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Virginia Flaggers: HB587/Charlottesville Lee Statue Update

From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com> Date: Fri, Apr 22, 2016 Subject: Va Flaggers: HB587/Charlottesville Lee Statue Update   Legislative update: Wednesday, April 20th: After the House of Delegates easily voted to override Gov. McAuliffe’s Veto of HB587, a bill that would have clarified our monuments and memorials law, Senate Democrats, straight down party lines, goose-stepped with the NAACP and McAuliffe and refused to override the veto. This means that while the law still stands and our monuments are still protected, we will now likely have to spend time and resources in court to get the bill clarified. This also means that the NAACP and others will be scrambling to try and get monuments torn down before the court issues the clarification, just like we are seeing in Charlottesville. Senate Democrats would rather ALL Veterans’ monuments be at risk, than clarify the original intent of a bill that includes protecting Confederate war memorials. What a sad, sad day in the Commonwealth… and a reminder of how important it is to put the right people in office.   The night before the veto override session, the Governor hosted a reception for Democrats in the Governor’s Mansion, actually celebrating his vetoes of bills. He even took the opportunity to put up a billboard at the reception to highlight his actions. Look closely at the billboard and you will note that the veto of the monuments and memorial clarification bill was placed under the category of a victory AGAINST “discrimination”… ​                     We agree with the placement, but for an altogether different reason than the Governor… there is little doubt his veto of the monuments and memorials clarification bill discriminates against veterans!   Charlottesville:   The Save LEE Park/RE Lee Statue Rally and City Council meeting…

Across the South, Confederate statues take their final stand by Jennifer Brett

NEW ORLEANS – For more than 130 years, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee has towered over the Crescent City from atop a 60-foot marble column. His days there appear to be numbered. The statue, unveiled in 1884 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, is one of several historic statues with a Confederate connection that the city council has voted to remove. A lawsuit filed in federal court here by the Monumental Task Committee, Louisiana Landmarks Society, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, and Beauregard Camp, No. 130, a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, has put those plans on hold for the moment. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14. The action mirrors discussions and efforts throughout the South, including Atlanta, aimed at dispensing with Confederate imagery. In July 2015, the month after the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston that killed nine black worshipers, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP called for the Confederate engraving to be sandblasted off the side of Stone Mountain. “It is time for Georgia and other Southern states to end the glorification of slavery and white supremacy paid for and maintained with the taxes of all its citizens,” the chapter said in a statement at the time. “NAACP Atlanta chapter is calling for the immediate removal of all Confederate Memorial Monuments maintained by the state of Georgia using taxpayer money.” That proposal didn’t gain much traction. More recently, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called for local Civil Rights leaders to work out plans to erect a monument honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. atop Stone Mountain. Elsewhere, efforts to scrub the South of its Confederate heritage include a proposal to remove “Silent Sam,” a bronze statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina at…

Kutztown University lifting unconstitutional ban on Confederate flag

Kutztown University has just announced that it’s lifting its ban on Confederate flags (and Nazi flags), a ban that extended even into students’ own dorm rooms:   Kutztown University recently announced a proposed change to its housing decoration policy restricting the display of symbols that promote messages inconsistent with the values of the university. Upon learning of the change, university legal counsel asked us to refrain from implementing the policy in order to permit a review for constitutionality. As a result of this review, references to any specific content, such as symbols, will be removed from the policy. The university will educate our students and other members of our community, so they will understand the historical and modern context for these symbols, and we will continue to advocate for an environment wherein all those associated with our university can feel valued and safe.   I still don’t like universities’ use of “safe” to mean “safe from offensive speech.” But at least the First Amendment violation is apparently going away.   UPDATE: Note that if the university is planning on keeping the other part of the policy — “[a]ll decorations in common areas in the residence hall and apartments must take into consideration that obscene, distasteful displays which are demeaning to an individual’s or group’s race, ethnic, religious background, and/or gender or ability, will not be permitted and will be removed immediately” — that too would violate the First Amendment, as the earlier post explained.   UPDATE: A commenter suggested that a university could ban Confederate flags, because of the Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing Texas not to print Confederate flag plates as part of its specialty license plate program. But that’s not right: Viewpoint-based restrictions on people’s speech are unconstitutional, even when the government is specifying which signs people may…

Robert E. Lee’s Name to Remain on Texas School

Robert E. Lee’s Name Will Remain on NEISD High School Posted Tuesday, December 8th 2015 @ 12pm The name of Confederate General Robert E. Lee will remain on a North East ISD High School, News Radio 1200 WOAI’s Morgan Montalvo reports. The board voted 5-2 not to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School following several hours of emotional debate from members of the public, and members of the board. “How do we really care about growing out minority students in school, when minority students have to make a choice about going to a school named Robert E. Lee?” said Chris Herring, who organized the effort to change the name of the school. Letti Bresnahan, the President of the NEISD Board of Education, who voted against the name change, said the Administration instead will launch an effort to weed out any evidence of racism or racial indignities in the district’s facilities. “There might be some symbols and some icons that maybe should be removed, symbols that have been adopted by groups that represent racial hatred and racial divide, and we don’t want that in our schools,” she said. Herring says if they really want to wipe out ‘racial hatred’ they don’t have to look any further than the name on the school building itself. “Robert E. Lee is a symbol, Robert E. Lee is a sign, Robert E. Lee represents the Confederacy,” he said. Last night’s vote closes the issue of renaming the high school. The issue of how the USA recognizes and honors figures who are associated with the Confederacy burst into the public eye earlier this year when a Confederate flag waving white supremecist shot and killed nine people in a historic African American church in South Carolina. While Confederate President Jefferson Davis and other Confederate figures have had their…

VA Flaggers: Mechanicsville Christmas Parade

Over the years, we have enjoyed participating in the Mechanicsville Christmas Parade.  It is always very Confederate friendly, and we receive a warm welcome and support from organizers and spectators.  We had to wonder, with the PC anti-Confederate backlash set in motion since Governor Haley stripped the Confederate Flag from the Confederate Monument in Columbia almost 5 months ago, if things might be different this year.  Turns out it was VERY different, but not in the way we might have guessed.. From the moment we stepped off and offered the first child a stick flag, we were literally swarmed with kids (and adults!) wanting flags.  Before we had gotten halfway through the parade route we had given out over 1,000 flags, and exhausted our supply. ​General Jackson was a huge hit with the kids! Over 50 strong, our group was the first in a series of Confederate units that were grouped together in the parade. The Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters Color Guard led our unit, and almost as soon as the flags came into sight, we could hear the crowd start to roar! The scene was repeated over and over again as we were met with rousing cheers and enthusiastic support throughout the entire parade, much more so than in previous years. ​We were greeted with shouts of “God bless y’all”  “Keep it flying” and many, many expressions of thanks. For our Flaggers, it was a welcome and much needed break from dealing with the hate, bigotry, and abuse they often face on the front lines.  The overwhelmingly positive response and show of love and support was a great boost and almost every participant commented on the incredible experience. ​We were absolutely stunned…and thrilled…at the outpouring of support and encouragement. Pay no attention to the haters, folks…Dixie is alive and well…and…

BUSTED! SPLC’s Fabricated Hate Crimes Brought to Light

BUSTED! SPLC’s Dothan Police Drug Planting Claim Is A Hoax DECEMBER 3, 2015 “Leaked documents reveal Dothan, Ala., police planted drugs on young black men for years.” Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC] December 2nd, 2015 Left-wing websites have been buzzing about a claim that over twelve Dothan, AL police officers framed innocent black men. The officers allegedly planted drugs on innocent black victims for years.  Most cited the SPLC as their source. The SPLC pushed the allegation on their website and on their twitter account. Now the SPLC has been forced to admit that their accusations are totally without merit. The websites of the Montgomery Advertiser, Dothan Eagle, Washington Post, and Slate.com have all blasted the SPLC for spreading a hoax! A humiliated SPLC spokesman confessed to reporters that they have not seen the alleged documents and that “we have no information to substantiate … claims.” SPLC employees immediately scrubbed a bunch of odious tweets that pushed the false claims. However, currently the SPLC website still contains a statement saying that the fake story is true. The SPLC is a fake civil rights organization that has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars by claiming that a few thousand KKK members and Neo-Nazis pose a large immediate threat to all of society. Recently the national spokesman for the Anti-Defamation League slammed the SPLC. He said that the SPLC’s claims about Neo-Nazis are “wildly inflated.” Last October a Florida judge ordered the SPLC to pay $130k to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department for filing a frivolous lawsuit. The Judge slammed the SPLC writing that the group used ““untrue, heightened, and emotional language . . . to conceal their lack of a case.” On October 19th, 2015 the SPLC falsly claimed that white racists were trying to burn down black churches in St….

UNLV president says school needs to keep Rebel name

UNLV president says school needs to keep Rebel name; no ties to Confederacy Published November 30, 2015 Associated Press Facebook45 Twitter0 Email Print Feb. 1, 2014: In this file photo, UNLV mascot Hey Reb warms up the crowd before an NCAA college basketball game in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) CARSON CITY, Nev. –  UNLV President Len Jessup said the school needs to keep “Rebels” as its nickname in spite of calls for its removal, citing newly released historical research that concluded the moniker is not a reference to the Confederacy. Jessup issued a statement Monday saying the name embodies UNLV’s entrepreneurial spirit, and noting overwhelming support for the nickname and the “Hey Reb!” mascot. “It was coined as our young institution was fighting to establish its own identity, and it has come to represent the very independence and spirit that embodies both UNLV and Southern Nevada,” Jessup wrote in a message to the UNLV community. “It is clear that ‘Rebels’ is central to our shared identity and represents the broadest definition of the term.” Some have called for the name and mascot to be changed, saying the mustachioed, cowboy hat-wearing character appears to be a Confederate soldier. The university embarked on a formal research effort this summer after Democratic Sen. Harry Reid said regents should re-examine the Rebel nickname — comments made in the aftermath of an allegedly racially motivated mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The mascot also became a flashpoint during an on-campus demonstration organized in mid-November to show solidarity with protesters at the University of Missouri. UNLV Chief Diversity Officer Rainier Spencer finalized a 60-page research paper on the topic earlier this month, concluding the Rebel name emerged from southern Nevada students’ frustrations in the 1950s that the Legislature wasn’t investing as much in…

No Traitors

Free Traders, Not Traitors — Economic Issues And The War For Southern Independence By: John Sophocleus The quickest way to sort the Rebels from the Yanks is with this simple question: Who was the last president of the United States? Any Southerner who is worth his/her salt knows (or intuitively understands) that James Buchanan was the fifteenth and last president to preside over a voluntary coalition of sovereign states under a compact called the Constitution of the United States. Eleven of these sovereign states, believing they were free to leave this coalition, formed a new coalition in 1861 and struggled to carry on the tradition of free association until 1865. Slowly, these states were forced back into what is now an involuntary coalition of states under a revised Constitution. This transition from a voluntary coalition adopted in 1789 to a forced coalition of states was completed with the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. This simple distinction between a voluntary government where one is free to exit, and a despotic government where one is forced to remain seems to escape many — particularly when applied to one’s own government. Even our language provides evidence of a subconscious acceptance of this loss of freedom as author Shelby Foote points out the poor but completely accepted grammar to say the ‘United States is,’ instead of the ‘United States are.’ Few have been taught the legacy of the Southern Patriots of 1861 and the events that led to their firing upon Fort Sumter. It is largely over the difference between free trade and forced exchange. The issues of free trade, open shipping lanes and taxes were often inseparable even back to the days of the Pharaohs. The word ‘freedom’ in ancient times referred to one’s tax status. These same issues were an integral part…

History Month

  Black History Month In Florida With The Sparacino’s and the Hurst’s and their family and communities The Mayors name was Tank in this small Florida Town called Cross City, he stood over 6′ 9” tall in my estimation , and was as tall in stature as he greeted Terry Lee and I ; as were all those we were so graciously introduced to by our host and brother, Commander Joe Sparacino of the Dixie Defenders Camp # 2086 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Terry Lee soon began to refer to Joe as the Mayor, because Joe knew everyone, and commanded by his presence a great deal of admiration and respect from them all, no matter their race or religion. I knew we were in for a good time when there setting on the court house steps was a black granite stone with the Ten Commandments inscribed ; having just been interviewed by a pretty and very knowledgeable Southern woman , Terri, from the local Newspaper, the Dixie Advocate ; and now being lead through the City Hall by Joe, with my Flag in hand ; it just couldn’t get any better than this; so I thought, as Terry Lee and I readied for the Black History Luncheon sponsored by the Dixie Defenders Camp # 2086 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, (of which Joe was the Commander) the following afternoon. There are not words that come to mind that can adequately describe just what happened, or what it felt like to be in the Community Center on the Saturday afternoon in February in Cross City, Florida when the Dixie Defenders, one of the smallest Camps in the Sons reached out in a Herculean effort to celebrate Black History Month with it’s community. The film of that great day…

Flags At Bayview Cemetery

Confederate Flags at Historic Old Bayview Cemetery Has Neighbors Upset Erik Rosales Story Created: May 1, 2008 (Corpus Christi, May 1, 2008) At one time, The Old Bayview cemetery was the community burial ground for early Corpus Christi. In it are graves of pioneer settlers, veterans of the war of 1812, the Texas war for independence, the civil war, and even later conflicts. According to the Old Bayview Cemetery web site it’s also the oldest federal cemetery in Texas layed out by U.S. Army engineers while General and future President of the U.S. Zachary Taylor and his men were camped just before the Mexican War. But an someone’s way of honoring it’s Confederate history, has some in the community crying foul. There are Confederate flags placed near the markers of former Confederate soldiers. Wanda Gonzales attends Saint Mathews Baptist Church, a congregation that’s predominately African American. The church is located just down the street from the cemetery. She and others saw a group place the flags on the graves this past weekend. They don’t know what group it was. Church members say they understand its part of history, but it’s a history they don’t want to be reminded of on a daily basis. They are asking the organization who put them up, to take them down. Kiii-TV News is now asking those who put up the flags to give us a call.   On The Web: http://www.kiiitv.com/news/topstories/18474309.html

Council Wants Public Apology

Auburn City Council Wants Public Apology In Flag Controversy By Ashley Ball Reporter Published: May 5, 2009 City Councilman Arthur Dowdell says he removed Confederate flags from graves at Pine Hill Cemetery because he was offended by them. His actions brought heated reaction from City Officials to ordinary citizens, and nd the Ku Klux Klan. In the first City Council meeting since the uproar, the City has a message for Dowdell. The City Council is urging Dowdell to apologize for his actions.  The council passed a resolution on the issue Tuesday night. Part of the resolution read, “The City Council condemns the actions taken by Councilman Dowdell and urges him to make a public apology to the citizens of Auburn and to pledge to that he will henceforth respect the private property and free speech of all citizens.” It started a week and a half ago when Dowdell removed the flags from the graves. The United Daughters of the Confederacy had placed the flags on the graves to honor Confederate Memorial Day. Auburn Mayor Bill Ham said this is not an issue of race or the confederate flag but an issue of private property. Ham says, “I learned a long time ago you don’t take something that doesn’t belong to you and I think that’s really what were dealing with here.” Dowdell told News 3 before the Tuesday night meeting he has no regrets, and he doesn’t plan on bending to public pressure for his resignation, “I was elected by the people and the people are the only ones that have the right to decide whether I am in office or not, and I have not done anything that would cause me to disband my office and I will not disband my office.” In fact, Dowdell says he is planning…

Events in Dixie

Recurring events Southern Heritage Meetings/Planning Sessions: Atlanta-Norcross: 2nd Sat. of every month, Ryan’s Steak House, Peachtree Corners, J Carter Blvd-Hwy 140 x Peachtree Ind Blvd-Hwy 141. 12:30 meal; 1pm program. Call Jimmy 404-231-0791. Greenville SC: 1st Sat every month at Prime Sirloin Steak House, 1034 Woodruff Rd x Gvl Mall at ext 51 off I-85. Call 864-225-3061. Columbia SC: 1st Thurs. at Maurice’s BBQ, 9563Two Notch Rd-US 1 N, exit 74 off I-20, 2 miles N of I-77 exit 17, across from Sesqui Park. Call Roger at 803-532-2465. Charleston, SC: 4th Wed. ar Shoney’s, 1307 Main St., Summerville, I-26 x Hwy 17A, exit 199. Call Joel at 843-875-3597. Greensboro, NC: 3rd Wed. of every month, at Shoney’s I-40 x Hwy 68s (airport exit 210). Contact Gregory at 336-939-3821. Charlotte, NC: 1st Tues. at Shoney’s; I-85 x Sugarcreek Rd – Ext 41. Call Bill at 803-328-9680. Asheville, NC: 2nd Tues., Ryan’s Steak House at BSM, exit 2 off I-26. Call Bob at 828-235-1133. Raleigh, NC: 3rd Thurs. at Golden Corral Steak House, 6129 Glenwood Ave-Hwy 70, w of 440 Beltway. Call Pastor John at 919-272-4004. Toccoa, GA: 3rd Thurs. at “The Truth HQ”, I-85 x HWY 106, exit 166, go 14 miles West to large sign on right. Call RW Moore at 706-827-9966. All weekday meetings are at 7:30 program, 7:00 meal. Saturday meetings are 1-3pm and lunch at noon. Meetings are free with purchase of meal. For more information, call Robert Clarkson at: 864-225-3061; e-mail clarksonrobt@sbcglobal.net; or www.PatriotNetwork.info. Nelson Waller at 864-225-0882; e-mail nwaller@carol.net; address is PO Box 2368, Andersonville, SC 29621.  

War At Home

The Home Front War (Women of the Border Wars) by Kay L. Grondahl Throughout time, women traditionally "maintained the home fires" while their men have gone off to fight wars. With the Civil War, in particular the area known for the Border Wars that changed. Women were no longer safely tucked away by distance. Instead they were on the front lines along with their men folk. While the women of both the Union and Confederacy faced similar problems, it was the ‘southern’ woman who showed remarkable stamina when necessary. The ‘southern’ woman of the border states were for the most part used to toil and hardship. They along with their families were from families who had come from the likes of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. They were honest, hard-working people who desired nothing more than to tend to their business and raise their families. They were mostly the daughters or wives of the working class, such as farmers, cattlemen, carpenters, etc. With the issuing of Orders #9 and #10, and finally Order #11 – women and children became causalities of a war never before seen in this country. When the ‘war dogs’ were turned loose, men left their homes-women were left behind to deal with fortune or misfortune as it came. The words ‘Jayhawker’, ‘Home Guard’, or ‘Federal’ struck fear in the heart of these women! To understand some of what these brave women went through, you must understand what Orders #9-11 did to the citizens of Missouri. The infamous Order #11 was the most legendary order of the war given in that part of the country. From this order, General Sherman got his idea for his brutal march to the sea. I want to tell the story of typical Missouri southern women. Until hostilities started her life was that…

Cooter In Ozarks

Cooter returns to the Ozarks Harrison Daily Times • Thursday, August 7, 2008 By DONNA BRAYMER Ben Jones, also known as “Cooter” will be at Dixie Outfitters in Branson this Saturday and Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. with the General Lee and his new book. Jones said in a phone interview, “We’ll be driving my old truck, but the General Lee will be there too.” Jones has appeared in more than 200 films, TV shows and theatrical productions. But he is most famous for being the ‘amiable sidekick mechanic’ in the hit television classic, “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The show began during the late 1970’s. “I had a friend in college ask me to do a play. I really enjoyed acting, especially when I found out I could make money at it.” Jones had been acting for a couple of years before he began working professionally in 1964. He was based out of the Atlanta area and worked in New York and Hollywood. “I was able to work on a low budget, independent film named ‘Moonrunners’ in Atlanta. The guy that wrote and directed ‘Moonrunners’ moved to Hollywood and developed it into the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ TV series for Warner Brothers and CBS. They came to Georgia in 1978 to shoot the first five episodes and it became a big hit within months.” Jones continues to be amazed at “Dukes of Hazzard” fans. “Fans have kept this alive. The show can be enjoyed by family members of all ages. This will outlast all of us. It is a permanent part of Americana.” He has a theory that the show is being watched now more than ever. “Twenty-five years ago, viewers could only watch it one time a week. Now with DVD’s, video’s, satellite networks and international reruns there are…

Report From Petersburg

From: brickhouserun@aol.com Date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 To: hk.edgerton@gmail.com HK,   Thought to share some of this year’s Richard Poplar photos from the citizens of Petersburg. The following linked pictures were taken at the 19 September program.  Please share with your email list.   http://www.meetup.com/RonPaulREVOLution/photos/#10841781   Kelly Barrow has agreed to be next year’s Special Guest Speaker.   This is a draft of this year’s program: PROGRAM   Introductions by Ms. Jordan Collier, Matoaca, VA   Invocation:  The Reverend Rick Greenwood, Rector St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,                       Petersburg, VA&n bsp;   History:   A Sketch of Richard Poplar’s Life                 Mr. Terry Barfield, Petersburg, VA   Theme:   Richard Poplar cited for his POW "Aid and Comfort"provided to his Petersburg                   POW comrades;                  Mr. David Wright, Petersburg, VA – “A view of Heroes”     Song:      Introduction of our Special Guest, James Franklin, Former Prisoner of War.                 Solo  "Soldier’s Call Home" —                 Ms. Evelyn Franklin, Petersburg Museums   Special Guest Speakers: Mr. Charles Kelly Barrow, Tennessee, Author:  Black Confederates, Etc. Commander, Army of Tennessee & Sons of Confederate Veterans Ms. Kathryn Hamilton, Portsmouth, VA,   G. G. Grand-daughter of Confederate Veteran Jason Boone Mr. Robert Harrison, Norfolk, VA, “Richard Poplar”, City of Petersburg Proclamation    Special Guests: Mr. James Franklin, Former POW Ms. Yoshie Lewis, Ms. Lisa Shelton-Surratt, and Mr. Justin Adams – Pretzel Pictures, Nashville, TN Mr. Joe Elia & Son Joe, Richmond, VA, 9th VA Infantry Benediction:  The Reverend Rick Greenwood, Rector St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,                          Petersburg, VA   Salute:  9th Virginia Infantry “Yellow Jackets”  

Jim Limber

Jim Limber, Black History Many Black History Month stories are written about women but how many are written about the children? This story, which has been lost to history, is about both. American women love, worry and protect their children. They also care about the children who live in poverty and those who are abused. America has always led in efforts to help save the children. In 1989, a magazine article caught my eye, which I had to read from beginning to end. This was not an ordinary story but about a black child, a Confederate President’s First Lady and the Southern Presidential Family. The story was written by Gulfport, Mississippi freelance writer Mrs. Peggy Robbins and is entitled, "Jim Limber Davis." This is a summary, in my own words, of Mrs. Robbins heartfelt story that I re-write in tribute to "Black History Month." The story begins on a cool, but sunny, morning on February 15, 1864. Varina Davis, wife of Southern President Jefferson Davis, was concluding her errands and was driving her carriage down the streets of Richmond, Virginia on her way home. She heard screams from a distance and quickly went to the scene to see what was happening. Varina witnessed a young black child being abused by an older man. She immediately demanded that he stop striking the child and when this failed she shocked the man by forcibly taking the child away. She took the child to her carriage and with her to the Confederate White House. Arriving home Mrs. Davis and maid "Ellen" gave the young boy a bath, attended to his cuts and bruises and feed him. He told them that his name was Jim Limber. He seemed to be happy to be rescued and was given some clothes of the Davis’ son Joe…

Pays Tribute..

Villager pays tribute ‘Women of the Civil War’  By WILMA FLEMING, DAILY SUN THE VILLAGES – A sketch-artist mother and history-buff father who often conversed at the dinner table gave this author a special interest in the Civil War, and she dedicated her latest book to them. Darlene Funkhouser’s new title, "Women of the Civil War – Soldiers, Spies and Nurses," has hit bookseller Web sites. The book reveals her deep respect for some of our nation’s strongest and most dedicated women. "Being born and raised south of the Mason-Dixon line, it was not unusual to grow up hearing stories of the Civil War," Funkhouser said. "My mother, Millie, was a true Southern belle, but she was also for equal rights for women. She thought women should strive to become whatever they wanted to be." Funkhouser gravitated toward writing as her personal form of expression in early childhood, when her report cards from teachers showed high creativity in writing. From there, she started with publishing cookbooks. "It was about 10 years ago that I had an agent, working from Hollywood, who was trying to sell my screenplays," she said. Funkhouser has since put those projects on the back burner as her fascination with historical women took over, and her first book on the subject, "Civil War Cookin’, Stories, ‘n Such," led her into the second. She said she recently has agreed to a local speaking engagement for the Civil War Club in The Villages on March 1, where her presentation will be open to the public. She then gave insight into women from both the North and South who inspired her. "In the book, it was women like Dr. Mary Walker, who was the second American woman to graduate from medical school, and she caught my interest. Or Sarah Wakeman…

Dixie Resources

  Dixie Resources Good Old Rebel Defending our Southern Heritage and Celebrating Confederate History Confederate Colonel The new life of the Old South. Point Lookout POW Descendants Organization The Real Abe Lincoln The 37th Texas Cavalry "The most prestigious war site on the internet today." Southern Legal Resource Center Attorneys fighting for Southern Preservation. Heritage Preservation Association "Guarding our future by preserving our past." An effective Civil Rights organization for Southern Heritage. North Carolina Confederate Anti-Hate Foundation Fighting against the misuse of the Confederate heritage. "The South And Southern History" Article containing links where you can order books on such topics as the war, reconstruction, states rights and the real constitution, and state and local history.   Gator Guides   Quail Hill Kennel & Supply   Georgia Heritage Council Affiliates   League Of The South   Southern Heritage News & Views   Southern Heritage News & Views – Dixie Videos   Southern Heritage News & Views – Hot Spot   Dixie Rising   Fayette SCV The Confederate Shop   James City Cavalry   Robert H. Hatton Camp 723, Sons Of Confederate Veterans, Lebanon, Tennessee   Texas Legion SCV Camp 2103   Good Ole Rebel – Defending Our Southern Heritage And Celebrating Confederate History   Fragile Legacies Of Dixie   Tuska Homma Kennels – 12th Annual Uncle Earl   The Southern War Room   Confederate Digest   1st Tennessee Rifles Umit   Southern Thang   Confederate Soldiers Memorial Park   Harp Of Dixie Southern Heritage Advancement Preservation Education   Pam Warren Clothiers   Rose Of Sharen Productions   A Confederate Belle   The Southern American Thunder Haven   Dixieman’s Southern Social Network   Southern Cause – For And About Southern People   CSS Neuse Foundation   SLM News   Mark Churms – Military History Links To Military Websites!   Confederate Colonel   SCV General Jerome B. Robertson Camp #992   Boggy Country Outdoors   Brig/General Benjamin G. Humphreys Camp #1625   Confederate Mercantile   Confederate American Pride

Three Charged With Desecrating

Three charged with desecrating Confederate officer’s grave By Jena Passut | Tidewater News Originally published 11:35 a.m., December 2, 2008 COURTLAND — Three men have been arrested and charged in connection with the June desecration of a Confederate grave at the Gillette family cemetery east of Courtland. Southampton County lawmen have made arrests in last summer’s desecration of a Confederate grave site. Southampton County lawmen have made arrests in last summer’s desecration of a Confederate grave site. Kyle Sinclair Burks, 21, Aaron Richard Howard, 20, and Justin Thomas Rainey, 23, were charged with one count each of violation of sepulcher and attempted grand larceny. Southampton County authorities who made the arrest would not speculate on the men’s motive. The three are accused of digging up the grave of Maj. Joseph Ezra Gillette, the man for whom the Urquhart-Gillette Camp 1471 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans was named. Gillette served as a captain and then a major in the 13th Virginia Cavalry. He died at his family’s ancestral home, “Cedar Lawn,” on Nov. 1, 1863, from wounds he received at Brandy Station. He is buried in a small family cemetery that is maintained by the local SCV camp. Detective Cpl. Richard Morris, a spokesman for the Southampton Sheriff’s Office, said after the incident that vandals had dug 4 feet into the grave and there was “nothing to indicate” that the vandals had reached Gillette’s remains. © 2008 The Tidewater News, Inc. On The Web:  http://www.tidewaternews.com/news/2008/dec/02/three-charged-desecrating-confederate-officers-gra/