Daddy, Can We Go Home Now?

Sometimes the written word is not enough to tell a story.

You know what happens next.

And that led to this:

And this:

Tripp arrest

By the way, we’ve heard nothing about Tripp Lewis’s threatened lawsuit. You would think that the people contributing money to his “defense fund” might want to know the purposes to which their funds have been put. …

… like maybe sunglasses.


Another Battle for Atlanta … Won?

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the battles around Atlanta (I’ll have something to say about that later). Yesterday, on the 150th anniversary of what is called the Battle of Atlanta, came this announcement concerning the moving of the Atlanta Cyclorama from Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center.

This may put an end to discussion about the ultimate fate of the cyclorama. Indeed, it appears that the new space will offer an opportunity to restore the cyclorama to its original dimensions, including the restoration of panels that had not been part of the Grant Park exhibition.

I’ve been to the cyclorama several times, and it is very impressive. The display at Grant Park was somehow more intimate that the display of the Gettysburg Cyclorama, but then again there was not quite the demand to see it. This seems a fitting way to mark the sesquicentennial of the event it portrays.

(h/t Rob Baker)

Coming Attractions: Confrontation at Lexington

Well , just as I thought, the Virginia Flaggers made a big deal about how a single Flagger rushed to Lexington to claim “First!” in flagging Washington and Lee University to protest the university’s decision to remove replica Confederate flags from Lee Chapel while displaying real Confederate flags by the crypt containing the bodies of Robert E. Lee and members of his family.

Va Flaggers first Least

I guess what Billy Bearden is saying is that if 2,439 Flaggers don’t show up, the Flaggers’ commitment is flagging.

Yes, that Billy Bearden. The man who speculates about violence against people with whom he doesn’t agree.

Restore the Honor! Return the Replicas!

However, the article in question comes close to ignoring the Flaggers altogether (and omits mentioning them by name). However, it does mention Grayson Jennings’s appearance … kinda:

At least one flag-bearing vigilante has been noted since Ruscio’s announcement.

“I have observed a man carrying a large Confederate flag on the public sidewalks adjacent to campus. Other university employees tell me he has simply greeted passersby. The Office of Admission tells me that no one has been following tours on campus,” Eckert said.

A “flag-bearing vigilante”? Really? That’s funny.

It should be an interesting weekend in Lexington.

Update: Kidnapping Story

You may recall that a person associated with the Virginia Flaggers has been charged with kidnapping her daughter in violation of court orders. I’ve posted about this story before here and here.

The person, one Megan Elizabeth Everett, is currently wanted by the FBI. Her daughter’s name is Lilly Abigail Baumann.

Everett has taken her daughter to several events attended by Flaggers, where they have been in the company of one C. C. Lesters, who has commented here and elsewhere as a proud Flagger.

Lesters 0ne Lesters three Lesters two

Among the Flaggers who know Lesters are Susan Hathaway and Grayson Jennings, who reported yesterday that he was camping with Lesters.

It is to be hoped that the Flaggers, many of whom know Lilly, cooperate with the ongoing search for her.

Why Take Confederate Heritage Seriously?

It’s been an interesting two weeks for Confederate heritage. Even since the July 8th announcement by Washington & Lee president Kenneth P. Ruscio addressing several issues concerning commemorating the past at the university, a good number of Confederate heritage advocates, especially on social media, have been simply besides themselves. We’ve had calls for Ruscio to resign (and demands for his removal, although how these folks intend to go about that foolishness is never made clear), denunciations of the group (“The Committee”) that initiated what Rusico rightly calls a conversation within the WLU community, talk of marches, demonstrations, and that time-honored means of protest, flagging, and so on.

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Sonny Scroggins and … Black Confederates

One C. E. “Sonny” Scroggins of Kansas doesn’t want you to get mad about the flying of the Confederate battle flag. Or so we learn from multiple Confederate heritage sites who have latched on to this story.

You’ll find the usual tale of blacks fighting for both sides here, as well as a good deal of “the North did it too.”

Mind you, he has pushed for people to remember the service of black Union soldiers, especially from Kansas.

Sonny Scroggins is an active activist, it seems. But I don’t think the Confederate heritage activists who rush to embrace him right now would be happy with this.

Then again, one might want to check what they intended to do with the proceeds of a 1998 fund-raising venture. Ever wonder why those black soldiers rested in an unmarked grave? Ever learn what happened at Poison Springs?