On the occasion of Confederate Memorial Day, and to give due memory and celebration to the men who fought for the South against her invasion and conquest, we’re re-posting here a well-put address given on in South Carolina on May 1st, during one of many commemorative events surrounding this solemn holiday.
“‘I have come to join you in the performance of a sacred task.’
I borrow these words from Jefferson Davis. It was 1885, and he was speaking at the dedication of a monument at the cradle of the Confederate government in Montgomery, Alabama. And now, 130 years later, we meet together this day, in this place in the performance of a sacred task.
Our solemn commission this day is to honor and remember those brave and most extraordinary men who composed what Great Britain Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, declared the finest army ever assembled in world history. We certainly do not disagree with him, and we understand just how important it is that we be here to carry out this important endeavor.
William H. Trescot of South Carolina was a 19th century diplomat and assistant secretary of state in the administration of President James Buchanan. He went on to serve with the CSA, General & Staff. He lived in the years 1822 to 1898 and so was witness to the events leading up to and culminating in the South’s struggle for independence. In 1870, he spoke at a tribute to General Johnston Pettigrew, and his words that day speaks to us even now:
‘We who are vanquished in this battle must of necessity leave to a calmer and wiser posterity to judge of the intrinsic worth of that struggle, as it bears upon the principles of Constitutional liberty, and as it must affect the future history of the American people. But there is one duty which we owe alike to the living and the dead, and that is the preservation in perpetual and tender remembrance of the lives of those who died in the hope that we might live. Especially is this our duty…’
This is true for not only those who died but also for those who were willing to die- for all those who served with undaunted courage in the stark and sobering understanding that it might be their last and greatest contribution. And these men did so without hesitation.
What was in the minds of these gallant men as they enlisted to place their very lives in danger. What was before them was completely unknown. They came from all walks of life- from the simplest existences as laborers and farmers with nothing immediately at stake – to the sophisticated, who could have exempted themselves because of their statuses and connections. But they didn’t! They were willing to cast themselves off to an indefinite, hazardous and deadly existence.
Confederate veteran, Robert Stiles gives an answer to this question in 1904 in his famous book, Four Years Under Marse Robert: Here, then, we have the distinctive spirit of the Southern Volunteer. As he hastened to the front in the ‘…spring of ’61, he felt: With me is Right; before me is duty; behind me is home.'” (The entire address is here.)
Read the entire thing.
Our Southern holidays are more important than ever now that we’re living under a self-conscious Third Reconstruction. The First was the tyranny of Grant and the Bureaus, ended in the 1870’s because even Northern people couldn’t stomach what was being inflicted upon the South. The Second was the Civil Rights “Movement” and the advance of Menshevik Socialism, destroying the education system, the churches, the media, the legal profession, and civic life by the use of pressure groups, “protestors,” mass media, and emotional blackmail.
Today we’re witnessing a Third Reconstruction, where those old forces join with the large corporations and their old pals in DC to remove whatever vestige remains of the Southern heritage. Anyone flying a Southern Cross is liable to have their tires slashed, their house mobbed, their ancestors’ graves dug up, and the honorable epitaphs of their heroes vandalized by pot-smokers on George Soros’ payroll.
Faithful and loyal, we ought not let them.
The first step is memory.
Memory is to individuals what history is to society. If you let them rob us of our history, you let them win.
Robert E. Lee Day will always be a more celebratory day than Martin Luther King Day; that might become more obvious when the FBI files get opened. Southerners should get back in the old habit. Confederate Memorial Day stands high and honorable above the anti-Southern blood libels swirling around today, like the so-called “Tulsa Race Massacre” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” mythmaking. Go pray for your ancestors and put a flag on their grave this Confederate Memorial Day.
Don’t let your conqueror rob you of your memory; brainwashing is the first step to enslavement.
We owe it to our ancestors to win that first fight, and carry on to every next one that the Lord sends our way.
Saint Bede the Venerable, patron of historians, and of the English-speaking peoples, ora pro nobis!