I want to begin this week's Letter with a column received from one of our readers in Georgia, SCV Commander John Wayne Dobson. Commander Dobson is also the editor of the Howling Dawg.
THE SUN IS NOT YET SET AND THE BATTLE CONTINUES
The tide turned against the South on that fateful Charleston evening of June 17, 2015.
Nothing is harder to take than being blamed for something you are not responsible for.
Without a syllable of allowed defense the whole Southern Nation, heritage, honor and cherished lifestyle was tried, convicted and sentenced. We are well aware of what has been done to us for nigh on two years. I need not rehearse it here. The cowards and shirkers departed our ranks almost overnight. Those left knew their duty and were prepared to stay on the firing line until the Southern sun set on the last day or the victory was won. It seems to me that three springs ago it was not quite so politically incorrect to take a stand for a God-given heritage - a birthright. Now, folks tremble at the suggestion of being associated with anything "Confederate."
The men in the photograph are members and Compatriots of the 16th Georgia Company G, "The Jackson Rifles." They are members of The Lt. James T. Woodward SCV Camp # 1399 of Warner Robins, GA, the Logan E. Bleckley SCV Camp # 1998 of Cochran, GA and The Camp of The Unknown Soldier SCV Camp # 2218 of Old Clinton, Jones County, GA. They stand in the full view of the world in the April sun, unashamed and unbowed. However, their ranks have thinned in the past two years. Oh, yes, precious souls who once stood with us have gone to their heavenly reward but some who could have and should have shown up just did not! You know in your own heart: were you ill, was a family member ill? Did you have to work? Did some calamity befall you or did you just not show up. The conglomerate of these afore mentioned men, on the cover, alone, were involved in as many as nine Confederate Memorial services in two days. How many did you attend? Did you even stop by a lonely roadside Confederate grave long enough to observe a moment of silence or offer a salute or were too busy of just plain afraid someone would see you. Any excuse will do. Some, who have any measure of conscience left, will read this page and confess within their own soul that they could have attended - they could have done something - they could have taken a stand ... but they did not ... they did not.
Am I depressed by the reduced turn out? Not really. I know the caliber of men and women who attend these services and I am so very proud to be in such excellent company, that I could burst. Often, quality outranks quantity. The media did not show its scurrilous face and that was such a blessing. No, I am not dismayed - not especially. I talk to a lot of people each week. I also listen to what they say to me and I am here to tell you that there is a revival emerging regarding all things Southern. This resurgence is coming from some of the most unlikely points of heartland America that you can imagine. I am convinced that there is an age old principle at work here - a flourishing in the midst of persecution - and the fight is far from over. I am sorry if you could not or would not make any Confederate Memorial services this year. Some, indeed, had to work, at least one had National Guard drill and we sure understand these good reasons.
-- John Wayne Dobson
Another Georgia subscriber, James W. King, submits the following:
In 1848 the Socialist revolution in Europe led by Karl Marx had failed. In 1849-1850 about 2000 German Socialists were sent to New York City. They joined with American Socialists led by Horace Greeley owner of the New York Tribune newspaper. Prior to Southern secession 487 of Marx's articles were printed including the Communist Manifesto. The radical, fanatical, criminal, Socialist Atheist Republican Party was formed in 1854 and up until 1877 was similar to the modern Democratic Party. Abraham Lincoln was a member and 68 of 117 signed a resolution advocating terrorism against the South. The Southern states refused to be ruled by the Republican Party and seceded. After a four year war against overwhelming numbers and resources the Confederate Armed forces were forced to yield.
Lincoln's unnecessary war had claimed the lives of over 600,000 American soldiers North and South, and 50,000 Southern civilians.. It had been a culture war fought for the purpose of converting the American Republic established by America's founding fathers , who were primarily Southern gentleman from Virginia, to a Socialist Democracy. Northern soldiers were deceived by the clever "Save the Union" war cry. Socialism in America has developed in 3 stages: POLITICAL in 1865 following Southern surrender, ECONOMIC in 1913-1917-Federal Income Tax, Federal Reserve, and CULTURAL 1960 to 2017-Welfare Nanny state. Today many Northern citizens are connecting the dots back to 1848 and 1865 and are wishing their ancestors had wore Gray instead of Blue.
Recently the modern Republican globalist and big government advocate Newt Gingrich blurted out the truth "the war wasn't fought to free slaves it was fought to centralize and concentrate all power in Washington DC." Slavery was already a dying institution and would have soon ended peacefully without a war as it did elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere. The New England colonies/states of MA., CT., RI., NH., and NY. were responsible for the development of slavery. They grew to prosperity on the nefarious slave trade and when it became unprofitable they hypocritically accused the Southern planters who had purchased slaves from them of 'Grave Moral Sin."
The Confederate flag and the Confederate States of America represent the same principles and values as the Betsy Ross Flag and the American Republic: Limited Constitutional Federal Government, States Rights, Resistance to Tyranny, and Christianity. The Confederate Battle Flag is an international symbol of Resistance to Tyranny and was chosen by the Polish Solidarity Movement in 1980 as their symbol of resistance to Russian Communism and it was flying over the Berlin Wall in 1989 as it was being torn down.
Lincoln and the Federal Government had no constitutional authority to coerce or invade a State for any reason. The States had formed the Federal Government and granted specific limited powers. The rest were reserved to the States and the people. Lincoln, Sherman, Sheridan, Butler, Grant, Jennison, and thousands of other Yankees were war criminals. Crimes committed against Southerners included murder, torture, rape, arson, plunder, pillage, theft, vandalism, burning churches, destruction of graves, and turning women and children out in the cold.
Southerners have every right to be proud of and to remember and honor the brave men in gray who fought against the Yankee barbarians.
UPDATE ON STATUE FIGHT
One of our subscribers, Virginia Division SCV Treasurer Bill Graham, is directly involved in the battle to keep the Robert E. Lee Monument in Charlottesville. He has informed us that the court scheduled an injunction hearing for May 2 and
Judge Richard Moore ruled that in the public's interest, the Lee statue cannot be moved for a period of six months.
But the Judge also ruled that the Charlottesville City Council can still rename Lee Park and continue its planning for the statue removal and redesigns of the park.
Judge Moore said he will not make a ruling on the Stonewall Jackson statue.
The Judge says that he does not believe moving or renaming the statues violated the terms of McIntire's gift. But he did say he believes Virginia's monument law applies in this instance and therefore granted part of the temporary injunction against the city.
Speaking briefly after the hearing, City Councilor Kristin Szakos reiterated that the injunction was only temporary and only prevented the City from moving the Lee statue for now.
A hearing on the merits of the claims in the lawsuit will be scheduled in June, at which point a judge will decide what, if any, of the suit can be thrown out.
LOUISIANA BILL PASSES COMMITTEE
On Wednesday, A Louisiana House committee advanced legislation that would forbid the removal of Confederate monuments. The House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted 10-8 to advance the Louisiana Military Memorial Conservation Act to the full House for consideration.
Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith said after the vote that she had hoped the legislation would be defeated in committee and thus avoid a similar divisive debate in the House chamber. She expects the Republican-majority in the House to approve the measure. "Maybe the Senate can stop it," Smith said.
House Bill 71 would forbid the removal, renaming or alteration of any military monument of any war, including the "War Between the States," that is situated on public property. The measure was amended to require the support of a majority of voters in a public election before any monuments could be removed.
State Rep. Thomas Carmody Jr., a Shreveport Republican who says his family has been in Louisiana since before statehood and includes many veterans, called his measure "an effort to make sure those persons' sacrifices are not just randomly tossed away into the ash bin of history ... My objective is to stop the hate."
His legislation covered all military monuments from all wars. But the bulk of the testimony was about Confederate monuments in New Orleans.
Carmody said HB71 could not stop the two-year effort by the City Council in New Orleans to move to museums or other locations, the statues of three Confederate luminaries that dominate major intersections. If approved and signed into law, the act probably wouldn't take effect in time, he said, a position other representatives disputed.
Over a two-hour period, the committee heard testimony from almost two dozen supporters of the bill. Rep. Johnny Berthelot, the former Republican mayor of Gonzales who chairs House Municipal, timed each presentation with a three-minute egg timer.
Steve Jones, of St. Bernard Parish, testified: "Tearing down the three main monuments in the city is as if Rome was to tear down statues because the Roman Empire wasn't very politically correct."
Voting for conserving Confederate and other military monuments (10): Chairman Berthelot, Reps. Robert Billiot, D-Westwego; Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge; Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles; Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge; Stephanie Hilferty, R-New Orleans; Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge; Stephen Pugh, R-Ponchatoula; Jerome Richard, No Party-Thibodaux; and Malinda White, D-Bogalusa.
Voting against HB71 (8): Reps Joseph Bouie, D-New Orleans; Cedric Glover, D-Shreveport; Sam Jenkins, D-Shreveport; Rodney Lyons, D-Harvey; C. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge; Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport; Patricia Haynes Smith, D-Baton Rouge; and Joseph A. Stagni, R-Kenner.
CORRECTION OF WASHINGTON TIMES
We received the following from a reader in Alabama who was at the Alabama Capitol for the memorial service where the Washington Times reported the speech given by H. K. The Times (AP) reported an attendance of 150. Adjutant Hattabaugh reports a more accurate number:
Thanks, again, for your wonderful newsletter...
On point of correction re: your item on Monday's memorial service at the Alabama capitol, there were between 250 and 300 people in attendance. the al.com/AP article (I am assuming this is how your number was derived), was incorrect.
Love the news. Keep it up.
Lt Cmdr, Capt Thomas H Hobbs Camp 768 &
Adjutant, Alabama Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Schoolchildren who visit the First White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery, Alabama are still taught that its famous former resident, President Jefferson Davis, was the leader of a "heroic resistance" and that he was "held by his Negroes in genuine affection as well as highest esteem."
Such truth, once was mainstream Southern thought. Now it is not. And there is an effort to lobby the State Legislature to replace the current program at the First White House of the Confederacy with one that is, shall we say, WRONG. Not to mention critical of the South, of Jefferson Davis, and with a program that is far more about spouting modern day socialist BS than it is about teaching our children anything about history.
Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, is leading the effort.
The museum perseveres in a newer era when many Confederate memorials across the South are being re-evaluated. If we do not counter-lobby on its behalf the enemies of truth will win.
On a recent trip to the Montgomery museum, fourth graders from rural Wilcox County in southern Alabama trudged up a nearly 200-year-old staircase and into the Relic Room, where a painting of Gen. Robert E. Lee hangs amid the four flags of the Confederacy.
Tour guide Robert Wieland tells the children the room was formerly called a "shrine."
The pupils heard about the importance of the South's cotton economy and learned how to spin raw clumps of the stuff onto wooden spools. Beirich and her activists
want to replace this with a curriculum of "African American Studies."
But there is one little black child who, while currently a prominent part of the program, will be completely eliminated. That is Jim Limber. And they also want the book "Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House," an illustrated children's book about a boy adopted by the Davis family, removed from the gift shop. They also want to remove the book "Our Heroes and Our Flags."
Selma Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders said the house, which in recent years cost Alabama taxpayers more than $100,000 a year to operate, "presents a history that ignores African Americans." So then why is he pushing to have Jim Limber removed from the property? You'd think that he'd celebrate Limber?
Lobbyists are also pushing to have State funds taken from the The Confederate White House and be given to civil rights sites such as Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church or the Rosa Parks Museum.
In response, representatives of the museum have ask politicians why they should have to tell students about the evils of slavery. "They just know it," said Gibbs Davis, a member of the nonprofit group that solicits donations for the house and maintains it. That seems to be about the best defense that the museum is making for its current program and funding.
But The two-story home that served as executive residence for the Southern states in the Spring of 1861 still has its defenders.
Dixie Heritage subscriber Mary Dix is associate editor of "The Papers of Jefferson Davis," a collection of approximately 100,000 Davis-related documents. She pushed back on criticism, saying Davis was a godly man who wanted to end slavery on moral grounds. A history pamphlet at the First White House of the Confederacy echoes Dix's sentiment. "Jefferson Davis believed 'the peculiar institution' a temporary necessity in developing the cotton economy of the South on which New England textile industry depended," the embattled pamphlet reads. It says Davis believed whites were preparing Africans for freedom by "submitting" them to Anglo-Saxon culture and Christianity.
But Bernard Simelton, president of the Alabama chapter of the NAACP, has said that State funding of the Confederate White House, "is akin to recognizing and celebrating the Holocaust."
MISSISSIPPI CITY DISRESPECTS ITS VETERANS
The City of Leland will no longer recognize Confederate Memorial Day.
After the Leland Board of Aldermen voted to remove the State Flag from all City properties at its Feb. 2, 2016, board meeting, Mayor Kenny Thomas during Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting said he hasn't seen a need to raise it for the holiday. Thomas suggested having the holiday removed from the cCity's policy handbook. The board unanimously approved the motion.
Biloxi, Mississippi became the latest City to order the removal of the State Flag containing the Confederate Battle Flag emblem from the City's public properties.
The Mayor of Biloxi, Andrew "FoFo" Gilich, ordered the removal of the Flag on Confederate Memorial Day.
BLACK CAUCUS TO BOYCOTT MISSISSIPPI
Black legislators in Mississippi say they are boycotting a regional meeting that their own State is hosting this summer, to protest the "rebel emblem" on the State Flag.
The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is asking the Southern Legislative Conference to push Mississippi to lose its status as the last state with a flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem.
The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus chairwoman, Democratic Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes of Gulfport, said Tuesday that the boycott is designed to put pressure on State House Speaker Philip Gunn. Soon after the Charleston shootings, Republican Gunn, who is white, said his Christian faith led him to see the Confederate symbol as "a point of offense that needs to be removed" from the Mississippi flag. But, he has not rounded up the votes to make a change.
Gunn is chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference, with members from 15 states. The group holds its annual meeting July 29-Aug. 2 in Biloxi. Gunn said in a statement Tuesday that SLC "is a well-respected organization" and the meeting will "showcase the positives of Mississippi. It brings a great amount of economic benefit to the state, attracting nearly 1,000 people. This event is a good opportunity to stand with me, someone who has not wavered in my support of changing the flag, to promote all that is good about our great state."
51 of Mississippi's 174 state legislators are black, and 50 of them are in the Black Caucus. Williams-Barnes said a majority of caucus members voted to boycott the regional conference, and about 80 percent are planning to take part in the boycott. She said she will ask black legislators from other states to stay away, as well.
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The Economist, in 1848, just after the acquisition of California and New Mexico, President James Polk was "decidedly in favor of purchasing Cuba and making it one of the States of the Union." Cheering him on was Jefferson Davis, then a Senator from Mississippi. "Cuba must be ours," he said, in a letter to President Polk.
The plan to buy Cuba failed. But Mississippi's other senator, Albert Gallatin Brown, maintained a lobby to revisit the issue.
William Walker was an American physician, lawyer, journalist and adventurer, who organized several private military expeditions into Latin America, with the intention of establishing English speaking colonies under his personal control, an enterprise then known as "filibustering." Walker became president of the Republic of Nicaragua in 1856 and ruled until 1857, when he was defeated by a coalition of Central American armies. He was executed by the government of Honduras in 1860.
But by the time of his death, Walker had convinced many Southern agricultural interests of the desirability of expanding into tropical Latin America.
As a result of this, the Confederacy appears to have had plans to accept Cuba into the Confederacy as a State. Of course, such a recognition would have first required that Cuba establish itself as independent from Spain.
Confederate Vice President Alexander Hamilton Stephens supported the eventual inclusion of Cuba as a State in the Confederacy.
Of course, for any of it to matter, the Confederate States military first had to win its war for independence. A war which, as we know, was ultimately lost. And that is why we do not often discuss the possibility of such things as Cuba becoming a Confederate State.
As you all know, I am leading a team that will be going to Cuba in a few weeks. I will be meeting with over 30 Cuban pastors and other workers in Baptist churches during my trip to the island.
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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A TRULY SOUTHERN VOICE FOR CONGRESS
When I saw Sheri's new campaign ad I just had to share it:
Dixie Heritage has endorsed Sheri in her effort. She is vocally advocating for our Heritage in her television commercials.
And Just in case any of our South Carolina readers were considering support for the Democrat, Archie Parnell, watch this effeminate video of Archie talking about how when he was a little kid he got his widdle feelings hurt by watching a Confederate Flag raised on a flagpole:
Trump as Historian
In a recent interview on Sirius XM, President Trump, now completely enthralled by Andrew Jackson, made a couple of interesting remarks about the War of Northern Aggression, specifically theorizing that if Andrew Jackson were President in 1861 there would have been no war. Trump's reasoning? One could presume because Jackson had averted war in 1832 during the nullification crisis.
What can we make of this?
Most historians don't like to get into hypotheticals because such assumptions are unprovable - in this case there's really no sure way to know exactly what Jackson would have done in 1861. But aside from the fact that Old Hickory was dead and buried for 16 years before the war, a fact that Trump alluded to, we can speculate that there's a good chance the irascible Jackson would have acted precisely as Lincoln had - with violence, because that's what he was planning in 1832 and had authorization with the Force Bill. There would most likely have been bloodshed over the tariff if a compromise had not been reached.
So I would say on this aspect of the President's remarks: History 1. Trump 0.
But Trump also thought the war could have been averted altogether. "People don't realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don't ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"
Historians, though, have long asked that question. And I think it's safe to say that the war could have been prevented, as most wars in history fall into the 'repressible' category.
So here we can side with the President: History 1. Trump 1.
But of this we can place the blame squarely on the North, for it was the North that persisted in antagonizing and threatening the South, not the other way around. Southerners were very Jeffersonian in their political views and did not, at anytime, seek domination of the Northern states. As John C. Calhoun once asked, "When did the South ever lay its hand upon the North?"
It was in 1858 that a Northern politician, William H. Seward, referred to the situation then brewing in the country as a "irrepressible conflict," a remark seen as aggressive enough to deflate his own run at the Republican presidential nomination in 1860.
But in the days before this new Republican Party, which began in 1854, the North was largely Jeffersonian in outlook as well as the South. Even though there were only three Southerners who served as President between Jackson and Lincoln (and one of them was accidental), until Lincoln even Northern Presidents were men of Southern principles, which were, in reality, American ideals.
By 1860 things had changed. As Professor Clyde Wilson has written in his great book, The Yankee Problem in America, the North became dominated by "Yankees," whom he accurately describes as "that peculiar ethnic group descended from New Englanders, who can be easily recognized by their arrogance, hypocrisy, greed, lack of congeniality, and penchant for ordering other people around."
The North, he continued, "had been Yankeeized, for the most part quietly, by control of churches, schools, and other cultural institutions, by whipping up a frenzy of paranoia about the alleged plot of the South to spread slavery to the North, which was as imaginary as Jefferson's guillotine."
The South never threatened the North, never agitated about Yankee wage slavery and sweatshop labor, nor condemned Northern social arrangements, like child labor (even though young slave children did not work on plantations). Furthermore, according to economic scholar Frank Taussig in Tariff History of the United States, the North was fleecing the South, which, as a region, accounted for up to 80 percent of all US tariff revenue, while most of the money was spent on infrastructure in the North.
So if any section had cause for complaint it was the South, not the North. Had it not been for Northern agitation, and Yankee penchant for rejecting compromise efforts, not to mention John Brown's War, which was supported by prominent men in the North, perhaps war could have been averted.
But when the South realized the "Yankees" were in charge, that the end of Jeffersonian America was upon them, that it was now downright dangerous to remain in the Union, they decided to exercise their rights as free men and determine their own future, just as their forbears had with the American revolution.
As for the issue of slavery itself, why did it take a war to end it? Jim Powell, in his book Greatest Emancipations: How the West Ended Slavery, points out that the US is the only Western nation to end the institution with a bloody war. Not even Brazil, which had the most brutal and entrenched system in the world, resorted to violence. It ended peacefully in the 1880s.
Most likely the same fate would have befallen the South by 1900. So it shouldn't have required 750,000 deaths to achieve the end of slavery but that was the Yankee price for destroying Jeffersonian America, the real goal of the war. Now Lincoln was free to put in place the old Whig economic program and fasten on the new nation policies the South no longer wanted to live under.
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