I am a Southerner, I was born in Richmond, Virginia, and I am thankful for this. I have lived and visited with many kin in Richmond, Southside Virginia, North Carolina and other places. I have read letters and heard second hand stories from the older relatives who had stories and experiences from my ancestors who were in the war for Southern Independence. I have read numerous firsthand letters describing fear from the Yankees, desperate events, food shortages, and the treachery of the Yankee army.
I have relic hunted in addition to have visited many battlefields across Virginia, and have lived in houses on several battlefields. I have a lot of knowledge on events and persons in this war and from some civilians who were harmed by it.
Today, most people could care less about the war, just as they also care less about America today. Children in public schools are totally uninformed about Americas significant men and women who made America, they do not know our history, and in fact they do not know or care about modern history from WW-2 and after or before. You can ask 10 young people at random who were the world leaders or the nations primarily participating in world war 2, and who knows what answer they will give.
So is it any wonder why so many of these history depleted citizens should know when a person, government or a Museum takes an action and uses lies, untruths and ignorance for making their decisions and policies. Many companies, towns, cities and states have elected ignorant political correct, spineless, gutless individuals to make decisions, and they have no clue and it is Monkey see, Monkey do. This permeates our society, coupled with more and more non American born persons coming into the picture and further diluting the knowledge base, dilution any love for our American traditions, and you have more Mexican celebrations in America than American ones.
This is absolutely SHAMEFUL.
The VMFA as everyone knows is a nice facility bought and paid for with your tax dollars and controlled by the wealthy who have their champagne, and get together talking about civil political correct issues, politics and other such stuff, and they are so stuffy, it is disgusting. Most are living off of money their fathers or grandfathers made, as these current slobs have done no real work in their lives.
They talk, and make policy as if they have a serious interest. They had someone complain about the (2) small Confederate Battle flags on the small Confederate Chapel out back, and the museum of TOLERANCE Carpet baggers who are in the place had the lease changed to force the removal of these flags, and then went into coverup mode, just as Obama , Susan Rice, Hilliary and Lois Lerner have done, to attempt to hide their underhanded actions. They speak of originality, as if every nail, screw, coat of paint, light bulb, air conditioner, heat, roof, flagpoles, bushes ad shrubbery there today was there when the builder finished the building. This is known on the street as a term referred to as ” BULLSHIT”. You see, I again was born in the South, I know who my great grandfathers were, their brothers, cousins on both my fraternal and paternal sides. I know where they lived, I know when, where they joined the Confederate army, the battles they were in, the ones wounded and where, the ones killed and where, the ones captured and the Prisons they were caged in. These men also had wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins, and all were drastically harmed by their having to leave them and to go and fight an invading army from the North, when all they wanted was to be left alone.
Fields, crops, and so much more were left untended, these farm men were vital to the lives of their family, but the war was even a bigger danger to them, so they had no choice but to do their duty as men, as Americans, as Southerners.
Today, I stay connected to the history of that war, of the battles, and the sacrifices made. I also am angry for the many atrocities and war crimes that the U.S Government under Abraham Lincoln, Stanton, Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Hunter, Butler and many others committed. I have stated many times for the reader to read accurate history,( THIS IS NOW DIFFICULT) as so many new biased, liars, have pumped out books and articles that are false. I will now just add several things for you to ponder.
* The primary cause, or reason Lincoln attacked the Southern states was to stop secession , and the primary reason for stopping secession was to prevent the loss of the very large economy (dollars) to teh U.S. Government and big Northern businesses.
* Lincoln did not Like slavery, and, he preferred and so stated that he would like a means to have all the blacks transported out of America.
* Lincoln stated numerous times that while he opposed slavery, that the constitution allowed it, and that he would never go to war to end it.
Now, I could add many things, but the important thing is that you, the reader who disagrees with what I have stated, go and dig the answers out for yourself, see if Lincoln said these things that I say he said, and dig some more. After you do, you will possibly understand that, I do not suggest or want a new war, all I suggest is to all those who attack my heritage is to stop the attacks, stop the lies.
* Leave our monuments and our flags alone where they are.
* Stop the attacks on our ancestors flag, where the are flown on private property or in public, leave us and leave our flags alone.
* Stop writing, blogs, editorials that are lies.
* The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts needs to return the two flags back on the Confederate Chapel, a chapel that is a registered state and Federal historical building.
* I have added a list of statements by others relating to Abraham Lincoln and his positions, if you do not believe this, be a smart individual and check it out, and then you will know more than you likely now, the Confederate flag does not represent slavery, or white power, or the KKK. Not to say that any individual who has $15.00 cannot buy any kind of flag and wave it as his own, that is not the fault of my ancestors, and does not represent any respectful person or group.
The info below was written by others, I have copied it to save time, but this and much, much more is available citing date, speech and words stated, for verification. If you want the truth, start here.
1. Lincoln wasn’t an abolitionist.
Lincoln did believe that slavery was morally wrong, but there was one big problem: It was sanctioned by the highest law in the land, the Constitution. The nation’s founding fathers, who also struggled with how to address slavery, did not explicitly write the word “slavery” in the Constitution, but they did include key clauses protecting the institution, including a fugitive slave clause and the three-fifths clause, which allowed Southern states to count slaves for the purposes of representation in the federal government. In a three-hour speech in Peoria, Illinois, in the fall of 1854, Lincoln presented more clearly than ever his moral, legal and economic opposition to slavery—and then admitted he didn’t know exactly what should be done about it within the current political system.
Abolitionists, by contrast, knew exactly what should be done about it: Slavery should be immediately abolished, and freed slaves should be incorporated as equal members of society. They didn’t care about working within the existing political system, or under the Constitution, which they saw as unjustly protecting slavery and slave owners. Leading abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison called the Constitution “a covenant with death and an agreement with Hell,” and went so far as to burn a copy at a Massachusetts rally in 1854. Though Lincoln saw himself as working alongside the abolitionists on behalf of a common anti-slavery cause, he did not count himself among them. Only with emancipation, and with his support of the eventual 13th Amendment, would Lincoln finally win over the most committed abolitionists.
2. Lincoln didn’t believe blacks should have the same rights as whites.
Though Lincoln argued that the founding fathers’ phrase “All men are created equal” applied to blacks and whites alike, this did not mean he thought they should have the same social and political rights. His views became clear during an 1858 series of debates with his opponent in the Illinois race for U.S. Senate, Stephen Douglas, who had accused him of supporting “negro equality.” In their fourth debate, at Charleston, Illinois, on September 18, 1858, Lincoln made his position clear. “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races,” he began, going on to say that he opposed blacks having the right to vote, to serve on juries, to hold office and to intermarry with whites. What he did believe was that, like all men, blacks had the right to improve their condition in society and to enjoy the fruits of their labor. In this way they were equal to white men, and for this reason slavery was inherently unjust.
Like his views on emancipation, Lincoln’s position on social and political equality for African-Americans would evolve over the course of his presidency. In the last speech of his life, delivered on April 11, 1865, he argued for limited black suffrage, saying that any black man who had served the Union during the Civil War should have the right to vote.
3. Lincoln thought colonization could resolve the issue of slavery.
For much of his career, Lincoln believed that colonization—or the idea that a majority of the African-American population should leave the United States and settle in Africa or Central America—was the best way to confront the problem of slavery. His two great political heroes, Henry Clay and Thomas Jefferson, had both favored colonization; both were slave owners who took issue with aspects of slavery but saw no way that blacks and whites could live together peaceably. Lincoln first publicly advocated for colonization in 1852, and in 1854 said that his first instinct would be “to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia” (the African state founded by the American Colonization Society in 1821).
Nearly a decade later, even as he edited the draft of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in August of 1862, Lincoln hosted a delegation of freed slaves at the White House in the hopes of getting their support on a plan for colonization in Central America. Given the “differences” between the two races and the hostile attitudes of whites towards blacks, Lincoln argued, it would be “better for us both, therefore, to be separated.” Lincoln’s support of colonization provoked great anger among black leaders and abolitionists, who argued that African-Americans were as much natives of the country as whites, and thus deserved the same rights. After he issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln never again publicly mentioned colonization, and a mention of it in an earlier draft was deleted by the time the final proclamation was issued in January 1863.
4. Emancipation was a military policy.
As much as he hated the institution of slavery, Lincoln didn’t see the Civil War as a struggle to free the nation’s 4 million slaves from bondage. Emancipation, when it came, would have to be gradual, and the important thing to do was to prevent the Southern rebellion from severing the Union permanently in two. But as the Civil War entered its second summer in 1862, thousands of slaves had fled Southern plantations to Union lines, and the federal government didn’t have a clear policy on how to deal with them. Emancipation, Lincoln saw, would further undermine the Confederacy while providing the Union with a new source of manpower to crush the rebellion.
In July 1862 the president presented his draft of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. Secretary of State William Seward urged him to wait until things were going better for the Union on the field of battle, or emancipation might look like the last gasp of a nation on the brink of defeat. Lincoln agreed and returned to edit the draft over the summer. On September 17 the bloody Battle of Antietam gave Lincoln the opportunity he needed. He issued the preliminary proclamation to his cabinet on September 22, and it was published the following day. As a cheering crowd gathered at the White House, Lincoln addressed them from a balcony: “I can only trust in God I have made no mistake … It is now for the country and the world to pass judgment on it.”
5. The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t actually free all of the slaves.
Since Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation as a military measure, it didn’t apply to border slave states like Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri, all of which had remained loyal to the Union. Lincoln also exempted selected areas of the Confederacy that had already come under Union control in hopes of gaining the loyalty of whites in those states. In practice, then, the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t immediately free a single slave, as the only places it applied were places where the federal government had no control—the Southern states currently fighting against the Union.
Despite its limitations, Lincoln’s proclamation marked a crucial turning point in the evolution of Lincoln’s views of slavery, as well as a turning point in the Civil War itself. By war’s end, some 200,000 black men would serve in the Union Army and Navy, striking a mortal blow against the institution of slavery and paving the way for its eventual abolition by the 13th Amendment.