Reviving history

Reviving history

There are 29 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Aug 26, 2008, titled Reviving history. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Edna Ellis is your basic little old Hawaiian lady, as warm and as sweet as the day is long, and Somebody Up There is trying to tell her something.

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Since: Apr 08

Chowchilla, CA

#1 Aug 26, 2008
Fascinating! Born in Honolulu, our family relocated to Maryland in the mid-1950s, where I developed an interest in the Civil War, & visited many of the battlefields. It remains an interest of mine, but it just never occurred to me that there was much to know about Hawaii's involvement in the great conflict. This adds a new facet - many thanks to Edna Ellis for her efforts.
Lou

Honolulu, HI

#2 Aug 26, 2008
Plizdas - Merced CA wrote:
Fascinating! Born in Honolulu, our family relocated to Maryland in the mid-1950s, where I developed an interest in the Civil War, & visited many of the battlefields. It remains an interest of mine, but it just never occurred to me that there was much to know about Hawaii's involvement in the great conflict. This adds a new facet - many thanks to Edna Ellis for her efforts.
I agree. This is an exciting subject and I can't wait to read more about it.
lopati15

United States

#3 Aug 26, 2008
Thats awesome. I am in a Historian unit in the Army and I would have never guessed this.
pgkemp

Honolulu, HI

#4 Aug 26, 2008
i was just up there last week friday for a burial, and was amazed with all the history associated with oahu cemetary. very fascinating....
Lolo Gecko

Rockville, MD

#5 Aug 26, 2008
fascinating read ...

more please :)

Since: Apr 08

Kailua

#6 Aug 26, 2008
BTW. Edna and Nanette in the picture above are leaning on the barrel of a muzzle-loading howitzer, one of four set in the ground at Oahu Cemetery to mark the boundaries of the Grand Army of the Republic plot.
Todd

United States

#7 Aug 26, 2008
I had no idea that Hawaii was involved in The War Between the States. If you Hawaiians ever get a chance. Visit the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#8 Aug 26, 2008
Oahu cemetary is famous world-wide for its contents. Hawaii was neutral in the Civil War and many natives nervously considered that theyhad held slaves in ancient Hawaii. But missionaries here were abolitionist who opposed slavery and so hawaii was very favorable to the Union. Many missionary children fought for the Union, including Punahou graduate Chamberlain who led some of the first black troops in the Civil War. later he founded Hampton Institute for Afro-Americans.

Since: Jan 08

Kahului, HI

#9 Aug 26, 2008
alice wrote:
Oahu cemetary is famous world-wide for its contents. Hawaii was neutral in the Civil War and many natives nervously considered that theyhad held slaves in ancient Hawaii. But missionaries here were abolitionist who opposed slavery and so hawaii was very favorable to the Union. Many missionary children fought for the Union, including Punahou graduate Chamberlain who led some of the first black troops in the Civil War. later he founded Hampton Institute for Afro-Americans.
What's Chamberlain's first name?
alice

Honolulu, HI

#10 Aug 26, 2008
ummmmmmmm....I am drawing a blank..check wikipedia for me hon.

Since: Jan 08

Kahului, HI

#11 Aug 26, 2008
alice wrote:
Oahu cemetary is famous world-wide for its contents. Hawaii was neutral in the Civil War and many natives nervously considered that theyhad held slaves in ancient Hawaii. But missionaries here were abolitionist who opposed slavery and so hawaii was very favorable to the Union. Many missionary children fought for the Union, including Punahou graduate Chamberlain who led some of the first black troops in the Civil War. later he founded Hampton Institute for Afro-Americans.
It was "Samuel Chapman Armstrong, a breveted general of "colored" infantry, who later founded Hampton Institute and is buried beneath stones of Massachusetts granite and Hawaiian pahoehoe." So where did Chamberlain come from?
alice

Honolulu, HI

#12 Aug 26, 2008
ummm...yes, yer right. I just saw brief reference to it.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#13 Aug 26, 2008
ancient Hawaiians had slaves and used human sacrifices. That is not generaklly told because it bothers nativists who never like to hear a word of truth or criticism about the horrid conditions before Cooke.

Since: Jan 08

Kahului, HI

#14 Aug 26, 2008
alice wrote:
ummm...yes, yer right. I just saw brief reference to it.
If it's JOSHUA Chamberlain you're referring to, any Civil War buff could tell you who he is. Jeff Daniels did a pretty good portrayal in "Gettysburg".

Since: Jan 08

Kahului, HI

#15 Aug 26, 2008
alice wrote:
ancient Hawaiians had slaves and used human sacrifices. That is not generaklly told because it bothers nativists who never like to hear a word of truth or criticism about the horrid conditions before Cooke.
At least get the captain's name correct or you're going to fail History 101.
Char Siu Bao Girl

AOL

#16 Aug 26, 2008
Right on!!!!!!!!!

Since: Apr 08

Kailua

#17 Aug 26, 2008
No, Samuel Chapman Chamberlain is the Punahou grad who later founded Hampton Institute — mentoring Booker T. Washington — and it was Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain who taught at Bowdoin College and later became governor of Maine.

Since: Apr 08

Kailua

#18 Aug 26, 2008
Arrgh, ARMSTRONG, not Chamberlain. Now you've got ME confused. I'm correcting an incorrect comment!
Coriolus

Cambridge, MA

#19 Aug 27, 2008
One aspect? go on!!! someone might try the Hawaiian language newspapers, which gave weekly if not daily reports on the progress of the war. Also Armstrong (Samuel C.) was the son of Richard and Clarissa Armstrong, American Missionaries to Hawai'i. After the war, Armstrong founded the Hampton (Normal and Agricultural) Institute for the moral uplift of the recently "freed" blacks. Wonder where he got the model for moral uplift?
Coriolus

Cambridge, MA

#20 Aug 27, 2008
you guys are serious? Armstrong, Samuel C.!!!! No one can even check the wiki on this one? You don't even really need to crack a history book....not that there are any written that use Hawaiian sources to tell....Hawaiian history....

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