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Saturday, April 22, 2017



AN OBSCURE UNION GENERAL casuses havoc in North Mississippi and this brings big changes to the Union and Confederate troop placement along the Gulf Coast.  Dr. Rucker's  recent book "MINE EYES HAVE SEEN" is an excellent collection of EYEWITNESS accounts of both soldiers and civilians from both sides in our part of the Gulf Coast. Pensacola, Badgad, Milton -- including South Alabama were in a state of constant tension throughout the period.

Learn more about how to get his books from PATAGONIA PRESS 

Dr. Rucker is a professor at both Pensacola State College and University of West Florida. His courses and writings (books) on panhandle history are treasured by natives and newcomers alike.

Dr. Ruker is featured in many youtube clips that highlight various features of the Florida Panhandle. Look for them at

FLOYD TALKS - there is more

Floyd drops in from time to time and we sit out at the barn and just talk. Floyd spends a lot of time with his various internet tablets on which re researches the Bible.   I can't say I am clear on any of what he is talking about but there is a certain peacefulness in chilling out at the barn regardless of the wisdom attempted from any conversation.

He reminds me just a little bit of a homeless "genius" that I once recorded. (see below)

Don Albert was a homeless man I ran into maybe 20 years ago in NJ. Don claimed to be a genius. He lived in his car (by choice) and probably was quite mentally challenged.  But he would do odd jobs for people and make a few dollars and move on. Over the course of several years he traveled all over the USA. Sometimes I would be able to send him a package of his videos on tape so he could sell them for some cash.  He even went into Guatamala at one point.  The last time I had contact was when he was taken in by  (or he took in) some Israeli students in Tel Aviv. He must have had a little SSI income too but he insisted on being "homeless".

Floyd believes he has some insight. He keeps searching.

Here is a collection of his talks .

Dr. Rucker and the Bluffs on Escambia Bay