From: James King <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, May 30, 2013
Subject: [FlagFight] Respond-Anti-Confederate Article
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
I encourage you to click on the link below and respond to this Yankee. Explain to him that Confederates were not traitors. He thinks military bases should not be named for Confederate Generals. Posted below is my response. If you do respond please post a copy of your response here on gascv-discussion or flagfight so we can all read it.
"The idea that “now, we are all Americans” served to whitewash the actions of the rebels. The most egregious example of this was the naming of United States Army bases after Confederate generals."
Jamie Malanowski can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
New York Times (blog)
This letter is in response to your article expressing your opinion that Confederate Heroes should not be honored by naming military bases after them. I consider the Northern politicians and military officers to be Traitors and War Criminals-especially Lincoln, Sherman, Sheridan, Hunter, Custer and others. The Northern invasion of the South was unconstitutional, criminal, and immoral. The right of secession was established. When the Constitution was ratified New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia specifically reserved the right to withdraw. All early attempts at secession 1803-1814-were by Northern states-primarily Massachusetts. At West Point Military Academy cadets were taught from "Rawles View of the Constitution" that secession was legal. The Southern states constitutionally, legally, and honorably seceded from the Union and were promptly invaded just as the American colonies were in 1776 when they seceded from England.
No Confederate was ever tried for treason. The North attempted to try Jefferson Davis but several Special prosecutors declined and it was determined that the case should be dropped. Salmon Chase, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1865 told Lincoln’s Cabinet of Radicals at the time this:
“Should you persist in your endeavor to bring to trial ANY of the former Confederate Representatives of that Government or ANY of its former Military Personnel charging them with Treason against the United States Government, That which YOU won on the Battlefield will be LOST in a Court of Law.”
In other words, the Sovereign States of the South, under the Provisions granted them under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Had EVERY RIGHT TO SECEDE. After this statement or ruling Jefferson Davis and his family were released from PRISON where they had been held since being captured by the Federals!
"If you bring these leaders to trial, it will condemn the North, for by the Constitution, secession is not a rebellion. His [Jefferson Davis] capture was a mistake. His trial will be a greater one. We cannot convict him of treason."
— Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, 1867
"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so much territory as they inhabit."– Abraham Lincoln, 12 January 1848, in a speech in Congress
Try finding a military installation or base named after Benedict Arnold. It does not exist. Confederates were not traitors and that is why military bases were named for them.
James W. King
Sons of Confederate Veterans organization