Friday, February 3, 2023

Confederate Saint Augustine, Florida – Is no longer . . .

This is an update of a blog originally published on September 7, 2018. That blog was entitled: "Confederate Saint Augustine, Florida – See It While You Can . . ."

Well, you no longer can . . . 

I am posting the original blog, interspersed with updated comments. NOTE: Updates are indented and italicized, like these introductory paragraphs.

My wife and I took a day trip to St. Augustine to mark our 46th wedding anniversary, and we were also privileged to visit the Confederate monuments there before they are “contextualized” or worse.

This past year we marked 50 years of marriage. God has been particularly good to us. In 2018 I expected the Confederate monuments in St. Augustine to be "contextualized" or worse -- the "or worse is what took place."

One of our first stops was the old public burying grounds. Work is being done in the cemetery, so we could not actually enter, but many of the markers and monuments could be seen from outside the fence.

There are several Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery, including Captain George C. Powers, commanding officer of Company I of the 10th Florida Infantry. 

To my knowledge they have not yet dug up the Confederates in the City Cemetery, though I don't doubt that the day will come. The grave robbers have been active the past several years and not only in St. Augustine. We will consider the desecration of General Loring's grave soon, but as many know, General Forrest and his wife were removed from Memphis, General A. P. Hill was removed from Richmond, etc. I suppose the few Confederates buried in Arlington will be dug up in conjunction with the removal of the Confederate Monument from there.
Next we proceeded to the Memorial to Saint Augustine’s Confederate Dead, located in La Plaza de la Constitution.

The monument was erected by the Ladies' Memorial Association and the funds for the memorial were raised from the impoverished local populace following the War of Northern Aggression.

Inscribed on the monument are the names of 44 of Saint Augustine’s sons who lost their lives in defense of their homes, and families, and way of life. Amongst them are several members of the “St. Augustine Blues” (Co. B, 3rd Florida Infantry), whose distinctive Battle Flag carried the motto: “ANY FATE BUT SUBMISSION”.

These simple and moving words are found on the monument:




This is a touching remembrance to young lives lost -- and yet, low-life, despicable scum begrudge us this memorial to our ancestors and faithful defenders. One particular organization, “Take em’ down, St. Augustine”, is demanding the removal of this monument, and of any and all reminders of St. Augustine’s Confederate past.

Thus far the city has resisted the removal of the monument, but has indicated a willingness to place markers to “contextualize” it. What that means is explaining to visitors how the 19th Century residents of St. Augustine were evil, racist and white supremacists, and how the Confederate soldiers who are remembered were wicked defenders of slavery --  or something like that.

And while the “contextualization” is not yet complete, there is a marker assuring us that a correction to history is on its way.

This monument is now gone. It just would not do to remember those brave men who stood against tyranny and for their families and homes. In September 2020, it was dismantled, loaded on a trailer, and unceremoniously carted away. [See below]

Next we visited the monument and burial place of Confederate General William Wins Loring. Loring grew up in St. Augustine, having moved there with his family from North Carolina when he was four years old. Loring began his military career in Saint Augustine as a fourteen year old, participating in numerous engagements with the Seminole Indians. Throughout his long and illustrious military career, he served in the US Army, the Confederate Army, and then after the war in the Egyptian army.

The University of Florida manages the property where Loring’s monument is located. Thus far, they have rejected efforts to have it removed or “contextualized”, but as we all know, nothing is settled or secure when we struggle with the enemies of the truth, and those who hate our Southern history and culture.

In August of 2020 General Loring's monument was removed and his grave was disturbed by government approved vandals. All that was left of the beautiful monument was an ugly scar. [See below]

One thing I’ve always found terribly ironic is that no one seems to be offended by the statues of a genuine tyrant and murderer, General Pedro Menéndez de Aviles. In addition to multiple statues, parks and streets are named for him throughout the city. Menéndez was the founder of Spanish St. Augustine and personally responsible for the murder of hundreds of captured French Huguenots. In some instances the Huguenots were promised to be spared if they would surrender, but were subsequently slaughtered when they refused to renounce their faith and become Catholics. An inlet in Saint Augustine, near where one of these massacres occurred, is named “Matanzas” (slaughters) in remembrance of Menéndez’s depredations.

So evidently fondly remembering a murderous, Catholic bigot is all right, but memorializing the brave young defenders of St. Augustine, who gave their lives in the struggle against the immoral and unconstitutional onslaught of northern scum, is not to be permitted.

On a more positive note, a resistance to historical revisionism remains. At least two of the local businesses that I visited unashamedly displayed Confederate Battle Flags and offered them for sale. I had very encouraging discussions with the proprietors of both establishments. I would encourage you to visit these folks if you are ever in St. Augustine, offer them your support, and send them some of your business. While I am, of course, well stocked in Battle Flags, I was able to purchase a MOLON LABE flag, which I did not recall having seen before.


Old City Army Navy

St. Augustine Textiles

And finally, one of the street musicians struck up a rousing rendition of “Dixie” when he saw us pass. Of course, you have to dress appropriately to get such a reaction, but I always dress “appropriately”, as I am always looking for an opportunity to meet fellow Confederates and to encourage them. And yes, I dropped a “tip” (and a Free Florida First business card) in the musician’s box.

My final update comment. I have no desire to ever visit St. Augustine again. There's nothing left there for me. Hopefully I can revisit some places like the Olustee Battlefield, the Natural Bridge Battlefield, and the monuments that remain in Marianna before they too are destroyed or removed. 
Stay Southern, my friends!

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Anecdotals - the Movie

My wife highly recommended a movie to me that she first learned about from Dr. Joseph Mercola’s daily newsletter.

I was touched by this very well-done movie and I’m convinced that it has to be the worst nightmare of the jab-pushers. It was produced by an accomplished and award winning director, editor, and writer by the name of Jennifer Sharp. Ms. Sharp is young, attractive, articulate, Black, and VACCINE INJURED.

Jennifer Sharp

The left-leaning videographer is determined to give a voice to the vaccine injured. And while the dead cannot tell their stories their surviving family members can. I don’t have a great deal in common with Ms. Sharp, but I think we are all indebted to her for her efforts to expose the truth about the covid vaccines..

Be very careful who you listen to. Be very careful who you believe. Your life and the quality of your life may well depend upon it.

In my view, it’s time for an accounting.

I've embedded the video below:

You can also access it from this link:

Stay free, my Confederate and Christian friends!

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

"Mark the Perfect Man"

Today’s blog is a guest blog written by an old friend, Thomas Ray Floyd, a resident of Mississippi. It reflects on the extraordinary and exemplary Christian testimony of General Robert E. Lee.

General Robert E. Lee

"Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace." (Psalm 37:37).

"The perfect man" in our text is defined by the next clause as being a man who is "upright." While no man ever achieves sinless perfection in this life, there are some men who are graced by God to such a degree that their lives and characters are such examples that we should mark them, learn from them, and follow their example. So the scriptures call Job a "perfect" man (Job 1:1).

Next Monday (January 16) we will mark such a man -- General Robert Edward Lee. The Sovereign State of Mississippi recognises this truly upright man by designating the third Monday of January as a holiday in remembrance of General Lee's birth on January 19, 1807.

Robert Edward Lee was descended from a long line of honourable men. His father, Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee was an officer in the Revolutionary War and served under George Washington. He also served the Old Dominion State as governor for several terms. One of his relatives, Francis Lightfoot Lee was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Robert E. Lee married Mary Custis, the great-grand-daughter of George Washington. When General Lee said, "all the South has ever wanted is the Old Constitution as bequeathed to us by our forefathers," he was speaking of his own family who had been instrumental in the founding of our Republic.

Robert E. Lee displayed great character even from boyhood. Providence appointed that he would become the caretaker of his widowed and invalid mother when only eleven years old. He grew up quickly and had no time for frivolity and play. He and his mother were faithful members of the Episcopal Church. Of course the Episcopal Church in that day, and especially in Virginia and the South still believed the Bible. The Church the Lee's attended was the same one that George Washington had attended in his lifetime, and was not "high church," but was distinctly Protestant and Puritan in its doctrine and practice. He continued to show himself to be an upright man as a cadet at West Point, and never received a single demerit.

Robert E Lee first distinguished himself as a soldier in the Mexican war under General Winfield Scott, who said he was his own right arm in that war. Because of his great ability Abraham Lincoln offered him the command of the entire federal army when he decided to invade the South. Lee refused the offer knowing that Lincoln was committing treason by invading the Southern States. Lee knew the odds were great against the South, but he did not believe that "might makes right" like his modern day detractors do. Had Lee accepted Lincoln's offer, he would no doubt have had all this world has to offer- fame, power, and wealth, but he believed that righteousness and honour were more important than man's empty praise.

Although he initially opposed secession, he also said, "a union that can only be held together with bayonets has no attraction for me." When the Lincolnites invaded the South, the issue was settled for Lee. The South had a right to secede and it was nothing less than tyranny for Lincoln to try to force them back into the union by force of arms. After the War, Lee accepted defeat humbly and graciously and made many conciliatory gestures and statements, but when the Red Republicans treated the South as conquered provinces during "Reconstruction," Lee said to Governor Stockdale of Texas, "had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die with my brave men with my sword in my hand."

During the War General Lee promoted piety among his troops and showed sincere interest in their spiritual condition. He issued an order that only necessary duties be performed on Sundays and he encouraged chaplains and preaching in his army. No doubt his labours for Christ and prayers for the souls of his men contributed to the Great Revival among the Confederate troops in which upwards of 150,000 men were converted. This was one of the few genuine revivals that God has sent upon this continent and has been documented in Christ in the Camp" by J. William Jones, one of the preachers used of the Holy Ghost in that glorious work. We urge you to read it.

One of the greatest examples of General Lee's character was shown when after the War a large insurance company from up north offered him a high-paying position. Of course the war had left him and his family destitute, and such a lucrative position would have helped them tremendously. General Lee responded to the offer by admitting he knew nothing of the insurance business and had no idea how he could possibly be of any use to them. They told him they did not want to him to do anything, they just wanted his name associated with the company since he was so well respected in the North as well as the South! General Lee then said, "well, all I have left is my name, and it is not for sale"!

Robert E. Lee was well respected all over the world, and still is by good people. Hear what Booker T. Washington said of this upright man: ""No people could live in the atmosphere of Lee and [Stonewall] Jackson and not be the best."

Booker T. Washington

Mr. Washington also said, "the first white people in America, certainly the first people in the South to exhibit their interest in teaching the Negro and saving his soul through the medium of Sunday-School were Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson." (Actually there was much gospel preaching directed to the Negroes by many in the South from the earliest days of colonization, but Booker T Washington did recognise that Lee and Jackson were both zealous particularly for the "coloured Sunday Schools." We highly recommend The Religious Education of the Negroes in the United States, a wonderful and well-documented history of evangelism among the blacks from the earliest days of colonization.)

In a day when monuments to General Lee (and others from north and south) are being vandalized, we need to heed the words of Booker T. Washington on the subject. In a letter to Mamie A. Harrison (from New York!) dated June 6, 1914, Mr. Washington wrote, "I am going to take up carefully the matter of the Confederate monument about which you wrote me, and see if I can find someone to give the money that is still needed. I am very much interested in the matter and thank you for writing me........ I want to say again how very much we all appreciate the visit of [former Confederate] General George Paul Harrison to Tuskegee. We all realise more and more that men like him are the true friends of our race, and that any monument that will keep the fine character of such heroes before the public will prove helpful to both races in the South." Amen.

Thomas Ray Floyd has pastored churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

Thomas Ray Floyd

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