|Union Army farriers shoeing horses at Antietam.|
|Union Army farriers.|
|Union Army farriers shoeing horses at Antietam.|
|Union Army farriers.|
|Photo by Robert Moore|
|Photo by Robert Moore|
Georgia peaches, sweet tea, and the enticement of a smooth twang…we all love a bit of southern charm. These regional mainstays, along with an innate sense of social poise, evoke an unparalleled warmth and authenticity in style and tradition.Yes, for this the young woman was called "manure" by one of Levin's followers. And Levin said he agreed with calling this woman, whom neither the commenter nor Levin has ever met, "manure". Is this part of that whole "war on women" thing I keep hearing about?
too many people don't think "slavery" when they hear "plantation".What defines "too many"? More than zero? A baker's dozen? As anyone familiar with academia knows, groupthink is all the rage these days. We must all think like we're told to think. Maybe some indoctrination and re-education camps are in order so we'll all get our minds right.
an increasingly successful campaign by the media and an academic elite to strip . . . Southerners . . . of their heritage, and therefore, their identity. They are being taught to forget their forebears or to remember them with shame. ~ Eugene GenoveseBut if these self-righteous folks - who refer to a stranger marketing Southern themed clothing as "manure" - want to shame the rest of us into turning our backs on our Southern culture and heritage, they've got their work cut out for them. Ms. Lively (aka "Manure" to the intellectually and morally superior class) isn't the only person or company marketing Southern themed clothing. Consider:
Academic fraud benefits the entire university community except the black students. If universities can maintain the scholar-athlete charade, they earn tens of millions of dollars in sports revenue. Other than as a pretense, academics can be ignored. The university just has to create academic slums, where weak students can “succeed.” Stronger academic departments benefit because they do not have to compromise their standards and bear the burden of having to deal with weak students. Then there’s that feather in the diversity hat upon which university administrators are fixated. I guarantee you that academic fraud is by no means unique to UNC. As such, it represents gross dereliction and dishonesty on the parts of university administrators and faculty members. ~ Dr. Walter WilliamsAnd another school doesn't like conservative speakers, so it suppresses free speech by defunding clubs that don't conform to the school's political views:
When Lauren asked for a specific explanation as to why her club was losing funding, her inquiries were ignored. Finally, Lauren set a meeting with the Student Budget Board, and they explained to her that they “had an issue” funding the event in the first place because the speaker was Bay Buchanan. Max Frischman, the head of the Student Budget Board (who didn’t attend the event) told the YAF Chapter that if they had known the topic was going to be immigration—something that “would create a problem on campus when there isn’t one—they never would’ve approved the funding for it.”. . . In a statement to Young America’s Foundation, Lauren said, “I’m disappointed in Virginia Tech for being intolerant toward conservatives. I feel discriminated against for speaking my mind and standing up for what I believe in as the chairwoman of my Young Americans for Freedom chapter.”And the bias and bigotry trickles down to "public" schools as well:
“Public schools should encourage the free exchange of ideas. Instead, this school implemented an ill-conceived ban that singles out religious speech for censorship during free time,” remarked ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco in a press release announcing the suit.Academia and the education establishment: rampant with fraud, political correctness and discrimination against conservatives and Christians. And the ones hurt most are students.
Opinions about the war were much more polarized and more obvious, too. In the South, the words "Dixie" or "Rebel" were everywhere in the names of motels, restaurants, and gas stations. Confederate flags and Rebel characters like Gen. Jubilation T. Cornpone were incorporated into ads and signs.In sharp contrast, In the North it was as though that war never happened. There were no Yankee Gas stations or Bluebelly Motels.Yet before the WBTS, there was a "commonality" that bound us together:
America was colonized by small groups of people from England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands with very common characteristics of race, religion, morals, ethics, education, and stations in life. They were nearly all from the working class --- farmers, tradesmen, soldiers, and speculators. There were few aristocrats. They shared a common grasp of man's responsibility to family and community and man's role in the scheme of things.Note the pecking order of priorities in that last sentence. This still holds true for many Americans, despite what is often portrayed in the elitist trinity of government, the media and academia.
This commonality was the grounding basis for America. It probably accounts for the fact that the colonies never went to war with one another. Instead they labored at communication and compromise and never forgot that their neighbors had the right to govern themselves by their own needs and wants. This was the basis for states' rights, a concept little understood by most Americans today.
The colonists followed a basic understanding about priorities. With some variations, an individual was faithful to God first, family second, community third, colony next, and nation last. This order of loyalty began with ancient man's simple recognition of allegiance to family and clan out of self defense. Thousands of years later the structure of loyalties persisted. In 1861, most men still adhered to that pecking order of fidelity: God, family, community, state, region, and nation. [Emphasis mine.]
It occurs to me that in our zeal to understand other nations and other peoples, we have lost sight of our own past. As a result, all too often people blindly accept the nonsense of agenda-driven revisionists who have erroneously retrofitted America's complex historical figures and events into convenient pigeonholes.One of those historical figures is, of course, Robert E. Lee. And Sylvia rightly concludes:
From Lee's perspective, the US was about to wage war on his home, his people, and his family. Even though the basic principles of the Republic had been compromised, Lee agonized over the decision and made his choice reluctantlyIf you are interested in the WBTS beyond the social justice perspective that you read on so many CW blogs today, you will find North South Trader's Civil War an oasis. I highly recommend it for CW buffs as well as scholars and collectors.
Once committed, he fought like a lion. Once defeated, he was without rancor. Such a man is not a traitor but a role model for all.
Studley joined the Massachusetts Infantry at the start of the Civil War and was captured in Galveston, Texas in 1863. After the war he returned to Quincy and joined the Rural Masonic Lodge. He died in 1925 and was remembered in his obituary in the Quincy Patriot-Ledger for his remarkable tool chest, among his other achievements.Friend, adopted Virginian and retired Senior Furniture Conservator at the Smithsonian Institute Don Williams has a book coming out next year about Studley and his absolutely amazing tool chest. Don discusses in the video below.
Last May, The American Legion Magazine asked its readers, website visitors and social media followers to select from a list of 100 beloved U.S. veterans. More than 70,000 votes were cast. The choices span our nation’s lifetime.First place honor goes to a Southerner: Native Texan Audie Murphy. Coming in at number 2 is a Virginian and a Southerner, George Washington. Teddy Roosevelt is ranked #3. Alvin York, another Southerner hailing from the great state of Tennessee claimed the #4 slot. Rounding out the top 5 is none other than the grandson of a Confederate soldier, George S. Patton.
During the Civil War, Lee organized his Army of Northern Virginia from a mixed tapestry of troops into one of the most formidable and effective fighting forces ever known. He did this despite a severe disparity of numbers and chronic shortages of basic supplies, such as food, clothing and medical supplies. Always considerate of his men, he surrendered at Appomattox rather than expose them to more bloodshed when he faced the inevitable.And had this to say about Stonewall Jackson:
Early in his adult life, Lee became the consummate Christian soldier. He thanked the Almighty for his numerous victories and often took defeat as a rebuke from above. Throughout his military career, his family – especially his invalided wife – remained his foremost concern.
Lee considered that his most important work was done during reconstruction as he sought to instill among Southerners a lack of bitterness and a sense of union with the reunited country. He worked diligently as president of Washington College to prepare young men of the South for a productive future while instilling in each one of them his own gentlemanly and Christian attributes.
. . . Jackson was a gentleman and a Christian and a decent person, certainly, in spite of his role in killing and maiming tens of thousands of young Northern men. But it also said that he was, fundamentally, an American. He had, after all, fought heroically for his country in the Mexican War. In Whittier’s poem, it was his Americanness that had stirred in him and redeemed him.I'm sure all this must come as a real disappointment to those who would like to see Lee-Jackson Day relegated to the dust bin of history.
What happened after Jackson’s death was the first great national outpouring of grief for a fallen leader in the country’s history. Though it was overshadowed by Lincoln’s death two years later, Jackson’s death touched the hearts of every household in the South, and prompted many admiring testimonials in the North. “I rejoice at Stonewall Jackson’s death as a gain to our cause,” wrote Union Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren, “and yet in my soldier’s heart I cannot but see him as the best soldier in all of this war, and grieve at his untimely end.”
Why doesn't the Confederacy just fade away? Is it because we are irresistibly fascinated by catastrophic loss? Or is it something else? Is it because the Confederacy is to this day the greatest conservative resistance to federal authority in American history? ~ David BlightAnd how about this:
The conservative movement in America, or at least its most radical wing, seems determined to repeal much of the 20th century and even its constitutional and social roots from the transformative 1860s. The Civil War is not only not over, it can still be lost. ~ David Blight
Asked their impression of the main cause of the Civil War, a 48%-plurality of Americans say it was mainly about states' rights. Just 38% say the Civil War was mainly caused by slavery. Another 9% volunteer that it was about both equally. Young people are more likely than older Americans to say that the war's main cause was states' rights -- 60% of those younger than age 30 express this view, the highest percentage of any age group. Those ages 65 and older, by a 50%-to-34% margin, are the most likely to say that slavery rather than states rights was the main cause of the Civil War. Nearly half of whites (48%) say states' rights was the war's main cause, but so do 39% of blacks. (Source: Pew Research, April 8, 2011)That is stunning, given what's been published on this topic over the last 50 years. Of course, others have come to the same conclusion; both in realizing the general public's persistent perspective, as well as seeing the "frustration" of "idealistic" historians on a moral crusade. As historian Marc Egnal has noted:
Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor, master, specialist and doctoral degrees. . . . As an accredited institution, Liberty University is eligible to participate in federal educational programs such as military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the GI Bill and corporate tuition assistance. Credits and degrees earned through Liberty are therefore recognized by private industry and by the military and federal government for promotion, assignment and position qualification standards.Perhaps it's just the conservative Christian aspect of Liberty University that has the CWM folks making such inaccurate statements. Or maybe it's because they teach creationism at Liberty, since that came up in the comments several times in the CWM post. What's that got to do with anything?