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  • Civil War [Union] monument in Petersburg vandalized

    08/30/2015 7:05:08 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    WTVR.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | WTVR 6 Staff
    A Civil War monument in Petersburg was vandalized at some point early Saturday morning. The Monument to Union Soldiers stands on Wakefield Street and is across from Walnut Hill Elementary School. Petersburg police and the National Parks Service are working together to investigate the damage. If you have any information that could help investigators, call Petersburg police at 804-732-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 804-861-1212.
  • Commander of United Confederate Veterans Gen James W. Moore of Alabama, being laid to rest

    08/30/2015 9:14:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    In 1949, the surviving members of the United Confederate Veterans attend the funeral of their commander, James W. Moore. Moore joined the confederate army at the age of 13, died at the age of 99 and was buried in Selma, AL. Here's your chance to see video of some real confederate veterans.
  • Civil War ironclad CSS Georgia recovers from Savannah River

    08/24/2015 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Army Mil. ^ | August 21, 2015 | Jeremy Buddemeier
    Tonnage and undersized propulsion, combined with the strength of the Savannah River's currents and tides, pigeonholed the vessel into becoming a floating battery across from Old Fort Jackson, where it guarded against a Union naval advance into Savannah.
  • Did Religious Fanaticism Cause the Civil War?

    08/20/2015 7:31:23 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | August 20, 2015 | Stephen Klugewicz
    The title of this engaging analysis of the cause of the American Civil War comes from James Buchanan’s reaction to John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, which the president claimed stemmed from “an incurable disease in the public mind.” Historian Thomas Fleming agrees with Buchanan that it was hysteria over the issue of slavery, generated by wild-eyed, intolerant, and impractical Yankee abolitionists, that sparked the tragic conflict between North and South. Pointing to the peaceful end of slavery in the British West Indies, Cuba, and Brazil, Mr. Fleming seeks to explain why America did not find a more reasonable way...
  • Slavery Reparations Could Cost Up to $14 Trillion, According to New Calculation

    08/20/2015 2:38:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 19, 2015 | Douglas Main
    In 1865, toward the end of the Civil War, Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman promised slaves that they’d receive 40 acres and a mule. Land was even set aside, but the promise was recanted by President Andrew Johnson. Ever since, the issue of reparations has come up many times, often fiercely debated. Although most Americans generally don’t support reparations, according to University of Connecticut researcher Thomas Craemer, it matters greatly how the question is worded, who would get reparations and in what form. For example, the idea of reparations paid in educational benefits are more popular than others, Craemer...
  • Washington & Lee Denies Sons of Confederate Veterans Access to Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day

    08/19/2015 6:19:52 AM PDT · by Rebeleye · 11 replies
    WBDJ Television ^ | 18 April 2015 | Kirhee Stewart
    Walter Wilmore is a member of the Stonewall Brigade of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Last month, he applied to hold a ceremony on Lee-Jackson Day here at the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University. A few weeks later, he received a notice in the mail rejecting the organization's request to use the chapel. Wilmore says the group has been holding the ceremony there for 14 years and he's shocked the request was denied.
  • GOV. JINDAL MOVES TO BLOCK REMOVAL OF ALL HISTORICAL STATUES, INCLUDING CONFEDERATE

    08/17/2015 4:25:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Breibbart ^ | August 15, 2015 | AWR HAWKINS
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) is looking for a way to block attempts to remove historical statues–statues of Confederate leaders in this instance–from their current positions in New Orleans. Jindal’s presidential campaign described efforts to remove the Confederate statues as “political correctness run amok.” The statues marked for removal include one of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard. Breitbart News previously reported that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was spearheading the effort to have the statues removed. According to Buzzfeed, Jindal spokesperson Shannon Dirmann said: The Governor opposes tearing down these historical statues...
  • Shocking pictures from inside neo-Nazi military camp reveal recruits as young as SIX

    08/13/2015 12:50:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 8-12-2015 | Stepan Cockroft
    They're the ultra-Nationalist swastika-loving battalion which is openly against the ceasefire agreed with pro-Russian separatists. Now extremists from the Azov unit, a far-right neo-Nazi militia defending the port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, are teaching children as young as six how to fire guns in an attempt to entice them into the country's bloody conflict. Disturbing pictures have emerged from a military summer camp held on the outskirts of Kiev which show members of the voluntary group teaching so-called 'Azovets' how to behave as young fighters. The children - which include girls and boys, some as young as six...
  • Donald Trump Named as Kremlin Agent by Ukrainian 'Enemy List' Website

    08/13/2015 10:58:16 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Liveleak ^ | 8-13-215 | Liveleak
    A Ukrainian website has created a comprehensive list of Ukraine's supposed 'enemies'. The eclectic list naturally includes a slew of Ukrainian and Russian statesmen and public personalities, but also, more surprisingly, nearly two dozen foreign figures, from Xi Jinping and Nicolas Sarkozy to Steven Seagal and even Donald Trump. After quickly gaining widespread media attention in Ukraine, the highly stylized website, which had a kyiv.ua domain, was quietly taken down, but not before internet archive Wayback Machine managed to index some of its content. Ukrainian media reported that the comprehensive list was prepared on the basis of an anonymous survey...
  • Was the Civil War about Slavery?

    08/11/2015 1:11:21 PM PDT · by iowamark · 773 replies
    Acton Institute, Prager University ^ | 8/11/2015 | Joe Carter
    What caused the Civil War? That seems like the sort of simple, straightforward question that any elementary school child should be able to answer. Yet many Americans—including, mostly, my fellow Southerners—claim that that the cause was economic or state’s rights or just about anything other than slavery. But slavery was indisputably the primary cause, explains Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The abolition of slavery was the single greatest act of liberty-promotion in the history of America. Because of that fact, it’s natural for people who love freedom, love tradition, and...
  • Then & now photos from the Civil War

    08/09/2015 7:31:06 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 62 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/7/2015
    Very cool then & now photo shoot. The women who dug the graves, the kids who watched the largest battle in US history – and the slaves forced to help fighters at the front. 150 years after the last shots were fired, Guardian photographer David Levene travelled across the US photographing the sites scarred by the American civil war. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2015/jun/22/american-civil-war-photography-interactive
  • Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West?

    08/09/2015 9:18:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-6-15 | Chris Heller
    Initially seen as the Army's answer to how to settle the frontier, the camels eventually became a literal beast of burden, with no home on the range. In the 1880s, a wild menace haunted the Arizona territory. It was known as the Red Ghost, and its legend grew as it roamed the high country. It trampled a woman to death in 1883. It was rumored to stand 30 feet tall. A cowboy once tried to rope the Ghost, but it turned and charged his mount, nearly killing them both. One man chased it, then claimed it disappeared right before his...
  • Lois Lerner: Lincoln Should’ve Let the South Go Instead of Civil War

    08/07/2015 7:05:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ken Meyer
    Most Americans tend to agree that Abraham Lincoln was one of this country’s better presidents, having saved the nation from imploding on itself with the Civil War. Former IRS chief Lois Lerner, however, does not apparently have the same thoughts about keeping the South in the union. “Look my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best,” Lerner wrote in 2014. “He should (have) let the south go. We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets.” The Senate Finance Committee released a report yesterday that examined 1.5 million pages of IRS emails. A significant focus...
  • On Reconsidering the Southern Cause (Flag Thing)

    08/04/2015 2:23:36 PM PDT · by publius911 · 86 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 11, 2015 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    "What I see appears to be a vengeful elimination of any memory or dignity in the South, a dignity the peace after the Civil War thought it wise to allow"
  • How God Ended North American Slavery

    08/03/2015 2:32:33 PM PDT · by kathsua · 7 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | August 3rd, 2015 | reasonmclucus
    The actions God took to end slavery in North America provide an example of the truth of the religious phrase “God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform
  • Obama Authorizes "Defensive" Airstrikes Against Assad Regime In Syria

    08/03/2015 7:25:05 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 8-3-2015 | Durden
    On Friday, we checked in on the Pentagon’s ongoing effort to recruit, vet, and train ambitious "freedom fighters" to join the battle against ISIS in Syria. It goes without saying that covert US efforts to aid the multifarious groups vying for control of the country have met with disastrous consequences so far, but if there’s anything Washington is particularly adept at, it’s making bad foreign policy outcomes worse, which is why we weren’t at all surprised to learn that the commander of the Pentagon's new Syrian "force" was captured, along with his deputy, by al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra last week near...
  • GOP CIVIL WAR EXPLODES IN FULL VIEW

    08/03/2015 4:13:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 3, 2015 | Breitbart News
    For a 56th birthday present to himself, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) (R-North Carolina) took perhaps the most aggressive step yet against the Republican Party’s establishment. It marked perhaps the most bombastic challenge to House Speaker Rep. John Boehner’s (R-OH) (R-Ohio) leadership, and another point at which long-simmering tensions within the Republican caucus have exploded out into the open.
  • Angel's Glow: The Bacterium that Saved Civil War Soldiers

    08/01/2015 5:39:54 PM PDT · by Talisker · 26 replies
    Kids Discover ^ | August 19, 2013
    As the sun went down after the 1862 Battle of Shiloh during the Civil War, some soldiers noticed that their wounds were glowing a faint blue. Many men waited on the rainy, muddy Tennessee battlefield for two days that April, until medics could treat them. Once they were taken to field hospitals, the troops with glowing wounds were more likely to survive their injuries — and to get better faster. Thus the mysterious blue light was dubbed “Angel’s Glow.” In 2001, 17-year-old Civil War buff Bill Martin visited the Shiloh battlefield with his family and heard the legend of Angel’s...
  • Revisiting Shelby Foote's Enduring Work

    07/29/2015 8:22:42 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 25 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 7/28/2015 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Foote's narrative is such a breath of fresh air when compared to much of the politically motivated and agenda driven Civil War history of recent years. That alone would make it bad enough but, in addition, much of what is being written is not only poor history, it is poor literature. (Foote remains of the few adults in a room of Civil War historians populated by juveniles.)
  • Democrats on civil rights: Bullet or bribe? (...history of discrimination, dependency)

    07/28/2015 8:33:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    WND ^ | July 27, 2015 | Bill Federer
    Booker T. Washington In 1857, the Supreme Court, with seven of the nine justices being Democrat, decided that Dred Scott was not a citizen, but property. Chief Justice Roger Taney, appointed by Democrat President Andrew Jackson, wrote that slaves were “so far inferior … that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for their own benefit.” After the Civil War, the 13th Amendment was adopted Dec. 6, 1865, abolishing slavery in America. Once Southern Democrats were forced to free their slaves, they attempted to effectively re-enslave them by passing “Black Codes” and “Jim Crow Laws” which...
  • Family of Doctor Who Treated Lincoln Assassin Visit Prison

    07/27/2015 8:04:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    About 80 descendants of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd marked Friday's 150th anniversary of Mudd's July 24, 1865, arrival at an isolated Gulf of Mexico fort where he was imprisoned after splinting the broken leg of President Abraham Lincoln's assassin. Wearing "Free Dr. Mudd'' T-shirts, the group toured Fort Jefferson, a former Union military prison on an island 68 miles west of Key West in remote Dry Tortugas National Park. Most visited the cell where Mudd spent four years after being convicted as a co-conspirator in Lincoln's assassination. Great-grandson Tom Mudd, who spearheaded the pilgrimage, believes the doctor was unaware of...
  • Syria's embattled president vows to win bloody civil war

    07/27/2015 10:05:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    AP | July 26, 2015 | Bassem Mroue
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  • “The Civil War never ended”: Jesse Jackson [ re the Confederate flag ]

    07/25/2015 6:54:46 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 61 replies
    Salon ^ | July 15, 2015 | DAVID MASCIOTRA
    “The Civil War never ended”: Jesse Jackson on the racist agenda that must come down with the Confederate flag"..Full Headline Since the homicidal evil named Dylann Roof claimed the lives of nine black worshipers in Charleston, South Carolina, the country has commissioned a conversation about racial harmony and diversity. The audible defeat in President Obama’s voice when he made yet another call for gun control to millions of deaf ears was an early signal of legislative dysfunction, and the political system’s inability to react meaningfully to crisis. Politics under the noxious regime of slavery and under the nominal promise of...
  • Walter Williams: Historical ignorance

    07/24/2015 6:56:31 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 42 replies
    http://www.richmond.com ^ | July 14, 2015 | Walter Williams
    The victors of war write its history in order to cast themselves in the most favorable light. That explains the considerable historical ignorance about our war of 1861 and panic over the Confederate flag. To create better understanding, we have to start a bit before the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the war between the Colonies and Great Britain. Its first article declared the 13 Colonies “to be free, sovereign and independent states.” These 13 sovereign nations came together in 1787 as principals and created the federal government as their agent. Principals have always...
  • Ulysses S. Grant Died 130 Years Ago. Racists Hate Him, But Historians No Longer Do.

    07/24/2015 2:30:32 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 117 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 23rd July 2015 | Nick Baumann
    'After Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died 130 years ago today, a million and a half Americans watched his funeral procession. His mausoleum was a popular tourist attraction in New York City for decades. But for most of the 20th Century, historians and non-historians alike believed Grant was corrupt, drunken and incompetent, that he was one of the country's worst presidents, and that as a general, he was more lucky than good. A generation of historians, led by Columbia's William A. Dunning, criticized Grant for backing Reconstruction, the federal government's attempt to protect the rights...
  • Group takes a shovel to Confederate General’s grave

    07/24/2015 7:58:31 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    News Channel 3 ^ | July 22, 2015 | Eryn Taylor
    Group takes a shovel to Confederate General’s grave Posted 10:18 pm, July 22, 2015, by Eryn Taylor MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A group was fed up with waiting, so they got a shovel and dug up a patch of grass next to Nathan Bedford Forrest’s grave and statue in a public park in the Medical District. The group says they wanted the statue and remains removed for a long time, because he was a Confederate soldier, a KKK leader and a slave trader. “If he’s gone, some of this racism and race-hate might be gone,” said Isaac Richmond with Commission on...
  • Ukraine's Right Sector Calls For Referendum To Impeach Government

    07/22/2015 1:34:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service ^ | 7-22-2015 | Radio Free Europe
    undreds of Ukrainian right-wingers rallied in Kyiv on July 21 to protest against government policies in the wake of a deadly standoff between radical nationalists and police in the country's west. Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh announced that his group would start a campaign to conduct a national referendum on whether President Petro Porshenko and his government should be impeached and an “absolute blockade” set up against territory in eastern Ukraine under the control of pro-Russian separatists.
  • HISTORICAL IGNORANCE II: Forgotten facts about Lincoln, slavery and the Civil War

    07/22/2015 7:36:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 998 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/22/2015 | Prof. Walter Williams
    We call the war of 1861 the Civil War. But is that right? A civil war is a struggle between two or more entities trying to take over the central government. Confederate President Jefferson Davis no more sought to take over Washington, D.C., than George Washington sought to take over London in 1776. Both wars, those of 1776 and 1861, were wars of independence. Such a recognition does not require one to sanction the horrors of slavery. We might ask, How much of the war was about slavery? Was President Abraham Lincoln really for outlawing slavery? Let's look at his...
  • Lone black man in Tampa Confederate group defends heritage

    07/19/2015 9:01:53 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    News4 Jax ^ | 7/19/15 | Anastasia Dawson
    Whenever members of the Judah P. Benjamin Camp of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans don their grey wool uniforms for a demonstration or re-enactment, Al McCray is there among his brothers. Quick Clicks Rally supports Baker Courthouse... NAACP wants Ga. Confederate... Thousands rally to support... Flag debate highlights racial... Confederate signs defaced in... He marches in the parades and flies the Confederate flag. He speaks out against the notion that the Confederate battle flag is a symbol of racism and defends "Southern heritage" causes. Yet McCray is different from the rest of the camp. While the other members are...
  • Stars And Bars Fanatic Is Now Behind Bars

    07/18/2015 3:40:13 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 41 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 7/17/2015 | Unknown
    JULY 17--But who will care for all those Confederate flags? The North Carolina man who responded to the South Carolina church massacre by further covering his property in the rebel flag was arrested and jailed this week on a probation violation charge, records show. Edward Lee West, 69, is locked up in the Nash County jail in advance of an August 5 court appearance. Seen in the adjacent mug shot, West was collared Wednesday afternoon. According to court records, a judge issued an arrest warrant for West after he failed to show up last week for a court hearing on...
  • West Point Revokes Diplomas Of Confederate Graduates (Satire)

    07/17/2015 8:50:52 AM PDT · by rey · 33 replies
    Duffleblog ^ | 17 July 2015
    WEST POINT, N.Y. ─ Following the decision of the South Carolina government to remove the Confederate flag from a state memorial, and the subsequent, nation-wide uproar over all things Confederate, West Point has announced that it will posthumously revoke the diplomas of all cadets who graduated from the Academy and fought for the South during the Civil War. “This sends a clear message to slave-owners and those who would fight for such a horrific cause that 150 years after most of them died we will not tolerate such atrocities on American soil,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Jackson, a spokesman for...
  • Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed charged with bribery, theft and dozens more criminal charges

    07/16/2015 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | Rachel Bunn
    Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed was charged Tuesday with a battery of theft, fraud and bribery charges that, if proven, would stamp corruption in indelible ink on the Reed Era. They would also likely put Reed, who has been out of office since January 2010 and has indicated his intent to fight for vindication, in jail. The 65-year-old Reed was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Wenner Tuesday on charges that go right to the heart of his longtime role as benevolent dictator of Pennsylvania's Capital City.
  • Explosions in Lviv aimed at destabilizing Ukraine: Interior Ministry

    07/14/2015 5:19:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-14-2015 | Reuters
    Two policemen were wounded in explosions at two district police stations in the west Ukrainian city of Lviv on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said, linking the cases to a deadly standoff between a far-right group and police over the weekend. In a statement, the ministry said the entrances to the stations had been booby-trapped with explosives and the safety clip of a grenade was found at one of the sites. "The Interior Ministry connects these explosions with events in the Carpathian region (in western Ukraine), organized with the aim of destabilizing the situation in the country," it said. On Saturday,...
  • How the North kept the South poor

    07/14/2015 6:35:16 AM PDT · by prplhze2000 · 30 replies
    Jackson Jambalaya ^ | July 13, 2015 | kingfish
    This 1938 Jackson Daily News article tells the story of how the Southern governors fought to level the playing field with the North when it came to railroad freight rates. The railroad commissions kept the freight rates very slanted towards the North. Canada, yes- Canada, enjoyed lower freight rates on railroads than did the South; so slanted weighted against the South were the rates. Thus a builder in New Orleans could get steel shipped more cheaply from Pittsburgh than he could from Birmingham....
  • Sowell: Is the Civil War Over?

    07/13/2015 1:46:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 14, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer's hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it. Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in front of the state house a symbolic repudiation of the old South's racial past — and the end of the Civil War. But, unfortunately, wars do not end until both sides decide that it is over. The black parishioners who expressed forgiveness toward the killer did...
  • Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered (contains many fascinating facts -golux)

    07/11/2015 9:54:21 AM PDT · by golux · 555 replies
    via e-mail | Thursday, July 9, 2015 | Chuck Baldwin
    The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that what we see happening in the United States today is an apt illustration of why the Confederate flag was raised in the first place. What we see materializing before our very eyes is tyranny: tyranny over the freedom of expression, tyranny over the freedom of association, tyranny over the freedom of speech, and tyranny over the freedom of conscience. In 1864, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne warned his fellow Southerners of the historical consequences should the South lose their war for independence. He was truly a...
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: The True History of the War for Southern Independence

    07/10/2015 5:56:03 PM PDT · by Ron theDVDguy · 59 replies
    Abbeville Institute Clyde Wilson Library ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Clyde Wilson
    We Sons of Confederate Veterans are charged with preserving the good name of the Confederate soldier. The world, for the most part, has acknowledged what Gen. R. E. Lee described in his farewell address as the “valour and devotion” and “unsurpassed courage and fortitude” of the Confederate soldier. The Stephen D. Lee Institute program is dedicated to that part of our duty that charges us not only to honour the Confederate soldier but “to vindicate the cause for which he fought.” We are here to make the case not only for the Confederate soldier but for his cause. It is...
  • "Conservative" David Brooks on Gen Lee

    07/10/2015 10:11:35 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 85 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/26/15 | David Brooks
    The harder call concerns Robert E. Lee. Should schools and other facilities be named after the great Confederate general, or should his name be removed and replaced? The case against Lee begins with the fact that he betrayed his oath to serve the United States. He didn’t need to do it. The late historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor demonstrated that 40 percent of Virginia officers decided to remain with the Union forces, including members of Lee’s family. As the historian Allen Guelzo emailed me, “He withdrew from the Army and took up arms in a rebellion against the United States.” He...
  • Last Time Confederate Flag Removed and US Flag Raised, 20 Black Women Raped, 1 Murdered

    07/10/2015 7:40:04 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 69 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 1865 | William Gillmore Sims
    In the first reissue of these documents since 1865, A City Laid Waste captures in riveting detail the destruction of South Carolina's capital city. William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), a native South Carolinian and one of the nation's foremost men of letters, was in Columbia and witnessed firsthand the city's capture by Union forces and its subsequent devastation by fire. A renowned novelist and poet, who was also an experienced journalist and historian, Simms deftly recorded the events of February 1865 in a series of eyewitness accounts published in the first ten issues of the Columbia Phoenix and reprinted here. His...
  • Disney removes Confederate flag from Epcot's American theater

    07/09/2015 3:41:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WFTV-TV ^ | July 9, 2015 | Staff, Robert Niles and Joe Kelley, WDBO-TV
    ORLANDO, Fla. — A day after Disney's Hollywood Studios removed a Bill Cosby statue, Disney's Epcot has removed a Confederate flag that was hanging at the theme park's American Adventure theater. Robert Niles from Theme Park Insider writes: The flag removed from Epcot is not the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia most commonly associated with the Confederacy, thanks to its adoption in early 20th century by the Ku Klux Klan and later revival in the 1950s and 60s by southerners in opposition to the civil rights movement. The flag that had hung in the American Adventure was...
  • Civil War-era soldier will be buried with full military honors nearly 100 years after death

    07/06/2015 12:59:32 PM PDT · by South40 · 8 replies
    Fox News (AP) ^ | 31 MAY 2015 | Jeanette Steele
    <p>A Civil War-era soldier who received the Medal of Honor will be buried with full military honors after his ashes were discovered in an unmarked, communal crypt.</p> <p>Sgt. Charles Schroeter will be buried at Miramar National Center in July, nearly a century after he died, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.</p>
  • The Lost Confederados (Southerners and Southern culture flourishing in Brazil)

    07/01/2015 2:14:57 PM PDT · by Javeth · 8 replies
    Garden & Gun ^ | Sept/October 2008 | Gary Hawkins
    Why thousands of Southerners fled to Brazil after the Civil War, why they stayed, and why their descendants still remember I set out from rural North Carolina where folks drink beer, eat barbecue, and listen to Skynyrd on the local classic rock station, flew ten hours to São Paulo, took a cab eighty miles north through a pleasant stretch of Brazilian countryside, and exited onto a dirt road that wound through endless fields of sugarcane before delivering me here to the Cemitério do Campo, where I’ve just stepped through the gate to find folks drinking beer, eating barbecue, and listening...
  • Shocker: There’s a Confederate Flag Sewn Into Lincoln’s Chair at Ford’s Theatre

    07/01/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 17 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 6/29/15 | Joe Lapointe
    As national debate rages about the Confederate flag, a peculiar installation of that controversial banner may be hiding in plain sight – inside the cushion of Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair, a replica that rests in a balcony box in the re-built Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The theatre—a functioning play space and a museum—reopened in 1968, 103 years after President Lincoln died by gunfire in April of 1865 at the end of the Civil War while he watched a play there. The builder of the replica chair—a now-deceased craftsman named Carlton McLendon—lived in Montgomery, Ala. and felt bitter toward the...
  • The coming breakup of the United States.

    06/28/2015 8:06:37 AM PDT · by Desron13 · 63 replies
    Thomas W. Chittum ^ | Paperback – January, 1997 | Thomas W. Chittum
    I copied this check list to Free Republic five years ago. I got a rather large response. Let's just see how far along the check list we are now. Chittum's Civil War 2 Checklist "Civil War Two: The Coming Breakup of America" | 1996 | Thomas Chittum | American Eagle Publications, Inc. ISBN: 0-929408-17-9 It would indeed be the ultimate tragedy if the history of the human race proved to be nothing more than the story of an ape playing with a box of matches on a petrol dump. - David Ormsby Gore Let’s summarize some of the key factors...
  • Crazed Gunman Sparks Anti-Confederate Groundswell [semi-satire]

    06/27/2015 9:45:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 June 2015 | John Semmens
    While Dylan Roof may have wanted to see his murder of nine members of a South Carolina church Bible studies session inspire a race war, the aftermath has taken a different turn. Photos of Roof holding a Confederate flag have led to calls for the removal of this “odious symbol of oppression” from American life. All over the South, Confederate flags are being taken down from state houses, public parks, and memorials. At the Gettysburg National Historic Park all Confederate symbols have been taken down. Park Director Thomas Jackson asserted that “for too long we’ve accorded the treasonous rabble that...
  • National Cathedral to remove Confederate stained glass

    06/26/2015 9:12:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    USATODAY | June 25, 2015 | Adelle M. Banks
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  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band)

    06/26/2015 6:21:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    The Band, Youtube ^ | Robertson, Robbie.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREUrbGGrgM&list=RDjREUrbGGrgM#t=48 Virgil Caine is my name and I drove on the Danville train 'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again. In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive. By May the 10th, Richmond had fell. It's a time I remember, oh so well. The night they drove old Dixie down And all the bells were ringing, The night they drove old Dixie down And all the people were singing They went, "Na,na,na.na, Na na na na na na na na na.'' Back with my wife in Tennessee, when one day she called to me,...
  • A Black Libertarian’s Thoughts on the Confederate Flag: No One "Won" the Civil War

    06/26/2015 6:14:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/26/2015 | Walter Hudson
    In the wake of nine racially motivated murders in South Carolina, attention has focused on displays of the Confederate battle flag. Many retailers have pulled Confederate flags from their inventory. A bipartisan group of politicians and public figures have called for the removal of the flag from South Carolina’s capitol grounds. To some, the flag represents a noble Southern heritage. To others, it evokes a vile history of racial violence. As a black libertarian, I see in the Confederate flag interwoven tragedies which echo through history. The first tragedy is the most obvious, the one most cited, the one fueling...
  • The True South Through My Eyes - HK Edgerton (Black Confederate Reenactor)

    06/25/2015 10:47:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3-28-2011 | ProudRebel
    K Edgerton, a black Confederate advocate, tells of his fondness for the South, the Confederacy, the distinction between the original Klan and another formed forty years later for totally different purposes, and the rarely told truth about Nathan Bedford Forrest.
  • Our Civil War game has been removed from AppStore

    06/25/2015 7:07:56 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 25 replies
    Ultimate General: Gettysburg ^ | 06-25-2015 | Nick Thomadis
    As you may have been already informed, Apple has removed our game from AppStore because of usage of the Confederate Flag. Ultimate General: Gettysburg could be accepted back if the flag is removed from the game's content. We accept Apple's decision and understand that this is a sensitive issue for the American Nation. We wanted our game to be the most accurate, historical, playable reference of the Battle of Gettysburg. All historical commanders, unit composition and weaponry, key geographical locations to the smallest streams or farms are recreated in our game's battlefield. We receive a lot of letters of gratitude...