Monday, April 27, 2015

Slavery Was Not the Cause of the War Between the States, The Irrefutable Argument. -- FUNDRAISING for Camps, Chapters, Units; DONATING by Individuals


This powerful 360 page book is easy to read and thoroughly documented with 218 footnotes and over 200 sources in the bibliography. It makes "the conclusive case" that the annihilation of the Northern economy and not slavery caused the war. There are 86 sample pages on, and, as of April 6, 2015, there are
23 Five-Star reviews on Amazon and 1 four-star review.

Published by
Charleston Athenaeum Press

  • Softcover, 6 x 9"
  • Part II is The Right of Secession, documenting and proving that
    States had the right to secede from the Union (e.g., Virginia,
    New York and Rhode Island specifically reserved the right of secession
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  • Part III is the famous treatise Lincoln and Fort Sumter
    by Charles W. Ramsdell proving with fascinating scholarly detail that
    Lincoln deliberately started the war in Charleston Harbor to prevent the
    economic collapse of the North, which was well underway.
  • Includes "An Annotated Chronology of the Secession Debate in the
    South," a narrative day-by-day account of speeches, convention dates, ratification
    votes, birth of the Confederate States of America, beginning of the war
    and secession of the final Southern States.
  • Includes a powerful "Introduction" full of history to kick off the argument,
    and "Author's Final Assessment" to conclude it.
  • Includes a section devoted to further study: "Additional Resources for the Study
    of Southern History and Literature."
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"Historians used to know - and it was not too long ago - that the War Between the States had more to do with economics than it did with slavery. The current  obsession with slavery as the "cause" of the war rests not on evidence but on ideological considerations of the present day. Gene Kizer has provided us with the conclusive case that the invasion of the Southern States by Lincoln and his party (a minority of the American people) was due to an agenda of economic domination and not to some benevolent concern for slaves. This book is rich in evidence and telling quotations and ought to be on every Southern bookshelf."
Clyde N. Wilson
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History
University of South Carolina

"Gene Kizer persuasively shows how the North fought the South out of necessity to prevent economic collapse. No where else is proof of this motive made clearer with indisputable evidence. Mr. Kizer writes with authority from the desire to tell the truth. His common sense style is the product of honesty. One cannot read his work without concluding that this is a man to be trusted."
James Everett Kibler
Professor of English
University of Georgia
Author of
Our Fathers' Fields; Walking Toward Home;
and many other outstanding books

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fwd: Mark Your Calendar for May 1-2

Reunion and Reconciliation
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Mark your calendar to join us for a two-day event of living history, discussion and learning!
FRIDAY, MAY 1 at the North Jefferson City Recreation Area, Bill Quigg Commons
The Civil War in Living History: Spend the day enjoying family-oriented educational activities and entertainment.  Activities include cannon demonstrations, re-enactors, period music, and more.
SATURDAY, MAY 2 at Lincoln University, Mitchell Auditorium in the Richardson Building 
Reunion and Reconciliation Lecture Series: Learn more about Missouri's Civil War history as well as discussion of how the efforts to create national unity and civil rights unfolded in the wake of the Civil War.  Registration information coming soon!
More information to be announced at
Sponsored by: Missouri State Parks, the National Park Service, City of Jefferson, Lincoln University, Missouri State Archives, State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri's Civil War Round Tables.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fwd: SCV Telegraph- Heritage Alert - Please Vote Now

   Sons of Confederate Veterans
Please open the link to USA Today and vote in favor of Chief of Heritage Operations Ben Jones' opinion piece.

My license plates, my free speech: Another view

As long as Texas is in the business of specialty plates, it is also in the business of state-supported 'bumper stickers.'

A case before the Supreme Court has again brought the issue of the Confederate battle flag onto the public radar screen. At issue is whether a state-issued specialty license plate is an expression by the state government or by the individual who purchases it, and therefore protected by the First Amendment.

Many legal experts believe the court will uphold the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans to allow a specialty license plate that honors the heritage of those tens of millions of Americans whose ancestors fought for the Southern cause 150 years ago.

As long as the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is in the business of specialty license plates for non-profit organizations, it is also in the business of state-supported "bumper stickers." Discriminating against an honored heritage group such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans is an obvious infringement on the right of free speech, the most basic of the guarantees that anchor our great Bill of Rights.

Human slavery existed in America from 1619 until 1776 under the British flag. It existed from 1776 until 1865 under the American flag. The highest good that came from America's Civil War was that slavery was abolished forever.

Recent scholarship such as Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery, by writers from the Hartford Courant, document how slavery was a national sin, not a Southern sin.

American history is filled with complexities, canards, myths and ironies. Our national capital is named after one of the biggest slave owners in Virginia. Our Declaration of Independence was written by another. And the man behind our Bill of Rights also bought and sold human beings. Yet they are revered in our nation.

It is long past time to stop these divisive attacks on Confederate heritage and to "sit down together at the table of brotherhood." That was Dr. Martin Luther King's dream, and it is my dream also.

Ben Jones is a former two-term Democratic congressman from Georgia. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Cooter on The Dukes of Hazzard. He serves as the volunteer national spokesman for The Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Message Regarding the St. Louis Monument From Mo Division Commander Maples


A bit of an update this morning.  Quite a day yesterday, indeed.  I have spoken with National Heritage Defense Chairman Ben Jones (Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard days), and he was already aware of this and of course in our corner.  He is going to try to submit an "op-ed" to the St. Louis Post Dispatch for starters, and will also stay on this and continue to be in contact with me.  I have also been in contact with our own Heritage Defense Chairman - Bob Arnold, who is living in the St. Louis area.  Bob is very well versed with the politics of St. Louis, and is a Confederate "guru" so to speak.  We are fortunate to have him.  Bob has informed me that the so called committee is most likely a "kangaroo court" and in his opinion, these folks have most likely already formed their opinions, etc.  No surprise there, right?  Bob has also given me some excellent advice and will be at my side as I deal with this.  Today, I will be calling the Mayors office, and I am requesting a meeting with him.  I have already sent an email requesting the meeting, but have not heard back as of yet.  I am also going to request that WE, the Missouri SCV be included on his committee.  As descendants of the Confederate soldiers represented on the monument, we have a right to be included on any committee regarding them.  We will see just what the Mayor's response will be.

I am confident that threatening the Mayor's office will be of no good.  That's what they want.  So let us be careful in our words and in our deeds. We have only begun to fight, and I again ask for your prayers as I deal with these people of no common sense.  We will be using our social media outlets and everything we have at our disposal to resist this.

Darrell Maples - Commander
Missouri Division - SCV

Don't miss the deadline for the Reunion and Reconciliation Lecture Series


Don't miss the deadline for the Reunion and Reconciliation Lecture Series
Reunion and Reconciliation
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Register today for the Reunion and Reconciliation Lecture Series!  The deadline is Friday, April 24. 

May 2, 2015 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.This lecture series will feature speakers discussing the Civil War with particular focus on how the efforts to create national unity and civil rights unfolded in its wake.  
All events will take place at the Mitchell Auditorium in the Richardson Building on the Lincoln University campus.
All are welcome to attend the lecture series. 
  • $20 registration fee
  • $10 student registration fee
The cost of registration includes:
  • Keynote address 
  • Lectures 
  • Luncheon with address from Dr. Kevin D. Rome, Lincoln University President
  • Panel discussion
The agenda includes:
Keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Reed, The Civil War: A Rehearsal for the Civil Rights MovementThe Civil War opened up the way for the successful consideration of the Reconstruction Amendments--13th, 14th, and 15th, amendments to the U. S. Constitution.  Many historians describe the 20th century struggle for freedom as the Second Reconstruction.  In the context of "Reunion and Reconciliation Day" it is fitting to tie together two time periods that provided much room for forward-looking progress. 
General Donald Scott, The Prophetic PresidentAs president, Abraham Lincoln set the tone and terms to end the Civil War and begin a new birth of freedom for the country without knowing how or when the war would end and did it before his untimely death.
Christopher Phillips, North Star, Southern Cross: The Cultural Politics of Civil War Memory in Missouri, 1865-1915Our understandings of the national past and present interpret a timeless border between North and South, with the Civil War as confirmation that distinct cultures on either sides of the Ohio River fought over separate devotions to slavery or freedom.  Missouri straddled both a north-south and an east-west border during this war. This talk will explain how modern Missourians alongside neighboring Iowans, Illinoisans, Kansans, and Kentuckians derived such understandings as much from the aftermath of the conflict as from the war experience itself.  Situated as former westerners, among white residents the cultural politics of war memory in these states' took them in different trajectories by the politics of regional identity, evolving as Northerners, Southerners, and more complicatedly Midwesterners, by re-narrating the war, and themselves.
Panel discussion, The Civil War in Missouri:  Consequences and Meanings for Modern-day MissouriansLed by Gary Kremer, Executive Director of The State Historical Society of Missouri
Sponsored by: Missouri State Parks, the National Park Service, City of Jefferson, Lincoln University, Missouri State Archives, State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri's Civil War Round Tables.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the Honorable Mayor Slay of St. Louis

1200 Market , Room 200 
St. Louis, Missouri 63103 

Dear Sir,

It has unfortunately come to my recent attention, that you have
contemplated the possibility of moving the Confederate monument at Forest
Park and renaming Confederate Drive. The monument, coexisting with it’s
Union counterpart, is a testament to the terrible split our state suffered
during the war. Let me be frank, this should not happen.

This would be a violation of what the great historian Shelby Foote
called “The Great Compromise” in which “Southerners [admitted] freely that
it was probably best that the Union wasn’t divided and Northerners
[admitting] rather freely that the South fought bravely for a cause in
which it believed.” That doesn’t seem to be happening much anymore.
Regardless of our individual feelings on the war, that is how the veterans
of both sides saw it in later years. A few of those alive today hold to
this way of thinking but a vast many more do not.

This would also be an insult to American veterans. According to
Public Law 85-425 (House Resolution 358), which was a pension increase for
American veterans and their widows, dated May 23rd, 1958: “The term
‘Veteran’ includes a person who served in the military or naval forces of
the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, and the term
‘active, military or naval service’ includes active service in such

St. Louis was indeed a (mostly) Pro-Union hotbed during the war but the whole story needs to continue being told.
The monument stands for the minority who chose to take up arms and defend their
state against what they saw as an aggressor. St. Louis German immigrants,
enlisted as Union soldiers, literally massacred twenty-eight civilians in
the streets of the city. This incited many people, throughout the city and
state, to flock to the colors of Missouri and the South to defend against
atrocity and invasion. This should not be underplayed as a motive as it
unfortunately has been. Slavery was a brutal and terrible system but, here
in Missouri especially, slaveholders occupied the ranks of BOTH sides
during the conflict. Preservation / Abolition of the institution of
slavery has been vastly overplayed at the expense of every other issue of the times. Their needs to
be more honesty on the role that slavery played in American history and the
war. Perhaps a “primary source” reading of what St. Louis Confederates were
fighting for is in order.

I request that you reconsider following through with this terrible idea. 

Yours Truly and Respectfully,

Travis Archie - Commander

Campbell's Company Camp # 2252

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Republic, Missouri

Contact the Saint Louis Mayor's Office about Confederate Monument

Have you seen the controversial blog post published by the St. Louis Mayor? We have the content at the following link:

Or you can see it on the Mayor's site at:

Please contact the Mayor's Office and discuss your opposition to the removal of the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park.

Phone: (314) 622-3201
1200 Market , Room 200
St. Louis, Missouri 63103


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is seeking a special committee to consider whether the city's Confederate Memorial should be moved out of Forest Park.

Read more here:

 — The 32-foot memorial to the Civil War's fallen Confederate soldiers has towered for a century near the visitors center of St. Louis' sprawling Forest Park. Now, the granite shaft faces its own brewing battle over its place there along "Confederate Drive."
Mayor Francis Slay, believing the landmark's centennial and rekindled national dialogue about race relations make the time ripe for assessing its place in the park, has asked three agencies to decide what, if anything, to do with it, "with the benefit of a longer view of history."
Chief options include doing nothing, as the Missouri chapter of a national Confederacy ancestry group advocates, saying any messing with the monument runaway is political correctness and a bid to erase history. The memorial dating to 1914 also could be relocated to what Slay calls "a more appropriate setting," or simply be allowed to stay put but modified with an inscription better describing the realities of slavery.
"Another reappraisal (of the landmark's place) is due," Slay wrote in his blog Tuesday in announcing his asking the Missouri History Museum, the nonprofit Forest Park Forever and the Incarnate Word Foundation to study the landmark's placement.
That scrutiny comes against the backdrop of the nation's continued grappling with race relations, lately in the months and protests that followed last summer's shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson in nearby Ferguson.
Giving a fresh evaluation of the Confederate monument in what had been a border state during the Civil War "is timely in the context of social conflict in our community," said Eddie Roth, St. Louis' director of human services.
Darrell Maples, commander of Sons of Confederate Veterans' Missouri chapter, considers Slay's push "an affront on history."
"We can't change history, and we don't want to change history," Maples, a 55-year-old retired information technology worker from Jefferson City, said Wednesday after sending Slay an emailed request for a meeting. "We're living in a politically correct world that has just gone crazy, and our position is, 'Where does it stop?'"
"I feel this is just another attempt to erase a part of history that somebody may not like," Maples added. "We're kind of perplexed by all of this, and we're asking, 'Why now?'
Roth said labeling fresh reflection about the landmark as simply political correctness is "wrong.
"The precise opposite is true. This is about facing up to our history and having adult conversations about it," Roth said. "It's hard to think (the monument) was not designed to be provocative, so let it provoke good conversation about history and where we're going as a community."

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