Earlier this year I was excited and honored to be selected as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention. However, due to political developments since that time, and after considerable thought, I decided not to attend. I could not in good conscience attend a coronation and celebration of Donald Trump. My statement on the subject is below along with a summary of some of the firestorm that followed.
I’m pleased to announce the publication of Born of Clay: The Story of the Claiborne · Claybourn · Clayborn Families in the United States. I regard this book as my magnum opus. Clocking in at over 500 pages with detailed biographical information on thousands of individuals, this is an unparalleled history of the Claiborne – Claybourn – Clayborn families in the United States. Beginning with Joshua Clyburn in the late 1790s, this history gets progressively more detailed as the generations progress toward modernity.
As early as 1906, Verner Marvin Claybourn began collecting data on the Claybourn Family, and on the English family from whom he believed the family descended. In about 1935 Harriette Pinnell Threlkeld became interested, did some research, and with Verner collected data on the hundreds of descendants of William Divine Claybourn, her great-grandfather. From their foundational core I published this one-of-a-kind book on thousands of individuals connected to the family. Click here to buy a copy.
Beginning October 13th, I have joined the Jackson Kelly law firm. I was drawn to Jackson Kelly in particular because it has a skilled group of attorneys locally along with the backing and support of a dynamic, national network of more than 200 attorneys. I have full faith and confidence that no matter what legal issue may arise with clients, our firm can address it with superior service and expertise.
I spent the last six years in-house with Vectren and leaving is certainly bittersweet. I am very appreciative of my experiences with the company and it is an honor and privilege to have worked alongside the Vectren team. However, I am excited about once again working with a diverse set of clients and my colleagues at Jackson Kelly representing businesses, physicians, and municipalities on a wide range of legal issues.
I have published a new book titled “A Memorandum of the 80th Illinois Infantry: Civil War Notes of Pvt. Armgstrong McGee.” It is available here through Lulu Press. This work is a regimental log of the 80th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment documenting its activities in the American Civil War from 27 October 1863 to 17 June 1865. There is no evidence that this memorandum has ever been published before, nor is there evidence that previous Civil War historians knew of its existence.
The 80th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment saw substantial action in the war. It traveled over 6,000 miles and was engaged in more than 20 pitched battles. Although the language used in this memorandum is naturally choppy and rough compared to more modern narratives, it will hopefully serve as a useful puzzle piece in the larger history of the regiment, and indeed of the war itself.
Trees can be planted too deep and the culprit is typically our over-caring urges to protect them. We want to ensure the tree is anchored solidly and is well braced so we think that planting it deeply accomplishes this. But more often than not you’d be wrong. Even professionals can make the mistake; one recent study suggests that 93% of professionally planted trees are planted too deep.
When tree roots are planted too far underground, secondary roots grow toward the surface to compensate. Rather than growing up and then out from the tree, they often encircle the trunk (called “girdling roots”) and ultimately choke it out. It can also cause bark on the trunk to start falling off and make the tree more susceptible to disease and pests.
My latest website design is now up at SUVCW.org, a website for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). The SUVCW is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union. Organized in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1954, we are the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic.