Browsing All posts tagged under »Sons of Confederate Veterans«

Does the South have more ties to New England-focused Thanksgiving than realized?

November 26, 2013 by

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Plimoth (Plymouth)… or Jamestown… or Berkeley Hundred? A few years ago, I covered the complexities behind “who had the first Thanksgiving”, but there’s something else worth noting. Despite a mindset among some that seems to distance both the Massachusetts Bay colonists from the Virginia Colony colonists, the lines that seem to have only been blurred over time, […]

Looking back on Remembrance Day, 2011

November 20, 2011 by

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I’ve been to Gettysburg lots of times, but have only been there twice for Remembrance Day. My first Remembrance Day was in 2002, as a commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans camp. Working in the spirit of a Blue-Gray reunion that had taken place, between Confederate veterans of my home county, and Union veterans […]

An observation – Civil War in Virginia Month… chirp, chirp chirp…

April 2, 2011 by

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Today IS April 2, and that chirping would be the sound of crickets in the absence of a proclamation, as yet, by Governor Bob McDonnell. Yet, despite the proposed redirection toward a “Civil War in Virginia Month” (formerly known as Confederate History Month/CHM), the CHM recognition continues by many who are inclined to continue in […]

It was All About Taxes…

March 21, 2011 by

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There is a TV spot discussing the causes of the Civil War recently introduced in some localities.   The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans created the ad and it is one of twelve running.  Thus far the only place I’ve seen a web copy of the ad is on Facebook (here).  While those […]

… and as for Marylanders and 1861…

February 26, 2011 by

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Having asked for input regarding who should be Virginia’s person of the year for 1861, I felt that I also had to ask the same for Maryland. This time, however, Robert E. Lee is not an option, creating what is, I think, a more challenging question to answer. Who stands out as “Person of the […]

Too focused on leaders and Confederate “cause”?

February 16, 2011 by

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There’s been some talk lately, on the blogosphere and elsewhere, about the possibility that the S.C.V. will get a Nathan Bedford Forrest license plate in Mississippi. Brooks Simpson blogged about it today, and Eric Wittenberg blogged about it on the 10th.  While both of them explain why Forrest should not be on a plate (and […]

An interesting passage from Foster’s Ghosts of the Confederacy

August 24, 2010 by

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“‘It would have pleased you to know and have heard the wild rebel yell echoing from the ancient walls of Manila, the son of a Virginia Confederate informed former Confederate general E.P. Alexander after the war [Spanish-American War]. ‘We of the younger generation owe you of ’61 a debt of gratitude and admiration for the […]

Are the right motivations behind the search for Black Confederates?

July 25, 2008 by

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What follows is one of my comments to some of the other comments on Peter Carmichael’s post on Black Confederates… I’d like to add to/take another angle on Kevin’s comment about the SCV and what appears to be the SCV’s use/exploitation of black Confederates to promote the ideals of white Confederate ancestry. Honoring blacks who […]