Tuesday, October 11, 2011

General Hancock, Having a Ball

You know me...I am a pirate at heart.
But when necessary, I can clean up a bit, and tonight/tomorrow is just such an occasion.
My darling friend Tess at Willow Manor is hosting a ball!
It wouldn't do to sail up the Scioto as a pirate to steal her heart 
(not from her own ball, anyway...bad luck to steal the hostess).
And so I am transforming myself into a general...
a leader of men and wooer of women!
Please allow me to introduce my Civil War doppelganger...
General Winfield Scott Hancock, at your service.
One can see the strain of hard fighting on his features in this portrait.
On the other hand, he has his own toy soldier!
And a superb re-enactor (no, that isn't me!) to play him:
And, thanks to this dapper gent
(named John Deppen...I know, right? Too close to Johnny Depp)
I give you an image of my attire for the impending proceedings!

M'Lady, may I have the honor of this dance?

Oh, and my mode of transportation?

Why, The General, of course!

24 comments:

The Bug said...

LOL - save the last dance for me, ok?

Carolina Linthead said...

Always, my dear Bug!

Gerry Snape said...

My you will look a million!

Kerry said...

Your train! How awesome is that?

Tess Kincaid said...

Oh, my! There is most definitely a resemblance between you and the general! A man in uniform makes me simply weak in the knees. If I swoon when we dance, will you catch me?

Margaret said...

From a pirate to a general! Either way, a man in uniform, I would say. I'm hoping you can keep things from getting out of control...

Cheri Daniels said...
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Cheri Daniels said...

Oooh, this history geek is thrilled! Perfect for the sesquicentennial year!

Ruth said...

A fine get-up! Hope you don't poke Dana's eye out with one of those danglies though!

Jacqueline said...

Okay, the uniform was fab...but the train...really? Did you not consider how all that steam may affect the ladies' hairdos? LOL!

Carolina Linthead said...

Tess: I was counting on a swoon ;-)

Jacqueline: Hadn't thought of that, being a man, LOL! Also, watch for burning embers.

Cheri: History is my life!

Thank you all for the compliments, but, really, stealing a uniform was the easy part...the train, well that required planning!

Catfish Tales said...

Why, Colonel Linthead, now don't you look the dapper gentleman tonight? Join Nigella, Lucille and me in the wine cellar, as I do believe we're concocting Mint Juleps next. Ta

Reya Mellicker said...

I'm hoping to book a spot on your dance card. Sooner rather than later as it appears that I've already had a bit too much champagne (how did that happen?) Or maybe it's the combination of champagne and herbal smoke, ya think?

Let's dance!

Yoli said...

Oh sir you do the ball proud!!! It was wonderful seeing you last night.

altar ego said...

I've seen The General (train) in person! Sounds like an amazing event. Wish I was in some sort of shape to attend!

Have a ball! hee hee

Linda said...

Pardon Me Boys/Girls.... is that the Chattanooga Choo-Choo? Surely there's a dance car on board.... come and check it out with me.... ah, here we are.... the whistle's blowing an eighth to the bar... to the bar... oh, General Hancock, you have come prepared! Yes,I will join you in a southern comfort!! MMMMmmm....

Martin said...

Be sure to stay on the rails, General.

Helen said...

... surprisingly light on your feet considering how much your ball costume must have weighed!

Shari Sunday said...

Very dapper! See you at the ball.

Kristen Haskell said...

Eugene is planning to spike the punch watch out!

Carrie Burtt said...

I am pleased to meet you General Hancock. :-)

The Old Raven said...

So nice to have met you tonight at the ball ... you have mighty handsome ancestors ... how would they have liked the snow?

The Tame Lion said...

Excellent!

LadyCat said...

It was fun meeting you at the Ball. You play the piano marvelously!!!