The Confederate Government Never Surrendered–and “Reconstruction” Continues

by Al Benson Jr.

On Saturday, May 30, AD 2015, my wife and I attended a ceremony sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was to commemorate the fact that Shreveport, as the headquarters of the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi, was the last Southern city to surrender when the shooting part of the War of Northern Aggression had concluded. The ceremony took place at the Caddo Parish Court House in Shreveport, in front of which stands a beautiful Confederate monument.

Quite naturally, the politically correct and professionally offended do not like this monument. It “offends” their progressive sensibilities. Had they been able to do so they would have carted it off to the historical trash heap long ago. However, the small piece of land the monument is on was given to the United Daughters of the Confederacy by the Caddo Parish Police Jury back in 1903 and so there isn’t much they can do about it. They did make a fuss over the Third National Confederate flag that flew there several years back when they claimed that the flag, being in front of the court house was an incentive for jurors to find black people guilty of crimes. I mean, really people, can’t you do better than that? But they raised enough of a fuss that the flag finally got taken down but the beautiful monument remains, to their everlasting chagrin. So the monument is not on “public property” as such and I’ve been told it’s now listed in the National Historic Register, so I guess the offended classes will just have to live with it. Poor babies!

Anyway, the ceremony on Saturday was attended by around 200 people, many of them in period dress, including Confederate uniforms and they carried their flags, which they had marched with from about four blocks away right up to the court house. There is something about a long line of columns of men in gray marching with their flags that sends a chill up your spine, (and I mean that in a positive sense) especially when you march with them.

There were several speakers at the ceremony who spoke briefly but the keynote speaker was past Commander of the SCV’s Louisiana Division, Charles McMichael.

Commander McMichael  gave a rousing speech dealing with how it was the duty of the SCV to protect and promote Southern heritage and to make sure future generations know what the Confederate soldiers fought for and why. That means the SCV has to stand and oppose political correctness–also known as Cultural Marxism to those that have done the homework.

During his speech Commander McMichael made a couple noteworthy comments you have not always heard among many Southern heritage groups in our day. He noted that, in a real sense, the War goes on because the Confederate government never officially surrendered. The various armies were surrendered, but not the government. No surrender document was ever issued, unilke Germany or Japan after World War 2. Even after Viet Nam, there was the impression of a surrender issued by our government to the North Vietnamese. Henry Kissinger, who engineered it, called it “Peace with honor” but it was a surrender.

Another  thing noted by Commander McMichael that is critically important for us to realize in our day is that what he termed “Phase two of reconstruction” still continues. So many today, thanks to the faulty “history” taught in our institutions of learning, think that “reconstruction” ended in 1877. It didn’t. We are now in Phase two and you can tell this by the increasing and vitriolic attempts to remove from public view anything even remotely perceived as being Confederate–flags, statues, monuments, school names, street names–you name it and if it sounds Southern or Confederate you can bet it has been or will be under assault at some point. This is a fact that many, if not most, Southerners fail to perceive. Your history and heritage will rewritten and redefined into some monstrosity  you would never recognize if you do not stand up and resist.

The Cultural Marxists are not about to just go home and leave you alone because you try to be “nice” to them. They will perceive that as a sign of weakness and will step up their offensive against your history and culture. Their agenda is their muddy boot on your face, flag, and you have got to stand up and learn to resist.

Ultimately, your Christian faith and your Southern heritage are their targets for destruction. You need to realize this and begin to fight back. The War is not over and they have not totally won until we quit–so let’s make sure we don’t ever quit!

7 thoughts on “The Confederate Government Never Surrendered–and “Reconstruction” Continues

  1. The Marxist revision of United States history began much earlier than the war of 1861! In fact the struggle for our nation began even before the end of the American War of Independence in 1783. One must remember that only about one third of the Thirteen Colonies in North America wanted independence from the tyrannical Great Britain. About one third wanted to remain “subjects” of Great Britain and had no interest in becoming “citizens” of the new United States of America. The remaining third of the population were what is called “fence sitters”…those who sit on the fence waiting to determine which of the other two faction will win and then they jump off the fence and attempt to take credit for that faction’s win…

    The war of 1861 didn’t start with the incident in Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter. No, the war began much earlier when the emerging industrialists of the northeastern USA finally decided that they wanted to create an American Industrial Revolution with a stated objective of controlling world commerce from the northeastern U.S. states. Their primary roadblock was funds to build an industrial infrastructure in the northeastern states.

    Their way of doing that was to pack the U.S. House of Representatives and elect a pro-industry President who could pass and sign ever increasing tariff, i.e. “posts” or tax legislation punitive to agriculture states and their overseas trading partners and beneficial to northeastern state’s emerging manufacturers that reduce overseas competition from the earlier Great Britain Industrial Revolution.

    The packing of the House of Representatives and the election of minority President Lincoln did not go unnoticed by agriculture politicians and state officials. Lincoln refused to compromise and dedicated his presidency “to collecting the posts (taxes)”, as Lincoln declared on numerous occasions.

    It was this purposeful action on the part of northeastern industrialists and their new Republican Party government co-conspirators that brought on the war of 1861, which was a war “to collect the posts (taxes)” to build their northeastern industrial infrastructure.

    Lincoln’s narcissistic mindset allowed his posturing and threatening of agriculture states to get out of hand and led to his and Union General Winfield Scott plotting to assault the agriculture states, enslave them and force them into generating the funds needed by the northeastern pro-industry factions and the pro-industry new Republican Party controlled Central or Federal Government. Scott developed his and Lincoln’s “Anaconda Assault Plan” to surround and assault each agriculture state before Lincoln was sworn in as President to enslave them and force them at gunpoint to pay for the northeast state’s and new Republican Party’s American Industrial Revolution… There’s much more but not enough room here.

  2. Seldom mentioned is the Electoral College. With slaves counting as three/fifths of a person in the count, the South had a strong legislative voting block. Lincoln never carried a state below the Mason Dixon line and never won the popular vote. After his election, the writing was on the wall.

    As for the War Of Northern Agression being an extinction of the Revolutionary War, many Loyalist vs Patriot battles took place in the South, without a British soldier on the battlefield. (Cotton, Sugar, Tobacco, and Rice ruled the day!) We sold to not only England but all of Europe………And we drank coffee instead of tea. Who needed the New England manufactured products when we bartered agriculture with Europe for all that we needed in manufacturing?……….Unlike the Northeast, we were never perceived as a threat to England as a manufacturing competitor.

    We did get more onboard in the War of 1812 when Tenessee’s Andrew Jackson had to run the British out of New Orleans. (With Davy Crockett and Sam Houston.)

    Bottom line is that the northern factory owners wanted our laborers as endentured servants in their factories.

    • The Electoral College was set up as a way to entice small states into the Union. The way it was calculated weighed heavily in their favor. The counting of slaves 3/5 a person was a compromise. The slaveholding states wanted them counted 1 for 1 like women and children who also could not vote, while the Yankees wanted them counted not at all. The Hartford Convention created a list of suggested changes to the U.S. Constitution. Eliminating the 3/5ths compromise and not counting slaves was one of them.
      The Republican Party made no effort to expand into the South. It was entirely a sectional party dedicated to fear mongering over the issue of slavery and raising taxes to exploit the revenues from the international trade in cotton.
      By passing a protective tariff, the manufacturing North could buy cotton from the South at a discount and sell its manufactures to the South at a premium. The South in 1860 was producing over 3/4ths the world’s supply of cotton fiber; A pound and a half of American cotton was harvested for every person on the planet per year at that time. It was more than the Northern textile mills could process. Without the international trade, there would be a glut of American cotton.
      The South had the choice between secession and economic ruin. It tried becoming independent, but it got war and economic ruin anyway. Without the protective tariff, the Yankees could not compete for American cotton with Europe, nor with European manufactures in price and quality. The choice they faced was forcing the Confederacy back into the Union or face economic ruin. That is why the Yankees invaded America.

      • Good information here. Posting it so the rest of my audience can read it. While I feel there were other reasons for the war as well, this one was one of the main ones. So many today totally want to ignore the tariff issue and stress the slavery issue so the tariff issue needs to be dealt with.

  3. Although, from the Yankee perspective the Southern government couldn’t surrender because it didn’t exist!

    • From their perspective, most other governments around the World don’t exist either. Nor do any state governments south of the Ohio river or west of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Except when it’s politically expedient or advantageous for them to. Otherwise they’re “combinations of criminals” or “regimes.”

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