Promises, Promises

A fellow who goes by the name “Border Ruffian” loves to pop up in the comments sections of various history and heritage blogs. BR is wont to make extravagant claims about large numbers of black Confederate soldiers, and now he’s added a new twist to his tale.

BR BCFunny how we never see this oft-threatened list. But then BR has richly earned a reputation for failing to put up or shut up.

As for Border Ruffian’s true identity, well, I’ll simply quote Pensacola’s gift to Confederate heritage, who declares in regard to another poster: “You reckon this is the poster’s real name, or is it a coward-handle to hide behind?”

Funny that she never said that to Caldwell/Austin/whatever … her favorite commenter … ah, the hypocrisy of heritage advocates.  But at least she agrees that BR’s a coward. Otherwise she’d admit that she’s a hypocrite.

11 thoughts on “Promises, Promises

  1. Bob Conner October 29, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    Brooks, what are you thoughts about the Confederate-connected wartime service of Harrison Terrell, who, as you know, was an African-American and Grant’s trusted valet at the end of his life?

    • Brooks D. Simpson October 29, 2014 / 8:43 pm

      Terrell followed his employer into the service as a servant when his employer joined the army. That’s basically the long and the short of it. Oh, one hears that he was a cook for General Lee, but then it seems many people were, right?

  2. jfepperson October 29, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    The late Richard Rollins tried to make that same point way back when on AWCU.

  3. Michael Lynch October 29, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    I have here in my hand a list of 205 black Confederates in the State Department. Or maybe 2,005. Or two million. Whatever.

  4. C. Meyer October 29, 2014 / 5:14 pm

    I wonder if Border Ruffian is none other than Clint Lacy…better known in the past as the Missouri Bushwhacker.

  5. Joshism October 29, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    Yeah, if you have a list like that you better put up or shut up.

  6. Mike Musick October 29, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    I for one would certainly like to see the documentation referred to. Assuredly I don’t know everything about the subject. However, should it appear in a book, journal, magazine article, or some other format under the name of the compiler, how would we know? Would the identification include a comment such as “also known in the blogosphere as ‘Border Ruffian'”? And would the identification supply some information about that individual, so that readers would be helped to some extent to weigh the value of his work (one presumes this is a male)?

  7. TF Smith October 30, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    What about the 1st Texas Cooks, Bakers, and Chefs Regiment (Colored)?

    Can’t forget one of the high points of neo-confederate historical achievement, can we?

    • Mike Musick November 1, 2014 / 11:15 am

      Are we to assume that “Border Ruffian” wishes that Kansas had entered the Union as a slave state, advocates slavery, and supports massive voter fraud?

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