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16528 ---Confederate Flag (Hollingsworth) --- Released: 6 minutes Ago. ---- 2014-10-24 15:32:43 -0400
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From: Bonnie Hollingsworth <bonh@citcom.net>
Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Subject: Fw: Confederate Flag
To: Judy & Homer Price <Judi.HomerPrice@gmail.com>
Cc: HK Edgerton <hk.edgerton@gmail.com>

If you did not have time to read this link from this month's Southern Heritage, take time to read it if you can:
 
http://www.godanriver.com/news/danville/city-still-talking-confederate-flag/article_241a849a-598b-11e4-8309-0017a43b2370.html
 
My group nationwide, even some in the NORTH joined me in writing a letter in defense of our "southern flag". Here is the letter I wrote:
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Bonnie Hollingsworth
To: sherman.saunders@danvilleva.gov
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Subject: Confederate Flag



I live in NC but am horrified that anyone, anywhere, would want to totally eradicate the Confederate Flag. It is part of our history, both for Whites and Blacks. One can no more change that than they can the Holocaust! Further, that flag NEVER flew over a slave ship. I fly that flag under my American flag, and I have Black friends.
 
Many Blacks actually believe that ALL slave owners were cruel people. Not true! One of my ancestral uncles went to JAIL for educating his slaves. They also had a chapel for the slave who wanted to learn about Jesus. When they were emancipated, only 3 young slaves chose to leave. Those who stayed were then given a small wage per month. They were happy, and could leave at any time. Why would they want to? They were provided food, clothes, education, and housing.
 
It further irks me that people like Sharpton and Jackson will NOT acknowlege the BLACK slave owners and expose THEIR attrocities. There were more slave owned by Blacks than by Whites in the Carolinas when the slave were emancipated. I believe it inherently WRONG for one man to own another man, just as I believe the Holocaust really happened.
 
The flag? It is a part of the history of this nation, and should stay, just like the "Don't Tread On Me" flag should stay. I have a decal on my front door that says, "Heritage, not Hate" written on a Confederate flag. It IS my heritage, and I am proud of it. I am Southern, and proud of it. I am not a racist, and I am proud of that fact. I have a bi-racial grandson, though not of our blood. We adore and love him, just like we do all of the other grandchildren, though he is adopted.
 
This is total nonsense. History cannot be re-written nor should it be. To toss out that flag would be like tossing out the British Jack!
 
Please think about these things before a decision is made. Thank you for your time.
 
Respectfully,
 
Bonnie Fordham Hollingsworth
Rosman, NC 28772

 

16526 ---Common Sense Over Political Correctness --- Released: 42 minutes Ago. ---- 2014-10-24 14:56:02 -0400
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DANVILLE FLAG OUTCOME "A VICTORY FOR COMMON SENSE OVER POLITICAL CORRECTNESS"

In a major victory for Americans of Confederate heritage, the City of Danville today squashed the attempts by The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History to remove the Third National Flag of the Confederacy from its grounds at the historic Sutherlin mansion.



"This is a huge victory for common sense over political correctness," said Kelly Barrow, the Commander in Chief of the 30,000 member Sons of Confederate Veterans, a heritage organization made up of direct descendants of those who fought for the Confederate States of America.

"The Sutherlin Mansion is called the Last Capital of the Confederacy because Jefferson Davis and his Cabinet stayed there after Richmond fell in 1865," said Barrow. "That flag flies there as a very significant part of American history. What the museum was proposing was nothing less than an unthinking insult to the more than 70 million Americans whose ancestors fought for the Southern cause. It amounts to an attempt to whitewash American and Virginian history."

In a brief statement, the City of Danville acknowledged that Virginia law prevents the removal of the flag. Attorney Fred Taylor, who represented individual citizens of Danville, said, "I am pleased to hear of the decision by the Danville City Council. Virginia state law is clear regarding the protection of the monument and the memorial, and it is reassuring to see the City Council honor its original 7994 agreement with the Heritage Preservation Association and the citizens of Danville, avoiding what could have been a needless and costly legal battle."

Ben L. Jones
Chief of Heritage Operations
Sons of Confederate Veterans
 

16521 ---Last Of The Senate Giants --- Released: about 6 hours Ago. ---- 2014-10-24 09:43:53 -0400
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Jefferson Davis, Last of the Senate Giants
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
Jefferson Davis was a Unionist and struggled to his last days as a Mississippi Senator to push Congress toward a peaceful solution to the sectional crisis. He belonged to the Calhoun school which saw preserving the rights of the South in the federal Union as paramount; he viewed secession as a last resort of the States in order to preserve their sovereignty and liberties, should the Constitution ratified voluntarily in 1787, and its federal agent, became destructive of those rights.
 



Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
www.ncwbts150.com
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
 
 Jefferson Davis, Last of the Senate Giants
 
“The theory of State Rights and the belief in secession had been understood in both sections equally, when advantage dictated understanding: as late as 1846 the State government of Massachusetts had been willing to secede, had passed resolutions to that end, in opposition to the Mexican War.
 
The North alone now repudiated State sovereignty because it had no interest to serve with its support. After the Republican senators had rejected the Crittenden Compromise, which gave to them every eventual advantage and to the South nothing in the end, they would not listen to a proposal of a convention of the States; they were then challenged for a compromise proposal of their own, but not a Republican replied.
 
At this distance it is certain that the deadlock exactly suited the North, for its purpose was to subdue the South at all costs; in a policy that conceded nothing and demanded everything, the North meant to “ride over the South rough-shod.”
 
The South was willing at this time to accept any measure that guaranteed it even less than its Constitutional rights in the territories; but the North no longer desired equality of sectional power; the North was bent on domination. By refusing to budge from this position, the North forced the South to act for its preservation, and by means of the slavery issue the shrewdness of the Yankee succeeded, as always, of putting his enemy in the wrong.
 
There was probably not a single phase of the conflict that Mr. Davis failed, in a sense, to understand; and yet, in the end, he could not see why men would not follow the law, or why the inflamed sections would not abide by compromises.  Men sometimes act reasonably, but never logically; this was a distinction that Mr. Davis, being logical, could not grasp.
 
[After his final speech and resignation from the United States Senate after Mississippi had seceded, Davis] painfully moved through the crowded Senate chamber out into the street, [and for him] the old Constitutional republic came . . . to a dramatic end. There would no longer be a Union in the exact sense of that word; there would be a uniformity; for one of the two types of American civilization must absolutely prevail.  Davis left the Senate smaller; it would never be so large again; he was the last of the Senate giants.
 
All the night of January 21 he suffered, sleepless; the nervous strain of the last six months had broken him down. His neuralgia had spread film over one iris; he was almost blind in that eye.  Mrs. Davis, anxious in the next room, heard him say, again and again, in a tone of agony:
 
“May God have us in His Holy keeping, and grant that before it is too late peaceful councils may prevail.”
 
(Jefferson Davis, His Rise and Fall, Allen Tate, Minton, Balch & Company, 1929, pp. 12-13)
 
 

16520 ---Flag To Remain In Danville --- Released: about 23 hours Ago. ---- 2014-10-23 16:41:27 -0400
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Georgia Flagger cobbslegionscv@yahoo.com [FlagFight] <FlagFight@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Subject: [FlagFight] Virginia Flaggers Update: 3rd National Confederate Flag to REMAIN Flying in Danville! [1 Attachment]
To: Georgia Division <gascv-discussion@yahoogroups.com>, FlagFight <flagfight@yahoogroups.com>

VICTORY !!!
Many groups came together for this most important Heritage Victory!
I am honored my contributions assisted others to gain this landmark event.
Thanks to all others who read earlier calls to arms and wrote letters and made calls.
YOU WERE HEARD!
Congratulations to all concerned
Next up, is the Ole Miss road marker suit on Oct 27th.
Billy Bearden
Camp 673

Confederate flag to stay on museum lawn

"City Manager Joe King announced today that the City Council will consider a resolution at its November 6, 2014 meeting stating that it has determined that under Virginia law, the City does not have the legal authority to remove the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. The City Manager received a September 30, 2014 letter from Cara Burton, Executive Director of the museum, conveying her board of directors’ request that the City of Danville remove the Confederate flag. The November 6th resolution directs the City Manager to notify the museum Board of Directors that it cannot consider its request."



Information we received indicates that YOUR contact with City Officials made a HUGE difference.  We know that calls, emails, and letters were running 10-1 SUPPORTING the flag!

Last night, supporters filled the City Council Meeting, and spoke 10-2 in favor of leaving the flag.

http://www.godanriver.com/news/danville/city-still-talking-confederate-flag/article_241a849a-598b-11e4-8309-0017a43b2370.html

"By the time council members walked out of their closed meeting and entered council chambers for the regular meeting, every seat was taken — mostly by people holding Confederate flags."

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/despite-no-vote-danville-city-council-hears-opinions-on-confederate-flag/29267372

Truly a joint effort, the Va Flaggers were honored to be a part of a group that included the local Heritage Preservation Association, Danville SCV and UDC, OCR, Mechanized Cavalry, and concerned citizens from Danville, across Virginia and the South who came together to stand against the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History's request to remove the flag from the Sutherlin Museum.

God bless all those who took the time to support the efforts in Danville...and God Save the South!

Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

 

16519 ---Sesquicentennial Commemorative Calendars --- Released: about 24 hours Ago. ---- 2014-10-23 16:01:53 -0400
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2015 SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE CALENDARS READY TO SHIP


 
For those who have purchased previous calendars in our series, a personal note….embarking on the project this year seemed an ominous task…re-hashing the melancholy of the surrenders of the gallant armies of Virginia, Tennessee, the Trans-Mississippi and the dis-mantling of the government of the Confederate States of America seemed too painful to undertake.  The Nation that was established with such hope and purpose would evaporate in almost the twinkling of an eye…to be remembered so wrongly and unjustly in so many schoolchildren’s history books after such a heroic and sacrificial effort.

Nevertheless, keeping with our ongoing theme of not focusing on the military aspects of the CSA, but instead incorporating current events, her government and personalities, I believe this calendar will be an inspiration and treasure to you.  For, despite the heartbreak of the defeat of Southern military forces, the courage, heroism and obligation to ‘duty’ in spite of awful circumstances is evidenced by the Southern people even in her final days.
 
In striking contrast is the vindictiveness of the conquering enemy and their betrayal of Southern blacks.
 
Also included is a bonus tribute to the Confederate Marine Corps as well as the completion of Jefferson Davis’ grand plan for the Capital Dome in Washington, DC.
 
The calendars are available by mail order for only $18.50 and support our Chapter’s memorial, historical and other projects.
 
The calendars also make great speaker gifts and stocking stuffers for you Southern friends and family.
 
Simply mail your check payable you UDC 2640 (making sure to indicate the shipping address for the calendars) to: Lunelle Siegel; 606 Vanderbaker Road; Temple Terrace, FL 33617
 
Confederately,
 
Lunelle Siegel
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson Chapter 2640
United Daughters of the Confederacy
www.augustajanesudc.org
siegels1@mindspring.com
 
 

16518 ---Recognized, Legal African Business --- Released: about 24 hours Ago. ---- 2014-10-23 15:47:26 -0400
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Recognized and Legal African Business
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
New England rum was a valuable commodity to trade African kings for slaves – one hundred gallons was sufficient to purchase a male slave in the Guinea trade.  Newport, Rhode Island maintained a merchant fleet of 170 vessels in 1750, half of which were engaged exclusively in the slave trade and formed the basis of that regions financial wealth.  The American South was the recipient, not the originator, of African slavery.
 
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
www.ncwbts150.com
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
 
Recognized and Entirely Legal African Business
 
“The ports of London, Liverpool, and Bristol were deeply involved in the [transatlantic] slave trade by the early years of the century, and by the 1760’s the prosperity of Liverpool, whose ships carried more than half the English part of the trade, was commonly thought to rest on the slavers.
 
[The Northern colonies in America] took to it, and early in the century Yankee slavers, chiefly operating out of Newport and Bristol in Rhode Island and in much smaller volume out of Boston, Salem and Providence, with a sprinkling of vessels out of Portsmouth, New London and New York, entered the business. In the main, they supplied the West Indies rather than the mainland; the vast majority of slaves brought to American shores came in British hulls.
 
Although some white men raided and kidnapped blacks along the African coast, such violence was neither prudent nor necessary. The vast majority of slaves were bought from native African slavers at or near the West African coast.
 
Whites knew almost nothing about Africa farther than fifty or a hundred miles into the interior, and for the most part the European trading companies were content to operate from coastal forts to which efficiently organized African societies were capable of delivering a steady supply of slaves.
 
Africa had a system or systems of slavery long before white men came to the Guinea Coast, and had regularly enslaved was captives and criminals.  Once the European trade opened, the profits to be made from a large external slave market provoked more wars and instigated more rigorous punishment of crime by native chiefs.
 
Other persons sold themselves or their families for food during famine, or were kidnapped by native gangs. Many native kings ran profitable slave businesses, and responded eagerly to opportunities for greater profits.  The slave trade became a recognized and entirely legal form of business in Africa.
 
Moreover, the Africans took to guns and gunpowder with a rapidity which, while lamentable in many respects, was highly protective in others.  Africans had no more impulse toward racial solidarity than Europeans did toward Christian unity.  [African kings could] charge Europeans substantial rents for permission to build trading forts, yet deny them the power to dominate any more land than the immediate territories around the forts.
 
[And it] was labor, not territory, that the whites wanted from Africa, and the African kings, through their commission merchants, were usually pleased to sell laborers, accustomed as they were to selling, exchanging, and sometimes giving away their own slaves.  At the beginning they probably did not know what they were selling their slaves into, and in the end apparently did not much care.”
 
(America at 1750, A Social Portrait, Richard Hofstader, Vintage Books, 1973, pp. 75-77)
 
 

16517 ---Secession Doctrine Taught --- Released: 1 day Ago. ---- 2014-10-23 15:34:21 -0400
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Secession Doctrine Taught by New Englanders
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
Historically the Democratic party, created in 1792 as a Southern reaction to Northern control of the federal government, was so successful that every major political party since has been a reaction to it.  The Federalists of New England, once unseated in 1800, reacted by formulating plans to secede from the union.
 
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
www.ncwbts150.com
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
 
Secession Doctrine Taught by New Englanders
 
“The final political phenomenon to arise out of the North-South competition of the 1790s was the doctrine of Secession. It represented the death rattle of the Federalist party.
 
The pivotal year was 1800 when the Democratic leaders [Thomas] Jefferson and [Aaron] Burr succeeded in putting together a coalition of the have-nots of the country – the agriculturalists of the South and the proletarians of the Northern cities.  They won control of the nation.  They took the Senate with eighteen seats to fourteen Federalist, and the House with sixty-nine seats to thirty-six Federalist.
 
They took the presidency by an equally comfortable margin, although the quirks of the Electoral College arrangement caused Jefferson and his vice presidential candidate Burr to receive an equal number of electoral votes for President.  The Federalist party survived another sixteen years, although it would never again won control the House, Senate, or presidency.
 
It did not take defeat well. Barely three years after the Democratic rout, Northern Federalists began arguing for the secession of the New England States from the Union.  It would be their sullen tom-tom call, a summons to defect, until they passed from the national scene in 1816.
 
There was nothing understated about their secessionist position. It was widespread, and if it could not be done peaceably, they said, it should be done violently.
 
Listen to one of the many secessionists, Josiah Quincy III, scion of the New England Quincy’s, future mayor of Boston and future president of Harvard University. In 1811 he was a thirty-eight year-old congressman standing opposed to the admission of Louisiana as a State.
 
“It is my deliberate opinion,” he said, “that if this bill passes, the bonds of this union are virtually dissolved, that the States which compose it are free from their moral obligations, and that as it will be the right of all, so it will be the duty of some to prepare, definitely, for a separation; amicably if they can; violently if they must.”
 


One man who listened carefully that year was a freshman congressman from South Carolina.  He was John C. Calhoun, who had been taught the secessionist doctrine in the law schools of New England, who had listened to it in the Congress, and who would one day carry it back down South . . .
 
Meanwhile, it is an unfair strike that history has identified the South with secession when in fact the earliest and clearest argument against it were proposed by Jefferson and Madison [, both Southerners]. The creators of secession doctrine, and the teachers of it from 1800 to 1817, were New England Federalists.”
 
(The Natural Superiority of Southern Politicians, A Revisionist History, David Leon Chandler, Doubleday, 1977, pp. 115-116)  
 
 

16516 ---Re: Holzer's Article On Lincoln, Press --- Released: 1 day Ago. ---- 2014-10-23 15:05:28 -0400
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A letter to the Civil War Times in response to Holzer's article on Lincoln and the press:
 
To the Editor:
 
Harold Holzer’s article on Lincoln’s persecution of the press [and everyone else who dared to disagree openly with his polices] is disingenuous at best. Lincoln negated the First Amendment and in fact nullified the Constitution. To suggest that this was acceptable in “the interest of national security” is to validate every tyrant throughout history. And make no mistake, Lincoln was a tyrant. To “protect the government”—and not the Constitution—as he indicated in his First Inaugural Address, he waged treasonous war upon those States that had exercised their constitutional right to secession, thus driving other States from the upper South also to secede to avoid participating in his treason.
 
Sadly, this criminal who ended the Great Experiment of the Founding Fathers has been elevated to demi-god status as anyone who has seen his “temple” must realize. Equally tragic is the fact that now the truth about Lincoln is being exposed despite such acolytes as Mr. Holzer, more and more Americans across the political spectrum have determined that while Lincoln was indeed a despot who murdered hundreds of thousands of Americans—North and South, white and black, free and slave, soldier and civilian—he was right to do so! After all, they say, he ended slavery—something by the way that he had no intention of doing as the Corwin Amendment and his own words indicate—and “preserved the Union”—which indeed, he did not. In fact, according to Jeremiah Black, President James Buchana’s Attorney General, “…the Union must utterly perish at the moment when Congress shall arm one part of the people against another for any purpose beyond that of merely protecting the General Government in the exercise of its proper constitutional functions.” Since waging war on States in the pursuit of their acknowledged constitutional rights is treason under Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution, Lincoln actually ended rather than preserved the original Union brought forth by the Founding Fathers.
 
Valerie Protopapas
 
 

16514 ---Va Flaggers: "But No More Than That..." --- Released: 1 day Ago. ---- 2014-10-23 14:28:09 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: VMFA Update - "But No More Than That..."!

BYGONE YEARS

VETERANS VOTED TO DEED LAND FOR MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS IN ’33
By Ellen Robertson (Richmond Times-Dispatch – November 11, 1993)

"The R.E. Lee Camp of United Confederate Veterans voted to deed a chunk of the Confederate Soldiers’ Home grounds at Grove Avenue and the Boulevard as a site for a state museum of fine arts 60 years ago this week.

The Veterans approved a site of about 300 feet fronting the Boulevard and a 175-foot strip along Grove Avenue for what would become the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a structure to cost $250,000.

But no more than that, the veterans emphasized. They still hoped the rest of the property could be developed as a Confederate memorial park.

Gov. Garland Pollard said work on the museum would begin immediately."

"But no more than that, the veterans emphasized." The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) exists today ONLY because of the generosity of the Confederate Veterans who donated the land for the museum to be constructed. In return, less than 100 years later, Museum and Virginia officials have stolen the rest of the of land, and stripped the Confederate Memorial Chapel of its Battle Flags.



The Virginia Flaggers entered our THIRD year of flagging the VMFA with nearly 2 dozen flaggers on the Boulevard on September 27th, including Flaggers who traveled from as far away as Tennessee and Confederate Mizourah to join us!

Our Flaggers were on the Boulevard for a full day, and were surprised and thrilled when a delivery of pizza showed up, courtesy of an anonymous supporter!  :)

Beautiful weather meant plenty of opportunities to talk with museum visitors, residents, and tourists, and a Russian news station stopped by for an interview...

Flagging has continued, throughout October, twice a week, with October 1 marking the three year anniversary of the very first flagging.

Three years of forwarding the colors, standing for our ancestors, and changing hearts and minds.  Even so, every flagging brings a new opportunity to educate.  These ladies stopped and asked (with great skepticism) about what was going on with "all the flags on the sidewalk". They listened to a brief explanation of the situation at the Confederate Memorial Chapel and left with fliers in hand, a new perception of our flags, and a new understanding of those that who carry them and why.

Midweek flagging brought a special surprise, as we were joined by a supporter all the way from ALASKA! We were so thankful that he took time out from his visit to come stand with us!

We enter our third year of flagging the VMFA with renewed determination and commitment to seeing the Confederate Battle Flags returned to the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

Join us, and be a part of those "taking it to the streets", and standing for our Confederate veterans.

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

Saturday, November 15th - Sunday, November 16th:  We will have a booth at the Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show at Richmond International Raceway.  The 34th Annual Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show presented by Mike Kent & Associates along with the Central Virginia Civil War Collector's Association. This is one of the oldest and most respected Civil War shows in the country.  Hours are Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 9am - 3pm. 
http://www.mkshows.com/cgi-bin/show_display.asp?52

Saturday, December 7th:  Mechanicsville Christmas Parade. The Va Flaggers will join the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters in this VERY Confederate friendly parade.

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

Friday, December 12th:  Susan will be speaking at the Christmas gathering of the
Major Robert M. White, Camp No. 1250, Sons of Confederate Veterans,Temple, Texas

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

Follow our blog:  http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/

Find us on FaceBook: 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Virginia-Flaggers/378823865585630

Follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VaFlagger

Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

 

16513 ---FlagFight - Danville Flag Poll --- Released: 1 day Ago. ---- 2014-10-23 14:13:18 -0400
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suzn68@comcast.net [FlagFight] <FlagFight@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Subject: [FlagFight] Danville Flag Poll
To: FlagFight <FlagFight@yahoogroups.com>

If you come across a link to a "Danville Flag Poll", please do not click it, post or share.

This poll is bogus, created by one of the anti-Confederate bloggers who has gone to great lengths to attack us, on many, MANY different levels.

Unable to get anyone to listen to him, or visit his blog, he has resorted to posting these fake "polls", hoping to lure people to his vile site, this time, even using a photo from Gone With the Wind to entice.

Pretty sad when all these folks have left is deception and skulduggery...

Thanks,
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

 

16504 ---Slaves Freeing Themselves From Freedom --- Released: 8 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-16 09:40:07 -0400
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Slaves Freeing Themselves from Freedom
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
Often mislabeling homeless black refugees in the South as “loyal,” Northerners saw them as easily-acquired and underpaid mercenaries who would help them subjugate the American South. Most of them were not so easily mislead, knew what their new friends had in mind, and simply wanted to go home to be left alone.
 
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
www.ncwbts150.com
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
 
Slaves Freeing Themselves from Freedom
 
“At Hilton Head, in March 1862, it was proposed to organize out of certain loyal blacks, within easy reach, a patriotic Negro brigade.  But this reinforcement so little appreciated the intended honor that the vigilance of a strong picket of white soldiers was necessary to prevent the escape of the slave to his master.
 
With their Enfield rifles and other military equipments, one-third of the nucleus did, in fact, decamp. [Northern] General [David] Hunter’s force succeeded in recovering at least five of these refugees from freedom.  “Taken when fleeing toward the mainland, occupied by rebels, they were placed in irons and confined at the Rip Raps [along the shore]”
 
Fugitives from freedom, encountering every peril to escape therefrom, by some fugitive freedom laws are pursued, overtaken, loaded with irons and threatened with worse if they make further efforts to free themselves from freedom. It may be, in cold iron outline, is imaged something of deeper import – “the name of freedom graven on a heavier chain.”
 
(Leigh Robinson’s Address, 18 December, 1909, Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36, 1908, pg. 320)

 

16503 ---Prejudices Of Northern States --- Released: 8 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-16 09:29:21 -0400
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Prejudices of the Northern States
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
Radical Republican Governor John Andrew of Massachusetts petitioned Lincoln to allow his State agents to seize captured South Carolina slaves and count them as Massachusetts soldiers under his State quota – thus avoiding the conscription of white Massachusetts men and keeping captured blacks out of his State.  For the same general purpose Andrew obtained 400 well-paid California men to serve as the Second Massachusetts Cavalry regiment.
 
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
www.ncwbts150.com
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
 
Prejudices of the Northern States
 
“In the house of them who felt so keenly their mission to call others to repentance, how fared it with the Negro?  In the general laws of Massachusetts (compiled in accordance with a resolution of February 22, 1822) it is provided: “That no person being an African or Negro, other than the subjects of the emperor of Morocco” – (and certified citizens of other States) “shall tarry within the Commonwealth for a longer time than two months.”
 
In case of such prolonged stay, if after warning and failure to depart, “it shall be made to appear that the said person has thus continued in [Massachusetts] . . . he or she shall be whipped, not exceeding ten stripes, and ordered to depart, and if he shall not so depart, the same process shall be had and inflicted, and so toties quoties.” In March, 1788, this was one of the “perpetual laws of the Commonwealth.”
 
When war raged for freedom, how was it then?  In September 1862, General [John] Dix proposed to remove a “number of [Negro] contrabands” from Fortress Monroe to Massachusetts.  To this Governor Andrew replied: “I do not concur in any way, or to any degree in the plan proposed” [and that you will be deprived] “of the strength of hundreds of stout arms, which would be nerved with the desperation of men fighting for liberty.”
 
But the Negro, despite all the invocations to do so, had never offered to fight for liberty; did not then offer.  At that time no Negro had ever sat upon a jury; none trained in the militia; none trained in the militia of Massachusetts.  Why should the Negro be ambitious to die for Massachusetts?
 
The war governor proceeds: “Contemplating, however, the possibility of such removal, permit me to say that the Northern States are of all places the worst possible to select for an asylum . . . I would take the liberty of suggesting some Union foothold in the South.”
 
In this same month, the adjutant-general [Dix] inquired of the army of the West: “What is to be done with this unfortunate race . . . You cannot send them North.  You all know the prejudices of the Northern States for receiving large numbers of the colored race.  Some States have passed laws prohibiting them to come within their borders . . . look along this river (the Mississippi) and see the number of deserted plantations on its borders. These are the best places for these freed men.”
 
Ever, as with the constancy of natural causes, exercised in some other man’s house, on the banks of some far-off, ancient river.  On these terms who would not be an altruist?
 
“In the State where I live,” said John Sherman, on April 2, 1862, “we do not like Negroes. We do not disguise our dislike.  As my friend from Indiana (Mr. Wright) said yesterday, “The whole people of the Northwestern States, are, for reasons, whether correct or not, opposed to having many Negroes among them, and that principle or prejudice has been engraved in the legislation of nearly all the Northwestern States.”
 
(Leigh Robinson’s Address, 18 December, 1909, Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36, 1908, pp. 319-321)
 
 

16502 ---A Needful Defense --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-15 18:13:36 -0400
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A needful defense
 
From: vaproto@optonline.net
 
To all:
 
Yesterday I had one of those “moments” in which one sees rather clearly a great issue which is seldom addressed by those who defend the South and her heritage. As I was speaking to one of the ladies at my club, she opined that had the South prevailed in the “Civil War” (sic), slavery would still exist! Of course, I did the best to counter this, especially noting that it was the South who had — before the rise of radical abolitionism in the North — a preponderance of emancipation groups, the North either being uninterested in the matter or preferring the profit it gained from the Triangle trade. I also pointed out the nature of that trade and which section of the country ran it.
 
But, as you all know too well, any response to such a complex subject often loses its force simply because it is itself too complex for the person you are trying to inform to grasp. Then I remembered a movie from years ago about what would have happened had the South won its war. I believe that a “promo shot” showed astronauts landing on the moon and placing on that body (of all things!) the battle flag! In that film, naturally, slavery was still around as a sort of skeleton at the banquet.
 
We MUST counter and defeat the idea not just that slavery was the reason for the war, but that had the South won the war, slavery would still be with us. And while it is very useful to show the anti-black bias of the North (the idea of the honorable and Christian Yankee going to war to free his black brothers is not only wrong but somewhat nauseating!) what we need to do is concentrate on the South’s efforts to end slavery while making such plans as would be needed to transition blacks from servitude to freedom. It is obvious that had emancipation been permitted to proceed in the South, our present race relations would be far different than they are at present — something else that testifies on our behalf.
 
As long as the idea that slavery would have remained had the South triumphed, we will make little headway in our efforts to bring to light the crimes committed against the people of the South and what that all means for us today. There is an underlying attitude among those who take any interest at all in this subject (and who are not with us) that whatever was inflicted on the South was deserved not only because slavery existed there but because it would have continued to exist had not the North won the war.
 
Valerie
 
 

16500 ---Danville Flag Removal - Round 2 --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-15 17:29:02 -0400
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From: Georgia Flagger cobbslegionscv@yahoo.com [FlagFight] <FlagFight@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Subject: [FlagFight] Danville Confederate Flag Removal...Round 2
To: Georgia Division <GASCV-Discussion@yahoogroups.com>, "FlagFight@yahoogroups.com" <FlagFight@yahoogroups.com>

Billy Bearden
Camp 673

1st White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery, Alabama. On March 4, 1861, President John Tyler’s granddaughter, Miss Letitia Tyler, raised the first flag of the Confederacy, the Stars and Bars, on the Capitol grounds. Today, a First National proudly flies on the grounds of the home and museum which is located directly across from the State Capitol building. The museum is a wonderful tribute to President Davis and his family, and a real treasure and asset to Montgomery's heritage and tourism.

Meanwhile, back in Virginia, at the LAST Capital of the Confederacy a Third National flag proudly flies on the lawn, marking the Sutherlin Mansion as the last residence of Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederate States of America.



"The Anne Eliza Johns Chapter 164, UDC was instrumental in saving “the last Capital of the Confederacy”, the old Sutherlin Mansion, home of Major William T. Sutherlin in Danville. President Jefferson Davis stayed there April 3-10, 1865 when he and his cabinet evacuated Richmond. The last full cabinet meeting was held here and this is where Davis received news of Lee’s surrender. When Mrs. Sutherlin died in 1912, the mansion was threatened with demolition. The Daughters raised $20,000, Half of the funds required, which were matched by the City of Danville. In 1912, the City deeded to the UDC two upstairs rooms in the mansion for a meeting place in appreciation of their work in saving the building. A wall was removed to make one large room which the chapter continues to use for its meetings. The room contains the marble table where Jefferson Davis wrote “The Last Proclamation”. The two chandeliers in the room are original to the house. There are many antiques and collectibles in the chapter room donated by friends including portraits of the Sutherlins and Anne Eliza Johns along with items purchased by the chapter such as the iron strong box which stored the gold brought to Danville by President Davis."

(http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aejohnsudc.com%2Findex_files%2FPage400.htm&h=hAQGGtwxa&enc=AZN41Henhq_G0GhAXnUDqKlVNKnKo7eYpLH7cku1utmB3BHhGVkuCh_dye-l3Gy62ozOoAEhqIkyCuNFuolcX_CMIUZq6g3_QkZ-OkoEySPRSFABg5tLRlWP2QsSuOS13r859QFOaYbUs2mouAEwVFPc&s=1)

Through their generosity, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History was established. Fast forward 100 years, and museum Director Cara Burton has decided to repay this kindness by sending a letter to Danville City Council requesting the Third National Confederate flag be removed from the property.  Instead of honoring the heritage and history of the historic property,  the museum has chosen to make a request that dishonors the proud history of the Sutherlin Mansion, and disprespects the very organization to whom they owe their existence.

On October 9th, dozens of supporters of the flag attended the Danville City Council meeting to urge members to deny the request. The matter was discussed in closed session, and although comments from citizens were in support of the flag by a 4 to 1 margin, council members chose NOT to end the matter quickly, as they should have, by simply denying the request. Reportedly, more "research" will be done, and the matter will be discussed and action decided in another closed session meeting on October 21st, followed immediately by an open City Council meeting.

The Mayor and each member of City Council announced that they wanted to hear what the citizens have to say on this matter. Have you let YOUR voice be heard? Your ancestors can no longer speak. If you do not raise your voice in their defense, who will?

Please take time over the next 9 days to write, call, and email the Mayor, City Council members, and the City Manager's office. Be polite, but firm...and encourage them to honor the history and heritage of Danville and her people by denying the absurd request by the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Ask them to honor the 1994 resolution and abide by Virginia State Law, which prohibits the removal of the memorial flag.

City Council staff directory, with contact information can be found here:
http://www.danville-va.gov/Directory.aspx?did=26

City Manager's Office directory here...
http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.danville-va.gov%2FDirectory.aspx%3Fdid%3D7&h=rAQHAQfgV&enc=AZNeWowVNUCTGKFw_BVYom87FhngtLvG8ku1GJLa0tKOkeX7qJbZEqbBbngYDea0a1RUu93mABq7JAL944Pf2NOWY-pIbqjgvp81EdTowH6NaE3PooETrlKNO1_501s3DMZlC-GdlcFWF43n_Yv0QJOc&s=1

ACT NOW...forward this information to help reach as many as possible... and make plans to attend the meeting on October 21st.

Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers

P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

 

16499 ---Tribute To Moses Ezekiel - 10-12-2014 --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-15 16:49:33 -0400
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From: cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net [FlagFight] <FlagFight@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Subject: [FlagFight] Hispanic Heritage Month tribute to Moses Ezekiel
To: "flagfight@yahoogroups.com" <flagfight@yahoogroups.com>

Sunday October 12, 2014

Please see my latest article as below at Canada Free Press and thank these good folks at: cfp@canadafreepress.com

See article at: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/66674

Hope many more carry this Southern Historical article. Thanks and God bless Dixie!
 
Hispanic Heritage Month tribute to Moses Ezekiel


 
By: Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Speaker, Writer of short stories, Author of book “When America stood for God, Family and Country” and Chairman of the National and Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Confederate History and Heritage Month committee.
http://www.facebook.com/ConfederateHeritageMonth

1064 West Mill Drive, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152, Phone 770 330 9792 or 770 428 0978
 
Hello America and the World!

The movie “Field of Lost Shoes” will premiere on May 17th.

“Field of Lost Shoes” is about one of the more storied minor battles of the Civil War, when cadets from Virginia Military Institute were hurled into action to stop a Union invasion of their corner of the Shenandoah Valley. Read more at:
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2014/09/26/0926-field-of-shoes-review.html

September through October is Hispanic Heritage month and an Atlanta TV station is currently airing Hispanic Heritage Month tributes. Will the American media that are doing Hispanic segments include the story of Moses Jacob Ezekiel who had a Jewish-Hispanic Heritage and who marched with his fellow VMI Cadets to engage the Yankee invasion at the Battle of New Market?

Are children taught about such great Americans like Moses Ezekiel?

Moses J. Ezekiel was born in Richmond, Virginia on October 28, 1844. He was one of fourteen children born to Jacob and Catherine De Castro Ezekiel. His grandparents came to America from Holland in 1808, and were of Jewish-Spanish Heritage.

At the age of 16, and the beginning of the War Between the States, Moses begged his father and mother to allow him to enroll at Virginia Military Institute.

Three years after his enrollment at (VMI) the cadets of the school marched to the aid of Confederate General John C. Breckinridge. Moses Ezekiel joined his fellow cadets in a charge against the Yankee lines at the "Battle of New Market."

When the War Between the States ended, Moses went back to Virginia Military Institute to finish his studies where he graduated in 1866. According to his letters, which are now preserved by the American Jewish Historical Society, Ezekiel met with Robert E. Lee during this time. Lee encouraged him by saying, "I hope you will be an artist.....do earn a reputation in whatever profession you undertake.

The world famous Arlington National Cemetery is located in Virginia and overlooks the Potomac River. At section 16, of the cemetery, is a beautiful Confederate Monument that towers over the graves of 450 Southern soldiers, wives and civilians. These words are inscribed on the memorial:

"Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank,
Not lured by ambition, or goaded by necessity,
But in simple obedience to duty, as they understood it,
These men sacrificed all, dared all....and died."

The United Daughters of the Confederacy entered into a contract with Moses J. Ezekiel to build this Confederate Monument at Arlington National Cemetery. It is written that he based his work on the words of Prophet Isaiah, "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks."

This Confederate Memorial towers 32 and 1/2 feet and is said to be the tallest bronze sculpture at Arlington National Cemetery. On top is a figure of a woman, with olive leaves covering her head, representing the South. She also holds a laurel wreath in her left hand, remembering the Sons of Dixie. On the side of the monument is also a depiction of a Black Confederate marching in step with white soldiers.

Ezekiel was not able to come to the dedication of the monument held on June 4, 1914, with President Woodrow Wilson presiding. Many Union and Confederate soldiers were in attendance among the crowd of thousands.

Moses Jacob Ezekiel studied to be an artist in Italy. As a tribute to his great works, he was knighted by Emperor William I of Germany and Kings Humbert I and Victor Emmanuel, II of Italy---thus the title of "Sir."

Among the works of Sir Moses J. Ezekiel are: "Christ Bound for the Cross", "The Martyr", "David Singing his song of Glory" and "Moses Receiving the Law on Mount Sinai."

Upon his death in 1917, Moses Ezekiel left behind his request to be buried with his Confederates at Arlington. A burial ceremony was conducted on March 31, 1921, at the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. It was presided over by the United States Secretary of War John W. Weeks. He was laid to rest at the foot of the memorial that he had sculptured. Six VMI cadets flanked his casket that was covered with an American flag.

The death of Moses Ezekiel, the distinguished and greatly loved American, who lived in Rome for more than forty years, caused universal regret here----1921, The New York Times Dispatch from Rome, Italy.

The following is inscribed on his grave marker:

"Moses J. Ezekiel
Sergeant of Company C
Battalion of Cadets of the
Virginia Military Institute."

 

16496 ---Danville Flag Removal Call To Action --- Released: 15 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-09 12:03:51 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: Urgent! Danville flag removal Call to Action!

We just received word from the folks in Danville that they want to pack the courthouse tomorrow night, Thursday, October 9th for the scheduled City Council Meeting.



Although we have been told that the matter of the request to remove the Confederate flag memorial from the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion WILL NOT be on the agenda, we want to send a STRONG message to all involved by way of a large turnout of flag supporters.

If there is anyway you can get there, plan to meet at 6:15 at the courthouse, and bring a car full of folks!

PLEASE pass the word, especially among those who are within driving distance, and help PACK THE MEETING WITH CONFEDERATES.

427 Patton St.
Fourth Floor
Danville, VA  24541

http://www.godanriver.com/news/danville/confederate-flag-protected-forever/article_21901a06-4f44-11e4-8e3c-0017a43b2370.html

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com
 

16495 ---Va Flaggers: Trey Tate Obituary --- Released: 16 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-08 12:34:15 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: Trey Tate Obituary



The Virginia Flaggers are mourning the sudden loss of one of our own. Floyd Lewis Tate III (Trey), 31, a dedicated defender of the honor of his Confederate ancestors, was killed tragically in a traffic accident early Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 10, 2014 at Bethany Christian Church, 2401 Bethany Church Rd., Bumpass, Virginia, 23024.  Visitation: 1:00 p.m.  Memorial Service: 2:00 p.m. and graveside service at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Richmond SPCA, or the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters, Camp #3000, Sons of Confederate Veterans, P.O. Box 70086, Henrico, VA 23255-0086.

Some of you may recall that Trey lost his father just a few short months ago. We humbly ask for prayers for his family, including his infant daughter, his mother, and his brother, Brandon White and their families...and for your patience and understanding as we take time to support the family, and grieve for a young life cut short.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.  For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-5

With a heavy heart,

Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers

P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

 

16493 ---Museum Wants Flag Removed - 10/7 Update --- Released: 16 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-08 11:53:52 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: Danville Museum Wants Confederate Flag Removed - UPDATE



"GUARDING OUR FUTURE BY PRESERVING OUR PAST"

Many thanks to all of you who took the time to email, write or call the suggested contacts for the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, as well as the Danville City Manager and Mayor.

After reviewing the state and city ordinances, resolutions, and statutes regarding the Confederate memorial at the Sutherlin Mansion, we are confident that the outrageous request from the Director of the museum is BY LAW not permissible, and will be denied.

Still, we MUST remain vigilant, and ask that each of you, if you have not already done so, take a few minutes to write a polite email or make a phone call and let those involved know just how many people feel strongly about this matter.  Encourage Museum Director Ms. Cara Burton to withdraw her request, and urge the City Manger and City Attorney to deny the request and put an end to this nonsense.

Danville City Manager Joe King:
(434) 799-5100
kingjc@danvilleva.gov

Danville City Mayor Sherman M. Saunders
 (434) 799-8737
sherman.saunders@danvilleva.gov

City Attorney W. Clarke Whitfield, Jr.
cityattystaff@danvilleva.gov 
Ph: (434) 799-5122
Fx: (434) 797-8972

Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History
975 Main Street
Danville, Virginia 24541
Phone: 434.793.5644
Fax:     434.799.6145
Executive Director Cara Burton
cara@danvillemuseum.org

This is the form email reply that is being sent from City officials:

Thank you for your email.

Please be aware that the Danville City Council has not yet had the opportunity to consider the request of the Board of Directors of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History to remove the Confederate flag from the museum grounds.  When it does, discussions will be conducted at announced times in public meetings.  City Council will seek public input on the matter before making a decision.  Please regularly check our municipal website, http://www.danville-va.gov, for news and announcements.

From the City Clerk this morning:
"Next Danville Council meeting is Thursday Oct 9th @ 7pm.  Flag agenda not on Oct 7th agenda - per city clerk. She states flag agenda may be in Work session agenda immediately following council meeting across the hall.  Public is welcome to attend BOTH council and work sessions, but comments are not allowed in work session."

Based on this information, we would encourage any and all who oppose the removal of the Confederate Memorial in Danville, and who can make the trip, to attend both the meeting and work session Thursday night.  A strong showing, as a preemptive strike, will send a message to both museum and city officials.  427 Patton Street, Council Chambers, 4th Floor, Danville, VA 24541

Thank you all for your support and efforts.

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wednesday, October 8th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 11th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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.

Saturday, November 15th - Sunday, November 16th:  We will have a booth at the Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show at Richmond International Raceway.  The 34th Annual Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show presented by Mike Kent & Associates along with the Central Virginia Civil War Collector's Association. This is one of the oldest and most respected Civil War shows in the country.  Hours are Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 9am - 3pm. 
http://www.mkshows.com/cgi-bin/show_display.asp?52

Saturday, December 7th:  Mechanicsville Christmas Parade. The Va Flaggers will join the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters in this VERY Confederate friendly parade.

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

Friday, December 12th:  Susan will be speaking at the Christmas gathering of the
Major Robert M. White, Camp No. 1250, Sons of Confederate Veterans,Temple, 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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16488 ---Museum Wants Flag Removed --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-07 16:03:33 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 3, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers Alert: Danville Museum Wants Confederate Flag on Lawn Removed

MUSEUM WANTS CONFEDERATE FLAG ON LAWN REMOVED

http://m.godanriver.com/news/danville/museum-wants-confederate-flag-on-lawn-removed/article_b6314df2-4b10-11e4-ba38-0017a43b2370.html?mode=jqm

"The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History's board of directors has approved a three-year strategic plan to create a new mission and vision that will drive new initiatives and partnerships.  As part of the initiative, the museum's board of directors recently asked the city "to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History," according to a letter sent to City Manager Joe King.

The new theme for the museum, "The Last Capitol of the Confederacy, The Beginning of a United Nation," will help define the museum's goal to be more inclusive and improve the scope of its work, according to a news release from the museum. The new theme recognizes the museum's 40-year history and the legacy of the Sutherlin Mansion.

In the waning days of the Civil War, the mansion served as the final home of the Confederate government after the fall of Richmond. Danville is considered the "last capitol" because it marked the last time the full Confederate government met in one place before the armies in the field surrendered."

Contact information:

Danville City Manager Joe King:
(434) 799-5100
kingjc@danvilleva.gov

Danville City Mayor Sherman M. Saunders
 (434) 799-8737
sherman.saunders@danvilleva.gov

http://www.danville-va.gov/directory.aspx

Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History
975 Main Street
Danville, Virginia 24541

Phone: 434.793.5644
Fax:     434.799.6145
Executive Director Cara Burton
cara@danvillemuseum.org

Urge the museum to withdraw their request.  Urge the Mayor and City Manager to leave the flag display AS IS!

Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

 

16487 ---Va Flaggers: Ruscio's Double Talk --- Released: 21 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-03 14:12:00 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 3, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers W&L Update: Ruscio's Double Talk

RUSCIO’S DOUBLE TALK



It has become apparent to us, in talking with and hearing from W&L alumni and students, and even members of our own heritage organizations, that MANY good people have accepted President Ruscio and other university officials’ “smoke and mirrors” explanation for the recent removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the LEE Chapel.

We, and a growing number of others who have followed this entire incident since “The Committee” sent its letter of demands in April, see through these PR attempts and are committed to exposing the act for what it was…a lame, disgraceful attempt to appease 6 agitators.

Even a cursory examination of the press releases from the University finds that President Ruscio has engaged in double talk and rhetoric that even he cannot keep straight from one month to the next.

When the flags were stripped from the Chapel in July, Ruscio released a statement which included the following:

“In his letter Tuesday, the administrator said the purpose of the historic flags in a campus setting is to educate. “They are not to be displayed for decoration, which would diminish their significance, or for glorification, or to make a statement about past conflicts,” he wrote. “The reproductions are not genuinely historic; nor are they displayed with any information or background about what they are. The absence of such explanation allows those who either ‘oppose’ or ‘support’ them to assert their own subjective and frequently incorrect interpretations.”

Link to the statement here: 
http://www.wlu.edu/presidents-office/messages-to-the-community/president-ruscios-july-8-2014-message

This is very interesting double talk, considering Ruscio’s comments, made just a few months earlier:

“Lee Chapel displays replicas of eight battle flags that represented different armies of the Confederate States of America, at the back of the chapel’s main floor, near the statue called "The Recumbent Lee." THESE REPLICAS ARE DESIGNED FOR HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. I am aware of no similar displayed anywhere else on our campus...”

Link to the statement here: 
http://www.wlu.edu/presidents-office/messages-to-the-community/president-ruscios-april-16-2014-message

So…according to Ruscio, (in April, 2014) the flags were displayed for “historical and educational purposes”…and yet by July, 2014, they have become a “decoration” and therefore their removal was required.

What REALLY changed between April and July?  What pressures were exerted that would force Ruscio and W&L officials to do such an “about face” and decide to desecrate the Chapel and dishonor the memory of General Robert E Lee and the thousands of Confederate Veterans with direct ties to the university?  We are determined to find the answers to these questions, and continue to fight this battle from all sides, until the flags are returned, and the honor is restored to the LEE Chapel.

Last week, we sent an update with new contact information for the Rector of the W&L Board of Trustees.  We received information that the email address was incorrect and have included the revised information below.  PLEASE continue to contact these folks and let them know that we have only just begun to fight.  FORWARD this and all communications to any W&L students and/or alumni so that we can counter the lies that are being told.

In the meantime, the Virginia Flaggers will be back at the LEE Chapel at Washington & Lee THIS SATURDAY, October 4th, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, forwarding the colors and protesting the desecration of the RE LEE mausoleum by University officials. We will be handing out literature, and educating students, Lexington residents, and tourists about the forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the Chapel, in response to the demands of SIX W&L law students. JOIN US, and be a part of those taking a stand against this vile act of desecration, and for the sacred memory and honor of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Contact Info:

J. Donald Childress
Rector of the Board of Trustees
Atlanta, Georgia
Don.Childress@childressklein.com

Kenneth P. Ruscio
President of the University
540.458.8700
president@wlu.edu

RETURN the flags!

RESTORE the honor!

Va Flaggers

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, October 4th:  Flagging the VMFA: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 4th:  Flagging Washington & Lee University:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

Saturday, November 15th - Sunday, November 16th:  We will have a booth at the Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show at Richmond International Raceway.  The 34th Annual Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show presented by Mike Kent & Associates along with the Central Virginia Civil War Collector's Association. This is one of the oldest and most respected Civil War shows in the country.  Hours are Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 9am - 3pm. 
http://www.mkshows.com/cgi-bin/show_display.asp?52

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

Friday, December 12th:  Susan will be speaking at the Christmas gathering of the
Major Robert M. White, Camp No. 1250, Sons of Confederate Veterans,Temple, Texas

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

Follow our blog:  http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/

Find us on FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Virginia-Flaggers/378823865585630

Follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VaFlagger

Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com