Happy birthday General William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891)
“He took the little child of my friend in his arms, and patted her rosy cheeks, calling her a ‘poor little exile,’ and saying he was sorry to have to drive her away from her comfortable home, but that war was a cruel and inexorable thing, and its necessities compelled him to do many things which he heartily regretted.” -George McDonnell
“War is the remedy our enemies have chosen. Other simple remedies were within their choice. You know it and they know it, but they wanted war, and I say let us give them all they want.” -W.T. Sherman
“Even though you were my enemy, my dear, I would ever love and protect you.” -W.T. Sherman to Cecilia Stovall, 1836
“You once said that I would crush an enemy and you pitied my foe. Do you recall my reply? Although many years have passed, my answer is the same. I would ever shield and protect you.That I have done. Forgive all else. I am only a soldier.” -W.T. Sherman to Cecilia Stovall, 1864
My school district refuses to remove confederate symbols from my high school campus
I am a student at Robert E. Lee high school in San Antonio, Texas. When you walk into Robert E. Lee high school, the first thing you will see is a giant statue of Robert E. Lee. Imagine being an African American student and having to walk into school every day looking at a man who fought for the enslavement of your ancestors. Robert E. Lee high school is the oldest school in the North East Independent School district. The school mascot is a “volunteer” appearing in a red and gray confederate army uniform and looking a lot like Robert himself. The school colors are red and gray which are the confederate colors. The pep squad is called the “confederettes”, The JV drill team is called the “dixie drillers” and the varsity dance team is called the “rebel rousers”. Progress this summer was made when two confederate emblems were removed from the campus. This summer, a peer of mine, Kayla Wilson, sought to get rid of all confederate symbols from my school and change the name. At first, the district wouldn’t even put the name change up for discussion. After a long battle of board meetings and a petition with over 11,000 people,the school board voted not to change anything about my school. “Dec 11, 2015 — On Monday night NEISD Board voted NOT to rename Robert E Lee H.S . Board Trustee Wheat pleaded with fellow Board members to give the students and faculty an opportunity to voice their opinion and grievances. He requested a committee made up of teachers, administrators, and community to do surveys, obtain facts, and submit alternate names. He stated"we have not done enough to make this decision". Board Trustee White gave his testimony, as a African American the name offended him, and “we should not have to constantly defend the name of our schools for someone who is so controversial”. White reiterated Robert E Lee was the general of the confederacy, and fought to continue slavery.
Superintendent Gottardy and Board Trustees Grona, Bresnahan, Hughey, and Perkins stated they had done enough research to make this decision and felt burdened to continue any additional effort. Board Trustee Perkins mocked Trustee Wheat attempt to add the voices of the students , teachers, and PTA.
The board meeting ended with an item being place on the Agenda to look into all symbol, icons, and songs tied to the confederacy. This Agenda item will be reviewed in the spring.
Please review the video below and review the response of the Board members. Unlike other communities like , Houston, Austin, Princeton, UT and even Robert E Lee’s Washington and Lee University recommended a discussion.
San Antonio NEISD refused discussion. Board Trustees did not feel the voice of its students or faculty matter for this decision.
Please email your Board Members why community matters. Why facts are important. Please tell them ALL are children voices’ matter.”
Robert E Lee was a confederate who fought for the enslavement of black people in the United States. He fought to maintain the continued subjugation of Blacks in America’s south. My school district perpetuates a racist culture by keeping racist symbols on my campus.
The dance team and cheerleader coach threatened to their students that if the name change was posted about on social media or talked about at school, girls would be kicked off the team immediately.
Faculty members were fired for talking about it on social media as well.
The petition didn’t make a difference. The school board meeting didn’t make a difference. Very few individuals in San Antonio, Texas want to change the school name to make African American students comfortable.
PLEASE MAKE THIS POST GO VIRAL SO WE CAN CHANGE THE NAME OF MY HIGH SCHOOL AND REMOVE ALL CONFEDERATE SYMBOLS!
SIGNAL BOOST: if you’re black and live in Gettysburg, please be careful!
Some racist got his Confederate flag burnt on his truck and his friends on Facebook are literally talking about lynching and shooting black people over it. One friend is even already targeting a neighbor to “check” out. Their comments are terrifying.
Please be safe from these racist, dangerous people!
2000 - The burning of the confederate flag took place on June 17, 2000 in Newark, NJ, and was organized by People’s Organization for Progress.
This was in response to the then-controversy of South Carolina’s flying of the Confederate flag atop of their statehouse dome. In July 2000, two weeks after this video was shot, the flag was finally taken down amid pressure. [video]
A native of Mississippi, Newson’s war experience began with her buying supplies with her own money and assisting the Southern Mothers’ Home Hospital and the Overton Hospital.
Following where the need for help was, she soon relocated to Kentucky, working grueling hours to make up for the need. Her work continued to move her around the south, eventually earning her a position as a matron for the Foard Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She continued working in numerous locations until the end of the war.
She spent the entirety of her wealth during the war on supplies and supporting the medical effort.. She died after a battle with illness on January 18, 1919.
in case Jeb Stuart wasn’t already one of your favorite historical figures in existence:
“[During the war] Stuart captured
a Union officer’s trunk and found touching letters from a wife, and obscene
ones from a mistress, reveling in the wife’s ignorance of the affair. Stuart
sent all to the officer’s wife.‘There’ll be a fuss in that family.’”
These kids are decrying the Confederate flag in the best way ever: by telling us all the horrible stuff it represents. In a video posted to YouTube Tuesday, a group of young boys and girls get together to express how fed up they are “with this whitewashing of America’s dark past.”
Confederate Troops On The March- Frederick, Maryland, Sept. 12, 1862
This is one of the most historically valuable photos ever taken of the war
Because it is the only known photograph that shows Confederate soldiers on the march in enemy territory. (Maryland was indeed enemy territory to them, because slave-holding Maryland elected to remain in the Union.) What’s haunting about this photo is that, statistically speaking, before the end of the month one-third of all the men in that picture would be dead, wounded or missing.
The photo is the property of the Historical Society of Frederick County (Maryland), and no larger size is available.