04 April 2007

Confederate Heritage & History Month - Part 1

Some Civil War historians and “scholars” seem to take great pleasure in mocking Confederate History Month and those who choose to honor their ancestors and heritage. Their juvenile, snide, condescending remarks betray a heart beguiled by the trendy notions of hero bashing and despising of tradition. Very MTV like—"cool". These folks worship whatever is faddish in academia as they seek to please their peers and whatever the potentates of political correctness dictate. Always giddy over what's neweven when it's wrongthey stumble over the obvious for no other reason than it's "outdated"even when its correct. As the Apostle Paul described those with similar outlooks: "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." Or, as the Wizard of Oz so aptly put it: "I can't give you brains, but I can give you a diploma." They then claim—in very sanctimonious and arrogant tones—to be free of bias and intellectually “above it all.” Yeah, right.

Thankfully, I don’t have that problem.
Pictured here is my great-great grandfather, John W. McGann, in front of his home in Nelson County, Virginia. Grandpa McGann, though he owned over 250 acres, was little more than a poor dirt farmer—financially speaking. His wife’s (Mary McGann, also pictured here) Confederate pension application lists his income the year prior to his death as “zero.” No powerful plantation owner he.

McGann fought for the 51st Virginia Infantry on and over land that his son would eventually come to own. The 51st earned a reputation as a brave and hard-fighting unit and led the charge at New Market. This victory saved the Shenandoah Valley and the Confederacy for another year.

McGann lies buried on the land he farmed, only a few steps from his home which still stands, and his grave is marked by only a simple field stone. The McGann’s did not own any slaves, though they did donate a small plot of their land to be used by local blacks as a cemetery. Some of the land my grandfather fought on, and to defend at the Battle of Waynesboro, passed from his son to my grandmother, to my father and then to my brother and me.

I honor my great-great grandfather's sacrifice and bravery and his contribution to his community and I bless his memory; despite what moderns

1 comment:

Lawrence Underwood said...

Amen! And, may God bless the memories of our honorable Confederate ancestors. Keep up the great work.