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16504 ---Slaves Freeing Themselves From Freedom --- Released: 2 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: 2 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 9 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: 10 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: 10 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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Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

 

16488 ---Museum Wants Flag Removed --- Released: 11 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: 15 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.

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

 

16481 ---Abbeville And Scottish Secession --- Released: 15 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-03 11:25:29 -0400
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Abbeville and Scottish Secession

Friends of the Abbeville Institute:

Scotland voted "No" to independence.  The media will have you believe this was a crushing victory.  After all, only 45 percent of the Scottish people voted for secession.  We should flip that on its head.  45 percent of the nearly 90 percent of eligible voters voted FOR self-determination.  The "No" vote barely won, and the aftermath is going to be dramatic.  Several European secession movements have used the publicity of the Scottish referendum to push their own cause. Among these are the Flemish in Belgium, Catalonia in Spain, the Veneto and Lombardy in Italy, Bavaria in Germany, and many more.

The time of the large "indivisible" unitary state is over. A new demand for self-government has emerged either in the form of political independence or for "quasi-independence" in the form of greater state or provincial autonomy. Quebec failed to secede in 1995 in a close vote of 51-49.  As a consequence, Quebec received sufficient autonomy so that, for the moment, there is little interest in secession.

Scotland will certainly gain in self-government because of this referendum. Indeed, they were promised a "devolution revolution" in exchange for a "no" vote. Whether that will satisfy the discontents that forced the referendum or whether the expanded exercise of self government will simply spark a greater desire for independence remains to be seen. Westminster gave Scotland its parliament in 1998. That was supposed to satisfy secessionist discontents. But this expanded exercise of self government only strengthened them.

The referendum was a peaceful assertion of the natural right of self-determination.  No bullets were fired.  No Molotov-cocktails were lobbed at police.  No teargas canisters or dogs were deployed. Independence lost, but it will be back, and not just in Scotland. British prime minister David Cameron should be commended for allowing the referendum. I should add that the Canadian supreme court has ruled that every Canadian province has the right to a referendum on secession at public expense whenever it pleases.

The Drudge Report recently ran an article from REUTERS which "shockingly" exposed increasing American acceptance of secession. Twenty-five percent of Americans, on both the Left and the Right, support the idea of secession for their State.  This is an important and growing trend.

State nullification and secession are fundamental principles in the Constitution as understood by the Jeffersonians who, more or less, dominated the Union from Jefferson's election in 1800 to South Carolina's secession December 20, 1861. Of the New England secession movements (1804-1814), Jefferson said in 1816: "If any state in the Union will declare that it prefers separation ... to a continuance in union ... I have no hesitation in saying, 'let us separate.'"

If anyone is an American,Jefferson is.That State secession from the first has been a vital part of the American tradition has been suppressed by mainline historians since 1865 as a "Southern heresy." It is true Southerners acted upon it, but there is nothing especially "Southern" or "Confederate" about it.

The right of secession is a timeless principle, memorably asserted in the Declaration of Independence, and is as applicable to an American state today as it is to Scotland, Catalonia, or the Veneto; or as it was to Norway which seceded from Sweden in 1905, or to Singapore which seceded from the Malaysian federation in 1967, or as it was to the 15 states that seceded from the Soviet Union in 1991. Whether it would be good for a State to secede is a practical question for the future. But the question can no longer be suppressed by the fiction that the American federation of States is "indivisible."

Though secession is not a Southern heresy, as presented by main stream scholars, it is true that the Southern tradition alone has preserved this Jeffersonian part of the American tradition. The Abbeville Institute is the keeper of the Jeffersonian tradition. If you value that tradition and wish to have a deeper intellectual grasp of it and its place in the broader American tradition, please lend your support to the Abbeville Institute.

Our goal is to explore what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition, including the Jeffersonian principle of secession. George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were secessionists.  Southerners were the last Americans to attempt independence.  A loss by force of arms does not invalidate the natural right of political self-government.  People all over the world are realizing this.

For as little as an annual gift of $50, you can help in our effort to gain a deeper understanding of the Southern tradition and what that tradition intimates for us today. All donations to the Abbeville Institute are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. They will be used to maintain our website and provide educational programs for college students, scholars in higher education, and the general public. Please go to www.abbevilleinstitute.org,click the link for donations and choose a sponsorship level. Or mail check to Abbeville Instittute, P.O.Box 10, McClellanville, SC 29458.

Sincerely,

Donald W. Livingston
President, The Abbeville Institute
donlivingston45@gmail.com

 

16479 ---Horrid Fragment Of Feudal Despotism --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-01 15:37:49 -0400
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North Carolina's Horrid Fragment of Feudal Despotism
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com

Constitutional scholar and lawyer R. Carter Pittman (1898-1972) wrote that “Philosophy and sociology have always been the tamper tools that have sprung institutions of liberty out of alignment. Historical research and common sense born of experience, have always been the tools to spring them back into place. Doctors of pseudo-socio-science have always been the apes of tyranny.”
 
He viewed the “all men are created equal” phrases in State constitutions as being “forced upon the people . . . by carpetbag doctors of pseudo-socio-science, while Federal bayonets held the outraged white people at bay. As soon as those doctors were run out, nearly all the States returned to George Mason’s phrase: "That all men are born equally free and independent."
 
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"
 
North Carolina’s Horrid Fragment of Feudal Despotism
 
“Inequality will exist as long as liberty exists.  It unavoidably results from that very liberty itself.” Alexander Hamilton, 26 June 1787
 
“American high school and college textbooks are loaded with equalitarian propaganda, all pointing to the Declaration of Independence equality clause as the “American dream” or the “American creed.”  No one questions the right of all men to equal justice under law, but propagandists have carried the doctrine beyond equality of rights to equality of things . . .
 
The Declaration of Independence never became living law in America, and no provision of the Federal Constitution or Bill of Rights can be traced to it and . . . its influence on State constitutions and bills rights has been insignificant.
 
It was written to serve the temporary purposes of a sanguinary conflict.  It was and perhaps will always be history’s most effective piece of propaganda, but it neither grants nor protects human rights.  The Declaration of Independence does not say that all men are equal.  It says they were “created” equal.  There equality ends.
 
The [United States] Constitution proclaims in its preamble that it was established “to . . . insure domestic tranquility . . . and secure the blessings of liberty.”  Nowhere does it hint a purpose to insure or impose equality of men or things.
 
For decades after 1776 North Carolina’s Bill of Rights proclaimed “that all men are born equally free and independent.”  There must surely be some explanation as to why people who had lived under the maxims of George Mason since 1776 should suddenly change in 1868.
 
The Constitution of 1868 was framed in a convention called under the reconstruction acts of [the Northern] Congress, by Major General [Edward] Canby.  It assembled at Raleigh, January 14, 1868.  Federal soldiers stood guard over deliberations. The same equality clause was inserted in the bills or rights of many Southern States while the natural leaders of the white people were held at bay by Federal bayonets. See for examples, the Alabama Bill of Rights, the Louisiana Bill of Rights of 1868, South Carolina’s of 1868 and Florida’s of 1868.
 
As is well-known by those the least familiar with American history, shortly after the Federal troops were withdrawn [in 1877], the white people of the South quickly expelled the carpetbaggers and subdued the scalawags and recaptured the State governments. Every one of those States, with one exception, promptly called a constitutional convention according to its own wishes in place of those imposed upon it by military might.
 
All struck the doctrine of human equality from their constitutions, except North Carolina. Why North Carolina should have retained that doctrine in her Bill of Rights is a mystery.  There it stands on parchments as a horrid fragment of feudal despotism imposed on a proud and helpless people by superior force.”
 
(Equality Versus Liberty, the Eternal Conflict, R. Carter Pittman, August, 1960;www.rcarterpittman.org)
 
 

16478 ---NY's Notorious Slave Ships --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-01 15:25:04 -0400
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New York's Notorious Slave Ships
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
In the post-Revolution era, African slavery was waning as cotton production was a laborious task and not worth cultivating on a large scale until Eli Whitney of Massachusetts revolutionized the industry in 1793. Thereafter, New England mills could not live without raw slave-produced cotton, Manhattan lenders ensured plantation owners that money was available for plantation expansion, and New England slavers continued to import the 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"
 
New York’s Notorious Slave Ships
 
“In the decade 1850-1860 Great Britain maintained consulates in six Southern ports: Norfolk, -- changed to Richmond in 1856 – Charleston, Savannah, Mobile, New Orleans and Galveston.
 
[Consul G.P.R.] James [in Norfolk and Richmond] . . . considered that Virginians were very kind to their slaves and that slavery was an injury to masters rather than Negroes. One of the proprietors of the Richmond “slave warehouse” was, wrote his son Charles later, an “unmistakable Yankee,” said to be very humane to his charges, “but the business was regarded as infamous.  I heard a respectable man denounced for accepting his hospitality.”
 
At Niagara Falls, James saw a runaway Negro belonging to one of his Norfolk neighbors; he had found it difficult to make a living and was cold and he begged the consul to ask his owner to take him back.
 
[Consul] Henry G. Kuper of Baltimore gave assurance that the slave trade was being extensively carried on by many American citizens, especially in New York . . . with the connivance of Spanish authorities in Cuba where most of the cargoes were conveyed . . . Consul Edward W. Mark wrote from Baltimore that at any moment twenty vessels might be found under construction at that port, admirably adapted for the slave trade. Some were built expressly for the trade by “respectable houses,” which would not enter the trade themselves but merely executed the orders they received.
 
Mark believed, however, that in Baltimore little countenance was given to the trade. It was carried on rather “from New York and the eastern parts of the Union . . . and generally by New England and foreign firms.”
 
[In 1858 Consul] Molyneaux of Savannah told the story of a Charleston mercantile house . . . which proposed to send the ship Richard Cobden . . . on a [suspicious] voyage to Africa to bring “free emigrants” to a United States port. The collector of the port appealed to United States Secretary of the Treasury Howell Cobb who pronounced the proposal illegal.
 
About the same time the Lydia Gibbs, a vessel of one-hundred and fourteen tons of Northern build, sailed from Charleston under one Watson, a Scotchman naturalized in the United States. He took it to Havana where it was sold to unknown persons for $12,000.  Watson was to receive $6,000 more if he escaped detection, and in addition a certain percentage of the slaves he should succeed in landing in Cuba.
 
[In July 1858 Charleston Consul Robert Bunch] wrote that the brig Frances Ellen had cleared from Charleston for Africa, supposedly to engage in the slave trade; that the firm of Ponjand and Lalas, two Spaniards, which sent it out, was believed to be regularly engaged in this traffic [and] intended to land five or six cargoes in Texas . . .
 
In December, 1859, the South Carolina legislature received from the New York assembly a set of resolutions passed by the latter body, condemning the slave trade and urging the Southern States not to connive at or encourage the odious traffic.  South Carolina returned the resolutions to the senders without comment and Bunch, though agreeing with the New York sentiments, dryly noted that the action was not “happily received,” “as it is notorious that, during the present year, at least ten slavers have been fitted out in New York for one in the entire South.”
 
(The South in the 1850’s as Seen by British Consuls, Laura A. White, The Journal of Southern History, February 1935, excerpts, pp. 29, 31, 36-41)
 
 

16477 ---Capt. George Thomas Parker --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-01 15:10:41 -0400
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Captain George Thomas Parker of Gates County

George Thomas Parker served with the Fifth North Carolina Regiment for the duration of the war, originally enlisting with Company G at Camp Winslow in Halifax County on 20 June 1861 and appointed First Sergeant.  The Fifth Regiment mustered into Confederate service on 15 July 1861 and left for Virginia the same day. It arrived at Manassas Junction on 16 July and was assigned to the Fourth Brigade of Brigadier-General James Longstreet and marched to Mitchell’s Ford on Bull Run Creek where it saw its baptism under fire at First Manassas.  Promoted to regimental Sergeant-Major, he returned to Company G as a second lieutenant, then transferred to Company H on 15 January 1862; first lieutenant to rank from 12 October 1862; and captain to rank from 15 June 1863.
 
From northern Virginia the regiment was sent to the Williamsburg area to resist enemy invasion in March and April 1862.  Parker was wounded during Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s offensive at Seven Pines in May 1862 but returned to duty to participate at King’s School House, Cold Harbor, Gaines Mill, Frayser’s Farm, Seven Days, South Mountain, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run and Spotsylvania, where Parker was wounded in the right thigh in May or June 1864.  He was reported as “absent wounded” through December 1864, returned to Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and paroled at Appomattox on 9 April 1865.  
 
Brothers David Wood and James Robert also served the Confederacy, as well as Joseph John Parker who died of typhoid fever in October 1861.  This “camp fever” was ubiquitous and usually the result of exposure to the elements and poor camp sanitation.  Parker was paroled at Appomattox in April 1865.
 
Capt. Parker returned home after Appomattox “so ragged and dirty they put him in the smokehouse to take a bath. He threw away all the clothes he had on and left his pistol out there,” according to daughter Julia in a 1954 interview.  Parker married Eunice Katherine Riddick on 2 December 1865 and their union produced six children, including Julia.
 
A dedicated member of the United Confederate Veterans after the war, Parker served as commander of the Tom Smith Camp of the UCV in Suffolk, Virginia where he had made his home.  After several years of illness and then paralysis, he passed away at age 74 on 18 January 1911; wife Eunice followed him in death on 10 February 1931.
 
Capt. Parker’s obituary described a faithful Christian and member of his congregation, a superior role model for his children and future generations:
 
“A consistent and faithful member of Main Street Methodist Church, he was always found at his post of duty in the choir and the other activities of his church, taking great interest in all things which pertained to the moral and spiritual uplift of the community.  He was a brave soldier, a good husband and father, a true citizen, and a devout Christian gentleman.  Freed from his rundown house of clay, he lives in a glorious body in the “house of many mansions.” He served his day and generation well and has gone to reap the reward – the crown of rejoicing and the presence of his God forever.”
 
Sources:  Confederate Images, C.E. Avery, Confederate Veteran, Volume 6, 2000, pg. 9; North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865, A Roster, Volume IV, Weymouth T. Jordan
 
 

16476 ---Economic Causes Of The War --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-01 14:58:31 -0400
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“The Economic Causes of the War”
 
The excellent explanation of the economic causes of the War Between the States by Dr. Donald W. Miller, Jr. is added in its entirety.  It was published in September 2001. Please pass this website along to family, friends and acquaintances to help them better understand American history, the reasons for the 1861-1865 conflict, and the unsurpassed valor of North Carolinians who fought for their independence.  Read an excerpt below:
 
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“Union means so many millions a year lost to the South; secession means the loss of the same millions to the North.  The love of money is the root of this, as of many evils.  The quarrel between the North and the South is, as it stands, solely a fiscal quarrel.”  Charles Dickens
 
In the schoolbook account of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln rose to the presidency and took the steps needed to end slavery.  He led the country in a great Civil War against the slaveholding States that seceded, restored these states to the Union, and ended slavery. Accordingly, historians rate Abraham Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents.
 
People in the South, like my great-great-grandfather Louis Thomas Hicks, had a different view of the war. Louis Hicks fought in the Battle of Gettysburg in the Army of Northern Virginia, commanding the 20th North Carolina Regiment (in Iverson's Brigade of Rodes Division in Ewell's Second Corps). He led his regiment into action on the first day of the battle and was forced to surrender after losing eighty percent of his men (238 out of 300) in two-and-a-half hours of fighting. In his personal account of the battle, he wrote, "[As a prisoner] I lied awake, thinking of my comrades and the great cause for which we were willing to shed our last drop of blood."
 
His daughter, Mary Lyde Williams, echoed similar sentiments in her Presentation Address given at the Unveiling of the North Carolina Memorial on the Battlefield of Gettysburg on July 3, 1929.  She began her address with the words, "They wrote a constitution in which each State should be free." Four children, including her granddaughter, my mother, who was then 10 years old, removed the veil that covered the statue.
 
Today’s Standard View of the War
 
Today American children are taught in the nation's schools, both in the North and South, that it was wrong for people to support the Confederacy and to fight and die for it.
 
Well-intentioned, "right thinking" people equate anyone today who thinks that the South did the right thing by seceding from the Union as secretly approving of slavery. Indeed, such thinking has now reached the point where groups from both sides of the political spectrum, notably the NAACP and Southern Poverty Law Center on the left and the Cato Institute on the right, want to have the Confederate Battle Flag eradicated from public spaces. These people argue that the Confederate flag is offensive to African-Americans because it commemorates slavery.
 
The war did enable Lincoln to "save" the Union, but only in a geographic sense. The country ceased being a Union, as it was originally conceived, of separate and sovereign States. Instead,
America became a "nation" with a powerful federal government. Although the war freed four million slaves into poverty, it did not bring about a new birth of freedom, as Lincoln and historians such as James McPherson and Henry Jaffa say.  For the nation as a whole the war did just the opposite: It initiated a process of centralization of government that has substantially restricted liberty and freedom in America, as historians Charles Adams and Jeffrey Rogers Hummel have argued – Adams in his book, When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession (published in 2000); and Hummel in his book, Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men (1996).
 
Read more at: http://www.ncwbts150.com/EconomicCausesoftheWAr.php
 
 

16475 ---Georgia Trend, 9/2014 --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-01 14:46:05 -0400
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GA. TREND MAGAZINE - SEPT. 2014
 
From: waynedobson51@yahoo.com


 
There was a  section in the September 2014 issue of Georgia Trend Magazine that detailed 25 historical artifacts tracing the history of Georgia.  If I recall correctly, these items are the property of the Atlanta Historical Society. It was interesting that no reference was made to Confederate soldiers nor the great Confederate legacy of Georgia. In fact, in the portion about the War Between the States the only soldier noted was from Co. H of the 2nd U.S. Colored troops. This is blatant and contrived omission which dishonors the ancestry of many of the citizens of Georgia.  I suppose the aim of political  correctness is to please a perceived majority. Well, it did not please me nor did  it tell the truth.
 
John Wayne Dobson                                 
Macon, GA
 
 

16474 ---Field Of Lost Shoes --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-01 14:33:09 -0400
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FIELD OF LOST SHOES
 
From: waynedobson51@yahoo.com    
 
I was at the 150th anniversary of the battle of Atlanta when a vendor selling DVD's handed me a card advertising the new film, "Field of Lost Shoes." It looked good and I had always been interested in the Battle of New Market so when I got home I looked up the official trailer on You Tube.  It did not take the narration long to declare the War was "over slavery" and soon enough one V.M.I. character declared, "we should not be fighting to keep people in chains…"
    
Must we get beat over the head by the same tired ol' slavery issue with every depiction of the War and especially those that showcase our Southern history?   Another You Tube site I checked had a representative of V.M.I. carefully making the point that the cadets at New Market never carried the Confederate battle flag. That is likely accurate but what is he ashamed of - did the cadets not assault Federal lines and fight for the South?   I guess I am disappointed in the film even before I have had a chance to see it.
    
At every turn our beloved Southern heritage is slandered, perverted and told from a Northern viewpoint, but I categorically and forever refuse to act ashamed, nor cower in the shadows with a despicable apology on my lips for ancestors who "need no pardon for anything they've done."
 
 

16473 ---VA Flaggers 3rd Anniversary Celebration --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-01 14:18:09 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: Third Anniversary Celebration Picnic/Auction Report

Words cannot adequately convey the depth of our gratitude for the outpouring of support for our Third Anniversary Picnic/Auction. We were overwhelmed by the number of items received for the auctions and raffle... from supporters from New York to Texas! The picnic would not have been possible without the dozens of folks who helped with food prep, set up, organizing and leading activities, and clean up. Last but not least, we owe a deep debt of gratitude to those who attended, from all across the South, helping to make it our largest gathering yet, and generously bidding on the items donated. It was such a privilege and honor to have the opportunity to visit with so many Flaggers and supporters, and meet new folks who came to find out what we are all about.

Our goal was to raise enough money to order an additional flag for the Fredericksburg site, so that we would have an extra to use when repairs are needed, etc. Initial numbers from last night’s event show that we not only met that goal, but we exceeded it…by AT LEAST threefold…and the final tally will not be known for a few more days.

The final item auctioned was the first flag flown at the Chester I-95 Memorial Flag Site, raised one year ago yesterday,  a 10' x 15' AOT. It sold for a high bid of $200. After the auction, the gentleman who won the bid, one of our most dedicated Flaggers, quietly told me that he was donating the flag BACK TO THE VA FLAGGERS, to be auctioned again.



To say I was moved by his generosity and commitment to the Cause is an understatement.  "Who could not conquer with such troops as these..?" General Thomas J. Jackson, CSA

We could not have asked nor hoped for a better celebration of our Third Anniversary and the First Anniversary of the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag at Chester. To each and every one of you who had a part in making it, and our first three years, such an amazing success, we THANK YOU, and covet your prayers and continued support as we embark on our fourth year, with our spirits uplifted, our hearts full, and with a renewed determination to continue to forward the Colors and defend the honor of our Confederate Ancestors.

God bless you all, and God Save the South!

Susan Hathaway
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, 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

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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Sandston VA 23150
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16472 ---VMFA Mass Flagging --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-10-01 14:03:04 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: VMFA Mass Flagging TODAY

Va Flaggers report from the front line! Full court press at the VMFA today, as folks in town for our Third Anniversary picnic/auction are joining the Flaggers for an all day flagging, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. A dozen flaggers are already on the ground on the Boulevard in the Capital of the Confederacy, with more expected to join us throughout the day.

If you have ever wanted to come see what we are all about, and/or are ready to take a stand for our ancestors, and against those who have desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel, today is a great day to get out and turn talk into action!

The VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts forced the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel, on the sacred grounds of the Old Soldiers' Home in Richmond. The Veterans can no longer stand up and speak out. Will you?

If you cannot join us today, please take a moment to call the VMFA and voice your concern. Ask them to honor ALL American Veterans and return the Confederate flags to the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel. Call 804.340.1563 TODAY... and phone in support for the men and women on the sidewalk at the VMFA.

Online auction opportunity! Many of you have requested that we offer an opportunity for an online auction, for those of you who won't be able to make it to the picnic on Sunday, but want to participate. We have two items available for online bids, both bids starting at $19.99. The auctions end Monday night at 7:00 EST. All proceeds benefit the Va Flaggers.



Approximately 7.5 inches wide by 10.5 inches high
Woodburning on irregular pieces of wood cut from a tree branch
Created and donated by Ms. Valerie Protopapas.
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1917 Edition with inscription and signature of Mrs. George Pickett.
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings
Virginia Flaggers

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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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16471 ---The Tar Heels Arrive --- Released: 22 days 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: 23 days 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