100 years after the Civil War, Congress called them “great soldiers and great Americans.”
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For 130 years, this monument stood in Richmond, Virginia.
This is Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, one of Stonewall Jackson’s ablest divisional commanders. The general was buried beneath the monument.
Last December, as part of its campaign to wipe out every trace of the Confederacy, the Richmond city government tore down the monument, dug up the general, and expelled him from the Capital of the Confederacy.
Hill’s outraged descendants had no choice but to rebury their ancestor, which they did last weekend, in Culpepper, Virginia.
The family worried that the bigots who screamed obscenities as the general came down might contaminate the reburial, so they publicized it only by word of mouth. I was worried attendance would be sparse, but there must have been at least 400 people. This is a very partial view.
You can see the coffin in the foreground, ladies dressed in period-costume morning, and reenactors behind them. The guard fired repeated volleys.
I shook hands with John Hill, a descendant, who was dressed in a replica of the battle shirt his ancestor wore.
I also laid my hand on the coffin of a Confederate general, something I am never likely to do again.
The Confederate Mechanized Cavalry was there. They are members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who ride motorcycles. There must have been at least 20 of them.
And, of course, we sang Dixie.
It was moving to watch the reenactors march away from the gravesite. The tramping of their boots sounded as authentic as their uniforms and rifles.
The reinterment was an impressive display of forbidden loyalty. I wonder how many more might have paid their respects to the general if the family had felt it could publicize the ceremony.
As a rule, the intensity of historical grievances fades over time. Japan and the United States are friends, despite Pearl Harbor and a terrible war in the Pacific.
Vietnam and the United States are friends, despite a more recent war that many Americans, even at the time, thought was a cruel, disastrous mistake.
And yet, hatred for the South only grows. If we treated Japan the way we treat the Confederacy, there would be no trade. No Japanese would get visas. America would be so hostile to Japanese-Americans that most of them would leave. Watching anime would be treason. Long ago we would have chopped down the Washington cherry trees that Japan gave us in 1912.
And even if Japan never took any counter-measures — just like the Confederacy, which never fights back — the hatred and sanctions would get worse every year.
What happened with the Confederates? The very men they were trying to kill — Union soldiers — respected and honored them. One of the Yankees who fought under General Edward Ord was at Appomattox for Lee’s surrender, which meant the Union had won.
He watched the men in grey stack arms for the last time and expected to be filled with joy.
Instead, he wrote: “I remember how we sat there and pitied and sympathized with these courageous Southern men who had fought for four long and dreary years all so stubbornly, so bravely and so well, and now, whipped, beaten, completely used up, were fully at our mercy — it was pitiful, sad, hard, and seemed to us altogether too bad.”
Stonewall Jackson was hit by friendly fire at the battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 and died in this house.
Outside, there is a small display that records the words of Union General Gouverneur Warren: “I rejoice at Stonewall Jackson’s death as a gain to our cause, yet in my soldier’s heart I cannot but see him the best soldier of all this war, and grieve his untimely end.”
Foreigners admired the Confederates. On the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol, there still stands a statue of Jackson.
The pedestal says: “Presented by English gentlemen as a tribute of admiration for the Soldier and Patriot Thomas J. Jackson.”
Englishmen had no political stake in the war or why it was fought. Britain abolished slavery 30 years before the United States did. These men just wanted to honor a soldier and patriot. When the statue arrived in Richmond from England in 1872, a team of 300 men pulled it to the square where it now stands. According to the papers, “‘not a few ex-Union officers and soldiers’ joined Confederate veterans in pulling the statue.”
During the first half of the 20th century, the US Army named 10 military bases for Confederate generals, including A.P. Hill.
There is Fort Beauregard, Fort Hood, Fort Lee, and Fort Pickett. This was a gesture of reconciliation and generosity to the South, to honor its great fighting men. There are still Navy ships named after Confederate victories, such as this cruiser, the Chancellorsville, and landing craft named Malvern Hill, Harpers Ferry, and Mechanicsville.
The M5A1 tank was named for Jeb Stuart.
This M-3 tank was called the Robert E. Lee.
There was a variant of the M-3, called the Grant, for the Union general, shown shoulder to shoulder on the left.
There is a 1936 postage stamp honoring Lee and Jackson.
This stamp from 1970 is of Jefferson Davis, Lee, and Jackson on the huge rock carving at Stone Mountain.
Here’s General Lee all by himself on a 1955 stamp from what was called the “liberty series.”
Dwight Eisenhower was a Kansas boy, but when he was president, he hung a portrait of Lee in the Oval Office.
He explained why: “General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. . . . Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and unsullied as I read the pages of our history.”
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor the Congress can award.
In 1956, it was awarded collectively to all surviving veterans of the Civil War, north and south. The obverse says “Honor to Great Soldiers and to Great Americans,” and depicts both Grant and Lee. And note Confederate insignia on the reverse.
Did those Congressmen vote to award that medal because they hated black people? Or wanted to bring back slavery? Of course not. They wanted to honor the courage and sacrifice of men who fought for their country.
It’s been a strange career for Confederates. During the war, they were courageous, honorable opponents. A hundred years later, they were “great soldiers and great Americans.” Today, they are scum.
What happened was a wrenching redirection of every American social policy to make it cater to the failures, feelings, grievances, and demands of blacks. This is a form of collective insanity. It’s the insanity of considering it immoral ever to point out that blacks have an average IQ 15 points lower than the white average, much less to argue that that difference explains an awful lot.
It’s the insanity of decriminalizing crimes only because blacks — and sometimes Hispanics — commit them so often, whether it’s turnstile jumping, public defecation, shoplifting, disturbing the peace, or even resisting arrest.
It’s insanity that leads to headlines like “San Francisco reparations committee proposes a $5 million payment to each Black resident.”
Blacks, with a straight face, are asking for 41 times the median net worth of the American family. They demand compensation for harm they never suffered to be paid by people who never hurt them. And the city takes this seriously.
Only insanity explains this: “Astrophysics professor warns astronomy ‘steeped in systemic racism.”
It is insanity when a Vanderbilt professor says, “Math is a white, cisheteropatriarchal space.”
It is insanity when colleges stop requiring the SAT or ACT only because blacks and Hispanics get low scores.
This website lists 1,800 schools, including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford that ditched the requirement.
More insanity: “California Schools Named After Washington and Jefferson Hit Renaming Buzzsaw.”
Not even the father of his country deserves an elementary school named in his honor.
It was insanity to destroy or remove 30 monuments to Christopher Columbus during the BLM riots.
What’s Columbus got to do with black degeneracy or murder rates?
It’s insanity to remove Robert E. Lee as a representative of Virginia in the Capitol Rotunda and replace him with Barbara Johns, whose highest achievement in life was to become an elementary-school librarian.
Now the two greatest Virginians, memorialized in the Capitol are George Washington and a black woman no one ever heard of.
There is the quiet, insidious, ubiquitous insanity of a long Wall Street Journal article called “Juvenile Crime Surges,” that scrupulously fails to mention that this is overwhelmingly a black problem.
It’s insanity when “Elite K-8 school teaches white students they’re born racist.”
There’s been the decades-long insanity of passing the Civil Rights Act of 1965 to forbid racial discrimination — and then using the very same law to discriminate against whites and Asians.
There is video after video of black misbehavior of a kind almost never seen among whites, but insanity requires that we believe that it’s somehow the fault of white people. [1:18 – 1:30] The Confederacy is just another casualty. Does anyone believe that walking by a Confederate monument made the blacks we just saw behave that way?
Do monuments make them shoot each other or get low test scores? Does spitting on the Confederacy help blacks — or does it just feed their crazed delusion that nothing is ever their fault?
Of course, the greatest casualty of this insanity is free speech. Facts refuse to conform to egalitarian edicts, and anyone who talks about them is a villain who must be silenced and destroyed.
It was a different country that could call Confederates and Union men alike “great soldiers and great Americans.” Today, it’s hard to believe there ever was such a country, isn’t it? That was a country worth having. What our rulers are building for us today is not. And there won’t be a country worth having until Confederates can once more take their place among those whom Englishmen once called “soldiers and patriots.”
What do you care Jared? Ain’t a lot of them like Harry to you: “white trash”*? And whaddya do with trash Jared?
*Jared Taylor’s term, not mine. See his recent article on Unz, Prince Harry; Jumped-Up White Trash.
Listening to this, I react with amazement at how it is possible that all this could be happening, with immediate and dire consequences for most Americans (it’s not only monuments that are being demolished, it a way of life), and yet there is absolutely no push back, or even awareness on the part of the 95% majority of Americans.
So there is that.
On the other hand there is the reality that the US population has been living in a dream world at least since WW I …. and I was thinking about this quote this morning, before I watched Taylor’s vid …
(E. Malynski: La Démocratie Victorieuse, 1929)
The owners of America divert the blacks and other members of the underclass from hating the rich, to hating statues of soldiers. If they’re knocking down statues they aren’t attacking Wall Street, if they’re mad about slavery they aren’t mad about economic conditions, if they hate poor and middle class Whites, they leave the rich alone. It’s a strategy that works in the short term, but leads to groups like Antifa that eventually lead to terrorism. There’s a lot of smart people among the very wealthy, maybe they know what they’re doing. I have a feeling it doesn’t end well.
Getting ready for Negrophilia Month. Maybe watch me some NFL, probably not. CSA is an occupied country and its hero’s are treated like it. Can’t go anywhere down here without seeing the Union Flag proudly waving (usually not following the U.S. Flag Code), but not the Confederate Battle Flag or the flag of the CSA. All cultural identity is slowly being disappeared for anyone not a minority. Pretty soon it will be illegal for me to eat fried chicken and watermelon.
You have nicely listed a few of the Acts of Societal Disruption, which are the tools of the Deep State to destroy our civilization and gain total control over the proles.
The fact that United States citizens have allowed this travesty to reach this level does not bode well for a solution.
I agree with most of your comments…except your take on Antifa. Antifa is a tool of the Deep State and one of many Acts of Societal Disruption designed to destroy our civilization. See my comment .above.
How heartening those people showed up. I wish I could have been there. Great grandfather fought for the Confederacy, was captured at the seige of Vicksburg (he survived).
Good point. I should’ve thought of that, the more damage the far-left cause, the more the proletariat calls for state control. Even when Antifa or other far left groups go off the reservation, they’re still acting in the interest of the Deep State. Looks like they’ve got us coming and going.
There are few things more moving than the old newsreels of elderly UCV and GAR veterans, to hear the voices and see the men who were actually there and did those remarkable things. To see them “united in the mystical bond of combat” as Chamberlain put it, free of the arrogant and self-aggrandizing politicians who set those naïve boys against one another so long before, is truly profound. Yet it remains that Confederates fought for one of the worst causes ever, as Ulysses Grant said. Neither to protect or to end slavery: that fictional cause of the war came much later, but because a handful of power-hungry madmen refused to accept the result of a free and fair presidential election. Like so many tyrants before and since, they mistook their so often repeated lies for truth, transforming a supremely pragmatic midwestern populist into a raving New England abolitionist who would free their slaves by executive decree his first day in office. The war was about splitting up the world’s only experiment in self-government, and that effort was cheered by kings and emperors worldwide, who had grown terrified of the example of liberty that the United States was to their subjects, and who actively encouraged the enemies of the national government.
Only if we continue to allow it.
BLM is also a tool of the Deep State,
It doesn’t matter what the cause of the war might have been. Furthermore, very intelligent men, many of whom have spent their entire life studying constitutional law, have argued over “what the war was about” for 150 years, and the argument continues today. The only thing that truly matters is that the Southern Confederacy voted overwhelmingly to leave the Union. And they did so legally. In response, Abraham Lincoln, the president of a foreign country, ordered the invasion of the sovereign, independent country of the Confederate States of America to bring it back into that union by force of arms. As is natural to do, the Southern Confederacy then fought to defend its independence from the (foreign) aggressor. In the process, hundreds of thousands of good people on both sides died in a needless (and illegal) war. Millions of dollars worth of property belonging to citizens of the Southern Confederacy was destroyed, stolen, confiscated. Thousands of civilians died at the hands of that invading foreign army. The deaths, the fortunes lost, the livelihoods destroyed were never rectified. And, if the secession was illegal, bringing about Lincoln’s invasion, then the inhabitants of the Confederacy were still U.S. citizens. And thousands of those American citizens were killed, impoverished, and denied rights and Constitutional law without any form of redress or compensation. Among those whom were impoverished, and some of whom were killed, were my southern ancestors, yet never a word for “reparations” is to be heard anywhere.
Anything to make us hate each other. It’s sad how many take the bait. Our rulers propagate lies for the purpose of sowing division and hatred. Our rulers are in the service of evil.
People who remember the Centennial recall that the Great Compromise was still alive then… for most of us.
Trouble is most of us don’t own newspapers, TV networks or are tax-exempt shit-stirrers. The Civil Rights Movement was a total top-down operation. There is no chance the timing was an accident either,
So yeah. They want us at each others throats to keep picking our pockets.
I theorize that Jews hated the pre 1960s American South more than anyone because they saw it as a strong monolithic block of white Christian unity. That is anathema to Jews. There is nothing that Jews fear more, and as long as any Southern pride remains, and thus 0.001% chance that white Americans could ressurect that model, they can’t relax. It wasn’t Polish boys meddling in Mississippi, it was (((Goodman))) and (((Schwerner))). Although to be honest, it was an Italian – Greg Scarpa – who turned the tide in that case. But for pragmatic and not ideological reasons. And (((Esther Brown))) took on the entire segregated South. And, sadly, (((they))) have had tremendous success with preventing white unity, except for the ironic paradox of the unity of virtue signaling self loathing whites.
Southerners are the good folks in this fight. Our enemies are skilled at making us look and feel like the bad folks. Of all the Confederate States only Texans voted to become part of the US. They joined with the promise from the US that if they wanted they could vote their way out. As usual the US lied. Texans voted only 66% to join the US in 1845 but in 1861 they voted 75% to leave. Southerners should always remember they are a conquered people-our enemies haven’t. We should withdraw support in anyway that doesn’t harm us. Don’t let your sons and daughters join the military and don’t fly your conqueror’s rag.
All Confederate states and territories voted to leave the Union. The votes that made it legal were the constitutional conventions. Delegates were elected by the people. The first state, South Carolina, ran a of slate of secessionists candidates vs. Unionists candidates. All 169 seats were won by Secessionists.
The few, but powerful unionists in the rest of the deep South, came up with a plan to slow and hopefully derail independence buy substituting a slate of “Co-operative Secessionists” instead of Unionists. Co-operatives, ostensibly, wanted the South to secede but by Southern States declaring independence as one unit – an impossible task. The voters weren’t fooled and all deep South States voted overwhelmingly for independence by electing Immediate Secessionists delegates.
Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia elected unionist vs secessionists delegates
and elected strong super majorities for independence. These states also held a second election where the people voted directly on independence and the votes were overwhelmingly for independence.
The war was started by the South being forced into firing on Ft. Sumter, but that’s for another time.
This can only be considered a good thing for Confederates. Calling them Americans was a callous act of delegitimizing their dream of independence from the tyrant Lincoln, who committed the first false flag attack on American soil at Fort Sumter.
The South is NOT America. Those heroes were the first freedom fighters against the American empire.
Don’t forget the most important Confederate statue of them all, actually placed in Washington DC:
Albert Pike, 33 degree Scottish Rite Freemason and author of one of the most important Masonic books: “Morals and Dogma”. Pike famously wrote a letter to Guiseppe Mazzini in 1872 where he foretold two world wars.
The “Civil War” was one of many Judeo-Masonic wars of the 1800’s. Even Robert E. Lee appears to have been a mason, and his fame and kind treatment in history is a result of him “throwing” the war in favor of the North because that is what the craft demanded of him.
Judah Benjamin, of the Jewish Freemason lodge B’nai B’rith, never got a statue, but his brothers did pay for a tombstone that still stands today:
Whatever. Just don’t join their military. Don’t fight for a system that hates you and quite literally wants to exterminate you.
Lincoln and Wilson. Traitors. And the pillars of American Imperialism.
Great article, but the comparisons to the Japanese and Vietnamese is ridiculous in my opinion. Yes we seemingly have gotten over ww2 and the Vietnam War as far as how we think of those peoples, who were our enemy. But, we didn’t have to look at Japanese and VC war heroes’ statues here in 100s of American towns for the last 170 years. My guess is we would’ve torn those statues down just as you suggested we should’ve done with Japanese trees. Trees don’t memorialize anything, statues do.
I am in no way in favor of toppling any statue, I just thought the comparisons were dumb.
Whom the gods wish to destroy ,they first make insane …….we pretty much know what comes next.
Why would Taylor see Confederates as like Harry Windsor? That twerp would have been like the miserable spoiled brat sons of rich Yankee merchants. And he certainly would have seen Negroes as his special toys to uplift while bashing any whites who did not slaughter other whites for his dreams.
True, if you are careful about recognizing that virtually 100% of Jews then living in the South supported the Confederacy. But Jews with ties to Wall Street and Chicago markets and St Louis? They were the kind of Jews you mean.
The Yankee sense of nationalism actually was a sense that America must be allied fully with the British Empire. That’s how we ended up becoming what we are today.
There are few things more moving than the old newsreels of elderly UCV and GAR veterans, to hear the voices and see the men who were actually there and did those remarkable things. To see them “united in the mystical bond of combat” as Chamberlain put it, free of the arrogant and self-aggrandizing politicians who set those naïve boys against one another so long before, is truly profound. Yet it remains that Confederates fought for one of the worst causes ever, as Ulysses Grant so eloquently said after receiving Lee’s surrender. Not to protect (or for the loyal men, to end) slavery: that fictional reason for the insurrection came afterward, but because a handful of power-hungry oligarchs refused to accept the result of a free and fair presidential election. Like so many tyrants before and since, they mistook their so often repeated lies for truth, transforming a supremely pragmatic midwestern populist into a raving New England abolitionist who would steal their slaves by executive decree his first day in office. Even now the unreconstructed “hard shell” or “bitter ender” is represented as typical of the Confederate veteran, while in reality they were in an ever shrinking minority, as the south finally began to prosper, freed from the curse of chattel slavery that had impoverished so many whites for so long. The mythology was largely spun by their children and grandchildren, an honest impulse that became corrupted by revisionist fantasy as it strove to honor a generation as it was passing from living memory. It is the same phenomenon that invented and still cherishes the WW2 “greatest generation” myth, erasing all elements that contradict the legend of The Good War.
Very eloquently stated. Thank you.
I’m not a southerner (although I have kin in Georgia) but I think I understand the southern cause in that terrible war. With the one exception of intending to preserve slavery, which can’t be written off, the South was legally and morally in the right. Too bad it was up against fanatic abolitionists and Lincoln, himself not a sincere abolitionist but who used the movement for his own political purposes.
Lincoln was a tragically malevolent figure: with an undeniable gift for words and humor, yet if I’m not mistaken deeply depressed and lacking real spirituality, substituting “the Union” for God, even for humans he sent in vast numbers to be torn by rifle fire and cannonballs.
Any reverence for the Confederacy is a sad pathetic charade of false honor and integrity. It’s moronic to compare the relations with Vietnam or Japan to the American Civil War. For one, those were foreign governments that have existed in their unique geographies for quite some time and completely independent from the United States. The Confederacy was a domestic insurgent movement intent on destroying the United States from inside. And worse, their reasons for doing so were objectively abhorrent even by the standards of the time. I personally do not respect or take pride in a group of people who attempted to undermine the American experiment and in effect spit on the graves of our Founding Fathers. And I say this as someone who grew up in the South. The Lost Cause revisionism began as soon as the war ended, and it should only take a modicum of historical understanding to see that rehabilitating the men who were responsible for the deaths of more than 1% of the total American population in perhaps the single darkest time in American history is an absolutely useless endeavor for anyone who can honestly call themselves a real American.
A prominent character in the War, observing behavior in men and their practices in the Federal government during and soon after the fight, noted to a correspondent, “The consolidation of the states into one vast empire, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of ruin which has overwhelmed all that preceded it.
A conservative in 2023 may see distinct prescience in the statement.
Very well said!