FIRST I MUST SAY---IF MY FAMILY HAD DONATED ANY CONFEDERATE RELICS TO THE FORMER CONFEDERATE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA I WOULD STAND IN LINE IF NECESSARY, TO HAVE THEM EACH AND EVERY ONE RETURNED TO ME AND I WOULD THEN DONATE THEM TO A MUSEUM LIKE THE CONFEDERATE ONE IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS WHICH NOW CONTAINS THE CONFEDERACY'S MONEY VAULT— MOVED FROM VIRGINIA TO TEXAS--THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF THE TEXAS DIVISION OF THE UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY.
The problem IN VIRGINIA is one of old--- SCALAWAGS & LINCOLN LOVING REPUBLICANS working in unison. I hope God forgives the Museum's Southern head—because many of us Unreconstructed Confederates never will. He has betrayed our Confederacy. By his actions he exhibits his scorn of the very principles men such as my ancestors sweated blood, cried tears, and lost lives for. He is disowning, repudiating and apologizing for the Cause for which Lee fought and Jackson died. It is indeed a sad, sad world we live in if that Mr. Rawls is allowed to get by with his ignominious deeds. If he, as I have heard, is actually a Confederate descendant—it is truly a revolting as well as a shameful situation he has brought about.
If Confederate Major R.E. Wilson were able to climb out of his grave, he would surely rise up and smite Rawls with a saber. Wilson so believed in the absolute right of the South's self-defense that he stated, "If I ever disown, repudiate, or apologize for the Cause for which Lee fought and Jackson died, let the lightings of Heaven rend me, and the scorn of all good men and true women be my portion. Sun, moon, and stars all fall on me when I cease to love the Confederacy. 'Tis the Cause, not the fate of the Cause, that is glorious."
Whatever is the genetic truth about the ancestry of Rawls, be he Southerner or Yankee, he should earn the scorn of every truth-loving American—and certainly that includes more Americans than he can even imagine existing.
Shame, shame on him and all who support him in his repugnant, disgraceful actions.
By his deliberate reversal of the original purpose for which those Confederate artifacts were donated to the Museum, he affronts the (most of them dead) contributors. If, in the museum he now seems to have taken over, he sells the story that the North's invasion of the South was to free the slaves, he lies. If he sells the story that the South had no legal or moral right to secede, he lies.
As intelligent and clever as he is, he must be knowledgeable that this is so and probably discounts any resistance occurring if he makes slavery the centerpiece of the War of Northern Aggression. In the doing, however, he underestimates the love that many Americans still hold for their Confederate ancestors and the admiration that some awakened northerners have for all who tell the truth. In addition, he ignores the truth that some northerners re learning daily that their own ancestors were imprisoned by Abe Lincoln without trial because those brave northerners dared say that the South had the legal right to secede. These northern descendants are now beginning to shout that THE SOUTH WAS RIGHT!
But of course the Museum's head, in efforts to take advantage of the popularity of the present anti-truth, anti-South movement, may share his lies with enough dumbed down Americans and naïve foreigners to put a bit of jingle in his own pocket.
As we all know or should know, "money is the root of all evil."
It is hoped that God's angels come and visit with MR. RAWLS and all who support the original Marxist anti-South propaganda -- including that propaganda written by the great atheist Karl Marx himself, and published in America's most widely circulated newspaper, the New York Tribune during the ten years Marx was employed by Horace Greeley and Charles Dana. Once Dana became Lincoln's Assistant Secretary of War— assistant to that fiend of a man by name of Edwin Stanton, Stanton turned out tons of the most egregious propaganda the world has ever known—all sickeningly anti-Southern, highly imaginative horror stories—even declaring that Confederate soldiers lopped off the heads of northern boys and kicked those heads about on the battle fields.
The Marxist inspired propaganda proved successful in getting northerners to continue the fight in the middle of the War when they were losing.
It does seen that perhaps what's his name has swallowed all that propaganda.
Shame on him! And shame on every school he ever attended. And shame on every Confederate descendant who is too cowardly or too brainwashed to speak out against the infamous actions of Rawls.
Joan Hough in Spring, Texas