Monday, September 29, 2014

Third Anniversary Celebration Picnic/Auction Report

Words cannot adequately convey the depth of our gratitude for the outpouring of support for our Third Anniversary Picnic/Auction. We were overwhelmed by the number of items received for the auctions and raffle... from supporters from New York to Texas! The picnic would not have been possible without the dozens of folks who helped with food prep, set up, organizing and leading activities, and clean up. Last but not least, we owe a deep debt of gratitude to those who attended, from all across the South, helping to make it our largest gathering yet, and generously bidding on the items donated. It was such a privilege and honor to have the opportunity to visit with so many Flaggers and supporters, and meet new folks who came to find out what we are all about.


Our goal was to raise enough money to order an additional flag for the Fredericksburg site, so that we would have an extra to use when repairs are needed, etc. Initial numbers from last night's event show that we not only met that goal, but we exceeded it -- by AT LEAST threefold -- and the final tally will not be known for a few more days.
The final item auctioned was the first
flag flown at the Chester I-95 Memorial Flag Site, raised one year ago yesterday, a 10' x 15' AOT. It sold for a high bid of $200. After the auction, the gentleman who won the bid, one of our most dedicated Flaggers, quietly told me that he was donating the flag BACK TO THE VA FLAGGERS, to be auctioned again.


To say I was moved by his generosity and commitment to the Cause is an understatement.  "Who could not conquer with such troops as these..?" General Thomas J. Jackson, CSA

We could not have asked nor hoped for a better celebration of our Third Anniversary and the First Anniversary of the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag at Chester. To each and every one of you who had a part in making it, and our first three years, such an amazing success, we THANK YOU, and covet your prayers and continued support as we embark on our fourth year, with our spirits uplifted, our hearts full, and with a renewed determination to continue to forward the Colors and defend the honor of our Confederate Ancestors.

God bless you all, and God Save the South!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Last Call! Third Anniversary Picnic and Auction

Final reminder! We hope you have made plans to join us tomorrow, Sunday, September 28th.  It's not too late...

The Virginia Flaggers will celebrate our third anniversary, and the ONE YEAR anniversary of the raising of the first I-95 flag in Chester, with a family picnic, and auction on Sunday, September 28th.

The fun starts at 3:00 pm, with live music, games for the kids, and great fellowship. Supper will be served at 5:30, with a live auction at 6:30, with the opportunity to bid on the first 10 x 15 Confederate Battle Flag that flew at the First Memorial Battle Flag site, as well as many other Confederate items, including fine artwork.

Raffle prize drawings and a silent auction for smaller items will also take place throughout the afternoon.

The Va Flaggers will provide BBQ and all the fixins, soft drinks, iced tea, and lemonade. Guests are asked to bring side dishes of their choosing to share.

Whether you are a core Flagger, supporter, or just interested in learning about the Va Flaggers, you are welcome to join us in the celebration, as we look back at our first three years...and look forward to what is yet to come.


No need to RSVP at this point...y'all just come!  :)

Susan Hathaway
 
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

VMFA Mass Flagging TODAY!

Va Flaggers report from the front line! Full court press at the VMFA today, as folks in town for our Third Anniversary picnic/auction are joining the Flaggers for an all day flagging, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. A dozen flaggers are already on the ground on the Boulevard in the Capital of the Confederacy, with more expected to join us throughout the day.


If you have ever wanted to come see what we are all about, and/or are ready to take a stand for our ancestors, and against those who have desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel, today is a great day to get out and turn talk into action!

The VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts forced the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel, on the sacred grounds of the Old Soldiers' Home in Richmond. The Veterans can no longer stand up and speak out. Will you?

If you cannot join us today, please take a moment to call the VMFA and voice your concern. Ask them to honor ALL American Veterans and return the Confederate flags to the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel. Call 804.340.1563 TODAY... and phone in support for the men and women on the sidewalk at the VMFA.

Online auction opportunity! Many of you have requested that we offer an opportunity for an online auction, for those of you who won't be able to make it to the picnic on Sunday, but want to participate. We have two items available for online bids, both bids starting at $19.99. The auctions end Monday night at 7:00 EST. All proceeds benefit the Va Flaggers.


Approximately 7.5 inches wide by 10.5 inches high
Woodburning on irregular pieces of wood cut from a tree branch
Created and donated by Ms. Valerie Protopapas.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/191348286545?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 


1917 Edition with inscription and signature of Mrs. George Pickett.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Happened-Me-LaSalle-Corbell-Pickett-1917-Signed-Edition-/191348289147

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings
Virginia Flaggers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

W&L Lee Chapel Desecration Update: The Tar Heels Arrive!

A group of flaggers from the Old North State traveled to Lexington this past weekend to protest Washington & Lee University after University officials stripped Confederate Battle Flags from the chamber of the LEE Chapel, desecrating the final resting place of Gen. Robert E. Lee and dishonoring Lee and all Confederate veterans. They filed this report:
"The flagging during the Washington & Lee University Alumni Homecoming was a great success. From the moment the Tar Heels set up at the entrance in front of Lee Chapel, motorists and pedestrians alike got a clear view of Confederate soldiers and their flags of honor. The streets were filled with parked cars and visitors flooding into Lexington for the homecoming events. The weather was perfect and pedestrians traveled the sidewalks all day.

Over the course of the day over 100 fliers where handed out, people stopped to talk to the flaggers and were upset to hear about the desecration of the LEE Chapel. Motorist honked horns, waved and shouted their thanks to the flaggers for their continuous efforts to restore the flags. Many cadets from VMI stopped to salute and shake hands with the flaggers, most in disbelief of how General Lee has been disgraced by the very University that would not be in existence today, if not for his efforts.

Students and Alumni frequently stopped to ask questions about the flags, uniforms, the soldiers, Lee's character and why the school would cave into six students' demands so easily. Camera phones were out in force as passers-by tried to get the perfect shots of the Confederate soldiers, many pulling over to get out of their cars and buses to have their photo taken with the soldiers.

A family of first time visitors to Lexington said that seeing the soldiers out in front of Lee Chapel was the best part of their day and that they couldn't believe how Lexington and Washington & Lee University is now ashamed to honor the Confederate soldier. Of course, not all of the students and visitors were as open minded. On the occasion where a supporter of the flag removal approached us, it gave the flaggers a perfect opportunity to educate them and debate the issues at hand, and afterwards, most left without animosity, and with new information which will hopefully spark further investigation about what the war was truly about .

In all, the flaggers made a big impact along the sidewalks of Jefferson St. Students and Alumni we spoke with vowed to write letters and let President Ruscio know of their displeasure. Many will go to their friends and pass the word along. Let's hope this makes a big impact on the return of the flags and the restoration of honor."
Jamie Funkhouser- Tar Heel Flagger

THREE CHEERS FOR THE TAR HEEL FLAGGERS!

Call to action:

CALLING ALL CONFEDERATE COLOR/HONOR GUARDS! Following up on the phenomenal success of the Tar Heel flagging, we would love to see a uniformed Confederate color/honor guard on duty AT LEAST once a week!  We will help coordinate your visit, provide your men with literature to distribute, talking points to share, and assist in any way possible.  For more information or to schedule your participation, contact info@vaflaggers.com.

For those who cannot make it to Lexington, we ask that you, once again, let University officials know that the desecration of the RE Lee Chapel is not acceptable. This week, we have added the contact information for Mr. J. Donald Childress, Rector of the Board of Trustees.  We ask that you contact him, in addition to President Ruscio, and continue the pressure that has been continually and effectively applied since the flags were ripped from the Chapel walls in July.

Contact Info:

J. Donald Childress
Rector of the Board of Trustees
Atlanta, Georgia
dchildress@childressklein.com

Kenneth P. Ruscio
President of the University
540.458.8700
president@wlu.edu

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings
VaFlaggers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Confederate Archives Update

While the Va Flaggers have been busy fighting heritage violations, erecting Memorial Battle Flags and working to honor our Confederate Veterans, our Confederate search engine project -- ConfederateArchives.com -- has been quietly and very successfully expanding under the direction, guidance and hard work of TriPp and Jack Lewis. Please read the following update, including information regarding the exciting new Confederate Descendant Finder Project, share the information with others, use the search engine, and add any Confederate data that you find or possess...

http://confederatearchives.com


ConfederateArchives.com -- Launched 03/2013
Total links -- 2.4 million links
Total Searches since 05/2013 -- 987,477
Confederate Descendant finder Project -- 1,654,612 descendants and counting

Confederate Archives is a fully functioning search engine that searches the internet for websites and data concentrating on Confederate history from 1828 to present day. Type "Lee" on other search engines and notice how many results are generated for LEE JEANS, for instance, instead of General Lee. Then try ours. The main purpose of ConfederateArchives.com is to record our Southern history and to be able to provide this content if/when other search engines are forced to censor what approved results will be displayed. We never will.

We provide a safe, family friendly search engine, screened of inaccurate, inappropriate, and false information, which will allow the documentation of our TRUE Southern Heritage and history for generations to come. Sounds good? We think so, too...and we need YOUR help to make this project successful. What can you do? USE IT!  When you're researching the WBTS, ancestry, or any search related to the CSA, use ConfederateArchives.com. The more it is used, the better the results will be when people search in the future.

Please add your favorite websites using the link on the front page of the search engine. http://www.confederatearchives.com/

Type of websites we would like to add to confederatearchives.com: - Confederate Cemeteries - Confederate Soldiers Lists - Museums with Confederate Artifacts - Newspapers collections from 1828 thru 1941 - Current day news articles concerning Confederate History - Current day news articles on heritage violations. - Historical Documents between 1828 to present day. - UDC Websites - SCV Camp websites - Heritage defense websites - Art work and pictures - Maps - Genealogy pages with family tree information Love letters and letters to family members...AND everything else Confederate!

In February 2014, after reviewing the data we had collected for over a year it came to our attention that we could endeavor to find ALL of the descendants of Confederate Soldiers, even those still living. The Sons of Confederate Veterans membership is around 30k members. What if we could find the living descendants of soldiers and invite these folks into our organization(s)? Just imagine...

We are working on this. We have about six more months before we finish up and can start providing SCV camps and others an outline of how to use the data we collected as well as provide the procedures and needed information to raise an army of heritage defenders.

Total develop time on ConfederateArchives.com since 03/2013 -- 288hrs.
www.confederatearchives.com


Susan Hathaway

Saturday, September 20, 2014

VMFA Update, 9-17-2014

Thursday evening saw a cool 74 degrees in the Capital of the Confederacy, and 8 Flaggers lined the sidewalk on the Boulevard in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA).  Traffic was VERY heavy and conversations were plentiful. 



Our Flaggers reported that even after almost three years of having a presence TWICE A WEEK at the VMFA, there are still many folks who haven't heard of the desecration of the Confederate Memorial Chapel at the hands of VMFA officials.  Most agreed that if a Confederate flag belongs ANYWHERE, it's on a Confederate Memorial, and most certainly on a memorial which was erected on the sacred grounds of the Old Soldiers' Home/Confederate Memorial Park.

Response was almost all positive and encouraging.  It seems that, as is usually the case, the majority of residents, museum visitors, and tourists do not agree with the forced removal of Confederate battle flags from the portico of the Chapel.



Still, there is the occasional ill-bred, vulgar passer-by, and this report filed by one of our Flaggers is typical of their "drive by" behavior... As we were shuttin'  'er down this evening, some VCU type on his bicycle - filled with outrage and self-righteousness - blasted by us at the speed of a 9 mm and called us an ugly name. We were able to master our emotions and not dissolve in tears. But our challenge is to counter the false racist accusations with the very real accusations that these people are the "useful idiots" of a totalitarian regime.  "Ignorance is strength" - George Orwell, "1984."

A challenge, indeed€¦and one that we will continue to rise to meet, with our Battle Flags as our weapon, at least TWICE A WEEK, on the streets of Richmond, until the Confederate Battle Flags are returned to the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

We return to the Boulevard tomorrow, Saturday, September 20th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. JOIN US, and be a part of those taking a stand against those who have dishonored our Confederate Veterans.

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

TriPp Lewis
Va Flaggers


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rededication of the LEE Tree, Rainelle, WV

In 1934, the Traveller's District Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, along with Greenbrier Co. and state agencies, placed a huge ironstone rock under the Lee Tree on Big Sewell Mountain, near Rainelle, WV. The rock has a bronze plaque commemorating the site where R.E Lee pitched his headquarters tent beneath a large Maple tree in 1861. This is also the site where Lee first saw Traveller, and where he first rode his famous war horse. A wrought iron fence was erected around the site.

In 1937, after the Maple Tree died, a second tree was planted.

Over the years, the concrete posts of the fencing had crumbled, and the fence had deteriorated badly and the second tree had died. In 2013, Allen K. Stone, who portrays General Lee, approached the Flat Top Copperheads SCV Camp 1694 and suggested they take on the restoration of the monument as a project. The Traveeller District UDC supplied the funding and the Flat Top Copperheads provided the labor to replant the tree, replace the corner posts, and restore the fence. One of the camp members confided to me that they placed a time capsule at the base of one of the newly placed footings, (right rear if standing at the front of the memorial) with the hopes that others, who will continue the care of this sacred place, will discover it one day. He asked me to record it in this report, so that there would be a record for those who come behind us.

On Sunday, September 7th, 2014, a crowd of over 200 people gathered for a ceremony to rededicate the Lee Tree and the marker, 80 years after the original placing of the memorial. It was a cool, foggy day on the mountain, but the dampness did not deter the spirit of those who attended, including the keynote speaker, C. Kelly Barrow, SCV Commander in Chief.



It was a wonderful event, with beautiful music, moving rituals, musket and cannon salutes, and speakers who discussed the history of the monument, heritage defense, and local history. I was honored and surprised to be recognized with the “Commander's Award” from the Flat Top Copperheads, a beautiful “Loyal Ladies of the Confederacy” brooch, and given the privilege of firing the cannon, courtesy of the Giles Light Artillery.



I had the pleasure of seeing a very beautiful part of (occupied) western Virginia, and meeting and chatting with some of the nicest folks I've ever met, including some new friends from the Mechanized Cavalry, among many others. Special thanks to Terry McAllister of the PJ Thurmond SV Camp #2190 for the warm welcome and escort. It was great to meet so many new friends and have the chance to visit with old ones.



Kudos and special thanks and to Commander Blaine Hypes and the Flat Top Copperheads for their ongoing commitment and dedication to living the Charge…and God bless all the men and women of the SCV and UDC who worked hard to repair and restore the monument, and for their diligence in organizing and hosting such a successful re-dedication event.

On the way home, I stopped in Lewisburg, WV and visited the Confederate Cemetery there. The remains of 95 unknown Confederate soldiers from the Battle of Lewisburg, fought May 23, 1862, lie in this cross-shaped common grave. It has a vertical length 80 feet long and a cross arm of 40 feet long, with an overall width of 10 feet.



Yankee Colonel George Crook would not permit the southern sympathizers to bury their own dead, and thus they were originally laid out in the Old Stone Church and later placed in a trench along the south wall of the church without ceremony. It wasn't until after the war that the remains of the 95 Confederate dead were removed from the churchyard and interred in the cross-shaped mass grave.

LEST WE FORGET!


Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers