Dixie Heritage News – July 14, 2017
Donald Trump as President of the Confederacy
President Trump’s first-quarter salary donation of $78,333 will go toward preserving the WBTS battlefield at Antietam, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced: “As both the secretary of the interior and a military veteran, I’m deeply honored and humbled to deliver the donation to Antietam National Battlefield on behalf of President Trump,” Zinke said. “Visiting the hallowed ground the day after Independence Day is incredibly moving and it underscores the importance of why we must preserve these historic grounds. The president’s donation will allow generations of Americans to learn about our history and heritage on this sacred site.”
Zinke announced how the money will be spent while touring the Western Maryland battlefield. He also announced that an additional $7.2 million in grants would be made to “identify, preserve and protect” historic battlefield sites.
Zinke was joined by representatives from Antietam, the Civil War Trust, the National Park Foundation and the Save Historic Antietam Foundation in making the announcement.
The Interior Department said that after President Trump donated his salary to the National Park Service, anonymous donors sent money for the agency to use in preserving the nation’s historic parks, which are suffering from a $12 billion maintenance backlog.
The Interior Department said one “anonymous donor pledged $22,000 to bring the president’s $78,333 donation to an even $100,000…The Civil War Trust and the National Park Foundation, and Save Historic Antietam Foundation have also pledged funds bringing the total gift to $263,545.”
The money will go toward restoring the historic Newcomer House on the Antietam battlefield, while providing underwriting to replace 5,000 feet of rail fencing that has deteriorated along the Hagerstown Turnpike “where some of the most intense fighting of the battle occurred,” the agency said.
As for the $7.2 million in grants for historic battlefields, the Interior Department said the grants will be used for 19 battlefields “threatened with damage or destruction by urban and suburban development in Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.”
Zinke said the lands “were once the scenes of our nation’s bloodiest conflicts” that “we must preserve … for future generations of Americans to remember and understand the impact of sacrifices of those who fought on these hallowed grounds. This grant program, along with President Trump’s donation will help ensure just that.”
The Battlefield at Antietam is near Sharpsburg, Maryland. The battle was fought on Sept. 17, 1862. It was the bloodiest single-day battle of the war, with 23,000 soldiers killed.
REAL DAUGHTER SPEAKS OUT
It’s kind of crazy to think that there are still people walking around who can truthfully say things like, “Back when my dad was fighting in the War for Southern Independence,” but there are at least 35 of them – all of whom were fathered by men in their late 70s and 80s – and one of them in specific doesn’t want anyone to forget it.
94-year-old Iris Gay Jordan has some choice words for activists working to remove statues that honor the Confederacy. “My family died for it and that should stand for something,” Jordan told NBC. “…They stand for a part of history.”
Iris Gay Jordan’s father was Confederate soldier Lewis F. Gay.
For Jordan, this is tantamount to dismissing her father’s life and legacy, along with that of the many Americans who died in the War.
A Florida resident, she maintains that many people fought in the War for issues other than slavery. She said her family didn’t own slaves and her dad interacted with black neighbors when they needed farming equipment. “I’m not a bigot,” she added, noting that she and her husband spent their lives helping find homes for orphans from other countries.
“In another 50 years they won’t even know there ever was a war, probably,” Jordan said.
CAN I GET A REFUND ON MY UNUSED TICKETS?
Responding to a question from the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) said in a statement: “We support the removal of the Confederate memorial.”
NFL owners recently awarded the 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa’s county-owned Raymond James Stadium. League spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment on the Confederate memorial debate but said that it is possible that the league could withdraw the Super Bowl offer if the County consistently votes for “values” not ion keeping with those of the NFL. The NFL considers “diversity” to be one of its values. Read between the lines. The County Commissioners already have!
The Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), issued a statement last week saying the organization was “supportive of its removal from the courthouse.”
The Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) declined to weigh in on the controversy, saying the decision, “should rest with the county commissioners that have been elected to represent us and our county.”
As you know, the effort to remove the Confederate monument, Memoria in Aeterna, was defeated by one vote last month by the Hillsborough County Commission. But Commissioner Les Miller said he would bring it up again at the next meeting which will be on Wednesday, and at least one of the prevailing commissioners, Victor Crist, is now open to changing his vote. Crist asked Chairman Stacy White to delay Wednesday’s vote until August 2.
White told FloridaPolitics.com that he received Crist’s request Thursday morning, but said that he doesn’t have the discretion of unilaterally postponing the vote. “I am planning on asking the Board for a motion and a vote next Wednesday to that end, as deferring an item falls to the will of the Board,” White said.
No other member of the board who supported maintaining the monument – Sandy Murman, Ken Hagan and White – have commented about whether they would vote the same way again.
Crist has suggested moving the monument from Tampa to nearby smaller suburbs of Plant City or Lutz. “We’re trying to see where other appropriate sites off the beaten trail would be where, if you didn’t want to see it, you wouldn’t have to, if you did want to see it, you’d certainly have an opportunity to find it and look at it,” he said.
Erected in 1911, the Confederate monument features two soldiers – one heading north to battle, and another, facing south, uniform tattered. Between them is a marble obelisk that bears the Confederate Flag. It was moved to its current location in 1932, outside what is now the old county courthouse, an office building that also holds traffic court and conducts weddings. It is the oldest statue in Tampa and its unveiling drew 5,000 when the city was still a small port town.
ANOTHER STATUE UNDER ATTACK
The Tennessee NAACP is urging officials to remove a statue of a Confederate general from in front of a county courthouse, echoing similar efforts throughout the South.
Elenora Woods, president of the NAACP’s Chattanooga chapter, said Wednesday that the group will write letters to local leaders asking for the statue of Alexander P. Stewart to be moved from the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
“We are trying to get collective support,” Woods said. “We are going to ask (officials) to join us, so this will be more of a community effort versus an antagonistic, us-against-them kind of thing.”
Stewart was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army. The statue was unveiled in 1919.
A staff historian for the national military park, Jim Ogden, said the statue wasn’t intended to glorify the Confederacy. He said it honors Steward’s role as a historian, active community member and an original commissioner of the national military park, the first of its kind in the nation. The statue does “acknowledge that he was a Confederate general, but if he had lived out his life in other places in Tennessee, I’m confident in saying there would not be a monument to him here in Chattanooga,” Ogden said.
The 2016 Tennessee Heritage Protection Act may present a barrier to removal. County commissioners Joe Graham and Greg Beck said Wednesday that they couldn’t comment on the request until they actually received the NAACP letters.
IT WAS BACK FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
In South Carolina, the Battle Flag is like McDonald’s infamous McRib sandwich. It comes, without warning, and everyone gets excited. As soon as it comes, “for a limited time only,” blink, and to our great disappointment, its gone again.
Earlier this week, Dixie Heritage subscribers with the South Carolina Secessionist Party flew the Flag at the Statehouse for five hours.
In related news, a Reader in South Carolina submits:
It’s been a little more than two years since the Confederate battle flag was permanently removed from the South Carolina statehouse grounds, bringing to an end a decades-long effort to lower the flag once and for all.
After hours of exhaustive debate in the State Legislature, politicians agreed to remove the Flag from Statehouse grounds and place it into a museum. It was a compromise, one that common sense would dictate isn’t that difficult to fulfill.
Yet, two years later, the Flag is conspicuously absent from the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in Columbia. It’s locked in a closet.
Many probably don’t recall how close the State came to not reaching a compromise. I certainly wished they would not have and that the Flag had remained. But a compromise was reached. And the enemies of our heritage are welching on the deal. So may also be the museum itself.
It’s time for the flag to take its rightful place in the Confederate Relic Room.
NEW FLAGS ARE RAISED
Two new large Confederate Flags are flying in Catawba County, North Carolina and supporters said it’s in response to the recent removal of Confederate monuments across the South.
Smitty Smith says he has 18 relatives who fought in the War and is proud of the 30-by-20 foot Confederate Flag that flies along Highway 16. “As they take down our monuments, this is a way that we support and respect our Confederate ancestors,” said Smith, who is also an SCV member. “It is on private property and there are no county ordinances regulating flags so it will stay up.”
“Every night I salute our flag,” Joseph Golden said. Golden, also a member of the SCV, has raised one of the largest Flags outside his business along Springs Road north of Hickory.
“It has been difficult to watch monuments across the South come down,” Golden said. “It makes me want to cry, it truly does. We want to honor the memory of our ancestors, whoever they were.”
The head of the NAACP in Catawba County is objecting to the Flags but since they are on private land and are not violating any laws, there is little he can do about it.
THE NEVER ENDING STORY
The debate over the Confederate Flag in Orange County, North Carolina schools will continue, as the School Board referred a proposed change to the dress code back to the Policy Committee.
Board member Donna Coffey, who made the motion, said she thought the draft as written was insufficient. Coffey said the policy does not specifically protect LGBTQIA or handicap communities.
So LGB, then LGBT, then LGBTQ is now up to 7 letters. 19 more letters and they can have the whole alphabet!
The proposed policy says would ban students from wearing anything that is “indecent, profane, or racially intimidating.”
In our ongoing reporting, the change to the dress code, banning students from displaying the Confederate Flag was debated for months. In a meeting in June the policy was passed by the Board, but it needed a second vote to take effect. So this becomes the story that just won’t die.
So the whole matter is still hanging.
By Board rules, Coffey will compel the Board to face the issue again in 60 days, unless the committee reports sooner.
Rhode Islander’s Panties All In A Wad
“It’s offensive. I think it’s offensive,” says Roy Paris from Tewksbury. He was outraged when he saw the Confederate flag on an RV during his stay at the Melville Ponds Campground in Portsmouth, RI. “It’s become even more offensive now to the point that the southern states are starting to remove it from their public properties,” he says.
The Flag was down when TV station WBZ went to the campground Wednesday, but two other flags were still there, one with the message “fighting terrorism since 1861.”
The person who owns the RV was not home, but a neighbor talked to television reporters. “I have no problem with it. I don’t think it’s anything that should be discriminated against, one way or the other. It’s freedom of expression as far as I’m concerned,” says a woman named Sue.
The campground in essence leases the land from the town. The television station talked to the town’s attorney who said in a statement: “The town of Portsmouth certainly does not endorse or condone the display of this flag.” However, the lawyer also says the town can’t do anything about it because of the operating agreement and because of the concern over limiting free speech.
In another statement, the campground managers would only say: “We appreciate and take seriously all feedback as we work tirelessly to deliver a wholesome and inclusive camping experience.” The campground would not say whether the RV owner works for the facility, as several campers told reporters. “I’ll definitely never go back to that campground again,” Paris says.
Jeff Paulk in Oklahoma submits the following:
ANSWERING THE MYTHS
The Marxists, and those brainwashed by the Marxists, have long contended the reasons for the War of Northern Aggression to be different from what true history reveals. They slander our flags, calling them symbols of racism, and call our heroes traitors. Here we will answer and debunk those myths.
MYTH #1 – The war was all about freeing the slaves.
TRUTH – The war had nothing to do with slavery. The proposed Corwin Amendment, by Congressman Thomas Corwin of Ohio, would have FOREVER prohibited the abolition of slavery if the seceded states would but rejoin the union and ratify the amendment. The South refused. Why?
If it wanted to protect slavery you would think the South would have jumped on this. Besides this, the Crittendon-Johnson Resolution stated that the war was not for the “purpose of overthrowing or interfering with the rights or established institutions of those states”.
On July 22, 1861, the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution stating the purpose of the war:
“Resolved…That this war is not being prosecuted on our part in any spirit of oppression, not for any purpose of conquest or subjugation, nor purpose of overthrowing or interfering with the rights or established institutions of those states, but to defend and maintain the supremacy of the Constitution and all laws made in pursuance thereof and to preserve the Union, with all the dignity, equality and rights of the several States unimpaired; and that as soon as these objects are accomplished the war ought to cease.”
This is further proof that the war was NOT fought over slavery. The North did, however, conquer and subjugate the South, and the war they initiated and waged against the South was both unconstitutional and treasonous. It was fought to force the legally seceded South back into the union for the purpose of continuing the collection of excessive tariffs, which economically damaged the South, but was of economical benefit to the northern industrialists.
In his inaugural address, Lincoln stated that he would continue the collection of revenues “by force if necessary”. He wanted the money that the South had been paying into the federal government. The South was footing over 85% of the tax burden but only had 1/3 of the population. The Northern industrialists and bankers were reaping the benefits of this. Also, if the war was “all about slavery”, why was it that Union General Grant had slaves, but Confederate General Robert E. Lee had none? Why was West Virginia (which was illegally and unconstitutionally formed) allowed to cede into the union on the condition that it could keep its slaves? Why was Union General Fremont’s order freeing slaves in Missouri countermanded by Lincoln and the slaves sent back to their masters?
Why were there more union soldiers that owned slaves than there were Confederate soldiers that owned slaves?
Also, not one single letter has been found written by Union or Confederate soldiers stating that they were fighting to “free the slaves”. Numerous Confederate letters state that the Confederacy was fighting for independence and in defense of their homes and families.
Also, if it was about “freeing the slaves”, then why didn’t the federal government free them in the six states that remained in the union? That would be Kansas (2), Nebraska (15), Kentucky (225,483), Missouri (114,931), Maryland (87,189), and Delaware (1,798) – 1860 Census.
“Amend the Constitution to say it should never be altered to interfere with slavery.”
— Abraham Lincoln, 24 December 1860, presenting his stand on slavery to the Senate
“We didn’t go into the war to put down slavery, but to put the flag back; and to act differently at this moment would, I have no doubt, not only weaken our cause, but smack of bad faith…” Abraham Lincoln
“The sole object of this war,” said Grant, “is to restore the Union. Should I become convinced it has any other object, or that the Government designs using its soldiers to execute the wishes of the Abolitionists, I pledge you my honor as a man and a soldier I would resign my commission and carry my sword to the other side.”
-Democratic Speaker’s Handbook, p. 33
MYTH #2 – The South wanted to protect and perpetuate slavery to the western territories.
TRUTH – Well, that myth is beyond absurd. Common sense refutes this myth. By the very act of seceding from the union and establishing its own country, the South locked itself OUT of any rights to territories belonging to the U.S. The Confederate Constitution outlawed the importation of slaves, so if it wanted to “protect and perpetuate” slavery, why did it outlaw the importation of slaves? Slavery was dying out in the South and there were five times as many abolition groups in the South than in the North. The South wanted to be done with slavery and many had already freed their slaves. If the South wanted to “protect slavery”, it had only to stay in the union where it was already protected. The South was working towards gradual emancipation so that the blacks could gradually be prepared to enter society as free people. The ending of slavery in the South was a byproduct of the war, not the cause for it.
MYTH #3 – The South started the war by firing on Ft. Sumter.
TRUTH – The firing on Ft. Sumter was what Lincoln had planned on. He lied when he said that he would not resupply the forces there. If Lincoln abandoned the fort, he risked legitimizing the Confederacy. Northern sentiment was mostly in favor of recognizing the newly formed Confederacy. Lincoln needed to change that opinion. He crafted the plan of resupplying the troops there, knowing the South would not permit this and fire the first shots. Remember, the one who fires first is not necessarily the aggressor, but the one who causes that shot to be fired. Lincoln wrote to Lieutenant Gustavus Fox, “You and I both anticipated that the cause of the [Federation] would be advanced by making the attempt to provision Fort Sumter, even if it should fail; and it is no small consolation now to feel that our anticipation is justified by the results.” Lincoln provoked the firing on Ft. Sumter according to plan. Now he could launch his war on the Confederacy, illegal as it was.
MYTH #4 – The secession declarations prove the South seceded to protect slavery.
TRUTH – While several of the Declarations do mention slavery, and the states call themselves “slave states”, these documents have to be interpreted in the context in which they were written. You have to get into that period of history to understand their meaning. For decades the South had been the victim of slander, lies, and propaganda at the hands of the Northern press, authors, and even pastors. Radical abolitionists in the North promoted violence and insurrection to end slavery.
“Four seceding Southern states published some form of declaration of their reasons for secession. These were South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas. Many modern academic allies of the Northern War to Prevent Southern Independence have recently taken up the cry that because these declarations have many references to slavery that they are proof that the war was all about slavery. First of all, however, there is a difference between the cause of the war and the causes for secession. The cause of the war was Lincoln’s call for 75,000 troops to invade the Southern states. This invasion immediately triggered four more states secessions – Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas – in addition to protests from the governors of Kentucky and Missouri, and unrest in Maryland.
In addition, the substance of the secession declarations must be interpreted in their political/economic and constitutional contexts. The Northern Union had become an oppressive government dedicated to Northern regional dominance and almost exclusively Northern economic prosperity. States Rights were the primary bulwark against this Northern regionalism. Many modern apologists for the Union cause also fail to recognize that these declarations, following South Carolina’s example, were building a legal case against Northern breaches of the Constitution. Moreover, much of the language of these declarations was a protest against the constant inflammatory distortions and repeated attacks on Southern honor by radical abolitionists in Congress and in the Northern press.
The Mississippi declaration included an admission of its economic dependence on slave labor. However, over-dramatizing this admission in accusatory terms fails to recognize a genuine dilemma. Many Southerners, probably a majority, would have gladly rid themselves of slavery. But how could it be done without destroying the economies of the major cotton producing states and severely damaging New York banking and shipping interests? Many also saw the necessity of preparing the slaves to compete in a free economy before emancipation. Many would have followed the British model of gradual emancipation with compensation to slave owners.
What the secession declarations prove is that Southerners had strong reasons to believe that their political rights and economic welfare were unsafe under Northern political dominance.”
MYTH #5 – Secession was treason.
TRUTH – Secession being legal was taught at West Point from William Rawle’s “Views on the Constitution” published in 1825. It was used as a text book for one year and remains in the library today. Americans who oppose secession for the Southern states find themselves bed partners with the communist generals of Yugoslavia and communist hard-liners of the former Soviet Union. What was condemned in 1861 was sanctioned by the Republican Party in 1991 when Vaclav Havel of Czechoslovakia withdrew his country from the Soviet Union’s orbit, but Jefferson Davis and his fellow Southerners are called traitors for doing the same thing.
The 10th Amendment protects a states’ right to withdraw from the union. If a state voluntarily joined, it can voluntarily withdraw.
New England threatened to secede over the War of 1812, yet no force was threatened against them to remain in the union. Our Founding Fathers knew secession was a right held by the states.
“Among the Founding Fathers there was no doubt. The United States had just seceded from the British Empire, exercising the right of the people to “alter or abolish” – by force, if necessary – a despotic government. The Declaration of Independence is the most famous act of secession in our history, though modern rhetoric makes “secession” sound somehow different from, and more sinister than, claiming independence.
The original 13 states formed a “Confederation,” under which each state retained its “sovereignty, freedom, and independence.” The Constitution didn’t change this; each sovereign state was free to reject the Constitution. The new powers of the federal government were “granted” and “delegated” by the states, which implies that the states were prior and superior to the federal government.”
“After Lincoln’s illegal War of Northern Aggression, Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, was arrested and placed in prison prior to a trial. The trial was never held, because the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Mr. Salmon Portland Chase, informed President Andrew Johnson that if Davis were placed on trial for treason the United States would lose the case because nothing in the Constitution forbids secession. That is why no trial of Jefferson Davis was held, despite the fact that he wanted one!
Because of our progressive-liberal public education system, many Americans now believe the myth that secession is treasonable. The Declaration of Independence was, in fact, a declaration of secession. Its final paragraph declares inarguably the ultimate sovereignty of each state:
That these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved of all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.
Following the Declaration of Independence, each colony established by law the legitimacy of its own sovereignty as a state. Each one drew up, voted upon, and then ratified its own state constitution, which declared and defined its sovereignty as a state. Realizing that they could not survive upon the world stage as thirteen individual sovereign nations, the states then joined together formally into a confederation of states, but only for the purposes of negotiating treaties, waging war, and regulating foreign commerce.” Charles Pitts
If secession was not legal, why did the U.S. Congress try to pass an amendment making it illegal AFTER the Southern states seceded?
(“The South Was Right”, by James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy, pages 195-217)
Salmon Chase, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court told Lincoln’s boys that if they were to bring ANYTHING or ANYONE of that Confederation before the Court, and I quote,
“THAT WHICH YOU WON ON THE BATTLEFIELD WOULD BE LOST IN THE COURT-ROOM!”
MYTH #6 – The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves.
TRUTH – You say, “His Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves! That proves he was against slavery.” Lincoln’s words: “I view the matter (Emancipation Proclamation) as a practical war measure, to be decided upon according to the advantages or disadvantages it may offer to the suppression of the rebellion.” He also wrote: “I will also concede that emancipation would help us in Europe, and convince them that we are incited by something more than ambition.” At the time Lincoln wrote the proclamation, war was going badly for the Union. London and Paris were considering recognizing the Confederacy and considering assisting it in its war effort.
All one has to do to debunk this myth is to actually read the Proclamation. It “freed” slaves in areas NOT under federal control, but expressly left them in bondage where it actually could have freed them. Over 100,000 union troops deserted after the Emancipation Proclamation was made public.
MYTH #7 – The South treated blacks terribly.
TRUTH – From, “The Truths of History”, pgs. 92, 93.
The South claims that race prejudice has been, and now is, far greater in the North than in the South.
In his “Democracy in America”, De Toqueville, the French writer, says;
“Though the electoral franchise has been conferred on the negroes in all the free States, if they come forward to vote their lives are in danger. Negroes may serve by law on juries but prejudice repels them from office. They have separate schools, separate hospital wards, and separate galleries in the theaters. In the South it is quite different with the negro. Undoubtedly, the prejudice of the race appears to be much stronger in the States that have abolished slaves than in the States where slavery still exists.
White carpenters, white bricklayers, and white painters will not work side by side with the blacks in the North, but do it in almost every Southern State unless Northern men among their workmen oppose it.”
Negroes left their homes in Alabama to work in Illinois, but many were killed and others driven from the State. Were the murderers of those negroes ever brought to trial?
One Republican said:
“If any more negroes come to Illinois, I will meet them on the border with gatling-guns!”
Mr. Seward, March 3, 1858 said:
“The white man needs this continent to labor in and must have it.”
The Legislature of Kansas, the home of John Brown, said:
“This state is for whites only.”
In 1850, 1855 and 1865, Michigan refused suffrage to free negroes.
In 1864 no negro could vote in Nevada.
“In Illinois (Lincoln’s State) no negro nor mulatto was allowed to remain in the State ten days. If a negro came into the State he was to be sold at auction.”
In twenty-seven counties of Indiana no negro was allowed to live. If any white man encouraged him to come to the State he was fined.
In Boston the negroes are segregated.
In Ohio the negroes were warned if they did not segregate some dire calamity would befall them.
In New York City and Washington City this question of segregation is of serious import today and under constant discussion.
No negro can live in Oregon.
As to the condition of the slaves in the South under the institution of slavery, Major-General Quitman, of New York, an army officer who was stationed near a Mississippi plantation before the war, says in a letter to his father:
“Every night she has family prayers with her slaves. When a minister comes, which is very frequently, prayers are said night and morning, and chairs are always provided for the servants.
“They are married by a clergyman of their own color, and a sumptuous supper is always prepared. They are a happy, careless, unreflecting, good-natured race-who left to themselves would degenerate into drones or brutes. They have great family pride and are the most arrant aristocrats in the world.”
By the above accounts, blacks were treated well in the South and horribly bad in the North. There were laws against the mistreatment of slaves, though it did happen, it was not common.
MYTH #8 – The Confederate Flag is a symbol of racism and hate.
TRUTH – St. Andrew, a disciple of Jesus Christ, was martyred by crucifixion at Patras, Greece, ordered by the Roman governor. He deemed himself unworthy of being crucified and nailed to a Latin cross like Jesus Christ. He requested crucifixion on an “X”-shaped cross and to be bound, not nailed. He preached the word of God to all that passed until he died. His martyrdom was during the reign of Nero, A.D. 60. Latin and Greek churches keep Nov. 30, his death date, as a day of feast. St. Andrew is honored as chief patron by Russia and Scotland. Here are some more interesting facts surrounding the flag:» In the 1860s, two-thirds of the country’s population was Scotch or Scotch Irish. This flag design was a carryover of the Scottish National Flag and ancestry.» No historical document exists to support that this flag represented hate, slavery, racism, deceit, infamy or repression. Not one flag of the Confederacy was ever described in its placement to represent anything other than the Confederate States of America.» No Confederate ship ever ran slaves.» The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) adopted the battle flag as part of its logo in 1896, long before “hate” groups began to abuse the flag, and they condemn misuse of any Confederate flag.» The KKK and other “hate” groups didn’t use the flag until late 1950s/early 1960s. In his book “What They Fought For, 1861-1865,” historian James McPherson, after reading more than 25,000 letters and over 100 soldier diaries from both sides of the War for Southern Independence, concluded that Confederate soldiers “fought for liberty and independence from what they regarded as a tyrannical government.”
Here, Mr. King tells it well.
Before you attack the Confederate soldiers’ Battle flag, see how Old Glory will compare:
The Confederate Flag and the United States Flag are judged by different standards and criteria, and are not held to the same levels of accountability. In analytical science and weights and measures, comparisons are made against known standards. However, in politics comparisons are never made in a fair and impartial manner. In order to understand the hypocrisy, ignorance, and bias that have been directed against the Confederate Flag, it is necessary to use the U.S. Flag (Stars and Stripes) as a standard of comparison. The purpose of this comparison is not to berate or disparage the U.S. Flag, but is to prove that the Confederate Flag has received unfair and unequal treatment. The genocide and racial cleansing of the American Indians took place under the U.S. Flag. Their land was taken without fair and just compensation. Indians died by the thousands as they were forced on to reservations and subjected to starvation and deadly diseases. The Trail of Tears endured by the Cherokee is an example. In the American West, cavalry troopers murdered entire villages including babies in their mother’s arms.
The U.S. Flag Flew over an unconstitutional and criminal war conducted against The Confederate States of America. Abraham Lincoln conducted this war for the benefit of wealthy Northern industrialists. Atrocities against Southern civilians and military are listed in the book, The Uncivil War: Union Army and Navy Excesses in the Official Records. Furthermore, slaves were imported from Africa to America primarily by five Northern States: New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The Confederate Flag was not involved in the importation of slaves.
Finally, the U.S. Flag flies over a nation that has murdered an estimated 42 million babies by abortion. Confederate leaders would never have voted for abortion or nominated judges that would legalize abortion. Political Correctness has been used to attempt bans of The Confederate Flag from schools, parades, public and private property, and even historical monuments and sites. The Confederate flag represents Constitutional Limited Federal Government, States Rights, Resistance to Government Tyranny, and Christian Values and Principles. To say that it represents racism and bigotry is a negative and shallow interpretation comparable to saying the U.S. flag represents the genocide of the American Indians and abortion. James W. King
Let it also be noted here that it was Northerners, New Englanders to be specific, who built the slave ships and transported their cargo of human flesh to the U.S. and sold them to Northerners and Southerners. It was the North that grew and perpetuated slavery, not the South. Slavery died in the North because it was not as useful in an industrialized society as it was in an agricultural one, and Northerners refused to work alongside of blacks. The North invaded the South to force it back into the union to continue the collection of excessive and unconstitutional taxes. The South wanted only to be left alone. The Confederate soldiers fought an illegal invasion in defense of their homes and families. The union soldiers burned homes, barns and crops. They raped the women, black and white. They killed animals. They looted homes and stores. During Reconstruction, which was nothing but a military dictatorship, the schools had to teach what the federal government told them to. This is where the Marxist rewritten history begins. This is when the animosity between the races began due to the Yankees stripping whites of their rights and placing blacks in superior positions over whites. The history was rewritten to cover up the truth about Lincoln and his war crimes, and to cover up the truth of why he waged an illegal war. While the military phase ended in 1865, the political, economic, and social phases continue today. Cultural genocide continues to be waged on our history, symbols, and culture. A union held together with bayonets is not a union. The South is full of Yankee transplants and Southern turncoats and scalawags glad to do the bidding of the globalists and Marxists, trampling on the memory of those brave dead, black and white, who fought in defense of their homeland. The lies and propaganda continue. Those who slander the South, blame it for slavery, and slander it and its symbols are clearly ignorant of true history.
A reader in Alabama submits the following photo:
I do not know if the reader is a member of the SCV camp whose meeting is depicted above or not. What I do know is that I see 11 people in the photo, 10 adults and 1 child. Not a single one of the adults look like they are the least bit happy to be there. Some of them look downright not happy.
David Anderson in Waco, Texas writes:
After more than 150 years, New Orleans, Memphis and other cities have decided the presence of Confederate statues on public land somehow constitutes an endorsement of slavery. So, in a fit of political correctness run amok, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis have been made personae non gratae and, Soviet-style, are being erased from history. I wonder if their opponents would share that sentiment.
In 1913, more than 50,000 veterans gathered in Pennsylvania for the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. It was reported that two men, one from each side, went to a hardware store, bought a hatchet, came back to the battlefield and buried it.
The climax was to be a reenactment of Pickett’s charge. As the rebel yell rang out and the old Confederates started forward again across the field, “a moan, a gigantic gasp of unbelief rose from the Union men on Cemetery Ridge. It was then, one onlooker said, “that the Yankees, unable to restrain themselves longer, burst from behind the stone wall and flung themselves upon their former enemies, not in mortal combat, but embracing them in brotherly love and affection.”
Union general Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who was at the reunion, called it a “transcendental experience. A radiant fellowship of the fallen.” President Woodrow Wilson summarized the spirit of the event: “We have found one another again as brothers and comrades in arms, enemies no longer, generous friends rather, our battles long past, the quarrel forgotten – except that we shall not forget the splendid valor.” Do they sound like people who would want Confederate memorials relegated to the scrapyard?
Not all blogs @ LameCherry are created equal. The following appeared on Thursday. The only reason we share it is because we figure that, depending on temperament, this piece has the ability to entertain or tick-off just about all of us:
The myriad of lurkers whisper in the halls of power of such things of note, can not help but speak of things on this blog, and in a few days to a few weeks, the information here begins to be repeated as other peoples revelations.
This revelation is on who Donald Trump really is as President, and it begins with the manifestation that Mr. Trump was quite bully in the campaign in Theodore Roosevelt, but what manifested instead was that Mr. Trump was too low energy to accomplish the grand works of Theodore Roosevelt, and who then became the image of Donald Trump, was Andrew Jackson.
Mr. Trump though revealed that he was too timid to become a leader like Andrew Jackson, and being a Donald Trump who is timid while tromping around with a big stick whacking everything, and incapable of finishing a project, the weakness of Donald Trump has settled him into the mode of one of the premier American Presidents who failed, but this is a President that none of you will ever consider, due to the fact that you are ignorant of American Presidents in their governance and rule, in the President who is the mirror image of President Donald Trump of these United States of America, is President Jefferson Davis of those Confederate States of America.
In historical reality, Mr. Trump and Mr. Davis are mirror images of each other in personality. Both are charming gentlemen, with fiery outbursts. Both are immovable when it comes to petty slights. Both were and are controlled by political intrigue which made them weak, as they claimed to be strong leaders, and both were incapable of leading their nations through the swamp, as both by their own prejudices of the inferior people they surrounded themselves with, became vassals to the intrigue.
Making bold Sumpter and Syrian moves, while dining on beautiful condiments with promises then to Jefferson Davis from England and France as Donald Trump believed the promises of China and England, has left both men losing every front arrayed against them.
The sad fact is that dictator Abraham Lincoln had sense in his precarious position to accept help from Mother Russia in the Russian fleet sailed to block French and British warships against America, but Donald Trump and Jefferson Davis, both chose the incorrect succor to liberate their people from the moneyed interests of New York and Europe.
None of this is to degrade President Jefferson Davis, because he was a fine gentleman and a splendid leader, as much as politician as Donald Trump is. The problem for Jefferson Davis was, he had a divided nation as Donald Trump does, and Mr. Davis inherited his prejudices as much as the established political and military hierarchy which was filled with subordinates who were incapable of the task of victory.
Braxton Bragg is every bit the image of HR McMaster and both were and are too invested in their own psyche. Both the Confederate and American Vice Presidents were strong and moving on courses of their own intrigue in eroding their weak masters. The difference is that with a dictator as Abraham Lincoln, he had enough time to weed out the incompetent until a caustic cancer like General Grant and General Sherman arose to the dirty work, whereas Jefferson Davis was hemmed in by the Machiavellian Mob as much as Donald Trump, and those who had the insight to take the decisive actions to rescue their cause for the American People were forced out and marginalized, so no rescue could arise.
Such instances have proven in history that dictators arise in such upheaval, and if it is not the political then a military despot will arise. The South in squandering her opportunities under Jefferson Davis, resorted in death throws to appoint General Robert E. Lee as dictator, but Lee was not up to the job of taking the steps to win a reprieve, and the North had in General Grant the butcher necessary to implement Abraham Lincoln’s scorched earth, for when peace was offered, Lincoln demurred to peace and Grant chose to grind the bones of the South to paste to pave his military boulevards to victory.
So in this America needed a spirit of Teddy Roosevelt to complete tasks beyond Congress and got instead Donald Trump with 435 terminal tumors in Congress on his Presidency. America needed the decisive warlord in Andrew Jackson, but instead discovered a Donald Trump making war on his Right and on his allies in Moscow, as he bartered away the American Soul for Kushner, neocon and deep state promises.
I fear the headlines of the future will bring the same smears against Donald Trump as against Jefferson Davis, who was published dressed as a woman fleeing for her life. The same will follow for Donald Trump as this is the image which President Trump has fallen into. It simply is the reality and is what it is and will have to be dealt with, as the remnants will suffer the self serving plots and plans of mice and men.
The person who leads the United States is the spirit of Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States of America. This Donald Trump, the Confederate leader from the side.
Do NOT consider the inclusion of the above LameCherry editorial as an endorsement.
“Our Sacred Duty” – Jewish Soldiers of the Confederacy
by Lewis Regenstein
Lewis is a Dixie Heritage subscriber in Atlanta, Georgia
This once happy country is inflamed by the fury of war; a menacing enemy is arrayed against the rights, liberties, and freedom of this, our Confederacy.
Here I stand now with many thousands of the sons of the sunny South, to face the foe, to drive him back, and to defend our natural rights.
O Lord, God of Israel, be with me in the hot season of the contending strife…Be unto the Army of this Confederacy, Inspire them with Patriotism. Give them when marching to meet, or overtake the enemy, the wings of the eagle…
Guide them, O Lord of battles, into the paths of victory….Grant that they may even advance to wage battle, and to battle in Thy name to win. O Lord, God, Father, be Thou with us.
“The Prayer of the C.S. Soldiers”, by Rabbi Max Michelbacher
When the War Between the States broke out, the Jews of the South, and especially South Carolina, showed the same patriotism, courage, and willingness to sacrifice as their Christian neighbors.
It is a proud yet little known aspect of American Jewish history, long ignored or misrepresented by liberal historians (including many Jewish scholars) intent on demonizing the South, idolizing the North – especially its leader, president Lincoln – and falsely portraying the War as a conflict over slavery and human rights. But the important contribution of Jews to the Confederacy cannot be denied.
DEFENDING THEIR HOMELAND
Robert Rosen begins his classic book, “The Jewish Confederates,” by describing how at the outbreak of war, the Jews of Charleston, “proud of their history and patriotism dating from the American Revolution, rallied to the cause.”
He recounts the consecration of the new Charleston synagogue Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (Holy Congregation House of God) , on March, 19, 1841, where Rabbi Gustavius Poznanski “spoke for generations of Jewish Charlestonians when he exclaimed that ‘this synagogue is our temple, this city our Jerusalem, this happy land our Palestine. And as our fathers defended with their lives that temple, that city, and that land, so will their sons defend this temple, this city, and this land’.”
Indeed they did. In just one day, 21 June, 1862, at the Battle of Secessionville, on James island near Charleston, three Jewish Confederates were lost – Private Robert Cohen, Corporal Isaac Valentine — and Private Gustavius Poznanski Jr, killed, as Rosen wrote, “defending his temple, his city, and his land, just as his father said he would from the pulpit … twenty one years before.”
THIS LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
Hatred and persecution of Jews was widely present in the North. But in the South, Southern Jews were playing a prominent role in the Confederate government and armed forces, and “were used to being treated as equals,” as Rosen puts it, an acceptance they had enjoyed for a century-and-a-half.
[Dale and Theodore Rosengarten, in “A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life,” observe that in 1800, Charleston had more Jews than any city in North America, and many were respected citizens, office holders, and successful entrepreneurs. Some referred to the city as “our Jerusalem”; and] Myer Moses, my maternal family patriarch, in 1806 called his hometown “…this land of milk and honey.”
Some 3,000 or more Jews fought for the South, practically every male of military age. [Many carried with them to the front Rabbi Michelbacher’s widely published soldiers’ prayer (beginning with the sacred prayer, the “Shema,”), comparing Southerners to “the Children of Israel crossing the Red Sea.”] As Rosen observes, “Jewish Johnny Rebs went off to war for patriotism and love of country….Their chief reasons for fighting were: to do their duty, to protect their homeland, to protect Southern rights and liberty, and ….to support their comrades-in-arms.”
Many Jewish Confederates distinguished themselves by showing, along with their Christian comrades, amazing courage, dedication, and valor, while enduring incredible hardships against overwhelming and often hopeless odds.
NOTABLE CONFEDERATE JEWS
The best known Southern leader of Jewish ancestry was Judah P. Benjamin, often called “the brains of the Confederacy”, who served President Jefferson Davis successively in three key positions: Attorney General, Secretary of War and Secretary of State of the Confederacy. Towards the end, he also acted as head of the espionage service, overseeing the establishment of spying and propaganda operations in the North and Canada, and efforts to burn strategic buildings, storehouses, and bridges in Union territory.
[Davis’ wife Varina called him her husband’s “right arm.” In 1852, he became the second Jewish senator (representing Louisiana) in U.S. history ( the first being Florida’s David Levy Yulee). Benjamin is credited with being the first Jew appointed to a Cabinet position in a North American government, as well as being the first to be seriously considered for nomination to the Supreme Court, which he declined .]
The world renowned sculptor, Moses Jacob Ezekiel of Richmond, was a highly decorated soldier who, after a march of 80 miles with his fellow VMI cadets , fought in the Battle of New Market , and later in the trenches defending Richmond. His mother, Catherine Ezekiel, said she “would not tolerate a son who would not fight for home and country.”
[Ezekiel wrote in his memoirs “we were not fighting for the perpetuation of slavery, but for the principles of States Rights and Free Trade, and in defense of our homes which were being ruthlessly invaded.”]
[Major Adolph Proskauer of Mobile, Alabama who graces the cover of Rosen’s book, joined Capt. Augustus Stikes’s company, the Independent Rifles of Mobile, Alabama, which became Company C, 12th Alabama. He was wounded several times, and a fellow officer once wrote of him, “I can see him now as he nobly carried himself at Gettysburg, standing coolly and calmly with a cigar in his mouth at the head of the 12th Alabama amid a perfect rain of bullets, shot and shell. He was the personification of intrepid gallantry and imperturbable courage.” ]
In North Carolina, six Cohen brothers fought in the 40th Infantry, and in my family, the five Moses brothers from Sumter served from beginning to end.
THE MOSES FAMILY
As the War drew to a close, my great grandfather, Andrew Jackson Moses, participated in a deadly dangerous mission as hopeless as it was valiant. The date was April 9, 1865, the same day that Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox. Having run away from school at sixteen to become a Confederate scout, Jack rode out as part of a hastily-formed local militia to defend his hometown of Sumter, South Carolina.
Approaching rapidly were the 2,700 men of Potter’s Raiders, a unit attached to Sherman’s army which had just burned Columbia and most everything else in its path, and Sumter expected similar treatment.
In his compelling account of the encounter, “Recollections of Potter’s Raid,” Allen Thigpen describes how Sumter’s 158 or so ragtag defenders – teenagers, old men, invalids, and wounded from the local hospital – amazingly were able to hold off Potter’s battle-seasoned veterans for over an hour and a half at the cost of a dozen lives.
[Jack got away with a price on his head, and Sumter itself was not burned after all. But some buildings were, and there are documented instances of murder, rape, and arson by the Yankees, including the torching of our family’s 196 bales of cotton.]
Meanwhile, on that same day, Jack’s eldest brother, Lt. Joshua Lazarus Moses, who was wounded in the War’s first major battle, First Manassas (Bull Run), was defending Mobile in the last infantry battle of the War. With his forces outnumbered 12 to one, Josh was commanding an artillery battalion that, before being overrun, fired the last shots in defense of Mobile.
Refusing to lay down his arms, he was killed in a battle at Fort Blakely a few hours after Lee, unbeknownst to the troops, surrendered-a battle in which one of Josh’s brothers, Perry, had been wounded, and another brother, Horace, captured while laying land mines.
The fifth brother, Isaac Harby Moses, having served with distinction in combat in the legendary Wade Hampton’s cavalry, rode home from North Carolina after the Battle of Bentonville-the last major battle of the war-where he had commanded his company after all of the officers had been killed or wounded. His Mother Octavia proudly observed in her memoirs that he never surrendered to the enemy forces.
He was among those who fired the first shots of the War when his company of Citadel cadets opened up on the Union ship, Star of the West, which was attempting to resupply the besieged Fort Sumter in January, 1861, three months before the War officially began.
Last Order of the Lost Cause
The Moses brothers’ well known uncle, Major Raphael Jacob Moses, from Columbus, Georgia, is credited with being the father of Georgia’s peach industry. He was General James Longstreet’s chief commissary officer and was responsible for supplying and feeding up to 50,000 men (including porters and other non-combatants).
[Their commander, Robert E. Lee, had forbidden Moses from entering private homes in search of supplies during raids into Union territory, even when food and other provisions were in painfully short supply. And he always paid for what he took from farms and businesses, albeit in Confederate tender-often enduring, in good humor, harsh verbal abuse from the local women.]
Moses ended up attending the last meeting of the Confederate government (on 5 May, 1865 in Washington, Georgia) and carrying out its last order. He was instructed by Jefferson Davis to deliver the remnant of the Confederate treasury ($40,000 in gold and silver bullion) to help feed, supply and provide medical help to the defeated Confederate soldiers in hospitals and straggling home after the War-weary , hungry, often sick or wounded, shoeless, and in tattered uniforms. With the help of a small group of determined armed guards, he successfully carried out the order, despite repeated attempts by mobs to forcibly take the bullion.
OBSERVING THE SABBATH
Major Moses’ three sons also served the Confederacy, one of whom, Albert Moses Luria, courageously picked up and threw a live Union artillery shell out of his fortification before it exploded, thereby saving the lives of many of his compatriots. At age nineteen, he was shot above the right eye while leading his men in a charge over the enemy’s fortifications at the decisive Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks) on 31 May, 1862. He was the first Jewish Confederate killed in the War; his cousin Josh, killed at Mobile, the last.
In “Last Order of the Lost Cause,” Mel Young recounts a poignant family story: the day Albert joined the Columbus City Light Guards, of the 2nd Georgia Infantry Battalion. He was called to duty in Columbus, five miles from home, on Saturday, 20 April, 1861 on just two hours’ notice. After marching from the armory to the depot, Albert writes, “we were met by an immense concourse of citizens – assembled to bid us ‘God Speed.’ ” Among the crowd were several members of his family – aunts, uncles, and cousins – whom Albert wrote he was surprised to see, since observant Jews do not ride or work their horses on the Sabbath, and so they had walked several miles into town to bid him adieu.
[As he wrote in his journal, “I did not anticipate seeing them, for it was Saturday I knew they could not ride & hardly expected they would pay me the compliment of walking in.” ]
Besides Albert Luria and Josh Moses, at least seven other members of the extended family, of the almost three dozen who fought, gave their lives in defense of the South.
HATRED OF JEWS IN THE NORTH
While Jews were generally accepted as members of their communities in the South , in the North anti-Semitism was widespread, including the Union army, government, and leadership.
Many instances of this widespread Yankee bigotry are described in detail by Bertram W. Korn, in his classic work, “American Jewry and the Civil War (1951); by Robert Rosen, and by other historians of the era. They recount how Jews in Union-occupied areas, such as New Orleans and Memphis, were singled out by Union forces for vicious abuse and vilification.
In New Orleans, the ruling general, Benjamin “Beast” Butler, harshly vilified Jews, and was quoted by a Jewish newspaper as saying that he could “suck the blood of every Jew, and …will detain every Jew as long as he can.” An Associated Press reporter from the North wrote that “The Jews in New Orleans and all the South ought to be exterminated. ..They run the blockade, and are always to be found at the bottom of every new villainy.”
And the single worst act of official act of anti-Semitism in American history was carried out by Union Commander Ulysses S. Grant, who.on December 17, 1862, issued his infamous “General Order # 11,” expelling all Jews “as a class” from his conquered territories within 24 hours.
On 4 January, 1863, President Lincoln had Grant’s order rescinded, but by then, some Jewish families in the area had been expelled, humiliated, terrified, and jailed, and some stripped of their possessions.
Other anti-Jewish orders and statements were issued by generals Grant and William Sherman, and no Union official was ever fired, disciplined, or even reprimanded for their acts of bigotry and persecution.]
OUR SACRED DUTY
After the war, Octavia Harby Moses, the Mother of the Moses brothers (and my great great grandmother), devoted her life to memorializing “The Lost Cause”. In 1869 she was unanimously elected president of the “Ladies Monumental Association” in Sumter, a forerunner of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Succeeding her in her crusade was her eldest daughter Rebecca, who wrote that “Daughters and grand daughters were all taught by her that this was a sacred duty.”
Today, the heritage and honor of our ancestors are increasingly under attack. We must never cease fighting to prevent this history from being distorted or forgotten. It is our sacred duty.
JUST AN IDEA
At one time the leader of the Army of Northern Virginia probably had more kids named for him than, well, anybody. There still are some Robert E. Lee IIIs and probably IVs around.
But what will Southern States do when the liberals decide that there should be no Jeff Davis County?
For example, Georgia has a cluster of county names that honor Confederates including Ben Hill and Toombs counties. Hill was a U.S. Senator and later Secretary of State for Confederate States of America. Robert Toombs was a U.S. Congressman, but after secession was the Confederate Secretary of State. But Toombs fell out with Davis over the artillery bombardment on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. He resigned the secretariat and became a brigadier general and was wounded at Antietam. Stephens County is named for Alexander Stephens, the Vice-President of the C.S.A. and Georgia’s 53rd governor.
Georgia has counties with names that many would find “less offensive” including Lee County, which was named for Gen. “Lighthorse” Harry Lee rather than his more famous son, Robert E. Lee. Pierce County was named for President Franklin Pierce and Wayne County was named for Revolutionary War hero Mad Anthony Wayne.
Florida doesn’t seem to have Georgia’s naming issues. William Pope Duval was governor of what was then the Florida territory from 1822 through 1834. Nassau was named for the Duchy of Nassau, Seminole was named for the Florida State Football team – or perhaps not – DeSoto for the seeker of the non-existent Fountain of Youth and Lake and Orange counties are pretty obvious. My favorite Florida county name is Marion for the Revolutionary War general Francis Marion, the South Carolina Swamp Fox.
Of course I can think of a few of Louisiana’s parishes that were named for Confederates. And only God Himself knows how many Texas counties are named for Confederates.
The purge is coming. If you live in a county that has a Confederate namesake perhaps you should get ahead of the attack and already have a non-profit in place to fight for the preservation of your county name? Perhaps SCV/UDC and county historical societies, which should already have relationships, can lead the charge on this?
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