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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: August 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Appeals Court Reverses dismissal of earlier Chancery Court ruling

The N. B. Forrest Camp 215 Sons of Confederate Veterans is pleased to forward the announcement that the Tennessee Court of Appeals on Friday reversed Shelby County Chancery Court's dismissal of the lawsuit against the city arising from City Council's 2013 decision and illegal actions to change the names of three city parks: Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park.

In a unanimous ruling the Appeals Court stated that "On appeal, we hold that the allegations of the complaint are sufficient to establish standing as to one of the organizations, Sons of Confederate Veterans Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp #215. We therefore reverse the trial court's dismissal as to that organization."

Doug Jones, Nashville attorney representing the SCV, issued a statement on behalf of his clients saying SCV Camp 215 is "pleased" with the ruling. "SCV Camp #215 alleged the City's resolutions, which attempted to change the names of the three Civil War Parks, were illegal and without statutory authority.

"The Court, in its opinion, specifically noted that the City of Memphis encouraged the SCV to erect a new marker at Forrest Park. The SCV wants to preserve the rich history Memphis. It is truly American history and as such, should be available to all the citizens and tourists who visit the City of Memphis," Jones said.

Lee Millar, spokesman for the area Sons of Confederate Veterans stated, "For over 125 years our organizations have taken a very active part in the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of these three historic parks and we have a special interest in seeing them maintained in their historic character and identification.  It is fitting that the Appeals Court recognized this and that the wrongful renaming of these parks can be rectified.  We will continue to press the issue until the rightful historic names of these parks are returned."

The ruling sends the case back to Chancery Court for a full hearing.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


(ATLANTA - August 3, 2015)   In the wake of attacks recently upon all things Confederate, some outspoken critics of Southern heritage began calling for the renaming of US Army bases around the South which bear the names of Confederate commanders from the War Between the States.  Some of the more prominent of these bases include Fort Benning in Georgia, Fort Hood in Texas, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Fort Benning, located in Columbus, Georgia, was named in honor of Henry Benning, one of the most influential men in Georgia politics and a Confederate general after the outbreak of the War.  Benning was a justice on the Georgia Supreme Court prior to the War and was an outspoken proponent of the constitutional view of States' Rights and a limited federal government.  In fact, Benning wrote the majority opinion in the important case of "Paddleford v Savannah" in which he advanced the States' Rights doctrine that in all constitutional questions, the Georgia Supreme Court is "coordinate and co-equal" with the federal supreme court since the states created the federal government.  Benning served admirably in the Confederate army during the War and continued to be a leading figure in Georgia after the war's end.  Thousands of soldiers in the US Army have trained at Fort Benning during its history, including some of the most elite infantry and airborne troops
dating all the way back to World War II.

US Army spokesmen responded to the recent calls to rename bases named in honor of Confederate heroes by stating that the Army has no current intention of renaming its bases.  The bases named in honor of Southern heroes are located in the South and were named in a spirit of reconciliation after the late unpleasantness. 

The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans applauds the unwillingness of the US Army to yield to the unpopular, albeit loud, cries of the politically incorrect enemies of Southern heritage in their attempt to eliminate every vestige of our noble heritage.  
For more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans or any of this year's planned events to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the War, contact the Georgia SCV at 404-271-8473 or online at    

Monday, August 03, 2015


615 Woodland Park Rd Smyrna, SC 29743
Sept 19, 2015
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sponsors— Pvt. Thomas Caldwell Camp #31 (Clover, S.C.), Maj. E. A. Ross Camp #1423 (Matthews, N.C.), Moses Wood Camp #125 (Gaffney, S.C.), Maj. Charles Q. Petty Camp #872(Gastonia, N.C.), Col. William A Stowe Camp #2142(Dallas, N.C.), Mechanized Cavalry Headquarters Camp #212(Blacksburg, SC), Stonewall Jackson Camp #23(Charlotte, NC), Gaston Guards Camp #1822(Stanley, NC), S.C. Div. Mechanized Cavalry, 3rd Batt. Co. A (Sons of Confederate Veterans)   

Youth are the Future!
The annual York Confederate Heritage Youth Camp will be held Sept. 19th   at 615 Woodland Park Road, Smyrna, SC 29743 in York County, S.C. This year’s event will be larger and better, with cavalry, artillery and infantry demonstrations conducted by War Between the States re-enactors. Free Admission to everyone!

The youth need to be taught this important part of American History. Come and take an active part in educating and learning about the Cause for Southern Independence
Instructors are teamed up to teach programs on several topics concerning this war.

For those interested in coming early: You can camp on Friday, Sept. 18th. Arrive at the site around 4 p.m. A small breakfast will be served for the campers at 7:30 A.M. Dinner    will also be served on Saturday. Scout Troops are encouraged to attend and will have their own camping spot. Contact all area Scoutmasters to inform them.  

Confederate Heritage T-shirts will be given to everyone that responds by September 3rd, and limited supplies are available. But same day registration will still be available.

Contacts: Kirk Carter-(704-806-2941)or , Joe Fore-(803)222-1928, and Billy Starnes-(704)458-4804 P.S.— Children planning to take part in the Youth Day program, please ask for pre-registration forms. Adults are encouraged to attend the Youth Day as well. Everyone is welcome.

Adult & Child Registration Form

Child’s Name 1-___________________________________________________

Child’s Name 2-____________________________________________________

Child’s Name 3-____________________________________________________

Parents/Adult’s Name-____________________________________________


Phone# -_________________________________________________

School-1st Child__________________________________________________

School- 2nd Child___________________________________________________

School- 3rd Child____________________________________________________

Grade-1st Child___________________ 2nd Child___________3rd Child__________

Age 1st Child-_____________________2nd Child________3rd Child_____________

How did you hear about our Confederate Heritage Youth Day?

Have you attended youth day before?_________How old?__________________

Would you like to be notified of our next Youth Day?________

Respond by September 3rd to guarantee a Confederate Heritage T-shirt
Size-Child#1______#2_______#3_______ Supplies given while they last.
Register the day of event is fine as well.    

Return Address: Kirk Carter 6837 Wilkinson Blvd Belmont NC 28012
Email- Attention-Youth Day Registration

Remind your Senator & Representatives!

Confederate Veterans are American Veterans....  By Law  

The United States Government Honors Confederate Veterans and the Confederacy

For those who believe that the Confederate States of America and the men and women who pledged allegiance to that constitutionally established government and spilled their blood and treasure in its defense are somehow illegitimate and not worthy of honor and protection by the American government, below are those laws and proclamations honoring them and their service and which proclaim that they were equal in honor and worthiness to those who served the Federal cause. Such official proclamations by the Government of the United States removes all claims against the Confederacy and those who served it and protects, defends and honors their symbols, monuments and heroes. In other words, the current assault upon all things Confederate is contrary to the laws of the United States of America and must be resisted vigorously.

Congressional Act of 9 March 1906 ~ We Honor Our Fallen Ancestors
(P.L. 38, 59th Congress, Chap. 631-34 Stat. 56)

This act authorized the furnishing of headstones for the graves of Confederates who died, primarily in Union prison camps and were buried in Federal cemeteries.

Remarks: This act formally reaffirmed Confederate soldiers as military combatants with legal standing. It granted recognition to deceased Confederate soldiers commensurate with the status of deceased Union soldiers.

U.S. Public Law 810, Approved by 17th Congress 26 February 1929
(45 Stat 1307 - Currently on the books as 38 U.S. Code, Sec. 2306)

This law, passed by the U.S. Congress, authorized the "Secretary of War to erect headstones over the graves of soldiers who served in the Confederate Army and to direct him to preserve in the records of the War Department the names and places of burial of all soldiers for whom such headstones shall have been erected."

Remarks: This act broadened the scope of recognition further for all Confederate soldiers to receive burial benefits equivalent to Union soldiers. It authorized the use of U.S. government (public) funds to mark Confederate graves and record their locations.

U.S. Public Law 85-425: Sec. 410 Approved 23 May 1958
Confederate Iron Cross
(US Statutes at Large Volume 72, Part 1, Page 133-134)

The Administrator shall pay to each person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War a monthly pension in the same amounts and subject to the same conditions as would have been applicable to such person under the laws in effect on December 31, 1957, if his service in such forces had been service in the military or naval forces of the United States.

Remarks: While this was only a gesture since the last Confederate veteran died in 1958, it is meaningful in that only fifty-seven years ago, the Congress of the United States saw fit to consider Confederate soldiers as equivalent to U.S. soldiers for service benefits. This final act of reconciliation was made almost one hundred years after the beginning of the war and was meant as symbolism more than substantive reward.

Additional Note of Critical History: Under current U.S. Federal Code, Confederate Veterans are equivalent to Union Veterans.

This reconciliation period[*] led up to the Congressional Act of 9 March 1906, U.S. Public Law 810 Approved by 17th Congress 26 February 1929, and the final crown of reconciliation with U.S. Public Law 85-425: Sec. 410 Approved 23 May 1958. [*known as The Grand Bargain~ Editor]

By the President of the United States of America ~ 

A Proclamation 

The years 1961 to 1965 will mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the American Civil War.

That war was America's most tragic experience. But like most truly great tragedies, it carries with it an enduring lesson and a profound inspiration. It was a demonstration of heroism and sacrifice by men and women of both sides who valued principle above life itself and whose devotion to duty is a part of our Nation's noblest tradition.

Both sections of our now magnificently reunited country sent into their armies men who became soldiers as good as any who ever fought under any flag. Military history records nothing finer than the courage and spirit displayed at such battles as Chickamauga, Antietam, Kennesaw Mountain, and Gettysburg. That America could produce men so valiant and so enduring is a matter for deep and abiding pride.

The same spirit on the part of the people at home supported and strengthened those soldiers through four years of great trial. That a Nation which contained hardly more than thirty million people, North and South together, could sustain six hundred thousand deaths without faltering is a lasting testimonial to something unconquerable in the American spirit. And that a transcending sense of unity and larger common purpose could, in the end, cause the men and women who had suffered so greatly to close ranks once the contest ended and to go on together to build a greater, freer, and happier America must be a source of inspiration as long as our country may last.

By a joint resolution approved on September 7, 1957 (71 Stat. 626), the Congress established the Civil War Centennial Commission to prepare plans and programs for the nationwide observances of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Civil War, and requested the President to issue proclamations inviting the people of the United States to participate in those observances.

Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby invite all of the people of our country to take a direct and active part in the Centennial of the Civil War.

I request all units and agencies of government--Federal, State, and local--and their officials to encourage, foster, and participate in Centennial observances. And I especially urge our Nation's schools and colleges, its libraries and museums, its churches and religious bodies, its civic, service, and patriotic organizations, its learned and professional societies, its arts, sciences, and industries, and its informational media, to plan and carry out their own appropriate Centennial observances during the years 1961 to 1965; all to the end of enriching our knowledge and appreciation of this momentous chapter in our Nation's history and of making this memorable period truly a Centennial for all Americans.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

DONE at the City of Washington this sixth day of December in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and eighty-fifth.


By the President:

CHRISTIAN A. HERTER, Secretary of State
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