Tag Archive | Confederacy

Obstacles may retard, but they cannot long prevent the progress of a movement sanctified by its justice, and sustained by a virtuous people … Jefferson Davis

In an age of little men with little minds he had a remarkably clear view of precisely what the United States Constitution said and meant. In the course of a long life full of service, triumph and tribulation he did not waver from his first principles. His heroism was his tragedy and in an age […]

“Readers will find Brownlow unique, above all, but as entertaining as he is sometimes thrillingly loathsome, full of great energy and rhetorical skill and rambunctiousness in the tradition of the tall tale vernacular writers of the time.”—David Madden, Director of the United States Civil War Center

He was a failed Methodist minister [apparently a little too much fire and brimstone (slander and libel anyway) for even a circuit rider] and a carpenter, not a trained journalist, by trade. He was just a big pro-slavery gas-bag who was able to sell enough advertising to get by because his paper got read, even […]

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt… Francois de La Rochefoucauld

There is a story about a politician who walked on water on day only to see headlines the next proclaiming that he couldn’t swim. Associating this Scots born Canadian with the Confederacy is a page out of the same genre. There is no doubt that Alexander Keith, Jr. was as bad as any legitimate accusation […]

If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory… Jefferson Davis

Writing about the Articles of Confederation John Jay observed, In short, they may consult, and deliberate, and recommend, and make requisitions, and they who please may regard them., and a reading of the Confederate States of America’s Constitution and the daily observation of its operations as a government reveals exactly the same flaws. What had […]

If the south should lose, it means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy. That our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers, will be impressed by all of the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision…. General Patrick Cleburne CSA

No where has this been truer than in the presentation of the Confederate Navy as a pirate force – which it of course was not. Now an outsider has written a history of the leaders, officers and men who – in less time than it took the United States Navy to recover from the Pearl […]

When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen… George Washington

Today – January 19th – is the birthday of Robert E. Lee, formerly a holiday throughout the States of the Confederacy and still a holiday in the State of Virginia [where it is celebrated as Lee-Jackson day in order to also honor Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson born January 21st]. Lee’s birthday has been celebrated since […]

the Reconstruction experiment in racial democracy failed because it began at the wrong end, emphasizing political means and civil rights acts rather than economic means and self-determination… Booker T. Washington

It goes without saying that the greatest tragedy in the history of the American Republic was the War Between the States by which the industrialized north became the predominant force in the new American Nation while the remnants of true Republicanism were suppressed in the South through an often brutal military occupation called Reconstruction. You […]