Friends,
Many of us are beaten, bloodied, and exhausted from the frenzy of attacks we have experienced over the past 7 days. The announcement by South Carolina’s Republican leadership that they would support removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the Confederate memorial in Columbia, apparently gave the green light to what appears to have been a well planned, well organized, all out war on our heritage, just waiting for the right situation to break.
From SCV license plates, to monuments and memorials, to city park names, to stained glass windows…to works of art and even sale of Confederate items in National Battlefield Park stores… our enemies rushed to take advantage of the anti-Battle Flag hysteria by eliminating not just anything related to our flags…but anything Confederate.
In our opinion, it is going to be imperative that we meet each fight head on at the local level, start preparing in advance for the fights that will come (clearing up monument ownership/deed issues NOW) and do everything we can to stop the hemorrhaging  when and where we can.  Although it may appear that they have gotten the upper hand, WE ARE NOT CONQUERED,  as long as there is ONE who will stand.
In the lowest point of all this, we have watched something unfold that I’m sure these folks NEVER expected.  In the last 4 days, we have seen an increase of over 3,000 “fans” on our FaceBook page.  Confederate Flag manufacturers/suppliers have SOLD OUT of flags across the United States.  We cannot keep up with the calls, messages, and posts asking to join our efforts, and the groundswell of support has us scrambling to meet the needs of those who want to get involved.  Folks, the harvest is ripe…our heritage organizations should be actively recruiting…running ads, setting up tables and selling flags and signing up new members everywhere we can!  People are BEGGING to get involved in this fight!  With every piece like this written, our ranks swell:http://m.richmond.com/news/local/michael-paul-williams/article_3edc3670-9d34-54f9-a988-1d55e98f9691.html?mode=jqm

Proverbs 22:28.

One of the most exciting things we saw this week was the impromptu start up of flagging efforts across the South.  We have received reports and photos from individuals in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia, who picked up their flags and stepped out against the attacks, and we know there were many more that we didn’t hear about!
While many of us, in the face of what we have experienced, and the persecution that is likely to continue, may be tempted to throw in the towel and move on, we STRONGLY feel that now, MORE THAN EVER, is the time for us to make a stand!  At a meeting last night, the Va Flaggers affirmed our commitment to not only continue our efforts, but to commit to increasing them, and expanding our projects as time and resources allow.

We are excited at the way our #RaiseYourBattleFlag campaign has taken off.  We have received hundreds of photos of flags that have been raised or were already flying.  We are scrambling to provide resources for all those who are looking to purchase flags.  Several folks asked us for a PDF version of the flyer so that it could be distributed at rallies this weekend and we provided one, attached below.  Print them off and pass them out to friends and neighbors!

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We know of several flag rallies planned across the South for tomorrow (Saturday) and have included information below for any for which we received details:

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Alabama:
“Folks today Mike Williams stood 9 hours not in the schoolhouse door but at the door of tyranny in this nation. This is certainly nothing compared to what my ancestors and yours did and Mike Williams will do it again tomorrow, or how long it takes that we get the message that this flag is a flag of the soldier and not of a government. Mike Williams put some reporters on the spot today and no doubt will be misquoted over the coming days. Mike Williams and another SCV member have organized a Southern Rally to be held on the Capitol grounds between 10am and 1pm and I have the permit. We need to let this governor and these two legislators know we will not quieten this for his special session on taxes, in fact we will be louder. We need you to come if you can to this event! Look him up and God bless Dixie

Folks as advertised this event Saturday is being held for all southerners. Mike Williams will certainly entertain the opportunity to speak as long as we are civil. Please let me know. The event was put together by Karl Andreas Bodenheimer and Mike Williams last night before these flags came down with anticipation they may. He hopes we have 1000 people as he is getting calls from all over the nation and only one bad one and one black lady told me to stick the pole up his XXX LOL.

If Mike Williams and any others can get the word out to the UDC & OCR Chapters about this Saturday. All descendants and those who want to honor our ancestors are invited to the Alabama State Capitol at 10am with your flags and stories about your ancestors and your city’s contributions to our history.”
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North Carolina:
MEN OF THE DIVISION

EVENTS ARE UNFOLDING AT GROUND ZERO IN SC BUT THIS HAS SNOWBALLED INTO A NATIONWIDE PURGE OF ALL THINGS CONFEDERATE AS EVIDENCED BY VA AND NC GOVERNORS CALLING FOR REMOVAL OF SCV TAGS, AL, FL, AND MS STATE FLAGS BEING POSSIBLY CHANGED, MILITARY INSTALLATIONS RENAMED, NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST’S BUST BEING MOVED FROM STATE HOUSE IN TN, ETC. I JUST RECEIVED A REPORT THAT SUNDAY THE CITY OF GREENSBORO REMOVED ALL STREETSIGNS FOR LEE STREET AND HAVE RENAMED IT GATE CITY STREET SO OUR ENEMIES HAVE POUNCED NEAR AND FAR!

AS A DIVISION WE ARE OBSERVING A MEDIA BLACKOUT THROUGH FRIDAY IN ORDER TO PAY RESPECTS TO THE VICTIMS OF THIS SENSELESS TRAGEDY AND NOT STOOP TO THE LEVEL OF THE OPPORTUNISTIC POLITICIANS AND RACE BAITERS ALIGNED AGAINST US THAT ARE PUSHING THEIR AGENDA ON THE BACKS OF THE FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN.

THE SCV OPERATES ON MULTIPLE LEVELS STARTING WITH SCV IHQ BASED AT HISTORIC ELM SPRINGS IN COLUMBIA, TN TO THE DIVISION LEVEL AND FINALLY LOCALLY AT THE CAMP LEVEL. COORDINATION OF THESE 3 LEVELS IS IMPORTANT AND WE ARE WORKING WITH NATIONAL BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE WORKS IN THE MEAN TIME ON WHAT I CONSIDER THE BIGGEST STRENGTH OF THE SCV AND THAT IS THE CAMP OR LOCAL LEVEL. REACH OUT TO CAMP MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS AS WELL AS THOSE ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THE FLAG AND OUR HERITAGE AND COORDINATE WITH YOUR CAMP COMMANDER TO HAVE A PRO FLAG AND PRO CONFEDERATE HERITAGE RALLY AT THE LOCAL CONFEDERATE MONUMENT OR HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT PLACE THAT BEST SUITS YOUR LOCAL AREA. MOST CAMPS ALREADY HAVE GOOD TIES WITH LOCAL POLITICIANS AND BUSINESSES SO WE MUST SHOW THEM THAT WE ARE THE SAME SOLID CITIZENS AND BENEFACTORS OF THE COMMUNITY THAT WE WERE BEFORE THIS TRAGIC EVEN OCCURRED AND THAT WE REFUSE TO ACCEPT BLAME FOR A CRIME THAT WE DID NOT COMMIT NOR ARE WE GOING TO LAY DOWN AND ROLL OVER AND JUST GIVE UP WITHOUT A FIGHT! I CALL ON YOU TO WEAR SCV LOGO APPAREL AND BRING A CONFEDERATE FLAG ON A POLE AND HAVE A LOCAL SPOKESMAN ALREADY PREPARED TO SPEAK TO LOCAL MEDIA IF THEY ARE PRESENT.

IN THE MEAN TIME UTILIZE MEDIA SOURCES AND REPORTERS THAT YOU HAVE GOOD RAPPORT WITH AND SET UP INTERVIEWS FOR SATURDAY AS WELL AS USE YOUR FIRST AMENDMENT AND SPEAK NOW BUT NOT AS A MEMBER OF THE SCV BUT INSTEAD AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN OR AMATEUR HISTORIAN AS COMMANDER BILL STARNES DID SO WELL YESTERDAY WHEN INTERVIEWED BY LOCAL TV.

WE ALL KNOW THAT THE MEDIA FRENZY WILL MOVE TO THE NEXT HOT STORY IN A FEW DAYS BUT WE MUST DO DAMAGE CONTROL NOW AND REMIND THE PUBLIC THAT WE ARE THE GOOD GUYS AND THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIER IS STILL TO BE REVERED AND HONORED IN THESE MODERN TIMES. FORMER US SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TIP O’NEILL’S DADDY THOMAS O’NEILL SR WAS QUOTED ” ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL” WHILE WE ARE DOING THIS WE MUST ALSO CONTACT OUR LOCAL AND STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND TOUCH BASE WITH THEM LETTING THEM KNOW THAT WE DO NOT AGREE WITH THE ANTI CONFEDERATE POSITION WHATEVER IT MAY BE I.E. SCV CAR TAG, STREET RENAMING, MONUMENT REMOVAL, ETC. URGE THE PUBLIC TO DO THE SAME AND AT ALL TIMES BE PROFESSIONAL AND POLITE WHEN CORRESPONDING OR TALKING TO THEM.

ANY PRO CONFEDERATE EVENTS SHOULD BE PUT ON THE TAR HEEL AND THE CHAIN OF COMMAND INCLUDING CAMP AND BRIGADE COMMANDERS UTILIZED SO WE CAN MARSHALL OUR FORCES SWIFTLY AND SUCCESSFULLY!

LASTLY I BRING TO YOU A CHALLENGE- FIND ME A DONOR FOR A HIGH PROFILE PIECE OF LAND! I HAVE AN 80 FOOT POLE AND A MEGA FLAG AND THE DETERMINATION TO SEE IT FLYING IN THE OLD NORTH STATE BUT I CANNOT DO IT WITHOUT YOU HELP! PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECTLY WITH ANY LEADS AND I WILL SEE THAT THEY ARE FOLLOWED UP ON IMMEDIATELY!

SEE YOU ON THE FRONT LINES…

KEVIN STONE
LT COMMANDER NC DIVISION SCV

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The Va Flaggers will be at Point Lookout tomorrow, for the annual Pilgrimage and memorial service, and will be participating in “Raise Your Battle Flag Day” on Sunday afternoon by dedicating another Memorial Battle Flag site here in the Commonwealth.

There is no doubt that we will face some challenges and tough spots in the days, weeks, and months to come, but considering what our Confederate ancestors faced on the battlefield, and the conditions under which they lived out the remainder of their lives if they managed to make it home, our struggles seem almost trivial in comparison.

God bless the men who wore the Gray…and GOD SAVE THE SOUTH!

Susan Hathaway

Va Flaggers

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, June 26th – Saturday, June 27th:   Annual meeting and pilgrimage of the Descendants of Point Lookout Association, Point Lookout, MD.  Susan will be speaking at the meeting on Friday night.

Tuesday, June 30th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 4:00 pm – Dusk

Wednesday, July 1stSusan will be speaking at the July meeting of the Edmund Ruffin FireEaters Camp #3000, Mechanicsville, VA.  Anna’s Italian Restaurant, 7009 Mechanicsville Tunrpike, Mechanicsville VA 23111.  Meet at 6:00 to order supper, meeting at 7:00.

Wednesday, July 8th:  Susan will be speaking at the July meeting of the Maj Gen Isaac Ridgeway Trimble Camp #1836, Catonsville, MD.  Meeting starts at 7:30, at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #69, 2832 Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville, MD 21228.

Thursday, September 10th:  Susan is scheduled to speak at the September meeting of the Ivy Ritchie Camp #1744, SCV, Albermarle NC.  6:30 p.m.  Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, 40439 Stony Gap Rd, Albermarle, NC 28001

Saturday, December 12th:  Susan will be speaking at the Christmas Dinner of the John Ingraham Camp #1977, Chickamauga, GA. More details to follow.

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