Heritage Alert!  How YOU Can Help?
Your General Executive Council met this evening via teleconference to formulate a plan to address the rapidly changing situation in Columbia, South Carolina, where the governor today called on the legislature to authorize the removal of our ancestor’s Battle Flag from their monument on the state house grounds.
During the meeting, we received information that the state assembly will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (eastern time) to finalize some details of the state’s budget before formally adjourning.  It is expected that this budget legislation will have a rider authorizing lowering the flag added to it.  If it receives the necessary support, the flag may come down as soon astomorrow.
Below are the phone numbers to both the house and senate switchboards.  Call them with this simple message:  Leave the flag where it is.  I do not know at what hours the phone may be answered.  Try now if you like.  What I do know is that messages will be relayed into the house and senate chambers even after their sessions begin.  Keep calling.  Be polite, but firm.
It is imperative that you act.  And please encourage friends and family members to do the same.
Here are the numbers:
House Lobby Desk: (803) 734-2402

Senate Lobby Desk:(803) 212-6700

Deo Vindice!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Sons of Confederate Veterans
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Today, Tuesday, 21 June 2015 may be the day the fate of the Confederate Battle Flag is decided when the SC General Assembly goes into session at 10:00am.
If the General Assembly votes to remove the flag from the Statehouse grounds, all Confederate Monuments will be in peril of certain destruction.
Beginning at 10:00am Eastern Time, every Compatriot needs to call his Senator and his House member and tell them to Keep the Flag Flying. Call early and call again with a reminder. Have your family members and friends call as well. If you do not live in South Carolina, call anyway. They must hear your voice!
While they are in session, you can reach them at the following numbers:
House Lobby desk tel: (803) 734-2402
Senate Lobby desk tel: (803) 212-6700
You can find out who your legislator is here:
Gov. Nikki Haley joins the uncommitted, the opportunistic, …and so another rising star burns out.
Letter to the Editor:
I had actually had high hopes for Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina.  Not any more.
With her announcement against the Confederate Battle flag today, Governor Nikki Haley demonstrated she has no real concept of what South Carolina is to so many Americans.  South Carolina, the Palmetto State, is to many Americans the champion of states’ rights and the epitome of a state with a people who would not cower to Washington.
We thought Senator Lindsey Graham was an anomaly in South Carolina.  But the Carpetbaggers are back.  Someone once told me the Yankees could never really occupy the South until Air Conditioning was invented!  Well, today we see the Yankees running the state that led revolution against a perceived threat to liberty..Washington, D.C. and the Yankees.
Mark, why are you making such a big deal about the Confederate Battle flag?
Let’s start with the waste of the emotional energy created through the sacrifice of nine Christians to a home grown terrorist.  What will taking down the honorable Confederate battle flag do to address the violence that occurred?  Nothing.
What is happening in America is rampant violence…mostly from the Left, but this from the Right.  How do you solve that?  Ah….there’s the question…and America’s politicians, most of them have no clue.  So, let’s jump on an easy target, focus America on a symbol and hope that that assuages everyone for the moment!
The real issues here are deep, controversial, and definitely in opposition to the PC Crowd, the RINO’s, the media, the intellectuals, and moderates.  The real issues rest in the spiritual center of America, its loss of a Christian character.  And secondarily, a complete loss of respect for Justice.
First, the leaders of this nation should be looking at what environment allowed the nurturing of this terrorist?  How bout the violence on television and its glorification.  How bout the removal of God and Christianity from our public schools?  How bout the video games that entrap and addict the most recent generations with violence…violence without loss, or concern…these games normalize violence.  How bout our society’s turn away from individual responsibility?
We, as a nation, began turning from God in the 1950’s and we have been on a steady path towards paganism, and the idolatry of materialism. Moral relativism has erased barriers to violence, and degraded the sanctity of life.  Hey if you abort 61 million human beings, what’s killing nice of them?  America is moving towards the Third World where life is cheap, not a gift from God..there is no God.  If there were, if we believed God was at the conception of each child could we live with butchering 61 million?  No…slavery is bad, murder…of the unborn…no biggeee.  Hey if you are alive today in America just think of it as having gotten past the most prolific killer in American history!
But lets not talk about these issues.  These issues tie to economic forces, and condemn points of view.  These issues require deliberation and thought and massive changes and reversals of policy.  These issues will outlive the media’s brief fixation on Charleston, until the next “tragedy” occurs.   Nope we don’t want to deal with these issues, better to just feed the fishies, throw some bait in the water…grab the flag and toss it in.
No let’s distract and satisfy the national spirit, roused by this massacre of Christians, by going after a known target which has little negative push back.
In the case of Governor Nikki Haley, she is completely disrespecting the age old role of South Carolina as the antithesis to the northeast politically correct crowd.  She has been, as the Borg would say, assimilated.  She seeks acceptance by the Beltway crowd and she thinks she can earn that here.  Well, Governor…you may make acquaintances in Washington, but you are losing those who had hopes you were more than just another puppet on a string.
But there is a secondary aspect to this.  This crime offers an opportunity to open debate on expeditious justice.  It happened, we know who did it, he confessed.  There is ample evidence of guilt.  Send a shock wave to potential bad guys and convict and execute in a matter of weeks! Make the criminal justice system what it is intended to be; punishment and deterrence.
In it’s present state, the American criminal justice system is about as potent as a wet towel.  This was a chance to find Viagra for the system so impotent its a laughing stock…one so corrupt, more than twenty million illegals have raced to America, with tens of millions more on the way…
This was a chance to slam dunk crime, terrorism, violence.  That won’t happen.  Want to bet you are still hearing about this story to November 2016!
We have no leaders anymore.  We have no people who have invested a life’s worth of time to the study of America as a nation, to the integration of Christianity into policy, and to looking at the nation from a purely moral, value oriented view.  This is just one more crime, one more episode, with no long term impact to correcting a broken society.  What a tragic waste of Christian sacrifice.  What an illustrative example of the “cheapness” of American 21st century society.  God help us.
Mark Vogl
Updated flag defense essay I wrote years ago to incorporate tragedy in Charleston
For the average non-Southerner the continued affection residents of Dixie display toward the controversial Battle Flag can be baffling. If African-Americans are so incensed by the banner, why not just fold it up and put it away? Greta Van Susteren of Fox News called for just that and defined the issue a “no-brainer”. Why indeed? The war has been over for 143 years. Certain unsavory groups of a racist stripe seem unduly attached to the symbol as well. No one in the print or electronic media seems willing to come forward and offer a counterpoint. Is there another point of view after all?
Newspapers however, have developed the habit of concluding all flag related stories the same way. The throwaway line for the other point of view is usually something like “flag defenders say the banner stands for heritage”. But what does that mean? If such an understanding can be developed is it still not overshadowed by prevailing negative opinions? Can a symbol so emotionally charged ever be mutually understood?
Therein lies the problem. The very same symbol means completely different things to different people. Perhaps the best place to start is there. Many hate groups have gravitated toward the historical flag. But it is also true these very same groups also use other symbols that are loved and cherished by millions of people. The pinnacle of the Ku Klux Klan was in the 1920s. They boasted over a million members with national leadership in Ohio and Illinois. Yet the most careful photographic scrutiny of the era will fail to reveal a single Confederate flag. One will however find the American flag and the Christian cross in profusion. These symbols are mainstays even today for hate groups. The difference is that patriotic Americans and Christians already have a context for these symbols. The icons cannot be co-opted because they already mean something else. This is also precisely why Southerners continue to love the Battle flag in the face of so much bad publicity. The flag already has meaning and context.
In fact, what the shamrock is to the Irish or the Star of David is to Jews, the Battle Flag is to most Southerners. There is enough historical baggage to encumber any of these symbols, but there is more to admire. The Confederate flag embodies religion, ethnic heritage, early-American revolutionary ideology and ultimately familial sacrifice on the battlefield. The circumstances that gave it birth are the touchstone of the regions identity, no different than the potato famine for the Irish or the holocaust for the Jew. To examine the flag, in historical and ethnic context should permit all but the most rabid flag-haters an opportunity to understand what is behind the vague explanation of “heritage”.
While the Battle flag did not make its appearance in its recognizable form until 1862, some of the design elements date to antiquity. The “X” is the cross of St. Andrew. It was the fisherman Andrew who introduced his brother Simon Peter to Jesus in Galilee 2000 years ago. When the disciple Andrew was himself martyred years later he asked not to be crucified on the same type of cross Christ died upon. His last request was honored and he was put to death on a cross on the shape of the “X”. Andrew later became the patron saint of Scotland and the Scottish flag today is the white St. Andrews cross on a blue field. When Scottish immigrants settled in Northern Ireland in the 1600s the cross was retained on their new flag, albeit a red St. Andrews cross on a white field. When the New World opened up landless Scots and Ulster-Scots lefts their homes and most of them settled in the South, preserving their old culture in the isolated rural and frontier environment.
Grady McWhiney explains in his book Cracker Culture, that fully 75% of the early South was populated by these Celts. Most sold themselves into indentured servitude (the earliest form of American slavery) because they could not afford the cost of passage. This explains why only 6% of the African slaves brought to the New World ended up in the American colonies. The lowland English of Saxon descent by contrast settled the Northeastern colonies. This imbued those colonies with such an English character they are still known as New England. Urban, commercial and materialistic by nature these Yankee descendants could not have been more different than their Southern countrymen. Many historians believe the longstanding historical animosities between Saxon and Celt did not bode well for the new country. With this historical perspective the St. Andrews cross seems almost destined to be raised again as ancient rivals clashed on new battlefields.
From this Celtic stock, the ingredients that made the unique Southern stew were gradually introduced. The American Revolution unleashed Celtic hatred of the redcoat. Southerners penned the Declaration of Independence, chased the British through the Carolina’s and defeated them at Yorktown. But they were dismayed when New England immediately sought renewed trade with England and failed to support the French in their own revolution. Another Virginian later crafted the Constitution, a document as sacred to Southerners as their Bibles. Tyranny, they believed, had finally been checkmated by law. The red, white and blue 13-starred banner was their new cherished flag. These same features would later become a permanent part of the Battle flag.
But all was not well with the new republic. Mistrust between the regions manifested even before the revolution was over. The unwieldy Articles of Confederation preceded the constitution. Two of the former colonies (N.C and R.I.) had to be coerced into approving the latter document after wrangling that included northern insistence they be allowed to continue the slave trade another 20 years. Virginia and Kentucky passed resolutions in 1796 asserting their belief that political divorce was an explicit right. Massachusetts threatened on three separate occasions to secede, a right affirmed by all the New England states at the Hartford convention. The abolitionists were champions of secession and would burn copies of the constitution at their rallies. Their vicious attacks upon all things Southern occurring as it did in the midst of Northern political and economic ascendancy animated Southern secessionists years before the average Southerner could consider such a possibility.
Meanwhile Low Church Protestantism had taken root in the South in the early 1800’s and like kudzu has flourished until the present day. Sociological studies conducted by John Shelton Reed of the University of North Carolina scientifically prove that the South is still the nations most religious region. Southerners are more likely to belong, attend and contribute to their churches than Americans from any other section. Calvinism is the main strain of religious thought and this connection to Scotland and the St. Andrews cross is no coincidence. The religious revivals that swept the Confederate armies during the war further ingrained faith as a fixture of Southern character. During the same era north of the Mason-Dixon transcendentalism, as expounded by Thoreau and Emerson, the taproot of modern secular humanism, was displacing puritanical religion as the dominant philosophical belief. The nation was also fracturing along spiritual lines.
By 1860 the United States was in reality two countries living miserably under one flag. When war broke out, Dixie’s’ original banner so resembled the old American forebear that a new flag was needed to prevent confusion on the field of battle. William Porcher Miles, an aide to General Beauregaurd took a blue St. Andrews cross, trimmed in white and placed it on a red field above the defending Confederate army. Thirteen stars appeared on those bars representing the eleven seceding states and revolutionary precedent. These fighting units were all recruited from the same communities, with lifelong friends and close relatives among the casualties of every battle. As they buried their dead friends and relatives the names of those battles were painted or stitched on their flags. At Appomattox a Union observer wrote, they were stoic as they stacked their arms but wept bitterly when they had to furl their flags.
Then, as now the flag symbolizes for Southerners not hate but love, love of heritage, love of faith, love of constitutional protections, love of family and community. If the 1860 census is to be believed 95% of the slaves were owned by just 5% of the population. The modern insistence that the conflict was to resolve the issue of slavery is at best overstated and at worst revisionist. But the current argument does deserve one more look.
The vitriolic, almost irrational antipathy toward the flag is a recent phenomenon. Credible research reveals its origins to be in the 1980’s revived by a financially strained and scandal plagued NAACP. Past President, Kwaise Mfume turned the issue into a fundraising juggernaut. Egged on by a liberal media irritated at the lingering conservatism in the South, the flag fight has generated much heat but little light. South Carolina relocated the flag from its capital dome to a place of historical significance after they decided it flew in a position of false sovereignty. Former Governor Barnes of Georgia finessed a backroom flag deal that changed the flag but derailed his own reelection bid. Sonny Perdue became the first Republican since Reconstruction elected to the governor’s mansion by voter outrage over the flag change and the promise of a referendum, a promise that turned out to be a lie. But in Mississippi the thing was put to an old fashioned democratic vote. By a 2 to 1 margin and outspent 10 to 1 they voted to keep the state flag, which features the Battle flag. In fact, three times more African-Americans voted to keep the flag than voted for President Bush. Mississippians speak for all Southerners when they say “It’s our symbol, its our heritage and therefore our choice”.
    Recent events in Charleston SC have resurrected the arguement yet again not coincidentally in an early presidential cycle. A drug-addled ninth grade dropout from a broken home with a with no promise and no hope senselessly slaughters nine in a church during a Bible study. Before the bodies are even cold the spin machine comes  out blaming Fox, Drudge, guns and the battle flag. We seem paralyzed in disbelief and impotence so we understandably want to do something, anything. While an easy target this flag is not responsible and its removal will accomplish nothing but the further alienation of those who cherish both their fellow Christians, their heritage and are as horrified and sickened by eveyone else.
   In the end what people choose to believe about the flag is just that, a choice. One can accept the interpretation of entire states, Southern rock and country bands, NASCAR fans, Kappa Alpha fraternities, thousands of reenactors and a century of thoughtful historians. People can also embrace the interpretation of a few pathetic racists, an insane mass murderer, or an opportunistic civil rights lobby, well amplified by a sympathetic media. Like all choices its says less about the object than it does about the person Perhaps only the Irishman can define the shamrock, or a Jew explain the Star of David. Are not Southerners entitled to the same latitude?
Steve Quick
Land of Lincoln
Defining a Symbol
The announcement today of plans for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia should not come as a shock to anyone. It is sad, though, because it will be removed due to false representations which have been assigned to the flag. They wish to remove it because of a perception that the flag is “racist”. My question is, who says it is? Just who is it who gets to define the symbol of the Confederate Battle Flag?
Beyond this, what symbol is next? When that symbol is, let’s say, the Christian cross, do those of us who are Christian again fold and allow the enemies of the cross of Christ to define the cross in such a way, designing to somehow bring shame and disrepute upon it?
The Confederate Battle Flag was and is the Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia… a soldier’s flag. It was and is a symbol, followed into battle by soldiers seeking to defend their homes, loved ones and lands against an immoral and illegal invasion by soldiers from another nation.
We should see this action for what it is… another brick in the wall. There are powerful forces at work here, tearing down piece by piece any and all symbols held dear by freedom loving people. Today, it is a flag held dear by many of us who choose to honor and vindicate the service of our Confederate soldier ancestors who stared an illegal invasion in the eye and fought against it until no longer able to do so. Tomorrow, maybe it will be one of your cherished symbols, giving the enemies of freedom yet another victory. Think they will stop with this symbol? Don’t count on it. Fact is, there is now blood in the water, and those who hate the cause of Southern Liberty know it.
Daryl Coleman
TN DIV SCV – A call to arms
Did that get your attention? Good. It’s not been banned yet, but it could very well happen. I have said for a long time that with the stroke of a pen the Rebel Flag can be declared a hate symbol, banned, and become illegal to display other than museums. WE BETTER STAND UP. As you probably are aware, two things have happened within a week that have brought the issue of banning the flag into mainstream discussion.
1. The terrible tragedy which took place in Charleston, SC this week. those murders were committed by someone possessed by evil. The Confederate Flag had nothing to do with it. Hate, pure and simple was the cause.
2. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Texas Division, SCV, having the own license plate. Political correctness and ignorance of history were the cause of the ruling.
Now, I hope this opens the eyes of those who have been reluctant to purchase your Tennessee SCV license plate to do so. When the plates are lost, they are lost forever. Yes, there are those who are not going to like your tag. There are some who may say something about it. But we cannot sit back and let others take our stand for us.
Check with your local county clerks office about getting yours. Encourage your camp members and friends to get theirs. Let’s stand up and be counted, before it no longer counts.
Yours In The Cause
Joey Nolan, 2nd Lt. Commander
TN Division, SCV

Hatred is evil. Recent acts in Charleston are just plain evil. South Carolinians have chosen to defeat evil by offering love and support of each other, rather than disobedience, distrust and destruction. Disobedience and destruction only breeds yet more hatred and evil.

Historical fact shows there were Black Confederate soldiers. These brave men fought in the trenches beside their White brothers, all under the Confederate Battle Flag. This same Flag stands as a memorial to these soldiers on the grounds of the SC Statehouse today.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, a historical honor society, does not delineate which Confederate soldier we will remember or honor. We cherish and revere the memory of all Confederate veterans. None of them, Black or White, shall be forgotten.
The SC Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans has a stringently enforced Hate Policy. We will remove any member who expresses racist hatred sentiments. Anyone with ties to racist organizations will not be granted membership. The perpetrator of the vile act in Charleston has never been a member or associated with the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Unfortunately some other subversive organizations distort Confederate symbols in an attempt to make them stand for hatred and disillusion. The SCV vehemently opposes the ideals and actions of such organizations.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans has both Black and White members. In our eyes there is no difference. Our membership is made up of descendants of Native-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Christians and Jewish who took a stand for the Cause they believed was right. The love and defense of the South’s symbols, culture, and heritage is not hate. It is knowing and understanding of the truth.
Not knowing your heritage is ignorance.
Our organization offers to everyone the opportunity to learn the true facts of the war fought on American soil between 1861-1865 and the heritage we value. That is why we exist. Our camps are listed on our website,www.scscv.com on our About Us Page. This is your invitation to attend any of our meetings.
It is shameful and disgraceful that other organizations chose to use this heinous act to promote their political agenda. Do not associate the cowardly actions of a racist to our Confederate Banner; for it is a Banner of honorable men, both Black and White.
There is absolutely no link between The Charleston Massacre and The Confederate Memorial Banner. Don’t try to create one.
S/T. Leland Summers
SC Division Commander
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Cultural Genocide
A lunatic goes into a church and coldly murders nine people as they are worshiping our God.  This is an inexcusable act.  Just as inexcusable are the attacks by politicians and others with an agenda.  They are attacking guns and the Confederate Flag, blaming these inanimate objects for this horrid crime.  They are politicizing this mass murder to push their own selfish, narrow-minded agenda, without one thought to these poor victims, their families, and friends.  How shameful! That gun did not just jump up and run into the church and start killing people.  There was a sick person using it that caused this tragedy. Pictures of this lunatic holding a small Confederate Flag mean absolutely nothing, but those who are pushing the cultural genocide war against all things Southern and Confederate see this as an opportunity to further their sick agenda.  These people are just as sick as the kid who committed these murders. They are trying to stamp out the Constitution, both the 1st and 2nd Amendments, with their convoluted views on guns and history.  They pushed for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the SC Capitol building 20 years ago, and said it would be fine to have it at the current location.  They promised to never bother the flag again. Well, we see how good their word is. Connect the dots back to Reconstruction when rewritten history started to be taught to school children, and you can see how 150 years of indoctrination and brainwashing has twisted the thinking of millions of people, and sadly, many Southerners belong to this brainwashed group.  Our Confederate ancestors fought, not to protect and promote slavery, but to defend their homes and families from the raping, pillaging, burning, and murder that was thrust upon them by Lincoln’s illegal invasion.  Lincoln was after the revenues and cared not a whit about slavery.  The South was paying 85% of the federal revenues, and getting very little in return, while the Northern industrialists and bankers were reaping the benefits. The Confederate Flag represents a people fighting for the exact same reasons their ancestors fought the Revolutionary War.  For people to take such a heartbreaking and senseless tragedy as this mass killing in Charleston, SC and without any thought of the victims, just turn it into a political platform for gun control, which is a proven failure, and the further cultural genocide of our Confederate heritage and symbols is beyond inexcusable. It wreaks of cultural Marxism, and it must be brought to a halt.  As Sir William Wallace stated in 1281, “Any society which suppresses the heritage of its conquered minorities, prevents their history, and denies them their symbols, has sewn the seed of its own destruction.”
I pray that the cultural genocide crowd would wake up, along with the gun control crowd, before it is too late.
Jeff Paulk
Working the Freedmen to Death
Contrary to the myth that slaves were liberated rather than taken away from plantations to deny the South farm workers, Northern army officers in blue impressed them for hard labor and rarely if ever paid them. A middle-Tennessean put it this way, the “Negroes will run to
[the Yankees] from good homes of kind masters & bear more oppression than they ever knew before, get no pay & yet love the Yankee for his meanness.”
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.com
Working the Freedmen to Death
“Blacks were especially mistreated during the first eighteen months of Union rule [in occupied Tennessee], when Confederate forces threatened the city [of Nashville] most seriously and before [Andrew] Johnson’s policy toward slavery in Tennessee had been clarified. The most pressing need of the occupation forces was the construction of defensive works around the perimeter of the city, and enterprise which required large amounts of labor. Under the guise of military necessity, [Northern] army officials often ruthlessly impressed blacks to work on the fortifications.
The first impressment took place in August 1862, when [General Don Carlos] Buell’s chief of staff directed the post commander “to call in regular form upon slave owners for hands to work, and put as many on the works as can be employed.” The call went out for one thousand slaves . . .”, while the length of service and the manner and terms of payment were to be determined at the pleasure of the government.
The second impressments in October 1862 was more general in nature. Nashville’s commanding officer ordered the city patrols to “impress into service every Negro you can find in the Streets of this City who cannot prove that he is owned by any person loyal to the government of the United States and residing in and about the City.” Military patrols simply began arresting as many black men as they could.
A third major impressment took place in August and September of 1863 when Union authorities needed twenty-five hundred men to work on the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad, which was being built under Johnson’s direction. By now the military had developed sophisticated impressment techniques.
For instance, patrols would wait until Sunday morning and then raid the crowded black churches. And the troopers did not hesitate to use violence and threats. During one church raid, they shot and killed a black man and threatened others with a similar fate if they tried to escape.
This inhumane treatment the forced laborers received from the army only compounded the brutality of their impressments. Between August 1862 and April 1863, the amount due blacks [and their owners] for work on the fortifications was $85,858.50, but of this sum only $13,648 was paid.
Furthermore, although the army employed fewer than three thousand black men during this time, between six and eight hundred of them died — an extraordinary mortality rate caused by inadequate shelter and insufficient diet provided by the army. The only kindness the army seems to have exhibited was to provide free coffins for those who died during their ordeal.”
(Treason Must Be Made Odious, Peter Maslowski, KTO Press, 1978, pp. 99-101)
For Southerners to “forget,” Northerners must: cease applying the raciest card to Southerners when Northerners are culpable; cease proclaiming their genetic superiority, when regional differences stem from economics; and, cease portraying Southerners with irrational disdain on TV, in movies and other media.
Ken Kirk