Honor our Confederate Veterans
Dear Editor: Monday is Confederate Memorial Day in honor of our Confederate Veterans, who defended the South from Lincoln’s invasion to collect a 40 percent federal sales tax.
Few have been more falsely accused than General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest debunked the Klan lies, testifying in letters and Congress that he was never a member of the Klan, not its founder or leader and there is no proof he ever was.
Likewise, the “massacre” at Fort Pillow is fake history. The Federals placed vats of whiskey next to their soldiers, who became drunk, refused to surrender and kept firing at Forrest’s Confederates.
The black civil rights organization, Independent Order of Pole-Bearers, invited Forrest to speak to them on July 4, 1875.
Forrest stated: “I am here as one more slandered and maligned than any man in the nation. The men who bore arms and followed the Flag of the Confederacy are, with very few exceptions, your friends.”
“I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going.”
“Many things have been said about me, which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the War, can contradict.”
“In the heat of battle, when colored men asked me to protect them, I have placed myself between them and the bullets of my men. Be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed, I’ll come to your relief.” (Memphis Daily Appeal, July 6, 1875). Roger K. Broxton, President Confederate Heritage Fund 12753 Broxton Lane
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