The Fort Brooke Record
|The "Fort Brooke Record" (FBR) is the monthly newsletter of the Capt. John T. Lesley Camp 1282, Inc, a Camp of the Florida Division, SCV and of the International Sons of Confederate Veterans. The FBR is provided free of charge to members of the Camp. Editorial comments in this publication are the expressed opinion of the editorial writer and not of the Camp. Paid advertisements can in no way be considered an endorsement by this camp. Locally, for inquiries and information on coming to events, the camp maintains a full-time access phone at (813) 661-7045.|
YEP, AN ON FIRE MONTH
MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!
If you scan this newsletter and are not totally trilled by the activities you see, then you must not be a dyed in the will Southerner. But mark your calendar now, because your help is needed in defense of your Confederate ancestor and the Cause for which he served.
Battle Plan Day Monday June 18th
Talk to your boss and request time off now until 1 p.m. on this date. The SCV nationwide is staging a protest against attacks on Southern heritage. We will be picketing Dan
FLORIDA DIVISION BATTLE PLAN
A DAY TO PROTEST!
We have established a target for our area. That target will be Mr. Daniel Ruth. Mr. Ruth is a columnist for the Tampa Tribune and premier debaser of Southern heritage, culture and history.
Please do mark your calendars to free your time for this event. The protest will occur just off of the west end of the Kennedy Bridge (over the Hillsborough River) on Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. Your presence is needed at the site from 9:00 AM until 1 PM. We want to have signs and flags galore. You are encouraged to bring your own Confederate flags and the suggested wording for the signs will be announced.
(Click for link to Dan Ruth Article that was the 'last straw')
(MORE ON THE SITUATION UNDER HERITAGE BELOW)
PROGRAM ARTICLE - JUNE 19th
DIXIE DEFENDERHK EDGERTON
To ADVOCATE HERITAGE DEFENSE in TAMPA
-by Lunelle M. Siegel, rebmaster
H K Edgerton has dedicated his life to the defense of Southern heritage, history and symbols for all the people of Dixie. From picketing for Confederate Flag defense, to cleaning up and preserving historical sites, slave cemeteries and monuments, to battling for freedom of speech and free expression of Southern symbols he has laboured to defend Dixie
HK has always been active in politics, prior to becoming involved in the Southern movement, he was an activist in community issues affecting the black community in his home town of Asheville, North Carolina. There he served in numerous positions, including President of the NAACP. He worked with Kirk B. Lyons, an SCV member in North Carolina on a community matter, and was intrigued by the information Mr. Lyons offered. HK began researching the War of Northern Aggression and decided spreading the truth must become his lifes work. His knowledge and passion gave him the nickname Dixie Defender. His evangelistic style and down-home-isims endear him to all he meets. One of his favorite comments on the special bond between ante-bellum race relations is If it wasn't for Africans that war would have lasted four days, not four years. We made all of the implements of war, we fought, we participated not one slave insurrection happened during that period of time. They did not have whips and guns forcing them to be there ".
HK keeps up a busy schedule attending SCV and heritage events. But he always makes time to stand on street corners holding one of his many Confederate flags. Now, HK will be making a foray into Florida to participate in the camps Juneteenth event in south St. Petersburg, will wave a flag on our protest day (June 18th) and will speak at the camp meeting on Tuesday evening, June 19th.
HK currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Southern Legal Resource Center, which is the ACLU of Southern Civil Rights. He has also developed numerous educational materials including CD roms, and videos relating to the War and race relations.
It was HK Edgerton who advocated the controversial reparations for Southerners concept that triggered the recent attack on Southerners by Daniel Ruth, Tampa Tribune columnist. Of course, HK never shied away from controversy, and he himself was a victim of a hate crime, as two black youths attacked him for carrying his flag outside an Asheville, North Carolina high school.
One hour is never enough when HK gets going, and you can expect a lively, passionate, and compassionate lecture on the causes of the War, and Southern civil rights. Ya'll turn out now, ya' hear!
Juneteenth, June 16, 2001
Reported by 1st Lt. Cmdr. Marion Lambert
This will be the third participation of the John T. Lesley Camp in the predominantly black event, Juneteenth in south St. Petersburg. We missed last year, but only because of our lack of action. In fact, this writer received a call last Fall from the president of Juneteenth of Tampa Bay, Inc. asking why we missed the event.
Well, we wont miss this year. We are invited and they are expecting us. And we will be there as the unadulterated and proud Confederate Americans that we are. Our display, as always, will be decorated and awash with Confederate flags. You see, they expect that. We have that kind of relationship with the folks at Juneteenth.
What, you ask, is Juneteenth? The short of it is that Juneteenth is a predominantly black event where the passing of slavery from America is celebrated. It is called the Celebration of Freedom From Slavery. This writer can certainly emphasize with such a celebration. It was well understood by our Southern leaders from George Washington to Robert E. Lee that human slavery was a terrible blight upon the nation and the South. Its passing away was nothing but good. Of course, it is the way that it passed that is the problem. And that is where we of the Sons of Confederate Veterans have a wealth of information to share concerning causes of the War, Yankee invasion of the South, Yankee exploitation of black slaves and freed men and women, and race relations in the Old South, the War South and during Reconstruction.
But, just why is it so important that we be involved in this black celebration? Several reasons. One, is that we are invited. To not accept the invite could be construed by our distracters in a very negative light. Two, we can certainly put a different historical spin into the equation of how slavery was abolished from this continent. Three, we will garnish a lot of positive press from this event. And four, because blacks are inherently Southern.
Our displays for this event, which are tailor made for the black audience, always stop the looker and seeker. The black folks are amazed at the information that is presented which they have never, ever been exposed to. That first occasion when we went to this event we put together a first rate display that took weeks to gather up. We still use it and it really is invaluable.
The last time we were at this event we had Compatriot Nelson Winbush, the black SCV member in the Summerlin Camp, with us and it went beautifully. In fact, we were covered by National Public Radio and they did a four minute segment which was broadcast nationally.
This time, we have Nelson Winbush and Mr. HK Edgerton, the Dixie Defender from North Carolina to be with us. Along with these two premier black individuals there is a good possibility that there will be, at this event, two other local black men who both understand the flag and the Cause.
The first time we went to this event there was some concern about safety matters. Those concerns were totally misplaced. This year we repeat our visit to south St. Petersburg with expectations of a good and profitable time. Check back with this publication in July to find out how well it went.
Flags Across Florida
By Cmdr. Marion Lambert, Florida Division Chief of Staff
AN UPDATE ON THE WHITE SPRINGS SITE
This is one effort that is going along swimmingly. Money keeps coming in to the Division in subscriptions and donations. That this flag and monument site will happen is as sure as the new day dawning.
So far we have the site cleared, the architectural and engineering renderings have been completed, the flagpole and the supplier has been selected, a reasonable flag source has been selected, the general contractor has been selected and the marble source (in Georgia) has been identified.
Soon a great deal of the Divisions energy will be directed toward making this site a glorious reality. It will not be too long into the future when a final and definite dedication date is announced.
You still have time to get your subscription into the Division for placement of an inscription in the monument. But dont tarry too long.
July 4th Parade
On Wednesday, July 4th at 10 AM Brandons 43rd Annual 4th of July Parade will step off from the area of Lumsden and Kings Ave. in Brandon. As we have for many years, the John T. Lesley Camp will be well represented in this event. Although perhaps the hottest parade in which we participate, it is one of the best in terms of the reception of the crowd.
This year we will have entered four antique vehicles all owned by Commander Jim Hayward. There will be the following: a 1925 Model T Ford one ton truck, a 1921 Model T. Ford Touring Car, a 1927 Model T Ford Touring Car and a 1927 Model T. Ford Coupe.
We are proud to announce that for this parade we have entered the parade float. Some ladies from the Plant City Chapter 1931, UDC and the Mary Custis Lee Chapter 1451, UDC have committed themselves to man the float.
So along with our float and the antique vehicles will be our splendid Colour Guard who will lead the contingent and announce to the crowd that it is time to stand, salute and hoop and holler.
The Southern Society of Tampa Bay (SSTB) met Monday, May 14, at the Ponderosa Steak House in Brandon. Usually the Society meets at Buddy Freddys Restaurant but due to a scheduling conflict at the restaurant we were forced to relocate this meeting to Ponderosa Steak House.
The Society (SSTB) is a loose knit and even ad hoc organization established so that the various Southern Heritage organizations within the Tampa Bay area can network among themselves to better orchestrate activities. Of a primary concern is to make certain that calendars are shared so that event conflicts are minimized. It is also felt that if we collectively share our agendas we can maximize the effects of our efforts.
But what readily occurs when this groups meets is that there is a degree of brain storming. If you will, an idea machine. We all share a common passion and our goals are almost identical. So as a result, when we really get going, the ideas can flow.
This meeting the following organizations were represented by their members being present: Mary Custis Lee Chapter 1451; Plant City Chapter 1931; John T. Lesley Camp 1282 and Company K 7th Florida.
Those organizations not represented, by members being present at this meeting, were the following: Cantiniers Chapter 2405; Tampa Chapter 113, Florida Division, SCV; Stonewall Jackson Camp 1381 and Co A Confederate States Marines, Pensacola.
Present at the meeting were the following persons: Ruth Byther, Greg Chappel, James Hayward, Rosa Hayward, Marion Lambert, Lunelle Siegel, Martha Sue Skinner, Richard Skinner, Richard Warner, Dwight Tetrick and Calvin Martin.
It was reported that Tom Jessees father, Marshal, had just passed away, thereby precluding the possibility of he or his wife Gail (Chapter 2405) attending.
It was also announced that one of our members, Dave Anthony, who had suffered a heart attack and although was back at work on light duty, was expecting to be retired from the fire department in the fall. Dave had expressed an interest in becoming more involved with the Society at that time.
Charles Pedrick sent his regrets in not being able to attend this meeting.
Discussed were the events of April and the extent that they were successful. Calendar items for the different organization were noted and Lunelle Siegel (the keeper of the Southern Society Calendar) took notes of the different items in order to update the webpage calendar.
It was noted that the Lakeland Chapter of the UDC was perhaps interested in being apart of the Society.
The next scheduled meeting for the Southern Society of Tampa Bay will be in August and the site will be announced in the next issue of the Fort Brooke Record.
(rebmaster's note: You can see a complete listing of events all things Southern right here at the Lesley Camp web site. Simply click on the Southern Society fan logo from the home page. See you there!)
Florida Division Reunion
PICTURES TELL THE STORY
This convention/reunion for the Florida Division for the year 2001 was a glowing success. It was, of course, held at one of the premier hotels in the Tampa area, the Doubletree Guest Suites at Rocky Point. All of the rooms at site were very nice suites which would demand, normally, double or triple the rates which we paid. (Our thanks to Quartermaster Jake English for negotiating this rate) We rented 25 units for the convention a record for the Division. We received nothing but accolades from all in attendance in regard to the facility and service. It was all first class.
Presently the Email Directory for the camp has 75 names and email addresses. This is a great increase over several months ago
If you are one of the people who have in the past received any emails addressed to Lesley Camp Members and Friends then you are on this camp email directory. If you have not then we need to add you and your email address to the directory.
To be added to this important list please send your request to be added to:
1st Lt. Commander Marion Lambert
If you would like to be added to the directory but do not wish that your email address be made known to others please so indicate in your request.
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Develops National Battle Plan
The nationwide assault on Southern, and specifically Confederate, culture and heritage has now reached a crisis. Our numbers and resources are too small to prevail against it head-on. Attempts to reason with, educate, or show our opponents what nice people we are, have been spurned or ignored. We must take the fight to the enemy, on ground of our own choosing.
The chosen ground is public opinion, or, more accurately, public perception. There is a vast uninformed and uncommitted segment of the American public who are totally unaware of the persecution that has been leveled at us, their fellow Americans, merely for attempting to exercise our right to our own cultural identity. The news media, with their effective blackout of any news about us that is not derogatory, have seen to that.
Meanwhile, the opposition, which has ready access to the media, as well as deep pockets and tremendous political clout, continues to turn up the heat. The NAACP now openly acknowledges that it is following a 10-year plan to eradicate all vestiges of Confederate history, and indeed all Southern history that it does not find convenient to its own advancement. This plan was undertaken in 1991. This is the tenth year, and the NAACP has said that things are proceeding on schedule. Our heritage is literally slated for extinction by the end of this year.
Thus we have arrived at do-or-die time.
Our mission is to take our case to the public by means of a Confederation-wide day of demonstrations against organizations, institutions, business entities, politicians, law enforcement and/or governmental agencies who have defamed our heritage and symbols; or who have persecuted or failed to protect those who have displayed them; or who have made false or malicious statements or allegations about our symbols, heritage or people. This mission will be executed at 0900 hours, your local time, on Monday, 18 June 2001.
Our objective is not merely to call attention to ourselves and the wrongs done to us, but also to promote identification with our situation by letting the people know that what has happened to us with respect to our rights can just as easily happen to them.
(A Memorandum from the Chief of Heritage Defense)
At the Battle of Culloden, the Highland clans suffered most of their casualties before they ever came to grips with the enemy. They were forced to stand in ranks under a galling artillery fire while Prince Charles Edward and his advisors dithered over what to do next. Chieftains wept with rage and frustration and cried out to be allowed to charge, and when the situation became unbearable the clans rushed at their tormentors piecemeal and were cut down or driven back accordingly.
For months, as the attack on our heritage and culture has intensified, our members have been crying out for the signal to attack. I am not talking about a few individuals; I mean a daily chorus of anger and frustration in the form of phone calls, e-mails and letters from Compatriots who know their duty and are insisting on the opportunity to do it. As much as anything else, the purpose of this attack plan is to honor their demands to take the battle to the enemy.
The premise of this plan is simple: choose some entities within your state that have given our Cause, or your Division in particular, trouble and go picket them. Those who cant actually do that bombard them with e-mails, faxes and phone calls. I am aware that in several Divisions there are ongoing protest efforts; they can be readily adapted to include this one-day action. I am also aware that this is being undertaken on short notice, but we dare not postpone it any longer.
The keys to the success of this operation are surprise and coordination. We MUST have people in place all across the Confederation at 0900 hours local target time on Monday morning, 18 June. Yes, folks will have to arrange to be off work; I assure you those people do. If we attempted this action on a weekend, we would picket empty buildings and stand little if any chance of spontaneous news coverage. The whole idea is to make people notice us.
Remember Prince John Magruders famous trick of running the same troops through a clearing over and over, so that the Yankees thought they faced an enormous force. It worked. It still works. Let the public see Southern heritage defenders out in force, not in one or two places, but all over the map on the same day, and the conclusion will be that we have finally risen up in strength to deal with our oppressors ... and for those still on the sidelines, that will be the wake-up call.
So this is the what and when of the attack plan. The where and how are up to you. If you have questions or concerns, I am at your disposal. Our foes would have the world believe our Cause is at the beginning of the end; let us show the world instead that we are at the end of the beginning.
Why are we doing this?
Partly because of the ignorance of folks like Mr. Ruth. No, let me correct that. Ignorance implies un-knowing and Mt. Ruth knows EXACTLY what he is doing. Just like the school administrators and self styled teachers across the country who are demonizing our culture and disciplining our children for displaying pride in there heritage. There are currently over 60, yes 60, lawsuits filed against the schools across the country for violating our children's Constitutional Right to free speech with more coming every day. The situations in the schools has deteriorated to such an extent there peers now can beat unconscious a fellow student in impunity for having a library book with a Battle Flag on it. Dont believe this can happen? Well it has. And the school officials and local law enforcement DID NOTHING! Well, something IS being done now thanks to the Southern Legal Resource Center.
Student Beaten Unconscious for
Houston--Another student fell victim in April to the escalating campaign for the ethnic cleansing of Dixie. Ryan Zane Oleichi, a 13-year-old student at Labay Middle School outside of Houston, Texas, required hospitalization for the treatment of injuries he received when he was viciously assaulted as he was leaving school. The two perpetrators, a Black and an Hispanic classmate objected to a book that Ryan was carrying home because it had a picture of the Confederate battle flag on the cover. Ryan got the book from the school library for a report that he was doing on Gen. Robert E. Lee.
This outrage is the direct and proximate result of a hostile learning environment created by the administration of the Labay Middle School. Particularly culpable is the Assistant Principal, Ms. Cheryl Morrison.
Back on 19 February, which was a Monday, Ryan's mother Melinda Hill was called to the school. Ms. Morrison met with Ryan's mom to tell her that Ryan was to start 3 days detention as punishment for his wearing of a Confederate flag patch on his shirt. The offending emblem measured all of one inch by one and one-half inches. Overruling the fact that the rulebook only calls for a one-day penalty for infractions of the school dress code, Ryan was to be made an example. You see, Ms. Morrison told Mrs. Hill, "We must make an example of Ryan. He is a racist."
Mrs. Hill was confused by this turn of events. Ryan had worn this shirt several times before without incident. He is proud to wear the Confederate flag because of his love for his Southern Confederate heritage. He is a good student with good grades. He is not a troublemaker nor is he a racist. In fact, he is half Lebanese. Ms. Morrison would only say that an "extreme example" must be made. Ryan would be given three days detention and then forced to apologize publicly to all the Black students for being a "racist."
Thus the Assistant Principal's auto-da-fe set in motion the wheels of persecution that lead to Ryan's beating. Students began verbally abusing Ryan and harassing him. On 20 April events began to escalate. A student, Christina Nelson, walked up and slapped Ryan's face. She then threatened to sic her "posse" on him. "Posse" is generally understood to be a slang term among Blacks that means "a gang."
Then on 26 April, which is Confederate Memorial Day in Texas, Ryan was working on his book report on Confederate General Robert E. Lee in his first period class. He was looking at the book that he had checked out from the school library. A classmate of his, a Black student named Andrew Foster asked, "What's that?" Ryan replied, "It's a book." Andrew then asked, "Why do you have that flag on it?" Ryan responded, "It's the only one in the school library."
At this point an Hispanic student, Leonardo Suarez chimed in, "You racist . . . you racist! I'm gonna kick your a__! I don't know when, maybe today, maybe tomorrow, but I'm gonna kick your a__!"
When leaving the classroom, the Black student, Foster, tripped Ryan then slammed him against the lockers and issued his own threat to kick Ryan's a__. They made good on their threats as soon as school was over. In a sickening display of how diversity is our strength, this multi-ethnic duo caught Ryan outside the school fence. Foster got to Ryan first and began punching him in the face and stomach until Ryan hit the ground. Foster then hollered for Suarez to join him. Foster shouted, "Hey Leonardo, Ryan doesn't like Mexicans, he wants you to go back to Mexico." Suarez ran up and with his steel toed boots and started kicking Ryan in the head as Ryan lay on the ground. Suarez continued "kicking his a__" as he had threatened to do until Ryan lay unconscious at their feet.
At no time did Ryan fight back even though he holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Even at the tender age of thirteen, Ryan understands the political landscape of the Political Correctness Empire. He knew that if he were to do anything against this pair he would be painted as the aggressor. Don't forget, he now bore the scarlet "R". He was a racist according to the judgment of an assistant principal and by virtue of his own coerced confession and apology. It was open season. He was to be made an example.
Unfortunately, even his refusal to fight back did not help his cause. The school, when it learned of the "incident", did nothing. The excuse that they used for their do-nothing policy was that the "incident" had occurred out side of the school grounds. In spite of witnesses they declared it was "mutual combat," because Ryan had the audacity to put his hands up to protect his face. The District Attorney was contacted and he has refused to file charges. So far nothing has been done and apparently no official or agency will do anything to bring some justice to this situation.
Ryan subsequently spent three days in the hospital, was treated and released to convalesce at home. When Ryan returned to school he received more verbal abuse and death threats. A particularly odious harpy, a student by the name of Carrie Neumann, made a small career out of shouting loud insults at Ryan every day. She issued veiled threats saying that she was "connected." She sent a package to Ryan's home that his mother is afraid to pick up. This entire outrageous experience is causing a great deal of strain on this single mom and her son. Until they contacted the SLRC, no one that they called would dare lift a finger to help them.
No amount of pleading or protest by Ryan's mother could get the school or district officials to intervene on Ryan's behalf. Assistant Principal Morrison made good on her promise to make an "extreme example" out of Ryan.
What must it be like to be thirteen and to be thrown to these wolves? Ryan learned that Suarez was saying that he was, "not satisfied and won't be until Ryan is dead." One week after he returned to school his mother withdrew him and she will school him at home.
Will your child or grandchild be next?
See you on Monday the 18th.
Richard Warner, 3rd Lt. Cmdr.,
Boy Scouts Remove Mississippi State Flag
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Boy Scout uniform patch worn in southwest Mississippi that features the state flag and its Confederate battle emblem is being replaced by a patch showing the face of Andrew Jackson.
Officials with the Andrew Jackson Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which represents troops in 22 Mississippi counties, said the change was not based on complaints.
``We just decided it was time for a change,'' Larry Smith, the council's assistant executive director, said Thursday.
Mississippi voters overwhelmingly voted to keep the flag in April, rejecting a new design that would have replaced the Confederate emblem with a cluster of stars.
But Josie Loveless, a Boy Scout leader in Jackson, said he had heard complaints from parents in the black community through most of the 32 years the flag had been on the patch.
``I like the new one,'' Loveless said. ``It has a picture of our namesake and it does not have the Confederate flag, which offends some of our parents.''
At least two other councils in the state have depicted the flag on patches. One replaced it with an eagle; the other still displays the flag.
(Rebmaster's note: Over the past years, my husband and I have stood by the Boy Scouts in their stand on the politically correct issue of who or who they can't have as scoutmasters. I WILL be writing a letter withdrawing my support, maybe you should too).
Eight Flags will fly again
GULFPORT - Boycotts, lawsuits and a drive to oust some county politicians in the next election are possible, Coast NAACP leaders said after the Harrison County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to again raise the Rebel flag on the public beach.
But representatives of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who have fought for more than a year to have the county's Eight Flags beach flag display put back up, told supervisors not to worry.
"Boycotts don't work," said John French of the local SCV. "If they worked, we would have seen one from the NAACP after that state flag vote (to keep the Mississippi flag, which contains a Confederate battle emblem). Tourists just don't care about this. That was proven in South Carolina. The boycott there didn't work."
The image of the Coast and the state will be further tarnished by the Rebel flag again flying over the beach, black civic leaders said.
"I think the only things Harrison County supervisors are going to understand are votes, when they come up for re-election, and economics," said James Crowell, Biloxi Branch NAACP president.
Crowell and Richard Marsh, Gulfport NAACP spokesman, said they will talk with their local boards and then the national NAACP about what steps to take. The national organization meets in July in New Orleans, and the Coast flag issue and a boycott are likely to be topics, they said.
"I hate to say it, but there's going to be a price to pay for Harrison County," Marsh said.
Supervisors voted 4-1, along racial lines, to put the Eight Flags display back up at the line between Biloxi and Gulfport. There was little comment from those voting yes, other than to say they were doing what they believed most of their constituents wanted. Supervisor William Martin, the only black person on the board, cast the lone vote against the display, which is supposed to represent the eight governments that have ruled the Coast since 1699.
Martin reminded supervisors that they all voted more than a year ago to hire a historian to determine whether the "naval jack" version of the battle flag flown for decades at Eight Flags was historically correct. The historian reported that the flag was incorrect, and said it was doubtful that a Confederate battle flag ever flew prominently on the Confederate Coast. The Confederate "Stars and Bars" flag, he said, would be accurate. Martin challenged the SCV, or anyone else, on Monday to present a prominent historian willing to say the Rebel flag is accurate.
It's been tried, and you couldn't find one," Martin said. "Why are we living a lie? Why are we telling our children that those are the flags that flew over us, when that's not accurate?
"Ever since we've dealt with this, it's polarized our community. Let's get out of the flag business, and bulldoze that thing on the beach and move along. As a member of the black race and a taxpayer ... It's just not right."
In March 2000, the supervisors took down the Eight Flags display in an effort to diffuse tension after a series of flag thefts. There were also anti- and pro-flag protests that drew hundreds of angry people and included a visit from former Klansman David Duke.
A citizens' group had planned to seek donations to create a new beach display, which would fly only the American flag, but the drive fizzled. The Sons of Confederate Veterans have since gathered thousands of signatures on petitions and asked supervisors to put the flags back up.
After a statewide referendum in April, in which voters overwhelmingly chose to keep the Mississippi state flag with its Confederate battle emblem, SCV leaders pressed the supervisors again for a vote on the Eight Flags display.
"Sooner or later, you are going to have to do what the people want," Wallace Mason, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, told them Monday.
The Biloxi NAACP on Monday also asked the supervisors to quit flying the state flag at county government buildings. Supervisors didn't act on the request.
The crowd of about 100 at the Gulfport Courthouse on Monday was split between those who were for and against replacing the flag display. Some waved small Rebel flags. Many wore T-shirts that said "Never Again," and pictured a black fist crunching a Rebel flag, and carried posters with slogans such as, "Jeff Davis owned over 5,000 black citizens."
Before voting on the flags, supervisors discussed the issue in a closed-door session, and kept the crowd waiting for about an hour. The board held the closed-door meeting because, supervisors said, the county will probably face lawsuits over the flag.
Before voting, Supervisor Connie Rockco said to the crowd, "I hear two groups that are very emotional ... I know both sides want to see Mississippi move ahead. Is there any way your groups can work together and find a compromise?"
The answer was no.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans said their national organization has adopted the Confederate battle flag, and they can't do otherwise.
Coast radio talk-show host Rip Daniels, an ardent opponent of the Rebel flag, told supervisors, "There are a lot of ways (the county) can deal with this, but I can think of but one right way."
In 1995, Daniels took down the Rebel flag from the Eight Flags display, then sued the county. The state Supreme Court eventually ruled that the county had the right to fly the flag on public property. Daniels, last year during Mardi Gras, took the flag down again, and replaced it with the Stars and Bars, sparking another round of protests.
Daniels, who broadcast live via cell phone from the courthouse Monday, told his listeners, "These folks with their flag are hell-bent on Mississippi not progressing."
Although some Coast business leaders last year took a stand against flying the Rebel flag, tourism officials have not.
On Monday, tourism leaders said they hoped there would not be a boycott, and that they continued to plug the Coast as a friendly place where all are welcome. To date, they said, the Coast flag battle has not affected tourism.
Linda Hornsby, director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Hotel-Motel Association, said, "Hopefully, our hospitality will continue to shine through any of these issues."
That's doubtful, said Boyd James III, co-founder of Keepers of the Pledge.
"That flag dishonors every one of my ancestors who were kidnapped from Africa and forced to work as slaves in Mississippi," James said. "We have an opportunity to move forward, to stop Mississippi being 50th ... To put that Confederate battle flag back up pours salt into a gaping wound. There will be demonstrations. There will constantly be a war, if you fly a battle flag."
How they voted
After deliberating behind closed doors, the Harrison County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to put back up the Eight Flags beach display, including the Confederate battle flag.
Voting yes: Larry Benefield, Bobby Eleuterius, Marlin Ladner, Connie Rockco.
Voting no: William Martin.
(rebmaster's note: yee-haw)
TX: SCV to File Lawsuit against Bush Staff
The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is proceeding with its lawsuit against the state of Texas, including members of President Bush´s White House staff.
The suit cites the "unlawful" removal of two Confederate dedicatory plaques from the Texas Supreme Court Building. A 1954 amendment to the Texas Constitution transferred money from the Confederate Pension Fund to build the Supreme Court Building.
Then-Gov. George W. Bush, under pressure from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, ordered the plaques removed last June 9, after the building had closed for the day.
The Yankee Taliban
"In early March, most of the sensitive people of the world were shocked by reports that the Taliban, who control almost all of Afghanistan, were destroying all of the relics of the Muslim nation´s Hindu and Buddhist past. Their most spectacular depravation involved two huge statues of the Buddha carved into a cliff face. . . .
"As . . . civilized nations recoil in horror at the destruction of the stone Buddhas, we should reflect on the fact that we have our own variety of Taliban revisionism, and while we are not yet blowing them to bits,
by Rev. Calvin Martin
We recently observed Memorial Day (and I might add it was not on May 30, as it originally started out to be ). For my sermon on Sunday 27 May 2001 I spoke of remembering. I found in my research, in The American Peoples Encyclopedia, Copyright 1969, that " Memorial Day or Decoration Day , observed May 30 in many states of the United States to honor members of the armed forces who gave their lives in the nation's wars. The day is marked by parades, patriotic meetings and oratory, and the decoration of graves of military dead, usually under sponsorship of veteran's organizations.
The formal observation of Decoration Day began in 1868 when Gen John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, named May 30 for decorating the graves of men killed in the Civil War. New York made the date a legal holiday in 1873; Rhode Island, 1874; Vermont 1876; New Hamphire 1877; Wisconsin 1879; Massachusetts and Ohio, 1881. It is a legal holiday in most northern states. ( Now here's the part I like ) Most Southern states commemorate war dead on Confederate Memorial Day, the date of which varies among southern states."
Now folks I remind you that this was taken from an encyclopedia. But you go to today's encyclopedias and see what kind of an explanation you get. I will bet you that there is probably no mention of Confederate Memorial Day any more. The ones who make the news and write the books and papers are trying to make us a homoginized nation without any mention of things past and near and dear to most of our hearts.
Let me remind you that in II Peter 1:12 - 15 and II Peter 3:1 - 2 that he said "Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. And II Pet 3: 1-2 " This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts."
Folks, we people of the South have been putting up with these scoffers for the past 135 years. And it's about time that we stand up and let it be known that we are a people of Confederate ancestors and that they were led by their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and their faith was past on down to us and by the grace of God we will pass along this faith to our descendents and we will constantly remind them of the invasion of our homeland by the order of President Lincoln to take over our lands. I will not let my children forget that their Great Grandfather fought against the dreaded Blue Bellies and he fought bravely and that we are proud of all of the soldiers and sailors of the Confederate States of America and it is to their memory and their faith and belief in the Lord above that carried them through enormous hardships. Then to have to suffer through "Reconstruction" with all of the carpetbaggers coming down here to take over things.
No, By golly, I will not forget that I'm a SOUTHERNER and proud of it and by the grace of God those of us who still care will still hold up that great battle flag with reverance and devotion. If you tread it that flag then you tread on thousands and thousands of us who will defend it to the death and God help those who try to strike it down . God bless the CSA and all of you SCV 'ers.
What would YOUR ancestor say????
How would your ancestor answer the following grips? If you were ever fortunate enough to meet in him face to face in the hereafter, what would his reactions be to when you said.
1. ITS TOO FAR TO TRAVEL TO THE EVENT TO HONOR MY ANCESTOR WITH A WREATH.
2. ITS TOO HOT TO MANN A DISPLAY TABLE IN THE LIVING HISTORY AREA
3. ITS TOO MUCH TROUBLE TO PORTRAY MY ANCESTOR
4. ITS TOO MUCH TROUBLE TO WEAR PERIOD CLOTHING AND HAVE TO CHANGE.
5. ITS TOO MUCH TROUBLE HAVING TO DRIVE FROM WHERE WERE STAYING, TO THE EVENT GROUNDS; BACK AND FORWARD SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE WEEKEND.
6. I CANT MISS ONE DAY FROM MY WORK TO ARRIVE ON FRIDAY TO HELP PREPARE FOR THE EVENT.
7. I CANT STAND THE MOSQUITOS, TICKS, GNATS AND THE HEAT (NOT TO MENTION IF IT WAS TO RAIN)!!
8. THERES TOO MUCH TO DO...PREPARE THE SITE, GO TO THE MEMORIAL SERVICE, PARTICIP ATE OR ATTEND THE LIVING HISTORY AREA, PREPARE/ATTEND MEETINGS AND THEN BACK GAIN FOR SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE SO EARLY IN THE MORNING!
9. THE NEAREST RESTAURANT IS 17 MILES AWAY.
10. IT WAS AN ALL-WORK WEEKEND! I DIDNT GET TIME TO JUST RELAX AND SOCIALIZE.
Has your ancestor ever looked down from above and heard you say any of the above? If so, hes hanging his head in shameful disbelief. He would be remembering all that he endured for you while in combat. He was hot, but he didnt have any fresh water to drink or bath in. A lot of them manned a little table, selling/bartering their wares. He was bitten by mosquitoes and gnats. He missed his family, but he went all the way to the front line to take a stand for the generations to follow in his footsteps. He didnt have clothing to change. He was ragged and barefooted. He didnt have fresh fruits, vegetables, bread and meat to eat. But, he did attend church service every day of the week and twice on Sunday! He traveled many, many miles to get to and to leave from the front and it wasnt by cars or airplanes as we arrive in. And when he left the battlefields to the prison camp he was in, most of time it was on foot. Those who left by boat didnt go but so far, before they were on foot walking home. But, then again 14,000 didnt even get to go home! Theyre still there. Many of our ancestors spent several months in Pt. Lookout or other camps. We go to an event for one weekend periodically. Yes, the weekend may be crammed with many tiring things for us to do. Please remember, we have use these weekend events to tell our ancestors side of the story. We had over 500+ spectators at most of the events we participate in. One weekend, its important that we do this for our ancestors. Theyve already had their flag taken from them, please dont take their memory and honor that they deserve from us. Its hard on all of us to do so much during one event, but dont you think that your ancestor deserves it? Weve been pampered in our modem life styles. We couldnt begin to even image what our ancestors went through in the field or in that POW Camp. Some of our members are elderly, have health problems, or live so far away, that doing these things are not feasible. Thats different. However, for those of us who possibly can, there is no excuse.
Our ancestors were hot, hungry, under equipped, homesick and had to face the reality that many would die during these engagements of war - but the cause of freedom was worth all the discomfort and sacrifice. We just dont have the slightest comprehension of what they really felt - our comfort zones are too real to even be able to imagine it. There may be times you dislike our tight weekend schedule but there will be many times you will see and understand the reasons for it and be glad to pay tribute to your ancestor in such a small way.
For those of you wondering if it is going to make a difference if you go, if all the effort is worth it...when you leave youll be better to answer those questions, for you not only CAN make a difference by your presence, but youll feel better for having done so for your ancestor. Your ancestor, against overwhelming odds, risked losing his home place, his family and his own life for YOU. Can you not stand by with a bowed head and say Thank you to those who were there and to those who didnt go home? Those soldiers buried there are crying from their graves for you to speak for them and not let their memory be forgotten. (adapted from an article in The Parapet the newsletter of the Point Lookout POW Organisation.)
Flagpole at my home
This Flagpole erected in memory of my GG---Grandfather, Private John A. Doke who served in Company A 6th Georgia Infantry, Confederate States Army, He died during the fighting near Richmond, Virginia in January 1865 and his brother, Private Richard Alexander Dolce, who served in Company F 4th Florida Infantry, Confederate States Army, He was severely Wounded and died in a Field Hospital at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Pvt. John A Doke left a widow, Lura Simmons-Doke, Sons William Buchanan Doke, Charles Doke, daughter, Ida DokeCurrie, another son, Augustus Doke.
When the War Between The States ended on April 9, 1865, a corrupt carpetbagger Government came to power, property taxes were raised to 400% to 1200% depending on location. The taxes were ostensibly to build schools and roads, few if any schools were ever built and virtually no roads. The Tax Money was paid out in bribes to each other.
My GGGrandmother, Lura Doke lost her home and property because she was unable to pay the outrageous taxes, she was left in extreme poverty, she died near Trenton, Florida in 1885.
Pvt. Richard Alexander Doke left a widow, Susan SimmonsDoke, daughter; Zemlar Susan Doke, son Thomas Doke, son Lacey Baker Doke.
Thomas Doke recalled many years after the war how his father came home on sick leave from the Army and after he recovered, he mounted his horse with a new saddle to return to the War1 Thomas opened and held the gate while he rode of f never to see his family again, he lies in an unmarked grave at the site of the battlefield at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
This Confederate Naval Jack Flag to me does not represent slavery or bigotry, it is a Tribute and Honor to my family who were fighting for Southern Independence and who lost their lives in the War 1861-1865, may their souls rest in heaven forever.
James B. Hayward, Commander
This flag pole, the memorial to Jim Haywards ancestors was vandalized. Over night those people climbed the 6 ft. chain link fence, entered Jims back yard and under the cowardly cover of night, knocked down the flag poke and stole the Confederate Battle Flag Jim so proudly displays.. Not to fear the pole is back up and our flag, once again, proudly waves in Brandon.
To My Southern Brothers:
As a new member of SCV I would like to take a few lines to express some feelings that we all have had and sometimes dont think much about. We as descendants of the old South have a duty to keep our heritage alive. From our honored Confederate Fathers to our children and grandchildren the legacy of the south lays in our hands. From how we think to the way we act to the way we speak. (I would like to say that there is no prettier sound than a southern gent or belle carrying on a conversation).
We have a proud Southern Heritage. Our forefathers were brave and honorable men. Their blood flows in our veins. We have a responsibility to keep that heritage alive not only to ourselves but to our families. No matter where you go in life your southern heritage goes with you. You have a duty to honor it. It is the birth rite and the responsibility as a Son of the South to keep the sacrifice your fathers made alive. Do it for them but most of all do it for yourselves. They passed the torch on to us, dont let them down.
When you hear someone, read some book, watch some television show or news cast reporting about our honored forefathers in a negative manner correct them if you can by e-mail, letter or phone call if possible. Like most of you I am passionate about my heritage. Just remember the only person to out rank a Southern General is a Southern Gentleman. We, my brothers have been bestowed that rank. NEVER BE DEMOTED.
In conclusion I would like to say that there is no conclusion to this sentiment. If ever there comes an end to this feeling, this pride and this reverence we have for our SOUTH . OUR SOUTHERN HERITAGE, then our forefathers fought and died for naught. I am sure that will not happen. I would like to leave you with this thought Your forefathers gave you a proud name ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL, BE A WARRIOR WHEN CALLED UPON AND ALWAYS BE A SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN. God bless you and the South.
Xray Photo of Lantern Recovered from H. L. Hunley
Tue, May 22 05:04 PM
The remains of the captain of the H.L. Hunley were found in sediment inside the submarine, officials said on May 21, 2001, bringing archaeologists a step closer to solving the mystery of why the vessel sank on the final leg of its historic mission during the Civil War. Archaeologists excavating the forward hull of the Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy warship in battle, also unearthed a lantern, shown in this X-ray photo, believed used by the crew to signal to Confederate sentries on shore near Charleston, South Carolina, that they had completed their mission and were heading back to port./Copyright © 2001 Friends of the Hunley/Handout.
Confederate History Calendar
June 3, 1861 Philippi / Philippi Races
June 5, 1862 Tranter's Creek
June 16, 1862 Secessionville / Ft. Lamar / James Island
June 25, 1862 Oak Grove French's Field / King's School House
June 7, 1863 Milliken's Bend
June 9, 1863 Brandy Station / Fleetwood Hill
June 20 -- West Virginia admitted to the Union
June 20-21, 1863 LaFourche Crossing
June 5-6 Piedmont
The Last Meeting of Lee And Jackson
This painting, which artist Everett B.D. Julio first titled Heroes of Chancellorsville. depicts General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson as they discussed final preparations for Jacksons attack against the Federal army at the battle of Chancellorsville.
The late Confederacy had no shortage of painters and illustrators ready to depict its exploits. But, in contrast to others who had lived through the events and knew the men they depicted, Julio had no evident credentials to become the artistic chronicler of the Confederacy. Born on the island of St. Helena in 1843 of Italian and Scottish parents, Julio immigrated to the United States in 1860. In 1864, he established his studio in St. Louis.
Julio never met the heroes of Chancellorsville, but he had numerous models or master images on which to base their likenesses. Julio apparently used photographs by Mathew Brady for his portrait of Lee. For Jackson. Julio relied on a profile photograph taken just two weeks before the battle of Chancellorsville.
Lee was still alive when Julio set out to paint pictures which will recall the souvenirs and exploits of the soldiers of the South.. Seeking accuracy and detail in his portraits, Julio wrote to Lee, who was then president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. On January 15, 1869, Lee answered Julios inquiry with this never-before-published letter now in the Museums collections:
Conscious that Lee was the Souths greatest living hero and that any connection with the general gave his artworks greater credibility. Julio offered the finished painting to Lee. The general declined the offer. it is not that 1 do not appreciate your feelings, or value your kindness, that I cannot accept your picture. but that I desire you to have all the benefit as well as the credit of your labors. Lee wrote in late August 1869.
The generals gracious refusal was bittersweet for the artist. ~T]he noble man. Julio wrote of Lee. would not listen to my idea of giving away my labor. it was his kind expression that induced me to look forward to a glorious future. and I felt, perhaps through proper study, I could proclaim myself the historian-painter of the South. toward which goal I am now struggling.
Struggle and study did not, however, bring Julio the glorious future for which he and Lee wished.
While an admirer in Baton Rouge put him among the first of the Souths great artists. Julio did not
reap the benefits of his greatness. Typical of period artworks. prints of The Last Meeting of Lee and
Jackson became better known and more profitable than the original painting.
Prints from the first engraving, made in 1871 by Frederick Halpin. were apparently sold in a lottery for the purchase of the original painting. A chromolithograph (tinted print) executed in 1879 and a print produced at the time of Lees birthday centennial in 1907 proved even more popular. Post cards declared to be very well executed were sold at the 1910 United Confederate Veterans reunion.
In contrast, the original painting the master image for all the prints, postcards, china plates and souvenirs that have born the familiar picture faded from popular consciousness. Turn-of-the-century Southerners who displayed the tinted print on their parlor walls did not realize that there was a monumental painting on which those prints were based.
Julio died in debt in 1879 with the painting still unsold. Col. John B. Richardson bought the original from Julios estate and displayed it in the arsenal of his wartime military unit, the Washington Artillery of New Orleans. Richardsons widow sold it to New Orleans businessman and Confederate veteran James B. Sinnott in 1910. As had Richardson. Sinnott displayed the huge painting in a public institution, the Louisiana State Museum.
The Last Meeting was out of public view from 1956 to 1987. when a South Carolina art dealer purchased it and sent it on a nationwide tour. Among the
sites of that tour was The Museum of the Confederacy. The Museum acquired the painting in August 1992.
At least one nineteenth century critic hoped that The Last Meeting was the beginning. . of a series that shall perpetuate the deeds and prowess of the gallant and chivalrous soldiers of the South. Though it proved to be the only such work that Julio produced. it stands as the most importarn idealized portrayal of Confederate military heroes.
(from information supplied by the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia, CSA)
From the Adjutants Desk:
The John T. Lesley Camp 1282 Membership Roster for June 2001 stands 186 Compatriots and 24 Legionaires.
The Lesley Camp takes pleasure in announcing the membership of two new men into our midst. Earl Lewis Hillis, his ancestor was Pvt. Woodson P. Hillis of Co E 22nd Bn. TN Inf. Larry Ernest Dodson, his ancestor was Sergeant James Wilson Dodson Co E 44th AL Inf Regt.
The 1841 Mississippi .54 CAL Rifle has been delivered and tickets will be mailed to you in the near future.
The Florida Division SCV & MOS&B Reunion May 18-20, 2001 at the Double Tree Guest Suites at Rocky Point was a huge success. Many in and out of state dignitaries were present. Dr. Terry Rude of Bob Jones University gave an excellent address on the WBTS.
If you have any questions concerning camp business or to process membership paperwork, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Adjutant Dwight Tetrick