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SLAVERY AND LINCOLN'S WAR by Spencer Gantt.

 

Whether black or white or Northerner or Southerner, Spencer Gantt’s Slavery and Lincoln’s War is as good a place to begin as any book about the conflict of 1861-1865 to understand what America’s Civil War was and was not all about.  Just as he discovered “surprising information” he “had never read, never imagined, and never been taught,” so will readers of his book do likewise.  With caveats noted about “Total War,” “Lincoln’s Unconstitutional Acts”[as a “Dictator” and the suppression of civil liberties (that involve complicated issues about Executive Power including the President as Commander-in-Chief, and the laws of war), and the Civil War’s avoidability versus its inevitability (about which historians continue to disagree and debate), Mr. Gantt’s slim and inexpensive volume, sprightly written in plain language and peppered with colloquial sayings, is a fast-paced and easy read.

 

Written by an average American citizen who was inspired to learn more about the conflict of 1861-1865 by the continuing controversy

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JEBStuart Statue Refurb

RESCUING GENERAL STUART

General James Ewell Brown Stuart is once again in danger!  Though he is no longer prey to the mortality of the flesh, his monument in Richmond is in serious danger of being rendered hors d'combat due to the passage of time and frailty of every man-made substance no matter how "permanent".

THE STUART-MOSBY HISTORICAL SOCIETY is sponsoring a fund-raising effort to keep General JEB in the saddle for many years to come through the skill and efforts of Bronze Et Al, a company headed by Mr. Andrew Baxter.  For a cost of $35,000, Mr. Baxter's craftsmen will return the General to full health and continued existence.  It is hoped to have the funds raised by June so that the work can be done during the summer.  All monies collected above and beyond the cost of restoration will be placed in a trust fund for future maintenance.

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GENE KIZER'S new book

"SLAVERY WAS NOT THE CAUSE OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES: the irrefutable Argument." Gene's new book is an excellent treatise on the actual cause(s) of Lincoln's War, and slavery is not one of them. To say that this war was to end slavery is simply to "sugar coat" the invasion and destruction of the South, and give "moral cover" for the annihilation of a people. Wherever slavery had ended, it had been done peacefully and with compensation. Only in Haiti and the South, where war erupted, was the outcome a destructive one. In the end, not a single Southerner , black or white, gained anything good from this unnecessary war.

 

The New England Slavers

The New England Slavers

 

Of the 500,000 or so Africans brought over to the good ‘ol USA, it’s likely that as many as 300,000 came courtesy of the New England slave traders and entrepreneurs. The remainder were no doubt transported by others of the big five slaving giants, mainly England. You may have missed this little tidbit in history class. I know I did.

 

Do you know of any slave ports located in North America in the 1700s and 1800s? I bet you do. How about Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia? I’m sure these two have probably been drilled into your head since birth. But, the dirty little secret is there are lots more than these two. Lots and lots. And, they’re all up North where the cotton don't grow. Try these names. Boston, Cambridge, New London, Newport, New York, Philadelphia, Providence and Salem. Get yourself a colonial map of the US and see if these ports don’t start in New Jersey and go all the way up to Maine. And, most of them … GASP! … are in New England!

 

It seems the New England states were up to their necks, big time merchants in the buying, transporting and selling of their human brethren from Africa. They even dropped off several for home use. They were the biggest slave carriers to the Americas in the 1700s, and had their own little route set up from the Puritan Shining Cities on a Hill to the West Indies, over to Africa and then back, making money hand over fist. Some went to the far coast of Africa to avoid the giants of the trade and picked up slaves from points East including Madagascar.

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RECONSTRUCT! South Carolina Highway Patrol

No, no, wait! Sorry about that. "Reconstruct" much bad word here in the South. How about revise, modify, do over? Whatever the verb, it should be obvious to the bureaucrats at the famed SCHP (South Carolina Highway Patrol) and ALL citizens that restructuring the organization is vital as the recent shooting of an unarmed citizen for a violation of the SC "seat belt law" shows. Per my viewing the incident on a Facebook post (none available now .... wonder why?), I recall the officer seemingly "lying in wait" for the "perpetrator" who was in a gas station. When the man came outside he was confronted, reached into his pickup truck for his license and was subsequently shot by the trooper. No matter how it happened, my point is that "gray shirted troopers" armed with "hand cannons on their hip" should not be enforcing minor traffic laws.  

 

In my more naive years I sent a letter to the editor of The State "newspaper" when it was still almost a "real" newspaper. The letter concerned my distress at the waste of man-power within the ranks of the Highway Patrol. (Sorry, make that "person-power"). The letter was well received by the general public, and even produced a letter to me from the then "High Commissioner of the Department of Transportation". Rose was his name, I

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Monument Cleanup already underway



MONUMENT CLEAN-UP UNDERWAY LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER DESECRATION! :)

We received word early this morning that crews were scheduled to be at the JEB Stuart monument today for clean up.

We sent someone to verify, and when we arrived at 9:30 a.m., clean up was almost complete!

 

Two men were on site and we shook both workers' hands and thanked them, and told them how much we appreciated their efforts.

Many thanks, also, to each of you who made a call this morning!

If you are so inclined, please take a moment to send an email or make a phone call and kindly THANK Richmond City officials for their prompt action in this matter.

James A. Jackson - Director of Public Works
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Phone: 804-646-3702

J.E.B. Stuart statue vandalized

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Who defaced a statue of a Civil War general? A resident in the area reached out to 8News to find out who's behind the crime.

Sometime Monday morning, the statue of Civil War General J.E.B. Stuart was vandalized. Someone scrawled the words "F*** WORK" on the base of the statue, which is located at the intersection of Lombardy Avenue and Monument Avenue in Richmond.
8News contacted police about the crime; as of 2:15 p.m., we're still waiting to hear back.

"It's terrible," an 8News viewer wrote in a Facebook message to us. "Help us find out who did the defacing."

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

Va Flaggers Call To Action! Please call Richmond Public Works starting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at (804) 646-7000, let them know you are disgusted by this act of desecration and ask them when the monument will be cleaned. If you have any information on who may have vandalized the statue, call Richmond Police at (804) 646-5100.

 

Additional contacts:
James A. Jackson - Director of Public Works
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Phone: 804-646-3702

We will have Flaggers on the ground at the statue at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Join us and help
draw attention to this crime, expedite the clean up, and help publicize the incident to facilitate the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Susan Hathaway

 

(Reprinted with permission of the Virginia Flaggers: Susan Hathaway)

 


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