Kansas City Plans Removal of Monument to Women

kansas city, united daughters of the confederacy, ward parkway, confederate, memorial, orwellian, censorship, eradication, veterans, women, feminismIn an ironic turn of events, the Kansas City government plans to remove a memorial dedicated to women who served our communities during a time of war. As such, it’s the latest ongoing Orwellian purge of veterans monuments and other items now forbidden by governments and other groups intent on eradicating or censoring anything they don’t understand. Feminist groups and veterans organizations like the American Legion should be outraged, eh? Instead…crickets. What’s next, the racist statue of War Criminal Abraham Lincoln in front of Kansas City City Hall? The intolerant and offensive World War One Veterans Memorial? The highly controversial Vietnam Veterans memorials?

Read more here at Vandalized  Confederate Monument boxed up ahead of removal.

As pointed out before on this site, honoring all of our American veterans (and their families) who sacrificed so much during some of our most terrible conflicts is an important cause. It’s tragic when monuments such as the soon to be removed monument at 55th and Ward Parkway in Kansas City is to be carted off to be hidden away from public view, simply because we haven’t taken the time to understand the motivations of why people bled and died by the hundreds of thousands during America’s unCivil War.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy monument is not racist, nor are the people who support it racist (which should go without saying). These monuments seek to honor the men, women and children who suffered and died fighting an aggressive and ruthless enemy. Missouri, which featured numerous atrocities (with many acts of aggression committed in the entire Kansas City region) found many people fighting simply because there was no third option. The majority owned no slaves. They simply sought justice in the face of such acts as lost voter rights, husbands and young boys shot on their doorsteps, a loss of a free press, a loss of the right to freely practice religion, gun confiscations, people thrown into jail for voicing the wrong sentiments, and homes burned to the ground.

As well, there are many documented cases of African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics fighting on the side of the South too. Tearing down monuments to these veterans, as well as to women who served their country, is tearing down their history too. This is where it’s really ironic, and more than a little hypocritical. When we should be honoring our women and minorities, we’re instead censoring their history. It’s not white history. It’s OUR history. The people of our communities (of all races) experienced horrific hardships in order to build a better tomorrow. They learned what happened when people divided and sought to force their views on each other. But, perhaps due to the poor education in public school and universities – it seems that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.

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Why Do We Support Our Veterans?

confederate, confederate veterans, durham county, north carolina, intolerance, jayhawks, civil war, war between the states, Abraham LincolnAfter the infantile attack on the Durham County, North Carolina Veterans Monument (in which a group of Leftist Extremists toppled a 100+ year old statue commemorating veterans who fought for their community), and the general response from a minority of people in high positions who are seeking to dishonor our veterans by forcing the removal of their monuments, we thought it appropriate to discuss why our veterans still matter. That it’s not just about the 2 second headline or the sanitized version of this complex time period that you might have received back in public school. Below, you’ll read a small collection of reasons why people in our Missouri communities fought (which had very little, if anything at all to do with slavery)…

In May of 1861, the Missouri Legislature convenes at the call of Gov. C.F. Jackson in order to discuss withdrawal from the Union. In response, Federal Captain Nathaniel Lyon and his four regiments of mostly German volunteers demands the surrender of Camp Jackson in St. Louis. A crowd of angry civilians taunt Lyon’s men, and in the resulting confusion, Federal troops open fire. Around 100 men, women and children are wounded, with 24 dead. Enraged, Missouri citizens begin arming for war, with men like Captain Wallace Jackson (of Platte County) raising a company of men to be sworn in as State militia at St. Joseph. (Pgs 310-311 W.M. Paxton’s “Annals of Platte County”, T.L. Snead’s “The Fight for Missouri”, Sean McLachlan’s “Missouri: An Illustrated History”)

In late 1861, state and county officials have refused to take the Federal Oath, and are forcibly removed. W.M. Paxton notes that the military has permitted outlaws to steal without hindrance (near New Market) and that Union troops frequently forage off the people of Platte City. General David Hunter, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, begins his campaign to round up those with Southern Sympathies in Platte County, and orders county leaders to deliver up or drive out the guerrilla leader Silas Gordon – or Hunter would lay waste to the County. When Paxton suggests that he has no power, under the Constitution to do so, Hunter’s reply is “Damn the Constitution!” (Pgs 316-319 W.M. Paxton’s “Annals of Platte County”)

martial law, missouri, civil war, confederate, confederate veterans, confederate monumentsIn retaliation for two federals killed in a recent battle in late 1861, Triplett and Close are taken to Bee Creek to be executed. Triplett is shot, but Close runs into the creek and flounders in the mud. Climbing the opposite side, he is met by a soldier who bayonets him several times and leaves him dead in the mud. Two days later, Paxton passes the scene of this tragedy and sees that someone has used blood to write the letters, “U.S.” on the southwest corner of the bridge. It was about this time that Col. Morgan (Federal) burns Platte City, as well as the courthouse. (Pgs 321-322, W.M. Paxton’s “Annals of Platte County”

In 1863, Platte County is disarmed and left as prey to marauding outlaws. Federal jayhawkers bear forged military orders, search houses, barns and stables for arms, and rob and hang the people. Although the Federal militia is active in suppressing bushwhackers, they seem to give little concern toward thieves and murderers. (Pgs 336 W.M. Paxton’s “Annals of Platte County”)

In August of 1864, Dr. Joseph Walker is met on the road by a group of men from Leavenworth, and taken into the woods and shot. Dr. Thomas L. Thomas, a favorite of Camden Point, and David Gregg, an old and highly esteemed farmer, are also recorded as recently murdered for their Southern Sympathies (Pg. 372-392, W.M. Paxton’s Annals of Platte County”)

It’s reported that Jayhawkers H.H. Moore and H.D. Fisher were “freeing” Missouri slaves so they could take them back to Kansas for cheap labor and work as indentured servants. 1

In a letter to Missouri Congressman Rollins, General George Caleb Bingham wrote in regards to Jennison’s Jayhawks that if “Jennison should be executed, for if he were hung Price would lose thereby the best recruiting officer he ever had.” 2

civil war, confederate, confederate monuments, confederate veterans, support our veterans, Patrick Cleburne, revisionist historyHalleck directed General Pope to drive out Jennison’s Jayhawks as, “They are no better than a band of robbers; they cross the line, rob, steal, plunder and burn whatever they can lay their hands upon. They disgrace the name and uniform of American soldiers and are driving good Union men into the ranks of the secession army.” 3

Near Independence at the farm of Amos Blythe, Federal troops encountered 12 year old Theodore at home. They threatened the boy with hanging if they didn’t tell them what they wanted to know. Theodore managed to escape, and the troops opened fire. He grabbed a gun inside the family home, and ran for the nearby woods. However, the boy was wounded and fell to the ground. He reportedly shot the first federal that came up to him, and wounded two others as they approached. Before he could fire a fourth time, his body was riddled with bullets. 4

In Jackson County, 13 year old John Fox, who had a brother with Quantrill, was shot and killed by Federals while his sister and mother had hold of him and begged for his life. He was charged with feeding his brother. 5

Federals also killed 14 year old James Nicholson because he had two brothers with Price. 35 year old Henry Morris was serving with Col. Upton Hays when Federals rode up to his house and killed his 11 year old son. 6

James C. Horton of Lawrence describes the capture of a guerrilla by the name of Skaggs, who was shot off his horse. A man tied a rope around his neck and drug him through the streets of Lawrence until the body was nude and terribly mutilated. The body was then hanged and further mutilated by cutting it with knives, shooting and throwing rocks, etc. 7

Order Number 11, a response to a guerrilla attack on Lawrence (which was in turn a response to numerous Federal attacks on families throughout the region), was an order that burned numerous homes suspected of giving aid to the South. Women and children were naturally not exempt from this, and suffered greatly through the loss of husbands and fathers who were often killed on their doorsteps, as well as the loss of homes and property (like clothing, bedding, etc) to protect from the elements.

Union men kill 17 year old Al Carter. After shooting him from his saddle, they shot out his eyes and scalped him. 8 (scalping was a brutal practice that was said to have been committed numerous times by federal troops along the Missouri/Kansas border)

Guerrilla leader William Anderson was beheaded and his head attached to a telegraph pole in the town of Richmond.

One year after Appomattox, 4000 comer secessionists were said to have been murdered in southwest Missouri. Supposedly Federals encouraged bands of “regulators” to serve retaliation on former Confederate soldiers who served. 9

After the collapse of a makeshift prison that killed a number of women in Kansas City on August 13, 1863 (which was said to have been intentionally done by federal captors as revenge against southern resistance), John McCorkle writes, “This foul murder was the direct cause of the famous raid on Lawrence, Kansas. We could stand no more. Imagine, if you can, my feelings. A loved sister foully murdered and the widow of a dead brother seriously hurt by a set of men to whom the name assassins, murderers and cutthroats would be a compliment. People abuse us, but, by God, did we not have enough to make us desperate and thirst for revenge? We tried to fight like soldiers, but were declared outlaws, hunted under a ‘Black Flag’ and murdered like beasts. The homes of our friends burned, our aged sires, who dared sympathize with us had been either hung or shot in the presence of their families and all their furniture and provisions loaded in wagons and with our livestock taken to the state of Kansas. The beautiful farming country of Jackson County, Cass County and Johnson County were worse than a desert, and on every hillside stood lone blackened chimneys, sad sentinels and monuments to the memory of our once happy homes. And these outrages had been done by Kansas troops, calling themselves soldiers, but a disgrace to the name soldier. And now our innocent and beautiful girls had been murdered in the most foul, brutal, save and damnable manner.” 10

Also of note is that a black man by the name of John Lobb was said to have served Quantrill and reportedly spied on Lawrence prior to the raid. Quantrill also had a Cherokee Indian, Adam Wilson riding with him. 11

Naturally this is not a complete account of all that occurred during Lincoln’s War. But the reader is encouraged to learn and find out more for themselves about what really went on during this complex and extremely difficult time. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented here, again, the reader is encouraged to read and learn on their own. Perhaps instead of just accepting the thoughts of a biased college professor or a skewed public school textbook, you too will come to understand why so many people continue to want to honor the many sacrifices of a people not so different than us. Their sufferings and stories during a time of deep division and bloody conflict are worth remembering. Because like they say, those who forget history might be tragically condemned to repeat it.

1. Quantrill of Missouri, Petersen (pg. 72)
2. Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy: Guerrilla Warfare in the West, Brownlee (pg. 49)
3. The War of the Rebellion, 1883, Series 1 Volume VIII (pg 507)
4. Quantrill, Harrison Trow, 1923
5. Quantrill and the Border Bars, Connelley 1910
6. Quantrill of Missouri, Petersen (pg 240)
7. Joanne C. Eakin and Donald R. Hale, Branded as Rebels
8. William Gregg Manuscript
9. Quantrill of Missouri, Petersen (pg 423)
10. William Gregg Manuscript
11. Quantrill of Missouri, Petersen (pg 159)

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Condemnation over Charlottesville Racism & Fascism

Charlottesville, Virginia, Racism, Fascism, Leftism, confederate monuments, veterans, graphic design, intoleranceWhile the Camden Point Landmark Society seeks to remember and honor local history, we believe the recent despicable incidents of rioting, racism, intolerance and fascism (from both the left and the right) in Charlottesville, Virginia must be spoken about. As such, we strongly condemn those who seek to utilize Veterans monuments – specifically Confederate Veterans monuments – as a means to further their ridiculous leftist intolerance or “white supremacist” agendas.

Of course, it should go without saying that most of us in Missouri (or even America as a whole) are NOT racists or people who wish ill upon our neighbors. Those of us who seek to honor our veterans – including veterans and their families who were killed or sacrificed in defending their communities from government abuses (including theft, murder, suppression of voter rights, free speech, freedom of religion and destruction of property and local institutions like schools, churches and courthouses) – are not racists. We are not racist or filled with hate if we wish to fly a certain flag, or protect a monument which commemorates the ancestors who gave all to build what we have today. We simply seek to remember them in the hope that future generations might be free from the hatred of people groups or politicians who would wage a bloody war on mankind in any era.

Charlottesville, Virginia, Racism, Fascism, Leftism, confederate monuments, veterans, graphic design, intolerance, confederate flag, cherokee confederates, robert e leeHowever, it seems like the media and certain special interest groups want to portray the actions of some in Charlottesville, Virginia as mostly indicative of white, conservative, Christians in a diverse nation of 324,000,000 people. Ludicrous. But sensationalism and identity politics is the name of the game as of late, with anything that doesn’t fit the mainstream narrative, or that takes more than a ten second soundbite to communicate, being of little interest or value to today’s highly “progressive” intellectuals.

Unfortunately, much of this centers around people groups attempting to secure governmental power over others in order to force their views, which is a sad indication of just how far our communities have fallen from a limited government stance. The more power the State has, the more people are going to become frustrated and seek to secure that power for themselves. However, it’s important to remember that in the end, it took a long time for our communities to heal after the War Between the States. Eventually, Platte County did slowly mend the wounds caused by this catastrophic event which some believe claimed the lives of around 1 million Americans (including women and children). They learned the terrible cost that comes with the use of force, coercion and bullying. Maybe it’s time we do the same?

Note: The mainstream media has of course been obscuring much of the story (which is hardly surprising), and seems to be intent on painting this one particular way: that anyone questioning the removal of the monuments must be a “racist” or “white supremacist”. They aren’t saying much about the antifa agitators (who may have more in common with the white supremacist crowd than they think). For one of the best looks at this incident, from what seems to be an unbiased view, please see Charlottesville You Tangled Mess.

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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.”

propaganda, leftist, leftism, meme, artworkAlexander also stated in “A World Split Apart” that, “Two hundred, or even fifty, years ago, it would have seemed quite impossible, in America, that an individual could be granted boundless freedom simply for the satisfaction of his instincts or whims. Subsequently, however, all such limitations were discarded everywhere in the West; a total liberation occurred from the moral heritage of Christian centuries, with their great reserve of mercy and sacrifice. State systems were becoming increasingly and totally materialistic…all of the glorified technological achievements of Progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the twentieth century’s moral poverty, which no one could imagine even as late as in the nineteenth century.”

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.

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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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