JIM DEAN : Our Civil War 150th Anniversary – The Sesquicentennial Begins

"Sesquicentennial" "Sons of Confederate Veterans"Over the next four years Americans will be able to remember and teach our children the tragic events of the War Between the States, the War of Southern Independence, or Civil War as it is called.

Southerners don’t like the term civil war as they were not attempting to take over the country or DC in 1861 any more than George Washington and the Continental Army sought to take over England in the 1770’s.  

They were seceding, physically, politically, and legally, as I will  have Thomas Jefferson kindly review with us in a few minutes.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans are heading up most of the Sesqui events in their respective states. This weekend I am off to Montgomery for the parade and reenactment of Jefferson Davis’ inauguration at the Alabama capitol. BBC international radio is coming in, along with a Swiss TV station doing a documentary. Anyone in driving distance is welcome to attend this Saturday the 19th…parade at 11:00am  and the capitol event at noon.

Some might ask why are were going to cover this extensively on Veterans Today. Good question.

Southerners have fought in disproportionate numbers in all of America’s wars, at times up to 70% of the ranks. Confederates were officially made American veterans by Act of Congress in the 1958, and their headstones come from the VA.

There are American soldiers on the various front lines now whose  families at home are being smeared as the offspring of traitors, by ignorant and malicious individuals and groups like the NAACP and SPLC and their minions.

Have you ever heard of a Confederate heritage club in a  public high school?  No, despite so-called multiculturalism, they are not allowed.  When it comes to abuse of history, carjacking it for political or ideological purposes, our Civil War is a target rich environment.

The United Confederate Veterans passed their flag to the Sons of Confederate Veterans with the pledge to defend the good name of the Confederate soldier. Sadly, the United States is the only country where it has to be defended.

Military academies all over the world routinely study the campaigns of the South’s great generals in their doomed struggle.  All of Europe was aghast at the Northern scorched earth war of war on civilians, shocked that such warfare would be conducted in America, of all places.

The modern concept of total war, where civilians and their property were deemed fair game for destruction, is a dark stain on American history as it was copied for a hundred years at horrendous cost in innocent lives.  There is correspondence between Generals Grant and Sherman where they discuss and agree that should the North lose the war they would be justly hanged as war criminals.

"Harry Truman" "WWI"

Harry Truman - WWI

"General Nathan Bedfort Forrest, III"

Gen. Nathan Bedfort Forrest, III

And lastly, sixty to eighty million Americans are Confederate descendants.  Harry Truman was a grandson.  Few know that  General Nathan Bedford  Forrest, III died over the skies of German in 1943 during a bombing mission.

His body was recovered and is buried in Arlington. Sgt. Alvin York, WWI medal of honor recipient had his grandfather dragged to death behind a horse down a mountainside, by Yankee sympathizers.

But this does not prevent a never ending supply of airheads referring to Confederates as Nazis when it suites them, the result of a long running dumbing down of America, and just plain old fashioned hatred by some.

"Sgt. Alvin York" "WWI"

Sgt. Alvin York

" Gen. George S. Patton

Gen. George S. Patton

One real bad bunch was General George Patton’s family. Great uncle Waller Patton died in Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg. Grandfather Col. George S. Patton was killed at the battle of Opequon (Winchester, VA).

Uncles John M. and Isaac Patton were Confederate Colonels.  George Patton’s father knew Gen. John Singleton Mosby the cavalryman who fought under J.E.B. Stuart.

"Jim Dean"

Jim Dean

And worst of all that rebel Jim Dean…he comes from the Culpepper bunch in Co. C, 40th Alabama Infantry, every male relative between 15 and 45…Vicksburg, Look Out Mountain, Resaca, and Battle of Atlanta.

Yes Sir. You can just look in the eyes of all the above and just tell the whole bunch are traitors. Patton and Jim Dean’s ancestors fought in the Rev War, too, where all that secessionist bad blood came from.

Civil war veteran soldier footage, captured between 1913 and 1938


“I remember hearing the chargers braying on the left as the men went up the slope, the Southerners among them yip-yipping their rebel yells…Meissner’s company went up the hill with 240 men and came back with 2″… “Bubba Yates, Ole ‘Bama ’45  and a divinity student, spent his last night of combat on the forward slope of  Half Moon (Okinawa). He fired his BAR bursts at the enemy till dawn. Six Nip bodies were found around him. He was bleeding from four gunshot wounds; corpsman carried him back to a field hospital. All the way he muttered, “Vicksburg, Vicksburg”… from Goodbye Darkness, William Manchester, WWII Marine…1979, (Manchester was platoon leader)

What Manchester did not realize is that when Sons of Confederate Veterans go into battle, there are ghosts that go with them. Vicksburg, Mississippi suffered a long siege and bombardment from Grant’s legions while awaiting reinforcements which never came…finally surrendering on July 4th, 1863 just as Gettysburg was winding down. The city did not celebrate July 4th for the next 80 years.

Now on to our mini history lesson today on the rebel traitor myth.  All West Point serving officers from the period had used the same constitutional law text book by scholar William Rawle, where they were taught all states having the right to secede.

“The States, then, may wholly withdraw from the Union, but while they continue, they must retain the character of representative republics…If a majority of the people deliberately and peaceably resolve to relinquish the republican form of government, they cease to be members of the Union…the secession of as state from the Union depends on the will of the people if such state.”…William Rawle, from A View of the Constitution, Chapter XXXII, Of the Permanence of the Union. http://www.constitution.org/wr/rawle_32.htm

New Englands states had planned to seceed during  the War of 1812 at the Hartford Convention 1814. They had sided with the British anyway…provisioning English ships in their ports and supplying the British Army in Canada with provisions.  Yes they were going to join Canada. Such behavior has been called treason throughout all history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartford_Convention

The Doctrine of States’ Rights

"Thomas Jefferson"

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson’s Letter to Gideon Granger
[Monticello] Aug. 13, 1800

Dear Sir, — I received with great pleasure your favor of June 4, and am much comforted by the appearance of a change of opinion in your State; for tho’ we may obtain, & I believe shall obtain, a majority in the legislature of the United States, attached to the preservation of the federal Constitution according to its obvious principles, & those on which it was known to be received; attached equally to the preservation to the States of those rights unquestionably remaining with them; friends to the freedom of religion, freedom of the press, trial by jury & to economical government; opposed to standing armies, paper systems, war, & all  connection, other than commerce, with any foreign nation; in short, a majority firm in all those principles which we have espoused and the federalists have opposed uniformly; still, should the whole body of New England continue in opposition to these principles of government, either knowingly or through delusion, our government will be a very uneasy one. It can never be harmonious & solid, while so respectable a portion of its citizens support principles which go directly to a change of the federal Constitution, to sink State governments, consolidate them into one, and to monarchize that.

Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government. Public servants at such a distance,  and from under the eye of their constituents , must, from circumstance of distance, be unable to administer & overlook all details necessary for the good government of the citizens, and the same circumstance, by rendering detection impossible to their constituents, will invite the public agents to corruption, plunder & waste.

And I do verily believe, that if the principle where to prevail, of a common law being in force in the U.S., (which principle possesses the general government at once of all the powers of the State governments, and reduces us to a single consolidated government,) it would become the most corrupt government on the earth.

You have seen the practises by which the public servants have been able to cover their conduct, or, where that could not be done, delusions by which they have varnished it for the eye of their constituents. What an augmentation of the field for jobbing, speculating, plundering, office-building & office-hunting would be produced by an assumption of all the States powers into the hands of the general government. The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest & best, that the States are independent as to everything within themselves, & united as to everything respecting foreign nations.

Let the general government be reduced to foreign concerns only, and let our affairs be disentangled from those of other nations, except as to commerce, which the merchants will manage for themselves, and our general government may be reduced to a very simple organization, & a very inexpensive one; a few plain duties to be performed by a few servants.

But I repeat, that this simple & economical mode of government can never be secured, if the New England States continue to support the contrary system. I rejoice, therefore, in every appearance of their returning to those principles which I had always imagined to be almost innate in them. In this State, a few persons were deluded by the X.Y.Z. duperies.

You saw the effect of it in our last Congressional representatives, chosen under their influence. This experiment on their credulity is now seen into, and our next representation will be as republican as it has heretofore been. On the whole, we hope, that by a part of the Union having held on to the principles of the Constitution, time has been given to the States to recover from the temporary frenzy into which they have been decoyed, to rally round the Constitution, & to rescue it from the destruction with which it had been threatened even at their own hand.

I see copied from the American Magazine two numbers of a paper signed Don Quixote, most excellently adapted to introduce the real truth to the minds even of the most prejudiced.

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11 Responses to "JIM DEAN : Our Civil War 150th Anniversary – The Sesquicentennial Begins"

  1. Jim W. Dean  February 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Yep, Was only in Montgomery for Friday and Saturday of last week for the Jefferson Davis inauguration, but a field shoot brings home work with the effort. Had not seen the boys in a while. Have been busy trying to pull some rough numbers on the vet content of the SCV folks there, especially the mechanized cavalry, the bikers. Turned out to be in the 35% range…and a good batch of Patriot riders with them, too. We had more foreign TV media than U.S., the Swiss, Germans and Brits.

    Jeff Davis is one of America’s great veteran heroes…the Mexican war, where he was left for dead during one battle but survived…a famous secretary of war…built Fort Monroe where he would later be imprisoned while the Rad Repubs were trying to kill him with pneumonia, so they would not have to try him. A Yankee military doctor saved him, threatening to publicize they were trying to kill him through neglect if not given the proper medicines to treat him.

    Davis wanted to go to trial on the treason charges. The only reason the Yankees did not go through with it was the Supreme Court judge telling them that secession was perfectly legal constitutionally and they had zero chance of winning.

    Also, Capt Henry Wirz, and last Andersonville cmdr. took a pass on saving his neck by agreeing to implicate that the Davis had ordered him to kill Yankee Pow’s through neglect. His attorney later disclosed that he was offered that deal.

    I have a collateral descendent of Jeff Davis here in Atlanta, around 80, and his name is Jeff Davis. He is a walking encyclopedia on him so we will be doing some Net radion later.

  2. Ronald Douglas Kennedy  February 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Greetings Jim. Are you still with us–Sent this during your SC Trip. later Ron

  3. Bobby Lee  February 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    If you live south of the Mason-Dixon the correct terminology for the war is “The War for Southern Independence”. Adopted by the United Confederate Veterans (UCV)and passed down to the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), the War for Southern Independence reflects the southern view of the war. An alternative that may be even more correct is “The War of Northern Aggression” but I know of no “official” endorsement of that title. “Civil War” is not PC in the South.

  4. Neil Dickey  February 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I stand corrected, I forgot that Col. Mosby rode with Stuart before he formed the 43rd Virginia Partisan Rangers. With such an illustrious carreer as the Ranger’s had, it is easy to forget anything happened before.

  5. Neil Dickey  February 17, 2011 at 12:32 am

    The highest rank Mosby attained was Col. He did not ride with Stuart, he commanded the 43rd Virginia Cavalry (Partison Rangers)

  6. Charles Lauret  February 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

    ….and don’t forget Marine Corps General Lewis “Chesty” Puller and his Confederate Heritage. Check this out: From the Richmond Sentinel, 3/20/1863, p. 1, c. 7: The Dead. – The body of Major John Pelham, chief of Artillery in Gen. Stuart’s division, was placed in the Capitol on Wednesday night, where it remained under guard and enshrouded in the colors of the country until sent to the Southern depot, on the way to Alabama. Major J. W. Puller’s remains were sent to Gloucester county for interment, leaving Richmond by the York River train yesterday morning.

    The J.W. Puller mentioned in the Richmond newspaper listing of the Dead was an ancestor of Chesty. He was killed in action at the Battle of Kelly’s Ford in Virginia.

    See this also from the Virginia Encyclopedia: “Lewis Burwell Puller was born in West Point,Virginia, on June 26, 1898. A second cousin of General George S. Patton and the grandson of a Confederate veteran, Puller came from a military family and idolized the likes of Thomas J. “Stonewall”Jackson and Robert E. Leewhile growing up.”

    Semper Fi!

  7. Junior  February 15, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I beg to differ, on the google search issue. With little effort, you can always open up every story on the War Between the States using the same words in the title and opening copy, while adding to it…”also referred to as the “American Civil War”. This sets the reader up in knowing the writer is referring to what they might be used to; “The Civil War”, when ever “WBTS” is in type throughout an article. The line has to be drawn with a sharp stick Jim, not a broom. I’m not taking anything away from your efforts here though. Today we have to fight smart and your point is noted.

  8. Ronald Douglas Kennedy  February 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    “And lastly, sixty to eighty million Americans are Confederate descendants.”

    In 2009 my Mother’s Bertonneau family tree raised in Pasadena California, Found out through one of there children’s class research assignments we were part of these “descendants” “The colored volunteer solders of New Orleans” “Our Civil War 150th Anniversary”
    Arnold Bertonneau was right on point as a American in his Speech in (1864) “Every Man Should Stand Equal Before The Law” And this is what so many other Familie’s through out the World have also been working for. Equality with peace through Equal Law.
    Ronald Douglas Kennedy. with a touch of Southern Soul

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  9. Jim W. Dean  February 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Because we are not the Yankee vocabulary police here, that is why. We are in the media business trying to reach audiences and spread information around, and there is a little item called ‘Google key word search rankings’ that play an key role in that endeavor. They are like what gas is to car. You may own one but you have to put some gas in it if you want to go anywhere. VT had come a long way because we put a lot of gas in the VT car.

    There are a varitey of terms used to describe the war. That is an obvious fact. But Civil War is by light years the highest ranked Google search term and that is why it is in the title. But the others are in the first paragraph, and with a short explantion. Then it was time to move on for the main event.

    Google all the other veterans websites to see if you can find anything about the Sesqucentennial, the SCV, or the other key material it this piece. And then I would ask you, why don’t you get your priorities straight if you want to help the cause, sir. The last thing we need are more anal Confederates. We have enough already.

  10. 8NC  February 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    If you know the term “CIVIL WAR” is not correct then stop using it. Call the war what it really was. The SCV does not need to add to the problem. People will look at the SCV perpetuating that term and they will just assume that’s what the conflict was all about. SCV, be the leader and stop using CW!!!

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