I have to wonder why this has been allowed to happen, but apparently, the governor of Virginia is hell bent on erasing every reminder of the Civil War in that state. It is such a shame that it literally makes me want to cry. These people should be ashamed of themselves for erasing American history, but for some reason, they feel justified to do so, and are being allowed to demolish our heritage. It is my understanding that the majority of students at VMI revere General Jackson and had no desire to get rid of his statue on the school grounds or his name all over campus.
“I was walking around the outside of barracks at VMI yesterday and was pleased to see Little Sorrel’s grave is still intact and untouched. It was difficult seeing the empty space where Jackson’s statue used to reside, but unfortunately, the removal of all things “Jackson” from VMI is a done deal. For now, his four esteemed cannons, known on post as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John still remain in the former shadow of his statue.”
“Little Sorrel’s stuffed hide is still on display in the cadet museum beneath “Memorial Hall”, formerly known as Jackson Memorial Hall until a couple weeks ago.”
IN THE OLD DOMINION At the urging of NAACP Vice President Robert Ashton Jr., King George County Board of Supervisors met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss removing a Confederate memorial from the lawn of the county’s Courthouse. When they returned to public session, Chairwoman Annie Cupka directed staff “to determine the cost of relocation and to work with community groups to raise the necessary funding.”
ALSO IN VIRGINIA
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit to protect the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond on Tuesday, June 8, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Jesse Binnall, the attorney who filed an amicus brief on behalf of the MOS&B in the Taylor case, gave the following links that you will need if you wish to hear the oral arguments.
There are two cases to be reviewed. The Taylor case was filed by the heirs of the donors of the property upon which the Lee Monument now stands. The Gregory case was filed by residents of the neighborhood. The defendant in both cases is the governor of Virginia.
IN THE VOLUNTEER STATE On Tuesday, black activist-turned-“elected”-official Tami Sawyer gloated to media as City workers desecrated the grave of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, digging up his remains from a Memphis park.
(Courtesy of Dixie Heritage Newsletter, June 4, 2021 ed.)
It goes beyond words how despicable this is. I really wish the destruction of our history would end, but unfortunately, I don’t see any end in sight.
Ghoulish Virginia Democrats Planning to Dig Up Confederate General’s Grave Without Relocation Plan
By Cassandra Fairbanks
In one of the most disturbing tales to come from Richmond, Virginia’s moves to erase history, they are now planning to dig up the grave of Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, according to a new report.
To make the matter even more ghoulish, the city has not actually come up with a plan yet on what to do with his remains that have been in the location since 1892.
General Hill had requested he be buried under the memorial in his will, ABC 8 reports.
“He had left in his will that he wanted to be buried in Richmond. I’m not sure why Richmond because he wasn’t from Richmond and didn’t have any particularly strong Richmond roots that I’m aware of,” Bob Balster, president of the Hermitage Road Historic District Association told 8News.
To ensure his wishes were carried out, Confederate veterans who served under Hill raised money for the monument and the land was donated by Lewis Ginter.
The National File reports that an effort “led by Mayor Levar Stoney and backed by Governor Ralph Northam, anti-history Democrats in Richmond, Virginia are finalizing plans to dig up the remains of Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, who lies beneath a towering statue dedicated in his honor and now marked for removal amidst efforts to erase all traces of the Confederacy from its former capital.”
Though the city removed nearly all of their Confederate statues during the terroristic Black Lives Matter riots last year, the general’s statue and grave had remained.
To circumvent laws against desecrating graves, the Democrats are reportedly designating the grave a threat to traffic safety, giving them the power to remove it.
According to the National File, under the removal plans, “workers will remove the bronze statue of the General before destroying its stone pedestal and removing the sarcophagus containing his remains. Details of what the city plans to do with Hill’s remains are unclear, and the project is estimated to carry a taxpayer-funded price tag of over $33,000.”
(Article courtesy of the Southern Comfort, Private Samuel A. Hughey Camp 1452 Sons of Confederate Veterans, Military Order of the Stars and Bars, President Jefferson Davis Chapter, Volume 45, Issue No. 6, June 2021 ed.)
April has been signified as Confederate Heritage Month by many Southern states. The month is significant to the Southern cause in that the Civil War started and, for the most part, ended in April. In recognition, memorial services are held at Confederate cemeteries throughout the month. I have attended several of these ceremonies. They are poignant and beautiful remembrances of ancestors who suffered and died to protect their homes.
There were many atrocities that took place during the war. One of the worst was the conditions of Confederate POW camps. My novel, A Rebel Among Us, specifically discusses the conditions that took place at Elmira Prison Camp toward the end of the war.
PRIVATIONS, SUFFERING AND DELIBERATE CRUELTIES
“Starvation, literal starvation, was doing its deadly work. So depleted and poisoned was the blood of many of Lee’s men from insufficient and unsound food that a slight wound which would probably not have been reported at the beginning of the war would often cause blood-poison, gangrene, and death.
Yet the spirits of these brave men seemed to rise as their condition grew more desperate . . . it was a harrowing but not uncommon sight to see those hungry men gather the wasted corn from under the feet of half-fed horses, and wash and parch and eat it to satisfy in some measure their craving for food.”
General John B. Gordon,
“Reminiscences of the Civil War”
“Winter poured down its snows and its sleets upon Lee’s shelterless men in the trenches. Some of them burrowed into the earth. Most of them shivered over the feeble fires kept burning along the lines. Scanty and thin were the garments of these heroes. Most of them were clad in mere rags.
Gaunt famine oppressed them every hour. One quarter of a pound of rancid bacon and a little meal was the daily portion assigned to each man by the rules of the War Department. But even this allowance failed when the railroads broke down and left the bacon and the flour and the mean piled up beside the track in Georgia and the Carolinas. One sixth of the daily ration was the allotment for a considerable time, and very often the supply of bacon failed entirely.
At the close of the year, Grant had one hundred and ten thousand men. Lee had sixty-six thousand on his rolls, but this included men on detached duty, leaving him barely forty thousand soldiers to defend the trenches that were then stretched out forty miles in length from the Chickahominy to Hatcher’s Run.”
Henry Alexander White, “Life of Robert E. Lee.”
“When their own soldiers were suffering such hardships as these in the field, the Confederate leaders made every effort to exchange men so that helpless prisoners of war would not suffer in anything like equal measure, offering even to send back prisoners without requiring an equivalent. Hence, the charges brought against the Confederate government of intentional ill-treatment of prisoners of war are not supported by the facts.
[In the South] the same quantity and quality of rations were given to prisoners and guards; but that variety in food could not be had or transported on the broken-down railway system of a non manufacturing country, which system could not or did not provide sufficient clothes and food even for the Confederate soldiers in the field.
[The] control of the prisons in the North was turned over by Secretary Stanton and the vindictive and partisan men (who were later responsible also for the crimes of Reconstruction) to the lowest element of an alien population and to Negro guards of a criminal type, and such men as President Lincoln, Seward, McClellan, and the best people in the North were intentionally kept in ignorance of conditions in Northern prisons while officially furnished with stories as to “the deliberate cruelties” practiced in the South.”
(The Women of the South in War Times, Matthew Page Andrews, Norman, Remington Company, 1920, pp. 399-406)
(Article courtesy of The Southern Comfort, Private Samuel A. Hughey Camp 1452, Sons of Confederate Veterans; President Jefferson Davis Chapter, Military Order of the Stars and Bars, vol. 45, issue #4, April 2021 ed.)
This review of my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, is short and sweet, but it gets right to the point! Thank you so much, Kevin Marsh, for your flattering review.
A novel set in the American Civil War which was historically accurate, very readable and enjoyable. My first time reading of any of this author’s work and, given the book is the first in a series, will not be the last.
I recently received another review for my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie. Thank you so much, Pamela Loose, for your flattering review!
Review of A Beautiful Glittering Lie
This is a well written story with vivid descriptions of the lives of Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. The comparison between their lives and those of the people left behind is fascinating.
I recently received more reviews for my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie. Thanks to the people who wrote these reviews! This novel is the first in the Renegade Series, which is a saga about the Summers family from north Alabama, and describes what the Civil War does to their lives.
I had a little trouble getting into this book, but once I did – I didn’t want to put it down. I have read several books about the Civil War, but written from the side of the North. This novel is written from the point of view of a family from Alabama. J D R Hawkins’ writing style is such that I grew to feel I knew the family who were the principal characters in the book. My only complaint, if you can call it that, was that the book ended rather abruptly. There are however, two books which apparently continue the story. All in all – I loved it! I will place J D R Hawkins on my favorite authors list!
From Pam C:
I received this book from Voracious Readers. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was heartbreaking for the father & son but war is horrible for all families. For anyone enjoying historical fiction, I recommend this.
And this from Jackie:
The narration of this book is excellent. It is plain to see that the author has an intense fascination with the American Civil War. Her descriptions of people, animals and places make you feel as though you are there with them. As a non-American I found it a little difficult to keep up with where all the places are (my copy didn’t have a map in the cover, which would have been helpful!) and the names of all the generals were lost on me. I found it a little confusing with the many names of the different sides at first, having never studied American history. However, once I got going I found it easy enough to work out. The book shows the civil war through the eyes of an ordinary Southern family, which is an interesting perspective and does not glamourise the war at all. It is a working class family’s story, which makes it easy to relate to. Be prepared to read the rest of the series – the ending leaves you wanting more!
Halloween is nearly upon us. This year will look much different because of Covid-19. Parties will be limited, Trick or Treating will include social distancing, and of course, everyone will be wearing masks, whether they are Halloween-themed or not. This Halloween will be extra special, because it will have a full moon, which is the second one this month, and is known as a blue moon. The holiday will also be followed by the end of daylight savings time and Election Day next Tuesday. We’re in for a bit of crazy during the next few days!
In the spirit of Halloween, I would like to share an excerpt from my novel, A Rebel Among Us. Two of the main characters discuss their renditions of All Hallows Eve. I hope you enjoy it. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
On October 31, Patrick arrived with a bottle of whiskey and invited David to partake with him. They stood shivering at the back door, passing the bottle between them.
“‘Tis Samhain tonight, lad. All Hallow’s Eve. Were ye aware of it?”
David nodded. “Where’d you git this whiskey?” he asked.
“Aye, ‘tis a grand thing the Meyers provide me with allowance for such an indulgence,” he replied. He pulled a pipe from his coat pocket and lit it. Puffing away, he shook his head and remarked, “Sure’n ‘tis a far cry from real tobacco.”
A thought crossed David’s mind. “I’ll be right back,” he said.
He went upstairs to his room, grabbed the pouch of tobacco, and brought it back down to his friend.
Patrick peeked inside before taking a deep whiff. “Ah!” he sighed, relishing the pungent aroma. “Might this be the Southern tobacco I’ve heard tell about?”
David grinned. “Jake brought it along for tradin’, and this here’s what’s left.”
Patrick loaded his pipe, relit it, and puffed euphorically, smiling all the while. “‘Tis a wee bit o’ heaven, indeed.” He glanced at his friend. “Now, have ye any scary tales from the Southland that might have me skin crawlin’?”
David thought for a moment, “There’s a story from north Alabama about a place called the Red Bank.”
Raising his eyebrows, Patrick said, “Let’s see if ye might be tellin’ it frightfully enough to send a shiver up me spine.” He happily puffed away.
David grinned. He lowered his voice so it was a threatening grumble and delved into his story. Once he had completed the tale of an Indian maiden who had killed herself after losing her baby and had promptly turned into a ghost, he paused.
Patrick puffed silently on his pipe. “Well, now, I have a scarier one.” He puffed again, took a swig from the whiskey bottle, handed it to David, and said, “‘Tis an old tale from the motherland.”
The wind blew past them, whistling off through the barren fields. Both young men shivered, suddenly aware of the ominous darkness surrounding them.
David forced a nervous laugh before taking a swallow. “All right, Patrick. Let’s hear it.”
He took a puff and slowly exhaled. “There once lived a wealthy lady who was courted by two lords. One of the lords grew so jealous of the other that he plotted to kill his rival. So one night, he snuck into the unsuspectin’ lad’s bedchamber. But instead of choppin’ off his head—”
He said this with so much exuberance David jumped.
“He accidentally chopped off his legs instead.”
A dog howled in the distance, adding to the nuance of Patrick’s eerie Irish story.
“His torso received a proper burial, but his legs were tossed into a hole in the castle garden and covered with dirt. The murderin’ lord deceived the lady by tellin’ her the other suitor had abandoned his proposal to her. She agreed to marriage. But on their weddin’ night, in walked the two bodyless legs.”
An owl hooted from somewhere off in the empty trees.
“The legs followed the bridegroom relentlessly until the day he died. It’s said the legs can still be seen walkin’ round by themselves. ‘Tis a true phuca.” Upon this conclusion, Patrick puffed on the pipe. Smoke billowed around his head like an apparition.
“What’s a phuca?” asked David.
“A ghost,” Patrick responded.
Raising a skeptical eyebrow, David snorted. “I reckon that’s the dumbest spook story I ever did hear.”
A gate near the barn caught in the wind and slammed loudly against the fencepost. The two men jumped. They chuckled at their reaction, but immediately felt the terrible chill. Reasoning they would be more comfortable inside, they entered the kitchen, consumed the remainder of the whiskey, and bid each other goodnight. Patrick returned home, and David retired quietly upstairs, careful not to wake the others. Relieved the fireplace had been lit for him, he undressed.
Climbing into bed, he snickered at the thought of two legs unattached to a body, chasing after a rival. Once he’d fallen asleep, however, the thought invaded his dreams. The legs ran toward him. Right behind them rode the headless Union horseman. The torso raised its saber and swung it where its head should have been. Just as the blade came down, David jolted awake. He gasped to catch his breath, realizing, once again, his imagination had gotten the best of him. Slowly, he lay back. Unable to sleep, he listened to the wind rattle the shutters and shake through the skeleton-like tree limbs from outside the frosty, lace-covered windows.
I was under the illusion that Confederate monuments were essentially the only statues under attack in the country right now. However, this article gives more insight about which monuments are really being targeted.
At least 183 monuments, memorials, statues, and major historical markers have been defaced or pulled down since protests began in May. While Confederate monuments have received the lion’s share of media coverage, they actually form a minority of the statues targeted.
By far the most popular target was Christopher Columbus, with 33 statues in total having been defaced and pulled down.
The next most popular targets were Robert E. Lee (9), Serra (8), and Thomas Jefferson (4).
The vast majority of the vandals were never charged, with 177 out of 183 instances having no arrests.
Most monuments torn down were not by protesters, but by city officials after pressure or threats from protesters.
By far the most common route for monuments being destroyed was for protesters to damage it, then the city quickly removing it as a “public safety” hazard, not to be returned.
For a majority of the statues removed, the fate of the artwork is currently unknown, while a minority have been moved to cemeteries and museums. Here is the list as best as we can assemble it:
Monument to Marcus Daly, Butte, MT Cemetery Monument to Confederate Soldiers, Savannah, GA Memorial to Fallen Kansas City Police Officers, Kansas City, MO Monument to Christopher Columbus, Chicago, IL Statue of Jesus Christ, Miami, FL Statue of Robert E. Lee, Antietam, MD Union Veterans Monument, Saratoga, NY Alexander Andreyevich Baranov Statue, Sitka, AK Monument to Confederate Soldiers, Amarillo, TX Confederate Statue, Oxford, MS Numerous Religious Statues, Punta Gorda, FL Statue of Ronald Reagan, Dixon, CA Statue of Hiawatha, LaCrosse, WI Statue of Thomas Ruffin, Raleigh, NC Sampson County Confederate Monument, Clinton, NC Statue of the Virgin Mary, Boston, MA 9-11 Memorial, Washingtonville, NY Statue of Sophie B. Wright, New Orleans, LA Statue of Christopher Columbus, Buffalo, NY John McDonough Bust, New Orleans, LA Bust of Colonel Charles Didier Dreux, New Orleans, LA Joseph Bryan Statue, Richmond, VA Fitzhugh Lee Cross, Richmond, VA Historical Marker of David Dodd’s Execution, Little Rock, AR Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Statue, Richmond, VA Courthouse Confederate Statue, Wadesboro, NC Statue of Christopher Columbus, Trenton, NJ Columbus’ Last Appeal to Queen Isabella, Sacramento, CA Statue of JEB Stuart, Richmond VA Statue of Andrew Jackson, Jackson, MS Henry County Confederate Monument, Statue of Christopher Columbus, Bridgeport, CT Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbus, WI Statue of John Mason, Windsor, CT Statue of Frederick Douglass, Rochester, NY Monument to Judah Benjamin, Sarasota, FL Confederate Mass Grave Monument, Greensboro, NC Three Mississippi Confederate Monuments, MS Statue of Christopher Columbus, Waterbury, CT Statue of Christopher Columbus, Baltimore, MA San Junipero Serra Statue, Sacramento, CA Statue of the Virgin Mary, Gary, IN Statue of Private Benjamin Welch Owens, Hampden, PA Jenkins Monument, Hampden, PA United Confederate Veterans Memorial, Seattle, WA Civil War Historical Markers and Statues, McConnellsburg, PA Mt. Zion Methodist Confederate Statue, Charlotte, NC Matthew Fountain Maury Monument, Richmond, VA Christopher Columbus Statue, Philadelphia, PA Statue of George Whitefield, Philadelphia, PA Elk (wildlife statue), Portland, OR Statue of Christopher Columbus, Austin, TX Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbus, OH Robert E. Lee Memorial, Roanoke, VA Stonewall Jackson Monument, Richmond, VA Emancipation Memorial, Boston, MA San Junipero Serra Statue, San Gabriel, CA Confederate Cemetery Memorial, Fayetteville, NC Confederate Monument, Orangeburg, SC Rockdale County Confederate Monument, Conyers, GA Nash County Confederate Monument, Rocky Mount, NC 3 Cemetery Statues, Frederick, MD Lee Square Confederate Monument, Pensacola, Florida Our Confederate Soldiers, Beaumont, TX Statue of Columbus, Hartford, CT Kanawha Riflemen Memorial, Charleston, WV To Our Confederate Dead, Louisburg, NC Statue of Christopher Columbus, Atlantic City, NJ Monument to Fallen Confederate Soldiers, Fayetteville, AR Ten Commandments (several locations) Statue of Christopher Columbus Loudoun County Confederate Monument, Leesburg, VA Soldiers Monument (Union), Santa Fe, NM Pioneer Fountain, Denver, CO Denton Confederate Soldier Monument, TX Statue of Christopher Columbus, Norwalk, CT Monument to Confederate Veterans and Statue of George Wallace, Wilmington, NC Statue of Christopher Columbus, Providence, RI Statue of Christopher Columbus, Newark, NJ Civil War Monument (Union), Denver, CO Statue of Christopher Columbus, Philadelphia, PA Statue of Christopher Columbus, New Haven, CT Confederate War Memorial, Dallas, TX Statue of Thomas Jefferson, Long Island, NY Bust of Washington, Washington DC ‘Forward’ Statue (feminism monument), Madison, WI John C. Calhoun Monument, Charleston, SC American Receiving the Gift of Nations, Camden, NJ “Obscured” at the Rutgers College Statue of Juan Junipero Serra, Carmel, CA Statue of Juan Junipero Serra, San Louis Opiso Missionary, CA ‘To Our Confederate Dead’ Monument, Louisburg NC Confederate Memorial Obelisk, St. Augustine, FL Pitt County Confederate Soldiers Monument, Greenville, NC Statue of Henry Lawson Wyatt, Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy, Raleigh NC Statue of Juan Junipero Serra, Los Angeles, CA Pine Bluff Confederate Monument, Pine Bluff, AR Gloria Victis, Salisbury, NC North Carolina State Confederate Monument, Raleigh, NC Statue of Albert Pike, Washington DC Statue of Francis Scott Key, San Francisco, CA Bust of Ulysses S. Grant, San Francisco, CA Statue of Juan Junipero Serra, San Francisco, CA Statue of Christopher Columbus, Houston, TX Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbus OH Statue of George Preston Marshall (National Football League), Washington, DC Statue of Juan Junipero Serra, Ventura, CA Memorial to Company A, Capital Guards, Little Rock, AR Statue of George Washington, Portland, OR DeKalb County Confederate Monument, Decatur, GA Kit Carson Obelisk, Santa Fe, NM Captain William Clark Monument, Portland, OR Statue of Diego de Vargas, Santa Fe, NM Gravestone of Unknown Confederate Soldiers, Silver Spring, MD Spirit of the Confederacy, Houston, TX Jefferson Davis Memorial, Brownsville, TX Vance Monument, Asheville, NC Norfolk Confederate Monument, Norfolk, VA Statue of University of Nevada at Las Vegas mascot, Statue of Juan de Onate, Albuquerque, NM Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbus, OH Statue of Christopher Columbus, St. Louis, MS Statue of Josephus Daniels, Raleigh, NC Statue of John Sutter, Sacramento, NC Confederate Mass Grave Marker, Clarksville, TN Equestrian Statue of Juan de Onate, Alcade, NM Bust of Christopher Columbus, Detroit, MI Statue of Thomas Jefferson, Portland, OR The Pioneer, Eugene, OR The Pioneer Mother, Eugene, OR Bust of John McDonough, New Orleans, LA Christopher Columbus Monument, West Orange, NJ Stand Waitie Monument, Tahlequah, OK Stand Waitie Fountain, Tahlequah, OK Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial, Dover, DE Equestrian Statue of Caesar Rodney, Wilmington, DE Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbia, SC Statue of Christopher Columbus, Wilmington, Statue of Phillip Schuyler, Albany, NY Richmond Police Memorial, Richmond, VA Statue of Christopher Columbus, New London, CT Statue of Christopher Columbus, Camden, NJ Statue of Christopher Columbus, Boston, MA Gadsden Confederate Memorial Statue of Jerry Richardson (National Football League), Charlotte NC Statue of Christopher Columbus, Minneapolis, MN Statue of Jefferson Davis, Richmond, VA Confederate Monument, Jacksonville, FL Monument to the Women of the Southland, Jacksonville, FL Cemetery Grandstand for Confederate Soldiers, Eight Historical Markers, 23 Informational Signs, and 53 Tree Signs, Jacksonville, FL Statue of Christopher Columbus, Richmond, VA Confederate Monument, Portsmouth, VA Statue of Sam Davis, Nashville, TN Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Indianapolis, IN Statue of John Breckinridge Castleman, Louisville, KY Frank Rizzo Mural, Philadelphia, PA University of Kentucky Mural, Lexington, KY Statue of Orville Hubbard, Dearborn, MI Robert E. Lee Memorial, Roanake, VA Statue of Raphael Semmes, Mobile, AL Sacred Heart Statue, Wasco, CA Statues of Jesus Christ (numerous Catholic Ccurches), Texas Ranger, Dallas, TX Athens Confederate Monument, Athens, GA Statue of Thomas Jefferson, Birmingham, AL Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Birmingham, AL Robert E. Lee Bust, Fort Myers, FL Statue of Robert E .Lee, Montgomery, AL Bentonville Confederate Monument, Bentonville, AR Statue of Charles Linn, Birmingham, AL Statue of Edward Carmack, Nashville, TN
(Article courtesy of Dixie Heritage Newsletter, July 31, 2020 ed.)