“He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy, and a man without guile. He was a Caesar, without his ambition; Frederick, without his tyranny; Napoleon, without his selfishness, and Washington, without his reward.”
Benjamin Harvey Hill on Robert E. Lee
I love local patriots. I always loved Robert E. Lee because when he said he could not lift his sword against his country, he meant Virginia, not America.
Go here to read the rest.
When the subject is Confederate statuary, the Christianist goes all drippy and sobby over the loss of our precious, precious heritage. When people march under the banner of the swastika to defend that heritage, we are instructed that we need to make careful distinctions between the neo-Nazis and the “very fine people” who are merely there because they Care About History. Admittedly, they don’t care about the part of history that reminds us that the statues were put there in order to enforce Jim Crow and remind a subject population of their place, but still, it’s just so important to preserve our memories of the Confederacy because of… ummmm, state’s rights! Yeah, that it! That’s the ticket!
Go here to read the rest. Now that Shea, the Eternal Convert, has converted to the First Church of Leftism, I am curious when he will arraign his past self on charges of heresy.
In regard to the doctrine of States Rights, the Civil War was all about slavery, but States Rights had been an issue for the South since before the Nullification Crisis of 1832. Confederate General States Rights Gist, who was killed at the battle of Franklin in 1864, was born in 1831, his first name indicating the fervor that some Southerners attached to the concept. Confederate General Patrick Cleburne, in his tragically rejected proposal to emancipate the slaves and enlist them in the Confederate Army, touched upon Southern fears of the growth of Federal power:
It is said slavery is all we are fighting for, and if we give it up we give up all. Even if this were true, which we deny, slavery is not all our enemies are fighting for. It is merely the pretense to establish sectional superiority and a more centralized form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties.
As readers of this blog know, I am Abe Lincoln’s biggest fan on the internet and my sentiments are always with the boys in blue during the Late Unpleasantness. However, junk history is being used to whip up race hatred in an attempt to benefit the Democrats next year and that is appalling. Mark Shea, back when he was sane, would have agreed with me.