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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: October 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Special Display of the Flag of the CSS Shenandoah, the Confederacy’s Last Flag

Richmond, VA: The last flag of an active Confederate command will be on display on the 150th anniversary of the lowering of the flag by the officers and men of the Confederate commerce raider CSS Shenandoah. The exhibition will take place on November 6, 2015, 10 AM – 3 PM, at The American Civil War Museum’s Museum of the Confederacy-Richmond for a special one-day exhibition.  The Museum of the Confederacy-Richmond is located at 1201 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

The Shenandoah flew the Confederate second national flag as she hunted American shipping from October 19, 1864 until August 2, 1865 when the crew learned that the war had ended months before.  Shenandoah flew her flag again on November 6, 1865 when the British built ship arrived in the harbor at Liverpool, England, and was turned over to British authorities.  It was the last official lowering of a Confederate Flag.  Come see this unique piece of history during this special one-day exhibition.

Monday, October 12, 2015


(ATLANTA - October 12, 2015)    The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans responded today to the proposal by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association to erect a monument to MLK, former black civil rights activist.  This decision by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association is wholly inappropriate in that it is an intentional act of disrespect toward the stated purpose of the Stone Mountain memorial from its inception as well as a possible violation of the law which established the Stone Mountain Memorial Association and charged it with promoting the mountain as a Confederate memorial.

The Venable family, which owned Stone Mountain in the early 1900's, leased the face of the mountain to the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1916 for the purpose of creating a carved memorial to the Confederacy.  The UDC contracted Gutzon Borglum, who later sculpted the Mount Rushmore carving; after the work was halted due to a disagreement with Borglum, the carving remained unfinished for several decades.  As the state began to discuss interest in reviving the memorial project as a state project, the Venable family deeded the land to the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial, Inc. in 1956.  Two years later, in 1958, the state of Georgia purchased Stone Mountain; and the General Assembly created the Stone Mountain Memorial Association expressly to maintain the mountain and all adjacent property as a Confederate memorial and complete a portion of the original design for the carving.

The act of the General Assembly which created the Stone Mountain Memorial Association specifically states the park, including both the mountain and all adjacent property, is to be maintained and operated as a Confederate memorial (OCGA 12-3-191).   The erection of monuments to anyone other than Confederate heroes in Stone Mountain Park is in contradistinction to the purpose for which the park exists and would make it a memorial to something different.  The park was never intended to be a memorial to multiple causes but solely to the Confederacy.  Therefore, monuments to either Michael King or soldiers of any color who fought against the Confederacy would be a violation of the purpose for which the park was created and exists. The opinions of the park's current neighbors and opponents are of no bearing in the discussion.

Furthermore, the erection of a monument to anything other than the Confederate Cause being placed on top of Stone Mountain because of the objections of opponents of Georgia's Confederate heritage would be akin to the state flying a Confederate battle flag atop the King Center in Atlanta against the wishes of King supporters.  Both would be altogether inappropriate and disrespectful acts, repugnant to Christian people.
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    
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