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Albany group remembers Confederate ancestors

James King is the commander of the Albany Sons of Confederate Veterans camp.

James King is the commander of the Albany Sons of Confederate Veterans camp.

ALBANY -- In observance of Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia, the Albany-based Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 141 will honor those who served and suffered in the South. The annual memorial service will be held at the Confederate Memorial Park on Philema Road April 14.

Speaking at the event will be Robert Hurst from Tallahassee, where he has commanded an SCV "camp" for the past 12 years. A published author, Hurst is a frequent speaker on Confederate topics.

According to Hurst, the central theme of his memorial speech will address "the importance of celebrating and protecting our Southern and Confederate history and maintaining our distinctive Southern identity."

Hurst said the presentation will address the concepts of change, or how things once were in the Southland; challenges, in the form of current events threatening Southern history and culture; untruths employed by enemies of Confederate history and heritage; and riding to the guns, which explores ideas toward combating what Hurst sees as challenges to Southern history and heritage.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a musical tribute to the Confederacy by the Lee County musical group A Joyful Noise, followed by opening remarks by James W. King, Albany SCV camp commander.

"The Confederate veterans and the civilian population of the South in the War Between the States deserve to be remembered and honored," King said. "The Confederate soldier fought not for conquest but for his family, fireside, home and for Constitutional limited government and states' rights."

King said that Georgia and other Southern states had been forced into seceding from the Union by powers in the North, and that the act of secession was perfectly legal and allowed by the U.S. Constitution.

"Robert E. Lee had to make a decision in 1861," King said. "Defend the Constitution or defend the Union. He made the correct decision to defend the Constitution. This makes him an American hero, not a traitor as claimed by some who do not understand the ideas and concepts of government as established by America's founding fathers."

Included in the memorial events will be the reading of a Confederate poem by Ray Houston of the Sylvester SCV camp; a presentation of awards; the traditional presentation of the order of secession by the Confederate states, and the laying of flowers and wreaths to honor fallen Southerners. The service is scheduled to close with a musket and cannon salute by Confederate re-enactors.

King said that members of the general public are invited to attend the memorial event.

Comments

Trustbuster 2 years, 6 months ago

I read Longacre's book "Soldier to the Last" about Joe Wheeler who definitely understood the US Constitution like Gen. Lee. I have no doubt our Confederate leaders were right in seceeding from the union. Lincoln and the Republicans coerced the South back into the union against their will.

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Cartman 2 years, 6 months ago

Gen. Robert E. Lee was noted by many, on both sides, before and after the war - to be one of the finest men our nation has ever produced. He was not an egotist, and had integrity and courage. We could use his kind of leadership today.

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jrite1959 2 years, 6 months ago

The thing to remember is not that of the battle to which was fought to keep slaves and not respect the fundamental rights of a human being, oh I forgot slaves were not considered humans but animals to be Sold, beaten and depressed for 400 years, and then one would expect me to go to an event to which praise and honor and morn for those whom fought that war I say not. People have always fascinated me to the fact of things that were wrong and inhumane to do celebrate and cheer the time and wish for those good times. I know it’s a shame that one would put themselves in the light to willingly acknowledge how deep inside they feel when it comes to a period in time that was so hurtful for one race of people and praise those whom applied the damage. But again I thank you for standing up so I and others will know of the hatred you harbor inside but , if one is so bold as to show himself or herself in that light ,one can only wonder what other feelings are being masked!!!!!!

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Trustbuster 2 years, 6 months ago

jrite1959 your sense of history has been distorted. First of all, the so called "Civil War" was not about slavery. Secondly, the Lincoln administration was committed to collecting the tariff tax from the Southern states at the point of a bayonet. Thirdly, the Republican party wanted a more higher protective tariff and a national banking system favoring the North. Clearly many Northern politicians wanted the South for more revenues and favored coercion of keeping the South in the Union even against its will.

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Jacob 2 years, 6 months ago

Ignorance is nothing for which you should be ashamed. It can be overcome with knowledge. Perhaps you should read up a little before exposing same.

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jrite1959 2 years, 6 months ago

as stated earlier i thank those whom expose themselves. i guess you are one of many who believe that the usa was discovered. and the indians didnt have anything to do ,how can one take what is not their's and claim it for themselves,question if the south had won would i too be on a reservation

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Jacob 2 years, 6 months ago

While you read up on U.S. history, check into the grammar section, too.

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SouthernHistorian 2 years, 6 months ago

Hatred harbored inside? Feelings being masked? You manifest extensive ignorance. Slavery was a dying institution prior to the war. White Southerners who fly the Confederate flag and Honor Confederate ancestors are not the enemy of responsible black Americans who are working to better themselves. Come to the Memorial Service and look and learn. The truth is not what you appear to believe.

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SouthernHistorian 2 years, 6 months ago

jrite1959 -All who berate, disparage, and express such negative feelings as you have done toward the Confederate States of America have one thing in common-IGNORANCE-. You have been indoctrinated by Northern historians who have written an extremely biased perspective of history. In order to justify Yankee destruction of the South and atrocities including murder, torture, arson, plunder, pillage, and rape they find it necessary to portray the South as an evil slave empire. They have brainwashed you to believe slaves were constantly abused. European visitors of that period said race relations in the North were much worse than the South. Many slaves were so well treated that they considered themselves above poor whites. Blacks were slave owners also. The 1830 U.S. census shows over 3000 free black slave owners owning over 12,000 other black slaves. Southern slaves were better treated than most working class poor whites in the North.

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1d2ec 2 years, 6 months ago

How many ship did the south have that went to Africa, captured slave and bring them to America? Where were slaves first used in America? Why did it cost less to ship products south, and higher rates to ship products north? As always the winners write the history.

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SouthernHistorian 2 years, 6 months ago

Slavery was a dying institution in the South prior to the war. Most educated Southerners were in favor of gradual emancipation. The Confederate constitution banned the international slave trade. The Spanish, Portuguese, English and other European Nations were responsible for slavery in America along with 5 Northern states-Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New York. They had state owned and privately owned fleets of slave ships. Most slaves in the South were treated fairly and some so well they considered themselves superior to poor whites. Foreign visitors and Northern military officers in the 1820 era described how happy slaves were singing and dancing. Afro-Americans have been indoctrinated by Northern liberal historians to believe that slaves were constantly abused. The one common denominator of all who berate, disparage, and condemn the Old South and the Confederacy is ignorance.

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