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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: May 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

African American SCV member disagrees with NAACP NASCAR protest

As an African American and proud member of the Southern Confederate Veterans, SCV, in Tampa FL, I am disappointed that the NAACP would be so misguided and foolish to protest NASCAR about the Confederate flag. There are tremendous challenges in the African American communities. The Flag and NASCAR will never be one of them.

If I could speak directly to the leadership folks over at the NAACP, I would ask them these questions?

Why spend all this energy of about a flag?
Are there not greater and more important issues facing African Americans?
These other issues are;
1. The number of African Americans in Prison
2. The horribly high school drop out rate
3. The teen pregnancies
4. The housing problem
5. Lack of understanding and using the information highway
6. Job counseling
7. Crimes committed on ourselves by ourselves
8. Knowing who our real father is?
9. Respect for law and order
10. Single parent homes
11. Allowing our juveniles to be thugs and go unchallenged with bad behavior
12. Mentoring our youth
...... actually I could go on and on.

So to the folks at the NAACP, let’s fix your house fix before fight a flag that represents a proud Southern Heritage. The War Between the States was not about slavery, but the North's desire to steal, and use the great economics prosperity of the South.

Its great to make the 6 PM news broadcast, but let it show you are doing the right and positive thing for your community.

Thanks for reading this..

Al Mccray

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Saturday, April 25, 2009 was one of those typical Florida days so familiar to central Florida residents who expect, and usually receive, sunshine and a clear sky most every day. For those 2000 Southerners, though, who had gathered near the intersection of Interstate 75 and Interstate 4 east of Tampa, it was truly going to be a day to remember as the world's largest flying Confederate Battle Flag was raised into the late afternoon sky as the finale to a daylong celebration of dedication for the Confederate Memorial Park which that great flag so magnificently graces.

The dedication of this wonderful park was the culmination of more than four years of planning, site acquisition, permit pulling, fundraising and construction. It took the efforts of hundreds of dedicated Southerners to make this dream a reality.

The Tampa park is the third site in the "Flags Across Florida" project of the Florida Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The FAF project was originally conceived by the officers of the Capt. John T. Lesley Camp #1282 of Tampa who, after seeing the success of two camp projects of placing a flag and monument in a cemetery, proposed to the Florida Division that the effort be enlarged and expanded to a statewide project that would involve placing larger flagpoles, flags and monuments at sites along heavily-traveled highways in the state. The focus was upon promoting Southern and Confederate Heritage by emphasizing Florida's role and contributions in the War for Southern Independence.

The first flag site was dedicated in 1999 with a monument and flag placed alongside US Highway 27 in Gadsden County just a few hundred feet south of the Georgia-Florida line. This was followed by a second dedication in 2002 of a site located on Interstate 75 about 10 miles north of Lake City. This site features four large monuments and a huge flag flying atop a 100-foot flagpole. Both sites are lighted and feature a Confederate Battle Flag, as will all FAF sites (occasionally a different flag may be flown for a specific event or specific reason).

These two previous projects set the stage for the largest effort yet - the Confederate Memorial Park in Tampa.

The Tampa park began when Marion Lambert, a member of the General Jubal Early Camp #556 in Tampa, recognized the potential of a rather small, irregularly-shaped parcel of land abutting I-75 near the intersection with I-4. This intersection has a traffic count approaching 300,000 vehicles a day - certainly the type location the Florida Division had in mind for Flags Across Florida sites.

Marion bought the property and began the long process involved in bringing one of these sites to completion. Likely, the most arduous part of the project was complying with all the regulations and ordinances of Hillsborough County. Marion, with able assistance from many members of the Early camp and the Florida Division (not to mention all the labor and equipment that was donated by non-SCV members who just wanted to help), hung tough and the result is the beautiful park that now crowns the site.

Dedication Day, which was one day before the official Confederate Memorial Day in the state, was almost as impressive as the park itself. (Note: I knew when I attended the last event committee meeting the Friday before "the day" that every "i" would be dotted and every "t" crossed as I listened to Ron Queen, the event coordinator, meticulously go over every detail of the next day to make sure it had been taken care of.)

As I mentioned earlier, about 2000 people (likely more, but I'm conservative in most everything) were there to celebrate the dedication and their heritage. As is usually the case at an event of this magnitude, there were speakers aplenty - and what a fine group of speakers they were. Among those who climbed to the podium to thrill the crowd were Chuck McMichael of Louisiana, Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans; Kelly Barrow of Georgia, Commander of the Army of Tennessee, SCV; Florida Division Commander Doug Dawson of Pensacola; Rev. Herman White, North Carolina Division Commander; Dr. Marshall DeRosa, Florida Atlantic University constitutional scholar and professor; noted author ("The South was Right". etc.) Walter Donald Kennedy of Louisiana; and Pastor John Weaver of Fitzgerald, Georgia, twice past Chaplain-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who, as the keynote speaker, gave the crowd plenty of red meat for consideration.

All the events leading up to the raising of the flag were held in a three acre area just across Hwy 92 from the park. Hwy 92 fronts the park on the south and runs parallel to I-4 and perpendicular to I-75. The speakers platform (which also served as the venue for the musical entertainment), gigantic revival-style tent for seating and shade, food vendors, gift vendors, living history displays and numerous cannon with crews almost completely filled the three acres. The day of speeches, music, eating, shopping and socializing began around mid-morning with the much-anticipated flagraising scheduled for around four o'clock in the afternoon.

As the final speaker, Marion Lambert, began to conclude his remarks, the level of anticipation heightened considerably among the crowd. This excitement increased even more as the approximately three dozen color guard members assembled and hoisted the giant flag onto their shoulders for the journey across the road to the park. Several of the police officers on duty blocked Hwy 92 for the flag's trip to the park and many in the crowd edged closer to the road to get a better view of the soon-to-occur flagraising.

At this point, God smiled benignly on the proceedings and what had been a hot, still day was suddenly blessed with a strong breeze which would assure that the flag, once raised, would fly proudly and beautifully in the blue Florida sky.

And fly it did! As the giant flag reached the top of the 139-foot pole and completely unfurled in the breeze, shouts and cheers rang out from one end of the assembled crowd to the other. What a sight and what an event!

Interestingly, despite the grandeur of the occasion, the park is not yet complete. Although the park boasts beautiful iron fencing, 400 ornamental plants, a wall with more than 14,000 bricks, a beautiful tree-shaded lawn and a large granite memorial marker at the base of the flagpole, still to be placed (when they are received from the stonecutter) are a number of tall granite stones upon which will be installed bronze historical plaques commemorating heroes and events of the War for Southern Independence.

These plaques are especially dear to me as I have had the honor and pleasure of writing the text for several of the plaques that have thus far been sponsored. There is space for about a dozen more plaques and we anticipate sponsors for these also. There were framed replicas of the sixteen already-sponsored plaques displayed on easels around the base of the flagpole.

The granite memorial marker at the base of the flagpole bears the logo of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in color and the following inscription:


APRIL 25, 2009






Of those in attendance, about 500 were in Confederate uniforms or period clothing. Of the former, perhaps the most interesting was a group of gentlemen referred to as "The Generals". These men had traveled all the way from Virginia and West Virginia and each bore an uncanny resemblance to a Confederate leader. It was quite a sight to see General Lee conferring with General Stuart as General Longstreet stood close by. These half dozen or so were quite impressive in their full uniforms. In fact, everyone in attendance in uniform or period clothing made for an impressive sight. Altogether it was simply a splendid show for a splendid occasion and I found it all to be both thrilling and pleasing.

I was also very pleased when I received in the mail the May 6 issue of my favorite newspaper, the TIMES EXAMINER, a weekly published in Greenville, South Carolina. The paper not only had articles and pictures of Confederate Memorial Day services in Greenville,SC and Columbia,SC but, also, pictures and an article about the Tampa park dedication. Even though I have never lived in that fair city, this is why I subscribe to a newspaper from there despite living in Tallahassee. Thank you, TIMES EXAMINER!

By the way, let me clear up a question that came up recently. The views and opinions expressed in all CONFEDERATE JOURNAL articles are mine and mine alone. Although I am a camp commander and division officer of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, my CJ articles are not written as an official representative of the SCV. The SCV does not pre-approve nor censor anything I write. Likewise, the fine people who own and publish the Wakulla Area Times grant me the privilege of expressing my own opinion in my articles as I have done for the past 3 and 1/2 years. I appreciate this. If anyone reading my articles disagrees with anything I write, your disagreement is with me and me alone. My contact information is always at the end of each article. 'Nuff said.


Bob Hurst is a member of several historical, heritage and ideological organizations and has a special interest in Confederate history. He is also Commander of Col. David Lang Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, in Tallahassee and serves as 2nd Lt. Cmdr. Florida Division, SCV. Contact him at or 850-878-7010

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Remembering Jefferson Davis: American Patriot and Southern Hero

By Calvin E. Johnson, Jr., Chairman of the Confederate History Month Committee for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Let’s not forget Monday May 25th is Memorial Day!!

Once upon a time, school children were taught about great Americans like Jefferson Davis whose 201st birthday is June 3rd.

The statue of Jefferson Davis and his two sons, Joe and Jim Limber, is nearing completion and will be placed at Beauvoir, the last home of the Confederate President, on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Jim was the Davis’ adopted African-American son. Read more about this Sons of Confederate Veterans project at:

On Sunday, May 28, 1893, a few days before "Memorial Day", in New Orleans , a story began that overshadowed all other events.

This was the day when the remains of Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederate States of America, were taken to Richmond, Virginia for final burial.

Jefferson Davis died in 1889 and over 200,000 people witnessed his temporary burial at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans. Four years later on a rainy Saturday, on May 27, 1893, the remains of Jefferson Davis was removed and taken to Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans.

At 4:30PM, May 28th, a funeral service was held for Mr. Davis and a moving memorial address was delivered by Louisiana’s Governor Murphy J. Foster as thousands listened. A reverent silence fell among the people as the casket was given to the commitment of veterans from Virginia.

The procession then formed for a slow march to the railroad station on Canal Street.

Train No. 69, with Engineer Frank Coffin, waited patiently as the casket was taken to the platform and passed through an open observation car to a catafalque.

Train engine No. 69, of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad slowly pulled out of New Orleans Station at 7:50PM for the 1,200 mile trip.

After a brief stop at Bay Saint Louis, and a slow-down at Pass Christian, where hundreds of people lined the tracks, the Jefferson Davis Funeral Train stopped at Gulfport, Mississippi, near Beauvoir the Southern president’s last home.

Uncle Bob Brown, a former servant of the Davis family and a passenger on the train, saw the many flowers that the children had laid on the side of the railroad tracks. Brown was so moved by this beautiful gesture that he wept uncontrollably.

In Mobile, Alabama, the train was met by a thousand mourners and the Alabama Artillery fired a 21-gun salute. Locomotive No. 69 was retired and Locomotive No. 25 was coupled to the train. The new train's Engineer was C.C. Devinney and Warren Robinson was its fireman.

The Atlanta Journal reported, “The Cradle of the Confederacy is ablaze with life and light tonight. Everything is ready for honoring the memory of Jefferson Davis. Tomorrow morning with the rising of the sun the funeral train from New Orleans will reach Montgomery.”

Church bells rang in Montgomery, Alabama when the train pulled into the city at 6:00AM on May 29th. A severe rainstorm delayed the funeral procession to about 8:30AM when a caisson carried the body of Davis to Alabama’s state capitol. A procession carried the casket through the portico where Jefferson Davis, in 1861, had taken the oath of office as President of the Confederacy.

The casket was placed in front of the bench of the Alabama Supreme Court. Above the right exit was a banner with the word “Monterrey" and above the left exit was a banner with the words “Buena Vista." During the War with Mexico Jefferson Davis was a hero at Monterrey and wounded at Buena Vista.

At 12:20PM the funeral train departed over the Western Railway of Alabama and Atlanta and West Point Railroad for Atlanta.

At 4:30PM the funeral train pulled into Union Station in Atlanta, Georgia. It is estimated that 20,000 people lined the streets as the funeral procession made their way to the state capitol. When Davis ’ body lay in state at the Capitol, it was guarded by Atlanta ’s Gate City Guard which had served as Company F, 1st Georgia (Ramsay’s).

At 7:00PM the train went north on the Richmond and Danville Railroad. The train traveled through Lula, Georgia, Greenville, South Carolina and stopped at the North Carolina capitol at Raleigh.

A brief stop was made in Danville, Virginia where a crowd of people gathered around the train and sang, "Nearer My God To Thee" as city church bells toiled.

Finally, the train reached Richmond , Virginia on Wednesday, May 31, 1893, at 3:00AM. It was Memorial Day. The casket was taken to the Virginia State House.

At 3:00PM, May 31st, the funeral procession started for Hollywood Cemetery.

With Mrs. Jefferson Davis were her daughters, Winnie and Margaret. Six state governors acted as pallbearers. It was estimated that 75,000 people attended this final salute to President Davis. The ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute and "Taps."

Thursday, May 14, 2009


12 May 2009

In light of the recent interest in secession, there are some fundamental points we need to understand in order to counter those who claim that this time-honoured remedy against tyranny is un-American and even treasonous.

The voluntary union (or confederacy) of States known as the United States was born of a secessionist movement against Great Britain, and our Declaration of Independence is, at base, a secessionist document. How, then, can secession legitimately be called un-American?

When our Founding Fathers broke the bonds of political association with the British Empire in 1776, the former colonies became free and independent States constituting thirteen separate communities, each asserting its sovereignty. This arrangement received confirmation in the Articles of Confederation (1778) and the Treaty of Paris (1783). Americans themselves, as well as their British foe, acknowledged that each State was a separate and sovereign entity.

The sovereignty of the separate States is an important issue in understanding how the United States was formed under its Constitution of 1787-88. When delegates met in Philadelphia in May 1787, they came as representatives selected by the people (i.e. citizens) of their respective States. The people of the States did not give their delegates any authority to make binding agreements; rather, they could only discuss proposed changes to the Articles of Confederation. Any changes to the Articles would become effective only if ratified in convention by the citizens of the separate States.

The result of the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 was, of course, the U.S. Constitution. However, the document was not binding until nine of the thirteen States ratified it for themselves. That happened in 1788, and those nine States entered into a compact (or contract) with each other and, by doing so, created the political union known as the United States (or, more accurately, the States United). Four States, for a time, remained outside of the union and thus were not bound by the compact. Eventually, though, all thirteen States ratified and united.

It is important to note that no State (or States) could answer for another State. Each State acceded to the compact by its own sovereign will. Moreover, all of them understood that they might secede from the compact by those same means-by a ratifying convention of their citizens or representatives.

Nowhere does the Constitution forbid a State from seceding from the union. In fact, the Tenth Amendment (contained in the Bill of Rights of 1791) expressly confirms that "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the States are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." The power to force a State against its will to remain in the union is absent among the powers delegated to the general (or federal) government; therefore, the right of secession is reserved to the States, or more precisely, to the people of the States.

Some of the New England States threatened to secede several times before 1860 (e.g. 1803, 1807, 1814, and 1844-45). At no time did the Southern States deny them this right. However, when a number of Southern States seceded in 1860-61, Lincoln and the Republican Party went to war to prevent them from exercising their Constitutional right. Simply put, Lincoln placed the forced "unity" of the States above the Constitution itself, and this action set him in opposition to the principles of the American Founders.

Northern victory in 1865 marked the end of true Constitutional government in America. In its place, the American Empire now defines the limits of its own power without serious regard to the Constitution. Formerly free and sovereign States have become little more than administrative provinces of an all-powerful central government in Washington, DC.

Without a serious challenge to its authority, which the acknowledged right of secession is, our government will not reform itself. We are not free people if we are not free to leave.

Our colonial ancestors acknowledged what our present government (and popular opinion) denies: that, at some time, dissolving our political bonds might be a necessary and proper course. That time came in 1860-61, and The League of the South believes it has come again.

Secession, as Thomas Jefferson acknowledged, is the assertion of the inalienable right of a people to change their form of government whenever it ceases to fulfill the purposes for which they created it. Under our Constitution this should be a peaceful remedy. The decision of a State or States to withdraw peacefully from a political association is not revolutionary or rebellious. On the contrary, the government that is no longer responsive to its people, a government that denies its people their inalienable rights, is revolutionary. The right of secession is never more necessary than when it is denied.

Some say that secession is impractical and/or unattainable. It certainly is both as long as the people of the States remain ignorant of it as a remedy to tyranny handed down to them by earlier generations.

We, the people of the States, still have the weapon and the legitimate power of reform (sovereignty). The only thing we lack is the collective will to wield it.

Dr. Michael Hill, President
The League of the South
(800) 888-3163

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

April 9, 2009; 144th Anniversary of the Death of Greatness

Looking at my Southern calendar this morning, I realized, once again, life was too busy for me to remember it was no longer February. However, as I turned the page to a new month, I had to take a minute to enjoy the March painting I had missed. What was it's title? "We Still Love You, General Lee". And, what was it commemorating??? Today's date, April 9! However, the date of the picture was from 1865, portraying General Lee, mounted on Traveler - his glorious steed - as Lee departed the Court House from the village of Appomattox. Why, 144 years later, would we still be crying out, "We still love you, General Lee"??? Much as Chris described in his poignant tribute to "Decoration’s", this picture represents the celebration of death. This, indeed, was a far greater death than few outside Southern borders could imagine, at the time. Southern ideological "Chapters" of individuals have sprung up around the Country, in recent years. Increasing numbers have come to realize that the death that occurred, in that Southern Courthouse, over a century ago, was, in reality, the death of an ideal.

Growing up in Southern fringes, I came close to despising my roots. After all, I was well taught that Southerners should be ashamed. How dare we assume the notion that we had any right to determine our own destiny, in protecting property, and rights, we thought we were guaranteed to, in our founding documents? After all, it was our cross-town rivals, whose mascot was the "Rebels", who deserved to be jeered, and booed. Why did I not understand that a war's losers never get to write the history? Why didn't responsible adults feel the urgency to pass down through the generations the truth their ancestors had died for? What was it that Lee, and his men, were so willing to sacrifice everything for, that they might protect it, much as their fathers, and grandfathers had been willing to do, just a couple of generations before?? And, why was it, a couple of States farther North, that the descendants, there, willingly followed their leaders to their death? Was it just about men being held against their wills, and being forced to take on tasks that Southern land owners could not do by themselves? Was it really that five year period of death, destruction, and desolation that called an end to human ownership? And, did it REALLY bring an end to human ownership, or was it the "Great Excuse"?

As our initial premise, can we all admit that, if not we, at least many, many Americans hold a great fondness for the memory of General Lee? If that is true, which I believe it's obvious that it is, then our curiosity should be aroused as to WHY? Will any of us be remembered with any semblance of the love and respect that Robert E. Lee receives? I think not. Yet, we're at a point in this country, where we may be called on to make the same kinds of choices that Lee and his men were required to make. Choices that may involve standing on things we’ve forgotten - like chivalry, conscience, and children. Choices that may involve great losses - losses like occupations, property, reputations, and……life. Like Lee, will we be able to make those choices? When faced with enemies that want to inflict as much pain on us, as humanly possible, will we capitulate, or choose death? How could Southerners make those choices? How could ANYONE make those choices???

First, we have to understand the mindset of the South, at the time, as well as the mindset of the North. In recent years, I’ve been made aware that my family is descended from a young man that left England, sailing on a creaky, wooden vessel for weeks, across a treacherous body of water, with no knowledge of hidden dangers that could sink them. This was at a time when the imaginations of young men and women led to unimaginable courage, from dreams of experiencing a new land with new promises of achievements they couldn’t fathom in their current surroundings. In 1650, America’s first colony, Jamestown, had only been functional for 43 years. When I remember back, 43 years of my own life, I looked forward to chasing my wife around the playground at recess! What a short time ago, it was…. Yet, this was the time it took for heroic tales to cross the Atlantic, and set our ancestors on a path that would lead to our future as Americans. Probably an indentured servant, Joseph Curling boarded that ship, sailing from the Isle of Thanet, to land in the Norfolk area of Virginia, some 359 years ago. What he brought with him, in the form of his personal treasures, were the same things that many others his age, had brought. Treasures that were not material, in nature, but ideological, and theological. Yes, my ancestors were Christians, as were the vast majority of ancestors of everyone that came to the Eastern shores of America, at that time. They gradually migrated into North Carolina, followed by Tennessee, bringing their strong, Baptist beliefs with them. Some of them fought for our Country, in it’s war of independence, with one of them singling himself out as the man who killed British Captain Fordyce, at the Battle of Great Bridge. The Captain’s sword that was given to him after the battle, was stolen by Union troops that invaded his home, almost a hundred years later. This ancestor, and three of his sons participated in the North Carolina Constitutional Convention. Later, descendants from some of these same ancestors defended their Southern land in a similar war for independence that ended with far more tragic results. Regrettably, other ancestors had sentiments that aligned themselves with their Union invaders.

What was it that caused some of my Southern fathers to associate themselves with secession, and others to follow those that sought destruction of their homeland? I believe it’s the same thing that continues to divide our Country, today. I’ve always been one to look for the root of problems. As a healthcare practitioner, I’ve been trained to listen to an individual’s symptoms, while trying to piece all the clinical evidence together to arrive at a diagnosis. A diagnosis that is consistent with the greater issue of how their symptoms emanated from a greater problem that may have begun, years before. I’m conditioned to do the same thing, now, when I encounter symptomatic developments, outside the realm of healthcare. Whether the problems exist within the walls of a family, or a church, or society, at large, there have to be initial, negative choices that were made, that have influenced successive generations of problematic developments. In the breakdown of all of these relationships, the initial negative choice is usually one of the rejection of their Creator. Our Creator wants us to be happy, and He gave us rules to live by that would allow our happiness. However, those rules go contrary to our natures, and we think we know better. We reason that to make ourselves happy, we should please ourselves. It makes no sense to us that we make ourselves happy, by loving others - serving others - more than we do ourselves. However, our Country’s Founding Fathers understood this. And, our South’s Fathers understood this. They were willing to lay their lives down, for the good of others. They well knew the book their Creator gave them, and understood the principles, therein.

This life is all about human relationships. And, to make them work, we have to understand God’s two greatest commandments - to love the Lord our God, with all our hearts, strength, souls, and minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We can’t do the first, if we won’t do the second. Many people that know this passage, don’t understand that there is no way to opt out, if they desire happiness. These are not suggestions, but commandments, which, consequently, imply that we all have the strength to comply with them. Our Country used to understand this. General Lee understood this. Whether we are discussing familial relationships, or societal, the underlying issue is always selfishness. When a spouse decides they will love themselves, more than they will love their spouse, divorce is usually the ultimate result - even if it’s year’s later - and much unhappiness ensues. When our Founding Fathers were faced with the love of their families, and the Country that represented their love of their families, versus the love of their wealth, and possessions, thankfully, those men laid their lives down. A great, godly Country arose from the ashes.

However, it didn’t take long for human nature to creep back in. The Founding Fathers implemented some amazingly brilliant checks, and balances that would allow this new, societal relationship to continue to thrive, if the principles were abided by. How does this apply to our Southern Fathers? As I implied, they KNEW Scripture. The South has always been a stronghold for Christianity, as evidenced by the moniker “Bible-belt” that it has been labeled with. Stonewall Jackson was known as a very studied man of God, who was seldom seen without his accompanying Scripture. AND, these men KNEW our Country’s founding documents, as their fathers, and grandfathers had written them!! The majority of those men who signed that document that declared our independence from Britain, were SOUTHERNERS! Many people refuse to acknowledge, or admit that Virginia was a Southern State. Many of those signers, and the inspiration for many of those foundational concepts, came from Virginia. Therefore, when the South’s security, and independence was threatened by a greedy North, these descendants of the Founding Fathers knew, and understood their Constitutional right to declare their independence - just as their Country had done from a greedy Britain, some 80+ years, before. Abe Lincoln defended the right of Texas to secede just 15 years before he assumed the presidency. He knew the Southern States had a right to secede, but his desire for a large, imperialistic Federal Government, and his greedy desire for the wealth the South had accumulated, led to his actions that produced the destruction of his own people, and the destruction of foundational rights given to States by the developers of our Constitution. THIS is where the breakdown in our society became official, not today. We are just now seeing the final results from these initial, very poor human choices.

The war was never over slavery. Southern men knew that God never forbid slavery, only the poor treatment of slaves. And, very few owners treated slaves poorly. Slaves were expensive tools, similar to costly farm implements, today, and no farmer who wants to be profitable mistreats his equipment. Additionally, Lincoln only ended slavery in the South. The emancipation never ended slavery in the North. Slavery would have ended, on it’s own, from economic pressures brought on by technology, like the cotton gin. Everyone who has studied the war should know well that slavery only became an issue, several years into the war, at the Gettysburg Address. And, the same mentality of men who screamed for freedom for slaves, 150 years ago, are silent when discussing the freedom for female slavery around the world, today. It is said that there are many more slaves around the world, today, than existed in 1850. And, it is a far worse form of slavery, where children are stolen, drugged, beaten, and raped into submission, multiple times a day, even in our own country. Where are the men screaming for their freedom?? They lied to us, then, and they are lying to us, today. The war was over greed, and power. The North wanted the wealth of the South, and the ability to enforce immoral decisions on a State of people, regardless of that State‘s desires. In 1860, Mississippi was the richest state in the Country. Today, it’s the poorest.

Yes, this is an important anniversary, today. As mentioned, earlier, it’s an anniversary of death. April 9, 1865 signified the death of the ideals that men like my ancestor, Joseph Curling, left the safety of their homes, and loved ones, to pursue. These were the ideals that culminated in our declaration for independence, and the subsequent Constitution, and Bill of Rights that followed, not long after. Although it has taken several generations to see the symptoms in our society of the erosion of independence of the States - symptoms like no regard for human life, or the sanctity of the male/female relationship in marriage - the foundational crack in this independence occurred in the violation of the South, by an imperialistic North. The crack in the foundation that has led to a disbelief in God, was the imagination of a supposed reason not to believe, given by the man named Darwin. And, the resulting cracks from that disbelief are remembered, today, from the signing of surrender at Appomattox.

We still love you, General Lee.

Jim H. Curlin III, DDS
Ozark, AR
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