"Ramblins from Forrests 'Riter"
Because of the two memorial services scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, 14 July I did not open the paper until late evening. The picture and article on page B-8 of the Herald-Citizen were mentioned at one of the memorial services. I made inquiry about where the article originated and was told it was an Associated Press article and that it related the story of three African-American who had recently joined the SCV. To say the least, I was shocked. My surprise was not caused by the fact that African-American men were joining the SCV but that the Associated Press would release an article on that subject. At the time, I wondered how an AP writer would attempt to make Black Confederates politically correct.
Late that afternoon when the cannon and other equipment were cleaned and returned the their place of storage and I had drunk a couple of gallons of water, I picked up the paper to read the article. Initially the article was accurate and Confederately friendly. I could not help but wonder if the staunch advocates of political over-correctness were suffering from a new malady. Perhaps this writer had a near death experience or an encounter with disaster and decided to retract the usual message of hate and lies in hopes of laying up treasures for the next life.
I suppose the writer included that tidbit of trivia about their consultant in order to instill in the reader a sense of authority and accuracy for the article. I must say it was a feeble attempt. The very next paragraph proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mr. Chair Holder had only studied the northern version of "The War". Mr. Chair Holder may have a Piled Higher and Deeper in Civil War history but he has failed in his study of "The War Between the States". He deflated what he called the inflated Southern estimate of Black Confederates. Now that takes talent! That feat probably could not have been accomplished by someone that did not have some type of foreign matter that was Piled Higher and Deeper.
He must have given very little thought to his next statement
that the number of Black men in the Confederate Army was statistically
insignificant. For the sake of making an example, we could be so bold
as to assume that Mr. Chair Holder would admit that 9,000 Black men
served in the Confederate Army. That is only ten percent of the number
that is often accepted by actual authorities. Using the standard ratio,
that required another 36,000 blue bellied draftees or immigrants just
to offset the impact of the Black Confederates. That is what I would
call a lot of blue beef and would be significant.
Mr. Chair Holder's most irresponsible statement concerns the enslavement of Blacks. How could someone that is holding on to a chair not know more of the truth about slavery. He apparently would like to place the entire burden of slavery on the backs of Southerners, but that too, would be a lie. Do you suppose he has an ancestor that owned slaves? Perhaps he is the descendent of carpetbaggers that came South
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