(ATLANTA - August 3, 2015) In the wake of attacks recently upon all things Confederate, some outspoken critics of Southern heritage began calling for the renaming of US Army bases around the South which bear the names of Confederate commanders from the War Between the States. Some of the more prominent of these bases include Fort Benning in Georgia, Fort Hood in Texas, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Fort Benning, located in Columbus, Georgia, was named in honor of Henry Benning, one of the most influential men in Georgia politics and a Confederate general after the outbreak of the War. Benning was a justice on the Georgia Supreme Court prior to the War and was an outspoken proponent of the constitutional view of States' Rights and a limited federal government. In fact, Benning wrote the majority opinion in the important case of "Paddleford v Savannah" in which he advanced the States' Rights doctrine that in all constitutional questions, the Georgia Supreme Court is "coordinate and co-equal" with the federal supreme court since the states created the federal government. Benning served admirably in the Confederate army during the War and continued to be a leading figure in Georgia after the war's end. Thousands of soldiers in the US Army have trained at Fort Benning during its history, including some of the most elite infantry and airborne troops dating all the way back to World War II.
US Army spokesmen responded to the recent calls to rename bases named in honor of Confederate heroes by stating that the Army has no current intention of renaming its bases. The bases named in honor of Southern heroes are located in the South and were named in a spirit of reconciliation after the late unpleasantness.
The dates for the Southern Heritage Conference at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Laurel, Mississippi are Friday, August 14th and Saturday August 15th. On Friday evening the doors will open at 6 p.m. and they will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Reservations for meals must be made by Monday, August 10th.
Admission is $15 for individuals and $25 for families. Meals on Saturday are $10 for lunch and $15 for dinner.
Come and learn the real truth about your Southern heritage and how the Yankee educational system and liberal media has lied and continues to lie about the South and what it stands for. Also we'll be talking about the current situation regarding the flag and what we need to do to save it!
Bethlehem Baptist Church is across from Walker's Dairy Bar on Highway 184 East, Laurel, Mississippi 39440
For information call 601-649-1867
TODAY IN MILITARY HISTORY
George Washington established the Purple Heart in 1782.
In 1942, the U.S. 1st Marine Division begins Operation Watchtower, the first U.S. offensive of the war, by landing on Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands.
in 1947, Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completes a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti.Heyerdahl wanted to prove his theory that prehistoric South Americans could have colonized the Polynesian islands by drifting on ocean currents.
in 2005, a Russian Priz AS-28 mini-submarine, with seven crew members on board, is rescued from deep in the Pacific Ocean.
But of greatest note, in 1836, Confederate General Evander Law is born in Darlington, South Carolina. Law had a distinguished career in the Confederate army and earned a reputation as a brave and effective field commander.
Law, who attended the Citadel and studied law after his graduation, built a prewar career as a military instructor. After teaching briefly at the Citadel, Law instructed at King's Mountain Military Academy in South Carolina. He then moved to Tuskeegee, Alabama, to open a new military school. When the war broke out, Law became a lieutenant colonel in the Fourth Alabama Infantry.
Law's unit saw immediate action at the First Battle of Manassas in July 1861. He was wounded, but was promoted to colonel shortly afterward, and fought at the Seven Days' Battles and Second Manassas, and at Antietam. His leadership at Antietam earned him a promotion to brigadier general in October 1862. He was also cited for bravery at Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he led his troops on foot after his horse was shot out from under him. Although he advanced quickly in the army, he also feuded with his corps commander, James Longstreet.
Law served in General John Bell Hood's division, and led the attack on Little Round Top at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He assumed command of the division when Hood was seriously wounded. Law and his troops, along with the rest of Longstreet's corps, were sent to assist fighting in the west. At Chickamauga. He took over after Hood was again wounded in battle. He then returned to Virginia, and fought in the campaign of 1864 before suffering a serious wound himself at the Battle of Cold Harbor. He spent most of 1864 recovering, and at the end of the war was in General Joseph Johnston's army, which surrendered to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina.
After the war, Law returned to his career as a military instructor, primarily at a school he founded in Bartow, Florida. He was the last surviving Confederate general before his death in 1920.
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4 HOURS AGO
Virginia revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin recalling and replacing existing plates, Attorney General Mark Herring's office said in a statement.
U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser had issued an injunction in 2001 that allowed the image of the Confederate flag on specialty plates honoring the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Kiser said in a Thursday order that his decision is "no longer good law" because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case that said specialty license plates represent the state's speech, and not the driver's speech.
The DMV will work with the Sons of Confederate Veterans to design new plates. Once the plates are manufactured, they will be sent to affected motorists. "We're working as quickly as possible to get this done," DMV Spokeswoman Brubaker said.
Affected motorists also will be sent envelopes addressed to the DMV asking them to return the existing plates to the state for recycling.
In 1999, the General Assembly authorized the plates but prohibited any logo on the design. The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued, and Kiser sided with the group. The decision was upheld by a federal appeals court.
Herring's office asked Kiser to dissolve the injunction after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in June that he would move to have the plates phased out.
"The Commonwealth's rationale for singling out SCV for different treatment is no longer relevant," the judge's order said. "According to the Supreme Court, the Commonwealth is free to treat SCV differently from all other specialty groups. Because the underlying injunction violates that right, I have no choice but to dissolve it."