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16431 ---Pathways Between Generations --- Released: about 2 hours Ago. ---- 2014-08-26 13:39:47 -0400
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Civil War Reenactments -- Pathways Between Generations
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
The introduction to this 1999 Chronicles Magazine article states: “Civil War reenactments are more popular today than at any time in the 135 years since “the late unpleasantness” came to an end. Recent news stories, however, have been less than favorable to reenactors.” Some fifteen years later, the reenactments and the Sesquicentennial observances of this war continue unabated.  Writer and director of the motion picture “Gettysburg,” Ronald F. Maxwell, explained this phenomenon to the 14,000 spectators at Gettysburg in 1999.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Civil War Reenactments -- Pathways Between Generation
“I’ve been going to reenactments for more than 20 years, so I’ve had a chance to observe this phenomenon up close. In a time of all-encompassing and oppressive political correctness, when the ruling elites and their media acolytes control most of the information we get and tell us what to think, what opinions to hold, what to buy and what to wear, even when and where to go to war . . . there are some, the audacious and irascible few, who persist in thinking for themselves.
Just who are reenactors? The mainstream media has described them a weekend warriors, Civil War fanatics, even misfits, who should, as they say, “get a life.” What they really mean to say is “get their life,” fit into their worldview – the New World Order.
In their worldview, which now dominates the academy as well as the media, all the old heroes are to be discarded. Thomas Jefferson, we are told with sanctimonious relish, was a seriously flawed person who may have fathered offspring by one of his domestic slaves. Lee and his generals were part of the same corrupt bondage system.
For these crimes, the generation of 1776 and their grandsons of the 1860’s must be hollowed of their humanity and gutted of their greatness, brought down and reduce to the paltry, squalid place inhabited by more than a few present-day politicians and so-called leaders. Then, discredited, they are to be diminished and eventually deleted from our history books, except perhaps as footnotes to the revisionist history of America.
Why this attack on these two generations in particular? Could it be that these same elites want to stop us from looking up to men who questioned authority and fought for liberty? Who did so brilliantly and courageously? If they are to succeed in their goal of transforming citizens into consumers, to reduce us from those who would defend liberty to those whose only concern is for celebrity and fashion, they must teach us to avert our gaze from the likes of Washington and Jefferson, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Robert E. Lee.
What I admire most about reenactors is that they refuse to forget. They are not weekend warriors, for that implies frivolity and a lack of conviction. They are a living embodiment of an American spirit that is still alive and well despite pervasive and well-financed efforts to belittle, ridicule, marginalize, and neutralize it. They are warriors, as in Lee’s great series of victories, seven days a week.
There are still those among us who cherish the sacred memory of our ancestors, who value the traditions tested by the generations, whose lives vibrate yet in the distant chords of memory. These reenactments, entertaining as they are, fun as they are, are pathways between the generations, connecting old antagonists with new witnesses in an atmosphere of conciliation, compassion and understanding.
Take from us our media, our universities; take from us our libraries and our books; take our newspapers and our textbooks – take it all. With malice towards none and charity for all, we are here today and will never forget. We here today will long remember.”  Ronald F. Maxwell
(Civil War Reenactments, Ronald F. Maxwell, Chronicles Magazine, October 1999, page 6)


16430 ---Surgeon Honored By Famous Son --- Released: about 3 hours Ago. ---- 2014-08-26 13:23:44 -0400
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Confederate Surgeon Honored by Famous Son
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
Wealthy American financier Bernard Baruch was born in 1870 in Camden, South Carolina, the son of Dr. Simon Baruch, an East Prussian immigrant who became a Confederate surgeon.  Simon was a graduate of South Carolina Medical College and the Medical College of Virginia, entered Confederate service in 1862, and witnessed the carnage at Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, and later the western theater.   Dr. Baruch was later a Jewish member of the Ku Klux Klan in Camden which sought order in the postwar chaos.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Confederate Surgeon Honored by Famous Son
“Just before his trip down to Hobcaw [plantation near Georgetown] with President Roosevelt, [Bernard] Baruch took the first steps toward accomplishing another long-cherished ambition, setting up a research foundation that he hoped would be of tremendous benefit to mankind in general and returning soldiers in particular.
He provided $1,100,000 for the promotion of “physical medicine,” especially for war veterans to whom such treatment might prove beneficial.  The money was distributed as follows:
$400,000 to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
$250,000 to New York University College of Medicine.
$250,000 to the Medical College of Virginia, at Richmond.
$100,000 to various other medical schools.
$100,000 to provide fellowships and residencies.
The survey for the program . . . was made by a committee headed by Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, chancellor of Stanford University and an old friend of Baruch. Dr. Frank Krusen, professor of physical medicine at the University of Minnesota, agreed to act as chairman of the committee that will put the program into effect.
Baruch announced that the gift was in honor of his father, Dr. Simon Baruch, of whose record and achievements Baruch was enormously proud.  It was Dr. Baruch’s interest in physical medicine, particularly treatment by water, that resulted in the family’s moving to New York from South Carolina.  So interested was Dr. Baruch in research that in 1900 Baruch persuaded his father to retire from active practice so as to give all his time to medical research.
Many of the results of his experiments are preserved in the Army Medical Library, in Washington, as is also Dr. Baruch’s first effort in print, called “Two Penetrating Bayonet Wounds of the Chest” and published in The Confederate States Medical and Surgical Journal.
The Army Medical Library also preserves a copy of Dr. Baruch’s Reminiscences of a Confederate Surgeon, which was published in 1915, and an address by the doctor on January 19, 1918, which was virtually a biography of Robert E. Lee, delivered before the Confederate Veterans Camp of New York at the Hotel Astor.”
(Bernard Baruch, Park Bench Statesman, Carter Field, Whittlesey House, 1944, pp. 300-302)

16429 ---Blockade Running From Bermuda --- Released: about 3 hours Ago. ---- 2014-08-26 13:06:55 -0400
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Blockade Running From Bermuda
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
It is said that masters of private blockade runners could expect $5,000 in gold for a successful round trip from Bermuda to Wilmington and back, and the Captain Roberts mentioned below used his profits to rent the opulent residence of Wilmington Mayor John Dawson while in port. Confederate commerce raiders John Newland Maffitt, John Wilkinson and others performed such a work of destruction on the North’s merchant marine, that it never recovered after the war. The Dawson home is visited on the “Confederate Wilmington” walking tour.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Blockade Running From Bermuda
“In July 1863 Captain [Hezekiah] Frith loaded his sturdy little Bermuda schooner, the Harkaway, with a cargo of boots, shoes and cloth and ran the blockade into Wilmington. Frith was evidently proud of his contribution to the Southern cause.  [US] Consul [Charles M.] Allen noted that upon his return he “flew the Confederate flag a considerable time while in port.”
Another captain who often called at Bermuda . . . [was] “Captain Roberts” . . . the nom de guerre of the Honourable Augustus Charles Hobart-Hampden, a younger son of the Earl of Buckinghamshire.  Roberts/Hampden held the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy and at one time served as commander of [Queen Victoria’s] yacht.
Roberts started blockade running in 1863 . . . On one run he earned a 1,100-percent profit selling corset stays, Cockle’s Pills and toothbrushes to Southerners starved for consumer goods.
Another raider to call at Bermuda was the CSS Florida, under the command of Lieutenant John Maffitt, CSN.  She left Liverpool as the Oreto in March, 1862, and received her guns from the CSS Nashville in Nassau a month later.  After capturing a number of prizes in the South Atlantic, Maffitt turned north, threatening US shipping along the eastern seaboard.
Arriving in St. George’s in early July for coal and repairs, the Florida exchanged salutes with the British garrison at Fort Cunningham.  While in port the Florida . . . took on all the coal then available in St. George’s.  She also transferred . . . captured items from various prizes to the Robert E. Lee, which ran them into Wilmington.  While his ship was being repaired, Maffitt was “handsomely entertained” by the island’s British garrison, who, according to Georgiana Walker, “believed that Capt. Maffitt had achieved gallant deeds upon the sea & . . . [and] honored him accordingly.”
In mid-1864 the blockade runner Edith was converted to a commerce raider and commissioned as the CSS Chickamauga.  She left Wilmington for her first cruise on October 28, under the command of Capt. John Wilkinson, CSN, former captain of the runner Robert E. Lee.
The Chickamauga prowled the shipping lanes as far north as Long Island Sound, taking seven prizes before calling at Bermuda to provision. One of the vessels she captured southwest of Bermuda, the US merchant ship Harriet Stevens, carried a supply of gum opium that Wilkinson consigned to a runner for delivery to Southern hospitals.
(Rogues & Runners, Bermuda and the American Civil War, Catherine Lynch Deichmann,  Bermuda National Trust, 2003, excerpts pp. 46-57)

16428 ---Wiping South Out Of Existence --- Released: about 3 hours Ago. ---- 2014-08-26 12:53:58 -0400
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Wiping the South Out of National Existence
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
Lacking the foresight to discern William T. Sherman’s particular view of political liberty and representative government, the American South pursued a more perfect Union 1861 without his permission and thus brought upon itself banishment as criminals who should forfeit their property to those more appreciative of his master’s kindness and dispensations.  The North was, in his eyes, “beyond all question, right in our lawful cause . . . “ 
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Wiping the South Out of National Existence

Headquarters, Department of Tennessee, January 1, 1863, Major R. M. Sawyer, AAG Army of Tennessee, Huntsville:
"Dear Sawyer---In my former letter I have answered all your questions save one, and that relates to the treatment of inhabitants known, or suspected to be, hostile or "secesh."  The war which prevails in our land is essentially a war of races. The Southern people entered into a clear compact of government, but still maintained a species of separate interests, history and prejudices. These latter became stronger and stronger, till they have led to war, which has developed the fruits of the bitterest kind. We of the North are, beyond all question, right in our lawful cause . . . Now, the question arises, should we treat as absolute enemies all in the South who differ with us in opinions or prejudices – [and] kill or banish them? Or should we give them time to think and gradually change their conduct so as to conform to the new order of things which is slowly and gradually creeping into their country?
When men take arms to resist our rightful authority, we are compelled to use force because all reason and argument ceases when arms are resorted to. If the people, or any of them, keep up a correspondence with parties in hostility, they are spies, and can be punished with death or minor punishment. These are well established principles of war, and the people of the South having appealed to war, are barred from appealing to our Constitution, which they have practically and publicly defied. They have appealed to war and must abide its rules and laws.
The United States, as a belligerent party claiming right in the soil as the ultimate sovereign, have a right to change the population, and it may be and it, both politic and best, that we should do so in certain districts. When the inhabitants persist too long in hostility, it may be both politic and right that we should banish them and appropriate their lands to a more loyal and useful population. No man would deny that the United States would be benefited by dispossessing a single prejudiced, hard-headed and disloyal planter and substitute in his place a dozen or more patient, industrious, good families, even if they be of foreign birth. It is all idle nonsense for these Southern planters to say that they made the South, that they own it, and that they can do as they please---even to break up our government, and to shut up the natural avenues of trade, intercourse and commerce.
We know, and they know if they are intelligent beings, that, as compared with the whole world they are but as five millions are to one thousand millions -- that they did not create the land -- that their only title to its use and enjoyment is the deed of the United States, and if they appeal to war they hold their all by a very insecure tenure. For my part, I believe that this war is the result of false political doctrine, for which we are all as a people responsible, viz:  That any and every people has a right to self-government . . . In this belief, while I assert for our Government the highest military prerogatives, I am willing to bear in patience that political nonsense of . . . State Rights, freedom of conscience, freedom of press, and other such trash as have deluded the Southern people into war, anarchy, bloodshed, and the foulest crimes that have disgraced any time or any people.
I would advise the commanding officers at Huntsville and such other towns as are occupied by our troops, to assemble the inhabitants and explain to them these plain, self-evident propositions, and tell them that it is for them now to say whether they and their children shall inherit their share. The Government of the United States has in North Alabama any and all rights which they choose to enforce in war -- to take their lives, their homes, their lands, their everything . . . and war is simply power unrestrained by constitution or compact. If they want eternal warfare, well and good; we will accept the issue and dispossess them, and put our friends in possession. Many. many people, with less pertinacity than the South, have been wiped out of national existence.
To those who submit to the rightful law and authority, all gentleness and forbearance; but to the petulant and persistent secessionists, why, death is mercy, and the quicker he or she is disposed of the better. Satan and the rebellious saints of heaven were allowed a continuance of existence in hell merely to swell their just punishment."
W.T. Sherman, Major General Commanding  
(Reminiscences of Public Men in Alabama, William Garrett, Plantation Printing Company's Press, 1872, pp. 486-488)

16427 ---Va Flaggers - Call To Action, 8-21-2014 --- Released: 4 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-22 09:33:40 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: W&L Update/Call to Action 8-21-2014

The Va Flaggers did not have an organized Flagging at Washington & Lee last weekend, but one of our Flaggers was in that part of the Commonwealth, took the opportunity to forward the colors, and filed the following report:

"I flagged W&L from 2 to 6 on Saturday. The majority of the passing traffic gave no response. Of those that did (maybe 25% - 30%) the response was overwhelmingly positive. One alumnus pulled out of the parking lot and asked me the status of things. He evidently has not been keeping up with things, and was mad when he found out Ruscio had removed the flags. I asked him to get the alumni involved and gave him a copy of my "Blame Abraham Lincoln for the Confederate Battle Flag." I had a stack of them with me and I handed out quite a few. One man walked up the sidewalk and asked me if I had any flyers. I suggest it might be a good thing in the future if we had some brief handouts on the situation for passers by who might be interested.

Of the negative responses, I can think of only two or three thumbs down from people with Massachusetts license plates. Their logo on the plate is "The Spirit of America" which I take to be their heritage of seceding from the British Empire and firing the first shot for their own independence from an exploitative mercantilist empire bent upon invasion, conquest, and coerced political allegiance. Evidently the secession from Old England is considered the height of patriotism in those parts, whereas secession from New England is considered high treason - a logic understandable only if one understands New England hubris.

One man walking his dog from a residence across the street informed me that we were all in the United States now, but he declined to slow down and have a rational discussion with me. I wanted to tell him that I risked my life under the Stars and Stripes for a year in Vietnam, and ask him if he was one of those people who spit on me when I got back, but he wouldn't slow down, and disappeared into the W&L campus with his dog.

A woman security guard leaving the parking lot stopped to exchange pleasantries. I asked if I was allowed on campus. She said I was most welcome, but that the Confederate Flag was not. I asked if I could wear my VMI ring on campus, since VMI fought for the Confederacy. She said that would be OK.

An Imperialist's worst nightmare is secession, and our flag stands for secession. That is the real reason it is being proscribed and denigrated these days, and the regime's "Useful Idiots" are being indoctrinated to believe it as representing slavery and racism in order to cover up the Truth. If people were to learn that its true meaning is secession from an overweening usurpation of the Constitution, then the Imperialists would be exposed for what they are."

We will have Flaggers back out at the LEE Chapel THIS Saturday, August 23rd from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and invite anyone who is able to join us.  This weekend will see matriculation for VMI, so the town of Lexington will be crowded with students and parents, bringing us the opportunity to educate countless people regarding the desecration of the LEE Chapel by the administration of Washington & Lee University.  We will have plenty of "ammo" (fliers) to distribute, and hope we see some local folks step up, stand up, and speak out, so that the flaggings can continue with more frequency and numbers than we can regularly supply from Richmond.

Going forward, we also have definite plans to be on campus NEXT Saturday, August 30th, and the weekend of Friday, September 12 - Sunday, September 14. (More details to follow)  Mark your calendars and make plans to join us in Lexington to protest the removal of the flags and educate the masses, especially as students and faculty arrive back on campus for the fall term.


Many of you will remember that Washington & Lee officials made the decision to CLOSE the Lee Chapel during the SCV rally/symposium held in Lexington last month, issuing the following statement...

“This unscheduled closing is based on concerns for the safety of the facility and its staff on the day that the Sons of Confederate Veterans have scheduled a rally in Lexington. We must take this unfortunate precaution because of the inflammatory and threatening letters, emails and phone calls the University has received in response to the removal of reproduction battle flags from the statue chamber ..."

Based on this inflammatory claim, the Va Flaggers filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request with Lexington's City Manager, asking for copies of any communications between W&L officials and law enforcement regarding any threats received.  As might be expected...we were subsequently informed that there were no reports and/or communications regarding any type of threats having been made or received.

We are pleased to continue to hear from alumni, students, and several attorneys, who are committed to pursuing the matter of restoring the flags through various channels, and encouraged by the overwhelming support we have received on campus, to date.

Stay tuned for more updates, and please continue to forward these emails and encourage others to do the same.

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers


Saturday, August 23rd:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Flagging Washington & Lee University - Meet on sidewalk in front of LEE Chapel

Saturday, August 23rd:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard- Contact info@vaflaggers.com for details.

Saturday, August 23rd:  2:00 p.m. Re-dedication of the Hanover County Confederate Monument, Hanover County Courthouse.

Thursday, September 11th - Sunday, September 14th:  Thunder in the Valley - Lexington, VA  Cavalry ride and Re Enactment 
Saturday, September 20th: 11:30 a.m. Dick Poplar Day

Sunday, September 28th: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Va Flaggers' Third Anniversary Picnic.  Live music, good food, and great fellowship.   Silent auction throughout the afternoon. Live auction following supper.  Period artwork and 10 x 15 Battle Flag that flew at the Chester flag site location among many items to be auctioned to support the Va Flaggers.   Donations for auction/raffle items are welcome.

Thursday, October 16th:  Susan will be speaking at the October meeting of the Sgt. William A. Hamby Camp#1750, SCV, Crossville TN.   6:00 pm CST, 111 E. 1st Street, Crossville.

Saturday, Nov. 1st: Susan will be speaking at the 100th Anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Confederate Monument in Lebanon, VA.

Thursday, December 11th:  Susan will be speaking at the December meeting of the A.H. Belo Camp #49, SCV, Dallas Texas

Saturday, December 13th:  Susan will be speaking at the Christmas gathering of the Middleton Tate Johnson Camp #1648, SCV, Arlington, TX.

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16426 ---Thomas Aaron Nelson, 6th VA Cavalry --- Released: 5 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-21 16:34:38 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: Confederate Veteran Profile - Thomas Aaron Nelson, Co. H, 6th VA Cavalry

The Virginia Flaggers are pleased to announce the release of the second in a series of profiles of Confederate Veterans who resided at the Old Soldiers’ Home, on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park in Richmond, VA.

For over 150 weeks, the Virginia Flaggers have forwarded the colors, twice a week, on the sidewalk outside of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) after museum officials forced the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

One cannot truly appreciate the history and significance of the Chapel, nor the degree of desecration committed when museum leadership, driven by their own misguided prejudice and ignorance, removed the flags, without knowing the (personal) stories of the men who built the Chapel, worshiped in it every Sunday, and gathered each time the bell tolled, to pay their respects to and honor their comrades, as one by one, the Veterans passed over to eternity.

For many of our Flaggers, this fight is about more than just defending our Heritage against yet another unwarranted and unprovoked attack. For those whose veins course with the blood of the men who lived and died at the Old Soldiers’ Home, it is personal...

Veteran Profile: Thomas Aaron Nelson, Co. H, 6th VA Cavalry

Born in December, 1835, Thomas Aaron Nelson grew up in Fauquier County, Virginia, a region known for its rural beauty and fine horses. The son of Mexican-American War veteran Thomas Henry Nelson and Mary Francis Bise, he was also a descendant of Thomas Nelson Jr., a planter and soldier from Yorktown who represented Virginia in the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence and served as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Not much is known of Thomas' early years, although records tell us he had a fair complexion, dark hair and hazel eyes, and considered himself a farmer like his famous forefather. On September 29, 1857, Thomas married his cousin Fannie (their maternal grandmothers were sisters).

It's not surprising, given Fauquier County's reputation, that Thomas should "jine the cavalry" after his native Virginia seceded from the Union. War Department records attest to his enlistment as a private on March 12, 1862. Though his younger brother, Joseph Henry Nelson, was a daredevil who rode with Mosby's Rangers, Thomas' unit of choice was Co. H (the "Wise Dragoons"), 6th Virginia Cavalry. The summer of 1863 proved an especially trying one for young Thomas. July 3 found him near Fairfield, Pennsylvania, just a few miles from Gettysburg and the deadliest battle of the war. While the ill-fated Pickett's Charge was getting underway, small numbers of the 7th Virginia Cavalry under Brig. Gen. William "Grumble" Jones intercepted 400 of the 6th U.S. Cavalry. These relatively green U.S. regulars were out to seize a Confederate wagon train and block the likeliest enemy escape route through Fairfield Gap. When the 6th U.S. Cavalry repulsed their 7th Virginia counterparts, Jones sent in the 6th Virginia Cavalry, whose rousing charge overwhelmed the regulars, securing the Fairfield Gap pass and the Hagerstown Road. This small but important victory facilitated the Confederate army's retreat towards the Potomac River after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Unfortunately, according to a July 18 report, Thomas was wounded at Fairfield. Then, on July 21, he was captured at Chester Gap, Virginia, one of the armies' routes over the Blue Ridge and a frequent site of skirmishes. Listed on an August 1 Prisoner of War roll at Washington, D.C.'s Old Capitol Prison, he was transferred to Maryland's notorious Point Lookout prison on August 23, 1863. It was not until February 13, 1865, just months before the surrender, that he was exchanged. Records show that he was paroled at Winchester, Virginia, on April 22, 1865; a copy of his signed oath still exists.

After the war, while Thomas' brother Joseph returned to Fauquier County and served as mayor of Warrenton for several terms, Thomas moved his family to Missouri for reasons unknown. He and Fannie had 16 children, though not all lived to adulthood. When Fannie died in 1899, Thomas returned to Virginia and lived with his sisters, moving from one of their houses to the other until finally applying, in June 1913, to live at the Soldiers' Home of the R.E. Lee Camp No.1 Confederate Veterans in Richmond. The Camp Commandant admitted him on July 14. But being weak and "getting right feeble," the 77-year-old Thomas asked permission to report after the heat of summer. He also inquired whether there would be room for his trunk, and whether the camp would provide transportation—adding, "The [fare to Richmond] will be $3.55." Thomas' file includes a heartfelt letter from his sister, Mrs. Robert Moffett, notifying the Soldiers' Home of her brother's death on August 14, 1915, during a visit to see her. He is buried in the family graveyard near Warrenton, Virginia.

Almost 100 years after Thomas Aaron Nelson left this earth, his great-great niece, Elizabeth Wilson is determined that his sacrifice, courage and devotion to God and country will not be forgotten, as she forwards the Colors in his memory, and in protest of those who have desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel and the hallowed ground on which it rests, and dishonored our gallant Confederate Veterans.

God bless Thomas Aaron Nelson, and God bless those who stand and speak for those who no longer have a voice!

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!


Saturday, August 23rd:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Flagging Washington & Lee University - Meet on sidewalk in front of LEE Chapel

Saturday, August 23rd:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard- Contact info@vaflaggers.com for details.

Saturday, August 23rd:  2:00 p.m. Re-dedication of the Hanover County Confederate Monument, Hanover County Courthouse.

Thursday, September 11th - Sunday, September 14th:  Thunder in the Valley - Lexington, VA  Cavalry ride and Re Enactment 
Saturday, September 20th: 11:30 a.m. Dick Poplar Day

Sunday, September 28th: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Va Flaggers' Third Anniversary Picnic. More details to follow.  Live music, good food, and great fellowship.   Silent auction throughout the afternoon. Live auction following supper.  Period artwork and 10 x 15 Battle Flag that flew at the Chester flag site location among many items to be auctioned to support the Va Flaggers.   Donations for auction/raffle items are welcome.

Thursday, October 16th:  Susan will be speaking at the October meeting of the Sgt. William A. Hamby Camp#1750, SCV, Crossville TN.   6:00 pm CST, 111 E. 1st Street, Crossville.

Saturday, Nov. 1st: Susan will be speaking at the 100th Anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Confederate Monument in Lebanon, VA.

Thursday, December 11th:  Susan will be speaking at the December meeting of the A.H. Belo Camp #49, SCV, Dallas Texas

Saturday, December 13th:  Susan will be speaking at the Christmas gathering of the Middleton Tate Johnson Camp #1648, SCV, Arlington, TX.

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16420 ---Heart Of Race Relations Problem --- Released: 8 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-18 16:21:32 -0400
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The Heart of the Race Relations Problem
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
The disruption of Southern race relations by federal authorities such as the Supreme Court and various imported agitators, has done more harm than good, according to author William D. Workman, Jr (below).  He wrote in 1960 that “In many respects, the refusal of the North to leave the South alone has had a harmful effect upon the very individuals about whom the Northerners profess most concern – that is, the Southern Negro.”  As they “helped” the Southern Negro, they also ruined his good relations with the white neighbors he had to live with.  Bernhard Thuersam

The Heart of the Race Relations Problem
“More [problems] can be expected in the future if Northern integrationists, with or without political backing, continue to pillory the white South under the guise of helping the black South.
Meanwhile, the harried Southern Negro, who may or may not agree with the fulminations made in his behalf, stands to lose more than he gains.  In most of the South, he is now possessed of all the purely legal rights which are coming his way, and continued agitation from the North can add little to his political status . . . [and] On the other hand, and this has become quite apparent in the last few years, the Negro becomes – willingly or unwillingly – the object of the white Southerner’s resentment.
Basically, the white Southerner has little quarrel with his Negro neighbor, and frankly despises the Northern propagandists – including the Supreme Court of the United States – with far greater intensity than is ever directed toward the Negro.
When the Northerner preaches the “brotherhood of man,” the Southerner calls for “freedom of association” and proceeds to sever longstanding ties which formerly linked him amicably with his Negro fellow-Southerners.
The net result is that the Northern action brings about almost the reverse reaction from that desired. Instead of bringing Southern whites and Negroes closer together, it drives them farther apart since, in the eyes of the white Southerner, the Negro is identified with those forces which seek to pillory and persecute the South.
The heart of the problem lies in the achievement of community acceptance of whatever pattern of race relations seems best for that community. [Where] there is not acceptance, no amount of pressure – federal, religious, or otherwise – will bring about a satisfactory situation. The matter of race relations is too close a thing . . . and not a thing to be handled by impersonal formula and governmental edict . . . .
In the years preceding the Supreme Court decision of 1954, and in a diminishing degree since then, Southern communities were making notable progress in the expansion of not only racial amity but of bi-racial achievement.  The pressures which have built up following the desegregation decision, however, tended in large measure to “freeze” things as they were, and indeed in many cases to undo the good that had been accomplished by slow, patient work over the years.  
Florida’s Gov. LeRoy Collins had this to say in March of 1956:
“For as long as I can remember, the Florida A&M [Negro] University choir on Sunday afternoons has held vesper services open to the general public. Many white citizens have over the years attended these concerts with great admiration for the excellence of these Negro voices singing the spirituals of their race.  But this has almost completely stopped, I am advised. The singing still goes on each Sunday, and it is as good as it has ever been, but there are no longer white listeners.  Fear of being labeled integrationists has intimidated them into staying away .
These things don’t make good sense but they are happening nevertheless.  They signal not just a halt in the advancement of good race relations, but actually a decided move backward.  They show the insidious results when our people are pulled by one side or the other into the fighting pit of the extremists . . . “
(The Case For the South, William D. Workman, Jr., Devin-Adair, 1960, pp. 134-138)


16419 ---Lies Passing As History --- Released: 8 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-18 15:14:12 -0400
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Manufactured Lies Passing as History
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
Long before the collision at Charleston, efforts to avoid armed conflict were pursued by the South to settle its differences with the North and avoid bloodshed. From the Crittenden Compromise of late 1860 to the Confederate commissioners sent to Washington in March of 1861, to the Hampton Roads Conference of February 1865, the Southern statesmen worked diligently to both avert and end the war.  There is no question that as one reviews the timeline of peace initiatives and conferences that one side wanted peace, and the other wanted war.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Manufactured Lies Passing as History
“After all, President Coolidge’s first installment of our history to set off Borglum’s group on a Western mountainside [Mt. Rushmore] did not please the sculptor, and he wrote the history himself which is to be chiseled in stone and go down the ages!  Who can say that it was not least as good as the ex-President’s?
At Gettysburg, on May 30, President [Herbert] Hoover exhibited to a marked degree that strange ignorance or that determined avoidance of the truth of history which we see when a speaker has to place Abraham Lincoln in that niche which had been fashioned for him by what Mr. Mencken calls “prostitute historians,” and which has now been accepted by the North, by the world, and even by the larger part of the South, which is both servile and ignorant, and yet it is a niche which shames truth and degrades history!
[Hoover] stated, in effect, that all the blood and horror and tears of the “Civil” War might have been avoided had the people been possessed of the human kindness and tolerance of Abraham Lincoln.
There could scarcely have been fashioned a statement which would have done more violence to the truth. The veriest tyro in history research must know that Abraham Lincoln was a part of, and largely cooperated with, that group which thought that “a little bloodletting will be good for this nation.”
Everyone not an ignoramus in Southern history must know that Lincoln opposed sending delegates to that compromise or peace convention which might, at the last moment, have devised some means for avoidance of the holocaust. Everyone not determined to make a point at expense of truth must know that Lincoln, secretly, determinedly, and almost alone, sent that fleet of reinforcements and supplies to Fort Sumter, and thus, as five of his cabinet had told him, brought on the war inevitably.
Lincoln did much to inaugurate war, and there is no word of history which sets forth the fact that he did any act or uttered any word which would have avoided war, and yet, in a speech which was to reach the ears of the world, President Hoover, at Gettysburg, makes the statement, totally devoid of accuracy, that we might have avoided war had we been possessed of the human kindness and tolerance of Abraham Lincoln, the man who more than any other, or any group of others, is responsible, as worthy historians now set forth, for the inauguration of four years of horror in this country.
We sometimes wonder if the Yankees do not get weary themselves of this incessant round of prevarication, or are they so steeped in this false history that they cannot see the truth.  We know of many instances, which have come directly to our knowledge, where they refuse the truth when it is demonstrated to them. But are all of them that way?
Or is it just a part of the price, this living lie, which we, as a conquered people here in the South, must pay in order to establish the truth of that time-old statement which sets forth that a conquered people must have their history written by their conquerors, as has been done since Ur of the Chaldees, and submit, gracefully or otherwise, to the inevitable sequence of this, that our history shall be nothing but manufactured lies.”
(Our History in High Places, Arthur H. Jennings, Past Historian in Chief, SCV, Confederate Veteran, July 1930, pp. 254-255)

16418 ---Usual Odds At Gettysburg --- Released: 8 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-18 15:04:38 -0400
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Lee Faces the Usual Odds at Gettysburg
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com

Despite the claim of victory at Gettysburg and a so-called high-water mark of the American Confederacy, the Northern army nearly twice General Robert E. Lee’s strength was badly mauled and in no condition to contest Lee’s return to Virginia.  Lee’s army did not re-cross the Potomac until 13 July and was not “seriously annoyed or molested in the interval” from a quiet 4 July.  Lee immediately moved to the Rapidan river to confront the Northern army as it moved into Virginia east of the mountains.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Lee Faces the Usual Odds at Gettysburg
“After the assault on the enemy’s works on the 3rd of July, there was no serious fighting at Gettysburg. The 4th passed in comparative quiet.  Neither army evinced any disposition to assail the other.  Notwithstanding the brilliant achievements of [Generals Richard] Ewell and [A.P.] Hill on the first day, and the decided advantage gained by Longstreet on the second, the failure of the operations on the third day, involving as they did, but two divisions of the army, deprived us of the prestige of our previous successes, and gave a shadow of right to our adversary’s claim of having gained a victory.
Their exultation, however, should be tempered with moderation, when we consider that, after one day of absolute quiet, the Confederates withdrew from their front without serious molestation, and with the bridges swept away, and an impassable river in rear, stood in an attitude of defiance until their line of defeat could be rendered practicable, after which they safely re-crossed into Virginia.
Then, again, so serious was the loss visited upon the Federals in the engagements of the first and second days, and so near success was the effort to storm their position on the third day, that they were themselves undecided as to whether they should stand or retreat.
In discussing several councils or conferences held by General Meade with his corps-commander, General Sickles testified, before the Committee on the Conduct of the War, that the reason the Confederates were not followed up was on account of differences of opinion whether or not the Federals should themselves retreat, as “it was by no means clear, in the judgment of the corps-commanders, or of the general in command, whether they had won or not.”
On the 20th of July, 1863, after the return of General Lee to Virginia, his army numbered forty-one thousand three hundred eighty-eight effective, exclusive of the cavalry corps [of about 7600].  It appears . . . that General Lee’s loss in the Pennsylvania campaign was about nineteen thousand.
Concerning the strength of the Federal army [in late June 1863] . . . General Hooker’s . . . total effective (force of officers and men) [was] fully one hundred and twelve thousand . . . against the Army of Northern Virginia at sixty-two thousand of all arms – fifty thousand infantry, eight thousand cavalry, and four thousand artillery – and I believe these figures very nearly correct.”
(Four Years With General Lee, Walter H. Taylor, Indiana University Press, 1962, pp. 110-113)

16417 ---Ethnic Cleansing In America --- Released: 8 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-18 14:53:54 -0400
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Ethnic Cleansing in America Circa 1862
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
Sherman’s strategy of subduing Americans in the South who desired political independence and a more perfect Union included setting stark starvation and destruction loose upon the land to convince them otherwise.  Before beginning his Meridian, Mississippi campaign in early 1864, he wrote his wife, “We will take all provisions, and God help the starving families.” 
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Ethnic Cleansing in America Circa 1862
“Copied from the “Washington Evening Star”:

United States Commissioner A.J. Williams, of Cleveland, Ohio, a member of the Loyal Legion, recently gave out for publication the following letter written by Gen. Sherman to his brother, Senator John Sherman, in 1862.
Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 13, 1862
My Dear Brother,
“ . . . At last I got here and found the city contributing gold, arms, powder, salt and everything the enemy wanted. It was a smart trick on their part thus to give up Memphis that the desire of gain to our Northern merchants should supply them with the things needed in war.  I have one man under sentence of death for smuggling arms across the lines, and hope Mr. Lincoln will approve it.
But the mercenary spirit of our people is too much and my orders are reversed and I am ordered to encourage the trade in cotton, and all orders prohibiting gold, silver and notes to be paid for it are annulled by orders from Washington.  But what are the lives of our soldiers to the profits of the merchants?
After a whole year of bungling, the country has at last discovered that we want more men. Now 1,300,000 men are required when 700,000 was deemed absurd before.
Of course I will approve the confiscation act, and would be willing to revolutionize the government so as to amend that Article of the Constitution which forbids the forfeiture of land to the heirs.  My full belief is, we must colonize the country de novo, beginning with Kentucky and Tennessee, and should remove 4,000,000 of our people at once south of the Ohio River, taking the farms and plantations of the Rebels.
I deplore the war as much as ever, but if the thing has to be done, let the means be adequate.
Don’t expect to overrun such a country or subdue such a people in one, two or five years. It is the task of half a century.  We must colonize and settle as we go South . . . enemies must be killed or transported to some other country.
Your affectionate brother, W.T. Sherman”
(Gen. Sherman’s Colonization Scheme, His Comment on Men and Measures in August 1862, Confederate Veteran, November 1896, pg. 37)

16416 ---History & Heritage Month Update --- Released: 8 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-18 14:40:37 -0400
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Confederate History and Heritage Month Update
To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish.

— Lieut.-Gen. Stephen D. Lee, Commander-in-Chief, United Confederate Veterans, April 25, 1906
From the National and Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Confederate History and Heritage Month Committee for 2014 through 2016.
Committee Members for 2014 through 2016
Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Chairman
Billy Bearden
James King
Fred Wilhite
John Black
And in memory of member Jeff Davis.
Follow us on face book with many events and news items that is read by thousands every week at: https://www.facebook.com/ConfederateHeritageMonth?ref_type=bookmark
Click on “like” our Confederate History Month page and send to others.
WASHINGTON, Va., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sons of Confederate Veterans, a heritage organization which represents approximately 30,000 male descendants of the Confederate States Army, has accused officials of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia of "exhibiting the same kind of narrow minded prejudice and knee-jerk bias that has always been the enemy of brotherhood and understanding."
The group, known as the SCV, was created in 1896 and is based in Columbia, Tennessee. According to a statement released by the SCV's Chief of Heritage Operations Ben Jones, the recent removal of Confederate symbols from the burial place of General Robert E. Lee was a "breaking point for us. Our patience with this 'new McCarthyism' is exhausted."
Read more: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sons-of-confederate-veterans-accuse-university-of-narrow-minded-prejudice-269069621.html
It is great honor to receive the Sons of Confederate Veterans National Organization “Distinguished Service Medal.”
Compatriot Billy Bearden and member of the Confederate History Month Committee for National and Georgia brought the medal to a meeting of my SCV camp Chattahoochee Guards. Joel Coleman Adjutant of the Chattahoochee Guards mailed it to me. Thank you all who were behind my award that I will always treasure.
From CHHM member Billy Bearden:
At the 119th National Reunion in North Charleston, I picked up a package for a well known Georgian, who is 110% dedicated to the Cause and Colors of our Confederate Veterans. Last night, I attended the meeting of the Chattahoochee Guards Camp 1296, and shared with all gathered the contents of the package, and they were very excited and very agreeable to it's meaning. While he was unable to attend the meeting, the package will soon be in his hands. For way more years than I can remember - long before I became an SCV member - he was there on the front lines. He is Chairman on the Georgia and National Heritage and Confederate History & Heritage Month Committees. He has dozens of news articles printed annually, and is a great leader in the Georgia SCV. His name is Calvin Johnson and I am proud to be his friend. Congratulations, Calvin, on being presented with the Distinguished Service Award. You are truly most deserving and long overdue!
Thank you Billy!
Let me share this special award with all members of the CHHM committee and SCV who stand up for Dixie every day.
If you don’t have your Georgia SCV tag, what are you waiting on? I got mine and it’s a beauty to behold. See picture in article of mine that was published in Canada Free Press:
More to come and Have a Dixie Day!
Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Chairman
National and Georgia Division Confederate History and Heritage Month Committee
1064 West Mill Drive, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152, Phone: 770 428 0978 or 770 330 9792

16415 ---Re: Andersonville (regenstein) --- Released: 8 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-18 14:27:20 -0400
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Re: Andersonville
From: regenstein@mindspring.com
Hi Chuck, thanks for all your good work. Here is some additional commentary on Andersonville.
Sincerely, Lew

James King is right that the food shortages afflicting Union POW's held by the Confederates were the fault of the policies of the Lincoln Administration.
This has been affirmed by My ancestor, Major Raphael Jacob Moses, who was General James Longstreet's Chief of Commissary, responsible for feeding and supplying his army of 40,000 men.

When Henry Wirz, the former commandant of the   Andersonville Prison in Georgia was put in trial for his life after the war, for starving and abusing his POW’s, Moses came to his defense. Moses wrote to him, pointing out that the hungry federal prisoners at Andersonville were receiving the same provisions as the equally deprived Confederates in the field:
"I only heard a few days ago that you were in prison, charged with cruelty to the Andersonville prisoners. Heaven knows that if there was ever such a charge without a shadow of foundation, this is such. Major Allen can prove, and so can I, that the Andersonville prisoners were supplied from this post with precisely the same rations as our army in the field…"
As Jerrold Northrop Moore writes in “Confederate Commissary General,”
"Wirz was condemned to death. Just before his execution he was offered a reprieve in exchange for a statement to convict Jefferson Davis of cruelty to Federal prisoners of war. Wirz refused and was hanged."
It is shameful, but not surprising, that some in the news media will not allow the truth to be published about this historical issue.
Lewis Regenstein

16414 ---Death Because Of Culture? --- Released: 8 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-18 14:16:18 -0400
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Last weekend, a tragedy on a Sprint car racetrack in NY resulted in the tragic death of Kevin Ward, Jr. who had gotten out of his car and was hit and killed by Tony Stewart. The investigation continues, but it did not stop at least one sports commentator from one of the most idiotic accusations this side of accusing George Bush being responsible for 911. Here’s the comment from ESPN’s Colin Cowherd: “It’s really, really part of the South, and it’s an eye-for-an-eye culture.”
Really? So this guy thinks the death of Kevin Ward is because of a southern culture? Since Ward is a native of New York and Stewart is from Indiana, I guess I’m not getting the geographical connection, but as a proud Southerner, I take offense at some guy whose name rhymes with cow turd trying to blame southerners for a testosterone fueled feud between two Yankee drivers. Cowherd reveals his ignorance of southern culture by invoking an eye for an eye as being Southern. Maybe he should get out more.
If you have a flat tire on a country road in Mississippi, you won’t be there long before someone in a pickup truck stops to help you change it. People in Arkansas still pull over to the side of the road so a funeral procession can go by; A fellow who kills a deer in Georgia will probably give you some of the meat for your family; catching a mess—yes, we call it a mess of fish means the neighbors will get some too; total strangers in Tennessee will say hello, and when people say they will pray for you in South Carolina, they really will. I don’t know where the goon from ESPN is from, but it ain’t from the south. If he wants to make a complete fool of himself, he should come see us and try to show us how to cook grits, make redeye gravy, run a trotline in Louisiana, set a hook on a largemouth bass, field dress a deer, or clean a Weatherby 300 mag rifle. He can explain to us the difference between King James Version and the NIV, sing Amazing Grace in 4 octaves, and play fiddle in a country band. He can give us his recipe for a barbecue rub, coach Little League football, tree a coon with a hound dog, and show us how he calls ducks. If he can’t do that, he ought to stick with what he knows which clearly is not Southern culture and shut his pie hole. Bless his heart!
Mike Huckabee

16406 ---Revolutionizing U.S. Citizenship --- Released: 13 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-13 12:17:46 -0400
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Revolutionizing Citizenship of the United States
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
Faced with the defeated South poised to regain voting rights and seats in Congress, the Republican party desperately needed dependable voters and it created a new category of black citizenship to attain this.  Armed with a newly enacted law, the terrorist wing of the party, the Union League, was unleashed on the South with instructions to enlist freedmen and intimidate white voters from the polls.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

Revolutionizing Citizenship of the United States
“ . . . [T]he provision of the [Civil Rights] bill [of 1866] appeared out of all relation to our constitutional system. Never before had Congress been known to arrogate to itself the power to regulate the civil status of the inhabitants of a State . . . , [the jurisdiction of disputes relating to contracts and property and even criminal actions, and it] seemed like a complete revelation of that diabolical spirit of centralization, of which only the cloven hoof had been manifested heretofore.
In addition to the definition of “slavery” and “involuntary servitude,” the Civil Rights Bill undertook to fix the precise meaning of the phrase “citizen of the United States.” For general practical purposes, exact determination of the scope of citizenship had not been found necessary [previous to the War].  Where any opinion at all had been pronounced, it had in most cases been in relation to the status of free Negroes.
The weight of authority on this point was adverse to the claim of citizenship for the blacks.  “No person,” said Attorney-General [William] Wirt in 1821, “is included in the description of citizen of the United States, who has not the full rights of a citizen in the State of his residence.”
This principle had been in general the basis of the government’s practice in all the departments. For native-born persons living within a State, citizenship of the State was the prerequisite for citizenship of the United States; for persons of foreign birth, naturalization alone was necessary. The Dred Scott decision limited this rule by determining that State citizens of African descent could not be citizens of the United States.
During the war, however, the old view was entirely overthrown in practice.  Mr. Lincoln’s attorney-general argued away all the precedents, and gave it as his official opinion that a free Negro, born within the United States, was ipso facto a citizen thereof.  He assumed nativity as the broad basis of citizenship . . . [and] With that assumption the status of United States citizenship was placed entirely beyond the reach of any State influence whatever, and a purely national conception was attained.
To justify this sweeping enactment, the special conception of citizenship which the history of our institutions had developed was discarded, and the broad principle of public law was adopted in its place.  All [Northern] authorities agreed that the status of citizen implied the reciprocal duties of allegiance and protection.  A citizen of the United States, then, was entitled to the protection of that government to which allegiance was owed. But this protection was to operate against all sources of oppression, and if a State government happened to come in this category, it too must succumb.”
(Essays on the Civil War and Reconstruction and Related Topics, William Archibald Dunning, The MacMillan Company, 1898, pp. 96-99) 

16405 ---Republicans Undermine Unionism --- Released: 13 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-13 12:00:25 -0400
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Republicans Undermine Southern Unionism
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
Lincoln’s only attempt at including a Southerner in his cabinet was sounding out North Carolinian and Congressman John Gilmer, who was “wary, mistrustful of Lincoln and reluctant to ally himself with an administration” opposed to the interests of his State and section. The few conservative Republicans feared that should Gilmer not accept, Lincoln would select radical hard-liner Montgomery Blair and simply add more fuel to the sectional-crisis fire.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Republicans Undermine Southern Unionism
“[Far from Fort Sumter] the president-elect was still at work composing his cabinet . . . [and] the impossibly tangled party considerations that continued to vex him.  As [President James] Buchanan’s advisors planned their [Ft. Sumter] reinforcement expedition . . . Lincoln was committing the first major blunder of his administration.  It began on Sunday, December 30 . . . when he met with that “greatest of Pennsylvania wirepullers,” Simon Cameron, about a place in the cabinet.
[Lincoln] knew it would be a controversial appointment.  For one thing, Cameron’s easy movements from the [Democrat party] to the Know Nothings to the Republicans had gained him a reputation as an unprincipled opportunist.
More damaging was the taint of corruption that surrounded him. Known to his critics as “the Great Winnebago Chief” for his mishandling of Indian funds in the 1830s, Cameron was also charged with manipulating elections and legislatures through bribery.  Yet so many recommendations poured into Springfield that Lincoln could hardly see how not to appoint him.
It was one of the first important choices Lincoln had made for himself since the election, and he immediately had cause to regret foregoing his usual process of passing his decisions by [Lyman] Trumbull and [Hannibal] Hamlin . . . word of the selection [of Cameron] provoked a flood of outraged letters and visits from Republican leaders.
Displaying an indecision that was characteristic in those early months, Lincoln immediately reversed himself . . . [and] addressed a short, private note to Cameron rescinding his offer . . . [but] the imbroglio . . . exploded into what one historian has called “a mighty battle of Republican factions.” For the next several weeks Republican managers throughout the North appeared considerably more concerned with the patronage than with secession.
Placing [Salmon P.] Chase at the head of the Treasury Department [would reconcile] the powerful New York radicals to [William] Seward’s appointment [as Secretary of State].
[But] Lincoln was aware of the predicament of Southern unionists and the damage Republican rigidity [against compromise] might do to their cause.  Nominating Chase, a long-acknowledged leader of the radicals, would give secessionists a powerful weapon in their fight to convince Southerners of Republican hostility.”
(Lincoln and the Decision for War, the Northern Response to Secession, Russell McClintock, UNC Press, 2008, pp. 123-125)

16404 ---Reply To University Herald --- Released: 13 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-13 11:48:30 -0400
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My reply to the University Herald.
Here we go again with another spineless, PC, rewritten-history-indoctrinated turncoat who is taking part in the cultural genocide of the Southern people and our heritage. If this were being done to any other group of people, it would not be tolerated, but because it is waged against Southerners and Southern heritage, it is deemed to be acceptable. What about the many proud black Confederate soldiers who fought for the same things their white counterparts fought for?  You want to appease a few mislead and lied to blacks of today, but what about THEIR ancestors who fought to keep out an illegal invasion?  But then, they don’t know about that because they have not been exposed to the truth but only to the yankee myths taught in the communist indoctrination centers (public schools) for 150 years.  The imperialist yankee nation must stamp out any and all symbols of pride and independence from the people of the South because they can’t have anyone thinking for themselves and wanting self-government and individual freedom, which is what those brave Confederates, black and white, were fighting for. If slavery is the hot button in all of this, then what about the FREE BLACKS who owned slaves and worked them?  What about Lincoln’s wife, General U.S. Grant, General William T. Sherman, and other Union officers who owned slaves? But you say the war was about ending slavery.  No, it was not.  Why would over 90% of non slave-owning Confederate soldiers fight for something they had no interest in?  It was about the collection of excessive tariffs from the LEGALLY seceded Southern states, and Lincoln stated so.  All this yankee propaganda for 150 years has brainwashed generations and covered over the truth with tons of lies.  Even letters from Union officers and soldiers support what the South has said all along. The continual attack on symbols of heritage and history has to stop.  People must be educated with the truth and learn that there is nothing wrong with Col. Reb, Ole Miss, the Confederate Battle Flag, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, or any other symbol of Confederate pride.  The CSA was illegally invaded for money and plundered by the evil US government, and its people treated like sub-humans ever since. The truth is the truth regardless of what the communists teach in the schools and universities, and it is easy enough to research and uncover.  Giving in and appeasing to “offended” groups is not the answer.  Educating the indoctrinated is the answer.
Jeff Paulk
Tulsa, OK

16403 ---Flying Large Battle Flags --- Released: 13 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-13 11:35:09 -0400
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I agree with Billy Price and the link below regarding the flying of large Confederate Battle Flags.

The cost of erecting and maintaining a large Battle flag how- ever is cost prohibited to most folks and groups. The cost of a 3'X5' on a 25 ft. PVC pole is about $30.00 and could be covered by almost anyone. Now ask yourself this question. Which would have the greater impact, one large Battle Flag or 50 or more smaller Battle Flags saturating a given area. If y'all think the lame media goes crazy when one large Battle flag goes up, what do you think they will do when 50 or more Battle Flags appear in a given area. The naacp has already stated they will do all possible to prevent such action.
If each Division or group would set up a account that could be funded through Pay-Pal, as the VA Flaggers have done, we all could be on the way toward success. What are WE waiting for?
A Grandson of "THE OLD REBEL"--FRED C. WILHITE~~Forrest's-Orphans Camp~1744

16402 ---Truth About Andersonville Prison --- Released: 13 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-13 11:16:21 -0400
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Albany Herald Newspaper Refuses Article- Truth About Andersonville POW Prison
From: jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net
TO: James Gaston-Chairman Wirz Memorial Service Andersonville Georgia
Jim Hendricks refuses to allow me to write an article telling the truth about Andersonville and publish it in the Albany Herald. Read his reply below. I expected this. Each year we pay $1000 and have a color paid ad in the Herald that features a Confederate hero. I will plan to do one on Wirz next year. This way I can get the facts published unless he refuses a paid ad.
James King
SCV Camp Commander
Albany Georgia

Re: Andersonville Facts vs Lies and Propaganda
From: jim.hendricks@albanyherald.com
To: jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net
What you've expressed here is mainly your opinion of people and their motivations, along with comparisons to other historical war and political figures that may or may not be applicable, not facts. For instance, comparing the Wirz trial to Charles I is hyperbole at best.
I've yet to find any substantiation that only 9 percent of prisoners in Confederate-run camps died. The numbers are consistent across the board of sources I've found, and since I have no firsthand knowledge of anything that happened a century before I was born I see little recourse other than to go with sources that I have found to be accurate on other things that I can compare.
I'm going to have to decline the offer. I'm not going to publish a news article that is based on what a particular writer has decided is truth while summarily discounting any and all contradictory information as bogus propaganda. Referring to the Union leaders and their "ilk" and comparing Dana to Gobbles knock out any thought I might have that your approach on an article like this would be a fair representation.
Jim Hendricks--Editor Albany Herald

TO; Jim Hendricks-Editor Albany Herald
The 1st part posted below is Union Sec. of War Stanton's figures and the 2nd part is Union Surgeon General Barnes' figures.
12% of CSA POW's died in Northern prisons and 9% of Union POW's died in CSA prisons.
The North captured 220,000 CSA soldiers and the South captured 270,000 Union soldiers.
At Andersonville the death rates were higher because Sherman had stolen, burned, and destroyed food sources in Georgia and Northern authorities refused to help their own people and ignored and refused CSA pleas to help suffering Union POW's.
Lincoln, Grant, and Stanton denied exchange. Col. Ould the CSA exchange commissioner told Northern authorities to "come get them without exchange-we cannot feed and care for them."  The CSA authorities tried to get the North to send doctors and medicine to treat their own people. They refused. They refused to take their own men without exchange being required. CSA Col. Ould finally asked the Northern authorities "Are You People Monsters"?
Part of the food distribution system problem was not having bowls to put food in. The North refused to send these food bowls. As I told you in the previous e-mail, the Union POW's knew who was responsible for their suffering and they cursed Lincoln, Grant, and Stanton daily.
I know Eric Leonard. He attends the annual memorial service for Capt. Wirz that we in the SCV have in Andersonville each November. He would lose his job if he told the truth. The USA National Park Service that pay's his salary expects him to tell the Yankee lies and propaganda.
The Wirz trial was a farce. Only 2 other trials in the past 400 years of English and American history equal it--The trial of English King Charles I and his beheading by Oliver Cromwell and the trial of Mrs. Mary Surrat and hanging after Lincoln's assassination. The key witness committed perjury and had never been at Andersonville. 11 days after Wirz was hanged it was discovered he was a deserter from a NY regiment and had never been at Andersonville but was a superb and convincing liar. The Yankee Military Tribunal never apologized. The barbaric Yankees cut up Wirz's body parts and displayed them at various locations in the North.
The real war criminals were the Yankees. At the top of the list are Lincoln, Grant, Stanton, Sherman, Sheridan and others of this ilk. And let's not forget Charles Anderson Dana, Lincoln's Assistant Sec. of War--an avowed Communist and master propagandist equalling or exceeding the ability of Hitler's chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Dana and Stanton turned out reams of lies and propaganda. Were all these lies and propaganda believed? You bet your boots they were. He had New England preachers standing in the church pulpits saying every man, woman, and child in the South should be exterminated.
The question is "Are you willing to publish an article in the Herald that tells the truth about Andersonville"? If so I have the facts to write it.
James W. King
SCV Camp Commander
Albany Ga.
I have the facts and data a small part of which is posted below--based on Federal Reports.
There is no purpose in this history to recount the cruelties practiced during the great struggle of the South for independence, and hence no account will be given of the atrocities at Camp Douglas , Rock Island , Elmira , Point Lookout or anywhere perpetrated by Federal subordinates in charge of Confederate prisoners. There were sufferings in all prisons and brutalities perpetrated in this as in other wars, but the proofs furnished by the evidence of General Butler, by the orders of Federal military officers, by the orders and communications of General Grant, and by the reports of Secretary Stanton, all of which are of record, fix the responsibility of this uncivilized mode of war upon the Federal administration. Secretary Stanton's report of July 19, 1866, shows that 26,246 Confederate soldiers died in Northern prisons, and 25,576 Union soldiers died in Southern prisons. Twelve per cent of the Confederate prisoners who fell into Northern captivity died notwithstanding all the facilities for receiving food, clothing, medicines and healthful conditions which the United States unquestionably possessed, while in the absence of these requisites on the part of the Confederacy the astonishing fact appears that less than nine per cent of the Union soldiers in Southern hands died in prisons. It is indisputably established that the Confederate authorities constantly pressed exchanges on equal terms, that they acceded to terms that were unequal for the sake of exchange, that they proposed many measures of relief which. were denied, that at length the most pitiable and unusual of all spectacles occurred when a deputation of Union soldiers appeared in Washington , sent by Mr. Davis to plead for release by fair exchange, and to plead in vain.
” There is, however, no use to quote any man, when we have official returns of the United States Surgeon General Barnes showing that a much greater number of Confederates died in Northern prisons than of Federals in Southern stockades; and this in spite of the fact that we held 50,000 more Federals in captivity than the Yankee had of our soldiers. In round numbers they had only 220,000 Confederates; we held 270,000 Federals. Of these only 22,576 died on our hands; whilst, of the 220,000 men held in Northern prisons, 26,436 died. In other words, with about 50,000 more prisoners to feed and guard we had a loss of nearly 4,000 less than the Union people lost of our men.” “The per cent, of Federal deaths was under nine in Southern prisons: the per cent, of Confederate deaths in Yankee prisons was over twelve.” And that, too with the markets of the world open to them for all needed supplies, and their bank-vaults full to overflowing with gold and greenbacks with which to purchase! Query; If in our poverty, we saved three per cent, more lives than they, what per cent, might they have saved through their wealth, if they had been willing?
Repeated efforts have been made to disprove, or somehow dispose of, these official figures of Surgeon General Barnes. They are so convincing and cruelly condemnatory that they cannot be endured. Unfortunately for our friends, the enemy, their shame and the attempt to hide it came all too late. The report of Dr. Barnes is quoted by Vice-President A. H. Stevens, in his great volume—“The War Between the States.” And it has editorial mention in “The National Intelligencer” of Washington, June 2, 1869. No such report can now be found! Nor is any knowledge of its existence admitted by any Department of the Government. Its disappearance is a mystery, but one not so hard to explain as the frequent reference to it by Southern orators who couldn't have seen what never existed. And the failure of Northern speakers and writers to deny its damaging showing for many years is even more a mystery. When Georgia Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill quoted it in 1876 in the U.S. Senate, why was it not questioned? Why?

16401 ---VMFA Update 8-7-2014 --- Released: 13 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-13 10:42:54 -0400
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Va Flaggers: VMFA Update 8-7-2014

The Virginia Flaggers finished out July, and our 32ND month of Flagging the VMFA, with a strong showing, twice weekly on the Boulevard in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Even though we stretched our line, with troops on the ground at Washington & Lee, and at other events across the Commonwealth, we have not forgotten the FIRST Chapel desecration in Virginia, and the Cause that first brought the Va Flaggers together, almost three years ago.
Although museum traffic has been light recently, there have still been many opportunities for good conversations with museum visitors, residents, and tourists.
We are always looking for new ways to add more flags to the landscape, and new methods of bringing attention to the actions of VMFA officials...
For those of our supporters who have just joined this email list and may not be familiar with the situation at the Confederate Memorial Chapel, we offer the following summary:
Twenty years after Gen. Robert E. Lee rode into Appomattox and surrendered his tattered army, ending the War Between the States, a memorial chapel was built in Richmond in memory of the 260,000 Confederate soldiers who died during the conflict. The Pelham Chapel – Confederate War Memorial is designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S., and has been granted the status of Confederate Monument by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The organ in the chapel was donated by a group of Union veterans from Lynn, Mass. One of the contributors to the soldiers' home that surrounded the chapel was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. And a Union private from Massachusetts donated his annual pension to support the home.
Confederate flags had flown over the grounds since the opening of the Old Soldiers Home in 1885. Those flags did not trouble the Union soldiers who donated the organ to the chapel; nor did they trouble Ulysses S. Grant. They were placed there by Confederate Veterans, to memorialize the Confederate dead, and honor the living.
Fast forward 150 years…on the eve of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the War Between the States, June 1st, 2010, Confederate Battle Flags were forcibly removed from the Confederate War Memorial by a restriction in the lease renewal, at the insistence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
This is in direct violation of Virginia law, which clearly states: “it shall be unlawful for the authorities of the locality, or any other person or persons, to disturb or interfere with any monuments or memorials so erected, or to prevent its citizens from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation and care of same. For purposes of this section, "disturb or interfere with" includes removal of, damaging or defacing monuments or memorials, or, in the case of the War Between the States, the placement of Union markings or monuments on previously designated Confederate memorials or the placement of Confederate markings or monuments on previously designated Union memorials.” (§ 15.2-1812)
As citizens of Virginia and descendants of Confederate soldiers who gallantly answered Virginia’s call to defend her, we demand that the VMFA remove these blatantly prejudicial restrictions and allow the Confederate Battle Flags to once again fly on the Confederate War Memorial.
We are committed to continuing our flagging efforts until the flags are returned.  Will you join us?  We will be forwarding the colors TODAY, Thursday, August 7th, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, on the Boulevard in front of the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA.  Bring your flag and come stand for our Confederate Ancestors and against VMFA officials, who have desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel.
If you cannot be there in person, PLEASE take 10 minutes to support the troops on the ground by calling the Director's Office at (804) 340-1502 and asking him to return the Confederate Battle Flags to the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  He can also be reached by mail: :  Alex Nyerges
Director, VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-4007 / Fax  (804)  340-1502 / and/or email:  alex.nyerges@vmfa.museum
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
TriPp Lewis
Va Flaggers

16400 ---Must Read This! --- Released: 14 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-12 09:50:56 -0400
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From: CHRISTOPHER W BACOLA [mailto:bacolac@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2014
To: csacommand@windstream.net

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a Dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
The Obituary follows:

Born 1776, Died 2016
It doesn't hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in
St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning
The last Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Obama: 19 Romney: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 Romney: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million  Romney: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:

Obama: 13.2 Romney: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low Income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of Democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase..

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.

If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom..

Please forward to family and friends and encourage them to leave the party that has long since left them. Our country does not even have until 2016. If Republicans don’t win this year there may not be anything left by 2016. Register and vote Republican while you still have that freedom!


From: Craig Maus <csacommand@windstream.net>
Date: Sat, Aug 9, 2014
To: CHRISTOPHER W BACOLA <bacolac@bellsouth.net>

Hello Chris-sharing w/ALL Compatriots bcc herein w/permission to forward,

I have seen this before and forwarded it earlier on but requires a MUST RE-READ.

However, as stated before when I issued it, I said the following: And this is WHY the Founding Fathers created a REPUBLIC & NOT a Democracy.

This ‘Democracy thing’ began when the Civil War ended.

It was the creation of the new Central/National Government whose New-Found Authority & Power REPLACED that which was ORIGINALLY GIVEN TO THE SOVEREIGN STATES.

Thus, the Official Era of Socialism was put into motion allowing for its Total Galvanization over the next 150 years while always & systematically referring to itself under the false name of-  a ‘Federal Government’…. when in fact the Original ‘Federal Government’ was ended & was replaced by the Central Government in 1865.

EQUALLY, that is also WHY the word DEMOCRACY NEVER once appears in either the U.S. Constitution or the Declaration of Independence because, and AGAIN, WE WERE TO HAVE BEEN A REPUBLIC- consisting of Individual Sovereigns (States) that had the Power, PRIOR to Lincoln’s ‘Civil War’, the ability to WAG OUR OWN TAILS with the Original Federal Government being subordinate to EACH of Our Sovereign States.

Thus, via the Individual Power realized via EACH STATE’S LEGISLATURE, NO Federal Government could ever supersede the wishes of ANY STATE and thus the People would always remain IN CHARGE……of EVERY THING!

And if ANY Sovereign Were to run their State foolishly, like Washington runs this Country as a Single Assembly today thru Socialistic Practices, the People, via natural disposition, could easily move to another State forcing that State into a ‘Theater of Equality’ less they face collapse.

The Design & Purpose of the Founders Intent was Brilliantly SIMPLE & LOGICAL in all aspects.

The ONLY thing the Federal Government was to do, in the interests of the SOVEREIGNS, was:

A)    Provide for their mutual defense via a Military but NOT a military superseding the control maintained by the Governor of Each State as it related to their Individual State Militias and,
B)    To mediate any natural differences (trade, etc.) that might arise between each State as stated within the confines of the Constitution.

That was IT!!!!!


Today, thanks to what the ‘Civil War’ was REALLY intended to do & accomplish, (the creation of a Centralized Socialist Government via ‘Democracy’), Washington has become EMPOWERD with Powers & Authority they were NEVER to have had!

Thus, they have SOCIALIZED EVERYTHING and are NOW our ‘OverSeers’…. in charge of every Social Dominion and Practice thanks to the policies of their Nationalization that has corrupted EVERYTHING while saturating and marginalizing America further through un-natural Immigration Policies creating a more Fractured Demographics resulting in total Polarization from which they feed.

And ANYONE remotely contesting or identifying with this Political Malady, is immediately offered up for sacrifice upon one of their many Altar’s of Political Correctness and scarred with the label of racist for merely ‘Connecting the Dots’ & holding these bastards accountable for their false plebiscites.

The REPUBLIC was Usurped long ago & its Original Design totally mutilated.

We are but a ‘mirrored image’ of what we once were and the original Federal Court System but a shadow of its former self.

In short, the net, net of this Chris is this- there is NO Justice….Just Us.

We have been living a Colossal Lie.

We Confederates have been pleading with y’all for over 150 years to wake up and smell the Confederate Coffee.

Today, we are living The Consequences of what that horrible War has wrought…. & what We Fought to Prevent !

This is what everyone is witnessing today.

Unless SEPARATION is realized America will, NOT if, collapse in of its own weight thanks to the dementia created by a Central Oligarchy whose 2-Party Duopoly is clearly components of.

“Those People”, as General Lee always referred to them as, pay homage to their Puppet Masters in the Council on Foreign Relations & their revered Tri-Lateral Commission who own this Country Lock, Stock and Proverbial barrel.

We have been played like an Austrian Fiddle and the Marxists are clearly the Riddle.

Remember the ‘3-Legged Stool of Reconstruction’…..for it is REAL and has been in the making ever since 1865 and the 2-Party Duopoly is part of that Hegemony of Deceit.

Deo Vindice,

Craig Maus,
President, The Confederate Society of America
‘Connecting the Dots’ yet?


16399 ---Fight Like Forrest...Redux --- Released: 19 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-07 19:01:19 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 6, 2014
Subject: VA Flaggers: Fight Like Forrest...REDUX

Although most of us on the front lines of heritage defense stopped visiting their blogs and ceased reading their nonsense long ago, many of you have been kind enough to let us know that several of the anti-Confederate bloggers/amateur historians have ratcheted up their vitriol and attacks against us over the last few weeks.

If if it were not so pathetic, it might be comical to watch...as one of them even went to the extreme of creating a bogus poll regarding the removal of flags/desecration of Lee Chapel, in an attempt to lure Confederate Heritage activists to his site.

Brooks D. Simpson on August 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm said: "Oh, I know that the various heritage sites are rushing over here to vote. Of course, then they also see the post on Lilly Baumann. Sometimes you have to provide an inducement for people to visit."

Fraudulent profiles on FaceBook and other internet sites… misleading group names, designed to attract those of Confederate ancestry…and now a fake "poll", created specifically to lure our folks to their hate-filled sites. We can only conclude that these folks are desperate for attention and/or site traffic… and feeling VERY irrelevant. It seems that since all previous attempts to smear and defame us have failed miserably, they are resorting to deception and fraud in what appears to be last-ditch attempts to get SOMEONE to pay attention to their false accusations and innuendo, most recently attempting to link members of the Va Flaggers to a child custody/domestic dispute in Florida.

Another spent some time in Petersburg recently, and was apparently quite unsettled by our presence at the 150th Commemoration of The Battle of the Crater, so much so that the Va Flaggers have been the main subject of his blog posts ever since. The man who once predicted there would NEVER be an I-95 flag...

"Prediction: There will be no Confederate flag on I-95 near Richmond." K. Levin, August 18, 2013

…reports that he made a point to ask for directions to the Chester Memorial Battle flag site, and acknowledged that his only disappointment was that there was no wind blowing to lift the flag at the time he stopped by. What he is really upset about is the fact that we dared to offer an alternative to his “version” of events at The Crater, and that Park officials and visitors welcomed us and allowed us to share the truth before, during and after events last week. (Watch for an update soon with some very exciting news on this subject…!)

These folks have tried (and failed) over and over to connect us with everything from “white supremacists” to “child abusers” to “kidnappers”, ALL because we disagree with their version of OUR history and refuse to sit by quietly while THEY determine how we will honor and remember our ancestors. It has been almost three years since we first stepped onto the sidewalk in Richmond, and not only are we still standing, despite their repeated predictions of doom and gloom, but we are moving forward with renewed strength and support that grows daily, as more and more folks choose to take a stand.

Letter received, today, with gift:

“Dear Va Flaggers, Please accept this gift in honor of my fallen Confederate ancestors. I fully support your efforts, and would be happy if someone would put up some flags in Northern Virginia to counter the oppression of our rights to free speech. I cannot remain silent any longer.” - William W, Arlington, VA

I have been asked what I am going “to do” about these most recent attacks and the ongoing smear campaign. My answer? Nothing. These folks are only relevant when we give them our attention and we flatly refuse to do so. We have much work to do, and any time and energy wasted on dealing with folks like this who are twisted up with hate and contempt for all things Southern, only takes our focus off of the Confederate soldiers we are determined to honor and defend, and away from the front lines of the Southern Heritage battles we face every day.

Please take a moment to read “Fight Like Forrest, NOT Sherman”, in the link below, which further addresses this issue. Although it was written several months ago, the sentiments contained therein remain unchanged.


Thank you all for your constant prayers and support. We are looking forward with great anticipation to continuing the work that has begun, and are excited about the prospect of several new projects on the horizon.

God bless you all, and GOD SAVE THE SOUTH!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done..." Genesis 50:20

Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150


16398 ---Forrest Celebration Great Success --- Released: 19 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-07 18:49:19 -0400
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Sunday, August 03, 2014

15th Annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Birthday Celebration a GREAT SUCCESS!

Well, the 15th Annual birthday celebration for Lt. Gen Nathan B. Forrest at Fort Dixie was another HUGE SUCCESS thanks to ALL Y’ALL who physically came to the party and those who were unable to attend but sent donations, bought ancestor pavers and participated in the drawing for the NBF hot-cast bronze mini bust.  Mr. Jack Skoch of LaFayette, AL won the bust this year…Jack is a champion for our cause and reveres General Forrest, so the General is in good hands this year!

We dedicated the party this year in the HONOR of our precious friends, Bobby & Belinda Holloway. Both are cancer survivors and we are soooo thankful to God for His Amazing Grace and answer to soooo many of our prayers. Both, Bobby & Belinda are literally walking miracles from God! As you know, Belinda is my “parner in crime” and Bobby has been for so many years our Master Chef but this year the weather was just sooo hot they could not attend. Hopefully, they will be back with us next year!

As usual, I DO GUARANTEE HOT weather!  Well, it was hot as blue blazes on July 12 at Fort Dixie but that did not stop folks from coming to enjoy an “ole South Day” at Fort Dixie to fellowship with folks of like minds & hearts! We had approximately 250 folks here…a GREAT turnout! We had folks from AL, of course; Mrs. Betty Mann, Dr. Robert Griffon from Friendswood TX, Dr. Robert Stark and his wife Beth, from Brennan, TX …and folks from LA, FL, GA, MS, TN, and Tom & Jill Forrest from Belleflower, Illinois! Yep, Tom FORREST keeps the skeer on’em in the Land of Lincoln! In the words of faithful compatriot, Tyrone Crowley, “In spite of killer heat, I believe it was the best party yet to my memory”!

We kicked the party off with our friends, Mr. Johnny Westerfield of Monteagle, TN giving a very inspirational invocation and then Kirby Crabtree also of Monteagle sang his resounding rendition of the Bonne Blue Flag in A cappella while waving the Bonnie Blue!  Kirby is outstanding and sings from his heart! Todd Kiscaden, of Monteagle, TN, fired the opening Happy Birthday Cannon Salute to General Forrest after we all sang a resounding rendition of DIXIE and fired a few more times during the day!  We let folks in this community know Fort Dixie is prepared to DEFEND the fort! (Looks like we had Monteagle, TN well represented!)  Also, at the beginning of the party, Ala Div. SCV Chief of Heritage Defense, Cherokee Brasher, on behalf of the Ala Div. SCV, presented Todd Kiscaden with an award recognizing Todd for his work in Southern Heritage preservation…going above & beyond the call of duty. I’d like to add that Todd was also presented the DIXIE DEFENDER AWARD at the National SCV Reunion in Charleston for his work in Southern heritage preservation going above & beyond the call of duty…this award is given to NON-SCV members who are dedicated to the fight against political correctness and defense of the good name of the Confederate soldier and his fight for liberty!  Todd led the fight against the City of Selma and gave us a VICTORY! He is a TRUE PATRIOT!

Past Ala Div SCV Commander, Ronnie Simmons, of Columbiana, AL was our Master of Ceremonies and always does an outstanding job!  Ronnie is a natural born speaker & has a GREAT sense of humor and keeps ME on track with the program…which is the hardest part of his job! For those of you who have never had the experience of hearing Past SCV Chaplain-in-Chief, Pastor John Weaver speak, you have really missed a treat!  It goes without saying that he is inspirational - a tremendous orator… who NEVER lulls you to sleep and he is VERY astute when it comes to the history of General Forrest!  His address on General Forrest is OUTSTANDING & on DVD & CD; I highly recommend you buying it if you don’t already have it!  Christmas will be here before we know it & would be a GREAT Christmas gift! If you need contact information, contact me & I will give you his information.

Our family friend, George Denmark & my brother, Ron Smitherman, stayed busy cutting & slicing ice cold watermelon all day long at the “Pickininny Freeze Watermelon Stand”!!!  Everyone enjoys ice cold watermelon on a hot July day in the South!  While just a few feet away from the watermelon stand, at The General’s Mess Tent is Nelson Andrews, our Master Chef and Medford Pharr & Butch & our son, Austin…frying up our famous Southern Fried Catfish. Some folks who come here who don’t “normally” like Catfish, give it a try and LOVE it! Our pond-raised, grain-fed catfish is picked up FRESH (NEVER frozen) at Harvest Select Catfish in Uniontown, AL on Friday afternoon & packed in ice…we don’t serve frozen “slanty-eyed” catfish from Viet Nam!

Everyone enjoyed the music entertainment provided by Celtic singer/songwriters Jed Marum and Rickey Pittman…PROFESSIONALS to the bone!  Their music is lovely, entertaining and inspirational and in touch with our love of our history, heritage & Celtic culture. They were back by popular demand and hopefully they will come back to Fort Dixie again real soon! If you need music entertainment at your upcoming events, I highly recommend them!

The auction was a GREAT success!  We had several beautiful Confederate prints & wonderful Southern items and some rare collectibles in the auction this year!  The proceeds from the auction garnered more than $2300! Thanks to all who participated in the auction & made a purchase!  Bill Anthony of the Tallassee Armory Guards, Camp 1921 did his usual outstanding job at being our auctioneer!  I’d like to thank all who contributed items to the auction and the collection of items for the door prize drawing. Artist Ron Lesser contributed the beautiful print, The War Horse” and if anyone would like to know how to contact Ron & his Publicist, Jerry Ross I will be glad to give you the information. Ron & Jerry are very generous every year to donate a Ron Lesser print.

After supper we had a “special visitor” to come & speak…Emma Sansom Johnson, portrayed in first person by Mrs. Virginia Davis of Rainbow City, Alabama. Ginny portrays Emma Sansom Johnson in her reflections of being a young girl who was named Alabama Heroine by the Alabama State Legislature in 1901 by awarding her 600 acres of land for her valiant assistance to General Forrest in crossing Black Creek during the Abel Streight raid near Gadsden Alabama!  Ginny does a wonderful job in this first person portrayal and I highly recommend her to anyone’s camp or chapter program! After Emma Sansom’s address, we cut the General’s Birthday cake & sang Happy Birthday General Forrest!

This year we enjoyed a 2-fold celebration…the birthday of Gen. Forrest and our victory against the City of Selma! We have been back at work at Confederate Circle in Historic Live Oak Cemetery since April 16, 2014. The project is coming together absolutely beautifully. We have had NO problems with Rose Sanders and her footsoldiers! I invite you All to come to Confederate Circle whenever you are in the area & see our work in progress!  The crew arrives from TN each Monday, works all week & goes back to TN on Friday afternoon! We are shooting for May 2015, the Sesquicentennial year of the Battle of Selma for our dedication. Plans will be forthcoming as they develop and are finalized. So, keep May clear next year…don’t worry, we definitely will NOT have the dedication on Mother’s Day!

I want to thank Darcie Simmons for “soldiering” the General’s Water’n Hole serving sweet tea & lemonade and also a Big Thank You to Mrs. Lee King, the Commander of the Kitchen!  Lee does a magnificent job at guarding the kitchen making sure “no catfish is eaten before it’s time” and literally works herself to the bone in maintaining the kitchen duties!  Also, I don’t know what I would do without Tonnia Maddox and Carol Crowley at the Registration table…handling registration &  selling drawing tickets & selling items out of The Gen’rls Sto’”…Also, thank you sooo much to all the ladies who brought so many wonderful & delicious desserts and side dishes!  It’s a “Suth’rn thang”!

It was dreadfully HOT but God continues to smile upon the General’s birthday party each year with no rain. So far, we have never been rained out, even the year Hurricane Dennis was on his way…it misted & drizzled a little bit & then cleared off & cooled the evening that year! God is truly sovereign and GOOD!

It is additionally important for me to say “THANK YOU” to ALL of you who continue your faithful support of our efforts here in Selma to honor Gen. Forrest who so rightfully deserves his place of honor for his defense of Selma and the Confederate Naval Ordnance Works & Foundry from the invading forces of Gen. James H. Wilson. Without YOU this project would not be enjoying the VICTORY that we have fought so hard for for soooo long!

The day ended with more cannon salutes and beautiful fireworks…folks went home a little bit more educated, a little bit entertained, a little bit less hungry and HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY after a day at FORT DIXIE celebrating the 193rd Birthday of Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest! The tents have been taken down, the flags that adorned Fort Dixie’s front porch properly folded & put away til we see y’all again next year!

Keepin’ the Skeer on’em,

Confederately yours,

Pat Godwin


16394 ---LOS On Lee Chapel Dispute --- Released: 19 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-07 17:07:08 -0400
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The League of the South on the Lee Chapel Dispute

29 July 2014

For immediate release

Re: A statement on the situation at Washington and Lee University

The League of the South does not wish to reason nor seek brotherhood with the broad forces responsible for removing the St. Andrews cross from Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University. Nor will we call them bigots or accuse them of not understanding the South.

Rather we Southern nationalists seek only their destruction as we would any pest that threatens our people and our land. We call them one thing and one thing only: enemy. And we care not one iota whether they understand the South or not. For the South belongs to us and we are here to claim our birthright.

We can promise them and their allies this. That their campaign to destroy our culture and its images will be taken as a campaign to destroy our blood. It is a war they have started but one we will finish, God willing. By the grace of Almighty Providence we will banish them and their godless kind from our land as a householder banishes rats from his steading.

On this they have our solemn promise made under our banner, the Black Cross.

On behalf of the board, staff, and membership of The League of the South,

I am,
Michael Hill, President


16390 ---Jacob Alson Long, Confederate Artilleryman --- Released: 20 days Ago. ---- 2014-08-06 17:40:13 -0400
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Jacob Alson Long of Alamance – Confederate Artilleryman, Educator, Attorney, Legislator and Klan Leader
The son of Jacob and Jane Stuart Stockard Long, he was born 6 April 1846 at the old Long place near Graham, North Carolina.  Grandfather John Stockard served in the War of 1812 and represented Orange County in the General Assembly nearly continuously from 1826 to 1846.
Jacob was schooled at Alexander Wilson’s academy near Graham and another at Hyco, Virginia, leaving school in 1864 to join Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, serving in the artillery until the end came at Appomattox.
Returning to the family farm after the war, he studied law under William K. Ruffin (son of Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin) in Hillsborough and was licensed to practice in 1870.  In the turbulence of the immediate postwar, he established a branch of the Ku Klux Klan in Alamance County and quickly organized ten orders in Alamance and Caswell counties with many prominent area men on the rosters.
The Klan was organized to counter the radical Union League of the Republican party which was indoctrinating freedmen to vote Republican and against their white neighbors, as well as encouraging them to intimidate white residents with violence to keep them from the polls.  Long’s Klan, like others, was intended to “get armed blacks off the streets of Graham” and restore law and order.  He abruptly left for Arkansas after Reconstruction authorities became aware of the Klan activity, but returned to Graham six months later in 1871.  He was arrested as an accessory in the 26 February 1870 hanging of Wyatt Outlaw, leader of the Union League in Alamance County.  Outlaw was reported to have ordered local blacks to “Put to fire mills, barns and houses” of white residents.
Though he had no evidence to convict Long or others, Carpetbag Judge Albion Tourgee offered a bribe of immunity and immediate release if he would implicate leaders of the Klan.  The grand jury refused to act upon Tourgee’s bill of indictment and subsequently all charges against Long were dismissed.  On 20 December 1871, while under arrest but free on bond, he married Esta Teague. Their union produced six children, of which son Jacob Elmer Long served as lieutenant-governor from 1925 to 1929. 
Long opened a law office in Graham until 1872, then served as a railroad conductor until 1873, and taught school for one year.  Relocating to Yanceyville, he practiced law for ten years, and eventually returned for good to Graham.  He was nominated in 1886 by Democrats for Solicitor of the Fifth District, but was defeated; in 1893 he was a successful candidate for the General Assembly and served one term.
Jacob A. Long died on 4 October 1923.
(Sources: Biography of Jacob Alson Long, Carolina Long Avery, Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, William S. Powell, editor, UNC Press, 1987, pp. 91-92; Reconstruction in North Carolina, J.G. Hamilton, 1914) 

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