IGNORANCE OF HISTORY
This response is in reference to the June 23, 2016
issue of "The Alabama Baptist"
with the article and resolution announcing that the messengers at the Southern
Convention voted against the display of the Confederate flag. I applaud the
that issue and the June 30 issue by Dr. John Killian, past president of the
This decision is "divisive". There are
members of Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV)
camps in 29 states with national headquarters in Tennessee. There are members
Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) in many states with headquarters in
Virginia. There are
about 52 UDC chapters in Alabama.
There were over 10 reasons stated by the Southern
states for seceding from the Union
to form the Confederate States of America. In July 1861 Alabama's Governor
Alabama contributed 122,000 to Confederate service in the War Between the
States. Of those,
35,000 died and another 30,000 were seriously disabled. In 1862, Alabama's
that 20,000 Alabama Confederate veterans were permanently disabled, and there
widows and 600,000 orphans. The value of Alabama farms and number of livestock
decreased dramatically. Homes had shortages of heads-of-households and everyday
items,such as food.
The South was devastated, looted and plundered.
Alabama Confederate soldiers fought in hundreds of
battles. For example, Alabama losses at Gettysburg were 1,750 dead and more
wounded or captured.
There were 12 battles fought in Alabama. There is a
trail of significant Confederate sites in
eleven counties in Alabama. Regarding Confederate history in Alabama, there are
soldier monuments, museums, cemeteries and buildings that were hospitals. The
state Capitol building and grounds contain mementos of the War. This building
is where the
Confederate States of America founded its government.
There are three senior high schools in Montgomery named
for Confederate heroes. There are
fraternities in honor of General Robert E. Lee at the well-known University of
Alabama and Auburn University. (During the War, the University of Alabama was
burned by Union raiders, leaving about
three buildings.) The Jefferson Davis Highway runs through Alabama.
The Governor of Alabama and the Department of Education
annually declare the month of April
to be "Confederate History Month". Programs honoring Confederate
ancestor soldiers are held throughout Alabama, and Confederate flags are placed
at grave markers of Confederate soldiers throughout the state. For examples,
there are over 7,000 graves of Confederate soldiers in
Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery. A mass grave for Confederate soldiers whose
names are not
known is in Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma. There are 313 graves of Confederate
soldiers in Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury. Confederate soldiers are
buried throughout Alabama.
The Christian faith of Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall
Jackson is historically recorded.
Four Confederate cannon were named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. A great
moved through the Southern armies and the "Bible Belt" became known
in the South. Faith in God
was expressed in the Confederate Constitution.The Cross of St. Andrew forms the
The biggest problem in the Confederate flag issue is
that the true Confederate history is not taught to the general public.
Gaston, United Daughters of the Confederacy