Friday, May 22, 2015

WARM AND FUZZY !

The past few days, here and on a few F/B pages, I've been trying to persuade folks to not battle with the Haters. Why argue with someone who ain't gonna listen ?

So I've been working on Pro - Southern Projects. This morning I made a few Ceremonial Ribbons for a Memorial Day observance at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk VA Tomorrow.


Nothing super fancy, a basic colorful design.

Well I went to town and gave them to a woman from the UDC who will be at the event tomorrow.
She was surprised and got a little misty eyed. She thanked me for the ribbons.
I walked away with that "Warm and Fuzzy feeling.

I'm going to try to make it to the event tomorrow and I will take pictures and make a post.

I'm gonna wear this ribbon -

It's all about HONOR !


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ya can't keep a good flag down !



"Va Flaggers Lexington Memorial Battle Flag #3 - Visitor's Center - 5x8 replacement flag raised today, thanks to our Guardians of the flags!

Sometime late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, someone vandalized the flag site, cutting the rope and stealing the 5x8 flag that was originally installed. A police report has been filed and an investigation is underway. Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Lexington Police Dept, at 540-462-3705.

MEANWHILE, while waiting on a replacement flag to arrive, our guardians in Lexington raised the cleat on the pole, installed permanent lighting, and installed cameras which will now monitor the site.

Thanks to the thief (or thieves), the flag will now light up the night sky in the town of Lexington!

Special thanks to our Guardians of the Flags on the ground in Lexington, who dedicate many hours to the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of our 3 (so far) sites, and to YOU, all of our supporters who make these memorials possible!

For every flag removed, a thousand more will rise to take its place..."

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Best Way to Counter the Haters !

Recently a lawyer in Union Springs Alabama got a lot of folks upset by removing flags from a Confederate cemetery !

I read many comments where people wanted to punch him out and worse !

Folks that is NOT the way to go about things, I feel the best way to counter this mans actions are
focusing on Promoting the memory of our Southern Soldiers !

This Saturday in Suffolk VA one such positive activity is taking place.


From = http://www.suffolknewsherald.com/…/memorial-day-ceremonies…/
Three ceremonies are planned for Memorial Day this Saturday and Monday.
Coming up first, the Suffolk Chapter 173 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday in Cedar Hill Cemetery on Mahan Street. The Tom Smith Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will participate.
Mike Pullen, a past commander of the Tom Smith Camp and a lieutenant commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, will speak.
He will make connections between Richmond’s Oakwood Cemetery’s Confederate section, a Virginia Division project of which he is the chairman, and veterans buried at Cedar Hill. He’ll also speak on the time period after the Civil War, he said.





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Newtons 3rd Law (again)


More than a week after several Confederate flags were removed from a small Union Springs cemetery, more have returned.

The Alabama Division of the Defenders of the Confederate Cross is also planning to flag the Confederate cemetery located behind the Red Door Theater in downtown Union Springs and rally on June 19-20, according to the group's Facebook page.

It's unclear who placed about 10 Confederate flags back in the city-owned cemetery.

Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas Jr. told WSFA that an outside group put the flags out.
 He called the action illegal.*

"Something happened that should not have happened," he said. "The group who put them down should have asked for permission from the city council. They had no business putting them out in the first place."

Thomas says the city will remove the flags if they aren't removed by 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Union Springs attorney and former Alabama state senator Myron Penn made national news over the weekend after admitting to Bullock County Commission that he removed the Confederate flags on Mother's Day weekend, the Union Springs Herald reported. He dropped the flags off at Union Springs City Hall for the owners to pick up.

Groups have called for Penn to be criminally charged.

Penn told commissioners that the flags are "symbols of a divided society, and I do not want the children of our community—black, white, Hispanic, or whatever--to ever feel they are a part of a community that is divided."

original source / HERE

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Well Newton's 3rd law is alive and well.
I'm wondering, where is the Law that was violated  ?

Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas Jr. has said /
"The group who put them down should have asked for permission from the city council. They had no business putting them out in the first place."

*Can someone please show me the statute ? 
Are any signs posted that regulate the placement of flowers / decorations ?

My offer still stands, "anyone in the area who would like some "REMEMBER" coins to place at the graves of the Confederate veterans, contact me and I will send em free of charge" !




UPDATE !

I have received word a few REMEMBER coins are making their way to Union Springs !



UPDATE II

Mayor orders flags to be removed

Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. made an executive order at the Union Springs City Council meeting held tonight, May 18, 2015. The Mayor said someone entered the cemetery behind the Red Door Theatre yesterday, May 17, 2015 and placed 10 Confederate Flags near Confederate Soldier's tombs. He said they did not have permission from the city to do that. He said they have until tomorrow afternoon, May 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to remove the flags. If the flags are not removed he will instruct the city employees to remove the flags. Councilman Brian Agnew disagreed with the mayor's decision, Councilman Stan Cooks agreed with the mayor and the other council members who were present made no comment. The flags are about three inches by five inches. Some of the flags can be seen in the attached photo. Attorney Myron Penn had removed all the Confederate Flags from the cemetery on May 10, 2015.


Well bust my buttons somebody is fixing to get flagged !

I made up a quick batch of Flagger Ribbons and sent em to someone I hope they arrive in time !







Thursday, May 14, 2015

RETURN TO CEDAR HILL.

Prompted by the actions of an Alabama Lawyer, I made a return trip to Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk today to thank a few more Confederate Veterans.

                                             A wonderful day, low 70s light breeze.


I found a nice shady spot and parked

Just a few steps away I found the first veteran.

To tell ya the truth it's not an Easter Egg Hunt,
 you don't have to look hard there are many Veterans there.

Grave markers of all sizes.

None is more important than another.

There are also monuments placed by the UDC.



Cedar Hill it's truly a wonderful place.

If you are ever in Suffolk VA, please stop by !

It's a beautiful spot and you can say thanks to our Confederate Veterans. 






Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Family Affair, (Grave Robbing)

Attorney Myron Penn with son, Corde, remove all the 
Confederate flags from the cemetery behind the Red Door Theater.


Source of story HERE

Attorney Myron Penn with son, Corde, remove all the Confederate flags from the cemetery behind the Red Door Theatre.
photo by Karen Penn

At Monday’s Bullock County Commission meeting, Attorney Myron Penn announced that he and his wife, Karen, recently removed Confederate flags from behind the Red Door Theater.
In his presentation, Penn stated that the flags were “symbols of a divided society, and I do not want the children of our community—black, white, Hispanic, or whatever--to ever feel they are a part of a community that is divided.”

Penn, who served two terms in the Alabama Senate after serving as Bullock County’s first black elected commission chairman, said that his four-year old son deserved to grow up in a community that is not tainted by painful relics of the past “that only symbolize a division within our nation, our community, and our people.”

Penn went on to say, “We are charged with the responsibility of providing the best for all of our children, and Karen and I refuse to allow our community to fall victim to symbols that serve no purpose other than to divide us.”

Karen stated that while the flag display was historic, it also brought with it a darkness that only causes more pain to those who view it as a reminder of a past that no one should want to re-live. She stated, “I told Myron that it baffles me that these flags were flown in the most visible and identifiable location in Bullock County, and we have accepted them as a part of our past. Well, our past and our present seem to have combined to a point where we accept them as a way of life, and I think it’s wrong for us to do so. This is year 2015, which is 150 years since the end of the Civil War, and to celebrate symbols of anyone’s oppression should not be what our community wants.”
Attorney Penn said the flags were removed in broad daylight during Mother’s Day weekend and were delivered to City Hall of Union Springs. They are available to the owner for pickup.

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Teaching his child to hate and rob graves on Mothers Day, what a guy.

"I do not want the children of our community—black, white, Hispanic, or whatever--to ever feel they are a part of a community that is divided.

I wonder if those same feelings apply to Black History Month, Christmas, or St Patrick's Day ?

A thief is a thief, he should be prosecuted ! Alabama Code Section 13A-7-23.1:)
I keep looking and I keep finding information about my ancestors.

Theophilus Tatum ( the father of J.C. Tatum who was with the First Company Richmond Howitzers ) was a farmer and slave owner, I've posted a few things before about him.

I found this today - It was HERE


Effy Smith: Coroner's Inquisition 1846



( Transcript )

Henrico County to Wit: Inquisition indented taken at the house of Lum Scott in said county the 16th day of March 1846 before me Jesse F. Keesee one of the Coroners of the Commonwealth for the said County upon the view of the body of Effy Smith alias Spurlock a free woman of Colour late of said county then and there lying dead and upon the Oaths of William F. Gunn, Thomas J. Childrey, Benjamin Mosby, William H. Pleasants, John E Clarke, Oscar Pearce James Throgmorton, Samuel Ball. Theophilus Tatum, William Green, James R. Roper and George H. Cox - - of the county of Henrico who being sworn and charged to enquire on the part of the said Commonwealth, when where, how and after what manner the said woman came to her death, do say, upon their oath, that according to the evidence the said Effy Smith was deranged, and that she was found dead in the well of the said Lum Scott this morning, and therefore they are of opinion that the cause to her death, by falling in said well, and not otherwise, and so the jurors all say, In witnesss whereof, as well the aforesaid Coroner as the jurors aforesaid have to this inquisition put their seals on the day and year aforesaid and at the place aforesaid Wm F Gunn seal T. J. Childrey seal Benjamin Moseby seal Oscar Pearce seal Samuel Ball seal Theos Tatum seal Jas R Roper seal William H Pleasants seal William Green his mark seal James Throgmorton his mark seal George H. Cox seal Jno E. Clarke seal Jesse F. Keesee Cor seal




Peter Harriss: Coroner's Inquisition



(Transcript)

Henrico County to Wit: Inquisition indented, taken at a wood near the farm of Wm [William] F. Gunn in the said County the 7th day of January 1845 before me Jesse F. Keesee coroner of the County aforesaid upon the view of the body of a negro man named Peter Harriss late a slave then and there lying dead, and upon the Oaths of William F. Gunn, William F. Depriest, Henry Sharpe, Thos [Thomas] J. Blake, Chas [Charles] L McCaull, Elijah Throgmorton, Thos [Thomas] E Cox, George H Cox, Samuel Ball, Theophilus Tatum, Charles M. Pleasants & William H Pleasants, good and lawful men of the county aforesaid, who being sworn, and charged to inquire, on the part of the said Commonwealth, when where and after what manner the said Peter Harriss came to his death do say upon their Oath, there being no marks of violence on his body, that he was found dead on this morning, and that he came to his death by the visitation of God in a natural way and not otherwise, and so the jurors, all say In witness whereof the jurors aforesaid as well as the Coroner aforesaid have to this inquisition, put their hands and seals the day & year aforesaid and at the house of William F. Gunn,





Robert : Coroner's Inquisition



(Transcript)

Wm [William] F Gunn seal Wm [William] F DePriest seal Henry Sharpe seal Thos [Thomas] J Blake seal C L MCaull seal Thos [Thomas] E Cox seal Elijah Throgmorton his mark seal G H Cox seal Samuel Bell seal Theo A Tatum seal Charles Pleasants seal Wm [William] H Pleasants seal Jesse F. Keesee Cor H Cty seal
Henrico County to wit: Inquisition indented, taken at the Richmond & Osbournes Turnpike Ferry in the County aforesaid, the 2tth day of March in the year of our Lord 1838 before one Jesse F. Keesee one of the Coroners of the Commonwealth for the County aforesaid upon the view of the body of Robert a slave late the property of Edward Cox of said county then lying dead and upon the oaths of Edward Marable, Edward Cox, William F. Gunn, Dandridge Ball, William H. [Aunnous?], Alfred R. Buffin, Patrick Jordan, Thofilus Tatum, Pleasant J. Nunnally, Thomas E. Cox, Turner Bottom, and Jackson F. Childrey of the county aforesaid who being sworn and charged to inquire, on the part of the said Commonwealth, when, where, how, and after what manner the said Robert came to his death, do say upon their oath, that the said Robert was accidentally drowned on the 18th instant by the boat turning over while crossing the James River at the aforesaid Ferry and not otherwise and so the jurors aforesaid all say. In witness whereof the jurors aforesaid as well as the coroner aforesaid have to this inquisition put their hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid and at the place aforesaid. Theos. Tatum. Pleasant J. Nunally. Thos. E. Cox, Turner Bottoms, Jackson F. Childrey. Jesse F. Keesee, M. Co. Edw. Marable. Edward Cox. Wm. F. Gunn. Dandridge Ball. Wm. H. [Aunnous?]. Alfred R. Buffin. Patrick Jordan