Support Our Missouri Veterans Contact Letter Template!

missouri, veterans, border war, confederate veterans, confederate monumentsWant to help support our Missouri veterans? As some revisionist historians and intolerant leftists seek to remove veteran monuments or discourage the truth regarding our men, women and children (of all races, including Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and more) who fought and sacrificed for future generations during one of the most difficult times in our State’s history, now is your opportunity to also help take a stand for freedom and the continued remembrance of their important stories! Below is a sample letter if you’d like to get involved in contacting your Mayor, our Missouri Governor, a Missouri Senator or your local Representative.

To the Honorable (governor, senator, representative or mayor name here)

Thousands of Missouri veterans gave their lives in defense of our State and it’s communities during America’s War Between the States. These young men – and often times women, teenagers and children too – answered Missouri’s call in a time of armed invasion and defended her borders, cities, and citizens. They endured the horrors of the conflict because they loved their homes and their families. They sought not honor or geographical expansion, only peaceful self-determination in a time of cultural upheaval. The hoped for peace was broken by invading armies.

It is only right and proper that we remember with dignity, honor, and propriety these champions. They gave their highest sacrifice for the home they loved. No honorable people would ignore, belittle, or politicize the depth of their devotion.

The flags under which they served their State should be publicly evident at sites dedicated to remembering and honoring those who served (this may include the Missouri state flag, Price’s Missouri Battle Flag, Quantrill’s flag, local community flag designs, the Southern Cross or the First National). Their battlefields should be preserved and their graves and monuments maintained. In the history of our country, these are the only ones to die in defense of the State of their birth and in which they lived. How inappropriate it would be for the communities they loved so dearly to convolute the bold sacrifice they made.

Missouri will want to honor her soldiers in the most public venues possible – the best of their generation. These young men died in battle for their beloved State. They – and their families who sacrificed so much as well – gave the full measure of devotion for Missouri!

Respectfully,

(Your name here)

Missouri Contact Information:

Note: Special thanks to R. L. Parker, PhD, of the Chaplains Corps Chronicles SCV Newsletter, August 2017 (Issue 140).

Flyer: Also don’t forget to hang up the below flyer at your local coffee shop, library, courthouse or wherever else you think people would want to join in helping support our veterans! Just left click on it and save to print out!

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The Ruinous Revolution that Swallowed 60 Million People

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With Camden Point’s rich educational legacy that contributed so profoundly to the shaping of our community, and the crisis of leftism, socialism and progressivism presently facing our schools, universities and much of western society today, I  thought it might be interesting to take a look at a man who witnessed firsthand the impact these destructive philosophies had on his country and his people. Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was a Russian writer and historian who, amongst many things, helped raise awareness of the atrocities surrounding the Soviet Union’s forced labor camps. Although his works were often suppressed in his own nation, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, and later expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974. He returned to his homeland in 1994.

On June 8 of 1978, Mr. Solzhenitsyn delivered an address titled, “A World Split Apart” to Harvard’s graduates. Remember, this was during a time when American Progressives weren’t quite as vigorous in censoring “unpopular” views that the Left found intolerable. Solzhenitsyn’s opening words discussed the Harvard motto of “Veritas” (Truth), and how truth will elude us if we don’t give full attention to its pursuit – something which many public schools and institutions of so-called “higher learning” throughout Missouri and beyond seem to have forgotten. As such, he went on to say that, “even while it eludes us, the illusion of knowing it still lingers and leads to many misunderstandings. Also, truth is seldom pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter.”

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Meanwhile, as leftists force their intensely partisan ideologies upon many through the abuse of the American court system (as well as the Supreme Court), Mr. Solzhenitsyn – who had spent significant portions of his life under the abuses of leftism as realized through a communist regime – believed that a society without any objective legal scale is indeed a terrible one. “But a society with no other scale than the legal one is not quite worthy of man either. A society which is based on the letter of the law and never reaches any higher is taking very scarce advantage of the high level of human possibilities. The letter of the law is too cold and formal to have a beneficial influence on society. Whenever the tissue of life is woven of legalistic relations, there is an atmosphere of moral mediocrity, paralyzing man’s noblest impulses. And it will be, simply, impossible to stand through the trials of this threatening century with only the support of a legalistic structure.”

left, leftist, leftism, propagandaLastly, Solzhenitsyn warns in “Voice from the Gulag” (Eternity, October 1985 pp. 23-4), that “I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’”

Note: The artwork displayed within this post are old World War 2 posters that have been slightly updated for modern audiences. Thoughts on atheism, leftism, socialism, christianity, censorship or the state of modern education today in our communities? Leave us a comment! We’d love to hear from you.

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Anti-Federalist Papers of 1787 Provides Prophetic Look at Hot Button Issues of Today

Anti-Federalist Papers, 1787, Patrick Henry, James Madison, Constitution, Historical Resource, American GovernmentSecession, State’s Rights, immigration, slavery and voter rights. While these may be some of the hot-button issues of our time, curiously enough – they were significant topics of discussion well over two hundred years ago. It can be pretty eye-opening to pick up a book like the Anti-Federalist Papers and read the statements made by some of the world’s most brilliant thinkers in the 1780s. And while I understand that history isn’t everyone’s favorite subject, and that picking up a meaty book like this might be a bit of a chore for some, I endeavored to create a summary historical resource (available at the bottom of this post) that has some of the most interesting quotes that might be of relevance to today’s reader. Of course I’d absolutely recommend reading the book for yourself, but it’s my hope that this well designed resource is a useful introduction into this fascinating and sometimes strangely prophetic look into what has worked in our communities – and what hasn’t. 

In the meantime, below is a small selection of what you’ll find…

“….there is to be a great and mighty President, with very extensive powers; the powers of a King: He is to be supported in extravagant magnificence: So that the whole of our property may be taken by this American Government, by laying what taxes they please, giving themselves what salaries they please, and suspending our laws at their pleasure….” – Patrick Henry (pg 211 of the Anti-Federalist Papers)

Christianity: In a letter to Thomas Jefferson, dated June 28, 1813, John Adams wrote, “The GENERAL PRINCIPLES on which the fathers achieved independence were the only principles in which that beautiful assembly of young gentlemen could unite, and these principles only could be intended by them in their address, or by me in my answer. And what were these GENERAL PRINCIPLES? I answer, the general principles of Christianity, in which all those sects were united; and the GENERAL PRINCIPLES of English and American liberty, in which all these young men united, and which had united all parties in America, in majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her independence. Now I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature, and our terrestrial mundane system. I could therefore safely say, consistently with all my then and present information, that I believed they would never make discoveries in contradiction to these GENERAL PRINCIPLES.“      

debt clockImmigration: Because we value our communities, Immigration continues to be a heated issue with Americans today. Gouverneur Morris shares in the papers an argument which discusses friendship and charity, but not at the expense of sound wisdom, common sense, or our right to declare the conditions of membership. Also of relevence in today’s emotive, feelings-based society, Morris’ statement on being governed by our feelings as little as possible continues to hold a great deal of weight.

“You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your Government.” – Patrick Henry

Slavery: Also of note is how the Anti-Federalist Papers discussed the issues of slavery. Instead of taking a solid stand for or against Slavery, the Constitutional Convention decided on a compromise that would hopefully keep the 13 States together. The New England states would not vote to prohibit the slave trade if Georgia and South Carolina wouldn’t insist on the 2/3 vote on commercial laws regarding the regulation of commerce. However, much like Roger Sherman (Connecticut) observed, Americans were indeed slowly attempting to peacefully abolish slavery and the slave trade. This is evidenced through Vermont abolishing slavery in 1777, Massachusetts in 1780, and New Hampshire in 1783. Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Michigan and others followed in the early 1800’s. But federal government’s interference through excessive taxation (tariffs of 1828 and 1832), hindered this progress through creating deep rifts of ideological distinctions between our people.

Eventually, through Constitutional abuse, frustration, and continued provoking between the sections, approximately 600,000 to 1 million lives would be lost in one of the most bloody Civil Wars the world has ever seen – forever tarnishing the cause of liberty in America.

“We should remember the character which the Scripture requires in Rulers, that they should be men hating covetousness.” – Ben Franklin

We The People? A Look at the Anti-federalist Papers (281 KB) is a 14 page PDF resource that includes numerous quotes from the Anti-Federalist Papers. At times hauntingly prophetic, this document provides a fascinating look at what some of the world’s most brilliant individuals thought about in regards to many of the issues we continue to discuss today. Also included are looks into the individuals behind the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and U.S. Constitution  Simply click HERE the link to view!

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The Leftist Attack on African American Confederate Veterans

African Americans, Confederate Veteran, veterans, H.K. Edgerton, Leftism, confederate flagIn light of the veterans monument forcibly removed in St. Louis’s Forest Park (and the fight to even get the local government to allow relocation to the Missouri Civil War Museum), I was reviewing a book that I had read five or six years ago. The book, entitled Black Southerners in Confederate Armies, was compiled and edited by J.H. Segars and Charles Kelly Barrow and details numerous examples of African American veterans who fought for their families and communities on the side of the Confederacy.

As I looked through the remarkable stories of these African American veterans and their families who served, I couldn’t help but regard the removal of these monuments as an act of intolerance and a sad lack of education and understanding. Furthermore, it boils down to a potentially racist attempt by the leftist /progressive elements to shamefully erase the many stories of sacrifice and service of countless veterans and their families throughout the South during this extremely difficult time.

For example, in an 1866 publication, the Pictoral Book of Anecdotes and Incidents of the War of the Rebellion describes an account of a black Confederate sharp shooter who was killed by federal troops.

African Americans, Confederate Veteran, veteransThe article displayed at left discusses the enrollment of “70 free negroes” who chose to fight in defense of their State. And in New Orleans (ironically where a local government headed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu forced the removal of their veterans monuments), around “1,400 free colored men” was part of the army in 1861.

Meanwhile, a letter signed by Frank Baily, a New York soldier with the 34th New York Volunteer Infantry describes to his brother that, “there is no mistake but the rebels have black soldiers for I have seen them brought in as prisoners of war, I saw one who had the stripes of a orderly sergeant on his coat.”

A 1919 South Carolina pension application for Thomas Tobi states that Tobi, a Confederate pension applicant, was “a free Negro who volunteered in this company and served to the end of the war.” He served from 1861 until 1865.

The July 24, 1863 edition of the New York Herald notes that “Among the rebel prisoners who were marched through Gettysburg there were observed seven negroes in uniform and fully accoutred as soldiers.”

The Silver City Independent (New Mexico) of August 22, 1934 reports that George Williams, a local African American man, “served as a ‘striker’ for General Price of the Confederate army and participated in many battles, forced marches and exciting skirmishes with Union troops, narrowly escaping death or capture a number of times. He could recount his war experiences vividly.”

African Americans, Confederate Veteran, veteransEddie Brown Page III was an African American historian who specialized in black history, Confederate history, and how blacks contributed to Confederate military history. He wrote that, “For me, as a native of the South and as a soldier, the St. Andrew’s cross on the Georgia flag symbolizes my heritage – respect for the courage and sacrifice of my patriotic forefathers, free people of color and slaves, for the constitutional principle of sovereignty of the states of the founding fathers – and not racism, current events of the institution of ‘slavery’. For me, the Confederate symbolism of the current state flag should be understood as representing and acknowledging the contributions of African Americans, Native Americans and Jewish persons, as well as European Americans, that is, a multicultural heritage.” Eddie sadly passed away in 1998 during an attempted robbery near his home in Atlanta.

All of these are just a handful of the many little-known stories of Black Confederates who have been collected through research of pension records, official records, newspaper articles, veterans accounts and more. We must not ignore their story, their sacrifice, or their legacy of proud service to their families and their community.

For more details:

Note: H.K. Edgerton , an African-American civil rights activist, was a past president of the NAACP in Asheville, N.C. Presently he’s a historian and public speaker who is also working to help defend the civil rights of Americans of all colors and creeds. He serves as chairman emeritus of the board of the Southern Legal Resource Center, and is a member of Save Southern Heritage (www.sshfl.org).

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Camden Point’s Lost Educational Legacy

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The latest issue of the Platte County Missouri Historical and Genealogical Society had a nice little write-up on the Missouri Christian College, which was a Camden Point institution until about 1929. The editor notes that it was about this time that an endowment went to William Woods College in Fulton, and that the main building remained vacant until around March of 1944 when it was torn down. I’ve heard some say that it was dismantled as scrap for the war effort.

Interestingly enough, I did pass through Fulton four or five years ago, and recall that they noted somewhere on campus their beginnings in Camden Point. As such, it’s hard not to think about how different Camden Point would look today if the college had continued in our town, instead of in Fulton. But somehow politics and short-sighted leadership caused the school to relocate to another area. It’s an example of a decision having some pretty lasting effects.

The school was located on the eastern edge of town, and was the sight of educational efforts as far back as 1848 when a Female Academy was started. The structure burned in 1854, and a new building was constructed soon after. Missouri’s Civil War disrupted efforts for some time, but in 1869 the school was evidently purchased and incorporated into a Female Orphan School by the Christian Church of Missouri (which indicates that the Camden Point Christian Church once had considerable influence and involvement in the community). The building was again burned by fire in 1890. At this time, there was an effort to move the school to a more central location in Missouri, but was found to be in violation of an endowment agreement. In 1904, the school changed it’s name to “Missouri Christian College”.

To this day, there continues to be a rectangular area where the building once sat, along with concrete steps and a short sidewalk that led to the front door. One of the homes that sits nearby was the college president’s home. A number of years ago, I found a twisted buffalo nickle near the sidewalk as well as an old penny, and wondered if these relics may have belonged to a student? Whatever the case, the past continues to whisper its story of people who have gone before. And we’ll be here…remembering.

Read more here: Collected Writings on Camden Point School

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Memorial Day 2017 – In Defense of Our Veterans

Here at Camden Point Landmark Society, the purpose of this site is to, of course, remember our history and the people of our local community. While this does focus on Camden Point, we also realize we’re part of a Platte County community and the community of Missouri – and a much more vague community abroad. We sincerely love history and want to learn from it – but never want to pursue the rewriting, removal or disregarding of the portions that we don’t really like. Yes, there’s been some terrible periods and ugly blots which might prove to be uncomfortable or hard to understand. Much like our society today. There’s some terrible things (like the genocide of small children through abortion, the continued enslavement of people, and the murder of children in war) that are done that a future generation may find uncomfortable or hard to understand.

However, what we find especially ironic this Memorial Day are opportunistic politicians and people groups who are attacking veterans and their families in order to further their own agenda (like Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans who recently removed several veteran memorials or Lyda Krewson, Mayor of St. Louis who wants to remove veterans memorials). To defend veterans on one hand, and then attack the memory of veterans on the other is the height of hypocrisy. Because it’s people who end up doing the fighting and dying. Most statues that are currently being removed, or are in threat of removal, were erected NOT for a government – but for the people of our communities who lost their homes, children, husbands and wives in an attempt to defend from an aggressive invader. Were there some who fought and sacrificed for unpopular reasons? Perhaps. Just as some veterans today may fight – and die – for unpopular reasons.

For example. World War II Veterans fought for our communities, while at the same time the government was interring thousands of Japanese Americans in concentration camps (like at Heart Mountain, Wyoming). Because of this, should we start removing all the statues in public places commemorating the people who fought and sacrificed so much in World War II? Or what about Abraham Lincoln, a man who would be considered a racist and war-monger by today’s standards. Should we start removing public statues and monuments dedicated to this divisive individual? Maybe Thomas Jefferson, a prior president whose face is carved into Mount Rushmore. He was a slave owner and involved in the Louisiana Purchase – an act that would eventually lead to the near genocide of countless Native Americans. Should we seek to remove him from public memory? Or the Romans, on which much of American law and government architecture is based around. They promoted slavery and subjugation of entire people groups. Should this be a cause for some Orwellian campaign to rewrite history and present day usage of potentially offensive things?

Or can we just learn from history, seek to never repeat the terrible things…and move on?

I also would highly recommend giving a listen to Tom Woods Episode 915 on Southern Monuments Removed. In it, he gives an inside look that you won’t find from the Establishment Press, and features Rev. Larry Beane, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Gretna, Louisiana, and historian Brion McClanahan. Rev. Beane’s insight is particularly interesting, as he discusses how this incident has caused a great deal of strife and tension to what was once a very peaceful and tolerant city. He also talks about African Americans who are in support of a monument, and were attacked for their beliefs.

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Will Missouri Government Support our Veterans?

veterans, world war 2, civil war, confederate, union, HB53, Missouri, Government, MonumentsIronically, while politicians in Missouri may like to issue grandiose claims about supporting our veterans, an opportunity to honor their sacrifices is currently stagnating in the Missouri House of Representatives. The bill, also known as HB 53, is designed for the historic preservation of veterans sites, memorials, markers and more. While this is of course the responsibility of all people in honoring the sacrifices and memory of those who have went before (and not just the government), we also understand that many veterans monuments and sites of great significance to the people of Missouri may be under threat of removal or neglect from local governmental entities. We’ve read recently where New Orleans is planning to remove at least three monuments commemorating the sacrifices of veterans and their families who lived in this community. And very recently, St. Louis bureaucrats are looking for ways to remove a veterans monument away from public view (as seen here). Also see the Cape Girardeau veterans monument vandalized in 2011, and the Forest Park Monument in St. Louis vandalized in 2015.

We’ve discussed before on this blog (as written here) about the preservation of veterans monuments and historical sites of all eras, because of the great historical and educational value that’s associated with them. Sure, we may not all agree with some of the politics surrounding wars of whatever era (even more recent ones), but we still recognize the sacrifices of men and women who were involved in defending their community. For instance, could we imagine a day perhaps 100 years from now when a community is neglecting, defacing or tearing down a monument, cemetery or historical site associated with veterans who sacrificed in the Vietnam or Gulf War, simply because someone didn’t like it? Yet this is what’s happening today with monuments and historical sites remembering local veterans of all races (english, south american, african american, irish, german, native american, etc.) from 150 years ago or more.

In asking people in every Missouri community, and the politicians who claim to serve us to remember our veterans, we also hope that organizations like the American Legion or Daughters of the American Revolution will additionally take a stand for ALL our Missouri veterans and their families who served during every conflict. It would be unthinkable for these organizations to remain silent if World War II, Vietnam veterans, or Revolutionary era landmarks and figures were given unsavory labels and their monuments or symbols forced from public eye. Yet they continue to largely remain silent as Confederate veterans and their families from America’s unCivil War (for example) are attacked, marginalized and monuments and historical sites are “cleansed” from the public. So much for reconciliation, huh?

In the end, should everything ultimately be banned? Or should we simply learn how to work together in our communities, and peacefully get along with others – even if they may believe or value something different?

For the text of the bill, please click HB53. To look up your Missouri legislator (for contact purposes), please click Missouri Representatives. And while HB53 is only currently in the House, you may want to also contact your Senator (here) and let them know that you hope they’ll support future efforts at honoring the sacrifices our veterans and their families have made.

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