Spit on Confederates

Spit on Confederates

100 years after the Civil War, Congress called them “great soldiers and great Americans.”

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For 130 years, this monument stood in Richmond, Virginia.

Meet Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, one of Stonewall Jackson’s most able division commanders. The general was buried under the monument.

Last December, as part of its campaign to erase all traces of the Confederacy, the Richmond city government tore down the monument, dug up the general and expelled him from the Confederate capital.

Hill’s outraged descendants had no choice but to rebury their ancestor, which they did last weekend in Culpepper, Virginia.

The family feared that fanatics who shouted obscenities at the general’s descent would contaminate the reburial, so they only announced it by word of mouth. I was afraid that attendance would be rare, but there must have been at least 400 people. It is a very partial vision.

You can see the coffin in the foreground, ladies dressed in period costume in the morning, and re-enactors behind them. The guard fired repeated rounds.

I shook hands with John Hill, a descendant, who wore a replica of the combat shirt worn by his ancestor.

I also laid my hand on the casket of a Confederate General, something I will probably never do again.

The Confederate mechanized cavalry was there. They are members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who ride motorcycles. There must have been at least 20.

And, of course, we sang Dixie.

It was moving to see the re-enactors walk away from the tomb. The stomping of their boots seemed as authentic as their uniforms and guns.

The reburial was an impressive display of forbidden loyalty. I wonder how many others might have paid their respects to the general if the family had thought they could publicize the ceremony.

Typically, the intensity of historical grievances fades over time. Japan and the United States are friends, despite Pearl Harbor and a terrible war in the Pacific.

Vietnam and the United States are friends, despite a more recent war that many Americans even then saw as a cruel and disastrous mistake.

And yet, the hatred of the South only grows. If we treated Japan like we treated the Confederacy, there would be no trade. No Japanese would get a visa. America would be so hostile to Japanese Americans that most of them would leave. Watching an anime would be a betrayal. Long ago, we would have cut down the Washington cherry trees that Japan gave us in 1912.

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And even if Japan never took countermeasures – just like the Confederacy, which never retaliates – the hatred and sanctions would grow worse every year.

What happened with the Confederates? The very men they were trying to kill – the Union soldiers – respected and honored them. One of the Yankees who fought under General Edward Ord was at Appomattox for Lee’s surrender, which meant the Union had won.

He looked for the last time at the men with gray weapons and expected to be filled with joy.

Instead, he wrote: “I remember how we sat there and felt pity and sympathy with those brave men of the South who had fought for four long and dreary years, all so stubbornly, so bravely and so well, and now, whipped, beaten, completely exhausted. , were entirely at our mercy – it was pitiful, sad, harsh, and felt all too bad to us.

Stonewall Jackson was hit by friendly fire during the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 and died in this house.

Outside there is a small screen which records the words of Union General Governor Warren: “I rejoice in the death of Stonewall Jackson as a gain to our cause, but in my soldier’s heart I do not I can only see him the best soldier in this whole war, and mourn his untimely end.

Foreigners admired the Confederates. On the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol, still stands a statue of Jackson.

The pedestal reads: “Presented by English gentlemen as a tribute of admiration for the soldier and patriot Thomas J. Jackson.”

The English had no political interest in the war or why it was fought. Britain abolished slavery 30 years before the United States. These men just wanted to honor a soldier and a patriot. When the statue arrived in Richmond from England in 1872, a team of 300 men pulled it into the square where it now stands. According to the newspapers, “‘quite a few former Union officers and soldiers’ joined Confederate veterans in pulling the statue.”

During the first half of the 20th century, the United States Army named 10 military bases for Confederate generals, including AP Hill.

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There is Fort Beauregard, Fort Hood, Fort Lee and Fort Pickett. It was a gesture of reconciliation and generosity towards the South, to honor its great fighters. There are still Navy ships named after Confederate victories, like this cruiser, Chancellorsville, and landing craft named Malvern Hill, Harpers Ferry, and Mechanicsville.

The M5A1 tank is named after Jeb Stuart.

This M-3 tank was called the Robert E. Lee.

There was a variant of the M-3, called Grant, for Union General, shown side by side on the left.

There is a 1936 postage stamp honoring Lee and Jackson.

This 1970 stamp is of Jefferson Davis, Lee and Jackson on the massive Stone Mountain rock carving.

Here is General Lee alone on a 1955 stamp of what has been called the “freedom series”.

Dwight Eisenhower was a Kansas boy, but when he was president he hung a picture of Lee in the Oval Office.

He explained why: “General Robert E. Lee was, in my opinion, one of the most gifted men produced by our nation. . . . All in all, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and immaculate as I read the pages of our history.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor Congress can bestow.

Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In 1956, it was awarded collectively to all surviving Civil War veterans, North and South. The obverse says “Honor to Great Soldiers and to Great Americans” and depicts both Grant and Lee. And note the Confederate badges on the reverse.

Did these members of Congress vote to award this medal because they hated black people? Or wanted to bring back slavery? Of course not. They wanted to honor the courage and sacrifice of the men who fought for their country.

It’s a strange career for the Confederates. During the war, they were brave and honorable adversaries. A hundred years later, they were “great soldiers and great Americans.” Today, they are scum.

What happened?

What happened was a heartbreaking reorientation of every American social policy to respond to black failures, feelings, grievances, and demands. It is a form of collective madness. It is folly to consider it immoral to point out that black people have an average IQ 15 points lower than the average white man, much less to claim that this difference explains a great deal.

It’s madness to decriminalize crimes just because black people — and sometimes Hispanics — commit them so often, whether it’s jumping off turnstiles, defecating in public, shoplifting, disturbing peace or even to resist arrest.

It’s the madness that leads to headlines like “San Francisco Reparations Committee Offers $5 Million Payout to Every Black Resident.”

Blacks, straight-faced, ask 41 times median US family net worth. They demand that damages they have never suffered be compensated by people who have never harmed them. And the city takes that seriously.

Only madness explains this: “Astrophysics professor warns of astronomy ‘infused with systemic racism’.

It’s madness when a Vanderbilt professor says, “Math is white space, cisteropatriarchal.

It’s madness when colleges stop requiring the SAT or ACT just because blacks and Hispanics get low scores.

This website lists 1,800 schools, including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, that have dropped the requirement.

More Madness: “California Schools Named After Washington and Jefferson Hit Rename Buzzsaw.”

Even the father of his country does not deserve a primary school named in his honor.

It was madness to destroy or remove 30 monuments to Christopher Columbus during the BLM riots.

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Credit: Tony Webster, DC BY 2.0via Wikimedia Commons

What does Columbus have to do with black degeneracy or murder rates?

It is madness to remove Robert E. Lee as Virginia’s representative from the Capitol rotunda and replace him with Barbara Johns, whose greatest achievement in life was becoming an elementary school librarian.

Image Credit: © Rod Lamkey/CNP via ZUMA Wire

Image Credit: © Rod Lamkey/CNP via ZUMA Wire

Now the two greatest Virginians, memorialized on Capitol Hill, are George Washington and a black woman no one has ever heard of.

There is the quiet, insidious, pervasive madness of a long the wall street journal article titled “Juvenile Crime Surges”, which fails to mention that it is largely a black problem.

It’s madness when the “Elite K-8 school teaches white students that they are born racist.”

There was the decades-long folly of passing the Civil Rights Act of 1965 to outlaw racial discrimination — and then using the same law to discriminate against whites and Asians.

There is video after video of black misbehavior of a kind almost never seen in white people, but the insanity demands that we believe it is somehow the fault of white people. [1:18 – 1:30] The Confederation is just another victim. Does someone believe that passing in front of a Confederate monument caused the black people we have just seen to behave like this?

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Credit: Martin Falbisoner, CC BY-SA 3.0via Wikimedia Commons

Do the monuments cause them to shoot each other or do they score low on tests? Does spitting on the Confederacy help black people – or does it just feed their crazy delusion that nothing is ever their fault?

Of course, the biggest victim of this madness is freedom of expression. Facts refuse to conform to egalitarian edicts, and anyone who speaks of them is a villain who must be silenced and destroyed.

It was a different country that could call Confederates and Union men alike “great soldiers and great Americans.” Today, it’s hard to believe that such a country ever existed, isn’t it? It was a country that was worth it. What our leaders are building for us today is not. And there won’t be a country worth living for until the Confederates can reclaim their place among those the English once called “soldiers and patriots.”