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SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
The Fort Warren Letter

Today is the birthday of a great American, Confederate, and Texan: John Henninger Reagan. A US Representative from Texas until he resigned when Texas seceded, Reagan would go on to serve as Postmaster General of the Confederacy. At the conclusion of the War, he was imprisoned, and sent a letter to his fellow Texans urging them to bow at once to the will of the Federal Government. The letter was widely condemned, and Texas went on to assemble a government of its own choosing. However, the government was inevitably rejected, and Texas was placed under martial law via Reconstruction. This, tragically, validated Reagan’s foresight, and rehabilitated his image among his fellow Texans, and was returned to the Congressional seat he had held prior to the War.

Here, in full, is the infamous letter:

TO THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS

The condition of the country is such as to awaken the anxious solicitude of every citizen. Portions of you have honored me with your confidence on many occasions. I have tried to repay that confidence by sincere efforts for your good, and by faithful service. Though now a prisoner, in solitary confinement, and far from you, without knowing when, if ever, I shall be permitted to mingle with you again, and my children and relatives and friends among you, my anxiety for their and your welfare induces me to ask the permission of the Government to send you this communication. I have tried to form a correct estimate of the condition of affairs, and send you the result of my reflections. The times demand the exercise of thought and reason, and the free expression of opinions. I hope mine may be the least suggestive. As our condition forces unwelcome thoughts and actions on us, and as, in my judgment, your best interests require you to assent to facts and conclusions, and to adopt measures, conforming to the new order of things, which must be repugnant to your past experience and to your reason and prejudices, I take the liberty of suggesting to you frankly that line of action which seems to me best calculated to promote your welfare. I need not assure you of my sympathy with you, and I trust I need not doubt your confidence that I would advise you to no course which I did not think best for you.

I see that General Hamilton, who has been appointed Provisional Governor by the President, has entered on the discharge of his duties. He will have advised you of the policy of the Government, and of what will be expected of you, and will no doubt call a convention to organize the State government, as is being done in other States similarly situated.

Your condition as a people is one of novelty and experiment, involving the necessity of political, social, and industrial reconstruction, after a sweeping and thorough revolution in all these respects; and this is to be accomplished in opposition to your education, traditional policy, and prejudices.

I do not propose to discuss either what belongs to the past, or the policy of what is now required of you, but to accept the present condition of things, as the result of the war, and of inevitable necessity, and from this, as a starting point, to inquire what policy our people should adopt for the future.

You must, m the first place, recognize the necessity of making the most you can of your present condition, without the hope of doing all you might desire. This is required both by reason and necessity.

The State occupies the condition of a conquered nation. State government and State sovereignty are in abeyance, and will be so held until you adopt a government and policy acceptable to the conquerors. A refusal to accede to these conditions world only result in a prolongation of the time during which you will be deprived of a civil government of your own choice.
And it would do more than this‑it would keep questions of the gravest character open for discussion and agitation, and by degrees accustom the whole country to a sort of military government, which, if greatly protracted, must necessarily subvert the civil government, and result in the establishment of a military‑ despotism, without bringing you any nearer to the attainment of your wishes than you are at present. In order to secure to yourselves again the blessings of local self‑government, and to avoid military rule, and the danger of running into military‑ despotism, you must agree

First, to recognize the supreme authority of the Government of the United States, within the sphere of its powers, and its right to protect itself against disintegration by the secession of the States. And, second, you must recognize the abolition of slavery, and the rights of those who have been slaves to the privileges and protection of the laws of the land.

From what I can see this much will be required as the least that would likely satisfy the Government, and secure to you the benefits of civil government, and the admission of your members into the Congress of the United States.

But even this may fail of the attainment of those ends, unless provision shall be made, by the new State government, for conferring the elective franchise on the former slaves. And present appearances indicate that this will be required by Northern public opinion and by Congress. And our people are in no condition to disregard that opinion or power with safety. But I am persuaded that you may satisfy both without further injury to yourselves than has already occurred. If you can do this, and secure to yourselves liberty, the protection of the Constitution and laws of the United States, and the right of local self‑government, you will be more fortunate than many conquered peoples have been. The Government and the people of the Northern States will, I have no doubt, recognize the necessity of your securing these blessings, as important to the whole country, as a means of preserving to it constitutional liberty and the present form of republican government. This is new language to employ in addressing you, and will be as unwelcome to you as it is sorrowful to me. But it would be more than folly, it would be a great crime, for you, and me, and those who may be charged with the duty of reorganizing, and restoring the State to the Union, to refuse to recognize the facts of your situation, however disagreeable, and to speak of and deal with them with candor and directness.

While the Government offers its terms for the restoration of the State to the Union, it demands no other sacrifices than those already made by the result of the war, of renouncing the right of secession, and recognizing the abolition of slavery, with its necessary consequences. These demands being complied with, the civil governments will be organized, the military government withdrawn, your members will be admitted to their seats in Congress, and the State will be in the Union on an equality in all respects with the other States; with no further disabilities, save only such as may attach to individuals. While the Government prescribes the conditions of this return, it authorizes the people of the State, through representatives of their own choice, to execute them. It seems to be the object of the Government, in pursuing this course, to secure what it regards as the fruits of the victory it has won, and, at the same time, to preserve our form of government and the liberties of the people. I know that those who look to the past only, with its sacrifices and losses of principles believed to be true, of property possessed, of national independence sought, and of the heroic dead, may say why talk of liberty now, and of equality in the Union? The answer is, that having attempted to secure and preserve these by an appeal to the God of battles, we failed, and they now, so far as it relates to our political restoration, belong to the dead past, where it is the policy of the conquerors to leave them, and we are required to look to the living present and to the future. If it be thought hard to surrender so much, it must be remembered that such is the fate of war, and we must not forget that by the appeal to arms, whether willingly made or not, we staked not only what the Government exacts, but all our rights and property on the result. That we are not required to surrender all is due, not to the laws of war, but to the enlightened and Christian age and country in which we live, to the liberality of the Government, and to the spirit and genius of our institutions. The questions as to which party to the contest was right or wrong, or as to whether both were partly right and partly wrong, and as to whether we did right or wrong in staking all on the fate of battle, were discussed before the war was commenced, and were decided by each party for itself, and, failing to agree, they made their appeal to the dread arbitrament of arms. It was precisely because the parties could not agree as to the issues between them that they went to war, to settle them in that way. Why should we now think of reopening the discussion of these questions? What good would come of doing so? Wisdom requires us to accept the decision of battle upon the issues involved, and to be thankful that no more has been demanded by the conquerors, and to unite frankly, and as cheerfully as we can, with the Government in carrying out the policy it has propounded. Some of our people seem to still think they can retain their property in slaves under the authority of the Constitution and laws of the United States. If the question had been originally submitted to the courts of the country, instead of to the trial of battle, this might have been the case. But we are not now permitted to claim the protection of the Government which we repudiated and fought against, unless by its consent. It says to the great mass of our people, you may retain your property except your slaves. They are now free. And unless you agree to this you can neither get back into the Government as a citizen, nor into its courts to assert your claims to slaves or any other species of property. The only wise and safe course for you to pursue is to accept promptly, unreservedly, and in good faith the terms and policy offered, and to go forward in the work of reorganization and restoration to the Union. This requires your assent to great pecuniary sacrifices, momentous changes in your social and industrial system, and a surrender of your opinions and prejudices on most important questions. It is humbling to our self‑esteem, humiliating to our pride, and cannot be more unwelcome to you than it is painful to me to feel that duty requires me to give and you to accept this advice. It is not that sort of advice which persons sometimes give but do not accept for themselves. It is for me and mine as well as for you and yours.

To the conferring of the elective franchise on your former slaves, I anticipate stubborn and sincere opposition, based upon the ignorance of the great mass of them, and their total want of information and experience in matters of legislation, administration, and everything which pertains to the science of government, and upon the pride of race. And this objection may be sustained by pointing to the examples of Mexico, and the Central American and the South American States, where by the enfranchisement of the Indians, and negroes, and all others, without reference to race or mental or moral fitness for the exercise of these responsible rights, they have been deprived of the blessings of peace, order, and good government, and involved in an almost uninterrupted series of wars and revolutions, often of the most cruel and barbarous character, for more than half a century, with no present prospect of an amelioration or improvement of their condition. But these difficulties are not insuperable, if you will meet them with patience and reason. I have no doubt that you can adopt a plan which will fully meet the demands of justice and fairness, and satisfy the Northern mind and the requirements of the Government, without endangering good government and repose of society. This can be done by

First, extending the privileges and protection of the laws over the negroes as they are over the whites, and allowing them to testify in the courts on the same conditions, leaving their testimony subject to the rules relating to its credibility, but not objecting to its admissibility. And in this you will conform with the wise current of modern legislation and the tendency of judicial decisions in all enlightened countries.

And, second, by fixing an intellectual and moral, and, if thought advisable, a property test, for the admission of all persons to the exercise of the elective franchise, without reference to race or color, which would secure its intelligent exercise. My own views would be: First, that no person now entitled to the privilege of voting should be deprived of it by any new test. I would recognize m this the difference between taking away a right heretofore enjoyed, and the conferring of a right not heretofore exercised. Second, that to authorize the admission of persons hereafter to the exercise of the elective franchise they should be, 1st, males; 2d, twenty‑one years of age; 3d, citizens of the United States; 4th, should have resided in the State one year, and in the district, county, or precinct six months next preceding any election at which they proposed to vote; 5th, should be able to read in the English language understandingly; and, 6th, must have paid taxes for the last year preceding for which such taxes were due and payable, subject to any disqualification for crime, of which the person may have been duly convicted, which may be prescribed by law.

The adoption of these measures in addition to those before mentioned, would, in my judgment, meet the ends of justice and fairness, secure the reestablishment of the State government, the admission of her Senators and Representatives in Congress, the suspension of military rule, and the restoration of civil, constitutional, and local self‑government. And it would do more. It would secure your protection against other great and pending evils, and is, I am persuaded, of the greatest consequence to your future peace, prosperity and happiness. And for these reasons

First, it would remove all just grounds of antagonism between the white and black races. Unless this is done, endless strife and bitterness of feeling must characterize their relations, and, as all history and human experience teach us, must sooner or later result in a war of races. We know from sad experience what war is between equals and enlightened people. But of all wars, a social war of races is the most relentless and cruel. The extermination or expulsion from the country, or enslavement of one or the other, being its inevitable end, where they are left to themselves; or the loss of liberty to both races, when they are subject to the control of a superior power, which would be our situation. I speak of course of the legal rights and status of the two races. Their social relations are matters of taste and choice, and not subject to legislative regulations.

Second, this course would disarm and put an end to interstate, sectional, political agitation on this subject at least, which has been the special curse of our country for so many years, and which was the cause of the unnumbered woes we have recently experienced and still suffer, by depriving the agitators of a subject on which to keep up such agitation, and of the means of producing jealousy, animosity, and hatred between the different parts of the country, and between the different races. And this would do much toward a renewal of the ancient relations of national harmony and fraternal good will between all parts of the country. And this too is of the greatest consequence to our future welfare, and especially to our people, who know there is no hope of escape from it by appealing to the principles of State sovereignty and to the right of secession.

If the State will adopt this policy at once it will attain the great ends heretofore mentioned, and it will save its own people from years of painful strife and agitation on these questions, which would at last, probably after years of contention, be found to be the only means of bringing it to an end, even if we are driven to nothing worse. How infinitely better it will be for you, for both races, for the present and future, for the whole country, if you will unhesitatingly recognize the existing unalterable facts as to your condition, and the inevitable logic of events, and hasten, as it is in your power to do, the return of the blessings of civil government and constitutional liberty; and avoid, as it is in your power to do, the fearful perils which now lie before you.

I know the painful struggles against education, and habit, and tradition, and prejudice, which such a course will require you to encounter, and how hard it is for human nature to overcome such difficulties. But my sincere prayer is that God, in His goodness and mercy, may enable you to exhibit this last crowning evidence, in the midst of your calamities and sorrows, of your greatness and wisdom as a people.

I do not know how far it may be necessary or wise in the convention, and the succeeding legislatures, to change the general frame of the State government. But if you will pardon me, there is a subject, in this connection, to which I will call your attention.

For many years past it has been my opinion that we have carried our system of popular government to a vicious extreme, which has developed sad evils, and which required correction. I refer to the frequency of the occurrence of popular elections, to the great number of offices filled by the popular vote, and to the shortness of the terms of office. As our laws now stand, all officers, executive, judicial, ministerial, corporate and military, I believe, with the exception of the secretary of state, the Governor’s private secretary, and the clerk of the Supreme Court, are elected by the popular vote of the people, and with the exception of the judges and clerks of the Supreme and district courts, and of State senators, for the short term of two years. And the elections are so arranged that a part of these are elected one year and a part the next, or alternate year, causing a general popular election every year. To this, there are, it seems to me, several serious objections.

First, it involves the too frequent change of officers, and often the loss of skill and experience; and these changes also produce expensive and inconvenient changes of business to a great number of people.

Second, it involves too much expense and loss of time to the public generally, and especially to the large number of candidates, with no compensating benefit.
And, third, which is the main and most serious objection, annual popular elections keep the country in an almost continual political canvass and commotion, and produce and keep up an unnatural and injurious public excitement, for which there is no necessity, and no compensating benefit. And for many years, before the commencement of our late troubles, these might well have produced the impression that the carrying on of canvasses and the holding of elections were the principal business of the country, while the carrying on of the various industrial and professional pursuits, the rearing and education of families, and the support of the Government were but incidental matters. The remedy for these evils may be easily found, and as easily applied, with very great benefit to the public, and with greatly increased credit and safety to our system of free popular self government.

The one I would recommend would be

First, to lengthen all terms of office, which are now two, to four years.

Second, to require all general elections, as far as practicable, to take place during the same year, and at the same time.

And, third, to provide: 1st, that the State treasurer, comptroller, attorney‑general, and commissioner of the general land office should be appointed by the nomination of the Governor and confirmation of the Senate, as the secretary of the state now is; 2d, that the clerks of the district courts should be appointed by the several judges, as the clerk of the Supreme Court is by the judges of the court; 3d, that the county courts should appoint their clerks and the sheriffs, coroner, assessors and collectors of taxes, county treasurers, county surveyors, and the constables for the several precincts of their several counties; 4th, that the mayor and aldermen or councilmen of all cities and towns should appoint their clerks, marshals, treasurers, and other officers.

This would withdraw the appointment of the vast number of ministerial officers from the scramble, excitement, expense, loss of time, and commotion of popular elections. It would confer the authority for their appointment on responsible, intelligent men, who would have been elected to office by the people, and would be responsible to them; and it would secure their appointment on account of their qualifications and fitness for their several duties, rather than for political considerations, or on account of mere personal popularity, without reference to these qualities. It would give greater dignity and importance to our county courts, which they never can have to a proper extent under our present system.

It would at the same time retain to the people the election by popular vote of the Governor, Lieutenant‑Governor, State senators and representatives, judges of the Supreme and district courts, district attorney, chief justices and commissioners of county courts, justices of the peace, and the mayor and aldermen or councilmen of cities and towns; embracing the chief executive officer of the State, and all those who have the power of making laws, or of expounding them or of imposing taxes or other burdens on the people.

And what is of most value, it would render the elections so infrequent and so far apart as to suspend all excitement about them for long intervals, and allow the people to pursue their ordinary vocations free from the repeated interruptions and excitements to which they are subject under our present system; and it would put an end to the corrupting and debasing trade of politics which was created and is being nourished and strengthened by the number and frequency of popular elections. I am persuaded that some such change as this is essential to the public welfare as well as to the credit and success of our system of government, to the permanency of our institutions, and the repose and security of society. And this will be doubly important now, since such great numbers of people, heretofore slaves, and in great ignorance, are now made freemen, and are to become, in some form, either participants or an element in all our political contests.

With these two lines of policy adopted, I think, notwithstanding all your recent misfortunes, you might look with hope and confidence to the future. The negroes will, it is hoped, gradually diffuse themselves among the greatly preponderating numbers of the whites, in the different States and Territories; many of them will probably go to Mexico, and other countries, in search of social equality, and few or none of their race will be added to their numbers by accessions from other countries. While the steady rapid influx of great numbers of the white races, from other countries, will gradually increase the disproportion in numbers between them and the whites, and so render this new element in society and government innocuous, or at least powerless for evil, if they should be so inclined. But from the general docility of their dispositions we may expect the most of them to be orderly, and many of them industrious and useful citizens. But to secure these desirable ends, it must not be forgotten that it is an essential prerequisite to confer on them their reasonable and necessary rights, and to adopt a policy which will prevent them from becoming an element of political agitation, and strife and danger. And we must bury past animosities with those of our fellow‑citizens with whom we have been at war, and cultivate with them feelings of mutual charity and fraternal good will. And it will be .greatly to your advantage, in many ways which I cannot trespass upon you to mention now, to hold out inducements to them, and to emigrants from other countries, to come and settle among you, with their labor, and skill, and capital, to assist in the diffusion of employments, the increase of your population, and the development of your vast resources into new creations of wealth and power.

Time, and patience, and wisdom, and justice, mingled with the holy precepts in the New Testament, are necessary to enable you to secure these great and beneficent ends. That you may by the means I have indicated or others secure these results, shall have my constant hopes and prayers.

Very truly and respectfully,

JOHN H. REAGAN.


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{"data":[{"message":"From Kirk D. Lyons Chief Trial Counsel SLRC

IMPORTANT MESSAGE From my old friend Rob Jones (and past Director of the SLRC)
PLEASE READ & PASS ON! Its the beginning of the end if we lose this one!!! We need to expect treachery and be ready to go before the Legislature convenes in January! We also need to reach to ALL Heritage groups to HELP! And support www.slrc-csa.org

FYI, Members. We have yet another fight on our hands.

If you did not watch or listen to the gubernatorial debate Friday night between Greg Abbott and his Democratic challenger, then you need to be aware that Abbott declared his unequivocal opposition to the C of C plaque that is located in the State Capitol. He said that he could not remove it unilaterally since it was put up by the Texas Legislature, but he pledged to work with the Legislature during the upcoming Regular Session to have it removed. He agreed that it incorrectly stated historical facts when it said that the WBTS was not a Rebellion and was not fought over slavery.

Abbott may be the lesser of two evils as compared to the Democrats, but he is not our friend. He was not our friend when he was at the Supreme Court and the AG's office with regard to the Supreme Court plaques. I'm hoping that we can find one or two allies in the Legislature. Does anyone know of any? Lt. Gov. Patrick? Rep. White from SE Texas?

Everyone needs to be aware that with the governor's full weight on the side of having this plaque removed, it is an uphill fight, but one that we must wage. We need to start working on this NOW. We need to craft a winning strategy, and I will be so bold as to tell you what I think that is.

Having spent much of my life in the political arena, I will tell you that SCV and UDC cannot win this fight. Only the C of C can win this. Because that organization is under the UDC, we must involve the UDC and ask them to organize the C of C to save this plaque. We must have C of C members coming to the Capitol and visiting with the representatives. We must have articulate C of C members speaking to legislative leaders and to the governor's office. They must speak at the hearing for any bill to remove the plaque. We must help them, but only the C of C can take the \"point\" because it is their plaque and because the PR of young people waging this fight will be far better than us old greyhairs.

Make no mistake, if our enemies remove the Children of the Confederacy of plaque, then the same arguments will apply to every one of the monuments at the Capito (VERY, VERY TRUE!) l . It will be only a matter of time before they all are gone.

Sincerely,
Robert N. Jones, Jr","created_time":"2018-10-03T03:35:56+0000","id":"677337698981144_1880539398660962"},{"message":"The heartbreaking events at Chapel Hill underscore the two opposing truths taken from Appomattox. The first being that a life lived honorably can leave its burdens and outcomes rightly in the hands of Providence; the other that violence and destruction alone can make right.","created_time":"2018-08-22T12:22:53+0000","id":"677337698981144_1829905977057638"},{"story":"NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans updated their cover photo.","created_time":"2018-08-22T12:11:01+0000","id":"677337698981144_1829891783725724"},{"message":"When you're a liberal New Yorker but find out that the New York City Sons of Confederate Veterans are offering a $30 open bar this weekend.

Details at https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/events\/283700392383449\/","created_time":"2018-08-07T17:52:36+0000","id":"677337698981144_1804591146255788"},{"message":"Join us for our 5th Annual Cigar and Mint Julep Party on Saturday, August 11th! $30 for an open bar with top-shelf bourbon, southern food, and so much more?! You won't find a better deal in New York City!","created_time":"2018-07-24T18:01:11+0000","id":"677337698981144_1781767718538131"},{"message":"155 years ago today. Never forget.","created_time":"2018-07-03T15:14:58+0000","id":"677337698981144_1749859008395669"},{"message":"You may have never heard of General Samuel Cooper, but this New York native was the highest ranking officer in the Confederate States Armed Forces.

One of Cooper's most important acts was the preservation and transfer to United States Forces all of the official records of the Confederate States.

While most conquered forces are desperate to destroy any such incriminating records, Cooper's actions prove that he--like so many Confederates--believed that truth stood firmly on the side of the South.","created_time":"2018-04-23T13:04:44+0000","id":"677337698981144_1669908079724096"},{"message":"Long before the issue of slavery came to the forefront, the true underlying conflict between States and Union revealed itself at a dinner party on this day in 1830.

188 years ago today, Jefferson's birthday was one of the most celebrated days in our nascent country's calendar. In Washington, President Andrew Jackson and his Vice-President John C. Calhoun offered toasts at a large dinner party in commemoration of the day.

The two had split bitterly over tariffs, and Calhoun's resulting assertion that a state had the right to nullify federal law.

In a sense, their competing toasts marked one of the first shots of a war that would not actually be waged for another three decades, with Jackson declaring \"The Federal Union: It must be preserved!\" and Calhoun answering \"The Union: next to our Liberty the most dear: may we all remember that it can only be preserved by respecting the rights of the States, and distributing equally the benefit and burden of the Union!\"","created_time":"2018-04-13T13:52:33+0000","id":"677337698981144_1660202994027938"},{"message":"Robert E. Lee
By William Shakespeare Hays
(1837-1907)

The drapery of Heaven hung low
In dark and gloomy shrouds;
The angels used the weeping stars
In pinning back the clouds.
The shades of gloom and woe prevailed
O\u2019er all the land and sea,
And eyes that were unused to tears
Now wept for Robert Lee.
A Christian soldier, true and brave
Beloved, near and far,
He was the first in time of peace,
And first in time of war.
Virginia never reared a son
More brave and good than he,
Save one, and he was Washington,
Who lived and died like Lee.
The nation wept when cruel death
Into his mansion stole;
But angels, in the \u201cBetter Land,\u201d
Received his peaceful soul.
For that belongs to God alone,
He gave it to Him free,
And left the South the fame and name
Of Robert Edward Lee.
His peaceful sword is laid away.
His work on earth is done,
He loved the people of the South,
They idolized their son.
There\u2019s not a woman, man or child,
I care not where they be,
Throughout the still, sweet sunny South,
But loves the name of Lee.
He had no enemies on earth,
There\u2019s not a voice that can
Say aught against the name of Lee,
The soldier or the man.
And that would be a proud, cold heart,
That e\u2019er would cease to be
The place where memory wrote the name
Of Robert Edward Lee.
Bow down thy heads, ye Southern sons,
A few brief moments spend,
In weeping for the loss of one
Who lived and died your friend.
He loved you as he loved his life,
And when on bended knee,
Look up, and let the angels hear
Your prayer, \u201cGod bless our Lee.\u201d","created_time":"2018-01-19T14:01:48+0000","id":"677337698981144_1576544522393786"},{"message":"Enjoy this article published in The New York Times on January 23rd, 1898, detailing an early Lee-Jackson Dinner at the St. Denis Hotel in New York City. While hosted by the Confederate Veterans themselves, our NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp was in attendance!

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THE CONFEDERATES DINE

The Eighth Annual Banquet of the New York Veterans' Camp.

DR. HUNTER McGUIRE SPEAKS

He Responds to a Toast to the Memory of Stonewall Jackson--Gen. Lee's Name Cheered and the Rebel Yell Given.

The eighth annual dinner of the Confederate Veteran Camp of New York was given last night at the St. Denis Hotel. The most interesting incidents were addresses by Dr. Hunter McGuire of Richmond, in response to the toast to the memory of STonewall Jackson, and by Hugh S. Thompson, ex-Governor of South Carolina, in tribute to Albert Sydney Johnson.

About 200 members of the camp and their invited guests, including a delegation from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, were present. Lieut. Gov. Timothy L. Woodruff, who was to have responded to \"Our Home, Greater New York,\" was absent in consequence of the death of a relative, and the toast was not responded to.

The decorations of the dining hall were effective. Large portraits of R.E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were upon the wall at the head of the hall, just above the presiding officer. United States and Confederate flags were draped beneath the pictures, and several small silk Confederate battle flags were grouped about them. All the chandeliers and pillars were twined with masses of Florida moss, magnolia, and Virginia creeper, and flowers and palms were used in profusion upon the tables.

Commander Charles E. Thornton presided. The first toast was to \"the President, Army, and Navy of the United States,\" and it was received with loud cheering, the Southern yell being given with full effect, notwithstanding the age of many of those who joined in it and the long disuse of the special vocal exercise required to produce it.

Gen. Lee's Name Cheered.

The memory of Gen. Robert E. Lee, whose name was greeted with an apparently irrepressible storm of cheering when it was first mentioned, was drunk standing and in silence, while the bugle sounded \"taps.\"

Dr. McGuire, who responded to the toast of the evening--\"Stonewall Jackson\"--was Surgeon General on Gen. Jackson's staff, and was probably more intimately associated with him personally in life and at the time of his death than any other man in the army. His address was chiefly occupied with reminiscences of Jackson's personal habits and methods and of his conduct and utterances on important occasions. These stories of what was being done, planned, said, and thought by the commanding General were listened to with absorbed interest by the men who in various ranks were serving under him at the times mentioned.

Dr. McGuire said that Jackson during all his career had to fight to master a nature in which there were many strong passions--ambition, perhaps, the strongest of all. He asked Jackson once what his feeling was the first time he was under fire. The reply was: \"Afraid the fire would not be hot enough to enable me to distinguish myself.\" Yet Jackson had so far conquered this tendency that he could say with truth, as he often said, that he would not exchange one moment of his life hereafter for all the years of all the glory the earth could give.

Believed in Fighting.

While a humane man always, and kindly in all his instincts, he believed that war meant fighting and killing and injury to the enemy as possible. He frequently talked of the black flag--which means taking no prisoners--wondered whether the civil war would not come to that, and remarked that it would be, perhaps, the quickest and most merciful way in the end.

At the Battle of Sharpsburg a Federal officer who rode a white horse distinguished himself by his gallantry, riding up and down in front of his lines, rallying his men, and aroused the admiration of the Confederate General, Ewell, who, at the risk of his own life, rode along the front of his own lines, calling to his men, \"Don't shoot at the man on the white horse!\" Jackson heard of this, sent for Ewell, and instructed him never again to do anything of the kind. \"It is the brave men we want to kill,\" he said. \"when we kill them the cowards will run away and take with them what brave men are left.\"

Dr. McGuire says he was dressing Gen. Jackson's wounded hand at the first battle of Manassas when Jefferson Davis rode up through a throng of Confederate stragglers who had given him news of disaster. Mr. Davis was pale with anger and emotion, and stopped his horse in the middle of a small stream, rose in his stirrups, and shouted: \"Men, I am President Davis, follow me!\" Jackson heard him, turned, lifted his cap with his disengaged hand, and with blazing face called at the top of his voice: \"We have whipped them, sir! Give me 10,000 men and I'll have Washington by to-morrow morning!\"

Cheers for Dr. Smith.

In speaking of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Dr. McGuire referred to the Rev. Dr. James P. Smith, who was at the Commander's table, as the man who had covered Jackson's body with his own. A rattle of applause at this quickly broke into a roar, and then there was volley after volley of the screaming yell, as all the men present rose to their feet, waving napkins and handkerchiefs. Dr. Smith was forced to rise in his place and bow in repeated recognition of this tribute before Dr. McGuire could continue his speech.

One illustration of Jackson's epigrammatic orders related by Dr. McGuire brought a roar of appreciative laughter from the veterans.

\"In the very severe engagement of Chantilly,\" said Dr. McGuire, \"fought during a heavy thunderstorm when the voice of the artillery of heaven could scarcely be distinguished from that of the enemy, an aide came up with a message from A. P. Hill that his ammunition was wet and that he asked leave to retire. 'Give my compliments to Gen. Hill and tell him that the Yankee ammunition is as wet as his; to stay where he is,' was his reply. There was always danger and blood when he began his terse sentences with 'Give my compliments.'\"

Another stirring incident of the evening was when ex-Gov. Thompson, responding to the toast of \"Albert Syndey Johnston,\" said that there was nothing of the sectional spirit in the honors paid by Southern men to their heroes, that Southerners would rally fast for defense of the common country, and that they had just pride in the fact that the most dangerous and difficult diplomatic duties now being performed for the country were in the hands of a gallant Confederate officer bearing the stainless name of Lee. The guests rose in one mass with one accord and cheered until they were hoarse.

Charles Broadway Rouss and others spoke in response to volunteer toasts and calls, and \"My Maryland,\" \"I'm Going Back to Dixie,\" and other Southern songs were sung, the company joining in the choruses.","created_time":"2018-01-12T16:06:20+0000","id":"677337698981144_1570288669686038"},{"story":"Jon Harris shared a link to NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans's timeline.","created_time":"2017-09-24T04:16:30+0000","id":"677337698981144_1465738660141040"},{"message":"It is great to hear you guys have a camp in NYC. God Bless Y'all. Joey Taylor Commander Lane-Armistead Camp 1772 Mathews, Virginia.","created_time":"2017-09-10T23:35:13+0000","id":"677337698981144_1454048554643384"},{"message":"Join us tomorrow, Saturday, September 2nd, at Museum Village's Annual \"Civil War Weekend\", which includes a reenactment, and lots more! We'll have a booth set up for the Camp from around 10-5, spreading the word on our great group, complete with applications. Museum Village is located at New York 17M, Monroe, NY 10950. More info via the link below.

Hope to see you there!","created_time":"2017-09-01T14:36:18+0000","id":"677337698981144_1446096782105228"},{"message":"\u201cWe are honoring guys who, like all soldiers, are just doing what the old men of the world \u2026 decided that they do,\u201d said Patrick McCullough, commander of the New York City branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.","created_time":"2017-08-31T15:26:31+0000","id":"677337698981144_1445258445522395"},{"story":"Jon Harris shared a link to NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans's timeline.","created_time":"2017-08-17T17:21:43+0000","id":"677337698981144_1433262816721958"},{"message":"A number of weeks ago, it first came to our attention that there had been a movement by a few members of the State Assembly to push Fort Hamilton--a military installation in Brooklyn at which both Generals Lee and Jackson served in their early careers--to change the names of streets on the base named in honor of the two men.

Ultimately, we decided not to bring such a silly issue any additional publicity. However, the issue has picked up much broader attention recently, with a cover story in the New York Daily News.

Fortunately, the Army has responded in defense of the street names, and their calm and well-reasoned response is a breath of fresh air in the current climate of vitriol and destruction. In its response, the Army referred to Jackson and Lee as \"an inextricable part of our military history,\" and pointed out that renaming the streets would be \"contrary to the Nation\u2019s original intent in naming these streets, which was the spirit of reconciliation.\"","created_time":"2017-08-09T16:30:35+0000","id":"677337698981144_1425801767468063"},{"message":"On this day in 1861, Congress passed the Crittenden\u2013Johnson Resolution, stating that the war was being fought to preserve the Union and not to end slavery.","created_time":"2017-07-25T13:21:33+0000","id":"677337698981144_1411456902235883"},{"message":"On this day in 1863, Gen. Armistead succumbed to wounds received leading his men from the front, waving his hat atop his sword, into the \"High Water Mark of the Confederacy\".

He was buried beside his uncle, Lt. Col. George Armistead, who had commanded Ft. McHenry during the battle immortalized by \"The Star Spangled Banner\".","created_time":"2017-07-05T12:40:07+0000","id":"677337698981144_1390670477647859"},{"story":"John F. V. Cupschalk added a new photo to NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans's timeline.","created_time":"2017-06-23T23:53:14+0000","id":"677337698981144_1377774022270838"},{"message":"Do either, both, or neither of these state flags offend you?

As you may know, the State Flag of Mississippi (pictured on the top) has been under increasing scrutiny for the Confederate Battle Flag featured in its canton. The State Flag of Georgia (pictured on the bottom) was changed in 2003, replacing a Confederate Battle Flag in its own canton with the current 13 white stars encompassing the state's coat of arms.

If you're like a lot of Americans today, you might say that you are offended by the Mississippi State Flag, but not the Georgia State Flag, due to the use of the Confederate Battle Flag.

What you might not realize is that the Georgia State Flag is practically identical to the First National Flag of the Confederacy.

Interestingly, in the years immediately after the War Between the States, when a number of former Confederate Soldiers moved to New York City for work, and to escape military occupation, they began to participate in veteran parades alongside former Union Soldiers.

When they did so, as guests, they were generally asked to not fly the First National Flag of the Confederacy, as Union Veterans considered it the flag of the Confederate Government, which they considered treasonous and vanquished. Instead, they requested that they use the Confederate Battle Flag, which represented the Confederate Soldiers for whom they had nothing but respect.

Opponents of Confederate Memorials and symbols generally dismiss contemptuously any suggestion that their opposition is based in a lack of understanding of the War. But if the flag on the top offended you, but the flag on the bottom did not, perhaps you might question just how sound your reasoning is.","story":"NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans added 2 new photos.","created_time":"2017-05-23T19:41:51+0000","id":"677337698981144_1345401418841432"},{"message":"Early this morning, a monument to Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard was desecrated as an official act of the New Orleans government. An advocate for civil rights for freed slaves, Beauregard first learned to speak English during his schooling here in New York City, so we can not help but take particular offense at this particular monument removal, and look forward with optimism to the day that said monument will be replaced at an even more prominent location in the City he served so selflessly when a less disreputable and dynastic mayor is elected. In the meantime, the sons of the men who followed him into numerous battles preserve his greatest and most lasting monuments in their hearts. Deo Vindice.","created_time":"2017-05-17T13:11:35+0000","id":"677337698981144_1339300116118229"},{"message":"On this day in 1861, Richmond became the Capitol of the Confederacy. Was this a good move? Or did establishing the capitol on the front line against the North doom the Confederacy?","created_time":"2017-05-08T12:56:40+0000","id":"677337698981144_1331500713564836"},{"story":"NYC Sons of Confederate Veterans added a new photo.","created_time":"2017-05-05T02:50:29+0000","id":"677337698981144_1328282423886665"},{"message":"155 years ago today, Union Admiral Ferragut entered New Orleans, demanding the City's surrender. Commander of the Louisiana forces, Major General Mansfield Lovell (who left his home in New York City when the War began to join in defense of the South, and is buried in the Bronx), refused to surrender. A Union flag was placed atop the former U.S. mint, but an armed mob quickly removed it.

The heart-breaking irony of what is happening in New Orleans from within on this anniversary speaks for itself. But no monument can outlast those erected in the hearts of the sons and daughters of those who made their stand.","created_time":"2017-04-25T12:35:22+0000","id":"677337698981144_1318796621501912"},{"message":"Happy 199th Birthday to Lt. Gen. Hampton. A true embodiment of the Confederate Soldier, he was opposed to both secession and human slavery, but, when lines were drawn, he sided with his State, resigning his Senate seat and enlisting as a humble private in the South Carolina militia before the Governor of South Carolina insisted he accept a commission as colonel.","created_time":"2017-03-28T13:10:30+0000","id":"677337698981144_1285086098206298"}],"paging":{"previous":"https:\/\/graph.facebook.com\/v2.8\/677337698981144\/feed?format=json&since=1538537756&access_token=376963709010653|5GLyY9kh8kcmHRI3tfLFTTmtKV8&limit=25&__paging_token=enc_AdCR03UO0UX28evi4JHZBnOJOkrJVvbJ4ffQBJCl5ZAdfnpZAvh76dF2ljTXZBMjGjThRfPSZCtJaF9t2ZBvhSHZAaXZArJ9aTZBvAZB54zoihtXZCZCO3BqVAZDZD&__previous=1","next":"https:\/\/graph.facebook.com\/v2.8\/677337698981144\/feed?format=json&access_token=376963709010653|5GLyY9kh8kcmHRI3tfLFTTmtKV8&limit=25&until=1490706630&__paging_token=enc_AdBvzP84JsJ5fCSvqZC4fVzlqR0TAZB4nnHdhw8pHWzeEYbd9Qkwxaal0S8gZBw4kcIymsLG2YplxwJHtjjRMpz5ivaLOYhUqw2OuENt1JiHbNAHAZDZD"}}
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