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Confederacy Today & Aftermath

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Confederate flag: Heritage or hate - Confederate battle flag is a divisive symbol
The Confederate Flag is one of the most argued icons of American culture. Why people feel so strongly about the emblem of an entity that died over 130 years ago? Problem is that symbols have no one-real meaning: varying according to whatever the user attaches to them. Many Americans lack the interest to learn the realities of American History. This is why so many lies have been permitted to be taught as the truth. This has in turn caused many people to free themselves from opinions different than their own. Ever since the South was invaded by Federal troops, Southerners and their Heritage have been under the assault of those trying to "clean up" our culture.

Black Confederate H.K. Edgerton says he is marching for heritage
It`s a sight that elicits a second glance. A black man marching along the S.C. 28 toward Walhalla dressed in Confederate butternut, carrying a Confederate battle flag. To H.K. Edgerton it`s a march for truth in history as critical as any march for civil rights. His march carried him to Oconee County. When it comes to the role of blacks in the Confederacy, he is less than happy about the story. "This flag has nothing to do with hate. It`s the flag of Southern heritage, black and white," Edgerton said of the starred red, white and blue St. Andrew`s Cross battle flag he carried.

The remarkable death of Dixie America
Few parts of the world are as loved and loathed with the intensity that is felt for the American South. The great muggy swath of the southeastern US has a firm grip on the imagination of Americans and foreigners alike. To its detractors it is a terrifying land full of racist rednecks, Bible-toting hypocrites and downtrodden blacks. To those of a more romantic disposition, and to most of its inhabitants, it is a land of mountains and old-world courtesies, and the unshifting loyalties of friends. Beginning in the mid-1960s, almost 100 years after the collapse of the Old Confederacy in the Civil War, the South has grown to a remarkable dominance over America`s politics.

Judge OKs school's ban on clothes with Confederate flag, belt buckle
A federal district court dismissed a lawsuit filed by 3 students who were punished for wearing Confederate symbols to school. Farmington High School student Bryce Archambo wore a hat with a picture of the Confederate flag and words "C.S.A., Rebel Pride, 1861." School made him take off the hat, but he returned the next day wearing a T-shirt and belt buckle with a Confederate flag image and the words "Dixie Classic." He was sent home after refusing to remove or cover the images. His mother withdrew him from the school and he filed suit. Later 2 other students were punished for wearing clothes that contained Confederate images and statements of support for Archambo.

Neo-Confederates Lonely Black Neo-Confederate Furls His Flag
The neo-Confederate movement isn't known for its racial diversity, but there long has been one committed black man fighting for the Southern cause: H.K. Edgerton. A often seen figure at protests in support of Confederate symbols, he at one point walked from Asheville, N.C., to Austin, Texas, dressed in Confederate gray and toting a battle flag. In March, after being accused by white neo-Confederates of financial improprieties, he quit the fight and furled his flag. In March Elijah Coleman wrote an E-mail accusing Edgerton of selling Sons of Confederate Veterans -provided battle flags at a event and pocketing the funds.

The first monument to honor Confederacy fighters of Delaware
The first historical monument to honor Delawareans who fought for the Confederacy will be unveiled in Georgetown on the grounds of the Nutter B. Marvel Museum on South Bedford Street. The ceremonies will include speeches, a 21-gun salute, cannon salutes, and re-enactors will walk the grounds afterward. "We're going to have some descendants of the Delaware veterans there. They'll talk about what they know of their ancestors," said Yarnall, a descendant of Confederate Brig. Gen. William Yarnall Slack.

Confederate Memorial Day - Confederate battle flags flying   (Article no longer available from the original source)
More than 150 descendants of Confederate veterans met on the grounds of the state Capitol to honor the men who died in America's bloodiest war. One by one, descendants called off the names of ancestors who fought during the Civil War, listing their units, battles and whether they survived. The annual observance of Confederate Memorial Day was held in the shadow of the 85-foot monument dedicated to the veterans. Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, spoke at the 1886 ceremony when the cornerstone was placed. Speakers also maintained that the Civil War was a matter of states' rights.

Panel OKs Confederate heritage Month   (Article no longer available from the original source)
A panel of Georgia lawmakers signed off a plan to create a Confederate heritage month, even as legislative leaders reacted coolly to a push to apologize for the state's role in slavery. Sen. Jeff Mullis' bill would dub April as Confederate History and Heritage Month to honor the memory of the Confederacy. He has supported efforts to create a Civil Rights History Month in Georgia but opposes a slavery apology: "If I had done something personally, yes, I would apologize."

War over the Confederacy rages in Texas
The Civil War ended 142 years ago, but battles over how that war should be remembered are erupting in Austin. First, Ted Nugent wore a T-shirt featuring the Confederate battle flag. A few days later, the state's land commissioner, arguing for a more "balanced" view of history, marked Confederate Heroes Day - a state holiday commemorating Gen. Robert E. Lee's birthday - by accepting a donation from the Descendants of Confederate Veterans. At the University of Texas, officials will convene a committee to decide what to do about 4 statues of Confederate leaders that greet visitors at the main campus entrance.

Confederate Statue Controversy   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Four bronze statues depicting leaders of the Confederacy have been at the center of a long-standing debate about race and history, at the University of Texas. Now, the shool's new president hopes a newly appointed panel will resolve the issue. The statues depicting Confederate president Jefferson Davis, Generals Robert E. Lee and Albert Johnston, and Confederate postmaster general John H. Reagan, have prompted repeated protests. Critics have contended that the Confederate statues are an insulting reminder of racial intolerance. Supporters of the statues say they are symbols of Southern history.

Confederate T-Shirts Spark Debate
Some students like to express their southern heritage with Confederate clothing, but others are taking offense, sparking debate from both sides. "We wear a little rebel flag and we get barked at. It doesn't make any sense. Heritage, not hate. That's all it is, heritage. Not hate." says Shawn Terrell. He and his friends like to wear Confederate clothing.

Girl fighting Confederate emblem ban
A 15-year-old high school sophomore and about a dozen supporters marched to Latta High School to protest the school's ban on wearing Confederate flag clothing. Candice Hardwick wants to honor ancestors who fought in the Civil War. She was accompanied by H.K. Edgerton, who is a black former NAACP leader known for dressing in Confederate gear and carrying the flag to emphasize what he says were the roles blacks played in voluntarily supporting the South in the Civil War. His group filed a federal lawsuit in March to force School to let the girl wear the Confederate emblem.

Confederate Memorial Day - Five things to know   (Article no longer available from the original source)
What it is: A day observed in Southern states to commemorate the Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War, from 1861 to 1865. National Memorial Day and Confederate Memorial Day evolved from Decoration Day, a time set aside in the South and North to honor the Confederate and Union dead after the Civil War. When it is observed: May 10 in South Carolina and North Carolina; other Southern states observe the day on various dates from April to June. How many soldiers died in the Civil War: 364,500; 134,000 Confederates; 21,500 South Carolinians.

Civil War group battles over legacy - "true Confederacy"   (Article no longer available from the original source)
About 90,000 Texans served for the Confederate States of America. They stand a bit taller in during Confederate History and Heritage month in honor of their kinfolk. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is the oldest and largest Civil War heritage organization. The group, which is undergoing a divisive shift in leadership, is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served in the Confederate armed forces. Why do these men feel so passionate about a defeated government more than 140 years after its fall? Bill Morris pointed to his forearm. "See these veins? The blood of our ancestors courses in these veins. We love our heritage. We're the last remnants of the true Confederacy."

Confederate Memorial Day - How about an alternative?
As a small child I would sit on my grandfather`s knee, just as he did as a child on the knee of his grandfather, to listen to stories about the Civil War. His grandfather fought for the South from the beginning of the war to the end. He was captured by Union troops and traded back again. He saw Gen. Stonewall Jackson`s wounding. He was among the troops Gen. Robert E. Lee took over after Jackson died and was there when Lee bid farewell to his soldiers after the surrender. There were stories from the homefront, too, like the great-great-grandmother who begged Union soldiers taking everything of value from her place to leave the milk cow. So they did, after shooting it through the head.