The Butternut Buttercups Strike Again With Fake History

In a world where alternative facts and fake news rule the day, Confederate heritage apologists feel right at home, as the latest from Virginia Whine Country suggests:

It is stunning to observe the extent to which modern historians moral reformers will go to advance their political agenda under the guise of “historical analysis” these days. Their Gumby-like stretches and contortions are jaw-dropping – an intellectual version of being double-jointed. Prior to November 9th, 2016, they all marched in lockstep denouncing any state or local community that dared oppose federal intervention, meddling or what might be looked upon as “heavy-handed” regarding laws, regulations and executive orders.

So stunning, in fact, that I’d love to see some evidence to support this claim–from this blog, for example. Perhaps this butternut buttercup is unaware of the discussion surrounding federal fugitive slave legislation, personal liberty laws, resistance to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Ableman v. Booth, and the like. Or maybe someone was too busy examining the Bowling Green Massacre to notice.

Constructing fantastic bogus strawmen in order to make sweeping ridiculous claims is characteristic of Virginia Whine Country. Doubtless his millions of readers–almost as many as attended Donald J. Trump’s inauguration–believe as much.

Wow, what a difference a day can make. Miraculously, the day after Donald J. Trump (who many are, ironically, comparing to Andrew Jackson) won the presidential election, they became staunch defenders of John Calhoun’s principles of nullification. Perhaps the faux historians have traded their copies of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States for a copy of Thomas Woods’s Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.

Ah, no. One of the usual bogus claims (important for a blogger who traffics daily in stereotypes) is that academic historians worship Zinn … although you would think this butternut buttercup would embrace Thomas Woods’s work (because he has). Of course, this ranting and raving overlooks resistance to the Fugitive Slave Act, but then some of these folks are notorious for having a blind spot when it comes to slavery or African Americans. Then there are those who remind us that slavery was not all that bad … and that civilization’s achievements are due to white people.

Of course, the current brand of nullification is mostly local, i.e. cities and counties in lieu of states; as far as President Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees goes. Whereas for the last eight years, the Tea Party, libertarians, conservative Republicans and anyone else opposing federal power was labeled “radical, extremist, neo-Confederate”, blah, blah, blah, we are now being told that any and all opposition to federal power is noble and courageous. And these folks are all in lockstep (including the violent protest participants on college campuses and the “mainstream” media). Just peruse the academic related history websites and blogs. No dissent, no difference of opinion, no nuances, no objectivity – pure partisanship. It’s laughable.

Peruse away, and show me where this blog has been part of that process. Because it’s incumbent upon someone who whines about “Fake Civil War Historians” to document that he’s telling the truth. Otherwise one might conclude that they sure lie a lot over at Virginia Whine Country, and that someone buries the truth so deep that it will take more than a metal detector to unearth it.

Who’s laughing now?

If the State of California follows through with it’s threat to institute sanctuary status state-wide, I wonder if these pretend historians will suddenly become converts to advocating for states’ rights?

First, critic of educational systems, it’s its. Try harder. Then wonder away as you wander away from reality once more. After all, you’ll pretend that the people you despise must believe what you insist they believe. Otherwise, your blog would shrink to nothingness.

That’s what happens when you live rent-free in someone’s head. There’s a lot of open space there, after all. I hear it’s a wonderful echo chamber due to its emptiness.

These historians are, obviously, absolute frauds and little more than mouth organs for the left. There is no consistency in their writing or analysis – other than to be consistent leftists. Laugh at them. They are not historians in the true sense. They are unprincipled political hacks and adherents to Groupthink; unable or afraid to think, say or write anything outside of current academic high church orthodoxy.

Sigh. In a world where alternative facts reign supreme in the minds of some people, only someone who knows all about being a mouth organ would make such a claim to satisfy his rich fantasy life. But methinks this fellow projects a little too much, given that the majority of his blog entries are little more than thin commentaries on right of center links–basically a virtual bulletin board. It would be interesting to see whether he actually reads the scholarship that he thus characterizes. Maybe alternative facts free him of that obligation.

I appreciate the desperation masquerading as smugness. I also appreciate the degree to which Virginia Whine Country uses what passes for Confederate heritage nowadays to promote his own political agenda. I await the next rant about political correctness from the safe space of this butternut buttercup.

Sometimes I wonder why I even bring the thunder.

Another Oops by the Virginia Flaggers

You’ll notice that I haven’t had much to say about the Virginia Flaggers lately. That’s because they’ve become boring, and that means they have lost their entertainment value, at least for me. That doesn’t mean they don’t continue to deny that they associate with certain people that their own social media demonstrates are their close friends, etc.

I suggest that if you want to follow such stories, you start visiting Restoring the Honor, which keeps track of various stories that don’t reflect well on the Flaggers, especially it comes to the people with whom they associate (even as they vigorously deny as much).

Otherwise, things haven’t changed much. Connie Chastain continues to cackle away, and the Flaggers continue on their merry way, even getting a mention in a New York Times article about recent events in Lexington, Virginia, where the Flaggers journeyed to feed their hot dog habit in honor of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. I especially liked the composition of the following photograph:

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Nice juxtaposition, don’t you think?

I’m waiting for the usual suspects to Photoshop that out, too. Maybe they’ll replace it with an image of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. That’s the only way Hathaway can appear there, flag pole in hand.

Hathaway sounded a sour note when she reflected on the dour prospects that faced her cause:

“We are losing this war on a lot of fronts,” she said. “And folks, if we don’t learn to come alongside of people who might look a little different than us, who might have a different way of doing things, and find ways that we can work together like we did today, we’re not going to get very far.”

Maybe she was pretending to be a member of the Confederate Congress in early 1865 when it debated whether to allow slaves to become Confederate soldiers.

Now, as we all know, one of the ways in which the Virginia Flaggers declare success is by raising a new Confederate battle flag, take pictures of it, and say it’s a sign of progress. They did exactly that this past weekend.

Except, it seems, that this time they violated several local ordinances. If they don’t remedy the situation in 45 days, “there will be penalties.”

Oops.

Maybe Tripp Lewis can hand over some of the proceeds from his legendary legal defense fund to help out, now that his drone business is up and running.

My Confederate Heritage Fans

Every once in a while an advocate of Confederate heritage, usually (although not always) from Virginia, decides to share with the online world their opinion of me (somehow these people never confront me directly face to face, even when they claim afterwards that they were there … not exactly a tribute to Confederate courage). What follows is fairly typical, and in many ways representative, of what some folks think of me.

Brooks Simpson, another Yankee Miscreant and troublemaker

Brooks Simpson, as he has done for years, writes all sorts of blogs, a book, and otherwise adds trash to the world. This man who has rambled around from pillar to post, cannot find happiness in the truth about the South, Southern people, and the unjust war designed solely to stop Southern Independence, Independence from his ancestors, Northern miscreants, thieves, liars, and a power hungry Abraham Lincoln, who wanted more than anything to achieve an all powerful central government, and to end the lawful states rights of the South. Yes, Brooks has tried, he attempted to write about Lincoln in a good light, just as others have portrayed the greatness of Adolph Hitler. You see, Hitler learned from Lincoln, not the other way around. Lincoln was not a man of peace, but an opportunist who wanted power. He disliked black people, DID YOU ALL GET THIS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN DID NOT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE, HE WANTED THEM REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES IF HE COULD FIND A MEANS TO DO SO, THIS IS THE REAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Now after witnessing the awful history of the majority of blacks in America, seeing how little the majority of them have progressed in society and have demonstrated little sign of ambition, or interest in progress, civility, and an appreciation of law and order, i can understand why Lincoln wanted them gone. Simpson you may write this as how I see the majority, Majority, of not only America’s blacks, but of the world’s blacks, as this apparent genetic trait has been so demonstrated since records have existed, so Lincoln was right in his desire to have them gone, and I am sure you do too.

In addition to the manner of most blacks, again, not all blacks, we also have in America the Liberal, left leaning, liars, the miscreants, the Marxist’s and political correct supporters of Socialism, and all other anti Christian and evil views and ideas that are directly in opposition to God and what is good and right. Simpson, Andy Hall, and a whole group of mostly Northern born miscreants whom are so poisoned with the knowledge of what the North did in their animal like, greedy overbearing desire for power and riches as they invaded the South in 1861. They cannot defend what these barbarian ancestors of theirs did, or how they too did hated blacks, but just a Hillary and the Democratic party in America today, they too, do not like blacks, but act as if they do so as to keep the blacks voting for democrats, and thereby allowing them (democrats) to stay in power. But again, deep down, Simpson, his followers and kin folks, are poisoned genetically, and today are ashamed of their Northern ancestors actions and ways, and want to erase this by spreading lies about the South and the Southern people of the past and the present.

The BIG LIE IS THAT DEMOCRATS, INCLUDING HILLARY AND THE LIBERAL LIARS DO NOT LIKE BLACKS, THEY SIMPLY USE BLACKS FOR THEIR OWN POWER, AND ANOTHER FACT IS THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU, BROOKS SIMPSON, ATTACK OTHERS IN THE SOUTH WITH YOUR HATRED, IS BECAUSE WE, ANCESTORS OF GOOD AND HONORABLE SOUTHERN PEOPLE, DEMONSTRATE THE TRUTH ABOUT LINCOLN, THE TRUTH ABOUT THE UNLAWFUL, BARBARIC, UNCIVIL, ACT’S THAT LINCOLN AND THE YANKEE ARMY AND YOUR PEOPLE, THOSE WHO INVADED THE SOUTH, THOSE WHO BURNED THE HOMES OF CIVILIAN NON COM-COMBATANT’S, THOSE WHO LOOTED THE PERSONAL VALUABLES FROM THE INNOCENT SOUTHERN PEOPLE, AND THE YANKEES WHO BURNED THEIR CROPS, BARNS, STABLES, WRECKED THEIR FARM EQUIPMENT, RAPED THEIR WOMEN, BURNED THEIR WAREHOUSES, MILLS, AND PLACES WHERE THEY OBTAINED FOOD TO EAT, YANKEE’S WHO SHELLED CITIES FILLED WITH WOMEN AND CHILDREN, AND KILLED MANY THOUSANDS OF NON COMBATANTS, AND WHO WERE THE CAUSE OF MORE THAN 600,000 DEATHS AND INJURIES, AND THEN AND NOW USE SLAVERY AS A COVER-UP REASON FOR WHAT THEY DID TO THE SOUTH AND TO THE SOUTHERN PEOPLE, WHICH WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS IS A LIE, JUST AN EXCUSE FOR LINCOLN AND YANKEES TODAY. SO, BROOKS SIMPSON, ANDY ” and all the little follower ” HALL, and the other morons whom I will not waste the effort to name, as they are ZERO’S in every respect, all follow Brooks Simpson, as he is the man in their eyes. The author of BULLSHIT, the point of attack on the Virginia Flagger’s, whom I SUPPORT 100%. SIMPSON, AND ALL THESE LEFT WING PUSSY’S SAID WE WOULD NOT SUCCEED IN GETTING CONFEDERATE FLAGS RAISED, WELL DICKHEADS, MANY ARE FLYING AND MORE FLAGS ARE BEING PREPARED TO GO UP, SO YOU AND ALL OF AMERICA WILL SEE THEM. Yes, Simpson and his moron followers hate having the spotlight of truth concerning the facts, the reasons and the causes for The War For Southern Independence told. Imagine a group of American states, who got so unhappy with the Federal government’s dishonest, illegal actions toward them, that they desired to stop being a part of it. That was what happened, as the corrupt Northern leaders, the greedy businessmen and politicians, were stealing from the Southern states, and treating them unlawfully as they taxed, and stole from them. So in making this new nation separate from the YANKEE MISCREANT DEVIL’S, they were attacked and killed, robbed, raped, and harmed in every manner.

So here in 2016, as the great grandsons of the yankee animals, continue the same greedy dishonest practice as their ancestors once did, to lie, to attack the South and Southern groups and individuals in a new manner, to support the actions of some who deface Southern leaders and monuments, to lie about our Southern people and the facts about the war Lincoln led against the South, and now these grandsons of Northern Pissant thieves, arsonist’s, robbers, rapist’s and murderer’s want to try to make their actions seem just, but in all of the world and for all times past, and future, this can never be accomplished, as it is what it was, an EVIL ACT, BY EVIL PEOPLE, BEGINNING WITH ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHO IS TODAY ALONG WITH ADOLPH HITLER AND OTHERS IN A BURNING HELL WHERE HE AND ALL LIKE THEM WILL APPROPRIATELY END UP.

I think someone’s upset. But I do appreciate the admission of the writer that he believes black people are inherently inferior to white people. Not all of the people who share that belief are so candid.

One correction of fact concerning yours truly: I never said the Virginia Flaggers (or any other Confederate heritage group) would not succeed in raising Confederate flags on privately-owned land. In fact, I pointed out that this was one area where they could guarantee being successful (especially when the folks providing the land share the racial attitudes of the author of this piece, as is clearly the case in two instances). Whether such actions have made any difference is another question altogether, given the failures of Confederate heritage advocates elsewhere.

 

Connie Chastain’s War on Women … And Guess Who Supports Her?

It’s not been a good week for Confederate heritage advocates. They are unhappy about what’s happened at the University of Mississippi, where it appears that advocates of flying a Confederate flag have had a rough time telling the truth as they suffer setback after setback. Now comes news that the favorite candidate of most Confederate heritage advocates, Republican nominee Donald J. Trump, is in serious trouble because of his crass and lewd remarks (and that’s kind) anout women, which most observers believe includes an endorsement of sexual assault. No word yet from Virginia Whine Country, which has been very protective of candidate Trump, about whether protests against sexual assault are simply new examples of political correctness, the target of many a mindless post that are little more than a clipping service of the alt-right. We await efforts to find a Gordon Wood quote that can be twisted in suppport of that blogger’s position.

Without a doubt, however, one need only look at what Virginia Flaggers spokesperson and webmaster Connie Chastain says about Trump to understand that some corners of Confederate heritage advocacy are also busily engaged in conducting a war on women. Like Trump, Chastain favors criminalizing the decision of women to have abortions:
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Even Trump has thought better of this, but Chastain has not.

And, just like our friend at Virginia Whine Country, Chastain decides it’s all the fault of the left and the media:

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Note the identity of the single retweeter. Note also that I guess that one can conclude that Trump’s past is irrelevant, but not so Clinton’s past … or that non-leftists don’t care about treating women with respect.

Of course, one remembers that Chastain was also a big fan of claiming that women often made false claims about being raped (unless the person being accused was Bill Clinton, I guess). This was a theme of two of her underwhelmingly successful novels. Endorsing sexual assault as a way to approach women is okay in Chastain’s mind, because we can set it aside as “locker room talk”; that such talk, if put into action, results in rape seems irrelevant (will it elicit more squawking  from her about false rape accusations?).

It’s a small step from here to the reasoning of sexual predators that women “really want it” and that “no” means “try harder.”

After all, just saying one’s sorry is good enough.

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After all, Chastain wants Trump to whack people, including Clinton:

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Funny that she chose that means of expression.

Mind you, Chastain thinks something’s wrong with women (“cackling hens”?) who protest such treatment:

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Moreover, “real women” wouldn’t get upset:

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That’s right … this controversy about advocating sexual assault is simply “nothing,” and the best proof comes from the sales of a book that is not Chastain’s (jealous, Chastain?). Let’s mock the outrage over such behavior as nothing more than make-pretend about “women’s delicate widdle feelings.”

What else could you expect from someone who seems obsessed about false rape accusations? So … anger over language advocating sexual assault is nothing more than an act to placate “women’s delicate widdle feelings”? Really?

(Yes … Chastain’s gone the fake-name route in crafting an alternative identity of “Polly Graff,” although it did not take her long to drop the pretense that it was her.)

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We await Chastain’s efforts to identify which men engage in such talk. As her previous interaction has been with Republican politicians, Confederate heritage apologists, and false rape accusation protesters, we can’t wait to hear about her experiences about what is said in these locker rooms.

But don’t mistake Chastain for a feminist …

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Note the wording: it’s not “pseudo-feministic women,” but “feministic pseudo-women.” Real women aren’t feminists: feminists are “pseudo-women.” And no, folks, that’s not a mistake … she says “pseudo-women” twice.

We await the usual retort from Virginia Whine Country that protesting lewd talk and endorsements of sexual assault are nothing more than exercises in political correctness from a leftist academic who’s attacking a political candidate … because, apparently, these things should not be attacked. They are nothing more than locker room talk, as if that’s an acceptable excuse.

Finally, note who likes (and retweets) Chastain’s Twitter activity on behalf of sexual predators … Susan Hathaway. The fact is that Hathaway and her followers have politicized their movement in explicit ways by endoring Trump, not just as individuals, but as an organization:

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The heritage of hate continues. If anything, it’s grown, because it now includes people who protest sexual assault and the victimization of women not named Susan Hathaway.

 

Oh, My … Flagging for The Donald?

Most fair-minded people would agree that Hillary Clinton was wrong when she claimed that half of Donald J. Trump’s supporters were “a basket of deplorables.” That claim painted with too broad a brush that tarred too many people.

That said, it is true that some of Trump’s supporters are truly deplorable, especially those who have been associated with what one Pensacola blogger claimed was the future of Confederate heritage … the Virginia Flaggers.

Susan Hathaway supports Trump. Connie Chastain supports Trump. Matthew Heimbach, once a Flagger darling, has actually attacked protesters at a Trump rally.

Chastain’s political views, indeed, appear to be straight out of the Trump playbook.

We’ve seen Confederate flags at Trump rallies, which does little to promote the notion that either the Trump campaign or Confederate heritage is especially tolerant. For Trump supporters outside “the basket,” it’s an unfortunate association.

And then came Friday’s revelation of a video, some eleven years old, of Trump and television program host Billy Bush making crude and lewd comments about women.

Guess who came out swinging for Trump? That’s right, Connie Chastain. Given her obsession with the notion of false rape accusations … a theme that has shaped several of her works of fiction … one might well expect that she would shrug off Trump’s crass talk that smacked of sexual assault and rape. And so she did (check the comments section … where Chastain posts under her own name as well as the name “Polly Graff”).

So much for southern womanhood. We recall that Susan Hathaway once said that Chastain did her “heavy hitting.” Now we have a better idea of what that means.

 

 

Do Flaggers Wear Hoods? Susan Hathaway and Her Klan-Loving Friend

One of the most interesting aspects of writing about Confederate heritage advocates, especially the Virginia Flaggers, is highlighting the associations of various Flaggers with white supremacists, white nationalists, and the like. Mind you, usually these associations are brought to our attention by the Flaggers themselves in social media or elsewhere. Thus it was the Flaggers themselves who hailed Matthew Heimbach as a fellow Flagger and embraced him in one of their marches (even Connie Chastain used one image in preparing a dust cover of yet another never-to-be-published book, as you can see here):

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Tripp Lewis and Matthew Heimbach featured in a Connie Chastain design.

Even Chastain admits Heimbach’s a Flagger. Otherwise she’d never have prepared this design.

But Heimbach isn’t the only white supremacist/white nationalist embraced by Susan Hathaway. Nor does she protest when her writings turn up in anti-Semitic newsletters.

To highlight these association brings all sorts of protests from Flagger defenders and apologists, who have become very inventive if not very persuasive in their responses/excuses.

However, we did not take the pictures. We did not march alongside these people. We did not thank them on social media. We did not allow Flagger writings to appear in bigoted or racist literature.

All of our evidence has been manufactured by the Flaggers themselves as they seek to publicize what they do … and no one is more willing to do that than Susan Frise Hathaway.

So it should come as no surprise to anyone that more Flagger-provided evidence has surfaced linking Susan Hathaway to yet another white supremacist, one with a fondness for the Ku Klux Klan … Steven Monk.

Here are some images Mr. Monk shared on a social media group page:
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Sometimes Mr. Monk wears gray. Sometimes he wears black:

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Over at Restoring the Honor there’s a rather full set of images illustrating Mr. Monk’s beliefs. Among the images, we come across the following …

hathaway-and-monkOh, yes … don’t forget Billy Bearden. He’s there, too.

So we see Susan Hathaway, celebrating the Confederacy atop Stone Mountain with a fellow who seems rather fond of white supremacy, to the point that he doesn’t mind using a Klan hood as his profile picture (sortta destroys the rationale for the hood, right?).

It’s not the first time Hathaway and Monk have been pictured as cut from the same cloth … why, the link was made years ago, according to someone who remarked upon Hathaway’s decision to take up flagging, some five years ago this month:

Based upon my own experiences, and watching, talking, and reading of your own activities – you are cut from the same cloth as such Flagger legends as Lijah Coleman, Grayson Jennings, Clint Lacy, HK, Ken Waters, Steven Monk, Rodney Waller and Patricia Godwin.

Oh, and guess who else likes Steven Monk? Why, Connie Chastain!

You’ll find other Flaggers and Confederate heritage celebrities also like Mr. Monk.

But Susan Frise Hathaway likes him a lot.

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So much for the notion that this was merely an accident or the ill-timed click of a camera shutter.

The evidence linking the Virginia Flaggers to white supremacists is rather large enough as it is … but it keeps on growing. So please don’t tell me it’s heritage, not hate, because it’s all too clearly a heritage of hate, and Susan Hathaway’s associations remind us of that every day.

More Chaos for Confederate Heritage Advocates

It’s not been a good two weeks for Confederate heritage advocates. They’ve suffered setbacks at Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas, and with the University of Mississippi marching band. They seem helpless to stop the rising tide of opposition to their position, and the best they can do to gain ground is to promise to fly more flags throughout the South.

But it’s the self-inflicted wounds that are just as likely to leave an enduring mark. There’s still fallout from Tripp Lewis’s attack on Karen Cooper. As detailed on Restoring the Honor, while many advocates of Confederate heritage sided with Cooper and denounced Lewis, others, led by Gary Adams of the Southern Heritage Preservation Group, called on Cooper to silence herself instead of denouncing Lewis.

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More Trouble in Flaggerland: Tripp Lewis Versus Karen Cooper

Over in Virginia Whine Country there’s trouble east of the Shenandoah Valley as well … and it’s not unexpected. After all, it’s been a contentious election year, and the nastiness of the campaign is reflected in the rather coarse contempt people display for each other on social media.

A case in point: a recent Facebook exchange between Virginia Flagger headliners Tripp Lewis and Karen Cooper. Lewis seeks attention far more than does Cooper, although Cooper’s not adverse to sharing her views with the media. We have no record of Cooper being arrested for Flagger-related activities: this is not the case with Lewis. Nor do we have any record that Cooper has been a part of any Flagger activities that have backfired: this is not the case with Lewis. Finally, we have no record of Cooper celebrating white nationalists as “good guys”: this is not the case with Lewis. But, as the following exchange suggests, those are not the only differences … Continue reading

The Virginia Flaggers’ Next Target: Alexandria?

By now we all know that the Virginia Flaggers, perhaps the most notorious Confederate heritage group in existence (and certainly among the most amusing as well as most visible), is dedicated to restoring the honor by returning the flags. However, to date they have not made much of an impact in the Old Dominion in the northern part of the state. At present the northernmost Flagger triumph east of the Blue Ridge Mountains is at Stafford, along I-95 north of Fredericksburg.

Now comes word that the folks in Alexandria, Virginia, are also taking steps to diminish the city’s commemoration of the Confederacy. Already the city’s taken action to cease flying Confederate flags on public property. Now up for debate is a proposal to cease calling US Route 1 “Jefferson Davis Highway.” Left untouched is a statute honoring the service of Confederate veterans that remains an iconic part of the city.

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