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Reflection / March Across Dixie Anniversary Months

As we are now in the third anniversary months of the Historic "March Across Dixie", I would love to report that the our beloved South and her honorable people had been vindicated from the distortions and outright lies told by the conqueror of the events and causes that led up to her separation from the Union. Unfortunately we find ourselves again in an era synonymic to so called Reconstruction of the South.

Time after time our Southern babies continue find themselves caught up in the academic reign of terror from those who purport to present a scholarly synthesis. They are told to look in the mirror everyday at the genes of their ancestors and see them with shame. It matters not whether one is Red, Yellow, Black or White; just be Southern and wear a badge of shame. It matters not the events of the Morril Act, nor the original thirteenth Amendment, nor the shame of the Fourteenth,nor the criminal acts of reconstruction, especially those designed to separate Southern white and Black folks, nor the voices of honorable men who sided with her when illegally called upon to provide troops for Lincoln's war::I have only to say, that the militia of Virginia will not be furnished to the powers at Washington for any such purpose as they have in view. Your object is to subjugate the Southern states, and a requisition made upon me for such an object- an object, in my judgment, not within the purview of the Constitution or the Act of 1795-will not be complied with. You have chosen to inaugurate civil war, and having done so, we will meet in a spirit as determined as the administration has exhibited toward the South. (Governor Letcher, Virginia)

Your dispatch is received; and, if genuine, which its extraordinary character leads me doubt, I have to say in reply, that I regard the levy of troops made by the administration for the purpose of subjugating the states of the South as in violation of the Constitution, and a usurpation of power. I can be no party to this wicked violation of the laws of the country, and to this war upon the liberties of a free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina.(Governor Ellis, North Carolina)

Your dispatch is received. I say emphatically that Kentucky will furnish no troops for the wicked purpose of subduing her sister Southern states. (Governor Magoffin, Kentucky)

Tennessee will not furnish a single man for coercion, but fifty thousand, if necessary for the defense of our rights, or those of our Southern brethren. (Governor Harris, Tennessee)

In answer to your requisition for troops from Arkansas, to subjugate the Southern states, I have to say that none will be furnished. The demand is only adding insult to injury. The people of this commonwealth are freemen, not slaves, and will defend to the last extremity their honor, lives, and property against Northern mendacity and usurpation. (Governor Rector, Arkansas)

There can be, I apprehend, no doubt that these men are intended to make war upon the seceded states. Your requisition, in my judgment, is illegal, unconstitutional, revolutionary in its objects, inhuman and diabolical, and cannot be complied with. Not one man will the State of Missouri furnish to carry on such an unholy crusade. (Governor Jackson, Missouri)

It saddens me to no end that so many people of an organization that I once held an elected office in could allow themselves to be led in a climate of hate for the African people . It matters not that the evidence of true history clearly defines how as race of people earned a place of honor here along side her white family not only in the cotton fields, but also on the field of battle ; yet along with the white man she called master and family and developed a bond of love for will not be left in peace as the conqueror comes again.

We must stand fast in our vigilance as a Southern people, let no one separate us with half truths and lies. The love and resolve of the love we have for each other with the grace of God, I truly believe will find us in a future period of vindication as Southern people . We here on the "A Team" as we have become, with the help of our Southern family will fight until the last man is standing to make it so ! It matters not that we face some of the most hostile courts in the land, it matters not that we find ourselves standing before elected school boards fat in numbers with citizens of Northern persuasion or with Southerners who have been dumbed down with government school education that depicts our ancestors as evil and treasonous, it matters not that the poverty pimps fatten their coffers as they climb into bed with those who hate all things Southern while our people suffer ; for we are Southern !

God bless all those who supported March Across Dixie, and all its Twenty Milers. Happy Anniversary !

HK