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16471 ---The Tar Heels Arrive --- Released: 5 minutes Ago. ---- 2014-09-26 11:58:48 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Wed, Sep 24, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: W&L Lee Chapel Desecration Update: The Tar Heels Arrive!



A group of flaggers from the Old North State traveled to Lexington this past weekend to protest Washington & Lee University after University officials stripped Confederate Battle Flags from the chamber of the LEE Chapel, desecrating the final resting place of Gen. Robert E. Lee and dishonoring Lee and all Confederate veterans. They filed this report:

"The flagging during the Washington & Lee University Alumni Homecoming was a great success. From the moment the Tar Heels set up at the entrance in front of Lee Chapel, motorists and pedestrians alike got a clear view of Confederate soldiers and their flags of honor. The streets were filled with parked cars and visitors flooding into Lexington for the homecoming events. The weather was perfect and pedestrians traveled the sidewalks all day.

Over the course of the day over 100 fliers where handed out, people stopped to talk to the flaggers and were upset to hear about the desecration of the LEE Chapel. Motorist honked horns, waved and shouted their thanks to the flaggers for their continuous efforts to restore the flags. Many cadets from VMI stopped to salute and shake hands with the flaggers, most in disbelief of how General Lee has been disgraced by the very University that would not be in existence today, if not for his efforts.

Students and Alumni frequently stopped to ask questions about the flags, uniforms, the soldiers, Lee's character and why the school would cave into six student’s demands so easily. Camera phones were out in force as passers-by tried to get the perfect shots of the Confederate soldiers, many pulling over to get out of their cars and buses to have their photo taken with the soldiers.

A family of first time visitors to Lexington said that seeing the soldiers out in front of Lee Chapel was the best part of their day and that they couldn’t believe how Lexington and Washington & Lee University is now ashamed to honor the Confederate soldier. Of course, not all of the students and visitors were as open minded. On the occasion where a supporter of the flag removal approached us, it gave the flaggers a perfect opportunity to educate them and debate the issues at hand, and afterwards, most left without animosity, and with new information which will hopefully spark further investigation about what the war was truly about .

In all, the flaggers made a big impact along the sidewalks of Jefferson St. Students and Alumni we spoke with vowed to write letters and let President Ruscio know of their displeasure. Many will go to their friends and pass the word along. Let’s hope this makes a big impact on the return of the flags and the restoration of honor."

-Jamie Funkhouser- Tar Heel Flagger

THREE CHEERS FOR THE TAR HEEL FLAGGERS!

Call to action:

CALLING ALL CONFEDERATE COLOR/HONOR GUARDS!   Following up on the phenomenal success of the Tar Heel flagging, we would love to see a uniformed Confederate color/honor guard on duty AT LEAST once a week!  We will help coordinate your visit, provide your men with literature to distribute, talking points to share, and assist in any way possible.  For more information or to schedule your participation, contact info@vaflaggers.com.

For those who cannot make it to Lexington, we ask that you, once again, let University officials know that the desecration of the RE Lee Chapel is not acceptable. This week, we have added the contact information for Mr. J. Donald Childress, Rector of the Board of Trustees.  We ask that you contact him, in addition to President Ruscio, and continue the pressure that has been continually and effectively applied since the flags were ripped from the Chapel walls in July.

Contact Info:

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

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

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, September 25th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday, September 27th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, September 28th: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Va Flaggers' Third Anniversary Picnic.  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

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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16466 ---Forrest Statue Not An Embarrassment --- Released: 1 day Ago. ---- 2014-09-25 10:35:27 -0400
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Statue of Confederate general not an embarrassment

In response to Beverly Keel's column "If I was elected mayor, this is what I'd do," I wanted to point out her incorrect conclusions in order to be politically correct.

Part of that article was her idea to place large signs on I-65 to block the view of the flags and statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, whom she describes as "a founder of the Ku Klux Klan." She also refers to the statue as an "embarrassment to this area for more than a decade" that "sends the wrong message."



Gen. Forrest did not participate in the formation of the KKK, a point made on a recent public television show.

The KKK was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers essentially as a social club. It began with three or four members, but later expanded. At the same time, Gov. William Brownlow (selected by Unionists) followed the very hard line of punishing the South by disenfranchising men who had served as Confederate soldiers and enfranchising others such as former slaves — in effect, he took revenge on former Confederates and those who had supported the Confederacy. He even went so far as to bring some opposing members of the state legislature in front of a firing squad in order to gain control over legislative actions. He also called out the militia to eliminate the Klan. As a result, some members of the Klan knew they were to come under attack and had no leadership.

Members of the Klan approached Forrest to lead them against Brownlow's militia. Forrest initially agreed to be their leader, but found he was unable. Describing the former soldiers as disorganized and undisciplined, he resigned.

We know "the victors write the history." The story of Nathan Bedford Forrest is a great example. Union General William Tecumseh Sherman described Forrest as the best cavalry general of the war.

Considering Forrest's accomplishments and reputation, why should that statue be an "embarrassment" to anyone? Tennesseans should be proud to see one of their own recognized with a statue, and the flags he fought for. It is certainly not an embarrassment, unless one is endeavoring to place political correctness above facts.

The only valid concern one might have about the statue is the way Forrest is depicted — it appears to me to be lacking in the reproduction of the actual likeness of Forrest. Surely it could have been made to look more like the real person. People should be proud to have that statue available for all to see.

Now if the statue was that of Gov. Brownlow instead, that would be an embarrassment.

William S. Rodgers
Brentwood
 

16462 ---Jones Defends Southern Heritage --- Released: 1 day Ago. ---- 2014-09-25 09:29:17 -0400
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Former Congressman Ben "Cooter" Jones Defends Southern Heritage Against Political Correctness

WASHINGTON, Va., Sept. 4, 2014 -- AN OPEN LETTER TO HERO DOGS, INC. OF BROOKEVILLE, MARYLAND

Dear Desma J. Wade and Jennifer Lund,



Recently, members of our organization, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), made a contribution to your organization in the amount of $482.91, to assist in your work of finding companion and service dogs for American military veterans who need such assistance. A number of our members in Maryland helped to raise that modest contribution and gave of their time and money in doing so. Today that cashier's check was returned to us at our National Headquarters in Columbia, Tennessee with a brief note which says that your Board of Directors and members of your development committee had made a decision to "respectfully decline" being one of our "beneficiaries." Your signatures were beneath.

There was no reason given for turning down this heartfelt gift, We, who have so many military veterans in our organization, cannot understand why you have done this. Without even the courtesy of an explanation, we do not feel that you have "respectfully" declined our gift, but indeed you have "disrespectfully" declined it. To us, this is an unconscionable insult to our historic and honorable heritage organization, and an insult to those whom you represent yourselves as serving, our wounded veterans. Your "decision" was gratuitous and terribly uninformed.

Sons of Confederate Veterans is one of our nation's oldest and largest heritage and genealogical groups. We were founded in 1896 and represent male direct descendants of those who fought in the American War Between The States. Our sole purpose is to commemorate and honor our ancestors. Currently there are 30,000 members throughout the United States and abroad.

There are more than 65 million American descendants of the armed forces of the Confederacy. We have served our nation in many ways. In every conflict in our nation's history we have sacrificed all to protect and defend our great nation.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans deplores the use of our forefathers' symbols by racist and "hate groups." We find these actions to be a desecration. These bigoted displays dishonor our ancestors.

Your insulting refusal to accept our caring generosity also dishonors our ancestors. But perhaps worse, you have withheld badly needed assistance from American veterans because of someone's apparent fixation with "political correctness." This is sickeningly wrong-headed.

You will find no more patriotic Americans than the members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. And we always stand willing to help America's veterans in every way. Given your decision, it remains to be seen if you share that same willingness.

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

 

16461 ---Confederate Archives Update - 9/21 --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 16:53:07 -0400
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Va Flaggers: Confederate Archives Update
 
While the Va Flaggers have been busy fighting heritage violations, erecting Memorial Battle Flags and working to honor our Confederate Veterans, our Confederate search engine project - ConfederateArchives.com - has been quietly and very successfully expanding under the direction, guidance and hard work of TriPp and Jack Lewis. Please read the following update, including information regarding the exciting new Confederate Descendant Finder Project, share the information with others, use the search engine, and add any Confederate data that you find or possess...

Confederate Archives
 
ConfederateArchives.com – Launched 03/2013
Total links – 2.4 million links
Total Searches since 05/2013 - 987,477
Confederate Descendant finder Project - 1,654,612 descendants and counting
 
Confederate Archives is a fully functioning search engine that searches the internet for websites and data concentrating on Confederate history from 1828 to present day. Type "Lee" on other search engines and notice how many results are generated for LEE JEANS, for instance, instead of General Lee. Then try ours. The main purpose of ConfederateArchives.com is to record our Southern history and to be able to provide this content if/when other search engines are forced to censor what approved results will be displayed. We never will.
 
We provide a safe, family friendly search engine, screened of inaccurate, inappropriate, and false information, which will allow the documentation of our TRUE Southern Heritage and history for generations to come. Sounds good? We think so, too...and we need YOUR help to make this project successful. What can you do? USE IT!  When you're researching the WBTS, ancestry, or any search related to the CSA, use ConfederateArchives.com. The more it is used, the better the results will be when people search in the future.
 
Please add your favorite websites using the link on the front page of the search engine.
Http://www.confederatearchives.com/
 
Type of websites we would like to add to confederatearchives.com: - Confederate Cemeteries - Confederate Soldiers Lists - Museums with Confederate Artifacts - Newspapers collections from 1828 thru 1941 - Current day news articles concerning Confederate History - Current day news articles on heritage violations. - Historical Documents between 1828 to present day. - UDC Websites - SCV Camp websites - Heritage defense websites - Art work and pictures - Maps - Genealogy pages with family tree information Love letters and letters to family members...AND everything else Confederate!
 
In February 2014, after reviewing the data we had collected for over a year it came to our attention that we could endeavor to find ALL of the descendants of Confederate Soldiers, even those still living. The Sons of Confederate Veterans membership is around 30k members. What if we could find the living descendants of soldiers and invite these folks into our organization(s)? Just imagine...
 
We are working on this. We have about six more months before we finish up and can start providing SCV camps and others an outline of how to use the data we collected as well as provide the procedures and needed information to raise an army of heritage defenders.
 
Total develop time on ConfederateArchives.com since 03/2013 – 288hrs.
www.confederatearchives.com
 
Susan Hathaway

 

16460 ---The Sin Of Slavery --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 15:56:52 -0400
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The Sin of Slavery
 
From: cscitizen@windstream.net
 
Chuck, if slavery was/is a sin then why would God tell us how to treat slaves fairly & humanely in the bible? Looking back through 21st Century eyes it’s easy to say the practice was wrong. However, the average slave was taught to read, write (until abolitionist publications told them to rise up & murder their master & their families) and taught Christianity.
  
I doubt seriously blacks would have been better off left in Africa rather than under the care of a Christian master. However when the U.S. government apologizes for not freeing the slaves in America before the ink on the U.S. Constitution dried then I will too but, not until then. This means every one of the yankee states that practiced slavery as well.
  
I probably won`t then as I`ve never owned any slaves. Doing so would be as stupid & fruitless as apologizing for my English ancestors who treated my Welsh, Scottish & Irish ancestors just as badly, if not worse by selling them into slavery to the American colonies before blacks were ever thought of as being used as slaves.
  
If slavery apologists are going to apologize for slavery in America perhaps they need to go on a worldwide tour & apologize for the whole worlds slavery practices from the beginning of mankind. The rest of us are tired of the continual harping of those apologists.
 
Billy E. Price
Ashville Alabama
 
 

16459 ---Scotland: Last Gasp For Freedom --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 15:47:23 -0400
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I was disappointed that Scotland lost its recent bid for independence. Truly, it was the last grasp for freedom by those gallant and beleaguered people. Perhaps the moment touched the contacts of my secessionist DNA.
    
It is has been my avocation, my craft and my privilege to spend half my adult life recreating vignettes of times past, especially from the American experience of the 1860's. 

As such, I am often asked if I would have preferred to have lived during those vibrant times of our Country's development. Those were perilous days, not so unlike the ones in which we now live and, I am content to play my role upon the specific stage of life to which my Almighty and omnipotent God has assigned me.
    
However, at least during those days of the War Between the States, there was a chance - a slim chance for the freedom of the Southern people.  Now, as with Scotland all hope is gone. Our distinct and noble culture that has been so diluted and corrupted by northern despotism and ideology that only fleeting traces remain. Still, there was a time, ladies and gentlemen, oh, there was a time. 
 
John Wayne Dobson
Macon, GA
 
 

16458 ---Why I Am A "Neo-Confederate" --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 15:35:24 -0400
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Why I am a "neo-Confederate"
 
My response to a Yankee gentleman who decried by siding with “neo-Confederates” and wondered why I did so as I was (reasonably) intelligent. Below is my response written in 2012.
 
Val
 

Eric,
 
I have given considerable thought to your query on my “neo-Confederate” contacts. If I put in everything, you would have an essay and I’m sure your curiosity does not extend to that degree so I will try to keep it short.
 
The South was right and I am not alone in that belief. Hear the considered opinion of Lord Acton—a giant of his and any other time. Acton in a letter to Robert E. Lee, said:
 
“I saw in States’ rights the only availing check upon the absolutism of the sovereign will, and secession filled me with hope, not as the destruction but as the redemption of Democracy…. Therefore I deemed that you were fighting the battles of our liberty, our progress, and our civilization, and I mourn for the stake which was lost at Richmond more deeply than I rejoice over that which was saved at Waterloo.”
 
After over ten years of research, I now know that what I revered for most of my life was an illusion and that our present national condition is the consequence of more than 150 years in which the original vision of most—but not all—of the Founders has been replaced by a central tyranny which at least used to pay “lip service” to the will of the people. My conclusions are summed up by Professor Jay Hoar, an historian from Maine (not Mississippi) who said:
 
“The worst fears of those Boys in Gray are now a fact of American life—a Federal government completely out of control.”
 
Of course, I have been assured that Hoar’s opinions are suspect because he spent time in the South. But if Hoar had lived on the moon, that would not change the fact that he is correct. Our “no-longer-federal” government is completely out of control and cares nothing for anyone’s consent, much less that of “the governed.”
 
And finally, I must bring forth the words of Ulysses Grant who said,
 
“The questions which have heretofore divided the sentiment of the people of the two sections—slavery and state's rights, or the right of a state to secede from the Union—they (Southern men) regard as having been settled forever by the highest tribunal—arms—that man can resort to.”
 
And with that unchallenged sentiment, I realized that we no longer have any law but the law of the jungle—the survival of the strongest. Antonin Scalia—a conservative—said the same thing when asked about the constitutionality of secession. Grant and Scalia were not talking about what was called after the war “the abitrement of the sword,” that is, acceptance of a military defeat by such men as John Mosby and Robert E. Lee, but the actual belief that triumph in arms somehow bestowed legitimacy upon one side of an issue! If right is determined by might, then Hitler wasn’t “wrong,” he was merely bested in war! Had he won, his adherents would have every moral “right” to build the same type of monuments to him that we have built to another tyrant and war criminal, Abraham Lincoln! As well, if we accept Grant’s and Scalia’s premise, then we are then forced to agree with another well respected conservative, John Bolton, who said that the United States government killed many Southern civilians during the Civil (sic) War without due process and it was the right thing to do! I reject that philosophy which apparently is now—and has been—the philosophy of this country for at least 150 years (ask the American Indian)! If the right is determined by the strong rather than by the law, then why bother with the law except as a subterfuge to hide that fact from the ignorant and the naïve?
 
I stand with those whom you call “neo-Confederates” because they are waging an admittedly losing battle to preserve their history, their symbols and their way of life—Christian Western civilization and I would prefer to die with the righteous than live with the Spirit of the Age. They cannot win because the tide of history is against them but for those who think that their loss means nothing to “America,” I assure you, the symbols, history and heritage of the “The United States” will soon follow the symbols, history and heritage of The Confederate States. The latter can no more be allowed to remain in our Brave New World than the former. Already we see American—not Confederate—flags being censored in our schools lest they “offend” our Third World “guests”—invited or otherwise.
 
I am almost 72; my husband is almost 75 (as noted, this was written in 2012). we are already “dead” in the eyes of Obamacare as is my handicapped son who is just another expensive “useless eater.” My daughter and her husband have no problem with the current regime—and by that I mean all of them and not just one political party. Indeed, I echo the sentiments of Patrick Buchanan who stated that the two parties are merely two wings on the same bird of prey. I have no grandchildren, nor will I have any so I am not overcome with angst about the future. It is sad to see the end of “the Great Experiment,” but actually it ended before it really began. The seeds of its destruction were sown at its birth. Patrick Henry was right when he declared that the Constitution was nothing but a plan for the installation of a tyrannous central government despite every effort to prevent that from happening (bye-bye Bill of Rights!). Benjamin Franklin was right when he said that when the Congress discovered it could use the People’s money to buy elected office in perpetuity the Republic was dead. Today, we are merely seeing these warnings played out. The final death blow was struck in 1865. We are only now coming to the last dying gasps.
 
Valerie Protopapas
 
 

16457 ---Parks Appeal - Write Commercial Appeal --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 15:22:14 -0400
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Parks Appeal – write the CA
 
Park friends and supporters,
 
Please write to Letters to the Editor of the Commercial Appeal newspaper.    We MUST keep this in front of our government officials and in front of our friends and fellow citizens.  We must remind them all that we will not forget our ancestors and will continue the fight for the preservation of our American history.
 
http://www.commercialappeal.com/submit-letter-to-editor   
 
Please write that you agree with (applaud, congratulation, commend) the SCV & CTSOP for filing the appeal in the Parks Lawsuit.


Jefferson Davis Park - Memphis
 
The Memphis City Council was wrong in trying to rename our historic parks (Confederate Park, Jefferson Davis Park, and Forrest Park) and their acts were illegal. 
 
And add whatever else you wish.  We know we’re right, and the city and city council are wrong.
 
A press release was sent to all the media but they may try to ignore our appeal of this injustice.  We must write in and keep them aware of our efforts.
 
Lee
 

As you are perhaps aware, on Thursday Sept 4, 2014 the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and the Citizens to Save Our Parks filed an appeal of the recent court ruling dismissing the Parks Renaming lawsuit on ‘standing’.   The case will now go to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western District in Jackson, TN.  No hearing date has been scheduled as yet.  The original suit was brought to correct the Memphis City Council’s unauthorized attempted renaming of Forrest Park, Jefferson Davis Park, and Confederate Park in downtown Memphis.
 
Lee Millar, spokesman for the SCV, stated that “we feel that the chancellor inadequately considered the precedent case law and failed to consider material facts.  Thus we are appealing the case and will continue until the original historic park names are restored.  We know that the city council was wrong in attempting to rename these three historic parks.  The preliminary dismissal will not deter us and the Sons of Confederate Veterans along with the Citizens to Save Our Parks shall continue to work to maintain this part of our American history.”
 
It should be noted that Forrest Park and Confederate Park are on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places and to the civilized world (which evidently excludes Memphis), the parks will always be known as Forrest Park, Jefferson Davis Park, and Confederate Park.
 
 

16456 ---Southerners Demand Political Equality --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 14:58:15 -0400
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Southerners Demand Political Equality in the Union
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
Like many Southerners, Whig Congressman Thomas L. Clingman of North Carolina was shocked at the Northern support for the post-Mexican War Wilmot Proviso and asserted that its passage would compel the South to reconsider its relationship with the Union.  Along with Robert Toombs of Georgia, Clingman was a vocal opponent of President James Polk, who many believed to have maneuvered the United States into war with Mexico.  Both would live to see “a bold man, as well as a bad one, in the White House.”
 
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"
 
Southerners Demand Political Equality in the Union
 
“[During] the last and short session of the Twenty-ninth Congress . . . [Toombs] made only one speech, which the continued Whig opposition to the prosecution of the Mexican War was reflected. The immediate occasion was the proposed bill authorizing ten additional regiments of regular soldiers for the war.  Toombs opposed the bill for several reasons.
 
First, he preferred the use of volunteer to regular soldiers.  They elected their own officers, whereas the President appointed the officers to command regulars.  In Toombs’ mind the volunteers had acted in this capacity “with much greater judgment, skill, and patriotism” than Polk.
 
The President throughout the war had played politics in appointments and would doubtless continue to do so. Furthermore, said Toombs, the “battles of the republic ought to be fought by its citizens soldiery” who were faithful to its institutions and interested in good government. He was not implying that the present administration was looking toward a Caesar-type dictatorship but the time might come when “you have a bold man, as well as a bad one, in the White House.”
 
After his remarks on the “ten-regiment bill,” Toombs launched into a review of the war itself.  He again charged the President with provoking hostilities and with attempting to discourage freedom of debate in the House by charges of disloyalty toward those who questioned war policy.  Toombs desired peace, but he wanted no dismemberment of Mexico to accompany it.  We have territory enough, he said, and should improve what we have.
 
Although as a unionist he deplored the agitation engendered by the principle of the Wilmot Proviso, he warned that as a Southerner he would not stand idly by and see his section shut out of any acquired territory [from the Mexican cession].
 
He stood firmly on the right [of Southerners] “wherever the American flag waved over American soil to go with their flocks and their herds, their maid servants and their men servants.” Southerners, “would be degraded, and unworthy of the name of American freemen, could they consent to remain, for a day or an hour, in a Union where they must stand on ground of inferiority, and be denied the rights and privileges which were extended to all others.”  Almost fourteen years later Toombs was to say virtually the same thing in the Senate and then help lead his State out of the Union.”
 
(Robert Toombs of Georgia, William Y. Thompson, LSU Press, 1994 (original 1966), pp. 41-42)
 
 

16455 ---Abolition In The Old South --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 14:44:32 -0400
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Abolition in the Old South
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
What the South feared most with its ever-increasing black population from 1750 onward was slave revolt and massacre.  Despite colonial legislature attempts in Virginia and North Carolina to control or stop the British and New England transatlantic slave trade which brought blacks to the South, the Crown forbid interference with their colonial labor supply.
 
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"
 
Abolition in the Old South:
 
"The American Revolution swelled the ranks of the tiny Southern free black population. In the years following the Revolution, the number of free Negroes increased manyfold, so that by the end of the first decade of the nineteenth century there were over 100,000 free Negroes in the Southern States . . . The free Negro caste had grown from a fragment of the colonial population to a sizable minority throughout the South.
 
[In] the North, abolition met stiff opposition. In Rhode Island and Connecticut, which had the largest proportion of Negroes in New England, antislavery forces could enact only gradual-emancipation laws. Pennsylvania enacted a gradual-emancipation act in 1780, but, despite of its many Quakers, never legislated immediate abolition. Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey, where the ratio of blacks to whites was three times that of Pennsylvania, repeatedly rebuffed antislavery forces and refused to enact even gradual emancipation for another twenty years. Significantly, emancipation laws in both New York and New Jersey compensated slaveholders for their property. Only after property rights were satisfied were human rights secured.
 
In 1782, Virginia repealed its fifty-nine year-old prohibition on private acts of manumission. Slaveholders were now free to manumit any adult slave under forty-five by deed or will. North Carolina slaveholders could free their slaves...for meritorious service and with the permission of the county court. Liberalized provisions for manumissions were extended to the new States and territories of the South. Kentucky adopted the Virginia law in 1792, and the Missouri Territory accepted a similar rule in 1804. Almost immediately slaveholders took advantage of the greatly liberalized laws. Throughout the South, but especially in the upper South, hundreds of masters freed their slaves. Although manumission at times had nothing to do with anti-slavery principles, equalitarian ideals motivated most manumitters in the years following the Revolution.
 
Beginning in 1792, the revolt on Saint-Domingue sent thousands of refugees fleeing toward American shores. Most were white, but among them were many light-skinned free people of color who had been caught on the wrong side of the ever-changing lines of battle . . . [though Southerners] feared the influx of brown émigrés. The States of the lower South, ever edgy about slave rebellions, quickly barred West Indian free people of color from entering their boundaries, and other States later followed their lead. A mass meeting in Charleston urged the expulsion of "the French Negroes" . . . In Savannah, nervous official barred any ship that had touched Saint-Domingue from entering the harbor."
 
(Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South, Ira Berlin, The New Press, 1974, excerpts pp. 15-36)
 
 

16454 ---Fight Like Men For Our Firesides --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 14:25:56 -0400
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"Let Us Fight Like Men for Our Firesides"
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
By refusing to compromise or discuss alternatives to secession with Southern legislators, and as President-elect endorse the cooling-off period Southern Unionists in North Carolina and the rest of the South desired, Lincoln drove a reluctant North Carolina and Virginia into the Southern Confederacy to protect their liberties in a more perfect 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"
 
“Let Us Fight Like Men for Our Firesides”
 
“In [North Carolina] wrote [Jonathan] Worth, the Union sentiment was largely in the ascendant and gaining strength until Lincoln prostrated us. Congress having refused to pass the force bill [against South Carolina], we felt that the President could abandon Sumter and Pickens without any sacrifice of his principles, but in conformity with the Legislative will.  He induced the whole South so to believe.
 
The assurance of [Secretary of State William] Seward to Judge [and Supreme Court Justice John A.] Campbell seems to have been made with deliberate duplicity . . . He [Lincoln] did more than all the secessionists to break up the Union, but whether he did this, not being statesman enough to comprehend the effect of his measures; or whether his purpose was to drive all the slave States into rebellion, thinking he could bring against us men enough, with the aid of servile insurrection, to overthrow us and abolish Slavery, we are in doubt . . . I infer . . . that Lincoln’s measures have united the North.  The[y] have certainly united North Carolina [for secession].”
 
“[Worth added a short time later that the] voice of reason is silenced.  Furious passion and thirst for blood consume the air . . . the very women and children are for war. I think the annals of the world furnish no instance of so groundless a war – but . . . let us fight like men for our own firesides.”
 
(The Civil War and Reconstruction, J. G. Randall, D.C. Heath and Company, 1937, pp. 256-257)
 
 

16453 ---Sinfulness Of Institution Of Slavery --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 14:12:55 -0400
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Re: Mark Vogl
 
From: bjpershing@juno.com
 
Dear Chuck,
 
I must take vigorous exception to the remarks of Mark Vogl, and some of our other Confederate friends, regarding the sinfulness of the institution of slavery.  Mr. Vogl stated, and apparently many of our pro-Southern friends agree, "Clearly, slavery was and is a sin."
 
I would like to know by what authority Mr. Vogl denounces slavery as a clearly defined sin.  Judging by other remarks made in the same article, I take it Mr. Vogl is a professing Christian, and I am certainly happy to regard him as such.  However, by making the statement that slavery is clearly a sin, he has fallen into the trap of allowing the worldly culture to define right and wrong, instead of the Christian's one and only source of truth and morality: the holy scriptures.  The only "defense" Mr. Vogl made of his statement that I could find was at the beginning of his article, in which he stated that since liberty comes from God, then slavery must be a sin.  This is not biblical reasoning, and to my knowledge can be found nowhere in the Bible.  It is true, that without sin there would be no slavery.  But at the same time, without sin there would also be no divorce, and almost certainly would not be money.  That does not mean that divorce or money are intrinsically evil; they have become an unhappy necessity of living in a fallen world.  In light of the biblical evidence, we should view slavery along the same lines.
 
It would take far too much space to cover all the biblical data regarding slavery, but I would simply challenge any skeptic to find any pronouncement in the Bible that defines slavery as a sin.  I already know that they cannot, and therefore I take my turn and direct their attention to the Decalogue.  The fourth and tenth commandments both enshrine the right of a master in his slaves, first by requiring him to allow his slaves to rest on the sabbath, and secondly by forbidding us to covet a man's slaves.  I would also point the interested Christian to Leviticus 25:39-46, in which rules and regulations are delivered concerning slavery.  The Hebrew was compelled to manumit his Hebrew slaves at the year of jubilee, but could maintain heathen bondmen in servitude perpetually.  That which the law of God condones by definition cannot be sin (Romans 7:7).
 
Our Lord Jesus Christ commended the faith of a slaveholder (Matthew 8:5-13), and often used slaves and masters as examples in His parables, without ever once suggesting any evil in the institution.  In Luke 17:7-10, He even mocked at the idea of a master thanking his slave for bringing him his supper!  I would refer also to the constant teaching of the apostles, who regulated the behavior of masters towards slaves, and slaves towards masters, without ever once giving so much as a shadow of a hint that the master was required by the laws of Christ to emancipate his bondmen (Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-25 & 4:1; I Timothy 6:1-5, in which Paul very aptly describes the Abolitionist character; Titus 2:9, 10; I Peter 2:18).  For a thorough discussion of the biblical data concerning slavery, I cannot recommend highly enough R.L. Dabney's book A Defense of Virginia and the South.  Dabney, who was once General Jackson's chief of staff, deals very thoroughly with slavery in the Bible and in American history.  I also very highly commend Dabney's article Anti-biblical Theories of Rights, which may be found on page 497 of Volume 4 of Dabney's works.  I fear that all too many Southerners have embraced the very anti-biblical theories of rights which Dabney describes, which has caused them to come to agree with the bloodthirsty Abolitionists who started the war that destroyed the Southern nation.
 
In short, we as Southerners need to cease and desist at once from denouncing slavery as a sin, at least insofar as we consider ourselves Christians.  The fact is that our Southern forefathers were not only right on issues of the Constitution, state's rights, economics, etc., but they were also right on the issue of slavery.  When we deny this, we give the enemy a foothold that he should not have.
 
Respectfully,
 
Pastor Samuel Ashwood
www.samuelashwood.wordpress.com
 
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Pastor Samuel Ashwood and all Southerners;
 
I am a practicing Catholic, a saved Christian (as a child when Billy Graham was at Shea Stadium) and I admit to no pastoral training.  However, I do read both history and Bible extensively and have taught Catechism to Catholic children.
 
I condemn slavery as a sin for the following reason;
 
Our nation is founded on the Christian belief, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, that all men have inalienable rights given to us by our Creator, among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  I believe these inalienable rights are evidenced in Genesis when God places Adam and Eve on earth as free people.   He did not place them in slavery.  God gave them the gift of liberty.
 
When anyone takes a gift given by God it is stealing and a sin. Simple.  And if you participate in continuing a sin...you are sinning.
 
So much of the discussion of the cause of the secession revolves around the Cause.  I believe the Cause was about staying faithful to the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence.  The arguments about slavery at the drafting of the Declaration, and around the creation of the Constitution are well known.  It is interesting that a slave owner was the one to write and argue about the evils of slavery.
 
But let's continue with why I cite slavery as a sin.
 
While on the earth the Gospel cites several references to Jesus' command to love one another.  Now, again, I am no pastor, but for me, love means the highest place I can hold another.  I could never place a loved one in slavery.  I could never accept someone I loved in slavery.  So therefore, since Christ commanded me to love all, it would be wrong to hold them in slavery.
 
Also while on earth Christ told us to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Since I would not accept slavery for myself, I cannot place someone else in slavery.  I cannot accept them in slavery, anymore than I can accept someone committing any other sin, abortion, drug use, etc.
 
Now to  the inevitable question...why didn't Christ condemn slavery.  I can think of two responses.  First, Christ said divorce is wrong...but some Christian faiths allow it, despite Christ's clear statement that it is wrong.  So condemning a human practice did not seem to have the desired impact even on people who can read the Bible and say they live by it.  (PS I am divorced and accept that I live sin.)
 
Second, Christ came to the earth to save us, to provide us with a means to salvation.  He did not come to restate the laws or condemn individual practices, though clearly in the Gospels he does do that.
 
Now lastly, my article was written as someone who loves the South and believes that we can learn from history.  I do not love history to re-enact, I love history to help govern today.  I love history because it is earlier human experience in problems we face today.  There is much to take from the Confederate Constitution, but to talk about that, you have to clear the decks of the single issue which has prevented a real discussion of the changes made to the US Constitution.
 
This argument about slavery is eternal and will not stop..  I express my point of view so that those who have not yet made up their mind can consider well considered points of logic and history.  I do wonder how anyone can promote the South without condemning slavery... but, each of us carry crosses and I accept that.
 
I respect the Pastor's comments as both friendly and an attempt to express his point of view.  But I have to wonder how many Christian Pastors are ready to walk into their church and say Christianity accepts slavery.  I can tell you no Priest I have had in my 59 years of life would.  And all the pastors I speak to that I have met do not accept slavery as condoned by the Bible.
 
I was thrown out of the SCV, in part, because of my belief that slavery was and is a sin.  Won't change on that... so I guess as with my faith, I am also fallen in being a Southerner.
 
I repeat that there is a great deal of good in the South, but no people is without sin or error.  This one is the big log in the eye that should be easy to remove, but isn't.
 
This is my response, with respect,
 
Mark Vogl
 
 

16452 ---Why Didn't Grant Free Slaves? --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 13:30:30 -0400
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If the War Between the States was fought over slavery, why did General U. S. Grant who owned slaves, keep them in bondage throughout the entire war???  Someone asked him after the War why he didn't free them, and he replied, "Good help was hard to come by."  Also, read Lincoln's comments about slavery and how he wanted to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution permitting the states to keep slaves, if only they would stay in the Union.
 
Nowhere in the Bible have I read that Jesus condemned slavery.  Wasn't it Paul that told the runaway slave to return to his Master?  Let's remember that NOT A SINGLE SLAVE was ever brought to this country on a ship flying the Confederate flag.  And the Confederate Constitution forbade the importation of slaves to the Confederacy.
 
James Gaston
Americus, GA
gaston7460@bellsouth.net
 
 

16451 ---Rededication Of Lee Tree --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 13:20:11 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Fri, Sep 19, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: Rededication of the LEE Tree, Rainelle, WV



In 1934, the Traveller’s District Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, along with Greenbrier Co. and state agencies, placed a huge ironstone rock under the Lee Tree on Big Sewell Mountain, near Rainelle, WV. The rock has a bronze plaque commemorating the site where R.E Lee pitched his headquarters tent beneath a large Maple tree in 1861. This is also the site where Lee first saw Traveller, and where he first rode his famous war horse. A wrought iron fence was erected around the site.

In 1937, after the Maple Tree died, a second tree was planted.

Over the years, the concrete posts of the fencing had crumbled, and the fence had deteriorated badly and the second tree had died. In 2013, Allen K. Stone, who portrays General Lee, approached the Flat Top Copperheads SCV Camp 1694 and suggested they take on the restoration of the monument as a project. The Traveeller District UDC supplied the funding and the Flat Top Copperheads provided the labor to replant the tree, replace the corner posts, and restore the fence. One of the camp members confided to me that they placed a time capsule at the base of one of the newly placed footings, (right rear if standing at the front of the memorial) with the hopes that others, who will continue the care of this sacred place, will discover it one day. He asked me to record it in this report, so that there would be a record for those who come behind us.

On Sunday, September 7th, 2014, a crowd of over 200 people gathered for a ceremony to rededicate the Lee Tree and the marker, 80 years after the original placing of the memorial. It was a cool, foggy day on the mountain, but the dampness did not deter the spirit of those who attended, including the keynote speaker, C. Kelly Barrow, SCV Commander-In-Chief.

It was a wonderful event, with beautiful music, moving rituals, musket and cannon salutes, and speakers who discussed the history of the monument, heritage defense, and local history. I was honored and surprised to be recognized with the “Commander’s Award” from the Flat Top Copperheads, a beautiful “Loyal Ladies of the Confederacy” brooch, and given the privilege of firing the cannon, courtesy of the Giles Light Artillery.

I had the pleasure of seeing a very beautiful part of (occupied) western Virginia, and meeting and chatting with some of the nicest folks I’ve ever met, including some new friends from the Mechanized Cavalry, among many others. Special thanks to Terry McAllister of the PJ Thurmond SV Camp #2190 for the warm welcome and escort. It was great to meet so many new friends and have the chance to visit with old ones.

Kudos and special thanks and to Commander Blaine Hypes and the Flat Top Copperheads for their ongoing commitment and dedication to living the Charge…and God bless all the men and women of the SCV and UDC who worked hard to repair and restore the monument, and for their diligence in organizing and hosting such a successful re-dedication event.

On the way home, I stopped in Lewisburg, WV and visited the Confederate Cemetery there. The remains of 95 unknown Confederate soldiers from the Battle of Lewisburg, fought May 23, 1862, lie in this cross-shaped common grave. It has a vertical length 80 feet long and a cross arm of 40 feet long, with an overall width of 10 feet.

Yankee Colonel George Crook would not permit the southern sympathizers to bury their own dead, and thus they were originally laid out in the Old Stone Church and later placed in a trench along the south wall of the church without ceremony. It wasn't until after the war that the remains of the 95 Confederate dead were removed from the churchyard and interred in the cross-shaped mass grave.

LEST WE FORGET!

Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, September 20th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday, September 20th:  Flagging Washington and Lee University - The Tar Heel Flaggers are organizing a flagging for 9:00 am - 5:00 pm . Young Alumni Weekend/Homecoming!  Class Agents and Alumni Board will also be on Campus. This will be the perfect way to spread the word, teach and influence young growing minds on the truth of Lee and will put more pressure on the University.  Contact:  Jamie Funkhouser.  jamiefunkhouser@yahoo.com
 
Saturday, September 20th: 11:30 a.m. Dick Poplar Day
http://www.petersburgexpress.com/Petersburg_Events.html

Thursday, September 25th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

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/

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Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

 

16450 ---FlagFight - Ole Miss Update, 9/19 --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-23 13:00:41 -0400
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From: Georgia Flagger cobbslegionscv@yahoo.com [FlagFight] <FlagFight@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, Sep 19, 2014
Subject: [FlagFight] Ole Miss Update
To: Georgia Division <GASCV-Discussion@yahoogroups.com>, "FlagFight@yahoogroups.com" <FlagFight@yahoogroups.com>

"THE MISSISSIPPI DIVISION SCV IS TAKING ACTION.



The chancellor and vice provost on diversity affairs have been served a summons to appear in court on October 27th concerning the Mississippi Division's injunction petition and restraining order preventing the renaming of Confederate Drive.

I had the honor of witnessing the same summons being served on the Mississippi Attorney General at exactly 11:35 this morning.

BOOTS & SADDLES MEN BOOTS & SADDLES From Chuck Bond"

Billy Bearden
Camp 673

 

16449 ---9/18/2014 - Lee Chapel Desecration Update --- Released: 8 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-18 14:39:19 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: W&L LEE Chapel Desecration Update

Desecrating the LEE Chapel by removing the Confederate Battle flags placed there in 1930 dishonored ALL Confederate veterans, especially the hundreds with direct connections to the university, including Gen. George Washington Custis Lee, whose birthday was marked this week.  Born September 16, 1832, he served 26 years as the 9th President of Washington and Lee University, following the death of his father in 1870. "Custis Lee" as he was called by his family, is also buried in the family crypt below the Chapel.



Upon his death, on Feb. 18, 1913, University trustees resolved that "his administration witnessed periods of depression in the affairs of the University calculated to make the stoutest heart lose courage; yet at no time did he lose confidence in the work to which he put his hand."

http://www.wlu.edu/presidents-office/about-the-presidents-office/history-and-governance/past-presidents/george-washington-custis-lee

Just over 100 years after his death, the university saw fit to capitulate to the demands of 6 agitators, rather than defend the honor and sacred memory of Custis Lee, his father, and hundreds of other Confederate Veterans.

LEXINGTON FLAGGING REPORT:

The Va Flaggers traveled to Lexington for three days of Flagging Washington & Lee University last weekend.  It was VMI's homecoming and the streets and sidewalks were packed with students, parent, and alumni, almost all of whom offered their enthusiastic support for our efforts.

While the weather offered some challenges, our Flaggers were determined, and they had the chance to talk with many citizens, students and tourists about the desecration of the LEE Chapel by university officials.

On this trip, we were told by Chapel docents that they know, for a fact, that Robert E. Lee specifically did not want Confederate flags at his funeral.  When asked for documentation of this claim, none was provided.  The gentle lady simply said that "that was what they have been told to tell visitors who inquire about the missing flags."

It is certainly sad, but not unexpected, that these types of  statements are being fabricated to try and "explain away" the desecration of the Chapel.

FLAGGING THIS WEEKEND:

Jamie Funkhouser will be leading a group of Tar Heels to Lexington this weekend to continue the Flagging of Washington & Lee University after the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the chamber of the LEE Chapel.  This weekend is Young Alumni/Homecoming weekend for the University, and it will be an opportune time to forward the colors, educate the thousands of students, parents, and alumni who will be on campus, and protest the vile act of desecration committed by university officials.

They will be on site at the Chapel from 9-5 on Saturday, September 20.  Join them and be a part of what has been 2 months of a continued presence at Washington & Lee.  Contact Jamie via email at: jamiefunkhouser@yahoo.com for more information.

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, September 11th - Sunday, September 14th:  Thunder in the Valley - Lexington, VA  Cavalry ride and Re Enactment 
http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=5817&m=09&y=2014&d=10 
The Virginia Flaggers are a sponsor for the event, and will co-ordinate flagging W&L all weekend!

Saturday, September 20th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday, September 20th:  Flagging Washington and Lee University - The Tar Heel Flaggers are organizing a flagging for 9:00 am - 5:00 pm . Young Alumni Weekend/Homecoming!  Class Agents and Alumni Board will also be on Campus. This will be the perfect way to spread the word, teach and influence young growing minds on the truth of Lee and will put more pressure on the University.  Contact:  Jamie Funkhouser.  jamiefunkhouser@yahoo.com
 
Saturday, September 20th: 11:30 a.m. Dick Poplar Day
http://www.petersburgexpress.com/Petersburg_Events.html

Thursday, September 25th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

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

 

16446 ---Ole Miss/Confederate Drive --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-17 15:56:20 -0400
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From: Georgia Flagger cobbslegionscv@yahoo.com [FlagFight] <FlagFight@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, Sep 16, 2014
Subject: [FlagFight] Ole Miss / Confederate Drive
To: Georgia Division <GASCV-Discussion@yahoogroups.com>, "FlagFight@yahoogroups.com" <FlagFight@yahoogroups.com>

FYI
Message from Mississippi Division Commander Allen Terrell:



"Ole Miss has announced a ceremony this Friday to rename Confederate Drive. I have been in contact with the Division Judge Advocate today and he is going to try and contact the attorney general for a possible opinion on Code 55-15-81. I also received a request from the editor of the university's newspaper for an interview. Looks like things may be fixin to heat up. I ask for your prayers that I present a good argument and make our point clearly."

Billy Bearden
Commander
Haralson Invincibles Camp 673

 

16445 ---Continuing War Against The South --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-17 15:37:56 -0400
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The Continuing War Against the South

A war is still being waged against the South, not by bullets and bayonets but by a campaign of demonization. As a political and social stratagem, demonization is a ploy as old as civilization itself. The objective of the game is to dehumanize an opponent, individual or a group in order to gain public support for diminishing his power and influence in one or more spheres: political, social, economic, or cultural.

Modern America over the past two decades abounds with examples of the demonization process, most of them perpetuated by the Left (which includes many on the Republican “right”) against the traditional Right. The Oklahoma City bombing, black church burnings, and the Atlanta Olympics pipe-bombing in the 1990s; the 9-11 “Truther” movement, the Obama birth certificate “Birther” movement, the anti-ObamaCare movement thus far this century have all been used by the government and its lap-dog media to portray anyone to the right of the mainstream GOP as dangerous to the public weal. But the boogie-man singled out to receive the lion’s share of the liberal/neocon hostility is the traditional Southerner, who is uniformly presented by the media, the academy, and popular culture as Beelzebub incarnate. Unfortunately, the demonization of Southerners and their region is not of recent origin.

The Origins of Conflict

Southerners of both high and low estate contributed mightily to the founding and advancement of the American Republic. Despite that, they have been subjected to a long-running campaign of demonization that has turned them into national whipping-boys in this post-modern, post-Christian era. The demonization of the South did not begin, as some may think, with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, though it did take on a particularly hostile tone during those decades. Rather, the campaign to portray the South as the sole blot on an otherwise pure and shining “City on a Hill” began in earnest in the 1830s with the rise of the Yankee reformist impulse (i.e. Abolitionist, women’s rights, temperance, and other like-minded movements) and fears that the so-called “Slave Power” of Southern aristocrats threatened American democracy. The three decades from the publication of William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator in 1831 to the outbreak of The War for Southern Independence in 1861 witnessed a virulent crusade to vilify not only the South’s culture and institutions but Southerners themselves.

To understand why the Yankee thought it necessary and profitable to demonize the South, we must trace briefly the dichotomy between a rapidly-changing antebellum North and a stable, conservative South. Southern men-of-affairs, especially South Carolina’s John C. Calhoun, understood that unchecked consolidation and the campaign against slavery would result in either the destruction of the South or in the dissolution of the Union. The gathering forces against which the South had to contend were foreboding. The sweep of “progress” was already gripping the North (especially New England), urging it toward finance and industrial capitalism and the exploitation of “free” labor. William H. Seward warned the South that unless it voluntarily discarded its old ways–particularly an outmoded adherence to States Rights and the “peculiar institution”–it would later yield them amidst a sea of blood. Such threats to the well being of their region caused thoughtful Southern leaders to consider what sort of checks might be imposed against an increasingly hostile North.

But progressive Northern leaders were in no mood to be checked by a numerical minority in the slaveholding South. Undermining the Southern way of life would be the first step in the triumph of the Yankee worldview, and to accomplish this, the South had to be demonized in the eyes of a majority of Northerners before the radicals could hope for its actual physical destruction.

Yankee Revolution

Revolutionary change in the North’s economic and political systems had been accompanied by European-style reform movements of every stripe. Indeed, New England and parts of the Midwest now produced a breed of perpetual reformers in whom emotion trumped commonsense and hard experience. Eventually, all the reformist strands were woven together into the rope of Abolitionism, and by the 1830s the anti-slavery movement had become a messianic, apostate religious crusade. Radical abolitionist propaganda found its way not only into literature and public oratory, but into juvenile story books, church hymnals, and even almanacs, as well.

Boston in the mid-nineteenth century was the center of a Unitarian-Universalist revolt against traditional Christianity in which sinful mankind was transformed into a creature of innate goodness and light. If mankind was inherently good, then all social problems were external ones that could be eradicated by one sort of reform or another. Perhaps even the Southern slave-driver could be redeemed if only he could be made over in the image of the sturdy, democratic New Englander and his cousin in the Midwest who knew the proper interpretation of the Declaration of Independence. To these abstract idealists, the South seemed woefully out of step with the idea that “all men are created equal.” While New Englanders called down the wrath of God’s “terrible swift sword” against the South, western men in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, writes historian A. O. Craven, “had a way of viewing evil as something there ought to be a law against.” This combination of sanctimony and the appeal to laws that surely would be enacted by John Randolph of Roanoke’s “King Numbers,” served to unite the disparate elements of the White South and gird them for the impending conflict.

A Bloody Solution to the Southern Problem

The war waged from 1861-1865 was precipitated in no small part by the Abolitionists who had for thirty years fanned the flames of hatred against the South. When the fighting broke out in April1861, they all rejoiced, some at finally being rid of the South and others at the opportunity of destroying her. One of their own, Julia Ward Howe, while in Washington during the early days of the war, penned the lyrics to what became the Unitarian-Abolitionist anthem–”The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Her words hailed the advent of a holy war against an evil South and equated the crucifixion of Christ with the present crusade against slavery. The South Carolina Presbyterian divine, Rev. James Henley Thornwell, well understood the nature of the “irrepressible conflict” waged against his homeland. He wrote: “The parties in this conflict are not merely Abolitionists and slaveholders, they are Atheists, Socialists, Communists, Red Republicans, Jacobins on the one side and the friends of order and regulated freedom on the other. In one word, the world is the battleground, Christianity and Atheism the combatants, and the progress of humanity the stake.”

Four years of Jacobin-inspired warfare devastated the South. In addition to some 450,000 Confederate soldiers killed and wounded, the region’s civilian population suffered horrendously, especially during the final campaigns of the conflict. The last months of the Confederacy were filled with arson, robbery, rape, and murder, crimes perpetrated more often than not with the approval of Union military officers and civilian officials. Much of the destruction was pure vandalism directed against defenseless women and children and represented a deliberate policy to strike terror in the hearts of the Southern people. What General William T. Sherman called the “holiest fight ever fought on God’s earth” made little distinction between black and white. A reporter for the New York Herald, who witnessed the sack of Columbia, South Carolina, in 1865, noted that “Negro women were for the most part victims of the [Union] soldiers’ lust. A number of them were woefully mistreated and ravished.”

War’s Aftermath

In the wake of this carnage, Northern business interests began a systematic and wholesale economic plundering of the South that would continue through Reconstruction. Oppressive taxes were levied on cotton, and in just three years (1865-68) over $70 million was expropriated from the Southern economy. As late as 1880 the value of Southern agricultural lands was only two-thirds of what it had been in 1860. Gross farm income did not rise above 1859 levels until the early 1880s, though the South’s population rose nearly fifty-percent during that period. In the decades following the war, the South became an economic colony at the mercy of Northeastern plutocrats who exacted enormous sums of capital through usurious interest rates, stole lands and resources through tax foreclosures, and rigged local elections at the point of a bayonet. Famine and pestilence stalked the land, and it was common to see homeless widows and orphans begging bread from door to door and once-proud veterans reduced to destitution. Indeed, abolitionist Wendell Phillips summed up the situation well when he remarked after the war: “This [the North’s victory] is the new dispensation. This is the New Testament. 1860 is the blank leaf between the old and the new. . . . We have conquered not the geographical but the ideal South . . . and we have a right to trample it under the heel of our boots. This is the meaning of the war.” So it was.

American Empire

The South’s defeat in 1865, as Thornwell predicted, cleared the way for the triumph of a Jacobin/Marxist worldview in a consolidated American Empire. Wasted by war and military occupation and swindled by crooked Carpetbag and Scalawag “entrepreneurs,” the Southern people could do nothing to halt the centralizers’ juggernaut. One would think the demonizers’ work done at this point. But after a truce of sorts prevailed for several decades, especially during times of war when America needed the services of Southern manhood, the demonization of all things traditionally Southern resumed apace in the 1950s and 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement and the age of leftist revolution. And it continues to this day, the perpetrators showing no signs of letting up.

The prevailing question for traditional Southerners is this: How long will you patiently remain as a second-class citizen in this current political arrangement, hoping it can be reformed? If you do choose to remain on the flimsy hope of reform, you likely will lose everything dear to you, including your children’s and grandchildren’s future. You must recognize that the war against you continues and will not end until everything you cherish has been destroyed. Such was and is the definition of “war” by the forces of evil in this conflict. And the prevailing evil is the USA.

The demonization and destruction of the traditional South has removed a counterweight from the political entity known as The United States of America. Without that counterweight of Southern conservatism and tradition, America descended into the pit of Enlightenment-inspired left liberalism from which it has not, will not, and cannot return.

Here are some concrete examples. Since the South’s defeat in 1865, America has: 1) fought a war for empire (the Spanish-American War); 2) helped destroy the old European order (World War One); 3) provided aid to the communists in Spain (the Spanish Civil War—which saw American volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade fight against Franco); 4) allied itself with the communist USSR under Stalin (World War Two); 5) provided political and economic support for black communist-backed regimes in Rhodesia and South Africa (in the Bush Wars and anti-Apartheid campaign); 6) supported the pro-Muslim forces against Christian Serbia in the 1990s; and 7) currently supports anti-Christian Muslim rebels against the Syrian government, including perhaps ISIS itself. Without a vital and viable old Southern conservatism—that “old time religion” that theologically defined the South–to provide balance, the USA has consistently pushed a leftist/godless ideology worldwide.

Thus, without the South to reel her in, America has become an unholy terror to the whole world. Perhaps a revitalized and independent South will be the necessary antidote to such hubris. And perhaps this is why the powers-that-be in the USA still demonize her.

Michael Hill
Killen, Alabama

 

16444 ---Thunder In The Valley/Flagging W&L --- Released: 16 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-10 16:02:25 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Tue, Sep 9, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers Update: Thunder In the Valley/Flagging W&L

The Virginia Flaggers will be in Lexington this weekend, as a sponsor of “Thunder In the Valley”, and to coordinate flagging Washington and Lee throughout the weekend. Join us Thursday-Sunday and enjoy this great cavalry re-enactment, and take the opportunity to stand against the administration of Washington and Lee and their desecration of the LEE Chapel.

http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=5817&m=09&y=2014&d=14

Email info@vaflaggers.com for more information.

As a reminder, we have called for and implemented a TOTAL boycott of Lexington, since the September 1, 2011 actions of the Lexington City Council, which effectively banned the display of the flags of Lee and Jackson on city flag stands in the days leading up to and including the Virginia State Lee-Jackson Day holiday. PLEASE make sure you make your hotel reservations, dining, and shopping plans OUTSIDE of the city limits, and stop by City Hall and let them know WHY!

Washington & Lee Chapel Desecration Update:  We are receiving updates from alumni groups that are organizing, and hearing from several sources that law suits are being prepared to bring against the school and administration for the unlawful and improper removal of the Confederate Battle Flags from the LEE Chapel.  In the meantime, we ask that you continue to contact university officials by phone, email and US Mail.



The following is a letter submitted to Washington & Lee University President Kenneth Ruscio and forwarded to us. Since the desecration of the LEE Chapel at the hands of the W&L administration, we have received copies of hundreds of well written, poignant communications. This one is different than most. It was written and sent by a 15 year old student, without prompting, instruction, or assistance. In this young man, we find the wisdom, maturity, and intestinal fortitude that is sorely lacking among W&L University leadership.  Submitted without correction or editing...

"Dear Mr. Ruscio/ Mr. Ruscio's Secretary,

As a Virginian, I am completely appalled and disgusted with your University's unintelligent decision to remove the replica (but historically accurate) Battle Flags from the Lee Chapel.

Your university has several different flags in the chapel that honor Robert E Lee, but you felt the need to exclude the Confederacy from the Chapel. The Battle Flags that were in the Chapel were appropriate for the following reasons: 1) They were positioned above/beside the "Recumbent Lee", a statue by Edward Valentine that depicts Lee in his Confederate uniform, asleep on the battlefield where these flags were present. 2) Most (if not all) Confederate Generals have at least one (yes replica) battle flag on their grave to honor them. For example: Nathan Bedford Forrest, Stonewall Jackson, JEB Stuart, John Singleton Mosby, George Pickett and the President of the Confederacy, Mr. Jefferson Davis. 3) The Battle flags that you removed were the flags of the Confederate Soldier, not the government. The Battle Flag never flew over any building of the Confederate government. It was kept safely in a wooden box and when battle occurred, it was raised and ran through the battlefield so the Confederate Soldiers could be identified. Therefore, if someone deems the Battle Flag "racist" then they don't understand the flag in no way represents the institution of slavery, which the South wasn't fighting to preserve in the first place.

I understand that the flags were added to the Lee Chapel in the thirties however, many years prior to when the flags were added, the Lee Crypt had Ivy growing inside and stick flags were placed in the Ivy to honor Robert E Lee. When Washington and Lee representatives say that the flags were not original to the Chapel does that mean that the "Recumbent Lee" must be removed considering that it was not original to the Chapel? Why don't we take out the rest of the flags that are on display since they are not original either? Why don't we strip off the extra layers of paint on the walls since they too are not original ?

I also understand that an original battle flag is coming to the museum downstairs however, it will not be their permanently, it is not meant to honor Lee, and it will be displayed in the very back of the museum in a separate section. Don't get me wrong, I applaud your discussion to bring an original flag to the museum, but just because you're putting an original in the museum does not make it necessary to remove the flags from the Lee Chapel.

I will end this letter with a few questions. Where are the United Daughters of the Confederacy's flags now? When will the original flag arrive to the museum? Why did you cave to the minority? And when will the flags be returned to the chapel to properly honor Robert E Lee?

With great repugnance,
Patrick S, Mechanicsville, VA"

CONTACT INFORMATION:

University President
Kenneth P. Ruscio
president@wlu.edu
(540) 458-8700
(540) 458-8945 (fax)

Senior Assistant to the President
Elizabeth Knapp
knappe@wlu.edu
(540) 458-8867
(540) 458-8745 (fax)

Mailing Address:
204 West Washington Street
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia 24450

We also encourage you to copy your letters to the local media.  Every time we get a letter printed, we speak for those who are no longer able, educate and influence those who need to hear the truth, and encourage those who have yet to speak out.  Great one here, from the Roanoke Times: 
http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/nezbeth-don-t-remove-the-flags-and-rewrite-history/article_b7bb1616-9af1-51b7-938b-f1d203cad7fa.html

Please add your voice!

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday, September 9th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 11th - Sunday, September 14th:  Thunder in the Valley - Lexington, VA  Cavalry ride and Re Enactment 
http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=5817&m=09&y=2014&d=10 
The Virginia Flaggers are a sponsor for the event, and will co-ordinate flagging W&L all weekend!

Saturday, September 13th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday, September 20th:  Flagging Washington and Lee University - The Tar Heel Flaggers are organizing a flagging for 9:00 am - 5:00 pm . Young Alumni Weekend/Homecoming!  Class Agents and Alumni Board will also be on Campus. This will be the perfect way to spread the word, teach and influence young growing minds on the truth of Lee and will put more pressure on the University.  Contact:  Jamie Funkhouser.  jamiefunkhouser@yahoo.com
 
Saturday, September 20th: 11:30 a.m. Dick Poplar Day
http://www.petersburgexpress.com/Petersburg_Events.html

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

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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16440 ---Flag Raised At Cold Harbor --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-09 12:49:14 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Fri, Sep 5, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: I-295 Memorial Battle Flag Raised at Cold Harbor



On the third anniversary of the founding of our organization, the Va Flaggers are pleased to announce the completion of our third Interstate Memorial Battle Flag project.  Last month, a 9x12 Army of Tennessee pattern Confederate Battle Flag was quietly hoisted up a 45’ pole, high on a hill, on a parcel of land adjacent to north bound Interstate 295, near Cold Harbor.  Raised just days after the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the Hanover County Confederate Monument, she will fly as a living, breathing reminder of the courage and sacrifice of our Confederate Veterans.  This memorial was made possible through the diligence of several Va Flaggers, the continued and generous support from folks across the U.S., and the dogged determination of one 15 year old boy to honor his Confederate ancestors, several of whom fought in battles in Hanover County.

PROCLAMATION OF INTENT AND DEDICATION OF THE I-295 MEMORIAL BATTLE FLAG AT COLD HARBOR:

WHEREAS, in April 1861, the Commonwealth of Virginia, in order to retain her honor, exercised her Constitutional Right to secede from the Union; and

WHEREAS, Virginia, known as the Mother of States and Statesmen, did not make this decision lightly but only after exhaustive efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the issues which divided Southern and Northern states failed; and

WHEREAS, the sons of Hanover County, Virginia heeded the call of their Mother State by the tens of thousands to defend their country, their Commonwealth, their home and their family from an invading army; and

WHEREAS, these brave Virginians of Hanover County fought in the Confederate Armed Forces alongside other men from across the South; and

WHEREAS, these men sacrificed their all and spilled their blood defending the sacred soil of both Hanover County and Virginia; and

WHEREAS, their sacrifices Hallowed the Ground of Hanover County such as Hanover Courthouse, Mechanicsville, Gaines Mill, Seven Days, First and Second Cold Harbor, Haw’s Shop/Enon Church, Peake’s Station, Beaverdam, Watt House, North Anna and many other battlefields; and

WHEREAS, Richmond, Virginia, was the Capital of the Confederate States of America and the wartime home of President Jefferson Davis and many Hanoverians protected and served this Capital; and

WHEREAS, we must never forget the sacrifices made by the women of the South, who with every ounce of their being supported their men in uniform, undertook the duties normally performed by men, and suffered along with their children, and other citizens untold horrors in a war torn land; and

WHEREAS, “after four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude”, as General Robert E. Lee so eloquently wrote, the war for Southern Independence ended for the fabled Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865; and

WHEREAS, the honorable blood of such brave Virginians from Hanover County such as John Tyler, Captain William Latane, Edmund Ruffin, and the thousands of known and unknown heroes of Hanover County, Virginia flows through the veins of thousands of its citizens; and WHEREAS, it is the sworn duty and privilege of the citizens of Hanover County to encourage education within Hanover County, defend the good name of Hanover County, and to teach and promote the true history of the Hanover County to future generations;

THEREFORE, the Virginia Flaggers do hereby dedicate the I-295 Cold Harbor Memorial Confederate Battle Flag in honor of the sons of Hanover County, and in memory of all Confederate Soldiers who fought, bled, and died on her soil.

Grayson Jennings

Gifts to the Interstate Memorial Battle Flag projects may be mailed to:

Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
Payable to Va Flaggers

or through PayPal:
http://www.vaflaggers.com/i95flagdonate.html

 

16439 ---VMFA Update, 9-4-2014 --- Released: 21 days Ago. ---- 2014-09-05 12:08:45 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Thu, Sep 4, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: VMFA Update 9-4-2014



The Virginia Flaggers closed out our 152nd week, and 35th month of flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) with a great showing on Saturday.  A dozen Flaggers were on hand to forward the colors and were able to spread out around the block, making sure all who entered and left the VMFA were greeted with Confederate flags!

Special shout out to Calvin Allen, Texas Division, SCV, 3rd Brigade Commander, who took time out of his schedule to come stand with us while visiting Richmond! Thank you, Commander for your support and for making your stand with us, ALL THE WAY FROM TEXAS!

For our Flaggers, it was pretty much a day like any other August day in the naked city.  Hot, humid, little or no breeze to float our flags with lots of bicycle traffic & young folks walking their dogs.  We had several VCU students stop and ask what the flags were all about.  Most seemed to be from up north but were attending college down here.  All good comments.

For a college town like Richmond, September brings thousands of new students to Richmond for the first time, and we are honored to have the privilege (thanks to our friends at the VMFA) to be able to welcome and greet them, and educate them about the honor of our Confederate ancestors and the flags under which they fought and died.

As we begin our 36th month on the Boulevard, we are excited about the coming fall weather...not only for the relief it brings our Flaggers, who have stood in the heat all summer, but for the new opportunities the changing season will bring for us to continue our work of changing hearts and minds in the Capital of the Confederacy...while we protest the VMFA and their forced removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

JOIN US TODAY, Thursday, September 4th, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, as we continue our vigil. 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA.   If you cannot be on the Boulevard, you can still support the troops on the ground by contacting the VMFA, politely expressing your displeasure with their desecration of the Confederate Memorial, and asking them to return the flags and restore the honor!

Contact:
Alex Nyerges
Director
VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard,
Richmond, VA 23220-4007
T 804-340-1504/F 804-340-1502
email: alex.nyerges@vmfa.museum

http://wvtf.org/post/tale-two-flags-art-sparks-dialogue
Tale of Two Flags: Art Sparks Dialogue
"Virginia Flaggers like Sydney Lester and Barry Isenhour plan to keep coming back week after week to the VMFA and not likely for the art.”Put them two flags back up there and the only time they’ll ever see me is when I come down here for a memorial service.”"

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

TriPp Lewis
Va Flaggers

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, September 4th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 6th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday, September 11th - Sunday, September 14th:  Thunder in the Valley - Lexington, VA  Cavalry ride and Re Enactment 
http://events.lexingtonvirginia.com/events.php?view=d&id=5817&m=09&y=2014&d=10 
The Virginia Flaggers are a sponsor for the event, and will co-ordinate flagging W&L all weekend!

Saturday, September 21st:  Flagging Washington and Lee University - The Tar Heel Flaggers are organizing a flagging for 9:00 am - 5:00 pm . Young Alumni Weekend/Homecoming!  Class Agents and Alumni Board will also be on Campus. This will be the perfect way to spread the word, teach and influence young growing minds on the truth of Lee and will put more pressure on the University.  Contact:  Jamie Funkhouser.  jamiefunkhouser@yahoo.com
 
Saturday, September 20th: 11:30 a.m. Dick Poplar Day
http://www.petersburgexpress.com/Petersburg_Events.html

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

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: 
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Sandston VA 23150
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