The Lost Cause is No Myth

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Enemies of the South often resort to name-calling to make their slander, more than argument. “Racist” is everyone’s favorite. “Neo-Confederate” also gets thrown around, as if it’s a slander. The label that historians use not to defame present-day Southerners so much as the honor of our ancestors, is the phrase “the Lost Cause Myth.”

This phrase is, like most Leftist rhetoric, ambiguous. Sometimes it simply means that the South was evil. Sometimes it means that Southerners changed their mind post-war about their intentions behind secession. Sometimes it means that Robert E. Lee, his soldiers, and the people he fought to defend, were less honorable in life than Southerners’ cultural memory would have us understand. Sometimes it’s just another anti-White slur against our ancestors.

All of these smears are false, and should be rejected.

Southern heroes once stood tall all over parks, cemeteries, churches, and museums all across the South, from Texas and Oklahoma, and even Arizona, to Virginia and Maryland. Leftist historical revisionists have brought Southerners to the point of veritable cultural genocide (just ask the UN), and this publication seeks not just to remedy this heinous crime, but also uplift Southern people spiritually, and work to educate and invite Southerners, many of whom are not members of the Universal Church, back to their natural home as redeemed children of God.

Today we’re going to sample some Southern heroes who show us how honorable our Last Cause really was.

We begin with Major John Pelham of Alabama; from the Abbeville Institute:

“I earlier referred to Pelham as the ‘Gallant Pelham,’ a name he rightly earned. But it partakes of just the same sort of enhancement that gave Jackson his special designation. And it is a name that derives perhaps in Pelham’s case not only from exploits on the field of battle but those more gentle ones that unfolded while courting the fine, young ladies of Virginia. Pelham and his Horse Artillery fought in some sixty battles or skirmishes before his death following Kelly’s Ford in March of 1863; according to various accounts three young women went into mourning on learning of his passing. That latter report may or may not be accurate. I’m not sure. But let us say that the title was fairly earned in any case.

And it was both earned and bestowed, that is by those who could best appreciate his military prowess. His most notable military action was probably that at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862. But beforehand, at Gaines Mill (June, 1862) General Stuart had referred to the performance of ‘the noble captain’ in that engagement as ‘one of the most gallant and heroic feats of the war.’ At Fredericksburg itself, Stuart again expressed his admiration for the Alabama warrior, but it was the more effusive words of R.E. Lee which crowned his head with glory. We know them now by heart. Echoing the sobriquet of Stuart, he said of the ‘gallant Pelham,’ ‘It is glorious to see such courage in one so young!'” (Read the entire post here.)

At the Battle of Fredericksburg, John Pelham of Alabama ambushed an entire division of enemy infantry with only a cannon and his rifle. Four of five enemy artillery pieces fired back at him, and only after being told to retreat a third time by his far-away superiors did Pelham relent against the invading enemy. His solo ambush held Union troops off for over an entire hour.

We’ll consult the Abbeville Institute again for an account of the heroism and tragedy of Jack Hinson of Tennessee:

“Beheading his sons and impaling their heads on the gateposts of his home – these were the acts of the Yankee liberators of northern Tennessee that somehow upset the ungrateful Jack Hinson in the autumn of 1862.

Jack Hinson was not a firebrand or a man eager for war… As a matter of prudence, if not inclination, he befriended General Grant and other Union officers; he opposed secession; and in the summer of 1862, he emancipated his slaves- who nevertheless chose to remain on his plantation.

An impossibly large force would be necessary to take and hold any territory in the South by conventional means- ‘conventional’ meaning ‘respecting the rules of war.’ And this was the Northern strategic dilemma: Either admit defeat in holding any significant part of the South, or resort to unconventional war, to a total war where civilians were terrorized with rape and wanton destruction of property, where sustenance for support of themselves and their armies was destroyed, where forced deportations became common, and where all were made to suffer collective guilt for those who did not prostrate themselves with an oath of allegiance to the Northern occupiers. Sherman and indeed the entire Federal high command chose the latter.

Thus the tragedy of two of Jack Hinson’s three sons was laid… And when a patrol of the Fifth Iowa Cavalry came upon them in the woods with rifles in their hands that autumn of 1862, they were stood up and shot. But that wasn’t enough for the nameless commander of this particular patrol. He beheaded the boys, rode around the Dover courthouse square displaying their bloody heads, and finally rode to the Bubbling Springs estate where he impaled them on the gateposts leading up to the Hinson family home…

We do not know the details of Jack Hinson’s immediate reaction to the fate of his two sons… But we do know that almost immediately thereafter he secretly ordered a weapon of his own special design: The weapon of a sniper. It was a rifle that would ‘kill more than one hundred members of Grant’s army and navy.” (Read the whole post here.)

Jack Hinson, as you can read above, was a hardworking father whose two sons were murdered and mutilated by the invading army. As a result, Hinson decided to retaliate, and became one of the most prolific frontier snipers in history, with over 100 kills to his name. Wikipedia will tell you it’s all lies (we already talked about cultural genocide), but Jack Hinson stands beside Vasili Zaitsev (225 confirmed kills at Stalingrad) and Simo Hayha (over 500 confirmed killed in the Russo-Finnish War) as one of the greatest marksman in the history of mankind, and also as a testament to not messing with a Southern man’s family.

Take these two men, who saw the brutality and injustice of foreign invasion and murder in front of them, and decided to defend their families, and their homes. These are just two of legions of Southerners who make the Lost Cause as real as every gravestone of the Confederate servicemen. Don’t let Leftists in Hollywood and Silicon Valley rob you of that honor.

Saint Joan of Arc, Patroness of Patriots, ora pro nobis!