Tennessee Confederate Flaggers Blog

6/4/13

Va Flaggers: Jefferson Davis Birthday and Mass Flagging



CALLING ALL CONFEDERATES!

Come celebrate the birthday of President Jefferson Davis at  Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond THIS Saturday and then join us afterwards on the sidewalk in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and take a stand for our Confederate Veterans and the flags they fought and died under!
"Join the Virginia Division Sons Of Confederate Veterans at Davis Circle in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, for the Presidents annual celebration. Bag Pipe band, Honor Guards, Rifle and Cannon salutes. Free ice water, folding chairs and port-a-jons, for your convenience. Souvenir programs and ribbons. Ceremonial flags available. Keynote speaker is Bert Hayes-Davis, great great grandson of Jeff Davis. Free and open to the public, come on out, present a wreath for your organization, hope to see you there."



Immediately following the Jefferson Davis Birthday Memorial Service, the Virginia Flaggers will host a MASS FLAGGING of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Last year, we had over 100 folks on the sidewalk, forwarding the colors, protesting the VMFA and their forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the Confederate Memorial Chapel, and educating the public about our Confederate ancestors and the flags the fought and died under.




We invite ALL to attend, and continue the celebration of President Davis' birthday by gathering on the Boulevard. We will provide hot dogs and drinks, and there will be plenty of veteran Flaggers to show you the ropes!




The ceremony at Hollywood Cemetery begins at 9:00 a.m. We will be on the Boulevard from 11-4. Come when you can, and stay as long as you can, JUST COME!


Facebook event here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/600428969981276/?fref=ts

Twenty years after Gen. Robert E. Lee rode into Appomattox and surrendered his tattered army, ending the War Between the States, a memorial chapel was built in Richmond in memory of the 260,000 Confederate soldiers who died during the conflict. The Pelham Chapel – Confederate War Memorial is designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S., and has been granted the status of Confederate Monument by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The organ in the chapel was donated by a group of Union veterans from Lynn, Mass. One of the contributors to the soldiers' home that surrounded the chapel was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. And a Union private from Massachusetts donated his annual pension to support the home.

Confederate flags had flown over the grounds since the opening of the Old Soldiers Home in 1885. Those flags did not trouble the Union soldiers who donated the organ to the chapel; nor did they trouble Ulysses S. Grant. They were placed there by Confederate Veterans, to memorialize the Confederate dead, and honor the living.

Fast forward 150 years…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 by a restriction in the lease renewal, at the insistence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

This is in direct violation of Virginia law, which clearly states: “it shall be unlawful for the authorities of the locality, or any other person or persons, to disturb or interfere with any monuments or memorials so erected, or to prevent its citizens from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation and care of same. For purposes of this section, "disturb or interfere with" includes removal of, damaging or defacing monuments or memorials, or, in the case of the War Between the States, the placement of Union markings or monuments on previously designated Confederate memorials or the placement of Confederate markings or monuments on previously designated Union memorials.” (§ 15.2-1812)

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.





UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, June 6th:  4:00 p.m. – Dusk – Flagging the VMFA

Saturday, June 8th:  9:00 a.m. Annual birthday ceremony for Jefferson F. Davis, at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.  Keynote speaker will be Mr. Bert Hayes-Davis, great great grandson of Jeff Davis.

Saturday, June 8th:  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Immediately following the Jefferson Davis Ceremony, join the Va Flaggers on the Boulevard for a mass flagging of the VMFA.  The museum forced the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the Confederate Memorial Chapel, and arrested a man for carrying a Confederate flag on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park.  Make the time to join us as we forward the colors, protest the museum’s illegal and discriminatory actions, and educate the public.  Hot dogs and drinks will be served and training and ammo provided.

Saturday, June 22nd:    Two Confederate grave marker ceremonies. 3495 Davis Mill Road, Thurston Family Cemetery, Goochland, VA. Contact is James Waldrop, cell 804-513-9747. Honor Guard will be provided by Mr Frank Yates, and the William Latane SCV camp. Many relatives expected, should be a nice turnout. Plenty of parking.

Monday, June 24th:  6:30 p.m. - Susan and Barry will be traveling to Va Beach to speak to the Princess Anne Camp #484, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steakhouse, 4312 Virginia Beach, VA

Saturday, June 29th:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 22nd Annual Point Lookout Pilgrimage, Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.



5/27/13

 THE FINAL INSPECTION

The Soldier stood and faced his God
Which must always come to pass
He hopes his shoes were shining
just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.

"I've had to work most Sundays
and at times my talk was tough,
and sometimes I've been violent
because the world is awfully rough.

"But I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills just got too steep.

"And I never passed a cry for help
though at times I shook with fear,
and sometimes, God... forgive me,
I have wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here;
They never wanted me around
except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord
It needn't be so grand
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the Saints quite often tread
As the Soldier waited quietly
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets;
You've done your time in Hell."

~ Author Unknown ~

A few days before Memorial Day in 2002, a Sons of Confederate Veterans camp received an email from a lady who apparently had been receiving the camp’s newsletters. Her letter was courteous, expressing her puzzlement and dismay at the tone of the SCV’s material and voicing her hope that Southerners could set aside their resentments, be good sports and “live in peace in this great country.” Her post was eventually forwarded to Roger McCredie, who had not yet joined the staff of the SLRC, but was the SCV’s immediate past Chief of Heritage Defense, and McCredie answered on his own initiative.His answer is even more relevant now, over a decade later, as the runaway train of political correctness threatens to overrun Confederate history and heritage.Here is McCredie’s reply:

Dear Ms. Kinley-Ruth:    

You appear to be a genuinely decent and thoughtful person, and your post is doubtless well intentioned. One of your remarks deserves to be addressed in some detail. You say, “I never know whether you folks are really talking like this because it keeps the fervor going for your re-enactments or because you are still so angry, after all these years.” Because you do seem to be an empathetic person, let me try a little role-reversal on you.    

Suppose that you had been born and raised in a place whose history, culture, traditions, mindsets, and values set it as much apart from the rest of the “United States” as Switzerland is from France, or Ireland from England.  Suppose you loved this place, its people and your own place in it very deeply; suppose, in fact, that you were so much a part of it that it was hard to tell where you stopped and it started.    

Suppose this place you cherished had once found itself at odds with other members of the Union it had helped found; had attempted peaceably and in good faith to leave that Union, in accordance with the provisions of that Union’s very own constitution; and had instead been invaded and obliged to fight a horrific war against overwhelming odds, during which its cities were looted and destroyed, its countryside ravaged, and its civilian population robbed and brutalized.  Suppose that having lost that war, your homeland was further crippled by a dozen years of corrupt and vindictive military occupation called, with supreme irony, “Reconstruction.”

Suppose that this place you love subsequently became the repository for all of America’s frustrations, the object of its ridicule and cynical exploitation, and the whipping boy for its national racial guilt trip.  Suppose you had to listen to the daily litany of how your homeland was a dark and backward place populated by incestuous mongoloids. Suppose you were ridiculed for your accent, and for your unabashed love of God, place, and family.    

Suppose you found your history turned inside out and your heroes vilified in order to appease the professionally offended.  Suppose your children were expelled from school, ostracized and even beaten for displaying the symbol their great-great-grandfathers fought under.  Suppose that some municipalities where your brave dead were buried, far from home, refused to allow their graves to be decorated, even for a few hours, with the flag they died for. And suppose that when, as an American, you objected to this very un-American treatment, you were told to sit down and shut up, or be branded a racist, a white supremacist, or even un-American yourself.  

That’s a great deal of supposing, I know, but try to imagine it, if only for a second. Now consider your original remark in light of it. Our experience as Americans has been painfully different from yours in some respects. On the day known as Memorial Day, this difference is particularly poignant for us, when our Confederate dead are systematically excluded from national mourning. We have – or try to have – our own Confederate Memorial Days, state by state, but often these are given no official sanction. And you ask if we are angry.    

Suppose you were us.

~ Roger McCredie ~ Past Chief of Heritage Defense ~ Sons of Confederate Veterans ~

5/25/13

"Great though the meed of praise is which is due the South for the soldierly valor her sons displayed during the four years of war, I think that even greater praise is due to her for what her people have accomplished in the forty years of peace which followed. For forty years the South has made not merely a courageous, but at times a desperate struggle, as she has striven for moral and material well-being. Her success has been extraordinary, and all citizens of our common country should feel joy and pride in it; for any great deed done or any fine qualities shown by one group of Americans of necessity reflects credit upon all Americans. Only a heroic people could have battled successfully against the conditions with which the people of the South found themselves face to face at the end of the Civil War.

There had been utter destruction and disaster, and wholly new business and social problems had to be faced with the scantiest means. The economic and political fabric had to be readjusted in the midst of dire want, of grinding poverty. The future of the broken, war-swept South seemed beyond hope, and if her sons and daughters had been of weaker fibre there would in very truth have been no hope. But the men and the sons of the men who had faced with unfaltering front every alternation of good and evil fortune from Manassas to Appomattox, and the women, their wives and mothers, whose courage and endurance had reached an even higher heroic level these men and these women set themselves undauntedly to the great task before them. For twenty years the struggle was hard and at times doubtful. Then the splendid qualities of your manhood and womanhood told, as they were bound to tell, and the wealth of your extraordinary natural resources began to be shown. Now the teeming riches of mine and field and factory attest the prosperity of those who are all the stronger because of the trials and struggles through which this prosperity has come. You stand loyally to your traditions and memories.

If we treat the mighty memories of the past merely as excuses for sitting lazily down in the present, or for standing aside from the rough work of the world, then these memories will prove a curse instead of a blessing. But if we treat them as I believe we shall treat them, not as excuses for inaction, but as incentives to make us show that we are worthy of our fathers and of our fathers fathers, then in truth the deeds of the past will not have been wasted, for they shall bring forth fruit a hundred-fold in the present generation."

~ Theodore Roosevelt, excerpts from his speech at Capital Square, Richmond, VA ~ October 18, 1905 ~

Deo Vindice! 

5/23/13

As America will observe Memorial Day in a few days by visiting cemeteries or memorials, participating in parades, and hosting gatherings for families and friends, it is especially important to remember all the men and women actively serving in our Armed Services. Each one of them has made great sacrifices to defend our freedom and to defend our way of life. We also pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars. True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going and our country free from threats of terror.

We must also endlessly preserve and maintain the good name of the Confederate soldier and those that fought for the Confederacy. As long as I am alive and kicking, I will teach anyone and everyone, to remember these fine men, women and children. We must always commemorate and recognize the Confederate veterans and the families that they left behind not just on a holiday, but each and every day now and forever.

Dear Heavenly Father, As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.


We also remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray your peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives. May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

God richest Blessings to each of you as you celebrate this solemn day formerly known as Decoration Day. A day which originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War and later extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service.

Deo Vindice ~ Eileen Parker Zoellner ~

5/20/13



Are you poor in spirit or overflowing with pride?

After a whirlwind trip up to Tennessee and back....I spent A LOT of hours and miles in my car.  Seldom do I get to sit that still at any given time, so I always use those opportunities to think about things that are near and dear to my heart.  Thoughts of my absolutely two favorite men of all time, Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson, continually came to mind.  Both men were stalwarths of their Christian faith and defenders of their land, country, fellow man and the Constitution.  The caliber of these men has not been seen since they took their last breaths.

In 1853, Robert E. Lee joined the Episcopal Church and remained there the rest of his life. He lived his entire life as a humble and devoted Christian and stated: "My chief concern is to try to be an humble, earnest Christian." This motive was at the bottom of all that Lee did in his life. In response to a pastor he once talked to, General Lee said "..I can only say that I am a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation and that I need all the prayers you can offer for me." With Lee, this was genuine, heartfelt concern, and not political verbiage.

"Stonewall" Jackson was from what is now West Virginia. He was not born into wealth by any stretch of the imagination and his early years were extremely difficult. He first served in the Mexican War and was later sent home and stationed at Fort Hamilton, about 7 miles from New York City.  Author Mary Williamson wrote of him: "While there, he was baptized and began to live his life for the glory of Christ. God had changed the heart of this brave soldier and gave him wisdom to see that life should be lived for the glory of God--not for the glory of self."

The Beatitudes come to mind when I think of these men and how we must follow their example. The Beatitudes come from the opening verses of the famous "Sermon on the Mount" delivered by Jesus and recorded in Matthew 5:2-12.  Here Jesus states several blessings, each beginning with the phrase, "Blessed are ..."  Each saying speaks of a blessing or "divine favor" bestowed upon a person resulting from the possession of a certain character quality.

Jesus said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

The first Beatitude, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven," is one in particular that I feel we all need to improve on.  While we all should be proud of our Southron Heritage and Culture, it is also pride that causes us to fail.  Pride, when extreme, causes us to become egotistical, unforgiving, arrogant, feeling of superiority, destructive, antagonistic, scornful and sometimes, downright dangerous to our cause.  To be "poor in spirit" means to look at another's excellencies and at your own infirmities. The more grace we have, the more humble we are, because we now see ourselves as a greater debtor to God. If we can do any duty, we acknowledge that it is Christ's strength more than our own.  In all things that Lee and Jackson did, they gave God all the glory and remained humble.

How often do we see the words, "Deo Vindice?"  It translates to simply "God will vindicate."  I understand that not all Southroners are Christian and perhaps will find fault with what I am saying, but I ask each of you to read my words, step back and think about them before making a comment.  How are each of us failing the Southron cause?   How many times are we not following Lee and Jackson's example by living for the glory of God?  Maybe it's at differing degrees, but we all fail and fall short. Because of that, we are disorganized, argumentative, and without common ground. We don't need to worry about the obvious 'enemy.'  We are our own worst enemy and will self destruct if we don't stop immediately and pull together as one people.  Like Lee and Jackson, we need to be humble.  That doesn't mean we shouldn't protect what is rightfully ours, our Southron Heritage and Culture. We do need to remember that while ours is the most important to us, there are others who have heritage and culture equally important to them.  If we want others to respect ours, we should show respect for theirs too.  It's taken 150 years to get where we are today, and positive change will not happen overnight.  BUT, we must not ever give up or give in.  We can't change the past, but together, we can be more than we ever dreamed of or thought possible.  United together, along with God's help, we can do and accomplish anything.  When our emotions get the better of us, we must not cave in to those emotions.  If you feel like throwing the towel in, DON'T!!  If you feel like you are going to lose your temper, DON'T!!  If you feel you aren't making a difference and want to stop, DON'T!!  If you get invited to an argument and really want to fall into their trap, DON'T!!  Whatever it is that causes your emotions to get the upper hand, outlast your emotions and do not cave into them.  Like Lee and Jackson, in the face of adversity, overcome, perservere and speak the truth.  We have more impact united together, then alone and scattered in different directions.  We all have different abilities and need each of your talents. The greatest asset each of us can give, is our time.

Almighty God, You have given us such rich grounds for our Southern heritage.  We humbly ask You that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Your favor and glad to do Your will.  Bless our magnificent southern land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.

Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and configure into one united people the assemblage brought here out of many lineages and languages. Endow with Your spirit of wisdom those to whom in Your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Your law, we may show forth Your praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, our trust in You will not fail. 

Our Confederate ancestors leave us a strong and great heritage. They had an abundance of things that really count in life, things such as character, integrity, honesty, honor, courage, and a great love for God, family, and country. Their memory is cherished and is a blessing to us. May we, with your help, teach our children and those who follow to draw inspiration from their lives, and keep the sacred memory of our Southern ancestors who faithfully fought for a just cause. General Robert E. Lee said, "Let prayer be our passion, let prayer be our practice." 

Lord, we give you praise for allowing us to have such a rich Southern heritage! Thank you for those that have gone before us that have preserved the truth for us! Encourage us as we face the lies and mistruths set forth by the father of lies and those afraid of the truth! Enable us to stand firm in you. May our actions give glory to you and honour to our our Southern ancestors. It's in the holy name of Jesus Christ that we pray these things ~ Amen ~

One lesson we can take from the dead, is if we don't come together and become united as one , we too will soon die. 

Deo Vindice ~ Eileen Parker Zoellner ~

5/4/13


Good Morning!

We have been blessed with yet another beautiful day here in Dixie. Temperatures are most agreeable, flowers blossoming, grass flourishing, and life bursting forth right in front of our eyes.

"It is joyous, in the midst of perilous times, to look around upon a people united in heart, where one purpose of high resolve animates and actuates the whole - where the sacrifices to be made are not weighed in the balance against honor, and right, and liberty, and equality. Obstacles may retard - they cannot long prevent - the progress of a movement sanctified by its justice, and sustained by a virtuous people. Reverently let us invoke the God of our fathers to guide and protect us in our efforts to perpetuate the principles which, by his blessing, they were able to vindicate, establish, and transmit to their posterity, and with a continuance of his favor, ever gratefully acknowledged, we may hopefully look forward to success, to peace, and to prosperity."
~ President Jefferson Davis ~

What an incredible quote that we can still apply to our lives today. Times are most precarious now. We each hold an everlasting bond and are united in heart with a purpose of high resolve. No sacrifice we make will ever be too great for the cause. Obstacles may slow us down, but they will never stop us. God does guide and protect us, and because of that, we can look forward to success, peace and prosperity.

"Just as we would not send any of our soldiers to march in other states, and tyrannize other people..... so will we never allow the armies of others to march into our states and tyrannize our people." ~ General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson ~

As we each head out today, let us always remember that it is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind! Have a blessed Dixie day!

Deo Vindice

4/28/13


"The enemy doesn't care HOW LONG IT TAKES to get you as long as you continue to move slowly in his direction through your quiet compromises." 

This quote came from a friend of mine.  Each of us can interpret and apply it in our own way, but to me, it means dig your heels in, hold your ground and proudly stand up for what is rightfully ours to be proud of, honor and celebrate.  The enemy of our heritage and history doesn't care how long it takes for them to destroy, deface or annihilate it.  One thing for sure, there will be NO quiet compromises! 

If we are to be successful in reclaiming the history and heritage that has already been removed, and keep whatever heritage and history remains, WE ALL NEED TO STAND UP AND GO OUT AND ACTIVELY FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY OURS.  There are so many ways to use your means and talents that will directly have an impact in our fight to maintain what is rightfully ours.

Tennessee Sen. Edward Ward Carmack said it best in 1903: "The confederate soldiers were our kinfolk and our heroes. We testify to the country our enduring fidelity to their memory. We commemorate their valor and devotion. There were some things that were not surrendered at Appomattox. We did not surrender our rights and history; nor was it one of the conditions of surrender that unfriendly lips should be suffered to tell the story of that war or that unfriendly hands should write the epitaphs of the Confederate dead. We have the right to teach our children the true history of the war, the causes that led up to it and the principles involved."

Take a closer look at the faces on the picture below.  These are only a handful of all the many thousands of men and women who gave everything they had to defend their land and their country.  Do not let their sacrifices die in vain!  NEVER FORGET THEIR BLOOD IS ALSO OUR BLOOD! No matter how difficult and daunting our tasks may seem, they are NOTHING compared to what our ancestors went through.    


Deo Vindice Resurgam!!!

4/25/13

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DEO VINDICE!

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4/17/13

OUR CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY

 Author Unknown

The marching armies of the past
 Along our Southern plains,
 Are sleeping now in quiet rest
 Beneath the Southern rains.

The bugle call is now in vain
 To rouse them from their bed;
 To arms they'll never march again--
 They are sleeping with the dead.

No more will Shiloh's plains be stained
 With blood our heroes shed,
 Nor Chancellorsville resound again
 To our noble warriors' tread.

For them no more shall reveille
 Sound at the break of dawn,
 But may their sleep peaceful be
 Till God's great judgment morn.

We bow our heads in solemn prayer
 For those who wore the gray,
 And clasp again their unseen hands
 On our Memorial Day.

Thanks to:

Zak
Dixie's Living Historians


4/14/13


Tennessee Confederate  Flaggers’ Report to Pop Aaron and Mike Shaffer

Today’s flagging activity began promptly at 12:00 p.m. on a mostly sunny, cool and very breezy day.  Our flags really got a workout---the gusty winds keeping them at attention. Today’s posts were staffed by Fred Edens, Bill Dennison, Jackie Dennison, and Valerie Parrish.  It was my pleasure to stand with them and hand out numerous CD’s and literature.  I remarked to Bill that if we had a $ for every honk and thumbs-up, we could all dine at Pizza Inn. 

As in past campaigns, the public was supportive of our efforts and very inquisitive.   We took the opportunity to explain our reasons to be there: 1)To bring to the public’s attention the issue of a continuously locked gate at a corner of the cemetery, 2) a Confederate soldier outside the fenced-in area and, 3) To present our information on the Confederate Battle Flag and present our Tennessee Confederate Flaggers’ flier.
We broke ranks at 3:00 p.m., having spent a productive afternoon.

Bill Hicks
Sergeant of the Line
Tennessee Confederate Flaggers

April 13, 2013

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


4/13/13

If I had the power


William P. ("Parson") Brownlow, the radical Governor of Tennessee, who passed these laws, made the following statement at a Convention in New York City, during reconstruction:

"If I had the power I would arm every wolf, panther, catamount and bear in the mountains of America, every crocodile in the swamps of Florida, every negro in the South, every devil in Hell, clothe them in the uniform of the Federal army, and turn them loose on the rebels of the South and exterminate every man, woman and child, south of Mason and Dixon's line. I would like to see negro troops under Ben Butler crowd every rebel into the Gulf of Mexico, and drown them as the devil did the hogs in the Sea of Galilee." He said, at a public meeting in Philadelphia, just after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee: " I am one of those who believe the war ended too soon. We have whipped the South but not enough. The loyal masses constitute an overwhelming majority of the people of this country and they intend to march again on the South and intend that the "second war" shall be no child's play. The "second army" will, as they ought to, make the entire South as God found the earth, without form, and void."

"....'burn and kill! Burn and kill!" until the whole rebel race is exterminated."
......Parson Brownlow, at the post war convention in Philadelphia, 1866.

In 1865, the Methodist Rev. William G. Brownlow of Knoxville became the carpet bagger Governor of Tennessee as head of the minority Radical Unionists. He immediately started a second civil war against returning Confederates. Earlier as editor of Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig, he was pro-southern and pro-slavery. He became a fanatical Unionist and was expelled to the North.


Compatriots, behold some of the roots of the war against our heritage. ~

John Fisher
Dixie's Living Historians

4/11/13


Why is May 10th Confederate Memorial Day? Deeply loved and respected by his troops and all Southerners, Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson died on May 10, 1863, near Fredericksburg, Va., from pneumonia contracted while recovering from battlefield wounds. Because Gen. Jackson was so universally respected and his death had a profound impact on the state, the North Carolina legislature chose the day of his death as Confederate Memorial Day in the Old North State. South Carolina also celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on May 10, though each state chose its own date to remember those who served their state and nation.


Confederate Memorial Day ~ Author Unknown ~


The marching armies of the past
Along our Southern plains,
Are sleeping now in quiet rest
Beneath the Southern rains.

The bugle call is now in vain
To rouse them from their bed;
To arms they'll never march again-
They are sleeping with the dead.

No more will Shiloh's plains be stained
With blood our heroes shed,
Nor Chancellorsville resound again
To our noble warriors' tread.

For them no more shall reveille
Sound at the break of dawn,
But may their sleep peaceful be
Till God's great judgment morn.

We bow our heads in solemn prayer
For those who wore the gray,
And clasp again their unseen hands
On our Memorial Day. 

4/10/13

Hanover Courthouse, VA


Va Flaggers on the ground at Hanover Courthouse, Va to protest the Hanover Board of Supervisors. Not ONE Supervisor had the backbone to do the right thing and sign a Confederate History and Heritage Month Proclamation! Shame on Hanover County, whose soil runs red with the blood of those who died on so many battlefields there.

Grieve not

Grieve not for that Southern soldier who rests in so many cemeteries; some in unmarked graves, some with grand monuments. The time for grief has passed. Carry his story to the ends of the earth. Tell the truth about his suffering and courage to those who have defamed him. Carry the truth to all who will listen. Hold the truth near to your Southern heart and never forget to honor him, for the truth will stand when all crumbles. Truth crushed to the earth, like a seed, will rise again. ~~~ Bill Hicks Tennessee Confederate Flagger~~~

By way of:
Sister, Eileen Parker Zoellner
Tennessee Confederate Flagger

Grieve not

4/8/13

Outlaw the Confederate Flag!!!???


Good Morning!

The ongoing battle to suppress the South, outlaw the Confederate flag, and deny as well as distort history, is a crime against the honor and history of Southern people. It is a genocide being performed to satisfy the concept of a multinational people. And of all things it is being led by Southerners against their own people! If we do nothing evil will triumph. We must all do more. Martin Luther King proclaimed, "Civil disobedience to unjust laws is the commandment of God." He certainly was successful. We need a revival of Southern ideals, customs, beliefs, and truths.

During this month honoring the Confederacy, be worthy of your ancestors, don't be a goody goody "American" humbly begging to be allowed to keep a shred of your heritage. You are a member of a great people who are under attack and have been betrayed by their leaders. It is needed to defend the Southern people here and now and not just the noble Confederate soldier.

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Sister, Eileen Parker Zoellner

Deo Vindice!


Outlaw the Confederate Flag!!!???

4/7/13



"Grieve not for that Southern soldier who rests in so many cemeteries; some in unmarked graves, some with grand monuments. The time for grief has passed. Carry his story to the ends of the earth. Tell the truth about his suffering and courage to those who have defamed him. Carry the truth to all who will listen. Hold the truth near to your Southern heart and never forget to honor him, for the truth will stand when all crumbles. Truth crushed to the earth, like a seed, will rise again."  ~ Bill Hicks ~

4/6/13

The Soldiers and Sailors of the Confederacy

Good Morning!

"The Soldiers and Sailors of the Confederacy" monument is located on South Confederate Avenue south of Gettysburg.  It was dedicated on August 25th, 1965 and is the creation of Donald De Lue, sculptor (who is also responsible for the Mississippi and Louisiana monuments at Gettysburg); William Henry Deacy, architect; and Art V. Lera Fond, founder. The sculpture rests atop a circular stone base inscribed with the names of Confederate and the border states: South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland.

The Confederate soldier is raising a flag in his left hand, while urging his fellow comrades forward with his right hand.  Included on the monument is the name "Walter Washington Williams."  Born on November 14, 1842, it was thought that he was the last member of the armed forces of the CSA when he died on December 19, 1959 at the age of 117. Walter was a member of a Texas regiment and served under General Hood.

The following are the inscriptions:

"A memorial to soldiers and sailors of the Confederacy."

"Heroic defenders of their country. Their fame shall be an echo and a light unto eternity."

"Walter Washington Williams, who was recognized by the government of the United States as the last surviving Confederate veteran, died 1959 at the age of 117 years."

"South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiania, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland."
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Just as the soldier urges his comrades forward, I also want to urge all of you forward and remind you of what Robert Lewis Dabney once said:

“Sirs, you have no reason to be ashamed of your Confederate dead; see to it they have no reason to be ashamed of you.” ~ Robert Lewis Dabney, Chaplain for Stonewall Jackson ~

Deo Vindice!

4/4/13

Southern Cross of Honour


~ Southern Cross of Honor ~

In October of 1862, the Confederate Congress approved an act to honor the service and valor of officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates in the Confederate Army. Intended to be the equivalent of the Federal Medal of Honor, the Southern version of the medal was never issued during the war. Metal shortages in the South meant that medals were never struck. Instead, a Confederate Honor Roll was established, and the names of men awarded the honor were recorded by the Adjutant Inspector General. Unlike the Medal of Honor, which was awarded to an individual based on government criteria, Confederate non-commissioned officers and privates voted for a soldier in their company who deserved a spot on the Honor Roll.

While attending a reunion of Confederate veterans in Atlanta in July 1898, Mrs. Alexander S. (Mary Ann Lamar Cobb) Erwin of Athens, Ga., conceived the idea of bestowing the Southern Cross of Honor on Confederate veterans . Mrs. Erwin and Mrs. Sarah E. Gabbett of Atlanta are credited with the design of the medal: a Maltese cross with a wreath of laurel surrounding the words "Deo Vindice (God our Vindicator) 1861-1865" and the inscription, "Southern Cross of Honor" on the face. On the reverse side is a Confederate battle flag surrounded by a laurel wreath and the words "United Daughters of the Confederacy to the UCV."

Mr. Charles W. Crankshaw of Atlanta was chosen to manufacture the Crosses, but the first order was not given until the UDC had secured a copyright (February 20, 1900). During the first 18 months of the Cross's availability, 12,500 were ordered and delivered
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Only a Confederate veteran could wear the Southern Cross of Honor, and it could only be bestowed through the UDC. Money could not buy the Cross; they were bought by loyal, honorable service to the South and given in recognition of this devotion. The first Cross ever bestowed was upon Mrs. Erwin’s husband, Captain Alexander S. Erwin, by the Athens (Ga.) Chapter on April 26, 1900.

The Crosses of Military Service and Medals currently bestowed by the UDC are an outgrowth of the Southern Cross of Honor. These Crosses and Medals are awarded to veterans who have served or are serving in defense of America. They are the most prized awards conferred by the UDC.

The UDC presents complete sets of the Crosses to libraries and museums if they agree to display the sets. The Southern Cross of Honor is always included if one is available. Should someone owning a Southern Cross of Honor wish to donate it to the UDC, it will be included in a set presented to a museum or library. While the UDC Business Office does not have the original applications for the Southern Cross of Honor, it does have the ledgers compiled by Mrs. Anna Davenport Raines during her seven-year term as Custodian of Crosses of Honor. Mrs. Raines recorded the recipients of every Cross bestowed, beginning with Number 1, until she resigned in 1913, for a total of 78,761 Crosses, The ledgers provide the name and unit of each recipient and may in some cases give the date and place of the award. An cumulative index was developed by the Caroline Meriwether Goodlett Library Committee in the 1980s to cross reference the information contained in the ledgers.

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Tennessee Confederate Flagger

Sister, Eileen Parker Zoellner

I am a Southerner...

I won't apologize
I won't be reconstructed.
I will not surrender
My identity, my heritage.
I believe in the Constitution,
In States' Rights,
That the government should be the Servant,
not the Master of the people.
I believe in the right to bear arms,
The right to be left alone.
I am a Southerner...
The spirit of my Confederate ancestors
Boils in my blood.
They fought
Not for what they thought was right,
But for what was right.
Not for slavery,
But to resist tyranny,
Machiavellian laws,
Oppressive taxation, invasion of his land,
For the right to be left alone.
I am a Southerner...
A rebel,
Seldom politically correct,
At times belligerent.
I don't like Lincoln, Grant, Sherman,
Or modern neocon politicians like them.
I like hunting and fishing,
The Bonnie Blue and "Dixie"
I still believe in chivalry and civility.
I am a face in the Southern collage of
Gentlemen and scholars, belles and writers,
Soldiers and sharecroppers,
Cajuns and Creoles,
Celts and Germans, freedmen and slaves.
We are all the South.
The South...My home, my beautiful home.
My culture, my destiny, my heart.
I am a Southerner...
Deo Vindice

Thanks to:
Tennessee Confederate Flagger
Sister, Eileen Parker Zoellner

I am a Southerner...

4/3/13

Heritage or tradition?

While some my agree or disagree, the CBF is and will always be a part of Southron history.

Wearing it on a tshirt or having a bumper sticker does not affend me.

It does however bother me when if has images of Elvis, Skynyrd or anything else besides the battle honors on it.

The SCV has a right to mark the banner with it's Camp.

Another topic that has been discussed is about correct history being revised.

I do not read school books anymore, unless someone brings up a situation to me and I can research it.

With that said, yes...our Heritage has been revised. Not only by the omission of the correct facts, but the continuing telling of misguided facts. I would submit to you all that reconstruction has been in play for the last 150 years and it has now become an all out assault on our Heritage.

Nowhere are they renameing parks, streets, removing monuments, and burial grounds in this country because it is not "PC", but here in the South.

How many of you have seen the Heritage violations, are your children getting the history in school that is correct, or is it only me who hears that things have changed.
I have been known to wear a uniform now and then, even some reenacting. I have spoke at SCV Camps, many different seminars, and even Civil War Rountables as far north as Buffalo.

It is the truth most people seek, so it is with that we must continue to tell the truth.

John Zakrzewski (Zak)
Dixie's Living Historians

4/2/13


CSA Flag Racism and Bigotry?

Isn't the Confederate flag a symbol of bigotry and racism? Even though the Naval Jack, which most critics call “the Confederate flag,” has been abused by racist groups, often in an attempt to gain favor with Southerners who love their flag, the flag does not lose its honorable history. It was born from a powerful Christian symbol, the Cross of St. Andrew, and developed for use by troops defending their homes against an aggressor in a war they preferred not to fight. As the soldier's flag, it represents the honor and valor of those who answered the call of duty.

Abuse of the flag by any other group is just that—abuse—and a distortion of its true meaning and its real symbolism.

But, if critics argue that any Confederate flag is a symbol of bigotry and racism, because it has been displayed by racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan, then they must also be prepared to pull the Stars and Stripes off of every flag pole in the nation and the Christian flag out of every church, because these flags have been equally abused by racist groups. The KKK regularly flies the Stars and Stripes and Christian flags, often in far larger numbers than the Confederate battle flag, though nobody calls for the abolition of these abused symbols.

This is because people of good faith recognize that these symbols are being abused, and dismiss the abusers' attempt to distort truth. The exact same standard should be applied to the Confederate battle flag.

April is Confederate History Month

Get into the spirit of Confederate History Month,
Fly those Confederate Colours with pride!

Thanks to:
Brother Calvin Johnson

4/1/13

We have a moral duty and responsibility

We have a moral duty and responsibility to stand up for and defend the land our ancestors shed blood over to give us the prosperity and freedoms we have today.

Our parents and their parents before them struggled, and sacrificed. They endured hardships, fought wars, cried, bled, and died so that their children could survive and continue on. We owe them honor and respect for giving us life and for imparting the goals and ideals which have shaped our lives and communities for generations.

The Spirit of 1861

Arise Confederates! hear your country's call!
The hour is come, --the hour to do or die,
Freemen to stand, or freemen still to fall --
Say, will you fight for Southern Liberty?
By the spirit of George Washington we swear.
The yoke of slaves we'll never, never, wear!
Our father's arms base tyranny defiled,
They would not bear the reproach of slaves;
For freedomlived they, and for freedom died, --
Their memory calls for freedom from their graves.
By the great God of Washington we swear,
The yoke of slaves we'll never, never, bear!
Gleams not the sword more brightly than the chain,
A nobler ornament to deck the hand?
We've borne their taunts--shall Freedom call in vain.
To unsheath the sword, and save our father-land!
By the great God of Washington we swear,
The yoke of slaves we'll never, never, bear!
The Confederate States will claim a brilliant fame,
From her arise a nation proud and free,
We'll raise her flag, and vindicate her name,
Land of the free--the home of Liberty!
By the great God of truth and right we swear,
The yoke of slaves we'll never, never, bear!
Upon our graves shall dawn a brighter sun.
Our children rise to bless their natal earth;
Here shall they kneel, and, when our course is run,
Bless the fair land that gave them a free birth.
By the spirit of George Washington we swear,
The yoke of slaves we'll cannot, will not bear!

~ Author Unknown ~

Thanks to:
Tennessee Confederate Flagger
Sister Eileen Parker Zoellner