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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: March 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Making Saints of Monsters

Thomas DiLorenzo on official US history.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


The Sons of Confederate Veterans PR & Media Committee and he SCV Georgia Division History and Heritage Month Committee have jointly formulated a month long plan for broadcasting Confederate Minutes Monday through Friday throughout April in Georgia in Brunswick-St. Simons Island over radio station WCGA.

The station's signal is clear for about 100 miles of Brunswick and penetrates North Florida.

Short interviews will be conducted each day,Monday through Friday at around 7:30 am, by Wes Cox, station manager of Newstalk 1100 WCGA. He will be interviewing more than a dozen volunteer heritage spokes folks in Georgia during the month.

Calvin Johnson, author of 30 Confederate History Minutes said "I'm delighted to see this opportunity to utilize our Confederate Minutes. I hope it will alert other SCV organizations to work with their radio stations."

The Confederate Minutes can be found on the internet and are provided for free use
by anyone choosing to use them. Go to Look for the sidebar which is titled "Articles by Calvin Johnson". Use as many or as few as you can schedule with your local radio station or newspaper.

Happy Confederate History and Heritage Month.

Jeff Davis, Camp 1404, Gainesville, GA
Chairman, SCV Public and Media Relations Committee

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Southern Legal Resource Center eU P D A T E

SLRC Moves to sanction school’s attorneys for using delaying tactics in Hardwick case

FLORENCE, SC – The SLRC is seeking sanctions against attorneys for the defendants in Hardwick v. Heyward, the South Carolina in-school heritage violation case that is supposedly set for trial in March.

In late January, attorneys for Latta (S.C.) School District #2 filed a last-minute motion to dismiss the suit on grounds that the plaintiff, Candice Hardwick, is no longer a student at the school. The SLRC promptly responded noting that the fact Ms. Hardwick no longer attends that particular school in no way affects the fact that she has a legitimate claim for damages for treatment she suffered at the hands of school officials while she was still a student there. This point is so self evident, the SLRC said, that the attorneys’ motion is obviously frivolous and is intended essentially as a further delaying tactic in a case that should have been heard months ago. Accordingly the SLRC has asked that the defense team be sanctioned by having to pay for the SLRC’s time and expense in replying to the motion – in addition to any damages that may be recovered in the suit itself.

“Candice Hardwick has waited a long time to have her day in court,” said SLRC Executive Director Roger McCredie. “The other side knows that. This is called trying to buy the case by pleading the plaintiffs to death. The thing is, this particular motion is so bogus that it needs to be punished as such.”

“We have, and always have had, an excellent case on its own merits,” said SLRC Chief Trial Counsel Kirk D. Lyons. “We cannot and will not stand for any further obstruction of it. Justice delayed is justice betrayed.”

Employee who brought cotton boll to work gets fired

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL – A logistics supervisor at a Good Humor-Briers ice cream plant who had a boll of cotton that he brought to work confiscated earlier this year has now been terminated

Wayne Asbell of St. Petersburg has filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discrimination complaint against Good Humor-Breyers and its parent company, Unilever, and has also asked the SLRC to investigate his termination which occurred in mid-January.

Last September Asbell picked the single stalk of cotton on his way back from a family reunion in Georgia and brought it to work to show his colleagues, many of whom had never seen an actual cotton boll. He placed the cotton on his desk, left his work station and returned to find the cotton gone. A company human resources officer told him it had been removed because it “might cause disruption.”

“It was just a piece of cotton,” Asbell said at that time.

Asbell says he was subsequently made the subject of anonymous phone calls to management on the company’s “ethics hot line” and that he requested an investigation. No investigation took place, he says, adding that he feels the cotton incident was the subject of the calls and was ultimately the reason behind his termination.

Get your Southern patriotism on the record!

Sign the CSA National Origin affidavit!

In The Mind of the South, Wilbur J. Cash observed famously that the South is “not quite a nation within a nation but the next thing to it.” Southerners, of course, have always known this; in an effort to protect their Southern-ness, they eventually attempted to resign, peaceably and in good faith, from the very union they had helped to found – and in return they were made war upon, killed in great numbers, had their land laid waste, suffered a corrupt and oppressive military occupation, were grossly exploited economically and for the past 20 years have seen what remains of their culture, and those who love it, relentlessly attacked by the self-serving and the so-called politically correct.

Some years ago the SLRC suggested that the descendants of those Southerners who were citizens of the Confederacy – regardless of race or ancestral national origin – make up a distinct ethnic group as fully valid as any other ethnic group in America, and just as fully entitled to protection under law. We refer to this group as Confederate-Southern Americans (CSA). For some time we have made a downloadable Confederate Southern American National Origin Affidavit available on our website and we receive signed and completed statements at the rate of two or three a month.

Now, however, we are starting a campaign to get as many Southerners as possible on the record as saying they consider themselves members of this distinct group. Our intent is to amass as many such affidavits as possible over the next several months and use them as the basis for requesting national and international recognition of CSA’s.

Think what it would mean to have our flags, symbols, music, traditions and customs, and our right to honor them, fully protected under law. Please go to our website and download a copy of the affidavit. If you are a member of a Southern heritage organization, make as many copies as you need and circulate them at your next meeting. Give or send copies to your relatives or friends. Do it now. “The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

Published electronically by the Southern Legal Resource Center
P.O. Box 1235, Black Mountain, NC 28711/(828)669-5189/

Thursday, March 20, 2008

April is Confederate History Month in Dixie

By Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Is American history still taught in our schools?

Do young people know about men like Father Emmeran Bliemel, O.S.B. who was the first American Chaplain to die on the battlefield? Bliemel was killed during the War Between the States Battle of Jonesboro, Georgia on August 31, 1864.

As Chaplain of the 10th Tennessee Regiment, Bliemel courageously and unselfishly ministered to the spiritual needs of his Confederate Comrades, both under fire and behind the lines.

Let me tell you about the "Heroes of the South" who are affectionately remembered during "Confederate History and Heritage Month" in April. Proclamations will be signed by Governor's, Mayor's, and County Commissioners.

Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia has issued a proclamation declaring April 2008 as Confederate History Month. The proclamation specifically recognizes and honors Bill Yopp, a Black Confederate from Laurens County, Georgia. Descendants of Bill Yopp were present at the signing ceremony.

Let us also remember women like Lizzie Rutherford, of Columbus, Georgia, who on a cold day in January worked to clean the graves of Confederate soldiers. She, along with the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, led in efforts to take care of soldiers' graves and get "Confederate Memorial Day" recognized throughout the South.

A monument marks the graves of Jewish Confederate soldiers buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia with these words inscribed: "Shemang Yisroel, Adonoy Elohainoo, Adonoy Achod!" Hear, O Israel in blessed and eternal memory of the South's sons and daughters of
Abraham, upon the battlefields and home fronts in Dixie's Land, They gave all to the cause of the Confederacy.

History is alive at Historic Arlington National Cemetery!!

There are 245,000 Servicemen and Women, including their families, buried at Arlington. Arlington National Cemetery is located in the shadow of the Custis-Lee Mansion "Arlington House" that was home to General Robert E. Lee and his family until the beginning of the War Between the States.

In 1864, Union soldiers were first buried here and by the end of the war in 1865, the number rose to 16,000. The Union burial site at Arlington National Cemetery is located at section 13. Arlington is also the burial site of; President John F. Kennedy, General Jonathan M. Wainwright and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Arlington is also the burial place of men who fought for the Confederacy that is located in section 16.

In 1898, United States President William McKinley, who was a former Union soldier, spoke in Atlanta, Georgia and said, quote "In the spirit of Fraternity it was time for the North to share in the care of graves of former Confederate soldiers." unquote

In Consequence to his speech, by Act of the United States Congress, a portion of Arlington National Cemetery was set aside for the burial of Confederate soldiers. At this time 267 Confederate remains from near Washington, D.C. were removed and re-interred at this new site.

In 1906, the United Daughters of the Confederacy asked permission from William Howard Taft to erect a monument to the South's soldiers. Taft was at the time serving as the United States Secretary of War and was in charge of the National Cemeteries.

With permission the Arlington Confederate Memorial Association was formed and the United Daughters of the Confederacy were given authority to oversee work on the monument.

An agreement and contract was made with Sir Moses Jacob Ezekiel who was a Jewish Confederate Veteran by the record of his service at the Battle of New Market while he was a Cadet at Virginia Military Institute.

On June 4, 1914, the Arlington Monument was unveiled to a crowd of thousands that included both former Confederate and Union soldiers.

This Memorial Event was presided over by President Woodrow Wilson and the people applauded the stirring speeches given by: General Bennett H. Young--Commander In Chief of the United Confederate Veterans, General Washington Gardner--Commander In Chief of the Grand Army of
the Republic and Colonel Robert E. Lee--the grandson of General Robert E. Lee.

The Confederate Monument unveiling was concluded by a 21 gun salute and the Arlington Monument was officially given to the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the UDC gave it back to the United States War Department for keeping and was accepted by President Woodrow Wilson who said: "I am not so happy as PROUD to participate in this capacity on such an occasion, Proud that I represent such a people."

The Sons of Confederate Veterans,, have proudly proclaimed 2008 as the "Year of Davis." Activities commemorating the 200th birthday of Jefferson Davis will include the reopening of "Beauvoir" the last home to Davis and family on June 3, 2008.

Go to: for events and stories about Confederate History Month.

Lest we Forget!!

Calvin E. Johnson, Jr. is Chairman of the Confederate History Month Committee for the Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans and a member of the SCV National Public and Media Relations Committee

Thursday, March 13, 2008


The Confederate Cause and Conduct in The War Between The States (WBTS) as set forth in the Reports of The History Committee of the Grand Camp, Confederate Veterans (C.V.) of Virginia, by Dr Hunter McGuire, M. D.,

L. L. D., Medical Director of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson’s Corps, Army of N. Virginia, and the Hon. G. L. Christian were prepared and [with my additions in brackets as these] republished as submitted to them in 1907.

When these papers were read to the Grand Camp, they were enthusiastically received and approved, and were published in many newspapers of the country, and 5000 copies of each were distributed. Many letters have been received from nearly every section of the country commending these reports. Their republication is made in this more permanent form as necessary. It must be remembered that this last report was prepared for the United Confederate Veterans (UCV) who had already endorsed most of the formerly submitted reports prepared for the Grand Camp of Virginia. The lecture on "Stonewall" Jackson and the account of his last hours and death of this remarkable man prepared by his late Medical Director, are such interesting contributions to history, and have been so favorably received, that no apology is deemed necessary for inserting them.

When the thin ranks of the Armies of the Southern Confederacy were at last dissolved, the survivors of the great struggle, [to prove out the constitution], who had marched and fought so long and well, went back across untilled fields and to impoverished homes. Whatever perils they had faced, and whatever losses they had suffered, they had NOT LOST their manhood, and they had NOT surrendered their self-respect and honor, nor anything of their faith in the right and justice of their cause, [which was to prove the Constitution]. With a heroism as true and honorable as that displayed on many fields of battle, they returned to work, without capital and almost without implements, some crippled for life, some in broken health, but unscathed in honor and un-crippled in will. They were again to prove their manhood on more difficult fields; [such as] to feed and clothe their women and children, to rebuild their homes, and to re-establish government and all the institutions of their civilization.

It was not long before these veterans began to gather in camps, and with no other than peaceful purposes. They would cheer one another in a cordial comradeship. They would remember their fallen comrades, and bury their dead, and succor the old and dependent, and care for the widow and orphan. There was no thought of continuing a useless and wasting strife, or of fanning the fires of sectional animosities. Soon the pen began its useful work. Incident and story were narrated. Memories of Camp and Camp life were committed to print. Volume after volume was sent from the press to the library shelf, and into many homes. Materials of history were gathered. The biographies of leaders, statesmen and great soldiers were written. The President and the Vice-President of the Confederate States gave to the world and to generations to come, the great books which tell the story of the causes and purposes of the Confederacy and its appeal to arms. Histories were published of the current events as the war clouds gathered and as the Armies marched and joined in the shock of battle.

The Southern Historical Society, in 1876, began its invaluable series of annual publications. The first volume was opened with the strong paper of the Hon. R. M. T. Hunter, Senator and Statesman; calm, thorough, vindicating the righteousness of the Southern cause; and it was followed by the no less convincing paper of Commodore Mathew Maury, scholar, scientist and Christian gentleman. To these were added the vigorous demonstrations made in the books of Albert Bledsoe, and Robert L. Dabney and J. L. M. Curry, and others.

Valuable as was this accumulating literature, confident as the people of the Southland felt that in the tribunal of history in all coming years the cause, to which, like their forefathers [remember, we rebelled against England the same way], they gave their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, could not fail of an assured and enduring justification; there emerged as the years went by a condition and a necessity which had not been anticipated. With utmost difficulty the schools of the South had been re-established, and seminaries and colleges had been re-opened, in the faithful effort to preserve the intelligence and character of the generation of sons and daughters rising through out the land. It was discovered with a shock of pain and indignation that the great body of the youth of the land were being fed with a literature created by alien authors.

Histories, biographies, readers, issued by publishers whose one purpose was to secure the great market now opening in every school district far and wide over the South, were found to be replete with error and misrepresentation. Consciously or unconsciously, the aims of the Southern people and their State governments were falsified, and the characters of great and good men were belittled and defamed. The poison of unjust accusation was carried to the minds of all the children of the Southland, and already a generation was growing up with conceptions of the motives of their fathers, and the causes of the war between the sections which were not only mistaken, but altogether dishonorable. The youth of the whole South were being stealthily robbed of a heritage in itself and elevating and ennobling to themselves and who came after them. It was a condition and a process which could not be consented to for a moment. There was no surrender at Appomattox, and no withdrawal from the field which committed our people and their children to a heritage of shame and dishonor. No cowardice on any battlefield could be as bade and shameful as the silent acquiescence in the scheme which was teaching our children that the commercial value of slavery was the cause of the war, that prisoners of war held in the South were starved and treated with a barbarous inhumanity, that Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee were traitors to their country and false to their oaths, that the young men who left everything to resist invasion, and climbed the slopes of Gettysburg and died willingly on a hundred fields against a righteous government.

The State Camp of Virginia of Confederate Veterans rose promptly and vigorously to resist another invasion, which would have turned the children against their fathers, and covered the graves of patriots and made heroes with shame and made the memory of the Confederacy and its sacrifices and struggles a disgrace in all coming history. The Camps throughout the South had a new task given them. They were to meet the threatening evil at the door of every schoolhouse in the land. All that was, or is now, desired is that error and injustice be excluded from the text-books of the schools and from the literature brought into our homes; that the truth be told, without exaggeration and without omissions; truth for its own sake and for the sake of honest history, and that the generations to come after us be not left to bear the burden of shame and dishonor un-righteously laid upon the name of their noble sires.

It was in 1898 that the State Camp made Dr. Hunter McGuire the Chairman of its History Committee. Himself a Confederate Veteran, the friend of Jackson and intimately acquainted with General Lee and other leaders in high office and distinguished in service, surgeon, professor and author, he was eminently qualified for the work assigned him. With others, he examined thoroughly the histories introduced into the schools, and in1899 he gave to the Commonwealth and the South the thorough and able review which is in this document. It refutes [denies] the common [taught in schools] charge against the South that the protection of the money value of slave property [slavery] was the cause of the war which the South waged in its defence [sic]. It exposes the misrepresentations of Mr. John Fiske and other authors, and recommends that these and such like books be vigorously and universally excluded from all schools and institutions of learning in all the States of the South.

The work of defence [sic] for the South, begun with such ability by Dr. McGuire was devolved upon Judge George L. Christian, an honored soldier of the Confederacy, a lawyer of notable ability at the Richmond bar, and a writer of clearance, courage and strength. Through seven years, from 1900 to 1907, he gave patient and faithful labor to painstaking research and most elaborate preparation of the papers available.

Beginning in 1900 with [see Constitution preamble and Article 1, Sec 1], with the right of Secession [see Sec. 8, 9 &10 of the Art 1] as shown [as done by us to England] upon the testimony of Northern Statesmen and authors and others, Judge Christian discusses in 1901 the war as conducted by the Federal and Confederate Armies, again upon the testimony of Northern witnesses. In 1902 he reviews the treatment of prisoners of war, and the history of the exchange of prisoners. In 1907 he reverts to the serious question of where the responsibility rested for bringing on the sectional strife, with all its loss of life and wealth and all the unhappiness it spread over the broad land. One who went himself to battle so promptly and suffered so much in all the years since, has had the fidelity to [tell] the truth and the courage of heart to do his duty in the defence [sic] of his people and of the generations to come.

To these official reports from the History Committee of the Grand Camp of Virginia are added two papers of similar force and from the pen of Dr. McGuire. One is the magnificent address on "Stonewall" Jackson, delivered at V. M. I. in 1897, an appreciation and study of the character and career of Jackson which no one else in the world was so well fitted to make. With this also is the paper of the Wounding and Death of "Stonewall" Jackson, which has preserved for all time the story of which the author was himself a part and a witness, such a narrative as the great surgeon and friend, could only himself give to the world.

The publication of these papers had a widespread and powerful effect. They not only caused the exclusion of certain books from our schools and colleges, and the preparation of truthful history for the use of the young. They corrected the mistaken views of many of our own people, and they went far and wide in every section of the land and to other lands. In large degree they have produced a better understanding of the great issues at stake, and have brought men of fair and large minds to recognize the fundamental justice of the South and the unselfish patriotism and lofty devotion of the men who filled the ranks, and of the high character and great ability who led them.

As the large editions of these papers have been exhausted and their importance has been yet more widely recognized, the demand has risen for their collection and republication in the present issue. The issue now before you is not merely for preservation, but of that of being read so that the children and youths of all the country may that their sires and grandsires have left them examples of unselfish devotion to a righteous cause and a heritage of imperishable honor. Authored by: James Power Smith.

Year: June 1907.

In The Book: The Confederate Cause and Conduct in the War Between the States.

Copied by Chet McWhorter Sr.
[as near as I can since my stroke]

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Elm Springs, Columbia, Tennessee, 11 March 2008

Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia has issued a proclamation declaring April 2008 as Confederate His­tory Month.

The proclamation specifically recognizes and honors Bill Yopp, a black Confederate from Laurens County, Georgia.

The proclamation states: "Among those who served the Confederacy were many both free and slave who saw action in the Confederate military in many combat roles."

"One such soldier who made significant contributions to the state was Bill Yopp of Laurens County who served four years in Company "H" 14th Regiment, Georgia Infantry. Yopp helped to bring about recon­ciliation and healing after the war by raising money for Confederate reunions and living in the Confeder­ate Soldiers Home with his comrades."

Historians vary on the umber of blacks who served the Confederacy. Because the records are often missing the numbers range upwards of 80 to 100,000 based on classifications such as teamsters, cooks, musicians, all of which were regarded as "military" in the Union army. Many black Confederates, like Bill Yopp, have been documented as combat veterans.

Bill Yopp died on June 3rd, 1936 and was buried with full military honors at the Confederate Cemetery in Marietta. Several Georgia state officials attended his funeral service, including former governors.

In concluding his proclamation, Governor Perdue said "It is important that Georgians reflect upon our state's past and honor the devotion of her Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens.

Attending the ceremony in Governor Perdue's office were several descendants of Bill Yopp including Mrs.. Alma Jean Massey of Detroit, Michigan, Mrs.. Doris Taylor of Jackson, Michigan, Mrs.. Rosa Chapelle of Dublin, Georgia, Mr.. Shawn Peacock of Leesburg, Florida and Mrs.. Loreen Pittman of Louisiana.

Sons of Confederate Veterans Public Relations and Media Committee

Friday, March 07, 2008


Compatriots Urged to Step Forward and Support Davis Statue

Jefferson Davis was born 200 years ago and 2008 will be a special year for the Sons of Confederate Veterans as we honor the memory and legacy of the one and only Confederate President. As your Commander-in-Chief, I will ask every Compatriot, Camp and Division to do whatever is necessary to see that the Davis record is honored both as a Confederate President, patriotic soldier, loving family man, and as an American statesman.

The General Executive Council has decided that something unique needs to be done to truly honor Jefferson Davis. By a unanimous vote, the SCV will commission famed sculptor Gary Casteel to create a statue of Jefferson Davis which will be here 100 years from now as a token of the respect of the membership of the SCV in 2008. This will be our token of affection and gratitude for what Jefferson Davis did and what he stood for. It is hoped that the statue will be completed this year.

Our monument will emphasize the humanity of Jefferson Davis. It will consist of three figures, Jefferson Davis, his son Joseph, and their adopted black child Jim Limber, a person lost in history by revisionist historians who felt his existence would impair their contrived notions of Davis. The statue will serve as an educational reminder that Davis was much more than the villain today's politically correct historians castigate.

The statue will be paid for through individual contributions. There will be no corporate or municipal shakedowns such as when the Abraham Lincoln statue was forced into a Confederate landmark, the Tredegar Ironworks. A careful fundraising program will be created for SCV contributions and freedom loving Americans who understand what Davis represents. The SCV statue will represent the love of the Southern people who Davis bore much of the suffering for. We have not determined the exact location of the statue but will determine a suitable spot during the time the statue is being constructed.

I ask all members to be a part of this historical endeavor. Our statue will be the first public statue of Jefferson Davis in a century. Every member, Camp and Division are asked to contribute to this when we begin fundraising. The SCV may be the only organization in this country who will honor the memory of Jefferson Davis and that includes many Southern organizations. Next year will be the bi-centennial of Abraham Lincoln. I am sure you can guess the hoopla that will entail. This year is the bi-centennial of our President. Let's show the world that Jefferson Davis was not only a man of his times but a man for the ages.

Christopher Sullivan
Sons of Confederate Veterans
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