Saturday, July 30, 2011

Black soldier who loved the flag of Dixie

When Rucker called the roll—A Soldier’s Story
Black soldier who loved the flag of Dixie

The Confederate flag, which continues to come under attack, was the proud banner of Black, White, Hispanic, Jewish and Native American sons and daughters of Dixie who stood nobly in defense of their homeland and way of life during the War Between the States. Once upon n a time either the Confederate nor the Union Veterans nor their blood stained battle flag needed any defense.

Black Confederates

The following is one of over 50,000 stories of the Black Confederate Soldier, slave and free, who stood honorably and proudly for Southern Independence, 1861-1865. After the war many of these men attended the reunions of Confederate soldiers including that at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

On August 10, 1905, Amos Rucker, an ex-Confederate soldier and proud member of the United Confederate Veterans, died in Atlanta, Georgia. [full]

That story caused me to once again revisit Brian Lamb's 1994 interview of late historian Shelby Foote    The Clintons ushered in an era of full-blown confrontation and attack on American culture which persist today,  We are again split into two nations, and one I fear will die with the memory keepers who keep it alive. Foote seems to recognize the trend
When I was a grade school boy in Mississippi, I knew obscene doggerel about Abraham Lincoln, left over from my parents and grandparents. Yankees were despised. When one of them was so unfortunate as to move to Greenville, Mississippi, he was despised. All that stopped. All that's over now, and the great compromise obtains. I wish my black friends could do the same thing. The Illinois senator [Carol Moseley-Braun] who didn't want the Daughters of the Confederacy at Richmond to have a Confederate symbol -- not the battle flag; just a Confederate symbol -- on their stationery, got her fellow senators to disallow it. I do not understand that. That's a violation of the compromise, for example, and it's an arousal of bitterness. But she, along with a great many others, do not want to be reminded. She has every right to want to hide from history if she wants to, but it seems to me she's trying to hide history from us, and that's a mistake


VICE Sgt Boone said...

As a former officer in the SCV, a member of the MOSB and the only one around this joint that seems to know what the f*** jump-shooting is, I am proud to say that I have met Shelby Foote, yes, he was a poor driver in his later years and yes, the South was RIGHT! - Vice Sgt Boone

Darrell said...

Shelby Foote gained fame from Ken Burns' Civil War series on PBS, of course. His The Civil War: A Narrative, a massive three volume set, is a classic. It's not PC, either. I recently finished the second volume; rereading the set for the third or fourth time.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

I could listen to Shelby Foote ruminate about most anything. forever. Here he is on Faulkner.

Anonymous said...

Ole Abe bought into the stereotype of southern slavery as consisting of chains and whips constantly, truth is, it ain't so. Someone mentioned "The South Was Right" and that book deals exactly with this subject. So when Abe freed the slaves ONLY in southern hands, they did not turn on their masters. Instead they took responsibility for the crops, property and the family. Sherman was dumbfounded at how reluctant slaves were to join the Union.

Here's a good story.

Anonymous said...

Stunning interview, Roger. Two of my favorite authors, and Foote telling it like it was.

Ms Brown would do well to remember that she is entitled to her own opinion, but not her own set of facts.


molonlabe28 said...

A confederate Colonel (Mississippi Cavalry), who is in my wife's lineage, is buried in the small family plot where my wife and I will be laid to rest (somedays it feels sooner than later).

His grave is marked with CSA and the Stars and Bars.

I regard the plot as a place of honor.

Most southerners were defending their land against Yankee invaders - nothing more.

I would do the same thing.

Ditto with respect to the UN (with its feminine hygeine blue helmets).

Virgil Rogers said...

Good story to point out Sir.
I'm in the process of getting certified to join the Sons of Confederate Veterans and heard this story before.
BTW Alberta Martin was born about two miles from my family farm in Elba, AL. She was VERY young when she married her husband veteran thus the reason she survided to past 2000.

Anonymous said...

The South had endured several generations of the exact oppression that the Republic had fought a revolution to rid itself of. You never hear Northerners speak of things like "The Tariff Of The Abominations", moving blockades of ports, obscene taxes. There is only one side allowed to be told in modern times, and it only involves black skin. The same black skin that was owned by Lincoln's Father in Law until 1965 and would have made Lincoln a slave owner in the exact same way as R.E. Lee. -Anymouse

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