Look away; Dixie-Land!

So the ‘Stars and Bars’ fly no more next to the South Carolina Statehouse, but I do wonder if it will be so easy to remove those same ‘Stars and Bars’ from the whole history of the South?

(Old) Mt. Holly Springs C.S. Headstone

(Old) Mt. Holly Springs C.S. Headstone

It might be fairly easy to rip up a memorial headstone such as the one pictured and pronounce that one more ‘memory’ has gone down the road towards ‘equality’ but not so easy for others, especially if, like so many other cotton-topped politicians do, they speak and rant before studying the nature of the problem before them.




ca. 1968, Atlanta, Georgia, USA --- Carving in Progress at Stone Mountain --- Image by © James L. Amos/Corbis

This clown says it should be sand-blasted away, and he wants all the Confederacy to be ‘disappeared’ as well. He might speak on behalf of the NAACP, but he don’t speak for the nation, even from a point of view of plain civil engineering. I mean, it took eight years to flame-cut the massive set-piece into the Stone Mountain rock, and is the NAACP going to fund the removal of this massive piece of Southern History?

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I kind of like the low-relief imagery, even on the truly gigantic scale produced on the face of the Stone Mountain; and I also admire the mindset behind the presence of those three leaders of the Confederacy, Jeff Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, in that salute to an ideal which, although doomed to defeat, never faltered, never wavered, and, ultimately, helped forge the Union we know today.

9 comments for “Look away; Dixie-Land!

  1. July 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Just about to post on that myself. Beat me to it. 🙂

  2. July 15, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Except the flag that you are referring to is not the “Stars and Bars”.

    The flag flying on South Carolina’s statehouse was the battle flag of Beauregard’s Army of Northern Virginia. Although it became known as the defacto flag of the Confederacy it was not officially adopted as such.

    The actual “Stars and Bars” flag is the first one shown here – Adopted March 4, 1861:


    It went through four versions as the number of states joining the Confederacy expanded from 7-to-13 with each star representing a state.

    This flag with its varied number of stars was used until it was replaced on May 1, 1863 with “The Stainless Banner” incorporating the battle flag of Army of Northern Virginia in the top-left-hand corner on a field of white, similar to the white ensign design of naval flags.

    This again was replaced by the final adopted design, the “The Blood-Stained Banner” which was similar to the previous white ensign design except with a red right-hand border.

    • July 16, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks, I like to be accurate. Any corrections welcome.

  3. July 15, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    ….and thank you John for that truly impressive display of absolutely useless and totally trivial information!

    • July 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Well if you’re going to blog on Confederate history at least get the facts right.

      The current apoplexy of the SJW’s and the left is little more than victors justice 150-years after the fact.

      Sure, slavery was a key issue, especially to the liberals of Massachusetts and New York, who feared that the moral repugnance of slavery would spread West with the expanding borders of the US all the way to the Pacific coast. As far as many were concerned, this was an aspect that should have been resolved at Independence as many at the Continental Congress wanted.

      For the vast majority of Southerners, slavery was a non-issue as they could neither afford, nor ever hope to afford a slave. Still others abhorred slavery for moral and/or religious reasons. For the very poorest share croppers (whether they actually realised it or not), the slave was actually making his poverty worse – for how can a free man compete with a slave, all else being equal?

      As per usual, it was the small band of the elite who owned the majority of the slaves and also controlled the various state legislatures, either directly or indirectly. Ties of loyalty and community were not just private personal matters back then, but deep bonds. A person without independent means who was ostracised by his community would be subject to social and economic exclusion – so even token support for the Yankee enemy meant poverty and probably death – thus as each Southern state seceded, those opposed or neutral to the issue of slavery were dragged reluctantly with them by the minority slave-owning elite.

      The War Between the States was completely avoidable by recognising the genuine difficulties and concerns on both sides. Yes, the Confederacy was guilty of provocation, aggression and immorality, but the Union was also guilty of intimidation and violation of the constitution.

      Certainly the Southern states had the right to secede and it was an act of deliberate aggression to force them to remain at the point of a gun. There were no winners in The War Between the States, only losers and a clear demonstration that the federal government had the power to ride roughshod over the constitution with sufficient justification?

      Much of what is wrong with the US today has its roots in that conflict.

      Fundamentally what right did Washington DC have to say anything about what any state did if that did not affect the clearly delineated and limited federal role outlined in the Bill of Rights? Absolutely none.

      Throughout the war Lincoln claimed executive power that he did not have and undertook actions which were clearly unconstitutional, such as the suspension of habeas corpus.

      The overriding reason for the war was about establishing the supremacy of federal government over the individual states and demonstrating that there was no reverse gear on manifest destiny, that once a state was bound in unity as part of the United States, it was bound forever.

      Sure the issue of slavery was kept front-and-centre, for it defined the morality of the Union position against the immorality of their Confederate opponents. That is PR you just can’t buy and certainly more likely to keep troops flowing to the front to die than some hokum about “states rights” or constitutional twaddle. This was why Lincoln enacted the various negro war measures, each more powerful than the last, like a stage magician keeping the audience distracted, keeping the Northern public from noticing what was really going on.

      The vast majority of the Northern politicians didn’t give a fuck about slavery – as they were in no position to benefit from it either politically or economically, but what they could do was use it against their opponents, the Southern democrats, which they did most effectively.

      What the remaining Union politicians in both House and Senate cared about was power and by the the act of secession the Southern states demonstrated that they could revoke that power with the flick of the state legislators pen. That couldn’t be allowed.

      Slavery was just a MacGuffin to keep the war rolling-merrily-along.

      The real purpose behind the War Between The States was to undo secession and to make clear the consequences to future secessionists, that those states who tried to escape would face the same wrath and destruction as seen in Atlanta, Charleston and Savannah.

      It was an object lesson well learned.

  4. Michael
    July 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    “A Country that destroys its past deserves no future”. Rewriting the past to fit some modern day “PC” requirement or to create a false aspect of the past is to destroy the very things that create a future.

  5. auralay
    July 16, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Sandblasting seems a bit time consuming. They should chat to ISIS and the Taleban about quick ways to destroy cultural icons.

  6. July 16, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Apart from the four thousand victims of the ‘Farmer Murder’ campaign in south africa, where the terrorist ANC killers hold sway, just check out the ‘Name Changing’ in Pretoria alone. All the famous names are disappearing, and ‘Just-a-Munt’ rules over all!

  7. Furor Teutonicus
    July 18, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Got my Confederate flag in the post yestaerday! It is flying from my balcony RIGHT now… or would be if there was any wind. It is hanging there any way.

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