What would Stonewall Jackson do?

General Thomas Johnathan “Stonewall” Jackson was a complex man. A doting, loving father, a devoted husband, a Christian, and a fierce warrior, and military genius. I thought of Jackson, and his last battle, Chancellorsville, in which Jackson’s commander, General Robert E. Lee, whose Army of Northern Virginia was outnumbered 134,000 to 57,000 delivered a severe bearing to Union General Joseph Hookers Army of the Potomac In that battle, Jackson performed a brilliant flank attack on Hookers army on May 2, 1863. During the attack, Jackson continually gave his usual admonition for his troops to “press on, press on, press them”. Jackson understood, as did his commander, General Lee that winning a war depended on achieving total military victory.

I thought of Jackson’s words as I read this, from Israeli leader Bejamin Netanyahu

No ceasefire:

Israel will press its air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, preparing his country for a longer and bloodier campaign and dashing hopes that the three-week-old conflict would end soon.
Rebuffing appeals from President Obama, the United Nations and others for an immediate cease-fire, Netanyahu said in a televised address, “We will not finish the mission, we will not finish the operation, without neutralizing the tunnels” through which Hamas fighters have sought to infiltrate Israel. The tunnels, he said, “have the sole purpose of destroying our citizens, killing our children.”
Israel’s antagonist, the Islamist militant organization Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, continued to unleash deadly mortar and rocket fire, triggering air raid sirens across Israel.

Netanyahu, like Jackson, understands that the enemy must be DEFEATED! Obviously, in the case of Jackson, his army was not fighting barbarians stuck in the Seventh Century. He battled against many honorable men, and Jackson, like Lee wanted to achieve peace through military victories that would lead to peace with the North. Israel, on the other hand can have no peace if Hamas is left intact, Hamas, and other terror groups ARE Seventh Century barbarians. Netanyahu grasps that Israel faces life and death every day, a fact seemingly lost on the modern day Neville Chamberlains of the “International Community” and Team Obama. So, I hope, and pray that Israel, as a nation follows the advice of General Jackson, Press on! And, if men like Lee and Jackson, and the Union soldiers of the day  lived today, I am sure be very quick to proudly proclaim that they Stand With Israel. The several thousand Jews in Lee’s army would likely be itching to go to Israel to defend that wonderful, freedom loving nation. I bet the Rebel Yell would be much feared by Hamas

 

Generals Lee and Jackson targeted by the Central Planners

Via Moonbattery

It isn’t only lead characters on popular cable shows who need to be erased if they don’t conform to the currently enforced ideology. Historical figures need to go too — even some of the most important:

The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

Was the war fought to preserve the Union or to subjugate the South? If the American heroes Lee and Jackson become unpersons, we will finally have a definitive answer.

In the end, not only the South but our entire civilization will be erased if we fail to cure it of the totalitarian mindset of those who insist that every aspect of life must comply with liberalism.

Shameful

 

Why are ignorant buffoons allowed to write columns for the Washington Post?

I ask this question only because I happened upon a historically inaccurate piece, written by John Kelly, who is, by trade, a columnist for the Washington Post. His latest piece expresses shock, shock I say, that Generals Jackson and Lee are honored as Christian soldiers at the National Cathedral

On Wednesday, mourners will gather at Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela, a man who fought for racial equality. I’m guessing most of them will have no idea they’re sitting in a place that has shrines to two people who fought against it.

I certainly know I was surprised when I learned recently that two memorial niches — complete with stained-glass windows and laudatory inscriptions — honor Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

Well, I am unsure where the notion that Jackson and Lee were “against” racial equality. At least any more than Saint Lincoln did. His thoughts on the inferiority of the Black race are well documented. Not that Lincoln was alone in those thoughts in the mid 19th Century. But more to the point about Jackson and Lee and their views on race. Jackson ran a school in Lexington, Virginia educating Blacks, Historian Richard William’s book on this school is a must read for those who, like Kelly, are historically clueless. Here is a link to a stories about Jackson and Lee that Kelly should also read especially this part

One Sunday in June of 1865, just after the war ended, St. Paul’s Episcopal, was packed with folks leaning on each other and God for understanding about what their future held. But they could never have imagined what would happen during the service.

When the pastor began to serve communion, a well-dressed black man came forward first.

It would be an understatement to say that the event caused a few awkward moments among the white congregants. They remained seated, except one man who went forward and knelt near him.

That man was General Robert E. Lee

The general’s actions come as no surprise to noted Civil War historian James Robertson, who says Lee was a man of duty and faith.

“His duty was to his native state, both in war and in peace,” Robertson, a history professor at Virginia Tech, said. “His faith was very deep-seated. And I think Lee was simply exhibiting both. He knew that the South had been crushed, defeated, humiliated. He knew he had a duty to himself, to his God to help reconstruct his beloved Virginia as much as he could.”

The rest of the congregation followed Lee’s example and took communion as well.

Jackson: The Black Man’s Friend?

But it’s a stained glass window that represents one of the greatest ironies of the Civil War. The window honors another prominent Confederate general: Stonewall Jackson.

The window is not in a museum. It’s proudly displayed in the predominantly black Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, Va.

The church’s founding pastor Rev. Lylburn Downing designed the window in 1906 to honor Jackson for leading his parents to faith in Christ when they were slave children.

Prior to the Civil War, Jackson was a professor at the Virginia Military Institute, and a deacon at the Lexington Presbyterian Church.

In 1855, the man who would become one of the Civil War’s most famous generals, began a Sunday school class for black children, slave and free.

Downing’s father and mother were among his many students.

“As he saw it, slavery was something that God ordained upon black people in America for God’s own reasons,” Robertson said. “And he had no right to challenge God’s will. That was blasphemy. And so, while he hated slavery, he was opposed to slavery, Jackson had to obey his Heavenly Father and accept the system. And he accepted it through doing the Golden Rule, do unto others as he would wish they do unto him.”

Professor Miller believes Jackson’s justification of slavery on biblical grounds was wrong.

“Yet in the midst of all of that, I think that people can do good stuff, maybe for all the wrong reasons, but motivated by sincere hearts,” he said.

That sincerity is confirmed by the fact that Jackson was willing to break Virginia law by teaching the class. Even after the war began, Jackson sent money back to the church to keep the class going.

Richard Williams has documented Jackson’s ministry in a book called, Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man’s Friend.

He says the Sunday school class had a generational impact.

” a number of scholars, as Jackson referred to his students, that went on to become ministers,” Williams said. “There were four churches established, three in Lexington and then this one. Two of those churches in Lexington are still vibrant ministries today.”

And when a statue at Jackson’s gravesite in Lexington was erected in 1891, it was one of Jackson’s scholars-turned-pastor who made the first contribution.

How do the members of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church feel about a stained glass window honoring a Confederate general?

Freeland Pendleton, who’s been a member of the church most of his life, says he has no problem with it.

“The reason I was okay with it because he had the courage to teach us, teach blacks to read and write,” Pendleton said. “Whether he was fighting for slavery, or whatever, he did do a good thing.”

You can go read the rest of Kelly’s column, it is sad, very sad, that someone would choose to write a column on subject’s he knows little about.

Confederate veterans honored in Nebraska

You have to love history, and stories like this one honoring some fine men

October 28, 2013 7:00 am  •  By Stephen Rickerl/Fremont Tribune

Thomas Campbell Sexton was told he would face certain death if he refused to allow a doctor to amputate his leg after a Minie ball tore through it during the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863.

But as the story goes, Sexton being a stubborn man, told the doctor he would rather die than live without his leg. And live he did, almost to the age of 100 before he died of a heart attack in Dodge County in 1943.

Sexton was a private in Company D, 4th Virginia Infantry, in the army of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. The brigade is probably one of the most famous Confederate brigades because it was commanded by Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, said Jim Arbaugh.

Arbaugh, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, recently established the Thomas C. Sexton Camp 2232 in Fremont. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, like their counterparts the Sons of Union Veterans, honor their Civil War ancestors by preserving their history and heritage.

On Sunday in Ridge Cemetery, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of Union Veterans and Civil War re-enactors gathered around the gravesite of Private Thomas C. Sexton to pay tribute to his military service and honor the life he led after the war ended.

After the war, Sexton got a medical degree from the Baltimore Medical College, said Maj. Charles Folsom of Fremont, Sexton’s great-grandson.

With the south devastated by the war and offering little opportunity, Folsom said his great-grand father decided to move north, and came to Fontanelle in Dodge County. Settled by an Ohio contingent in 1855, Fontanelle was a strong Union settlement and its inhabitants did not trust Sexton immediately.

Folsom said he isn’t sure exactly what happened but he believes Sexton saved someone’s life and the residents of Fontanelle began to trust him. He eventually married Emma Peters, who had been in Fontanelle since the age of 4, and practiced medicine in the Nickerson-Fontanelle area.

Folsom said Sexton retired at the “ripe old age of 44” and built a house in 1888 at 10th Street and Nye Avenue in Fremont, which is still standing today.

About a mile west of Sexton’s home, Sunday’s ceremony in Ridge Cemetery was the first of its kind in the State of Nebraska, said Arbaugh, because the Thomas C. Sexton Camp 2232 is the only camp in the state recognized by the national organization of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Prior to its establishment, any ceremony honoring a confederate veteran was conducted by either the Grand Army of the Republic or Sons of Union Veterans, said Gale Red, Adjutant of the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp 1962 in Belleville, Ill.

Red helped guide Arbaugh in establishing the Thomas C. Sexton Camp, and helped officiate Sunday’s ceremony.

Red said the Sons of Confederate Veterans are the heirs of the United Confederate Veterans, and must be able to directly trace their lineage back to a Confederate veteran in order to be a member.

The United Confederate Veterans and the Grand Army of the Republic were made up of actual Union and Confederate veterans. The “Sons” organizations are their descendants.

 

Your Saturday History Arrogance Does Not pay

Patton was a great general, and some might call him arrogant I found this at 90 Miles From Tyranny Pay close attention to the quote

Patton

Confidence is a necessity for a good military commander, over confidence, not so much. History is full of examples of military leaders who over estimated their, or their armies own ability. 

The quote from Patton reminded me of three Union generals that came against Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

General John Pope was given command of an army in the Summer of 1862. His army was to cooperate with George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac, but Lee already heavily outnumbered, set about to defeat Pope, who he called a miscreant before he could team up with McClellan. 

Pope, for his part had had some smaller successes in the Western theater. His message to the troops upon assuming command said, in part, that he had come from the West, where he had always seen the backs of his enemies. In closing he announced that anyone looking for him would find his “headquarters in the saddle”. Upon hearing this Lee remarked that Pope did not know his headquarters from his hindquarters.

In late August Lee sent Stonewall Jackson’s corps to get Pope’s attention. Jackson took a defensive position in an old railroad cut, and repulsed attack after attack from Pope. Lee, meanwhile, had arrived with James Longstreet’s corps, about 30,000 men. Pope, intent  on destroying Jackson, was unaware that Longstreet was in position to crush his flank. Despite warnings that Longstreet was on the field, Pope sent his last divisions against Jackson, opening the opportunity for Longstreet to fall upon his flank. Pope was routed, and was soon sent to Minnesota to fight Indians.

General Joseph Hooker was a far better general than Pope, and even more arrogant. After Lee had won another victory over Ambrose Burnside at Fredericksburg, Hooker replaced Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac. To his credit, he stole a march on Lee in late April 1863. Hooker, whose army numbered 134,000 while Lee, who would have to fight without two divisions and General Longstreet, had about 57,000. Hooker had put himself in position to possibly end the war. He announced that he had Lee where he wanted him. “Lee must ingloriously flee or come out in the open where certain destruction awaits him, may God have mercy on Bobby Lee for I will have none” 

Lee, did neither of the two things Hooker suggested. Instead he sent two divisions to attack Hooker. Hooker, rather than using his superior forces began to entrench, the bully had backed down. The next day, Lee sent Jackson around Hooker’s right flank. Jackson found Oliver Howard’s division resting completely unaware of what was about to hit them. What followed is known as Lee’s greatest victory. He wrecked his much larger opponent, and Hooker was soon replaced.

Lastly there is US Grant. He had achieved much fame and success in Tennessee, and was placed in command of all the Union armies in early 1864. He would face Lee himself, and in early May 1864, he began his campaign. Grant had heard some in his army remark that Grant had “not yet faced Bobby Lee” and that talk agitated Grant. He snapped that Lee better worry about what Grant would do to him, and added that his army talked as if Lee would do a back flip and turn Grant’s flanks and pierce his center at the same time.

At the Wilderness, on My 5th and 6th Lee attacked Grant, and oddly enough, in the battle Lee did turn both of Grant’s flanks, and almost pierced his center as well. In short Lee delivered a strategic and tactical beating to Grant. Grant, of course, was tenacious and continued to push his much smaller army South. Grant was not Pope, or Hooker, or Burnside, or McClellan. The armies would meet at Spotsylvania Courthouse, where Lee won another victory, and later at Cold Harbor, where Lee dealt Grant over 7,000 casualties in a matter of minutes. In all the first three meeting shad cost Grant as many casualties as Lee had in his entire army. In the end Grant won the war of attrition, but likely had no doubt who the better general was.

Why yes it is a holiday here in Texas, a holiday that the politically correct should leave alone

Today, January 19, is a holiday. It is Confederate Heroes Day It falls on the birthday of Robert E.lee. similar holidays are in place around this time all over the South. Stonewall Jackson was born on Jan. 24. April also brings Confederate Memorial Days in several states. The point of these holidays has nothing to do with race, or slavery. They have one purpose, to honor the memories of the many brave men who served in the Confederate military. A good number of my ancestors served in that war. Among the regiments are the 4th south Carolina Cavalry, my Great-Great Grandfather Allan Dean McWhorter, who went blind in a Northern prison camp. The 29th Georgia Infantry, my Great-Great-Great Uncle Stephen W.N. Hagin, The 56th Georgia, my Great-Great Grandfather  Lt.William A. Allen, who lost an eye at Vicksburg and the 63rd Georgia Infantry, and my Great-Great Grandfather Martin C. Mewburn, who was wounded at Kennesaw Mountain. There are others from Florida, Alabama, and many more from Georgia. 

This morning, I saw some recent columns penned about how bad these holiday are, and how we should just forget about our past, and our heritage. Mainly these pleas for erasing history come from some, historically challenged, and emotionally fragile sort who is deathly afraid of offending someone. Funny these folks are not worried about offending me, or many other Southerners. They do not concern themselves with offending those that do living history presentations, or those that value history being preserved. these folks tend to be Liberal, but sadly, some “Conservatives” go down the path of hyper-sensitivity as well. They seem mostly concerned with not appearing too extreme. they are willing to sacrifice the Confederate portion of American history. Guess it never dawned on these geniuses that by bowing to those attacking Confederate heritage, history, and symbols that they are helping the radical Left to attack our Founders, and our American heritage.

Sure, we can condemn Lee, Davis, the Confederate Flags, there are hundreds of different flags that were carried  by different regiments, and songs like Dixie in the name of “sensitivity”. But, any “sin” you can  accuse those symbols of also apply to Old Glory, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and The Star Spangled Banner. Don’t think so? Listen to the constant attacks on America by the Left. Slavery, White Supremacy, injustice, exclusion, and so on. Of course, history, such as it is taught, has indoctrinated millions to embrace Lincoln as a great Emancipator, and the South as nothing but a bunch of white Supremacists fighting for slavery. You have to ignore the many things Lincoln said about Blacks as being inherently inferior to Whites, and his wish to expel all Blacks from the country after their freedom was won, many Abolitionists also shared that vision on an all-White nation too, but don’t let history get in your way. Forget that much of the opposition to expanding slavery was based not on setting men free but on NOT allowing a new challenge in the labor pool.

You can forget that the States of Tennessee, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Virginia only seceded after Lincoln asked them to supply troops to help subjugate the Confederacy. You can forget that the ordinances of secession from these state do not mention slavery. You can forget that many Americans saw secession as a right, and that most states, upon ratifying the Constitution, declared that they remained sovereign states. You can forget that the “other” issue the issue of tariffs that deeply divided the nation. You can forget that because reducing the war to the “good” North vs the “evil” South is far easier than examining the issues and causes. Intellectual laziness is way easier! And, just to be clear, I know many people have studied this war in a very thorough way, and some of them conclude that slavery was the main cause. While I disagree with them, I respect their integrity and their devotion to history.

You can forget that many Southern generals favored enlisting Blacks in the Southern armies in exchange for granting them freedom. You can overlook that such a desire to win the war clearly showed far more than slavery was driving these men. You can forget that Stonewall Jackson ran a Sunday School in Lexington Virginia that educated blacks. You can forget that after the war Robert E. Lee, who called slavery an abomination, was attending church at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church when a Black man rose to take communion Edward C Smith tells the story

One Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, a well-dressed, lone black man, whom no one in the community—white or black—had ever seen before, had attended the service, sitting unnoticed in the last pew.

Just before communion was to be distributed, he rose and proudly walked down the center aisle through the middle of the church where all could see him and approached the communion rail, where he knelt. The priest and the congregation were completely aghast and in total shock.

No one knew what to do…except General Lee. He went to the communion rail and knelt beside the black man and they received communion together—and then a steady flow of other church members followed the example he had set.

After the service was over, the black man was never to be seen in Richmond again. It was as if he had been sent down from a higher place purposefully for that particular occasion.

Today, and deservingly so, Lee is honored throughout the country. Only Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln exceed him in monuments and memorials.

Unfortunately there are many Southerners who claim to cherish Lee and revere the flag for which he so nobly fought but still harbor rabidly racist sentiments towards blacks and their long-delayed social progress. Such people do not honor Lee, instead they disgrace him.

Lee absolutely never felt what these modern Southerners continue to feel—and certainly he would not want them, of all people, serving as the self-annointed guardians of his memory. His lasting legacy, in his own words, is, “Before and during the War Between the States I was a Virginian. After the war I became an American.”

To be an American, at least for Lee, meant to embrace the new social order that the war had established and that the Constitution had codified through the addition of three new amendments which abolished slavery (13th) in 1865, made blacks citizens (14th) in 1868, and awarded black males the right to vote (15th) in 1870.

While you are at it, you can forget that Jefferson Davis, saw it as the duty of Whites to educate Blacks so they could one day compete with and be part of the nation. Yes you often hear that education of slaves was illegal in the South. What you do not hear is how many southerners ignored those laws. Yes, often it was for  religious reasons, they cared about the eternal souls of slaves. And yes, it is an odd thing for us to fathom such a time. Slavery was evil, but, the South neither started that evil, nor did many Southerners embrace it. And yes, some slave owners were Black themselves.

You can also forget that Lincoln, in 1848 said this

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. 
Abraham Lincoln

Perhaps Lincoln forgot that in 1861?

Yes, you can over simplify the debate America had over slavery by forgetting that some of the disagreements were based on the fact that at the time slavery was constitutional. For example, you can forget that many Southern leaders are accused of being “for the expansion of slavery” into the territories. They were in favor, but that is not the entire story. The fact is that Jefferson Davis saw slavery as constitutional, and as territories were federal property, and not yet states, he felt that banning slavery there violated the constitution. He also held deeply that once those territories became states, it was perfectly within their right to either allow of prohibit slavery. Once you look at the entire story, you get a different view of Davis, and the many Southerners who agreed with him. And no, I am not going into the typical scripted “I am not defending slavery” spiel here. If you are too stupid to get what I am saying then to Hell with you frankly. The point is that Davis was a man who held the Constitution sacred. He believed as most Southerners did, that there was but one way to change the Constitution, and that was to amend it! While I am at it, let me remind you that there were many “Republicans” at the time that believed in what they called higher law. To them higher law superseded the Constitution, I suppose it was their version of the Constitution being a “living, breathing” document.

As a Southerner, and a proud one, I am appalled that at one time slavery existed here. I am also of Jim Crow Laws, The same can be said of my pride in being American. Slavery was an awful stain on a great nation, but to be fair to men like Davis, and Lincoln, we ought to judge them based on the values of THEIR time, not ours. History is many things, and sometimes it is very ugly, and the portion of American history that deals with slavery is extremely ugly. hat does not mean that we ought to ignore it, nor should we pretend as many on the Left do, that it still exists.

You can forget whatever you like I suppose. But, once you start forgetting history because it is easy, or convenient, you have started down a path of ignorance that will only lead you to repeat much of the same history you have tried to bury.

If you want to understand why the South fought, let Generals Lee and Jackson explain

Clip from the movie Gods and Generals which is an incredibly accurate film. Pay close attention to why Virginia seceded, the same reason Tennessee, Arkansas, and North Carolina seceded. They no longer wished to be part of a union held together by “force of bayonet”. I use these clips because Robert Duvall and Stephen Lang were masterful as Lee and Jackson in the film

And from another clip from the film, Stonewall Jackson lays it out very clearly

Here is a piece on the character of both Lee and Jackson

The Institute will be heard from today

That quote is from a famous general, can you guess which one, the battle he said it before? Save that for later, for now, I have to get to the latest on the Team Kimberlin front. Stacy McCain has the best coverage, in my view anyway, and in his view the beginning of the end for Team “K” may be near.

Until a month ago, Brett Kimberlin and his associates had recorded what must have seemed, from their perspective, to be an uninterrupted series of victories in their ruthless war against their chosen targets. They had sued Seth Allen, threatened Patrick “Patterico” Frey, gotten Aaron Walker and his wife fired from their jobs, and harassed or menaced in various ways a number of other people, including Mandy Nagy, James O’Keefe and the late Andrew Breitbart.

What is amazing is how this intimidation campaign had gone on for months, dating back at least to October 2010 and involving multiple targets, without gaining wider attention.

Today — 30 days since Walker published his 28,000-word account of how he says Kimberlin tried to “frame” him on a bogus assault charge — the tables have clearly turned. More and more people are learning the shocking truth about Brett Kimberlin, his criminal past, the suspicious activities of Kimberlin’s 501(c) non-profits, the bizarre behavior of Kimberlin’s associates and the still-mysterious “SWATtings” of Mike Stack, Patterico and Erick Erickson. Members of Congress have called for an investigation and major organizations like the American Center for Law and Justice have become involved.

Friday night, we got yet another Memeorandum thread, this one onDavid Hogberg’s report at Investors Business Daily that criminal charges against Aaron Walker have been dismissed, although the ridiculous “peace order” against Walker apparently remains in effect.Michelle Malkin calls it a ”free speech win,” but warns that there is still “a long fight ahead on many fronts.”

Indeed, while we are clearly winning, we have not yet won, and there can be no letting up in this fight so long as “Team Kimberlin” (to use Ken at Popehat’s excellent phrase) continues to menace innocent Americans whose only “crime” is telling the truth

Yes, the fact is that Team Kimberlin made a mistake when they poked the hornets nest by targeting Stacy McCain for

English: R. Stacy McCain

intimidation. The groundswell of anger this created amongst McCain’s fellow bloggers, and indeed friends in many cases, led to a counter attack by dozens and dozens of blogs. That led to some coverage on ABC, Fox, CNN, Glenn Beck, and eventually Congress started to speak out. At that point, perhaps Team Kimberlin should have seen the writing on the wall. But, perhaps arrogance got the better of them, who knows. Maybe they just never expected to be met with resistance. The Left has been wining the intimidation game for a while, and perhaps they just ASSumed McCain would just shirk away. Well, they were wrong!

Stacy, in his post quotes Bob Belvedere, quoting the great George S. Patton

 Bob Belvedere at Camp of the Saints is fond of quoting General Patton’s famous lecture on tactics:

“Now there’s another thing I want you to remember. I don’t want to get any messages saying that ‘we are holding our position.’ We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose!”

Indeed! This led me to quote another great general, and great man in my blog post title. So, anyone know who spoke those words right before their greatest, and last victory? If not, here you go 

English: General Jackson's "Chancellorsvi...

English: General Jackson’s “Chancellorsville” Portrait, taken at a Spotsylvania County farm on April 26, 1863, seven days before his mortal wounding at the Battle of Chancellorsville. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On May 2, 1863,  General Lee sent Stonewall Jackson, with 28,000 men, on march around the right flank of Joseph Hookers Army of the Potomac. As Jackson prepared to launch the assault that would crush Hookers flank, and deliver the final, and likely greatest victory for Lee and Jackson, he looked at the men who were with him, and who would be leading the assault. Many were from the Virginia Military Institute, where Jackson had taught before the war. Jackson turned to one of them, Colonel Thomas Mumford and said “The Institute will be heard from today”. 

Well, Team Kimberlin, it appears the Conservative Blogosphere is being heard from doesn’t it?

Happy birthday to two of my heroes

Two great men, two great military leaders, and two men who formed a legendary military partnership

Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson

 

Lee was one of the great generals of history, winning greatvictories against long odds, he led the Army of Northern Virginia to victory after victory against the Army of the Potomac, which outnumbered Lee’s, sometimes nearly three to one. The Army of Potomac veterans gave a great compliment to their nemesis, desribing them as “terrible in battle”.

As US Grant set out to combat Lee in April of 1864, he became frustrated by all the talk amongst his officers about how great Lee was. One day he snapped that he was tired of hearing about what Bobby Lee is going to do to his army. He then mocked his officers saying that they talked as if Lee was going to turn both their flanks, and land in their rear at the same time. Days later, at the Battle of the Wilderness, in their first meeting, Lee turned both of Grant’s flanks, and nearly broke the center of Grant’s army as well.

Jackson was Lee’s “right arm” Taking Lee’s strategies and delivering crushing blows, rapid marches, and helping the Army of Northern Virginia to great victories.

This last picture shows Lee and Jackson at their last meeting, before Jackson’s flank attack on Joseph Hooker’s army on May 2, 1863. Lee and Jackson gained their brightest, and last victory on the Battle of Chancellorsville, as Lee, with 51,000 men, routed Hooker’s Army of the Potomac, numbering 134,000 men. Jackson would be wounded the night of the 2nd, losing his left arm, but dying of pneumonia May 10th.

MLK Day, an opposing view

Frankly, I have no issue with the holiday, but maybe I should? Bob Belvedere raises some interesting points

Frederick Douglass

Image via Wikipedia


 

-I was not a supporter of making Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday a national holiday.  I am still not.  If his career had ended the day after his I Have A Dream Speech [August 1963], I probably would have had no problem with having him being the one black honored with a holiday, but Rev. King went on to embrace Socialism and that disqualifies him from being so honored with an American Holiday.  Socialism is the exact opposite of everything America stands for and to esteem any person holding such views is a betrayal of The Founding.

Much better to have paid homage to Frederick Douglass, another brave man like Rev. King, but who embraced solidly American values and never wavered in his belief in the goodness of The United States Of America.  My favorite quote of his:

A man’s rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, jury box and the cartridge box.

That statement could have come from The Duke or one of The Founding Fathers or from any Patriot.

Some more from Mr. Douglass:

…The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us… I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! … And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! … your interference is doing him positive injury.

And…

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.

Read it all, very interesting and very thought provoking. Bob understands that for writing this that he will be called, well, you know

but, hey, what do I know: I’m a raaaaacist.

Yes, Bob, you will be thus labeled by the political correctors, but, wear it as a badge of honor sir! I too will be labeled for celebrating Confederate Heroes Day here in Texas on January 19th, which is Robert E Lee’s birthday. Stonewall Jackson was born Jan. 24th

I had dozens of ancestors who fought the Yankees, and I cherish their sacrifices and their memories. Those who say that these men fought to defend slavery are wrong. They deserve their holiday, and our remembrances! Anyone who wants to criticize me, or call me names for honoring my heritage can kiss my ass frankly.

Here are two videos from Gods and Generals, a fantastic, and historically sound movie about The Army of Norther Virginia, and about Stonewall Jackson, played by Stephen Lange

Honoring two great men

Those men, who became a great military team, were Stinewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee. Very good article on them by Chuck Baldwin

Without question, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were two of the greatest military leaders of all time. Even more, many military historians regard the Lee and Jackson tandem as perhaps the greatest battlefield duo in the history of warfare. If Jackson had survived the battle of Chancellorsville, it is very possible that the South would have prevailed at Gettysburg and perhaps would even have won the War Between the States.

In fact, it was Lord Roberts, commander-in-chief of the British armies in the early twentieth century, who said, “In my opinion, Stonewall Jackson was one of the greatest natural military geniuses the world ever saw. I will go even further than that–as a campaigner in the field, he never had a superior. In some respects, I doubt whether he ever had an equal.”

While the strategies and circumstances of the War of Northern Aggression can (and will) be debated by professionals and laymen alike, one fact is undeniable: Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson were two of the finest Christian gentlemen this country has ever produced. Both their character and their conduct were beyond reproach.

Unlike his northern counterpart, Ulysses S. Grant, General Lee never sanctioned or condoned slavery. Upon inheriting slaves from his deceased father-in-law, Lee freed them. And according to historians, Jackson enjoyed a familial relationship with those few slaves that were in his home. In addition, unlike Abraham Lincoln and U.S. Grant, there is no record of either Lee or Jackson ever speaking disparagingly of the black race.

As those who are familiar with history know, General Grant and his wife held personal slaves before and during the War Between the States, and, contrary to popular opinion, even Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves of the North. They were not freed until the Thirteenth Amendment was passed after the conclusion of the war. Grant’s excuse for not freeing his slaves was that “good help is so hard to come by these days.”

Furthermore, it is well established that Jackson regularly conducted a Sunday School class for black children. This was a ministry he took very seriously. As a result, he was dearly loved and appreciated by the children and their parents.

In addition, both Jackson and Lee emphatically supported the abolition of slavery. In fact, Lee called slavery “a moral and political evil.” He also said “the best men in the South” opposed it and welcomed its demise. Jackson said he wished to see “the shackles struck from every slave.”

Very good piece, read it all.

I have not witnessed a beating of this magnitude since….

Since my old dog Bo, a mix of English bulldog and Pit bull, think of the Mack Truck logo, and that would be Bo, locked his jaws onto another dog’s, er, well, let’s just say that Bo likely prevented that other dog from ever pro-creating. Anyway, since that beating that Bo, who was killed, sadly chasing a fire truck, he HATED sirens, delivered, I have not seen anyone receive such a thrashing. Until today that is.

Today, little Andy Sullivan, decided it would be a good idea to get on the wrong side R.S. McCain. I think Andy ought to remember the sage advice of the late singer Jim Croce who sang “You don’t pull the mask on the old Lone Ranger, and you don’t mes around with Jim”. Well, in your case Andy, R.S. McCain IS Jim.

By the way, lest anyone misunderstand about the late, great Bo, he was a swet dog, UNTIL another male dog came in his yard and messed with Bo’s people. In this case the dog in question, we will call him Andy Sullivan, acted in an unfriendly manner towards my little sister, BAD IDEA! Bo, was the ultimate Alpha-Male, a gentleman, unless you provoked him, then it was on!

Also, since I am comparing McCain’s thumping of Sullivan to other routs, I suggest you Google “Chancellorsvile”. There, Union general “Fightin” Joe Hooker, decided it would be a good idea to announce his intentions to destroy Lee’s Army of Nothern Virginia. It went very well for Hooker, until the fighting started. Instead of “ingloriously fleeing” as Hooker predicted, Lee attacked, and preceeded to deliver a beating of historical proportions.

Sullivan, though, should not feel too bad as he picks his teeth off the floor. R.S. McCain has smacked lots of Liberal hacks around, like Robert E. Lee out-generaled  lots of  Union commanders. McClellan, Pope, Burnside, Hooker, Grant, yes, he thouroughly out-generaled Grant, but lost what Lincoln called “the arithmetic”.

So, Andy, just learn from your beating, and stop picking fights with your betters.