One Man’s Reply
Controversial Hall of Fame list pulled
The only name mentioned in this article that deserves to be in a Hall of Shame is Marcellus Lovejoy Stearns.
The Union Army was guilty of atrocities against civilians, atrocities rivalling those committed by the Germans and Japanese during World War II. (For more information, see "War Crimes Against Southern Civilians" by Walter Brian Cisco.)
The Confederate States were fighting for the same reason the Continentals fought Britain in 1776, the Mexicans fought Spain in 1818, and the Texians fought Mexico in 1836: They had seceded to escape an overweening, oppressive central government that wanted to force them to remain.
To refute the oft-repeated lie that the War for Southern Independence (commonly but erroneously called "The Civil War") was fought over slavery, I need only mention the Corwin Amendment — proposed by Congressman Thomas Corwin of Ohio, passed by Congress 2 March 1861, and endorsed by Abraham Lincoln. That amendment read: "No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State."
If the seceded States had wished to perpetuate slavery, they had only to re-join the Union and ratify that amendment.
Governor holds firm on flying Confederate flag despite NAACP urging to take it down
Anyone who seeks an offensive flag needs to look no farther than the thirteen-stripe United States flag.
Under that flag, many thousands of Africans were transported to slavery in the New World.
No Confederate-flagged ship ever made a slaving-run.
Under that flag, atrocities were committed against noncombatant civilians during the 1860s — atrocities to rank with those committed by the Germans and Japanese during World War II.
No Confederate unit ever committed atrocities against noncombatants.
Under that flag, Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order No. 11, expelling all Jews from parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
The Confederate States of America never practiced anti-Semitism. To the contrary — the Confederate forces included Jewish officers and enlisted men, and from the beginning, the Confederate cabinet included Judah Philip Benjamin, a Jew. (The first Jewish US cabinet member, Oscar Straus, served under Theodore Roosevelt.)
Under that flag, the military services were segregated until after World War II.
Confederate military units saw many different ethnicities – including thousands of blacks – serving cheek-by-jowl and receiving the same pay and allowances.
Under that flag, Native Americans/Indians were cheated, forcibly removed from their ancestral lands, and massacred wholesale.
Native Americans/Indians received no such treatment at Confederate hands. To the contrary — Native Americans/Indians played a vital role in the Confederate Army. General Stand Watie, a Cherokee, was the last Confederate general to sign a cease-fire with the US Army.
Under that flag, American citizens in the 1940s were forcibly removed from their homes and herded into concentration camps solely because their ancestors had been born in Japan.
The Confederate States of America never put anyone into a concentration camp based on his parents’ ethnicity.
That flag is the favored flag of the Ku Kluxers. See http://pointsouth.com/csanet/kkk.htm for pictures.
So – if you seek an offensive flag, go for Old Glory.
Nikki Haley Stands Behind Confederate Flag
I telephoned Governor Haley’s office (803-734-2100) to thank her. I encourage all readers of SHNV to do the same.
Clifton Palmer McLendon
Upshur County, Texas