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format so that it may be viewed or downloaded. Also you will find the Chaplains' Corps Chronicles which affords some Confederate history from a
spiritual standpoint. We hope you find it interesting.
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What you don't know may astound
|You may have your mind made up about the causes of the War Between the
States, but how did you arrive at your mindset? Did you just accept what you
were taught in school? Let's face it, very few people have been exposed to the
Southern viewpoint. For some reason it seems to be chalked up as invalid and
just "the Lost Cause Myth." It's sad, but true, that many who call themselves
Southerners know very little of the history of the period 1861-1865 and the
events that preceded it. They have bought into "the Gallant Victor Myth."
Does truth mean enough to you to weigh the evidence? If so, discard the
movie/TV stereotypes, PC hype and downright lies and seek the truth.
How can you make an informed decision if you only have half of the evidence?
Take a look at this curriculum and you will be amazed at what, in all
likelihood, you WERE NOT TAUGHT in school.
|Thank you to:
John K. McNeill SCV Camp #674
PO Box 1353
Moultrie, Georgia 31776
|Rewriting American History
|Latest on Edisto Crossing Monument and
Flag - see below
|Confederate History - See
|Edisto Crossing Monument and Flag
|Is the saga of the Confederate Flag
located adjacent to the Edisto River
Creamery & Kitchen in Orangeburg, SC
finally coming to a fair and just
resolution? The February 22d ruling by
South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Maite
Murphy would seem to answer this
question in the affirmative. Judge
Murphy’s ruling, affirming a prior ruling
by the Orangeburg City Zoning Board of
Appeals, contained the key phrase of the
ruling, “…the use of the property by
Rivers Bridge Camp #842 did not violate
the zoning ordinances or regulations.”
|Judge Murphy’s ruling came about as the result of an appeal to the circuit
court of a ruling by the City of Orangeburg Zoning Board of Appeals. Basically
the ruling of the Zoning Board had stated that a memorial maintained by Rivers
Bridge Camp No. 842, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) on a small parcel
of privately owned land was not in violation of the City’s zoning ordinance.
That parcel contains a small granite marker and a Confederate Army of
Northern Virginia Battle Flag. It is maintained in honor and memory of the
Confederate Soldiers who defended the Edisto Crossing in February 1865.
Though vastly outnumbered by the Union Army of General William T.
Sherman, these men made their stand in spite of the odds. Even knowing that
they could not stop the juggernaut, they stood faithful and did what they could.
The memorial is located adjacent to the Edisto River Creamery & Kitchen and
it has been alleged that this business has suffered because of the presence of
the Battle Flag. It has been further alleged that the SCV had even gone to the
extent of marching around the business to discourage customers. Such
behavior by Rivers Bridge Camp No. 842, SCV is categorically denied; our
leadership has from the very beginning of this ordeal advised our membership
to, “Let the law take its course.” Looking back it has been sound advice.
Our stand regarding our heritage and the defense of it is not politically correct
and as a result we may seem to be in the minority. In addition, it would appear
from the stories in the popular media that we might have a difficult time getting
a fair hearing of our side of the story. All this leads to the possibility of the
question, “Can we obtain a fair hearing in court?” Though we may have had
our doubts at first, we rejoice that we can say we were fairly heard at
each level from Zoning Board through Circuit Court. We appreciate the
persons involved for basing their decisions upon the law and not on
whatever their personal feelings might be toward our memorial.
We could write much in defense of ourselves with refutations of the many
baseless accusations made against us, but at this point we choose to let the
situation heal. The Edisto River Creamery & Kitchen property is now up for
sale or lease and we take no satisfaction in this fact. On the contrary, we
would like to see all businesses flourish. It is doubtful if any informed citizen
in the Orangeburg area actually thought the Battle Flag had anything to do with
the restaurant; we give them much more credit than that. It all begs the
question “Was the business failure about the flag or more about product,
quality and price?”
While this is a victory of sorts, it is not something that we gloat over; instead
our joy comes primarily from the fact that our trusting the rule of law and
those who faithfully carry it out has been vindicated. As Attorney Lauren
Martel stated, “I am so grateful the law prevailed and that the judge took her
time and did a good job and reviewed all the facts and evidence provided at the
hearing level. She made a well-founded order and it’s a victory for the
Constitution and victory for freedom and land use. It really has nothing to do
with racism or any sort of emotional decision. It was all done on the law and
free use of property.”
We hear much about, “being on the right side of history,” but have you ever
considered that phrase? The “right side of history” is usually determined by
those who write history. And it’s never really settled; our perceptions of
history change over time. Distance should, but does not always, improve
perspective; the rightness of many decisions continues to be debated
thousands of years after the actual events under discussion. People use this
phrase in an effort to lay claim to some moral high ground of the moment. We
can only judge that the current “right” is based on our own sense of morals
and ethics, and hope we make the right choices in the eyes of those who come
after us. Let our true history, all of it, be presented to future generations.
|He has come to be known as, "The Keeper of the
Flag," but more than that he is a person who cherishes
his Southern Heritage. Many say they love their
history, but are reluctant, if not unwilling, to stand in
the breech when that love carries a personal cost. We
are speaking of Compatriot Joseph "Buzz" Braxton II.
During the ordeal that developed around the Edisto
Crossing Memorial maintained by Rivers Bridge Camp
No. 842, Sons of Confederate Veterans, "Buzz" was
ever ready to present the truth of what motivates us in
this matter. Many in society today just don't "get it;"
how can we care about those who lived so long ago?
We are kindred spirits who share the belief that we
can coexist with all people and have a better world
without "throwing our ancestors under the bus."
Thank you for your faithfulness, "Buzz."
|Joseph "Buzz" Braxton II - "Keeper of the Flag"
|"It really has nothing to do with racism or any sort of emotional decision. It was all
done on the law and free use of property.”
|Rivers Bridge Camp No. 842
Sons of Confederate Veterans
|"It is our duty to keep the memory of our heroes green..." Jefferson Davis
|Rewriting American History
Walter E. Williams · Jun. 14, 2017
George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and
obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship,
rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort
to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history.
Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and
Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so
draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument removed last month. Former Memphis
Mayor A C Wharton wanted the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford
Forrest, as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, removed from the city park. In
Richmond, Virginia, there have been calls for the removal of the Monument Avenue
statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall
Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. It’s not only Confederate statues that have come under
attack. Just by having the name of a Confederate, such as J.E.B. Stuart High School
in Falls Church, Virginia, brings up calls for a name change. These history rewriters
have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state
capitol grounds and other public places.
Slavery is an undeniable fact of our history. The costly war fought to end it is also a
part of the nation’s history. Neither will go away through cultural cleansing.
Removing statues of Confederates and renaming buildings are just a small part of the
true agenda of America’s leftists. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and there’s a
monument that bears his name — the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.
C. George Washington also owned slaves, and there’s a monument to him, as well —
the Washington Monument in Washington. Will the people who call for removal of
statues in New Orleans and Richmond also call for the removal of the Washington, D.
C., monuments honoring slaveholders Jefferson and Washington? Will the people
demanding a change in the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School also demand that the
name of the nation’s capital be changed?
These leftists might demand that the name of my place of work — George Mason
University — be changed. Even though Mason was the author of the Virginia
Declaration of Rights, which became a part of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, he
owned slaves. Not too far from my university is James Madison University. Will its
name be changed? Even though Madison is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution,”
he did own slaves.
Rewriting American history is going to be challenging. Just imagine the task of
purifying the nation’s currency. Slave owner George Washington’s picture graces
the $1 bill. Slave owner Thomas Jefferson’s picture is on the $2 bill. Slave-owning
Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s picture is on our $50 bill. Benjamin Franklin’s picture
is on the $100 bill.
The challenges of rewriting American history are endless, going beyond relatively
trivial challenges such as finding new pictures for our currency. At least half of the
56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were slave owners. Also consider that
roughly half of the 55 delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia
were slave owners. Do those facts invalidate the U.S. Constitution, and would the
history rewriters want us to convene a new convention to purge and purify our
The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal,
they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they’ll
take a yard. So, I say, don’t give them an inch in the first place. The hate-America
types use every tool at their disposal to achieve their agenda of discrediting and
demeaning our history. Our history of slavery is simply a convenient tool to further