The End of Crossroads

white flag

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Crossroads is suspending operations for the infinite future. I’ve done so because, after all these years, I have changed my mind about my understanding of American history … specifically, Confederate history. For all of the yelling and ranting of ill-tempered Confederate heritage advocates, it’s now obvious that the Confederacy was on the white side of history.

I have a dream that someday we’ll understand that at Gettysburg black Confederates led the July 3 assault on Cemetery Ridge bearing flags that bore the slogan “No Morrill Tariff!”

Someday we’ll understand that while very few descendants of Confederate soldiers were descended from slaveholders, all who were descended from slaveholding Confederates know that their ancestors were kind masters and the slaves were happy, and that emancipation was the worst thing that could have ever happened to them (meaning, of course, the slaves). Freedom is clearly reserved for those who wore gray uniforms over their white flesh.

Someday we’ll understand that slavery was a dying institution, and that Abraham Lincoln could have avoided a war for which he alone was responsible had he bought all the slaves. He would have been even a greater man had he advocated their relocation elsewhere.

Someday we’ll understand that we should honor white southerners for what they said (state rights and a limited central government) rather than for what they did (the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, conscription, impressment).

Someday we’ll realize that the only reason the Confederacy lost was because of superior Yankee numbers made possible by the growth of an immigrant population and led by a bloodthirsty butcher and drunkard who overpowered the greatest gentleman in human history, a man whose commitment to duty and honor was always uppermost, because he never broke an oath or uttered one.

Someday we’ll understand that many Confederate heritage advocates’ motives are as pure as white cloth that doubles as eveningwear.

As part of my new career, I intend to start writing a series of southern romance novels that I will call the John W. DeForest collection, starting with Miss Ravenel Unreconstructed. These will be e-books available to all, with beautiful covers selected from clipart in the public domain. What do y’all (see, I went there) think of this?

romANCEI understand that many of you are shocked by my decision. To all of my loyal readers, I thank you for all you’ve done to make this blog such a rich source of ultimately misguided discussion that will serve to remind us of the vile distortions perpetrated by that foul practice of revisionist history, especially that which relies upon documentation. We all know that the records proving that hundreds of thousands of African Americans were personally destroyed by that arsonist William T. Sherman. That we today have to scramble to discover what’s left suggests what we have not been able to discover: the lack of evidence is proof enough that such evidence exists, and in abundance, or would have had Sherman not burned the records.

History teaches us to hope.

Until we meet again … farewell.

 

37 thoughts on “The End of Crossroads

  1. Clark B. Hall April 1, 2014 / 10:52 am

    Heart skipped a beat until the date is recalled.

  2. Schroeder April 1, 2014 / 10:53 am

    πŸ™‚

  3. E.A. Mayer April 1, 2014 / 11:03 am

    And a happy April Fools Days also. πŸ™‚

  4. Mark April 1, 2014 / 11:09 am

    Sir, you’ve dishonored the flag in that graphic above. I demand that woman be stripped of the flag immediately!

    • Thelibertylamp April 1, 2014 / 11:39 am

      That’s the cover of Conneez next “book”!

  5. Bob Nelson April 1, 2014 / 11:09 am

    ROFLMAO. And a Happy April Fool’s Day to you, too.

  6. Brad April 1, 2014 / 11:11 am

    April Fools. Nice try Brooks….Not!

  7. Bill Underhill April 1, 2014 / 11:21 am

    Best post of the year! Poisson d’Avril as the French say.

  8. jfepperson April 1, 2014 / 11:22 am

    I agree with Mark about the flags in the picture.

    • Bob Nelson April 1, 2014 / 12:17 pm

      Absolutely!!!

  9. Jimmy Dick April 1, 2014 / 11:29 am

    Miz Connie done hacked de account. Lawd almighty, dem Yankees ain’t a-coming no more, ya hear?

  10. talmadge walker April 1, 2014 / 11:44 am

    Classic!

  11. John Foskett April 1, 2014 / 11:54 am

    No problem. Sorry to hear this, but, since we must move on can I have the site for my replacement blog “Little Mac Attack” in which I put up a daily post on how GBM has been libeled, slandered, and generally screwed by historians for 150 years? It’ll feature a really cool calculator link that uses “Mac Math” to estimate how many Rebels really opposed GBM on each day that he was in command.

    • Mike Rogers April 1, 2014 / 2:18 pm

      Fabulous idea….Little Mac Attack?? Mac Math?? Well played, Mr. Foskett, well played indeed

  12. Pamela DiVanna April 1, 2014 / 12:15 pm

    Yes..i thought April fools!πŸ™‚

  13. Charles Brown April 1, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    It’s a good thing I remembered today’s date. One day you’ll realize, however, that that which you are satirizing is the unvarnished truth. You and the other revisionists will have a come-to-Jesus moment. The South shall rise soon and one day Southern chivalrous knights will again court chaste Southern belles beneath the pale moonlight.

    • The Myth Makeer April 1, 2014 / 1:28 pm

      I think our fearless blogger should give up on the idea of romance novels to concentrate on what his talents are most suited to. He should write alternative history novels wherein the Confederacy wins all the battles they lost thereby winning the war and leading to peace, prosperity and freedom for nearly everyone, except a few million or so.

    • tmheaney April 1, 2014 / 7:11 pm

      Charlie, I’m pretty sure that last sentence is tagline from the next Twilight book.

  14. Jeffry Burden April 1, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    I see you started this post with the CSA’s Fourth National Flag.

    • Buck Buchanan April 2, 2014 / 12:30 pm

      I just sprayed my monitor with water!

      Warn me next time!

  15. Mike Rogers April 1, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    Is that Niagara Falls in the background? Was Miss Unreconstructed part of the crowd that invaded St. Albans?

  16. Kalyn Behnke April 1, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    I believe that you would definitely increase the marketability of your e-books by also releasing a companion audio-book series. Narrated by you, with your classic Southern accent, I’m sure that it will increase the legitimacy of your narrative in the eyes of your audience as much as it did on the Gettysburg Trip.

  17. Roger E Watson April 1, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Amen, brother ! It’s about time you realized that you were fighting a losing battle against all that is right and just in an oh so CONNIE WHITE SOUTH. Just remember the famous words of Prissy, “I don’t know nothing bout birthin babies !”

  18. Brooks D. Simpson April 1, 2014 / 5:14 pm

    I found this to be very funny.
    Carl Roden whined on one FB group (after the usual David Grove reposting) after being told this was an April Fool’s post:
    I suspected as much. Also far from original.
    Whereupon he copied the idea here … on another group to hide his lack of originality. πŸ™‚

    • Noma April 1, 2014 / 6:52 pm

      Wow…I guess his joking remarks about the Confederate flag will pass as humor…or something…

      ” We turn a blind eye to the fact that symbols mean things, that in our efforts to live in our own glorified view of history, we subject those who will never view this flag as anything more than a symbol of slavery and racial hatred to almost daily pain and agony of the soul.

      We ignore the fact that this once proud banner is forever stained with the scars of American racism and the defense of African slavery.

      We do not think about the fact that this flag may well have been the last sight that so many last saw as they were lynched by an angry mob of hateful racists for petty offenses.

      We forget that this flag is a symbol of treason to government authority originally…”

    • Al Mackey April 2, 2014 / 6:37 am

      Mr. Rodent obviously needs a model before he can write. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Brooks. Perhaps he’s confessing his secret admiration. πŸ™‚

  19. Gordon Rhea April 1, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    you had me scared there for a minute, Brooks.

    • John Foskett April 2, 2014 / 7:13 am

      If we’re honest, we’ll admit he had all of us for a moment or two.

      • jfepperson April 2, 2014 / 9:02 am

        No, I’ve known Brooks too long, I figured he was pulling a lot of virtual legs. And I was aware of the date.

        • John Foskett April 2, 2014 / 10:18 am

          That’s cool. So was I. But the thing was artfully done, so I still had an initial reaction. Credit is due.

  20. fallenrepublic April 1, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Golly, you had me going there, Brooks! Now I will stop reading what Lincoln actually said about blacks, and won’t concern myself with the ways in which the Union army comported themselves in order to “free all dem slayves from de wikked massas.” And I’m glad I finally know that Lincoln really hated that Fugitive Slave Law, except when he was enforcing it. What a great politician! Boy, someone ought to make a movie!

    Okay, all kidding aside, I wish you and your delusional fan club the best, Brooks. While I’m usually busy getting documented facts from a variety of sources, I do occasionally amuse myself by checking in on the cheerleaders on this site.

    All the best!

    K Rex

    • tmheaney April 2, 2014 / 10:07 am

      Rex? As in “king?” What are you? King of the Straw Man Fallacy?

    • E.g. Schwetje April 2, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Let us know when you have pension records for those black confederates and the official documents from the secession commisioners indicating that slavery wasn’t really the reason for secession…we’ll be waiting…

  21. Leo Johnson April 2, 2014 / 9:25 am

    You almost had me there, then I saw the date.

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