Sons of Confederate Veterans
November 20, 2014
150th ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF GRISWOLDVILLE, GEORGIA
(Macon - November 20, 2014) In one of the most heroic stands of the War for Southern Independence, the Georgia militia, consisting mainly of old men and young boys, attempted to halt Sherman's march to the sea at Griswoldville right outside of Macon. This Saturday there will be a special ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the courageous stand at Griswoldville.
Griswoldville had been the site of one of the few gun factories in the south during the War, but now Union troops had burned virtually everything in their path.
On November 22nd, 1864, the Georgia militia faced off against an entire brigade of federal soldiers, plus cavalry and artillery. Throughout the day, Georgia forces made one daring charge after another against the Union line; but each time, canister fire from the Yankee artillery cut the valiant sons in grey to pieces.
The men and boys of the Georgia milita fought with inferior weapons and supplies until they were forced to retreat; but their bravery has become a legacy for all Georgia veterans of the War. A monument was erected in their honour in 2012.
This Saturday there will be a special ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the courageous stand at Griswoldville.
The Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, the 16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Co. G, "The Jackson Rifles", and The Camp of the Unknown Soldier, SCV Camp # 2218, of Clinton, Jones County, Georgia, cordially invite one and all to the annual Griswoldville Battle Commemorative Service on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
A living history program will begin at 9:30am with the commemoration at 12:00 noon.
Guest speaker will be Pastor John Weaver.
THE EVENT IS NOT HELD AT JARRELL PLANTATION. IT WILL BE ON THE ACTUAL GRISWOLDVILLE BATTLEFIELD.
Griswoldville Battlefield is located east of Griswoldville in Twiggs County, Georgia, 10 miles east of Macon via U.S. 80 and Ga. Hwy. 57 towards Gordon on Baker Road.
More information about the battle can be found HERE.
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 404-456-3393 or online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org
From: Virginia Flagger <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Subject: VA Flaggers - I-95 Battle Flag Updates
LIGHTS ON IN FREDERICKSBURG!
Electrical work was completed last month and the Fredericksburg I-95 Memorial Battle Flag is now LIT for 24/7 visibility...
Last night, we drove up to Fredericksburg to meet with the men of the Stafford Light Artillery, SCV Camp 2247 to thank them for their support. We are pleased to announce a partnership with the camp, in which they have volunteered to cover the cost of the electric bill for the lights at the Fredericksburg I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Site, and help with site maintenance and upkeep! We are thrilled at the opportunity to work with these fine Compatriots, and look forward to many more such partnerships as we move forward with more flag projects.
THANK YOU STAFFORD LIGHT ARTILLERY!
Last month, we ran this ad in the Lexington News-Gazette:
We received quite a few serious calls, and are close to finalizing arrangements for (at least one) Memorial Battle Flag in Lexington. Details will be forthcoming, but our goal is to raise enough money to have the project completed before the Lee-Jackson state holiday in January.
We are excited about the prospects in Lexington, as well as other flag projects, across the Commonwealth and beyond, that are in various stages of development.
Thank you all for your continued support!
Gifts to the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag projects may be mailed to:
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
Payable to Va Flaggers
or through PayPal:
Wednesday, November 19th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday, November 22nd: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 22nd: Flagging Washington & Lee University, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 7th: Mechanicsville Christmas Parade. The Va Flaggers will join the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters in this VERY Confederate friendly parade. ALL are welcome!
Tuesday, December 9th: 6:00 pm. The Va Flaggers will be making a presentation to the Va War Memorial in memory of Sgt. Cliff Troutman, and in honor of our Veterans. All are invited to attend. 621 S. Belvedere St., Richmond
Thursday, December 11th: Susan will be speaking at the December meeting of the A.H. Belo Camp #49, SCV, Dallas Texas
Friday, December 12th: Susan will be speaking at the Christmas gathering of the Major Robert M. White, Camp No. 1250, Sons of Confederate Veterans,Temple, Texas
Saturday, December 13th: Susan will be speaking at the Christmas gathering of the Middleton Tate Johnson Camp #1648, SCV, Arlington, TX
Friday, January 16 - Saturday, January 17th, 2015: Lee-Jackson Day, Lexington, VA. We will be flagging Lexington and Washington & Lee all day Friday, and flagging and participating in the Lee-Jackson activities scheduled for Saturday, including memorial services for Lee and Jackson, and a parade through town. THIS YEAR NEEDS TO BE OUR BIGGEST SHOWING EVER! MAKE PLANS TO JOIN US... take a stand for Lee and Jackson in the town that has chosen to dishonor their memory and let them know that there are those of us who will not forget what City and W&L officials have done.
Gentlemen of the South
It seems that the Sons of Confederate Veterans has awoken to the political reality that re-enactments, parades and cleaning cemeteries will not be sufficient to reverse the continuous, savage, winner-take-all attacks against Southern heritage, history and values.
During my 19 years with the Sons of Confederate Veterans I was blessed to be able to travel the South and speak to almost 100 camps in all the states of the old Confederacy but Missouri. During that time I was joyous at the quality of the people I met in the camps. The people I met were Christians, family value people who knew their history, loved their community and the South and wanted to change the course of America. The folks I met were always welcoming, always kind, always quick to give a compliment and encouragement.
So it was a shock when I rose through the ranks in Texas Division politics to find people who possessed few of the above mentioned qualities. Most importantly, the people I ran into were grannies who did not see the real challenge to Heritage Defense and its relationship to the state of modern day America. Or, more likely, saw them...and were active in the SCV to prevent it from taking its rightful place as a spokesman for the Constitution!
Unfortunately, I learned that the Sons of Confederate Veterans does NOT abide by the First Amendment, and thus I was kicked out for statements I made concerning the lack of commitment, the unwillingness to rally to the colors in causes that were essentially political. I was told the SCV could not participate in politics...that is wrong. But not the point of this email.
I have written three books about the War for Southern Independence, a fourth is at Pelican Publishing and will be released Christmas 2015.
The books available right now are:
The Military Lessons of the Civil War. 20.00
The Rebel Mountain Reader 20.00
Southern Fried Ramblings with Grits and All the Fixin's 15.00
The last book is focused on the modern South and the Southern movement. It is a book that should help you consider the fights the South is in today. My good friend Donnie Kennedy wrote the forward for this book.
If you should want one or more of these books please make out a check to Mark Vogl for the price of the book(s) plus two dollars for postage and send it to PO Box 825, Gilmer, Texas 75644
Additionally, I invite to visit and join the Confederate War College on Facebook. This page is dedicated to working on the issues which face the South today. And...also, I invite you to visit Nolan Chart at Nolan Chart - Political commentary for every viewpoint I have been writing on this site since January 2010. My column America Today has more than 400 articles, a good many of these articles address the ongoing Culture War.
I know there are many dedicated Southerners in the SCV. I know many of them hold, or held high positions in the SCV. I know there has been a granny underground active within the organization constantly placing obstacles in front of true Southern patriots who want to vindicate the Cause.
As the crisis in this nation continues to build, hopefully the great majority of members in the SCV will join together to pursue courses of action that make the SCV combat ready in the ongoing Culture War. I am,
Your Obedient Servant,
Agitating for Equality Rather than Peace
Abolitionists of the Old North were agitating for equality more than the end of African slavery. Their strategy was not to compromise and find a peaceful and practical solution to the riddle; the goal of their radical Republican brethren who aided and abetted them was to destroy the Southern economy and Southern political influence national councils, no matter the cost in human lives and misery.
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.com
Agitating for Equality Rather than Peace
“To have dropped the demand for immediate emancipation because it was unrealizable at the time would have been to alter the nature of the change for which the abolitionists were agitating. That is, even those who would have gladly accepted gradual and conditional emancipation had to agitate for immediate and unconditional abolition of slavery because that demand was required by their goal of demonstrating to white Americans that Negroes were their brothers. Once the nation had been converted on that point, conditions and plans might have been made.
Before the war, they refused to be drawn into discussions on the problem that sudden emancipation might create or on “plans” for easing the transition to freedom, for implicit in such discussions, they felt, was an assumption that Negro inferiority rather than white racism would produce the problems. This would not be so if the discussions were carried on by a society free of racism but merely anxious for the change in the Negro’s status be as smooth as possible.
But among whites unready to accept the Negro as inherently their equal, any such debate would feed the prevalent prejudice and provide an anesthetic for consciences that were beginning to hurt.
This is why [William Lloyd] Garrison’s first great campaign was to discredit colonizationism; that movement diverted attention from the principle of equality and had proved an adequate salve on potential antislavery consciences. That is also why some abolitionists could not accept free-soilism as a tactic to strangle slavery to death in the Southeast; while they might recognize the practical utility of the tactic, they could not admit the legitimacy of slavery in any part of the country without denying their movement’s fundamental principle [of equality].
To criticize the agitator for not trimming his demands to the immediately realizable – that is, for not acting like a politician – is to miss the point. The demand for a change that is not politically possible does not stamp the agitator as unrealistic. For one thing, it can be useful to the political bargainer; the more extreme demand of the agitator makes the politician’s demand seem acceptable and perhaps desirable in the sense that the adversary may prefer to give up half a loaf rather than the whole. Also, the agitator helps define the value, the principle, for which the politician bargains.”
(Means and Ends in American Abolitionism, Aileen S. Kraditor, Pantheon Books, 1967, pp. 27-28)
The Minds of Adolf and Josef Sherman
William Sherman publicly expressed his views on official Northern war policy, claiming that the rules of civilized warfare would be conducted by his forces. Despite the assurances, his theory of collective responsibility led him to “the wreaking of vengeance upon a town because it happened to be near the scene” of a recent attack on his command. His total war theory “placed in his hands a weapon, simple in its application, to strike back at his enemy with telling blows.”
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.com
The Minds of Adolf and Josef Sherman
“[Sherman wrote Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P.] Chase [in August 1862], not only to set the government straight as to where its cotton policy was leading, but also to clear up his own thinking about the war. [He] summed up to the Secretary:
“This is no trifle when one nation is at war with another, all the people of one are enemies of the other; then the rules are plain and easy of understanding.” He assured Chase that at the outset of the war there was apparently no understanding of such a simple matter, and he continued:
“The Government of the United States may now safely proceed on the proper rule that all men in the South are enemies of all in the North; and not only are they unfriendly, but all who can procure arms now bear them as organized regiments, or as guerillas. There is not a garrison in Tennessee where a man can go beyond the sight of the flagstaff without being shot or captured.”
Thus did Sherman strip war of all the rules of conduct voluntarily subscribed to by the nations of the civilized nations of the nineteenth century and set up a single very simple one – that all of the people of the South were enemies of those in the North, and the Union armies might therefore proceed on the “proper” rule that no line was to be drawn between the military forces of the South and the noncombatant civilian population.
Sherman here stated, in simple language, the basic principle upon which the waging of total war rests and upon what efforts to justify it are founded.
Sherman [described] his helplessness [before Southern cavalry raids on his forces] in a report to General Grant as early as August 1862. He pointed out the difficulty of coming to grips with the enemy . . . The elusiveness of Southern units brought from Sherman a characteristic recourse to generalization, as he assured Grant: “All the people are now guerillas, and they have a perfect understanding.”
[Sherman] wrote his brother in September: “It’s about time the North understood the truth. That the entire South, man, woman and child, is against us, armed and determined.”
It was evident that this time that Sherman was determined to consider the resistance encountered . . . as the treacherous acts of the civilian populace. He was to shut out any thought that his troubles were caused by Confederate cavalry. It mattered not that he had not investigated or weighed the evidence to establish the truth of the proposition – he had convinced himself that it was true, and that was what he would act upon.
Sherman had been searching around for some means of crippling those he was coming to hate, and as early as July 31 , a few days after he took command at Memphis, he wrote to his wife . . . “We are now in the enemy’s country, and I act accordingly. The North may fall into bankruptcy and anarchy first, but if they can hold on, the war will soon assume a turn to extermination, not of soldiers alone, that is the least part of the trouble, but the people.”
[His brother Senator] John Sherman had written the General shortly before the Union army occupied Corinth . . . “However delay, defeat or a much longer continuation in the barbarity of rebel warfare will prepare the public mind in the North for a warfare that will not scruple to avail itself of every means of subjection.”
(Merchant of Terror, General Sherman and Total War, John Bennett Walters, Bobbs-Merrill, 1973, pp. 57-61)
Circa1865 Web Blog Launched
Friends of the NC War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission,
It is my pleasure to announce the launch of a new web blog which can be found at www.Circa1865.com.
This site will serve as a platform and archive of what has become a large number of War-related excerpts from many important books and reference material. It is intended as a categorized resource for all who seek information about the War as well as students researching pertinent topics. The entire archive will serve as an excellent bibliography and recommendations for further reading.
Please visit the site regularly to view our usually-daily posts!
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
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