Will the Virginia Flaggers Stand Behind C. C. Lesters?

Yesterday brought news that authorities had arrested Carlos C. Lesters in connection with the kidnapping of Lilly Baumann by her mother, Megan Everett, who was Lesters’s girlfriend when Lilly disappeared.

The Virginia Flaggers and their supporters were loud in denouncing those who brought public attention to the kidnapping. They denied that the Virginia Flaggers had anything to do with the kidnapping. Indeed, the mouthpiece of the Virginia Flaggers denied that a kidnapping had even taken place.

Insofar as Mr. Lesters is concerned, they appear to have been wrong, very wrong.

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Virginia Flagger Arrested in Connection With Lilly Baumann Kidnapping

You can read about the arrest of Carlos Lesters here. Mr. Lesters is a proud member of the Virginia Flaggers. Indeed, he appeared in the comments section of this blog to defend his fellow Flaggers. The Virginia Flaggers have no comment about the arrest of one of their members. Neither does their Florida mouthpiece.

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The Virginia Flaggers Remain Silent About Lilly Baumann

Yesterday was a great day for those of us interested in the story of the kidnapping of Lilly Baumann. To learn that she’s safe and sound as well as found was, simply put, great news. We’re happy to see that she’s been reunited with her father. People who were interested in the case celebrated the report.

All except the Virginia Flaggers.

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Notable Moments in Confederate Heritage, 2014: Part Three

The tension mounts as excited readers look in eager anticipation to see what will be the top nine moments in Confederate heritage this past year. First, we go to Florida …

Number 9: The Tussle at Olustee

Fooled you, didn’t I?

February 20, 2014, marked the 150th anniversary of the battle of Olustee. A chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans decided that it would be a good idea to commemorate the service of the United States volunteers who fought there, including the famed 54th Massachusetts. Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans didn’t like the idea. Apparently it’s important to remember the service of soldiers who fought against the United States of America (in which case the SCV will have to decide between honoring Nazi Germany or Al Queda next) but it’s wrong to honor the service of people who fought for the United States of America, which casts an interesting light on the SCV’s version of American patriotism.

H. K. Edgerton spoke out powerfully against the idea (so much for his interest in honoring military service with his faux uniforms):

This is an army that came here raping, robbing, stealing, killing and murdering our people. The kinds of things that happened here under the sanction of Abraham Lincoln were for these men to commit total warfare against innocent men, women and children who could not defend themselves.

Our people? Why, H. K., are you forgetting that the 54th Massachusetts, composed of African American soldiers, were in fact members of “your people”? Note that H. K. doesn’t express any disgust about the “raping, robbing, stealing, killing and murdering” of enslaved African Americans, who, after all, are H. K.’s own people. Why, H. K., you might read a description of what happened at Olustee before you declare your opposition to war crimes.

Never tell me that Confederate heritage advocates are interested in honoring the service of American soldiers. They are only interested in honoring the service of certain American soldiers, and refuse to honor the service of those soldiers who fought for the United States between 1861 and 1865. But they insist that you honor the service of the men who tried to kill United States soldiers.

It’s a heritage of hate … but you knew that.

Number 8: President McConnell of the College of Charleston

I have to tell you that I found the controversy surrounding the installation of South Carolina lieutenant governor Glenn McConnell as president of the College of Charleston to be a bit boring and predictable. The usual suspects lined up in the usual ways, and in the end it didn’t make much difference … indeed, it was predictable.

But it was no more predictable than the actions of Confederate heritage activists in other instances. I suspect that with the arrival of the end of the sesquicentennial in 2015 fewer and fewer people will care. I hope more people care about …

Number 7: The Disappearance of Lilly Baumann

In May 2014 the Virginia Flaggers received a lot of publicity, only it wasn’t for a flag raising. It was because of reports that someone connected to the Flaggers was being sought in connection with the disappearance of  a young girl, Lilly Baumann.

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The Flaggers and their spokespeople first tried to deny that they knew anything about the whole affair or its participants, although their own photographs told a different story.

Maybe this was just a coincidence, right? But then there was this:

That’s Susan Hathaway holding little Lilly Baumann.

The Virginia Flaggers, their defenders, and spokespeople immediately went into heritage defense mode, which meant attacking other people. They showed no interest in helping to find a little girl who was missing, a clear sign of their priorities. For all their social media energy and savvy, they simply didn’t give a damn about Lilly Baumann.

The December holidays are upon us, and we pray and hope that Lilly Baumann is found safe and secure and returned to her father in Florida.

More on the Kidnapping of Lilly Baumann

Here’s a media report from May 2014 on the kidnapping.

And you can see where the Virginia Flaggers, described as a “cult,” are included in this report last month on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s HLN show.


Another blog reviewing the situation can be found here.

Yes, I know … the Flaggers and their surrogates will go after me again about this. However, social media’s an important way to get out word about this kidnapping. That the Flaggers object to that is sadly typical of the group’s values.

You would think they would try to help out.

UPDATE: Courtesy of Eric Wittenberg, another story, featuring Lilly surrounded by ammunition.

Update: Kidnapping Story

You may recall that a person associated with the Virginia Flaggers has been charged with kidnapping her daughter in violation of court orders. I’ve posted about this story before here and here.

The person, one Megan Elizabeth Everett, is currently wanted by the FBI. Her daughter’s name is Lilly Abigail Baumann.

Everett has taken her daughter to several events attended by Flaggers, where they have been in the company of one C. C. Lesters, who has commented here and elsewhere as a proud Flagger.

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Among the Flaggers who know Lesters are Susan Hathaway and Grayson Jennings, who reported yesterday that he was camping with Lesters.

It is to be hoped that the Flaggers, many of whom know Lilly, cooperate with the ongoing search for her.