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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Observing Confederate History

Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

The month of April, 2008 is Confederate History Month.

It is officially recognized by law in

I don't know if any other states dare do that, but I certainly wish they would.

Furthermore, this year is the bicentennial of a tall gaunt man, born in a log cabin in Kentucky, who became his nation's President during the War Between the States.

The two hundreth anniversary of the birthday of President Jefferson Davis is
Tuesday 03 June 2008.

We should start now to organize some sort of appropriate observance.

Did you know that ever since 1906, United States law officially recognizes all Confederate soldiers as United States military veterans, and requires the
Department of Veterans Affairs to maintain the graves of Confederate veterans?

Have you ever visited the
Confederate War Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery?

My own Confederate ancestor is Corporal Jonathan Trueblood, who served in the North Carolina Seventh Regiment of the Confederate Senior Reserves.

His unit guarded Union prisoners of war, fought at the battle of
Bentonville (as part of the North Carolina Forty-Fourth Infantry Regiment), and he was among the soldiers present when General Joseph Eggleston Johnston surrendered to General William Tecumseh Sherman.

Did you know that our
Memorial Day originally began as a Confederate custom, which became known as Decoration Day?

You might be interested in researching the
Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy web sites.

Also, there's a web site devoted to the stories of
Black Confederate soldiers.

The only
Jewish military cemetery outside of Israel is located in Richmond, Virginia, wherein lie the remains of Jewish Confederate soldiers.

Cherokee, led by Chief Stan Watie, were in the Confederate Army, and were the last Confederate soldiers to surrender.

Hmmm - - - , since April is Confederate History Month, maybe someone will dare display the Confederate Battle Flag at the
National Tartan Day celebration, and at the annual Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland?

Aw, shucks, folks are just so darned scared, it's almost too much to hope for!

Thank you.

John Robert "SAIGON" Mallernee, KB3KWS
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

NOTE: "My unpopular and controversial personal opinions are independent of my Scottish clan."

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