30 June 2008

Off to Gettysburg!

This will be my last post until Sunday night (6 July). I and my lovely bride are going to take a much-needed break and spend a few days in Gettysburg. We plan to leave Thursday morning and return home some time Sunday afternoon. Usually, we hang close to home on Independence Day and will really miss Lexington's celebration this year. But I wanted to see the new visitor's center as well as experience Gettysburg during the annual reenactment - something I've never done.

I hope to visit a few bookstores and maybe do an impromptu signing or two, although I have nothing "official" scheduled.

I hope you all have a safe and blessed Independence Day.

29 June 2008

Lee Chapel Event - 6 July 2008

The famed 8th Regiment Band of the 8th Georgia Inf. will be performing Civil War era music at Lee Chapel on Sunday, July 6th at 8pm in Lee Chapel in Lexington.

The band originates in Rome, Georgia and will be giving this program on its return from playing at the 145th Anniversary reenactment of Gettysburg. The band features period style instruments and musical arrangements. The band has been featured in movies such as "The Class of 61," "The Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All," and "Love and Honor."

Band website: www.8thregimentband.com

28 June 2008

My Student Gets an "A"

For the last few months, I've been helping a homeschooled student with a research paper about Stonewall Jackson. Though a junior in high school, this young lady is taking classes at a local community college earning dual credits. She was a delight to work with, asked excellent questions, was diligent in her research, and received a well-deserved "A" on her paper. Below is an email I received from her earlier today:
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Dear Mr. Williams,

Attached to this e-mail is my completed research paper. I received an "A" grade for the paper, and for the entire course overall as well (despite the fact that my teacher was prone to the revisionist view of history so prevalent in today's academic community). I hope you enjoy the paper.

Thank you so much for all of the help you have contributed over the past few months--your answers and advice not only assisted me in writing the paper, but also gave me a fuller understanding and appreciation for Stonewall Jackson. I know that you have many other obligations in life and I appreciate that you took the time to provide thorough and thoughtful answers to my questions.

I also want to thank you for continuing to protect and fight for an accurate understanding and appreciation of America's heritage--which you accomplish in part through your books and your blog. Thank you for your efforts.

Sincerely,

Crystal Marshall
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Thank YOU Miss Marshall. You give me hope for the future. Keep up the good work and may God bless you in all your future endeavors!

Louisiana Revolution

The citizens of Louisiana, led by Governor Bobby Jindal, are leading a quiet revolution in that state. Besides the piece of legislation noted in this previous post, Jindal just signed legislation which implements, "the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows school districts to permit teachers to present evidence, analysis and critique of evolution and other prevalent scientific theories in public school classrooms. implementing a new law."

Of course, those who are opposed to academic freedom are foaming at the mouth.

"To the extent that this might invite religion in the public school classroom, we will do everything we can do to keep religion out." ~ Marjorie Esman, state director of Lousiana's ACLU told the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Right. Unless it's the religion of secular humanism.

I recall a biology class I took in a local community college in the mid-70's. The professor, a very jovial Dutchman, introduced the subject of Darwinism and evolution by stating: "I have no intent of diminishing or criticizing anyone's faith but . . . "

He would not, however, allow anyone to challenge what he was teaching: atheistic evolution. The Louisiana law should me a model for states across the nation to emulate.

Complete story here.

27 June 2008

Celebrating the Year of Davis

I can't help but shake my head at the knee-jerk comments floating around the blogosphere and various media outlets regarding the "celebration" of Confederate heroes. These folks like to suggest such events and/or comments are "unprofessional" or "unsophisticated", etc. Bunk. Snobby elitism at its worst.

Fortunately, not all institutions and museums have bought into this nonsensical attitude. Case in point - I just received my monthly e-newsletter from the Museum of the Confederacy. It reads, in part:
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Jefferson Davis 200th Birthday Celebration!

"On June 3rd, 2008 the MOC celebrated President Jefferson Davis's 200th Birthday. Many visitors from all over the state came to join us, including wonderful reenactors, Jim Bazo as Jefferson Davis, his wife as Mrs. Davis, and his cabinet. For this special day the White House was decorated with ballons and banners, the tour of 'Jefferson Davis's Richmond' was available, and visitors enjoyed free-admission all day. Visitors were treated to delicious birthday cake and lemonade in the garden." (My emphasis.)
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Those making arguments against any kind of celebration regarding Southern heroes need to think carefully about the implications of their position. If those who fought for the South were "traitors" and unworthy of honor and celebration, then logic would dictate that EVERY military base, aircraft carrier, destroyer, highway, school, park, building, city, business, etc, be renamed so as not to honor these "traitors." Furthermore, if these men were, in fact, traitors then every statue honoring them (and don't forget get Lee-Jackson Day) needs to be toppled.

Anyone want to argue that? If not, you are inconsistent.

Uh-Oh

Wow, this is really weird. There's a lot here that I agree with the infamous Chris Hedges about. (Or maybe he agrees with me.) As a former agnostic and Darwinist myself, I found some of Hedges's comments most intriguing. At least this man is a thinker:

"We’ve moved from a print-based culture to an image-based culture. When you live in an image-based culture, one responds emotionally, not intellectually. That is precisely what’s happening." ~ Chris Hedges (Which is why Barack Obama is so popular with the young and ill-informed. Its all about pop-culture image.)

"We live in a society that regularly confuses our emotional response with knowledge. You can watch the election campaign to get a good example of that. Take Barack Obama as an example. Obama talks about hope and change. This is just an updated version of a Pepsi commercial." ~ Chris Hedges

"The cost of the moral life or the religious life is a high cost. That is really what I believe the crucifixion is about. Living in a society where it is all about us and about how we feel and about whether we are happy is just unadulterated narcissism. It is really a road that leads us away from the possibility of living a life with real richness, integrity and meaning." - Chris Hedges (Oh, he may be closer to becoming a Christian than he thinks.)

"The new atheists are intellectually bankrupt. They have nothing to offer in terms of serious moral, theological or even scientific debate. They are very much a product of the television age. They celebrate their own ignorance. The kinds of things they write about religion are religiously illiterate." - Chris Hedges (We see this so much in the liberal blogoshpere and in university settings - intellectually bankrupt.)

The NRA Takes Aim


I'm glad to see that there is at least one conservative organization taking the offensive against the the nanny state's encroachment on our liberties. Sick 'em boys. Give them a taste of their own medicine.

26 June 2008

My Hero

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

~ 2nd amendment to the constitution.

(I had to take a short break from work to post this. Details of this landmark decision here. Another shot heard around the world. Read the full opinion here. I highly recommend you read the opinion. It is brilliant. This is truly a historic and stunning victory for freedom loving Americans.)

My God-Given Right

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed." ~ Patrick Henry

"To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them..." ~ Richard Henry Lee.

"The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium (safeguard) of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them." ~ U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, 1833

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." ~ Samuel Adams

And, one of my favorites: "The 2nd amendment is there just in case anyone tries to mess with the first one." ~ Rush Limbaugh

For live blog coverage on the Heller decision, click here.

25 June 2008

Singing A Higher Note

In the previous post, I commented on the Supreme Court's decision to allow a Louisiana man avoid the death penalty who, at 43, brutally raped his 8 year old stepdaughter. That's no typo - 8 years old. So brutal was his violent act that the girl needed surgery to repair damaged organs. "Justice" Kennedy's judgment is as perverted as the stepfather's act.

"The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Kennedy wrote.

But there will be some justice for those found guilty of similar crimes in the future in Louisiana. From now on, child rapists in that state will be singing soprano.

Hero to Child Rapists

"The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion. His four liberal colleagues joined him, while the four more conservative justices dissented."

Kennedy and "his four liberal colleagues" are sick perverts. Sad story here.

And in a related article, read this brilliant piece by Thomas Sowell.

"Some Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court even seem to think that they should incorporate ideas from European laws in interpreting American laws. Before we start imitating someone, we should first find out whether the results that they get are better than the results that we get. Across a very wide spectrum, the United States has been doing better than Europe for a very long time." ~ Thomas Sowell

Once again, 5 unelected elites in black robes overturn the will of over 4 million people in the State of Louisiana.



24 June 2008

Liberty University's 2009 Civil War Seminar

Liberty University has announced the subject matter for next year’s 13th annual Civil War seminar. Next year's program is titled The Reel Civil War: The Civil War in Film.

I have been asked to consult on speakers and logistics and am having a great time doing so! We’ve already secured some distinguished speakers:

  • Dr. Bruce Chadwick, (Rutgers University) author of The Reel Civil War: Mythmaking in Amercian Film and a number of other works on the Civil War.
  • Kevin Hershberger of Lionheart Filmworks whose company has produced a number of award winning Civil War films.
  • Katherine Lane Antolini author of Scarlett O'Hara as Confederate Woman: The Evolution of War and Its Representation in Literature and Film.
  • Brian Wills (NC) author of Gone with the glory : the Civil War in cinema, Detailed Minutiae of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865 and other works as well.
  • Paul Ashdown (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) author of A Cold Mountain Companion as well as a number of other Civil War works.

This is shaping up to be one of Liberty’s most interesting seminars. I’ll post more as the schedule and topics develop.

Below is the trailer to one of Lionheart Filmworks recent releases, Wicked Spring. Popcorn anyone?


23 June 2008

Davis Wins In A Landslide


Kind of lopsided, wouldn't you say? See poll results here.

20 June 2008

Two Very Proud Fathers

My 27 year-old son, Zachary, called me yesterday morning and told me he had met with one of America's best known and respected Master Farriers (horseshoer for you non-horse people) and was offered a job that would entail flying all over the United States working on very high dollar horses. The position would start with a base salary of $65,000 plus all expenses paid. My son's own reputation as a knowledgeable farrier with a solid work ethic is spreading quickly. He's only been out of farrier school for 3 1/2 years.

While that is certainly something that would make any father proud, I was much prouder of my son's response to this lucrative offer:

"I'm very grateful, but I want to work close to home so I can watch my two daughters grow up."

His response is particularly noteworthy since his business has slowed in recent weeks. But that's ok son, you won't regret your decision. You have many years ahead of you to make money, but only one opportunity to watch your daughters grow into Christian young ladies and to make sure they do just that.

18 June 2008

Jim Limber and the Davis Family

About three weeks ago, I contacted John Coski of the Museum of the Confederacy and requested permission to post a piece he wrote for the winter quarter issue of the MOC’s magazine. John graciously granted his permission, but asked me to delay posting the article until after June 15th since the MOC had not yet posted his piece on their website. John does a good job explaining the paradoxical relationship which often existed between 19th century blacks and whites that, despite the evils of slavery, often grew into what John describes as “real mutual responsibility and affection.” Since there is so much misinformation being spread—both online and in print—about the relationship between Jim Limber and the Davis family, I thought it would be a good idea to post John’s *piece here:

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What Do We

Really Know About

“Jim Limber”?

By John M. Coski, Historian and Library Director, Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia © 2008. Used by permission.

The ambrotype photograph of a mulatto boy came into the Museum collection with a label in the hand of Varina Davis: “James Henry Brooks adopted by Mrs. Jefferson Davis during the War and taken from her after our capture. A great pet in the family and known as Jim Limber.”

Not only the caption, but the image itself testifies to an intimate relationship between “Jim Limber” and the family of President Jefferson Davis. The child apparently posed for the photograph at the same time as the Davises’ own children using the same chair prop used for the photo of Billy Davis (page 19).

Looking more closely and more critically at the photographs and the donation label suggest a more ambiguous interpretation. Jim Limber’s hand-me-down clothes contrast with the formal Scottish garb in which William Howell Davis was clothed. Which of Varina’s words most accurately described his status – “adopted” or “pet”?

Jim Limber has been the subject of several popular magazine articles, occasional internet postings, and even an illustrated children’s book, Jim Limber Davis. How much do we really know about this young man beyond the photograph and its postwar label? Does the evidence support the identification of him as “Jim Limber Davis,” an adopted son of the Confederacy’s first family?

Varina Davis, in her 1890 memoir of her husband, explained how Jim Limber came to live with the Davis family. Her account is in a footnote for a passage recounting how her young sons hung out with a Richmond boy gang called the “Hill Cats”:

“A little free negro boy whom we had rescued from one of his own color, who had beaten him terribly, lived from that time {early 1864} with us. Mr. Davis, notwithstanding his absorbing cares, went to the Mayor’s office and had his free papers registered to insure Jim against getting into the power of the oppressor again. Jim Limber, which he said was his name in his every-day clothes, who became Jeems Henry Brooks in his best suit on Sunday, was a fearless ally of the Hill cats.”

Significantly, the former Confederate first lady did not claim that the president “adopted” the child, but merely registered his free papers. The Free Negro register for Richmond did not survive the war, robbing historians of the most obvious source for corroborating Varina Davis’ account. Searches through surviving city records turn up nothing about President Davis registering free papers or becoming a guardian for a child ward of any description. Nineteenth-century Virginia law did not provide for formal adoption of children; if the Davises “adopted” Jim Limber, it was an extralegal process that does not show up in the historical record.

Even without official documentation, wartime sources do corroborate Mrs. Davis’ postwar account of Jim Limber’s presence in the Confederate executive mansion. On February 16, 1864, a family friend, the celebrated diarist Mary Chestnut, recorded that she saw (in the 3rd-floor room where Varina’s mother lived for part of the war) “the little negro Mrs. Davis rescued yesterday from his brutal negro guardian. The child is an orphan. He was dressed up in Little Joe’s clothes and happy as a lord. He was very anxious to show me his wounds and bruises, but I fled.”

A year later, nine-year-old Margaret Davis wrote to her younger bother, Jeff, who was spending time with the army, relaying that “Jim Limber sends his love to you…” As the Davises fled southward from Richmond in April 1865, Varina included Jim limber in her reports to her husband about the family. On April 19, 1865: “The children are well and very happy—play all day—Billy & Jim fast friends as ever…” On April 28, 1865: “Billy and Jeff are very well—Limber is thriving but bad.”

Within two weeks, Federal troops caught up with the Davis family and their party of military aides, slaves, servants—and Jim Limber—near Irwinville, Georgia. When the captives reached the Atlantic coast on a river transport ship, the Davises and Jim Limber were separated forever. Another member of the Davis party, Virginia Clay, noted in her diary that Mrs. Davis’ “pet Negro” had been taken from her.

The former President recounted the event in an 1875 letter. Davis described Jim as “a little negro orphan who she [Mrs. Davis] had in pity rescued from the ill treatment of a negro woman in Richmond who claimed that the boy’s mother had left him to her.” Rather than give him over to a Federal officer they judged untrustworthy, the Davises placed him in the care of an old army friend, Gen. Rufus Saxton.

Varina elaborated on the incident in another footnote in her memoir: “[W]e learned that our old friend, General Saxton, was there [at the Hilton Head], and my husband thought we might ask the favor of him to look after our little protégé Jim’s education, in order that he might not fall under the degrading influence of Captain Hudson. A note was written to General Saxton and the poor little boy was given to the officers of the tugboat for the General, who kindly took charge of him. Believing that he was going on board to see something and return, he quietly went, but as soon as he found he was going to leave us he fought like a little tiger and was thus engaged the last we saw of him. I hope he has been successful in the world for he was a fine boy, notwithstanding all that had been done to mar his childhood. Some years ago we saw in a Massachusetts paper that he would bear to his grave the marks of the stripes inflicted upon him by us. We felt sure he had not said this, for the affection was mutual between us, and we had never punished him.”

Contrary to modern renditions of Jim’s biography, there is no evidence that the Davises subsequently searched widely for him. Indeed, Varina’s own account of their separation indicates that she understood it to be permanent.

Most modern accounts of Jim Limber end with this dramatic scene. An 1893 memoir, First Days Among the Contrabands (published while Mrs. Davis was still alive to read it), offers a few more details about the child’s life after the Davises. Elizabeth Hyde Botume, a Boston woman who came south to teach the freedmen on the South Carolina sea islands, recalled him as “about seven years old, but small for his age; he was a very light mulatto, with brown curly hair, thick lips, and a defiant nose.”

Botume also recalled that Mrs. Davis sent Jim Limber to Gen. Saxton with a note, “written with pencil on the blank leaf of a book. I quote from memory. She said:--‘I send this boy to you, General Saxton, and beg you to take good care of him. His mother was a free colored woman in Richmond. She died when he was an infant, leaving him to the care of a friend, who was cruel and neglectful of him. One day Mrs. Davis and her children went to the house and found the woman beating the little fellow, who was then only two years old [sic]. So she took him home with her, intending to find a good place for him. But he was so bright and playful, her own children were unwilling to give him up. Then she decided to keep him until he was old enough to learn a trade. ‘That was five [sic] years ago, and he has shared our fortunes and misfortunes until the present time. But we can do nothing more for him, I send him to you, General Saxton, as you were a friend of our earlier and better times. You will find him affectionate and tractable. I beg you to be kind to him.’ That was the gist of her note.”

Jim Limber joined the Sea Islands freedmen’s colony. “As he as the constant companion and playmate of Mrs. Davis’ children, he considered himself as one of them,” Botume wrote, “adopting their views and sharing their prejudices. President Davis was to him the one great man in the world. Mrs. Davis had given him the kindly care of a mother, and he had for her the loving devotion of a child.”

He apparently developed a similar bond with his new “new protectors,” the Saxtons. They soon found it necessary to transfer him to care of the teachers, who took him north for schooling. “Finally,” Botume wrote, Jim “drifted” into the home of a northern woman, who “placed him where he was well-trained in all ways, having the advantage of school, as well as a good practical education, until he was old enough to support himself.”

Although flawed in some details, Botumes’s recollection seems to substantiate Varina Davis’ telling term, “protégé,” as the most accurate description of Jim Limber’s status. The Davises clearly assumed responsibility for him and there was obviously affection between him and his sponsors. It is less likely that he was “adopted” in any meaningful sense. The evidence suggests that he was a member of the Davis family in the same way that slaves, servants, and other dependents were members of white families—with real mutual responsibility and affection.

The story of Jim Limber’s association with the Davis family provides a window onto the nature of paternalism in the 19th-century race relations. New evidence may turn up to provide answers to the many questions about the story that have so far eluded historians. (End)

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One comment regarding the proposed statue of Davis, which includes his biological son Joe, and Jim Limber: There is a statue of Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, at Tredegar. This is the 200th anniversary of Davis’s birth. What if the SCV had proposed a statue which had excluded Jim Limber, but included only Davis’s son Joe? Would that have been proper? I don't believe so. Does anyone want to surmise what the reaction to that proposal would have been?

*Any typos are my fault as I had to have my daughter retype this from the original pdf file. We could not unlock it to copy and paste. I apologize for any errors. A very hardy thank you to the lovely and gracious Mrs. Olivia Heale for her assistance.

All The World's A Stage

Amazing story here. Notice how both campaigns attempt to manipulate voters' perceptions by placing certain Americans in certain places at certain times behind the candidates. Phony, transparent pandering, empty suits. Both of them. I'm planning a fishing trip on election day.

Will that be strawberry or cherry Kool-Aid?

Reality Hits

"With gas above $4, some who previously backed the longtime ban say it's time to start exploring."

Duh.

I've been telling friends and relatives that market forces would eventually flush out the fair-weather friends of "Big Green." I don't care if you have been duped by the global warming scam or not, when the reality of $4 a gallon gasoline begins impacting your purchasing power, folks tend to be more, shall we say, "flexible" on these pocketbook issues.

This is good news - finally. Story here.

F-R-A-U-D

“A man’s commitment to his beliefs is best measured by what he does behind the closed doors of his own home,” said Drew Johnson, President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. “Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.”

Gore's home energy use could power 232 homes belonging to "the little people." Story here. So very typical. While politicians call for us to use less energy, they jet around the country with their entourage, ride in limos, stuff their self-absorbed fat faces at the best restaurants, and produce NOTHING.

The Internet's Founder is Dead

No, not Al Gore. Read the story here.

17 June 2008

Waynesboro Heritage Museum

The Waynesboro Heritage Museum's recent newsletter noted that someone has made the organization a long-term loan of one of Jubal Early's pistols. Early commanded Confederate forces at the Battle of Waynesboro. This is exciting news for my hometown's "little" museum. I would highly recommend a visit if you're ever in the area.

Provider

"Throughout time, a man’s ability and desire to provide for those that depend on him has been central to his masculinity. While utilizing a combination of physical ability, wit, savvy and ambition to succeed, his role as the breadwinner is what drives a man to achieve. No matter the geographic location or social situation, men work primarily to feed and create an environment of comfort for their wife and family. This is the commonly accepted role of the man within the social system and proves a formidable challenge that every man must accept." (My emphasis)

Another excellent post on The Art of Manliness. Read the full post here.

I Smell Witch-Hazel

"Remember the old-time Barbershop that Dad took you to when you were a kid? By now, most of them have vanished. . . " Check this out. A great father's day gift if there's one near you.

Actually, there are still a few of the traditional barbershops in my area but many have given way to the shops which tend to favor the eye-brow plucking, tanning booths, manicures, etc, etc. (Think Matt Lauer)

Green Basketball?

Obama recently said that he has friends who fly into what ever city he is in to play basketball with him. Cool. A Nike carbon footprint.

But don't worry, Al Gore has endorsed Obama. You know, the man who thinks the sky if falling because of global warming but lives in a house that burns energy like there's no tomorrow. Oh, wait, according to Gore, there is no tomorrow.

PHONIES.

Academic Freedom

"Their professors don't make the big bucks in America. What their professors do earn, however, are huge psychological incomes in the form of power -- the power to shape the minds of their students and the power to influence their colleagues who want raises, sabbaticals. grants, promotions, and tenure. One of the best ways to influence students, colleagues, and the citizenry at large is to hire, promote, and tenure only those people who agree with you. Duke University is a case in point. Some time ago, its psychology chairman was asked in a radio interview if his department hired Republicans. He answered: 'No. We don't knowingly hire them because they are stupid and we are not.' " ~ Edward Bernard Glick is a professor emeritus of political science at Temple University and the author of "Soldiers, Scholars, and Society: The Social Impact of the American Military."

Foor For Thought

"Politics is the second oldest profession, and it bears a striking resemblance to the first." ~ Ronald Reagan

"If guns kill people, do pencils misspell words?" ~ Unknown

16 June 2008

Hating Dixie

Over 10 years ago, Florence King wrote the following in a National Review piece. These words are more relevant today than ever:

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"Analysts are scared to death of Southerners," wrote Mississippi novelist Willie Morris. It's hard to have a fruitful session with someone who feels no need to explain himself. Why do you feel that way? "I just do." Why is it so important to you? "It just is." Why are you so angry? "I just am."

Often mistaken for stupidity, these responses reflect a granite sense of self powered by a value-control center of pre-set codes guaranteed to threaten the kind of people who attend alienation conferences.

"The Gothic Mall: Conflict and Duality in the New South" is the kind of topic Southern writers are invited to tackle in panel discussions. A whiff of attraction - repulsion always hangs over these gatherings, emerging full-force in the question period when a Yankee graduate student asks, "Are you presently tormented by anything, and if so, what?"

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I'm sure King's words irritate the Che Guevara wing of academia.

Honour Thy Father

14 June 2008

Fatherly Advice

"I always knew it was impossible to disobey my father."

~ Robert E. Lee, Jr.

Becoming a successful young man in America today, as always, includes giving due consideration to your father’s admonitions and wisdom.

For the most part, your father is wiser than you are – and he always will be. Wisdom comes chiefly through getting older. Sorry, that's just the way God set things up. Since your father will always be older than you, he will always be wiser. Young men should also read the words and deeds of great men of the past – especially fathers. One such example is that great Virginian, Robert E. Lee.

Most remembered for his military leadership of the Confederacy, Lee should also be known for his wisdom as an educator, husband, and father of four girls and three boys. Lee was a man’s man and his example of self-control, self-denial, patience, humility, and principled approach to life is worthy of emulation. As Lee’s military career kept him away from his family for extended periods, he maintained a steady and intimate correspondence with them. His letters often contained words of wisdom for both his wife and children. Lee imparted his accumulated wisdom to not only his own family, but also to the young men of Washington College (renamed Washington and Lee after Lee’s death) while he served as the school’s president. Lee took the opportunity of offering advice seriously. After accepting the presidency of Washington College, he wrote: "I have a self-imposed task. I have led the young men of the South in battle. I must teach their sons to discharge their duty in life."

Lee’s letters and correspondences reveal the character of the man as pointed out by author Bishop Robert R. Brown: "There is no recorded instance when his conversation in the field or barracks could not have been equally acceptable in a lady’s drawing room. An examination of the two-thousand letters which still exist fails to uncover the slightest suggestion of vulgarity." Fortunately, many of these letters are in the process of being made available online in a searchable database.

For the sake of brevity, I’ve culled what I believe to be the "Top 10" of Lee’s admonitions appropriate for young men in 2008. These are among the best pieces of advice I have given my own two sons:

  1. On debt and frugal living: "It is easier to make our wishes conform to our means, than to make our means to conform to our wishes." ~ Lee writing to one of his sons, 22 August 1860.
  2. On marriage: "Never marry unless you can do so into a family that will enable your children to feel proud of both sides of the house." ~ General Lee writing to J.B. Hood. Don’t wife hunt in bars or tattoo parlors.
  3. On minding your own business: "Meddle or interfere with nothing with which you have no concern." ~ Lee to his sons, 30 November 1845.
  4. On humility: "It’s all my fault." ~ Lee at Gettysburg. Be willing to admit your mistakes and take blame.
  5. On honesty: "Private and public life are subject to the same rules; and truth and manliness are two qualities that will carry you through this world much better than policy, or tact, or expediency, or any other word that was ever devised to conceal or mystify a deviation from a straight line." ~ One of Lee’s personal maxims. A young man should say what he means and mean what he says. Avoid the demeaning examples of politicians, government bureaucrats, and lawyers.
  6. On manliness: "A man may manifest and communicate his joy, but he should conceal and smother his grief as much as possible." ~ Lee to Mrs. Ann Fitzhugh.
  7. On work: "There is scarcely anything that is right that we cannot hope to accomplish by labor and perseverance. But the first must be earnest and the second unremitting." ~ Lee to Martha Williams.
  8. On reading material: "Read history, works of truth, not novels and romances." ~ Lee’s oft’ repeated advice to his children.
  9. On education: "The education of a man or woman is never completed until they die." ~ Lee writing to son Custis, 5 December 1860.
  10. On what’s important: "Be true kind, and generous, and pray earnestly to God to enable you to keep His commandments and walk in the same all the days of your life." ~ Lee to his sons, 31 March 1846.

Now, sons, heed the advice of your father. There is no better way to tell your father, Happy Father's Day.


All Hail My Irish Brethren!

"The long campaign to forge a new dispensation for the European Union descended into panic and uncertainty yesterday when Ireland turned its back on its 26 EU partners and voted down the Lisbon Treaty. EU leaders in Brussels and governments across the union, particularly Germany and France, were stunned by the Irish verdict, which amounted to a huge vote of no confidence in the way the EU is run."

Story here and here.

Irish Rebels - 1
European Statists - 0

Lee Chapel - 140 Years Ago Today

Lee Chapel was completed in 1868 and was dedicated (not consecrated) on Sunday morning, 14 June. The choir from the Lexington Presbyterian Church sang, Lee’s Pastor and former CSA artillery commander, Dr. William Nelson Pendleton, delivered the address. Later the same day, the Chapel’s first baccalaureate services were held and that address was delivered by Dr. Charles Minnigerode. Minnigerode is perhaps best known as having been the minister during the war years of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond , often called the "Church of the Confederacy " since many confederate officials, including Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, worshipped there.

Lee Chapel is one and a half stories, with a basement, and a slate roof. The upper walls are constructed of brick believed to have been fired on school grounds. The basement walls are made of native limestone, of which there is an abundance of in the Shenandoah Valley. These stones were also believed to have been hewn on site.

General Lee did not want the school tied to any particular denomination and chapel services were rotated by the pastors of several Lexington churches. Each service included singing, scripture reading, and prayer. The Chapel soon became the center and soul of the college and its students.

English Ivy adorns much of the outer brick walls and tradition has it that the ivy was originally brought from George Washington’s tomb at Mount Vernon. Lee’s connection to Washington, which he was conscious of in life—and which he cultivated—continues after his death.

It is a beautiful structure with a great book and souvenir shop and well worth the time and effort to visit.

13 June 2008

The Real World of Writing

Fellow blogger and Virginian John Maas linked to an interesting piece on his blog the other day. The piece, titled Do You Need A License To Practice History, addresses the age old debate of the professional historian vs. the amateur and popular writing vs. academic.

I’m not going to rehash old arguments—I believe there is a place (and a need) for both. However, I do want to point out that this article reminds us that academic journals are subsidized by the universities, grant monies, etc.

“. . . in the years after WWII, when universities were expanding dramatically, more foundation grants were available, and so university historians no longer needed to earn extra money by writing or lecturing to the public.”

In other words, being subsidized protected them from market forces which will almost always lead to mediocrity—or worse. A person might be a good historian but a poor (boring and dry) writer and still get published in academic journals. But, in the larger scope of disseminating knowledge, what good does that do if no one outside of academia is interested in reading what you've written?

Many of these academics then criticize popular writers who often sell many more books and articles than they do. Their work creates buzz, they get radio and TV interviews, etc, etc. I think it's envy in some cases, legitimate criticism in others.

But the market rules. If you have to be subsidized for your work because it’s not interesting, then don’t complain when no one’s interested in reading what you’ve written. It’s called the real world.

One quote worth noting: "Too many academics believed that there is something naughty about good writing."

Read the piece. It’s informative, balanced, and well-written.


12 June 2008

If It's Good Enough For The NPS . . .

Some of our academic friends seem to be stressing out over the proposed Jefferson Davis statue proposed for Tredegar. While we suffer through the predictable hand-wringing over whether or not this is "appropriate", let us not forget that these professional historians failed to mention one salient fact, to wit: at least what the SCV is proposing is legal and above board. Those who pushed the Lincoln statue at Tredegar can't say the same thing about that project.

The organization that placed a statue of Abraham Lincoln and son Tad at Tredegar, the United States Historical Society, apparently drew the attention of the IRS and, according to this news article, lost its tax-exempt status over their--shall we say--less than transparent fund solicitation. The Washington Times piece noted the following:

"The historical society had also been operating under two names — the U.S. Historical Society, a nonprofit group, and the United States Historical Society, listed by the Virginia State Corporate Commission as a fictitious name belonging to a for-profit company named FKAO Inc., which had been owned by historical society Chairman Robert H. Kline. The historical society had not been registered with the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs, which is required under state law in order to solicit contributions."

My sources also tell me that this organization, while admitting no wrong-doing, paid a $25,000 "fine" as a result of an investigation conducted by the Virginia Attorney's General office. The critics have jumped on the SCV for proposing the Davis statue but have given this organization a pass.

Ah yes, so committed to the truth. The silence is deafening. More double standards and less credibility with every passing day. But I digress.

Other than concerns over hyper-political correctness, why wouldn't this statue be appropriate in Richmond? This year marks the 200th anniversary of Davis's birth. The Museum of the Confederacy is celebrating, not just commemorating, "the year of Davis" and points out that:

"His commission to West Point by President Andrew Jackson, his tenure with the U.S. Army, and his time spent in the U.S. politics all contribute to the depth of Davis’s life and patriotic career." (My emphasis)

Furthermore, the MOC notes that Davis, in addition to serving as the Confederacy's only President, also,

". . . served in the U.S. Military, fought in the Mexican War, was a U.S. Congressman and Senator from Mississippi, and served as Secretary of War for President Franklin Pierce."

Given these facts; if the statue is historically accurate, tastefully done, and privately financed, there is no reason why it should not be placed. Regarding the statue's sculptor, Gary Casteel is someone I've come to know over the last year. I've seen his work and know his reputation. His work is highly regarded by the National Park Service, state and local governments, and private corporations. His impressive lists of commissions can be seen here. A few months ago, I visited Gary's studio in Lexington and he gave me and a friend a personal tour, showing us some of his work and the process that goes into a typical sculpture. I'm confident he will produce a beautiful and historically accurate statue.

Gary's done a statue of both Davis and Lincoln before, making him the perfect man for this job. The image shown here is a photo of that monument and is part of the Kentucky State Memorial which features the figures of Presidents Davis and Lincoln for the Vicksburg National Military Park. The National Park Service site which tells about this monument states:

"The memorial symbolized the division within Kentucky during the Civil War as well as the reunification of the state and country afterward."

The organization responsible for this work was the "Official Kentucky Vicksburg Monument Association" and was charged with "designing and erecting a memorial to honor both Union and Confederate Kentuckians."

If the National Park Service can have a statue and memorial featuring both Davis and Lincoln, while symbolizing the division, as well as the reunification of the country, and at the same time "honor both Union and Confederate" concerns, can't Tredegar, Virginians, and the City of Richmond do the same thing? Yes we can. And we should.

11 June 2008

Coincidence?

David Mark of The Politico must read my blog. My post on Senator James Webb was on 9 June, his piece was posted @ 6:35 PM the following day. Coincidence?

Of course, the Senator Obama kool-aid drinkers will treat this as "old news" and a non-issue when it comes to his candidacy. But if an SCV member makes similar statements, he's trashed and mocked and called a bigot and worse.

Mark opines: "There’s nothing scandalous in the paper trail, nothing that on its face would disqualify Webb from consideration for national office."

Unless, of course, you're a Republican. Amazing. And these people actually believe they have credibility. Watch Gumby contort.

As I've stated, I think Webb is on the mark, for the most part, in his book. Born Fighting is a thoughtful, spirited, and well-written defense of the Scots-Irish, the Confederate soldier, and Southern heritage. My comments here and in the previous post are simply meant to call attention to the double-standard and obvious irony.

Webb's book is an excellent history of the Scots-Irish influence in America. The renowned Southern writer, Tom Wolfe, wrote this for the jacket of Webb's book:

"He has written not only an engrossing story, but also an important sociological history in the tradition of the great James Graham Leyburn."

I'll take Tom Wolfe's opinion over any of the cultural Marxists which dominate the news media and populate the blogosphere.

09 June 2008

Obama's Confederate Running Mate?

“Truth is stranger than fiction.”
~ Lord Byron

Virginia’s Junior Senator, James Webb, is an interesting character. He is somewhat of an enigma. Rumors that the presumptive (the fat lady doesn’t sing until the convention) Democratic Presidential nominee, Barack Obama, is considering Webb for the VP slot struck me as one of the most ironic and strange possibilities in the current wacky political campaign that we are witnessing.

A June 5 article by AP political correspondent, Bob Lewis noted the following:

“Webb, a Republican-turned-Democrat and an economic populist, could lend the ticket credibility on defense issues. In 2004, Webb published "Born Fighting," a best-selling book that explores the role of the Scots-Irish, including his ancestors, in the nation's development. That could help the ticket connect with groups Hillary Clinton dominated in the primaries.”

Webb is a highly decorated Marine and Vietnam veteran and served as Navy secretary under President Reagan. He opposes the war in Iraq. He’s got guts and is a true warrior-poet. Webb is hard to pigeon-hole and seems out of place in both parties, but appears to have embraced much of the Democratic agenda—perhaps out of expediency. He is also very proud of his Confederate heritage and his Scots-Irish ancestry, a.k.a. – “rednecks” or, according to Obama, folks who, “cling to guns or religion.” Indeed.

This is also interesting to me because a number of CW bloggers and historians seem to have experienced the proverbial “thrill up the leg”—similar to that of Chris Matthews—when it comes to Senator Obama. Many of these same bloggers go to great lengths mocking and besmirching those who, like Senator Webb, take pride in their Southern heritage and Confederate ancestors. I wonder how these folks will react if Obama does tap Webb to be his running mate. Will that “thrill up the leg” turn to a “chill down the spine”? Perhaps they will morph into Gumby and contort their views to accommodate someone many of them would otherwise label a “neo-Confederate.”

Consider the following excerpts (all emphasis mine) about his ancestors, the Scots-Irish, taken from Senator Webb’s book, Born Fighting:

“The contributions of this culture are too great to be forgotten as America rushes forward into yet another redefinition of itself. And in a society obsessed with multicultural jealousies, those who cannot articulate their ethnic origins are doomed to a form of social and political isolation. My culture needs to rediscover itself, and in so doing to regain its power to shape the direction of America.” (Page 8)

“. . . a feeling that the culture so dramatically symbolized by the Southern redneck was the greatest inhibitor of the plans of the activist Left and the cultural Marxists for a new kind of society altogether.” (Page 295.)

“And thus the Scots-Irish had nothing in common with either the English aristocracy or the New England WASP settlements.” (Page 15 – which may explain, at least in part, why Webb dislikes President Bush. Bush, despite his phony Texas swagger, is a New Englander to the core.)

“There is another reason that the Scots-Irish story has been lost to common identification. In the age of political correctness and ultraethnic sensitivities, it has become delicate, to say the least, to celebrate many of this culture’s hard-won accomplishments when teaching American history in today’s public schools.” (Page 17.)

And here is Webb’s interesting take on the Scots-Irish and the slavery issue:

“Their legacy is stained because they became the dominant culture in the South, whose economic system was based on slavery. No matter that the . . . typical Scots-Irish yeoman had no slaves and actually suffered economic detriment from the practice.” (Page 17-18.)

More on the Scots-Irish:

“And they are the very heartbeat of fundamentalist Christianity . . .” (Page 18.)

America’s elites have had very little contact with this culture.” (Page 18.)

“. . . they ignore them at their peril.” (Page 19.)

“The Scottish people did not care much for the larger crowd and they especially did not care much for elites.” (Page 42.)

“Insult a Yankee and he’ll sue you. Insult a mountain boy [Scots-Irish] and he’ll kill you.” (Page 68. That’s my personal favorite.)

“Their answer, then as now, was to tell the Eastern Establishment to go to hell.” (Page 129. Actually, this one is my personal favorite.)

“The Scots-Irish were the cultural antithesis of those who had founded New England.” (Page 134.)

Webb also points out that one Anglican minister, Charles Woodmason, characterized the Scots-Irish as, “Ignorant, mean, worthless, beggarly Irish Presbyterians, the Scum of the Earth, and Refuse of Mankind.” And then Webb adds: “Such invective is not unheard of in modern days. If a sensitive ear would substitute ‘redneck’ for ‘Irish Presbyterians’, he might have a pretty accurate picture of how many modern-day New Englanders and European elites [and some CW bloggers and historians] still characterize rural Southerners.”

Now, some of Webb’s comments regarding the Confederacy:

“Even the venerable Robert E. Lee has taken some vicious hits, as dishonest or misinformed advocates among political interest groups and in academia attempt to twist yesterday’s America into a fantasy that might better serve the political issues of today. The greatest disservice on this count has been the attempt by these revisionist politicians and academics to defame the entire Confederate Army in a move that can only be termed the Nazification of the Confederacy. Often cloaked in the argument over the public display of the Confederate battle flag, the syllogism goes something like this: Slavery is evil. The soldiers of the Confederacy fought for a system that wished to preserve it. Therefore they were evil as well, and any attempt to honor their service is a veiled effort to glorify the cause of slavery.” (Page 208.)

“This blatant use of the ‘race card’ in order to inflame their political and academic constituencies is a tired, seemingly endless game that is itself perhaps the greatest legacy of the Civil War’s aftermath. But in this case it dishonors hundreds of thousands of men who can defend themselves only through the voices of their descendants. It goes without saying—but unfortunately it must be said—that morality and decency were traits shared by both sides in this war, to an extent that was uncommon in almost any other war America has fought.” (Page 208.)

But what most historians miss—and what those who react so strongly to seeing Confederate battle flags on car bumpers and in the yards of descendants of Confederate veterans do not understand—is that slavery was emphatically not the reason that most individual Southerners fought so long and hard, and at such overwhelming cost.” (Page 211.)

“. . . to tar the sacrifices of the Confederate soldier as simple acts of racism, and reduce the battle flag under which he fought to nothing more than the symbol of a racist heritage, is one of the great blasphemies of our modern age.” (Page 225.)

“. . . we are also the caretakers of the memory, and the reputation, of those who performed their duty—as they understood it—under circumstances too difficult for us ever to fully comprehend. No one but a fool—or a bigot in their own right—would call on the descendants of those Confederate veterans to forget the sacrifices of those who went before them or argue that they should not be remembered with honor.” (Page 231.)

There is much more to Webb’s book—too much to discuss here. But I highly recommend it—especially to those of Southern heritage who wish to learn more about that heritage; but also to “outsiders” who think they know the South. It is well-written and insightful—rare coming from a politician; though Webb was not yet a Senator at the time the book was published.

If Webb is ultimately Obama’s running mate, it will be interesting to see if the media brings up the conflicting worldviews of these two men. Despite the fact that both are in the Democratic Party—and assuming both men are sincere about what they’ve written and spoken—their worldviews could not be further apart.

Webb’s book reveals a man who is a “conservative populist” and one who despises cultural Marxists and elites—exactly what Obama’s critics accuse him of being and which Obama’s own words, voting record, and associations would seem to confirm. How either man could embrace (politically speaking) the other is puzzling—even to someone as cynical toward modern politicians as I am.

Perhaps Senator Webb is hopeful Senator Obama would come to realize the truth of these words:

“On a personal level, there was then, and there still remains today, an evolved compatibility between whites and blacks in the South that is purer and more honest than in any other region of the country, and this closeness grew most profoundly after slavery ended.” (Page 246.)

Of course, Barack Obama is the furthest thing from a Southerner. Yet Webb has expressed his belief that the Scots-Irish and African-Americans could unite to form a formidable voting bloc; since they do share some historically common traits:

“Black America and Scots-Irish America are like tortured siblings. They both have [a] long history and they both missed the boat when it came to the larger benefits that a lot of other people were able to receive. There's a saying in the Appalachian mountains that they say to one another, and it's, ‘if you're poor and white, you're out of sight’ . . . If this cultural group could get at the same table as black America you could rechange populist American politics. Because they have so much in common in terms of what they need out of government.” ~ Virginia Senator James Webb (The Huffington Post – 21 May 2008)

It’s an interesting theory and if you read Born Fighting, you will agree that Webb makes a compelling argument that this voting bloc is a possibility. I just don’t think Obama is the one who can pull it off. J. C. Watts maybe, but not Obama. Furthermore, Webb assumes that these tough, independent Scots-Irish who are instinctively distrustful of politicians want to eat at the government’s table. That will be an even harder sell. I agree with Webb that this coalition should happen, but I differ on some of the reasons as to why it should happen. I reject Webb's suggestion that we should be looking to the government for "benefits." As I heard J. C. Watts express recently, the voting bloc to which Webb alludes should be a natural one due to the common cultural values both groups share regarding views on religion, abortion, and the family. That would be more of a uniting theme than Webb's attempt to highlight the two groups' "victim status" and what "they need out of government." I think all of us would be better served by a statesman (like Watts) who encourages self-reliance, overcoming obstacles, and the spirit of perseverance— three quintessential American qualities that Scots-Irish and African-Americans do share. If there is one thing our respective histories have shown us, it’s this: the government cannot be trusted.

The Weasel



No, Governor, you stay off the road. I dare say you use the roads more than most of Virginia's citizens. But, of course, we're paying your share. Cut your own budget you condescending weasel.

07 June 2008

2 Tickets For Mars Please

John McCain would like to see a man on Mars. So would I - him. And I would love for him to take Barack Obama with him. Let's see, unemployment on the rise, our own nation sits on an ocean of oil while we pay $4 a gallon for gas, we're spending our great grandchildren's sustenance, and McCain wants to see a man on Mars. Somebody pinch me please. This has all got to be a nightmare.

Thank You ACLU

The results of unintended consequences: Moses would be pleased. The ACLU is probably now trying to figure out how to go after private property rights. Darn that pesky first amendment!

Another Happy Reader

Your blog is great!

Here is the url of the blog from the Archives of the Sandusky Library, if you would
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http://sanduskyhistory.blogspot.com/


Sincerely,

Dorene Paul, Reference Assistant
Sandusky Library

06 June 2008

How Ironic

"The Sons of Confederate Veterans care more about the desecration of a Negro burial ground than the state's largest university and the mayor who would open a national slavery museum." ~ Michael Paul Williams, Richmond-Times Dispatch columnist

See this very interesting story here and here.

Mr. Wilder has a rather shameful track record on cemeteries.

Thank God for the 5th Amendment




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This law professor says, "Don't talk to the police--ever." As a former Magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia (12 years), I would tend to agree with this law professor's advice. This is even more so since we are now living in a police state governed by thought police and politically correct Stalinists. Beware of lobsters. It will likely get worse.

Don't misunderstand me, I have nothing but the highest regards for most of the hardworking officers and deputies that patrol our streets and highways. They are overworked and underpaid. Nonetheless, I've witnessed over-zealous law-enforcement officers, on many occasions, implicate innocent citizens. I'll post a few of those stories over the next few days . . . Hey, I just thought of a new book idea!

This is a serious, but funny and entertaining video.

04 June 2008

The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth


I've just been asked by someone associated with the History Channel to review a documentary about John Wilkes Booth that has aired there and is also available on DVD. It looks interesting and I hope to post something some time next week.

03 June 2008

Jeff Davis's 200th

Today, 3 June 2008, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Jefferson Davis. The Museum of the Confederacy is celebrating, not just commemorating, Davis's birth:

"Many only know Davis as the political leader of the South during the Civil War. His commission to West Point by President Andrew Jackson, his tenure with the U.S. Army, and his time spent in the U.S. politics all contribute to the depth of Davis’s life and patriotic career. To celebrate the Davis bicentennial, the Museum of the Confederacy has designed our programs and events in 2008 around his interests, his family and the different roles that he represented as a husband, a father, Commander in Chief, a southerner and an American." (My emphasis.)

Davis was born in Kentucky the youngest of ten children. Educated at West Point, Davis served in the U.S. Military, fought in the Mexican War, was a U.S. Congressman and Senator from Mississippi, and served as Secretary of War for President Franklin Pierce. On 9 February 1861, Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America. He served as President until the end of the war in 1865. After Lee's surrender, Davis was imprisoned for two years at Fort Monroe in Virginia. He was unrepentant regarding the South's cause to the day he died in 1889 in New Orleans. His body was moved to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond in 1893.

The Wisdom of Lee

“A man may manifest and communicate his joy, but he should conceal and smother his grief as much as possible.” ~ Robert E. Lee to Mrs. Ann Fitzhugh

“Britain's traditional stiff upper lip may be a better strategy for dealing with shock than letting your feelings spill out, a new study claims.”

Lee was right.

Read this.

02 June 2008

MOH Recipient to Speak at 145th Battle of Chickamauga

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Ed Hooper of the Civil War Courier requested I post this announcement:

Korean War Medal of Honor recipient Lee Mize, a retired U.S. Army colonel, will be among the guest speakers at the 145th anniversary Battle of Chickamauga, a re-enactment production sponsored by Lakeway Civil War Publications.

Mize's speech will be part of the 145th Battle of Chickamauga program with special lectures for Military Academy cadets and others Sept. 19-21. Mize will also speak to students during the event's School Days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The Medal of Honor was created by the U.S. Government during the Civil War and will be a centerpiece of the re-enactment of the 145th Battle of Chickamauga in Walker County, Ga.

The Medal of Honor was created by Congress in the Civil War and is the nation's highest-ranking medal that can be awarded to military personnel. Mize received the MOH while serving as a sergeant in the Korean War in 1953. He and Company C of the 15th Infantry Regiment were committed to holding a key point named "Outpost Harry" which came under attack from an overwhelming enemy force.

Mize moved through an extensive barrage of shells to save a wounded soldier at an outside listening post, then set up a successful defense of his position, repelling attack after attack from the enemy that at times broke through into their trenches.

Three times in this assault Mize was blown off his feet by artillery or grenade blasts, but each time he recovered and returned to battle. When the enemy attacks ceased he reorganized his small group and moved them from bunker to bunker, firing and throwing grenades to disrupt the enemy. While doing this Mize killed an enemy soldier who had penetrated the lines and was about to shoot an American.

When the attacks continued he went along the lines, shouting encouragement and passing out ammunition. When he saw a friendly machinegun post overrun he ran to save the wounded, killing 10 of the enemy and dispersing the rest. Fighting his way back to the command post he found two wounded comrades, took a position to protect them and when he finally was able to get a radio, Mize called in artillery on the enemy approaches. At dawn he regrouped his men and was able to fight off one more enemy attack.

Following his service in Korea, Mize reentered combat in the Vietnam War, where he served four full tours of duty. He has worked in the organization of U.S. Army Special Forces and is one of the most decorated soldiers in the United States. He is in the Ranger Hall of Fame and regarded as an excellent speaker on the Medal of Honor.

The 145th Anniversary Battle of Chickamauga Civil War Reenactment will be at McLemore's Cove in Walker County, Ga. The site is just 10 minutes south of Chickamauga National Battlefield Park.

There will be activities all three days including battles, national speakers, living history camps and period music. For more information on the 145th Battle of Chickamauga, call 1-800-624-0281 ext. 327, or go online to www.BattleofChickamauga.net.

Conservatives more honest than liberals?

"The honesty gap is also not a result of 'bad people' becoming liberals and 'good people' becoming conservatives. In my mind, a more likely explanation is bad ideas. Modern liberalism is infused with the idea that truth is relative. Surveys consistently show this. And if truth is relative, it also must follow that honesty is subjective." Full story here.

The Left Really Bugs Me

More idiocy from the left. Save the planet. Eat bugs.