Important if true …
did you not know that the Army of Northern Virginia was in Florida at various times during the War For Southern Independence, and they also were in other states as well.
I wonder which spring break he’s talking about?
The ANV fought primarily in four states: Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. Perhaps one could cite an example of some Confederates going into North Carolina during the time Longstreet was detached in southeast Virginia … and then there’s the September 1863 detachment of two divisions under Longstreet to Georgia … or various units that at one time were part of the ANV but who fought elsewhere when they were not part of that army … but I can’t wait to learn more about Lee’s Florida campaign at the head of the ANV. Name “the various times” that the ANV was in Florida as the ANV, Jerry Dunford.
Here’s a map detailing the route of Longstreet’s two divisions (under McLaws and Hood) in 1863:
Recall that Longstreet later went to Knoxville … but that the Army of Northern Virginia, as an army (and as a military command), stayed in Virginia during this period.
You would think a Virginian would know that.
Someone else doesn’t seem to realize that flying the ANV/Confederate Battle Flag in Pensacola violated the very principle of the display:
Calvin Todd, President of the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce in 1949, proposed the concept of combining a historical theme with tourism promotion. Thus, the focus of Fiesta was based upon the founding of Pensacola, America’s oldest city, by Don Tristan de Luna in 1559. It would also be a salute to our history under the flags of five governments that have flown over our city: Spain, France, England, the Confederacy and the United States.
The Army of Northern Virginia was not the Confederate government. As we’ve been told time and again that the Confederate Battle Flag was the soldiers’ flag, and not the flag of the government of the Confederate Sates of America, flying the ANV/CBF as part of the display was not historically accurate.
Some folks have been trying to argue that the flag flown honors the Florida regiments that served in the Army of Northern Virginia, but they fail to cite any documentary support for that claim … and the document they cite is rather specific that such is not the purpose of the display.
By the way, there are some very poor “historians” at the abuse blog run by the Pensacola Flagger. She claims that the flag might be honoring the 2nd Florida Infantry, which fought with the ANV. Eddie Inman, who often pretends to be a valuable resource of trivial information for Confederate heritage advocates, added that the 5th, 8th, and 11th Florida Infantry also fought with the Army of Northern Virginia. This would sound very impressive, but it’s still an incomplete list. I guess those folks who claim to honor the service of the Confederate soldier overlooked the service of the 9th and 10th Florida Infantry, for example … although those regiments surrendered at Appomattox. Maybe the Pensacola Flagger and Eddie Inman do not want to recognize, let alone honor, the service of those men.
Good old Jessie Sanford, who used to claim he was an impartial judge of matters pertaining to Confederate heritage, responded to Inman’s additions (and omissions) by declaring:
They know that, if they don’t then they are piss poor historians. When I first engaged in a dialogue with these folks I thought they really were interested in history but boy was I wrong. They have an agenda that plays to their desire to be superior to Southorns like us. Instead of honoring their Union ancestors they would much prefer attacking the folks who honor their Confederate ancestors, such is the mind of these liberals God bless their hearts.
Well, I guess that Mr. Sanford now has to admit that the Pensacola Flagger, Eddie Inman, and he are inferior historians (I decline to use his ugly language). Not only are these folks not interested in history, but they are also incompetent … and they fail to recognize and honor the service of all of Florida’s soldiers who served with the Army of Northern Virginia, bless their hearts.