Texas agriculture commissioner backs plan for Confederate license plate

By Celeste Widman / October 18, 2018

The Commissioner of Agriculture is supporting a new license plate which will raise money for the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. They have been attempting to create a new plate since 2007. The new plate design was inspired by a painting by John Paul “Jack” Stain. The painting depicts a Confederate Soldier carrying the Texas Wigfall Flag which has been viewed as a non-offensive option to the Confederate Flag that was originally submitted in the past .They estimate 1,000 plates will be sold within the first year. A portion of the sales will go to the Department of Agriculture.

Texas agriculture commissioner backs plan for Confederate license plate

“Hot Breathed, Shrieking Demons”

“When you charge, yell like furies!”

That’s the order Stonewall Jackson gave his men at the Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run to the Yankees out there).

Many a Federal learned to dread that sound.

Shouting during a charge was as old as war, but the Southern Boys in Gray created their own distinctive sounds. A Union captain at Chancellorsville explained “the heavens seemed filled with hot-breathed, shrieking demons.”

One Rebel tells us this:

“I always said that if I ever went into a charge, I wouldn’t holler. But the very first time I fired off my gun, I hollered as loud as I could and I hollered every breath until we stopped.”

Today we imagine that there was only one sound that was the Rebel Yell. Yes, Johnny Reb everywhere made it his business to adopt a terrifying holler, but it varied from one group to another.

The one we know best today was a “quick succession of high-itched yelps.” Another was an “ape-ilke grunt that rose gradually into a piercing howl.” Then again there was the “blood-curdling, full-throated caterwaul.”

Whatever was used, anyone who heard it knew Confederates were coming.

Rebels even had names for them. One officer told his men at Chickamauga to charge “with a regular Mississippi yell.” At the same battle, a Tennessee colonel ordered “three times three of Old Tennessee and charge.”

Whatever version, it was a mighty weapon. General Jubal Early was preparing a charge at Richmond when his officers told him the men were out of cartridges. Early roared, “Damn it, holler them across.” Bayonets fixed, his men charged, yelling like the devils they appeared to be.

One Billy Yank recalled it as “that terrible scream and barbarous howling.” Another said the sound “made the hair stand up on my head.”

The Union boys often shouted things like “Huzzah!” But they were no match for the Rebels.

The Rebel Yell made many a man’s blood run cold.

(The photo was taken at a 1904 Reunion in Crawfordville, Florida.)

The Federal Government Is Spending A Fortune Protecting Confederate Cemeteries

By Celeste Widman / October 17, 2018

The Federal Government is spending quite a bit of money protecting Confederate cemeteries. There were 3 million dollars spent last year protecting the fallen soldiers in the cemetery. There needs to be a lot of security around these areas because this kind of thing is subject to vandalism and other things like that. Confederate monuments have been the subject of a lot of heated debate lately.

The Federal Government Is Spending A Fortune Protecting Confederate Cemeteries

UNC student who poured blood and ink on Silent Sam Confederate statue found guilty, but gets …

By Celeste Widman / October 17, 2018

Another confederate statue bites the dust, and rightfully so. A young, inquisitive mind in school is bound to ask, ‘why is there a statue of a person who represents unvarnished racism at my school that i’m paying 30k a year for’? Especially a student with a minority background. More need to stand up like she did and try to make a difference.

UNC student who poured blood and ink on Silent Sam Confederate statue found guilty, but gets …

Robert E. Lee name will be stripped from public high school

By Celeste Widman / October 11, 2018

The history-making meeting took place at the Gypsy Hill Gym, which held two sets of 120 folding chairs ready to host the divided community.As the gymnasium filled with neighbors who display “Save the Name” and “But the Name Hurts” signs throughout Staunton, the public comment period began.The board let the audience know that time would be limited. Each individual had two minutes to speak and the comment period would not last longer than 30 minutes. Anyone who acted out, or used slurs, would be thrown out, warned school board chair William Lobb.

Robert E. Lee name will be stripped from public high school

Poquoson man charged with assaulting teens, including one with a Confederate flag

By Celeste Widman / October 10, 2018

A Poquoson man has been charged with two counts of assault and battery, and one alleged victim was a teenager who waved a Confederate flag at a high school football game. 53-year-old Thomas Ozoroski was arrested during a Friday contest between Poquoson and Tabb High Schools in York County.

The Newport News “Daily Press” quotes Danny Diggs, the Sheriff of York and Poquoson, who says Ozoroski is accused of leaving his seat and shoving the 15-year-old who carried the flag. Diggs says that led to a pushing and shoving incident with other kids….. including a teenaged girl. The sheriff says no students were kicked out of the game.

Poquoson man charged with assaulting teens, including one with a Confederate flag

The Devil Came Down to Georgia

Sherman was confident of a quick and easy victory. He had forced General Hood back, at the Battle of Kolb’s Farm north of Atlanta.

The Union General was only a couple of dozen miles from Atlanta, sure that the Rebels were now stretched too thin to resist him.

At eight in the morning 27 June 1864, the Union attack began. Troops charged forward to storm the Rebel trenches.

Within 90 minutes it was evident that the assault had failed.

Sherman had miscalculated. The Confederates were dug in at Kennesaw Mountain, with fortifications that blunted everything the Yankees could throw at them. You can see the mountain and some of the earthworks below, in a photo taken not long after the fight.

The Federals lost 3 men for every Confederate loss. Sherman said it was “the hardest fight of the campaign up to that date.”

His frontal assault failed. It was a bloody lesson for Sherman. The Rebels were far from a defeated rabble that he could run over.

When Sherman got to Atlanta, he took a different tactic. The scoundrel didn’t want another black eye from a direct assault, so he had his artillery begin a bombardment that lasted for months.

Confederate army positions were forward of the city itself. Sherman targeted them, but he also rained fire on the populace and their homes – civilians well behind the military fortifications.

While negotiating the treatment of civilians in Atlanta, Hood wrote to Sherman:

“…there are a hundred thousand witnesses that you fired into the habitations of women and children for weeks, firing far above and miles beyond my line of defense.”

General Hood knew the horrors of battle, having lost a leg and the use of one arm already. But now his enemy was taking the battle to women and children.

Hood knew evil when he saw it. Sherman slashed and burned his way through Georgia, then moved on to South Carolina where he burned a couple of dozen towns.

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