Right around the corner from us the City of Belleview, Florida is flying the 3rd National Flag of the Confederacy at City hall in recognition of Confederate History. 

The flag is flown at half-staff. 

Belleview Mayor Christine Dobkowski told reporters that Confederate History is historically important to the town. 

The local ABC Radio and TV affiliates for central Florida have flooded the flag and a ceremony conducted by a local SCV camp with amazingly syrupy "positive" coverage. Suspicious, I contacted someone I know who works for the radio station. He told me the coverage was intended to inspire protest that would then give them the story they wanted - the City removing the Flag. But no luck for ABC News. Nobody took their bait. 

City officials in Belleview said they've heard no complaints from any residents who find the flag objectionable. 



FOLLOW THE $$$ - WHAT $$$?

The Mayor of New Orleans is being evasive on who funded the removal of 4 statues in the heart of the city. He's also not responding to questions on when the remaining 3 statues will be taken down and what he plans on doing with them.

Who is funding the removal? Shouldn't the citizens know? Do the citizens of New Orleans not have a say in any of this?

Just hours after crews working for the City of New Orleans removed the Liberty Place Monument, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was asked repeatedly where the money came from to pay for the removal and who's paying to take down the other three Confederate-era monuments of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and General P.G.T. Beauregard.

The mayor would only say, "We have enough funding to take down all four monuments."

Crews took the Liberty Place statue to a city warehouse, not far from the Superdome. Kurt Buchert from Save our Circle, a pro-monument group is asking for transparency from the Mayor.

"The mayor is saying they should be in a museum one day," Buchert said. "That's a very vague statement. They could go sit in a warehouse for 100 years and then be put in a museum when all of us are dead...I think the burden is on the mayor to bring this to a close," DuBos said. "He needs to come up with a plan and say he's what's going to happen with these statues. The council should have some input. The public should have some input."

One of the other things the Mayor isn't revealing at this time is when the rest of the monuments will be removed. He would only say they would be taken down in a similar manner to the Liberty Place statue, "sooner rather than later."

Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement Monday declared: "The removal of these statues sends a clear and unequivocal message to the people of New Orleans and the nation: New Orleans celebrates our diversity, inclusion and tolerance. This is not about politics, blame or retaliation. This is not a naïve quest to solve all our problems at once. This is about showing the whole world that we as a city and as a people are able to acknowledge, understand, reconcile .....and most importantly......choose a better future."

Diversity, Inclusion and Tolerance?

New Orleans is one of the unique cities in America. Because of its location, its culture and its commerce, it became one of the important players in the making of early America. The site of two great battles of American History. Had New Orleans not fallen in the WBTS, that conflict might have continued on for decades. That IS a large part it's it's rich history.



ALABAMA BILL NEARS VOTE

Alabama's Legislature is nearing a decision on barring changes to Confederate or other long-standing monuments. It would  would forbid alterations or removal of markers that have stood for more than 20 years.

The State House of Representatives has cleared the bill for vote.   The bill just passed the Senate despite hours of opposition from legislators who argued preserving monuments with links to slavery is offensive to African Americans. 

Gov. Kay Ivey could sign the Legislation IF the House passes it. But the  Governor  will not commit.  Her spokeswoman will only say that her office will review the bill if it is approved.



ON MONDAY, APRIL 24th, our good friend H. K. Edgerton made the Washington Times:

The only black man clad in the gray woolen uniform of a Confederate soldier,  H.K. Edgerton stood up Monday and told the crowd at the Alabama Capitol building to never forget his fellow African-Americans who died fighting for the South in the Civil War.

The nearly 150 people who gathered there for Confederate  Memorial Day - a state holiday commemorating Southern soldiers killed in the war with the North - cheered.

"I'm very proud that Alabama still has this as a state holiday to celebrate the men and women who gave their lives after they were invaded," said  Edgerton, 69, a Confederate flag slung over his shoulder.

Alabama is one of the last states in the country that still celebrates Confederate  Memorial Day as an official holiday. The day brings controversy and confusion, with critics arguing about the appropriateness of the anniversary, supporters saying they want to honor their dead and some people just upset that their errands are upended by the closure of government offices.

"It's about time that we stop having any official memorial days for the Confederacy," said Heidi Beirich, director of the hate-watching Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

On the north lawn of the state Capitol, members of groups such as the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans met at the base of an about 80-foot-tall limestone and granite monument to dead Southern soldiers.


 

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WERE YOU THERE?

On Saturday, at 2 PM, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Private Thomas Caldwell Camp #31 staged a very effective protest at the Courthouse in York County, South Carolina. The stars of the show were the "mechanized cavalry" on cycles wearing Confederate Flag leather vests!

The South Carolina Conservative Action Council and Conservative Action Report Newspaper supported this action.


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CONFEDERATE FLAGS FOR CUBA

Did you know that a Rosales Project to identify all known Cuban Confederate Soldiers, as well as other Hispanics and Minorities who served in the Confederate Military has grown to 6,175 men.

These Hispanics fought on both the Union and Confederate sides of the conflict. 

Not all the Hispanics who fought were "Hispanic-Americans," in other words citizens of the United States or of the CSA. Many of them were Spanish subjects or nationals from countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Some were born in a US Territory and therefore did not have the right to US Citizenship.

It has been determined that approximately 3,500 Cubans living in the United States when the war broke out joined the war: 2,500 for the Confederacy and 1,000 for the Union. The project is still searching because they suspect that number may have jumped to as high as 10,000 by the end of the war.

Amongst the Confederates, Colonel Ambrosio José Gonzales (1818-1893) - Gonzales, a native Cuban, became a U.S. Citizen in 1849 and settled in Beaufort, South Carolina. Gonzales was active during the bombardment of Fort Sumter and because of his actions was appointed Lt. Colonel of artillery and assigned to duty as Chief of Artillery in the department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Gonzales, who served as a special aide to the governor of South Carolina, submitted plans for the defense of the coastal areas of his homeland state. According to Major D. Leadbetter in a letter to the Secretary of War: "The project of auxiliary coast defense herewith, as submitted by Col. A. J. Gonzales, though not thought to be everywhere applicable, is believed to be of great value under special circumstances. In the example assumed at Edisto Island, where the movable batteries rest on defensive works and are themselves scarcely exposed to surprise and capture, a rifled 24-pounder, with two small guns, rallying and reconnoitering from each of the fixed batteries, would prove invaluable. A lighter gun than the 24-pounder, and quite as efficient, might be devised for such service, but this is probably the best now available. Colonel Gonzales' proposed arrangements for re-enforcing certain exposed and threatened maritime Posts seem to be judicious and to merit attention."

Gonzales was able to fend off Union gunboat attempts to destroy railroads and other important points on the Carolina coast by placing his heavy artillery on special carriages for increased mobility. On November 30, 1864, Gonzales served as Artillery Commander at the Battle of Honey Hill. The Battle of Honey Hill was the third battle of Sherman's March to the Sea fought in Savannah, Georgia.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis declined Gonzales's request for promotion to general six times. Davis' dislike for P. G. T. Beauregard deprived Gonzales of general's rank because he (Gonzales) had served under him. It is also believed that Gonzales's experience with Cuban filibusters, was no recommendation for command, nor were his contentious relationships with Confederate officers in Richmond.

Many Cuban women participated in the War. Two of the most notable Hispanic women to participate in that conflict were Lola Sánchez and Loreta Janeta Velazquez. The similarities between them were that both were Cuban born and both served for the Confederacy. However, the difference between them was that one served as a spy while the other disguised herself as a male and fought in various battles.

Lola Sánchez (1844 - 1895) - Sánchez was born in Armstrong, Florida of Cuban descent. She became upset when her father was accused of being a Confederate spy by the Union Forces and sent to prison. This event angered and inspired her to become a Confederate spy. The Union Army had occupied her residence in Palatka, Florida and she overheard the officer's plans of a raid. She alerted the Confederates under the command of Capt. John Jackson Dickison. Because of the information which she provided, the Confederate soldiers were able to surprise the Union troops, in what became known as the "Battle of Horse Landing", and capture the USS Columbine, a Union warship in the only known incident in US history where a cavalry unit captured and sank an enemy gunboat.

Loreta Janeta Velazquez a.k.a. "Lieutenant Harry Buford" (1842-1897) - Velazquez was a Cuban woman who masqueraded as a male Confederate soldier during the War. She enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861, without her soldier-husband's knowledge. She fought at Mannasas, Ball's Bluff and Fort Donelson, but her gender was discovered while in New Orleans and she was discharged. Undeterred, she reenlisted and fought at Shiloh, until unmasked once more. She then became a spy, working in both male and female guises.

Louisiana also had a brigade called the "Cazadores Espanoles Regiment" (Spanish Hunters Regiment) and the "Louisiana Tigers", commanded by Major Chatham Roberdeau Wheat, which consisted of men from Cuba and Puerto Rico. The brigades fought at the Battles of Antietam and Gettysburg.

Many of these Cuban soldiers returned to Cuba after the War. And they were joined by their white and negro compatriots who did not wish to remain in a defeated South. THEY HAVE DESCENDANTS ALL OVER CUBA!

As you all know, I am leading a team that will be going to Cuba in May. I will be meeting with over 30 Cuban pastors and other workers in Baptist churches during my trip to the island. 

Previously we reported that we will be giving away at least 30 iPads to Cuban pastors along with smartphones. This is important because the Cuban government has contracted with Verizon to build a nation-wide internet and cellular network that, when completed, may just be the world's best. But the Cuban people will NOT have the tech to use. We want to give Cuban pastors the tech to win their nation for Jesus! 

We are just 6 iPads and 7 smartphones shy of our goal. We also have a few incidental expenses as well. 
But one very interesting thing I am going to do that was not in the original plan but that has come up as I have been communicating with Pastors in Cuba is we will also be promoting Confederate Heritage in Cuba.

Many Cubans KNOW that they have Confederate Ancestry and they want to know more! We are going to help them!

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Commentary: The war on American history has gone completely insane
by Chuck Much (Editor of  http://nevadanewsandviews.com)

In author George Orwell's literary classic "1984," the government's Ministry of Truth was devoted to re-writing history to comport with Big Brother's political agenda. Such historical revisionism via government propaganda is the sort of thing the Soviet Union's Pravda newspaper became famous for during the Cold War (won by Ronald Reagan!).

Alas, radicalized liberals and shameless race-hustlers are now in hyper-drive with their own efforts to re-write U.S. history and whitewash from society any mentions or reminders of the Confederacy.

At first it was just the stars-and-bars Confederate flag they wanted removed from government grounds in southern states. But that movement has now extended to re-naming schools, streets and other public memorials to historical figures involved with the south's resistance to the north's War of Aggression.

For example, last summer the Houston public school district spent $1.2 million in taxpayer dollars to rename six schools that had been named after Confederate leaders - including the cost to replace athletic and band uniforms.

And this radicalized hatred even extends to George Washington, father of the greatest country on the face of the planet. East Coast goofballs in Washington, DC want to rename the city "New Columbia" and West Coast goofballs want to change the name of Washington state to "Olympus."

And here in Nevada there are efforts underway to force UNLV to kill its "Runnin' Rebels" nickname and "Hey Reb" mascot. Ridiculous? Yes. But now get this ...

On April 24th, "under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests," the New Orleans government's own Ministry of Truth secretly and clandestinely removed the 35-foot granite Liberty Place monument, which "was taken away on a truck in pieces before daybreak."

Hooded masks? Cover of darkness? Anyone else catch the irony?

"In the coming days," the Associated Press reported, "the city will also remove statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate President Jefferson Davis."

This stuff is absolutely insane. You can't erase history by simply pretending it never happened and removing all references to it. And you don't have to be a supporter of slavery to plainly see this War on History is just plain wrong.

In fact, a conservative Republican candidate in South Carolina vying to fill the 5th Congressional District seat of former Rep. Mick Mulvaney -- who is now President Donald Trump's head of the Office of Management and Budget -- is gaining national attention (and donations!) for her fight against these historical (hysterical) revisionists in the special election to be held on May 2.

Enough is enough.

When it comes to this War on History, it's time for all Americans -- north, south, east, west, black, white, red, orange, blue, yellow, green, indigo and violet -- to tell Big Brother, the PC Police and the Ministry of Truth to cram it in their pie holes.



On March 3, Siegel Auction House offered Confederate States postal history. A rare patriotic cover from Tennessee was the standout item to cross the auction block.

U.S. stamps were invalidated for use in the South during the war, so to get by until the Confederacy began printing stamps, many local postmasters all across the South put out their own. These Confederate postmasters' provisionals, as stamps and postal history, form a rich collecting area.

Nashville's postmaster was one of the ones who did this, producing a woodcut 5¢ stamp in various shades of brown, as well as a 10¢ green.

A 5¢ violet brown (Scott 61X5) on a Sept. 27, 1861, cover with a patriotic cachet showing an 11-star Confederate flag was hailed as "extraordinary," not just for the quality of the stamp but for the desirability of the cachet: the "stars and bars" bore 11 stars only between July and November of that year, so patriotic covers with that configuration are rare and sought after. The cover fetched an amazing $31,860.



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