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Remembering Jefferson Davis: American Patriot & Southern Hero
Huntington News ^ | May 24, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Posted on 05/25/2012 3:40:47 PM PDT by BigReb555

Jefferson Finis Davis was born on June 3, 1808, in Christian County later Todd County, in the horse racing (Derby State) of Kentucky.

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The sesquicentennial “150th Anniversary” of the War Between the States continues this year. The Jefferson Davis State Historic Site located in Fairview, Kentucky will mark this event with the 204th Birthday Commemoration of Jefferson Davis, first and only president of the Confederate States of America, on June 1-3.

Read more at: http://surfky.com/index.php/news/kentucky/14905-jefferson-davis-birthday-commemoration-set-for-june-1-3

Do you and your family know what is considered by some folks the largest monument to an American? I will give you the answer at the end of this article.

Look at your calendar and see what dates in history are shown for June 3rd. It more than likely excludes that of a great American, the birthday of Jefferson Davis of Mississippi. The birthday of Abraham Lincoln is shown for February, but no mention for Davis in June.

In 2008, Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great grandson of Jefferson Davis, recreated the 1861 swearing-in ceremony of his grandfather as Confederate President in Montgomery, Alabama. He told reporters:

"I stand here representing a family that is very proud of their ancestor."

Jefferson Finis Davis was born on June 3, 1808, in Christian County later Todd County, in the horse racing (Derby State) of Kentucky.

His grandfather was a colonist from Wales, living in Virginia and Maryland, and rendering important public service to those southern colonies.

The time is long overdue to teach our children not only the historical facts about Abraham Lincoln, but also those about Jefferson Davis. Please allow me to give you a few facts about Davis.

Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America, was a strong Unionist and defender of the United States Constitution. Our founding Fathers believed in the sovereignty of the states and so did Jefferson Davis.

Here are a few of his many accomplishments:

• Graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point.

• Fought valiantly in the War with Mexico.

• United States Senator.

• Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce.

• First to suggest the transcontinental railroad to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, first to suggest the Panama Canal Zone and suggested the purchase of Cuba.

To better understand Davis, you and your family should visit "Beauvoir" on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Biloxi. This was the last home to Jefferson Davis and where he wrote his famous book, "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government." You can read more information about Beauvoir at: http://www.beauvoir.org.

Jefferson Davis' last marriage is said to have been a very good one to Varina, who gave her husband two sons and two daughters (Jefferson, Margaret, Winnie and Billy). One child was killed by an accidental fall at the Confederate White House in Richmond, Virginia in 1864, and an abused black child named Jim Limber was adopted by the Davis'. In 1865, Jim was forcibly removed by Union soldiers and never seen again. It is said that the Davis children were crying at the scene and poor Jim was kicking and not making it easy for his abductors.

After the War Between the States, Jefferson Davis tried to locate the whereabouts of Jim Limber, but was not successful. The Davis family prayed that Jim was well and did well in his life.

There are few people who have touched so many as did Jefferson Davis. His funeral services were attended by tens of thousands of mourners. Milo Cooper, a former servant, traveled all the way from Florida to pay his last respects. It is written that, upon entering Davis' sick room, Cooper burst into tears and threw himself on his knees in prayer that God would spare the life of his old master and bless Davis family. Davis was first buried in New Orleans but later was removed to the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

The answer to the question, "What is the largest monument to an American?" is:

The Jefferson Davis National Highway, which begins in Washington, D.C., and covers 3,417 miles as it passes through 173 counties and 13 states.

The success of the Davis Highway is attributable to the dedicated work of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).

1 posted on 05/25/2012 3:41:00 PM PDT by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555

The only president we can call our own.


2 posted on 05/25/2012 3:47:09 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: BigReb555
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3 posted on 05/25/2012 3:47:27 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: windcliff; onedoug

ping


4 posted on 05/25/2012 3:49:51 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: BigReb555
As a meaningless aside, there was also this Jefferson Davis...a Union soldier:

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5 posted on 05/25/2012 3:54:44 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: warchild9

Bullcrap.


6 posted on 05/25/2012 4:05:38 PM PDT by Lucas McCain
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To: warchild9

States rights, what a concept!! :)


7 posted on 05/25/2012 4:08:56 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Sporke

The “right” to buy and sell human beings like cattle, what a concept!! :(


8 posted on 05/25/2012 4:13:03 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: BigReb555

Middle name “Finis”? Yup. Little did ma and pa Davis know.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 4:19:18 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

Slavery had little to do with the start of the war of northern aggression. Slavery would have died a natural death if the war had never happened.

Bottom line, the Southern states had the right to leave the US, and did the right thing by doing so.


10 posted on 05/25/2012 4:20:07 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: gorush
"As a meaningless aside, there was also this Jefferson Davis...a Union soldier:"

An equally meaningless aside, regarding Alexander H. Stephens, the Vice-President of the Confederacy; my mother was born in the left (facing the home), upstairs bedroom of his home, Liberty Hall, when it was a still a boarding house, prior to becoming a museum, State Park and National Historic Landmark.

Although there are rumors, the National Historic Landmark status was NOT because it was the birthplace of the mother of the future BwanaNdege.

:-)

(I will be signing autographs from 3pm until 5pm tomorrow)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Hall_%28Crawfordville,_Georgia%29


11 posted on 05/25/2012 4:20:25 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Sporke

Jefferson Davis thought himself a military leader—his replacing of Joe Johnson with John Bell Hood as head of the Army of the Tennessee at Atlanta was a Blunder of the first water. He gave Georgia to Sherman and his Bummers. After terrible attacks at Franklin and Nashville the Army of the Tennessee was no more! The Union Army should have given a medal to Hood and Jefferson Davis for their foolishness. Many in the south wanted Lee to take over and rule as dictator! Not really a bad idea.


12 posted on 05/25/2012 4:26:20 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: stylecouncilor

Hollywood Cemetery. That’s interesting.


13 posted on 05/25/2012 4:28:27 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: BigReb555
There is still a Christian Co. along with a Todd Co. in Kentucky. His birthplace is right about the county line--I don't know if they shifted the boundary since he was born.

I had a great-aunt who was born on the day Jefferson Davis died--she lived until 1976.

14 posted on 05/25/2012 4:30:31 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: BwanaNdege
Cool! Thanks.

I am a history nut (and southern sympathizer) from way back.

On an even more meaningless path...did you know? Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated. One man was at the bedside of three of those dying presidents. Who was he? :{)

15 posted on 05/25/2012 4:36:04 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
Joe Johnson was indeed a master strategist, but both he and Hood had the misfortune to be up against George H. Thomas. Thomas was arguably the best general on both sides. In addition, Joe Johnson was often up against Sherman, whom he easily outfoxed.

Thomas, OTOH, was a master strategist, a brilliant logistics expert, a better trainer than McClellan, and it can be honestly said that he achieved tremendous results with relatively few casualties.

Had Grant, and his favorite Sherman, not hated jealously him because of his economical successes on the battlefield, he would be much more famous than he is today. They worked tirelessly to in DC to undermine him and even put Schofield, their spy, on his staff! BTW, Grant, Sherman, and Schofield ran the country and the army for many years after the war. Schofield, like John Kerry, awarded himself many decorations and was taken to task for the lies in his memoirs ... many of themn against Thomas!

His undeniable masterpiece: The Battle of Nashville in which he broke Hood's forces and secured the Western Front. He beat Hood with an Army he built, after Sherman took all his best divisions, artillery, and cavalry mounts in his dash to Atlanta, which actually accomplished little. In fact, in stripping Thomas of men and supplies, he damn near cost the Union the battle form the west.

Hood was an excellent leader, but his mind became addled with addictive opiates after his horrible injuries and amputations. He literally had to be strapped to his horse!

16 posted on 05/25/2012 4:44:30 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Past Your Eyes

His middle name was Finis because he was the 13th child of his parents. True story.


17 posted on 05/25/2012 4:48:20 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: gorush

Robert Todd Lincoln.


18 posted on 05/25/2012 4:51:51 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: gorush
My guess is...(drumroll)

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The Black Adder!


19 posted on 05/25/2012 4:53:25 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: BigReb555

Why do you keep posting the same lame article over and over?


20 posted on 05/25/2012 4:55:02 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Sporke

Wrong, wrong and wrong.


21 posted on 05/25/2012 4:56:10 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: ought-six
Robert Todd Lincoln.

We have a winner!

22 posted on 05/25/2012 4:59:51 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: BigReb555

And if it hasn’t been mentioned, he was a Democrat.


23 posted on 05/25/2012 5:00:37 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: BigReb555

24 posted on 05/25/2012 5:03:50 PM PDT by Last of the Mohicans
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

It was suggested that Bragg so hated Davis that he may have done what he did on purpose. Of course, Bragg argued even with himself-that was the way he was.

If the idiots Lincoln and Halleck would have let Grant do what he wanted at the beginning, that war would have been over very early. Grant feared no southern general like he feared Johnson. He knew that if the south would have followed Johnsons tactics and draw the war out, the north would have grown so weary of the war that they would have sued for peace.


25 posted on 05/25/2012 5:14:40 PM PDT by crz
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To: rockrr

You may find the information in this article interesting.

http://patdollard.com/2009/03/all-wars-are-economic-and-are-always-between-centralists-and-decentralists/


26 posted on 05/25/2012 5:18:49 PM PDT by hwkbeer
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To: crz

If the idiots Lincoln and Halleck would have let Grant do what he wanted at the beginning, that war would have been over very early. Grant feared no southern general like he feared Johnson. He knew that if the south would have followed Johnsons tactics and draw the war out, the north would have grown so weary of the war that they would have sued for peace.

our policy since 1945


27 posted on 05/25/2012 5:31:00 PM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: Sporke
Slavery had little to do with the start of the war of northern aggression. Slavery would have died a natural death if the war had never happened.

The Slaveholders’ constitution made the abolition of slavery unconstitutional and therefore impossible.

Article I Section 9(4)
No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.

28 posted on 05/25/2012 5:39:32 PM PDT by Cheburashka (If found, please return this Ring of Power to Sauron, Lord of Darkness. Return postage guaranteed.)
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To: BigReb555

I ran across the Jefferson Davis Monument at Fairview, Ky by accident, just driving from one end of Kentucky to the other.

Surprised, I took several pictures because I had never heard of the Jeff Davis Monument. Got home and found that I had left the lens cap on. No pictures.


29 posted on 05/25/2012 5:45:49 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: BigReb555

I ran across the Jefferson Davis Monument at Fairview, Ky by accident, just driving from one end of Kentucky to the other.

Surprised, I took several pictures because I had never heard of the Jeff Davis Monument. Got home and found that I had left the lens cap on. No pictures.


30 posted on 05/25/2012 5:46:01 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: stylecouncilor

FreeRepublic: One of the great and continuing battlefields of the Civil War.


31 posted on 05/25/2012 5:54:45 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: afraidfortherepublic

There’s a local woman whose name is Tertia. Yup, she was number 3.


32 posted on 05/25/2012 5:56:37 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Jefferson Davis was one of American history’s true statesmen. He will always be revered by those true to Constitutional government and the American Revolution.


33 posted on 05/25/2012 6:48:33 PM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: varina davis
Jefferson Davis was one of American history’s true statesmen.

With 400,000 brave young Americans dead to his credit.

Yeah, real statesman alright.

Varina, dear, let your husband rest in peace and may he spend the rest of Eternity shaking the hand of each man, woman and child who suffered and died in the bloodiest war America has ever fought.

FReegards!


34 posted on 05/25/2012 7:05:02 PM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: Agamemnon

It was a horrible bloody war, you are correct, and it did not need to be fought. As Davis said just before leaving the Union and joining the South, “We just want to be left alone.”

But unlike many of the following wars, it was a cause fought for freedom as prescribed by the founders of this nation. Not for nation building, not for oil, not for expediency of trade.


35 posted on 05/25/2012 7:14:29 PM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: BigReb555

Davis was an American patriot and a southern hero- but not at the same time.


36 posted on 05/25/2012 7:45:55 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: varina davis

I guess that’s why his own people wanted to hang him from a sour apple tree.


37 posted on 05/25/2012 7:59:53 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: nnn0jeh

Ping


38 posted on 05/25/2012 8:10:49 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: BigReb555
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39 posted on 05/25/2012 8:28:47 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: BigReb555
Here is a Southern Patriot...

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George H. Thomas - "The Rock of Chickamauga"

A true son of Virginia.

40 posted on 05/25/2012 8:39:27 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: varina davis
But unlike many of the following wars, it was a cause fought for freedom as prescribed by the founders of this nation.

The Civil War was Britain's last attempt to get its colonies back through a simple divide and conquer strategy, and Jeff Davis was just the puppet to lead the split.

Recall the trade blockade Lincoln instituted to end British commerce, and the border instigation by Maximilian in Mexico, funded by European money.

Lincoln refused to fight his end of the war by going into debt to European banks. He instituted a temporary income tax and the "Lincoln Greenbacks" aka United States Notes funded the North's end of the war as did utilizing its industrial base.

Victorious in war, reconstruction would be another thing -- Lincoln had a heart for national healing (hence the selection of Johnson of Tennesse over Hamlin of Maine for VP) but others had a heart for exploitation of a decimated South -- ripe for Northern and European investment.

Some thing had to be done to Lincoln -- permanently, to make sure nothing stood in the way of the "Carpetbaggers." Some thought Johnson might return to his Southern roots.

Lincoln was assassinated. Johnson was impeached (not convicted -- missed by 1 vote). US Grant ascended afterward. The rest is history.

FReegards!


41 posted on 05/25/2012 8:50:27 PM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: BigReb555

I think the real hero was a piece of property Davis owned named William Jackson. He spied for the Union while being enslaved by Davis as a personal servant and coachman.

“The condition of slavery with us is, in a word, Mr. President, nothing but the form of civil government instituted for a class of people not fit to govern themselves. It is exactly what in every State exists in some form or other. It is just that kind of control which is extended in every northern State over its convicts, its lunatics, its minors, its apprentices. It is but a form of civil government for those who by their nature are not fit to govern themselves. We recognize the fact of the inferiority stamped upon that race of men by the Creator, and from the cradle to the grave, our Government, as a civil institution, marks that inferiority.”

Yeah, that Davis was a great guy!


42 posted on 05/25/2012 8:50:36 PM PDT by turn_to
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Looks like Andrew Breitbart!


43 posted on 05/25/2012 8:54:31 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

Wow, you’re right!


44 posted on 05/25/2012 9:36:41 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Agamemnon

And the British/European oligarchy is still at it, controlling their empire, not with guns but with City of London finance, a house of cards that is coming down around their and our ears. Their only out at this juncture is the chaos of nuclear war, which they are attempting to engineer via the usual back channel, “invisible hand” means with the help of the marionette in the White House.


45 posted on 05/25/2012 10:15:23 PM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: Ole Okie
What brand of SLR were you using?

≤}B^)

46 posted on 05/26/2012 12:57:27 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Agamemnon

Your hero Lincoln, also suspended habeas corpus, touted the removal of slaves to South America for servitude (before he expediently declared emancipation in CSA states but not Union states), approved the rape and pillage of southern towns and farms by bloodthirsty generals and and consorted with banking and railroad cabals to further decimate the south.

Jefferson Davis was never tried for treason because there was no treason under the law and the precepts of the Constitution, which clearly stated that states rights were preeminent in determining whether or not to abide by the Union.

Lincoln was only a hero to slaves when it became important to secure the blood and treasure of foreign interests to help him achieve victory.

Very few of those who died fighting for the CSA were slaveholders, most, like my people, were cotton farmers who tended their own crops and were fierce, independent descendents of Scottish, Irish and English emigrants.

There is much more to be learned from history than what was/is written by the victors.


47 posted on 05/26/2012 6:15:46 AM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: onedoug
FreeRepublic: One of the great and continuing battlefields of the Civil War.

Civil war only lasted four years, but has gone on here for more than 10.

48 posted on 05/26/2012 6:25:08 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: varina davis

By having bound millions of their fellow human beings in hereditary slavery with no hope of achieving freedom by their own efforts, white Southerners forfeited the right to claim the privileges of freedom for themselves.


49 posted on 05/26/2012 7:01:36 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: BigReb555
Here is a picture of some American patriots.

Each probably with more patriotism in their thumbnails than in Jeff Davis top to toe.


50 posted on 05/26/2012 7:10:27 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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