Wednesday, July 23, 2008

SCV National Convention in Charlotte

This past weekend, the Sons of Confederate Veterans held their national convention in Concord, a town outside Charlotte, NC. I had hoped to go and then visit with my family in the eastern part of the state, but ended up in the hospital and had surgery on my thumb for cellulitis and am still being treated for it as I write this. Pretty nasty stuff that I had never heard of before. It was an old yard wars injury, at least, I think.

Congratulations to new national Commander-in-Chief Chuck McMichael and Army of the Tennessee C-I-C Kelly Barrow and other newly elected officers.


This was hard to believe, but Kentucky Division Lt.-Commander Bazz Childress was arrested for putting up a battle flag in the window of his room at the Wyndham Hotel. This was at the behest of the hotel manager. This prompted all SCV members staying there to cancel their reservations and rightfully so.

Not that I could afford to stay at a Wyndham anyway, but another reason no to.

Old B-Runner

Civil Rights Monument Dedicated at Virginia's Capitol

I see this past week that a rectangular Civil Rights monument was dedicated on the grounds of Virginia's state capitol in Richmond. And I believe this is a proper place for it as the hard struggles by those who had to fight to get their rights as American citizens in the 50s and 60s need to be recognized in the same way that the struggles of our Confederate ancestors need to be.

For way too long after the Civil War, blacks were kept in a second class citizenship by a variety of laws and customs. Whenever an American citizen is denied their opportunities, this hurts the country.

It is not right for any group to say that another's struggles were insignificant.

It Ain't Over Yet

With this new round of Confederate Battle Flag controversy, I found it somewhat humorous when I came across a list of "New State Mottos" that my uncle sent me several years ago, and enjoyed South Carolina's, which read, "Remember the Civil War. Well, we didn't actually surrender yet."

Kind of like the old caricature of the grizzled old Confederate veteran holding the flag and defiantly saying, "Forget!! Hell No!!!!"

That's Pretty Good. --B-R'er

SCV Response to NAACP Attack in South Carolina

One member of the Sons of Confederate veterans, the group established by Confederate veterans to protect the honor and heritage of their efforts, has stated that the SCV will put up Confederate flags all over the state and especially in Columbia. This really stirred up the old hornets nest.

Now, the division commander of the state says that is an option, but the member was giving his own personal opinion. The response will be determined at the annual state meeting.

It appears that South Carolina's legislature and governor have no intentions of getting involved with this divisive issue.

I took a look,and voted myself, on a poll attached to a local newspaper article. A total of 37 wanted the flag removed from the capitol grounds. While 152 wanted it to remain.

It's Heritage, Not Hate. --Old B-Runner

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

NAACP Still After Flag in SC

Meeting in Cincinnati, the NAACP leaders have vowed to continue on with their fight against the Confederate flag flying on the state capitol grounds in Columbia, South Carolina. They call the Confederate flag a "symbol of slavery and racism."

This also continues along with an economic boycott of the state's tourism spots. In 2000, a compromise was reached whereby the flag was removed from the top of the capitol and nowflies on the grounds by a Confederate soldier monument.

It looks to me like the NAACP would be better if they were to put their efforts into the struggling inner city neighborhoods as opposed to this.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Springfield's Not ALL Lincoln

As blogged last month, there are OTHER Civil War related places in Springfield, Illinois, that are not directly related to Abraham Lincoln.

Here is the information for the places:

CAMP BUTLER NATIONAL CEMETERY-- 5063 Camp Butler Road-- 217-492-4070--
Open daily year round until sunset

DAUGHTERS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR MUSEUM-- 217-544-0616-- 503 s. Walnut Street-- Open Tuesday-Saturday

GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC MEMORIAL MUSEUM-- 629 South 7th Street--- Open Tues to Saturday. Closed Jan-Feb

ILLINOIS STATE MILITARY MUSEUM-- 217-761-3910-- 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. (Camp Lincoln)-- Open Tues-Sat.

More Than Just Abe. --Old B-R'er

A Flag of a Different Color

The Sons of Confederate Veterans camp in Tampa was at it again this past Friday when the hoisted what they consider to be the world's largest Betsy Ross flag on the pole by the two interstates. It measures 30 by 50 feet.

The camp did it "because it is the flag of our founding fathers who were fighting for the same thing that the second American revolution was fighting for and that is liberty."

They plan to fly the Confederate flag continuously once the Confedrate memorial at the base is finished.

Here's Hoping They Will Also Provide Some Sort of Protection for it as There are Those Who Would Like to Burn It. -- Old B-Runner

Monday, July 7, 2008

Running the Blockade: --Officer Uniforms-- Fannie J-- Philadelphia Museum-- USS Hartford

Some New News About an Old War.

1. OFFICER UNIFORMS-- The CW Naval and Marine Forum Yahoo group has been discussing a star on Admiral Farragut's uniform that was not standard issue. It turns out that officers often had private tailors make their uniforms and had their own embellishments added.

2. FANNIE J-- The same forum also had a post about the Fannie J, called the oldest metal working tug in the US, launched during the presidency of US Grant in 1974. It is for sale, along with another tug, the 1904 Bath. It is in Portland, Maine.

3. PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM-- The Philadelphia Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum will be closing for two years starting this August as it prepares for its move to the Independence National Park. So, if you wan t to see it, you'd better get hoofing.

4. USS HARTFORD-- The same forum had a discussion about the USS Hartford, Farragut's flagship at the Battle of Mobile. This survivor of the Civil War managed to stay afloat until November 20, 1956, when it sank at its mooring at Norfolk Naval Yard in Virginia after years of slow deterioration.

My opinion is that someone should have done something to preserve it for future generations. We have no other Civil War wooden ships other than the USS Constitution which did no fighting.

Who Says It is an Old War. --Old B-R'er