PAKES’ IN GRAY
Originally appeared in the 4/1/99 Newsletter
At least two Pake’s are known to fight in Gray, or rather Eurasians. This is documented in Irving Wallace’s autobiography of the famous Siamese twins, Chang and Eng, from Siam, who came to America at age 14 to tour in Shows and bedazzle Western doctors. After making a bundle these shows, the twins settled in the South and built their own plantation, complete with Slaves. They both married a pair of Occidental (Caucasian) sisters and supported a brood of chiidren.The Twins legally took the Name of Bunker after a beneficiary who helped them when they were younger.
The oldest boys of both Siamese Twins, Christopher Bunker and his first cousin (sorry, I forgot his name) enlisted in the 1st Virginia Cavalry in 1862, under General Lee (Mastah Lee’s nephew). Christopher was wounded in battle (actually an ambush) and captured to spent the renlainder of the War as a P.O.W. He was never paroled. His 1st cousin went onto many campaigns. Both cousins survived the War and returned home to the Bunker plantation which also survived the War intact.
Note: Another interesting fact is that one of the grandsons of Chang or Eng (I forget which one) married the daughter of the President of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
By Cyrus Chun
Originally Published 12/1997
French motto ca.t into the .hip’. wheel ring:
“AIDE TOI ET DIEU ‘1″ AIDBRA” “GOD HELP THOSE WHO BELP THEMSELVES”
Built in Liverpool, England, the privateer C.S.S. Alabama sailed forth 23 June 1862 to wreck havoc. · She was denied permission to dock for repairs by the Prench and was sunk in battle by the U.S.S. Kearsage on 19 June 1864 off the Prench Port of Cherbourg.
Commanded by a Southerner; Raphael Semmes, Captain, Conf Navy, with an almost ezclusive British crew, the Alabama was a raider and a sailing steamship. She had sunk, burned or oaptured 69 Pederal ships, inoluding the U.S.S. Hatteras.
USS Constitution (July 1997 Newsletter)
On July 21, 1997, The U.s.s. Constitution, “Old Ironsides” sailed into Massachusetts Bay. It was the first operational sailing in 116 years since the ship’s launching. The frigate was built in 1794 – 1797. The ship was made of oak from Maine, Mass. and Georgia with white pine masts. It was 204 ft. long, displaced 2,200 tons and had a crew of 475. The ship earned its nickname during the War of 1812 near Cape Race when shots from the British warship Guerriere bounced off her oak hull. Old Ironsides was condemned in 1830 but was rebuilt/restored to service in 1833. Decommissioned in 1855 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the ship was used for training. It was again rebuilt in 1877. It was drydocked and repaired in 1897 to be preserved as a memorial. In 1927 children across the nation raised money to recondition the vessel for a final tour of U.S. ports. Congress appropriated $300,000 to complete the work. On 7/31/31, Old Ironsides was commissioned into active service. After sailing 22,000 miles, it returned to Boston Naval Shipyard on 5/7/34. The 1993 overhaul project took 4 years and cost $12 million.