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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: LEE-JACKSON DAY 2013 (Jan. 17-19)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

LEE-JACKSON DAY 2013 (Jan. 17-19)

The Stonewall Brigade SCV will once again be hosting a symposium, ceremonies, parade, flag vigil, luncheon, and a Civil War era ball in Lexington, Virginia in honor of the birthdays of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson.

On Thursday (January 17) noted Black pro-Confederate History activist H.K. Edgerton will march from downtown Buena Vista to Lexington beginning at 11am. H.K., a past NAACP president from Asheville, NC, will be marching in protest of Lexington's recently adopted Flag Ordinance which the SCV is still challenging in Federal Court.

On Friday (January 18) the SCV will host a Lee-Jackson Day Symposium at the Holiday Inn Express from 1pm until 6pm. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will feature a variety of speakers who will explore the character and criticisms of Lee and Jackson.

A Flag Vigil will also be maintained in the afternoon by individuals holding various types of Confederate and historical state flags below the city's flag holders from which they were banned. Local businesses are not being asked to display flags by the SCV this year because of numerous threats of violence and intimidation that several business owners reported to us last year. However, a few businesses have stated they will display a flag despite the threats. The business community has been generally supportive of the event because of the importance of Civil War related tourism to the area.

On Saturday (January 19) military honors and a wreath laying ceremony will be held at 10:30am at the grave of General Jackson followed by a War Between the States themed parade at 11:15am. A memorial service will be held at Lee Chapel at Noon featuring a talk by Charles Kelly Barrow, an educator and author from Georgia. Mr. Barrow is currently the Lieutenant Commander-in-Chief of the SCV, the Treasurer of the official Georgia Civil War Commission, and is the author of the book Black Confederates. Following the ceremonies, a luncheon will be held in the Appomattox Mezzanine of the Virginia Horse Center for registered guests. The Lee-Jackson Memorial Ball will be held at 7pm at the Horse Center. The ball will feature music by The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels and a dance caller will instruct participants about period dance moves. Semi-formal or period attire is required. Ball tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door for $25. The event website is

For additional information contact:
Brandon Dorsey (Camp Commander)
The Stonewall Brigade #1296 SCV


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