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Crowd Honors Confederate Memorial Day
Winchester Star ^ | 7 June 2004 | Hillary Copsey

Posted on 06/08/2004 10:05:41 AM PDT by stainlessbanner


Speakers Assail 'Political Correctness' and Explain What Thousands of Soldiers Fought For

Sometime around dusk Sunday, people wandered among the plain, age-stained tombstones of Confederate soldiers in Winchester's Stonewall Cemetery.

They read from the slates, sending names and dates of births, deaths, and battles fought into the twilight. Most only spoke loud enough for themselves and perhaps one or two nearby to hear.

Members of the 33rd Virginia Company D Honor Guard (above) participate in the 138th annual Confederate Memorial Day Service at Stonewall Cemetery in Winchester Sunday. Emma MacBeth, 7, of Stephens City (below) reads the tombstones of Confederate dead after the service ended.
(Photos by Jeff Taylor)

This solitary remembrance fittingly ended the Confederate Memorial Day service.

The holiday has been celebrate for 138 years on June 6 -- a date chosen to commemorate the death of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's calvary commander, Gen. Turner Ashby. The Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy sponsored Sunday's memorial service.

Confederate soldiers fought and died for their belief in their country and in their independence, speakers said.

"We remember them tonight because they believed in something," the Rev. Robert Stainback said.

And in remembering, people also must seek out and report the "correct history," said Alan Cowman, Commander of the Turner Ashby Camp of the Sons of the Confederacy.

"[Political correctness] is an onslaught that the men who are buried in this cemetery died for something bad," Cowman said.

Confederate soldiers did not die for slavery, Cowman said, nor did the North start the war to free an oppressed people. Confederates fought and died to be free to act on their own volition, he said.

One dedicated soldier, Major James Walton Thomson of Berryville, began fighting for the Southern cause when he was just 16. Thomson went with his father, John, to defend Harpers Ferry, W.Va., from abolitionist John Brown during his infamous raid of 1859.

Then, and throughout his valiant military career, Thomson refused to dodge bullets, choosing instead to go head-to-head with the foe, said author Robert J. Trout, recipient of the Jefferson Davis Historic Gold Medal.

Thomson is buried in Stonewall Cemetery along with thousands of other Confederate soldiers, including 800 who remain unknown.

About 100 people gathered for the memorial service to honor those soldiers. Many dressed in period garb -- black shrouded "Confederate widows," hoop-skirted belles, and gray-clad soldiers with guns.

"It's exciting," said 9-year-old Katherine Fravel.

The center of the ceremonies was nothing more than a quietly waving flag. The bold Confederate flag flew above speakers heads. Smaller "Stars and Bars" fluttered next to each tombstone.

"This flag didn't stand for slavery," Cowman said. "It's been adopted by the wrong people.... God bless the Confederacy. God bless America."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: confederate; day; dixie; dixielist; flagobsessors; foughtndied4slavery; history; memorial; rememberthelosers; south; virginiahistory; whatever; winchester

Members of the 33rd Virginia Company D Honor Guard (above) participate in the 138th annual Confederate Memorial Day Service at Stonewall Cemetery in Winchester Sunday. Emma MacBeth, 7, of Stephens City (below) reads the tombstones of Confederate dead after the service ended. (Photos by Jeff Taylor)


1 posted on 06/08/2004 10:05:41 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

Why are they putting Confederate Battle Flags on the tombstones? The proper flag would be the official flag of the CSA - which is not the "Rebel Battle Flag"


2 posted on 06/08/2004 10:08:00 AM PDT by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana; stainlessbanner; shuckmaster

Confederate heritage bump!


3 posted on 06/08/2004 10:26:53 AM PDT by TonyRo76 (Real men trust Jesus!)
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To: stainlessbanner; All
You might be interested in knowing that someone attempted to burn Beauvoir, last home of Jefferson Davis, on the beach at Biloxi, MS. The story is in today's sunherald.com on the web. I'm thinking that they probably wanted the destruction to occur around Confederate Memorial Day as an anti-tribute.

Fortunately, a young firefighter was passing and put the fire out.

4 posted on 06/08/2004 10:36:07 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: *dixie_list; davisfh; sionnsar; Free Trapper; dcwusmc; Wampus SC; Fiddlstix; Southron Patriot; ...
Beauvior Story: http://www.sunherald.com/mld/thesunherald/news/local/8865809.htm

"A firefighter who was driving on Beach Boulevard at daybreak Saturday is credited with saving the historic home when he spotted smoke. Investigators suspect arson in the fire that scorched doors on the newly renovated front porch. Had his quick action not prevented the fire's spread, the indoor sprinkler system would have gone off, causing another set of problems."

5 posted on 06/08/2004 10:38:36 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

Southern heritage bump!


6 posted on 06/08/2004 10:38:49 AM PDT by talleyman (Tag line at half-mast.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Winchester, Tennessee?


7 posted on 06/08/2004 10:47:26 AM PDT by Redbob (we're going to miss you, Ronnie!)
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To: Redbob

Nope, Winchester, Virginia, in the Shenendoah Valley, close to the West Virginia border. Both Valley Campaigns (Jackson's in 1862, and Sheridan's in 1864) passed through that area multiple times.

}:-)4


8 posted on 06/08/2004 10:48:53 AM PDT by Moose4 (Yes, it's just an excuse for me to post more pictures of my cats. Deal with it.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Nice Post!


9 posted on 06/08/2004 10:51:15 AM PDT by Dixie Pirate (Deo Vindice!)
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To: stainlessbanner

I went back and re-read the story. Apparently, it was
set fire to thwart a birthday celebration for Jefferson
Davis. I talked to a friend a few minutes ago and he
believes he knows who did it and I agree with him. I'll
not give a name but there is a little guy down there who
hates Beauvoir and everything it represents. He has created
disturbances there before and has also sued to have the
Cross of St Andrew removed from the Mississippi flag on the
grounds that it is a religious symbol and he, being a Muslim,
is offended by it. His suit did not succeed.

Thanks for the link. I haven't done that in so long that
I'll have to go back and re-learn.


10 posted on 06/08/2004 10:52:00 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: stainlessbanner

"Confederate soldiers fought and died for their belief in their country and in their independence"


11 posted on 06/08/2004 10:54:22 AM PDT by Redcoat LI (You Can Trust Me , I'm Not Like The Others.....)
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To: stainlessbanner

A descendent of Sherman perhaps?


12 posted on 06/08/2004 10:54:25 AM PDT by sheltonmac ("Duty is ours; consequences are God's." -Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson)
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To: stainlessbanner

By the grace of God.

Good post. I'm still pondering on that liberal lurker trying to equate the War in Iraq with this one a few days ago. Guess you have to be halfway around the bend with self-loathing and undeserved guilt...


13 posted on 06/08/2004 11:01:16 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: stainlessbanner
Confederate soldiers did not die for slavery, Cowman said, nor did the North start the war to free an oppressed people. Confederates fought and died to be free to act on their own volition, he said.

BUMP. Deo vindice!

14 posted on 06/08/2004 11:13:53 AM PDT by 4CJ (||) OUR sins put Him on that cross - HIS love for us kept Him there. (||)
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To: davisfh
sued to have the Cross of St Andrew removed from the Mississippi flag on the grounds that it is a religious symbol and he, being a Muslim, is offended by it.

Wonder how many folks got to vote on the Iraqi flag?

15 posted on 06/08/2004 11:16:55 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: 2banana
Why are they putting Confederate Battle Flags on the tombstones?

Because they were soldiers, not politicians.

16 posted on 06/08/2004 11:22:26 AM PDT by 4CJ (||) OUR sins put Him on that cross - HIS love for us kept Him there. (||)
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To: 4ConservativeJustices

I don't know who was right or wrong, but at least they stood for something. " Unless you stand for something, you will fall for anything" Author unknown.


17 posted on 06/08/2004 11:26:46 AM PDT by BooBoo1000
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To: BooBoo1000
Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for—because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.
Peter Marshall (Senate chaplain), 18 Apr 1947.
18 posted on 06/08/2004 11:53:12 AM PDT by 4CJ (||) OUR sins put Him on that cross - HIS love for us kept Him there. (||)
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To: LibreOuMort

flag ping to #3


19 posted on 06/08/2004 12:21:07 PM PDT by sionnsar (http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/ ||| sionnsar: the part of the bagpipe where the melody comes out)
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To: stainlessbanner

How many would have dared vote were they allowed to?
I would think that the number would, very closely, approximate
zero.


20 posted on 06/08/2004 4:58:07 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: stainlessbanner
BUMP!
21 posted on 06/08/2004 10:31:08 PM PDT by Wampus SC
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