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The Battle Of Blue Springs At Mosheim

There were for me so many high moments at the Battlefield Re-enactment of the Battle of Blue Springs at Mosheim. I am somewhat embarrassed, and overly humble by the heroes welcome bestowed upon me by the 19th Tennessee. As I entered Headquarters camp, the men stood on both sides of the bridge at attention, swords raised as I passed through. I was furthered honored by the 19th as they allowed me to join their ranks in the battlefield Saturday afternoon(Oct. 15), as well did the artillery men of the 28th. As if all this was not enough, the 19th inducted me into their numbers.

On Sunday morning the 20th I fell in with the 19th for a brief march to Brownsville Baptist Church, where all the Re-enactors had been invited for church services with the parishioners. As I entered the church with the Southern Cross still in hand, being greeted by the Deacons with acceptance for me and our flag, to stand at attention flag in hand with Dixie being sung, the choir singing, and the Preacher preaching ; culminate all of this by joining ranks with the 23rd Tennessee was alright !

Before departing for home, I would enter the adjacent camp of my South Carolina Re-enactment family, only to be told a very sad story. I had been at the Battle of South Carolina in early May. I had struck up a dialogue with one of the baby girls, gave her one of my Historical Dixie OutFitter Shirts bearing the likeness of me. One that I am very humble and proud of.

She would wear her Dixie Girl shirts at South Congaree Elementary, in West Columbia, South Carolina all the time, so when she asked her mom to wear the one I gave her, mom saw no problem with that. Little did mom know, her eight year old baby girl would be told to either turn her shirt inside out or be expelled.

When the baby girl saw me in the Camp on Sunday, she held her head down and walked away. I was that bad old black man that gave her a shirt of himself and that shirt got her into trouble because he was carrying that flag. The actions by this school are indicative of many in the Great State of South Carolina, and else where. Instead of accomplishing their mythical goals of tolerance, sensitivity etc., they are fueling the flames of hate and mistrust. Had I the necessary funds I would be now standing in front of Congaree Elementary as she once stood for me and her Southland.

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