville Prison", then travel there himself for the same duties [....]

    Priests identified as ministering to the prisoners in "Andersonville Prison"[@] (all but the last assigned to the Diocese of Savannah, some of them having preceded their bishop in priestly visits to the "prison")[*]:

    •   Fr. Peter Whelan: Then "general chaplain" to all the CSA camps in Georgia.  A native of Ireland, he was already aged over 60, but he had become well-known in Georgia, at least by its Catholics.

    •   Fr. William J. Hamilton: Reässigned from the Vicariate of Fla. to Ga.  He had been pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Jacksonville, until it was pillaged & burned by Yankee troops in May 1862.  Bp. Verot initially assigned him to Columbus (Ga.), but in 1864, assigned him to the Church of the Assumption in Macon (Ga.).
    •   Fr. Henry Peter Clavreul: Reässigned from the Vicariate of Fla. to Dioc. of Savannah. in 1862; he was a missionary recruited from France personally by Bp. Verot).

    •   Fr. John F. Kirby: Asst. pastor of St. Patrick's in Augusta (Ga.), sent for "several weeks" by Bp. Verot.  A native of Ireland still in his early 40s, he was a survivor of the yellow-fever epidemic in Savannah in 1854, but he continued to suffer debilitating effects from that disease.

    •   Fr. Peter Dufau: Vicar-general to Bp. Verot, reässigned from the Vicariate of Fla. to Dioc. of Savannah, accompanied his bishop on a 2-day visit.

    •   Fr. Anselm Usannaz: A Jesuit from Spring Hill College in Mobile (Ala.), which would've been outside the jurisdiction of Bp. Verot's diocese and his vicariate.

    Andersonville (the town) [@] was originally just a stop on the missionary circuit of the Macon parish.  Inside the "prison's" stockade, the conditions, thus prisoner health, became so wretched that the priests had time to provide the sacraments only of Penance and Extreme Unction.  The priests stayed in a small cabin 1 mi. away, but even their daily fare was "corn bread, cowpeas, and parched corn coffee",  which was arguably only slightly better than the subsistence provided to the prisoners: "a little corn bread, where the bran was mixed with the flour, and several ounces of salt pork" [×].

    Numerous Protestant Yankee prisoners lamented, in letters back home, that they never saw Protestant ministers in the stockade, only Catholic priests, even tho' Protestant ministers had been requested or even invited.  And even tho' some Protestant religions were well-represented in the state before the war.  Some prisoners interpreted the difference in dedication to their flocks as indicating the better religion, decided to convert to "Romish" Catholicism, and were baptized by one of the priests before they died.

    Note @: Andersonville (Ga.) is situated in Sumter Co., quantified by Gannon as "175 miles due west of Savannah".  It might be more easily found by looking approx. 10 mi. NNE of Americus, also in Sumter Co.

    Note *: Michael V. Gannon 1964: Rebel Bishop, p. 91--107.  For the full citation, see my "Reply #19" on July 01, 2019: <>.

    Note ×: "Cowpeas" are better known nowadays as black-eyed peas.  Ponder the serious shortage of vitamins & mineral in both diets.  It was not discovered until the early 20th century that corn (i.e., maize) was nutritionally poor as normally prepared in the C.S.A. and U.S.A. by the methods familiar to the countries' European colonizers and African slaves, accustomed to eating grains that were much more healthful without the need for special processing.  Alas, the widespread scurvy in the stockade should be no surprise.


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