Pat Cleburne Could See It Coming

by Al Benson Jr.

Lately I have been going through my library and checking out books I have not read in 15-20 years and reading some of them to see if I might find more insights in some of them now than I did then.

One I recently did this with was Lee’s Last Campaign by Clifford Dowdey in which Mr. Dowdey dealt at  great length with General Lee’s campaign in the Wilderness and surrounding areas in 1864. I am glad I went through it. This time it gave me a much better understanding of what Lee had to put up with and how well he really did in that campaign–much better than the “historians” give him credit for.

Another one I have just reread is Stonewall of the West–Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War by Craig L. Symonds. Pat Cleburne was an interesting personality, and I mean that in a positive sense. He was killed in the Battle of Franklin in Tennessee in November, 1864 because John Bell Hood was so anxious to attack the Yankees in Franklin that he couldn’t resist a frontal assault across open ground which, basically, destroyed his army. I’ve been to Franklin to see the site of the battle.

Hood lost a lot of his officers in that foolish attempt, and I say foolish because the very next day the Yankees pulled out of Franklin and moved up to Nashville. Hood didn’t need to destroy his army attacking Franklin–the Yankees were on the way out anyway. To all intents and purposes his army, the Army of Tennessee, was finished after that battle.

Five officers killed in that battle were laid out on the porch at the Carnton Plantation house after the battle and one of them was General Pat Cleburne. Pat Cleburne had come to Arkansas as a Protestant Irish immigrant, made his home there and when the War of Northern Aggression started he joined up to fight for the Confederacy. I can understand that, the South was his home and the Southern folks sort of adopted him, somewhat the way they have my wife and I.

Pat Cleburne was no dummy and he early realized what would happen if the South lost the War. At one point he spelled it out quite plainly. He said that, if the South lost, “It means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy. That our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the war; will be impressed by all of the influences of History and Education in regard to our gallant debt as traitors and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision.” Cleburne was downright prescient in his prediction. This is exactly what has happened. Southern children have been taught Yankee/Marxist “history” and we sit back in incredulity and wonder what happened to the kids because they seem to think great granddaddy was a racist traitor for fighting for the Confederacy.

I grew up in the North and my wife and I either had our kids in Christian schools or home schooled them. They never set foot in a public school for “education” since day one. Having lived through part of the Textbook Protest in Kanawha County, West Virginia back in the 1970s we were well aware of where the public schools were coming from and we didn’t want our kids absorbing what passed for education in them.

Back in July of 2015 I read an excellent article by Pastor Chuck Baldwin entitled The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered. He wrote it soon after what many believe to be a false flag event in Charleston that became a rallying point for the cultural Marxist campaign to erase Confederate flags and symbols from all over the South–a campaign that is not over by a long shot. It has spawned everything from ethnic cleansing campaigns to frantic new efforts at gun control and the cultural Marxists continue to try to destroy as much of our culture as they can. For awhile we resisted. There were Confederate flag rallies and new Confederate flags being put up all over the South. Now, in the main, we seem to have gone back to sleep again as the cultural Marxists gird their loins for a new assault this year.

They have the state flag of Mississippi in their sights early this year and so there needs to be a strong effort put forth to resist that attempt. Just remember, with the cultural Marxists, cultural Marxism is still Marxism and that’s another thing most of our kids have not learned the truth about in school. We here in the South at this point don’t know our history. If we did we would never stand still for our kids saying a pledge of allegiance that has the line “one nation indivisible” in it. This was a “pledge” written by a defrocked socialist minister in Massachusetts in 1892–exactly one generation after the Southern states lawfully seceded in 1860-61. It was an open slap in the face at those in the South that had fought for the Confederacy. And their children were to be taught that their fathers had been traitors and that they were, heretofore, to be ashamed of them. Folks, this is ethnic cleansing and it still goes on in the South today, if anything with more intensity than it did fifty years ago. Pat Cleburn’s prediction has been fulfilled, more’s the pity!

So what to do? Getting your kids out of public school would be a major step in the right direction for those that can manage it.  Home schooling does not have to be all that expensive nowadays. There are lots of home school programs out there. All you have to do is start looking.

You need to start teaching your kids accurate history. This is an area most home school people just kind of pass over and they take whatever passes for history in whatever curriculum they get. Mistake!!! Look around for your history material. I did an article on this a couple years ago, I think on my other blog spot where I listed some of the history material I had found.  If anyone is interested in this information I will try to hunt it up and post some of it here.


8 thoughts on “Pat Cleburne Could See It Coming

  1. A “Progressive” Case for Demolishing the Lincoln Memorial
    By Thomas DiLorenzo
    July 8, 2015

    The Best of Tom DiLorenzo:

    The totalitarian socialists among us who try to disguise their true beliefs by calling themselves “progressives” are currently in the middle of one of their periodic fits of hyper-PC hysteria.

    Upon learning that the mentally deranged, drugged-up little monster who murdered all those people in a Charleston church had his picture taken with a Confederate flag, the “progressives” commenced a new crusade to obliterate not only the Confederate flag from American memory, but also the memory of anyone in history whose views on race are not identical to theirs.

    They have even called for the demolition of the Jefferson Memorial; and the July 4 Daily Caller included an article about a Portland, Oregon teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in that city who has started a campaign to rename the school. The Daily Caller refers to Wilson as “a model progressive Democrat”, which he was, but he was also a racist and a white supremacist.

    However racist Woodrow Wilson, the old Princeton University political science professor, might have been, his public utterances on race were nothing compared to those of the real darling and “model” of “progressives” everywhere (and of neocons everywhere as well) – Abraham Lincoln.

    The following is a sampling of Lincoln’s racist and white supremacist beliefs (“CW” stands for Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, followed by the volume and page numbers).

    “Free them [black slaves] and make them politically and socially our equal? My own feelings will not admit of this… We cannot then make them equals”. (CW, 2, 256). “There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all White people, to the idea of an indiscriminate amalgamation of the White and Black races.” (CW, 2, 405). “What I would most desire would be the separation of the White and Black races.” (CW, 2, 521). “I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the White and Black races… I, as well as Judge [Stephen] Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong, having the superior position.” (CW, 2, 16).

    “I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the White and Black races . . . . I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with White people.” (CW, 3, 145-146). “I will to the very last stand by the law of this state [i.e., Illinois], which forbids the marrying of White people with Negroes.” (CW, 3, 146). “Senator Douglas remarked …that…this government was made for the White people and not for Negroes. Why, in point of fact, I think so too, said Lincoln.” (CW, 2, 281).

    As proven in the book, Colonization After Emancipation by Phillip Magness and Sebastian Page (University of Missouri Press), Lincoln plotted and schemed to deport all Black people out of the U.S.A. – so-called “colonization” – until his dying day. He even had his Secretary of State, William Seward, hard at work figuring out how many ships it would take, and negotiating with foreign governments about land purchases where the former American Black people could be dumped. “I have said that the separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation”, he declared, and “such separation…must be affected by colonization.” (CW, 2, 409). “Let us be brought to believe it is morally right, and…favorable to…our interest, to transfer the African to his native clime [i.e., Africa], Lincoln said (CW, 2, 409). “The place I am thinking about having for a colony is in Central America. It is nearer to us than Liberia.” (A cost savings thought by Lincoln—Al Barrs) (CW, 5, 373-374).

    Lincoln supported Southern slavery in his first inaugural address, promising to support its explicit enshrinement in the Constitution via the Corwin Amendment, which had just passed the House and Senate, thanks to the efforts of William Seward, working on Lincoln’s instruction. (Lincoln also supported the Supreme Court case against Dred Scott.—Al Barrs) Lincoln opposed only the extension of slavery into the Territories, but only so that they could remain the domain of “free White people.” (From period documents I believe the pro-industry leaders in the Northeast who wanted to build an industrial infrastructure in the Northeast to control world commerce needed new western territories coming into the Union to be pro-industry and promised if they would come into the Union as pro-industry states by using the code wording “anti-slave states” they would expand their industrial complex into western states. This gave the pro-industry New Republican Majority in the U.S. Congress a clear opportunity to control taxing legislation and shut the agriculture states out of the legislating process fundamentally making the agriculture states slaves to the pro-industry Central Government and the developing Northeastern manufacturing states. —Al Barrs) He very strongly supported the Fugitive Slave Act that compelled Northerners to round up runaway slaves and return them to their owners, and enforced it during his presidency. He championed the Illinois Black Codes, and supported the Illinois constitution’s prohibition of black people migrating into his state of Illinois. He never defended a runaway slave in court, but he did defend a slave owner in court.

    According to the book, Lincoln, by Harvard’s David Donald, the preeminent Lincoln scholar of the last generation (and contrary to Stephen Spielberg’s silly movie), Lincoln barely lifted a finger to help get the Thirteenth Amendment passed, even refusing to help the genuine abolitionists when they asked him for political assistance in procuring votes from the New Jersey delegation to Congress.

    As Lerone Bennett, Jr., the longtime editor of the Black Ebony magazine wrote in his book, Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream, Lincoln so habitually used the “N”-word that he sometimes befuddled and embarrassed members of Congress and others with his obsessive use of the racial slur. He was also a devoted fan of “minstrel shows” that portrayed black people as buffoons, wrote Bennett.

    If today’s “progressives” want to begin tearing down what they believe to be monuments to America’s racist past, they should start with the Lincoln Memorial.

  2. Anyone who doubts that American history has been distored to fit “progressive”, i.e. Marxist doctrine need only read the “little book” by Huger William Johnstone titles THE TRUTH OF THE WAR CONSPIRACY OF 1861 (available from online new and used for very little cost:, and then go to my Website and read TRUE AMERICAN HISTORY ebooks and earticles which Colonel Johnstone’s 1921 book completely validates. My Website is free, doesn’t reqire registraton or subscription and you can copy and past anyting your desire. My only objective for the Website is the education of Americans to the truth of American History as validated by period documentation. For example read FORT SUMTER PLOT under the TRUE AMERICAN HISTORY chapter if your are interested in who and how Lincoln;s tax war was started…: URL


  3. I agree with Tom DiLorenzo here. If they are really against “racism” then let them show us by the example of removing the Lincoln Memorial. If they choose to ignore that, then I am forced to believe that they have another agenda besides opposing racism and their real agenda is the destruction of Christianity and Southern culture and history.

  4. Darn, I’m a Yankee from NH who escaped to WV, everything your saying Mr. Bensons resonates with my own journey into secession from cultural marxism.
    I’m constantly blown away from how ignorant the guys I work with in the coal mines, and our neighbors, regarding the never ending war of marxist aggression against Southern life, heritage and virtues.
    One mine I worked at we where plank owners of a new mine up in the western spine of the Managahela Mountains, we parked up 100 yards below the grave of Confederate spy and agent provocateur Nancy Hart, of all places. One of my chores as an equipment operator was as bus driver getting everyone to their equipment and the working coal pits. A few times after getting a hair across my arse about one assault or another on our southern honor or culture by the cultural marxists, I stopped the bus on a lonely stretch of haul road and got up in front of my fellow miners and tried to get a discussion going about the tyranny of yankeedom. I think I was not very successful in the hearts and minds department, no one would participate, it was like I was an alien visitor with purple skin and three eyes. I’m a bit of a firebrand and reckon with the truth with a bone in my teeth when it comes to those fucking marxists, but being I have a wicked NewEngland north county accent, I do try to temper some of my Yankee redneck directness down to more southernly discretion when speaking of uncomfortable truths.
    Regardless, I was always dismayed with the seeming absence of interest or conversion about northern aggression, the lies and marxist narratives about the people and culture and the revised history those sonofabitches have foisted.
    I felt I never had a thing to loose, and everything to gain as I have watched the destruction and hatred from the marxists. I hope somehow something good has come out of it. I just never seem to be able to find anyone here in WV who will partake in reasoned discussion on these so important issues. Mostly it is just blank stares and non committal grunts as response.
    Maybe I’m crazy for trying. Maybe its because I am a Yankee to begin with and I don’t grok the culture. But sometimes I feel like a man in a wilderness of statist and free shit ignorance or resigned fatalism.
    At least I’m a secession from tyranny of one.

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