Just a few things I’ve come across that I never got around to writing a full post about.
- As noted by Brooks Simpson (and here), Stone Mountain is in the cross-hairs of the recent Confederate Flag onslaught. The Confederate flags that blanket the mountain and surrounding landscape are under attack by state representatives and the public. These attacks are happening in conjuncture with calls to remove the Confederate monument by the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP and calls to change the monument by the Atlanta City Council.
- Two Alabama men lost their jobs for refusing to take down their Confederate Flags at work. Apparently the men were flying the flag in the back of their automobiles while in the company parking-lot. It has been pointed out that the employer of Phillip Sims (one of the men fired) reached out to say if he took down the flag, he could come back to work. Apparently Sims prefers to remain unemployed as protest of what he states as the company infringing on his 1st Amendment rights.
- As Andy Hall pointed out, I came across what appears to be General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s “Last Will and Testament.” In light of the recent controversy surrounding the General’s remains, it is interesting to see where Forrest preferred to be laid to rest as opposed to where Confederate Heritage advocates prefer him to be. I do hope someone living in the area can get an actual scan of the document. I can say this, the General’s will was filed with the Shelby County Probate Court on December 17, 1877. The next day, the Memphis Daily Appeal ran an “Executor’s Notice” which directed people with ‘accounts, debts, or claims’ with the late General to see his executors. The executors listed in the paper are the same listed in the will. This adds a little to the authenticity of Forrest’s “Last Will and Testament” currently circulating online.
- I’ve added two new books to my library which I hope will add to my current research on the history of slavery in Catoosa County (GA). Those books are Walter Johnson’s Soul By Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market, and Wilma A. Dunaway’s Slavery in the American Mountain South. If anyone has read either of these books and has some opinions them, please leave a comment.
- Finally, h/t to Connie Chastain. For those of you unaware, an Oxford, Mississippi native and Confederate Flag supporter by the name of Anthony Hervey, perished in an automobile accident after a flag rally in Birmingham, Alabama. Any loss of life in an untimely and unnatural way is always a tragedy, but that does not mean that some will not take advantage of the opportunity to advance an agenda. Some people immediately claimed that Hervey was targeted because of his conservative (notice the ‘Tweet’) and/or Confederate beliefs. However, as I mentioned elsewhere, Connie Chastain remained above the fold asking readers to wait until after the investigation. So, credit where credit is due.