05 April 2010

Governor McDonnell Proclaims April Confederate History Month


WHEREAS,  April is the month in which the people of Virginia joined the Confederate States of America in a four year war between the states for independence that concluded at Appomattox Courthouse; and . . .

You can read the rest of the proclamation here.

9 comments:

Chaps said...

How great it is to have a Governor with common sense and courage to go with it.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes and already we see the activists losing it over a simple proclamation about Virginia's history. Amazing.

Jubilo said...

Dear Old Dominion,
Kevin the Carpetbagger and cronies certainly don't hold back the vitriol on this , do they? The statement really doesn't exclude any group but merely calls attention to the sacrifices of those who were Confederates.
Kevin certainly belongs in a high school, just not in front of the class! One has to appreciate his energy but twisting the "Lost Cause," tail is getting stale.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Jub:

I won't respond to the carpetbagger comment, but you are right about the proclamation. Some folks are just obsessed with political correctness. So obsessed that they're blinded by it. I have 3 Great-Great Grandfathers who fought for the Confederacy. 2 of them spent time in yankee prisons, at least 2 of them were wounded. 2 of them fought over land that I would one day come to own. None of them owned slaves. They fought because they believed their homes were being invaded. They were defending hearth and home and served the Commonwealth of Virgina honorably. For that they deserve honor and remembrance. That's all the proclamation is about. It takes PC elites with no connection to the conflict to make something more of it.

Thanks for the input my friend.

BorderRuffian said...

Very amusing comments on the PC blogs.

I wonder if they would promote the inclusion of the Copperhead faction in Civil War commemorations in Northern states?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

BR:

I don't know. Let's see if any of them have the intellectual fortitude to answer. They're on a very slippery slope. It's already obvious they did not think their comments through before posting - nor look back at the Governor's other proclamations.

MSimons said...

It is still being kicked around over at Civil Warriors.

Anonymous said...

McDonnell made a magnificent gesture for Virginians. I too had many ancestors fighting for the South in that war. One made it over the wall at Gettysburg, one was conscripted at age 15 to defend Saltville, one was wounded defending Richmond from the invading forces, and one was killed at Seven Pines to name just a few.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon:

Correct. As I've already noted, these proclamations are largely mundane documents meant to please a certain constituency. There are dozens of them each year. The Heritage Hunters simply used this one for their ideological ends. What a shame.