Demand the VMFA return the Confederate Battle Flags to the portico of the
Confederate War Memorial
Confederate flags had flown over the grounds
since the opening of the Old Soldiers Home in Richmond, VA in 1885. They were
placed there by Confederate Veterans, to memorialize the Confederate dead, and
honor the living. On the eve of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the War
Between the States, June 1st, 2010, Confederate Battle Flags were forcibly
removed from the Confederate War Memorial/Pelham Chapel by a restriction in the
lease renewal, at the insistence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
As citizens of Virginia and descendants of
Confederate soldiers who gallantly answered Virginia’s call to defend her, we
demand that the VMFA remove these blatantly prejudicial restrictions and allow
the Confederate Battle Flags to once again fly on the Confederate War Memorial.
A Sketch in Personal Narrative of the
Scenes a Soldier Saw
WILLIAM MEADE DAME, D. D.
Private, First Company
A Useful Discovery
this fight, necessity, the mother of invention, put us up to a device that
served us well here, and that we made fullest use of, in every fight we had
afterwards. When we had kept up that rapid fire, with a scant gun detachment,
in plowed ground, and under a hot sun, for an hour, we were nearly exhausted.
After Hardy was wounded, and left us, it was still worse. The hardest labor,
and what took most time, was running up the guns from the recoil. We had
stopped a moment to rest, and let the gun cool a little, and were discussing
the difficulties, when the idea occurred to us. There was an old rail fence
near by. Somebody said “let’s get some rails and chock the wheels to keep them
from running back.” This struck us all as good, and in an instant we had piled
up rails behind the wheels as high as the trail would allow. The effect was,
that when the gun fired it simply jerked back against this rail pile, and
rested in its place, and so we were saved all the time and labor of running up.
We found that we could fire three or four times as rapidly, in this way. So
that a chocked gun was equal to four in a fight. We found this simple device of
immense service! We were told by the knowing ones that we ran the greatest
possible danger. The ordnance people said that if a gun was not allowed to
recoil it would certainly burst. But we didn’t mind! A device that saved so
much labor, and enabled us to deliver such an extraordinarily effective fire on
the battlefield, we were bound to try. We found it acted beautifully. We then knew
the guns wouldn’t burst for we had tried it.
We used it afterward in every fight. The instant
we were ordered into position, two or three cannoneers would rush off and get rails, or a log or two,
to chock the guns. And on two or three very desperate emergencies, during this
campaign, this device enabled us to render very important service. It made a
battery equal to a battalion, and a good many other batteries took it up, and
used it. I believe it added greatly to the effectiveness of our artillery in
the close-range fighting of this campaign!
“Union means so many millions a year lost to the South; secession means the loss of the same millions to the North. The love of money is the root of this, as of many other evils. The quarrel between the North and South is, as it stands, solely a fiscal quarrel.”… Charles Dickens
To quote Shelby Foote: "Early on in the war, a Union squad closed in on a single ragged Confederate. He didn't own any slaves, and he obviously didn't have much interest in the Constitution or anything else. And they asked him, “What are you fighting for?” And he said,