Why Florida should not erect a Union Monument

Al Mackey is at it again folks. Check out his blog at http://studycivilwar.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/the-scv-an-anti-american-group/#comments

The worlds biggest bigot has made another attack against  the SCV. He calls this group racist,  un-American and should be disbanded.  The reason the SCV is trying to block a Union monument in Olustee, Florida. There is already a Union monument on that Battlefield. Of course he uses his usual childish insults while hiding behind a computer screen all the while not knowing anything about the SCV or Michael Givens the Commander of the SCV. Of course when he has no facts to rely on he plays the only card in his hand —  the race card. Gee I wonder if he wants group disbanded for being why he is not making the same call for the Son of Union Veterans (SUV) who has documented racism . He is so mean rough and tough he should  walk into a Klan meeting and take back the United States flag, disband the group and destroy the whole Klan. Wonder what is holding him back fear or common sense???

As to Mackey’s claim of racism, lets look at the Sons of Union Veterans and the union army. It is a well-known, in the North and South, fact the Union army used Negro soldiers. If we are to believe the neo-yankee version these Negroes fought like the devil and won the war themselves.Ok I will go with that story, so why is it we find this —

No Black Veterans in the Army of Emancipation Grand Review:

“More surprising [in the Washington Grand Review of the federal armies] was the exclusion from the parade of the black Union regiments, some of which had fought a good deal longer than the white units on parade. A number of observers commented on their absence, the Inquirer concluding that “by some process it was arranged that none should be here….They can afford to wait. Their time will yet come.”

The few blacks in the review marched as parts of “pick and shovel” brigades or were included as comic relief. Two large black soldiers with Sherman’s army, for example, were displayed “riding on very small mules, their feet nearly touching the ground.”

Captured slaves were described as “odd looking “contrabands” dressed in all the colors that ever adorned Joseph’s coat.” In the rear of the First Pennsylvania, one such captive, mounted on a solitary Confederate mule, “created much laughter, in which the President and others joined heartily” as he was carried past the reviewing stand.

Neither the free black nor the free black soldier was to be the hero of this national pageant; instead, each was relegated a secondary, rather uneasy position within it. The exclusion of blacks from the celebration was a clear message about the sort of Union the white [Northern] veterans felt they had preserved.” (Glorious Contentment, The Grand Army of the Republic, Stuart McConnell, UNC Press, 1992, pp. 8-9)

Or perhaps Mackey can explain away this—


They May Withdraw”
Southern Grand Army Men Won’t Affiliate With Colored Veterans:
The New York Times, August 9, 1891

New Orleans: August 8—-Angry, disappointed, bordering on indignation, was expressed on all sides by the leading spirits of the Grand Army posts here when the news was received that colored veterans must be given free recognition and admission to the order. The greater part of the officers of the white posts are ensconced in comfortable berths in the Custom House, and there is indignation over the action of the national body was greatest.

Private telegrams announced that under the new decision matters would remain as heretofore. “That means,” said a prominent Federal official, “that we will act as we did last year and just decline to allow colored posts representation in the Department Council. If we are forced to give then recognition, we will probably surrender our charter and then convert our organization into a social, fraternal and benevolent order for white ex-soldiers.”

This is the general sentiment expressed by all white veterans. The demand for recognition in the Grand Army of the Republic ranks by the Negroes is regarded as a political move of their leaders. Colonel Jim Lewis is charged with desiring to elect himself Department Commander so as to secure a fat Federal office. The white veterans give as one of the reasons for their dissatisfaction the fact that large numbers of the members of the colored posts are only thirty or thirty-five years old, and consequently could not have been old enough to bear a musket in the war. It is said that when the late Department Commander, Jacob Gray, saw he could not be re-elected by the white posts, he granted enough charters to colored posts to accomplish that object, but he was checked by the political shrewdness of the white delegates.

To organize eight colored posts in as many days required rapid work, and it is charged that men were mustered into the new posts 100 at a time without the production of their discharge papers or, indeed, any further investigation into the question whether they served or not (other) than their own statements. The white Grand Army members in Louisiana number over a thousand. If they cut off from all connection with the national organization, it is very probable the other Southern States contending with the same problem will also withdraw, and that they will all unite in one grand organization limited to the South, and surrender to the colored comrades the control as well as the membership of the regular Grand Army organization in their States.

Another singular complication arises from the fact that the Negro brigade which fought with such unquestioned gallantry on the right of the Federal line at Port Hudson (and of which Lewis and most of the Grand Army claimants are members) was made up of the original native grand guard regiments which were organized under authority from Richmond and sworn into the Confederate service before the capture of this city by Butler, which fact would disbar them from membership in the Grand Army.

Truth be known, less than 50 members of the 1st Native Guards CSA served in the Union army


End of part 1



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