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  • rhett

    Please contact the Mayor of Georgetown, SC, Jack Scoville at jscoville@cogsc.com and let him know how you feel about his inane comments (“You are building a memorial to men who died fighting for the Union and the United States flag, I really think it’s inappropriate for us to use public funds to support a memorial for people who fought against that flag.”) and his vote against funding the veterans memorial in Georgetown because it will display the names of Confederate soldiers in addition to veterans who served in the US Armed forces.

    Arnold M. Huskins

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    Letter to mayor of Georgetown, SC

    From: rebeleye@aol.com

    Letter to Mayor Jack Scoville, the mayor of Georgetown, SC who voted against funding veterans’ memorial because it includes the names of Confederate veterans.

    Please email him at jscoville@cogsc.com

    Mayor Scoville,

    As a retired veteran with 24 years of active military service, I am saddened by your vote to withhold funds for a monument which honors our veterans.

    In the early 20th century, a Congressional mandate stated that Confederate veterans are indeed “American veterans” worthy of receiving government burial markers and any benefits allotted to American veterans.

    As a veteran, I know I served my country whether or not I agreed with its governmental policies. The men of Georgetown answered the call of their governmental officials as all veterans have done in the past. To prohibit the recognition of their military service is anathema.

    As you well know, the United States was quite different prior to the Civil War than it is presently known. It was even “the” United States as citizens considered themselves to be principally citizens of their respective states. Following the War, “The United States” was officially endorsed via the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution.

    The men of Georgetown that served their state were men who believed they were citizens of the state primarily and knew their first allegiance was to South Carolina. Their state had seceded from the Union and joined a new nation—the Confederate States of America. To judge their patriotism according to today’s standards is unfair and reflects a gross ignorance of history.

    Mayor Scoville, your decision in this matter has made me and my family rethink any future visit to your city which I have often visited. We do not wish to patronize those cities which chose to deny support to veterans memorial based on “political correctness.”

    I sincerely hope you will rethink your decision regarding this matter.

    Thank you for your time!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Arnold M. Huskins
    Major, USAF, Retired

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    Respond to: mailbag@news-press.com

    Gen. Lee portrait

    I apologize for analogizing Gen. Robert E. Lee to Osama bin Laden. Patriotism requires that one does not equate a foreigner who kills to promote a primitive concept of religion with a homegrown proponent of a primitive concept of economics. However, glorifying Lee by hiding behind the legitimate politically conservative concept of states’ rights is misleading. The “states’ rights” goal of the Civil War, the ‘right’ Gen. Lee fought for, was to enslave, beat, whip, rape, buy and sell human beings in order to preserve the wealthy lifestyle of slaveholders.

    Depicting Lee in military regalia in a forum of American government is repugnant. The fact that he was appreciated as a gentleman is not the message of the portrait. He is dressed for his defense of human trafficking. Additionally, there is no acceptable analogy to our revolutionary slaveholding forefathers who at worst were reluctant hypocrites in their pronouncement of “every man is created equal” as they fought for freedom from colonial rule.

    The Gen. Lee portrait needs to go.

    Judy Alves, Fort Myers

    http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/readers/local/2015/06/14/letters-editor-general-lee-politician-aca-tax/71212112/

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    Endlessly Contemplating the Past on the Front Porch

    From: bernhard1848@gmail.com

    The years after 1865 saw the family as the core of Southern society and “within its bounds everything worthwhile took place.” Even in the early twentieth century Southerners working in exile up North imported corn meal and cured hams, and missed the North Carolina home where “Aunt Nancy still measures by hand and taste,” and where “the art of cooking famous old dishes lives on.”

    Bernhard Thuersam, http://www.Circa1865.com

    Endlessly Contemplating the Past on the Front Porch

    “The governing families [of the South] . . . possessed modesty and good breeding in ample measure; much informal geniality without familiarity; a marked social distinction that was neither deliberate nor self-conscious. Indeed, the best families in the South were the most delightful segment of the American elite.

    Southern charm reached its culmination in the Southern lady, a creature who, like her plantation grandmother, could be feminine and decorative without sacrificing any privileges except the masculine prerogative to hold public office. Count Hermann Keyserling in 1929 was impressed by “that lovely type of woman called “The Southern Girl,” who, in his opinion, possessed the subtle virtues of the French lady.

    What at times appeared to be ignorance, vanity or hypocrisy, frequently turned out to be the innate politeness of the Southerner who sought to put others at ease.

    To a greater degree than other Americans, Southerners practiced what may be regarded as the essence of good manners: the idea that the outward form of inherited or imposed ideals should be maintained regardless of what went on behind the scenes. Southern ideals were more extensive and inflexible than those prevailing elsewhere in America. To the rigid code of plantation days was added, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the repressions of puritanism imposed by the Protestant clergy, who demanded that the fiddle be silenced and strong drink eschewed “on pain of ruin in this world and damnation in the next.”

    Although Southerners were among the hardest drinkers in America, one reason they voted for Al Smith in 1928 was because he openly defended drinking. Many critics called this attitude hypocrisy, even deceit; the Southerners, however, insisted upon making the distinction between hedonistic tendencies and long-established ideals. If such evasiveness did not create a perfect code of morals, at least it helped to repress the indecent.

    The home in the twentieth century remained the core of a social conservatism fundamentally Southern, still harboring “the tenacious clan loyalty that was so mighty a cohesive force in colonial society.” A living symbol of the prevailing domestic stability was the front porch where, in the leisure of the rocking chair, the Southerner endlessly contemplated the past. Here nothing important had happened since the Civil War, except that the screen of trees and banisters had grown more protective.

    The most obvious indication of the tenacity of home life was the survival of the Southern style of cooking. Assaults upon it came from the outside, with scientists claiming that monotony and lack of balance in the eating habits of millions resulted in such diseases as pellagra.

    National advertising imposed Northern food products upon those Southerners who would heed. Federal subsidies after 1914 enabled home economics to carry the new science of nutrition into Southern communities and schools. Yet no revolution in diet took place. Possibly, the . . . teachers overstepped . . . when they sought to introduce the culinary customs of Battle Creek and Boston. Their attempted revolution failed for the same reason as that of the Yankee schoolma’ams during Reconstruction.”

    (The South Old and New, A History 1820-1947, Francis Butler Simkins, Alfred A. Knopf, excerpts pp. 292-295)

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    Radical Ideology Printed on “Lincoln Green”

    From: bernhard1848@gmail.com

    Crucial to the success of Lincoln’s creation of fiat money and bond-sales was master publicist and financier Jay Cooke. The latter “subsidized editors and columnists of most of the important papers of the nation” whose journalists were still receiving bribes from him when he pushed for bond redemption in gold. At the end of the war, Cooke worked hard to convince the Northern populace that their onerous debt was justified and “His efforts were supplemented by the Loyal Publications League, which was resuscitated in 1868 in order “to spread throughout the country correct views upon the subject of taxation and currency.”

    Bernhard Thuersam, http://www.Circa1865.com

    Radical Ideology Printed on “Lincoln Green”

    “The cruel quandary which the effort to rein in the lower classes created for radicalism became enmeshed in the debate over the greenback currency. Despite all its complexities, the currency question typified the fate of Radical doctrines, for here the Republican party repudiated its own radical handiwork.

    Both the plan for a managed fiat currency and the rhetoric subsequently used in its defense were the offspring of the Radical wing of the Republican party. The legal tender bill was taken up by Congress at the end of 1861 because gold loans floated by the Treasury had exhausted the coin supply of the banks and forced them to suspend specie payments.

    The Union was confronted by the prospect of runaway bank-note inflation and the sale of bonds below par value, either of which would have raised the cost of prosecuting the war toward a prohibitive level. At this juncture, Elbridge Spaulding, a Buffalo banker and Republican congressman, proposed a solution in defiance of the national traditions of States’ rights, hard money, and bank control of currency: that the federal government should issue its own interest-free notes receivable for all public dues and legal tender for all private transactions.

    The value of these notes was to be stabilized by permitting their conversion into government bonds bearing 6 per cent interest, which were payable in five years and redeemable in twenty, commonly known as 5-20s’.

    This majestically simple scheme met with furious opposition from the Democrats and many bankers. Pendleton, Vallandigham, Conkling and Justin Morill stood shoulder to shoulder against the bill; but its Radical supporters, led by Thaddeus Stevens, enlisted enough Conservative (and even banker) support for the scheme as a temporary war measure for it to pass the House 93 to 59. Senate opponents were strong enough to graft on an amendment providing for payment of interest on the 5-20 bonds in coin.

    This action created the problem of how to raise the promised gold. [but compromise established a dual-currency system]: gold for the importer [tariffs] and bond-holder, greenbacks for everyday domestic purposes.

    As the war continued and governmental needs for borrowed funds soared, both the currency supply and the debt structure grew ever more complex. By the war’s end the country was faced with rampant inflation, constant manipulation of gold prices by speculators, a morass of different bond issues, and four major forms of currency – greenbacks, specie, national bank notes, and State bank notes. The task of unraveling the mess fell on Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch . . . [and] with authority granted by Congress in March 1866, [he] initiated a steady withdrawal of greenbacks from circulation, and redemption of short-term notes.

    [A] bill introduced by Robert Schenck to force a halt to the Treasury’s contraction policy enlisted the support not only of Stevens, Butler and Logan, but also Senator Sherman and Jay Cooke, and of numerous Democrats. The measure swept the House by a vote of 127 to 14, and in the Senate only four Conservative Republicans voted against it. The Conservative economic program had been thoroughly defeated.

    Hard money advocates characterized their own position as scientifically sound and moral, and that of their [fiat money] foes as demagogic and dishonest. Speaking for Spaulding’s bill in 1862, Henry Wilson had described the debate as “a contest between brokers and jobbers, and moneychangers on the one side, and the people of the United States on the other.”

    Not to be outdone, John Bingham charged the bill’s foes with misconstruing the Constitution for “the purpose of denationalizing the people . . . [and stripping] the power of the people over their monetary interests in this hour of national exigency.”

    Here was the Radical ideology in its purest form, printed, as it were, on bills of “Lincoln green.” Understandably, Henry Carey attributed both the economic vigor and the patriotic spirit of the nation to protection and greenbacks . . . Thaddeus Stevens [had] judged the whole national banking system as a “mistake,” [and] declared: “Every dollar of paper [money] in circulation ought to be issued by the Government of the United States.” [Republican editor Benjamin Bannon of Pennsylvania] devised a scheme for the circulation of greenbacks as the exclusive currency of the nation, with national banks serving as distribution centers only.

    From the tariff of 1846 until the Republican legislative triumphs of 1862, Bannan argued, nonproductive capital had ruled the land, and now it was again “striving to gain the ascendancy.”

    (Beyond Equality, Labor and the Radical Republicans, 1862-1872, David Montgomery, University of Illinois Press, 1981, pp. 340-345)

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    Revolutionary War Financing Precedes the Federal Reserve

    From: bernhard1848@gmail.com

    With his war bankrupting the national treasury and consuming available gold reserves, Lincoln’s solution was to create a national banking system controlled from Washington, claiming military necessity as the reason for printing paper currency of questionable value and legality. Radical Ohio Senator John Sherman knew national banking “would centralize power in Washington” and he urged congressional colleagues to “nationalize as much as possible,” even the currency, so as to “make men love their country before their States.” All private interests, all local interests, all banking interests, the interests of individuals, everything, should be subordinate now to the interest of the Government.”

    Bernhard Thuersam, http://www.Circa1865.com

    Revolutionary War Financing Precedes the Federal Reserve

    “At the time of the Civil War the [United States did not have a nationalized] system of banking and banknote currency, and one of the important matters of [Northern] war finance was the creation of such a system.

    “[Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase] . . . in his report of December, 1862 . . . outlined his plan for national banks and national bank currency. What Chase proposed was a system of national banking associations under Federal supervision, which would issue bank notes based upon United States bonds and guaranteed by the Federal government.

    It became law on February 25, 1863; but this law had certain defects, so that Congress faced the whole problem afresh and reframed the statute. It is therefore to the law of June 3, 1864, that one must turn for the legislative basis of the national banking system as it emerged from the Civil War. Other provisions of the act were concerned with the maintenance of a required reserve against both banknotes and deposits; the depositing of such reserve in “reserve cities” (which permitted the concentration of bankers’ funds in New York City); . . . and the use of banks as depositaries and financial agents for the government.

    As a method of stimulating, or rather forcing, the sale of United States bonds, the national bank act became an essential feature of Civil War finance. After the war (1866) a tax was placed on State banknotes in order to tax them out of existence, so that national banks possessed a monopoly of banknote currency.

    To think of the national banking system as a purely fiscal measure innocent of politics and free from exploitation would indeed be a naïve assumption. Investigation shows that it soon “developed into something that was neither national nor a banking system.

    Instead it was a loose organization of currency factories designed to . . . [serve] commercial communities and confined…almost entirely to the New England and Middle Atlantic States.” One of the chief injustices of the system as actually administered was the favoritism shown after the war to the eastern States which received the lion’s share of the $300,000,000 of banknote circulation assigned by law as the maximum for the whole country.

    As explained by George LaVerne Anderson, each State in the New England and Middle Atlantic regions obtained an amount of banknotes in excess of its quota, while not a State in the South received an amount equal to its quota.

    “Massachusetts (writes Anderson) received the circulation which would have been necessary to raise Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida and Arkansas to their legal quotas . . . The little State of Connecticut had more national bank circulation than Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee . . . Massachusetts had more than the rest of the Union exclusive of New England and Middle Atlantic States.

    [An] interesting comparison [he continues] can be made between comparatively small New England towns and the Southern States. Thus Woonsocket, Rhode Island, had more national bank circulation than North and South Carolina, Mississippi and Arkansas; Waterville, Maine, had nearly as much as Alabama; New Haven, Connecticut, had more than any single Southern State.

    If it be said in answer to these facts that distributing according to population is absurd . . . it should be kept in mind that not a single Southern State had obtained, by October 1869, its legal share of the $150,000,000 which was to have been apportioned according to existing banking capital, wealth and resources.”

    With some modification [this] national banking system continued for half a century. Though it had some merit, it created an inelastic currency, tended toward the concentration of bank resources in New York, opened the way for serious abuse in the speculative exploitation of bank funds, and contributed to the sharp financial flurry of 1907. Proving inadequate as a nationwide control of currency and banking, it was tardily superseded by an improved plan in the federal reserve act of 1913.”

    The Civil War and Reconstruction, J.G. Randall, D.C. Heath and Company, 1937, pp. 455-458)

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    An Empire State Confederate at Fort Fisher

    From: bernhard1848@gmail.com

    Serving with Orangeburg’s Edisto Rifles, Company G, 25th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers of Hagood’s Brigade was one Ira Thomas Shoemaker. He was part of the Fort Fisher garrison during the attacks in late 1864 and early 1865, and captured after its fall. Sergeant Shoemaker was imprisoned in his hometown of Elmira, New York.

    Bernhard Thuersam, http://www.Circa1865.com

    An Empire State Confederate at Fort Fisher

    “Our picket line one day while the brigade was on the Darbytown lines was attacked and driven in by the Yankees. The pickets in front of the Twenty-fifth Regiment were commanded by a lieutenant. General [Johnson] Hagood had a new detail made at once, with Sergeant Ira T. Shoemaker of the Edisto Rifles in command, who promptly drove the Yankees back, reestablished the line and held it till next morning when regularly relieved.

    Sergeant Shoemaker was a New Yorker, from Herkimer County. He came down South several years before the war and was teaching in Orangeburg [South Carolina] when the State seceded, and did not hesitate as to what he should do, but promptly aligned himself with those who fought under the Starry Cross, and unswervingly held on to the bitter end.

    Like Jim Bludsoe: “He seen his duty a dead sure thing, And went for it thar and then.”

    He fulfilled the requirements of a model Confederate soldier. After the close of the war he represented Orangeburg County in the legislature several years before his death.

    Sergeant Shoemaker’s home was in Elmira, where the prison was located, before he came South, and his parents and other members of his family were living there when he was a prisoner. They endeavored in every way to induce him to take the oath of allegiance to the United States, but this he positively refused to do, preferring to stand true to his convictions and “live and die in Dixie.”

    (Sketch of the War Record of the Edisto Rifles, 1861-1865, William V. Izlar, The State Company, 1914, Pages 103, 109)

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    MEETING REMINDER – THIS THURSDAY

    Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp # 2218, The Camp of The Unknown Soldier, of Old Clinton, Jones County, Georgia, is currently meeting on the 3rd Thursday evening of each month in the facilities of the Gray 8 Skating Rink, 4151 Gray. Hwy., Gray, GA – (GPS Coordinates: 32.991738, -83.566926;) 478-986-2111 (just south of the former Fireflies Restaurant – turn in (off south bound Gray Hwy.) between West Clinton Tire and Bug House Pest Control. We enjoy a catered meal ($10 each) provided by Scott Jackson of Chevy’s at 6pm and commence with our meeting at 7pm. At the time of our meetings, this facility will often be closed to the general public. For additional information, contact: Al McGalliard @ 478-318-7266 or Earl Colvin @ 478-214-0687

    As is commonly the case, we were honored by a vast array of guests from various other historical organizations and we are humbly grateful. Guests are always more than welcome. This month (June 18, 2015) Cheryl Aultman (Past UDC #25 President) will talk about Twiggs County Veterans. If you plan to attend, please notify Camp 2218 Treasurer Al McGalliard to advise of your intentions and/or how many guests may be attending with you, so he can make plans with our caterer.

    You can call/text him at 478-318-7266 or email at alsrx@windstream.net

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