Let’s get the preliminaries out of the way: I’m retired military (two wars); published Civil War author (over 30 articles, 2 books); have two masters and a doctorate; daughter went to college in Minnesota; I’ve dated red, black, oriental, Jewish, and European women; one was an officer in the Red Chinese Air Force; I’m a reenactor (Confederate, of course); I still support the First Amendment even for students; I’m married to an American Indian.

So, answer me this: What program in your school system deals with the treatment of Indians in your State during the Civil War by that loser from Second Manassas? What program deals with Phil Sheridan, who destroyed the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War, and his comment, "The only good Indian is a dead Indian."? Are they favorable to the whites or the Native Americans? Are you still flying that racist U.S. flag, Old Glory, which flowed in battle against the "dangerous" Indians at Sand Creek and other "battles"? Are you telling your students about Gen. Stand Watie, Cherokee, the only non-white general during the Civil War? Do you tell your students about how the United States used the "buffalo soldiers" and friendly tribes against the Native Americans to save "white" lives?

I’m sure we all know the answers to these questions.

Enjoy all your freedoms to do this — supplied by the veterans.

John Whatley
Retired Artillery Officer
Commander 1st Regiment, Georgia State Line
Former editor and publisher, The Native American Journal