Teresa has posted on Ludwell Brown, Silas Green and Gabe Hunt before. This photo was taken at a United Confederate Veterans reunion in Lynchburg, VA in the early part of last century. This is just one of the photos that new “Americans” (ie 2nd or 3rd generation “Americans” whose families didn’t get here till between WWI and right after WWII) either don’t realize exist, don’t care or deny. It doesn’t matter though because apparently the truth is not FOR everyone 😉
There are so many facts we can take away from this one, single photo. Let’s look at just some that come to mind ‘off the cuff’ so to speak. And I’m sure y’all can think of many more.
1. These Black (ie men of color) Confederate veterans are at a Confederate Veteran reunion because they wanted to be there.
2. They are very elderly and probably had aches and pains and it would have been much easier to just stay home. But they didn’t stay home did they?
3. One of the men looks like he’s waving the St. Andrews Cross Battle Flag. Even if he’s not waving it, it is on the carriage he ain’t running away from it 😉 (little bit of Southern vernacular for ya). None of them are. They don’t appear to be “triggered” in any way, shape form or fashion.
4. It would appear as if a White man is driving these 3 Black Confederate veterans around 🙂 ( I love this one!)
5. Considering how well these men are dressed, I’d imagine this event was important to them. We only dress in our best when things are important to us.Too bad for us many are slouches in our time.
6. One of the men is tipping his hat. That was done in those days in order to acknowledge the presence of ladies, and it was a sign of recognition, respect, gratitude, or simple salutation and acknowledgement of another person. In other words, these men were sensitive to etiquette and common courtesy. SORELY lacking in our day. Sorely lacking. And sorely lacking among ignorant newcomers and outsiders. Manners were not taken for granted in those days and manners were the order of the day for Southerners of all races. (It’s a Southern thang 😉 Outsiders always comment how well our manners are and how our children answer “yes sir” or “no ma’am”. Southern. Thang. 🙂
7. This photo was either taken before or shortly after the parade would be my guess. My granddaddy told me the parades would stretch sometimes for a number of city blocks, meeting itself coming and going in different places. He said it took time to line up in the appropriate order (ie cavalry, infantry, artillery, Camps, commanders, UDC, wives, widows, etc) as well as disburse. It could have been hot, threatening rain, and a plethora of other uncomfortable conditions. But these elderly men are right there with their compatriots. Their images were captured for posterity by my Awesome God at one time in the past when they were with each other, remembering…..
My God is using a little thing called technology to vindicate my people and educate the abjectly ignorant and the insanely arrogant.
Web Source: Black Confederates And Other Minorities In The War of Northern Aggression Facebook Page
Post by Lani Burnette Rinkel
January 17, 2019