History of Carter County TN.????

Dawn & Jackie Peters
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Green Hill Cemetery

Watauga Historical Association (ring leader, Dawn Peters) in Elizabethton, Tennessee has taken it upon themselves to claim property without proof (Green Hill Cemetery) and to slander our Confederate heroes by demeaning the flag they fought and died for.... The Confederate Battle Flag! ~ PoP

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All Things Confederate - Episode 21



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A Confederate CHRISTmas Elizabethton, Tennessee

SCV, Tennessee Confederate Flaggers and Southern Legal Resource Center, Memorial Service Green Hill Cemetery in Elizabethton, Tennessee, Dec. 15th. 2012. Making a stand for our Confederate heroes, flags and heritage. What have you done lately?

Christmas Memorial Dedication to the Confederate Soldiers of Carter County, TN

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MAD Flaggers

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I have the honor to report that about the 13th of June last a regiment of negroes, commanded by Colonel Draper, of Massachusetts, arrived at Pope's Creek, in Westmoreland County, Va., accompanied by about fifty regular U.S. Cavalry. They marched to Union Wharf Richmond County, in divided commands, taking negroes, horses, cattle, bacon, wagons, farming utensils, &c., all of which were either carried away or burned.

About the 14th ultimo, at a place called Hutt's Store, near the center of Westmoreland County, some of the negro troops went to the house of Private George, of Ninth Virginia Cavalry, and committed a rape upon his wife, who had just been confined with a babe only six weeks old. She is now almost a maniac, and begs that some one will kill her. This atrocious crime can be verified by a number of witnesses who are personally cognizant of the fact. In Warsaw, Richmond County, the negro troops attempted to ravish white ladies, but were foiled by the assistance of the female slaves of the households.

Official Records of the War of the Rebellion - .R.--SERIES I--VOLUME XL/3 [S# 82]


Camp Douglas
Andersonville is the National Prisoner of War Historical Site, with white headstones for each of the 12, 912 Union prisoners who died there with a 475 acre park and monuments erected by every Union State and the National Government. All of the main highways of South Georgia have directional signs to aid the tens of thousand who visit there yearly.

Look North to Chicago and you will find at least 6000 Confederate soldiers buried in a mass grave on one acre of land. There is only one monument to these prisoners who died, erected in 1895, 30 years after the war, by Southerners and their friends in Chicago and the North.

According to Dorothy Wells Earlandson, writing in Chicago's Heritage Guest, A few native Chicagoans knew of its existence, you see, Chicago has never publicized its one time camp. There are no highway directional signs. We will never see a film about Camp douglas or any of the other notorious Northern prisons. The winners write the history books, and for 130 years they have been silent about their prison camps. The Oak Wood Cemetery monument, erected TO
THE MEMORY OF THE SIX THOUSAND SOUTHERN SOLDIERS HERE BURIED . . . WHO DIED IN CAMP DOUGLAS PRISON . . . 1862-65 sustains interest in the camp located near the shore of Lake Michigan. Before the camp closed, it has earned the dubious distinctions of undisputed first place in mortality among Northern prisons.

Prisoners from Fort Donelson arrived at Camp Douglas in February, 1862, and within one year the monthly mortality rate was at ten percent, a rate unsurpassed by any other prison in the North or South. Ultimately, one in five prisoners died, establishing the camp's reputation for extermination. The highest death rate at Andersonville was nine percent set for August, 1864.

Three traits distinguished Camp Douglas from other Northern prison camps: high mortality rates, extreme acts of cruelty, and a low official count of prisoners who died compared to documentation from other sources Historical articles and research texts have publicized these facts, but somehow Camp Douglas has escaped the notoriety of Andersonville. The most complete treatment of the horrors of Camp Douglas is contained in George Levy's To Die in Chicago (1994) from which some of the information for this article has been drawn. Levy was educated at the University of Chicago and he has served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Illinois.

The high mortality rate can be attributed to several factors: overcrowding, unhealthy living conditions, ineffective medical treatment, inadequate food supply, and brutality. The war lasted longer than expected, resulting in more prisoners than anticipated. By late 1862 there were 8,962 prisoners in the camp with fewer than 900 guards. Over 200 prisoners were crowded in to barracks averaging 70 feet by 25 feet. As the number increased, tents were erected to house them, with little protection against below zero winds. Huge latrines were left open, so rain washed raw sewage into the drinking water supply. Wooden floors were removed to discourage tunneling, so vermin infected the dirt floors. Rats and mice were commonplace. Some unnamed inmates recollecting the camp 37 years later said that they raised the kitchen floor to catch big gray rats which were made into rat pies. When cholera and a smallpox epidemic erupted, free medicine sent by the South was withheld as contraband of war. Food rations were restricted, partly to cut costs and partly as retaliation for Southern victories. When control of the camp was finally passed to the Chicago Police department, medical supplies were cut off and food severely restricted.

On June 30, 1862, Commandant Colonel Tucker was warned by D. V. McVickar, the Post Surgeon that the surface of the ground is becoming saturated with the filth and slop from the privies, kitchens, and quarters and must produce serious result to health as soon as the hot weather sets in. Colonel Tucker was overwhelmed; there were 326 patients in the hospital and many more in the barracks.

Coincidentally, Henry W. Bellows of the Sanitary Commission sent a negative report on the camp to Colonel Hoffman the same day: Sir, the amount of standing water, unpoliced grounds, of foul sinks, of unventilated and crowded barracks, of general disorder, of soil reeking miasmatic accretions, of rotten bones and emptying of camp kettles, is enough to drive a sanitarium to despair. I hope that no thought will be entertained of mending matters.

The absolute abandonment of the spot seems to be the only judicious course, I do not believe that any amount of drainage would purge that soil loaded with accumulated filth or those barracks with two stories of vermin and animal exhalations. Nothin but fire can cleanse them. The Chicago Tribune wrote on September 22, 1862, It is not wonder they died so rapidly. It is only a wonder that the whole eight-thousand of the filthy hogs did not go home in pine boxes instead of on their feet.

Civilian doctors, who inspected Camp Douglas on April 5, 1863, called it an extermination camp. They drew an unrelenting picture of wretched inmates without change of clothing, covered, with vermin, in wards reeking with filth and foul air, and blankets in rags . . . it will be seen that 260 out of 3,800 prisoners had died in twenty-one days, a rate of mortality which, if continued would secure their total extermination in about 320 days.

Prisoners were deprived of clothing to discourage escapes. Many wore sacks with head and arm holes cut out; few had underwear. Blankets to offset the bitter northern winter were confiscated from the few that had them. The weakest froze to death. The Chicago winter of 1864 was devastating. The loss of 1,091 lives in only four months was heavies for any like period in the camp's history, and equaled the deaths at the highest rate of Andersonville from February to May, 1864 (OR Ser-II-Vol. 8, 986-1003). Yet, it is the name of Andersonville that burns in infamy, while there exists a northern counterpart of little shame.

Mortality rates increased as Colonel Sweet complained on October 11, 1864, that mortality at the camp was up to 35% since June. In November 1864, the death toll was 217; another 323 died in December, 308 in January 1864, and 243 in February.

The Sparrow diary specifically mentions the dead line at Camp Douglas. Prisoners were shot for crossing the line there just as at such other Federal prisons as Camp Morton, Indiana; Camp Chase and Johnson's Island in Ohio; Point Lookout, Maryland; Newport New, VA; and Fort Delaware for violating stated bounds, usually to answer the call of nature. Several Confederate prisoners were shot or bayoneted to death while in the very act of relieving themselves.

The arctic weather led to additional suffering. Another punishment was to make the men pull down their pants and sit, with nothin under them, on the snow and frozen ground. I have know men to be kept sitting until you could see their prints of some days after in the snow and ice. When the [guards] got weary of this they commenced whipping, making the men lay on a barrel, and using their belts, which had a leather clasp with a sharp edge, cutting through the skin.

A prisoner swore that when the men who were being punished this way attempted to sit on their coattails they were cruelly kicked in the back by the guards and forced to sit longer on their bare bones. Prisoners were forced to stand in the snow for hours without moving, and guards checked footprints to see if they had moved. Those who did received lashes. Some prisoners who arrived in the bitter cold weather lost toes, fingers and ears. One improvised two wooden pegs as substitutes for feet and hobbled around surprisingly well.
The mildest cruelty took the form of random firing into the barracks to disturb the prisoner's sleep, shooting prisoners who moved too slowly, or hanging them by their feet to encourage them to take the oath to the United States. The more common severe tortures includedAreaching for the grub, bending over without bending the knees for several hours, causing blood to gush from the prisoners nose and protruding eyeballs almost bursting from their sockets with pain, or being lashed a hundred times with the metal buckle end of a belt. Solitary confinement meant being squeezed into a ten foot square room with twenty others, with only a ten-inch window for ventilation.

A fearsome animal came to Prison Square on June 28, 1864. The Yanks have fixed a frame near the gate (to Prison Square) with a scantling piece of timber across it, edge up, and about four feet from the ground, which they make our men ride whenever the men do anything that does not please them. It is called The Mule. Men have sat on it till they fainted and fell off. It is like riding a sharp top fence. The mule could be made more painful by adding weights. Sometimes the Yanks would laugh and say, I will give you a pair of spurs which was a bucket of sand tied to each foot. Other prisoners confirmed that men had to ride the mule in the worst winter weather. By 1865 it had grown to 15 feet tall and required a ladder to mount. There was a mule for the garrison in White Oak Square, except there it was called the horse.

From February 1862, till all the Secesh had left there, nearly all of the Medical Colleges in the northwest were supplied with the bodies stolen from the dead buried at the city cemetery and the appearance of the graves gives evidence of the truth of this statement.

On June 9, 1862, a difference between the Chicago Tribune and Official Records was reported, with 1,480 men unaccounted for according to the Tribune. One of the reasons was that some deaths were unreported.2 On July, 186 2, commandant Tucker, in taking command of Camp Douglas, reported, there is scarcely a record left at camp and it will be difficult to ascertain what prisoners have been at the camp or what has become of them.

By March 31, 1863, mortality was again out of control, and diseases claimed 706 prisoners. If true, the toll in two months was only 277 short of the 1862 record. Suspiciously, there are not Camp Douglas ret urns in the official records for March 1863. The Tribune appears to have counted the dead carefully and indicated that the toll could have been Aupwards of 700.

Unfortunately, record keeping was atrocious. It seems that in the period from February, 1862, to April, 1863, about 728 Confederates were missing. This in not the worst of it. If 700 died in early 1863, as the Tribune and some historians of the period believed, the superintendent should have found 1,636 graves. Various explanations were put forward for this discrepancy. The bodies were being washed into the lake, according to the Tribune, toward the water one mile south. The cemetery was also a favorite hunting ground for grave robbers. Another explanation is that the dead were dumped into unmarked graves and soon lost in the swampy soil. By 1864 about 2,235 prisoners had lost their lives since the prison opened according to the Official Records. This may be 967 short of the true figure at the time, based on the Tribune's figures.

There were 23,637 cases of sickness in 1864, according to the study made at the time. This is more than three times the number shown in official records for the entire 700 days at Camp Douglas; August 1863 to August 1865.

Since they were not reporting to Washington, the number of sick in the Barracks (Levy), a lack of reporting deaths would certainly follow. According to the History of Camp Douglas, close to 12,000 prisoners had suffered through the bitter winter of 1862, and 1863 when temperatures fell below zero. From 1,400 to 1,700 lay dead but only 615 could be counted in the desolate graves far from camp. Between 700 and 1000 had disappeared.

On December 1, 1866, only 1,402 graves (of the earlier 2,968) could be identified. Very little care seems to have been taken in the interment of bodies. General A. Hoyt warned that close to 2000 bodies were now unaccounted for. Somehow Camp Douglas was exterminating the dead as well as the living.

Oak Woods Cemetery could have become the largest Confederate burial site outside of the South, but subsequent events made it impossible to learn the number buried there. The Oak Woods Cemetery simply buried whatever the O'Sullivans, (unqualified grave removers) brought in, and numbered the grave markers at Oak Woods according to City Cemetery records. These records cannot be verified because no Confederate burials were recorded with the City Clerk.2 Also the army failed to supervise, inspect or validate the removals. History had been blindfolded, and there is no way of knowing how many Confederates, or which ones, are at Oak Woods.

On September 1, 1880, General Bingham reported, many of the graves are sunken and many of the corner stakes are missing. There is evidences that one of the sections has been used as a roadway. The ground around these lots has been raised and improved which gives them the sunken appearance. The mound area was later filled in to the level of the rest of the cemetery.

Other than the modest obelisk on this mound, completed in 1893 by sympathizers from the South, from Chicago, and other parts of the North, there was nothing to distinguish this burial site. Thirty years later, bronze tablets were added with a partial list of the dead. About 100,000 sympathetic persons, including President Grover Cleveland, attended the dedication of the edifice on Memorial Day, 1895. Since that time, nothing has been done to memorialize these unfortunate Confederate prisoners of war, other than a small gathering of supporters each year on Memorial Day.

Camp Douglas has to be the North's best kept secret of the WFSI their Andersonville but a camp that must be identified with extreme cruelty and convenient record keeping of the dead.

The South had Andersonville, an internationally known reminder of prison camp hardships and deaths, immortalized in song, literature, film and by many Union Monuments. The North had Camp Douglas, a little known WFSI prison in Chicago that set records for prison mortality, hidden in lost and incomplete records and suppressed publicity. To the victor belongs the silence.
CAMP DOUGLAS PRISON . . . 1862-1865
Researched and edited by:
C.B. Pritchett Jr.


The South under siege

The South under siege, 1830-2000: A history of the relations between the North and the South
By Frank Conner
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This book is that rarity of rarities, a history of the South covering the turbulent 19th and 20th centuries, written from the Southern-conservative viewpoint. Its central theme is the devastating culture-war which various groups of Northern liberals have been waging against the conservative South since the 1830s, using the South as their battleground to defeat limited republican government under the tenets of Christianity in the U.S. as prescribed by the Constitution, asnd replace that with a socialist nation-state run under the religion of secular humanism. This book identifies key events in American history which, although indisputable, are nevertheless ignored or distorted by the mainstream liberal historians; and it puts those events in proper perspective. The result is a book which reads like the history of an entirely-different country than the one we're accustomed to reading about in most American-history texts. This book tells how Northern capitalists and their politicians used the culture war to support an economic war of their own against the South, which led directly to the 1861 - 1865 War of Northern Aggression, following which the federal government converted the South into the agricultural colonies of the Northern capitalists, governed under bayonet rule, and deliberately held in grinding poverty until WWII. And now the liberal-dominated institutions of the U.S. are systematically discrediting and suppressing the beliefs, values, culture, and true history of the traditional South, in order to destroy the conservative Southerners as a people, and remove the last big roadblock hindering their transformation of the U.S. into a socialist nation-state. "The South Under Siege 1830 - 2000" will be of no interest to ideological liberals; but if you want to know why the U.S. is now divided into red states and blue states; and what is happening to the South right now--and will happen to the rest of the U.S. in the very near future, this is one of the few books that will provide real answers.

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No Escape

The nation is quickly coming to a place where there is no escape; the truism that as defined in the Constitution of the United States of America has no contradiction;" the South was well within its legal rights to separate itself from the broken contract forged with those of the North who opposed that separation". There are a lot bills that would come due payable to the people and region of the South, if the whole of the nation come to accept this fact.

Southern social and cultural genocide must take place because this is where the aforementioned idea festers and permeates into the thinking process of the citizenry. First break their spirit, (attack the one symbol that defines them as Southern); " the Confederate Battle Flag" ~ Brother H. K. Edgerton


War Crimes Against Southern Civilians

War Crimes Against Southern Civilians
By Walter Cisco
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This is the untold story of the Union's "hard war" against the people of the Confederacy. Styled the "Black Flag" campaign, it was agreed to by Lincoln in a council with his generals in 1864. Cisco reveals the shelling and burning of cities, systematic destruction of entire districts, mass arrests, forced expulsions, wholesale plundering of personal property, and even murder of civilians. Carefully researched largely from primary sources, this examination also gives full attention to the suffering of Black victims of Federal brutality.

Confederate Flaggers exploit loophole

WAYNESVILLE – With some passive help from the sovereign state of Mississippi and active involvement by the Southern Legal Resource Center, devotees of the Confederate flag outflanked the Haywood County Council last weekend.

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Dedicated to the promotion of and education in flagging as a way to protect and defend all Confederate heritage, and to the support of all who are willing to join in. When needed, we stand with our flags against those in opposition in a peaceful, yet forceful manner, to educate and inform the general public, and in open and visible protest against those who have attacked us, our flags, our ancestors, or our Heritage. This group will serve as a gathering place for flaggers, to share information and ideas.

As a member you will be requested to attend and support all Flagging's, rallies and or protest for any honourable effort toward the above in Tennessee..... Within your range of travel.

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Col Mike Shaffer (Doc)

Sergeant of The Line
Bill Hicks


Call To Flagging!

Waynesville , North Carolina Dec. 17th Starts at 10:00a.m.

This will be at the Haywood Co. Courthouse, prior to the County Commisioners meeting at 5:30 p.m.

In attendance will be new SCV camp formed there, Kirk David Lyons of SLRC and also the Mechanized Unit of the SCV.

All that can show support will be greatly appreciated.

Tennessee Flagging Coordinator:
Col Mike Shaffer (Doc)
Bristol, Tenn. 37620

Call To Flagging!


Vulgarity OK Confederate Flag not!


This letter needs a reply----sounds like it is likely instigated by southern heritage hating groups---key words (re-enactment and intolerance). The parade grand marshal, the Honorable Fred Edens, who is retiring in January as City Manager-----not even pictured. Fred is also an SCV member.


The letter writer says our float and flags were inappropriate for a Christmas parade [but a half-naked man with women stuffing money down his pants was]! The letter writer says our float and flags were inappropriate for a Christmas parade [but a half-naked man with women stuffing money down his pants was]! Be sure to use the links in the attachment to see the photos.


Please forward this to other activists.

Bill Hicks
Lt. Robert J. Tipton #2083, Elizabethton and Tennessee Flagger Parade Participant


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Hand down their achievements

Does the propriety of discussing the causes of the War Between the States belong exclusively to Northern writers and speakers? Did the South, when she laid down her arms, surrender the right to state in self-justification her reasons for taking them up? If not, I fail to see how it can be improper, when perpetuating the memory of the Confederate dead, at least to attempt to correct false and injurious representations of their aims and deeds and to hand down their achievements to posterity as worthy of honorable remembrance. (The Men in Gray, pp. 11-12)


Elizabethton, Tennessee Christmas Parade 2012

Lt. Robert J. Tipton #2083 Camps sponsorship of a float. This years parade was well attended and our float and marchers were appreciated by the large crowd. The weather was picture perfect.

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Bill Hicks,
SCV & Tennessee Confederate Flagger


Green Hill Cemetery & Why We Flag There

Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans have long taken an interest in the preservation of Green Hill Cemetery of Elizabethton, TN. Some have did this while members of the Watauga Historial Asssociation and its ad hoc committee, Green Hill Cemetery Preservation Committee, as well as after leaving the organization. One article in the Elizabethton Star dated August 15, 2006 attests to this;


It was after Memorial Day of 2011, actually the day after, Confederate flags were found pushed into the ground. The Wednesday, June 1 edition of the Elizabethton Star shows a Boy Scout setting a U.S. flag on a Confederate grave, the Confederate flag already pushed into the ground. A caption under the photo has mention of Dawn Peters of the Watauga Historical Association. In a complaint filed over the flags being pushed into the ground, Peters, in an E.P.D. Police report admitted to doing it. See:


S.C.V. members purchased flag stands, only to have W.H.A. push them into the ground. In order to stop this, the stands were cemented into the ground. Note that after doing this, W.H.A. set rods into the ground and taped U.S. flags to them--an ugly mess!The next set of 4 photos shows their neglect in mowing the Confederate graves. This is not caretaker-like behavior.In the spring of 2012, W.H.A. had a "geological survey" done on the Confederate graves and Tipton plots. Why only the Confederate graves?!! For approximately 6 months the survey tape and flags were left on the graves until it was removed by those fed up with the litter. Again, not a good attribute of a caretaker!Despite their malicious and outrageous behavior directed toward the graves of the Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery, they keep receiving grants from the Elizabethton/Carter County Community Foundation and East Tennessee Foundation while still proclaiming they are caretakers.

Bill Hicks
SCV & Tennessee Confederate Flaggers



December 15th 2:00 p.m. at Green Hill Cemetery in Elizabethton Tennessee.

This Event is sponsored by the Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp #2083 of Elizabethton, TN.

Invocation: The Rev. Rick Morrell, Commander, Vaughn’s Brigade, Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Salute to the Confederate Flag.

Commemoration of the Confederate Veterans Interred in Green Hill Cemetery: Bill Hicks, Aide- de-Camp, Vaughn’s Brigade, Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Commemoration of the 123 Anniversary of the Death of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis: Bill Dennison, Guest Speaker, Walker Terry Camp #1758, Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Wreath Laying at the Memorial to Confederate Veterans of Carter County, Tennessee: Order of Confederate Rose, Chapter #11 Wild Mountain Roses of Elizabethton, Order of the Black Rose, Mrs. Clara Ingram Craft and Mrs. Jackie Weaver Dennison.

Benediction: The Rev. Rick Morrell, Commander, Vaughn’s Brigade, Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Members of The Tennessee Confederate Flaggers will be there showing support for Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp #2083 and our Confederate heroes.

Join with us.

Brother's love and blessings,

PoP Aaron

Tennessee Flagging Coordinator:
Col Mike Shaffer (Doc)
bigmikeshff@yahoo.com or (423)652-0213

Brother Bill Hicks, TFG Sergeant of The Line.


I Am Your Confederate Ancestor

By Trooper Jim DeArman, CSA

CO. B, 37th Texas Calvary(Terrell's)

I am your Confederate ancestor.

Remember me?
When our country needed me,
I answered the call.

Do not forget me!

I was willing and did give up everything,
Sacrificed all, for country and you.
I faced deprivation, starvation,
faced the winter in tattered uniforms,
marched for miles with no shoes.

In Northern POW camps,
ill treatment was the norm,
intentionally withheld medical treatment,festering wounds,
allowed to freeze in the winter, and forced to endure sickness,
with hopes we would die.

I proudly fought under our flag,
for the constitutional republic we desired.
I rallied and faced an army that most of the time,
outnumbered us and was better equipped.

I gave my all and did my best,no sacrifice was to great.
No duty to small.

It was for you I did this,Without expecting any reward.
I suffered horrible wounds,and watched the angle of death,
cut vast lines of men down.

I bled for you,soaking the earth,I died for you.

Our families heeded the call,
they suffered under the boot of the Union army,
sacrificing farms, homes, possessions,
years of hardships we endured.

Will our self-sacrifices and heroic deeds,
be forgotten and perish from your memory?
My blood consecrated the ground of our country.
I gave my life for our people and it's land.

I died a heroic death for our independence,
on the battlefields of Shiloh, Chickamauga, Gettysburg.

Behold our bodies laid out in long lines,
the indignity of buried like garbage in mass trenches.
Our faces changed, death reflected in our eyes,
we breathe not, forevermore.

Behold, our mothers, wives, family,
heads bowed down,
silently grieving us who will never return.

Some buried forever in Yankee soil.
Our friends choked with tears.
The burden of losing us, having to bury us, to entomb us.

We did not betray you!

Our muskets still by our side,
ammo pouches empty,
We fought till the last man.

Just as our blood spilled out step by step,
We did all we could, every last man, never to rise.

Only when you forget us, do we truly die.
Only when you turn your back on us, are we truly gone.

Stand up for us!
Fight for us now!

For we carried your name, till death closed our eyes.
Do not let our sacrifice, die with us, our memory!

Raise the flag we fought for, wave it proudly from on high!

Are you ashamed of us, or to weak of heart to carry on?

The banner has been passed to you,
do not let it fall or falter,
the battle is now yours.

Remember me, I did not shirk my duty,
remember me, our bodies laid out in long lines,
But I can arise and live again,

But only through you!

Eileen Parker Zoellner


War Drums?

The Watauga Historical Association has declared war on anything Confederate. Dawn Peters, has been the drum beater for this hate toward our heritage, heroes and flags. She has her nose up the butt of the local media and politicians which cater to her every whim.

Just a bit of what the Tennessee Flaggers and SCV are fighting in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Posted on the WHA Facebook page:

"Watauga Historical Association Due to the threat of violence and the fact that members of the SCV will be in the cemetery toting guns, the WHA has decided to forgo trying to clean up the cemetery. Previous Saturdays have been taken up with flag flapping guards, toting guns across from the cemetery. Therefore, we have not been able to get the grass mowed. They came into the cemetery with a lawn mower and chopped it up like a drunk driver loose at the wheel. Vandalism and Grave Desecration continues to be done by people with no authority to do so." ~ Dawn Peters

The claim of threats and violence to WHA members by SCV & The Tennessee Flaggers made by Dawn Peters is a lie. .... She will stoop to the depths of hell to tarnish our good name.

As you can see, Dawn Peters (WHA) has fallen of the deep end!

She is lobbying to have Green Hill Cemetery rezoned so she can have the Confederate flag removed from the cemetery.
She lobbied the Elizabethton Historic Zoning Commission to stop the placement of a Confederate Monument within the city of Elizabethton.... Bringing several blacks to voice objection to the Monument, this after approval for placement of said monument. The commission kissed her butt and deigned placement.

Mounument with the grave of 1st Lt. Robert J. Tipton, Co. B 19th Tennessee Infantry and flag pole in background.

This memorial stone was placed in Green Hill Cemetery on the morning of October 10, 2012. The camp worked hard to gain enough money and with assistance from the Tennessee Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, raised enough money to purchase the memorial. A dedication ceremony was held in the City of Elizabethton on October 13th at 2 p.m..... Without the memorial!!

The Tipton S.C.V. Camp (most proud of them) took it upon themselves to place the monument in Green Hill Cemetery... This will surly cause Dawn Peters blood to a boil and a fight will surely arise.

She has on several occasions called police on SCV & Tennessee Flaggers to charge them with grave desecration for placing flags and mowing grass around Confederate graves.

A calling card from WHA's, Dawn Peters stating no flags during grass cutting season which would be the whole of spring and summer! NOT! The flags still fly and are watched closely by Tennessee Flagger, Brother Bill Hicks.

The Tennessee and Virginia Flaggers is a thorn in the side of WHA and they are running scared.... Will you help keep them running? The Tennessee Confederate Flaggers & SCV could sure use some help in this matter..... Got enough Southron grit to fight!?

Brother Bill Hicks
Tennessee Flagging Coordinator:
Col Mike Shaffer (Doc)

Watauga Historical Association
P.O. Box 1776,
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37644



Elizabethton, TN

Flagging began at precisely 10:45 on Mill Street . Five Tennessee Flaggers upheld the Cause to the honking of horns and waving from practically every vehicle which passed. Many stopped to inquire about our activity and to accept our flier and CD. One elderly lady, who said she had $2, gladly gave us one of them as a donation. By 2:45 we had given out 30 CD’s w/Tennessee Flagger fliers and $3 more in donations. The conversations with those who stopped were hurried due to traffic, but the consensus was they were pleased to see us taking a stand and encouraged us to continue.

The wind was a brisk one today with fall temperatures, but we were warm in spirit and duty bound to hold our posts until out of ammunition. I must note four of the flaggers were Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Today’s Flag Team was made up of Cary Crawford Allen, Bill Hicks, Beecher O’Quinn, Mike Rigsby, and Gary Sanders. And an empty chair, which proves how easy it is to Flag!

Bill Hicks
Tennessee Confederate Flaggers Holding the Line


Don't know if y'all seen this or not

Don't know if y'all seen this or not.... So here it is.

Susan Friese Hathaway of Virginia Flaggers paid a visit to Elizabethton, TN to assist the newly formed Tennessee Confederate Flaggers Holding the Line. We met at Green Hill Cemetery where the issues are taking place, flagged several hours and met many inquisitive visitors. Thanks to Susan and veteran Jamie Funkhouser of Winston-Salem, NC and Tommy "Pop" Aaron of Chattanooga, the 24 new flaggers had a successful day on the line.



Tennessee Confederate Flaggers Holding the Line/10-06-12

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Flagger Tony Trent and I would stand across from Green Hill Cemetery, displaying the Christian Cross of St. Andrew. The rain held off long enough for us to complete our mission. Elizabethton, TN is getting used to us. Hundreds of cars passed our post, thumbs up, waving, honking, nods and even one snappy salute…..two thumbs down. Six stopped to receive our literature and CD, while three others pulled into the parking lot and engaged in conversations. The Elizabethton Police Department watched out for our "safety " from the parking lot of Tractor Supply. By 12:45 p.m., we called it a day, a very productive day for two members of Tennessee Confederate Flaggers Holding the Line. All the well-wishers and those who shouted from their cars thanking us for protecting “their” heritage made it worth the rain, which was becoming heavy when we departed. Looking forward to next time. How ’bout you? Tennessee Flagger Bill Hicks 10/06/12
Bill, Walk-on and Tony
Tony with his Tennessee Secession Flag.
Bill and Tony's flag.
Flags in need of Flaggers.


Elizabethton Historic Zoning Commission Denies Memorial

Although having nothing in Tennessee Codes Annotated forbidding the placing of a memorial purchased by the Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp #2083 of Elizabethton, TN, the Elizabethton Historic Zoning Committee denied the placement. Having already been influenced by the Watauga Historical Association into believing placing the memorial would lead to other organizations such as D.A.R., etc., wishing to place a memorial, they would have to be oblige them to allow future placements. They sounded, suspiciously, like they were using the arguments Dawn Peters of the Watauga Historical Association used when she objected to flag poles in Green Hill Cemetery. The whole fiasco was politically motivated and obviously decided before the meeting began.

The committee claimed that since the present Veterans Monument stood for the "soldiers of all time", therefore a special monument to Confederate soldiers was unnecessary and unwanted. The Elizabethton Camp now has a nice $2,200 memorial sitting in a warehouse with no place to put it. Representing the Sons of Confederate Veterans in the meeting held in the Elizabethton Municipal Building at 6:00 pm were Rev. Rick Morrell and Bill Hicks of Vaughn’sBrigade, speaking for the Elizabethton Camp; accenting the positive value of the memorial.

A representative from Nashville, a Mr. Brown, who was called in to obviously add an aura of “Big Brother”, stated the local zoning committee had the final say, makes one wonder if he was not there to let the local zoning planners know they were under scrutiny, also admitting the historical zoning programs are part of a federal government plan.  If he had no influence over them, I wonder why he was there!  He did issue a veiled threat that threatened action on the City as to bringing a hearing which could take away the status of a historical zoned area, thereby eliminating grants to the City!  Ahh, the plot thickens as it sickens!

Speakers from the Watauga Historical Association, rose to insult the dignity and honor of the Confederate veteran, claiming that Confederate soldiers were traitors. The W.H.A., while claiming to be an historical oriented organization have prejudiced themselves by doing everything possible to damage our flags and our good names, apparently wishing to disassociate themselves from their own heritage. One man from W.H.A. arose to say he did not want the memorial because of the way Carter County residents were treated during the era of the war.  Fear was also expressed that Confederate flags might also show up near the memorial.  Playing the race card, a black man arose, to say he would be offended to pass by such a memorial, stating the S.C.V. should give its money to the poor.  Two members of the W.H.A. are residents of Jonesborough, only citing their street address prior to speaking.

According to Tennessee Code 13-7-408, the historic zoning commission has 30 days to detail in writing why the appropriateness of the certificate was declined.

We move on.  Duty is ours; consequences are God’s.

Deo Vindice.

Rick Morrell, Commander,Vaughn's Brigade, TN Division, S.C.V.
Bill Hicks, Aide-de-Camp, Vaughn's Brigade, TN Division, S.C.V.

And we are proud Tennessee Confederate Flaggers.

Fighting City Hall in Elizabethton, TN

At 9 am, I would don the uniform of my Confederate ancestor and travel to Elizabethton City Hall to fill out a form requesting the full minutes of the Monday Evening Massacre of September 17, where the Elizabethton Historic Zoning Committee met and denied the placement of a memorial dedicated to the Confederate soldiers of Carter County.

From the office, I would walk down to the sidewalk in front of City Hall, presenting the Southern Cross of St. Andrew.  Within minutes car horns were honking and the thumbs were up.  A reporter and photographer from the Elizabethton STAR were soon there, granting an interview.  I had planned to flag the Elizabethton STAR but found it no longer necessary.

From there, I would drive down to Green Hill Cemetery.  Response was positive, lots of thumbs up and honks with eight passers-by stopping to wish me well and to receive a flier describing the mission of Tennessee Confederate Flaggers Holding the Line and the CD, “The Truth Concerning the Confederate Battle Flag”. 

One lady, Mrs. Janice Gentry of Chapter #754 of Johnson City, United Daughters of the Confederacy had been shopping at Tractor Supply.  She drove over and wished me success and commented on a woman slinking around with a movie camera, moving in and out from and even under the large trailer parked in the lot of Tractor Supply.  I informed her it was Dawn Peters, possibly called in by Janette Mann of the Watauga Historical Association who had passed by earlier.  My, my……a man exercising his freedom must really be a worthwhile recording project!  I hope Peters recorded all the folks who stopped.  I only wish she could have heard what they said! 

I would retire the flag at 12:30 pm.

Bill Hicks
Tennessee Confederate Flaggers Holding the Line






Va Flaggers joined Jamie Funkhouser

Six inches of Freedom.

The Va Flaggers joined Jamie Funkhouser and the Tar Heel Flaggers in Reidsville, NC to stand in the spot where a Confederate Monument once stood. After being hit by a vehicle, the NC State UDC decided NOT to put the monument back where it has stood for 101 years, in the center of town, but to move it to an obscure cemetery location, rather than "cause controversy". Jamie has been standing in this circle for over a year and is now, thanks to Reidsville officials, is forced to stand on the 6" curb of the monument. Here, Va Flagger TriPp Lewis has a little fun with it...

"Legal precedent means nothing. Rule of law means nothing. Free speech means nothing. Their own treaties mean nothing. It's unbelievable. Anyone in the west who honestly thinks he's still living in a free society is either a fool or completely out of touch." ~ Simon Black, Sovereign Man


6 Inches of Freedom City of Reidsville

Just for carrying Virginia State Flag

Citizen of Virginia being thrown off a public park by the VMFA security.

Just for carrying Virginia State Flag


Flag & Heritage Alert, Waynesville, NC

"Personally, I have been more than uncomfortable with the flag's presence on government property,” Waynesville Attorney wrote in an email to county commissioners. “Will you please take action, quietly and effectively, to stop the display of this divisive symbol?" ~ Bob Clark

"One Confederate group, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, urged local Confederate supporters not to cause a ruckus.

“The best thing to do in this case is not to replace the flag you are using and let the matter die a natural death,” wrote Aileen Ezell, president of the N.C. Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. “We gain nothing by fighting this. It is amazing to me that such a small flag has caught so much attention.” ~ Susan Frise Hathaway

Flaggers Gather in Haywood County, NC

Confederate flag causes stir (short, free version)

Southerners protest removal of flag from NC courthouse
UDC refuses to defend Confederate flag


Mayor Gavin A. Brown
P. O. Box 100
Waynesville, NC 28786


1257 Poplar Cove Road
Clyde, NC 28721
Phone: 828-627-6109 (h)
Cell: 828-507-2315
E-mail: markswanger@bellsouth.net

J. W. “KIRK” KIRKPATRICK, III, Vice Chairman
600 Laurel Ridge Drive
Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone: 828-452-0801 (w)
Fax: 828-452-1861
E-mail: kirk@jwklaw.net

L. KEVIN ENSLEY, Commissioner
170 Yates Cove Road
Waynesville, NC 28785
Phone: 828-627-3765 (h)
Cell: 828-734-8713
E-mail: lkensley@bellsouth.net

3796 Jonathan Creek Road
Waynesville, NC 28785
Phone: 828-926-9549 (h)
Cell: 828-506-2174
E-mail: sorrells@cbvnol.com

BILL L. UPTON, Commissioner
8 Pasadena Street
Canton, NC 28716
Phone: 828-648-7469
Cell: 507-2129
E-mail: billupton@bellsouth.net


Disgraceful of Watauga Historical Association !


The grass is now cut.... WHY?

The media coverage of The Tennessee Flaggers, showed the uncut grass.... I'm sure this motivated WHA to cut the grass.

The Confederate Graves Still Marked with Confetti!!
Photos HERE

WHA continues to disgrace our Southern heroes in Elizabethton, Tennessee!!!

It looks like the "Green Hill Cemetery Preservation Committee" of WHA might have abandoned their care taking.

I would like to mow this. Five or six people can mow in about 45 minutes. A riding mower cannot be gotten in due to the locked gate. I do not believe the graves with orange tape (Confederate graves and Tipton plots) can be mowed without cutting the tape.

These photos show how close the cemetery is to being unmowable with push mowers.

For The Tennessee Flaggers

From WHA's facebook page:

The Watauga Historical Association promotes interest in genealogical research, family histories, promotion and preservation of all matters related to the history and culture of the Watauga Valley. Also, maintaining the historic Green Hill Cemetery in Elizabethton.

(Unless it be Confederate history or culture!!) ~ PoP Aaron

General meeting is held the first Thursday of each month at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City; 6:30 PM.

Green Hill Cemetery Preservation Committee is affiliated with W.H.A. and actively maintains the historic site. Memorial Day activities are conducted honoring all veterans buried there.

(Not Confederates!!) ~ PoP Aaron

Estimates show Watauga Historical Association employs 2 people and has an annual revenue of $100,000.

Send a (nice) letter of your concern about our Confederate heroes:

Watauga Historical Association
P.O. Box 1776
Elizabethton, TN.37643


Tennessee Confederate Flaggers 7/28/2012

Tennessee Flaggers Face the Elephant for the First Time:

Out come.... Victory!!

Southern Heritage video
saluting the Virginia and Tennessee flaggers.

Following in the footsteps of the Virginia Flaggers, and the Georgia Flaggers before them... the Tennessee Flaggers made their official debut in Elizabethton, TN, to protest the Watauga Historical Society and their blatant disregard for the honor and memory of Confederate soldiers buried at Green Hill Cemetery.

In what could only be described as a phenomenal success, 24 Flaggers made their way to Elizabethon on a balmy July Saturday. We gathered first in a field behind the cemetery. After a word of prayer, we marched to the cemetery, where we were joined by Elizabethton City Manager, Fred Eden, and a local news reporter. Attendees found the grounds completely overgrown and each Confederate grave covered with survey tape and orange flags.

A brief ceremony was held, where HK Edgerton also shared remarks. Several of the Flaggers gave interviews to the press and we made our way out to the road in front of the cemetery.

"Smile and wave" was the theme of the day. The Tennessee Flaggers had fliers printed up that described the offenses committed by the WHA and the response from the public was overwhelmingly positive. Many folks stopped to ask what was going on, and were outraged when given the facts of the situation.

The highlight of the day was when Flagger Bill Dennison spotted Dawn Peters, one of the main offenders, driving by to check out the action. Ms. Peters has said… …"The Confederates lost the right to fly that flag 150 years ago. We do not want to see that Confederate Flag flying over Green Hill Cemetery, or over Elizabethon, TN." Needless to say, she got an eyeful of Confederate flags!

Her arrogance, hate and slander:

Among those who joined the Tennessee Flaggers for this inaugural event were HK Edgerton and Jamie Funkhouser of NC, and Susan Hathaway of the Virginia Flaggers. Others came from all across Tennessee to be a part of standing up for our Ancestors, and forwarding the colors.

After flagging, we all met again in the field behind the cemetery, to share fellowship and suggestions for future flaggings. The day was then closed with prayer, just as it began.

I had the honor and privilege of meeting one of my heroes, PoP Aaron. He and Mike Shaffer did an outstanding job in the planning and implementing of this event, as well as the organizing of the Tennessee Flaggers.

All involved were excited to be there and thrilled at the outcome. I pray that this will be the first of many flaggings for the Tennessee Flaggers and that others across the South will pick up their flags…and STAND, FIGHT, AND NEVER BACK DOWN!

God bless the Tennessee Flaggers!

Virginia Flagger, Susan Frise Hathaway

Elizabethton, Tennessee is one of the cleanest cities and the most Friendly folk I have ever Flagged or protested in. We had absolutely nothing negative said or done toward us.

We had many ask questions and truthful answers were cheerfully given by our Flaggers... Many residents were unaware of Watauga Historical Association's attacks on our Confederate dead and our flags.... Some even ask for flags and joined in with us.

God bless,

PoP Aaron..... For TCF
PO Box 90095
East Ridge, TN. 37412


Tennessee Flaggers Defend Veterans Flag July 28, 2012
By: Cameron Crapps | WJHL
Edited by WJHL Video HERE

A more accurate video on the story:
Thanks to, Sister Jackie Weaver Dennison
Video HERE

Turn up the volume and the conversations are audible.

Photos and credits:

By Brother, Lynn Hammond

By Sister, Jackie Weaver Dennison

By Sister Susan Frise Hathaway

By Bill Hicks

By Jamie Funkhouser

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Join us HERE


Prayer support needed.

This Saturday, July 28. 2012 we will face the enemy for the first time as a group (The Tennessee Confederate Flaggers.)

We could use y'alls prayers as we face our enemies at Green Hill Cemetery, Elizabethton, Tennessee, this coming Sat.

God bless our efforts and may He bless us all!

Bro. PoP


A WHA Playing Dirty???

Watauga Historical Association claims:

"The SCV (Not The Tennessee Flagger's) poured hundreds of pounds of concrete into the grave of someone (only God know who at this point in time) and they (SCV) call it an honorable deed. ~ WHA

But in defense of SCV, notice the pole in image above, is above the head of the headstones between the graves. Also the tapes do NOT accurately mark the grave. Could they have purposely been rearranged to falsely validate their claim??

The Tennessee Confederate Flagger's are not affiliated with SCV or any other organization..... Period!

PoP Aaron
For The Tennessee Confederate Flagger's

PO Box 90095
East Ridge, TN. 37412

There IS a deed somewhere.... Is it being hid???

Click image to enlarge:

Dawn Peters, claims this her do as she pleases paper. WELL it ain't!

A Permission to clean document is not a deed nor is it proof of ownership of Green Hill Cemetery in Elizabethton, Tennessee, as claimed by Watauga Historical
Association. It is a NOTE of permission inter, clean and do maintenance to said property..Nothing more.

There IS a deed somewhere.... Is it being hid??? Inquiring minds want to know.

The good Ladies of The Watauga Historical Association have proven their worth in historical cemetery up-keep.... We applaud their efforts of labour, monies and time used in these noble efforts

It's a shame one person (Dawn Peters,) out of anger, malice and egotist attitude is turning this wonderful group of Ladies into her accomplices.

The group's stated Mission is:

Promote preservation of all matters related to the history and culture of
the Watauga Valley and East Tennessee.

That is unless that history and culture is Confederate.

They are sorely lacking in backing their mission statement. They need to get back to preservation of ALL heritage and peoples not just the ones Dawn Peters accepts/recognize!

Speaking for myself only:

PoP Aaron,
PO Box 90095
East Ridge TN. 37412