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IN DEFENSE OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE

IN DEFENSE OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE
By Edward C. Smith Saturday, August 21, 1999 © Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company Let me begin on a personal note. I am a 56-year-old, third-generation, African American Washingtonian who is a graduate of the D.C. public schools and who happens also to be a great admirer of Robert E. Lee’s. Today, Lee, who surrendered his troops to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House 134 years ago, is under attack by people — black and white — who have incorrectly characterized him as a traitorous, slaveholding racist. He was recently besieged in Richmond by those opposed to having his portrait displayed prominently in a new park. My first visit to Lee’s former home, now Arlington National Cemetery, came when I was 12 years old, and it had a profound and lasting effect on me. Since then I have visited the cemetery hundreds of times searching for grave sites and conducting study tours for the Smithsonian Institution and various other groups interested in learning more about Lee and his family as well as many others buried at Arlington. Lee’s life story is in some ways the story of early America. He was born in 1807 to a loving mother, whom he adored. His relationship with his father, Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, (who was George Washington’s chief of staff during the Revolutionary War) was strained at best. Thus, as he matured in years, Lee adopted Washington (who had died in 1799) as a father figure and patterned his life after him. Two of Lee’s ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, Mary Custis, was George Washington’s foster great-granddaughter. Lee was a top-of-the-class graduate of West Point, a Mexican War hero and superintendent of West Point. I can think of no family for which the Union meant as much as it did for his. But it is important to remember that the 13 colonies that became 13 states reserved for themselves a tremendous amount of political autonomy. In pre-Civil War America, most citizens’ first loyalty went to their state and the local community in which they lived. Referring to the United States of America in the singular is a purely post-Civil War phenomenon. All this should help explain why Lee declined command of the Union forces — by Abraham Lincoln — after the firing on Fort...

Texas Independence Day 2017

March 2 – Independence Day in Texas.  Want to confuse everyone in the neighborhood this week?  Fly the FIRST Texas flag of Independence on your flagpole, or put it up on your Facebook Page along with the word, “INDEPENDENCE”.  This is the flag flown at Goliad, designed by Capt. Phillip Dimmit, and flown in defiance of the Mexican army, some months before the Battle of the Alamo.   We have a friend in Mexifornia who flies this less famous Texas flag on his flagpole for “Texas Week”.  He says not only will nobody criticize his flag, they seem to be afraid to even catch his eye!  Some of them seem to think it’s a Muslim flag, and being Californians, they are happy to see him “celebrate our diversity,” and not about to criticize him.  Others are just given to a quivering lip and a hasty departure.  The Coahuila Y Tejas flag was one of three flags flown at the Alamo, along with the more well-known 1824...

SHOULD SOUTHERNERS VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS?...

SHOULD SOUTHERNERS VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS?
It has never made much sense to me for folks to argue that Southerners ought not participate in elections because they want to be their own independent nation.  We understand the logic to it, of course.  It’s the argument of the purist, who would withdraw from all he finds repugnant, rather than work to clean up the pigpen.  But mucking out pigpens or septic tanks does require getting into the filth, but if someone doesn’t do it, then the filth wins.  This is the same zealot who would have argued that General Patton should not have used captured German diesel fuel for his tanks because it was tainted by belonging to the hated Nazis.  Such a fool would not have been allowed in Patton’s presence again.  Even so, there is much to be said for not wasting our time on the federal elections, unless that rare candidate comes along who agrees with you so strongly that you cannot resist.  Otherwise, the Spirit of 1776 should prevail:  “Re-elect NOBODY!” Having said that, we need to realize that our State races are far, far more important than the national election, no matter which State we live in, and no matter what issues are being debated. Why is the race for your state legislature more important than the race for president? Your state legislators hold the power to change the direction of this country, were they to be so educated and encouraged by you. Your state legislators can amend the Constitution to the US, and desperately need to do so – they could start by repealing the 17th Amendment would return power to the States and strip the Feds of control of Congress and the country. Your state legislators can nullify federal legislation and regulations that they believe to be unconstitutional, as it applies to your state. Your state legislators were established in their authority before the USA existed, and based upon that legitimate authority (from the British Crown and then by the People, through elections), they established the Federal government to act as a servant to the States and to the People.  But the Servant has become the Master, and only the State legislatures can bring it back under control. While few state races are likely to be honest, the level of corruption is much lower than in the national elections. ...

The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered...

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 prophet. He said if the South lost, “It means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy. That our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the war; will be impressed by all of the influences of History and Education to regard our gallant debt as traitors and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision.” No truer words were ever spoken. History revisionists flooded America’s public schools with Northern propaganda about the people who attempted to secede from the United States, characterizing them as racists, extremists, radicals, hatemongers, traitors, etc. You know, the same way that people in our federal government and news media attempt to characterize Christians, patriots, war veterans, constitutionalists, et al. today. Folks, please understand that the only people in 1861 who believed that states did NOT have the right to secede were Abraham Lincoln and his radical Republicans. To say that southern states did not have the right to secede from the United States is to say that the thirteen colonies did not have the right to secede from Great Britain. One cannot be right and the other wrong. If one is right, both are right. How can we celebrate our Declaration of Independence in 1776 and then turn around and condemn the Declaration of Independence of the Confederacy in 1861? Talk about hypocrisy! In fact, southern states were not the only states that talked about secession. After the southern states seceded, the State of Maryland fully intended to join them. In September of 1861, Lincoln sent federal troops to the State capital and seized the legislature by force in order to prevent them from voting. Federal provost marshals stood guard at the polls and arrested Democrats and...

The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War...

The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War
President Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school children have been indoctrinated with the story that “Honest Abe” Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to end slavery, and that the “evil” Southern states seceded from the Union to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the terrible war crimes committed by Union soldiers in the War Between the States, as well as Lincoln’s violations of the law, his shredding of the Constitution, and other reprehensible acts. It has been very effective in keeping the average American ignorant of the real causes of the war, and the real nature, character and record of Lincoln. Let us look at some unpleasant facts. In his first inaugural address, Lincoln stated clearly that (1) he had no legal authority to interfere with slavery where it existed, (2) that he had no inclination or intention to do so even if he had the legal authority, (3) that he would enforce the Fugitive Slave Act, returning runaway slaves escaping to the North to their masters in the South, and (4) that he fully supported the Thirteenth Amendment then being debated in Congress which would protect slavery in perpetuity and was irrevocable. He later famously stated, “Do not paint me with the Abolitionist brush.” Although there was some opposition to slavery in the country, the government was willing to concede everything the South wanted regarding slavery to keep it in the Union. Given all these facts, the idea that the South seceded to protect slavery is as absurd as the idea that Lincoln fought the war to end slavery. Lincoln himself said in a famous letter after the war began that his sole purpose was to save the Union, and not to either save or end slavery; that if he could save the Union without freeing a single slave, he would. Nothing could be clearer. For decades before the war, the South, through harsh tariffs, had been supplying about 85% of the country’s revenue, nearly all of which was being spent in the North to boost...

Legends of Texas-Tom Green

Legends of Texas-Tom Green
Tom Green: Early Life and Education Tom Green was born in Virginia on June 8, 1814. His family soon moved to Tennessee, where he spent his childhood. Being that his father was an educated man, he saw to it that his son was also educated. Green attended Jackson College in Tennessee and Princeton College in Kentucky. He eventually graduated from the University of Tennessee. After graduating, he studied law under his father who was a Supreme Court judge in Tennessee. After a year of legal studies, he left Tennessee to join the Texans in their struggle for independence. When the 21-year old Tom Green arrived in Texas, he immediately enlisted in the Texas army at Nacogdoches, only a few months before the Battle of San Jacinto. He served under Thomas J. Rusk. At that historic battle, Green helped man one of the “Twin Sisters” artillery pieces. The Republic of Texas Years When the 21-year old Tom Green arrived in Texas, he immediately enlisted in the Texas army at Nacogdoches, as a private. He was considered part of the regular Texas army and took an oath of allegience to the Republic of Texas. With the Battle at San Jacinto ended the Texians rejoiced at the victory over both the Mexican army and the capture of the tyrant Santa Anna. Many of the Texas soldiers considered General Houston’s treatment of his captive too accommodating considering the ethnic cleansing he performed at Tampico, Goliad and the Alamo. Many of the Texians believed that Santa Anna needed to be executed for his crimes. Tom Green led a group of those volunteers on a mission to do something about the situation. While Santa Anna was being held aboard a vessel docked outside the city of Velasco, Green led a group in boarding the ship. Upon encountering Santa Anna, they placed manacles on him and led him ashore while threatening his execution. It was only through the direct intervention of Thomas Rusk and General Sam Houston that Santa Anna was returned to Republic of Texas officials. After the Velasco episode, Green returned to Tennessee. While in Tennessee, he received word that as a veteran of the Texas Independence War, he was entitled to land in Texas, so he returned to the Republic of Texas. Since he was one of the most educated men in Texas...

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