Confederate History Month–Just a month away


From: cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net


Dear Friends,


April 2008, Confederate History Month is about a month away. Let’s make it the best ever by getting proclamations and giving educational programs. Please email me at: cjohnson1861@bellsouth.net with an attachment of your proclamation and your ideas to make April a great Month. Please read the 3 important items below.


1. I have received word that Mayor Tommy Allgood, of Acworth, Georgia will present us a Confederate History Month proclamation, for the 2nd consecutive year, on Thursday, March 20, 2008, at the Acowrth City Hall meeting at 7:00 PM. Those who can make it, I would appreciate the support. Last year there was a good representation from SCV Camp McDonald 1552 and Leonidas Polk Camp.


2. I have sent request for proclamations also to: The City of Marietta, Ga. City of Kennesaw, Georgia, Cobb County, Georgia Commission, City of Atlanta and Fulton County, Georgia Commission. Looking for get one from Cobb County shortly.


3. Please go to www.confederateheritagemonth.com and check the info including stories that can be used in newspaper, radio and TV and Confederate History Month Minutes.


Here below is one of the stories that would be a good lead off for April 1st. Has anyone contacted the media about this? Please help us in sharing your info. Let’s make Confederate History Month a national event.


Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Chairman, Confederate History Month Committee


Confederate Heritage Month Minute
By: Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.


Black Mississippi Legislator Defends Confederate Monument


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."


(Source: War For What? by Francis Sprin