Friday, August 22, 2014

W&L Update/Call to Action 8-21-2014

The Va Flaggers did not have an organized Flagging at Washington & Lee last weekend, but one of our Flaggers was in that part of the Commonwealth, took the opportunity to forward the colors, and filed the following report:

"I flagged W&L from 2 to 6 on Saturday. The majority of the passing traffic gave no response. Of those that did (maybe 25% - 30%) the response was overwhelmingly positive. One alumnus pulled out of the parking lot and asked me the status of things. He evidently has not been keeping up with things, and was mad when he found out Ruscio had removed the flags. I asked him to get the alumni involved and gave him a copy of my "Blame Abraham Lincoln for the Confederate Battle Flag." I had a stack of them with me and I handed out quite a few. One man walked up the sidewalk and asked me if I had any flyers. I suggest it might be a good thing in the future if we had some brief handouts on the situation for passers by who might be interested.

Of the negative responses, I can think of only two or three thumbs down from people with Massachusetts license plates. Their logo on the plate is "The Spirit of America" which I take to be their heritage of seceding from the British Empire and firing the first shot for their own independence from an exploitative mercantilist empire bent upon invasion, conquest, and coerced political allegiance. Evidently the secession from Old England is considered the height of patriotism in those parts, whereas secession from New England is considered high treason - a logic understandable only if one understands New England hubris.

One man walking his dog from a residence across the street informed me that we were all in the United States now, but he declined to slow down and have a rational discussion with me. I wanted to tell him that I risked my life under the Stars and Stripes for a year in Vietnam, and ask him if he was one of those people who spit on me when I got back, but he wouldn't slow down, and disappeared into the W&L campus with his dog.

A woman security guard leaving the parking lot stopped to exchange pleasantries. I asked if I was allowed on campus. She said I was most welcome, but that the Confederate Flag was not. I asked if I could wear my VMI ring on campus, since VMI fought for the Confederacy. She said that would be OK.

An Imperialist's worst nightmare is secession, and our flag stands for secession. That is the real reason it is being proscribed and denigrated these days, and the regime's "Useful Idiots" are being indoctrinated to believe it as representing slavery and racism in order to cover up the Truth. If people were to learn that its true meaning is secession from an overweening usurpation of the Constitution, then the Imperialists would be exposed for what they are."
We will have Flaggers back out at the LEE Chapel THIS Saturday, August 23rd from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and invite anyone who is able to join us.  This weekend will see matriculation for VMI, so the town of Lexington will be crowded with students and parents, bringing us the opportunity to educate countless people regarding the desecration of the LEE Chapel by the administration of Washington & Lee University.  We will have plenty of "ammo" (fliers) to distribute, and hope we see some local folks step up, stand up, and speak out, so that the flaggings can continue with more frequency and numbers than we can regularly supply from Richmond.
Going forward, we also have definite plans to be on campus NEXT Saturday, August 30th, and the weekend of Friday, September 12 - Sunday, September 14. (More details to follow)  Mark your calendars and make plans to join us in Lexington to protest the removal of the flags and educate the masses, especially as students and faculty arrive back on campus for the fall term.
Many of you will remember that Washington & Lee officials made the decision to CLOSE the Lee Chapel during the SCV rally/symposium held in Lexington last month, issuing the following statement...

This unscheduled closing is based on concerns for the safety of the facility and its staff on the day that the Sons of Confederate Veterans have scheduled a rally in Lexington. We must take this unfortunate precaution because of the inflammatory and threatening letters, emails and phone calls the University has received in response to the removal of reproduction battle flags from the statue chamber ..."

Based on this inflammatory claim, the Va Flaggers filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request with Lexington's City Manager, asking for copies of any communications between W&L officials and law enforcement regarding any threats received.  As might be expected...we were subsequently informed that there were no reports and/or communications regarding any type of threats having been made or received.
We are pleased to continue to hear from alumni, students, and several attorneys, who are committed to pursuing the matter of restoring the flags through various channels, and encouraged by the overwhelming support we have received on campus, to date. 

Stay tuned for more updates, and please continue to forward these emails and encourage others to do the same.
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers

Confederate Veteran Profile - Thomas Aaron Nelson, Co.

The Virginia Flaggers are pleased to announce the release of the second in a series of profiles of Confederate Veterans who resided at the Old Soldiers' Home, on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park in Richmond, VA.

For over 150 weeks, the Virginia Flaggers have forwarded the colors, twice a week, on the sidewalk outside of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) after museum officials forced the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

One cannot truly appreciate the history and significance of the Chapel, nor the degree of desecration committed when museum leadership, driven by their own misguided prejudice and ignorance, removed the flags, without knowing the (personal) stories of the men who built the Chapel, worshiped in it every Sunday, and gathered each time the bell tolled, to pay their respects to and honor their comrades, as one by one, the Veterans passed over to eternity.

For many of our Flaggers, this fight is about more than just defending our Heritage against yet another unwarranted and unprovoked attack. For those whose veins course with the blood of the men who lived and died at the Old Soldiers' Home, it is personal...

Veteran Profile: Thomas Aaron Nelson, Co. H, 6th VA Cavalry

Born in December, 1835, Thomas Aaron Nelson grew up in Fauquier County, Virginia, a region known for its rural beauty and fine horses. The son of Mexican-American War veteran Thomas Henry Nelson and Mary Francis Bise, he was also a descendant of Thomas Nelson Jr., a planter and soldier from Yorktown who represented Virginia in the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence and served as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Not much is known of Thomas' early years, although records tell us he had a fair complexion, dark hair and hazel eyes, and considered himself a farmer like his famous forefather. On September 29, 1857, Thomas married his cousin Fannie (their maternal grandmothers were sisters).

It's not surprising, given Fauquier County's reputation, that Thomas should "jine the cavalry" after his native Virginia seceded from the Union. War Department records attest to his enlistment as a private on March 12, 1862. Though his younger brother, Joseph Henry Nelson, was a daredevil who rode with Mosby's Rangers, Thomas' unit of choice was Co. H (the "Wise Dragoons"), 6th Virginia Cavalry. The summer of 1863 proved an especially trying one for young Thomas. July 3 found him near Fairfield, Pennsylvania, just a few miles from Gettysburg and the deadliest battle of the war. While the ill-fated Pickett's Charge was getting underway, small numbers of the 7th Virginia Cavalry under Brig. Gen. William "Grumble" Jones intercepted 400 of the 6th U.S. Cavalry. These relatively green U.S. regulars were out to seize a Confederate wagon train and block the likeliest enemy escape route through Fairfield Gap. When the 6th U.S. Cavalry repulsed their 7th Virginia counterparts, Jones sent in the 6th Virginia Cavalry, whose rousing charge overwhelmed the regulars, securing the Fairfield Gap pass and the Hagerstown Road. This small but important victory facilitated the Confederate army's retreat towards the Potomac River after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Unfortunately, according to a July 18 report, Thomas was wounded at Fairfield. Then, on July 21, he was captured at Chester Gap, Virginia, one of the armies' routes over the Blue Ridge and a frequent site of skirmishes. Listed on an August 1 Prisoner of War roll at Washington, D.C.'s Old Capitol Prison, he was transferred to Maryland's notorious Point Lookout prison on August 23, 1863. It was not until February 13, 1865, just months before the surrender, that he was exchanged. Records show that he was paroled at Winchester, Virginia, on April 22, 1865; a copy of his signed oath still exists.

After the war, while Thomas' brother Joseph returned to Fauquier County and served as mayor of Warrenton for several terms, Thomas moved his family to Missouri for reasons unknown. He and Fannie had 16 children, though not all lived to adulthood. When Fannie died in 1899, Thomas returned to Virginia and lived with his sisters, moving from one of their houses to the other until finally applying, in June 1913, to live at the Soldiers' Home of the R.E. Lee Camp No.1 Confederate Veterans in Richmond. The Camp Commandant admitted him on July 14. But being weak and "getting right feeble," the 77-year-old Thomas asked permission to report after the heat of summer. He also inquired whether there would be room for his trunk, and whether the camp would provide transportation—adding, "The [fare to Richmond] will be $3.55." Thomas' file includes a heartfelt letter from his sister, Mrs. Robert Moffett, notifying the Soldiers' Home of her brother's death on August 14, 1915, during a visit to see her. He is buried in the family graveyard near Warrenton, Virginia.

Almost 100 years after Thomas Aaron Nelson left this earth, his great-great niece, Elizabeth Wilson is determined that his sacrifice, courage and devotion to God and country will not be forgotten, as she forwards the Colors in his memory, and in protest of those who have desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel and the hallowed ground on which it rests, and dishonored our gallant Confederate Veterans.

God bless Thomas Aaron Nelson, and God bless those who stand and speak for those who no longer have a voice!

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

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Friday, August 8, 2014

LEE Chapel Update 8/8/2014

Last Saturday, the Va Flaggers returned to the LEE Chapel on the campus of Washington & Lee, to forward the colors, protest the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the chamber of the LEE Chapel, and talk with students, tourists, and residents about the desecration of Robert E. Lee's tomb by the Washington & Lee administration.

Support was OVERWHELMING and included representatives of a Va Beach W&L Alumni group, who promised support, and dozens of conversations with people who vowed to start contacting the university in opposition to the flag removal.  We distributed many fliers and talked to many individuals and groups.

This time, campus security allowed visitors to wear apparel with Confederate logos and even carry flags on Campus.  Unfortunately, what we found inside the Chapel was heart wrenching, as the evidence of the desecration and the scars left behind are devastating:

In the meantime, we have heard from hundreds of you who have been writing, calling, and emailing W&L officials and we know that they have been overwhelmed by the responses, and hoping they can "ride it out" until folks lose interest.

We aim to make sure that never happens.  We know of alumni groups who are pursuing the matter with W&L leadership, and also have information that several entities are preparing to file legal action against the university.  We are also encouraged to have heard from students who are willing and eager to join us when they return to campus.

The Va Flaggers will be back at Washington & LEE, TOMORROW, Saturday, August 9th, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. ... forwarding the colors, protesting the removal of the flags, and educating the public. We are looking for some local flaggers to take up the Cause in Lexington, and others across the Commonwealth who will step up in the weeks to come, as we prepare for the students' return to campus and upcoming home athletic events. 

Join us at the LEE Chapel tomorrow for more information, and watch for more updates next week with new information and calls to action.

Good article here, worth reading and sharing...

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Barry Isenhour

Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

VMFA Update 8/7/2014

The Virginia Flaggers finished out July, and our 32ND month of Flagging the VMFA, with a strong showing, twice weekly on the Boulevard in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Even though we stretched our line, with troops on the ground at Washington & Lee, and at other events across the Commonwealth, we have not forgotten the FIRST Chapel desecration in Virginia, and the Cause that first brought the Va Flaggers together, almost three years ago.

Although museum traffic has been light recently, there have still been many opportunities for good conversations with museum visitors, residents, and tourists.

We are always looking for new ways to add more flags to the landscape, and new methods of bringing attention to the actions of VMFA officials...

For those of our supporters who have just joined this email list and may not be familiar with the situation at the Confederate Memorial Chapel, we offer the following summary:
Twenty years after Gen. Robert E. Lee rode into Appomattox and surrendered his tattered army, ending the War Between the States, a memorial chapel was built in Richmond in memory of the 260,000 Confederate soldiers who died during the conflict. The Pelham Chapel -- Confederate War Memorial is designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S., and has been granted the status of Confederate Monument by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The organ in the chapel was donated by a group of Union veterans from Lynn, Mass. One of the contributors to the soldiers' home that surrounded the chapel was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. And a Union private from Massachusetts donated his annual pension to support the home.

Confederate flags had flown over the grounds since the opening of the Old Soldiers Home in 1885. Those flags did not trouble the Union soldiers who donated the organ to the chapel; nor did they trouble Ulysses S. Grant. They were placed there by Confederate Veterans, to memorialize the Confederate dead, and honor the living.

Fast forward 150 years€¦on the eve of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the War Between the States, June 1st, 2010, Confederate Battle Flags were forcibly removed from the Confederate War Memorial by a restriction in the lease renewal, at the insistence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

This is in direct violation of Virginia law, which clearly states: it shall be unlawful for the authorities of the locality, or any other person or persons, to disturb or interfere with any monuments or memorials so erected, or to prevent its citizens from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation and care of same. For purposes of this section, "disturb or interfere with" includes removal of, damaging or defacing monuments or memorials, or, in the case of the War Between the States, the placement of Union markings or monuments on previously designated Confederate memorials or the placement of Confederate markings or monuments on previously designated Union memorials. (§ 15.2-1812)

As citizens of Virginia and descendants of Confederate soldiers who gallantly answered Virginia's call to defend her, we demand that the VMFA remove these blatantly prejudicial restrictions and allow the Confederate Battle Flags to once again fly on the Confederate War Memorial.
We are committed to continuing our flagging efforts until the flags are returned.  Will you join us?  We will be forwarding the colors TODAY, Thursday, August 7th, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, on the Boulevard in front of the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA.  Bring your flag and come stand for our Confederate Ancestors and against VMFA officials, who have desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

If you cannot be there in person, PLEASE take 10 minutes to support the troops on the ground by calling the Director's Office at (804) 340-1502 and asking him to return the Confederate Battle Flags to the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  He can also be reached by mail: :  Alex Nyerges
Director, VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-4007 / Fax  (804)  340-1502 / and/or email:

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

TriPp Lewis
Va Flaggers

Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Fight Like Forrest REDUX

Although most of us on the front lines of heritage defense stopped visiting their blogs and ceased reading their nonsense long ago, many of you have been kind enough to let us know that several of the anti-Confederate bloggers/amateur historians have ratcheted up their vitriol and attacks against us over the last few weeks.

If it were not so pathetic, it might be comical to one of them even went to the extreme of creating a bogus poll regarding the removal of flags/desecration of Lee Chapel, in an attempt to lure Confederate Heritage activists to his site.

Brooks D. Simpson on August 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm said: "Oh, I know that the various heritage sites are rushing over here to vote. Of course, then they also see the post on Lilly Baumann. Sometimes you have to provide an inducement for people to visit."

Fraudulent profiles on FaceBook and other internet sites, misleading group names, designed to attract those of Confederate ancestry and now a fake "poll" created specifically to lure our folks to their hate-filled sites. We can only conclude that these folks are desperate for attention and/or site traffic and feeling VERY irrelevant. It seems that since all previous attempts to smear and defame us have failed miserably, they are resorting to deception and fraud in what appears to be last-ditch attempts to get SOMEONE to pay attention to their false accusations and innuendo, most recently attempting to link members of the Va Flaggers to a child custody/domestic dispute in Florida.

Another spent some time in Petersburg recently, and was apparently quite unsettled by our presence at the 150th Commemoration of The Battle of the Crater, so much so that the Va Flaggers have been the main subject of his blog posts ever since. The man who once predicted there would NEVER be an I-95 flag...
"Prediction: There will be no Confederate flag on I-95 near Richmond." K. Levin, August 18, 2013
...reports that he made a point to ask for directions to the Chester Memorial Battle flag site, and acknowledged that his only disappointment was that there was no wind blowing to lift the flag at the time he stopped by. What he is really upset about is the fact that we dared to offer an alternative to his "version" of events at The Crater, and that Park officials and visitors welcomed us and allowed us to share the truth before, during and after events last week. (Watch for an update soon with some very exciting news on this subject!)

These folks have tried (and failed) over and over to connect us with everything from "white supremacists" to "child abusers" to "kidnappers", ALL because we disagree with their version of OUR history and refuse to sit by quietly while THEY determine how we will honor and remember our ancestors. It has been almost three years since we first stepped onto the sidewalk in Richmond, and not only are we still standing, despite their repeated predictions of doom and gloom, but we are moving forward with renewed strength and support that grows daily, as more and more folks choose to take a stand.

Letter received, today, with gift:
"Dear Va Flaggers, Please accept this gift in honor of my fallen Confederate ancestors. I fully support your efforts, and would be happy if someone would put up some flags in Northern Virginia to counter the oppression of our rights to free speech. I cannot remain silent any longer." - William W, Arlington, VA
I have been asked what I am going "to do" about these most recent attacks and the ongoing smear campaign. My answer? Nothing. These folks are only relevant when we give them our attention and we flatly refuse to do so. We have much work to do, and any time and energy wasted on dealing with folks like this who are twisted up with hate and contempt for all things Southern, only takes our focus off of the Confederate soldiers we are determined to honor and defend, and away from the front lines of the Southern Heritage battles we face every day.

Please take a moment to read "Fight Like Forrest, NOT Sherman", in the link below, which further addresses this issue. Although it was written several months ago, the sentiments contained therein remain unchanged.

Thank you all for your constant prayers and support. We are looking forward with great anticipation to continuing the work that has begun, and are excited about the prospect of several new projects on the horizon.

God bless you all, and GOD SAVE THE SOUTH!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done..." Genesis 50:20

Photo: Confederate Monument and mass grave, Warrenton Cemetery, Warrenton, VA
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Monday, August 4, 2014

Memorial Battle Flags Projects Update

Subject: Letter-to-the-Editor - Writer frightened by the Confederate Flag

August 3, 2014
Editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch
300 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Dear Sir:

Another "born and bred Northerner," indoctrinated by a colossal propaganda mill, is frightened by the "divisive" Confederate Flag, adding that (yawn) the War was fought to end slavery. Please pay attention here. The War was waged by the North against Southern secession. The Confederacy was the American Empire's first conquest.

H. V. Traywick, Jr.
Richmond, VA
Photo: A large Confederate flag flies above Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg. (Yue Wu | The Washington Post)

The final week of July was a very exciting one for us in MANY ways, including several new and thrilling developments in the Memorial Battle Flags Projects.  In addition to the new pole and flag installed last week at Savage's Station, we received word of the possibility of acquiring several additional large poles at bargain pricing, and are encouraged and hopeful that we will likely be able to move forward much sooner than expected with one or more of the additional properties available and waiting for Memorial Battle Flag installations. 

Meanwhile, we are one step closer to having the Fredericksburg flag lit at night, as our crews were busy last week, putting the finishing touches on the electrical work...

ALSO last week, FOX News picked up a Washington Post interview with Va Flagger Barry Isenhour, and it was highlighted on its main news page.  Each time an article like this is published, we have the opportunity to present the true history and honor of our flags and the men who fought and died beneath them, and the exposure serves to recruit new supporters and foot soldiers in the Cause.

From the Washington Post report:
Aston Haughton, president of the Stafford County chapter of the NAACP, sees it differently. The flag, Haughton said, "symbolizes racism, oppression. It reminds people of the days of slavery.

When he drove past the flag, he was upset. So were a lot of people he knew, both black and white, he said. They pulled together a group to see what they could do about it. But the permits are legal, the property is private.

"We have to see if we can work it from another angle, he said. "Our mission now is to make sure they don't keep going county to county and keep putting these flags up.
Even so, and perhaps with even more determination, OUR mission has not changed. We plan to continue to raise these flags and memorials...across the Commonwealth and beyond.

Many thanks to each of you, whose generous support makes these flags and all of our heritage defense projects possible.

Please watch for more updates soon! 

God bless you all, and God Save the South!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Gifts* to the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag projects may be mailed to:

Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
Payable to Va Flaggers

or through PayPal:

*Although we are NOT a registered 501c3 entity, we are absolutely a "not for profit" organization, and every gift goes directly toward expenses for our Interstate Battle Flag and Heritage Defense projects. There are no salaries or benefits paid to any member(s) of our organization, most of whom work full-time jobs, and give freely of their time, talents, and resources to further the Cause for which we stand.

Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Tallassee Armory Guards Camp 1921 Raise Interstate Battle Flag!

Congratulations to the Tallassee Armory Guards Camp #1921, SCV, who raised a Battle Flag on Highway 63 in Alabama this past Saturday, August 2nd. 

(See attached PDF for photos and details)

I first heard of the plans for this flag when I visited with the camp last year, and am so excited to hear that the project is completed.  I can't wait to get back down there and see her flying!

God bless the men of the Tallassee Armory Guards!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Tallassee Armory Guards Camp 1921 -- It’s finally flying!!