Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lee-Jackson Day 2018 - All We Ask Is To Be Left Alone

Lexington authorities have spent weeks planning for the upcoming Lee Jackson Day weekend and we appreciate their diligence. I would imagine if you added up the cost of extra manpower and security over the past 7 years since City Council voted to prohibited the flags of Lee and Jackson to be flown from city light stands, it would be astronomical, not counting the lost revenue from the ongoing boycott.

There are some who REALLY want us to go away and let the matter drop. We keep telling them it’s real simple...

It’s cold. It’s January in the valley. We don’t particularly want to be standing on your streets for two days. Drop the silly flag ban, and let the flags of Lee and Jackson fly during the holiday. Flags go up on Friday, we come in on Saturday and attend an event for an hour, parade to W&L and have a service at Lee Chapel, and go home. Flags come down Monday morning.

It worked for years....peacefully and with great benefit to the city. It can work again. It ain’t rocket science. All we ask is to be left alone.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Despite An All Out Assault, The Confederacy Marches On

**Timeline Updated 1/2/2018**

Many of you have probably seen the latest hit piece from one of the Anti-Confederate bloggers, claiming that 2017 will go down as the "year the monuments came down". The haters and monument destroyers are declaring total victory and dancing in the streets.

Most people in the heritage community know all too well that symbols of Confederate history have been targeted for removal since the Charleston tragedy in 2015. Although the perpetrator of that atrocity had nothing to do with Confederate heritage, those who hate our heritage saw an opportunity and seized it.

There had been calls for removal of flags and monuments, and renaming of streets and parks for several years, but the calls grew louder and more strident after 2015. The Southern Poverty Law Center devoted a great deal of time and effort to charting the monuments' locations -- and slandering them as tokens of Jim Crowism due to the time periods in which they were erected.

What the SPLC doesn't admit is the fact that the "spikes" in their chart showing periods of monument raising coincided with the 25th, 50th and 100th anniversaries of the War Between the States, not Jim Crow legislation.

Despite the voices clamoring for Confederate destruction, it wasn't until late spring of 2017 that Mayor Mitch Landrieu started the monument removal craze in earnest, setting the precedent for removing them using untrained personnel under cover of darkness. Subsequently, monuments were removed in Baltimore, Tampa, St. Louis, Dallas and other places. In none of these cases were the people allowed to vote on the issue, and poll after poll proved the majority did not want the monuments taken down. 
YES, we have suffered some setbacks. YES we have lost some monuments in major cities. YES we need to be prepared for the fight that waits for us in 2018.


HOWEVER. What they are calling a "total victory" amounts to the removal of LESS THAN 5% of the Confederate monuments in the United States....and that's using the SPLC's VERY UNDER REPORTED numbers and the media's VERY EXAGGERATED numbers of removals. I believe the number is much more like less than 2% in reality. 

While some are claiming that 2017 was "The Year Confederate Monuments Came Down", it was also the year that Confederate monuments, along with other historical artifacts, came under the protection of state law in Alabama for the first time. It was the year that new monuments went up across the United Sates, and some existing ones were rededicated. It was the year in which dozens of new Confederate flags were raised.

Several news agencies and anti-Confederate bloggers posted timelines with monument and memorial removals.  We decided to do some research and create our own timeline.  This one shows new monuments, flags, and markers installed and dedicated since the removal of the battle flag from the South Carolina State House grounds in July of 2015. The list It is by no means 100% complete, and we encourage you to send us any additional items or corrections for updates, but even so, the list is extensive.  Take a look: 


The Confederacy Marches On

List of Confederate monuments, memorials, and flags installed, rededicated, or successfully defended since July of 2015


July -- Alamance County, NC --  County Commissioners vote 5-0 to keep the Alamance County Confederate monument in place after over 1500 attend a flag rally and pack the commission meeting.  ACTBAC, NC

July -- Richmond, VA -- New marker to Dr. Rufus Benjamin Weaver dedicated at Hollywood Cemetery

August  --  Bulloch County, Georgia -- Commissioners vote unanimously to leave the Confederate monument in Statesboro in place.

August -- Raybun County, Georgia -- County Commissioners vote to keep monument and flags dedicated to Rabun County soldier.

August -- Danville, Virginia -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised on Highway 58 the same day City Council votes to remove a 3x5 Third National from the Confederate monument on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion, the Last Capitol of the Confederacy.  Va Flaggers

August -- Danville, Virginia -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised at Westover. Va Flaggers

August -- Danville, Virginia -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised at Robertson Bridge - Va Flaggers

August -- Danville, Virginia --  Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised on the Danville Expressway.  Va Flaggers

September --  Richmond, Virginia -- I-64 Kershaw’s Brigade Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised at Savages Station - Va Flaggers

September – Lithia, Florida – Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised on Keysville Rd – Hillsborough Florida Flaggers

October  -- Shiloh, Tennessee -- New Mississippi Confederate monument dedicated by the SCV and UDC on the Shiloh Battle Field

October -- Danville, Virginia --  Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised on the Danville Expressway -  Va Flaggers

November -- Danville, Virginia -  Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised at Stokesland Cemetery - Va Flaggers

November -- Danville, Virginia --   Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated on the Danville Expressway - Va Flaggers

November -- Danville, Virginia --  Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated on Hwy. 58 - Va Flaggers

November -- Danville, Virginia -  Roadside Memorial Battle Flag Raised on Central Boulevard - Va Flaggers

December -- Danville, Virginia -- Danville Museum of History and Fine Arts Director Cara Burton announces her resignation after month of turmoil and backlash.  She was the first to call for the removal of the flag on the grounds of the Last Capitol.

December -- Roanoke, Virginia -- Roanoke City denies the NAACP’s request to prevent the 28th Virginia Infantry, SCV to carry Confederate flags in the annual Christmas parade.

December -- Holland, TX -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag installed and dedicated on SH95.  Major Robert M. White Camp #1250, SCV


February -- Prince George County, Virginia -- I-95 Wade Hampton Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated.  Va Flaggers

March – Lithia, Florida – Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated on County Rd. 640 – Hillsborough Florida Flaggers

April -- Columbia, SC -- Battle Flag at the Citadel protected by state law

April -- Pensacola, FL -- Roadside memorial battle flag raised and dedicated on I-10 - Steven R. Mallory SCV Camp #1315

May -- The East Feliciana Parish -- Parish Police Jury voted unanimously to leave the Confederate Monument in Place in front of the Parish Courthouse in Clinton, LA.

May -- Dahlonega, Georgia -- New Confederate monument installed and dedicated on Memorial Day - Blue Ridge Rifles Camp #1860 SCV

May -- Stuart, Virginia -- Portrait of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart rededicated in a ceremony and placed on the wall of honor in the Patrick County municipal building.

May -- Danville, Virginia --  Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated on Highway 58 - Va Flaggers

May -- Danville, Virginia --  Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated on Highway 29 - Va Flaggers

May -- Danville, Virginia -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated on Highway 29 - Va Flaggers

June -- Easton, Maryland -- Talbot County Council Votes to keep Confederate Statue on courthouse lawn.

June -- Swansea, South Carolina --  Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated on Highway 6 – Rhett Ingram/Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

June – Baltimore, Maryland -- New monument to William R. Clark, 1st Confederate Soldier killed in Baltimore by 6th Massachusetts, is dedicated.

July -- Lake Charles, Louisiana -- “The South’s Defenders” monument successfully defended.  City council voted 4-2 NOT to pass a resolution requesting its removal.

July -- Danville, Virginia -- Gen. William Lewis Cabell Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised on US 29 Bypass - the largest to date in the Commonwealth.  - Va Flaggers

August -- Alexandria, Virginia -- State legislators refuse city's request to seek General Assembly approval to move the Confederate monument located there.

September -- Rustburg, Va - New Confederate Monument and Flags installed and dedicated.  Campbell Guards SCV Camp

October -- Fredericksburg, Virginia -- City Council rejects effort to rename section of Jefferson Davis Highway.

October -- Moore County, NC -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated on Jefferson Davis Highway - Nathan Bedford Forrest SCV Camp # 803

October -- Elm Springs, TN -- Groundbreaking for the new National Confederate Museum on the grounds of SCV National Headquarters.

November -- Burlington, NC -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag Raised on Highway 49 - ACTBAC, NC

November -- Roxboro, NC -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised on Hwy 158 East - Roxboro Grays SCV Camp 1932

November -- North Carolina -- Roadside Memorial Battle flag raised on Highway 321 - Maj. Charles Q. Petty SCV Camp.

December -- Easton, Maryland -- Talbot County reaffirms keeping Confederate Statue on courthouse lawn.

December -- Middlesex County, Virginia -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised on Rt. 33 - Lane-Armistead SCV Camp #1772

December -- Danville, Virginia -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised Mount Cross Road. - Va Flaggers


January -- Chesapeake, Virginia -- Chesapeake Expressway Jackson Greys Roadside Memorial Battle Flag installed and dedicated on the Chesapeake Expressway - Va Flaggers

February -- Reidsville, NC --- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag Raised on Highway 87 - ACTBAC, NC

February – Riverview, Florida – Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated on Balm Riverview Road – Hillsborough Florida Flaggers

February -- Mathews County, Virginia --Confederate flag installed and raised at Fort Nonsense, Lane-Armistead SCV Camp #1772.

April -- Hartsville, South Carolina -- Roadside Battle Flag raised on Highway 151. Confederate Patriots of America

May -- Montgomery, Alabama -- Gov. Kay Ivey signs into law the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act that requires local governments to obtain state permission before removing or renaming historically significant buildings and monuments.

May -- Charlottesville, Virginia - Judge issues injunction to halt the planned removal of the Robert E. Lee monument from LEE Park.

May -- Brandenburg, Kentucky - Confederate monument installed and dedicated in city riverfront park.

June -- Paris, Texas -- Court rules Confederate monument will stay.

June -- Gettysburg, PA --  Hundreds attend the rededication of the Virginia Monument on the 100th anniversary of its dedication - Maryland Division, SCV

July -- Mathews County, Virginia -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raise on Cricket Hill Rd. - Lane-Armistead SCV Camp #1772

July -- Rockville County, MD -- Confederate monument erected at site of ferry used at the Dickerson-Leesburg crossing, named for Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early, a Confederate general who reached the outskirts of Washington during an 1864 raid.

July -- Newton, NC -- Roadside Memorial Battle Flag installed and raised on Rt. 16, George Rabb Confederate Memorial Park dedicated - CF Connor Camp #849 SCV

August  -- Phoenix, Arizona -- Governor Doug Doucy tells the press the state's Confederate monuments are part of history and it is not his mission to tear them down.

August --  Patrick County, Virginia --County supervisors pass resolution of support to rotect, maintain and not remove the county's Confederate Monument.

August -- Chickamauga, Georgia -- statue to Confederate soldiers raised by SCV

August  --  Hacker group "Anonymous" threatens vandalism at 13 Confederate Monuments across the South. Patriots convened to protect and guard each one, resulting in NO vandalism or destruction at any of the threatened locations.

August -- College Station Texas -- Texas A&M officials announce that statue of Gen. Sull Ross will not be removed.

August -- Chapel Hill, NC -- University of North Carolina refuses Governor Cooper's offer to remove Silent Sam.

August   -- Corinth, Mississippi -- Col W P Rogers Monument guarded by police and citizens after online threat

August -- Talbot County, Maryland -- County Council reaffirms its decision to leave the “Talbot Boys” Confederate monument in place.

August -- National Parks Service announces all Confederate monuments and memorials will remain on park property.

August -- Crenshaw County, Alabama -- New Confederate monument installed and dedicated at Confederate Memorial Park, Alabama SCV

September  -- Tyrone, Georgia -- Town Council voted 3 to 1 to keep in the Town Hall a mural depicting a Confederate soldier after a state representative called for the mural's removal.

September --  Virginia Beach, Virginia - Confederate monument can't be moved in Virginia Beach, city attorney says

September  -- Ft. Myers, Florida -- Officials decide Robert E. Lee statue will remain downtown, Lee portrait will remain in County Commission building, and Lee remains as county name.

September -- Aiken, SC -- New monument erected in  by the Bernard Bee Camp 1575, SCV.

September - Lexington, Virginia - VMI officials announce they will not remove any Confederate monuments or memorials on school property.

September -- Loudon County, Virginia -- Board of Supervisors vote NO to a request to ask State permission to remove Confederate monument at the Leesburg Courthouse.

October  -- Chattanooga, Tennessee -- Hamilton County Commission votes to keep the bust of Confederate General A.P. Stewart in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse

October  -- Prince William County, Virginia  -- Supervisors reject effort to rename section of Jefferson Davis Highway.

October   -- Harrisonburg, Virginia -- Marker dedication at the Turner Ashby Monument

October -- Delaware Confederate Monument expansion completed after the local NAACP’s demand for it to be removed was denied in the summer of 2017.

October -- Hamilton County, Tennessee -- Hamilton County Commission vote to keep the bust of Confederate General A. P Stewart in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse.

October – Richmond, Virginia – Confederate flag installed and dedicated in Confederate Ladies’ plot at Riverview Cemetery – Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

November – Dallas, Texas -- City halts plans to tear down UDC6 War Memorial and the Denton County Confederate Arch Monument.

December  -- Richmond, Virginia --  City council voted against one councilman’s recommendation to seek the permission of the General Assembly to move the Confederate monuments on Monument Avenue

December --  Easton, Maryland -- Talbot County reaffirms keeping Confederate Statue on courthouse lawn.

December -- Mathews, Virginia - Roadside Memorial Battle Flag Raised on Rt. 14 - Lane-Armistead SCV Camp 1772

December – Riverview, Florida – Roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised and dedicated on Big Bend Road – Hillsborough Florida Flaggers
Quite a list...and it is growing!

Folks, now is not the time to throw in the towel or have a pity party. Now is the time to rise up and join us in the fight.  Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and step up our monument defense strategies, and put plans for new monuments, memorials, and flag sites into high gear.

Let's make 2018 "The Year That The Confederacy Fought Back" !
"Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave."
Patrick Henry, St. John's Church, Richmond, VA, 1775

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Epic Fail: Stafford County Black Lives Matter Flag Fundraiser Falls Short, Project Abandoned

You may recall that our Fredericksburg I-95 Memorial Battle Flag has been in the news quite a bit over the last few months.

In September, the Stafford County Attorney announced that there was absolutely nothing that Stafford County could do to force the removal of the flag that flies 24/7 in what was recently described as the busiest corridor of I-95, even if they wanted to, because it flies on private property and is protected by the First Amendment.

This announcement was made after agitators attended several County Board of Supervisors meetings, demanding the county take action to have the flag removed. Supervisors have repeatedly informed the agitators that the flag was erected with all necessary permits and following all regulations.

In response, a Fredericksburg area couple filed a complaint, claiming that the flag pole and flag violated zoning ordinances and attempted to convince county officials that the flag was actually a sign, "advertising" for the Va Flaggers.

In early December, after a two month long investigation, county officials once again announced that the flag site did not violate any ordinances and was free to fly on private property.

In the meantime, much press attention was given to a woman who filed a permit to raise a large "Black Lives Matter" flag in her back yard in Stafford.  Her antics made national news and her "go fund me" page quickly raised $8,500 of the $25,000 she claimed to need to raise the flag.

This morning, we received news that Susan Kosior, the woman behind the Black Lives Matter flag raising scheme, has officially thrown in the towel.  Apparently, her fund raising efforts fell flat and the $8,500 she raised was not enough for a pole, much less the installation and flag cost.

After facing criticism from neighbors and citizens, Ms. Kosior has announced she is giving up the project entirely and moving back to New York.

We have no idea what will become of the money collected for the flag that will never be raised, but we certainly wish we could personally send a thank you note to every donor for (apparently) financing her move back to New York...and OUT OF DIXIE.

If this isn't #winning, we don't know what is.  ;)

In the meantime, all of the press attention apparently stirred up and emboldened local troublemakers, who managed to vandalize the site in early October.  The pole was spray painted and the criminals attempted to cut the cable and steal the flag.  They failed.

The graffiti was quickly removed, the damaged cable replaced, and video surveillance cameras added to the site.

Yesterday, our Guardians from the Stafford Light Artillery SCV Camp #2247 spent the morning changing out the 20x30 Army of Tennessee flag.  The existing flag was beginning to show slight wear and it was removed for repairs, and a new flag was raised in its place.
Many thanks to all of you whose support makes the installation and maintenance of these flag sites the landowners who step up and lease us the property...and to all of our Guardians of the Flags who volunteer to maintain and care for the sites.

We are pleased to be wrapping up 2017 with more flags flying than when the year started, several more projects under construction...and one less meddlesome Yankee in the Commonwealth.


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dixie Rising: Another Roadside Memorial Battle Flag Raised in Virginia!

Our friends at the Lane Armistead SCV Camp #1772 in Mathews County, Virginia completed work over the weekend on their FOURTH roadside battle flag installation! 

At 60', this is their tallest pole to date and flies in a great location on Rt. 14 just outside of Mathews, where a dedication ceremony will be held this Saturday at noon. 
Congratulations to the men of the Lane-Armistead SCV Camp #1772!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Billboard in Charlottesville, Va Honors Robert E Lee

Six months ago, the Va Flaggers leased space for a billboard in Charlottesville, Virginia for November, 2017.  At the time, it was the first available opening and our intentions were to run a billboard exposing Wes Bellamy’s immoral and indecent behavior, and Charlottesville City Council’s vote to violate state law in attempting to remove the Robert E. Lee monument from LEE Park.  As the time for production drew near, and in light of recent events in the city, we decided to change course and use an entirely different approach.  

The following is a photo of the billboard, installed last week at a busy intersection in the heart of downtown Charlottesville:

We are pleased with the results…a simple message of truth, with a goal of educating citizens who have heard nothing but lies and false narratives from the monument haters, and heaping hot coals on the heads of Charlottesville City Council and the leftist extremists who control that town and appear hell bent on destroying it.

Poll after poll indicates that the overwhelming majority of Virginians are opposed to the destruction of veterans’ monuments and memorials and the backlash over the recent wave of PC monument removals and name changes is expected to play a huge role in today's election, after Democratic candidates for state office made it clear that if elected, they intend to tear down any monument or memorial they, or their extremist base deem “offensive”, while Republican candidates have vowed to protect our history and heritage.  

We hope this billboard will encourage citizens to learn more about the faith and character of Robert E. Lee, and reject the false narrative being pushed by the left.

Many thanks to each and every one of you whose generous support help to make this billboard possible. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ceremony Planned to Dedicate 14 New Confederate Memorials In Richmond


"Though their hands were small and not hardened in battle, their service to the Confederacy looms large."

On Friday March 13th, 1863, eighteen-year-old Mary Ryan was at work at the Confederate States Laboratory on Brown’s Island. The small ammunition factory had several hundred employees, most of whom were young women between the ages of twelve and twenty. The work, which often required small hands, was vitally important to the Confederate war effort, which suffered often from shortages in the supply of ammunition.
The C.S. Laboratory was divided into six departments, and Mary Ryan worked in the last one. Seated at the end of a table with a handful of other employees, she was filling friction primers–the devices used to ignite gunpowder inside a cannon. This was dangerous work. In fact, the superintendent Captain Wesley N. Smith had reminded her of that during his routine inspection of the facility just fifteen minutes prior. Shortly after 11:00 AM, Mary noticed that the primer had gotten stuck and so she struck the table three times to dislodge the primer. Upon the third strike, the primer ignited and an explosion sent her flying upwards. The first explosion ignited other materials in the room, causing a second, much-larger explosion that destroyed the building completely.
The Confederate munitions factory on Brown's Island exploded with a fury that killed more than 40 of its female workers, most of whom were immigrants with little resources, and were laid to rest in unmarked graves throughout the city. 
In 2014, the Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter #2, Virginia Society, Order of the Confederate Rose (OCR) raised the needed funds to mark 14 of the graves in Shockoe Hill Cemetery in Richmond.  A ceremony was held in March of 2014 to dedicate the markers.  

Almost immediately after that project was completed, the Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter began to raise money to mark 14 more graves, this time at Hollywood Cemetery, and earlier this year, fundraising for the nearly $8,000 needed was completed. 

The stones have been fabricated and will be set this week and a dedication ceremony will be held this Saturday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Gettysburg gazebo in Hollywood Cemetery.

Hosted by the Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter #2, OCR, the ceremony will include a Confederate color guard and rifle salute, keynote remarks by Ms. Teresa Roane, and historical information.  Please plan to attend and help us honor these young victims of Lincoln’s illegal war on the South.

Across the country, our monuments and memorials are under daily attack by those who would wish to see our history and heritage, and the memory of the Confederate soldier, wiped completely from the face of the earth.  While continuing to fight these defensive battles is our primary focus, the placement of new flags, monuments, and memorials is also a top priority.  These 14 new memorials, placed when so many are under threat of removal, is a testimony to the hard work and dedication to the men and women of the Captain Sally Tompkins OCR and we offer our sincere thanks and admiration.