Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Which Door ?

The other day I read something written by Andy Hall, you can read it at
It pertains to Gary Adams and Susan Hathaway.

It kinda reminded me of the movie The Labyrinth !

The scene involves Sarah who has a riddle to solve,------------------ 

"one of us always lies, and one of us always tells the Truth"
You can watch the scene at---

OK so we got Andy seyz,-that Gary seyz,- that Susan seyz -- then throw in Rob Baker as a "Side Bar"and we got a real mess. 
Gary has been accused of lying and plagiarizing so many times, I find it strange that suddenly Andy  wants to believe a second hand statement !

Now then given the side of the fence that Andy and Rob tend to stand on, I'm suspect of the conclusion.

Sorry Andy I ain't buyin into your story, somethin just don't fit !

perhaps if ya could dig up the shoes ?

Friday, March 22, 2013

So what's the Big Deal ?

In their public statements, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts insists that the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond is part of their effort to maintain “historical accuracy” on the grounds of what once was the Robert E Lee Camp Old Soldiers’ Home.
In this photo, residents of the R. E. Lee Camp Soldiers’ Home, many of them holding Confederate battle flags, assemble during a Confederate reunion in Richmond, Virginia, in 1911.
It appears that not only was the Confederate Battle Flag the preferred flag of the soldiers themselves, but look closely and you will notice that many of them are waving the flags, even as the camera shutter is operating.
APPARENTLY, the carrying, and yes, even “waving” of Confederate Battle Flags on the grounds of the Old Soldiers’ Home is not only appropriate and honorable…it is also, in fact, HISTORICALLY ACCURATE!
Why then, are the Va Flaggers threatened with arrest if they dare step on the grounds of the RE Lee Memorial Park with THAT flag?
(From FB page Defending the Heritage) 
So why do so many folks ( mostly Yankee Bloggers) oppose the flags being replaced at the Chapel ?                                 After all they ain't got a nickle in the matter, they don't live in Virginia, they haven't said they had an ancestor who was at the place, so what's the big deal ?

The flags don't look out of place, after all it is a confederate Chapel !

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Forward  the Colors !

The pattern of the outlawed Confederate National flag, The Stars and Bars, is ingeniously disguised into this lithograph of Southern Flowers.
It was made by a drawing instructor during the Federal occupation of  New Orleans.

The small white flowers in the blue blossoms represent the Stars.
The Darker lateral fringes are its bars. 

The deception was spotted by federal authorities who destroyed all but a few of the prints!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013



What would the great Virginians, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry, George Mason, John Randolph, John Taylor, and “Lighthorse” Harry Lee have done? They all supported the Union, believed the Constitution was a compact between the states, BUT THEY WERE VIRGINIANS FIRST. Just as the citizens of the South owed their loyalty to their respective states first

So when the states of the deep South discussed secession, Virginia called a convention of the people to decide the question, and the convention voted firmly to stay in the Union. It was only after Lincoln had decided on war and called for troops that the convention reconvened and voted to secede.

Madison had said in the Federalist that the central government COULD NOT COERCE A STATE. To be sure that the will of the people was expressed, the judgment of the convention was put to the people of Virginia, who supported secession by a margin of five to one. Tennessee was also pro-Union, but, in a referendum of the voters, decided to secede by a margin of two to one after Lincoln’s decision to wage war. The pro-Union states of North Carolina and Arkansas seceded for the same reason. Donald Livingston


(Thanks to Robert Mestas)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Who was the Confederate soldier?

In 1861 a ringing call came to the manhood of the South. The world knows how the men of the South answered that call. Dropping everything, they came from mountains, valleys and plains— from Maryland to Texas, they eagerly crowded to the front, and stood to arms. What for? What moved them? What was in their minds?

Shallow-minded writers have tried hard to make it appear that slavery was the cause of that war; that the Southern men fought to keep their slaves. They utterly miss the point, or purposely pervert the truth. In days gone by, the theological school men held hot contention over the question as to the kind of wood the Cross of Calvary was made from. In their zeal over this trivial matter, they lost sight of the great thing that did matter; the mighty transaction, and purpose displayed upon that Cross.

In the causes of that war, slavery was only a detail and an occasion. Back of that lay an immensely greater thing; the defense of their rights—the most sacred cause given men on earth, to maintain at every cost. It is the cause of humanity. Through ages it has been, preeminently  the cause of the Anglo-Saxon race, for which countless heroes have died. With those men it was to defend the rights of their States to control their own affairs, without dictation from anybody outside; a right not given, but guaranteed by the Constitution, which those States accepted, most distinctly, under that condition.

*Those Who Answered the Call - So the men of the South came together. They came from every rank and calling of life— clergymen, bishops, doctors, lawyers, statesmen, governors of states, judges, editors, merchants, mechanics, farmers. One bishop became a lieutenant general; one clergyman, chief of artillery, Army of Northern Virginia. In one artillery battalion three clergymen were Cannoneers at the guns. All the students of one Theological Seminary volunteered, and three fell in battle, and all but one were wounded. They came of every age. I personally know of six men over sixty years who volunteered, and served in the ranks, throughout the war; and in the Army of Northern Virginia, more than ten thousand men were under eighteen years of age, many of them sixteen years.

They came of every social condition of life: some of them were the most prominent men in the professional, social, and political life of their States; owners of great estates, employing many slaves; and thousands of them, horny-handed sons of toil, earning their daily bread by their daily labor, who never owned a slave and never would.

There came men of every degree of intellectual equipment—some of them could hardly read, and per contra, in my battery, at the mock burial of a pet crow, there were delivered an original Greek ode, an original Latin oration, and two brilliant eulogies in English—all in honor of that crow; very high obsequies had that bird.

Men who served as Cannoneers of that same battery, in after life came to fill the highest positions of trust and influence—from governors and professors of universities, downward; and one became Speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States Congress. Also, it is to be noted that twenty-one men who served in the ranks of the Confederate Army became Bishops of the Episcopal Church after the war.

Of the men who thus gathered from all the Southern land, the first raised regiments were drawn to Virginia, and there organized into an army whose duty it was to cover Richmond, the Capital of the Confederacy—just one hundred miles from Washington, which would naturally be the center of military activities of the hostile armies.

A Sketch in Personal Narrative of the Scenes a Soldier Saw
Private, First Company Richmond Howitzers 

I guess that this is as true of an account as you could find anyplace!

Not from a politician of the era, not from a historian – 150 years after the fact! But from the man who signed or made his mark on the dotted line. The man who faced cold winters, little or no provisions, nonexistent pay, an overwhelming number of enemy soldiers; who were better armed, fed, and clothed !

It was every man of the south who simply wanted the right to choose his own Government, and set the levels of the politician’s power at an acceptable level.

I noticed a passage in the book / ---------------------------

“When rations got short and were getting shorter, it became necessary to dismiss the darkey servants. Some, however, became company servants, instead of private institutions, and held out faithfully to the end, cooking the rations away in the rear, and at the risk of life carrying them to the line of battle to their young massahs”

Also from a different book titled -
Reminiscences of the Richmond Howitzers
By Carlton

“A few of our negro cooks, who were with our wagon train when it was captured by the enemy, escaped and returned to camp today. Certainly they were the happiest fellows I ever saw and were greeted with loud cheers by our men. A chance at freedom they had, but they preferred life and slavery in Dixie to liberty in the North.”

With all of the conflicting views on Black Soldiers in the Confederacy, an argument that will continue as long as the sun rises and sets, somehow the efforts of the loyal black servant gets lost in the shuffle.

Ok this group of black men were not rifle carrying soldiers, but their dedication is deserving of recognition. Their courage and dedication shows where their loyalty was at.
No matter how you slice it they were “Black Confederates”. No one held them at gunpoint, all they had to do was walk away, but they didn't. So were these men slaves when they could have walked away and didn't  I guess they were, but something other than the Massahs whip kept them in camp! Loyalty! Honor! Courage! The same attributes we give to the confederate soldier who signed on the line and defended his country.

So It was not only the free man but the servants themselves who opposed the onslaught of the north.

I have a letter from another member of the Richmond Howitzers
William Henry Tatum, my Great Uncle, it says in part------

When I volunteered I really did not know how a long a time it was for, and in fact did not care.
I am, with the other 12 month volunteers . Called upon to reenlist in accordance with an act of congress Dec 11 1861, and I am called on to decide what I shall do, before we are mustered out of service.

I think that with everybody else, that the period will be the most critical one in our history, our enemy are perfectly aware of the straight in which we are placed and will certainly endeavor to take advantage of it.

Now what is my duty, to go home and leave our defense to undisciplined militia who will make a sorry fight at best, leaving it in the range of probability that the Northern hessians will overrun our state before the summer is over and bringing ruin on all of us? Or stay in the field, determined to see the end of this business before we give it up.

I might say to myself I am only one, I will not be missed, but ought we allow such selfish considerations to govern us, our whole army is made up of individuals, and suppose each was to say the same thing?

That’s a powerful statement!

It says a lot about my ancestor and about the Confederate soldier as well.

Again from William Meade Dane
The Confederate Heart---
The heart is greater than the mind. No man can exactly define the cause for which the Confederate soldier fought. He was above human reason and above human law, secure in his own rectitude of purpose, accountable to God only, having assumed for himself a nationality which he was minded to defend with his life and his property, and there to pledged his sacred honor. In the honesty and simplicity of his heart, the Confederate soldier had neglected his own interests and rights, until his accumulated wrongs and indignities forced him to one grand, prolonged effort to free himself from the pain of them. He dared not refuse to hear the call to arms, so plain was the duty and so urgent the call. His brethren and friends were answering the bugle-call and the roll of the drum. To stay was dishonor and shame!

So who was the Confederate soldier?

He was a man of every color, every income range, every religion, a man who was highly educated or had no education at all. A farmer, a lawyer, a politician, a store clerk, a blacksmith, a ship captain, a dock worker, a military man, a civilian, a slave , a slave owner, a native American, A Doctor, He was every man who resisted the despotic Government of Abe Lincoln; and all had one thing in common, they were Southerners!

Men to whom Honor was more than an idea, it was a way of life.
Men of courage, outnumbered, without supplies’, Men who when the enemy had repeating rifles and endless amounts of ammunition , stood their ground and threw rocks at the invaders.

Men who at Appomattox upon General Lee’s return from the surrender told the general,

“Just give us the word General and we’ll charge em again”!

That is who they were, and that is why we honor them.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The great conflict ----

Stiles, Robert, 1836-1905

"Surely it was not for slavery they fought. The great majority of them had never owned a slave and had little or no interest in the institution. My own father, for example, had freed his slaves long years before; that is, all save one, who would not be "emancipated," our dear "Mammy," who clung to us when we moved to the North and never recognized any change in her condition or her relations to us. The great conflict will never be properly comprehended by the man who looks upon it as a war for the preservation of slavery".

"Nor was it, so far as Virginia was concerned, a war in support of the right of secession or the Southern interpretation of the Constitution. Virginia did not favor this interpretation; at least, she did not favor the exercise of the right of secession. Up to President Lincoln's call for troops she refused to secede. She changed her position under the distinct threat of invasion--the demand that she help coerce her sister States. This was the turning point. The Whig party, the anti-secession party of Virginia, became the war party of Virginia upon this issue. As John B. Baldwin, the great Whig and Union leader, said, speaking of the effect of Lincoln's call for troops, "We have no Union men in Virginia now." The change of front was instantaneous, it was intuitive. Jubal Early was the type of his party--up to the proclamation, the most extreme anti-secessionist and anti-war man in the Virginia Convention; after the proclamation, the most enthusiastic man in the Commonwealth in advocacy of the war and personal service in it".