surrendered than during the battle. He survived only because of the Masonic symbols he had drawn on his hat. While huddled with other soldiers that had surrendered, he suddenly realized a Union soldier had a rifle pointed at him. He quickly stepped behind a Union guard to avoid certain death. Wondering what he could do to preserve his life he noticed a Union officer with a Masonic emblem on his hat. He pointed out the soldier that had attempted to shoot him to the Union officer. The officer hit the soldier on the head with his pistol. When the solder started to run back over the breastworks the Union officer shot him and commented that he had done three others the same way.
Throughout history, war has brought out both the best
and worst qualities of men. The heat of battle has resulted in many
thousands of men being needlessly slain. In spite of facing tremendous
odds and being the defenders instead of the aggressors, it is to the
credit of Confederate soldiers that the vast majority of them followed
a code of honor that is unequaled in the annals of war. The northern
version of the history of the War Between the States attempts to blame
some Confederate units and leaders with having assassinated Union
soldiers after they had surrendered. It is not surprising that Union
historians would make such statements as it is difficult for them
to explain why it took a force that outnumbered the Confederate Army
by three to one, nearly four years to defeat them. The north has never
understood the Southern fighting spirit. They do not understand the
"code of honor" and "devotion to duty" that dictated
behavior for our gallant ancestors. It is obvious today they do not
Our highest calling and greatest duty as SCV members
is to answer the Charge of Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee given to us in
1896. Please read it - study it and live by it daily.
Your Obedient Servant,
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15th through
This is to honor the contributions of this people and the contributions of those Confederates that relocated to Latin America.
(This information was prepared by the Education Committee
o José Agustín Quintero, a Cuban poet and
o Santiago Vidaurri, governor of the border states of
Coahuila and Nuevo León, offered to secede northern Mexico and
join the Confederacy; Jefferson Davis
o The Spanish inventor Narciso Monturiol offered the Confederacy
his advanced submarine Ictineo to smash
o Ambrosio José González, a famous Cuban
o The Mexican Santos Benavides, a former Texas ranger,
commanded the Confederate 33rd Texas Cavalry, a Mexican- American unit
which defeated the Union in the 1864 Battle of Laredo, Texas. He became
o Thomas Jordan, a Confederate general responsible for early codes used in spying on Washington, after the war led the Cuban revolutionary army as Commander-in- Chief, training its generals and in 1870 routing the Spaniards at two-to-one odds.
o Lola Sanchez, of a Cuban family living near St. Augustine, had her sisters serve dinner to visiting Federals, while she raced out at night and warned the nearest Confederate camp. The Yankees thus lost a general, his unit and a gunboat the next day.
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