J.D.R. Hawkins

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Controversy Sparks Rallies and Radical Behavior


Over the weekend, numerous rallies were held in support of the Confederate battle flag. One such rally took place in Hernando, Mississippi, on the grounds of the town’s historic courthouse. Hundreds were in attendance to show their support, and display their pride in their Southern history and heritage.


But that wasn’t all that happened last weekend. Vandals took it upon themselves to paint graffiti on the monument of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest in Memphis, Tennessee, by writing “Black Lives Matter” on the base. This desecration is completely unacceptable, as the monument is located directly above the graves of the general and his wife in what was previously known as Forrest Park.

In 1906, the first of several laws was passed, declaring that Confederate veterans are American veterans. That means that, by desecrating Civil War (specifically Confederate) headstones, monuments, etc., it is the same as vandalizing those from WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and other conflicts. To intentionally attack Confederate graves specifically is a rancid display of racism.

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The media is certainly feeding fuel to the fire. In a recently published cartoon, the artist depicts all that is wrong with America today. But the problem is that the Confederate flag is front and center, drawing the most attention, with the word “racism” plastered beneath it. For those who aren’t learned in Civil War history, most would assume the flag represents this deplorable act. However, the flag isn’t behaving in a racist way. On the contrary, those who are painting “Black Lives Matter” on everything Confederate are the true bigots.

Haunted Houses and the Civil War

I previously mentioned a famous haunted house in Gettysburg known as the Farnsworth House, which stood witness to the battle in July, 1863, and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address the following November. So many other houses are reportedly haunted that the list is virtually endless, but a few host more Civil War ghosts than others.

One other house in Gettysburg is supposedly haunted by Jennie Wade, who resided there and was killed by a stray sharpshooter’s bullet during the battle. The Carter House and the Carnton House, both in Franklin, Tennessee, are still visited by ghosts who witnessed the horrible Battle of Franklin in 1864. The McRaven House in Vicksburg, Mississippi, as well as the Lee-Custis House in Arlington, Virginia, are also ghostly dwellings.

New Orleans entertains its share of Civil War ghosts, along with many other spiritual entities. The Beauregard-Keyes House is said to play host to its former owner, General P.G.T. Beauregard. On several occasions, witnesses have heard and/or seen Beauregard’s Confederates charge through the dining room, complete with yelling, screaming, gunfire, and cannonade.

I met a nice young man last weekend who, once he found out I was a Civil War author, proceeded to tell me about the house he grew up in near Nashville. When I asked if it was haunted, he nearly turned white as a ghost, and told me that he had witnessed strange, scary, unexplainable things. I can’t wait to hear more about what happened. Another friend lives in an old plantation house in Hernando, Mississippi. This house is haunted, too. Not long ago, he and another friend, (both Civil War reenactors) were sitting in the parlor area when a candlestick on the mantle rose up, floated over to the center of the room, and fell to the floor with a crash on its own accord. Skeptics once, they believe in the supernatural now.

Battle of Hernando Reenactment


Last weekend, the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Hernando reenactment took place in Hernando, Mississippi. The reenactment takes place once every ten years at the Mussacuna Plantation just outside of town.

At last weekend’s reenactment, approximately 3000 people attended during the two-day event. It was a great turnout, and gave people the chance to see what it was like in 1863. Members of the Varina Howell Davis Chapter #2559 United Daughters of the Confederacy, as well as the Samuel A. Hughey Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Bonnie Blue Brigade, the 17th Mississippi Reenactors Group, the DeSoto County Museum, and the Masonic Order helped sponsor the event.

Book Signing a Success!

My book signing yesterday at the Desoto Arts Council in Hernando, Mississippi was a great success! I would like to thank everyone for their continued support. I would especially like to thank Vicky Neyman at the Arts Council. This event gave me the opportunity to see some friends I hadn’t seen in awhile and meet new ones as well.

This Thursday I will be having a book signing at the Booksellers at Laurelwood (previously Davis-Kidd) in Memphis. I will be signing copies of my new novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, as well as the sequel, A Beckoning Hellfire. Both books are part of the “Renegade Series.” Please stop by and say hi! I plan on having a few re-enactors on hand to show off their Civil War era garb. Also, stay tuned for more events to be scheduled. I will be posting an excerpt from my new book later this week!

Two Book Signings Coming Up

To promote my new novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, I will be making two author appearances. This Saturday, September 8, I will sign copies of my book at the Desoto Arts Council in Hernando, Mississippi at 1:00 p.m. This is in conjunction with a craft fair and art opening at the Arts Council building, otherwise known as the historic Banks House.

The second book signing will take place next Thursday, September 13 at the Booksellers at Laurelwood on Perkins Ext. in Memphis. This event will begin at 6:00 p.m. The bookstore is very accommodating for local authors, as well as touring celebrity writers. They go out of their way to make a great event, so please plan to attend.

Stay tuned for further signings coming up. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, I will post another excerpt from my new novel next week! Thanks everyone for your continued support.

Confederate Memorial Service


Last Sunday, the Samuel A. Hughey Camp 1452 Sons of Confederate Veterans held their annual memorial service at the Hernando Memorial Cemetery in Hernando, Mississippi.


Many spectators were on hand to witness soldiers and the Color Guard march in. A prayer was offered, and a talk was given by Commander Randy Hailey about the origins of “Taps.” Afterward, two cannons fired off three rounds, and each round was followed by the soldiers’ firing off their guns. 


Following the ceremony, everyone was invited across the street for a barbecue in Conger Park, courtesy of the Samuel A. Hughey camp. 


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