Arkansas SCV

Putting the Arkansas Division on the same page!

Arkansas SCV - Putting the Arkansas Division on the same page!

From Heritage Operations

February 4, 2016
Heritage Operations
Our brothers in Georgia have declared a boycott of New Orleans because of the savage attack on our Confederate Heritage. I personally think that this is a good ideal and that Arkansas Division along with all other divisions should join them in this boycott and stand up for what is right. I want to hear your thoughts.
Chairman Tom Bird

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Georgia Division

PRESS RELEASE

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THE GEORGIA DIVISION, SCV CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF NEW ORLEANS BY ALL SOUTHERNERS
(ATLANTA – February 4, 2016) In response to the disgraceful actions of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council that voted on December 17, 2015 to remove the historic monuments of General Robert E. Lee, General P.G.T. Beauregard and President Jefferson Davis, the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans does hereby declare a Boycott of the City of New Orleans. The Georgia Division encourages all Members and their families in Georgia and Nationally, as well as all Southerners, to cease all plans to visit or do any business in the City of New Orleans unless and until such time as the citizens and businesses of the City apply sufficient pressure to rescind the decision of the current administration in cleansing the City of its proud Confederate heritage.

The Georgia Division strongly condemns New Orleans Mayor and City Council actions of hate and contempt aimed directly at the history and heritage of the New Orleans and the Southern people. We as descendants of Southern Soldiers are offended and insulted by the removal of these historical monuments. This is a perfect example of the divisive and contentious actions that individuals like New Orleans Mayor and the City Council intentionally seek to bring discord and division to the people of our great Nation. There is absolutely no difference between the terrorist actions of New Orleans Mayor and City Council and those of the Taliban and ISIS in their on-going endeavor of the destruction of cultural and historical heritage.

Resolution

Whereas, the Robert E. Lee Monument dedicated in 1884 in New Orleans, Louisiana is a historic monument dedicated to Confederate General Robert E. Lee and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and

Whereas, the Dignitaries present at the Robert E. Lee Monument dedication on February 22, 1884 — George Washington’s birthday — included former Confederate President Jefferson Davis, two daughters of General Lee, and Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard; and

Whereas, the Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard equestrian statue stands at the main entrance to City Park and was officially unveiled in 1915, designed by New York sculptor Alexander Doyle and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and

Whereas, P.T.G Beauregard was a Louisiana native, who was trained at West Point and served as an engineer in the US-Mexican War and as a general in the Confederate Army, Beauregard commanded defenses at Fort Sumter at the onset of the war and led troops in several battles; and

Whereas, after the war, Beauregard served as president of the New Orleans and Carrollton Railroad and an interstate railroad and advocated for increased civil rights and suffrage for recently freed slaves; and

Whereas, the Jefferson Davis Monument, that was dedicated on February 22, 1911 at the intersection of Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway. Popularly known as the Jeff Davis Monument, the 6-foot, 4-inch full-length bronze portrait of Jefferson Davis, the former Presidency of the Confederacy from 1861-1865; and

Whereas, the Mayor and the City Council of New Orleans voted on December 17, 2015 to remove the historic monuments of General Robert E. Lee, General P.G.T. Beauregard and President Jefferson Davis and this despicable action was reconfirmed by Federal U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on January 26, 2016 when he ruled that the city of New Orleans may relocate the statues; and

Whereas, the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans’ charge is to protect and preserve the glorious history of the Southland, the good name of the Confederate Soldier, and his banners and monuments; and

Whereas, the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans strongly condemns any interference with any Monuments or displays that honor our Nation’s Veterans and their leaders and condemns the actions of the Mayor and the City Council of New Orleans who are acting in the same manner as terrorist groups in the Middle East such as ISIS and the Taliban who are engaged in the destruction of cultural and historical heritage; and

Now, therefore, be it resolved the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans does hereby declare a Boycott of the City of New Orleans and encourages all Members and their families in Georgia and Nationally, as well as all Southerners, to cease all plans to visit or do any business in the City of New Orleans unless and until such time as the citizens and businesses of the City apply sufficient pressure to rescind the decision of the current administration in cleansing the City of its proud Confederate heritage.

This, the 4th day of February 2016.

Jack Bridwell, Division Commander
Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans
For more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans, contact the Georgia SCV at 404-271-8473 or online at

Special Update Heritage Operations

January 26, 2016
Special Update Heritage Operations
There is talk now of bringing Robert E. Lee’s state holiday removal as early as February or March in a special session. It is up to you to let your State Representatives and State Senators know to leave our heritage alone. It’s our heritage so let’s all fight to protect it. One man, one vote. Time is running out!!!!!!
CALL NOW
Chairman Tom Bird

Update Heritage Operations

January 15, 2016
Update Heritage Operations

As you have probably heard Governor Asa Hutchinson has called for the separation of the Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King state holiday. To some, this was a surprise after the lengthy battle in the Spring of 2015 to do the same thing, which was defeated twice. Just to let you know that we will fight again and again, if need be. This is going to take the effort of every Arkansan that cares about there history. We need to immediately start contacting all of our Representatives, State Senators and Governors office. Let them know to leave General Robert E. Lee state holiday alone. This is an election year and you will find them willing to listen. I have already talked with several, some in office and some running for office. It will be easier to defeat if we start now. Let your voices be heard. Remember these people work for you, they count on your votes and they need to know how you feel about the destruction of our Southern history. There will be NO VOTES FOR TURNCOATS

Heritage Operations Chairman
Tom Bird

Who was Robert E. Lee? (Part 1)

January 19, 2016
Heritage Operations

Who was Robert Edward Lee?
Part 1
Let’s take a look at his father. Lieutenant Colonel (Light-Horse) Henry Lee. Henry Lee fought in alot of major battles of the American Revolution. He was also in the Virginia House Delicates, in Congress and the Governor of Virginia. Henry believed and fought for the Bill of Rights, as you know, limits government especially federal. A lot of the people you see as the signers of the Constitution visited the Arlington House, which was Lee’s home. You can only imagine the conversations that took place there in the forming of THESE UNITED STATES. So much for friends of the family. Let that sink in.

Chairman Tom Bird

Proclamation: Today is a day of fasting and prayer

Compatriots and friends,

One hundred fifty years ago the War Against Southern Independence ended with a devastated South. Since that time, the South has rebuilt and stands as a shining symbol of determination and dedication in the face of opposition and hostility. However in our day, there are those who seek to place upon the South another “reconstruction.” Some have called this a time of “Southern Cleansing.” Their goal is to remove all things Southern. One such attempt is current in the city of New Orleans. The city leaders have ordered the removal of Southern monuments that have stood in this Southern City for decades. Therefore

WHEREAS, on January 14, 2016, the New Orleans case is brought before the legal system for hearing, determination, and decision; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that Southern Heritage be protected via the preservation of the Southern Monuments in the city of New Orleans; and

WHEREAS, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is the premiere Southern Heritage organization in the United States.

NOW, THEREFORE, I Charles Kelly Barrow, Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate veterans, do hereby proclaim Thursday, January 14, 2016,as:

“A DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR THE PRESERVATION OF SOUTHERN HERITAGE”

for all members and friends of the Sons of Confederate Veterans,

PROCLAIMED this 13th day of January, 2016.

Deo Vindice!

Charles Kelly Barrow
Commander-in-Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans
@scvcic
www.scv.org

Hunley JROTC Program

Now is the time for us to start making contact with local schools in Arkansas for the annual Hunley award. Below is a comprehensive list of JROTC units in the state. Note: you do not have to just contact a Navy JROTC, as this award is for any JROTC cadet. If you have any questions about the program, contact Trip Wilson, whose contact info is in the Division Officer’s list on Arkansasscv.org.

Click JROTC for the full list of JROTC programs in the state.

 

 

Press Release from the Arkansas Division Commander

Good Afternoon,
On behalf of the Arkansas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, let me say that we are opposed to eliminating the state holiday commemorating Robert E. Lee’s birthday.  If you attended the protracted meetings of the House committee for State Agencies and  Governmental Affairs this time last year, you will recall the large turnout of our citizens who were opposed to the proposed legislation.  We were opposed to the elimination of the Robert E. Lee’s birthday as a state holiday last year and we certainly will be opposed to any such effort next year.
While Gov. Hutchinson spoke about giving Martin Luther King his own holiday, it was evident he was unclear about how he proposed to accomplish that feat. I am unable, and will not attempt, to guess at how this may happen.
We would invite you to join us in historic Mount Holly Cemetery this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. as we conduct a memorial service for
David O. Dodd, age 17, who was executed by the Union Army on January 8, 1864. 
Cordially,
Robert A. Edwards
Commander, Arkansas Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Arkansas governor: Remove Robert E. Lee from King holiday

Published January 06, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –  Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he wants lawmakers to end the state’s practice of commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.
Speaking to reporters, Hutchinson said the Legislature should give King his own holiday when they meet for their next regular session next year. Arkansas is one of three states to jointly celebrate the black civil rights icon and a white Confederate general on the third Monday in January, and a proposal to end that practice failed repeatedly before a House committee last year.
“I would like to see his special day, his Martin Luther King Day, be a separate day to himself and to the recognition of his role in the civil rights movement in our country,” Hutchinson said during a news conference in his office. “It’s important that that day be distinguished and separate and focused on that civil rights struggle and what he personally did in that effort, the great leader he was during that cause. They need to be distinguished and separate.”
Last year’s push to end the joint celebration came after a photo of a sign noting the King and Lee holiday was circulated online, drawing comments and criticism. Supporters of the move say the combined holiday hurts the state’s image and its efforts to attract businesses. Alabama and Mississippi also commemorate King and Lee on the same holiday.
Hutchinson’s office also released a letter the governor sent to the president of the Arkansas NAACP in July where he vowed to “do what is in my power to strive for an exclusive Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”
Hutchinson did not say whether he believes a separate holiday or memorial day should be established commemorating Lee.
Rep. Fred Love, who sponsored one of the proposals to separate the holidays, plans to try again in the 2017 session and believes the Republican governor’s comments would help in building support in the majority-Republican Legislature.
“When we finally win the battle, it’s going to be judged the right thing to do,” Love, a Democrat from Little Rock, said.
Opponents of the move regularly filled the committee hearing room whenever the proposal came up last year, arguing that separating the holidays would diminish the state’s Confederate heritage and that there was no proof Arkansas had lost any economic projects because it commemorates Lee and King on the same day. Several lawmakers opposed to the move also said they didn’t see an outcry over the issue.
Republican Rep. Josh Miller, who opposed the move, said he would keep an open mind on the matter but would be unlikely to support proposals identical to what came before the committee last year. Miller said he thought the combined holiday showed Arkansas had “buried its past.”
“I thought in that particular case we were creating an issue where there wasn’t one,” Miller said.
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