How INTERESTING that baby Barack and his Socialist Workers Party aka Democrat Party, now claim to be the party of the minority, when history tells a different story.
My family were Democrats. Not sure if it was by ‘choice’ or due in part to geographical location and/or the Reconstruction of the South.
I don’t recall any memories of ‘slave ownership”, but I do remember talk and the anger at the carpet-beggars/ THIEVES that came in and took land and possessions from most returning from the war.
Under the dictates of the Radical Republicans, the US Congress passed the punitive Reconstruction Act of 1867 over Pres. Andrew Johnson’s veto and the prior wishes of Pres. Lincoln.
This act sought to rebuild the governments of the Southern states into the Northern mold and ensure the civil rights of the freed blacks. The members of the existing state governments in the South, made up of the leaders of the Confederacy, were removed, and the states were place under the military rule of the US Army. No one who had supported the Confederate government was allowed to vote or hold political office. As a result, the states were controlled by scalawags and carpetbaggers and the military rulers of the Radical Republican Congress.
Some 200,000 US soldiers were stationed throughout the South to preserve order and carry out the dictates of Congress. These military commanders had virtually unlimited power. What is seldom discussed is that the war in the South did not end after 4 years and the signing of surrender by Gen. Robert E. Lee, but lasted another 10 years!! Some of it I’m sure was due to those that would not follow anti-slavery laws, but in most cases, it was the average NON-slave owner, just folks trying to move forward, provide a living and shelter, for their families that were hurt from these unscrupulous Radicals. And such was their life, until 1877, when Rutherford B. Hayes agreed to return the states to home rule in exchange for Southern support in his bid for the presidency.
It is from this ancestry that memories were passed down to me and from this that I find my Southern Pride. Not from the horrible injustice of slavery, but from ancestors that not only survived the Civil War, but also the years of horror and hardship that came after. (Note: I had ancestors that served in the Northern army and also the South, as many did during that era.)
Here is a photo from my grandmother’s photo album. My father is the little boy holding the boat paddle. 1920’s
What the South was REALLY fighting for!
The Night They Drove Ole’ Dixie Down:
Black Confederate in Ringold
A Tribute To Our Black Confederate Heroes by Heritage Not Hate Productions
“Surrender means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy, that our youths will be taught by Northern school teachers; learn from Northern school books THEIR version of the war.” —–Confederate General Patrick Cleburne, 1864
Is Secession legal??
Character: Lee and Jackson
“Let each man resolve to be victorious, and that the right of self-government, liberty, and peace shall find him a defender.” –Robert E. Lee
“[M]y religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.” –Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson
Today we take a moment to remember the birth anniversaries of Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19) and Stonewall Jackson (Jan. 21), two of the greatest military commanders in American history. They also were great men of faith who gave their all (Jackson his life) for the cause of liberty and states’ rights, which we at The Patriot hold so dear. Some may question our decision to honor men of the Confederate States of America, but we encourage those readers to consider our correction of the record. The honor we give these men has its roots in the founding of this great nation.
Mark Alexander notes in his essay,”Lincoln’s Legacy at 200,” that “the causal case for states’ rights is most aptly demonstrated by the words and actions of Gen. Lee, who detested slavery and opposed secession. In 1860, however, Gen. Lee declined Lincoln’s request that he take command of the Army of the Potomac, saying that his first allegiance was to his home state of Virginia: ‘I have, therefore, resigned my commission in the army, and save in defense of my native state… I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword.’ He would, soon thereafter, take command of the Army of Northern Virginia, rallying his officers with these words: ‘Let each man resolve to be victorious, and that the right of self-government, liberty, and peace shall find him a defender.'”