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"We feel that our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honour and independence; we ask no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the States with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms." President Jefferson Davis - April 29, 1861

Friday, September 19, 2014

Why I Am a Member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans

These are my exact 
reasons that I belong 
to the SCV too! -- Mike 
BECAUSE I have a deep sense of loyalty to my family and that especially includes my great Grandfather, who, as a private in the Confederate Army with no hope of recognition except that his sacrifice would be remembered by his family, gave his life in defense of his country, his home, and those who would come after him. 

BECAUSE I believe in the promise of the Man of Galilee, of life after death. As my great grandfather looks down upon me from the Valhalla of Confederate heroes I want him to know that I am not ungrateful, that I remember and honor his bravery and sacrifice. 

BECAUSE I have so much to be proud of in the Confederate Army. Its brilliant fight, under conditions of extreme privation, against an enemy overwhelming in numbers and equipment, so won the admiration of the world that 100 years later, a group of retired British army and Navy officers organized the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain, headquartered in London, to study its campaigns. In 1974, a group of Belgians organized the Confederate Historical Society of Belgium, based in Brussels, for the same reason and purpose. The Southern Skirmisher's Ass'n in England re-enacts battles of the War. Some members have to wear the Blue but typical of the sentiment, is one sturdy English Confederate who told a reporter: "...one Southern fighting man was worth two Yankees. I would never be anything but a Southerner." 

Salute to the Confederate Veterans, Whiteville, NC
No other army in history has been paid such a tribute by foreigners over a century after the war in
which it was engaged. Are foreigners to admire and honor the valor of the Confederate soldier in my family while I remain indifferent? 

BECAUSE I love the South and I am proud to be a Southerner. I am proud of the culture, grace and elegance of the Old South, of our heritage of courage, honor, chivalry, respect for womanhood, patriotism, and of duty to God and country. I love the Confederate Flag and "Dixie" as stirring symbols of that heritage. I take pride in the earlier leading role the Old South played in the Revolutionary War, the drafting of the Constitution and the founding of the United States. I love the "Star Spangled Banner" and the Flag of the United States, and I served under that flag in World War II. 

BECAUSE our Southern heritage has served our nation well since 1865. No section has surpassed the South in percentage of volunteers to defend our country in time of war. And the Southern people, who lost everything in the War, and without government aid, had to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, traditionally adhere to the free enterprise System with its liberty and opportunity for all as opposed to the dictatorship of the welfare state with its liberty and opportunity for none. 

BECAUSE even today, some of our school books, movies, television programs and press falsely portray Southerners as rebels and traitors who fought to preserve slavery, misleading our children and millions of Americans ignorant of history. Since my family fought for the Confederacy, they thereby falsely malign my family and me. 

BECAUSE there are even those who would ban "as offensive" the playing of Dixie and the display of the Confederate Flag for which so many Southerners shed their blood; who would dismantle all monuments to our Confederate dead; who would erase all honor to Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Wade Hampton, Jeb Stuart, and all our other Southern heroes. Their purpose is to destroy our proud heritage. As Winston Churchill said, any people with contempt for their heritage have lost faith in themselves and no nation can long survive without pride in its traditions. Our enemies know this. At the same time of the movement to ban the display of the Confederate Flag, during the Vietnam War, we saw our American Flag spat upon, burned, and the flag of an enemy nation with whom we were at war, paraded through the streets of our Nation's Capital. 

BECAUSE I intend to defend my family's honor and remember the sacrifice of my Great Grandfather, Wilson L. Dykes, private in the Confederate Army, and because it is my patriotic duty to my country, I belong to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a respected, non-partisan, patriotic organization dedicated to preserving our Southern Heritage for ourselves, our children, and our children's children, and to seeing that the history of the Confederate States of America and the war fought in its defense, is truthfully recorded. 
I should also add that my membership is a pleasure because through the programs at SCV meetings I have become much better informed about the most fascinating war in our history, and through SCV social activities I have made many warm friendships, both locally and all over the country. Those of us who belong to the Sons of Confederate Veterans do so: 
  • "In testimony of our love, recalling deeds immortal, heroism unsurpassed." 
  • "With ranks unbroken, ragged, starved and decimated, the Southern soldier for duty's sake, undaunted, stood to the front of the battle until no light remained to illumine the field of carnage, save the luster of his chivalry and courage."

We are determined that your glory be not forgot, as long as fame her record keeps.

January, 1979
Dean Boggs
Kirby-Smith Camp, No. 1209
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Jacksonville, Florida 


Sunday, September 14, 2014


In case you missed reading this I have attached the Issa Letter to Eric Holder About Brian Fallon :  M. Hollingsworth

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Confederate Enlisted Rank Structure

Confederate Sergeant Major
Confederate Sergeant
Confederate Quartermaster

Confederate Ordnance
Confederate First

Confederate Sergeant

Confederate Corporal

Branch colors were used for color of chevrons. 
Blue for infantry 

yellow for cavalry

red for artillery
This could differ with some units, however, depending on available resources or the unit commander's desire. Cavalry regiments from Texas, for example, often used red insignia and at least one Texas infantry regiment used black.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_States_Army

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FIELDS: The buck stops in the White House

President Obama is surprised when the world won't behave HYDE PARK, N.Y. Franklin D. Roosevelt had the good fortune of Adolf Hitler declaring war on the United States just four days after Pearl Harbor. With war blazing across front pages from coast to coast, and the radio crackling with cries of fear and loathing, America was…

FIELDS: The buck stops in the White House

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Sword Of Robert Lee (Written by Abram Joseph Ryan - 1838-1886)

Abram Joseph Ryan - 1838-1886
Poet, Catholic Priest

During the Civil War, 
he served unofficially as a chaplain 
in the Confederate army. 
Postwar, he was noted for his poetry 
celebrating the Confederacy and 
the "Lost Cause." A book 
of his poetry has been published 
and perhaps his best known 
poem is "The Conquered Banner.
" He became known as 
"The Poet-Priest of the Confederacy."
Forth from its scabbard, pure and bright,
Flashed the sword of Lee!
Far in the front of the deadly fight,
High o'er the brave in the cause of Right
Its stainless sheen, like a beacon light,
Led us to Victory!

Out of its scabbard, where, full long,
It slumbered peacefully,
Roused from its rest by the battle's song,
Shielding the feeble, smiting the strong,
Guarding the right, avenging the wrong,
Gleamed the sword of Lee!

Forth from its scabbard, high in the air
Beneath Virginia's sky-
And they who saw it gleaming there,
And knew who bore it, knelt to swear
That where that sword led they would dare
To follow-and to die!

Out of its scabbard! Never hand
Waved sword from stain as free,
Nor purer sword led braver band,
Nor braver bled for a brighter land,
Nor brighter land had a cause so grand,
Nor cause a chief like Lee!

Forth from its scabbard! How we prayed
That sword might victor be;
And when our triumph was delayed,
And many a heart grew sore afraid,
We still hoped on while gleamed the blade
Of noble Robert Lee!

Forth from its scabbard all in vain
Bright flashed the sword of Lee;
'Tis shrouded now in its sheath again,
It sleeps the sleep of our noble slain,
Defeated, yet without stain,
Proudly and peacefully


Thursday, August 21, 2014

News Release:  NCSCV Camp 794, “The Columbus County Volunteers,” Sons of Confederate Veterans – North Carolina Division:

NCSCV Camp 794 Press Release…  Thursday, August 28, 2014
For Immediate Release:

Billy Yeargin
The NC Sons of Confederate Veterans Columbus County Volunteers, will meet on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 2:30 PM at the North Carolina Forestry Museum at the corner of Columbus and Madison Streets in Whiteville, NC.  The meeting is open to the public.  There is no admission charge. 

The guest speaker will be Mr. Billy Yeargin, a Road Scholar with the NC Humanities Council. Billy Yeargin is a professor for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University where he teaches American Southern Culture for Osher Lifelong Learning program. Mr. Yeargin is a former headmaster at Oak Ridge Military Academy in Oak Ridge, NC.   He has published two books on North Carolina tobacco culture: North Carolina Tobacco, a History and Remembering North Carolina Tobacco.

Mr Yeargin's topic:

General Robert E. Lee: The Autumn of His Life 
By Mr. Billy Yeargin

While the greater part of Robert E. Lee’s adult life was spent in military pursuits, Lee chose to spend his final years developing the minds, character, and strength of young students as President of Washington College, a small campus in Lexington, Virginia.  The dedication he displayed as the leader of a growing collection of aspiring students, from both north and south, spoke louder, stronger, and certainly much longer, toward assuring a proud future for a wounded American society.  “Robert E Lee: The Autumn of His Life” will take the audience on a personal journey with Lee, a man of character and spiritual dedication, as he took his place in American culture and history, a place where he was afforded the opportunity to address his passion of nurturing the reconciliation and growth of others. Source: http://nchumanities.org

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Michael "Mike" Hollingsworth,
Communications and Information Officer
NCSCV Camp 794 “The Columbus County Volunteers”
North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans    

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Sun Shines Bright 1953 John Ford (Full Length Movie)

I couldn't say it better!  Mike Hollingsworth
What a great movie... John Ford was far ahead of his time when it comes to depicting race relations on a good light. Like he did with the movie [Sargent Rutledge] starring Jeffery Hunter and Woody Strode. This great film had me in tears on so many fronts.
First... A white women that was cast out of her family by a stubborn and unforgiving father due to his religious beliefs.
Second... A black boy accused falsely by the family of the rape their white daughter he never committed.
Third... The return of a man who was in love with a woman who came from an illegitimate birth.
Fourth... A woman that ran a prostitution house, and who in the end was more benevolent then all the so called good women of the town. 
Fifth... How it all fell on the town judge who presided over each case with grace, dignity, patience and  understanding.
Brilliant!  And bravo John Ford who in my humble opinion was the greatest director of his era.
As one of the legends of films said about the great John Ford. " The 3 greatest directors in the history of film is: John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." - Orson Wells.
I recommend this movie, and find it to be one of John Ford's best! -- Mr54nomore2 months ago (edited)