There as been an interesting discussion going on at the Facebook page called “Black Confederates in the Civil War” between G. Ashleigh Moody who runs PetersburgExpress.com which contains all types of misinformation on “Black Confederates” and Tyler Ratke (the person Connie Chastain/Ward/Reb claims is an alias of mine, I wonder why all the names Connie) and I wanted to get my reader’s take on the validity of each of the arguments. So what do you think?
Well the 2012-2013 school year has come and gone and like so many others it is hard to believe it is over. I have had to say goodbye to some very memorable students in the graduating class of 2013…some will never know how much I will miss seeing them on a daily basis.
However, that will allow more time for blogging…I hope. Now that I have more time on my hands, at least until I start summer school, I have been thinking about next school year and that brings me to the big year of 2014. Numerous events will “celebrate” anniversaries in 2014 not just the 150th of the Civil War’s 1864 but 1914 will be remembered for the beginning of the Great War on June 28th. 1964 should also be remembered as the year in which the Vietnam Conflict began to escalate with two attacks by the Vietcong on U. S. airbases involved in Operation Rolling Thunder and the bombing of communist North Vietnam. 2014 will also mark the 70th Anniversary of the landings of D-Day…a day that celebrates its 69th anniversary today as I type this.
With all of these different events being remembered, it should provide more blogging opportunities in the future making this blog a bit more respectable in the blogosphere. I look forward to working up some posts worthy of my readers and hopefully to gain some new readers as well. So here is to 2014…its only 6 months away.
The other day Kevin over at Civil War Memory posted some comments on his visit to the Confederate Memorial Chapel at the VMFA in Richmond Virginia. In the comments section, Grayson Jennings, a flagger, made this comment…
Kevin is spot on as to why no one takes the flagger seriously. The flaggers have been out front of the VMFA for nearly 76 weeks to no avail despite numerous new members joining the ranks. The other day the flaggers were witnesses to a tour group going through the chapel…as you can see from the photo at the top of this post. The picture got me to thinking that if the flaggers are really serious about the history of the chapel and care for the history of the men who lived there they would do something more constructive than just stand on the street with their flags. But that is not what they are about…I know it and so do they.
What would be nice to see is the flaggers taking a more proactive stance towards the history of the chapel and the men who lived there. I have heard that the chapel is not open as much as some would like (Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday) and the flaggers have a perfect opportunity to volunteer their time to open up the chapel and allow more people to learn its history. Obviously there would need to be historical supervision by the VMFA or a local University or historical society since it is plainly obvious the flaggers are not history oriented, but what better way to not only keep the history of the chapel and the old veterans alive as well as work with the VMFA instead of working against them.
Seems like a win, win situation…what say you Virginia Flaggers?
David Tatum has gotten his feathers all ruffled over the perceived notion that Confederate Heritage is being wiped of the face of the Earth and he is currently in the process of developing a list of “threatened” Confederate statues/plaques/flags/names, etc. He posted a few on his site the other day so I thought I would look into how “threatened” they really are.
Here is a list of what he has so far with links to the stories and my commentary.
Dixie State College of Utah
It appears that David is not happy that a public institution might not want to associate with things Confederate. Ironically, the school has not always been associated with “Dixie” and has had a total of six names up to this point. So changing the name appears to happen every so often. However, David has not done his homework as usual, because the Board of Trustees voted on January 18, 2013 to rename the institution…wait for it…Dixie State University. Oh, the vote to do so was unanimous
Well, David is O-1
Lets see how David does with the Confederate Monument in Jefferson, Georgia. Apparently it was damanged…must have been a bunch of damn Yankees right? Well not so fast…it appears that the damage occurred while it was being moved in order to ease traffic problems. However the move put it in a more visible and accessible area. Here are some links…
Damn…David is 0-2…more to come later. Maybe in the meantime, David could check his list that second time. Looks like he needs to!
As you can see from the three tweets above, Southern Nationalists like “Dr.” Michael Hill of the League of the South and Michael Cushman of Southern Nationalist Network are not as concerned about Southern Heritage as they are Southern “White” Supremacy. Southern Heritage is purely a front for their disdain of everything American today and a wish to return to the days of the antebellum south. I personally find their views of history quite disturbing. What do you think?