In Proverbs 22:1 we read that, "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold."
So this week, my thoughts have been focused on my Confederate ancestors and upon their good name. But rather than type out my thoughts I decided to set my cell phone on my desk and shoot a 5-minute video. Internet-savvy people call them Vlogs. I put it up on Wednesday and its already gotten 8 hits on youtube. To watch the video commentary on the Confederate Soldier's Good Name just follow this link: https://youtu.be/OcYToxS6BdI
I also uploaded a second video: https://youtu.be/Cf4h6ouhoRo
Please share these links with your friends. If they contact Dixie Heritage we will send them a free copy of the eBook: The Truth About the Confederate Battle Flag. If you'd like to obtain a paper copy of the book I've reduced the price at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Symbol-Hate-Ensign-Christian-Faith/dp/B0018BFBWW
I'm not sure exactly what Dixie Heritage will evolve into. But my ongoing prayer is that it will be a growing force for good. To that end, we will be posting VLOGS and other materials on youtube so that the truth about our history will be available for all the world to hear. Here is the address for our Dixie Heritage YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCvj6Z6vrbKRa6qiCfb8rHZg
We've also added a BLOG page to the Dixie Heritage website. We will use this BLOG page to archive our weekly Dixie Heritage newsletters.
Every week let us seek to do something that would honor our ancestors and introduce someone to both our Christian faith and to the truth about our Southern heritage. Lets us start by doing something today!
THIS WEEK IN THE WBTS:
Increasing the pressure applied along the Richmond-Petersburg front, troops under the command of Union General Phil Sheridan struck the Confederates at Five Forks on April 1. Confederate General George Pickett did not expect an attack. He and other officers took advantage of the occasion for a shad bake. Sheridan's men hit the center of the Confederate position, while General Warren's Corps struck the left, which folded and resulted in the capture of many Southern troops. Pickett heard the sound of battle and returned to the front, but arrived too late to rally his men. The defeat left General Lee no choice but to evacuate his line. While the fighting died down Confederate General A.P. Hill fell mortally wounded from Union fire.
Jefferson Davis was attending worship service in Richmond when he received the notice from Lee, and quietly, as a solemn look spread across his face, left the church. Davis and the other members of his cabinet quickly began packing as many of the governmental records as possible and stowed them on trains waiting to carry the officials out of the city. Boarding the last train to leave the city, Davis headed toward Danville, where for a few days, the Confederate government worked in exile.
The Army of Northern Virginia moved west where they hoped to collect rations. But General Lee's earlier order for a train carrying foodstuffs to Amelia went awry and the army lost 24 hours vainly searching the countryside for food. This delay allowed Sheridan's rapidly approaching cavalry to close the gap on the withdrawing Confederates.
Arriving in Richmond, with a guard of 14 naval officers and sailors, Abraham Lincoln visited the Confederate White House, and sat in the same chair, where some 40 hours earlier, Jefferson Davis had worked.
Suggesting to Lee "The result of the last week must convince you of the hopelessness of further resistance," Union General U.S. Grant hoped his opponent would agree to end the "...further effusion of blood," and "...surrender that portion of the C.S. Army known as the Army of Northern Va." Lee, in responding, questioned "...the terms you will offer on condition of its surrender." Next week, we will learn the result of the correspondences between these two warriors.
Checking communications from the front, Lincoln, saw a dispatch from Sheridan stating, "If the thing is pressed I think Lee will surrender." Lincoln immediately sent word to Grant - "Let the thing be pressed."
DIXIE HERITAGE HAS A NEW eMAIL ADDRESS:
Thursday I woke up to a nasty eMail from AOL that our Dixie Heritage account had been suspended due to "suspicious activity." After spending over an hour on the phone with a representative from AOL I am uncertain if it was just a technical snafuu? Or if our account had been targeted in the ongoing culture war against all things Southern? Either way, we now have a new eMail address: firstname.lastname@example.org