The Confederates won, by the way, 2-1. The exhausted, insect-gnawed victors celebrated with high fives and first crack at the showers.
So concluded "Live the life of a Civil War Soldier," an overnight immersion experience held at Pamplin Historical Park about 25 miles south of Richmond, Virginia.
Organized by the Young Marines, a national service organization, teenagers attending the camp chose sides almost evenly between the Union and the Confederates, "because otherwise, you know, no war."
"My mom would kill me if I was on the other side," confesses Confederate Joseph Lunsford, 16, of Kentucky, whose forebears wore the gray.
Solomon Forbes, 17, from West Palm Beach, Florida also mustered into the Confederate Army, the lone black Young Marine to fight for the South. "There's really no difference," he shrugs. "I made a heads-or-tails choice."
At this 16-hour overnight event, slavery was not mentioned. And because of the "controversy," the Confederate Flag was never unfurled.
The stress is on tactical maneuvers and period arsenal, as well as the harsh circumstances of 19th-century military life, lessons easy to absorb in 102.6-degree heat and curdling humidity.
Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! A Confederate drill sergeant is teaching campers the Yankee holler. "That sounds like kitty cats are attacking. I need noise," barks the sergeant. "There is a direct relationship between life expectancy and noise." The "Rebel yell" proves an even greater challenge.
Meanwhile, the Confederates are dropping like, well, fallen soldiers.
The South loses two soldiers early, not to rifle or cannon fire but to undercooked hamburgers consumed the previous night near Durham, North Carolina. Such casualties are historically accurate. Well, not the burgers. But twice as many WBTS soldiers died from disease as from artillery fire, vermin being present in swamp water, cornmeal, salt pork, basically everything. "Soldiers regularly suffered from amoebic dysentery with cramps so bad they were begging to be shot," an instructor told the participants, holding up a plate of grub. "This here's dysentery in a bowl. Bon appetite!"
The campers dined on hardtack, cornbread, apples and stew, the last fitting only in that it serves as an apt description of the stagnant air. Droves of mosquitoes, midges and multiple varieties of biting flies were always on the attack.
The teenagers, who hail from 16 states, are participating in the Young Marines' two-week Great American History Adventure. They've already visited Fort Sumter in Charleston, Appomattox Court House, Petersburg, and many sites significant to the Revolutionary War.
The campers mostly know about the war from history classes. "This was the great American war," says Marshall McIvor, 17, from Camas, Washington. He chose to be a Confederate, "since I come from a place with a more liberal outlook. I wanted to see the other side."
The park staff said that the Young Marines were polite, disciplined and orderly. They wore requisitioned wool jackets, kepis, canteens and haversacks whenever so ordered, along with shorts and sneakers. In other words, period authenticity halting around the waist.
The camper soldiers posted sentries after dinner to secure the park gates against possible invasion by a new breed of enemy combatant - Pokémon Go players, who were drifting onto the battlefield.
War, as Sherman noted, is hell. Also, it turns out, buggy.
BIKERS PETITUIONED TO DROP FLAGS
An online petition is asking bikers to stop flying Confederate Flags.
"Dr. Angela Courage and Joseph Daniels, concerned citizens of Fayetteville, AR, strongly petition that The Bikes, Blues & BBQ organization publically discourage and condemn the flying and display of the Confederate Flag during the week long community events.," the petition reads.
Tommy Sisemore, executive director of BBB, has issued the following statement to the Press:
"We have recently been made aware of petitions asking for us to both condemn and accept the display of the Confederate flag at our annual motorcycle rally. Bikes, Blues, and BBQ is a not for profit motorcycle rally that benefits women, children, and the underserved members of the Northwest Arkansas community. Since the first Bikes, Blues, and BBQ we have donated $1.3 million to charity. Bikes, Blues, and BBQ has always taken pride in being a family friendly event, inclusive of all members of the community. Bikes, Blues, and BBQ in no way condones or accepts racism, intolerance or hate speech. We also respect individuals' rights to free speech and expression."
The petition had more than 340 signatures as of Thursday morning.
This year's Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally is scheduled for September 21 - September 24.
SCV SUES MAYOR
The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Louisiana claim a City Mayor trampled on their rights by barring them from displaying the Confederate Battle Flag while marching in a Christmas parade last year.
The group's Louisiana division has sued the city of Natchitoches and Mayor Lee Posey on Thursday, asking a Federal Court to declare the Mayor's policy unconstitutional.
Thomas Taylor, the division's former Commander, says its flag-carrying members marched and rode floats in the parade for nearly two decades without causing any disruptions.
Mayor Posey didn't immediately return a call for comment today.
PEACEFUL FLAG RALLY IN TUPELO
WLOX reported that dozens belonging to the United Patriot Society gathered in Tupelo over the weekend to show their support for the Confederate Flag to remain on the Mississippi state flag.
The rally was peaceful; consisting of various speakers, waving flags, and music.
The society says the flag is a symbol of their southern pride; not hatred.
"It's just what I believe in, what I stand for. My southern heritage, the way I grow up, the way I'm raised to live my life right and believe in God," said one supporter.
"Thirteen stars are for the 13 confederate states. The white borders is the protection of God, and the red is the blood of Christ," another supporter noted.
Counter protesters were also present, but the Mayor says the event remained peaceful between both groups.
UNITARIAN PETITION RESULTS IN FLAG BAN
The Addison County Fair and Field Days will no longer allow the sale of Confederate flag merchandise. The change in policy was announced Monday after a petition drive by the Middlebury chapter of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society gathered more than 600 signatures in one week.
Members of the Society had written to the fair's directors the previous week and were invited to a board meeting Monday. At the meeting, congregants Piper Harrell and Theresa Gleason presented the petition and explained why they'd launched it. According to Harrell, board members were very receptive.
Members of the board did not return calls for comment. This year's fair starts Tuesday and runs through Aug. 13.
The Addison County fair dates back to the mid-1800s and is the state's largest agricultural fair. The weeklong event includes a demolition derby, pony- and ox-pulling competitions, and a popular petting zoo. For years one of the booths at the fair has sold only Confederate flag merchandise.
CASPER, MEET BURT, THE FRIENDLY CONFEDERATE GHOST
A historic home that once housed Confederate Army General Robert Lee has gone on the market for $3.75million.
Glenfiddich House, originally called Harrison Hall, was built in 1780 and became famous in Leesburg, Virginia, for its unique history and links to the WBTS.
Today the one-acre estate, which boasts a new four-bedroom home, office, an 1800s spring house built and 1850s smokehouse. And the property comes with something else; its own Confederate soldier ghost.
Melanie Miles, who is selling her home, says she has seen the officer on numerous occasions - always appearing in full military regalia.
'He looked right at me,' she said.
She believes it is the spirit of Col. Erasmus Burt, a soldier who died at the house while it was being used as a military hospital after the Battle of Ball's Bluff in 1861, according to a War-era diary discovered in the house.
However, she insists that potential buyers have nothing to worry about.
Burt is a friendly ghost.
The ghost is just part of the history of the estate which was used as a hospitality center and later a military hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
Its most famous visitor General Robert E. Lee who was treated at Harrison Hall on September 4, 1862, for a broken hand and sprained wrist after his horse, Traveler, shied away from a courier. Later that day he held a war council with the likes of Generals Lewis Armistead, Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson, and James 'Jeb' Stuart.
There they planned the invasion of Maryland which resulted in the Battle of Antietam.
The famous painting below is of that meeting:
Police are investigating after George Zimmerman said he was punched at a Florida restaurant on Sunday.
Deputies from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said Zimmerman called 911 about the incident at Gators Riverside Grille in Sanford, Florida, claiming he was accused of bragging about killing Trayvon Martin, according to WKMG.
According to a witness statement, Zimmerman approached another table to compliment someone on their tattoos. That was when a large man reportedly named "Eddie" came up to him, and hit Zimmerman in the face, according to police.
Cops are now looking for the man, who's wanted for battery. He reportedly rode off on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Zimmerman called 911, and when the dispatcher asked who started the argument, Zimmerman said in the call, "He recognized me" and "he told me he was going to kill me. He told me he'd [expletive] shoot me and he punched me in the face."
In the 911 call, Zimmerman said, "He said he's going to kill me...You need to send like three or four cops."
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013. He shot and killed Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
THE WRATH OF KHAN
August 3, 2016
Khizr Khan, the Muslim "Gold Star Father" who harangued Americans at the Democratic National Convention, with a mute, hijab-wearing wife at his side, is just another in a long string of human shields liberals send out to defend their heinous policies. The "Jersey Girls" were the classic example, first described in that magnificent book Godless: The Church of Liberalism.
In order to shut down a debate they're losing, Democrats find victims to make their arguments for them, pre-empting counter-argument by droning on about the suffering of their victim-spokesperson. Alternative opinions must be preceded by proof that the speaker has "sacrificed" more than someone who lost a child, a husband, or whatever.
Khan's argument, delivered angrily and in a thick Pakistani accent at the DNC, is that "our" Constitution requires us to continue the nonstop importation of Muslims.
If the U.S. Constitution required us to admit more than 100,000 Muslims a year -- as we do -- we'd already be living in Pakistan, and Khan wouldn't have had to move to get that nice feeling of home. So the "argument" part of Khan's point is gibberish.
Luckily, Khan had Part Two: His son died in Iraq, whereas Donald Trump does not have a son who died in Iraq, so he can't say anything.
Yes, a candidate for president of the United States is supposed to be prohibited from discussing a dangerous immigration program because Khan's son was one of fourteen (14!) Muslim servicemen killed by other Muslims in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's why we're obligated to import yet more Muslims - including, undoubtedly, some just like the ones who killed his son. Q.E.D.!
If you think that doesn't make any sense, keep your yap shut, unless you lost a child in Iraq, too.
There were virtually no Muslims in America before Teddy Kennedy's 1965 immigration act. Today, we admit more immigrants from Muslim countries than from Great Britain.
Are Americans allowed to have an opinion on whether that's a good idea?
So far, it's worked out great!
In addition to the sudden appearance of honor killings, clitorectomies, hijabs and massive government frauds, Muslim immigrants have given us: The most devastating terrorist attack in world history, followed by terrorist attacks at Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Times Square, Vaughan Foods in Oklahoma, San Bernardino and an Orlando nightclub, among other places.
We've admitted 2 million Muslims just since 9/11 - that's more than had been admitted before 9/11. If we don't make it 3 million, we're monsters? May we ask how many Muslims Khan's mystery Constitution requires -- or is that out of bounds unless we had a child who died in Iraq?
Apparently, sending out a victim to make their argument was the only option left for the "Make America Muslim!" crowd.
After Trump somehow got the crazy idea that a presidential candidate was allowed to discuss government policies and proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigration -- which, by the way, is perfectly constitutional -- the entire media and political class erupted in a sputtering rage.
Conscience of a Nation, Speaker Paul Ryan proclaimed: "That's not who we are." Jeb! Bush made the subtle and clever argument that Trump was "unhinged." Marco Rubio called any pause in Muslim immigration "offensive." ABC News' Jonathan Karl called Trump's plan "outrageous" -- which was way better than MSNBC, where Trump was compared to white supremacists and Nazis.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Trump had "disqualifie(d)" himself from "serving as president" for suggesting any slowdown in Muslim immigration. Vice President Joe Biden -- tribune of blue-collar Americans everywhere! -- said that if Trump were the nominee, Hillary would "win in a walk."
Then it turned out Trump's Muslim ban was a huge hit with actual voters. Hillary, who promises to quadruple the number of Syrian "refugees" we bring in, is quite far from winning "in a walk."
So the media and political class had no choice: They had to produce a victim to make their argument, in order to block any response. For their next trick, Democrats plan to produce a little girl whose parents were recently murdered to present their tax plan. (Better make sure they weren't killed by an illegal alien!)
Does anyone know what Khan thinks of gays? How about miniskirts? Alcohol? Because I gather we're going to have to turn all our policies over to him, too. What have you sacrificed, Barney Frank?
Muslim troops accounted for 0.2 percent of all U.S. troop deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Southerners accounted for 38 percent of those killed in Iraq and 47 percent in Afghanistan.
What has South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley "sacrificed" compared to the families of these men? How about Nikki put their flag back up?
The Confederate flag won't lead to thousands of dead and maimed Americans, as Muslim immigration does. The only danger posed by the Confederate flag is that media elites will hold the South in even greater contempt than they already do, assuming that's possible.
But as long as they brought it up, if only people who lost children in our wars may discuss public policy, then only they should vote, not only on how many more Muslim immigrants this country needs, but on all government policies. What has Chuck Todd sacrificed? Have any current members of The New York Times editorial board ever lost a son in war? (Fighting on the American side.)
The inevitable conclusion to the hysteria over Khan is that only those who have worn the uniform and heard shots fired in anger can vote in our elections. Hello, media? Hey -- where'd everybody go?
She reports that Trump had a packed house! Hillary, her rally looked like a morgue with the "crowd" pushed in behind her to make it appear crowded on camera. But every now and then the camera would pull back and you could see a wider shot that revealed the small venue she was at was half empty.
She writes, "I'm not buying that Hillary is leading Donald. There is no enthusiasm for her."
Watch the entire Jacksonville, Florida rally below:
This week we have received an eMail from one of our readers asking us to get the word out that The Navy is set to name a ship after the late homosexual rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk.
A July 14, 2016 notification, signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206).
Harvey Milk was the first homosexual activist elected to public office in the United States and was assassinated in 1978. That record plus the fact that Milk, who bragged about being a pedophile, served in the Navy at a time it was illegal for homosexuals to do so, apparently justifies naming a Navy ship in his honor.
Harvey Milk was a sexual predator who preyed upon teen boys. According to The Mayor of Castro Street, Milk's very favorable biography by Randy Shilts, in 1963, when Milk was 33, he took in "Jack" Galen McKinley, a 16-year-old runaway in New York City "who was looking for some kind of father figure," to live with him as a lover.
While Jack was still a minor, Milk moved him to San Francisco. However, when Jack matured beyond Milk's taste for young guys, Milk dropped him.
Jack McKinney was highly disturbed and frequently suicidal after being rejected by Milk. The Mayor of Castro Street records Milk's shocking coldness when told of his former boy lover's suicide threat. "Tell him not to make a mess," Milk said. Eventually Jack died in a fall from the eighth floor of a building, in an apparent suicide.
Contact your members of Congress now, urging them to get involved in stopping plans to name a United States military ship after known sexual predator and pedophile Harvey Milk.
SOUTHERN BAPTISTS FOR SOUTHERN HERITAGE
As we have been saying for several weeks, our response to the Southern Baptist Convention's attacks against our heritage will be "ongoing."
We are working on an awesome video #5 in the Southern Baptists for Southern Heritage series. Lord willing, it will go online in a few days and be promoted in next week's Dixie Heritage Letter.
Here is perhaps one of the best responses we have received regarding the SBC resolution against our heritage:
- I am so proud of my Christian son and his desire to raise two children to be Christian Southerners. I have fought for over 40 years for our Southern Heritage; I have taught my son to do the same; now he is teaching his children (he has three but last one is too young to understand age 18 months). When I see what I have accomplished with my life, I do not consider myself to be a failure.
- God Bless Our Righteous Southern Cause,
Here is a response from another reader:
- TO SBC
- THIS WHOLE CONTROVERSY MAKES ME TRULY SICK!!!! WHY ARE WE NOT ALLOWED TO HONOR OUR BRAVE ANCESTORS?
- FOUR OF MY GREAT-GRANDFATHERS FOUGHT FOR AND/OR DIED FOR THE CONFEDERACY. I AM A LOYAL MEMBER OF THE U.D.C.(AS WELLAS THE D.A.R.)
- ONE OF MY FIRST COUSINS IS BURIED AT THE ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY WHICH LAND USED TO BELONG TO ROBERT E. LEE PRIOR TO THAT DREADFUL WAR BETWEEN THE STATES.
- ONE CANNOT ACCURATELY RE-WRITE HISTORY.
- SURELY WE ARE ENTITLED TO HONOR OUR ANCESTORS!
- RHITA M.
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Camp 556 Tampa
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The Department of Justice has found a new way to determine who is racist and who isn't.
If the DOJ is going to start using Confederate Flag tattoos to determine if someone is racist or not, then there is suddenly going to be a lot more racist people.
Despite what these "social justice warriors" think, the flag is not a racist symbol. It is literally a historical object. It is a part of the history of this country. So it sounds like they are trying to get rid of all history?
But wouldn't it be interesting if they tried to ban something else from history, like the black panther salute? I really wonder how people would react to that?
FEDS SAY REVOLUTIONARY WAR FLAGS RACIST
In the latest of seemingly unnecessary things that the government has its paws in, the Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEOC) will decide if wearing the Gadsden flag creates a hostile work environment, punishable as racial harassment.
The Gadsden flag comes from the Revolutionary War era. It is a yellow flag with the words "Dont tread on me" emblazoned on it, and a rattlesnake coiled up the middle.
As Fox News reports, "the EEOC said it received a complaint in January 2014 from an African-American federal employee about a coworker wearing a hat bearing the flag."
The issue of harassment stems from the creator of the flag, Christopher Gadsden, who was a slave trader.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Office has already deemed the wearing of Confederate Flags workplace harassment, The Washington Post explains, adding, "unsurprisingly, this is extending to other political speech as well."
The case notes that "it is clear that the Gadsden Flag originated in the Revolutionary War in a non-racial context...[h]owever, whatever the historic origins and meaning of the symbol, it also has since been sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts."
The Feds have admitted, regarding the Gadsden flag that,""it is clear that the Gadsden Flag originated in the Revolutionary War in a non-racial context.." The same is equally true of the Confederate Flag. And the Feds know that too!
This is important because the Feds have just admitted that this has NEVER been about racism. It has been about erasing the history of our nation. Racism is just the vehicle of convenience that they are riding right now to get us there.
The other goal is to turn a Christian nation into a pluralistic non-Christian nation. The code-word for that is DIVERSITY.
So first it was Confederate symbols. Then it was the Founding Fathers. Now it is the symbols of the Revolution.
If you can not bring an American Revolutionary Flag to work, or have a Confederate Flag on the truck that you drive to work, what if an employee came to work with a Trump/Pence bumper sticker? Or has a "Stop Illegal Immigration" sign on his cubical wall? Will these things too be considered racial harassment?
Should the flag be ruled harassment, "all employers - private and public - where employees wear the flag could be held liable for workplace harassment if they receive complaints," Fox News notes.
Blackberry Farm will commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the WBTS with a weekend-long event from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora.
The event will be highlighted by a full-scale re-enactment featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers at 5 p.m. Saturday. Throughout the weekend, guest speakers and interpreters will stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life.
"These stories we bring to life go beyond the battles; they're about real people caught up in an unimaginable war -- soldiers, civilians -- all with a story to tell," said Blackberry Farm Manager Sandie Gilmer.
Examples include demonstrations of medical procedures as they were performed in the battlefields, how wool and fabric were dyed for soldiers' uniforms, and crafts such as corn husk dolls.
A full schedule of events and map is available at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
All of Blackberry's regular amenities will also be available, including the train, pony rides, carousel and hay wagon rides, and the Adventure Playground.
Everything is included with daily admission of $5 for adults and $4.50 for seniors and children, free for kids younger than 2.
NEXT WEEKEND IN PENNSYLVANIA
Saturday August 13th. The Jefferson Davis Day Picnic !! We plan to be a voice for limited government, state nullification, individual liberty & resistance to tyranny in general.
We hope to have former Constitution Party National Chairman, Jim Clymer, 2012 Vice Presidential candidate.
We will have Dr. Ed DeVries, Dixie Heritage Director, Baptist pastor, author, (28 books), seminary president, as our keynote speaker.
Good southern / gospel music will delight you. Some folks in period dress is another addition to the atmosphere.
We will have the last man to carry a firearm along the route of Pickett's charge since 1864!
Free food all day starting at 12 noon.
You might be a red-neck if you miss it. But, you will never prove it to those who will be there!
Coaching Youth Baseball - The Right Way
My new book is now available in both paperback and hardback. In a few weeks it will sell for $28 on Amazon.
Earlier this week the Head Coach of the nation's #1 ranked NCAA softball program told me that he had just finished his review copy and he thought it was one of the best books on coaching for the non-professional coach that he has ever read.
I have written the book for those of you who have volunteered to coach a youth baseball team, but wonder how will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team?
From establishing realistic goals, to practice plans, to drills, strategies, coaching tips, how to make it fun - it's all here.
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Coaching Youth Baseball the Right Way has everything you need to successfully coach T-ball or any age division of youth baseball through age 15.
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