Guess Who’s Flagging Fort Pillow?

You guessed it: the Mid South Flaggers, another one of those “flagging” groups that most recently flagged Oxford, Mississippi, in the wake of the incident involving the statue at Old Miss commemorating James Meredith’s entry into the university.

And guess when they are doing it? Why, April 12, 2014, the 150th anniversary of the battle.

I’m sure they all take great pride in what Nathan Bedford Forrest and his men did that day.

Oops of the Month: March 2014

This month’s “oops” comes from a man who posts under many names, and who is highly critical of every blog with whom he (and sometimes she) disagrees. The comment appeared at a blog where he/she is most welcome:

austin oops


Just another accident … sortta like this one. So what if it took only a few hours to discover it?

Someone will have to explain to me why some people seem a little too interested in these issues of violence against women who are supported by someone who’s insistent about false rape claims. Talk about rape culture

(cue outraged posts from Pensacola … [update] GOTCHA!)

As for Ms. Chastain on rape, here’s what she said a few years ago about efforts to deal with rape by the federal government:

More and more, radical feminists are showing their hand, proving that the hatred of men is the core of their “philosophy” and its ultimate aim the destruction of men. How can we reach any other conclusion when they can’t wait to throw innocent young men to the lions over imaginary rape?

That’s Connie for you. She’s up to 44 posts on me in 2014. 🙂


News and Notes: March 29, 2014

Here’s some stuff that may be of interest to someone:

  • George Purvis has his own blog. It reads as if he’s a long-lost cousin of Jerry Dunford. In either case, those of you who want to see what George has to say can go there.
  • Kevin Levin pushes for a change to the Mississippi state flag. Given how long it took that state to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment, good luck.
  • Here’s yet another one of those “student displays Confederate flag, gets in trouble” stories from Kevin’s home state. And then there’s this, too. I will reserve comment until prom season passes.
  • Glenn McConnell was named president of the College of Charleston, and guess what happened? Yup … and this, too. As well as this. Told you sotwice.
  • None other than Gary Adams takes on someone who still embraces the black Confederate myth. In other words, here’s another case of the circular firing squad that is Confederate heritage advocacy.
  • For those of you who actually follow Civil War history, you will find this debate over the Lost Order of September 1862 fame very interesting. In order: here, here, and here. Maybe readers can go there to read the exchange and then come here to comment and discuss.

More Textbook Controversies

Here we go again: yet more allegations the textbooks for schoolchildren contain inaccurate statements. You can read about this here and here: the case often mentioned was discussed briefly on this blog, and more extensively elsewhere.

It’s disappointing to hear the following declaration:

Will we hear objections from the progressive historians who are so quick to jump on other issues? I doubt it. This bad history fits their agenda – indoctrination.

Now, it may be that I’m not a “progressive historian,” whatever that term means in this context (for me, when I hear the term, I think back to an interesting book by Richard Hofstadter on Frederick Jackson Turner, Charles A. Beard, and Vernon Louis Parrington). Also, if there’s an agenda floating around, I haven’t received the memo, so maybe that should tell me I’m not in that club, any way.

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Quote of the Week: March 16-22, 2014

Even some of the true believers are getting tired:

Well, lets hear your plan on how to first convince enough people to join in your crusade, then explain how you are going to fund the new government(s) and their military to stand up to another attack by those states(groups) that do not secede, and while you are at it, what kind of weapons and where will you get them to stand up to the weapons of the U.S. military?

The followup response adds more common sense:

Well, even though I do not like the way things are going, it is getting VERY tiresome seeing people yell “let’s secede” with no plan, no idea of what they are getting into, most of whom have either not tried, or have given up trying, to change things in any other way. Many do not vote, the easiest way to make changes, then cry when no changes are made.

When the revolution starts, it will be posted on Facebook.

Or is that when the secession starts … ?

The Flaggers on the Museum of the Confederacy

Here’s an interesting analysis of recent events offered by someone claiming to represent the Virginia Flaggers on a Confederate fantasy blog:

A relevant question might be how’s that “not flying the Confederate flag to attract more people” thing working out for Waite Rawls and the MOC. 18 months after the opening at Appomattox, sans flag, the Museum (by their own admission) was in such dire financial straits that it was forced to sell out to Tredegar to stay afloat.

Let’s ponder the implications of that astute analysis. Continue reading

Robert Anderson Caused the Civil War

Recently a poster declared:

Secession had many causes, but none of them led to the war. Your proof positive is the Secession documents, which are nothing more than a list of grievances. So that being case, show proof using these documents that the war was fought over slavery. When you have done this I will show proof the issue was not slavery

The only event that leads to the war was Anderson moving from Moultrie to Sumter. Without that event there would have been no war.