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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 3:46 p.m. PST

"On April 2, 1863 British Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Frenmantle landed in the "miserable" village of Bagdad, Mexico. Seventy merchant ships off the shore for Confederate cotton. This was the backdoor to the Confederacy and a way around the Union blockade of the Southern States. Cotton could be sold and ammunition could be bought.

Bagdad was a shanty town at the mouth of the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte) that had sprung up in the war, and "for an immense distance endless bales of cotton" to be seen. The New York Herald described Bagdad "as an excrescence of the war. Here congregated … blockade runners, desperadoes, the vile of both sexes; adventurers … numberless groggeries and houses of worse fame." The newspaper contended the cotton trade had filled the town's "low, dirty buildings" with millions in gold and silver…."
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pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 4:00 p.m. PST

Love that quote. I'm stealing it!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 4:07 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 4:34 p.m. PST

Sounds like a description of the port of Mos Eisley on Tatooine.


138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 8:39 a.m. PST

+1 ColCampbell

Choctaw30 Jul 2020 9:07 a.m. PST

Groggeries and houses of worse fame? I'm in!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 12:15 p.m. PST



Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 2:00 p.m. PST

They have misspelt his name throughout (except in the legend to the one illustration)

I will admit I thought this must be the same Freemantle of the film Gettysburg. Indeed it is! But I added too many E's.

But he surely weren't no "Frenmantle".

What a great story tho' and Mod Eisley on Tatoine is just inspired!

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