is the most difficult Va Flaggers update I have had to write, to date.
Even now, several days after his passing, I am having great difficulty
putting down the words I need to share.
Earlier this week, after a brief illness,
Va Flagger Spokesman Barry Isenhour went home to be with his Lord and
Savior. To say we, his friends, family, and compatriots are devastated
is a gross understatement. Many of you know Barry as the public face of
the Virginia Flaggers, a volunteer role he stepped into and filled
without hesitation, and with eloquence and Southern charm, but there was
so much more to Barry.
I met Barry in the few first few weeks of flagging in Richmond, back in
2011. We became fast friends. He said I reminded him of his sister, so
I became "Sis" and he called me that ever since. Barry was a Tar Heel
and quick to tell you so, but he was also a proud defender of his
adopted home, Virginia. He was highly educated and knowledgeable in
many areas, and had the unique gift of being able to talk to just about
anyone about anything. I can honestly say, that with the exception of
our enemies, those "Heathen Yankees and Scalawags", as he called them, I
never heard him say a harsh word about anyone.
Barry was, first and foremost, a Christian, and he reminded me, almost
daily, that if we ever took our eyes of Christ and tried to move forward
in our will instead of His, we were doomed to failure. His trust and
faith was in Christ alone and my faith was strengthened from the
It is hard to list everything did for me, the Virginia Flaggers, and our
Cause. In addition to his duties as spokesperson, Barry headed up our
Guardians of the Flags across the Commonwealth, organizing flag repairs,
participating in almost every flag replacement, delivering flags from
Lexington to Danville, and constantly reminding me when we needed more.
He also personally saw to the replacement of the Third National flags
in Hollywood Cemetery. His last communication to me before he died was
to make sure we had received new flags for that purpose and to ask me to
make sure they were replaced. I honestly cannot remember a time that I
asked something of Barry and he said "no". He was ALWAYS willing to go
and do whatever was needed.
He enjoyed a good cigar, a good hot dog, and spending time alone in cemeteries with "his boys", as he called our veterans.
He was ALWAYS an encourager. If I ever got down or feeling a little
defeated, he was quick to send encouragement, usually laced in
scripture, and get me back on focus.
He also had the ability to produce, without argument, the loudest, most
fierce rendition of the Rebel Yell of anyone I have EVER known.
The South has lost one of its most dedicated and devoted defenders.
Barry's political experience in the Tea Party and other groups made him a
natural working behind the scenes in Virginia politics. He was our
point man in the General Assembly and attended almost every relative
committee meeting and vote over the past several years. He was a
dedicated flagger, having logged thousands of hours flagging in
Richmond, from 2011 to just a few weeks ago. He was a key member of our
monument patrols, helping to organize and always willing to fill a slot
All of this and
so much more than I can list here means that his passing has left a
void in our organization that I honestly don't know how we will fill,
but more painful to me is the loss of a dear, true, loyal friend,
something that is not easy to find in these times.
Due to the
current restrictions due to the flu outbreak, a memorial service will be
held at a later date. We are in discussions about several ways we want
to honor Barry's memory, hopefully to include a flag site to be
dedicated in his memory, among other tributes... but if I know Barry, I
believe he would say that the best way to honor his memory is to pick up
the flag he has now laid down and continue the work he began.
He never, ever quit, or backed down from a fight.
I wrote this down once, after he said it to me, and I'm so glad I did...
"The Va Flaggers run TO the Colors, not
away from them, because we understand that the battle is won or lost
there, beneath the cross of St Andrew." ~ Barry Isenhour
In the midst of great grief, I rejoice
today, knowing that Barry received his eternal reward on Tuesday, and I
imagine the reunion in heaven was a joyous one, with throngs of our men
in gray waiting to cheer him home.
Tell them we will not abandon the field of honor, bro, and we will join you soon.
God bless the eternal memory of Barry Isenhour, and God Save the South!
today, the Va Flaggers raised a 10’x15’ Memorial Battle flag on a 50’
pole on property adjacent to Route 40 in Franklin County.
the request of the landowner, the flag was dedicated to the Glory of
God, in memory and honor of all Confederate soldiers, and specifically
to honor the men who fought in the 10th Va Cavalry, Co K along side his
ancestor, who is buried nearby.
to restrictions in place in the Commonwealth, we were unable to have a
ceremony, nor have any of our folks even attend the flag raising. We
will have a formal dedication when it is deemed safe to to do so. Stay
tuned for updates.
would like to offer our sincere thanks to Sky High Poles for their help with this installation, each and every one of you whose generous
support makes these projects possible, and the men of the Lt Gen Wade
Hampton SCV Camp 273, Columbia, SC who donated the first flag that was
raised at the site today.
This is the 31st roadside Memorial battle flag that the Va Flaggers have raised in the Commonwealth since September of 2013.
attacks against the honor and virtue of our Confederate dead have
reached a fevered pitch in the Commonwealth. Our Governor is poised to
sign legislation, thanks to a new democratic majority in our
legislature, that will allow localities to destroy war memorials. For
every flag or monument moved or removed, we promise another will rise to
take its place. It’s the least we can do, considering their sacrifice.
Virginia Flaggers are pleased to report the installation of a NEW
Roadside Memorial Battle Flag in the Commonwealth! This flag, our 30th
since we raised our first one in September of 2013, was raised earlier
this morning to the Glory of God, and in honor and memory of Virginia’s
Confederate Veterans, on Rt. 40 in Pittsylvania County, on a busy stretch
that is heavily traveled by travelers and tourists headed to Smith
We want to thank Governor Northam and Virginia Democrats for the uptick
in folks contacting us about putting battle flags on their property. It
seems their disgraceful attempts to denigrate our history and heritage,
dishonor our veterans, and desecrate our monuments and memorials has
backfired and hopefully will be the catalyst to wake the sleeping giant
of Confederate resistance in the Commonwealth and help to turn Virginia
back in the right direction.
Site #31 is in progress. Stay tuned for information on the upcoming flag raising/dedication service.
Many thanks to each and every one of you whose generous support makes
all of this possible. Without your contributions, and the dedication
and hard work of an army of volunteers, construction on new sites and
maintenance of existing ones would be impossible.
All glory to God. All honor to the Confederate soldier.
To assist with our Interstate Battle Flags and ongoing Heritage Defense
projects, please make checks payable to “The Virginia Flaggers” and mail
P.O. Box 393 Sutherland VA 23885
Or contribute through PayPal, here:
are pleased to support our friends at J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace
Preservation Trust in their efforts to erect a new monument at Laurel
Hill. This is exactly how we should be responding to the disgraceful
attempts to remove our memorials... raise more! We ask you to consider
making a contribution to this worthy endeavor...
Board of Directors of the JEB Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust
announces a fundraising campaign to erect a monument at Laurel Hill.
This effort is actually a continuation of a monument fundraiser started a
number of years ago, but was tabled due to cost and other
considerations. The Board feels now is the right time to fulfill that
obligation. This monument, which will be unveiled in 2020, the 30th
anniversary of the organization, will be of granite, standing seven feet
tall, with mounted bronze plaques. One plaque will show an image of
Stuart in his early years at Laurel Hill, a rendition done by local
artist Allen Weidhaas. JEB Stuart VI posed for this model when he was
younger. The second plaque will have quotes from letters JEB wrote in
later years, telling of his feelings and desire to return to the place
of his birth. The dedication will be announced at a later date.
may feel that today’s political climate dose not lend itself to
building new monuments. The Board of Directors would argue the opposite,
that more monuments, statuary, and interpretive signs should erected,
not just to Stuart’s time, but to all historical figures, who are part
of our country’s collective history and heritage.
donations to this monument will be greatly appreciated. Donations of
twenty-five dollars or more will receive a bronze monument medallion and
donors will be duly noted in upcoming editions of the Trust’s
newsletter, Reconnaissance. Thank you for your support in our
Make checks payable to:
JEB Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust Inc.
and mail to:
J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace, Inc.
Post Office Box 1210
Stuart, VA 24171-1210
time overnight last night, and shortly after Richmond City Council
voted to ask the General Assembly for permission to destroy Monument
Avenue, local terrorists took their cue to vandalize several Confederate monuments,
desecrating the Davis and Jackson memorials.
This is what Richmond Mayor Stoney wants. He has been getting tips from
his pal Wes Bellamy in Charlottesville on how to completely divide and
destroy a community, and it looks like he is well on his way to
Please call Richmond public works at (804) 646-7000 and tell them how disgusted you are by this vandalism and ask them when it will be removed.
is no question as to what kind of people are behind this. “God is gay”
was spray painted on the foot of the memorial to a man of exemplary
faith and Christian character.
They hate our heritage because it is a Christian one. They hate us
because we refuse to relinquish our birthright or deny our faith.
We are in for the fight of our lives, folks. Pray up. Gird up. Man up. Our time is now.
have struck again in Charlottesville, vandalizing the beautiful Lee and
Jackson monuments. In the weeks since a judge ruled that City Council
had indeed violated state law in their attempts to remove the
memorials, local agitators appear to have been given free reign in
their criminal attempts to destroy the monuments. The pedestals for
both statues have been vandalized multiple times, either with paint or
by the decorative granite being chipped away.
statue of Thomas “Stonewall" Jackson in JACKSON Park was also spray
painted with “This Is Racist” on both sides of its pedestal at some
point during the weekend.
friends in the Gordonsville Grays have organized monument patrols and
citizens assisting in the endeavor even caught several locals in the
act, preventing even more damage, but the terrorists were released by
Charlottesville Police, who told our folks that nothing
could be done unless a police officer caught them in the act.
Numerous requests to place cameras, including offers to pay for them, have all been denied by the city.
Staff with the Departments of Parks and Recreation was FINALLY at LEE
Park this morning, working to scrub the paint off the pedestal of the
Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for anyone who has information
that leads to an arrest for the vandalism of the statues. That number is
In the meantime, we will be contracting private security to give the
folks on the ground a hand, and anyone wishing to assist the
Gordonsville Grays with monument patrols are asked to contact them at
Social media posts like this one show the brazen nature of these
terrorists and are a good indication of the type of godless radicals
behind the attempts to removal our memorials and eradicate our history.
Their efforts have nothing to do with slavery, "racism", or "white
supremacy", and everything to do with wanting to intimidate and silence
the Christian, conservative majority, best represented in the American South.
We are THRILLED to report the news of TWO major victories today in the fight to save our heritage.
In Virginia, a Louisa County judge denied a motion in a murder case to
remove a portrait of Robert E. Lee from the Louisa County Circuit
for Darcel Murphy, who faces the possibility of the death penalty if he
is convicted for the murder of Kevin Robinson in March 2016, had argued
that the portrait of the Confederate general in the courtroom could
influence jurors during Murphy’s trial. Murphy is African American, as
display of Confederate symbols “violate the defendant’s right to equal
protection under the law,” lead attorney Douglas Ramseur wrote in his
2018 motion to remove the portrait. “There is no greater offense to the
Equal Protection Clause [of the Constitution] than government favoritism
of one race over another.”
agreed that the Lee portrait is much larger than any other portrait in
the courtroom. But he described the image of Lee in his uniform,
standing in front of a tree, as “benign.”
concern of the Defendant in this case is really not what this portrait
depicts, but who it depicts,” he wrote. “Setting aside its subject, the
portrait does not compromise the fair administration of justice.”
judge said, referring to slavery, that “those who played an active role
in defending the indefensible face substantial difficulty in escaping
the harsh judgment of history.”
he also noted that many people admire “the real or perceived qualities
of General Lee.” He noted that Lee is one of the few individuals to have
a state holiday observed in their honor.
is difficult for the Court to accept that nothing other than the
implied original and continuing racism of the Virginia General Assembly
supports that distinction,” Sanner wrote.
Meanwhile, a HUGE win in Alabama, where the
Alabama Supreme court REVERSED a lower court ruling on the Confederate
monument in Linn Park in Birmingham, and UPHELD Alabama's historic
monument protection law!
Alabama Supreme Court today ruled that the city of Birmingham violated
Alabama’s monument protection law when it placed a plywood screen around
a Confederate monument in Linn Park in August 2017.
In a 9-0 decision, the justices reversed a lower court ruling in favor of the city. The
Supreme Court sent the case back to circuit court with instructions to
enter an order that the city broke the law and must pay a $25,000 fine.
law prohibits local governments from moving, altering, renaming, or
otherwise disturbing monuments that have been in place 40 years or more.
stone base of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument has been in
Linn Park since 1894. The marble shaft was added in 1905, when the
Pelham Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy dedicated the
Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a lawsuit asking the court to declare the covering of the monument violated the Memorial Preservation Act.
January, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Michael Graffeo ruled that the
law violated the city’s rights to free speech and due process.
as the state could not force any particular citizen to post a
pro-Confederacy sign in his or her front lawn, so too can the state not
commandeer the city’s property for the state’s preferred message,”
a 44-page opinion today, Justice Tommy Bryan cited legal precedents and
concluded that the circuit court erred in ruling that the city had
constitutional rights to free speech and due process.
ruling also addressed the amount of the fine. The law calls for a
$25,000 for each violation of the act. Bryan concluded that the city was
subject to a single $25,000 fine, rather than a fine for each day the
monument was covered.
While we realize the fight is only beginning, let's take a moment to
pause and thank God for these victories. Every win helps our momentum,
encourages our supporters, and reminds those who would have every trace
of our history and heritage removed that there are still plenty of us
with PLENTY of fight left.
God bless all those who continue to fight the good fight, and God save the South!