2015/06/28

Va Flaggers: 7th Roadside Memorial Battle Flag Raised - Rt. 460, Southerland, Dinwiddie County, VA

This afternoon, in support of "National Raise Your Battle Flag Day", the Virginia Flaggers and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry raised a 10x15 Battle Flag on a 50' pole on Rt. 460 at Southerland, Dinwiddie County, Virginia. 


This was the 7th Roadside Memorial Battle Flag installed by the Virginia Flaggers since September, 2013...and the first joint venture for the organizations, involving many hours of volunteer work and support from both groups.  The flag was raised in a small, private ceremony on private property along the busy highway. The ceremony was interrupted constantly by the honks and shouts of approval as cars drove by.  Many motorists pulled over to take photos during the ceremony as well.





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The site is near the location of the Battle of Southerland Station, where 600 Confederate soldiers were killed and wounded, and 1,000 captured on April 2, 1865, the same day that Confederate General A.P. Hill was killed. 


The Battle Flag will fly as a living breathing memorial to those men, and all of our Confederate soldiers and Veterans, and was dedicated...
To the glory of God and in memory and honor of our Confederate heroes. 1861-1865.

"The world shall yet decide in truth's clear far- off light
That the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee, were in the right."

June 28th, 2015


The Virginia Flaggers would like to thank Willie Wells and the men of the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry for their assistance, support, and co-operation with this project, and all of those whose generous gifts made it possible.  


#RaiseYourBattleFlag

Va Flaggers



Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

Va Flaggers: ARREST in Jefferson Davis Monument Vandalism!

Yesterday, we reported that late Friday night, citizens patrolling the Confederate Monuments in Richmond happened upon a man spray painting a finger on the Jefferson Davis monument. The perpetrator ran off, but they were able to give the police a description and collect evidence left behind.
We are THRILLED to report that there has been an arrest in this case!  DEO VINDICE!
http://m.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_33d604dc-4b6e-567c-92a5-8af7c1311bec.html?mode=jqm 
Also, the City had a crew out again on Saturday, continuing the cleanup of the "Black Lives Matter" vandalism, which occurred earlier in the week.


This was the result, late Saturday afternoon...



The graffiti is still visible, but very faint.  We will be following up with the city on Monday to make sure they are planning on finishing the job. We will keep you posted.

REMINDER: The Va Flaggers are  offering a $1500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever spray painted "Black Lives Matter" on the monument some time before Thursday morning. THIS vandal is still at large. We will be following up on Monday with RPD regarding that investigation and will keep you posted.
Finally, remember that today is National "Raise Your Battle Flag".  Check our FB page for the hundreds of photos that are pouring in of folks raising/flying flags all over the country!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Virginia-Flaggers/378823865585630 

A couple of great articles here:
http://www.nvdaily.com/opinion/2015/06/richard-hoover-we-need-to-cherish-our-history/
http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/06/black_veteran_a_son_of_the_sou.html#incart_email
#RaiseYourBattleFlag



Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2015/06/23

Va Flaggers: Gov. McAuliffe Wages War on Virginia SCV Tags

The Virginia Flaggers strongly condemn the announcement by Governor Terry McAuliffe that he plans to attempt to eliminate the Sons of Confederate Veterans state sponsored vanity license plate, because it includes an image of the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. 

The license plates were made available at the request of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and have been in use with no issues for twelve years.  The organization is made up of citizens of the Commonwealth who can trace their lineage directly to an ancestor who was a Veteran of the Confederate Armed Forces.  Members work, live, and worship every day alongside men and women of every race, creed, and color, and there have been no reported incidents of anyone being harmed by the license plates, or any disturbances caused by their use.

Sadly, is likely to change almost immediately with Governor McAuliffe’s decision to stir up this controversy, and his insistence on exploiting the tragedy in South Carolina for his own political aspirations, which will serve to divide the Commonwealth, and create strife and dissension where none existed.  The governor's pandering follows a wave of similar attacks against the history and heritage of the Confederacy that have cropped up across the South in the wake of the announcement by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to completely reverse her pre-election position, and suddenly support removal of the Battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia from the soldiers’ memorial in Columbia.

Since that announcement, emails, phone calls, and messages of support for the Virginia Flaggers, along with offers of assistance and have been pouring in, and we are in the process of mobilizing to meet what looks like will be a huge demand for flag installations in the coming days, weeks, and months.  Across the South, her citizens see these continued attacks as an organized attempt to eradicate our history and heritage, and we are ready to stand and defend the honor of our Veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 

We call on the Governor to retract this divisive proposal, end the discriminatory assault against Virginia’s rich Confederate history and heritage, and allow all of the Commonwealth’s citizens the opportunity to honor their ancestors, heritage, and celebrate their culture without prejudice.  


Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers



Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2015/06/18

Va Flaggers: Response to the Va Division SCV DEC Resolution

Va Flaggers Response to the Va Division DEC SCV Resolution Condemning the Virginia Flaggers and the ANV/Mechanized Cavalry



As many of you can imagine, we have been flooded with phone calls, emails, and messages since the Va Division SCV Executive Council released a resolution condemning the Virginia Flaggers, the ANV-Mechanized Cavalry, and “all other organizations purporting to represent Southern History and the Confederate Soldier” late Monday afternoon. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement, kindness and affirmation we have received, and want to share that we are humbled and thankful for the steadfast support of so many good folks.
It has been suggested that there is something akin to another “civil war” occurring in Virginia, or that the Va Flaggers are constantly at odds with the SCV and other heritage groups. This could not be farther from the truth. The fact of the matter is that we enjoy widespread support across the Commonwealth, and work closely with many SCV Camps and members on heritage defense and Interstate Battle Flag projects, memorials, ceremonies, and educational efforts. The victory last fall in Danville and the 6 roadside flags that have been raised in the Commonwealth over the past 18 months are evidence of successful collaborations with many heritage organizations, and there are many, many more examples... and with God’s grace and protection, many more to come.
This condemnation was the act of a handful of men, and as far as we have been able to ascertain, without any sort of consensus or approval from the general membership.
How are we going to respond? The same way we respond to any other unwarranted attack…by pressing forward and staying focused on what we see as our calling… standing for our Confederate ancestors, and against those who would dishonor their memory and desecrate their flags, memorials and monuments. As far as we are concerned, the condemnation by the Va Division DEC has no effect on us or our work.
The Va Division, SCV leadership has not supported us since we began protesting the Museum of the Confederacy in the spring of 2012. This very public announcement served to let others know what we have known for quite some time, but will otherwise change very little as regards our day to day operations, and does not change our focus or direction. We remain resolute in our determination to continue the good work started, without reference to those who seem intent on creating public strife and division.
We welcome like-minded individuals who wish to join us and/or support our efforts, regardless of other affiliations, and hold no ill will toward those who choose not to. 
God bless ALL who, with humble and pure hearts, seek to honor the Confederate soldier, in whatever manner they so choose, and GOD SAVE THE SOUTH!
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

2015/06/14

Va Flaggers: Old Soldiers Home Confederate Veteran Profile-Richard Elam

The Virginia Flaggers are pleased to announce the latest release in a series of profiles of Confederate Veterans with connections to the Old Soldiers’ Home, on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park in Richmond, VA. 

For over nearly four years, the Virginia Flaggers have forwarded the colors, twice a week, on the sidewalk outside of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) after museum officials forced the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.   

One cannot truly appreciate the history and significance of the Chapel, nor the degree of desecration committed when museum leadership, driven by their own misguided prejudice and ignorance, removed the flags, without knowing the (personal) stories of the men who built the Chapel, worshiped in it every Sunday, and gathered each time the bell tolled, to pay their respects to and honor their comrades, as one by one, the Veterans passed over to eternity.  

For many of our Flaggers, this fight is about more than just defending our Heritage against yet another unwarranted and unprovoked attack.  For those whose veins course with the blood of the men who actually had a connection to the Old Soldiers’ Home, it is personal:
Richard J. Elam was born in 1848 in Chesterfield County, Virginia, and grew up on the family plantation in the Skinquarter section of that county. On May 24, 1861, at the tender age of 12 years old, he joined the Confederate Army along with his older cousin Joseph A. Elam. He was mustered into the 6th Virginia Infantry's Co. K (the "Alstadt Grays," "Alstadt" being German for "Old Town"). Richard's muster roll cards say he was 18 at the time, but, like many other recruits before and since the War Between the States, he likely lied about his age so he could join. It is worth noting that since the Elams were neighbors of the family of 6th VA Captain E.H. Flournoy, Richard's fellow soldiers probably knew about his age.

Young Richard would see a lot of action during this great conflict. He was there on edge of the Crater with the rest of Co. K, 6th VA on July 30,1864 when the Union Army attempted to break the Confederate line in Petersburg, Virginia.  On October 28, 1864 he was captured by the Union Army at Petersburg.  His Prisoner of War card reads, "Got lost in the woods and ran into our lines." 


He was transported to City Point and, from there, to the infamous prison at Point Lookout, Maryland, where he remained until he was paroled March 28, 1865 at Aikens Landing, Virginia, in a rather rare late-war prisoner exchange. 

Being just 12 years old at the beginning of the war and just 16 when it ended, Richard was never educated. He would never see the inside of the school building.  He would never marry, and 1874-1881 records show that he was a bed keeper/manager of a boarding house at 612 Byrd Street in the former Confederate capital city of Richmond.  

The discrepancies that followed Richard through the war seem to have continued into his later life. He was accepted into the Soldiers' Home of R.E. Lee Camp No. 1, Confederate Veterans, on January 12, 1903 at age 62.  He stated at the time that he'd enlisted in the Confederate army at the age of 48—or, at least, that's what his Soldiers' Home papers say.  It is more likely that, given his lack of education, he didn't understand the difference between his age and the year he was born (1848) when being interviewed.  

Richard was dismissed from the home on August 14, 1903, possibly because they thought he was lying about his service. However, he was readmitted on August 8, 1905 at age 68. By that time, he was partially blind. He lived on the property for 18 years and died on May 8, 1924 at 8:30 p.m. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery.



Over 150 years after a 12 year old boy went off to war to defend the Commonwealth , his cousin , TriPp Lewis, is determined that his sacrifice, courage and devotion to God and country will not be forgotten, as he forwards the Colors in his memory, and in protest of those who have desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel and the hallowed ground on which it rests, and dishonored our gallant Confederate Veterans.

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers


Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2015/06/12

Va Flaggers Update: Jeff-Davis Memorial/Flagging the VMFA/Shockoe Cemetery Marker Dedication


On Saturday, the Virginia Flaggers started the day by attending the Jefferson Davis Memorial Service at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.  We handed out stick flags to attendees, and joined others in presenting a wreath to honor the Confederacy's only President on the anniversary of his birth.

  

Those in attendance reported beautiful weather, and enjoyed an inspiring and spirit-filled keynote address by Rev. Dr. Herman White.


  
A cannon salute from Knibb's Battery closed the service...



​Enjoy this video of a drone's eye view of the salute, courtesy of our friends at Tredegar DroneWorks...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQZ097VfR5w


Following the ceremony, we continued the commemoration by gathering on the Boulevard to protest the desecration of the Confederate Memorial Chapel by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA).

 
Pedestrian and auto traffic were heavy and there were many opportunities for conversations with residents, museum visitors, and tourists. 

 
Those on the Boulevard reported overwhelming support from those who stopped to chat, and many positive honks and waves from motorists.
The Massing of the Flags at the UDC, just next door to the VMFA, offered the opportunity to speak to many Confederate friends...and flag a few scalawags, including the Director of the Museum FORMERLY known as the Museum of the Confederacy...


 
A GREAT afternoon on the Boulevard...forwarding the colors, protesting those who have dishonored our Confederate Veterans, and changing hearts and minds in the Capital of the Confederacy!

 

On Sunday, we joined the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery for their summer Military Marker Dedication Day. 

 


Over the past 6 months, and with the support of many individuals and groups, they have worked hard to obtain and install markers for the following soldiers:

Lt. Col. James W. Spalding, Commander, 60th Virginia Infantry
Captain Asa R. Smith, Co. D. 41st Virginia Infantry
2nd Sergeant Edward W. Jones, Co. H, 15th Virginia Infantry
Private Virginius S. Smith, Co. G, 4th Alabama Infantry
Corporal John T. Sizer, Sr., Co. A, 1st Va. State Reserves
Sergeant Robert H. Thackston, Co. F, 1st Battalion Va. Inf., Loc. Def.
Sergeant George Howard, 2nd Regiment (Ballowe's), Va. Militia (War of 1812)
Lieutenant Frederick S. Gibbon, United States Navy (War of 1812)
The new markers were dedicated in a moving service, in which we were honored to participate.




Congratulations to Clayton Shepherd and all those who worked so hard to make these headstones a reality, and for organizing and hosting this memorial service. Make plans to attend the fall ceremony, October 24th, and contact Clayton Shepherd atcshepherd@shockoehillcemetery.org for more information on how you can help sponsor a marker.  
​RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers

2015/06/10

Va Flaggers Update: Florida Division Reunion

Hello, friends!

I want to begin by apologizing for the absence of reports and updates of late.  Like many of you, April and May have been busy ones for us, with Confederate History and Heritage month in April, Memorial Day activities in May, and our ongoing Heritage Defense and roadside Battle Flag projects.  Typically, we like to send 1 or 2 updates a week.  I have received several requests for and inquiries about missing reports and updates, so I will be getting those out over the next few days, and ask for your patience as we play “catch up”.
  
This weekend, I had the pleasure and honor of attending the 45th annual Florida Division, SCV Reunion in Ocala, Florida.  I was thrilled to see many old friends, and enjoyed meeting and making new ones!  It was my privilege, in 2012, to attend the raising of the World’s Largest Third National Confederate Flag in Tampa.  That experience was one of the catalysts that inspired me to begin the flag raising efforts that led to the 6 new Battle Flags that have been raised in Virginia since, so I was very excited to receive the invitation to attend and address the assembly.   



I got to see and learn about this battle flag from the Old Soldiers Home in Jacksonville! It hung over the mantle in the parlor, and is believed to have been used to drape the coffins of the old soldiers for their funerals.  Many thanks to Commander Hart of the Kirby-Smith Camp #1209http://www.scv-kirby-smith.org/confederateHOME.htm

I would like to offer my special thanks to Ms. Sylvia Darby, and all of the ladies of the Florida Society, Order of Confederate Rose for their invitation to join them for their meeting.  What a wonderful group of ladies!  It was a real privilege to meet so many of my sister Roses and get a chance to be a part of your convention.  These ladies adjourned their meeting early, and special provisions were made so that they could join the SCV Reunion and offer their support when I was scheduled to speak.




I delivered my remarks on Saturday and was overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement and appreciation from the members of the Florida Division, SCV.  I spent much of the day chatting with folks, discussing heritage defense issues, BIG flags, catching up with old friends and getting to know some new ones.




I wish to thank Florida Division Commander Jim Davis, Michael Herring of the Jubal Early Camp, and all those involved for the kind invitation, warm hospitality, and generous support!

While in the area, I was able to pay my respects at the Confederate monument in Ocala...


"The South reveres her Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Andrew Jackson and others who laid the foundations of our grand republic. She honors her Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Stuart, Johnston, Forrest, and every brave son who fought to preserve OUR LIBERTIES, guaranteed by the fathers, under the constitution." Marion County Confederate Monument, Ocala, FL


...the Confederate Monument in Gainesville...


...and had the opportunity to visit the graves of some of our Veterans in Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, and plant flags and leave remembrance coins in their memory and honor.


Many thanks to David Tatum for supplying the remembrance coins, and to the Augusta Jane Evans Wilson Chapter #2063, UDC for the gift of
the battle flags for placement!  ​​

Sincerely,
Susan Hathaway


Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2015/05/21

Va Flaggers: Lexington Visitor's Center Flag Update

A replacement flag was raised yesterday, at the Lexington Memorial Battle Flag #3 - Visitor's Center site,  thanks to our "Guardians of the flags"!


Last weekend, sometime late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, someone vandalized the flag site, cutting the rope and stealing the 5x8 flag that was originally installed. A police report has been filed and an investigation is underway. Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Lexington Police Dept, at 540-462-3705.

MEANWHILE, while waiting on a replacement flag to arrive, our volunteers in Lexington raised the cleat on the pole out of the easy reach of trouble makers, installed permanent lighting, and installed cameras which will now monitor the site.

Ironically, thanks to the thief (or thieves), the flag will now light up the night sky in the town of Lexington, and be visible 24/7!

Special thanks to our Guardians of the Flags on the ground in Lexington, who dedicate many hours to the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of our 3 (so far) flag sites, and to YOU, all of our supporters who make these memorials possible!

"For every flag removed, a thousand more will rise to take its place..."
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
BOYCOTT LEXINGTON!
Susan Hathaway

Va Flaggers

2015/05/13

Va Flaggers: Tampa Flag Replacement Campaign Update!

Last week we forwarded a request from Mike Herring in Tampa for assistance with raising funds to replace the massive flags they fly at the Confederate Memorial Park/Flag Site on Interstate 75.  I am pleased to report that, as always, the response of our supporters was swift and generous, and would like to thank all those who answered the call!  Here is an update from Mr. Herring...


From: 
Mshcsa@aol.com
Subject: Tampa Flags

To all,
 
Thanks to the overwhelming response from supporters all throughout the Southland we have reached our goal of 2600.00. I have received donations from Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and of course Florida.
 
Donations ranged from 10.00 to 500.00 so that I can order replacement flags for the Tampa site.The news gets better.
Ruffin Flag Rep Andy Fuqua saw my message on Susan Hathaway's Blog and contacted me last Friday with a offer under the previous cost which saves us 700.00 including free shipping.
My plans are to order the largest ANV Battle and 3rd National flags in the world.
 
Any donations which arrive this week will be kept in reserve for future flags and I am asking those who are contemplating a donation to send this week or wait till the next year weather pending. Sun, wind and rain are the determining factor with the life of any flag. Remember the flags fly at a height of 139 feet but  are gorgeous in the Florida sunshine.
 
All this activity results in honouring the Confederate soldier and everyone who contributed can be satisfied with the Southern banners we flay 365 days annually.
 
Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions and once again a hearty thank you for making this project a great success. View the attachment for those who have never seen Confederate Memorial Park.
 
Forward the Colours
 
Mike Herring
Brandon, Florida
Past Commander
General Jubal A. Early Camp 556

Raising the World's Largest Third National Flag.  Tampa, FL, April, 2013
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

2015/05/06

Va Flaggers: VMFA/Commonwealth of Va Responsible for Loss of Confederate Memorial Chapel





There are a few misguided individuals, obviously ignorant of the details of the situation at the Confederate Memorial Chapel, who have chosen to try and place the blame for the recent non-renewal of the lease squarely on the shoulders of the Va Flaggers, claiming that our push back efforts are somehow to blame for the non-renewal of the lease. The facts prove otherwise, and are easily available in information revealed in any one of the MANY FOIA requests we have filed over the past (almost) 4 years.

In 2010, a full year and a half before the Virginia Flaggers organized, the Board of Directors of the VMFA voted NOT to renew the Chapel lease with the Lee-Jackson Camp#1, SCV. The Judge Advocate from the camp contacted the Governor of Virginia and advised him of the 1892 contract between the Camp and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Governor then advised the VMFA that they had to renew the lease, but the VMFA then added the flag removal as a condition of the lease renewal. The negotiations went on for months, until the order came down to sign the lease or shut the Chapel doors. Faced with no choice, the lease was signed.

FACT: The VMFA had already decided NOT to renew the lease in 2010, before the Va Flaggers ever stepped foot on the sidewalk in Richmond. As we reported in our release early Friday, this move by the VMFA in 2015 comes as no surprise to anyone who has actually been involved in this fight, although apparently some who lack any kind of first hand knowledge, decided to use the development to attempt to launch ignorant and foolish accusations to besmirch us and stall our efforts.
The folks who are responsible for this reprehensible action are the same ones who were responsible in 2010...the VMFA and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

Anybody who thinks this would have turned out differently if the Va Flaggers had never come into existence is a complete dupe. There is a war against our heritage. Until we have a concerted, cooperative pushback on a massive scale, it will keep happening, until it's all gone.

Grayson Jennings
Virginia Flaggers

P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

Va Flaggers: Support the I-75 Interstate Flag Memorial in Tampa

Many of you are aware of the beautiful flag site on Interstate 75 in Tampa, and like me, have long appreciated and admired the great work done there.  After speaking at the Raising of the World's Largest Third National Flag in the spring of 2013, and witnessing the awe-inspiring sight of that beautiful flag waving above the interstate,  I was inspired to come back to Virginia and begin a campaign to raise a flag here.  2 years and 6 Flag sites later... we owe a debt a gratitude to the folks in Tampa for their inspiration, assistance, and steadfast support of our efforts.



We received the following email from Michael Herring, asking for assistance in funding the purchase of two new flags for the site.  Last week, at our monthly planning meeting, we took up a collection from our Flaggers to help with the fundraising goal.  We hope all of our supporters will consider lending their support, as you are able, and help to get these flags ordered and up in flying in Tampa, as soon as possible.
To all,
 
It is time to order replacement flags for the site in Tampa. Confederate Memorial Park will enjoy the 6th anniversary this month and we need 2 new Southern banners to keep the populace aware that Florida and the South stood up to Federal tyranny and lost many of it' sons 1861-1865.
 
I plan to order a 30 foot by 30 foot Army of Northern Virginia Battle flag and a 30 foot by 50 foot 3rd National. Cost for the 2 flags is currently 2600.00 and this is the first call for action since January of last year. With an onslaught of anti-confederate sentiment occurring almost daily these sites on private property stand as a beacon for liberty and honouring the soldiers who gave the last full measure.
 
Please consider a generous donation by individuals, camps and chapters in the coming days. Any dollars collected exceeding the amount shown above will be held in reserve for future purchases.
 
Mail your personal check or money order made out to me and thanks for your support.
 
 
Forward the Colours
 
Mike Herring
Mshcsa@aol.com
1434 Misty Valley Drive
Brandon, Florida  CSA   33510

Thank you in advance for considering this worthwhile request.
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers


Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2015/05/01

Va Flaggers: Heritage Assault Continues in Virginia: SCV Evicted from Confederate Memorial Chapel





In a move that comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed the situation here, the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) and Commonwealth of Virginia have taken the next step in the Confederate cleansing of Confederate Memorial Park, by evicting the Lee-Jackson Camp #1, SCV from the Confederate Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the Old Soldiers home, refusing to renew a decades-old lease that had allowed them to interpret the history of the Chapel and the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Soldiers' home, seemingly, in direct violation of the Code of Virginia: https://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+57-5 

http://www.richmond.com/news/local/article_310a6c50-9c0c-53a0-9a57-961eeb889c50.html
Moving forward, the VMFA and the Commonwealth will provide the "interpretation", thank you very much!:

"The museum also will develop uniform and professional interpretation of its grounds and historic properties, including the chapel and the Robinson House, which are the only two surviving buildings from the property’s original service to Confederate veterans."
We strongly believe that Carpetbaggers and Scalawags have no business "interpreting" OUR history.
 
In the early 1930's, the Lee-Jackson Camp deeded the land for the VMFA, with the stipulation that the parcel generously donated was to never be expanded, and that the remainder of the grounds would be forever preserved as a Confederate Memorial Park.  Since then, the VMFA and the Commonwealth have continually violated both the spirit and the law of the agreement, to the point where the VMFA has completely taken over the grounds, and paved over most of Confederate Memorial Park.
In 1950, the Attorney General of Virginia wrote an opinion, advising the Governor that neither the VMFA nor the Commonwealth could "legally convey or grant to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts any title, easement or irrevocable privilege to use in any way property now a part of the R. E. Lee Camp Confederate Memorial Park" (See attached)

In 2010, the VMFA and the Commonwealth  forced the removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Chapel, and placed a US flag on the Chapel grounds, both of which are in direct violation of Virginia law.   https://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+15.2-1812
The ridiculous claim by museum officials (repeated in this article) that the flag removal was some sort of noble attempt at "historically accuracy" has been thoroughly debunked.  Please see:    http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/2013/09/vmfa-talking-points-debunked-myth-1.html 

The Virginia Flaggers began protesting the flag removal in the fall of 2011.  Since then, we have maintained a constant vigil,  forwarding the colors outside of the VMFA  twice a week, every week.  Now that the VMFA and the Commonwealth have kicked the SCV off of the grounds, our presence will be more important than ever, as we will be the ONLY voice for the Confederate Veterans. 



If anything, this latest attack has renewed our commitment and determination.  We will continue our efforts, with new energy and fresh resolve, and hope it will serve as a wake up call for others to join us!
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers
"I hold concession or compromise to be fatal. If we concede an inch, concession would follow concession–compromise would follow compromise, until our ranks would be so broken that effectual resistance would be impossible."  John C. Calhoun

2015/04/21

Va Flaggers: THIRD (SURPRISE!) Memorial Battle Flag Raised in Lexington, Va Today

This afternoon, we were able to get back up to Lexington, and complete the installation of the THIRD (SURPRISE!) Memorial Battle Flag installed since Lee-Jackson Day earlier this year.  :)




While this flag is not quite the size and stature of the previous flags installed, it is likely to have just as much, if not more impact, due to its PRIME location.
We are thrilled to announce that a pole was installed today, and flag raised on private property INSIDE the city of Lexington, IN THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, located within the block between the Visitor Center of Lexington, and City of Lexington City Hall! 






We would like to once again, thank all of you who so generously supported us, and made it possible to have not just TWO flags in Lexington, BUT THREE (so far) !  

LEST WE FORGET!
Susan Hathaway

2015/04/20

Va Flaggers: White House of the Confederacy Portico Draped in Black to Mourn Lincoln/Backlash Continues

The institution formerly known as the Museum of the Confederacy posted photos on its FaceBook page last week of the White House of the Confederacy shrouded in black crepe, with the following explanation...
"One hundred and fifty years ago, Union officials wrapped black fabric around the White House of the Confederacy's front columns after the death of President Lincoln.
Today, Museum curators recreated that mourning decoration. Please come by and see it before it comes down at the end of the month."

  
Photos from the American Civil War Museum's Facebook Page. 

The post can be found here...   https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCivilWarMuseum/posts/367665516769412

Although certainly not surprised, we are disgusted by this disgraceful display. 

It was a slap in the face to Richmond residents when the occupying army did this in 1865... and it is a slap in the face to the ladies who created the museum,  the memory of the soldiers they worked so hard to honor, and all who have Confederate ancestors for the museum to even consider fashioning such an insulting display in 2015. 
Meanwhile, the backlash continues. 

We received the following letter last week, and were granted permission to share it.  


April 13, 2015

Dear Mr. Rawls,

I am in receipt of your March 27, 2015 missive requesting that I renew my lapsed membership at the American Civil War Museum, (formerly the Museum of the Confederacy).

I cannot in good conscience continue to support an entity which should fly a Confederate National Flag from all its locations.  I cannot in good conscience support an entity which capriciously changed its name, thereby walking away from its heritage under the sad specter of political correctness.  You should thank your lucky stars that the Southrons who originally donated their war-related, cherished family artifacts, are no longer alive to witness the mockery you have made of their ancestors noble legacy.  Given your new found perspectives concerning the war, you should at the very least, have the decency to resign from the SCV.

My family and I will continue to support the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in New Orleans, and the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History in Danville, Virginia.  Lastly, given your particular aversion to flying Confederate flags, I have decided to make a $100.00 donation in your name, (cost of sustaining a membership at your museum), to Susan Hathaway’s Virginia Flaggers.

Sincerely,
Lou F.
General I. R. Trimble Camp #1836 (member)
Sons of Confederate Veterans


Thank you, Sir!  We appreciate your sharing this excellent letter with us and are grateful for your generous support.  We pledge to be good stewards and use your gift faithfully in our continuing efforts to RETURN the flags and RESTORE the honor!
Sincerely,
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers

2015/04/07

Va Flaggers Update: Charlottesville Braces for a Confederate Flag/Smoke & Mirrors Continues at W&L

"News" report on proposed Memorial Battle Flag in Charlottesville:  

http://www.c-ville.com/red-flag-group-plans-hoist-confederate-flag/#.VR0_1uHYo4O

"City Councilor Kristin Szakos, who has suggested it might be time to get rid of statues of Lee and Jackson in downtown parks, said she finds it “petty” that the Flaggers want to put up a flagpole here “because they’re not from Charlottesville. Why they care, I don’t know.” 

Because WE (the Va Flaggers) are not "from Charlottesville"????...says the woman who is FROM....Long Island, NEW YORK.

Meanwhile, back in Lexington, we wanted to share this photo of the new I-81 flag majestic in splendor in our Shenandoah Valley with the Blue Ridge as a backdrop! 



and this video of the flag on the day of the raising, with photography from Judy Smith Photography and Tredegar DroneWorks.  Absolutely breathtaking...! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfToh0yB3mU&feature=youtu.be
and a few photos from the ceremony, with special thanks to the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Herman White, who came from North Carolina to join us and speak to those gathered. 

 

​When we arrived, skies were gray, temperatures were in the 30's and, snow actually began to fall just as we started the dedication.  However, just a few minutes after the flag was raised, the snow stopped, the clouds moved out, and bright sunshine filled the sky, allowing us the opportunity to take the wonderful photographs we have shared with you. 



Thanks to all who gathered to attend the ceremony, and to each of the hundreds of supporters who made it possible.

Never passing up an opportunity to forward the colors in Lexington, the Va Flaggers headed to Washington & Lee University after raising the I-81 Battle Flag.




Although the weather was cold and blustery, foot traffic was brisk, and we had many opportunities to talk with students, alumni, and parents.





​A perfect ending to a GLORIOUS and very Confederate day in Lexington.


More smoke and mirrors out of Washington & Lee University:  
In the article, 

"The flag display is in keeping with actions taken by W&L last year after a group of law students complained that such tributes to the Confederacy were offensive to minority students. At the time, university President Kenneth Ruscio said replica flags in the building were being removed because they were not presented in an educational matter.
But Ruscio’s announcement left room for displays of genuinely historic flags such as the one to be included in the “Lee in the Field” exhibit. For years, that flag was one of the originals that hung near the “Recumbent Lee” statue in the chapel.
Other battle flags, particularly those with historic connections to W&L and the Lexington area, are planned for future exhibits."
Once again, W&L would have the public, students, and alumni believe that the decision to forcibly remove the replica ANV Battle Flags from the LEE Chapel mausoleum was somehow related to the project to restore and display the original battle flags and that President Ruscio was involved in that project.  This is blatantly FALSE.

The restoration project was part of an agreement between the UDC, The Museum formerly known as the Museum of the Confederacy, and the University. We have been able to secure a copy of this agreement, and while it does call for the removal of the original battle flags for restoration, and for the flags to be properly displayed in glass cases in the museum in the basement of the Chapel, it in NO WAY dictates that the reproduction flags, provided by the SCV as a replacement for the originals, must be removed from the Chapel.


The referenced agreement was made in 1997, long before Mr. Ruscio became President of the University, and yet they expect us to believe that it just so happens that they decided to take the reproduction flags out of the Chapel in July of 2014, as part of a new agreement with the Museum formerly known as the Museum of the Confederacy, not to appease "The Committee". Do not be fooled by this nonsense.  The authentic flags were removed for restoration and proper display, as they should have been, and special replica flags were made to be displayed in their place.  

The replica flags were removed in July of 2014 for ONE REASON...to appease the demands of SIX agitators from the W&L Law School.

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers