to the flag of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS,
ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE*, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
Pledge to the GEORGIA Flag
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE GEORGIA STATE FLAG
AND TO PRINCIPLES FOR WHICH IT STANDS,
WISDOM, JUSTICE AND MODERATION.
Salute to the CONFEDERATE Flag
I SALUTE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG WITH AFFECTION, REVERENCE AND
UNDYING DEVOTION TO THE CAUSE* FOR WHICH IT STANDS.
*That Cause is resistance to nationlist tyrrany and the preservation of states' rights and individual liberty.
Historical and Current Articles submitted by Compatriots
The Civil War: 1864
The Civil War (1861-1865), the most wrenching chapter in American history, claimed the lives of more than 620,000 soldiers and brought vast changes to the country. The Postal Service™ continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war by issuing a souvenir sheet of two stamp designs for 2014.
One stamp depicts the 22nd United States Colored Troops engaged in the June 15-18, 1864, assault on Petersburg, Virginia, at the beginning of the Petersburg Campaign. The other stamp depicts Admiral David G. Farragut’s fleet at the Battle of Mobile Bay (Alabama) on August 5, 1864.
Art director Phil Jordan created the stamps using iconic images of the battles. The Petersburg Campaign stamp is a reproduction of a painting, dated 1892, by J. André Castaigne. The Battle of Mobile Bay stamp is a reproduction of a painting by Julian Oliver Davidson, published ca. 1886 by Louis Prang & Co.
For the background image on the souvenir sheet, Jordan used a photograph of Battery A, 2nd U.S. Colored Artillery (Light), Department of the Cumberland, 1864.
The souvenir sheet includes comments on the war by Ulysses S. Grant, Jeremiah Tate, Harrie Webster, and Howell Cobb. It also includes some of the lyrics from the Negro spiritual “O Mary, Don’t You Weep.”
The Petersburg Campaign and the Battle of Mobile Bay stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever® stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.
Digital Color Postmarks
Press Sheet with die cuts
Press Sheet without die cuts
First Day Covers (Set of 2 Petersburg & Mobile)
First Day Cancelled (Full Sheet)
Ceremony Program (2 stamps, 2 cancels)
Digital Color Postmark First Day Covers (Set of 2, Petersburg & Mobile)
Souvenir Sheet of 12 & Digital Color Postmark First Day Covers (Set of 2, Petersburg & Mobile)
The Civil War: 1864 Commemorative Folio with sheet of 12
Framed Stamps with First Day of Issue Plaque
"Carl Tommy Miller" Subject:
USPS Stamps available
The Civil War: 1865
The Civil War (1861-1865), the most wrenching chapter in American history, claimed the lives of more than 620,000 soldiers and brought vast changes to the country. The Postal Service™ concludes its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war by issuing a souvenir sheet with two new stamp designs for 2015.
One stamp depicts the Battle of Five Forks, near Petersburg, Virginia, on April 1, 1865. The other stamp depicts Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9.
Art director Phil Jordan selected historic paintings for the stamp designs. The Battle of Five Forks stamp is a reproduction of a painting, circa 1885, by French artist Paul Dominique Philippoteaux. The Appomattox Court House stamp is a reproduction of the 1895 painting “Peace in Union” by Thomas Nast, depicting Robert E. Lee’s surrender.
For the background image on the souvenir sheet, Jordan used a photograph of a number of Federal rifles stacked in the vicinity of Petersburg, Virginia, during the siege.
The 12-stamp souvenir sheet includes comments on the war by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Union General Joshua L. Chamberlain. It also includes lines parodying the lyrics of Patrick S. Gilmore’s famous Civil War song, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”
The Battle of Five Forks and the Appomattox Court House stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever® stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
Brother Keith "Rebel" Nelson regularly sends articles
from the Civil War Trust website. There are many great
articles regrarding the preservation and history of Battlefields
Take time to visit their site
A Very Nice music Video in memory of
Pvt. J.W. Robinson of the Maury Light Artillery
Maury County, Tennessee and his loving wife Josephine
Subject: Fw: A Poem worth
- He was getting old and paunchy
- And his hair was falling fast,
- And he sat around the Legion,
- Telling stories of the past.
- Of a war that he once fought in
- And the deeds that he had done,
- In his exploits with his buddies;
- They were heroes, every one.
- And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
- His tales became a joke,
- All his buddies listened quietly
- For they knew where of he spoke.
- But we'll hear his tales no longer,
- For ol' Joe has passed away,
- And the world's a little poorer
- For a Veteran died today.
- He won't be mourned by many,
- Just his children and his wife.
- For he lived an ordinary,
- Very quiet sort of life.
- He held a job and raised a family,
- Going quietly on his way;
- And the world won't note his passing,
- 'Tho a Veteran died today.
- When politicians leave this earth,
- Their bodies lie in state,
- While thousands note their passing,
- And proclaim that they were great.
- Papers tell of their life stories
- From the time that they were young,
- But the passing of a Veteran
- Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
- Is the greatest contribution
- To the welfare of our land,
- Some jerk who breaks his promise
- And cons his fellow man?
- Or the ordinary fellow
- Who in times of war and strife,
- Goes off to serve his country
- And offers up his life?
- The politician's stipend
- And the style in which he lives,
- Are often disproportionate,
- To the service that he gives.
- While the ordinary Veteran,
- Who offered up his all,
- Is paid off with a medal
- And perhaps a pension, small.
- It is not the politicians
- With their compromise and ploys,
- Who won for us the freedom
- That our country now enjoys.
- Should you find yourself in danger,
- With your enemies at hand,
- Would you really want some cop-out,
- With his ever-waffling stand?
- Or would you want a Veteran
- His home, his country, his kin,
- Just a common Veteran,
- Who would fight until the end.
- He was just a common Veteran,
- And his ranks are growing thin,
- But his presence should remind us
- We may need his likes again.
- For when countries are in conflict,
- We find the Veteran's part,
- Is to clean up all the troubles
- That the politicians start.
- If we cannot do him honor
- While he's here to hear the praise,
- Then at least let's give him homage
- At the ending of his days.
- Perhaps just a simple headline
- In the paper that might say:
- "OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
- A VETERAN DIED TODAY."
The Code Of Confederate Flag Etiquette
These symbols have been abused and desecrated not only by those who
hate The South, but increasingly by well-meaning Southerners. This Code
of Confederate Flag Etiquette is designed as a guide for those who
respect The South. If Southerners will not respect the Confederate flag,
then how can we expect others to respect it?
is our hope that this Code of Confederate Flag Etiquette will be
adopted by Southern organizations and individuals as a guide to
respecting and honoring the symbols of our beloved South and those who
sacrificed and died to defend her.
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“owns” this Code of Confederate Flag Etiquette.
The Code of Confederate Flag Etiquette was adopted by the Military Order of The Stars and Bars in July 2011.
If you would like to add your organization to a list of those who
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flag and other symbols of the Confederate States of America represent
the dreams of a Southern nation for which our ancestors sacrificed their
lives and their fortunes, and for the high and noble standards that we
should once again strive for. The flags and other symbols of the
Confederate States of America should be treated with the highest respect
and never used or modified in a manner that diminishes the image of a
great and noble South. Use of the Confederate flag should be held to the
same high standards as any other national flag.
The Flag is defined as any of the flags used by the Confederate States of America. This includes:
a. First National or Stars and Bars
b. Second National or Stainless Banner
c. Third National <> Current National Flag of CSA
d. Bonnie Blue Flag
e. Confederate Battle Flag
f. Confederate Naval Jack
Any object which the average person seeing the same without
deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors,
standard, or ensign of the Confederate States of America.
MODIFICATIONS AND USE OF THE FLAG
The flag should never be modified in any way. It should be displayed as originally designed without alteration.
basic flag design may be incorporated into the logo of an organization
only if it is done in such a manner as to hold the Confederate States of
America in the highest respect.
The flag, or design elements of the
flag, should never be used to associate The South or the Confederate
States of America with any other political or social agenda.
Examples of ACCEPTABLE incorporation into a design are:
a. Sons of Confederate Veterans logo
b. United Daughters of The Confederacy logo
c. State flags
Examples of UNACCEPTABLE incorporation into a design are:
Images of the Confederate flag, or design elements of the flag,
combined with images of skulls, motorcycles, or other objects that
detract from the honor and respect due the flag.
Examples of UNACCEPTABLE use of the flag:
a. The Confederate flag with images of skulls, motorcycles, or any other object.
The Confederate flag incorporated into any article of clothing. An
exception to this is neck ties and lapel pins that have traditionally
been used to respectfully display patriotic symbols.
Examples of ACCEPTABLE use of the flag image:
Bunting or similar material used for patriotic decoration which
includes design elements of the Confederate flag, or images of the flag
such that it is clearly not being used as a flag. Examples would be the
flag: depicted furled, on a staff, carried in battle, in a memorial
DISPLAY OF THE FLAG **
disrespect should be shown to the flag of the Confederate States of
America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing.##**
The flag should never be displayed with the field down, except as a
signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or
(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
(c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.
It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always
allowed to fall free.
(e) The flag should never be fastened,
displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily
torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
(f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor
attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design,
picture, or drawing of any nature. An exception to this is unit markings
on the flag when used by historical re-enactors.
(h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner
whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or
handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper
napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and
discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard
from which the flag is flown.
(j) No part of the flag should ever be
used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be
affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and
members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country
and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin
being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting
emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably
FOLDING THE FLAG
fold the flag, two persons face each other and hold the flag waist high
and horizontally between them. They fold the lower half of the flag
lengthwise over the upper half; then fold it again in the same manner.
The person holding the fly end folds the lower right corner to the upper
edge to form a triangle, folds the outer point inward to form a second
triangle, and continues to fold the flag in triangles until the entire
length of the flag is folded, ending with the hoist end to the outside.
OCCASIONS FOR DISPLAY
(a) Display on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in open.
display: It is the universal custom to display the flag only from
sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open.
However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed
twenty-four hours a day. It is preferred that the flag be properly
illuminated during the hours of darkness.
(b) Manner of hoisting
The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
(c) Inclement weather
The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.
(d) Particular days of display
The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on:
January 19 – Robert E. Lee Birthday – Confederate Heroes Day (TX)
January 21 – Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson Birthday
February 22 – Confederate Independence Day (Founding of the C.S.A. / Jefferson Davis inaugurated)
March 4 – Confederate Flag Day
– Confederate Day of Prayer, designated by President Jefferson Davis in
1863 as a day of “fasting, humiliation, and prayer” in the Confederate
April 26 – Confederate Memorial Day (AL, FL, GA, MS)
May 10 – Confederate Memorial Day (NC, SC); “Stonewall” Jackson died
May 30 – Confederate Memorial Day (VA)
June 3 – Confederate Memorial Day (KY, LA, TN); Jefferson Davis Birthday
October 12 – Robert E. Lee died
December 6 – Jefferson Davis died
The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant
statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school
children have been indoctrinated with the story that “Honest Abe”
Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to
end slavery, and that the “evil” Southern states seceded from the Union
to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and
promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was
produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the
terrible war crimes committed by Union soldiers in the War Between the
States, as well as Lincoln’s violations of the law, his shredding of the
Constitution, and other reprehensible acts. It has been very effective
in keeping the average American ignorant of the real causes of the war,
and the real nature, character and record of Lincoln. Let us look at
some unpleasant facts.
his first inaugural address, Lincoln stated clearly that (1) he had no
legal authority to interfere with slavery where it existed, (2) that he
had no inclination or intention to do so even if he had the legal
authority, (3) that he would enforce the Fugitive Slave Act, returning
runaway slaves escaping to the North to their masters in the South, and
(4) that he fully supported the Thirteenth Amendment then being debated
in Congress which would protect slavery in perpetuity and was
irrevocable. He later famously stated, “Do not paint me with the
there was some opposition to slavery in the country, the government was
willing to concede everything the South wanted regarding slavery to
keep it in the Union. Given all these facts, the idea that the South
seceded to protect slavery is as absurd as the idea that Lincoln fought
the war to end slavery. Lincoln himself said in a famous letter after
the war began that his sole purpose was to save the Union, and not to
either save or end slavery; that if he could save the Union without
freeing a single slave, he would. Nothing could be clearer.
decades before the war, the South, through harsh tariffs, had been
supplying about 85% of the country’s revenue, nearly all of which was
being spent in the North to boost its economy, build manufacturing,
infrastructure, railroads, canals, etc. With the passage of the 47%
Morrill Tariff the final nail was in the coffin. The South did not
secede to protect slavery, although certainly they wished to protect it;
they seceded over a dispute about unfair taxation, an oppressive
Federal government, and the right to separate from that oppression and
be governed “by consent”, exactly the same issues over which the
Founding Fathers fought the Revolutionary War. When a member of
Lincoln’s cabinet suggested he let the South go in peace, Lincoln
famously replied, “Let the South go? Where, then, would we get our
revenue!” He then launched a brutal, empirical war to keep the free and
sovereign states, by force of arms, in the Union they had created and
voluntarily joined, and then voluntarily left. This began his reign of
was the greatest tyrant and despot in American history. In the first
four months of his presidency, he created a complete military
dictatorship, destroyed the Constitution, ended forever the
constitutional republic which the Founding Fathers instituted, committed
horrendous crimes against civilian citizens, and formed the tyrannical,
overbearing and oppressive Federal government which the American people
suffer under to this day. In his first four months, he
- Failed to call Congress into session after the South fired upon Fort Sumter, in direct violation of the Constitution.
- Called up an army of 75,000 men, bypassing the Congressional authority in direct violation of the Constitution.
suspended the writ of habeas corpus, a function of Congress, violating
the Constitution. This gave him the power, as he saw it, to arrest
civilians without charge and imprison them indefinitely without
trial—which he did.
a Supreme Court order to restore the right of habeas corpus, thus
violating the Constitution again and ignoring the Separation of Powers
which the Founders put in place exactly for the purpose of preventing
one man’s using tyrannical powers in the executive.
the Chief Justice forwarded a copy of the Supreme Court’s decision to
Lincoln, he wrote out an order for the arrest of the Chief Justice and
gave it to a U.S. Marshall for expedition, in violation of the
ordered a naval blockade of southern ports, an act of war, and a
responsibility of Congress, in violation of the Constitution.
- Commandeered and closed over 300 newspapers in the North,
because of editorials against his war policy and his illegal military
invasion of the South. This clearly violated the First Amendment freedom
of speech and press clauses.
- Sent in Army forces to destroy the printing presses and other machinery at those newspapers, in violation of the Constitution.
the publishers, editors and owners of those newspapers, and imprisoned
them without charge and without trial for the remainder of the war, all
in direct violation of both the Constitution and the Supreme Court order
and imprisoned, without charge or trial, another 15,000-20,000 U.S.
citizens who dared to speak out against the war, his policies, or were
suspected of anti-war feelings. (Relative to the population at the time,
this would be equivalent to President G.W. Bush arresting and
imprisoning roughly 150,000-200,000 Americans without trial for
“disagreeing” with the Iraq war; can you imagine?)
- Sent the Army to arrest the entire legislature of
Maryland to keep them from meeting legally, because they were debating a
bill of secession; they were all imprisoned without charge or trial, in
direct violation of the Constitution.
- Unilaterally created the state of West Virginia in direct violation of the Constitution.
350,000 Northern men to their deaths to kill 350,000 Southern men in
order to force the free and sovereign states of the South to remain in
the Union they, the people, legally voted to peacefully withdraw from,
all in order to continue the South’s revenue flow into the North.
are just a few of the most egregious things Lincoln did during his
despotic presidency. He set himself up as a tyrannical dictator with
powers never before utilized or even imagined by any previous
administration. During this four years of terrible war he was one of the
greatest despots the world has ever known, his tyranny focused against
his own countrymen, both North and South. He was called a despot and
tyrant by many newspapers and citizens both North and South, until he
had imprisoned nearly all those who dared to simply speak out against
his unconstitutional usurpations of power. Those who disagreed with him
were branded as “traitors”, just as were the brave and honorable men in
the states which had legally seceded from the Union over just such
issues as these criminal abuses of power by the Federal government.
months after Fort Sumter, when Lincoln finally called Congress back
into session, no one dared oppose anything he wanted or speak out
against him for fear of imprisonment, so completely had he entrenched
his unilateral power and silenced his other many critics.
Union army, under Generals Grant, Sherman, Sheridan and President
Lincoln, committed active genocide against Southern civilians—this is
difficult for some to believe, but it is explicit in their writings and
dispatches at the time and indisputable in their actions. Tens of
thousands of Southern men, women and children—civilians—white
and black, slave and free alike—were shot, hanged, raped, imprisoned
without trial, their homes, lands and possessions stolen, pillaged and
burned, in one of the most horrific and brutal genocides ever inflicted
upon a people anywhere; but the Yankee myth of history is silent in
these well-documented matters. For an excellent expose of these war
crimes and their terrible extent, see War Crimes Against Southern Civilians by Walter Brian Cisco.
after the Union had suffered two years of crushing defeats in battle
did Lincoln resolve to “emancipate” the slaves, and only as a war
measure, a military tactic, not for moral or humanitarian purposes. He
admitted this, remarking, “We must change tactics or lose the game.” He
was hoping, as his original draft of the document shows, that a slave
uprising would occur, making it harder for Southerners to continue the
war. His only interest in freeing the slaves was in forcing the South to
remain in the Union. His Emancipation Proclamation was denounced by
Northerners, Southerners and Europeans alike for its absurdity and
hypocrisy; for, it only “freed” the slaves in the seceded states—where
he could not reach them—and kept slavery intact in the North and the
border states—where he could have freed them at once.
Gettysburg Address, the most famous speech in American history, is an
absurd piece of war rhetoric and a poetry of lies. We were not “engaged
in a great Civil War, to see whether that nation, or any nation so
conceived, can long endure.” The South was engaged in a War of
Independence from a tyrannical North, and after having legally seceded,
wished only “to be let alone.” The North was engaged in a war of empire,
to keep the South involuntarily under its yoke. Government “of the
people, by the people and for the people” would not have “perished from
the earth” had the North lost the war; on the contrary, it perished in
the United States when the North won the
war; for, freely representative government, by consent of the governed,
is exactly what the South was fighting for and exactly what Lincoln’s
military victory destroyed.
checks and balances of powers, the separation of powers, the
constitutional constraints so carefully and deliberately put into place
by the Founding Fathers, had all been destroyed in Lincoln’s first
months. The Republic which the Founders gave us had been completely
destroyed and a new nation-state was set up; one in which the free and
sovereign States would afterward be only vassals and tributaries, slaves
to an all-powerful, oppressive Federal government. This new
nation-state is completely different in both nature and consequence to
the original American Republic. One only has to look around today to see
the end results and legacy of Lincoln’s war, his destruction of
freedom, and his institution of despotic, centralized governmental power
retrospect, it is a tragedy that John Wilkes Booth did not act four
years earlier. Slavery would have ended naturally, as it has everywhere
else (except in African and Arab states); the American Republic,
liberty, and 700,000 lives would have been saved, and untold thousands
of those young men would have lived to contribute their ingenuity,
inventions, creativity and talents to the political, economic, literary,
scientific and social legacy of our people. And the greatest despotic
tyrant in American history would never have gained the foothold of power
or been able to establish the oppressive and omnipotent Federal
government we all suffer under today.