Honor our Con­fed­er­ate Vet­er­ans

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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

P.O. Box 771 An­dalu­sia, AL 36420

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