The first shot of the Civil War is arguably the Chjristiana Riot of 1851, when Mr W Gorsuch, attempting to retrieve slaves whod slipped into Pa from his plantation in MAryland, was shot and killed by the rioters and several "yankees" The slave hunters , then organized to retrieve slaves for a fee, never came to that area of Pa gain because even the Quakers were armed and considered dangerous.
Im no historian, Im more a "spermologist" I really never managed to connect the entire web of historical occurneces into a single framework of cause and effect. Thats what I envy most of guys like Setanat. He doesnt quit at the surface of the event, but delves into what that eb=vent had as an effect on the world at large and the times in general.
No, Im still a practicing geologist who will be leaving for his jobsite in ARgentina in a few weeks. (with my laptop and G3, i can cruiese into A2K from anywhere now, technology is neat , all I need is time to figure out how to run Photoshop)
I was at an auction yesterday and ran several bids on some NILOAK pottery. I collect Arts n Crafts (AMerican) pottery, Indian Artifacts (paleo only) and blanket chests from Pa. My wife collects quilts and niddy noddys and old sewing stuff. I ran several bids up but was not willing to go that ultimate mile to say "Screw it, I want this at all costs" That I consider ill advised. I came home and ran a google on the NILOQAK candlestnds and saw that they were obtainable for less than 125 each. (And I ran the bidding up to 250 a pop when I said Screw it and let the other two guys fight it out")
I cant figure out what the market has done since these two guys were dealers and dealers are usually cautious about their "overexuberant bidding".
Sorry for the BS but Ill be checking in daily if noit more. (Do they take off for spelling?)