16744 ---Campaign To Refurbish Stuart Statue --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2015-02-19 20:50:05 UTC
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Stuart-Mosby Historical Society Leads Campaign to Refurbish and Repair Statue Honoring Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart, CSA


The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society announces a campaign to provide funds to refurbish and repair the statue honoring Major General James Ewell Brown (JEB) Stuart located on Historic Monument Avenue in the City of Richmond, Virginia. The Stuart statue, owned by the City of Richmond, is one of a series of monuments on the avenue that annually attract thousands of visitors to Virginia’s Capital City.
         
First installed in May 1907, and resurfaced 30-plus years ago, the Stuart Statue has become discolored and needs repair in various places. Green corrosion shows through in numerous spots. A complete removal of coatings and corrosive layers and repainting of the entire statue is recommended, along with welding of detached pieces on the sword as well as stabilization of the hilt and blade of the sword.
        
It is estimated that the restoration and repair of the Stuart Statue will cost in the neighborhood of $35,000. The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society already has received a sizeable anonymous contribution toward this goal and is asking other Civil War enthusiasts and historic-minded citizens to contribute. Those interested in promoting tourist attractions in the City of Richmond also are invited to participate.     
         
In addition, the Society intends to establish a fund to underwrite yearly maintenance of this important symbol of its heritage. The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.
         
The Society has established suggested Levels of Giving, which are included with this announcement. Contributors who provide e-mail or other contact information concerning this project will be provided with updated information at reasonable intervals.
         
The Stuart Monument is one of a series of seven attractions in Richmond that have earned designation as a National Historic Landmark. The Historic District includes statues of Robert E. Lee (1890), Stuart (1907), Jefferson Davis (1907), Stonewall Jackson (1919), Commodore Mathew F. Maury (1929) and Arthur Ashe (1996).
         
For more information about this project, contact SMHS President Susan Hillier (e-mail at susan_hillier@yahoo.com, cell phone at 540-319-3733) or Secretary Ben Trittipoe (e-mail at btritt1@gmail.com, cell phone at 571-274-2467).

Suggested Levels of Giving

Major General.................................... PRICELESS!
Brigadier General............................... $2,500.00
Colonel............................................... $1,000.00
Lt. Colonel......................................... $750.00
Major.................................................. $500.00
Captain............................................... $250.00
First Lieutenant.................................. $200.00
Second Lieutenant.............................. $150.00
Trooper.............................................. $100.00
Other..................................................

Please send checks to the following address. Checks should be made payable to “Stuart-Mosby Historical Society” and “Stuart Statue” should be listed in the Memo Line.

Please send to:

Stuart-Mosby Historical Society
5405 Midship Court
Burke, VA 22015

A combined list of contributors will be listed in the Stuart-Mosby Cavalry Historical Society newsletter.  

On The Web:  http://shnv.blogspot.com/2015/02/stuart-mosby-historical-society-leads.html

 

16743 ---SPLC And Dept. Of Homeland Security --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2015-02-19 20:42:45 UTC
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Southern Poverty Law Center And The Dept. Of Homeland Security

by Tom DeWeese
February 14, 2015
NewsWithViews.com

[Author’s Note: Last year Dr. Ben Carson upset Barrack Obama by speaking out against Obamacare during a public meeting in which Obama was also present. It caused shock waves and immediately catapulted Dr. Carson into the public eye and many now promote him as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. Yet, for this act, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has now placed Dr. Carson on its “Extremist” watch file. That’s what every American is faced with if they dare speak out against the radical Progressive agenda.

A while back I was asked to address the Congressional Tea Party Caucus on Capital Hill concerning the threat to Conservatives by the Southern Poverty law Center. This past year the SPLC issued yet another attack against me and those fighting Agenda 21, calling us a radical fringe element. And still, the SPLC has its contracts with the Department of Homeland Security. That’s why I believe the SPLC is a danger to freedom and why I’m renewing my call for the new Republican led congress to seriously investigate this dangerous anti-free speech hate group. Here was my testimony. TD]

Briefing to the Tea Party Caucus of the US House of Representatives

My name is Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Center, and according to the Southern Poverty Law Center I am a right wing extremist, a racist and a potentially violent terrorist.

In March, 2010, SPLC issued a report entitled “Rage on the Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism,” in which groups opposed to issues like the Obama health care plan and illegal immigration were lumped with white supremacist groups like the National Socialist Movement and Skin Heads.

In August, 2010 SPLC launched an attack against my organization and our national conference, The Freedom Action Conference, held at Valley Forge, PA, and featured such speakers as best selling author Tom Woods, former presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, Sheriff Richard Mack, several respected state legislators, and many more well known spokesmen.

The title of the SPLC attack against me read, “Patriot Rhetoric Becomes Increasingly Violent,” and said we were “united by rage” at the federal government. Not one speaker at our conference advocated violence or lawlessness of any kind. Yet we were labeled as dangerous and potentially violent terrorists.

Annually SPLC puts out a list of what it calls “hate” groups and individuals it deems dangerous to the nation. That list is almost exclusively respected pro-Constitution spokesmen.

Now why do I care what this private organization, with its own political agenda, says about me?

Because the Southern Poverty Law Center has direct ties to the Department of Homeland Security, helping to write official DHS policy that may affect my life, my freedom, my ability to travel and my ability to speak out.

Consider the following facts:

Item: In 2009, The DHS issued a report entitled “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

That official document of an agency of the United States government said “Right-wing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movement, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

Item: Two weeks later, the DHS released a second report entitled: “Domestic Extremism Lexicon,” designed to provide specific definitions of just who may be Right wing extremists.

That report labeled the following to be extremists, bordering on terrorism: Those concerned over the economy; loss of jobs; foreclosures; antagonism toward the Obama Administration; Criticism of free trade programs; anti-abortion; oppose same sex marriage; believe in the “end times;” stock pile food; oppose illegal immigration; oppose a New World Order; oppose the UN; oppose global governance; fear of Communist regimes; oppose loss of US manufacturing to overseas nations; oppose loss of US prestige; and use of the internet (or alternative media) to express any of these ideas.

Right after both of these reports were issued, there was the shooting at the Holocaust Museum. Next to their news reports on the incident, many newspapers carried side bar articles citing the DHS reports, basically confirming that such violence is perpetrated by right wing nuts and justifying the concerns of the DHS – just like clockwork.

Yet there was absolutely no connection found between that shooter and the right wing. But the damage was done.

And there’s more.

The Department of Homeland Security has established Fusion Centers in each state. These are designed to combine federal, state and local law enforcement. Their stated purpose is to assure immediate and efficient response to a terrorist attack or a Katrina-like disaster without bureaucratic red tape.

Item: In 2009, the Missouri Fusion Center set off a fire storm over a report it issued entitled “The Modern Militia Movement.” Reported Fox News, the report, “identifies the warning signs of potential terrorists for law enforcement communities.”

In other words, this report was issued to law enforcement agencies across the state as official documentation warning who the cops should look out for as potential violent terrorists.

The list of potential terrorists included Americans who voted for presidential candidate Ron Paul; Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin; and Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr. It also cited those of us who opposed the creation of a North American Union with Canada and Mexico.

Item: In January, 2011, immediately following the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Fusion Center issued a report saying that the shooter was influenced by a right wing group called American Renaissance.

Immediately, the mainstream media picked up the report and flooded the airways with the story that the radical and violent right wing was responsible for the shootings.

The information was completely wrong. There is no evidence that there was ever any connection between the shooter and American Renaissance. Moreover, American Renaissance has never advocated violence or extremism. The only connection between American Renaissance and extremism is that the Southern Poverty Law Center listed them as a hate group. A detail that interestingly found its way into the Arizona Fusion Center report as fact.

Item: in the Spring of 2010, the Department of Homeland Security organized a “Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.” This is an advisory council given the task of creating a plan to reach out to local law enforcement and community activists for training to respond to potential violence and terrorist threat.

Leafing through the report one gets the distinct impression that the plan is basically a “turn in your neighbor,” neighborhood- watch approach. It talks extensively of “sharing” information, along with “training, training, training.”

Training for what? To identify potential terrorists, of course. And who are those potential terrorist? A look at the members of the working group offers a clue.

While the group includes several public officials and law enforcement officials from around the nation, and it also includes Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and unindicted co-conspirator in a case concerning the funding of Muslim terrorist organizations.

And the working group member list also includes Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In addition, as one of the “Subject Matter Experts,” it lists Laurie Wood, an analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center and an instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

That training center is run by the Southern Poverty Law Center and is one of the most visible direct links between DHS, the Fusion Centers and SPLC. Law enforcement agencies actually send their personnel to these training classes to gain Federal Law Enforcement Training Center certification.

That means that policy for this DHS working group is being created by the very organization that has labeled those who advocate Constitutional law to be potential terrorists.

In addition, the “training” called for in the report will most likely be conducted, at least in part, by the SPLC’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

The pattern is clear, one of the nation’s leading hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which opposes even the right of free speech by people it labels potential terrorists, is helping the largest federal enforcement agency in the nation to create its policy.

That policy clearly states, according to DHS reports, that anyone disagreeing with actions of the American government is a potential terrorist and must be, at least, watched and monitored by federal, state, and local authorities.

The result of such surveillance could possibly lead to loss of freedom, loss of jobs, loss of the ability to travel, and loss of the ability to speak publicly for anyone who opposes the private agenda of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It is an effort to silence their opponents. Honest political debate is now being interpreted as dangerous extremism.

Why is DHS dealing with such people? Are the policies of SPLC the same policies of the United States? If so, then freedom in America is in grave danger, indeed.

I believe there needs to be an immediate Congressional investigation into the ties between the Department of Homeland Security and the Southern Poverty Law Center and any other radical groups.

Particular attention should be paid to SPLC’s tax exempt status and the amount of money it receives from DHS or any other agency. And there should be an immediate stop to American law enforcement being trained by SPLC’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

The specific purpose of the Department of Homeland Security is to protect the “STATE” against all enemies. That has come to include anyone who uses their first amendment right to speak out against specific policies.

Apparently, that has been interpreted by DHS to mean a threat to the STATE.

May I remind you that the tanks that ran over the student protesters in Tiananmen Square in Communist China were also protecting the STATE against its enemies.

I fear that if private groups with their own political agendas, like the SPLC, are allowed to continue feeding their own brand of hatred into the policies of DHS then such a comparison with China is not too far off. I don’t think that is the America each of you pledged to serve.

© 2015 Tom DeWeese

On The Web:  http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom258.htm

 

16742 ---A More Inclusive Holiday --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2015-02-19 20:36:05 UTC
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Austin teen fights for more inclusive Civil War holiday

Mark Wiggins, KVUE
February 13, 2015

AUSTIN -- When it comes to politics, there's no age limit on participating in one way or another.

Austin eighth-grader Jacob Hale rarely visits his locker, carrying most of what he needs for school in his backpack. Yet unlike most 13-year-olds, he's gotten a state legislator to help him carry something a little bigger.

"I was following the debate over Confederate license plates last year and I discovered we have a holiday called Confederate Heroes Day," Hale told KVUE Friday.

     
The state holiday was created in 1931 to celebrate Robert E. Lee's birthday and consolidated in 1973 to include Jefferson Davis' birthday. It falls each year on Jan. 19, which just so happens to occasionally coincide with a holiday that falls on the third Monday of January -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

"I think it's ironic that we celebrate MLK Day, where we're supposed to be celebrating racial progress and the fight for equality, but then also we have Confederate Heroes Day which acknowledges the men who fought for slavery as heroes," said Hale.

Spurred to action, Hale drafted up a bill with the help of a relative that would move the holiday to the second Monday in May and change the name to "Civil War Remembrance Day." Then Hale submitted an article to newspapers across the state in support of his idea for a holiday that would commemorate Confederate and Union dead, as well as slaves.

"We also need to remember the Confederacy because that's a huge part of Texas history, but we shouldn't just single out the Confederacy and recognize them as heroes when a lot of what is associated with the Confederacy is not heroic," he said.

After taking the idea to lawmakers, Hale found a supporter in his own local state representative. With few tweaks, state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) filed the bill as House Bill 1242.

But Texas' ties to the Confederacy run deep.

"Over 70,000 Texans fought for the confederate nation," said Marshall Davis, state communications director for the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

"I think a Civil War remembrance day is a wonderful thing to have for the state of Texas, however I do not feel we should lose Confederate Heroes Day," said Davis. "The men who joined the north from Texas were ultimately traitors."

"Whether you support the war or not, you should honor the veterans. The same applies to the Vietnam War," Davis said by way of example. "Whether you support or don't support the idea of the Vietnam War, you still need to honor the veterans that fought for their country in that war."

Davis suggests the coincidence of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Confederate holiday is "an excellent way to live Dr. King's dream of tolerance and diversity." On the role slavery played in war, both sides have long accused the other of trying to rewrite history.

"The war between the states was not about slavery," Davis said flatly. "It was about state's rule and economics."

"The history kind of wrote itself in 1861," Hale said, before selecting a passage from a well-studied copy of the state's 1861 Declaration of Causes for secession.

"'...Based upon the unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery, proclaiming the debasing doctrine of the equality of all men, irrespective of race or color -- a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of the Divine Law,'" Hale read, "As if that's a bad thing."

The bill will be debated in the halls of power, but Hale's experience is proof that whatever halls one walks, there's no age limit on having your voice heard.

"Everyone has a voice, really," said Hale.

On The Web:  http://www.kvue.com/story/news/politics/2015/02/13/austin-teen-fights-for-more-inclusive-civil-war-holiday/23384221/

 

16741 ---Charlottesville Lee-Jackson Day Update - 2/17/2015 --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2015-02-19 20:09:26 UTC
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From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015
Subject: Va Flaggers: Charlottesville Lee-Jackson Day Update



As of this writing, the Charlottesville City Council meeting scheduled for tonight, at which the proposal to eliminate the City Lee-Jackson holiday will be read, will "happen as scheduled".
http://www.charlottesville.org/index.aspx?page=3544

Also as of this writing, we will not be attending.  The region was hit with 6-8 inches of snow, and freezing temperatures tonight would make late night travel home treacherous for our folks, even if we could get there.

Yesterday, the Daily Progress published an article, which included several statements I had given them.  http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/charlottesville-ordinance-to-remove-lee-jackson-day-expected-to-be/article_e25d5764-b617-11e4-aa33-1b701f108385.html

The typical slant of the piece is certainly not surprising, but we were pleased that several good points were made.

Last night, I received the following email:

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From: Matthew Bowen <drmbowen@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, Feb 16, 2015
Subject: Lee-Jackson Day (Charlottesville)
To: info@vaflaggers.com

Ms. Hathaway:

Regarding the subject reference and related debate, I just took note of this quote attributed to you on behalf of the Virginia Flaggers:

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2015

“This holiday honors two American veterans. To deny them the honor and remembrance they deserve is to insult and dishonor all veterans.”

Madam, your assertion is entirely incorrect. From the firsthand vantage point of documentary interview conducted with African-American veterans ranging from legendary units such as the 333rd artillery at the Battle of the Bulge and the Montford Point Marines to African-American veterans who served on combat units during the worst fighting of the Vietnam war, I can assure you with 100% certainty that, counter to your statement, they all in fact feel dishonored--to say the least--precisely on account of the persistence of a Lee-Jackson holiday.

Otherwise, know that I speak as well from the perspective of one who has a plot in my ancestral cemetery (Tate County, MS) alongside that of my great-great grandfather, who fought with the 42nd Mississippi Infantry. Indeed, as a small boy visiting with my great-aunt Jessie, I was ceremoniously shown the cherished family heirloom of his canteen with a musket ball hole in it, and told tales of his service. As such, I have carried my whole life a deep understanding of and respect for the Confederate veteran.

On behalf of the Combat Veterans Oral History Project, for the reasons stated, I beg that you refrain in the future from further unqualified statements such as the above.

Regards,

Matthew Bowen

http://www.gofundme.com/4g76lc

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MY RESPONSE:

From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015
Subject: Re: Lee-Jackson Day (Charlottesville)
To: Matthew Bowen <drmbowen@comcast.net>

Mr. Bowen,

I am afraid I do not know to what "unqualified statement" you are referring.  Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson served in both the United States and Confederate Armed forces.  I was raised to respect and honor ALL American veterans and that to insult one was to insult all.  These men were, and remain,  American Veterans, and as such, and considering their military genius, impeccable character, and devotion to God and Country, deserve every respect and honor, including the city holiday, set aside to honor them in Charlotttesville, Va.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/04/03/confederate-soldiers-american-veterans-by-act-of-congress/

Unlike you, I don't claim to speak "for" thousands of Veterans, but I can share information from a recent poll of American Veterans:  "In May 2014, The American Legion Magazine asked its readers, website visitors and social media followers to select from a list of 100 beloved U.S. veterans. More than 70,000 votes were cast. The choices span our nation’s lifetime."  Among the top 25 beloved U.S. Veterans, as voted BY U.S. Veterans, Generals Lee and Jackson ranked #8 and #25, respectively.

http://www.legion.org/belovedveterans

No I can't speak for the Veterans you mention, and I wonder how you can make such assertions, with 100% certainty, or any certainty at all, unless each individual of hundreds of thousands of black veterans told you that, specifically, and/or unless you are claiming clairvoyance or omniscience? Ironically,  many of these men you mentioned served in U.S. Armed forces that were not desegregated until 1948, a full 83 years after Lee surrendered at Appomattox.  I doubt they blamed Lee & Jackson or any other Confederate Veteran for that injustice.

I will, however, speak on behalf of my four Great-Uncles, who, in 1941, left Virginia to serve honorably in World War II:

Granville David Jenkins, Wesley William Jenkins, John Sylvanius Jenkins, and Ryland Sylvester Jenkins.  Uncle Granville was with the 24th Infantry in the Pacific. He was awarded a medal for bravery and came home to be killed by a drunk driver.  Uncle Wesley was with the 2nd Marine Div. in the Pacific.  Uncle "Tootsie" was with the 90th Infantry in Europe. He was the last surviving brother and died last year, at 95.Uncle Ryland was with the 9th (Army) Air Force in Europe.

They were the grandsons of a Confederate Veteran, and from them, I learned to honor and respect ALL who serve.

I am deeply saddened that someone like you, who has apparently devoted so much time to the good work of recording the history of our Veterans, would choose to make such prejudicial statements about Lee & Jackson, by speaking in favor of removing a holiday set aside to honor their memory. Had I not known of your prejudicial views and the endorsement (on behalf of Combat Veterans Oral History Project) of the removal of the Lee-Jackson holiday, I would have been eager to support your project, and encourage others to do the same.

Refrain from making statements such as what was quoted in The Daily Progress?  No sir, I will not.  As long as I have breath, I will continue to speak for my Confederate ancestors, who can  no longer speak for themselves.

Sincerely,
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

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I share this communication in the hopes that any Veterans who read it and feels inclined, might share their views on the topic with Dr. Bowen, and to make like-minded folks aware of the formal and public stand taken against Lee-Jackson Day in Charlottesville "on behalf of the Combat Veterans Oral History Project".

Confederately yours,
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, February 18th:  Flagging the VMFA 200 N. Boulevard, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday, February 19th:   - Susan will be speaking at the February meeting of the Garland-Rodes Camp #409, Lynchburg,, VA. Meeting 7:00 at the historic Fort Early building, at the corner of Memorial and Fort Avenues.

Saturday, February 21st:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 1:00 - 5:0 pm

Saturday, March 28th – Sunday, March 29th:  Fork Inn/Sutherland’s Tavern Heritage Days.  We will have a booth at the event, and will be partnering with the Army of Northern Va Mechanized Calvary to raise a roadside flag that weekend.

Saturday, April 4th:  Last Capitol of the Confederacy Sesquicentennial Ball – Danville, VA

Saturday, May 9th:  Oakwood Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony – Save the date!  More details to follow!

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16740 ---Remembering Ex-Slaves In The Confederate Army --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2015-02-19 20:00:08 UTC
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Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
Museum of Waxhaws remembers ex-slaves in Confederate Army
By John Anderson

The Museum of the Waxhaws will offer an interesting and thought-provoking program 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 21.

In conjunction with Black History Month, the museum will present insights and perspectives on African-Americans who fought in the Civil War – on the Confederate side.

Regular museum admission applies.

The documentary “Colored Confederates” will be shown at 10 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

Earl Ijames, curator of community and black history at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, will introduce the film and be available to answer questions and moderate discussion.

Ijames wrote and produced the film.

A good portion of his documentary covers the Union County Confederate Pensioners of Color Monument dedication and interviews the two Union County people primarily responsible for getting the monument approved, Tony Way and Patricia Poland. It also provides additional examples of other blacks who served within the Confederacy.

At 11:30 a.m. that same day, Teresa E. Roane, archivist at the United Daughters of the Confederacy Library in Richmond, Va., will present “Minorities – Combat Support Confederate Army.” According to the UDC website, Roane earned a bachelor’s in history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Roane says that in her research of the National Archives she “has found numerous records of minorities serving in Confederate units.”

Patricia Poland, a genealogy & local history librarian with the Union County Public Library, will present “Finding Aaron Perry: A Union County Slave in the CSA,” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21.

Perry is one of nine former slaves and one freedman who are memorialized on the marble monument outside the county courthouse in Monroe that is inscribed: “In Memory of Union County’s Confederate Pensioners of Color.”

Poland shared her thoughts in a blog, “Random Historical Notes for the City of Monroe & Union County, N.C.”

There I found an interesting account of Perry’s life before and after the Civil War. There was also a personal statement from Poland, where she writes, “My desire is to share small parts of the town’s history (and maybe even a little of the county too). I have a passion for ‘forgotten’ or ‘overlooked’ history.”

Poland has also been recognized for her research on Monroe’s role in the civil rights struggle.

At the museum, local historian Deacon Jones will be in period costume and character throughout the day. The James Miller Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 2116 will present a display of Civil War artifacts. Members of the camp will elaborate on the significance of the items shown.

Sons of Confederate Veterans members Tony Way, Jack Clay and museum manager Cathy Wright worked several months assembling the elements of this program.

If this collaboration between the Sons of Confederate Veterans, black re-enactors and those in academics seems like an odd collection of bedfellows, consider the following:

In August of 2007, there was a ceremony to honor Wary (Weary), Clyburn, another Union County “colored Confederate.” Cliff Harrington, now the editor of Union News, wrote of Clyburn: “The obvious question is this: Why would a slave volunteer to fight on the side of people who held him in bondage? That’s a question that only Mr. Clyburn can answer.

“Too often when it comes to the Civil War and slavery, we hear versions of the truth that are woven from conjecture and narrow perspectives. It’s refreshing when you find the truth. This is it.

“Wary Clyburn was a brave and loyal hero. And he deserves to be honored by all of us.”

In that spirit, you are invited to attend a very special day at Museum of the Waxhaws.

On The Web:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/02/13/5513456/museum-of-waxhaws-remembers-ex.html?fb_action_ids=10153181467454274&fb_action_types=og.comments#.VOY_CS7CaSp

 

16739 ---Another Day Of Life's Highs And Lows --- Released: 9 days Ago. ---- 2015-02-19 19:52:16 UTC
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Sighing... Oh Chuck...
 
Another day of life's highs and lows!
 
After returning home from a wonderfully exhausting day spent with our resident Veterans at the VA Hospital in Asheville (another UDC sister and I along with other volunteers were honored to serve them and their sweethearts with a Valentine's Banquet... it was awesome!  Cupid, Music & All!), I received your email updates filled with highs and heart-wrenching lows.
 
Poor Mr. Dobson down in Macon!  He sounds worn-out from battle!  But we must not forget that, at it's very core, our struggle for Truth is truly spiritual warfare.  As this country is dragged further and further down the socialist path, individuals are lulled more and more into complacency and dependency on centralized government to be their 'god'... at which point, Marx's plan set forth in 1848, will have completed his goal here in our land... "Welcome to the Hotel California!"  Indeed, why have we need of a Savior, when the government takes care of our individual needs, and individual responsibilities!
 
I would just like to put an arm around Mr. Dobson's shoulder and thank him for his efforts over the last 40+ years in reminding people of our story - His-story- our history.  Just as we Christians are called to share The Truth of God's Word, once shared, the hearer becomes responsible for accepting or rejecting it.  Because the leftist newspaper in Macon, GA, is now repressing the truth of our struggles begun in 1861, doesn't mean that his past letters did not succeed in reaching individual hearts & minds.  Individuals are the ones that count.
 
Well done to Mr. Dobson, that dear brother!  Praying peace upon him that passes all understanding!
 
MaryElla
mejnc55@gmail.com