More Trouble in Virginia: Divisions Among Heritage Defenders

Tomorrow is the bicentennial of the battle of Waterloo. The Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans couldn’t wait, however, to issue its own statement … condemning the Virginia Flaggers for their behavior in a June 14 resolution.


Adopted Unanimously at the June 14, 2015 Executive Council Meeting of the Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Williamsburg, Virginia

Whereas the Sons of Confederate Veterans is not affiliated with any organization, and

Whereas the Constitution of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Article 3.2 regarding Conduct requires that “Members shall at all times conduct themselves as gentlemen so as to bring credit and respect upon the Sons of Confederate Veterans and upon the memory of our Confederate forebears,” and

Whereas the Sons of Confederate Veterans is a gentlemen’s organization charged by our forefathers with, among other things, emulating their virtues, and

Whereas, except for Jesus Christ himself, the Son of God, no more perfect examples can be found than Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. Jackson, J. E. B. Stuart, et al, whose virtues of gentlemanly character and behavior should be emulated, now, therefore, be it

Resolved that on this 14th day of June 2015, the Executive Council of the Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans does hereby condemn the actions of all other organizations purporting to represent Southern History and the Confederate Soldier, including, but not limited to, the Virginia Flaggers and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry, which, although they may be well intentioned, nevertheless serve to damage the reputation of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and, indeed, the Confederate Veterans themselves. We, therefore, call on the members of those organizations, especially those who are also members of the SCV, to search their hearts, humble themselves, and cease and desist from all false, negative, petty, rude, damaging, and dishonorable public activities and pronouncements.

It’s about time.

23 thoughts on “More Trouble in Virginia: Divisions Among Heritage Defenders

  1. Eric A. Jacobson June 17, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Oh the VA Division FB page is alive and almost smoking!!!! Seriously, these same types of divisions plagued the Confederacy is 1861-65. History repeats itself.

  2. Jimmy Dick June 17, 2015 / 10:17 am

    Is there a missing link?

    • Jimmy Dick June 17, 2015 / 10:25 am

      Never mind, I found it. I am falling out of my chair laughing at the FB comments on Virginia Division’s SCV page. Forget modern politics! This is even better. I need more popcorn for this one!

    • Brooks D. Simpson June 17, 2015 / 3:13 pm

      I chose not to provide one. Folks with access to Facebook will be able to see that Brad/Hunter and Matt Heimbach are standing tall with their friends the Flaggers. So is their buddy Connie Chastain. Birds of a feather …

      • Jimmy Dick June 17, 2015 / 4:37 pm

        I see that. I find several things interesting. One, that the flaggers continue to attract racists to their ranks and do absolutely nothing to remove them. Two, that Connie Chastain is all over that FB post defending flaggers, a group she claims not to belong to. Three, the usual inability to believe in factual information instead of beliefs. It seems that having a confederate ancestor is all it takes to prove someone knows about confederate heritage.

        I love how those people go on about the flaggers actually doing something. Doing what? Waving a flag? That is not accomplishing anything. All it proves is that the people who own the land are dumb asses. It is a big giant sign advertising stupidity is present.

        I am pretty sure Tripp Lewis and his outburst of ignorance is part of the reasons for the statement being issue. Those that support him are showing they are not interested in anything but making assess out of themselves while proving they do not know their own history. Looks like more highlight reels to show in class so students can see stupid in action.

    • Mousy Tongue June 19, 2015 / 1:10 am

      OH there’s definitely a missing link. 🙂

  3. Mark W. June 17, 2015 / 10:39 am

    Does anyone know the name of the gentleman being berated by Trippy in the video?

    • Mousy Tongue June 17, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      That may be B. Frank Earnest, listed on as a Past Virginia Division Commander.

      • Andy Hall June 17, 2015 / 3:38 pm

        You can never doubt the sincerity of a man named Frank Earnest.

        • Mousy Tongue June 18, 2015 / 9:54 am

          Perhaps, but “” looks a bit like “scalawag” — conspiracy???

  4. Hunter Wallace June 17, 2015 / 10:45 am

    Great news.

    The SCV is the equivalent of declining mainline Protestant churches like the Presbyterian Church USA. If more people leave the fold, that’s ultimately a good thing. All it means is that a compromised institution, which is now nothing more than a LARPing group anyway, is losing its authority and influence over the heritage movement. Fewer people than ever believe the SCV is serious about upholding its “charge” and are looking elsewhere.

    • Hunter Wallace June 17, 2015 / 10:54 am

      Seeing as how their big chief of heritage operations is a redneck minstrel character, I wonder if their next president will be Phil Robertson or Larry the Cable Guy.

  5. Leo June 17, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    I wonder if the national SCV will see the light and begin distancing itself from these fringe groups. I am not holding my breath, but one can hope. Pass the popcorn.

  6. Andy Hall June 17, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    About halfway through that resolution, I was expecting to read, “Resolved, that I’m rubber and you’re glue. . . .”

    Good Lord, those are some very silly people.

  7. bob carey June 18, 2015 / 4:56 am

    How about the flagger who mentions the Pope, communism, and Progressives all in one sentence. Straight from conservative talk radio. One can only surmise that Trippy doesn’t have many Catholics among his “thousands” of supporters. These people are a joke.

  8. Mousy Tongue June 18, 2015 / 9:55 am

    Connie Chastain: “Big mistake. BIG mistake.”

    • Mousy Tongue June 18, 2015 / 9:49 pm
  9. Mousy Tongue June 18, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Another prize: “… I love what Susan Hathaway has done but Cant we all just get along.”

  10. Leo June 18, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    This little jewel was posted on Facebook:

    “… I am surprised it took the grannies this long to condemn the Flaggers.
    When one looks at the American horizon today, we see a wide array of minorities forcing their views on America, whether it be Gay Rights, Sharia law, or racial violence against the police. We see the very foundations of this nation being torn asunder, not just by these minorities but by elected officials and our Courts. We see our military over committed and extended, under funded, with a Veterans Administration running a medical system that should have been the best example of failed government provided heath care!…”

    • Andy Hall June 19, 2015 / 8:08 am

      Mark Vogl is a silly person. He once found an image on my blog advertising a speaking engagement of mine and called the sponsoring group to ask where it came from. When they suggested he should contact me directly, he went on a rant about the name of my blog, how I was anti-southern, on and on. Bottom line, he wanted to use my material without acknowledging he read my blog and found it useful. What a douche.

      • bob carey June 20, 2015 / 12:08 am

        Although not strictly involved with the Virginia Flaggers, I think everyone should check out the June 19th post of Russell D. Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics Commission, on his blog. I am neither a southerner nor a Baptist but I think Mr. Moore’s comments are spot on in regards to the recent horrific event In Charleston.

        • Andy Hall June 20, 2015 / 3:15 pm

          I grew up in the SBC. They’re come a long way.

  11. Leo June 19, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    I’m not shocked Vogl didn’t want to site your page. I have learned more about the Civil War from Crossroads and Dead Confederates than I ever learned in high school. Facts and knowledge are like kryptonite to the faux heritage crowd.

    Speaking of the faux heritage crowd, a friend told me the leader of the Midsouth flaggers in talking defamation suite against the SPLC. She must be talking to Tripp Lewis. 🙂

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