I think it is becoming increasingly more important to remember who we are, where we came from, and who are friends are; and that we act accordingly.
Recently my wife and I made a trip to the Conyers/Covington, Georgia area to celebrate my mother’s birthday with her.
We actually had a most enjoyable time, even though Conyers is only some 20 miles from Atlanta. Somehow we generally managed to keep to stench of that “New York of the South” at bay. As John Shelton Reed remarked: “Every time I look at Atlanta, I see what a quarter of a million Confederate soldiers died to prevent.”
On our trip back to Florida we detoured by the Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site in Irwinville, Georgia.
Recently there had been some discussion of closing the state park down, due to budgetary issues. For now at least, Camden County has entered into an agreement with the state to maintain the site and to keep it open, with slightly reduced hours.
Next time you are traveling down I-75 through Georgia, I would encourage you to stop and visit. The site is less than a 20 minute detour from exit 78.
This is the site where the only president I acknowledge, the honorable Jefferson Davis, was captured by the yankees on May 10, 1865. Following his capture he was imprisoned for two years, but interestingly enough, was never brought to trial.
Some of the most knowledgeable legal authorities in the US feared bringing Jefferson Davis to trial. They were afraid that he might well be exonerated, and then the immoral and unconstitutional nature of the recent northern aggression would be exposed for all to see. Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Salmon P. Chase, Said: "If you bring these leaders to trial, it will condemn the North, for by the Constitution, secession is not rebellion...His [Jefferson Davis'] capture was a mistake. His trial will be a greater one. We cannot convict him of treason."
As you have occasion to travel about, even if it be only within your own immediate area, I would encourage you to visit such historical sites and to do business with like-minded folks. Promote such sites that celebrate your Southern history and culture. Beyond that, I would suggest that you stop wasting your time and money with folks who hate your guts, who hate your culture, who hate your history, and who hate your faith. Such entities as the NFL, the NBA, MLB, the NCAA, the SEC, Disney, yes, and even NASCAR, come immediately to mind. Why do we continue to feed and promote those who are the avowed enemies of all that we hold dear?
So, instead of attending a professional or college sporting event or wasting your money at a theme park, why not visit a historical Southern site or a Confederate or Southern museum or cemetery?
Throughout our beautiful Southland you will also find multitudes of cemeteries where the remains of our Confederate defenders are buried. Just off the Interstate, on the way to the Jefferson Davis Historical Site is such a cemetery in which numerous Confederate soldiers are buried.
If you look carefully you can see the cotton field in the background beyond this soldier’s grave in the photo below.
I realize that we cannot fix everything immediately, but we can do those little things that help to keep alive our Southern culture and the memory of our forebears.
By the Grace of God, let us do what we can to keep fresh our Southern memories and to starve our adversaries and their money grabbing endeavors.