A Fitting Tribute to the SHPG

Via Kevin Levin comes word that Dixie Outfitters is preparing a special t-shirt to honor the Southern Heritage Preservation Group. Here’s the shirt, front and back:

Stonewall SHPGI think this is a wonderful tribute, and here’s why:

First, it suggests that perhaps what Bernard Bee said at First Manassas was “There sits Jackson on a stone wall!” This lends credence to the notion that Bee’s comment was made, not to praise Jackson, but to comment on his inability to move to help at a critical point in the battle. Of course, Jackson’s uniform is of a later vintage than July 1861, but details, details …

Second, it implies something about the service of Confederate soldiers, because the volunteer soldiers of 1861 were rather involuntarily re-upped in 1862 (and beyond), at the same time that the Confederacy introduced conscription. Guess that patriot volunteer spirit had died down a bit by then. Was Stonewall implying that they were less reliable? No wonder he was felled by friendly fire. As for desertion (not exactly a sign of reliability), I doubt Stonewall would have stood (or sat) for that. Dr. Hunter McGuire’s the source of the quote, and it’s worth comparing what McGuire says Jackson said with what Jackson said in comparing volunteers and regular professionals in the Mexican American War (hint: the volunteers did not come off well).

Let’s also recall what Sam Watkins said about this legislation:

Soldiers had enlisted for twelve months only, and had faithfully complied with their volunteer obligations; the terms for which they had enlisted had expired, and they naturally looked upon it that they had a right to go home. They had done their duty faithfully and well. They wanted to see their families; in fact, wanted to go home anyhow. War had become a reality; they were tired of it. A law had been passed by the Confederate States Congress called the conscript act. A soldier had no right to volunteer and to choose the branch of service he preferred. He was conscripted. From this time on till the end of the war, a soldier was simply a machine, a conscript. It was mighty rough on rebels. We cursed the war, we cursed Bragg, we cursed the Southern Confederacy. All our pride and valor had gone, and we were sick of war and the Southern Confederacy.

Third, it’s nice that Dixie Outfitters put all the slave states on the shirt, including Missouri and Kentucky. Well, almost all. I can’t quite tell whether Delaware’s on there, and of course someone will remind us of New Jersey’s eighteen slaves in 1860. Fair enough. But where’s Texas? Really?

I think a far more moving shirt could have been made to honor the SHPG by offering images of its most visible leaders, in the spirit of the shirt honoring another dress-up Confederate, H. K. Edgerton. Goodness knows John Zakrzewski loves to post pictures of himself in uniform.


I especially like how in this photo he shows due respect for the proper display of the Confederate Battle Flag:

Z two

John C. Hall, Jr. fancies himself an officer. Here he is with General Lee:


And here’s Mr. Zakrzewski hugging Carl W. Roden, no easy task:

cw jz

Now, why can’t these sweet southern boys, and not sitting Stonewall, be featured on a t-shirt, just like good old H. K.?

I can’t wait for the Virginia Flagger shirt. Neither can you.

Please buy these as gifts, because they’ll keep on giving.

10 thoughts on “A Fitting Tribute to the SHPG

  1. Michael Confoy August 3, 2013 / 1:36 am

    I was hoping to buy a Mosby or Longstreet t-shirt but for some reason, those two are not represented in their product catalog.

  2. cc2001 August 3, 2013 / 4:24 am

    Holy mother of God. A dejected looking Jackson slumping on an actual stone wall. I am reminded of the Asiana pilot name prank. Someone at Dixie Outfitters has a wicked sense of humor.

  3. Jimmy Dick August 3, 2013 / 5:35 am

    Just a shirt that compounds a giant lie. Anyone wearing one of these shirts would be advertising their ignorance.

  4. David Tolleris August 3, 2013 / 7:22 am

    how about this one?

    The IRONY … some neo confederate dimwit is using jeb Stuart’s statute — a man who fought and died to keep the ancestors of RGIII enslaved — to show support for the redskins…

    LOL..I am laughing so hard I gotta go pee ….

    • Andy Hall August 3, 2013 / 2:38 pm

      Pretty funny, given that much of Stuart’s career in the Old Army was at posts like Fort McIntosh and Fort Riley, and in campaigning against “Redskins” as varied as the Mescalero Apache, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Comanche.

  5. Andy Hall August 3, 2013 / 5:06 pm

    You asked:

    But where’s Texas?

    Given that the shirt depicts Arkansas and South Carolina as the armpits of the Confederacy, I don’t think I really want to know about Texas.

    • Brooks D. Simpson August 3, 2013 / 5:23 pm

      I’m waiting for the Virginia Flagger shirt featuring Susan Hathaway and Tripp Lewis being filmed by Rob Walker.

  6. SF Walker August 3, 2013 / 10:55 pm

    This should come with a free DVD of the movie “Francis Joins the SCV”, where Francis the talking mule tries to join the Sons of Confederate Veterans after learning that his great-grandfather was eaten at Vicksburg.

  7. Will Stoutamire August 4, 2013 / 9:54 am

    “Now, why can’t these **sweet southern boys,** and not sitting Stonewall, be featured on a t-shirt, just like good old H. K.?”

    I see what you did there. Thanks for providing a good chuckle on a Sunday morning.

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