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01/20/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Bonnie Blue Flag

I think if we are realistic, the South - the old Confederate states - really only has one entirely unique feature
that other parts of the country don't have, and that is this nearly 400-year history of tremendous intimacy,
in every sense of the word, good and evil, between two very different kinds of peoples: people who were
brought here against their wishes from Africa and a largely Anglo-white population.”

- Reynolds Price
(01 Feb 1933 - 20 Jan 2011)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This song was suggested by       my husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) several years ago; I thought it fitting that it should fall here between Lee and Jackson's birthdays.  Thanks again, Paul!

   It struck me as rather interesting that the author of the most appropriate quotation died three years ago today at the age of 77:

BONUS - - BONNIE BLUE FLAG (FULL VERSION) - "The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as being potentially offensive or graphic. Viewer discretion is advised." WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?



... On January 26, 1861, Mississippi officially adopted a new flag, which included the Bonnie Blue Flag in its canton and a magnolia tree in its center field (known as the Magnolia Flag). This flag remained in use until 1894. An Ulster immigrant named Harry McCarthy was present, and later wrote The Bonnie Blue Flag ("bonnie" being a Scottish word meaning "beautiful") which became a popular marching song, and led to the flag being used as an unofficial flag of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Typically, the refrain is:[2][3]
Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Southern Rights, Hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a Single Star![2][3]

The Bonnie Blue Flag holds special significance to the Texas brigade...


"The Bonnie Blue Flag", also known as "We Are a Band of Brothers", is an 1861 marching song associated with the Confederate States of America. The words were written by Irish born entertainer Harry McCarthy, with the melody taken from the song "The Irish Jaunting Car". The song's title refers to the unofficial first Flag of the Confederacy, the "Bonnie Blue Flag, the symbol of secession from the Union, that bears the "single star" of the chorus.

"The Bonnie Blue Flag" holds special significance to the Texas brigade. The song was premiered by lyricist Harry McCarthy during a concert in Jackson, Mississippi, in the spring of 1861 and performed again in September of that same year at the New Orleans Academy of Music for the First Texas Volunteer Infantry regiment mustering in celebration.[citation needed]

The New Orleans music publishing house of A.E. Blackmar issued six editions of "The Bonnie Blue Flag" between 1861 and 1864 along with three additional arrangements. The "Band of Brothers" mentioned in the first line of the song is a reference to the St. Crispin's day speech in William Shakespeare's play Henry V...





   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
22 -
  Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND   
 Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY

23 -     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD;
25 -
    Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA;

26 -   Sharon Weaver Knowles ('63) of VA AND      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!  



January 20, 1887 - The U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.

January 20, 1941 - A German officer was murdered in Bucharest, Romania, sparking a rebellion and pogrom by the Iron Guard, killing 125 Jews and 30 soldiers.

January 20, 1942 - At the Wannsee Conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, senior Nazi German officials discussed the implementation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question".

January 20, 1944 - The British RAF dropped 2,300 tons of bombs on Berlin.

January 20, 1945 - Hungary agreed to an armistice with the Allies.

January 20, 1945 - Germany began the evacuation of 1.8 million people from East Prussia, a task which would take nearly two months.



Monday, January 20, 1964 - Baseball player and manager Ozzie Guillén was born Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela. Monday, January 20, 1964 - Ron Harper was born in Dayton, Ohio.

Monday, January 20, 1964 - Screenwriter Kazushige Nojima (野島 一成) was born in Sapporo, Japan.

Monday, January 20, 1964 - Journalist and author Fareed Zakaria Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.


From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/19/14, 4:53 PM - "Best Touchdown Ever!":

Best Touchdown Ever! 

     Thank you, Dearest Judy!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 01/19/14 - "The Bathtub Test":

The Bathtub Test

During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in a Nursing Home?"

"Well," he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No" he said. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"


     Thanks, Jimmy!


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 01/04/14 - "Paws for a Smile (#16 in a Series of 17)":

  Paws for a smile.......

You can’t help but smile.

     AWWW! How adorable! Thanks, George!




BONUS SOUTHERN RECIPES: - Christy Jordan's Crispy Breaded Pork Chops with Milk Gravy (and MeMe’s Mashed Potatoes!) - "Comfort food. Pork chops breaded in a delicious crunchy coating served with my MeMe’s ultra creamy mashed potatoes and all of it happily covered in a good coating of milk gravy..." - Christy Jordan's MeMe’s Mashed Potatoes - "Mashed potatoes are the perfect comfort food dish and our entire family insists that my grandmother make them whenever we have a big dinner." - Christy Jordan's Sweet And Sour Green Beans - "This is one of those recipes that was told to me over the phone, beginning with 'You fry you up some bacon…'. Now in my experience, any recipe that begins with those instructions is gonna be good." - Christy Jordan's Drop Biscuits – And How Your Mama Did It Just Right - "This is a recipe that is always considered a treat at my house, met with the same zeal as a dessert even though it is just a bread..."



From - 01/19/14:

Four best friends met at the hospital since their wives were giving births to their babies.

The nurse came up to the first man and said, "Congratulations, you have twins."

The man said, "How strange, I'm the manager of Minnesota Twins."

After awhile the nurse came up to the second man and says, "Congratulations, you have triplets."

The man said, "Hmmm, strange; I worked as a director for the 3 Musketeers."

Finally, the nurse came up to the third man and said, "Congratulations, you got twins x 2."

The man was very happy and said, "Ironic, I work for the Hotel 4 Seasons."

All three of them were happy until they saw their last buddy jumping all over the place, cursing, and banging his head on the wall.

They asked him what was wrong and he answered, "What's wrong?!? I work for 7 Up!"



1. Thursday, February 6, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.  


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Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol




Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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The Bonnie Blue Flag

Lyrics by
Harry McCarthy (1804-1874), 1861

Music - old Irish tune, The Irish Jaunting Car

We are a band of brothers and native to the soil
Fighting for our Liberty, With treasure, blood and toil
And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star!

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

As long as the Union was faithful to her trust
Like friends and brethren, kind were we, and just
But now, when Northern treachery attempts our rights to mar
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand
Then came Alabama and took her by the hand
Next, quickly Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Ye men of valor gather round the banner of the right
Texas and fair Louisiana join us in the fight
Davis, our loved President, and Stephens statesmen are
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

And here's to brave Virginia, the Old Dominion State.
With the young Confederacy at length has linked her fate.
Impelled by her example, now other States prepare
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Then here's to our Confederacy, strong we are and brave,
Like patriots of old we'll fight, our heritage to save.
And rather than submit to shame, to die we would prefer
So cheer for the Bonnie Blue flag that bears a single star.

For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Then cheer, boys, cheer, raise a joyous shout
For Arkansas and North Carolina now have both gone out;
And let another rousing cheer for Tennessee be given
The single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag has grown to be eleven!


"Bonnie Blue Flag" midi (sequenced by Barry Taylor) courtesy of - 01/21/11
at the suggestion of Paul Harty of IL - 01/17/11
Thanks, Paul!

"Bonnie Blue Flag" lyrics courtesy of - 01/21/11

Image of the Bonnie Blue Flag courtesy of - 01/21/11

Small Bonnie Blue Flag clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 01/21/11

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Tantrum Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/05/09

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

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