Thursday, May 26, 2011

Friday Flash 55.....


The assault on Fort Wagner in Charlston was brutal.
Seeing that the flag bearer of his regiment, The 54th
Massachusetts was gravely wounded, Private Carney
grabbed 'Old Glory' just as he was hit with the first musket
ball. Two more hit him as he carried the flag back to Union
lines, it NEVER touched the ground!!!

William Carney was promoted to sergeant, and after the
War became the 1st African American to receive The
Congressional Medal of Honor. He died in 1908.
This weekend we honor all brave souls that fought and died
to protect our freedom.
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55
Please come tell The G-Man!!
I will visit, read, enjoy, comment.....Then BOOK!!!
So from the most grateful host from coast to coast...
Have a Kick Ass Week-End!!!
God Bless America...God Bless Freedom!


Brian Miller said...

beautiful capture of a valiant moment in our history....apropo for the weekend...have a great memorial weekend...

my 55

Brian Miller said...


Monkey Man said...

We can always count on the G-Man to put a Holiday weekend into perspective. Enjoy.

HERE is my Free Falling 55.

hedgewitch said...

An excellent post for Memorial Day, and a reminder that the tradition of service that keeps us free begins long ago and includes us all.

I'm playin, though mine is not about the holiday:


Elaine said...

Always happy to read about what brave African Americans have done!

I stopped by to say
Especially today
If you come my way
Then be sure to say
A Happy me!

Yes it's my birthday. No I am not 55!

Pheromone Girl said...

War stories are my favorite. All that Passion, glory, pain and youth.

I played.


Me said...

Great story in tribute to a very important weekend - although not a holiday in Canada, I too will take a moment to think of the brave souls that have fought and died for me.

I am in, more music...of course!

Mine is here.

moondustwriter said...

A brave man indeed. I love stories of the bravery of those young guys in any war.

It's just a dream

Happy memorial Day to all
and thanks to out host for the weekly fun packed in 55!

Maude Lynn said...

A beautifully done 55!

Have a great weekend, G-Man. I'll get my 55 up in the morning.

moondustwriter said...

G thanks for sharing this story and also sharing with One Stop. People are putting tributes up all weekend about a person, war ( and loss) in general. Very touching posts.

Memorial Day Tributes

Anonymous said...

Kick ass story, G-man. Has the ring of truth.

Mine is up

Janna said...

I can almost see this being made into one of those "Schoolhouse Rock" things. :)

Thanks for another Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

Cloudia said...


Aloha from Honolulu

Comfort Spiral




TALON said...

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Memorial Weekend and it's thanks to the brave souls like Sergeant Carney that it is even possible.

Awesome 55, Galen!

My 55: "Did too!"

Christine said...

I wish I knew how to leave a direct link to my post, what am I doing wrong? My 55 is all in fun today.

Vinay Leo R. said...

Beautiful tale of bravery and patriotism :) Nice!

Mine is here: The First Assignment

C.M. Jackson said...

great post--have a wonderful weekend=c

Olivia said...

A great tribute paid within your words! A brave man indeed.

Uncelebrated Diva

Wishing you a nice weekend xx

Belinda Munoz said...

A beautiful 55, G-Man, and perfect for the most humbling of holidays.

Mine is here:

Thank you for making Fridays that much more fun and have a lovely holiday.

anthonynorth said...

A worthy post.

You'll find mine here.

Akelamalu said...

What a hero! :)

Mine's up.

amf said...

Very nice 55, G...and a history lesson for me, pretty good considering it is tickin toward 3! A wonderful tribute! I'm doing a tribute too but not nearly as noble as your historical piece. Have a fab weekend!

MorningAJ said...

Excellent memorial to a brave man.

I'm up here.

Pratibha said...

i so much like reading your true events based fiction .. makes it so much more impactful !

My 55er here : Balloons

Daydreamer said...

Thank you for this tribute.
I added a small contribution towards your flash 55 here:

A Daft Scots Lass said...

have a great weekend too, G-Man!

Anonymous said...

Perfect post in honor of those fallen soldiers and those still fighting for our freedom. Thank you for honoring all of them.

I am, after a 12-month hiatus, (has it really been that long?) back. A somber 55 for sure, but I do tend to wear my heart on my blog.

Friday Flash 55 ~ Doing Time

the walking man said...

That sir was a piece of history I had never heard. thank you!

izzy said...

Love the story Mr G! so true; valiant.
Great reminder, freedom, honor and respect are priceless.

Unknown said...

A wonderful story to highlight the bravery of our men and women in uniform and of the purpose of this particular holiday!

I participated and can be found HERE

PBJdreamer said...

Incredible Story! Brave Soldier!!

Here is mine:


Thank you Miss Penny!!mwhha!

that is all

PBJdreamer said...

My link does not work!!

Shanae Branham said...

Hi G-man,
I love your Memorial Day Tribute. Thank you for sharing this valiant soldier's story. Have a blessed Memorial day weekend.

Here my flash 55
My Blog

lime said...

what a wonderful tribute to this man for this holiday. thanks for giving us a specific glimpse of one who gave his all.

Margaret said...

This is fascinating to me as I have stood on the tiny "island" of Fort Sumpter and imagined the devastation that occurred. There really wasn't much to protect anyone and not many places to run as these are tiny bits of land. The "islands" surrounding Fort Sumpter, as you know, had even less protection, I believe- I think the Fort Sumpter "crumpled" pretty quickly. I need to go find those photos and post them Monday! :)

My 55

Helen said...

Stellar 55!

PattiKen said...

Nice tribute of a patriot from my home state, G-man.

I'm in with Just Desserts? (Did you doubt?)

Unknown said...

Have a great weekend everyone!

I Live In Stars

Mona said...

Friday again? can't believe it!!

Harry Nicholson said...
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Harry Nicholson said...

That is the link - I've possibly done it wrong (it is my first visit) sorry . . .

is 55 words if you don't count the title.

Lulda Casadaga said...

Thanks for the history lesson G.
Enjoy your weekend...Oh, by the way I do have a "55" this week! :P

hope said...

Standing at attention to salute. Nicely told!

Serena said...

What a very nice Memorial Day tribute. Good job!

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

A beautiful blow...
I am sure those brave souls appreciate such a honor.

fabulous 55.
Thanks for sharing..

here is

my 55

Trying to write a story, not a poem, yet still NEW hand ..

haiku love songs said...

here's my 55 ~

please don't get upset when you see the "make art not war" badge/doohickie in my sidebar ~ if you scroll down two posts, you'll see that even though i wish there were no wars, i am 1000% behind all of the men and women in every branch of the service all over the world.

have a great weekend. dani

MorningAJ said...

I have tagged you. There are six questions to answer. You can find them (and the answers I gave) on my blog. Hope you have fun doing them.

Average_Jo_lene said...

Great post. Thanks for the history lesson.

gautami tripathy said...

I am learning about your history...Thanks!

I am late with mine:
jingling chains

Other Mary said...

This is a first for me...reading yours inspired me. I don't seem to know how to link this though.

Other Mary said...

Hi G-Man, thanks for the visit. I will try again, and will try to be earlier, but I do tend to be ''fashionably late.' lol Also, I'm certainly not Ms. Knowitall, because I don't know how to link my blog here. Can you explain and then maybe delete this comment? Thanks, and thanks for the forum.

Lolamouse said...

Just discovered your site. My poem worked out to exactly 55 words! I'm late in posting, but hopefully not too much!