Saturday, February 27, 2016

"Robert E. Lee's Orderly A Modern Black Man's Confederate Journey" - Al Arnold, Author Coming to Montgomery

I am writing to ANNOUNCE that I am coming to Montgomery.  I will be in Montgomery at the Alabama Book Festival on April 23rd.  I will also be the guest speaker for the SCV Cradle of the Confederacy Camp # 692 on the 24th at the Downtown Library.  I am asking that you please share this information with your UDC Chapter.  I pray to make the most of my time while there in an attempt to share with as many as possible. Please consider sharing this with local and surrounding UDC members. Please call me if you have any questions.

   I am author of Robert E. Lee's Orderly A Modern Black Man's Confederate Journey.  My Great-great grandfather,  Turner Hall Jr.,  served in the Confederate army for four years. He was an orderly for Robert E. Lee and a Slave of Nathan Bedford Forrest.  He was interviewed in 1941 in New York City on the national talk radio show, "We, The People" as a Black Confederate.  My book was released in October of 2015.  I contend that Confederate Heritage and Black History are one in the same and to throw away Confederate Heritage is to destroy Black History.  Please review this for consideration of a story and or review of my Book.  The book has 4.5 Stars/5 stars on Amazon.

Press Release: 
Black History Project

  Facebook: Orderlyforlee
Amazon Ratings 4.4/5 Stars

      I am a graduate of Ole Miss University and an Alumni of a historical Black college,  Jackson State University.  I live in Madison, MS and published a book in October, 2015.  Robert E. Lee's Orderly A Modern Black Man's Confederate Journey tells the story of my great-great grandfather, Turner Hall Jr.,  the discovery of my Confederate Heritage and how I reconcile both through my Christian faith. I am writing to inquire about how to get an interview on Book TV-CSpan2?  Please direct this email to the appropriate staff for consideration.
         A descendant of a slave, Al Arnold, tells his journey of embracing his Confederate heritage. His ancestor, Turner Hall, Jr., a Black Confederate, served as a body servant for two Confederate soldiers and an orderly for General Robert E. Lee. Turner Hall, Jr. returned to Okolona, Mississippi after the Civil War. Hall served a prominent family in that community for five generations. His life's journey eventually led him to Hugo, Oklahoma where he established himself as the town's most distinguished citizen receiving acclaim from Black and White citizens alike for his service. In 1938, his journey continued to Pennsylvania as the last Civil War veteran from his community to attend the final Civil War veteran reunion, as a Black Confederate. He also traveled to New York City and was interviewed by the national talk radio show, "We, The People" in 1940.
       One hundred and three years after the Civil War, Hall's great-great grandson, Al Arnold, was born in Okolona, Mississippi. Raised in North Mississippi, Al would later discover the history of his ancestor and began an eight year journey of why, how and for what reasons his ancestor served the Confederate armies? To his amazement, Al discovered that seventy two years after the Civil war, his ancestor was a proud Confederate and held in his possession a cherished gift from the Confederate Civil War general, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Al's personal research discovered that his ancestor was owned by Forrest and was enthusiastically warm toward the general and his service to the Confederate armies. This amazing connection to two famous Confederate generals awakened a new perception of curiosity about Confederate heritage in Al and challenged his traditional thoughts. He grew to accept his heritage and now embraces it with a desire to see African Americans embrace Confederate heritage instead of rejecting it on the notion of modern ideology. This is a deep personal journey of faith, heritage, race and family wrapped around the grace of God through the eyes and honest thoughts of a modern black man. Al tells the story of Turner Hall, Jr., his personal Confederate journey and how family and faith has brought harmony to his new found heritage. Arnold argues for the revitalization of the lost Black history of the Civil War era. He bestows dignity and honor on his Confederate ancestor and challenges the traditional thoughts of modern African Americans. Arnold rests in his faith as the uniting force that reconciles our colorful past to our bright future.

Al Arnold,
Family Historian, Arnold & Elliott Family Reunion
Monroe County, Mississippi 

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