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16113 ---Florida Billboard Wars --- Released: 25 minutes Ago. ---- 2014-04-18 11:58:45 -0400
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From: Ed <bookman@planters.net>
Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Subject: Florida Billboard Wars

Folks,

Apparently, our SECEDE billboard down in Tallahassee, Florida (coming to Georgia soon) is being played on by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Please follow the link below for a great piece on this by Brad Griffin.

http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2014/04/17/billboard-wars/

For the Georgia People,

Ed

 

16112 ---Confederate History Month On Facebook --- Released: 34 minutes Ago. ---- 2014-04-18 11:50:08 -0400
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From: cjohnson1861 <cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Subject: [FlagFight] Confederate History Month on Facebook
To: "flagfight@yahoogroups.com" <flagfight@yahoogroups.com>

Dear Friends,

Please re-post as you wish.

Facebook is where it is happening and that’s where you need to be to follow Confederate History and Heritage Month events, news and historical facts about our wonderful Confederate Heritage. Read more at:

https://www.facebook.com/ConfederateHeritageMonth

We reached 13,457 people this past week on our Facebook site. If you are not on Facebook you missed:
The latest post: W&L students demand removal of confederate flag—Read full story at:

http://www.roanoke.com/news/w-l-students-demand-removal-of-confederate-flags-decry-view/article_45941b3e-c5db-11e3-8e04-001a4bcf6878.html#.U1Amg-k79hw.email

Please email me with events, news and CHHM proclamation signings for posting.

Thank you and have a Dixie day!

Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
Chairman
National and Georgia Division SCV Confederate History and Heritage Month committee

Mike Crane
Co-Chairman

Members: John Black, Billy Bearden, Fred Wilhite and in memory of member Jeff Davis

 

16109 ---SCV Plate Numbers Released --- Released: about 1 hour Ago. ---- 2014-04-18 11:18:51 -0400
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Sons of Confederate Veterans   
April 15, 2014    
 
PRESS RELEASE  
 
NEW SCV LICENSE PLATE NUMBERS FINALLY RELEASED   



(ATLANTA - April 16, 2014)  Just a little more than a week before Confederate Memorial Day is officially observed across the state, the Sons of Confederate Veterans have released the first update on the sale of their new specialty license plate in Georgia which prominently features the Confederate battle flag since it made national news in February.

Media outlets across America carried the story in February concerning the new specialty plate for the Sons in Georgia after the Georgia Division of the SCV was invited by the state of Georgia to submit a new design for their decade-old specialty plate.  The new design which was approved bears the Confederate battle flag across the entire length of the plate.  The new design drew hate-filled rhetoric from groups who oppose any display of Confederate symbols or observance of Southern heritage.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans took the position in February that despite the fact that political correctness has made it acceptable for all groups to celebrate their history and heritage except Southerners, the SCV believes that all people have a right to preserve their own valuable way of life and to celebrate their heritage.  Georgia SCV Division Commander Jack Bridwell stated that it is his and the Georgia Division's intention to make sure that all of Georgia's young people understand why they should be proud of their Confederate ancestors and their Southern heritage, and he stated that the Georgia Division is just beginning a major campaign to that end.

Groups opposing the new Georgia Division specialty plate were quick to speculate in February that sales of the plate would be dismal following the negative attention that it had received.

This week, the Sons of Confederate Veterans received the first report from the Georgia Department of Revenue on the sale of the plates since the new design became available in February.  Even though the new design was not released to the media until the middle of February, reports show that total sales of the SCV plate were up to 175% of sales of the SCV plate during the preceding month of January this year -- a considerable increase and a much different response than predicted by opponents of the SCV.

Tim Pilgrim, adjutant for the Georgia SCV, noted that the numbers for February which were just received from the Department of Revenue were remarkable, especially given the fact that the public only knew about the new design for less than half of the month of February.  He said that preliminary reports from local tag offices around the state indicate that the number of sales of the plate in March may actually surpass the spike in sales that occurred in February.

The surge in sales of the SCV license plate, especially in light of the opposition to it, demonstrate a growing support for Southern heritage in Georgia and a stiffening of resistance among the population at large to the never-ending demands of political correctness.

For more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans or the sale of SCV license plates in Georgia, please call 404.271.8473 or contact the Georgia Division SCV online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org  

 
 

16108 ---SCV Encourages History Study --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-15 14:37:25 -0400
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Sons of Confederate Veterans Encourage Study of Accurate History



Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Pillow provides an opportunity to discover the truth.

Columbia, Tennessee
April 12, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014, marks the Sesquicentennial of the military engagement at Ft. Pillow. The events of that day were not easily comprehended as a contemporary occurrence, let alone as a historical matter. Furthermore, interpretation of the events on that day have contributed to a cloudy perception of the life of one of the battle's significant participants, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

It is the desire of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) that Americans ponder the events of Ft. Pillow and the broader subject of General Forrest, practice personal scholarship and reach their own conclusions unencumbered by commonly recited, yet inaccurate, histories. The SCV sought Dr. Michael Bradley and Lt. Col. Edwin Kennedy as credible contributors to this dialogue and a catalyst to that end. Their work is attached.

We invite all Americans that value an accurate and truthful history to review these attachments. As we move into the final year of the Sesquicentennial observance of the War Between the States, the SCV is on watch to be certain "that the true history of the South is presented to future generations."

Formed in 1896, The Sons of Confederate Veterans is an international organization of male descendants of Confederate soldiers and the nation’s largest military history and genealogy society, with over 30,000 members.

© Copyright 1997-2014, Vocus

On The Web:   http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11755880.htm

 

16107 ---FL Celebrates Conf. Memorial Day --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-15 13:33:59 -0400
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Florida celebrates Confederate Memorial Day

Amy Bennett Williams
Fort Myers News-Press
April 11, 2014

Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) -- Though most 2014 calendars list May 26 as Memorial Day, many Southwest Floridians observe another day of remembrance a month earlier: Confederate Memorial Day.



It may have a lower profile, but it is indeed an official Florida holiday, as it is in 10 other southern states.

In 2006, the Lee County Commission made it official with a resolution that read, in part:

"Whereas: April is the month in which the Confederate States of America began and ended their four year struggle for sovereignty and independence (and) Florida joined the Confederate States of America and contributed more soldiers and sailors than any other state in proportion to its population...It is necessary to honor this part of our past to draw from it the courage, wisdom and strength demonstrated by those who lived through that era and endured its hardship so that we may go forward with other Americans in a spirit of brotherhood, unity and reconciliation for a better tomorrow..."

Fort Myers veteran Robert Gates takes those words very seriously.

That's why he'll be joining fellow members of the Major W M Footman Camp 1950 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Fort Myers United Daughters of the Confederacy. Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy in the old Buckingham Cemetery.

Though the nonprofits maintain Confederate graves and monuments throughout the region, they've given special attention to the Buckingham Cemetery. In recent months, they've added a flagpole, planted flowers and installed a 385-pound, 4-foot-tall statue of a Confederate soldier.

Dubbed Sgt. Franklin, it stands watch over the 11 Confederate veterans buried under the cemetery's ancient oaks.

A Cypress Lake High School graduate and decorated Air Force veteran, Gates is a charter member of the Footman camp as well as its commander.

For him, honoring Confederate veterans is a responsibility he shoulders proudly, informed by his abiding interest in history. He keeps a watchful eye on the Robert E. Lee statue in downtown Fort Myers and tends Confederate graves at Buckingham, Alva and New Prospect cemeteries, where the Sons have raised money to place markers on all Confederate graves.

But Gates wants people to know this is not a members-only affair — anyone is welcome to attend. If they do, they'll be treated to poetry, speeches, a flag ceremony and rifle salute as well as trumpet, bagpipe and violin music followed by an old-fashioned, covered-dish picnic.

Oft-flaring controversy aside, Gates says, the celebration is not about race or slavery.

"To us, the descendants ... we mark this day as a memorial to those who sacrificed all in the defense of their homeland and/or state," he says. "(It's) a day of remembrance of the Confederate soldier, sailor, elected official and civilians of the South who died during the War Between the States."

On The Web:   http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/florida/2014/04/11/florida-confederate-memorial-day/7588007/

 

16106 ---Floggers Find This Offensive? --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-15 12:53:32 -0400
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Why Don't the Floggers Find This Offensive?

You would think that the anti-Confederate, South-hating Civil War Bloggers would issue a clear statement condemning the segregation which these Gann Academy teens apparently enjoy at their prom. I particularly note the lack of African-American, Hispanic and Asian faces among the jovial crowd. The hugs and hand gestures add a nice touch to the exclusivity of the attendees.

Yep, the future of selective school segregation is in very capable hands.

Yes, gentle readers, the snippet above is a rip-off of Levin's Why Doesn't the SCV Find This Offensive? post at CW Memory.

I note that Levin hasn't (yet) joined in the flogger outrage at Simpson's and Mackey's flogs over a miniscule number of segregated proms and private prom parties in the South recently reported in the news. As of this writing, I also haven't seen any comments by Corey at either flog, but you'd think both he and Levin would have an interest in this, being has how they are both high school teachers, and proms are related to, well, high school.

Maybe a look at these photos will give us a clue...

Gann Academy Prom Photos, 2013
(Gann Academy is where Levin teaches)
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Putnam County High School Prom Pictures, 2011
(This is where Corey teaches. I couldn't find anything more recent, but who imagines the demographics of this school have changed much in three years?)

Just remember the anti-Confederate, south-hating mantra flogger, folks.  "It's okay when WE do it."

Or maybe it's that the truth hurts....

* * * * *

In other news, Al Mackey refuses to provide substantiation for this statement he made on his flog: "If I’m not mistaken, Mr. John C. Hall has a close affiliation with the Virginia Flaggers, having been credited with helping to found the organization."

No link showing who credited John Hall thusly, no substantiation of his "close association" with the Virginia Flaggers.

What really takes the cake is his running scared from my request for substantiation, claiming that it is MY responsibility to prove or disprove what HE has claimed.

Comment exchange between him and me at his flog:

Connie Chastain -- Document/substantiate this please: “Mr. John C. Hall has a close affiliation with the Virginia Flaggers, having been credited with helping to found the organization.”

Al Mackey --  So then are you denying he has close ties to the flaggers? I’d like to know if I was mistaken.

Connie Chastain -- How is it a denial to ask you to confirm something you said? So then are you going to substantiate it? Link to info confirming it?

Al Mackey --  So then you’re not denying it? In that case, my confirmation is your confirmation of it.

Connie Chastain -- I’m neither denying nor confirming. I’m asking YOU to substantiate something YOU claimed, which is neither a denial nor a confirmation of anything. Are you having difficulty processing that?

Al Mackey -- I’ve asked for correction. Since you are not giving a correction, that seems to be good enough substantiation to me.

Connie Chastain --  Ridiculous. If I tried that kind of cockamamie logic on you, you’d have a hissy fit. You made a statement.The burden of proof is on you. It’s not up to me to provide correction, confirmation, denial or anything else. It is up to you to substantiate what you claimed. If you can’t link to some proof, just say so.
                  
Al Mackey    -- So this is your fourth comment on this and you have yet to deny it. So I’d say that pretty much confirms it.

Connie Chastain --  It’s not my responsibility to deny it (or confirm it). Now, provide the substantiation FOR WHAT YOU CLAIMED or admit you don’t have it and stand before everyone as either dishonest or extremely careless.

Is that not an absolute scream, folks? Weasel, weasel, weasel.  What he's doing is commiting the logical fallacy of shifting the burden of proof:

Shifting the burden of proof is a kind of logical fallacy in argumentation whereby the person who would ordinarily have the burden of proof in an argument attempts to switch that burden to the other person.
http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=Shifting_the_burden_of_proof

Also,

"The burden of proof lies with someone who is making a claim, and is not upon anyone else to disprove. The inability, or disinclination, to disprove a claim does not render that claim valid, nor give it any credence whatsoever."
https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/burden-of-proof

Austin is right. Al Mackey is a fraud and a liar. And not only that, a coward. He's not man enough to own up to posting a claim he cannot prove.

 

16104 ---Don't Alter Worst Times --- Released: 3 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-15 10:56:37 -0400
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Don’t alter worst times from our past

           

Recently, the city of Memphis renamed three parks that had been named for Confederate generals. The U.S. Army War College is considering removing portraits of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Across the South, there are movements to rename schools and buildings named not only for Confederate heroes, but those named for slaveholding presidents, including Founding Fathers Washington, Jefferson and Madison.

Why stop there? The floodgates are open, let’s take a ride: tear down The Hermitage for Old Hickory’s removal of the civilized tribes. Eliminate monuments to Union generals Grant, Sherman, Sheridan and Custer, for their role in the subjugation of the Western tribes; ban their flag, the Stars and Stripes. Delete FDR from the dime for Japanese internment. Change the name of a local university because it derives from one of the 19th century’s most reviled robber barons (Hint: He liked to be called “the Commodore”).

Just kidding, but do you get my drift? When we alter our history because we don’t like it, we are on a slippery slope. The issue here is not the Klan, but the Taliban.

Among the outrages the Taliban forced upon Afghan citizens was the near-destruction of their nation’s history. Archivists saved the nation’s film archive by hiding it, despite death threats. The Taliban managed to destroy two 2,000-year-old statues of the Buddha, one of Afghanistan’s — and the world’s — treasures. Do we really want to go there? Will we create a History Soviet? Will we descend into an Orwellian “Animal Farm,” where the future is known but the past is ever-changing?

The Sons and Daughters of Confederate Veterans may take positions with which we disagree. Most are honorable people, interested not in white supremacy, but in preserving and, promoting history study. One example is our state Sen. Douglas Henry, an ardent Sons of Confederate Veterans activist. His devotion to his ancestors has not conflicted with his service to all his constituents in one of the most economically, racially, religiously and culturally diverse of Tennessee’s state Senate districts. All have access to this courtly Southern gentleman.

In 1861, 80 percent of the Southern white population was primarily impoverished small farmers who did not own slaves. It was a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight. Nine out of 10 Confederate soldiers were from non-slaveholding families. Are these men to blame for the third-most-destructive war in history? If so then those who served in Vietnam must be blamed for that disaster.

Two of the most important events in U.S. history are the reunification of the country, and the end of slavery. The ruling Southern elite (or “slavocracy”) plunged the nation into war to defend their states’ rights to maintain the “peculiar institution.” After the war, they kept blacks in neo-slavery, creating a two-tiered wage system; because black wages were low, white wages were also depressed.

Their motto might have been “Labor is not worthy of its cost,” an attitude persisting in the anti-unionism of our current plutocracy. How have they gotten away with blatant cupidity? They have succeeded by using race to divide people who share common interests. This evil persists with voter suppression laws; add to that xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia and Obamaphobia, and you will know why the former Confederacy remains a low-wage, regressive-tax, poor-service region.

We can learn from the men who ended the war in April 1865. The nation was reunited at Appomattox because of the wisdom of Gens. Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee, who faced reality. The vanquished were treated with respect by the victors. Today, our diverse society is reality. Unity will mean prosperity. To promote tolerance, we must be tolerant. When we denigrate or erase the heritage of millions of people, then we are not building a diverse society, but alienating potential allies.

A country that deliberately destroys any part of its national and natural heritage is not legitimate; example, Taliban-era Afghanistan. Had we understood this when the Buddhas were blown to bits, we might have avoided, or at least prepared for, the longest war in our history.

For those who disagree with my analysis, I say this: Would you rather win one insignificant battle or the war? Show the dignity of Lee and Grant; we have better things to do.

Robert Evins Pickard

 

16099 ---Oakwood Cemetery Service - 5-10-2014 --- Released: 4 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-14 12:30:29 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: Confederate Memorial Day Service Oakwood Cemetery, MAY 10, 2014



"We are wont to make of history a chronicle of obvious effect and not of vital cause. We write of battles fought and not battles forced. We tell the story of our great sires’ deeds and leave untold the reasons for their acts. We measure in the common scales success by what we see achieved and not by what right though unachieved. We think a cause lost with a field and see no victor but a Grant at every Appomattox.

From such a narrow view as this, these bones cry out. The men interred about us here had died in vain if death had been defeat. They live because defeat meant victory!

What were those ideals consecrated at First Manassas, exalted at Chancellorsville, sealed and accepted at Appomattox? These ancient oaks whisper them; these gray coats attest them; these women who for fifty years have kept this sacred day bear witness to them; these children’s faces unwittingly reflect them:

That government is the choice of the governed, a sacred right that only tyranny can overrule;
That it is for the governed to change their government when its powers are misused;
That those who give may take again and shape to better use the creature of their hands;
That in defense of freedom, self may not be reckoned or sacrifice be counted;
That duty to righteous principle is duty to God!
Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman,
50th Oakwood Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony
May 10, 1916

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014:   Revival of the Annual Confederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery

10:30 a.m. - Procession through the cemetery
11:00 a.m. - Memorial Service at the Confederate Monument

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Wayne Jones of North Augusta, SC will be our guest speaker. Wayne is best known for his extensive research and study on the Life and Times of Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart. An active SCV member, he currently serves as 5th Brigade Commander in the SC Division, and is a candidate for ANV Commander.

http://www.thegeneralandhislady.com/Home_Page.html

PLEASE share this email with others, and visit the FaceBook event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/851702414846864/?ref=br_tf

Join us as we revive what was a grand tradition in Richmond and honor the thousands of Confederate dead who rest at Oakwood. We are looking for folks in period attire to participate in the procession through the cemetery. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Contact us at info@vaflaggers.com if you have any questions or would like to present a wreath on behalf of your organization.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, April 12th:  Noon - 4:00 p.m, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine. 
More information: www.shadplanking.com

Thursday, April 17th:  3:00 p.m. - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, April 19th:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, May 10th:  Confederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery. Keynote Speaker Wayne Jones.   Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow. 

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th:  2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780

Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway –
More information here:  www.plpow.com

Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia
https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/

16098 ---Rap Protestor On The Boulevard --- Released: 7 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-11 11:18:05 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers Update: "Rap Protestor" on the Boulevard



Over the past several weeks, one young man has shown up on Saturdays at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  He rides up on a tricycle, parks it near our folks, and then proceeds to blast profanity-laced rap music very loudly,  for women, children, Museum Visitors, tourists and residents to hear

He even managed to get a little attention on a few ultra liberal media sites when he put out the call for others to join him in his "Anti- Confederate Rap Battle" to protest the Va Flaggers.

http://rvanews.com/etc/virginia-flagger-counter-protest/110681

The first afternoon of his announced "rally", our Flaggers were at a Memorial Service for the father of one of our Flaggers, but we sent someone out to see how many folks had shown up to support his "cause".

Result:  Rain 1...Anti-Confederate Rappers 0

In conversations with this young man, who calls himself "Goad", he claims that the reason he is protesting is because "y'all let White Supremacists in your group".  When asked where he got that kind of (utterly false) information, he is quick to quote a certain Anti-Confederate Blogger and Arizona professor as his source.

Apparently, the old saying that if you tell a lie long enough, you eventually can find one nut to believe it, is true.

It appears that this blogger's failure at having stopped the I-95 Battle Flag (and boy, did he try!), and our refusal to pack up and quit in the face of repeated lies, slander, and personal attacks has really put him into a tailspin, and he is grasping at straws so flimsy that he has to resort to this kind of tactic.

The vile music that this young man is blasting on the sidewalk is profanity laced, with repeated use of the "F" word, and many, many other disgusting lyrics. It offensive to the ladies of our group, and painful for our men to have to endure...and yet we will.  We will stand and we will outlast this misguided young man, just as we will outlast the Anti-Confederate Bloggers and their few followers....because we have good and right on our side... and they have ignorance and hate.

We have the memory and honor of Confederate Soldiers to defend... and the blood of these brave men coursing through our veins.

They have ignorance and hate.

In the meantime, GREAT week for the Flaggers on the Boulevard...report coming soon!  :)

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

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

 

16096 ---Johnson: Old Times Not Forgotten --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-09 13:44:14 -0400
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From: cjohnson1861 <cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2014
Subject: [FlagFight] Old times not forgotten during Confederate History Month
To: "flagfight@yahoogroups.com" <flagfight@yahoogroups.com>

Thursday April 8, 2014

Re-post and you wish and....

Please send a thank you note to the good folks who published my article as below including Canada Free Press at: cfp@canadafreepress.com  See Article at link below.

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/62255
 
Old times not forgotten during Confederate History Month
 
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
 
April 20th is Easter and the world remembers Jesus Christ our Savior, and….

April is also the time for enjoying hot dogs, baseball and remembering the sons and daughters of the South during Confederate History and Heritage Month.

If you have not visited Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta, Georgia and seen the beautiful Confederate Memorial carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson you should plan a visit for your family. Make your plans to attend the Annual National Confederate Memorial Day observance on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1 PM in front of the magnificent carving. Read more on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/467817253329352/



Tennessee Senator Edward Ward Carmack said it best in 1903; “The Confederate Soldiers were our kinfolk and our heroes. We testify to the country our enduring fidelity to their memory. We commemorate their valor and devotion. There were some things that were not surrendered at Appomattox. We did not surrender our rights and history; nor was it one of the conditions of surrender that unfriendly lips should be suffered to tell the story of that war or that unfriendly hands should write the epitaphs of the Confederate dead. We have the right to teach our children the true history of the war, the causes that led up to it and the principles involved.

The War Between the States “1861-1865” claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of brothers, husbands and sons. Though enemies on the battlefield, after the war, the men of Yankee blue and Confederate gray sponsored reunions at such places as Gettysburg. The soldiers told war stories while the United States and Confederate flags flew briskly in the warm summer breeze.

After the War Between the States, Northern and Southern women formed memorial organizations. They made sure all soldiers were given a Christian burial and a marked grave. Memorial Days were begun in many states North and South of the famous Mason-Dixon Line. Confederate graves were also cared for in the North and Union graves in the South. Great monuments were also erected that still cast a giant shadow over many town squares and soldiers' cemeteries across the U.S.A.

April 26, has become to be recognized as Confederate Memorial Day in many states. For over one hundred years the Ladies' Memorial Association, United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans have held memorial services on or near this day. Other Southern States recognize this day, which began as Decoration Day, on May 10th and June 3rd.

Efforts to mark Confederate graves, erect monuments and hold memorial services was the idea of Mrs. Charles J. Williams. It is written that she was an educated and kind lady. Her husband served as Colonel of the 1st Georgia Regiment during the war. He died of disease in 1862, and was buried in his home town of Columbus, Georgia.

Mrs. Williams and her daughter visited his grave often and cleared the weeds, leaves and twigs from it, then placed flowers on it. Her daughter also pulled the weeds from other Confederate graves near her Father.

It saddened the little girl that their graves were unmarked. With tears of pride she said to her Mother, "These are my soldiers' graves." The daughter soon became ill and passed away in her childhood. Mrs. William's grief was almost unbearable.

On a visit to the graves of her husband and daughter, Mrs. Williams looked at the unkept soldiers' graves and remembered her daughter as she cleaned the graves and what the little girl had said. She knew what had to do.

Mrs. Williams wrote a letter that was published in Southern newspapers asking the women of the South for their help. She asked that memorial organizations be established to take care of the thousands of Confederate graves from the Potomac River to the Rio Grande. She also asked the state legislatures to set aside a day in April to remember the men who wore the gray. With her leadership April 26 was officially adopted in many states. She died in 1874, but not before her native state of Georgia adopted it as a legal holiday.

Those who served the Confederacy came from many races and religions. There was Irish born General Patrick R. Cleburne, black Southerner Amos Rucker, Jewish born Judah P. Benjamin, Mexican born Colonel Santos Benavides, American Indian General Stand Watie who was born in Rome, Georgia and Scottish born Confederate nurse Kate Cumming.

April is Confederate History and Heritage Month. Read more on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/ConfederateHeritageMonth

 

16092 ---Remorseless Brutality, Northern Prosperity --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-09 12:42:12 -0400
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Remorseless Brutality and Northern Prosperity
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
By early 1864 the slaughter and carnage of war had stunned the Northern public into weariness, yet Lincoln stubbornly pushed Grant and Sherman on to subjugate the South. Jefferson Davis said of Lincoln’s war: “You would deny to us the one thing you exact for yourselves – the right of self government.”
 
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"
 
Remorseless Brutality and Northern Prosperity
 
“By early June 1864, war-weary Northerners began to suspect that they had been betrayed by rosy promises of victory, just as they had been disappointed in every spring since 1861.  They had been led to believe that the armies of Generals Grant and Sherman . . . would finally achieve the triumph that had eluded the Federal armies through three years of slaughter.
 
As usual, the War Department sent forth cheerful bulletins about great “victories” and Northern newspapers emblazoned headlines: “Glorious Successes – Lee Terribly Beaten” [and]     “Our Army in Full Pursuit of the Enemy Towards Richmond.”
 
In fact, Secretary Stanton deliberately withheld the truth that Grant’s forces had suffered horrendous losses in the wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor battles and that they had finally moved across the James River to about the same place where General McClellan had been two years before.
 
In the few weeks of direct frontal attacks on Richmond’s defenses Grant lost more than 50,000 men – killed, wounded, and missing – almost as many men as Lee had in his entire army.  Other estimates of Union losses ran much higher.  John Tyler, an officer with Lee’s staff, claimed the total was 70,000.  “Grant has shown great skill and prudence combined with remorseless persistency and brutality.”
 
Eventually the enormous losses could no longer be concealed as the [Northern] people read the lengthening lists of killed and wounded in their newspapers, and boatloads of maimed soldiers arrived at the Washington waterfront from the killing fields of Virginia.  Hidden among the seriously injured were hundreds of men only slightly hurt, along with “shirks, stragglers and bounty-jumpers” who forced their way into the boats, as Noah Brooks recorded this ugly truth in his dispatches to the Sacramento Union: “The number of “dead beats,” as the men call the shirks and stragglers in the army, has been, I am sorry to say, very large.”
 
Thurlow Weed observed a depressing scene in New York State: “Regiments are returning home, worn, weary, maimed and depleted. Our cities and villages swarm with skulking, demoralized soldiers.” Her also lamented that “there is a reckless, money-making spirit abroad which, profiting by our disasters, favors a long war.”
 
“The commercial metropolis of the Union is flushed with prosperity and riots in extravagance,” one newspaper found.  “A war may be a fearful calamity, but the gay denizens of Manhattan don’t see it . . . there is a wasteful race for display between the gold gamblers, the blockade runners, and the shoddy aristocracy . . . Broadway presents the gaiety of a continued holiday.”
 
War profiteers made a vulgar display of their ill-gotten wealth . . .  the war was only a dim and distant sound coming out of the South making no difference in their carefree lives, as long as they didn’t have to share personally in the mud and blood of the battlefield.”
 
They could hire substitutes for a few hundred dollars each and let the Irish, the Germans, and the freed slaves fill the ranks and endure the hardships of battle and risk their lives for the Union.” 
 
(The Dark Intrigue, The True Story of a Civil War Conspiracy, Frank van der Linden, Fulcrum Publishing, 2007, pp. 112-114)

 

16091 ---Tampa FL Confederate Memorial Park --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-09 12:16:04 -0400
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Tampa, Florida Confederate Memorial Park
 
To all,
 
It is my pleasure and duty to announce the final phase of the park has been completed. 17 plaques plus soldiers' and sponsors' names were applied to the various granite monuments surrounding the 139 foot flag pole which stands as a bold statement for the bravery and sacrifice that depicts the 12,000 Floridians who answered the call to duty in 1861-1865.


 
With the determined guidance of Division Commander Jim Davis and assistance from the General Jubal A. Early Camp 556 we can all be proud of a magnificent production which began 7 years past. There were numerous smaller factions who contributed time and effort with the original construction but the final ingredients came together Thursday.
 
It is my hope everyone will visit the site sometime in the future and bask in the pride which was created for the purpose of stating historical facts as opposed to revisionism and slanderous untruths.
 
The Early Camp takes responsibility for maintaining the flags and grounds with extreme pride and the colorful sign out front proclaims that fact.
 
Forward the Colours
Mike Herring
Commanding Officer
Gen. Jubal A. Early
Camp 556  SCV Tampa
 
 

16090 ---Re: T-Shirt Controversy --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-09 12:00:10 -0400
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Re: What T-shirt caused a high school controversy?
 
From: waynedobson51@yahoo.com
 
A recent story aired of eighteen-year-old Mason Deering of San Antonio, Texas  who created a white tee shirt with black lettering that read, "Confederate Born, Confederate Bred."  Confronted about it and while waiting for the principal, Mason claims the assistant principal told him to change the shirt because it was racist. He refused and left the school. The principal never met with Mason but told district administrators he wouldn't have made Mason change his shirt and that he can wear the shirt in the future as long as it's not a distraction. As of this writing Mason plans to wear the shirt again on March 31. His father says he wants an apology from the school.
  
Discrimination against students who wear emblems of their rightful heritage is not new. This, however, could set a treacherous precedent.  Unlike most similar instances, there was no Confederate flag nor other such icons on Mason's shirt; just four simple words.  Obviously the controversy is about the word "Confederate".   Has it, like the "N" word been outlawed. Where is that ordnance written? How does an assistant principal get to define what is racist?  
  
The "N" word is typically an insult hurled at another, while the word "Confederate" is a word often proudly attributed to self. Being dissimilar, should equal restriction apply? The political correctness crusade seems to have adopted the NAACP vow to remove every vestige of the Confederacy from the face of the earth . Does that include the very word, "Confederate"?
 
John Wayne Dobson
Macon, GA
 
 

16089 ---Va Flaggers Update - 4-5-2014 --- Released: 11 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-07 09:52:51 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Subject: VA Flaggers: ANV Flag Raised Again at Chester I-95 Flag Site



The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia flag was raised once again this morning at the Chester I-95 Flag Site!

Confederate History and Heritage Month is alive and well in Virginia, despite the lack of official recognition from our Carpetbagger Governor. Our Confederate Veterans are honored and remembered this month... and EVERY DAY in Virginia...for as long as we have breath!

Many thanks to each and every one of you helped make this project a reality.  We TRULY appreciate your support!

LEST WE FORGET!

Susan Hathaway

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.
More information: www.shadplanking.com

Saturday, April 19th:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, May 10th:  Confederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery. Keynote Speaker Wayne Jones.   Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow. 

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th:  2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780

Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway –
More information here:  www.plpow.com

Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia
https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/

 

16088 ---Confederate Memorial Service 4-5-2014 --- Released: 14 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-04 12:56:07 -0400
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Sons of Confederate Veterans   
April 4, 2014    
 
GEORGIA DIVISION ANNOUNCEMENT   
  
SW GEORGIA CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL SERVICE THIS SATURDAY     

TIME:  Saturday, Music begins at 9am; Service at 10am
LOCATION:  Albany, Ga
DIRECTIONS:  Hwy.91 Philema Road 1/2 mile past Chehaw Park on the Dougherty-Lee county line (if using GPS, search for Chehaw Park; Confederate Memorial Park is 1/2 mile from there).

Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia has been permanently designated by the Georgia Legislature to be observed each April. An Annual Southwest Georgia Confederate Memorial Service has been hosted by the Albany Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Camp 141 Lt. Col. Thomas M. Nelson in conjunction with the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) each April since 1988. In 1999 and 2000 a Confederate Memorial Park was constructed on Hwy.91 Philema Road 1/2 mile past Chehaw Park on the Dougherty-Lee county line and memorial services have been held that this location each year thereafter.

This year the event will be held on Saturday April 5. The event will begin at 9AM and the Lee County based Band "A Joyful Noise" will play and sing Confederate and Southern Gospel music for an hour until 10AM. Following the musical performance a formal memorial service will begin with pledges and salutes to the flags followed by the singing of the Southern National Anthem " DIXIE ". Then a proclamation explaining the significance of Confederate History and Heritage Month will be read followed by the Charge given to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and People of the South by former Confederate General S.D. Lee in 1906 at the SCV National Reunion.

The primary speaker will be Ray McBerry who was twice a Republican candidate for Governor of Georgia running on a States' Rights' platform. The event will be concluded by the laying of flowers in memory of the soldiers of each Confederate state in the order that secession occurred and a wreath placed by the UDC in memory of all Confederate Veterans. The event will be concluded with volleys fired by Reenactors in Confederate uniform and the playing of Taps.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to bring children, teenagers, and young adults. Attending SCV and UDC events is an excellent way to teach young people the truth and facts about their Southern-Confederate heritage, history, and culture especially since it is not being taught to any extent in schools and that which is taught is a highly biased Northern perspective written by Northern historians.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization is organized on a national level and divided into divisions by state with the local units being called camps. Currently there are over 30,000 members primarily in the Southern states with Georgia being the largest division. However some camps are located in Western and Northern states and in Europe . All descendants of Confederate Veterans are elgible and encouraged to join SCV or UDC. We offer free family tree research and documentation of Confederate ancestors.

The SCV has three primary goals: 1. To preserve the memory of Confederate Veterans 2. To preserve Confederate graves, monuments, memorials, flags, and mementos 3. To see that Southern-Confederate history is presented in a fair and impartial manner.

You are encouraged to join us Saturday morning on April 5 at 9AM. For more information contact Albany SCV Camp Commander James W. King at 229-854-1944 or jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net
   
 

16087 ---Va Flaggers Update - 4-3-2014 --- Released: 14 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-04 12:38:46 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Fri, Apr 4, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers VMFA Update 4-3-2014



March went out like a LION, as we wrapped up a month of new and stepped up tactics in our ongoing battle against the VMFA and their forced removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

The highlight was a 6 hour flagging on Thursday, March 20th, that coincided with a Board of Trustees meeting at the VMFA a total of over 30 FLAGGERS gave of their time that day to make sure that every board member got a personal reminder of our presence.

With Flaggers surrounding the entire city block, we had a visible presence from every vantage point in the museum.

The weather was beautiful, and there were many opportunities to speak with residents and museum visitors, as well. During the afternoon, several bus loads of school children were loaded and unloaded, and traffic was heavy throughout the day.

We finished out the month with regular weekly flaggings, and are thrilled at the new faces and new supporters that join us each week, and the new pressure that is being applied with every passing day that we remain steadfast in our vigil.

Each and every flagging offers us new and almost always rewarding opportunities to educate citizens and change hearts and minds. The young VCU student on the left was very skeptical when he approached us, but after hearing why were out there, admitted that he agreed that our Cause was just!  The young lady on the right has a blog and wants to return and interview us in more depth.  What a GREAT day in Dixie!  :)

After a MOST successful, multi-faceted assault in March, our efforts will continue without pause in April.  While we will turn our attention toward the proper recognition of Confederate History and Heritage Month in RVA, we will continue or vigil on the Boulevard, with our next flagging scheduled for this SATURDAY, April 5th, Noon - 4:00 p.m.

JOIN US, and kick off Confederate History and Heritage month by standing for our Confederate Veterans, and speaking for those who no longer have a voice.

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, April 5th:  3:00 p.m. - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N.Boulevard

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine. 
More information: www.shadplanking.com

Saturday, April 19th:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, May 10th:  Confederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery. Keynote Speaker Wayne Jones.   Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow. 

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th:  2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780

Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway
More information here:  www.plpow.com

Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia
https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/

 

16077 ---Va Flaggers Update - 3-31-2014 --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-01 13:04:16 -0400
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Va Flaggers Update: 3-31-2014, SCV Camp Visits and Rumors



I enjoy and appreciate very much the opportunity to travel across the South, meeting with SCV Camps, UDC Chapters, and other Southern heritage organizations, and sharing information about the Va Flaggers and Heritage Defense.  I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting GREAT folks who are doing good work, and learn something new every where I travel.  :)

Last week, I visited with the Stonewall Camp #380 in Chesapeake.  I enjoyed a delicious meal and warm reception from the men of the Camp and "Ladies Night" meant that quite a few wives and friends were in attendance, as well. Stonewall Camp Commander John Sharrett was the very first donor to the I-95 Battle Flag projects, and I was thrilled to get the chance to thank him personally for his support.

The highlight of my night was a chat with Compatriot Goodrich, 91, who is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge.  He told me he was in the Army, 7th Div, and supplied ammo for Patton's tanks. Mr. Goodrich remembers one of his Confederate Grandfathers, who died when he was 5.  He is quite a character, and it was a real pleasure to visit and speak with him and truly an honor to offer my thanks for his service.

Another opportunity these visits afford is to talk one on one with supporters, and from time to time they are kind enough to share with many any misinformation they may have heard.  On this occasion, one gentleman shared with me several rumors that he had heard and allowed me the opportunity to quickly dispel them.  We have all played the "Rumor Game" and now how easy it is for information to get twisted, with or without malicious intent.  Encouraged by his desire to seek me out to set the record set straight, I have decided to put a few of these out in our next couple of updates, along with the factual corrections.

This Compatriot had heard several rumors about the situation with the flag at Oakwood Cemetery...

Rumor #1:  "Va Flagger Tripp Lewis stormed into the office at Oakwood, shouted, cursed, and demanded a flag be flown in the Confederate section, damaging the Va Division SCV's relationship with the City of Richmond."

This rumor is categorically false.  Lucky for us (I suppose?) and coincidentally, the entire visit was taped by a VCU student filming a documentary and can be viewed here...
http://vimeo.com/58484387

Please take a moment to view the footage and you will quickly learn that the accusations are wholly untrue.  There is no shouting, not swearing, and while he is firm in his request, no inappropriate or harsh words.  In fact, the staff VOLUNTEERS to return the flags that had been taken down.   If you read the original update (below) about the flag situation at Oakwood, you will also find information on a follow-up to this visit with the office staff, with even more information to dispel these rumors.

Rumor #2:  "The Virginia Flaggers demanded a Confederate Battle Flag be flown at Oakwood"

Again, this is false.  As you can see in our original email below, the first flag we raised was a Third National.  When asked our opinion, we did suggest that either a Third National or a Battle Flag would be appropriate to mark the soldiers' graves, but only voiced objection when NO Confederate flag at all was flying.  Currently, there is a Second National flying over a (rotating) State flag at Oakwood, and we have not issued any sort of complaint about this display.

As a reference, I have posted below our original update/report on the flag situation.  To the Compatriot in Virginia Beach, thank you so much for taking the time to address these matters with me, and for your generous support received since that night.  We appreciate it more than you know and hope that others will take the time to investigate the facts and/or contact us for clarification before jumping to any conclusions.

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Original update/report from April of last year...

At Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond, 17,000+ Confederate dead rest in the Confederate section of the City owned cemetery.  Thanks to an agreement between the Va Div Sons of Confederate Veterans and the City of Richmond, it is now the best kept and well tended section in the cemetery.  Past C-I-C McMichael, and Past Virginia Division Commander John Sawyer all signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the City of Richmond.  This agreement does not transfer the deed or title to Oakwood Cemetery - Confederate Section to the SCV, but it gives the Virginia Division the sole authority to place upright markers for each Confederate Veteran buried there and improvements or markers of any kind. The Virginia Division also has the exclusive responsibility of maintaining the 10 acres of grounds in the Confederate section of Oakwood Cemetery. The Oakwood Committee and Va Div SCV is part of an ongoing effort to properly mark the graves there, which includes pending legal action.  Details can be found here... 
http://www.scvva.org/Oakwood/

I live just a few miles from the cemetery and pass it each day on way to and from work.  I often stop to freshen stick flags, or photograph grave markers at the request of descendants.  In October of last year, we started asking around for help in getting a flag raised on the empty flag pole which was in the Confederate section.  We felt strongly that the men buried there deserved the honor of a flag flying over their final resting place.  On my first attempt, I found the rope and snap hook broken, so recruited one of the Flaggers to help make repairs.

On November 12th, Veterans' Day, we brought the necessary items to repair and rig the broken rope and raised a Third National over the graves.  At this point, we had no idea how long the flag would remain, but were thrilled at the thought that at least for Veterans' Day, the soldiers were honored and left with great satisfaction.

Over the next few days, we would drive through the cemetery every few days, and were pleasantly surprised that the flag was untouched, and grateful for every day it flew in honor and memory of the Confederate dead buried there.

When we got word from a friend who lives nearby that the flag was missing a week later, we immediately went back out and raised another one its place, this time a Battle Flag, as it was what I had available and since it was the flag the soldiers would most recognize.  At this point, we did not know who had taken down the flag, but we were determined to continue to replace it, as often as necessary.

Over the next few weeks, the flag was removed several more times and each time, we replaced it with another, at one point raising  a flag with this message written so that whoever was removing the flag would understand our intentions...  "One  hundred more will rise to take its place..."

When that flag came down, TriPp visited the cemetery office to speak with the personnel there about the flag thefts.  The employees were very cordial and admitted that they had been removing the flags because they had instructions to do so.  When TriPp asked to see the instructions in writing, he was referred to a public relations official in the city.  A half dozen calls to the official were never returned.  The video of that visit is part of the documentary at the end of this report.  Please take a minute to view it.

After that meeting, TriPp put his son, Jack on his shoulders and they raised the tie off of the rope so that a ladder would be needed to remove the flag. From that time, the flag flew, UNTOUCHED until a February 3rd visit found that the rope had broken away at the top of the pole and needed to be fixed.  On February 13th, a volunteer with a bucket truck came out and we were able to fix the rope and once again tie off the rope to prevent theft.

A week later, we were THRILLED to receive the news that the Oakwood Committe had replaced the old flag pole with a brand new one, with an internal lanyard system, LOCKED to prevent anyone else from removing the flag.  The Va Flaggers offered our sincere thanks and appreciation to Lee Hart and the committee for this beautiful upgrade!  Now a Confederate flag will fly 24/7 to honor our Confederate dead, without fear of theft or vandalism!  It is a beautiful sight to behold!

FOLLOW UP NOTE:  Last week, TriPp went by the Cemetery Office to offer thanks on behalf of the Va Flaggers and show our appreciation for their cooperation.  The female employee with whom TriPp communicates with in the video was once again very cordial, and relayed the following story:  She told TriPp that recently she had locked up and was about to leave when she decided to take a drive around the cemetery before she left.  On her way back out, she noticed a man at the office door.  Even though it was past closing time, she made the decision to stop and check on him.  The man told her he was looking for a Confederate ancestor.  She went inside and they were able to locate the plot and she volunteered to drive him over to the Confederate section.  She said when the man found the grave he was very moved and grateful and thanked her profusely.  He then mentioned the flag and told her how much it meant to him that the cemetery honored his ancestor by flagging that flag.  She told TriPp that for the first time, she really understood what he had been trying to convey and appreciated for the first time what the flag meant to us.

We don't know what the future holds, but as of April 22nd, 2013, and due to Va Flagger persistence and refusal to give up,  a flag has flown over the graves of 17,000+ soldiers for over 5 months, and, we believe, hearts and minds have been changed in the journey.

 

16076 ---Forrest And Not The KKK --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-01 12:29:22 -0400
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Forrest and NOT the KKK

There is ample documentation and testimony that six ex-veterans, NOT including Nathan Bedford Forrest, began the Ku Klux Klan. Forrest was not even aware of the group’s beginnings.

Study of the KKK in the 1800’s of America shows that there is NO corroborating evidence that N. B. Forrest was ever a leader of the Klan NOR that he was ever even a member. None.

In addition, an 1871 United States Congressional Investigation completely exonerates Forrest and it was determined in the investigation that Forrest was not a leader of the KKK nor had ever been a leader, and additionally, that he was not ever a member of the Klan.

The outcome of the 1871 investigation was twofold. The committee found no evidence that Forrest had participated in the formation of the Klan and that even the use of his name may well have been without his permission. They also found that there was no credible evidence that Forrest had ever participated in or directed any actions of the Klan.

“The reports of Committees, House of Representatives, second session, forty-second congress,” P. 7-449.

Congressional records show that Gen. Forrest was absolved of all complicity in the founding or operation of the Ku Klux Klan, and he was certainly never a “Grand Wizard”. These committees had the utmost evidence and living witnesses at their disposal. The evidence precluded any Guilt or indictment of Gen. Forrest and the matter was closed before that body of final judgment in 1872. New York Times newspaper. Library of Congress

On The Web:   http://shnv.blogspot.com/2014/03/forrest-and-not-kkk.html

 

16075 ---Lincoln's Leftist Associates, Pt 2 --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-01 12:17:45 -0400
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Lincoln’s Leftist Associates–Part Two

Posted on March 27, 2014   
by Al Benson Jr.

In 2009 Adam Max Tuchinsky, associate professor at the University of Southern Maine, wrote an informative book called Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune: Civil War Era Socialism and the Crisis of Free Labor. Tuchinsky noted that Greeley’s paper had, among its contributors, Charles Dana, Albert Brisbane, George Ripley, and the ever-present Karl Marx–all socialists.  It seems that the leftist intelligentsia in this country all had a working relationship with “Friend Greeley.” I never read any of this in my public school “history” books. Did anyone else?

Dana eventually went to Europe, where he could witness the convulsions caused by the 1848 socialist revolts firsthand. He felt those revolts were a “historical turning point.” Unfortunately, he was correct, more correct than even he could know. While in Europe, Dana spent time scrounging around for “alternative strains of socialist thought” and ended up in Cologne. At this juncture, a friend of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ferdinand Freiligrath, worked for a leftist periodical whose editor had lately co-authored a pamphlet called Das Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei. One of its co-authors, the editor, was a deadbeat hack of a writer whose name did not even appear on the first edition–because the ideas in it were not totally his. He was hired by a group called The League of the Just to author the pamphlet and its content was more theirs than his.

And so socialist Charles Dana met socialist Karl Marx. Socialist Carl Schurz had once met Marx and in our book Lincoln’s Marxists, Walter Kennedy and I commented on that. We noted that, according to Carl Schurz, Karl Marx had an ego as big as the plant Pluto and was constantly berating and insulting those that dared to disagree with his exalted pronouncements. So typical for those on the left! They love it when you totally agree with them, but dare to disagree with them on anything and you become chopped liver in their estimation. Somehow, in spite of all the leftist vitriol, Marx and Dana seemed to hit it off. So much so that Dana got Marx probably the only real job he ever had in his life as a columnist for Horace Greeley’s left-leaning paper.

By the time Lincoln and Greeley both left Congress in 1849, Lincoln had developed a close circle of friends which eventually included a batch of the socialist Forty-eighters, and they were working at turning the states of Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois into seething points of agitation. So what we had, in effect, was almost constant socialist agitation in the upper Midwest in the very late 1840s and 1850s. Again, did you ever see any of this in your “history” books in public school? I never did. This is all “memory hole” material we are never supposed to be aware of. Oh, I recall reading about the Kansas-Missouri problems, but that was mostly blamed on Southerners. No mention of Lincoln’s socialist friends stirring the pot at all. In fact, I often wonder how much of this kind of history appears even in home school history studies. I saw very little when we were home schooling our kids, and I’ve seen several history books from Christian schools and none of this was mentioned in any of them. Why not? Wouldn’t our young folks have a much better grasp of our real history if this aspect of it were noted in their history books? Maybe that’s why it’s not there.

John Nichols, in his article in the International Socialist Review has noted, quite accurately, that: “While studies of Lincoln place appropriate focus on his domestic engagements, there has been far too little attention paid to his global interests, especially during the period ‘in the wilderness’ between the end of his congressional term and his return to the political stage. Yet there can be no doubt that the future president was conscious of and highly engaged with developments in foreign lands–thanks no doubt to his close reading of the Tribune…Lincoln invoked the struggles of the European revolutionaries and denounced ‘oppression in any of its forms…’” The invader and destroyer of the South denounces oppression–how touching!

As he got ready for the presidential race in 1860 (he was hardly a reluctant candidate) Lincoln took the time and trouble to align himself with those whose position is “…that labor is the superior–greatly the superior–of capital.” That’s part of the old Marxist line and it comes off sounding somewhat hypocritical from the man who was a lobbyist for the Illinois Central Railroad. You don’t get much more “capitalist” than the railroad people. And Thomas DiLorenzo, in his excellent and informative book The Real Lincoln noted that “…Lincoln was a devoted protectionist over his entire political career. He and other Whigs took this position because it created a stream of economic benefits for a wealthy and powerful constituency group…Having the government dispense special privileges to the wealthy and influential was always the core of the Whig political program to which Lincoln devoted his political career.”  Sounds like the sainted Mr. Lincoln was only opposed to capitalism and capital if they were Southern. He didn’t seem to have all that much problem with Northern capitalism–in fact he profited from it. Interesting that the socialist and communists that fled the failed 1848 socialist revolts in Europe, when they came to this country, ended up joining or allying themselves with the Republican Party–the party of corporate fascism and big government. And they did this because they knew that the party of big government would help them get what they wanted–power and control. The supposed leftist concern for the “poor and oppressed” is nothing more than a self-serving sham.

To be continued.

On The Web:   http://revisedhistory.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/lincolns-leftist-associates-part-two/

 

16074 ---Lincoln's Leftist Associates, Pt 1 --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-01 12:06:32 -0400
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Lincoln’s Leftist Associates—Part One

Posted on March 25, 2014   
By Al Benson Jr.

The more you look at Abraham Lincoln the more his socialist proclivities jump out at you from whatever printed page you happen to be browsing. Once you have begun to grasp the fact of his socialist worldview then you can see things in reading about him that you just never noticed before.

I’ve seen articles that referred to radical Tom Paine, the supporter and promoter of the terrorist French Revolution, as “Lincoln’s hero.” If you have done any reading about Tom Paine and his views, that one statement should tell you something about Lincoln.

Awhile back, John Nichols, who writes for the Nation, did an article for the International Socialist Review which was entitled Reading Karl Marx with Abraham Lincoln–Utopian socialists, German communists, and other republicans. Very interesting title, and so very on target. The socialists don’t deny their involvement with Lincoln, they parade it right down Main Street, partly because they feel that decades of public “education” have rendered most Americans too dumb to realize what they are saying, and partly because they are just downright proud that Lincoln was among their number, whether he ever joined any socialist party or not (he didn’t, that we know of at this point). However, the mindset was there, which shows that socialism and communism in this country were a serious problem already by the middle of the 1800s.

Nichols noted Lincoln’s close association with Horace Greeley, who was a Utopian socialist. They served together in Congress, each for one term and Lincoln referred to Greeley as “Friend Greeley.” Greeley’s newspaper the New York Tribune, was probably the country’s most influential newspaper in the middle years of the 19th century. Greeley’s left-leaning thinking reflected that of Lincoln, when, in an address to Congress he stated that: “our idea is that labor needs not to combat but to command Capital.” A little of the “class struggle” technique there? Nichols also noted that Lincoln’s “involvement” wasn’t just with Horace Greeley, but also with “his sub-editors and writers, so much so that the first Republican president appointed one of Greeley’s most radical lieutenants—the Fourier-and Proudhon-inspired socialist and longtime editor of Marx’s European correspondence, Charles Dana—as his assistant secretary of war.” Dana was right under Edwin Stanton, another dictatorial soul. And it was Dana who hired Karl Marx to write for Greeley’s paper. So you’ve got all these socialists—Greeley, Lincoln, Dana, and Marx pushing and promoting one another in order to further their agenda. Greeley also made Albert Brisbane, another socialist, who had spent time in France during the 1820s, a columnist. Nichols said of Brisbane that, after his time in France, he returned to the United States “to spread the socialist gospel.” Marx and Brisbane were so radical that Greeley’s paper actually received criticism for spreading leftist views. That didn’t seem to bother Greeley. Nichols noted that “In the mid-1840s, explains historian Roy Marvin Robbins, ‘Greeley preached a new order of society with Brisbane’s socialist ideas as its basis.” Almost sounds as if he promoted a 19th century version of the New World Order. Could it be that when George Bush promoted the New World Order back in the early 1990s that he was really only referring to the second installment of it and that we had already been introduced to the first installment way back in the late 1840s?

Something the “history” books almost never even mention of refer to is the fact that Lincoln was a keen follower of everything that was going on in Europe in the 1840s. He was well aware of what was going on there in 1848—and he was all for it. The European situation was not a new thing for Lincoln. Even before 1848, some German radicals has started showing up in Illinois, Wisconsin, parts of Ohio and New York. One such was Gustav Koerner, a student revolutionary from the University of Munich.

Socialist revolutionary Koerner formed an alliance with Lincoln, which resulted in Koerner being one of seven person delegates-at-large who were named by Lincoln to serve at the Republican State Convention in May of 1860. This was the event that got Lincoln into the presidential race that year. Nichols stated in his article that: “Through Ko(e)rner, Lincoln met and befriended many of the German radicals who, after the failure of the 1848 revolution, fled to Illinois and neighboring Wisconsin. Along with Korner on Lincoln’s list of personal delegates-at-large to the 1860 convention was Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker,…” If you happen to have a copy of Walter Kennedy’s and my book Lincoln’s Marxists you can look up Comrade Hecker in it. Check him out on pages 172-174 if you have the book. Hecker was one of Lincoln’s socialist generals. He got a commission from Lincoln.

Another of Lincoln’s staunchest supporters was Karl Marx’s close associate, Joseph Weydemeyer. Weydemeyer continued to be in close touch with Karl Marx while allying himself with the new Republican Party and Lincoln’s presidential campaign. Part of the result of this was that Weydemeyer’s help to Lincoln’s efforts got him appointed to the staff of General John C. Fremont, yet another American left-leaning radical, as a technical aide.

Lincoln did much more than to simply request that the Forty-eighters enlist to help him. He became involved with their causes. One writer stated that “Lincoln was paying attention to those revolutionaries. While in Springfield, Illinois he sought to gain support for various leftist revolutionary movements in Europe. He was particularly interested at that time in the revolt of Lajos Kossuth in Hungary.

The point to this is that Lincoln was not just an armchair supporter of socialist and communist revolts in Europe. He knew many of those involved. He knew what they were all about, and not from a distance but from personal contact in many cases and he supported their efforts to create a new social(ist) order in Europe, one that would centralize everything in the hands of the leftists, all in the name of the “people.” When it didn’t work over there he gave them another shot at it here. Guess what? It worked here and as you can tell from what inhabits Washington, D.C. today, it’s still working.

To be continued.

On The Web:   http://revisedhistory.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/lincolns-leftist-associates-part-one/

 

16073 ---Sidewalks On Graves? --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-01 11:51:04 -0400
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Sidewalks on graves of children and Confederate dead? Over these dead bodies
John Archibald
March 30, 2014

Don't blame Kenny Brown if he feels a little protective of the old Union Hill Cemetery off Hollywood Boulevard.

That's what he's been for three decades. Its protector.

Like when he saw those two people naked and unashamed, doing that thing naked people do on the ground where five generations of his family are buried.

"I asked the dumbest question ever asked," he said. "What are y'all doing?"

Duh!

They stopped a second or two, panting a mind-your-own-business warning. But they didn't stop. So Brown called the cops.

"I ain't no prude or nothing, but they're doing it on top of my Aunt Bertie!"

Oh, the stories a cemetery tells.

It's not just folks in compromising positions that cause problems. Brown busted up a drug deal on cemetery land long ago, and tells of chasing away cauldron-toting witches.

"We are honor-bound to do this," he said. "We have to be here."

He and other members of the Families and Friends of Union Hill Cemetery have seen too much, really. They've seen family members' bodies dug up all around the cemetery to make way for buildings and roads and the rush of progress.

So they're worried now. Tentative plans involving Homewood, Mountain Brook and the Alabama Department of Transportation would add a pedestrian bridge over U.S. 280 on Hollywood Boulevard. Such a plan would require sidewalks that would – as families of the dead figure it – interfere with graves of at least six and as many as 17 people.

The cemetery is technically in Birmingham, but it sits where Homewood and Mountain Brook come together. Runners, who have pushed for the bridge and sidewalks, argue that the current bridge is a pedestrian hazard, that there should be sidewalks for safety and convenience. And they are of course right. Running across the Hollywood Boulevard bridge now is like breaking through Checkpoint Charlie.

But there can be a need for sidewalks. And a respect for the dead.

Betty Anne Jones believes at least three of her family members, including two infant sons of her great grandfather, are buried in the right of way and face "the ultimate insult" of being paved over. Homewood has assured family members it doesn't want to do that, and she believes the city is sincere.

But there have been so many wrongs done to these families.

Birmingham once sought to condemn the cemetery as vacant just to sell the property. Bodies were dug up to build 280, and again for nearby buildings. They were replanted, sometimes haphazardly, in Union Hill.

This is a cemetery that predates the Civil War. It is the final home to 27 Civil War vets, to the people, as Jones puts it "who settled this valley."

So yes, Union Hill needs people like Brown to protest the inappropriate acts. It needs people to say what are you doing even when the naked prospect of progress seems so ... appealing.

There is, it appears, time to sort out the issues.

Alabama Historical Commission Historic Preservation Director Lee Anne Wofford said a plan such as this will require that historic or environmental issues be addressed. It's not far enough along for those things to be considered.

And ALDOT director John Cooper wrote to Brown, assuring him regulations about honoring gravesites will not be overlooked.

"Requiring these sidewalks does not ignore any potential issues that may conflict," Cooper wrote. "On the contrary, any graves that would be impacted by the construction of sidewalks must be properly addressed in accordance with all current regulations."

We can have sidewalks and still honor the dead. Surely there is room for both.

If only for the sake of history. And Karma.

"I wouldn't go out and run on their graves," Brown said. "Why would they want to run on mine?"

These souls have been bothered enough.

© 2014 Alabama Media Group

On The Web:   http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/03/sidewalks_over_graves_of_child.html

 

16072 ---Va Flaggers Update - 3-24-2014 --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-01 10:39:00 -0400
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Va Flaggers Update 3-24-2014 - Forwarding the Colors



Although carrying our flags in protest is one of the most visible outward displays of our efforts, we also carry our flags in honor and memory of the Confederate soldier and in support of Memorials, Living Histories, Re-Enactments, and many other events.  It is part of our desire to bring the Confederate flag out of hiding and back into the public  .By doing so, we also have many opportunities to help educate the public as we are greeted with questions and engage in discussions with curious attendees.

We have had several such opportunities over the last week.

Last Saturday, the Edmund Rufin FireEaters Camp #3000 held a Grave Marker Dedication Service for Compatriot and Va Flagger Jim Tingle's ancestor at Hollywood Cemetery.  The Va Flaggers were honored to attend this service, where the Edmund Ruffins FireEater Color Guard presented the colors.  Compatriots and Va Flagger supporters Jeffrey and Tommy-Lee Newton, from Kenbridge, stood guard over the grave site.

FireEater Commander Darryl Starnes gave a moving tribute to Crprl Tingle, which included an historical account of his service to the CSA, and prayers of dedication.  He presented Mr. Tingle with a beautiful CBF in honor and memory of his ancestor.  The FireEater artillery crew fired a salute at the conclusion and Corporal William Tingle, Company D, 4th Va Volunteers' new tombstone was consecrated.

Immediately following the dedication, and prior to heading to the VMFA for flagging, the Va Flaggers drove across town to Shockoe Cemetery, to attend the dedication of new Grave Markers, erected by the Sally L Tompkins Chapter #2, Va Order of The Confederate Rose.  14 of the young girls who died in the Confederate Munitions explosion on Brown's Island are buried here, until now in unmarked graves.  The ladies of the OCR started a campaign and raised the necessary funds in less than a year to mark each grave.

The dedication service was well attended and the Edmund Ruffin FireEaters provided the Color Guard and Artillery Salute.  Congratulations to the Sally L Tompkins Chapter for a job well done and a beautiful service.  The Va Flaggers were honored to have supported the efforts of these hard working ladies and glad to be in attendance to honor the memory of these young girls of the Confederacy.

Yesterday, several Va Flaggers forwarded the colors at the Ft. Clifton 150th Anniversary Heritage Day.  They enjoyed the events and displays, and spoke with participants and visitors.  Barry was invited to join McClanahan's Battery for a few volleys, and had a great time with Hugh Hall and his men.

The Flaggers reported that the highlight of the event was attending the evening performance of "Soldiers in Gray" by Stan Clardy.

The Va Flaggers are tired of the soldier's flag being vilified and are not ashamed to carry it in memory and honor of the Confederate soldier, whether it be to protest its forced removal, as in the case of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts...or a memorial service on the Battle Fields at Sharpsburg... or any event in which the Confederate Soldier deserves recognition.

We are encouraged and inspired by the increasing number of people we see doing the same...and by campaigns such as the Georgia Division SCV's "Flags Across Georgia", whereby the Division is sponsoring new Interstate and roadside Battle Flag Memorials, assisting Brigades and Camps with their flag projects, and encouraging ALL of its membership to fly the Soldiers' flag or '56 Georgia on their own property, as memorials to our Confederate dead, a sign of solidarity, and a show of resistance to the continued and increasing attacks against our Heritage. 
 
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, March 25th: Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV. Lillian's Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m. www.stonewallcamp380.com

Thursday, March 27th: 3:00 P.M. - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 29th: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Work day at the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Chester Site! Join us as we spend the day clearing and hauling away debris, trimming trees and vegetation, and cleaning up the flag site. We are asking for all able bodies to join us, and bring any equipment that may be helpful: Yard tools and tree trimming equipment, garbage bags, and vehicles to haul away debris. At the close of the day, we will switch the flag back out to the original custom ANV, now that the worst of the winter weather has passed and security is improved.
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Saturday, March 29th: 3:00 p.m. - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N.Boulevard

Saturday, April 12th: Susan will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th: Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA. Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Saturday, April 19th: Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Thursday, May 22: Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the May meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Saturday, June 28th: The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD. Guest Speakers: Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:
www.plpow.com

Sunday, July 6th: 1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia
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Contributions to the I-95 Battle Flag project may be mailed to:

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Sandston VA 23150

Payable to Va Flaggers

or through PayPal:

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16071 ---VMFA Unfair To Heritage --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-01 10:09:57 -0400
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is UNFAIR TO CONFEDERATE HERITAGE

21 Friday Mar 2014



The leadership at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has shown contempt and total arrogance in their unwillingness to allow the Confederate battle flag to be placed on the front of the Confederate Chapel located on the grounds where for 56 years approximately 3,000 Confederate soldiers, ate, slept, sang, lived and died on the grounds of the Old Confederate Soldiers home where today the stiff necks operate the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Now mind you, this is a very fine Museum, with many great and exciting programs and exhibits and a fine atribute to the City of Richmond, Virginia which I am a native of myself. The problem is not the exibits, or programs that the museum has, the problem is that someone in the Museums leadership is unwilling to allow a simple, but very important flag to fly at this Confederate Chapel, stuck around back of the museum, but it is a will remain to be a sacred place for many thousands of Virginians and other Southern ancestors of these men who lived out their final days at the Old Soldiers home, worshiped in the chapel, and more than 1700 funerals were conducted in this sacred place.

It seems that, the state of Virginia in a round about agreement gained the deed for the Old Confederate Soldiers Home property in 1941 or shortly after the last soldier died, and loaned it to several entities, the latest apparently the VMFA.

I have seen many photographs of the Old Soldiers, the house, mess hall, chapel, the tall flagpole that flew the Confederate Battle flag, dances, picknics and visitors  on the grounds before the VMFA TOOK OVER. I cannot tell you what specific year the confederate battle flag flew on the chapel, nor do I care when it first flew there, it is the UNDISPUTED CONFEDERATE CHAPEL, IT IS A CONFEDERATE

HISTORICAL SITE, A MEMORIAL, A SACRED PLACE, SO WHY IN HELL DO WE NEED SOME CARPET BAGGERS, LOOKING THRU THEIR MARTINI GLASS, MAKING POLITICAL CORRECTNESS DECISIONS TO STOP ALLOWING THE FLAG TO BE FLOWN BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO PROOF IT WAS FLOWN BEFORE THE 1900's, BIG DEAL, (nothing correct about this at all).

It is beside the point which year the flag was first observed, and who knows what the color of the actual first coat of paint was, is it still being painted with circa 1880's paint, get a life, better yet, get some common sense, and get some idea what we Southerners feel, but you cannot buy what we have, you have it or you don’t, it is not available but to only a few.

Ladies and gentlemen of the VMFA, I too am a citizen, not a moron, and their are many more citizens like myself who are very angry, with all the serious issues of our day, you want to fight over our sacred but simple flag, in the back side of the museum property, on the Confederate Chapel, why, why do you do this, and I personally think it is a stubborn man behind this, a very biased individual who dislikes the Southern history, dislikes our heritage, and like so many ignorant shallow people, equate this flag to the KKK, or the Nazi’s, or some other goofy group. I and my family, friends, and associates are none of these things, we are good, law abiding citizens who love our ancestors, and love our monuments and places of historical relevance and will not stand for them to be desecrated or maligned by others. I will be one of those men and women who will carry a Confederate Battle flag on the sidewalks around the VMFA, until the light is turned on to a reasonable person who will change this stupid  decision. So, 20 plus flags around the building, or the 1, that should be on the Chapel. This should be a simple thing to resolve, if I was a member of the Board, and the leadership at the VMFA could not resolve this
simple issue within 5 minutes, I would begin terminating people beginning with Mr. Alex Nyerges and Mr. Stephen Bonadies, and then see if the folks left could resolve this. I am inclined that they could and would.

Citizens of Richmond, and of Virginia and elsewhere, I would urge you to assist in this issue by not attending VMFA Functions, and by e mailing and telephoning the museum, Mr. Nyerges and Mr. Bonadies can be reached at 804-340-1500 and follow the prompt, also the Board of Trustees number is 804-340-1595.

In addition, please go online to http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Contact/ and search for various key people and let them know how you feel, together we can correct this wrong.

Carlton J. Dunford

 

16070 ---ACLU Aids Suspended Teen --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-01 09:42:53 -0400
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ACLU Comes To Aid Of New Jersey Teen Suspended For Flying Confederate Flag

March 28, 2014

NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork) – The American Civil Liberties Union has stepped in to defend a New Jersey teenager who was suspended from school for refusing to remove a confederate flag that flew atop his car.

Edward Barocas, legal director for the ACLU in New Jersey cites specific case-law from the third circuit court of appeals, in which New Jersey students were allowed to wear T-shirts with confederate flags, provided a disruption was not created, WCBS 880's Jim Smith reported.

In this case, Barocas says “the school would be hard pressed to argue that this will cause a substantial disruption.”

That’s because the 17-year-old flew the flag on his truck for weeks without incident.

He was only suspended after refusing the vice principal’s demand to remove it, Smith reported.



Barocas says the First Amendment still applies even in school parking lots.

“It protects those whose speech is offensive or makes others uncomfortable,” Barocas said.

He sent a letter to the school calling for the flag to be allowed.

School officials were not available for comment.

©2014 CBS Local Media

On The Web:   http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/03/28/aclu-comes-to-aid-of-new-jersey-teen-suspended-for-flying-confederate-flag/

 

16069 ---Flag Flap At Steinert High --- Released: 17 days Ago. ---- 2014-04-01 09:27:21 -0400
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Confederate flag flown on student's pickup truck causes flap at Steinert High School

Originally published: March 27, 2014

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - The Confederate flag is at the center of a controversy that's pitting a high school senior against his principal, and now the American Civil Liberties Union is getting involved.



Gregory Vied, 17, says he was suspended for flying the flag on his pickup truck, which was parked in the student lot at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township.

Vied says he knows the banner, which includes a representation of the confederate flag that flies on the back of his pickup, stirs strong emotions among those who view it as a symbol of oppression and hate.

But he says he sees it only as a mark of southern pride and a connection to relatives who hail from the south.

Vied says he wouldn't take the flag down just because someone said it offended them, but he would understand where they're coming from.

The student says he was suspended Tuesday after repeated warnings from the vice principal to take the flag down. Vied says he was told there had been complaints, but he refused to remove the flag.

"Them trying to make me take it down, is unconstitutional," Vied says.
  
The American Civil Liberties Union says the student's right to freedom of expression cannot be taken away, even if other students or teachers complain.

"As the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear, students' rights don't end at the school house gates," says ACLU Legal Director Ed Barocas. "It also doesn't end in the school parking lot."

The organization wrote a letter to the principal, pointing to case law that says school officials would have to prove the banned speech would  "materially and substantially" disrupt operations.

Several of Vied's friends have been showing their support, coming to school with confederate flags on their cars and trucks. So far, none of them have been suspended.

Vied says he's looking out for others who choose to express themselves. "I just want him not to do this to anybody else. Because you can't just trample on somebody's first amendment rights, or any of their rights."

Vied's three-day suspension was cut to one day the same day the ACLU sent its letter to the principal.

The superintendent of schools, citing student privacy, has refused to comment on the matter.

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16068 ---NC Memorial To Confederate Dead --- Released: 18 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-31 18:40:19 -0400
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North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial
“Unsurpassed Valor, Courage, and devotion to liberty”   www.ncwbts150.com
“The Official Website of the North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission”

North Carolina’s Memorial to Her Confederate Dead


 
“One of the most outstanding projects of the North Carolina Division, UDC, for the next two years, will be the erection of a (stone or marble) pavilion in the Confederate Cemetery of Raleigh as a memorial to more than twenty-five hundred soldiers of the Confederate army and navy who lie buried there. While this great project is being sponsored by the North Carolina Division, the Johnston Pettigrew Chapter, of Raleigh, of which Mrs. Alfred Williams is President, has undertaken to restore the cemetery to something like its original beauty.
 
Around this historic spot is woven much of the tragedy and beauty of the history of Raleigh and North Carolina during the days of the War Between the States. Among those buried there are Col. W.H.S. Burgwyn, Gen. George B. Anderson, Josiah Turner, and others whose names are linked with the Confederacy.
 
The pavilion will be 36x22 feet, and a frieze of tablets will be placed inside the cornice – one tablet for every war in which North Carolina has had a part – Revolutionary, Indian, War of 1812, Mexican, War Between the States, Spanish-American, and the World War. One tablet for the 124 dead removed from Gettysburg in 1871; one tablet for the 106 unknown dead [“We care not whence they came / Dear in their lifeless clay / whether unknown or known to fame / Their cause and country sill the same / They died—and wore the Gray”]; one tablet for the 108 dead removed from Arlington in 1883; and a tablet each for the eleven Southern States and the Confederate navy whose dead are buried there.
 
There are nearly 2,000 from North Carolina; 44 from Georgia; Alabama, 8; Mississippi, 8; Virginia, 8; Florida, 2; Arkansas, 1; Tennessee, 2; Texas, 1; Louisiana, 1, and three from the Confederate navy.  Kentucky is the only Southern State that has no soldier buried there, but Kentucky will be honored by a tablet, so that for all time to come Kentucky will be represented there as a Southern State. There will be a tablet for every county in the State of North Carolina, giving the number of soldiers who enlisted from that county, and the number of those killed, thereby making a record for future generations.
 
In one gable will be the seal of the Confederacy, together with the flags of the Confederacy, all in colors; while in the other gable will be the seal of the State of North Carolina and the North Carolina flag, together with the United States flag.
 
The architecture of the contemplated pavilion with the same as that of our State Capitol building, which is nationally-known as one of the most beautiful State Capitol buildings of Colonial architecture.  North Carolina is proud to erect such a wonderful memorial to her Confederate dead.”
 
(Confederate Veteran, April 1930, pp. 136-137)
 
Read more at: http://www.ncwbts150.com/MemorialstoNorthCarolinasDefenders.php
 
 

16067 ---NC Patriots Of '61 - Capt Joseph Davis --- Released: 18 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-31 18:26:52 -0400
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North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial
“Unsurpassed Valor, Courage, and devotion to liberty”   www.ncwbts150.com
“The Official Website of the North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission”
 
North Carolina Patriots of ’61 – Captain Joseph J. Davis of Louisburg
 
Captain Joseph Jonathan Davis of Company G, Forty-seventh North Carolina Regiment, was born near Louisburg 13 April 1828 of distinguished ancestry. His parents were Virginians who had moved to North Carolina after marriage, and sent their son to be educated at Louisburg Academy, Wake Forest College, College of William and Mary, and later to study law at the University of North Carolina where he graduated in 1850.
 
When war was declared he raised a company of men and though knowing little of military tactics, led them bravely in battle in Pettigrew’s Brigade.  On the third day at Gettysburg he was one of those who went farthest during Pettigrew’s Charge, but captured by the enemy twenty yards from General Armistead when he fell.  Wounded in the shoulder on the first day of battle, a Northern doctor had to cut the sleeve off his coat as it was stiff with blood.
 
He was sent first to Fort Delaware, later to Johnson’s Island on Lake Erie.  Paroled on 24 February 1865, he was sent to City Point, Virginia to await exchange – returning home on 3 April, a few days before Appomattox. He was active in the State Legislature 1868-1870 as North Carolina fought carpetbag rule, then resumed the practice of law.  Davis was elected to the United States Congress 1875-1881 and later elected to the Supreme Court of North Carolina.  He passed away after ten years on the bench, 7 August 1892, and was buried in Louisburg’s Oaklawn Cemetery. It is said of Captain Davis that he led “a most useful life, crowed with honors, a man in whom there was no guile, one of God’s noblest creatures.”
 
(Confederate Veteran, April 1930, pg. 140)
 
 

16066 ---Parsley Refugees At Floral College --- Released: 18 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-31 18:13:25 -0400
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Eliza Nutt Parsley Refugees at Floral College
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
Eliza Nutt Parsley, wife of Lt-Col. William Parsley of the Third North Carolina, refugeed in Robeson County with her two small children where she thought herself safe from invading troops.  Her story of terror and near-starvation was recently re-told by reenactress Kelly Hinson in the living history, “General Hoke at Duplin Roads.”
 
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"
 
Eliza Nutt Parsley Refugees at Floral College
 
“As the Yankee troops marched through . . . the counties, they set fire to the turpentine distilleries and barrels of tar along the trek, creating dense black smoke. Pine forests caught fire lighting their way at night. Early in March, Sherman’s men destroyed in Lumberton the bridge over Lumber river, otherwise known as Drowning Creek, in addition to the railroad depot and six boxcars.  Shoe Heel [present-day Maxton], located on the railroad had only a depot and one old turpentine distillery at the stop, which was demolished.
 
The Reverend Hector McLean, at Edinboro Plantation, had most of his possessions stolen.  The bummers must have thought they hit the jackpot because of the enormous bounty they took consisting of four mules, six horses, five cows, one hundred and twenty-four hogs, two-thousand bushels of peas, one hundred bushels of wheat, twenty bushels of rice, sixty-five hundred pounds of fodder, seven thousand pounds of bacon, sixty gallons of syrup, one hundred chickens, and twenty-five thousand fence rails. 
 
Reverend McLean wrote “Antioch Church was greatly injured by Sherman’s army . . . our Sabbath School [library] either destroyed or taken away.”  For unknown reasons, the Lumber Bridge Presbyterian Church was burned after visits from Union troops.
 
Beside the Humphrey/Williams/Smith Plantation stood the Raft Swamp Post Office.  Used by local citizens first, the office swarmed with bluecoats when the Fourteenth Corps swept through, plundering homes in the area.  Elizabeth Nutt Parsley [of Wilmington], wife of Captain [later Lt-Col. William Murdock] Parsley, [refugeed] in Robeson County at Floral College. 
 
The school was closed for students, but remained open to accept refugees.  While her husband was away, the enemy came and took twelve horses. The Yankees tried to persuade her slave, Uncle Titus, by bribing him with a pearl-handle knife to come away with them.  He refused. While at Floral College with her family [in early April], Mrs. Parsley received news of her husband’s death [three days before Appomattox].
 
To make matters worse, she had to leave her refuge because Sherman’s men burglarized the interior.  Another prominent refugee family from Wilmington, Dr. [John D.] Bellamy, stayed at the college.  They ran from the Federals only to collide with them again at Red Springs.  Bellamy’s daughters told after the war that their mother, in searching for food, scratched around in the ground for corn kernels dropped by the enemy’s horses while at Shoe Heel.”
 
G.R. Nye remembered as a boy when the Yankees were rumored to be coming. He said the family hid valuables in the walls, the silver over the porch, and the meat was placed in a niche over the top of the stairs.  Diarist Robeson inscribed, “March 12, 1865 . . . the Yankees paid me a visit. They searched to house for arms and ammunitions took all my hams and bushel and half and left.”
 
(Blood and War at My Doorstep, North Carolina Civilians in the War Between the States, Volume II, Brenda Chambers McKean, Xlibris, 2011, pp. 995-996)
 
 

16065 ---Albany GA SCV Proclamation April 2014 --- Released: 18 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-31 18:01:33 -0400
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Albany GA. SCV Proclamation-April Confederate History And Heritage Month
 
From: jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net
 
SHNV Compatriots,
    
In 2006 I went before the Albany Georgia City Commission and asked them to issue a proclamation proclaiming April as Confederate History and Heritage Month. They refused. As a result we in SCV wrote our own proclamation and printed it in the newspaper. The proclamation I wrote is posted below and is worded in much stronger language than anything most commissions would ever endorse.
 
James W. King
SCV Camp 141 Commander
Albany Georgia
 
Confederate History & Heritage Month April 2014 Proclamation
 
WHEREAS, Southwest Georgia is rich in the history of the War for Southern Independence; and
 
WHEREAS, The State of Georgia has long cherished her Confederate history, heritage, and culture and the great leaders, soldiers, and civilians who made sacrifices on behalf of the Confederate cause; and
 
WHEREAS, The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is dedicated to honoring on a statewide basis those who served, supported, and fought for the Confederate States of America and educating the general public on Confederate history, heritage, and culture; and
 
WHEREAS, The Confederate States of America constitutionally, legally, and honorably seceded from the Union with the United States of America after enduring many years of political and criminal abuse and was promptly invaded and fought a four year war 1861-1865 for the cause of achieving Southern Independence; and
 
WHEREAS, The Confederate States of America was a classical civilization with a fine military, politics with superior statesmen, colleges and universities, art and literature, and classical architecture; and
 
WHEREAS, The Flags of the Confederate States of America represent the principles and values established by America’s Founding Fathers who were primarily Southern gentlemen from Virginia: Constitutional Limited Federal Government, States Rights, Resistance to Tyranny and Christian Values and Principles and are 180 degrees diametrically opposed to Socialism and Secular Humanism. Thus the principles and values the Confederate flags represent are the same principles and values represented by the original U.S. Betsy Ross flag; and
 
WHEREAS, Abraham Lincoln and his administration acted with deceit in setting up the Ft. Sumter incident with the intent purpose of starting a war and blaming the Confederate States of America for the initiation of war; and
 
WHEREAS, The residents of Southwest Georgia have a noble lineage in their Confederate ancestors who honorably and heroically took up arms to secure liberty for their country, the Confederate States of America, and in defense of and protection for their homes and families against an unconstitutional, illegal, criminal, and immoral invasion by the armies of the United States of America under the misguided direction and tyranny, despotism, dictatorship, and treachery of Abraham Lincoln and numerous other Northern industrialists, radicals and fanatics who were supported by the infamous European Socialist Karl Marx; and
 
WHEREAS, The men of Southwest Georgia served in the armies of the Confederate States of America with valor, many paying the ultimate sacrifice of dying on behalf of the Confederate cause; and
 
WHEREAS, Confederate Memorial Day has been celebrated in Southwest Georgia for 148 years; and
 
WHEREAS, The month of April bears special significance since it marks both the beginning and the ending of the War For Southern Independence,

Therefore
 
THEREFORE: We, the Sons of Confederate Veterans of Southwest Georgia, do hereby proclaim April 2014  as “Confederate History and Heritage Month” in Southwest Georgia and encourage all residents and citizens to increase their knowledge of the role played by Southwest Georgia and the State of Georgia in the Confederate States of America and in The United States of America.
 
 

16064 ---Conf. History/Heritage Month - April 2014 --- Released: 18 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-31 17:47:03 -0400
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Are you ready for Confederate History and Heritage Month April 2014?
 
Please re-post, publish, add to your webpage and get this information out to young and old, the news media, church and all about Confederate History and Heritage Month in April. Thank you!
 
Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Chairman of the Confederate History Month Committee for the National and Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans 2014
Email: Calvin at: cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net
Website: http://confederateheritagemonth.comconfederateheritagemonth.com
See us daily on face book at: https://www.facebook.com/ConfederateHeritageMonth
Phone: 770 428 0978 or cell at: 770 330 9792
Mike Crane is both webmaster and Co-Chairman of the Confederate History Month Committee.
Email mike at: mikecrane@tds.net
Or Phone: 706-374-2640
 
Members: John Black, Billy Bearden, Fred Wilhite and in memory of member Jeff Davis
Mike is also webmaster of the Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans web page at:
http://gascv.org/
 
Are you ready for Confederate History and Heritage Month 2014?
 
Tomorrow Tuesday April 1st begins our glorious month long observance.


 
You don’t have to be a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to get the SCV Georgia specialty license tag. All license drivers in the State of Georgia can get one. See my published letter below  which has a photo of the beautiful tag and get your tag today!
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/61438#.Uw9CwIUtqhU
 
Residents of Georgia are also encouraged to fly the Confederate flag. See news report at:
http://www.11alive.com/news/article/322860/0/Group-encouraging-Ga-residents-to-fly-Confederate-battle-flag
 
Dear Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Children of the Confederacy, Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution, American Veterans, Historical groups, Church groups and all who appreciate the grand heritage of the Old South that is our legacy of the men and women of the Confederate States of America “1861-1865” who stood like their Revolutionary War “1776” ancestors who fought for real freedom and independence. It was not a lost cause in 1861 and still not a lost cause today as we work to preserve the Confederate History and Heritage for our future generations of young people, all Americans and everyone around the world.
 
When people speak, either good or bad, about our Southern ancestors, they are speaking about our wonderful family!
 
There has been too much negative news about our Confederate ancestors and their blood stained battle flags of honor. Robert E. Lee whose memory was once revered in both the North and South has even now come under new unwarranted and ugly attacks. See example of recent article about a possible removal of portraits of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson at:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/17/robert-e-lee-and-stonewall-jackson-tributes-face-a/?page=all
 
It’s time to educate and even re-introduce the American people and the world, especially the young folks, about the Black, White, Hispanic, Jewish, Native American and all who nobly defended their homes and firesides during the Yankee invasion of the South during the War for Southern Independence, 1861-1865.
 
The Confederate History and Heritage Month committee is ready now for April 1-30, 2014 and all year when we will celebrate Confederate History and Heritage Month. As we remember General’s Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in January, we endeavor to gear up now for Confederate History remembrance for 2014 and continue through Robert E. Lee’s birthday on January 19, 2015 and beyond that with tireless efforts for Dixie’s land.
 
This year the Confederate History Month committee is offering you two brochures, one on General Robert E. Lee and another on Confederate History Month. These are eight pages that can be down loaded on a CD disk and taken to a print shop to make as many copies as you like and hand out to everyone. The pages are numbered and can be folded 5 ½ by 8 ½ and stapled 2 times in the middle. Let us know what you think. Email me at: cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net and I will send you an attachment of the brochures.
 
We have been on Facebook since 2011 and have had almost 3,000 likes. Let’s make it 3 million. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/ConfederateHeritageMonth to see what’s going on.  Also please sign up for updates at our Confederate History and Heritage Month web page at: http://www.confederateheritagemonth.com.
 
If you would like to receive a weekly update on Proclamations, events and Memorial Services posted on the www.ConfederateHeritageMonth.com website, just enter your eMail address and click the Signup button.
 
Note - each message has a direct unsubscribe link. Enter eMail address and click Signup button
 
I ask everyone to serve your Confederate History Month committee as Ambassador of good will and spread the good word about the April’s Month of Southern Remembrance.
 
Let’s get all Mayors, County Commissioners and Governors to sign proclamations for Confederate History and Heritage Month and sponsor many memorial events throughout April.
 
Also, ask you TV, radio and newspaper to do daily Confederate History Month minutes. See examples you can use at: http://confederateheritagemonth.com/heritage/2006/calvin_johnson.php
 
What a great educational chance we have with the Sesquicentennial 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States continuing this year and Confederate History and Heritage Month in April. Deo Vindice!
 
God bless Dixie!
 
 

16063 ---Sidewalks Of Confederate Graves --- Released: 18 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-31 17:30:49 -0400
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Sidewalks of graves of Confederates & children
 
From: cscitizen@windstream.net
 
F.Y.I. The City of Birmingham is building sidewalks over the graves of Confederate soldiers & children at Union Hill Cemetery. Google: Birmingham & let Mayor Bell & the city council hear from you! Google: Birmingham News to read this story. Please Forward.
 
Billy Price
Ashville Alabama
 
 

16060 ---SCV: Georgia Radio Campaign --- Released: 21 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-28 14:05:49 -0400
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Sons of Confederate Veterans   
March 27, 2014    
 
PRESS RELEASE  


   
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS ANNOUNCE GEORGIA RADIO CAMPAIGN    
 
(ATLANTA - March 27, 2014)  The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans announced today a statewide radio campaign for 2014 featuring 60 second radio commercials.  Each of the commercials highlights a different event or prominent person of the War for Southern Independence from the year 1864 as part of the ongoing Sesquicentennial commemoration of the War; and all of them tell the story from the Southern view, focusing on an accurate historical portrayal of events of the time instead of the recent historical revisionism currently portrayed by so much of the news and entertainment industries today.

Division officials revealed today that the spots are running on a variety of radio stations across Georgia which blanket approximately 90 percent of the state geographically.  The predominant genres of the stations selected for inclusion in the first quarter buy are country music and conservative talk radio.  The Georgia Division has already earmarked funds for continuing the statewide radio campaign throughout the 2014 calendar year. 

Exactly 150 years ago, Georgia was one of the primary focuses of the War during Sherman's infamous "March to the Sea."  Many of the radio commercials produced for this radio campaign feature the heroic stand of Southern soldiers defending Atlanta and the rest of Georgia, as well as stories of such well-known events as Andersonville's POW camp.  The historical segments are sure to be controversial to some as they provide historical facts which have been intentionally obfuscated in recent years.   Additionally, the war crimes of William Tecumseh Sherman's army are brought to light, reminding native Georgians and newcomers alike of the atrocities committed by federal troops as they invaded Georgia, committing rape, murder, and pillage among the civilian population.

The first eleven commercials of this statewide campaign are available for listening or download HERE
 
For more information, please call 404.271.8473 or contact the Georgia Division SCV online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org  

 

16059 ---Store Photos - 3/25/2014 --- Released: 24 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-25 15:07:45 -0400
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
Dixie Outfitters Southern Heritage Franchise Store
Photos

This page features photos of the Dixie Outfitters Southern Heritage Store in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Please allow a few minutes for the pictures to load. We hope you enjoy them.

 

 

16058 ---ATTENTION SOUTHRONERS! --- Released: 28 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-21 14:13:54 -0400
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ATTENTION SOUTHRONERS
 
How would you like to help the South?  Gary Adams at SHPG on Facebook has set-up what they are calling an “Action Group;” it is being chaired by Eddie Inman.  A couple of proposed actions are submitting lesson plans; attempting to file charges for war crimes against the Southron people(s); file for recognition of Southroners as a minority group.   They are looking for individuals who can research; who are capable writers and who are loyal to the South and can maintain silence and follow instructions.

Contact Eddie Inman or Gary Adams at Facebook.
http://PreservingSouthernHeritage.com

 

16057 ---Va Flaggers Call To Action - 3-20-2014 --- Released: 29 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-20 11:18:18 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 20, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers Call To Action: PLEASE ACT TODAY!



The Va Flaggers had over 20 Flaggers out this past Saturday, wrapping the Boulevard with flags and Flaggers, including Flaggers who traveled from Luray, Kenbridge, and Urbanna!  With a gorgeous day in Richmond, and many St. Patrick's Day events being held near the Boulevard, traffic was brisk and our Flaggers kept busy with conversations and many educational opportunities.

Photographer Judy Smith caught this shot from inside the VMFA, giving us a glimpse of what museum officials see from the builiding...

This week, professionally bound packets of information and a copy of a letter to Alex Nyerges,  director of the Museum, restating our request and re-affirming our commitment to continue our efforts, were mailed to museum officials, members of the board of Directors, and local and State officials.

TOMORROW, Thursday, March 20th, the Board of Directors meets at the museum at 12:30.  We are planning to have a presence on the grounds for the meeting, and are asking all who are able to join us to do so, and help us show museum Leadership that there are still MANY folks who care enough about the honor and valor of our Confederate Ancestors to stand in their defense.

We would also like to FLOOD THE PHONE LINES during the meeting, so we are asking you to PLEASE take a moment to support the troops on the ground and help with this offensive.  CALL VMFA Administration anytime from NOON UNTIL 5:00 P.M. at (804) 340-1506 and tell them to do the right and honorable thing and return the Confederate Battle Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park. Even if you have called before, please take the time to make another call today.  Call early...and often!  Be polite, but firm in your request.

PLEASE pass this request on to any and all Confederates and friends who may be willing to join us in this most important endeavor!

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Tommy Clinger
Va Flaggers


 

16056 ---Empire Of The Owls --- Released: 29 days Ago. ---- 2014-03-20 11:06:05 -0400
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 20, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: Additional Copies of Empire of the Owls Available

With the second I-95 Battle Flag project near completion, Bo Traywick has once again donated a case of books to the Va Flaggers.  If you didn't get one the last time around, or would like to purchase additional books for gifts, please take this opportunity to support the Va Flaggers' I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Projects!



Va Flagger/Author H. V. "Bo" Traywick, Jr. has generously donated a case of his book "Empire of the Owls - reflections on the North's war against Southern secession" to the Va Flaggers. We will be offering the books for $20 each and ALL proceeds will go toward the I-95 Battle Flag Projects. Please consider purchasing this excellent book and supporting the Va Flaggers.

"This book will change your mind about everything you thought you knew about the War between the States. A reasoned, scholarly work, it is also a readable, gripping account of the war told by those who lived it. The dignified behavior of the Southerners defending their families comes through time and again. Noble sentiments of honor, duty and care of the defenseless are not lost in the desperation of war but elevated.

The book will make you cry. It will make you proud. It will also make you mad about a senseless war that killed 612,000 young men and caused horrible suffering that lasted for generations. But it is an important addition to the Civil War dialogue now, during the Sesquicentennial, because it allows the long-suppressed voices of the South (Virginia, in particular) to speak for themselves and challenge the version of history written by the victors."  - Amazon Review

http://www.empireoftheowls.com/

To purchase, send $20 to:
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Please note "Empire of the Owls" and include return address for shipping.

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

 

16055 ---The Confederate Constitution: Looking Back --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 14:14:46 -0400
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Looking back at the Confederate Constitution

By NCC Staff

On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. Here is a look at this little-known third constitution that controlled the lives of about 9 million people for a short period of time.



Much of the Confederate Constitution mirrored the Constitution of the United States as it existed at the time, with bigger differences in the matters of slavery and states’ rights.

In 1860, there were more than 9 million people, including 3 million slaves, living in the states and territories that would leave the Union, compared with 22 million people outside those areas.

The document was drawn up and approved just a week after Abraham Lincoln became president of the United States. There were seven southern states that had seceded at the time, and a total of 13 would eventually sign the Confederate constitution.

At first glance, much of the Confederate document was taken directly from the U.S. Constitution.

But there were several passages related to slavery that were much different. The Confederate version used the word “slaves,” unlike the U.S. Constitution. One article banned any Confederate state from making slavery illegal. Another ensured that slave owners could travel between Confederate states with their slaves.

The Confederate constitution also accounted for slaves as three-fifths of a state’s population (like the U.S. Constitution did at the time), and it required that any new territory acquired by the nation allow slavery.

In other ways, the Confederate constitution was closer to the Articles of Confederation, which preceded the U.S. Constitution–it was focused on states’ rights.

The Confederate preamble begins, “We, the people of the Confederate States, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character…”

The U.S. Constitution starts with the more familiar, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…”

Confederate states had the ability to impeach federal officials, collect more taxes, and make treaties with each other under certain circumstances. They could also create lines of credit.

When it came to elected officials, the Confederate constitution limited the president to one, six-year term in office in a person’s lifetime. The vice president didn’t have term limits.

The president also had use of the line-item veto in budget matters.

Senators and representatives served under circumstances that were very similar to rules in the U.S. Constitution.

It also had a Bill of Rights, lumped together with rules about Congress. (Most of the rights in the U.S. Constitution’s original Bill of Rights were incorporated.)

One additional right stated that the government couldn’t impair “the right of property in negro slaves” to owners.

The Confederate Congress operated in a similar fashion to the United States. But the Confederate Congress couldn’t pass legislation about amendments. That role was reserved for the states.

Cabinet members could also answer questions on the floor of Congress.

The Supreme Court system was also very similar to the one used by the United States. But it was never formed during the Civil War because of the government’s instability.

The Confederate Congress met for six sessions during the war. Political parties didn’t form in the Confederacy, but there were political factions in the electorate.

Jefferson Davis, a former U.S. senator, served as the Confederate president.

© Copyright 2014

On The Web:   http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2014/03/looking-back-at-the-confederate-constitution/

 

16054 ---McConnell Responds To Criticism --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 13:53:36 -0400
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Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell responds to NAACP criticism over College of Charleston presidency

Diane Knich
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014
   
NAACP leaders say that if Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell is hired as the next president of the College of Charleston, they will work relentlessly to inform potential students and athletes nationwide about his connection to Confederate causes and his support of the Confederate battle flag flying on the Statehouse grounds.

McConnell said the NAACP's characterization of him is incorrect and misleading. He is committed to increasing diversity at the college, and his record shows he has the ability to do that, he said.

The NAACP released a fiery statement on McConnell being among three finalists for the president's post at a news conference Monday on Rivers Green on the downtown college campus.

Dennis "Jody" Encarnation, who taught at the Harvard Business School and Harvard's Center for Business and Government for about three decades before retiring, and Martha Saunders, provost at the University of West Florida, also are finalists.

The new president will take the reins from George Benson, who will step down at the end of June to join the college's business faculty.

"If they do make the mistake of hiring Glenn McConnell, they will be regretful for many days after," said the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church and former national chief operating officer of the NAACP.

NAACP leaders also said they would widely circulate a photograph of McConnell dressed in a Confederate general uniform flanked on either side by two black people who appear to be dressed as slaves. McConnell, who previously served in the state Senate for more than three decades, said, "I am defined by my record, not by their rhetoric."

Diversity matters

Currently only about 6 percent of students enrolled at the college are black, while blacks make up about 30 percent of the population of South Carolina. College leaders have launched efforts to boost diversity in recent years, but the numbers haven't budged.

According to the NAACP's statement, McConnell being hired would further discourage minority students from enrolling because he:

Spearheaded the effort to prevent the removal of the battle flag from the Statehouse dome and the legislative chambers of the capitol.

Would agree to a compromise only if the flag were placed in a prominent place on the Statehouse grounds.

Refused to support efforts to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a state holiday unless the state also made Confederate Memorial Day a holiday. To achieve that, state employees lost Election Day as a state holiday.

Is a devotee of Confederate heritage who saw to it that state funds were allocated to raise and preserve the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley.

Is an ardent supporter of states' rights, "which progressive organizations recognize as a euphemism for the right of states to hold on to the egregious wrongs of slavery."

Rivers also said McConnell, who has never worked at a college, isn't qualified for the job.

McConnell said that he's committed to increasing diversity at the college if he's hired as president. He also said he was a champion for many issues of interest to the state's black residents during his years in the Senate, including:

Increasing diversity among state judges.

Allocating money from the S.C. Education Lottery to the state's historically black colleges.

Defending and preserving state money for the "Call Me Mister" program, which trains black male teachers and places them in South Carolina classrooms.

Serving as chairman of the African American History Monument Commission, a group that raised $2 million to design, build, and place on the Statehouse grounds a monument to pay tribute to the African- American experience from slavery to civil rights.

Confederate battle flag

McConnell, 67, of Charleston, was elected to the state Senate in 1980 and served for 32 years, the last 11 years as president pro tempore. He was one of the most powerful men in South Carolina, but state law last year required him to move into the lieutenant governor's office when Ken Ard resigned after being indicted for ethics violations.

During his years in the Senate, McConnell earned wide respect among legislators as a fair and honest man who was willing to work with all members. That included many members of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, even though many of them disagreed with his stance on the flag and other issues.

He is also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a Civil War re-enactor and the former owner of a store that sold Confederate memorabilia, flags and other items. He also is a prominent face associated with the flying of the Confederate battle flag on the Statehouse grounds, a move that prompted the NAACP to call for an economic boycott of South Carolina.

After a highly contentious debate in 2000, legislators eventually compromised by moving the flag from atop the Statehouse dome to the grounds, next to a Confederate memorial. Opponents argue that location is even more prominent.

McConnell said the 2010 photograph of him that the NAACP is threatening to circulate nationwide simply was him posing with Gullah Geechee re-enactors during a Charleston event hosted by the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women.

He's part of a group that re-enacts Civil War history, he said, not Confederate history. "But when we're in our Union outfits, it seems no one wants to take our pictures."

Re-enacting simply is way to make history come alive, he said.

State Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, who is black, said he disagrees with the NAACP about McConnell. "None of them who are speaking have ever worked with McConnell," he said. "He has been nothing but fantastic to work with."

Jackson called the NAACP's comments on McConnell "character assassination."

Dozens of students who were opposed to McConnell being hired as the school's next leader attended the news conference, where they chanted "Glenn is not our man."

Elsewhere on campus, a banner was hung in front of the President's House, reading "No Confederates for CofC President" with a Confederate flag with a circle drawn through it.

Ethan Smith, a junior from Bowie, Md., said before the press conference he and many other students chose to attend the college because it focused on liberal arts, open dialogue, encouraging students to explore new ways of thinking and valuing individual differences. "What Glenn McConnell stands for is very different than why we chose this institution."

On The Web:   http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140310/PC16/140319982

 

16053 ---Fate Of Marker Up In The Air --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 13:41:59 -0400
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Fate of marker that once identified Nathan Bedford Forrest Park up in the air
Posted: Mar 10, 2014
By Kontji Anthony

MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – The park once named after General Nathan Bedford Forrest is now called Health Sciences Park. Controversy settled? Not exactly.

Now, the fate of the massive concrete marker that once identified the park is up in the air.

Currently, the concrete slab is being housed in the General Services building in Overton Park. But the Overton Park Conservancy plans to take over that space.

"They offered to move the Forrest Park stone anywhere we wanted in Shelby County," said Lee Millar, Sons of Confederate Veterans. "Of course, we want it placed back in Forrest Park where it belongs."

The Sons of Confederate Veterans and City of Memphis are now at odds over what to do with the marker. Wherever it goes, it must be moved by June 30.

Last year, the Sons of Confederate Veterans placed the marker at the park entrance with permission from the former parks director. The city then hauled it away, saying the group did not have proper permission to put the marker there.

Now...

"We're trying to return items to their owners or dispose of them," said City of Memphis Chief Administrative Officer George Little.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans contend Memphis City Council's resolution to change the name of the park is illegal. An ordinance named the park decades ago.

"According to state law, a resolution cannot override an ordinance," said Millar.

The latest development heightens current tensions.

"We've got a lawsuit against the city and the city council for the illegal and improper removal of the stone," added Millar.

Will the city grant the Sons' request?

"Unfortunately, that is now Health Sciences Park and while I appreciate their position, the council has taken action and spoken to that. So, unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate that request," said Little.

If a decision about where to place the stone is not made by June 30, the city would list it to be claimed. If it is not claimed, it will be sold at auction as surplus, according to Little.

"All people should appreciate everybody's history," said Millar. "You shouldn't try to erase it."

It is unclear if the lawsuit will be resolved in time to end the standoff.

Copyright 2014 WMC-TV

On The Web:   http://www.wmctv.com/story/24936182/fate-of-marker-that-once-identified-national-bedford-forrest-park-up-in-the-air

 

16052 ---Beauvoir Discord --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 13:25:16 -0400
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Discord at Beauvoir

Kevin Levin is doing his usual battle flag gloomin' and doomin' at his ha-ha memory flog regarding some personnel issues at Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi, the retirement home of President Jefferson Davis.

There's an article about it in the Sun-Herald, titled The Battle of Beauvoir, but it's pretty incoherent, so there's probably quite a bit we're not being told.

Anyhoo, the battle flag is involved some how, so Kevin writes at his flog:

The dispute is, in part, over the display of the Confederate flag on the grounds at Beauvoir. Beauvoir has undergone extensive renovation since Hurricane Katrina. A new presidential library was built along with exhibit space. From what I can tell the disagreement over the display of the flag has everything to do with lagging visitation and revenue. At the center is Hayes-Davis.

Apparently, management is consulting with the Virginia Flaggers on how to respectfully and tastefully display the Confederate flag. I visited Beauvoir once years ago. It’s a beautiful site and one that deserves to be preserved and professionally interpreted. It looks like the Mississippi SCV is capable to doing neither.

Well, as far as I remember, the SCV did a fine job before Katrina. Of course, that really isn't the issue for Kevin and fellow floggers. The really important thing for these folks is to take (or create) every opportunity possible to (1) club the VaFlaggers, even when the issue/club has nothing to do with them and (2) to trash the battle flag.

Kevin has a track record of pointing out how "irrelevant" and the flag is becoming, and predicting its disappearance from the earth any day now because,  you know, it has such destructive power. I mean, just look at the places where big battle flags have been erected beside busy highways. Pestilence, ruin and death follow and surround the battle flag wherever it goes... like in Tampa:

And central Alabama.

Of course, it looks pretty silly to attribute a fall-off in Beauvoir tourist visits to the presence of the battle flag, when there is no history of that happening before. But that's what Levin latches onto without a single neuron firing with the possibility that there COULD be other factors involved.  For example, if there was a general decline in tourism to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, that would likely contribute to a decline in visitors to Beauvoir. Ya think?

Yes, but has there BEEN a decline in tourism to the Mississippi Gulf Coast?

Why, yes, there has! Biloxi's WLOX reported on it just last month!

Alabama tourism booming while Mississippi struggles

But do you think Levin will acknowledge this factual information? Not if it deprives him of a "reason" to trash the flag and club the VaFlaggers over the head with a figurative Louisville Slugger. That's just how it is in the floggosphere....

Kevin actually let my comment through moderation. He replied, ""Go back and read the post again. I did say that the news article lacks clarity regarding the exact nature of the problem at Beauvoir. I also cited attendance in the post."

He linked them together. "From what I can tell," he sed, "the disagreement over the display of the flag has everything to do with lagging visitation and revenue." The implication is that displaying the flag is causing the fall off in visitation and revenue, which would be right in line with his history of attributing evil effects to the battle flag, from bad breath to sinkholes and from globull warming to the Seattle's shellacking of Denver in the Superbowl. Okay, I made that part up. But he does have absolutely zero objectivity about the flag that always shows up in flog posts like this one.

 

16051 ---Troubles More Than Flag Flap --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 13:08:38 -0400
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Beauvoir troubles more than flap over flag, officials say

By MARY PEREZ
meperez@sunherald.com
March 17, 2014

BILOXI -- Sunday's article in the Sun Herald about the internal struggles at Beauvoir brought a response Monday from the commander of the Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.



Allen Terrell emailed the response to the shakeup that led to the resignation of two board members and the executive director.

Terrell said the letter was "on behalf of the Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans." As an ex-officio member of the Beauvoir Board of Trustees, Terrell said he was, "in no way speaking for the Combined Boards of Beauvoir."

Rick Forte, chairman of the boards for 25 years, and Beauvoir's new acting director have not responded to the Sun Herald's request for comments.

"The Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans are greatly concerned over the events occurring at Beauvoir and are monitoring the situation," Terrell said in his letter.

He also said that Ed Funchess, the vice chairman of the board at Beauvoir who resigned in February, was correct when he said the Confederate flag is not the whole issue at Beauvoir, but is what began the present controversy.

Terrell said the Confederate flag will continue to fly at Beauvoir.

A Confederate battle flag hangs daily among others on a flagpole along U.S. 90.

What has sparked the controversy is a huge flag that hangs on the front of the mansion at Beauvoir on occasion. The next time it is scheduled to be displayed is April 22 for Confederate Memorial Day.

Andi Oustalet said she was told she is no longer welcome at Beauvoir after she asked to have the flag removed from the front of the home. She is a volunteer who created and produced two Christmas at Beauvoir events that drew 13,000 people each year and also organized a three-day celebration for the opening of the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library.

Bertram Hayes-Davis, who resigned this month over the controversy, is the great-great grandson of Jefferson Davis and was executive director of Beauvoir. His response to Sunday's article has been a flurry of emails, phone calls and Facebook postings from people across the country asking what they can do to help.

"We've received tremendous support from the public outreach," he said. "They're all shocked and surprised."

On The Web:   http://www.sunherald.com/2014/03/17/5422061/sons-of-confederate-veterans-respond.html

 

16050 ---The Battle Of Beauvoir --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 12:57:18 -0400
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Civil War: The Battle of Beauvoir
Three resign, two dismissed in spat over Confederate flag

By MARY PEREZ
meperez@sunherald.com
March 15, 2014



BILOXI -- While Civil War sites throughout the South are observing the anniversary of battles that occurred more than 150 years ago, a skirmish at Beauvoir has brought the resignation of the executive director and two board members and the dismissal of an administrative assistant and the state's 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

Central to the split of the board is the Confederate battle flag and the ability to raise money for the historic property while the flag is so prominently displayed.

"I can feel the pain of Jefferson Davis right now," said Bertram Hayes-Davis, 65, Davis' great-great-grandson. He resigned as executive director of Beauvoir after a contentious board meeting in February, but remains the president of the Beauvoir Foundation, a separate non-profit agency.

The most visible signs that there are issues at Beauvoir, which is owned by Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, are two signs still up on the property advertising the Christmas event. Hayes-Davis said he was told the Beauvoir Foundation doesn't have access to the property to take them down.

"It's a philosophical issue and it's a serious one," said Ed Funchess, vice chairman and treasurer, who along with board member Don Barrett, resigned and walked out of the February meeting followed by Hayes-Davis, who officially resigned March 3.

Funchess said his difference is with the chairman of the board, Richard Forte, and the conflict is primarily over the financial future of Beauvoir.

"I've had all of it I can stand," Funchess said,

Forte said he would talk to the Sun Herald, but then asked to be contacted by email. He didn't respond to the email and calls to the new acting administrator weren't returned.

"The flag is really not the whole issue but it is part of the issue," Funchess said.It's what split the board, he said, and is a symbol that inflames public perception.

"Beauvoir is not the Confederate battle flag. It's the last home of Jeff Davis," he said.

Funchess helped oversee the renovation of Beauvoir after Hurricane Katrina, when FEMA provided $4 million in federal funds to repair Beauvoir and $10 million to rebuild the library above the flood elevations. He still is working unofficially to see that a Confederate memorial pavilion is built at the cemetery.

He said to remove the namesake of the man Beauvoir honors is a mistake.

Spokesman for Beauvoir

Bertram Hayes-Davis and his wife, Carol, came to work at Beauvoir in July 2012. She volunteered as the head of programs and events at Beauvoir. He left his job as the head of oil and gas assets management at JP Morgan Bank in Dallas after he got a call from a board member asking for his assistance.

He oversaw the opening of the library and the completion of Varina's Garden, which recreates the garden of Davis' wife, and with his resemblance to his grandfather and extensive knowledge of the family history, became the spokesman for Beauvoir.

Hayes-Davis said he said he got support to create interactive displays at the Davis library from the Smithsonian, the Senate Archives, the Department of Archives and the Capitol Architect, and began creating a partnership with the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior.

"With all these efforts, and the highest regard to the future and successes of Beauvoir, there has been from the first day an air of resistance from the board and the chairman," he said.

He now is no longer on the board of directors he served on for years and all mention of Davis' direct descendent is removed from the Beauvoir website.

Hayes-Davis said he feels fundraising events such as Christmas at Beauvoir are "the kind of things that will save Beauvoir." The board didn't share his goals, he said.

Christmas at Beauvoir

Instead, Andi Oustalet, a volunteer who created and produced the Festival of Trees and Christmas at Beauvoir for the last two years, was informed by the board she was no longer welcome at Beauvoir.

For her efforts at Beauvoir, she was named Mississippi's Volunteer of the Year. At Beauvoir, "The chairman of the board has done nothing but oppose it," she said of the event.

The purpose of the holiday festival was to raise money for Beauvoir and bring tourists to South Mississippi at the slow time of the year, she said. The event drew about 13,000 visitors each year and many companies signed on as sponsors.

Last year, she also organized a three-day celebration for the opening of the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library. She quit when she arrived for the ribbon-cutting and saw a Confederate battle flag hanging on the Beauvoir mansion, so large that it covered from the edge of the roof to below the porch. Outstalet said she asked Forte to remove the flag that could be seen from U.S. 90.

"This attitude has got to go so that property can survive and be a part of our history," she said.

She later agreed to return and produce the second year of her three-year commitment to Christmas at Beauvoir. Unless the board reverses its decision, she won't be there for the third year.

Michelle Rodriguez, executive administrative assistant at Beauvoir, helped Oustalet with the events and also organized the cemetery tour. She said she was fired about three weeks ago after sending a letter to a board member about working conditions.

Hayes-Davis said he thought the opening of the library was going to change things for Beauvoir, which hasn't regained its visitor count since it was devastated in Hurricane Katrina.

Beauvoir's latest 990 report to the Internal Revenue Service shows the annual revenue from admissions is $275,000 and revenue from the gift shop is $97,000. The State Legislature provides about $100,000 a year for Beauvoir through the Department of Archives and History and Beauvoir received a $1 million grant in the third round of the Historic Relief Grant Program for Historic Preservation.

Varina Howell Davis, Jefferson Davis' wife, put in her will that if the Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans can't maintain Beauvoir, it will be transferred to the state to operate.

On The Web:   http://www.sunherald.com/2014/03/15/5419282/civil-war-the-battle-of-beauvoir.html

 

16049 ---The Left Hates Confederate --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 12:41:51 -0400
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Why the Left Hates Confederate Symbols and Flags
Posted on March 15, 2014   

by Al Benson Jr.

On several occasions I can remember my pastor at church saying that if you are not making someone mad then you aren’t doing anything. He has a valid point. If you are at peace with “the world” and no one has any gripe with anything you do or say, then you are a friend of the world and, biblically speaking, that is an unenviable position to be in.

Christians make people mad because they have the temerity to tell people the truth and all people do not relish truth. Some would rather live with lies and giving them the truth ticks them off. So I reckon this article will tick some folks off.

Years ago, when I was in the John Birch Society there were folks that said we had three enemies—liberalism, socialism, and communism. Or to put it more succinctly liberalism=socialism=communism. One is merely a progression to the next. The John Birch Society was anathema to the religious and political left. They detested it with unexcelled passion. They still do. Why? It’s because the JBS tells people the truth about them and they don’t want the American public as a whole to know that truth—yet they can’t dispute it, so what do they do? They smear the JBS with a lot of unfounded accusations which they hope will take people’s minds off the real truth and refocus them on the spurious accusations. This is an old Communist tactic—condemn others and elevate yourself. It often works, but not quite as much as it used to. Thanks to the Internet, lots of people have had the chance to see “other options” when it comes to news and commentary and they have picked up a certain amount of discernment regarding what I laughingly refer to as the “news” media.

About twenty years after my initial involvement with the JBS I started to become involved with the Southern Heritage and Confederate Movements. You may think the two are mutually exclusive, and I didn’t make any real connection until I found that those who hated the Southern Movement were, guess who? Liberals, socialists, and communists. So why did the religious and political left hate the Southern Movement? Same reason they hated the JBS. The Southern Movement told the truth about the real reasons for the War of Northern Aggression and about Abraham Lincoln, who was and is a major icon of the left. To find out why, read Lincoln’s Marxists  which is available on Amazon.com The truth about Lincoln and the War rattled the left’s cage. The public has, for generations now, been “educated” to believe the War was all about slavery and nothing else. This has been the establishment line for decades now (and I include the establishment as part of the liberal/socialist coterie). To state that such a line is balderdash is only repeating myself.

The liberal/socialist/communist triad absolutely loathes the South, its real history and heritage. All you have to do to prove this is to check out the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center. This will give you a thumbnail sketch of where the left is really coming from in regard to the South and its history. The SPLC is big on hate groups—a “hate group” being anyone that disagrees with their leftist slant on anything. Their take on Southern history is strictly barf-bag material but you’d be surprised at how many “journalists” quote them as a “reliable” source on Southern bigotry or prejudice or whatever other sins the South happens to share with the rest of the country.

All these liberal/left groups use every opportunity to trash the South and its people and they absolutely detest Southern history and Confederate symbols. But if you look at where they are coming from, the reason becomes obvious. The South has been more Christian in its worldview than most of the rest of the country since well before the War of Northern Aggression and the left hates Christianity. They always have, and the reason is that they are in rebellion against God and His law, which they seek to replace with their own “god” (the state) and their “law” (Marx’s “ten commandments” as found in the Communist Manifesto ).

The leftists reserve some of the bitterest of their vehemence for Confederate symbols and flags. These, we are dutifully informed, are all symbols of “racism” (a Trotskyite term), prejudice, bigotry, and you name it. Southern whites, we are told, are responsible for every ill in the world from sunspots to the blind staggers. It’s all “whitey’s fault” (all the better to get reparations out of you, my dear) and Southern whites are supposed to feel guilty for, literally, all the sins of mankind, which others committed only because white folks forced them into it. And to absolve ourselves from these heinous sins we have only to cross their palms with silver—again and again and again.

So what are these horrible Confederate symbols that need to be taken down and relegated to the attic or trash heap? Well, there is the well-known Confederate battle flag, which is a Christian symbol, the Cross of St. Andrew. We have to get rid of that because the KKK has used it. If that’s the case, then lets get rid of the United States flag also, because it is a known fact, for those that have done the homework, that the KKK used the United States flag extensively in parades and assemblies. So it would seem apparent that if one is “racist” because it is used by the KKK, then shouldn’t the other be also? There are several other Confederate flags that must be “racist” simply because they are Confederate. There is Polks Battle flag for the First Corps of the Army of Tennessee. It has a St. George’s Cross on it—another Christian symbol. Then there is the battle flag for Confederate troops from Missouri, which is a blue flag, with a red border, with a white Christian Cross on it. Then the 3rd Kentucky (Confederate) Infantry flag has a Christian Cross with 13 stars in it, and Major General Dabney Maury’s Headquarters Flag is yet another one with a Christian Cross on it. There are others I could mention, not as well known, but yet still containing Christian symbols. All these flags, supposedly “racist” reflect,  to some extent, the worldview of the Confederate States.

I submit that this is really what the leftists want to get rid of—any Southern flag or symbol that reflects the South’s Christian heritage. That’s what they really hate—any kind of Christian symbolism, especially Southern Christian symbolism. Anyone who has read anything about the liberal/socialist/communist cadre realizes that they regard Christianity as one of their main foes, to be either neutralized or gotten rid of any way possible. The left really has no problem with racial prejudice or bigotry. They practice it just as much as anyone else does, only they don’t want to be perceived as being guilty of it so they point the accusing finger at others who may not even be as guilty of it as they are. After all, it was Karl Marx who, condescendingly referred to Jewish people as “Jewish Niggers.” That was Marx’s term, not mine and I have seen him quoted more than once using that term. No, the leftist’s real problem isn’t with racial prejudice—it’s with Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, because they realize that even a sleeping Christian church has the potential of becoming their biggest adversary should something awaken it in the future. And Southern Christians could end up being the biggest adversary of all because even with their faith having been tampered with and watered down, they are still the people in the part of the country where the Christian worldview remains the strongest.

You have to give the liberal/socialist/communist group credit. They at least recognize their Main Enemy. The question is—will the Church wake up and recognize one of hers?

On The Web:   http://revisedhistory.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/why-the-left-hates-confederate-symbols-and-flags/

 

16048 ---Petty Trick Of Surrender --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 12:16:32 -0400
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A Petty Trick of Surrender
 
From: bernhard1848@att.net
 
Confederate Gen. Samuel G. French, a New Jersey native, related after the war that in addition to invading the South, the North “had to suppress rebellions caused by people who entertained Southern opinions in New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, and other cities; muzzle the press, prohibit freedom of speech, banish prominent individuals, arrest men without warrant, and imprison them without charges made known to them; and violated nearly every resolution and pledge made in the beginning relating to the South; they cast aside constitutional law, and substituted martial law, under which the South became a scene of desolation and starvation.”
 
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"
 
A Petty Trick of Surrender
 
“When the Yankees first went to my plantation, in five minutes a company of about thirty men marched into the garden, formed line, fixed bayonets, and, marching abreast, probed the ground until they struck a box that was buried there containing silver tableware . . . in this case I am sure “old Aaron,” a house servant who buried it for mother, betrayed her confidence in him and told the Yankees where it was.  These are small matters, but I mention them to show how the [Northern] men, by the connivance of officers, if not by participation, became an army of thieves generally.
 
In a day or two authenticated information was received that both Lee’s and Johnston’s armies had been surrendered on terms of agreement, and as I was included in the latter army, I went to Columbus and obtained my parole.  The terms of the surrender were that we were not to be molested by the United States authorities so long as we obeyed the laws which were in force previous to January, 1861, where we resided.
 
On my part, I was sworn “not to bear arms against the United States of America, or give any information, or do any military duty or act in hostility to the United States, or inimical to a permanent peace,” etc., and thus the war with the musket ended.
 
On reading my parole I discovered what seemed to me a petty trick, for it read “not to be disturbed by the United States military authorities,” leaving me at the mercy of the civil authorities to be indicted.”
 
(Two Wars, Autobiography of Gen. Samuel G. French, Confederate Veteran, 1901, pg. 309)
 
 

16047 ---Estimate Of Sherman's Mercenaries --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 11:30:31 -0400
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An Estimate of Sherman's Mercenaries
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com

Racing Sherman’s 65,000 man army to Cheraw, South Carolina after evacuating Charleston on 17 February 1865, General William J. Hardee and his 10,000 men continued to Fayetteville and then Averasborough, North Carolina, to establish a strong defensive position. There Sherman was stung for the first time since departing Atlanta on his raid upon farms, old men, women and children.
 
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"
 
An Estimate of Sherman's Mercenaries 


 
“On March 7, 1865 General William T. Sherman and his army of mercenaries from Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and Prussia, as well as the northern United States, many of whom could not speak English, crossed the North Carolina State line. Behind them lay the smoking ruins of sacked Georgia and South Carolina cities, homeless widows and orphans, and death by starvation.
 
At Laurel Hill, NC, Sherman halted to refresh his troops, and from here he wired General Schofield in Wilmington that he would be in Goldsboro, NC March 20, 1865 via Fayetteville, NC. On March 12th Sherman and his army of barbarians reached Fayetteville. After plundering the residential section, it was then burned. Also destroyed were four cotton mills, the churches, banks, courthouse and warehouses. Sherman then moved on looting and burning. Any item that could not be carried, including furniture, carpets and farm equipment, was destroyed. Even the cabins of the slaves were robbed by the Yankees.”
 
(Land of the Golden River, Volume 2 & 3, Lewis Philip Hall, Hall’s Enterprises, 1980, page 101)
 
 

16046 ---Dismantling Republic --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 11:19:28 -0400
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"Dismantling The Republic"
 
From: txbrew@att.net
 
Digital copies of "Dismantling The Republic" have been sent to members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Oklahoma Senate. Additionally, 79 copies have gone to Mississippi State Representatives and 40 copies to Mississippi State Senators, as well as 120 members of the Georgia State House of Representatives. Each message contained this message:


 
"Attached is a digital copy of my book, Dismantling The Republic, which delineates the causes of our present national distress, including the loss of our God-given liberties. State legislators like you are our last best hope of restoring and reclaiming our sovereignty. Please take time to consider the things written in the book.
 
Sincerely Yours,
Jerry C. Brewer"
 
Urge your state legislators to read this book. It may open the eyes of some of them.
 
I plan to send it to legislators in all of our Southern States. Sending it to Yankees would be casting pearls before swine.
 
Jerry C. Brewer
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
Re: Free Ebooks
 
From: txbrew@att.net
 
Chuck,
 
One person had trouble understanding how to obtain the book, so I have redone the announcement to include the coupon code.
 
Jerry Brewer
 
Until March 20 folks can download my ebook, "Dismantling The Republic," for FREE at this URL: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/126248
 
The download information is on the right side of the page. The price is listed, but there is a coupon code to enter at checkout which will allow you to obtain the book free of charge. Simply hit "buy" on the right side of the page and another page will pop up with a space for the coupon code. Type in this code: VE37X. It is not case sensitive. This will allow you to obtain the book free of charge.
 
Pass this information on to others and download your free ebook today.
 
This book has been sent to 640 State Legislators in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas and I plan on sending it to many more. Only the States can reclaim and restore our sovereignty and it is vital that State Legislators have this information. Until the States act, Washington will continue to destroy every last vestige of State Sovereignty.
 
 

16045 ---NC Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 11:04:09 -0400
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North Carolina Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest
 
This is a unique memorial of 125,000 Red Spruce trees -- one for each North Carolina soldier who served in the Confederate armies 1861-1865 – were provided by the North Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1940, and planted over 125 acres in Haywood County in Pisgah National Forest by the Forest Service  from 1941 to 1943. The memorial runs along the Blue Ridge Parkway for a half-mile near mile marker 422. 
 
Inscription:  “The United Daughters of the Confederacy in cooperation with the United States Forestry Service planted this 125 acre forest as a living memorial to the 125,000 soldiers North Carolina provided the Confederacy.  The 125,000 Red Spruce tree forest was planted over a three –year period, 1941-1943.”
 
The Memorial Forest was dedicated August 11, 1956; Re-dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans, August 11, 2001.
 
Raleigh publisher and former Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels spoke at the Vanderbilt Hotel memorial dedication ceremony in Asheville in July 1942, comparing the cruel postwar Reconstruction the American South endured to the plight of Nazi-occupied European countries during World War II.  Daniels stated that “The Southern people, aided by noble patriots in the North, overcame military rule and regained control of their affairs.  They have no doubt the suffering European nations will throw off [Nazi] rule by force and once again order their own way of life.”
 
Today the Red Spruce trees are well-over 50 feet tall and stand proudly as a testament and living memorial to the 125,000 North Carolinians who defended their families, homes, farms, State and country from enemy invasion – 40,000 of whom paid with their lives the ultimate sacrifice of the patriot.  
 
The monument was re-dedicated on 11 August 1956 with a permanent bronze UDC tablet, though vandalized and stolen in 1979 – was replaced with a wooden sign.

North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial
“Unsurpassed Valor, Courage, and devotion to liberty”  
www.ncwbts150.com
“The Official Website of the North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission”
 
 

16044 ---The Cemetery Flag --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 10:29:13 -0400
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The cemetery flag
 
From: vaproto@optonline.net
 
Chuck,
 
Sent the following to the new owners:
 
Sirs:
 
I live in New York State and am a student of the Civil War. In the 1950s, the United States Congress declared ALL those who fought in the Civil War to be AMERICAN soldiers and that their symbols - INCLUDING FLAGS - are AMERICAN and therefore to be respected.


 
I have learned that you intend to remove the flag that flies over the graves of Confederate soldiers in your newly acquired Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Phoenix City, Alabama. Tell me, do you intend to remove the AMERICAN flag that flies over Union soldiers in any of your properties? Because if you remove the one, then you must also remove the other since they are, according to the Congress, the same in value and worth. The men over whom this flag flies died for their State and for their beliefs and since the United States Government has declared their sacrifice worthy of respect, I fail to see why you feel yourself qualified to decree otherwise.
 
The present debate about the history, heritage and symbols of the South is a manufactured creation of a politically correct, revisionist history that has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with facts or truth OR history. What's next? Will you remove the Crosses or Stars of David from the graves of Christians and Jews because someone is OFFENDED? Most probably, not. Why then do you purchase "hallowed ground" in Alabama and insult the majority of the people of that state by removing a revered symbol in order to placate people who act in both ignorance and intolerance?
 
Let the flag of these dead heroes fly.
 
Thank you for your courtesy.
 
Val
 
 

16043 ---Memphis To Sell Marker --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-18 10:07:40 -0400
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Memphis to sell Forrest Park marker if Confederate group won't reclaim it
 
From: lmillar1@yahoo.com
 
Men & Ladies,
 
Please read the Commercial Appeal article below that appeared in Sunday'spaper.  This reporter, Ms. Thomas, is certifiable. 
 
Please WRITE your indignation letter to the CA editor.
 
Ms. Thomas' divisiveness is a blight on Memphis.
 
She has her 'facts' wrong, which is not unusual.


 
i.e.:  we know that Gen Forrest was NOT a founder of the Klan; at least Thomas has gotten over this.  However, she says that Forrest was the KKK's first grand wizard.  I say "Prove it".  She can't.  There is NO corroborating evidence that Forrest was the first or any grand wizard and NO proof that he was even a member.  See attachment too.
 
http://www.commercialappeal.com/letter-to-editor/
 
Lee Millar

Forrest and NOT the KKK
Southern Heritage News & Views
http://shnv.blogspot.com/2014/03/forrest-and-not-kkk.html

Wendi C. Thomas: Memphis to sell Forrest Park marker if Confederate group won't reclaim it
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2014/mar/07/wendi-c-thomas-memphis-to-sell-forrest-park-if/?partner=yahoo_feeds
 
 

16042 ---Black History Month Subject: H.K. Edgerton --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-17 15:43:53 -0400
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From: HK Edgerton <hk.edgerton@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 31, 2014
Subject: Fwd: Black History Month Subject : H.K. Edgerton
To: kdl <kdl@slrc-csa.org>, nhp <nhp@slrc-csa.org>, exec <exec@slrc-csa.org>, ndtl <ndtl@slrc-csa.org>, HK Edgerton <hk.edgerton@gmail.com>

Candice Hardwick's speech for Black History Month to the women inmates in South Carolina

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From: HK Edgerton <hk.edgerton@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 31, 2014
Subject: Black History Month Subject : H.K. Edgerton
To: Priscilla Hardwick <hardwickp@hotmail.com>



HK Edgerton, a native of Asheville, North Carolina, born the son of Rev. Roland Rogers Edgerton, and Mrs. Annabelle Robinson Edgerton who, as a native of Anderson, South Carolina, is the only Black to receive a Confederate State Funeral, and has a Heritage Medal named in her honor by the North Carolina Order of the Confederate Rose.

HK is a Co-Founder of the Black Student Center at the University of Minnesota, and served as its first Board Chair. HK served as a Student Regent and was key in the Board of Regents decision to divest its interest in a South African gold mine in its quest to free Nelson Mandela.

HK is a past Board Chair of Sabathani Community Center, a United Way social service agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

HK served as the North Carolina Representative of the Black Leadership Caucus in District 50.

HK served on the joint committee of the City and County Commissioners that re-wrote the Minority Business Plan for the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. North Carolina.

HK is the Past Program, Planning and Implementation Chair of the Buncombe County Drug Commission .

HK is the past 1st Vice and President of the Asheville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights organization.

HK is presently the Chairman of the Board of Advisors Emeritus of the Southern Legal Resource Center, a non-profit organization that coordinates legal assistance for persons whose civil or Constitutional rights have been violated in connection with Southern Heritage issues.

HK is presently the President of Southern Heritage 411, a corporation founded to inform the public about Southern Heritage from the perspective of the hundreds of thousands of Black people who love and support the South, its people, its customs and its history.

While Edgerton does not mention the Morill Tariff and the election of Lincoln and the inoperative document deemed the Emancipation Proclamation in the documented speech chosen for this discourse, he has often referred to it as an inoperative war document so called by Lincoln deemed to mount slave revolts in the South, and to gain sympathies from the countries of Europe, so freeing slaves not under his jurisdiction, and freeing none that were.  Or the Corwin Amendment that really defines Lincoln's intentions for the slaves... "If the Southern men who had left Congress would come back and agree to the proposed tax increases by the now Northern dominated Congress, ratify the Corwin Amendment which stated in part that it would prevent Congress from ever writing an Amendment to end the economic institution of slavery." The South would not agree to this.

Edgerton's speech January 8, 2000, In Columbia ,South Carolina defines why he was chosen for this discourse on Black History .

My fellow Confederates:

My message will be brief, but I hope you will remember my words.
 
I speak today on behalf of the 2.5 million Southern Bondsmen, Bondswomen, Freedmen and Freedwomen who from 1861 to 1865 loyally served and supported the Confederate cause, in however humble and noble capacity.

When cotton was needed to finance a long war, it was Black hands that picked it and prepared it for export to Europe. When foodstuffs were needed to feed the embattled Southern armies and a beleaguered Southern civilian population, it was Black hands working with White hands that tilled the soil to grow needed crops to fend off starvation. Slave and Freeman alike gave his last penny to support the Confederate cause.

It was trusted Black hands left on the Plantation to guard the Mistress and her children from the hand of the invader. It was skilled Black labor that worked in the new Southern factories, making the implements of war that kept the Southern armies in the field for four years, across the South in every town, city and plantation a trained cadre of Black laborers and craftsmen worked to keep Southern armies supplied with all the implements of war.

In the Confederate Navy, some Black men mustered in as sailors on Confederate naval vessels, manned the rigging, manned the guns, and stoked the fireboxes and even served as pilots.

Without the untiring sweat of Black men, the Confederate army would have quickly ground to a halt. Black men served as teamsters, cooks, blacksmiths, farriers, laborers, servants and, in many cases, as the close friend of the White man he accompanied. Many of these Black auxiliaries were to prove their worth in combat, even though by law they could not be compelled to fight and would not be legally allowed to enlist as soldiers until the last days of the war. Most importantly was the bond of love and affection between Black and White that transcended the institution of slavery and is so incomprehensible to people up North.

In cases too numerous to mention, boyhood friends Black and White went off to war together, sharing together the hardships of camp life, the camaraderie of army life, the stress of campaigning, the excitement of battle, the agony of the hospital and the painful separation of death.

Stories abound of faithful Black friends and servants seeing to the comfort of their White friends last moments on earth, and with tearful countenance and broken hearts begin the sometimes difficult and arduous task of obtaining proper burial for his friend and then bringing the painful news home.

Only love can explain such a bond, fear of the lash cannot explain it and our Northern friends dismiss it as so many fairy tales. These Northerners miss a very important point; we are Southerners too. By 1861, we had worked with these Southerners for two centuries. South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, or Tennessee was our home. The average Black Confederate understood his duty as God gave him the light to perform it. He performed his duty without expectation of reward or promise of freedom, but knew that if he worked and struggled and fought hard for the Confederate cause as a loyal subject, the White people of the South would do right by him.

When Sherman marched to the sea, he destroyed Black homes as well as White, stole foodstuffs that would keep Black children from starving as well as White, his soldiers raped and killed Black women, and forced loyal Black men to volunteer for their army at bayonet point or more commonly to act as laborers so that White yankees could sit on their backside.

Sure, many Blacks voluntarily went over to the Union Army, but history will never record how many of them sincerely regretted their decision later, while they served as slaves for Union officers or their wives were forced to be prostitutes for Union enlisted men.

Then came 1865, the complete collapse of the Confederacy, so called freedom for the slave and the beginning of 135 years of deferred promises to African Americans under the Stars and Stripes.

The South was ready to do right by their former slaves. They accepted the fact of freedom and were prepared to make provision for the new Freedman within the limits of an impoverished and devastated South. But even though the Southern armies had surrendered, the North had not finished their conquest.  They began a deliberate policy of poisoning the minds of the former slaves against their former masters.

The bonds of love and affection were severely tried, and in many cases sundered, The North spread anarchy and hatred through their secret Black Societies called the Union or Loyal Leagues. By the misrule of the Carpetbag governments, they spread corruption across the defeated South. They continued their deliberate economic boycott of the South until the mid 20th century.  There was no Marshall Plan for Dixie.

This Northern policy of divide and conquer coupled with the economic strangulation of the South go a long way towards explaining the rancor and hatred of Black / White relations in the South. Unfortunately most Americans, Black or White, are completely ignorant of this view of Southern History. Therefore, to those who act out of simple ignorance, we should extend the hand of friendship with education. To those who act out of malice, hear me! From this day forward, your policies of divide and conquer are doomed to failure! No longer are you going to be able to benefit from the ignorance created by your own failed education programs.

No longer from this day are you going to be able to play middleman between the races. Because a new class of Black Southern leaders are rising, leaders who are aware of how people have been duped, bribed, and pandered to, for the benefit of a powerful few. These new leaders are willing to cast aside the ignorance and prejudice of the past to work with a new class of White Southern leaders who, together, will sort out the problems and invent solutions for their respective communities, and for the mutual betterment of all.

Scalawag politicians will not be a part of this process, nor will our insincere Northern friends be invited. Christian Southern men and women, Black and White, are invited to begin the healing process that was derailed in 1865. Reconciliation based on truth, not a lie. Reconciliation based on Christianity, not secular humanism. Reconciliation based on mutual respect, not on one-world pipe dreams.

The process I am describing starts today.  We are all a part, and we do so under the noble and sacred Confederate Battle Flag. God bless you all, and may God bless Dixie and young Candice Hardwick of Latta, who has suffered and faced the terror that so many Southern women faced for making a Stand in Dixieland for those honorable men and women of the South.

 

16041 ---Southern St. Patrick's Day Remembrance --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-17 12:03:57 -0400
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From: cjohnson1861 <cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, Mar 16, 2014
Subject: [FlagFight] A Southern Saint Patrick's Day Remembrance
To: "flagfight@yahoogroups.com" <flagfight@yahoogroups.com>

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dear Friends,

Monday March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day and the birthday of Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne. See my article below and at:
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/61771



It has also been published at Huntington News, Southern Heritage News and Views and others. Please be so kind and thank: cfp@canadafreepress.com, stories@huntingtonnews.net and all who have carried this and many of my articles.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and God bless Dixie!

A Southern Saint Patrick's Day Remembrance
 
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
 
You don’t have to be Irish to wear the green on Saint Patrick’s Day!
 
He was nicknamed “Stonewall Jackson of the West” during America’s War Between the States.
 
Monday March 17, 2013 is Saint Patrick’s Day and it’s also the 186th birthday of one of Ireland’s sons Patrick Ronayne Cleburne.
 
A statue of Cleburne was unveiled in the year of our Lord 2009 at Confederate Park in Ringgold, Georgia and a life-size bronze statue of General Patrick R. Cleburne was unveiled in 2012 at the Helena Museum of Phillips County, Arkansas. The Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate cemetery in Jonesboro, Georgia is also named for him.
 
There has been much written about the 150,000 Irishmen who fought for the Union during the War Between the States “1861-1865” but did you there were 30,000 equally brave Irishmen who fought for the Confederacy? It is written that by population a comparable number of Irishmen fought for the Confederacy as did those who supported the Union.
 
The 8th Alabama Irish Brigade made their mark in history fighting for the Confederacy and is remembered for their Erin Go Braugh! flag with a field of green with Faugh A Ballagh on bottom that is Irish for “clear the way.”
 
Among the Union Armies fighting Irish was the 69th New York but….
 
Did you know the Confederacy’s units included the 10th Louisiana and the 10th Tennessee Infantry which were formed at Fort Henry in 1861 and defended Fort Donelson before becoming part of the Army of Tennessee?
 
Patrick Ronayne Cleburne was born on March 17, 1828, in Ovens, County Cork, Ireland. He was an Anglo-Irish soldier who served in the 41st Regiment of Foot of the British Army. He is however best known for his service to the Confederates States of America.
 
He was only eighteen months old when his Mother died and only fifteen when his Father passed away. He tried to follow in his Father’s footsteps, Dr. Joseph Cleburne, in the field of medicine but failed his entrance exam to Trinity College of Medicine in 1848. He immigrated to America three years later with two brothers and a sister and made his home in Helena, Arkansas.
 
In 1860 Cleburne became a naturalized citizen, lawyer and was popular with the residents.
 
He sided with the Confederacy at the outbreak of the War Between the States and progressed from the rank of private of the local militia to major general.
 
Cleburne, like many Southerners, did not support the institution of slavery but chose to serve his adopted country out of love for the Southern people and their quest for independence. In 1864, he advocated the emancipation of Black men to serve in the Confederate Armed Forces.
 
Cleburne participated in the Battles of Shiloh, Richmond, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap and Franklin. He was killed at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864 while charging the enemy lines with his sword held high.
 
Yankee troops were quoted as dreading to see the blue flag of Cleburne’s Division on the battlefield. General Robert E. Lee referred to him as “a meteor shining in the clouded sky”.
 
William J. Hardee, Cleburne's former corps commander, had this to say when he learned of his loss: "Where this division defended, no odds broke its line; where it attacked, no numbers resisted its onslaught, save only once; and there is the grave of Cleburne.”
 
Gen. Cleburne was engaged to Susan Tarleton of Mobile, Alabama. Cleburne is buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Helena, Arkansas.
 
A good book “A Meteor Shining Brightly” Essays on Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne” --edited by Mauriel Phillips Joslyn, is a good source of information about Cleburne.
 
April is Confederate History and Heritage Month. Read more on face book at:
https://www.facebook.com/ConfederateHeritageMonth


 

16040 ---Flaggers Call To Action 3-15-2014 --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-17 11:32:56 -0400
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From: Va Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Fri, Mar 14, 2014
Subject: Virginia Flaggers Call To Action 3-15-2014

VA FLAGGERS CALL TO ACTION!

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 15th is a BIG day in the Capital of the Confederacy...

10:00 a.m. - Start the day off with a tombstone dedication ceremony at Hollywood Cemetery. Dedication of marker for Corp. William Tingle, Co. D, 4th Va Volunteers, CSA. Died June 11, 1864. Corp. Tingle's Great-Grandson, Jim Tingle is a Virginia Flagger and a member of the Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters S.C.V. Camp 3000, who will be conducting the ceremony. Open to the public.

Noon - 6:00 p.m. - FLAGGING THE VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Join the Va Flaggers for Day 15 of OPERATION BLACK FLAG. Tomorrow promises to be a beautiful day, and we need to line the sidewalk with Flaggers and flags! Come when you can, and stay as long as you can. JOIN US and be a part of those who are taking a stand against the VMFA and their dishonoring of AMERICAN Veterans and desecration of the Confederate Memorial Chapel. If you can't be there, we ask you to please take a moment to support the troops on the ground! This week, we are asking you to contact STEPHEN BONADIES, Collections and Facilities Management at the VMFA. Contact Mr. Bonadies by email: stephen.bonadies@vmfa.museum, or by phone at 804.340.1524. Tell him it is time to end the nonsense and return the Confederate Battle Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel, and restore the honor to the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Soldier's Home.

1:00 p.m. - Shockoe Cemetery - Tombstone Dedication Ceremony. The Order of the Confederate Rose Captain Sally l. Tompkins #2 tombstone dedication ceremony for fourteen of the young ladies who were laid to rest in Shockoe Cemetery in unmarked graves. The Sally l. Tompkins chapter has worked hard to raise enough money for these young ladies to each have their own personal grave marker! These young ladies were just a few who worked for the Confederate States munitions factory on Brown's Island, who lost their lives on March 13, 1863.

Tired of seeing our Heritage attacked and our Veterans treated as subjects of derision? Then DO something about it. Stand and be counted at any or all of these events tomorrow, show the City of Richmond that there are still those who refuse to allow our heroes to be forgotten, and support those making a difference in RVA.

TriPp Lewis, Va Flaggers

Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 15th:  Noon - 6:00 p.m., Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 15th:  10:00 a.m., Tombstone Dedication for Corp. William Tingle, Hollywood Cemetery, FireEaters Camp #3000, SCV Officiating. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/797224356957765/


Saturday, March 15th:  1:00 p.m. Tombstone Dedication Ceremony for Browns Island Explosion Victims, Shockoe Cemetery, Sally I Tompkins Chapter #2, Va OCR.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1390177837915969/


Tuesday, March 25th:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV.  Lillian's Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m.  www.stonewallcamp380.com

Saturday, March 29th:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Work day at the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Chester Site!  Join us  as we spend the day clearing and hauling away debris, trimming trees and vegetation, and cleaning up the flag site. We are asking for all able bodies to join us, and bring any equipment that may be helpful: Yard tools and tree trimming equipment, garbage bags, and vehicles to haul away debris.  At the close of the day, we will switch the flag back out to the original custom ANV, now that the worst of the winter weather has passed and security is improved. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1547103728848309/


Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information:
www.shadplanking.com


Saturday, April 19th:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, May 10th:  Confederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery.  Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow. 

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th:  2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780

Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here: 
www.plpow.com

Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia
https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/


 

16039 ---Va Flaggers - I-95 Flag Updates --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-17 09:49:42 -0400
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From: Va Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 12, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers - I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Projects Updates



Chester Site Work Day:  Join us on Saturday, March 29th, as we spend the day clearing and hauling away debris, trimming trees and vegetation, and cleaning up the flag site. We are asking for all able bodies to join us, and bring any equipment that may be helpful: Yard tools and tree trimming equipment, garbage bags, and vehicles to haul away debris.

We will work from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with lunch provided. At the close of the day, we will switch the flag back out to the original custom ANV, now that the worst of the winter weather has passed and security is improved.

Come be a part of helping to improve conditions at the site, celebrating the six month anniversary of the raising of the flag, and help kick of Confederate History and Heritage Month in Virginia!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1547103728848309/?ref=br_tf

I-95 Memorial Battle Flag #2 is VERY near completion.

The pole and flag (which are nearly twice as tall and big as Flag #1) are paid for, but we are looking for assistance in covering the cost of installation, which will include the rental of a crane to set the pole. Please consider a donation to help us wrap this one up...

Contributions to the I-95 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

Since the announcement of the first I-95 Memorial Battle Flag, we have been contacted by several landowners wanting to be a part of these projects and we have several more in various stages of development.  We are constantly looking for more flag sites, so please contact us if you know of anyone with land adjacent to an interstate who may be interested in helping to continue this project across the Commonwealth and beyond. Donations of poles/flags/supplies are also welcome, as we prepare for future projects.

Thank you for your support!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

“To tar the sacrifices of the Confederate soldier as simple acts of racism, and reduce the battle flag under which he fought to nothing more than the symbol of a racist heritage, is one of the great blasphemies of our modern age”.  James Webb-Secretary of Navy And Assistant Secretary of Defense under U.S. President Ronald Regan and former U.S. Senator (D.VA.)

 

16038 ---Va Flaggers Update - 3-11-2014 --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 15:34:59 -0400
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From: Va Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers VMFA Update 3-11-2014



The first week of our Black Flag Campaign was, by all accounts, a phenomenal success!!

Despite COLD temperatures and a brisk wind, 10 Flaggers made their way to the Boulevard on Thursday, March 6th.  While the frigid weather kept pedestrian traffic down, there was plenty of vehicle traffic, with many honks of support and appreciation!  The Flaggers have been reporting for several weeks now that they are experiencing more and more positive feedback recently, as new signs and new 24' flags bring our efforts to the VMFA's front door.

Our resident protestor returned for the third time, and one of the Flaggers who occupied the position nearest to him at the Chapel, filed the following report:

"I showed up a little early - in battle gear and war bonnet - because you said we had hoisted the Black Flag. The cold NE wind was whipping, and I displayed the combination Virginia/Southern Cross that I dearly love very prominently to those who happened to drive by. A little before 1500 hours the Tricycle Twerp (TT) was seen approaching on his noble steed. He posted by the sign post where he had posted before and set up his Psy-Ops. As Cool J - or whoever - was set blasting away for my edification, I went over and said "howdy" and shook his hand and said I was glad he could make it, and wished him a nice afternoon, and told him how much we appreciated his support.

Anyhow, I had not been there very long, and shortly after TT appeared, Miss Judy, Jim, Marvin, Jimmy, Tom, et al. all began showing up. As per SOP, we deployed around the perimeter in groups of two and three - Jim, Marvin, Judy and me holding down HQ. Nobody could hear the gangsta rap very clearly, as he was not too close and the good nor'easter was blowing it across the road for the edification of the neighborhood over there. We all were having a big ol' time, as always, and not paying him any attention.

We got some "toots" - one with the "we're number one" salute, and another that a Black woman crossing the street told us that it was for her, not us - but the rest all for the Flaggers! We had one pretty young lady who stopped and asked us all about what was going on. She was an immigrant from someplace in New York and was very interested and very positive and very supportive and asked if she could take our picture. Notwithstanding our modesty, we agreed to let her take our picture.

At precisely 1552 hours, the Tricycle Twerp (TT) saddled up and made a "tactical withdrawal" - or perhaps as Gen. McClellan after the Seven Days' Battles might have called it, a "change of base." As he peddled off into the sunset - overcast by cloud cover - I thought I heard him say something about the "sunny beaches," so I inferred that he might be heading for Florida on his tricycle, since Virginia Beach is not yet open for the summer season.

Anyhow, we held HG and the sidewalk in front of the VMFA. Marvin at one point went into the VMFA for something, and said the flags out front were lookin' mighty fine from the coffee shop!

Always do, IMHOP, from any point of view.""

A great afternoon, indeed, but nothing prepared us for Saturday, March 8th...

BEAUTIFUL weather in the Capital of the Confederacy...  Sunny, high 60's and breezy, and 20 FLAGGERS gathered, the largest group we have had this year!  With so many troops, we were able to spread down the sidewalk and around to cover almost the entire block!!!  The glimpse of spring like weather meant traffic on the Boulevard was heavy all afternoon, with great conversations such as this one with a group of college students (left) and first time young flaggers (right).

Our protestors returned, with new signs...but after failing to get any attention or reaction, headed back from whence they came, long before our Flaggers abandoned their posts.

Flaggers reported that conversations were so plenty and foot traffic so brisk that there were often folks waiting for a chance to speak with them!  LOTS of positive honks and almost 100% support for our efforts.

"Operation Black Flag" continues tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11th, when we will be Flagging the VMFA 3:00 p.m. - Dusk.  JOIN US and be a part of those who are taking a stand against the VMFA and their dishonoring of AMERICAN Veterans and desecration of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  If you can't be there, we ask you to please take a moment to support the troops on the ground!  This week, we are asking you to contact STEPHEN BONADIES, Collections and Facilities Management at the VMFA.  Contact Mr. Bonadies by email:  stephen.bonadies@vmfa.museum, or by phone at 804.340.1524.  Tell him it is time to end the nonsense and return the Confederate Battle Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel, and restore the honor to the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Soldier's Home.

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Tommy Clinger
Va Flaggers

Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, March 11th:  3:00 pm - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 15th:  Noon - 6:00 p.m., Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 15th:  10:00 a.m., Tombstone Dedication for Corp. William Tingle, Hollywood Cemetery, FireEaters Camp #3000, SCV Officiating. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/797224356957765/


Saturday, March 15th:  1:00 p.m. Tombstone Dedication Ceremony for Browns Island Explosion Victims, Shockoe Cemetery, Sally I Tompkins Chapter #2, Va OCR.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1390177837915969/


Tuesday, March 25th:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV.  Lillian's Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m.  www.stonewallcamp380.com

Saturday, March 29th:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Work day at the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Chester Site!  Join us  as we spend the day clearing and hauling away debris, trimming trees and vegetation, and cleaning up the flag site. We are asking for all able bodies to join us, and bring any equipment that may be helpful: Yard tools and tree trimming equipment, garbage bags, and vehicles to haul away debris.  At the close of the day, we will switch the flag back out to the original custom ANV, now that the worst of the winter weather has passed and security is improved. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1547103728848309/

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information:
www.shadplanking.com


April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, May 10th:  Confederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery.  Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow. 

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th:  2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780

Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here: 
www.plpow.com

Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia
https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/


 

16037 ---Active Nullification Bills --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 15:16:17 -0400
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Active nullification bills

Mark sends this:

Here is a partial list of bills I put together from the surrounding states where they are blocking and refusing to enforce federal law:

Resisting the National Security Agency:

Missouri:
http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/pdf-bill/intro/SJR27.pdf

Tennessee:
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HB1907.pdf    House

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1849.pdf    Senate



Protecting 2nd Amendment:

One was introduced in 2012 session in North Carolina and signed by Dennis Riddell as well as 25 others.

Tennessee: Passed a Firearms Freedom Act in 2009. Here is 2014 version:
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1607.pdf    Senate

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HB2145.pdf    House

Missouri: 2nd Amendment Preservation Act
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/sumpdf/HB1439I.pdf


Virginia:
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB43+pdf

Obamacare:

South Carolina: Passed the House
http://legiscan.com/SC/text/H3101/2013

Tennessee:
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1888.pdf

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HB1770.pdf

Industrial Hemp:

South Carolina:
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/839.htm

Tennessee:
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HB1392.pdf

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1686.pdf

NDAA Noncompliance:

2012 Virginia Law
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+ful+CHAP0792+pdf

South Carolina: Passed Senate
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/92.htm

If you want to take a stand, here's a great place to start! Get fellow Southerners and their State representatives talking about State sovereignty by contacting your elected officials and ask that they back these bills. Every journey starts with one small step.

On The Web:   http://www.lsrebellion.blogspot.com/2014/03/active-nullification-bills.html

 

16036 ---Honored 100 Years After Death --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 14:37:58 -0400
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A proper headstone at last: Soldier honored nearly a century after death

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Haisten Willis/Times-Georgian

Moses Morris was a survivor.

One of the few soldiers to fight the entire duration of the Civil War, Morris lived through a long list of battles across the South.

When Morris returned from the war to live on a Villa Rica farm, he overcame a severe rupture at age 62 and lived to the ripe old age of 84. That was during a time when when dying in one's 40s was the norm.

The good fortune even extended to his children. Each of Morris’ 12 children lived into adulthood, and many are buried next to him at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church.

“I don’t look like anyone in my family, but I look just like him,” said Doug Morris, Moses’ great-great-grandson. “We could be twins.”

But 90 years after his death, Moses Morris was missing one of the most basic markers of the deceased. Dying a poor man, he had only an old field stone marking his grave.

So Doug Morris, using a little-known service of the United States Department of War, secured an engraved headstone at no cost to mark great-great-grandfather's grave, complete with the signature of President Barack Obama thanking him for his service.

Morris fought for the Confederacy in the war, but the headstone service is for veterans of any American war.

With the headstone secured, Doug Morris was even able to get Moses a graveside service with the help of six local chapters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Muskets and cannons were fired, bagpipes played and a chaplain prayed over the service and family. The service was held Feb. 16, Moses’ birthday.

“Scripture the Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Romans seems to sum up why we’re here today,” said Rev. Todd Tibbits at the service. “Romans 13:7 says, ‘render therefore to all their dues, tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. We meet here today, many years later, to honor and pay tribute.”

That service, too, came at no cost. TheSons of Confederate Veterans was more than happy to pay tribute to a soldier.

Moses Morris was able to look over his own service, so to speak, thanks to a rather significant figure he paid to have his picture taken during the war.

Moses Morris paid the equivalent of $1,500 in today’s dollars for a portrait while in Virginia. He had to stand still for two entire minutes while it developed, but the end result is a high-quality shot that lasts to this day. Fitting the custom of the 1860s, Moses cut off a lock of hair and included it with the picture, in case his mother never saw him again. Today, that lock of hair remains.

“His hair is the same color as mine,” Doug Morris said.

The Morris family has ties to west Georgia dating to the late 1700s. They worked in the gold mines and remain here to this day. Moses’ Civil War contingent was called the “Villa Rica Gold Diggers” and pictures of him and his brother can be found in the Pine Mountain Gold Museum and Mill Amphitheater.

Moses had a younger brother named Isham who died in battle. Doug Morris' grandfather was a World War II veteran and branches all over the family tree bear military service. Doug Morris' son is a middle-schooler in the family’s recently adopted home of Hiram. But many extended family members still reside in Villa Rica.

Moses Morris was awarded acres of farm land upon his return from war. He remained a poor farmer for the rest of his life, but was and still is a beloved figure in the family. After he was mostly incapacitated by an injury at age 62, six of his 12 children stayed behind to help care for him and the land for another 22 years until his death.

“He was a loved man, a good man,” said Doug Morris.

With that in mind, Doug Morris is so glad to see his ancestor, 90 years later, get the recognition he deserves.

“It was beautiful,” Doug said of the service. “I couldn’t make it a week doing what that man did every single week. Their lives were so hard back then. For him to raise those kids and be so dedicated, that’s unheard of. That tells me everything I need to know about him.”

© 2014 Times-Georgian.

On The Web:   http://www.times-georgian.com/news/article_46f5c1fe-a72b-11e3-afd8-0017a43b2370.html

 

16035 ---Bid For College President --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 14:24:28 -0400
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NAACP hoping to sink Glenn McConnell's bid for CofC president
Posted: Mar 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

NAACP says Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell is the face of the Confederacy in South Carolina.

McConnell is one of three finalists being considered to replace outgoing president George Benson.

Students are also speaking out against McConnell hoping to block his bid for President of the College of Charleston.

McConnell says he`s well qualified for the college presidency and defended his record on diversity.

"I say you cannot hire someone who diminishes the pain of my ancestors and elevates to honor those who inflicted the pain and expect me to accept that," said Reverend Nelson B. Rivers, III, vice president of stake holder relations of the national office of the NAACP.

Leaders of the NAACP made their opinion clear during a press conference Monday afternoon.

"He is not qualified according to their criteria," said Rivers.

Some students agree chanting "Glenn is not our man."

Diversity was the big concern for everyone.

College of Charleston student Arvaughnna Postema, said "I will be graduating soon and one of the things that I desire to see in College of Charleston is the effort for more diversity."

Many people at the rally say McConnell's hobby of dressing up as a solider when taking part in Civil war re-enactments is enough to take him out of the running.

"Confederate costumes, it doesn't really support the ideas of diversity that the college has come to focus on and embody and support," said Syllvie Baele, College of Charleston student.

McConnnell says he has no regrets.

"The college is about teaching, it's about important facts, history is part of who we are and that's what living historians do," said McConnell.

The NAACP says what McConnell calls heritage, is offensive to them.

Rivers said, "He will be a step back and not a move forward."

McConnell said, "I should not be judged by their rhetoric but by my record."

The Lt.Governor says his voting record speaks for itself.

McConnell said, "I've helped increase the number of black judges across South Carolina, I was one of the key legislators who got funding for private black colleges out of the lottery funds."

If McConnell is picked, the NAACP will protest and rally at the college.

"That's a shame that they will try to hurt that issue. I thought that they would want to solve the problem and increase diversity, why would you want to hamper diversity if that's what you're complaining about," said McConnell.

Many in the community are now watching and waiting for the college to pick its next leader.

Copyright 2014 WCSC

On The Web:   http://www.live5news.com/story/24932165/naacp-hoping-to-sink-glenn-mcconnells-bid-for-cofc-president

 

16034 ---Confederate Flag In Kiev? --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 11:35:20 -0400
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A Confederate Flag In Kiev–oh the horror of it all!
Posted on March 9, 2014   

by Al Benson Jr.

The article that appeared on http://www.presstv.ir  was headlined “Anti-Russians display controversial  US Confederate flag in Kiev.” I could tell that the people who put this little piece together knew as much about American history as the Easter Bunny. In fact, the bunny might have a little edge on them. To start off, the Confederate flags, any of them, were never “US Confederate flags.”  They were American flags, but never US flags. They are right about the Confederate flag being controversial, but only because they have made such a big fuss over it with their lies and distortions about it.



The article started off: “This was the flag of slave-holding states in the United States that seceded in 1861, causing Civil War.” Wrong again, boys! The Confederate flag seen in Kiev, and I watched the You Tube video of it myself,  was the Confederate Battle  Flag, or more properly, the Confederate Naval Jack. It was only ever carried by Confederate fighting men. It was never the “official” flag of the Confederate States although the 2nd and 3rd National Confederate flags did have the St. Andrews Cross on them. A side bar to the article referred to it as the “Stars and Bars.” Wrong again.  The Stars and Bars was the First National flag of the Confederacy and had no St. Andrews Cross on it. And so the comedy or errors continued.

The article droned on: “Today the symbol is used by the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi groups, and other organizations who are hostile to African-Americans…Many people were greatly disturbed to see that the Confederate flag is now being displayed, not in the United States, but in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. Larry Holmes, a civil rights activist in New York City, explained why the flag was so offensive…” Just a little more skewed “history” if history you can even call it, which I doubt. I am curious as to whether the totally objective and unbiased writer of this article ever went online and did any homework about the KKK. If he did, he wasn’t about to tell anyone what he found. You can look on the Internet and find photographs of KKK marches and demonstrations from years ago, some of them consisting of hundereds of KKK members–all carrying not Confederate, but United States flags. If you follow the simplistic logic of this columnist then that must make the US flag “racist” also, doesn’t it? In fact, I remember seeing a KKK demonstration in Charleston, West Virginia well over 35 years ago at which the US flag was prominently displayed. Don’t remember seeing any Confederate flags at all there.

And then, there is the matter of the “civil rights activist” from New York City who talked about why Confederate flags are so terribly “offensive.” I wonder if anyone bothered to look up Mr. Holmes on the Internet. I didn’t think so. Had they bothered they would have found out, on http://en.wikipedia.org that “Larry Holmes is the highest official in the Workers World Party, holding the position of First Secretary, and a member of the party Secretariat. He founded the Millions for Mumia movement, which seeks the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal…” Remember him? He’s the cop killer that shot a Philadelphia police officer in the back and then stood over him and shot him five times more, once in the face. An ex-Black Panther, good old Mumia is a real piece of work. Mr. Holmes apparently would like to see him released. Wikipedia also commented on the Workers World Party which he is First Secretary of. It observed: “Workers World Party (WWP) is a Marxist-Leninist communist party in the United States” which split from the Socialist Workers Party several years ago, over disputes that have nothing to do with the present situation. So, it seems that Larry Holmes, the “civil rights activist” is a Marxist-Leninist.  Does that give you the slightest clue as to why he hates the Confederate flag–any Confederate flag anywhere?

Don’t you just love it when these honest, objective news commentators refurbish all the Marxists by rebaptizing  them as “civil rights activists?” Years ago, when we were in New England, I recall hearing about a man who was a featured guest lecturer for several days at a prestigious college there.  I’ve referred to this before, so some who have read my articles for awhile will know whereof I speak. The man was billed, for the gullible students, as a “community organizer.” Well, he was an organizer all right, but hardly one for communities. Turned out he was a well-known Communist Party member, and part of a Communist front group that was active in, guess what–”civil rights.” “Community organizer”–does that sound familiar? “Civil rights activist”–just one more Red biscuit on the same collectivist plate. So the opposition to a Confederate flag over in Kiev comes from a Marxist, or possibly more than one Marxist, and our sterling, totally objective news media just sorta happened to forget to mention that. Makes you wonder what else they “forgot” to mention. It also makes, or should make, you realize that these are not the people you want to get your news from.

When the Berlin Wall was coming down, Confederate flags appeared all over Eastern Europe in demonstrations.  They were universally viewed there, as one Romanian girl told us, as “freedom flags.”

The Confederate flag is, truly, a symbol of resistance to tyranny, both in this messed-up country and in Europe and even some places in Africa. And this is exactly why Communists of all stripes absolutely detest it and why they are working to get the American public to feel the same way they do.  Their misery loves company. It doesn’t love liberty.

If you want to learn about the true origins of Marxism in the United States then read the book written by Walter D. Kennedy and myself, Lincoln’s Marxists published by Pelican Publishing in Gretna, Louisiana.

On The Web:   http://revisedhistory.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/a-confederate-flag-in-kiev-oh-the-horror-of-it-all/

 

16033 ---Soldiers Served With Distinction --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 11:06:21 -0400
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Actually, black Confederate soldiers served with distinction throughout Civil War

Monday, March 10, 2014
CHRISTINE BARR

I appreciated Tony Kendall’s column last week, but wondered if perhaps there was, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, a “rest of the story.”

I also remembered a fine column appearing in this paper some years ago by William Barr, which discussed the pension records of black Confederate soldiers in Tennessee, and am surprised Mr. Kendall did not.

Then again, being married to the author means that I was perhaps more attentive to it!

Samuel Johnson said there are two kinds of knowledge — that which we know and that which we know how to find.

I would add that we are also wise if we know when to find someone who knows something in which we are interested. I am fortunate to have many historians in my life, both professional and amateur.

Rather than revisit Bill’s column, I was able to get a new perspective.

John Mark King is a Kentuckian and member of the Southern Nationalist Party, which he says “welcome(s) the participation and leadership of black men and women of the South — in the struggle for liberty and just governance.”

And now, for the rest of my column, I give you Mr. King’s remarks:

By JOHN MARK KING

Mr. Tony Kendall writes an interesting column that begins with an encounter with a member of the SCV, which leads him on a journey of research and re-evaluation regarding the actual contribution of black men who served in the Confederate Army.

There are a few areas Mr. Kendall mentions that give me concern, however. He states during his research:

“And all the information I gleaned from several peer-approved websites and the work of renowned civil war historians like Shelby Foote, James McPherson and William C. Davis, the consensus answer is very few blacks were officially Confederate soldiers.”

Academia (from the study of history to the sciences) is pretty much controlled by establishments wedded to a particular world view that espouses humanism (and yet claims to be “religion free”) and the need and desire for large government.

I am always suspicious when I see the term “peer-reviewed.” Whose peers?

For instance, the “venerable” James McPherson has been cited numerous times as passing off war-time federal propaganda as “history” I think this question also adequately demonstrates how these types (the McPhersons of the world, not necessarily Mr. Kendall himself) fool us into believing things that are not entirely accurate by obfuscation of the facts.

Sure, I will agree with the broad general statement that “few blacks were officially Confederate soldiers.” Few whites were, too.

Most Confederate soldiers were composed of state units, militia units, and state records often times reveal different results than Confederate. Also, we must recall how sketchy Confederate records are in the first place.

But did black men only serve “towards the end” of the war? I think there is ample evidence to the contrary:

Dr. Lewis Steiner, chief inspector, U.S. Sanitary Commission, reported on a Confederate advance early in the war. He wrote:

“Wednesday, Sept. 10 — At four o’clock this morning, the Rebel army began to move from our town, Jackson’s force taking the advance.

“The movement continued until eight o’clock p.m., occupying 16 hours. The most liberal calculations could not give them more than 64,000 men.

“Over 3,000 Negroes must be included in this number. These were clad in all kinds of uniforms, not only in cast-off or captured U.S. uniforms, but in coats with Southern buttons, state buttons, etc. These were shabby, but not shabbier or seedier than those worn by white men in Rebel ranks.

“Most of the Negroes had arms, rifles, muskets, sabres, bowie-knives, dirks, etc. They were supplied, in many instances, with knapsacks, haversacks, canteens, etc., and were manifestly an integral portion of the Southern Confederacy Army.

“They were seen riding on horses and mules, driving wagons, riding on caissons, in ambulances, with the staff of generals, and promiscuously mixed up with all the Rebel horde.”

(Report of Lewis H. Steiner, New York: Anson D. F. Randolph, 1862, pp. 10-11.)

Now there are always some in academia who like to challenge Steiner’s eyewitness testimony by suggesting that people in the Confederate government like Howell Cobb or Barnwell Rhett (who were vociferously against blacks serving in the Confederate armies) didn’t know about these black soldiers in Confederate Gray.

The truth is there’s a lot that went on in the Confederate armies that these two jokers didn’t know about.

I am willing to bet that they didn’t know about the nearly 50 black men that rode in Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry, either. And keep in mind that cavalry are elite forces, much like our special forces today.

Of the black men who rode with Forrest, Gen. Forrest bragged, “[T]these boys stayed with me … better Confederates did not live.”

And whereas it might have went unknown to jokers like Cobb and Rhett, New York newspaper man Horace Greeley knew about them:

“For more than two years, Negroes have been extensively employed in belligerent operations by the Confederacy. They have been embodied and drilled as Rebel soldiers and had paraded with white troops at a time when this would not have been tolerated in the armies of the Union.”

Greeley was not alone among influential men of the North who knew about black men serving in Confederate ranks and file.

Frederick Douglass sure knew about them, too, and complained bitterly in his efforts to lobby the U.S. Army to even accept black men into their ranks:

“It is now pretty well established that there are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and laborers, but as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops, and do all that soldiers may ….”

(Douglass’ Monthly, September 1861, online copy available at http://radicaljournal.com/essays/fighting_rebels.html.)

And contrary to these “peer-reviewed” reports, black soldiers served in the Confederate armies from the beginning and also (surprisingly to many) in most cases as fully integrated units.

In 1895, Christian A. Fleetwood, a black man who had served in the Union army as a sergeant-major (4th U.S. Colored Troops) reported:

“It seems a little singular that in the tremendous struggle between the states in 1861-1865, the South should have been the first to take steps toward the enlistment of Negroes.

“Yet such is the fact. Two weeks after the fall of Fort Sumter, the Charleston Mercury records the passing through Augusta of several companies of the 3rd and 4th Georgia Regt. and of 16 well-drilled companies and one Negro company from Nashville, Tenn.

“The Memphis Avalanche and The Memphis Appeal of May 9, 10, and 11, 1861, give notice of the appointment by the “Committee of Safety” of a committee of three persons “to organize a volunteer company composed of our patriotic freemen of color of the City of Memphis, for the service of our common defense.”

A telegram from New Orleans, dated Nov. 23, 1861, notes the review by Gov. Moore of over 28,000 troops, and that one regiment comprised “1,400 colored men.”

The New Orleans Picayune, referring to a review held Feb. 9, 1862, says: “We must also pay a deserved compliment to the companies of free colored men, all very well drilled and comfortably equipped.”

(Christian A. Fleetwood, The Negro as a Soldier, Washington, D.C.: Howard University Print, 1895, pp. 5-6.) [Michael T. Griffith “Black Confederates, Political Correctness, and a Virginia Textbook” copyright 2011 retrieved: http://www.mtgriffith.com/web.../blackconfederates.html.]

So the testimony of all these people — from both sides of the conflict — stands in stark contrast to our current knowledge of the war (and again, most of that is due to the parroting of war-time Union propaganda as “history”).

Now, what about this seeming discrepancy with the fact that so few records are found at the Confederate (or national level)?

Again, I submit that many of the black men who served did so, and received their pensions from state governments, and also there were just a lot of men period who served in the ranks — both black and white — who were also irregulars (undocumented soldiers), so the trick word here then is “officially.”

Now in closing, I would like to summarize, and relate one last bit of fact: Form the very beginning of the War for Southern Independence, the Confederate armies had black soldiers (both free and slave).

Furthermore, there is ample evidence that many Confederate armies were fully integrated units.

This stands in striking contrast to the statistics for the Union army (who according to the post-war myths the “Union Army and Father Abraham were so valiantly trying to free” — don’t even get me started on all the myths surrounding Lincoln).

The Union Army would not even allow blacks to serve until 1863 — fully two years into the war, and that the U.S. Army remained segregated until 1948 — three years after the end of World War II.

© Copyright 2014, parispi.net,

On The Web:   http://www.parispi.net/opinion/columns/article_2b5d2d78-a871-11e3-98bf-001a4bcf887a.html

 

16032 ---Serenity Of Superhuman Intelligence --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 10:26:15 -0400
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Lee's Serenity of Superhuman Intelligence
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
The Duke of Wellington is reported to have said that “a man of refined Christian sensibilities is totally unfit for the profession of a soldier,” though two devoted Christians, Lee and Jackson faithfully performed their soldierly duties to near-perfection against tremendous odds.
 
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"
 
Lee’s Serenity of Superhuman Intelligence


 
“On the Confederate side, the force operating at Chancellorsville consisted of McLaw’s and Anderson’s divisions of Longstreet’s corps (Hood’s and Pickett’s divisions of that corps, under Longstreet, were in the vicinity of Suffolk, on the south side of the James river), and Jackson’s corps, of A.P. Hill’s, [Jubal] Early’s, D.H. Hill’s under [General Robert] Rodes, and [General Isaac] Trimble’s under [General Raleigh E.] Colston, and two brigades of cavalry under W.H.F. Lee and Fitzhugh Lee.
 
Present, then, we find six infantry divisions or twenty-eight brigades, and the cavalry brigades of nine regiments.  The official return of the Army of Northern Virginia nearest to the battle extant – viz: 31st March 1863 . . . you have present at Chancellorsville a Confederate total on 53,303, with some 170 pieces of artillery.
 
Now let us see what 133,708 fighting men in blue did with 53,303 “boys in gray.”
 
It will be demonstrated that “the finest army on the planet” as Hooker termed it, “was like the waves of the ocean driven upon the beach by some unseen force, and whose white crests we so soon broken into glittering jewels on the sand.”
 
[Three of Hooker’s] corps were to constitute the left wing of the army – were to hold and amuse General Lee and prevent him from observing the great flank movement of the right wing, and to pursue him, when maneuvered out of his entrenchments, by the approaching hosts on his left-rear.  Hooker’s original left wing was about equal in numbers to General Lee’s whole army, and his right wing, or marching column, of four infantry corps and one cavalry corps [57,414], would represent his numerical advantage in strength.
 
The Confederate commander knew a movement was in progress.  With the serenity of almost superhuman intelligence he waited for it to be developed before his plans were laid to counteract it, for he remembered the maxim of the great Napoleon, that when your enemy is making a mistake he must not be interrupted.
 
General Lee was to keep 14,000 men in front of Hooker’s 73,124 while Jackson moved around his right flank with 26,000. [Upon personally viewing the exposed and undefended enemy flank, Jackson’s] eyes burned with a brilliant glow, lighting up his sad face. His expression was one of intense interest, his face was colored slightly with the paint of approaching battle, and radiant at the success of his flanking movement.
 
From what I have read and heard of Jackson since that day, I know now what he was doing then. Oh! “beware of rashness,” General Hooker.  Stonewall Jackson is praying in full view of your right flank!”
 
(Chancellorsville – Address of General Fitzhugh Lee, Southern Historical Papers, Volume VII, 1879, pp. 558-560; 570-572)
 
 

16031 ---Soldiers At The Crater --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 10:16:44 -0400
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Impressed Sable Soldiers at the Crater
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
On the warm morning of 30 July 1864 an enemy artillery barrage accompanied the massive explosion of a mine under Southern lines, followed by a subsequent assault.  The author below relates that “On the Confederate side men quietly sleeping were hurled into eternity, no moment of waking, reflection, or preparation, while their places were filled by the legions of invading [Northern] soldiery.” The surviving American soldiers repelled the enemy, though with heavy losses.
 
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"
 
Impressed Sable Soldiers at the Crater
 
“Many an old Confederate, who had drawn a nice bead on a Yankee in more than a score of battles and skirmishes, could then swear to his man, and could swear to a bayonet crimsoned when before it had served only to glitter on dress parade.  The victory was with us, but dearly had we paid for it, for every company left more than half of its numbers among the dead or wounded.
 
Among the Negroes captured and sent back to the lines on Monday morning to assist in burying the dead was one who could scarcely speak English.  But in a conversation with the writer, in broken English, he told me that he was born in the West Indies, came to New York on a Spanish ship, got leave of absence to go on shore, got drunk, and when he recovered consciousness he was well on his way to Virginia, snugly buttoned up in a blue uniform and cooped up with a number of his race similarly conditioned. 
 
He lamented his fate in piteous tones, mingling English and Spanish in due proportion, and with the most emphatic language he declared that if he ever got out of this scrape the American Negro could work out his freedom without hope or expectation of further help from him.”
 
(Sgt. Thomas H. Cross, 16th Virginia Regiment; Philadelphia Weekly Times 5, No. 29, September 10, 1881; New Annals of the Civil War, Cozzins/Girardi, editors, Stackpole Books, 2004,  pp. 392-393)
 
 

16030 ---GOA --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 10:08:00 -0400
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GOA
 
From: cscitizen@windstream.net
 
All S.C.V. members, Pro Southern organizations & average Southerners who are upset over the National Rifle Association`s refusal to let the Sons of Confederate Veterans place an ad in their magazines have an alternative. Join the Gun Owners of America (G.O.A.) instead.
  
G.O.A. might actually be tougher & more proactive at defending our gun rights under the 2nd amendment than the N.R.A.
 
https://gunowners.org/
 
Billy E. Price
Ashville Alabama
 
 

16029 ---Ukraine --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 09:58:41 -0400
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Ukraine
 
From: waynedobson51@yahoo.com
 
President Barack Obama is "deeply concerned" by Russian military movements inside Ukraine. Moreover, the Federal government's leader is urging worldwide sanctions due to assumed violations of Ukraine's sovereignty. Obama added that the United States would continue to coordinate with European allies and communicate with the Russian government.
    
What a stark contrast nearly 150 years makes. During the time of the early 1860's Abraham Lincoln, like Obama, from Illinois, was leading an invasion into a sovereign country and rallying support to defeat their declared freedom. The international community, then, was largely unconcerned about military intervention into the Southern States of America.  Europeans generally sat on the fence, watching the whole travesty, except for German mercenaries which aided Lincoln's illegal designs. England and France could have helped the South, and almost did, but there was just not enough in it for them. Scant voices urged an end to the violence perpetuated against a an independent region which employed a right to secede, justly sought to administer their own government and were not dependent upon, nor subject to, another power. When Federal forces would not vacate a fortification within South Carolina coastal borders, the most costly war in our history began. The South has never fully recovered from the unprecedented desolation.
 
In retrospect, it seems that the world has consistently stood ready to cheer and aid almost any nation seeking independence. Yet, few outside the South championed their cause, offered a seat in the international community nor respected Southern borders.
 
John Wayne Dobson
Macon, GA
 
 

16028 ---Heritage Alert - Phoenix City --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-11 09:50:44 -0400
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HERITAGE ALERT! HERITAGE ALERT! HERITAGE ALERT!
 
At an AOT Heritage Defense meeting this week we learned…
 
Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Alabama has been bought by a Pennsylvania company, which no longer allows the Confederate flag to fly over our dead.
 
There is a flagpole close to the monument that has always had a Confederate Flag flying. It honors those who died at the Battle of Moses Hill.
 
The salesman a Mr. Williams said a lady representing the owners, told the local cemetery to take down the flag, it was not acceptable.
 
***I would suggest you let them know how you feel, or you can just go ahead and let them trample all over our heritage.
 
They cannot be allowed to continue this discrimination.
 
Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery
3800 Hwy 431 N (334) 298-0225
Phoenix City, AL
 
StoneMor Partners LTD. of:
311 Veterans Highway Suite B Levittown, PA 19056
Lawrence (Larry) Miller, CEO
 
They own 277 Cemeteries & 92 Funeral homes in 28 states.
http://www.stonemor.com/
List of states and cemeteries:
http://www.stonemor.com/who-we-are/our-properties/default.aspx
 
ARE YOU MAD ENOUGH YET!!!
 
Defending the Heritage
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Defending-the-Heritage/105448059536657
 
 

16027 ---Va Flaggers Update - 3-5-2014 --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-10 18:42:25 -0400
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Va Flaggers Update: VMFA - Raising the Black Flag



Chilly, but clear, last Tuesday, February 25th saw a dozen Flaggers gather on the Boulevard.  We were able to spread the line to wrap around to the entrance of the VMFA, and our signs and 20' flags brought many honks of approval and support!

For the first time since we began Flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in October, 2011, we were confronted by "counter protestors". This young man parked his trike in the midst of the Flaggers, and proceeded to blast profanity-laced music from his MP3 player.  It didn't take long for him to realize that we were not going to give an inch, or give him any attention, and he soon tired and left.  

Saturday, March 1st, 10 Flaggers spent the afternoon on the Boulevard.  We were thrilled to have several out of town flaggers stand with us, including Va Flagger friend and supporter Joe Clark, Alabama Division SCV South East Brigade Commander.  After helping out at Hollywood Cemetery, Cmndr. Clark spent the afternoon forwarding the colors and holding the line.  What an amazing show of support!  Thank you, Sir, for taking time out of your trip to Richmond to join the Flaggers and stand with us!  God bless the boys from Alabama!

It was a beautiful day, with another visit from the protestor, this time drawing the attention of VMFA security, but again, proving futile in his attempts to drive away the Flaggers.  Despite the interruption, Flaggers were able to talk with museum visitors, tourists, and residents, distributing literature, educating them about the situation with the Chapel, changing hearts and minds, and HAVING FUN!

Virginia Flaggers Call to Action!

Flagging the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, TODAY, Thursday, March 6, 3:00 pm - Dusk, 200 N. Boulevard.

March marks the start of our 30th month of Flagging the VMFA, in response to the forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond. The length of time has served to strengthen our resolve, as our numbers and support continues to grow. Instead of surrender, our Flaggers are determined to RAISE THE BLACK FLAG, and we are stepping up our efforts this month.

PLEASE consider joining us! If you have ever thought about getting down to the Boulevard, NOW IS THE TIME! There is plenty of room on the sidewalk, and plenty of experienced Flaggers ready and willing to show you the ropes!

If you can't make it tomorrow, PLEASE support the Va Flaggers by calling Museum Director Alex Nyerges at (804) 340-1504 or writing via email: alex.nyerges@vmfa.museum or fax: (804) 340-1502 and ask Mr. Nyerges to return the Confederate Battle Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel... and restore the honor to the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Solder's Home.

Won't you take a few minutes to support those who stand twice a week, every week, in protest of those who would dishonor our Confederate Veterans, and in honor and memory of our gallant ancestors?

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson  Jennings
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

 

16026 ---Free Negro: Northern Degradation --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-10 18:31:07 -0400
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Northern Degradation of the Free Negro
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
Despite a fanatical urge to free the black man from the slavery inherited from the British colonial system, the abolitionists either did not want the free black in the North, or treated them with disdain if they lived among them.  Author J.C. Myers wrote in 1849 that the fanatic New England abolitionists were so perfectly mad on the subject of slavery that their whole soul was filled with burning gall, and they were ever seeking an opportunity to “spit . . . venom on the South, for the purpose of withering down her institutions, even at the very hazard of shivering into fragments, our glorious 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"
 
Northern Degradation of the Free Negro
 
“All the social advantages, all the respectable employments, all the honors, and even the pleasures of life are denied free Negroes of the North, by pious Abolitionists full of sympathy for the downtrodden African,” Parson Brownlow told his Philadelphia audience in 1858. 
 
Daniel R. Hunley . . . [heard] Henry Ward Beecher describe the condition of free Negroes more graphically and authoritatively than any Southerner could have done: “They are refused the common rights of citizenship which the [Northern] whites enjoy . . . They are snuffed at even in the House of God, or tolerated with ill-disguised disgust . . . We heap upon them moral obloquy more atrocious than that which the master heaps upon the slave.”
 
In 1828 a Southern visitor to New York was served “by an intelligent young man of colour” who indicated that he was seriously considering returning South to his master who had taken him and his wife North to manumit them.  He had rejected the idea of going to Liberia, because the reports from there were that it was “the most miserable place in the world. I had rather remain here.”
 
When the white man then pointed out that if he returned South he could not know into whose hands he might fall in the event of his master’s death, he replied that he would prefer to take that chance than to remain where he was.
 
When a former slave went to Cincinnati to live, his difficulties were numerous; and when there were no work opportunities, he was accused of stealing. In his plea of guilty, he made a statement that . . . “Since I came here,” he said, “I have been kicked about and abused by all classes of white men; can’t get work from no one; and to borrow money . . . that is out of the question.”
 
He concluded by saying that as soon as he served his time on the chain gang he would return South and become a slave.”
 
(A Southern Odyssey, Travelers in the Antebellum North, John Hope Franklin, LSU Press, 1976, pp. 151-152)

 

16025 ---Fort Jackson --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-10 18:22:47 -0400
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Ft. Jackson
 
From: CHST586@aol.com
 
Chuck,
 
My son just finished 7 years on active duty, and departed Ft. Jackson at the end of Oct.  He's very aware of history of the War of Northern Aggression, and our family’s involvement in defending the South.  With the name of Lee Forrest Holloway he feels that he has a lot to live up to.
 
Lee sent me a photo of the main mural in the entry to the headquarters bldg. at Jackson.  It depicts all phases of the mission at Ft. Jackson surrounding a heroic representation of... ANDREW JACKSON.  Now, is that some politically correct garbage or what?  I suppose it was easier than renaming the post.
 
Bob Holloway
 
 

16024 ---George Purvis --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-10 18:02:20 -0400
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George Purvis-= you are wonderful
 
From: johough@swbell.net
 
George Purvis, you are wonderful!  I lack sufficient words to tell you just how much many of us appreciate your keen intellect and acumen. Your recent message to Col. Bateman in the Demastus SOUTHERN HERITAGE NEWS& VIEWS was superb.
 
Oh, if only our South had a thousand more George Purvis warriors in the Army of Southern Truth.
 
One thing that zings through the land-- George Purvis is not a coward in the fight.
 
We count ourselves blessed that because of  just the few men of your ilk we are seeing an increase in the awakening of our fellow Americans to the realization that the principles for which the Confederate Nation fought  are just as important today as they were in the 1800s.  Many of us are convinced that had we defeated the enemies of truth back then, our land would be not only a happier one, but one of freedom!
 
Yes, the Confederate principles are still important.  And those principles now, just like then, have nothing to do with slavery, unless with our OWN selves as the slaves of the all- powerful turned Socialist/Communist, U.S. government.
 
Here's hoping you'll keep on keeping on, George Purvis.
 
Joan Hough
 
 

16023 ---Col. Bateman Threads --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-10 17:53:32 -0400
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Col. Bateman threads
 
From: gpthelastrebel@att.net
 
Chuck,
 
Anyone who wishes to follow my exchanges with Col. Bateman can do so at http://coldsouthernsteel.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/in-response-to-col-bateman/
 
or
 
http://southernheritageadvancementpreservationeducation.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?2011063
 
If anyone posts a response be respectful and civil.
 
To Mr. Sanford from Facebook. I love dealing with these typical Yankees and exposing their lack of historical knowledge. I regularly take on academics whose education is way beyond my own. I do not have a Facebook account but you are more than welcome to contact me through SHAPE.
 
George Purvis
Southern Heritage Advancement Preservation and Education
 
 

16022 ---Bateman --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-10 17:43:49 -0400
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Bateman
 
From: cscitizen@windstream.net
 
Chuck & All,
                   
I had the misfortune & un-pleasurable experience of getting into an email argument several years ago with “Colonel” Bateman over the constitutional points leading up to our War for Southern Independence. You are throwing your pearls before swine & wasting your time trying to debate facts with this text book epitome of a damned-yankee.
  
No matter how many facts you present him with he is never going to see the Southern side of this conflict. He is a secular liberal who thinks all godliness comes from men in the New England States. In his mind the north must be right as they militarily won the war. In short, “might makes right” so all facts & points to the contrary are non-debatable in his left-wing, abolitionist mindset.
  
Even Abe Lincoln, the socialist admirer of Karl Marx admitted that, “in saving the Union I have destroyed the (Constitutional) Republic. If yankee liberals won`t even accept the words of the “ Great Emancipator “ when he admits to destroying the Constitutional Republic George Washington & the Founding Fathers had established & built, he certainly will not listen to facts & reason from anyone else.
  
The best way to deal with a liberal like Bateman is to ignore him & let his voice become a cry in the wilderness to those who have studied both sides of this conflict & still love the Old Union of the Founding Fathers before people like Abraham Lincoln & Col. Bateman destroyed it in the name of saving it.
  
However, if you enjoy this fruitless endeavor with him by all means, go after him. There might be an outside chance you might teach him a few facts but, I doubt it as his mind is closed. I wrote him off years ago as just another holier-than-thou, salt of the earth damned-yankee who thinks God put him in a superior intellectual position above everyone & everything else. He just another typical know-it-all yankee not worthy of anyone’s time or benefit of their knowledge.
 
Billy E. Price
Ashville Alabama  
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Tom DiLorenzo has pointed out that today's authors no longer deny Lincoln's unconstitutional actions neither do they excuse them, but they REJOICE in them saying that the nation he produced (a statist empire) was/is preferable to the nation of the Founders. That's the way they think today, so our arguments are pointless and, frankly, a waste of time. Life is to short to waste it on the stupid and the wicked.
 
Valerie Protopapas
 
 

16021 ---Professional Historians --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-10 17:30:10 -0400
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Professional Historians
 
From: johough@swbell.net
 
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2011/spring/brown.html
 
Reading the above hyperlinked article consisting  of impure ordure concerning JOHN BROWN, the great American hero — a historical work spewed forth from the brain of a PROFESSIONAL HISTORIAN-  should make any homo sapien ( still capable of independent thinking)  wish to shut down Higher Education, or at least eliminate the University level History department.  The prevalence of such professional venom as spat out by Dr, Paul Finkleman  and aimed at our South is also attested to by last week's take over of the Confederate Museum in Richmond, Virginia.  That institution which was created by Confederates for the purpose of holding safe and spreading Confederate truth, will now be renamed and the NAACP and perhaps the Anti Poverty rich folks will be graciously welcomed into it.  The emphasis, of course, will be transformed so that, like the tax paid for Public Parks programs, the NO LONGER CONFEDERATE museum will spread the Victors' hottest, politically correct,  regurgitated lies that the South fought the War in order to keep poor, cruelly mistreated black folks in forever slavery—that only the South (in all the world) ever had slaves—the "NOBLE" North, did not.--that Lincoln never was behind any deal offering Southerners the rights to hold slaves forever--as an amendment ratified by some northern states, including Pennsylvania, but still awaiting the rest of the states'  ratification.
 
The idea of the Museum's controllers behind all this seems to be:  How dare these new Red Necked History Revisionists say otherwise? How dare they say the War was not fought by them to keep slavery and not fought by the North to free it?  How dare they say we lie? How dare they call us Yankees?
 
To prove the validity of the charge that Americans are brainwashed by the victors of that War of Northern Aggression, also called THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES and The War between American Nations, the Curator and members of the "NO LONG CONFEDERATE Museum"  have chosen their MAN OF THE YEAR— and surprise! Their hero is none other than WILLIAM T. SHERMAN.
 
HOW PERFECT!  I hear people are taking bets that next year—the members of the NO LONGER CONFEDERATE museum will choose as Man of the Year either KARL MARX or EDWIN STANTON or maybe their choice will be MEPHISTOPHELES.  It could be that those three are the "No Longer Confederate" Museum's Holy Trinity.
 
My Georgia relatives will no doubt shudder and march on Virginia once this information reaches them. One can only wonder just how many Confederate descendants are heretics wrapped up in this revolting Confederate Museum heresy.
 
It is easy to understand why the professors and Museum curators and Museum members reared in the north are preordained to support the Victors' Claims as truths, but why are our  born in the South  history majors in Southern Universities so easily brainwashed that they inhale and then crank out  the same slop splashed over them by similarly  brainwashed professors?
 
That, of course, is a rhetorical question.  We all know the answer—and its origin is to be found waaaay back in time during something the Marxists named "Reconstruction"--when the schools (Southern schools first) were taken over in perfect adherence to the very plan published in the 1848  COMMUNIST MANIFESTO.
 
Yes, in the "Communist Bible," that is in The Communist Manifesto there are TEN COMMANDMENTS. (Some atheist was not ignorant of the Old Testament!)   One of the Manifesto's  "commandments order the taking of 'REBELS'" property (to redistribute. ) The takeover of the brains of the future voters of America is also commanded.  That take over to occur while those brains are contained in the little heads of little children. How could this be done? It could only be accomplished while the little ones were held as members of captive audiences in public schools financed by tax payers- who themselves were enslaved by the tax system advocated in the Manifesto—a progressive Income tax system!
 
People even today who refused to pay the Marx decreed taxes,  lose  their everything and even are incarcerated.  If the citizen resists when the government comes to take away his property, he can be legally murdered (but who dares call it murder?)   Ah!  Marxism in action.
 
Think the government does not control your child's mind?  Think again. Think "No Child Left Behind" not the work of all-powerful central government?  Think the new Bill Gates- United Nations curriculum (for kids from preschool through High School) is not a stinking doozy supported by all-powerful central government—and something right out of the pens of Marx and Engels?
 
Think for a change.  Really think!  It is difficult, but, with enough bull dog determination, it still can be done. If nothing else think about our forever Communist taxes— which are the means of "looting" each one of us.  From each according to his ability to each according to his need— is the slogan of the Communists.  In the progressive tax situation, the money, however, that goes—fill the "need" of the politicians to pocket some themselves and give to Africa and the middle East – including Israel- and Israel's enemies.  Much of it becomes Muslim money.   America continues to teach the world "democracy" because the dumbed down American public is unaware that the transformation of our American Republic into a "democracy" was the goal of the Communists beginning with the very ones who hired Marx and Engels to write their Communist Manifesto.
 
Remember that the U.S. government could not find guilty and imprison Al Capone for murders, so they sentenced him to prison for what?  Tax Evasion!
 
Evidently no medicine was provided in prison to halt Capone's disease of syphilis, so he was executed by disease. Murdering folks, it seems is not merely as illegal or apt to get one imprisoned, or dead--- as is not paying one's taxes.
 
Joan Hough
 
 

16020 ---New Pro-CSA Book --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-10 17:18:29 -0400
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New pro-CSA book published
 
From: d_walter@comcast.net 
 
Tired of hearing that the Confederacy could not win the War for Southern Independence? Or that, had Stonewall Jackson lived, “he could not have taken Cemetery Hill either?”
 
But what if there was no Cemetery Hill?   A new alternative history novel, “Stars and Bars Over Philadelphia,”(Paperback, 359 pages) advances a case for the Confederate States of America winning the War for Southern Independence in the summer of 1863!  Lee and Jackson win through audacity and military genius – there is no need for magical time machines and 20th century weaponry!
 
Based on historical documents, we now know that Stonewall Jackson had advocated…as early as Oct. 1861…an invasion of Pennsylvania that included destruction of the coal mines and the capture of Philadelphia, then the fourth largest city in the world and a huge cog in the North’s industrial capacity to wage war.  This is the campaign that would have played out in the invasion of Pennsylvania in 1863.  This novel is a realistic look at how Jackson’s plans could have succeeded.  A musket misfire spares Stonewall at Chancellorsville, and he and Robert E. Lee go on to carry out the invasion campaign they had carefully planned.  The battle settings and historical physical features in Eastern Pennsylvania are as they were in 1863.
 
Readers will enjoy such scenes as:
 
The surrender of the 20th Maine.
 
The heroism of Hancock’s Charge against Pickett’s Division.
 
Armistead seals off the breakthrough and gains Division command.
 
Gen. Lee debates slavery with a prominent Quaker abolitionist.
 
Jackson’s corps destroys the coal mines with the help of the Molly Maguires.
 
John Mosby, the “Gray Ghost,” runs wild behind enemy lines.
 
Battle of the Brandywine Creek on the ground where Gen. Washington fought Gen. Howe.
 
Custer and Hampton clash at Valley Forge.
 
A mentally unhinged Lincoln has Meade decimate his Army of the Potomac attacking Longstreet’s defenses.
 
Louisiana Tigers chew up Buford’s flank.
 
Jeb Stuart runs the Stars and Bars up on Independence Hall on July 4th.
 
Lincoln’s cabinet and Northern governors turn on him to demand an armistice and peace talks.
 
Lee’s farewell message to his victorious Army of Northern Virginia.
 
An Epilogue that chronicles the post-war history of the characters and the independent C.S.A.
 
And much, much more as the ANV’s three corps steal a march on Hooker and Meade, cross the Susquehanna River, and then inflict defeat after defeat on the Army of the Potomac while laying waste the industrial capacity of eastern Pennsylvania.
 
Researched and written by historians David Walter and Don Ernsberger.   A 10% donation will be made to Southern Heritage News & Views for every copy sold. Autographed copies are available For $20, plus $3.50 shipping, from David Walter, Dept. SH, 937 Thorne Drive, West Chester, Pa. 19382.
 
David Walter
 
 

16019 ---VMFA - Raising The Black Flag --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-06 15:27:08 -0500
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From: Va Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers Update: VMFA - Raising the Black Flag



Chilly, but clear, last Tuesday, February 25th saw a dozen Flaggers gather on the Boulevard.  We were able to spread the line to wrap around to the entrance of the VMFA, and our signs and 20' flags brought many honks of approval and support!

For the first time since we began Flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in October, 2011, we were confronted by "counter protestors". This young man parked his trike in the midst of the Flaggers, and proceeded to blast profanity-laced music from his MP3 player.  It didn't take long for him to realize that we were not going to give an inch, or give him any attention, and he soon tired and left.

Saturday, March 1st, 10 Flaggers spent the afternoon on the Boulevard.  We were thrilled to have several out of town flaggers stand with us, including Va Flagger friend and supporter Joe Clark, Alabama Division SCV South East Brigade Commander.  After helping out at Hollywood Cemetery, Cmndr. Clark spent the afternoon forwarding the colors and holding the line.  What an amazing show of support!  Thank you, Sir, for taking time out of your trip to Richmond to join the Flaggers and stand with us!  God bless the boys from Alabama!

It was a beautiful day, with another visit from the protestor, this time drawing the attention of VMFA security, but again, proving futile in his attempts to drive away the Flaggers.  Despite the interruption, Flaggers were able to talk with museum visitors, tourists, and residents, distributing literature, educating them about the situation with the Chapel, changing hearts and minds, and HAVING FUN!

Virginia Flaggers Call to Action!

Flagging the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, TODAY, Thursday, March 6, 3:00 pm - Dusk, 200 N. Boulevard.

March marks the start of our 30th month of Flagging the VMFA, in response to the forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond. The length of time has served to strengthen our resolve, as our numbers and support continues to grow. Instead of surrender, our Flaggers are determined to RAISE THE BLACK FLAG, and we are stepping up our efforts this month.

PLEASE consider joining us! If you have ever thought about getting down to the Boulevard, NOW IS THE TIME! There is plenty of room on the sidewalk, and plenty of experienced Flaggers ready and willing to show you the ropes!

If you can't make it tomorrow, PLEASE support the Va Flaggers by calling Museum Director Alex Nyerges at (804) 340-1504 or writing via email: alex.nyerges@vmfa.museum or fax: (804) 340-1502 and ask Mr. Nyerges to return the Confederate Battle Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel... and restore the honor to the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Solder's Home.

Won't you take a few minutes to support those who stand twice a week, every week, in protest of those who would dishonor our Confederate Veterans, and in honor and memory of our gallant ancestors?

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson  Jennings
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:

Thursday, March 6th:  3:00 pm - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 8th:  Noon - 4:00 p.m., Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 15th:  10:00 a.m., Tombstone Dedication for Corp. William Tingle, Hollywood Cemetery, FireEaters Camp #3000, SCV Officiating.  https://www.facebook.com/events/797224356957765/

Saturday, March 15th:  1:00 p.m. Tombstone Dedication Ceremony for Browns Island Explosion Victims, Shockoe Cemetery, Sally I Tompkins Chapter #2, Va OCR. https://www.facebook.com/events/1390177837915969/

Tuesday, March 25th:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV.  Lillian's Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m.  www.stonewallcamp380.com

Saturday, March 29th:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Work day at the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Chester Site!  Join us  as we spend the day clearing and hauling away debris, trimming trees and vegetation, and cleaning up the flag site. We are asking for all able bodies to join us, and bring any equipment that may be helpful: Yard tools and tree trimming equipment, garbage bags, and vehicles to haul away debris.  At the close of the day, we will switch the flag back out to the original custom ANV, now that the worst of the winter weather has passed and security is improved.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1547103728848309/

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information: www.shadplanking.com

April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, May 10th:  Confederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery.  Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow. 

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th:  2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780

Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:  www.plpow.com

Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/

 

16018 ---Georgia SCV Tag: About Heritage --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-06 14:51:35 -0500
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The Georgia SCV Tag is about Heritage

By Calvin E. Johnson Jr.
Thursday, February 27, 2014

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past!” -William Faulkner

Why do some people tend to always get upset over the display or flying of the Confederate flag?



The recent approval of the Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Georgia State specialty car tag is a good thing and the polls show a high approval rating with the folks. The design of the tag is beautiful with the Confederate flag that is the Southern soldier’s cherished banner and the official symbol of the “SCV” Sons of Confederate Veterans organization that was founded in 1896 by the “UCV” United Confederate Veterans.

In America, the land of the free and home of the brave, we all have a God given right to our opinion,  but do we really know the true story about the men and women who fought for the Old Confederacy?

The Confederate States of America from 1861-1865 was a nation of Black, White, Hispanic, Jewish, Native American and even Chinese soldiers. Why did these men lay down their lives for the South? They did so because their peaceful-independent Southern nation was invaded by a foreign nation. They fought for God, family, country and their way of life.

Some say today the Confederate flag has been hijacked by people of racist intent but if the truth be known, some have also used the United States flag for less than patriotic purposes. Should the United States flag also be banned? Of course not and neither should the Confederate flag!

There are many men and women today like: Mr. H.K. Edgerton, Mr. Nelson Winbush, Miss Karen Cooper, Susan Hathaway and many more who spend a great deal of their time talking to people, especially the young people, about the true history of the Confederacy and they find friends everywhere who are enlightened by their knowledge of the past.

Edgerton, Winbush and Copper are also Black.

Mr. Winbush’s Maternal Confederate Grandfather Louis Napoleon Nelson fought with General Nathan Bedford Forrest and both Winbush and Edgerton are members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The War Between the States was not about slavery!

There could not be a better time for the new Georgia Division SCV Heritage tag as the month of April is Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia and many other states. See us on face book.

Those Georgians who do not want to purchase a Georgia Division SCV tag do not have to but those who are proud of our Southern Heritage have a right to.

The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans joins the nation in remembering the Sesquicentennial, 150th Anniversary, of the War Between the States.

On The Web:   http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/61438#.UxEaE4UtqhU

 

16016 ---Flag Still Part Of History --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-05 17:10:45 -0500
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Confederate flag still a part of U.S. history



To the editor:

This letter responds to a comment in “Your Neighbor” in the Feb. 2 edition of The Daily News. Evidently Jeff Newsom has been away from North Carolina too long or knows nothing about Confederate heritage. He claims to be originally from Morehead and I assume he has family there that may be able to explain a little history and heritage to him.

I fly the American flag in honor of the many that have given their all to try to protect our dwindling liberty, independence and freedom. I also fly the Confederate flag in honor of those who gave their all during a time of unrest in this country and also out of respect to the people and their heritage which is part of the history of this country — like it or not. The only problem with the Confederate flag are the racists who have run all over this once great and respected country and had it removed from sight while trying to delete any parts of American history that don’t fit their agenda. Members of this same mob are those who take the Bible and laws of the land and twist and interpret the meaning of the word and laws to fit their lifestyle.

Wake up America! This same mob is in the process of doing away with prayer and our Constitution, and misleading our children as they attempt to get rid of anything else that doesn’t fit their corrupt and immoral minds.

Ronald E. Riggs Sr.
Maysville

 

16015 ---If The South Had Won Gettysburg --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-05 16:42:07 -0500
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If the South Had Won Gettysburg
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
The passage below is taken from a novel, though one based upon common sense and the historical realities of North and South.  The “Jim Crow” laws did indeed have their basis in the North: New York in the 1820s dealt with the threat of a black swing vote by raising property qualifications for black voters; and the author aptly describes a “lost cause” myth which would have developed in the postwar North to glorify its defeat, and find a convenient scapegoat.
 
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"
 
If the South Had Won Gettysburg
 
“Southerners were appalled, as well as perplexed, at the growing problems of discrimination and segregation in the North.  That the North would have fought for the freedom of the black man, then turn around and display animosity at him for moving into the North and expressing his newly-found freedoms, seemed hypocrisy at its worst to the average citizen of the Confederacy.
 
The turn of the century brought to the United States what became known as the “Jim Crow” laws, named after a traditional song and dance, ironically of the South. Contemporary Southern social analysts have blamed the animosities felt in the North against the former slaves and sons and daughters of formers slaves, on several things.
 
First, there was the idea in the north that the Civil War had, in essence been a “black man’s war” in which hundreds of thousands of northern boys had sacrificed life and limb for the emancipation of the black man.  The immediate woes that beset the United States after the war ended in defeat for the North needed some focal point, and the poor, uneducated former slave – the stranger to Northerners – became the convenient scapegoat.
 
In addition, the freeing of slaves flooded the job market in the North with workers who were willing to work for “slave wages” – much less than the ex-Union soldiers, also looking for jobs at the end of the war in 1863.  Many veterans were fired from jobs and replaced with ex-slaves.  The results were riots all over the North over nearly a decade.
 
The Southerner’s more lenient attitudes toward black people stemmed from generations of living with blacks, growing up with them, working beside them in the fields, and later, in the factories.  Most Southerners would have admitted, even during the War between the States that they had always felt an uneasiness – a guilt, even – in seeing blacks held in servitude as slaves.
 
The stories of mistreatment and whippings had always been regarded in the South as ludicrous, pre-war propaganda by Abolitionists who had never seen a black man or woman.  Certainly there were instances of a cruel overseer who applied punishment a little too often, but slaves in the old South had been considered property – and expensive property, as well – and were to be treated like an item of value.  As one Southern social historian put it, you wouldn’t take a sledge-hammer to your brand new, expensive horseless carriage the first time it didn’t run; you would find out why it wasn’t working and fix it.
 
Southerners saw black men and women grow up, fall in love, marry, give birth, laugh, cry, and mourn the deaths of family members. There was something wrong here, many felt.  These black people were not really property, like a plow or a horseless carriage.  Under the skin, though many a Southerner, we are a very much alike.
 
It had to be a terrible moral burden, a society-wide, sublimated guilt about slavery that, once the war was over and the name-calling by Abolitionists had ended, could finally be seen in its true light, and was dealt with swiftly by the hurried measures to free the blacks from bondage.  To the average Southerner, blacks were not only property, but people too.  To the Northerners, blacks were first a symbol, then a threat.”
 
If the South Had Won Gettysburg, Mark Nesbitt, Thomas Publications, 1980, pp. 88-89)
 
 

16014 ---Confederate History/Heritage Month 2014 --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-05 16:20:26 -0500
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Are you ready for Confederate History and Heritage Month 2014?
 
From: cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net
 
Please re-post, publish, add to your webpage and get this out to everyone. Thank you!
 
Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Chairman of the Confederate History Month Committee for the National and Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans 2014
Email: Calvin at: cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net
Website: http://confederateheritagemonth.com
See us daily on face book at: https://www.facebook.com/ConfederateHeritageMonth
Phone: 770 428 0978 or cell at: 770 330 9792
 
Mike Crane is both webmaster and Co-Chairman of the Confederate History Month Committee.
Email mike at: mikecrane@tds.net Or Phone: 706-374-2640
Members: John Black, Billy Bearden, Fred Wilhite and in memory of member Jeff Davis
Mike is also webmaster of the Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans web page at: http://gascv.org/
 
Are you ready for Confederate History and Heritage Month 2014?
 
Our month of Southern Remembrance is less than a month away.


 
You don’t have to be a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to get the SCV Georgia specialty license tag. All license drivers in Georgia can get one. See my published letter below which has a photo of the beautiful tag and get your tag today!
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/61438#.Uw9CwIUtqhU
 
Residents of Georgia are also encouraged to fly the Confederate flag. See news report at:
http://www.11alive.com/news/article/322860/0/Group-encouraging-Ga-residents-to-fly-Confederate-battle-flag
 
Dear Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Children of the Confederacy, Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution, American Veterans, Historical groups, Church groups and all who appreciate the grand heritage of the Old South that is our legacy of the men and women of the Confederate States of America “1861-1865” who stood like their Revolutionary War “1776” ancestors who fought for real freedom and independence. It was not a lost cause in 1861 and still not a lost cause today as we work to preserve the Confederate History and Heritage for our future generations of young people, all Americans and everyone around the world.
 
When people speak, either good or bad, about our Southern ancestors, they are speaking about our wonderful family!
 
There has been too much negative news about our Confederate ancestors and their blood stained battle flags of honor. Robert E. Lee whose memory was once revered in both the North and South has even now come under new unwarranted and ugly attacks. See example of recent article about a possible removal of portraits of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson at:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/17/robert-e-lee-and-stonewall-jackson-tributes-face-a/?page=all
 
It’s time to educate and even re-introduce the American people and the world, especially the young folks, about the Black, White, Hispanic, Jewish, Native American and all who nobly defended their homes and firesides during the Yankee invasion of the South during the War for Southern Independence, 1861-1865.

The Confederate History and Heritage Month committee is ready now for April 1-30, 2014 and all year when we will celebrate Confederate History and Heritage Month. As we remember General’s Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in January, we endeavor to gear up now for Confederate History remembrance for 2014 and continue through Robert E. Lee’s birthday onJanuary 19, 2015 and beyond that with tireless efforts for Dixie’s land.
 
This year the Confederate History Month committee is offering you two brochures, one on General Robert E. Lee and another on Confederate History Month. These are eight pages that can be down loaded on a CD disk and taken to a print shop to make as many copies as you like and hand out to everyone. The pages are numbered and can be folded 5 ½ by 8 ½ and stapled 2 times in the middle. Let us know what you think. Email me at:cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net and I will send you an attachment of the brochures.
 
We have been on Facebook since 2011 and have had almost 3,000 likes. Let’s make it 3 million. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/ConfederateHeritageMonth to see what’s going on.  Also please sign up for updates at our Confederate History and Heritage Month web page at: http://www.confederateheritagemonth.com.
 
If you would like to receive a weekly update on Proclamations, events and Memorial Services posted on the www.ConfederateHeritageMonth.com website, just enter your eMail address and click the Signup button.
 
Note - each message has a direct unsubscribe link. Enter eMail address and click Signup button
 
I ask everyone to serve your Confederate History Month committee as Ambassador of good will and spread the good word about the April’s Month of Southern Remembrance.
 
Let’s get all Mayors, County Commissioners and Governors to sign proclamations for Confederate History and Heritage Month and sponsor many memorial events throughout April.
 
Also, ask you TV, radio and newspaper to do daily Confederate History Month minutes. See examples you can use at: http://confederateheritagemonth.com/heritage/2006/calvin_johnson.php
 
What a great educational chance we have with the Sesquicentennial 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States continuing this year and Confederate History and Heritage Month in April. Deo Vindice!
 
God bless Dixie!
 
 

16013 ---Flag Fought For Freedom --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-05 16:02:10 -0500
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Flag that fought for Freedom
 
From: friarddmc@gmail.com
 
To achieve our aim, this flag has to be actively marketed as the Flag that fought for Freedom. At the moment it's apologized for as the flag that wanted slavery. Why, 'cos we let it. A revolution has to be continuous. Whether one agrees with the doctrine or not, the Soviets and PRC's of the world got it right: for a revolution to be secure it has to be continuous. The forces of the Constitution relaxed. The forces of the Confederacy and the Flag of Free Choice under the Constitution~ relaxed.  That's why we are where we are.
 
 

The South has got to stop reminiscing and get its act together.  I see many, many organizations, but I do not see a (Political and/or Electoral and/or Business) plan for a Confederacy.’’’
 
Pete 
 
 

16012 ---My Response To Col. Bateman --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-05 15:51:35 -0500
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My response to Col. Bateman
 
From: gpthelastrebel@att.net
 
Col. Bateman,
 
In response to your article "It's about Slavery Stupid" at http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/civil-war-was-about-slavery-022814#comments

The only reason I am contacting you by email is because I could not get your blog page to work. I could only see one comment out of 59 and I could not post a reply. I had rather exchange facts out in the open so everyone can see them. If you decide to contact me your by email your comments will be posted to the links after this paragraph. As stated below you are invited to a working website that allows non-members to view all posts. If you want to defend your position you are more than welcome to do so.
 
http://southernheritageadvancementpreservationeducation.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_post.php?nt.2 and
 
Cold Southern Steel at -- http://coldsouthernsteel.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/in-response-to-col-bateman/
 
First of all the WBTS WAS NOT about slavery at all.  I can prove you are wrong. Your sources are nothing more than cherry picked quotes.
 
Second, I have documented about 10,000 Negroes who served the Confederacy in one way or another. Feel free to visit http://negrosingrey.southernheritageadvancementpreservationeducation.com/page.php?2 to challenge any entry you disagree with.
 
Third. I challenge you to a civil, factual historical debate. We can use the Southern heritage Advancement Preservation and Education forum at http://southernheritageadvancementpreservationeducation.com/page.php?4
 
Leave your insults at home bring all the facts you have, I assure you that you will need them.
 
George Purvis
Southern Heritage Advancement Preservation and Education
 
 

16011 ---Anti-Southern/Confederate Bigotry --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-05 15:35:46 -0500
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Re: Anti-Southern/Confederate bigotry and propaganda never abates, and may actually be increasing to counter the refutations that the internet revolution is providing.
 
From: wayne1861@verizon.net
 
This is the kind of treatment that Southerners are going to get so long as they remain a part of the American Empire.  In this extremely offensive episode of "The Colbert Report" from Comedy Central, the gratuitous use of the Confederate Battle Flag in a piece about the Ku Klux Klan, called "Laser Klan", is actually the usual propaganda we and our children are forced to endure from the Mainstream Media and the moronic purveyors of this sort of anti-Southern/Confederate bigotry.  Shows like this and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", also on Comedy Central, are extremely popular with young people.  The deliberate linking of openly despised "hate groups" with this beloved symbol of the South's fight for separation, self-determination, and independence is so ill-informed and propagandistic that young people are left with an indelible impression that is not easily refuted without taking the time to actually study history...which few are encouraged, and therefore inclined to undertake.
 
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/433353/february-27-2014/laser-klan 
 
Here is an example of the usual smearing done on Jon Stewarts "The Daily Show":
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-24-2014/denunciation-proclamation 
 
And then there are these as well....
http://www.thedailyshow.com/videos?term=Confederate+flag 
 
 

16010 ---Call To Fly Flags --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-03 17:38:42 -0500
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Call to fly Confederate flags

Reported by: Leslie Coursey
Published: 2/28/2014

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The Confederate flag flies proudly over many South Georgia homes. And Ray McBerry, with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said they should.

"We believe that every group of people ought to be proud of who they are, their history and their heritage," he said.

The organization kicked off a new campaign Friday encouraging all Georgians to fly their confederate flags to celebrate 150 years since the Civil War and to promote Southern Heritage.

McBerry said, "We just think that everybody ought to be proud of who they are."

But Brunswick pastor Kenneth Adkins said it raises an argument is as old as the flag itself.

"The argument has always been we have our right to celebrate our heritage, and you're absolutely right," he said.

But he also said it's important to remember that a symbol of pride for some is a symbol of hate to others.

Adkins said, "In Brunswick, you have a city that's 67 percent black. I think you're going to stir up emotions."

Adkins suggests a more tactful celebration. McBerry begs to differ.

He said, "We find it a little ironic, and maybe even hypocritical, that the folks who are the biggest critics of southerners celebrating our history and heritage are the ones in fact in the month of February think that it's OK to celebrate their history and heritage."

The "Flags Across Georgia" campaign will go on as planned all over the state

The SCV plans on continuing the project after the commemoration draws to an end in 2015, according to Georgia Division officers.

Copyright 2014 Cox Media Group, Inc.

On The Web:   http://www.actionnewsjax.com/content/topstories/story/Call-to-fly-Confederate-flags/W6vZ3GfP0E-Ym2xUiE4yqw.cspx

 

16009 ---Symbolism More Visible --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-03 17:28:35 -0500
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Confederate symbolism becomes more visible

Updated: Mar 02, 2014
By Dave Miller
 
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

There are many Georgia license plates bearing the Confederate emblem of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The "SCV" specialty license plate has drawn criticism from some, like state representative Tyrone Brooks, who compares the Confederacy to the Nazis of Germany. 

Though Governor Nathan Deal told CNN: "I don't think that it is something that we should be so concerned about. Hopefully, those who take offense at it will look at the fact that it is a part of a cultural heritage of our state." 

WXIA TV reports that over 10,000 of the tags have been sold since its introduction in 2003.  Since the state nets $45 a year per tag, just in renewal fees, that's almost half a million dollars a year the tags generate for Atlanta. Critics of the SCV aren't likely to eradicate the car tags, because the state's addiction to money trumps all. 

And if you think you're also seeing more, and larger, Confederate flags across the countryside, you're right.   It's part of an effort by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to mark the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States, and to promote Southern Heritage, the group says.

Critics aren't likely to make any headway if they take on the flags either. They are on private property. 

The SCV says that sites selected for the existing flagpoles have been sold, deeded, leased, and loaned to the SCV by the original owners.   A 180 square foot Confederate battle flag is now prominent on US Highway 19 in Mitchell County, south of Albany.  

Copyright 2014 WALB.

On The Web:   http://www.walb.com/story/24851723/confederate-symbolism-becomes-more-visible

 

16008 ---Fed Up Southerner --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-03 16:04:01 -0500
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Notes of a Fed-Up Southerner

March 3, 2014

Coming up as I did a Southern boy, usually barefoot, lots of times with a cane pole and a string of bream I caught in Machodoc Creek, and other signs of higher civilization, I believe I could get tired of Northerners huffing and puffing about how moral they are. Ain’t nothing like a damn Yankee for smarmy hypocrisy. They can spit it out in chunks like saw logs. A Yankee can’t open his mouth without preaching about how everybody else ought to do something he won’t do himself.

It’s always the same thing, about how the South keeps blacks in poverty and has lynch mobs. (Actually, it’s been at least three weeks since I was in a lynch mob.) To listen to these pious frauds, you’d think Northerners just loved black people and spent most of their time with them at the country club, talking the stock market. Why, how else could it be?

I couldn’t lie so much if you gave me a bird dog and a buzz saw. It ain’t in me. The worst schools in the country are in Mississippi, which doesn’t have any money, and the second worst in Washington, DC, which has all our money. Yes, Washington, so virtuous it makes your teeth curl.  How many white kids are in those schools? Uh-huh. It’s you and him integrate, not us.

You’ve heard about white flight. In nearly about every city in the North white people streak for the suburbs so’s not to be near black people, and then they talk about how bad Southerners are for doing the same thing. I guess talking moral is more fun than being it.

Fact is, you can see more social, comfortable integration in a catfish house in Louisiana than you can in probably all of Washington.

Now, sometimes I have to yield to the truth. I don’t like to, but it’s forced on me. Blacks do live miserable in Southern cities.It can't be denied. There's a shameful list of awful cities and it hurts me to write it: Newark, Trenton, Camden, Detroit, Flint, Chicago, and Gary. Pretty much the entire South.

Facts is, the South itself was always poor, dirt poor, pea-turkey poor, especially after 1861, and a lot of what it was and how it felt came out of that. Songs like Ode to Billy Joe to Yankees are funny, the kind of thing you’d expect from those hicks down there. But they tell how it was for a lot of folk. Red dirt hills where nothing much wanted to grow, and there was nothing much to do and sometimes nothing much to eat. It was ugly, Tobacco Road, and the North laughs it. Even in the mid-Fifties you saw—I saw—kids from the countryside of Alabama with their teeth black from decay, and in some regions school vacations came at cotton-picking and cotton-chopping time. You could easy find people living in fall-down shacks, white people too. Thank you, Mr. Lincoln.

Piety quiz: Everybody take out a sheet of paper. Who said the following: “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people….” (1) Mahatma Ghandi (2) Mother Theresa (3) Tinker Belle or (4) Abraham Lincoln. Hint: It wasn’t any of the first three.

Let me remind us that the South has generally had to bring to the North the benefits of culture. It figures. Industrial society is so full of stench and soot and misery and crowding that people can’t even do a good job of being unhappy. That’s why the great blues men like Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins came out of Dixie. So did jazz, and country music, and Dixieland jazz, which is different, and bluegrass, and rock’n’roll thanks to Big Boy Crudup and Elvis. Yankees can play long-hair music pretty good, but they stole it from Europe.

The South, though. It was a different place, mostly kind of sad I guess if you looked close, but it could grow on you. Those hot, quiet cotton fields in the Delta, where time passed sweet and slow like sorghum syrup dripping on busted china, and it was so peaceful and the air so soft you figured maybe there was a God after all. There wasn’t, though. At the time you could stand there and think that it would go on forever, that there was something comfortable and familiar that wouldn’t turn into something else you didn’t want. But it did. Nothing lovely can last when next door you have an infernal industrial smoke pit.

There was a wildness to the South, a sense that anything could happen. It didn’t feel controlled. Maybe it wasn’t obvious. People talked soft and slow like the Good Lord intended, instead of honking through their noses the way they do in Brooklyn, and they were polite and friendly. You didn’t want to lean on them, though. That wasn’t a good idea.

If you knew the place, it wasn’t surprising the moonshine runners came from there, and later turned into NASCAR. Hopped-up flathead mill, tank of bust-head corn in the trunk, flying through the Tennesse night with the dam federals after them. Back then, like now, Washington didn’t want people to drink what they wanted or smoke what they wanted. They was always sticking their long possum noses where they didn’t belong. And not just in the South. They’d invade anybody they’d ever heard of. Mexico in 1846 and 1916, Spain in 1898, Europe in 1917, on through Iraq and  Yemen, wherever that is, and Afghanistan and I don’t know where all. Anything but mind their own business.

And now we got another Yankee president from Chicago messing with the whole country, turning America into Russia. That sort of thing never did set too well below Mason and Dixon’s Line.

Piety quiz: Which of the following in the decades surrounding the Civil War said over and over that he wanted to send all the black folks to Africa? (1) Susan Anthony (2) Pallas Athena (3) Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst (4) Abraham Lincoln. Hint….

But enough about Washington, the world’s central deposit of oleaginous purity. Let’s talk about cars. Dixie was a car culture from when it first got the chance. It still is. I remember when, come summer, at umpty-dozen tracks the night howled and yowled and roared as muscle cars raced, taching high and sometimes blowing rods but things don’t always turn out perfect.  In the stands they drank beer out of paper cups and hollered for Jimmy Jack or Joe Bob to take the lead. It was their place in the world and they were doing what they liked with people they liked and there were no dam feds telling them they had to put catalytic converters on the race cars. Yet.

That was something the South always liked. Being left the hell alone.

On the weekends of races at Road Atlanta, from all over the South, from little towns like Farmville, Virginia, trailers and motor homes towing race cars streamed in. They’d set up and bring out the tool boxes and start prepping for the races the next day. Wives and girlfriends would help and everyone hollered greetings at new arrivals.

The wives and girlfriends were real women, and seemed to think being a woman was a good thing. Men thought it was a good thing, that’s for sure. It was like there were two kinds of people, men and women, instead of just one. It’s a novel concept, I reckon. But we liked it. And they were just nice. You could easy tell a Southern gal from a menopausing crocodile. Up North, you’d need a DNA test.

Anyway, half the crowd already knew each other and the others didn’t have to because it was a coomon culture and if you had a race car, you were in.

Greasy-purity quiz: “I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” (1) George Wallace (2) David Duke (3) Nathan Bedford Forrest (4) Abraham Lincoln

Uh-huh. The Great Emancipator. Himself. How I do love goodness.

On The Web:   http://fredoneverything.net/Dixie.shtml

 

16007 ---Black History Month Summary (HK) --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-03-03 10:26:45 -0500
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An Open Report & Open Letter / Summary Of Black History Month

From: HK Edgerton  <hk.edgerton@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014
To: siegels1  <siegels1@mindspring.com>

Dear Ms. Lunelle,



As I stood in the public easement at the entrance of Christ School in my home town of Asheville, North Carolina, fielding the insults of a White male official, one in particular that I was making a spectacle of myself because I stood don in the uniform of the Southern soldier with his Colors in hand at a time when the nation had declared this month of February to be Black History Month. I could not help but to think back on the day that the Honorable Attorney Kirk D. Lyons, Chief Trial Counselor for the Southern Legal Resource Center, would give the keynote address in the slave section of the Taylor family cemetery on the grounds of the prestigious Asheville School.

Before Mr. Lyons would finish his speech, my mother, the only Black woman to ever receive a Confederate State funeral, and who has a Heritage award issued annually in her name by the North Carolina Order of the Confederate Rose, would slip me a folded paper titled, "From Slavery to Freedom." I whispered to her, "Mom, do you want me to read this?" "Not now, son," was her reply. "You will know when the day comes to do so." I find it appropriate to do so now as I summarize the aforementioned.

The Constitutional Convention called in pursuance of the Reconstruction Act all contained Negro members. Only in South Carolina did they make up a majority of delegates. They were for the most part men of moderation. Typical of the magnificence of the Negroes are the words of Beverly Nash before the Convention...

"I believe, my friends, and fellow citizens, we are not prepared for this suffrage, but we can learn. Give a man tools and let him use them, and in time he will learn a trade. So it is with voting. We may not understand it at the start, but in time we shall learn to do our duty... We recognize the Southern White man as the true friend of the Black man... In these public affairs we must unite with our fellow White citizens. They tell us that they have been disfranchised, yet we tell the North that we shall never let the halls of Congress be silent until we remove that disability."

The Charleston Daily News would write: Beyond all question, the best men in the Convention are the Colored members. Considering the influences under which they were called together, and their imperfect acquaintance with parliamentary law, they have displayed, for the most part, remarkable moderation and dignity...

My mom would also tell me as I strutted around her living room after having walked to Texas with her beloved flag, "Son, you have not done enough." My Southern babies and our homeland are still under attack!

And so it shall be, that if I am to make a spectacle of myself in fulfilling her command to do more, on this day and month, her will shall be done! God bless you, and the men and women who made a Stand in Dixieland against a man who would illegally invade their homeland and circumvent the laws that had bound us together and the righteous path they chose to leave the Union because he did so.

Your brother,

HK

 

16006 ---Descendant Joins Heritage Group --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-28 16:02:35 -0500
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Wed., February 26, 2014

Slave Descendant Joins Confederate Heritage Group
By Orlando Montoya

SAVANNAH, Ga.  — 

Georgians now can pay extra to have the Confederate flag as their license plate design.

African-American groups condemned the specialty tag when it was announced earlier this month calling it a symbol of racism.

But one member of a Southern heritage group has a unique perspective on the flag issue.

Recently I spent time with Georgia's recently inducted first black member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

As a child, Georgia Benton grew up in a segregated Savannah.

And every year, her grandmother took her to see her history.

In trips to a cemetery in South Carolina, she learned about her great-grandfather, George W. Washington, a slave in the Confederate Army.

"She would take us to the grave site," Benton says. "And on that monument, it said that he served in the War Between the States as body servant of Lt. Alex McQueen."

McQueen owned Washington.

And when the soldier died in the war's last days, the slave carried his master's body back to Sumter.

Blacks also served the South as cooks, laborers and soldiers.

Whites forced them in many cases.

And their numbers were relatively small.

But they're still powerful symbols.

Benton says, she proved her descent from Washington with family and Census records and the monument itself, erected by a white family.

"It's difficult for African-Americans to prove their lineage directly into the Civil War," Benton says.

I met Benton in Savannah's Civil War era cemetery, Laurel Grove.

It's divided into a white north section and a black south section.

Both areas are leafy and well-kept but never far from the roar of a nearby Interstate.

Benton wanted me to see the black section first.

That's where a Confederate emblem marks the final resting place of one of three black Confederates buried here.

"This is Alexander Harris," Benton says. "This is on the south side. And he was a black Confederate. That's where I wanted to start. Now I want to show you something on the north side."

Benton describes the United Daughters of the Confederacy as a history group, a philanthropic society to honor the dead.

She says she decided to join it for a simple reason -- because she can.

But spending a bit more time with her, walking amid the rows and rows of about six-hundred white Confederate grave sites, it's clear that this elegantly dressed and graceful Southerner also has points to make to both whites and blacks.

"The flag itself is not the problem," Benton says. "It's the ignorant individuals who carry it for the wrong reason. This flag is to commemorate and honor men who fought in the War Between the States. It is not to be used for negative connotations such as racism and discrimination."

Benton says that UDC members have welcomed her and that she's not received any negative push-back from the black community.

As for some who view Confederate heritage groups with suspicion, Benton says, they don't know the UDC.

"I am not blind-sighted, okay?" Benton says. "I am over 60 years old. I came up during the Civil Rights Era. And you must realize we can't overlook racism. But we must stand together, those of us who have common sense and know better, stand together and say, 'Hey, let's get rid of this.'"

Like she's done before, Benton says, she'll be in Laurel Grove on Confederate Memorial Day in April to help the Sons of Confederate Veterans decorate graves with Confederate flags.

She says her son is applying for membership in the Sons.

That's the group that gets ten dollars from every Confederate flag design license plate sold by the state of Georgia.

©Copyright 2014, Georgia Public Broadcasting

On The Web:   http://www.gpb.org/news/2014/02/26/slave-descendant-joins-confederate-heritage-group

 

16005 ---Rebuttal To Remake Carving --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-28 15:33:53 -0500
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Update about 'Rebuttal to Remake the Confederate Memorial Carving on Stone Mountain'


 
As of this date our petition has 1634 to save the memorial carving on Stone Mountain here in Georgia US and their's has 645 to have the carving removed. This is great news for the time being, but they are continuing to push their petition and we still anticipate a huge increase in their signatures given the intervention of the NAACP or a variety of other special interest groups. We are entertaining the notion of again pushing our petition as much as we don't want to bother people with such. But, they have redirected their petition to all the black legislators in the state as well as Jimmy's grandson Jason Carter that's running for governor. So, this says to me they have no intentions of pulling their petition nor stopping their assault on our famous carving. Its worth saving for the future generations to enjoy. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the efforts of everyone fighting the battle to save history for the ages. You can also help in the fight by recruiting signatures and forwarding to all your friends the link to our petition to save the carving. Sincerely Greg and Chan Roach Deo Vindice.
 
View the petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/rebuttal-to-remake-the-confederate-memorial-carving-on-stone-mountain?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_message_notice
 
 

16004 ---Johnson's Ingenious Sophism --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-28 15:23:11 -0500
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Andrew Johnson's Ingenious Sophism
 
From: bernhard1848@att.net
 
George Herbert’s 1884 history text exemplified what Northerners were led to believe about the war, and what Southern parents wanted excluded from their children’s schools. With a severely distorted understanding of the framers’ Constitution of 1787, including its provisions regarding the writ and presidential powers, Lincoln and his followers destroyed the experiment in self-government.  Apparently unknown to Andrew Johnson in 1861, the 1781 Treaty of Paris granting independence to thirteen former colonies, each individually as sovereign entities, preceded the Constitution of 1787.
 
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"
 
Andrew Johnson’s Ingenious Sophism
 
“In the Senate Andrew Johnson appeared as the Senator from Tennessee . . .[and] we may take occasion, presently, to quote from his powerful speech in defense of the Union, delivered in the Senate on the 27th of July [1861]:
 
“It is believed that nothing has been done [by the President since Fort Sumter] beyond the Constitutional competency of Congress.  Soon after the first call for militia, it was considered a duty to authorize the commanding general, in proper cases, to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus; or, in other words, to arrest and detain, without resort to the ordinary processes and forms of law, such individuals as he might deem dangerous to the public safety.  The authority has been exercised but sparingly.
 
It was decided that we have a case of rebellion, and that the public safety does require the qualified suspension of the writ, which was authorized to be made. Now it is insisted that the Congress, and not the Executive, is vested with this power.  But the Constitution is silent as to which or who is to exercise the power; and as the provision is plainly made for a dangerous emergency . . . No more extended argument is now offered, as an opinion at some length will probably be presented by the Attorney General.
 
It might seem at first thought to be of little difference whether the present movement in the South be called Secession or Rebellion.  The movers well understand the difference. At the beginning they knew they could never raise their treason to any respectable magnitude by any name which implies violation of law . . . [but they accordingly] . . . commenced by an insidious debauching of the public mind; they invented an ingenious sophism, which, if conceded, was followed by perfectly logical steps through all the incidents of the complete destruction of the Union.  The sophism itself that any State of the Union may, and therefore lawfully and peaceably, withdraw from the Union without the consent of the Union or of any other State.
 
With little disguise that the supposed right is to be exercised only for just cause, themselves to be the sole judges of its justice, is too thin to merit any notice within the rebellion.  Thus sugar-coated they have been dragging the public mind of these sections for more than thirty years, and until at length they have brought many good men to a willingness to take up arms against the Government the day after some assemblage of men have enacted the farcical pretense of taking their State out of the Union, who could have been brought to no such thing the day before.
 
Our States have neither more nor less power than that reserved to them in the Union by the Constitution, no one of them ever having been a State out of the Union.  The original ones passed into the Union before they cast off their British Colonial dependence . . . Having never been States, either in substance or in name, outside of the Union, whence this magical omnipotence of State rights, asserting a claim of power to lawfully destroy the Union itself?” 
 
(The Popular History of the Civil War, Illustrated, George B. Herbert, F.M. Lupton, 1884, pp. 116-119)
 
 

16003 ---Cold Philosophy Of War --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-28 15:00:08 -0500
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Grant's Cold Philosophy of War
 
From: bernhard1848@att.net
 
Grant’s unlimited supply of troops made him indifferent to high casualties from massed assaults, thus earning him the nickname “Butcher”; it was his policy to refuse humanitarian prisoner exchanges which would have saved the lives of thousands of captured Northern men.  His postwar administration as president was described as “extravagant, wasteful and corrupt . . . destitute of principle,” and “held together only by the cohesive power of public plunder.”
 
 

 

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"
 
Grant’s Cold Philosophy of War
 
“It is most unfortunate that the name of Grant cannot be added to [the] list of those of the [North’s] greater leaders who sought to lessen the horrors of war.  It seems clear, however, that while ultimately displaying a splendid magnanimity at Appomattox that must evermore be a tribute to him, General Grant must have known of the terrible suffering of the prisoners of war and of the desolation created by Sherman and Sheridan, if indeed, he did not sanction and encourage the forces of destruction.
 
Let us believe that he could not have fully recognized the extent of this suffering, and that he conscientiously thought that final victory would be hastened by these processes, ignoring the present terror and the aftermath of bitterness.
 
Such has been the cold philosophy of some commanders at other times and places. Because of his simple greatness at Appomattox, therefore, it must be assumed that Grant did not realize what was being done, just as, during his eight years, as President, he refrained from checking the horrors of Reconstruction – now generally recognized to have been a process of despoliation and ruin carried on in times of peace under the guise of law and order.”
 
(The Women of the South in War Times, Matthew Page Andrews, Norman, Remington Company, 1920, pg. 225)
 
 

16002 ---Taking Her Place In UDC --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-25 12:44:23 -0500
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African-American Savannah woman takes her place among United Daughters of the Confederacy

February 22, 2014
By Chuck Mobley   

A Savannah native, Georgia Benton grew up hearing about the Civil War service of her great-grandfather, a slave from Sumter, S.C., who followed his master to the battles of Sharpsburg, Gettysburg and Petersburg, and then brought his body home for burial when he was struck down by artillery fire and slain during the conflict’s final days.

“He was fighting for his land and his people,” Benton said of George W. Washington, who was 16 when he entered Confederate service in 1862 as the body servant of Lt. William Alexander McQueen, who was 22.

To honor Washington and his three years of wartime service, Benton took an audacious step: She decided to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

“I have every right to membership in the UDC, which along with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, remembers and recognizes the men who fought for and rendered service to the South during the Civil War,” said Benton.

Putting together the proof

Elizabeth Piechocinski is the president of Savannah Chapter No. 2 of the UDC. She’s also a member of the Daughters of the Revolution, and she said that venerable organization poses fewer hurdles to prospective members than does the UDC.

“It’s a very involved process,” said Piechocinski. “You have to prove that you are a linear descendant of a Confederate, either a soldier, or someone who served in another capacity, such as a cook, laborer or musician.”

Many Confederate officers were accompanied by body servants, added Piechocinski.

The servants performed a variety of chores, and even picked up a weapon when the situation demanded it.

The story of Washington and McQueen, two young men of two different races who served under one flag, was compelling, but would not determine the final decision on Benton’s application.

“The story is nice,” said Piechocinski, “but you still have to prove it.”

A monument in Sumter

It wasn’t easy. It involved the family Bible, birth records, death records, marriage records and census records, both pre- and post-Civil War.

“Very few African-Americans” can produce that amount of documentation, said Benton.

It also took in a unique tribute to George W. Washington, a 4-foot-high obelisk at his grave in Walker Cemetery in Sumter. (A monument to McQueen, who was killed in a South Carolina battle on April 9, 1865, the same day as Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender, is located nearby in Sumter Cemetery.)

Washington died in 1911, and the obelisk was put up by the A.A. Solomons family of Sumter. Washington worked for the Solomons as a butler and valet for almost 40 years, said Benton, who remembers often visiting her great-grandfather’s gravesite when she was a child.

One side of the monument commemorates Washington’s Civil War service and, when the obelisk needed repairs in 2005, they were paid for by the General P.G.T. Beauregard Camp No. 1458 of the SCV in Sumter.

With the monument inscription and the other documentation, Benton’s application was approved by the national UDC in October. She thus became the first African-American member of the Savannah chapter and the only African-American member in the Georgia division of the UDC.

To honor their ancestors

A retired mathematics teacher in the Chatham County school system who now runs a tax and accounting service, Benton is going into the UDC with her head up and her eyes open.

These are “gracious women” who want to honor their ancestors, “the same as I do,” said Benton.

Benton said that she’s heard mostly positive feedback so far. As for those who have criticized her decision, “I chalk that up to ignorance,” she said.

From the UDC’s perspective, said Piechocinski, race did not enter into the decision. At the start of the application process, said Piechocinski, “we didn’t know she was African-American. This is not just some sort of gesture on our part.”

‘A true soldier’

Her great-grandfather’s Confederate service is part of the “untold” history of the South, said Benton. “They don’t teach that.”

There were many black Confederates, she said, including George W. Washington’s brother Jacob. “Uncle Jake” was a musician who played the French horn, said Benton.

George W. Washington could have run off in 1863 when he participated in the Gettysburg campaign, said Benton. “But he stayed faithful. He stayed loyal. He was a true soldier.”

Benton is not the only person in her family who wants to commemorate Southern service.

Her son, Leroy Benton Jr., has completed his application to join the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

“We all have a right to honor our heritage,” she said.

Savannahnow.com, Savannah Morning News ©2014

On The Web:  http://savannahnow.com/accent/2014-02-22/african-american-savanah-woman-takes-her-place-among-united-daughters-confederacy#.UwzQyoU1CSp

 

16001 ---Traitor To One, Hero To Another --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-25 12:23:46 -0500
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A Belle's Eye View

While opponents of Southern heritage are constantly saying that supporters are a dying breed, their continued focus on them suggests that far from complacently believing that the war is truly over, they (opponents) are running scared.

Why else would they devote so much time, effort and money to belittling Southern heritage supporters?

Why else invest so much energy in what they’d like to convince you is a dying cause?

When you devote a great deal of time to telling me how much you don’t care, you reveal that, in fact, you care passionately.

There are several things about which I do not care, and I care so little I am not willing to devote the miniscule effort it would take to type about them. That is what not caring about something looks like.

The recent controversies over the Confederate flag flying in Virginia along Interstate 95 and the approval of new Sons of Confederate Veterans custom license plates in Georgia have brought this issue to my attention.

Certainly, those with opposing views are welcome to feel however they wish about the issues mentioned — hooray, First Amendment! — but what they cannot be allowed to do is misrepresent the intentions of those behind them.

 

Teaching, as I do, both middle school and college English might seem on the face of it to be two radically different enterprises, but I find one great truth lies at the heart of both.

I want all of my students to respect and harness the power of carefully selected words. I want them to think logically, write clearly and be able to analyze the arguments of others.

The subjective and objective meanings of words are both important, and an awareness of their use is essential.

That leads me to the use of “traitor” by those who oppose the display of any and all Confederate flags.

I’ve written before about the frustration of dealing with those who have no deep understanding of the many factors that led to the completely unnecessary shedding of blood in the War Between the States.

It’s so easy to just say, “The war was fought over slavery! Only slavery!” — certainly much easier than taking a long, hard look at both what incited it and the later repercussions.

How easy to tar the entire South with the brands of “traitor” and “racist,” and avoid any discussion of the real attitude of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and his minions, the North and those in power towards those freed slaves and the South (ostensibly American citizens).

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines traitor as “a person who is not loyal to his or her own country, friends, etc.; a person who betrays a country or group of people by helping or supporting an enemy.”

I note that during the recent celebration of Presidents’ Day, which started out as a celebration of George Washington, there was absolutely no discussion of his role as a traitor.

Yes, Washington and all the Founding Fathers rightly revered by the anti-Confederate factions were in fact traitors, at least according to the definition above.

They were citizens of England, and were not loyal to it. Or were they?

What is it that determines a country? Is it the sitting government, right or wrong?

Are you willing to state that those who fought to bring down the Soviet Union, those who fought for independence from colonial powers, all those who have ever joined together to overthrow a government deserved the negatively charged term “traitor”?

If Confederate flags shouldn’t be displayed because of their traitorous past, then logically neither should the Stars and Stripes of the USA. But logic is not the strong suit of opponents of Southern heritage.

If the argument is that Confederate flags are associated with slavery, again, then logic and fairness says that once again the striped banner of the USA must not be flown, as thousands of slaves came to this country under its Star Spangled Banner and built the fortunes of those on the East Coast.

The only argument that can be authoritatively offered is that might makes right — that since the South lost, they are traitors.

As my historian husband has observed, you aren’t a traitor if you win.

My argument is that far from being traitorous, those who seek to preserve the agrarian, Jeffersonian ideals of the South as embodied by various Confederate flags are truer to the principles laid out in the Declaration of Independence than those who would seek to silence them.

The Confederacy made the fatal error of believing: “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

They believed that since consent of the governed was enunciated as a founding principle of the formation of the USA, that it continued to be enshrined as a right which they could exercise.

That this is true is shown by the passage of an amendment wresting that right away — you don’t have to go to the trouble of taking away a right that doesn’t exist.

So, opponents of Southern Heritage, certainly continue flogging that dead horse if it gives you a reason to get up in the morning.

Just understand that when you accuse those who passionately support the South of being traitors — to quote Ingio Montoya from “The Princess Bride” — “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Christine Barr
 

16000 ---Battle Flag CD: Pastor John Weaver --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-25 11:50:13 -0500
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Greetings Y'all........sorry to have been out of touch for so long.
 
To all who have ordered the CDs "Truth Concerning the Confederate Battle Flag" by Pastor John Weaver:
 
We have distributed over 80,000 of these very informative CDs at our cost, which is 35 cents each. They have gone out all over the Country and we intend to continue this worthwhile project.
 
If you or anyone you know would like some of these CDs, please contact me (info is below).
 
Best Southern regards,
 
Joel Coleman
 

Here are instructions for ordering:
 
I prefer to limit orders to increments of 50, since they are so inexpensive, and considering the time and effort it takes to ship just a few. You can get 50 for $17.50 plus $3.50 for postage or 100 for $35 plus $5 for postage (all are individually sleeved). I hope this is not a problem for any of you. If you would like to have some sent to you, please send a check, payable to me to this address:
 
Joel Coleman
8405 Jenkins Rd.
Winston, Georgia 30187
 
or contact me direct at joelkc2442@gmail.com
 
If you would like to hear Pastor Weaver's commentary now, you may go to EBAY and search for..........."Truth Concerning The Confederate Battle Flag". You will be able to click on a link in my listing there and hear the message online for free.
 
Best Southern regards,
 
Joel
 
 

15999 ---The Youthful Union Army --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-25 11:40:24 -0500
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The Youthful Union Army
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
The Northern army consisted mostly of younger men more drawn by the money rather than saving the territorial Union.  Author Ella Lonn writes that “it was no uncommon thing to find bounties of $1200 to $1500 offered for three year recruits; [and] the average sum paid to a recruit in an Illinois district once rose to $1,055.95.” The average Southern soldier fought with his home and family to his back, and for near-worthless money.
 
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"
 
The Youthful Union Army
 
“The Grand Army of the Republic [veterans’] organization was founded by Dr. Stephenson, in Decatur, Illinois in 1866.  The final encampment was in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1949. The number of men, by age, who served in the Union (from the Adjutant General’s report):
 
Age 15 and under: 104,987; Age 16 and under: 231,051; Age 17 and under: 844,891;
 
Age 18 and under: 1,151,438; Age 21 and under: 2,159,798; Age 22 and over: 618,511;
 
Age 25 and over: 46,626; Age 44 and over: 16,071.
 
Total of [men in Northern service:] 2,778,304.” 
 
(Civil War Union Monuments, Baruch and Beckman, Daughters of Union Veterans, 1978, page 183)
 
 

15998 ---A More Perfect Union --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-25 11:31:32 -0500
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Creating a More Perfect Union
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com


 
The Confederate Constitution represented an important effort to better incorporate sovereign State principles into the organic law, and repair the failings of the original document.  The Confederate preamble omitted the “general welfare” clause “which had been used to add imperial powers to the United States Constitution,” and it referred very pointedly to sovereign and independent States.
 
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"
 
Creating a More Perfect Union
 
“Jabez Curry was a deputy from Alabama to the Convention of the Seceded States which met at Montgomery on February 4, 1861.  [Jefferson] Davis said: “The Constitution formed by our Fathers is that of the Confederate States, in their exposition of it; and in the judicious construction it has received we have a light which reveals its true meaning.”
 
Curry participated in the creation of this fundamental document.  He said the Constitution was an object of veneration.  Attachment to it was akin to idolatry.  Curry noted, with great pride, that the United States Constitution was the work of Southern statesmen, adding that “the Federal government, the creature of the Constitution, had been shaped and administered for years, by Southern men.”
 
In the deliberations to create a permanent Confederate Constitution, the convention looked to the history of the United States to find the weaknesses and failings of the original.  Alexander Stephens said of the men who put this new instrument together: “They were men of substance, of solid character, or moral worth, versed in the principles and practices of government, and some of them were amongst the first men of the continent.”
 
Curry emphatically claimed that the Confederacy was not dissatisfied with the United States Constitution, only with its administration; and its avowed purpose was to restore its integrity and secure its faithful observance with a goal of taking away from the majority in Congress unlimited power.  He described how this was achieved:
 
“Every possible infringement upon popular liberty, or upon State rights, every oppressive or sectional use of the taxing power, was carefully guarded against, and civil service reform was made easy and practicable.  Stubborn and corrupting controversies about tariffs, post offices, improvements of rivers and harbors, subsidies, extra pay, were avoided.  The taxing power was placed under salutary restrictions.
 
Responsibility was more clearly fixed.  Money in the treasury was protected against purchasable majorities and wicked combinations.  Adequate powers for a frugal and just administration were granted to the General Government. The States maintained their autonomy, and were not reduced to petty corporations, or counties, or dependencies.
 
The study of the Confederate Constitution would be useful at present, as there was never a time when the need for restrictions and guarantees against irresponsible power was more urgent.  The public mind has been schooled against any assertion of State rights or of constitutional limitations, and taught to look with aversion and ridicule upon any serious attempt to set up the ancient landmarks.”
 
The Provisional Constitution was no mere interim makeshift document. It represented a serious effort to incorporate Southern State rights principles into organic law.”
 
(Destroying the Republic, Jabez Curry and the Re-Education of the South, John Chodes, Algora Publishing, 2005, pp. 32-33)
 
 

15997 ---Southern Fried Ramblings: Introduction --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-25 11:18:47 -0500
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S.D. Lee Institute was the place for the introduction of Southern Fried Ramblings with Grits and All the Fixins
 
From: johnyreb43@yahoo.com
 
The first news I got of Southern Fried Ramblings with Grits and All the Fixins being introduced to some of the most influential Southern thinkers living today was from Donnie Kennedy when he told me my book was available at the most recent meeting of the S.D. Lee Institute.
 
I was surprised.
 
But, it was a pleasant surprise.
 
You see Southern Fried Ramblings is about the modern South.  It is NOT a Civil War history. 
 
Southern Fried Ramblings is an honest attempt to talk about the issues which face the modern South.  And..how those issues mirror what is occurring in the United States as a nation.
 
I accept that I was thrown out of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  I accept that I was not friendly enough.  I accept that I would not be silenced about the political purpose of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  You see I believe in the Charge.  I believe the Sons of Confederate Veterans WAS NOT instituted to make sure that schools  taught honest American history.  I believe the Sons of Confederate Veterans WAS NOT instituted to make sure there are re-enactments or parades.
 
I believe the Sons of Confederate Veterans was created to VINDICATE the Cause.  My understanding of the word VINDICATE is to continue the struggle for:
 
a. States Rights
b. Christianity as the moral center of the nation
c. Liberty and the protections of the Bill of Rights
d. the original Constitution, and the checks and balances which include States vs. the central government, and the internal checks and balances within the Constitution itself.
 
I believe the war was as a result of President Lincoln's refusal to allow peaceful, legal secession.  And I believe that the right of Secession is fundamental to the heart of the Constitution.  The compromises made at the Constitutional Convention were made in order to unify the 13 separate nations under a second confederation that had more power than the original under the Articles of Confederation.
 
I submit to you, leaders of the Sons of Confederate Veterans that what you presently witness in America is because the heirs of the Cause failed to do their job!  We, including me, failed to live to the standards of self - sacrifice and devotion that our ancestors did in the first and second revolutions.  I call the War for Southern independence a revolution because it would change the existing Union by forcing them to accept secession as a right of the states.
 
I accept my exile from the SCV because it has liberated me from the censorship within the organization and freed me from the internal infighting that has been the best weapon of the South's enemies, and Liberty's enemies in that it absorbs the energy of the tens of thousands of patriots within the organization.
 
I encourage all to consider purchasing and reading Southern Fried Ramblings.  It is an attempt to codify the Southern movement in its present state.  And it is an attempt to illustrate the vital importance of the Olde South to current events.  I am your obedient Servant,
 
Look around, could you create a political situation in the United States more suited to the lessons of 1861-1865, and more importantly the years preceding when politics could have provided an answer that avoided the tragic war.  As the inheritors of the history your voice is important to America today.
 
God Bless the South,
 
Mark Vogl
 
 

15996 ---Liars Win Again --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-25 11:06:34 -0500
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LIES AND LIARS WIN AGAIN
 
From: johough@swbell.net
 
May God forgive these "Confederate?" Museum enemies of truth for I never will!  --Unless somehow I learn they confessed their sins and begged God for redemption because they see the light and acknowledge that THE SOUTH WAS RIGHT!
 
The members of all Confederate organizations that fail to burn in effigy Sherman and the Museum Trustees (who sold this idea in the first place) are traitors in the fight for the retelling of Confederate and American truths!  Because our Confederate organizations are all such LOYAL Southerners—so utterly determined to publicize our Southern truths, I know we can expect to see Southern skies soon bright with Southern fires! (Yeah, sure!)
 
What kind of monsters are people who become so enamored with Sherman?  How can intelligent folks worship a mass murderer?  How can they justify the actions of man who kidnapped thousands of helpless women and children in Georgia and shipped many of them as far away as Chicago (those who survived) where they were sold as white slaves?  -- Never to find their homes and loved ones again.  How can they adore a man who puts so many of the right out of the Communist Manifesto planks into actual being?  How can they honor a Yankee monster whose Radical Republican Senator brother voted to torture helpless Confederate soldier boys held in Yankee prisons?
 
This Sherman, this megalomaniac, whose burnings of homes in cities and countryside where not a single Confederate soldier was! Sherman was the man who forced into death by exposure and/or starvation thousands of women and children of both races.  Sherman was a man whose bombing of cities (unmanned by a single Confederate soldier) left the streets full of dead women =-=some with babies at their breasts.  Sherman was a sadistic, atheistic monster whose actions are now heralded by people who vote him "wonderful.” They know he set the pattern for all the real horrors of war against civilians the United States has participated in since the time of those illegal, treasonous invasions of legally seceded Southern states by a Marxist controlled U.S. government.
 
If the voters at this museum are Southerners, we must now declare them all traitors. for they are enemies of truth. With their actions and words they have insulted and defiled the names of their Southern ancestors.
 
If all who claim to love their Southern family members, their Confederates, are not offended by this latest exhibition of hate by those folks who voted Sherman, Man of the Year, as a direct insult to our ancestors and to us and to TRUTH ITSELF, then let these the Cowards in the Fight, wind up in China—for they belong there right along with the insulting Museum voters.
 
As for me I'm making me a little straw Sherman and will gather about me a few friends with sense.  We will see Mr. Sherman go where he belongs---up in smoke.  The date of that happening will be March 4th, 2014.  Had I the names of the Museum voters, I'd add little slips of papers containing those names to the pretty fire.
 
Yes, my cup runneth over---with anger at the enemies of truth.  They have become, by their actions and their stupidity, my enemies.  Alas, I know not their names and I am unable to visit their museum.  Oh if only I could—and stand before it with my father's flag.
 

No Enemies
By Charles Mackay
(English Chartist poet, 1814–1889)
 
YOU have no enemies, you say? 
Alas! my friend, the boast is poor; 
He who has mingled in the fray 
Of duty, that the brave endure, 
Must have made foes! If you have none,         
Small is the work that you have done. 
You’ve hit no traitor on the hip, 
You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip, 
You’ve never turned the wrong to right, 
You’ve been a coward in the fight.

WISDOM
By Joan Hough
 
(Unreconstructed Confederate Defendant & Proud of it)
 
Finding the pathway to truth narrow,
Lined with the sharpest of knives,
And with plants exuding the most noxious of fumes,
We, sensibly protect our fragile skins
And spare our olfactory sense
By following the wider path that lies
Just a bit to the left.
 
Lined with soft maiden hair and heaven-scented jasmine,
It surely will take us to the self-same destination,
We, with great wisdom, conclude,
Then later, are horrified to discover
Ourselves imprisoned somewhere in China. 
 
 

15995 ---MOC (DiLorenzo) --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-25 10:56:16 -0500
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MOC
 
Shortly after The Real Lincoln was published the Museum of the Confederacy invited me to participate in a debate on Lincoln, which I did.  They treated my opponent, a sniveling, arrogant, lying, Lincoln cultist who was in charge of handing out one of the myriad Lincoln book awards, like a celebrity, while pretty much ignoring me.  At dinner afterwards, they barely spoke a word to me, while kissing the cultist's ass over and over.  This experience taught me that these people apparently believe that they can make people like this man, who hate and despise them, to become their pals. A few years later I was in Richmond on the evening of a big ball sponsored by the Museum to which I was invited.  It was mostly a celebration of the American military-industrial complex, complete with singing all of the war anthems of the Army, Navy, Marines, etc.  The same army, in other words, that mass murdered almost half a million of their ancestors.  I think they call this "the Stockholm Syndrome."
 
Tom DiLorenzo
 
 

15994 ---Va Flaggers Update - 2-23-2014 --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-24 11:41:57 -0500
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Subject:     Va Flaggers Update 2-23-2014
Date:     Sun, 23 Feb 2014
From:     Va Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com>

Saturday, February 22nd was a very busy and very good day for the Va Flaggers!



The day started with beautiful weather for cleaning headstones at Hollywood Cemetery.  7 Flaggers and a guest volunteer spent the morning cleaning headstones in the soldier's section, using Orvus soap - and D2 on heavily discolored markers, rinsed with water after cleaning

Weekends at Hollywood Cemetery are busy, and there are lots of visitors.  While we were there, we helped one of the volunteers find her ancestor.  Several visitors stopped to talk about who we were and what we were doing.  Another visitor was looking for a soldier from the older soldiers section.  We helped her find the grave, gave her a flag to mark it, and then cleaned his stone, as well.  :)

More photos here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.311372648988027.1073742032.186485551476738&type=3

This Saturday, March 1st, the Va Flaggers will have another clean up day at Hollywood Cemetery, in the section that contains the graves of Veterans who died at the Old Soldier's Home.  We will be continuing the work to reclaim graves from the hedges and overgrowth.  All are invited to join us and lend a hand.  Bring garden tools, rakes, clippers, etc... and meet at 9:00 a.m.

Immediately following the tombstone cleanup, the Va Flaggers gathered on the Boulevard to forward the colors and protest the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and their forced removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  65 degrees and breezy in the Capital of the Confederacy meant a great day for flying flags and for conversations with residents, museum visitors, and tourists.  14 Flaggers meant plenty of troops to spread the line and many good and positive conversations were reported.
 
More photos here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.311375765654382.1073742033.186485551476738&type=3

Later that day, Susan and Judy made the drive up to Fredericksburg for the February meeting of the Rev. Beverly Lacy Tucker Camp #2141, SCV.  They enjoyed a great dinner, warm welcome, and fantastic support from the members.  After speaking, Susan was overwhelmed when Camp Commander John Sawyer presented her with a battle flag that he had hand-sewn, complete with a beautiful formal pole for display, as a gift from the camp.  She promised to carry it with honor, and will never forget the generosity and incredible support the camp has shown the Va Flaggers.

More photos here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.311378572320768.1073742034.186485551476738&type=1

THANK YOU, gentlemen, and God bless the men of the Rev. Beverly Lacy Tucker Camp #2141!

The Va Flaggers return to the Boulevard this Tuesday, February 25th, 3:00 p.m. - Dusk.  PLEASE consider joining us as we stand against those who have desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel and dishonored the Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Soldiers' Home. If you cannot be there, take a few minutes to support the Flaggers by making a phone call to the Museum.  Call (804) 340-1405 and ask museum officials to return the flags to the portico of the Chapel, and return the honor to our Confederate Veterans.  We are at a critical point in our campaign, and EVERY call makes a difference.  Call early...call often...and speak for those who no longer have a voice!

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Rader James
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, February 25th:  3:00 pm - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 1st:  Clean-up at Hollywood Cemetery, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.  Bring rakes, yard tools, and garbage bags and join us as we continue our work to reclaim Confederate graves from the brush and overgrowth.

Saturday, March 1st:  Noon - 4:00 p.m., Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the R.E Lee Camp #1589, SCV.   Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant, 2401 Colony Crossing Place, Midlothian, VA 23112. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 15th:  1:00 p.m. Tombstone Dedication Ceremony for Browns Island Explosion Victims, Shockoe Cemetery, Sally I Tompkins Chapter #2, Va OCR

Tuesday, March 25th:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV.  Lillian's Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m.  www.stonewallcamp380.com

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information: www.shadplanking.com

April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th:  2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780

Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:  www.plpow.com

 

15993 ---Media Coverage Of New Plate --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-21 16:24:47 -0500
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From: Ray McBerry Enterprises <announcements@raymcberryenterprises.com>
Date: Fri, Feb 21, 2014
Subject: Ga SCV Update: National Media Coverage of New License Plate

Sons of Confederate Veterans   
February 21, 2014    
 
GEORGIA DIVISION UPDATE 
 
MEDIA COVERAGE OF GEORGIA DIVISION'S LICENSE PLATES THIS WEEK    


 
This week has seen a huge media response to the press release that we issued at the first of the week regarding the new design of the Georgia Division's specialty license plate.  So far, more than 100 television stations, radio stations, magazines, and newspapers have carried our story, including FOX News, CNN, HLN, MSNBC, USA Today, and many others.

While the news media is covering the story for their own purposes and the SCLC is speaking out against our beautiful new plate for their own purposes, the coverage has done nothing for the SCV except to catapult our organization back into national attention... and hopefully will also increase the number of Georgians who will request our specialty plate this year.

We've had exceptionally positive response from the interviews we've done so far, including THIS ONE which was live on CNN at the 11am hour.

Today we taped a segment for HLN which is scheduled to broadcast on Saturday morning we're being told in both the 7:00am and 8:00am hours.  The HLN segment was even better for us than the CNN interview, largely due to the graciousness of the HLN host, Lynn Berry, who allowed more latitude for responses.

There is also a taping for MSNBC scheduled for Saturday, but we do not yet know when it will air.

Georgia Division member James King supplied us a link to the online poll at 11Alive television in Atlanta but, alas, after two days of those supporting the new plate receiving 80% of the vote, the poll (and its results) have disappeared from their website.

An image of the new SCV Special License Plate may be found online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org; and, again, the plates are available to all Georgians regardless of whether they are members of the SCV or not. Georgians must request the specialty plate at the time that they renew their tag each year at their local county tag office.
   
For more information, please call 404.271.8473 or contact the Georgia Division SCV online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org  

 

15992 ---VMFA Update - 2-21-2014 --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-21 12:47:55 -0500
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From: Va Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Fri, Feb 21, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: VMFA Update 2-21-2014

Changing hearts and minds...and educating the public about our flags and the men who fought and died beneath them...

Thursday, February 20th:  As we enter our 125th week of Flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), days like yesterday remind us that what we do twice a week, every week, has turned into much more than just a protest against the forced removal of Confederate flags from the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

This family was visiting RVA from Detroit, Michigan. After stopping to chat with one of the Va Flaggers, and learning about why we were out on the Boulevard, this young man wanted to have a turn "waving" the flag. No fear...no intimidation...just the pure joy and innocence of childhood...and a chance to educate that would not have happened if it not for the vile act committed by the VMFA .

So today, we offer our THANKS. THANK YOU, Alex Nyerges. THANK YOU VMFA Board of Directors. THANK YOU VMFA Board of Trustees. If you had not removed the Confederate Battle Flags from the Chapel, we would not be standing on the sidewalk in front of the VMFA with Confederate flags, and this and MANY, MANY other chances to educate the public and change hearts and minds would not have happened over the past 125 weeks!

Thanks to the folks at the VMFA, this young man will now associate the Confederate Flag with a nice, polite gentleman who was kind to him and taught him about the history of the South and the honor of the soldiers who defended her...and let him have a turn waving his beautiful flag!

11 Flaggers in all were out on a mild February evening, lining the Boulevard and reported that support was at an all-time high, with many honks of approval, thumbs up, and shouts of supports from passing vehicles!

More photos here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.310920249033267.1073742030.186485551476738&type=1

SATURDAY, February 15th:  Despite FRIGID temperatures, cold rain, and a chilly wind, the Va Flaggers took advantage of a very brief break in the rain to head down to to the Boulevard and post and forward the colors to protest the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and their forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  This was the THIRD day of flagging that week, reminding museum officials that far from backing down, we are more determined than ever to stand for our Confederate ancestors and the flags they died beneath.

More photos here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.309686075823351.1073742027.186485551476738&type=1

Thursday, February 14th:  IMPROMPTU FLAGGING!

Cabin fever and an afternoon full of sunshine in Richmond, Va led one of our Flaggers to put out the call for others to join him for an impromptu Valentine's Day flagging gift for VMFA Director Alex Nyerges!

6 Flaggers answered the call and joined him.

More photos here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.309363689188923.1073742026.186485551476738&type=1

Tuesday, February 11th:  30 chilly degrees and yet 8 Flaggers  made their way to the Boulevard, with Flagger Barry procuring this prime parking spot and giving a shout out to our Georgia Flaggers and the Georgia Veterans who lived and died at the Old Soldiers Home...

An incredible week of flagging, accompanied by major progress on pending litigation, and other plans have given the Flaggers a significant increase in momentum that we intend to fully use to our advantage in this struggle to RETURN the flags and RESTORE the honor.

YOU can help!  Our next flagging is THIS SATURDAY, February 22nd, Noon - 4:00 p.m.  PLEASE consider taking the time to join us, so that we can double our presence during this very important time!  No experience necessary...just bring a Confederate flag, and a heart for standing for our ancestors.  Experienced Flaggers will help show you the ropes and make you feel right at home!  If you cannot make it out to the Boulevard, PLEASE take a few minutes to make a phone call in support of the Flaggers!  Call the Director's office (804) 340 -1500 sometime between now and Saturday and ask them to return the Confederate flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  Now, more, than ever, it is important to let YOUR voice be heard.

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:

Saturday, February 22nd:  Noon - 4:00 p.m., Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, February 22nd:  Susan will be speaking at the February meeting of the Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy Camp #2141, SCV, Fredericksburg, VA.  4:00 p.m., Perkins Restaurant, 10 Simpson Rd.

Thursday, February 27th:  3:00 pm - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 1st:  Clean-up at Hollywood Cemetery, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.  Bring rakes, yard tools, and garbage bags and join us as we continue our work to reclaim Confederate graves from the brush and overgrowth.

Saturday, March 1st:  Noon - 4:00 p.m., Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the R.E Lee Camp #1589, SCV.   Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant, 2401 Colony Crossing Place, Midlothian, VA 23112. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 15th:  1:00 p.m. Tombstone Dedication Ceremony for Browns Island Explosion Victims, Shockoe Cemetery, Sally I Tompkins Chapter #2, Va OCR

Tuesday, March 25th:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV.  Lillian's Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m.  www.stonewallcamp380.com

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information: www.shadplanking.com

April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th:  2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780

Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:  www.plpow.com

 

15990 ---Flag Appropriate Swag Anywhere? --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-20 13:52:38 -0500
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Is Confederate flag appropriate car swag in Northwest (or anywhere)?



My latest Oregonian commuting column, looking at how the state’s police agencies can enforce traffic laws outside their boundaries, generated a great deal of comments from readers.

But none was more interesting – and provocative – than this email from a reader who took exception at my joke at the expense of the old 70s TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Here’s what I wrote:

“The Dukes of Hazzard” is guilty of many transgressions against humanity.

These come to mind: Exposing us to John Schneider’s feathered helmet hair. Popularizing the confederate flag as car swag. And convincing a generation of drivers that Smokey Bear has some hard and fast rule about sticking to his own jurisdiction.

Remember how Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane, Hazzard County’s bumbling sheriff, would have to suddenly stop a hot pursuit of the General Lee in a cloud of Georgia dust when the outlaw car crossed the county line?

Here’s what the reader sent at 1:42 a.m. Tuesday:

Dear Mr. Rose,

I am writing this email in response to an answer you posted about police, their respective jurisdictions and how you referenced the "evil Dukes of Hazard." In hopes that you will actually read this I will replace perfect grammar with bullet points to keep this as short as possible:

1. It irritates me that the confederate flag is associated with racism, hate and ignorance. When I read an article such as yours that further perpetuates this misinformation, I feel compelled to speak up.

2. I am from the south, I currently live in Vancouver and I have to say, the differences are staggering, but the biggest difference is definitely the political and historical opinions of the locals. In my home you will find the American flag, Virginian flag and of course the old "stars and bars." To my dismay I actually have to remove said flag to avoid having to explain to some people that regardless of what they may think, I am not a racist.(not that I would normally care, but my landlord is a quite fickle liberal that hasn't seemed to be quite so friendly with me after an awkward Tuesday evening last year.) As a matter of fact the confederate flag did not and does not have any thing to do with slavery or race. This brings me to my next point.

3. "A brief American history": The civil war officially started on April 12th, 1861. Even before the cotton Jin, crops, primarily cotton were a huge money maker for the southern states. Due to the vast land and favorable conditions, land owners in the south could and did become extremely self sufficient; so much so they were able trade with other countries such as France, completely leaving the struggling industrialized north out of the picture. Hence fourth, the federal government began imposing unjust and rather high taxes on all international trade among many other things bringing forth the succession of several southern states. Sound familiar? You know it does Yankee Doodle! The emancipation proclamation was nothing other than a last ditch effort in 1863, to make those southern patriots fighting for their freedom and independence out to be war mongers guilty of crimes against humanity. It worked.

4. The confederate flag is a symbol of rebellion and freedom. A Jolly Roger if you will. A blood soaked, cannon tattered old glory, also backed by the blood sweat and tears of the men, women and children that believe in its meaning. The real crime against humanity is how our history and ancestors are skewed and disrespected by the miseducated and those who saw "Lincoln" and thought it was the best movie ever.

5. In conclusion, the confederate flag is the ultimate car swag sir, and that is no crime!

Thank you for your time Mr. Rose.

Sincerely,

A slowly integrating pacific northwestern, social minority

Now, I’m not entirely ignorant to the South. In the (Union) Army, I went through months of training at Fort Benning, Georgia. I also have many good friends from there – some from the Army and a few who have tried unsuccessfully to use the same defenses of the Confederate flag.

I’m a long way from being convinced that the confederate flag is anything but a glorification to the sad, brutal culture of the past portrayed with grit and without apology in films such as “12 Years A Slave ” (see it) and the Neil Young song “Southern Man.”

I appreciate the thoughtful comments from Mr. Slowly Integrating. Still, if he feels so strongly about displaying a rebel flag or a Jolly Roger on his rig, perhaps he could buy many of the recognizable “Star Wars” Rebel insignias available on the web ($1.50 on eBay) or an actual Jolly Roger.

This is the Pacific Northwest not Alabama. I'm not trying to be high-minded as much as I want to be always cognizant of the horrors attached to that flag.

Yes, people like to put a lot of silly things on their vehicles. (Full disclosure: My 21-year-old Volvo wagon has an "I Saw Pearl Jam" sticker that embarrasses my teen daughters slapped on the back.) The Confederate flag is among the silliest. For now, I’ll continue to treat it as a joke. It’s my way of dealing with a symbol that makes my stomach churn.

Am I wrong? Free speech rules. I respect that. (Indeed, I’m torn on an Arizona high school’s decision to ban a student from displaying the Confederate flag on his truck while on school grounds.) But is displaying the “Southern Cross” on your car really a rational or a tasteful way to let everyone stuck with you in a Northwest traffic jam know that you’re a rebel soul?

Feel free to sound off below.

Oh, and should I be shocked that no one wrote to defend John Schneider’s feathered helmet hair.

-- Joseph Rose

 

15989 ---Southern Heritage Or Racist Emblem? --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-20 13:22:24 -0500
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Georgia Confederate Flag License Plate: Southern Heritage Or Racist Emblem?

By Christopher Zara
February 19 2014

Nick Genesi, director of communications for the Georgia Department of Revenue, responded with the following comment:

“The Sons of Confederate Veterans CV plate is not a new plate. This is actually a currently issuing plate that has recently been transitioned from embossed to digital, as with all other plates issued in the state.”

Commonly known as the Confederate flag, the X-shaped banner of 13 stars never officially represented the Confederacy. It was actually rejected as the national flag in 1861, instead being adopted by General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. The flag’s popularity as a symbol of Southern heritage gained a resurgence in the mid-20th century, but civil rights advocates condemn the image as a racist reminder of the region’s attempt to hold on to the institution of slavery.   

“Could you imagine a person or group going to ANY state capital submitting paperwork for a Black Panther license plate ...” one blogger wrote on Urban Intellectuals.

Conversely, the Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans says it has a right to promote and preserve the distinct cultural heritage of the Southern U.S. states. In a press release, it said proceeds in the amount of $10 per plate will go toward financial support for the group.

Founded in 1896, the group has included the Confederate flag on previous specialty plates in Georgia. However, the new design, announced on Monday, sparked a backlash after local news outlets, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, started reporting on it. Criticism of the plate spread on Wednesday as national outlets picked up the story. 

Whether you consider the Confederate Flag a symbol of Southern heritage or institutional racism may largely depend on where you live and whom you voted for. Online polls show opinions are decidedly mixed. Comments on Debate.org are split down the middle, with 50 percent of respondents saying the flag is racist and 50 percent saying it is not. But research on YouGov.org shows opinions are more divided when measured across party lines. More than half of Republican respondents said they see the flag as a symbol of Southern pride, compared with only 4 percent of Democrats.

The Georgia Department of Revenue, which approves specialty plate designs, did not respond to a request for comment.

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On The Web:   http://www.ibtimes.com/georgia-confederate-flag-license-plate-southern-heritage-or-racist-emblem-1556658

   

15988 ---Ga Criticized Over Flag License Plates --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-20 13:03:17 -0500
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Civil rights leaders criticize Georgia for approving Confederate flag license plates

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Civil rights activists ripped a decision by Georgia’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to approve “specialty” license plates featuring the Confederate flag, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Wednesday.

“To display this is reprehensible,” Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesperson Maynard Eaton was quoted as saying. “We don’t have license plates saying ‘Black Power.’”

State law gives the DMV discretion over the approval of vanity plates, with the proviso that they not be allowed to mock members of any race or ethnicity. The Confederate plates were designed by the state chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which insisted they were not meant in a derogatory fashion, and were an effort to help people celebrate their heritage.

“By sanctioning the plate, they are not saying they agree with our organization,” Sons spokesperson Ray McBerry told the Journal-Constitution. “They’re just saying it’s a level playing field.”

The $80 plates replace an older design that was already approved by the DMV. The Sons of Confederate Veterans receive $10 from each sale, which the group says will go toward promoting “education efforts.”

Gov. Nathan Deal (R), who had reportedly promised to give Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a more visible representations on the grounds of the state Capitol, expressed surprise regarding the DMV’s move.

“I hadn’t heard that so I don’t know anything about it,” Deal was quoted as saying. “I’ll have to talk to them about it. I had no information in advance about it.”

On The Web:   http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/19/civil-rights-leaders-criticize-georgia-for-approving-confederate-flag-license-plates/

15987 ---Flag: Complex History In Georgia --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-20 12:53:44 -0500
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Wed., February 19, 2014

Confederate Flag Has A Complex History In Georgia
By Adam Ragusea

MACON, Ga.  — 

The Confederate flag is back in the news in Georgia. Civil rights advocates are decrying the state’s recent approval of a specialty license plate incorporating the flag. It was a little more than 10 years ago when Georgia was embroiled in a debate about whether the Confederate emblem should appear on the state flag.

David Davis, a professor of Southern Studies at Mercer University, spoke to GPB Macon’s Adam Ragusea about the complex history surrounding the issue of the Confederate flag in Georgia.

Davis explains the Confederacy went through three different national flags throughout its existence.

There’s a difference between the flag of the Confederate Nation, known as stars and bars, and the Confederate battle emblem, which is more famous for its controversy.

The Confederate battle emblem is the flag featured on the specialty plate.

Here’s the edited version of their conversation below:

Adam Ragusea: Well it wasn’t until the 1950s that the Confederate battle emblem was introduced as a component of the Georgia state flag.

David Davis: In 1956.

AR: Why did that happen?

DD: Well, Governor Marvin Griffin introduced a bill to change the Georgia state flag. One reason for doing this was it was the upcoming centennial of the Civil War. And many people were reverting to think of the Civil War memory at this point in time.

The issue of heritage was very prominent in the political landscape at this moment. But we were still a few years away from the centennial. What had actually happened just then was the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, and Marvin Griffin did say publicly that the nation is looking to Georgia to take the lead on segregation. And this could very easily and probably accurately be interpreted as the state of Georgia making its position on segregation clear- a combative position.

AR: Why do you think that in the year 2014, the idea that the battle emblem could be on a specialty license plate in Georgia still evoke such powerful emotions in people?

DD: Well, there are valid and competing interpretations of what that flag signifies. A lot of people will tell you, and I’m going to take their word at face value, that this flag signifies for them their Southern heritage. However, an awful lot of other people see that flag as a signifier of racial antipathy, hatred, and violence.

AR: Maynard Eaton, who is a spokesperson for the Southern Christian Leadership conference, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution in reference to this new specialty plate that “It’s reprehensible,” and “We don’t have license plates with the saying ‘Black Power’.” Do you think that’s an apt comparison in your opinion as a scholar?

DD: I don’t know that I would necessarily endorse exactly that position, although I clearly see why he would make that statement. What seems much more problematic to me is that the state has been put in the position of endorsing any number of special interest groups with their own agendas. It’s great to save wildflowers. It’s great to support historic preservation. But if we open up the doors to any special interest group having their own specialty plates, then it puts the state in the difficult position of having to endorse agendas that do not reflect the beliefs of the entire state.

Adam Ragusea: David Davis is a professor of Southern Studies at Mercer University in Macon. Professor, thanks for talking to us.

David Davis: Thanks for having me.

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On The Web:   http://www.gpb.org/news/2014/02/19/confederate-flag-has-a-complex-history-in-georgia

 

15986 ---Plate Features Battle Flag --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-20 12:31:34 -0500
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Group's Ga. license plate features Confederate battle flag

Feb 19, 2014



ATLANTA -- A license plate available for Georgians with the Confederate battle flag in the background is drawing some complaints from civil rights leaders.

The design from the Sons of Confederate Veterans features the group's logo prominently up front as the Confederate battle flag covers the background. It also has the words "Sons of Confederate Veterans" where the county name is usually placed on the plates.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Charles Steele called the plate a slap in the face to African-Americans who were dehumanized under the Confederacy.

"That's when we were lynched, taken away from our families. That's when our women were raped. Do you want to promote that? No," said Steele.

State Rep. Tommy Benton of Jefferson, a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, points out their specialty place has been around for several years.

"We've had that tag for at least 15 years. It's just a new design just like all the other tags have been redesigned," Benton said.

The new design does have a larger version of the battle flag as background, but Benton insists his organization is only promoting history.

"I don't think it's supporting slavery at all," Benton said. "We are honoring our ancestors, who a lot of them gave everything they had for what they believed in."

There are currently no bills in the legislature to change the Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate, but one lawmaker involved in that process says if someone tries that, they might have to change all of Georgia's specialty plates.

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On The Web:   http://www.11alive.com/news/article/322039/3/Groups-Ga-license-plate-features-Confederate-flag

15985 ---Keeping Lincoln Out Of Richmond --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-20 11:55:46 -0500
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Those Keeping Lincoln Out of Richmond
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
Winfield Scott was keenly aware of the capabilities of the Southern officers who fought under him in Mexico, and did not hesitate to inform Lincoln of who it was opposing the conquest of Richmond.
 
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"
 
Those Keeping Lincoln Out of Richmond:


 
"Abraham Lincoln once asked General [Winfield S.] Scott the question: 
 
"Why is it that you were once able to take the City of Mexico in three months with five thousand men, and we have been unable to take Richmond with one hundred thousand men?
 
"I will tell you," said General Scott. "The men who took us into the City of Mexico are the same men who are keeping us out of Richmond."
 
(Confederate Veteran, September 1913, page 471)

 

15984 ---Punishing Sherman's Vandals --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-20 11:43:32 -0500
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Punishing Sherman's Vandals
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
Formed out of the Eighth Texas Cavalry in mid-1864 by General John Bell Hood, Captain Alexander Shannon’s “Scouts” was one of the most colorful and effective cavalry units during the war.  The thirty-man force regularly attacked Sherman’s foraging parties that terrorized Southern civilians, often thrashing units four times their number.
 
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"
 
Punishing Sherman’s Vandals


 
“A passage from a letter written by Enoch John, one of Shannon’s Scouts, on December 18, 1864, reveals the hard nature of the war waged by these men. 

“I have enjoyed myself on this trip but think, sometimes, I am getting hard-hearted,” he wrote.  “But I notice the tears of a lady always bring tears to me eyes and the smoke and flames of a dwelling prevents the prayers of the Yankees for their lives, even when on their knees, being heard, and steadies my nerves to kill them all . . . I have a brace of pistols that never snap.”
 
[Shannon’s] Scouts often employed hit-and-run tactics.  “Witnesses stated that Shannon’s rule was immediately to attack any enemy force encountered and if it proved too strong to withdraw,” wrote one historian of the unit.  If endangered, the Scouts remained concealed, waiting for a chance to pounce on stragglers.
 
“[Crossing into North Carolina the Scouts] . . . hardly had time to feed their horses before the picket reported Yankees just down the road robbing a house.” [General Joe Wheeler led] twenty of Shannon’s men in a small ambush against some [enemy] troopers pillaging a residence near Rockingham. 
 
The Confederates routed the stunned Yankees and killed or captured thirty-five in a spirited skirmish.  Two troopers from the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry were killed, as were two of the 8th Indiana Cavalry.  Mathew S. Ross of Company G surrendered, but one of Shannon’s men shot him in the back of the head nonetheless, the ball lodging between his skull and the skin of his forehead.  “He lived until after dark that night when he died . . . [recalled a captured comrade]”
 
(The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads, Eric J. Wittenberg, Savas Beatie, 2006, pp. 87-89)
 
 

15983 ---Southern Reflections And Sentiments --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-20 11:29:31 -0500
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Dear SHNV Friends,
 
Some of our Southern reflections and sentiments are not so easy to handle. Some require reflective, insightful and analytic thinking to make our future better than our post-bellum past.
 
FBI CONFEDERATE ARTEFACT RECOVERIES ~ Late at night in a top secret operation an FBI agent drained down an already shallow city lake in Guilford County, North Carolina in order to recover Confederate cannons placed there for use at a future time at the end of the war. When the war was over the Southern States had no intention of remaining in the union of States. Guilford County was a Supply Depot and staging area for the Confederate military during their resistance to the USA invasion of their country. Several cannons were easily removed before sunrise. The FBI agent who revealed this stated that this was his private operation and that it was not done by the authority of government orders. I reserve judgment on whether or not to believe parts of this story, but I have absolutely no reason to doubt his rendition of the events. This story came directly from a full-time FBI agent. The Southern people and property have long been targeted and infiltrated by secret FBI agents, operatives, informants and operations. Spying on Southerner's and their communications is not new.
 
Southerners now have over 1,100 separate heritage and history organizations and many of these are objects of special interest to the overly paranoid and confident USA establishment. The totalitarian establishment of the USA, in my judgment, has nothing fear from Southern organizations.
 
The largest Southern organization that actually acts on its beliefs and sentiments has been the KKK, the UKA, and 30 other similar groups who have been heavily infiltrated by agents of the USA for almost 150 years. These government agents personally performed many of the violent acts attributed to these Southern groups. Sadly these 30+ groups were formed in support of what is called American or Yankee Nativism which was a New England Yankee cultural manifestation. During U.S. Occupation of the Southern States 1865-1877 their beliefs were made into law and forced on the Southern people by their occupying military commanders and the illegally elected new State puppet governments. The lesser educated Southerner's during these 12 years of military occupation and dictatorship were looking for straws to give them some home; hence, their yankee occupiers fanned the flames of their frustration.
 
Yankee Nativism arose out of New England's Puritanism and was 1) anti Roman Catholic, 2) anti Jew and 3) anti all non-white people. As much as northerner's may hate the fact the formation of the ideas and concepts of the KKK, the UKA and other such groups was part of the yankeefication of the USA during the years following the war. This explains why the KKK was so popular in Oregon, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, etc. The Southern KKK was ordered disbanded in 1868 by their own leaders under the direction of CSA General N.B. Forest. 
 
Today Southerners have been unable to unite their conceptions or their organizations. They pose no immediate threat to the status quo of the U.S. totalitarian establishment.  I see two main reasons for the weak construct of Southern groups. The FIRST REASON involves the heavy infiltration of these organizations by government agents, operatives and informants who have a laundry list M.O's. used to discredit, delegitimize or otherwise weaken or prevent their key goals from becoming realized. The list of "dirty tricks" is as successful as it is heart breaking in its execution.
 
The SECOND REASON is the complete success of the "American (not just Southern) Pogrom of Reconstruction" following the war that was executed in order to establish a new nation/empire in the place of the previous American republic. My words are carefully chosen here. Most Southerners are so thoroughly "reconstructed" that they do not believe they are reconstructed. Interesting that New Yorkers have always been proud of their "Empire" State Building.
 
The republic died in 1861 and was buried in 1865. The New American Order of governance has been and continues to be bogusly justified by the establishment into law through a post-bellum Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that was never constitutionally ratified, the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment was declared law even though it was never legally ratified. That never bothered the people of New England who enjoyed burning copies of the Constitution of the USA in the streets of their larger cities.
 
In spite of the sentimentality expressed by many Southerner's and some of their groups like the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the officer's corp called the Military Order of the Stars and Bars none of them purport to be a Southern movement. They remain more of an emotional pusillanimous outlet for Southern Confederate sentiment and pride about their ancestors, their Confederate symbols and flags and the noble and brave manliness of their ancestors opposition to tyranny.
 
These three organizations take pride in purporting these sentiments and pledge to their death to support in every way what their ancestors resisted unto death. They want no part in secession, in reestablishing home rule in their individual States or in reestablishing sovereignty, State Rights or independence in their home States. AND they take a great deal of pride in pledging their affections, their own lives and the lives of their children and their fortunes to the preservation and defence of the United States of America. This is why the volunteer U.S. military is filled with a disproportionate number of Southern people.
 
Their level of sentimentality represents the evisceration of Southern and Cavalier manhood and the complete surrender of their heritage with its morals, values and culture to a secular centralized state. Lip service to sentimental views is not the sturdy conviction of their ancestors. I wish I were wrong about this, but it appears that the communistic USA of today has nothing to fear from today's South. They prefer to be the "Obedient Servant(s)" of the state central government rather than to be like their ancestors who viewed themselves as "Obedient Servants to God."
 
Sincerely,
 
Tim D. Manning
Executive Director
Southern Partisan Reader and
North Carolina Heritage Foundation
(336) 420-5355
 
 

15982 ---Battle Of Olustee - 150th Anniversary --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-19 16:42:44 -0500
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Florida Marks 150th Anniversary of Battle of Olustee

By: Kevin Derby
February 15, 2014

Civil War aficionados, sporting both the Union Blue and the Confederate Gray, will be gathering this weekend some 15 miles east of Lake City, in the middle of the Osceola National Forest and right off of I-10, to re-enact the battle of Olustee -- the largest Civil War battle in Florida. Thursday marks the 150th anniversary of the battle.

While there will be a parade and festival held in Lake City the entire weekend, the highlight will be the 38th re-enactment of the battle which will be at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park on Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m.

The battle of Olustee was fought on Feb. 20, 1864, when Union forces advancing from Jacksonville to take Lake City were defeated by a force of Confederates. Almost 40 percent of the Union troops were casualties, compared to 20 percent of the Confederates. Three regiments of newly emancipated black troops, including the 54th Massachusetts regiment celebrated in the movie "Glory," took part in the battle.

Of course, this being Florida -- the state of hanging chads and the front lines of close presidential elections ranging from 1876 to 2000 -- there were more than a few politicians involved in the fighting.

The Confederate forces were led by Joseph Finegan -- a Floridian who was a leading figure in the state. A Nassau County political leader who was at the state secession convention in 1861 and a railroad promoter who was a partner with David Levy Yulee, Finegan later commanded the Florida Brigade in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Finegan's house on Amelia Island was taken during the war by the federal government -- namely future Gov. Harrison Reed of the U.S. Treasury Department. Reed pushed to turn Finegan’s house into a home and school for black orphans. The school was led by Chloe Merrick, an idealistic teacher from the North. Reed would later marry Merrick and embark on one of the stormiest political careers in Florida’s history.

Some scholars -- and certainly more than a few contemporary observers -- credited Georgian Alfred Colquitt with the Confederate victory at Olustee. A veteran brigade commander with Lee’s army who also saw service in North Carolina, Colquitt had been a congressman before the war and would serve as governor of Georgia and a U.S. senator after the war.

Needless to say, partisans of both leaders argued over who deserved credit for the victory. Even Alexander Stephens, the diminutive Georgian who served as Jefferson Davis’ vice president, could not resist entering the fray. In "The Reviewer’s Reviewed," his strange response to critics of his monumental but, alas, nearly unreadable, "A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States," Stephens praised both generals -- but gave Colquitt more credit than Finegan for winning at Olustee.

The general leading the Union forces had an odd career of his own. Truman Seymour, the Union commander, was a member of the West Point class of 1846 which produced some of the leading generals of the war -- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and George Pickett, for example. Seymour, who had experience fighting the Seminoles in Florida in the 1850s, was not much of a general and, after losing Olustee, was relieved of command and sent to command a brigade in Virginia -- and was captured by Confederate forces at the Battle of the Wilderness.

Seymour found his calling after the war. He had married the daughter of Robert Weir, his drawing instructor at West Point. Fitting enough, Seymour ended up as close friends with one of Weir’s students who failed out of West Point and ended up as an artist -- James Whistler, creator of "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1" (commonly known as "Whistler’s Mother"). Seymour ended up in Europe painting watercolors after the war and is buried in a fitting location for artists -- Florence, Italy.

On The Web:   http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/olustee-largest-civil-war-battle-florida-150th-anniversary-being-marked-weekend

15981 ---Cop Stumbles In Suit --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-19 16:10:30 -0500
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Friday, February 14, 2014
   
Embattled Georgia Cop Stumbles in Speech Suit
By IULIA FILIP
       
ATLANTA (CN) - A deputy police chief demoted after posting a confederate flag on Facebook during the presidential election cannot sue the department, a federal judge ruled.

Rex Duke joined the Clayton State University Police Department as a police officer in 2004, and eventually rose to captain and deputy chief of police at the Morrow, Ga.-based school.

In November 2012, shortly after the presidential election ended, Duke posted an image of the Confederate flag on his Facebook page, accompanied by the phrase, "It's time for the second revolution." Even though Duke removed the post within an hour, Atlanta television station WSB was alerted to it and ran an evening news story discussing the Facebook post and Duke's position as deputy chief. The department investigated Duke after it received anonymous complaints against him, and concluded that the post was inappropriate given Duke's position.

Duke claimed the post was intended only for his close friends and family, did not mention the department or his colleagues, and did not break any department policies. He explained that his intention was to express "his general dissatisfaction with Washington politicians."

Duke said Police Chief Bobby Hamil nevertheless recommended demoting him, noting that officers "should not espouse political beliefs in public."

Lowered from captain to detective in January 2013, Duke suffered a $15,000 pay cut and was stripped of his duties as deputy chief.

Duke filed suit and resigned after he was allegedly reassigned later that year from his day-shift patrol duties to a less desirable shift typically given to less experienced officers.

The First Amendment complaint against Hamil and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, which runs Clayton State University, alleged that the demotion caused Duke emotional distress and financial hardship, exacerbating a pre-existing heart condition.

U.S. District Judge Richard Story dismissed Duke's claims against the Board of Regents last week based on his finding that the state institution has immunity.

In addition to concluding that 11th Amendment immunity bars claims against Hamil in his official capacity, Story found no basis to enjoin the police chief from continuing alleged First Amendment violations against Duke and other employees.

On this point, Duke had not offered specific evidence that Hamil had been suppressing the speech of his subordinates, and any violation of Duke's speech rights could not be deemed ongoing because of his resignation, the Feb. 4 order states.

What's more, Duke never alleged that he was fired in retaliation for his speech or that his resignation was forced, according to the ruling.

Here it is plain that Duke had posted the image and the caption on his Facebook page as a citizen, not as an employee of the police department, according to the ruling.

"The court finds that plaintiff's speech can be fairly considered to relate to matters of political concern to the community because a Confederate flag can communicate an array of messages, among them various political or historical points of view," Story wrote.

"Combine this symbol with a statement calling for a revolution right after an election, and it is plausible that plaintiff was expressing his dissatisfaction with Washington politicians," he continued. "Even if plaintiff had intended to convey a more radical message by using the Confederate flag and the word revolution, that message would also relate to political and social concerns of the community regardless of how unpopular or controversial that point of view may be."

Outweighing Duke's interest in speaking are the police department's interests, as a government agency, which include maintaining discipline, mutual respect and "a favorable reputation with the public," according to the ruling.

"After all, while the court acknowledges that plaintiff intended to express his disapproval of Washington politicians, on its face his speech could convey a drastically different message with different implications," Story wrote. "Many of these messages are controversial, divisive, and prejudicial to say the least. Because these potentially offensive messages came from the department's second-in-command, Hamil did not have to wait to see if the controversy affected the discipline, mutual respect, or trust among the officers plaintiff supervised before addressing it."

Given Duke's supervisory responsibilities, his conduct reflected on the department's reputation, and could undermine loyalty, discipline and good working relationships among his colleagues if left unaddressed, according to the ruling.

Story noted that Duke's message, which could be interpreted as prejudicial and as advocating revolution, could undermine confidence in the department, an institution charged with upholding law and order.

What's more, Story found, the politically charged context in which Duke posted the message also heightened the potential for his speech to damage the department's interests.

The court concluded that Hamil did not violate the First Amendment when he demoted Duke because the department's interest in maintaining its order and reputation outweighed Duke's interest in expressing his political opinions, especially when they could be perceived as offensive or divisive.

Even if the court found that Hamil did violate Duke's speech rights, he would still be entitled to qualified immunity because the rights were not clearly established, the order adds.

An appeal is possible, Duke's attorney James Radford said in an interview.

"There is no doubt that Mr. Duke was protected by the First Amendment for the expression of his viewpoints," Radford said. "The issue is whether the university had an overriding interest that would justify them punishing his free speech. We believe the record was not sufficient for the state to meet that burden, and we respectfully disagree with the order."

A spokeswoman for the attorney general, who represents the Board of Regents, declined to comment on the ruling.

Hamil's attorney did not return a request for comment. 
    
On The Web:   http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/02/14/65389.htm

    

15980 ---Flagging The VMFA, 2-15-2014 --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-19 15:54:13 -0500
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Flagging the VMFA 2-15-2014



Despite FRIGID temperatures, cold rain, and a chilly wind, the Va Flaggers took advantage of a very brief break in the rain to head down to to the Boulevard and post and forward the colors to protest the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts? and their forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  This was the THIRD day of flagging this week, reminding museum officials that far from backing down, we are more determined than ever to stand for our Confederate ancestors and the flags they died beneath.

Old Soldiers Home Resident Spotlight:

John Jefferson Goin
Cause of admission: Old age.
Company B, 46th Regiment, Virginia Infantry.
15 September 1922.
Age at time of admission: 84 years.
Admitted by: Board of Visitors.
Place of residence at time of admission: Buckingham County,
Virginia.
http://image.lva.virginia.gov/Camp_Lee/html/3237.html

God Bless Private Goin, and God bless the Flaggers who stand for him and in memory of all of the Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park!

Barry Isenhour
Va Flaggers

Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014: Susan will be speaking at the February meeting of the Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy Camp #2141, SCV, Fredericksburg, VA. 4:00 p.m., Perkins Restaurant, 10 Simpson Rd.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014: Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the R.E Lee Camp #1589, SCV. Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant, 2401 Colony Crossing Place, Midlothian, VA 23112. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014: Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, March 25th: Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV. Lillian's Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m. www.stonewallcamp380.com

Saturday, April 12th: Susan will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th: Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA. Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

April 19, 2014, 2014: Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th, 2014: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, June 28th: The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD. Guest Speakers: Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here: www.plpow.com

Contributions to the I-95 Battle Flag project 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


 

15979 ---Hunley At 150 --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-19 15:43:00 -0500
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Confederate sub at 150: Still mystery why Hunley sank along with her prey

One theory that emerged recently is that the Confederates' hand-cranked Hunley, the first sub to sink an enemy ship, got too close to the Union's Housatonic when the blast occurred.

By Patrik Jonsson, Staff Writer
February 17, 2014

Atlanta

One-hundred-fifty years after the Hunley made the South proud, the Confederate submarine remains a graceful and formidable machine, its rusted shell continuing to tell tales worthy of the greatest Southern yarn-spinners.

Desperation, military stakes, engineering knowhow, and sheer bravery all played a role in the historic moment on Feb. 17, 1864, when eight Confederate navy men cranked the Hunley up to a Union ship called the Housatonic and jammed an explosive into her side in an effort to break the chokehold Union blockade of the critical Southern port of Charleston, S.C.

Hunley’s explosive stab was the first time a military submarine ever sank an enemy ship, and it had an immediate and tragic coda: The Hunley and her eight crew also retired to the bottom of Charleston Harbor, from where it was excavated and returned to harbor in 2000 after being found in 1995.

The return of the Hunley to land was marked with the pride of cannon fire and cheering crowds, and her treasure was immediate and fulfilling – including the discovery of a bullet-bent coin embossed with the phrase “My life preserver,” as well as buttons, bones and other belongings from the eight-man crew.

But it’s taken the ensuing fifteen years for researchers to get close to solving the mystery of why the Hunley sank after dispatching her torpedo with a long spar mounted on its prow.

The Hunley was built in Mobile, Alabama, and hauled by train to Charleston. In test runs, it had already killed several crews by the time it struck the Housatonic, but had each time been raised out of the water to try again. Crew members, lit by lantern-light, sat in a tight row – assuredly praying and sweating – as they hand-cranked a propeller while diving as deep as 50 feet.

From discovered drawings most experts thought the Hunley was a rude and rudimentary machine, so researchers were shocked at its graceful lines and the ingenuity of its engineering.

“A real surprise was that the submarine was far more technically advanced than anybody had ever thought,” the novelist Clive Cussler, who helped find the ship, told the Monitor in 2001.

Scientists say they’re still not 100 percent sure why the Hunley sank, but last year researchers announced a new theory. While the torpedo sat at the tip of a 200-foot spar, evidence shows that the Hunley may have been as few as 20 feet from the Housatonic’s hull when the blast went off. Judging by damage to the spar, researchers suggest the explosion may have knocked the crew unconscious and the boat to the bottom.

Previous theories had suggested that the Hunley’s crew ran out of air before they could return to harbor. Put to rest in 2004, the eight crew members were the last Confederates to be buried from the war.

On Monday night, military reenactors will gather at the Hunley’s launching spot, to commemorate the achievement of the pioneering sub and her brave crew.

© The Christian Science Monitor

On The Web:   http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2014/0217/Confederate-sub-at-150-Still-mystery-why-Hunley-sank-along-with-her-prey

15978 ---Truth Concerning The Flag --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-19 13:03:36 -0500
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"The Truth Concerning the Confederate Battle Flag"
 
This excellent CD is now available to purchase in large quantity for a VERY LOW PRICE. For just $40, you can purchase 100 cd's to hand out when flagging, or to give to friends, family, or anyone with whom you discuss the Confederate Battle Flag. These cost efficient CDs provide an easy source to get the message out about the history of the Confederate battle flag, our heritage, why the Confederate Soldier fought, and the Christian origins of the Saint Andrews Cross.
 
Recent update from Joel Coleman:
 

To all who have ordered the CDs "Truth Concerning the Confederate Battle Flag" by Pastor John Weaver:
 
We have distributed over 80,000 of these very informative CDs at our cost, which is 35 cents each. They have gone out all over the Country and we intend to continue this worthwhile project.
 
If you or anyone you know would like some of these CDs, please contact me (info is below).
 
Here are instructions for ordering:
 
I prefer to limit orders to increments of 50, since they are so inexpensive, and considering the time and effort it takes to ship just a few. You can get 50 for $17.50 plus $3 for postage or 100 for $35 plus $5 for postage (all are individually sleeved). I hope this is not a problem for any of you. If you would like to have some sent to you, please send a check, payable to me to this address:
 
Joel Coleman
8405 Jenkins Rd.
Winston, Georgia 30187
 
or contact me direct at joelkc2442@gmail.com
 
Imagine the difference we could make in educating the public if everyone reading email distributed just 100 cd's during the Sesquicentennial!
 
Listen to the audio here:
 
High Speed Link: http://scvcamp.org/georgia12thbrigade/audio/dsl/TruthAboutConfederateFlag.m3u
 
Dial Up Link: http://scvcamp.org/georgia12thbrigade/audio/dialup/TruthAboutConfederateFlag.m3u
 
 

15977 ---Learning Something New About The Cause --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-19 12:43:16 -0500
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Re: Notification of payment received
 
From: demastus@aol.com
 
Mr. Blankenship, thanks so much for your thoughtful and generous contribution. I appreciate your support.
 
Chuck Demastus
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From: BruceBlankenship@comcast.net
 
You are welcome. I look forward to each of your e-mails because I know I will learn something new about the Cause for which my ancestors valiantly fought. I firmly believe that we are witnessing their worst fears with the total ruination of the country. They suffered through the period of Reconstruction and now we and the rest of the country are experiencing a continuation of reconstruction in the form of Marxist "Change." Had The South won in its struggle for independence then I do not believe Socialism, Marxism, or Communism would have taken hold in America./Respectfully, Bruce Lee Blankenship
 
 

15976 ---New Masters From The North --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-19 12:24:29 -0500
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New Masters From the North
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
Northern abolitionists embarked on their Port Royal Experiment to determine if “the freedman would work without the incentive of the lash.”  At Fripp Plantation the new masters in 1862 resorted to withholding bacon from freedmen who would not work the fields, finding that “they have not done a third the usual work this year.” The black man was also utilized as a substitute for reluctant Northern soldiers.
 
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 Masters From the North
 
“Sunday, May 11 -- [Captain] Hazard Stevens cam over with despatches from General [David] Hunter ordering all the agents to send him in the morning all able-bodied black men between the ages of 18 and 45, capable of bearing arms, on the plantations.  There was no explanation whatsoever for the reasons for the demand, or what was to be done with them, and nothing but our confidence in General Hunter’s friendliness to the race gave us a shadow of comfort.  But that would avail little to the Negroes, who would lose the confidence they are beginning to feel in [Northern] white men.
 
Companies of soldiers were to be sent from Beaufort in the night and distributed to the different plantations to prevent the Negroes from taking to the woods . . . [to escape military conscription].
 
Mr. G. [spoke to freedman Joe] telling him that General Hunter had work at Hilton Head for a great many black men . . . [and the orders] must be obeyed and he must march; he had to go at once to his house for his cap, say good-bye to his wife and come to us to leave his will, for he said he never expected to come back.
 
We made as light of the whole thing as we could, but did not dare say anything . . . which might make [the Negroes] feel afterward as if we had deceived them, for the thing they dread is being made to fight, and we knew that there had been men about trying to recruit for Hunter’s pet idea, a regiment of blacks.
 
If we can have blacks to garrison the forts and save our soldiers through the hot weather, every one will be thankful.  But I don’t believe you could make soldiers of these men at all – they are afraid, and they know it.
 
Letter from W.C.C., May 27 – plantation Negroes, at least – will never make soldiers in one generation.  Five white men could put a regiment to flight; but they may be very useful in preventing sickness and death among our troops by relieving them of part of their work . .”
 
(Letters From Port Royal, Elizabeth Ware Pearson, editor, W.B. Clarke Company, 1906, excerpts, pp. 38-43)
 
 

15975 ---Reflecting On Total War --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-18 17:58:56 -0500
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Reflecting on Total War
 
From: bernhard1848@gmail.com
 
There was a time when certain groups, like women, children and the aged were spared the sufferings of war, and when armies fought each other on the field of battle to decide an issue.  This chivalric discrimination came to an end in the modern warfare practiced by Lincoln, Sherman and Sheridan.
 
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"
 
Reflecting on Total War
 
“The French Revolution marks the period when the impulse to end discrimination and to integrate everything first began to make itself definitely felt.  From the beginning of the age of chivalry until this date the Western world had generally recognized a code of war.
 
The Napoleonic Wars following the French Revolution [brought] in the “democratic” conscript army but they preserved the distinction between combatant and noncombatant.  Civilians retained their freedom of movement.  The armies marched along paths prescribed for them, fought for victory rather than for annihilation, and expected society to go on with its function.  When the eighteen-year upheaval was over, the central figure in it, though overthrown, was neither hanged or shot.
 
He was transported to an island where he could live out his years in comfort, if not in happiness.  When he escaped and repeated his offense, he was transported to a more remote island.  There was never any thought of trying to “prove” something by killing him.  A distinction was preserved between an enemy on the field of battle and an enemy captured.
 
During the Crimean War (1854-56) Russia continued to pay interest on its debt to its enemy Britain.  War was one thing; the honoring of financial obligations another.
 
The American Civil War, coming a decade later, marked a decisive turn in the direction of total war.  The Federal commander George B. McClellan and the Confederate General Robert E. Lee belonged to the old school.  Both conducted the type of war which is designed to overthrow the opposing army and decide the issue on the field of battle. It was not part of their policy to turn the war against civilians and non-military objectives.
 
[Lincoln and the Radical leaders of the Northern Congress] removed [McClellan] from command after the battle of [Sharpsburg]. The character of the war thereafter was changed drastically, and in the last two years the Federal Generals [Sherman and Sheridan] carried on a systematic warfare of destruction in Virginia and the Carolinas with the object of involving the entire population.
 
The statement of the former that he would “bring every Southern woman to the washtub” and the latter that he had devastated the Shenandoah Valley . . . sounded the end to the age of chivalry.  For his part in this General Sherman has been termed by an admiring biographer a “fighting prophet,” who saw beyond the old concept of war to a new order, in which no one and nothing would be spared.
 
[The] advance toward totalism in [the First World War] certainly appears in the sweeping nature of the conscription practiced by all belligerents and in the way in which every phase of life  -- economic, financial, social, and cultural – was drawn into the struggle and made ancillary to the war. To an unprecedented degree the idea was promoted that the nation should become as one , with no thought but to kill and destroy.
 
The Second World War went immeasurably further and reduced the word “noncombatant” almost to meaningless.  Distinctions of sex and age and vocation vanished away.  Neither status nor location offered any immunity from destruction, and that often of a horrible kind.  Mass killing did indeed rob the cradle and the grave.
 
Our nation was treated to the spectacle of young boys fresh out of Kansas and Texas turning nonmilitary Dresden into a holocaust which is said to have taken tens of thousands of lives, pulverizing ancient shrines like monte Casino and Nuremburg, and bringing atomic annihilation to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
 
These are items of the evidence that the war of unlimited objectives has swallowed up all discrimination, comparison, humanity, and, we would have to add, enlightened self-interest.  We are compelled to recall Winston Churchill, a descendant of the Duke of Marlborough and in many ways a fit spokesman for Britain’s nobility, saying that no extreme of violence would be considered too great for victory.
 
Then there is the equally dismaying spectacle of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the reputedly great liberal and humanitarian, smiling blandly and waving the cigarette holder while his agents showered unimaginable destruction upon European and Japanese civilians.
 
The object of this reflection, however, is not to place blame for any particular atrocity, but to ask whether civilization n has given itself a mortal hurt in going so far beyond bounds that were previously respected.  It is said that some kinds of animals become infected with a type of madness which leads finally to their extinction as a species.  Is this the kind of epitaph that will have to be written for modern man if there is anyone left to write epitaphs?
 
(Visions of Order, The Cultural Crisis of Our Time, Richard M. Weaver, ISI Books, 1995, pp. 96-98)
 
 

15974 ---MOC (Hough) --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-18 17:47:58 -0500
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MOC
 
From: johough@swbell.net


 
FIRST I MUST SAY---IF MY FAMILY HAD DONATED ANY CONFEDERATE RELICS TO THE FORMER CONFEDERATE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA I WOULD STAND IN LINE IF NECESSARY, TO HAVE THEM EACH AND EVERY ONE RETURNED TO ME AND I WOULD THEN DONATE THEM TO A MUSEUM LIKE THE CONFEDERATE ONE IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS WHICH NOW CONTAINS THE CONFEDERACY’S MONEY VAULT— MOVED FROM VIRGINIA TO TEXAS--THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF THE TEXAS DIVISION OF THE UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY.
 
The problem IN VIRGINIA is one of old--- SCALAWAGS & LINCOLN LOVING REPUBLICANS working in unison.  I hope God forgives the Museum's Southern head—because many of us Unreconstructed Confederates never will.  He has betrayed our Confederacy.  By his actions he exhibits his scorn of the very principles men such as my ancestors sweated blood, cried tears, and lost lives for.   He is disowning, repudiating and apologizing for the Cause for which Lee fought and Jackson died.  It is indeed a sad, sad world we live in if that Mr. Rawls is allowed to get by with his ignominious deeds.   If he, as I have heard, is actually a Confederate descendant—it is truly a revolting as well as a shameful situation he has brought about.
 
If Confederate Major R.E. Wilson were able to climb out of his grave, he would surely rise up and smite Rawls with a saber.  Wilson so believed in the absolute right of the South's self-defense that he stated, "If I ever disown, repudiate, or apologize for the Cause for which Lee fought and Jackson died, let the lightings of Heaven rend me, and the scorn of all good men and true women be my portion.  Sun, moon, and stars all fall on me when I cease to love the Confederacy.  'Tis the Cause, not the fate of the Cause, that is glorious."
 
Whatever is the genetic truth about the ancestry of Rawls, be he Southerner or Yankee,  he should earn the scorn of every truth-loving American—and certainly that includes more Americans than he can even imagine existing.
 
Shame, shame on him and all who support him in his repugnant, disgraceful actions.
 
By his deliberate reversal of the original purpose for which those Confederate artifacts were donated to the Museum, he affronts the (most of them dead) contributors.   If, in the museum he now seems to have taken over, he sells the story that the North’s invasion of the South was to free the slaves, he  lies.  If he sells the story that the South had no legal or moral right to secede, he lies.
 
As intelligent and clever as he is, he must be knowledgeable that this is so and probably discounts any resistance occurring if he makes slavery the centerpiece of the War of Northern Aggression.  In the doing, however, he underestimates the love that many Americans still hold for their Confederate ancestors and the admiration that some awakened northerners have for all who tell the truth.   In addition, he ignores the truth that some northerners  re learning daily that their own  ancestors were imprisoned by Abe Lincoln without trial  because those brave northerners dared say that the South had the legal right to secede.  These northern descendants are now beginning to shout that THE SOUTH WAS RIGHT!
 
But of course the Museum's head, in efforts to take advantage of the popularity of the present anti-truth, anti-South movement, may share his lies with enough dumbed down Americans and naïve foreigners to put a bit of jingle in his own pocket.
 
As we all know or should know, "money is the root of all evil."
 
It is hoped that God's angels come and visit with MR. RAWLS and all who support the original Marxist anti-South propaganda -- including that propaganda written by the great atheist Karl Marx himself, and published in America's most widely circulated newspaper, the New York Tribune during the ten years Marx was employed by Horace Greeley and Charles Dana.   Once Dana became Lincoln's Assistant Secretary of War— assistant to that fiend of a man by name of Edwin Stanton, Stanton turned out tons of the most egregious propaganda the world has ever known—all sickeningly anti-Southern, highly imaginative horror stories—even declaring that Confederate soldiers lopped off the heads of northern boys and kicked those heads about on the battle fields.
 
The Marxist inspired propaganda proved successful in getting northerners to continue the fight in the middle of the War when they were losing.
 
It does seen that perhaps what’s his name has swallowed all that propaganda.
 
Shame on him!  And shame on every school he ever attended. And shame on every Confederate descendant who is too cowardly or too brainwashed to speak out against the infamous actions of Rawls.
 
Joan Hough in Spring, Texas
 
 

15973 ---Of Possible Interest --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-18 17:38:27 -0500
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Of possible interest
 
From: vaproto@optonline.net
 
Below is a letter to the editor sent to an SCV camp whose newsletter carried the story of the Tredegar-MOC "union." If desired, perhaps you might wish to comment.
 
Thanks.
 
Val
 

February 14, 2014
 
13th Virginia Mechanized Cavalry
Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp #9
P.O. Box 5037
Driver, Virginia 23435
 
To the Editor:
 
I read with saddened heart of the fusion of the politically-correct Tredegar establishment and the soon-to-be-former Museum of the Confederacy. As was inevitable given it’s “leadership” over the years, the Museum has finally embraced that full anti-Southern mindset that cheers the victory of Lincoln’s Leviathan State over the last Republic in North America. But, parenthetically, what can one expect when Virginia’s various Sesquicentennial groups chose such slogans as “On to Richmond”—the cry of Union armies—and an “educational mobile unit” nick-named the Custermobile for the large image of Union General George Armstrong Custer which appears on its side! And this is the vehicle touring Virginia—Mother of States and Mother of Presidents—teaching the history (according to Lincoln sycophants and politically correct “historians”) of the War Against Southern Independence. Alas! The only story being told by Virginia’s heritage establishment seems to be that predicated upon the need to make a war against tyranny into a war for slavery!
 
But the effort to remove the word “Confederate” from the Museum’s name is not new. As a member several years ago, I received an e-mail from Mr. Rawls asking my opinion about doing just that. Being naïve—and believing that Rawls was being pressured to be politically correct—I advised him to hold fast to the name of the last Republic on American soil and not to support the crusade of cultural genocide against the South. Silly me! It appears that in fact he wished to reject the name and was seeking support from members of a similar persuasion.
 
I have advised those involved in the preservation of Southern heritage to challenge at law any who wish to make of the Museum one more politically-correct vehicle for the current false “historical narrative.” The mission statement of the its founders and all those who have supported it throughout the years by donations of personal treasures and money has not just been ignored by the current regime, but openly rejected. Not only does the Museum no longer recognize and promote the noble cause of the South and the sacrifice of those who fought and fell in her defense, but it has become another establishment vehicle to condemn and vilify those heroes and their cause—a cause which hero Col. John Singleton Mosby called “the noblest…ever defended by the sword…”
 
The original spirit of the Museum is to be found in the first appeals for donations in 1892:
 
“The glory, the hardships, the heroism of the war were a noble heritage for our children. To keep green such memories and to commemorate such virtues, it is our purpose to gather together and preserve in the Executive Mansion of the Confederacy the sacred relics of those glorious days.”
 
The final declaration is found in the first paragraph of the Introduction Page, Catalogue of the Confederate Museum of the Confederate Memorial Literary Society, 1905, to wit:
 
“The need of an organization to preserve a true and faithful record of the gallant struggle made by the soldiers of the South for independence being keenly felt, the Confederate Memorial Literary Society was chartered and organized under the laws of Virginia, its object being to teach all future generations the true history of the war and the principles for which these soldiers laid down their lives."

Is there anyone who sincerely believes that the current administration of the Museum is acting in accordance with these founding declarations? Rather are they not acting in a manner diametric to those noble goals? This was never to be a collection of uniforms and flags! It was always intended to memorialize the struggle of the South against federal tyranny in the War of Secession.
 
Surely, such an intentional rejection of the fundamental meaning of the institution placed in one’s trust must preclude one remaining in a position of trust. It also requires that several pertinent questions be asked—and answered!  When was the avowed purpose of the Museum of the Confederacy recast so as to make it into another component of anti-Southern propaganda? And as this new “mission” is now in effect, when was this matter made public and by what vote was the original mission removed and replaced by this current enterprise? And, again, what right did Mr. Rawls and his minions have to institute this new understanding of an institution founded before the beginning of the last century on a very different  program? Yet, as it is obvious that a new “program,” diametric to the original vision for the Museum, is now in effect, is that not contrary to the legal, not to mention moral obligations of the authorities who have brought it about? If those in charge of the Museum of the Confederacy and not of the American Civil War—a title which is mendacious in itself—could not and/or would not abide by their duties to that institution, were they not then honour-bound to remove themselves from those positions? I would say that anyone with any understanding of the meaning of those words would have said, “yes!” If they could not support an institution venerating Southern heritage as intended, they should have removed themselves from their positions. That they did not do so but chose to use those positions to force their will upon those who looked to them to honourably serve their charge only shows that the agenda of Lincoln and his armies did not end with Appomattox.
 
To my mind, I would rather that these noble relics be returned to those who gave them in good faith and placed in smaller right-thinking repositories around the South for proper recognition, understanding and reverence than for them serve as trophies for those whose victory was a matter of might over right and who continue to work ceaselessly to remove all remaining vestige of Southern heritage and history from the minds of men.
                                                                                   
Very truly yours, etc.
 
 

15972 ---New Plate Celebrates Heritage --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-18 16:30:05 -0500
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Sons of Confederate Veterans   
February 18, 2014    


 
PRESS RELEASE  
 
NEW GEORGIA LICENSE PLATE CELEBRATES SOUTHERN HERITAGE   

(ATLANTA - February 18, 2014)   As of February 1, 2014, the Sons of Confederate Veterans have a totally new Special License Plate available to all Georgians. The new design has already been approved and is now available as part of the state's new format which allows for digital images for license plates instead of the traditional raised letter format.

The new design of the SCV's special license plate features a much more prominent logo of the organization with larger stars and a beautiful Confederate battle flag image in the background and covering the entire size of the plate. Additionally, the plate features a gold frame with the words "Sons of Confederate Veterans" displayed where the county name was previously featured on the plates.

The design for the new plate previously submitted by the SCV also featured the carving on Stone Mountain, the largest Confederate monument in existence; however, Silver Dollar City which has leased the Park from the state of Georgia claims to have the carving trademarked and refuses to allow other entities to use it. At present, the Sons of Confederate Veterans has challenged the right of any private corporation to trademark a symbol which belongs to the people and state of Georgia and is considering further action to void the trademark claim of Silver Dollar City; but the new alternate license plate design was submitted by the SCV so as not to delay its production.

In addition to the promotion of Southern Heritage which comes from every license plate which is on the roads, a financial contribution of $10 from the tag fee is made to the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to promote Southern Heritage through educational activities and preservation efforts around the state. Since the program's inception several years ago, hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of the SCV specialty plates have gone toward such projects as the cleaning and maintenance of statues and monuments, the preservation of the last standing chimney of the Confederate Powderworks in Augusta, the erection of numerous other monuments across the state, the production of educational literature and posters, and even Southern history segments on radio and television across the state as part of the Sesquicentennial commemoration of the War for Southern Indpendence.

Georgia SCV Division Adjutant Tim Pilgrim had this to say about the new plates, "This specialty tag is the most attractive license tag that the State of Georgia has to offer. The new design will be available starting in February, and I would encourage members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and all Citizens of Georgia to ask for the newly designed Sons of Confederate Veterans specialty tag when it is time to renew your tags. It is a truly beautiful and honorable tag to display to all that travel our highways and roads. Remember that $10 of the renew fee does go back to the Sons of Confederate Veterans to help fund historical projects through-out the State of Georgia."

An image of the new SCV Special License Plate may be found online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org; and, again, the plates are available to all Georgians regardless of whether they are members of the SCV or not. Georgians must request the specialty plate at the time that they renew their tag each year at their local county tag office.
   
For more information, please call 404.271.8473 or contact the Georgia Division SCV online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org  

END RELEASE
 

15971 ---Va Flaggers: Honor The Truth --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-17 12:55:15 -0500
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From: Va Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Sun, Feb 16, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers: Honor the Truth and the Men Who Fought to Defend It



"The Confederate battle flag was a soldier’s flag. It was born on the battlefield and carried by the men who were fighting to defend our country from an enemy bent not on liberation, but conquest. Are we to take it down then, and meekly acquiesce in the perpetuation of that colossal lie that has been leveled against us for 150 years? Or should we let it fly to honor the truth and the men who fought under it?" - Va Flagger/Author H.V. "Bo" Traywick, Jr.

Read the full text of Mr. Traywick's remarks, as published in the February 12, 2014 Chesterfield Observer, here:  http://www.chesterfieldobserver.com/news/2014-02-12/Opinions/Letters.html

Photo: I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Projects, Chester, VA Site, as seen from the interstate, Valentine's Day, 2014.

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Contributions to the I-95 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

Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:

Saturday, February 15th:  Noon – 4:00 pm, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Thursday, February 20th:  3:00 pm - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, February 22nd:  Susan will be speaking at the February meeting of the Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy Camp #2141, SCV, Fredericksburg, VA.  4:00 p.m., Perkins Restaurant, 10 Simpson Rd.

Saturday, March 1st:  Clean-up at Hollywood Cemetery, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.  Bring rakes, yard tools, and garbage bags and join us as we continue our work to reclaim Confederate graves from the brush and overgrowth.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the R.E Lee Camp #1589, SCV.   Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant, 2401 Colony Crossing Place, Midlothian, VA 23112. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 20th:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, March 25th:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV.  Lillian's Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m.  www.stonewallcamp380.com

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information: www.shadplanking.com

April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:  www.plpow.com

 

15970 ---Southern Black History Month Tribute --- Released: about 1 month Ago. ---- 2014-02-17 12:39:54 -0500
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From: cjohnson1861 <cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, Feb 16, 2014
Subject: A Southern Black History Month tribute
To: CALVIN JOHNSON <cjohnson1681@bellsouth.net>

Dear Friends,

Please share my article with parents, teachers, students and all who love American history and send a thank you note to Huntington News at: stories@huntingtonnews.net  and Canada Free Press at cfp@canadafreepress.com  for carrying my article. Thank you!

See article at:

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/61195
 
Calvin

______________________________________________________________________
 
A Southern Black History Month tribute
 
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
 
“If you can cut the people off from their history, then they can be easily persuaded.”
 -- Karl Marx

February is Black History Month and America will not forget her past!

This Black History Month tribute is dedicated in memory of Atlanta, Georgia native and friend Eddie Brown Page, 111. Eddie was a Black Historian who loved American history “not political correctness” and knew the true stories about the men and women who bravely carried the United States and Confederate flags into battle.

The stories about Billy Yank and Johnny Reb of color should be shared during Black History Month by teachers, students, parents, historians and all who love the true history. Please read the Sons of Confederate Veterans information sheet about Black Confederates at: http://www.scv.org/documents/edpapers/blackhistory.pdf

Black Americans today like: Mr. H.K. Edgerton from North Carolina, Mr. Nelson Winbush from Florida and Professor Edward Smith from Washington, D.C. teach the true history of the South and the USA. Mr. Winbush’s Maternal Confederate Grandfather Louis Napoleon Nelson fought with General Nathan Bedford Forrest and Winbush and Edgerton are both members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Mr. Edgerton is also past president of a North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP. Read more about Mr. Edgerton at: http://www.southernheritage411.com/
 
Black Confederate Soldiers included men like: Amos Rucker who fought alongside his Southern Comrades and upon his death in 1905 was buried with full honors with his Confederate gray uniform and casket draped with the Confederate Battle flag. His long missing grave marker at Atlanta’s Southview Cemetery was remarked in 2006 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. http://gascv.org/

The 1989 movie “Glory” educated us about the Black men who fought in the Union Army during the War Between the States…But, where are the movies about the Black men who served the Southern Confederacy?  Did you know that Black units were segregated in the Union army but Black soldiers were integrated in the Confederate Army?

Mr. Ed Bearss, who served as Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1994 said:

“I don’t want to call it a conspiracy to ignore the role of Blacks both above and below the Mason-Dixon Line, but it was definitely a tendency that began around 1910.”

Did you know that….

Frederick Douglas, a former slave, made an interesting but accurate statement in 1861, saying:

“It is now pretty well established, that there are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and laborers, but as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops, and do all that soldiers may to destroy the Federal Government and build up that of the traitors and rebels. There were such soldiers at Manassas, and they are probably there still.”

Some people today call for the removal of Southern monuments but do they know that….

In Mississippi on February 1, 1890, an appropriation for a monument to the Confederate dead was being considered. A delegate had just spoken against the bill, when John F. Harris, a Black Republican delegate from Washington, county, rose to speak:

"Mr. Speaker! I have risen in my place to offer a few words on the bill.

I have come from a sick bed. Perhaps it was not prudent for me to come. But sir, I could not rest quietly in my room without contributing a few remarks of my own.

I was sorry to hear the speech of the young gentlemen from Marshall County. I am sorry that any son of a soldier would go on record as opposed to the erections of a monument in honor of the brave dead. And, Sir, I am convinced that had he seen what I saw at Seven Pines, and in the Seven Day's fighting around Richmond, the battlefield covered with mangled forms of those who fought for this country and their country's honor, he would not have made the speech.

When the news came that the South had been invaded, those men went forth to fight for what they believed, and they made not requests for monuments. But they died, and their virtues should be remembered.

Sir, I went with them. I, too, wore the gray, the same color my master wore. We stayed for four long years, and if that war had gone on till now I would have been there yet. I want to honor those brave men who died for their convictions.

When my Mother died I was a boy. Who, Sir, then acted the part of Mother to the orphaned slave boy, but my old Missus! Were she living now, or could speak to me from those high realms where are gathered the sainted dead, she would tell me to vote for this bill. And, Sir, I shall vote for it. I want it known to all the world that my vote is given in favor of the bill to erect a monument in HONOR OF THE CONFEDERATE DEAD."

When the applause died down, the measure passed overwhelmingly, and every Black member voted "AYE."

Confederate History and Heritage Month is coming in April. Please read more at:

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