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Happy New Year Hlj![edit]

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Happy New Year!
Hello Hlj:
Thanks for all of your contributions to improve the encyclopedia for Wikipedia's readers, and have a happy and enjoyable New Year! Cheers, BusterD (talk) 06:29, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

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Happy Anniversary and Thanks[edit]

Today is my 10th anniversary editing Wikipedia! I am sorry to say that over the last couple of years my velocity of editing new and significantly improved articles has diminished a good deal, but I do check my watchlist daily. Greetings and thanks to all of my friends who have helped me in my efforts over the decade to document and map the American Civil War! Hal Jespersen (talk) 18:09, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Comment about casualties[edit]

THE BATTLE OF RICHMOND IN KENTUCKY HAD MORE CASUALTIES THAN MILL SPRINGS. THANKS MICHAEL C MILNE — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:43, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

I fixed it. That erroneous claim has been there since 2005 and I never noticed it! Thanks. Hal Jespersen (talk) 17:10, 19 January 2014 (UTC)


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"A truly decisive battle must decide consequences beyond military issues of tactical importance and operational significance. A decisive battle must directly lead to a rapid resolution of the contested political issues because the results on the battlefield caused both sides to agree that a decision had been reached."

Second sentence, when fully interpreted, would say, "Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln exchanged telegrams on July 4, 1863, and agreed, the war is over with Jefferson Davis concluding, 'we were wrong all along and we reverse secession.'"

But you might need Juan to read the sentence to you. Let's talk to C3PO (within 7 days) before your paid gargoyle is activated.Donaldecoho (talk) 23:47, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

Preparatory salvo fired at BoG Talk page. I have been studying this issue for two years and have thousands of words prepared, all well-researched and completely sane, to enter into the discussion.Donaldecoho (talk) 02:38, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

I think the talk page is the appropriate place to discuss this old issue if you must. Hal Jespersen (talk) 16:59, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Lee's Battle Plan[edit]

I noticed my edit introducing Lee's battle plan was undone, but I'm confused by the reason, which said "the lead section is supposed to be a summary of the main article, not a place to introduce opinions".

The citation described in detail how Lee had planned to attack the flanks to shift forces from the center, then attack a weakened center.

--SuperAnth (talk) 18:30, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

(also sent via email...) The lead section of an article (the few paragraphs that appear before the table of contents or first section header) are supposed to be a summary of the cited material in the main text of the article. Thus, you don't introduce new, cited material in the lead section. If you want to include that cited material in the main part of the article, it can then be summarized in the lead. (In this case, in my humble opinion, this particular opinion by Troy Harman about Lee's previous battles does not warrant being summarized in the lead.) Hal Jespersen (talk) 18:39, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
Ah now I see. I didn't understand the opinion element because it was based on published work, not my own personal take on the battle. I'll edit accordingly. --SuperAnth (talk) 18:41, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

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Battle of Perryville and 33rd Alabama Infantry[edit]

Hal, I've been following the edit war on the Battle of Perryville page and just finished talking with Kurt Holman, manager of the Perryville Battlefield. He writes:

"I have the 33rd with 380 guys to start with: 14 killed, 153 wounded, 0 missing, total of 167 or 44% casualties."

So the NPS citation that the other editor has been using is clearly incorrect.

Kurt has passed along his casualty numbers to me and I plan to start adding them to the Perryville Union order of battle and the Perryville Confederate order of battle.

Best wishes,

Spacini (talk) 20:33, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the confirmation, although I certainly would not have called it an editing war just yet. If that 82% had been correct, this regiment would be routinely cited along with the 26th North Carolina or the 1st Minnesota at Gettysburg. Hal Jespersen (talk) 20:49, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

A Barnstar for you![edit]

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Jedediah Hotchkiss
The Jedediah Hotchkiss
Barnstar of Diligence
I award you this unique barnstar to recognize
and thank you for your outstanding, diligent map-making
for many Wikipedia articles (and recently, for new books).
Donner60 (talk) 08:27, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

Because of my limited ability, copying a prior template and patching something together is the best I could do, but it is well-intentioned. I thought giving you a unique barnstar along these lines would be appropriate. I thought I would do my best with the idea and use it to give you some recognition and thanks. Donner60 (talk) 08:27, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

I know you are retired, if that is what you mean. On the other hand, I have seen what great shape you are in from your web site. Donner60 (talk) 22:49, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

Mountain Howitzer[edit]

The Wikipedia cite for mountain howitzers has a picture at Gettysburg attributed to you and labled as a mountain howitzer. Are you sure it is not a 12 lb howitzer (788 lbs weight) and not a mountain howitzer (220 lbs weight)? We are unfamiliar with any mountain howitzer with dolphins. Bill Cossitt — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:54, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, but it has been probably a decade since I contributed any artillery photos, so I do not remember the one in question. What article and/or what image are you referring to? Hal Jespersen (talk) 21:15, 29 July 2014 (UTC)