Tonight, May 2, 2013 we remember the mortal wounding of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson by his own troops while scouting the Federal lines at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Jackson would die about a week later on May 10, 1863. It appears that the Stonewall Brigade SCV’s Camp and Brandon Dorsey are planning to erect a new statue of Jackson near Lexington. As you can see from the “artist” sketch above and from the Facebook image the new Stonewall Jackson statue is looking like it will be in the same vane as the Ugly General Forrest statue below. But the question is why produce such ugly artwork in memory of such a honored hero? Is it a pretext to put up more confederate battle flag displays? Whatever happened to realistic statues and monuments to our heroes?
As the discussion goes on about the placing of “Secede” stickers on various places in the south, SNN posted this picture of the Lincoln and Tad statue on the south side of city hall in Kansas City, Kansas. SNN says…
“If our past pictures have enraged anti-Southern elements (and allegedly ‘pro-Southern’ folks who oppose Southern independence) then this latest one is sure to cause their heads to explode with rage!”
As I looked at the picture and wondered if it was photoshopped, I realized that this is all that these “Southern Nationalists” have in their quiver…the only bullet in their gun. They don’t even have the nerve that their ancestors did to start the shooting. Not that I advocate violence or wish violence on anyone…even these folks…but this is all they have…Stickers!
And they stick them everywhere…sooner or later the good people in these places will get tired of the petty vandalism. What the don’t get is that they are just defacing the property of other southerners…southerners they claim to be defending and wanting secession to gain them their freedom. Will this freedom include the freedom from having their property defaced?
Head exploding with rage? Not quite…I feel pity for these people who cannot respect the property of those they claim to be defending.
So this is the Heritage they are passing down…now it finally get it.
…Random acts of Petty Vandalism brought to you by Michael Cushman and the Southern Nationalist Network.
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?
As you can see by the Facebook screen capture above Susan F. Hathaway…best know as the big cheese of the Virginia Flaggers…is none to happy about this article about USCT who came from Virginia posted on the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial page. As you can see one member is unsure as I am as to why Susan would have a problem with the history of the USCT? Could it be that it is just not Confederate and the only real history Virginia needs to be telling during the Sesquicentennial according to Susan must be Confederate? Again this is just one more in a long litany of examples of how for the Neo-Confederate/Flagger/Lost Cause Traditionalists that it really is all about heritage, not history.