PoP's Southern American: April 2012


No Truer Words Ever Spoken by a yankee General!

General Piatt who knew Lincoln personally wrote in his book “Men Who Saved the Union” in 1887: “The true story of the late war has not yet been told. It probably never will be told. It is not flattering to our people; unpalatable truths seldom find their war into history.

How rebels fought the world will never know; for two years they kept an army in the field that girt their borders with a fire that shriveled our forces as they marched in, like tissue paper in a flame.

Southern people were animated by a telling that the word fanaticism feebly expresses. (Love of liberty expresses it.) For two years this feeling held those rebels to a conflict in which they were invincible.

The North poured out its noble soldiery by the thousands and they fought well, but their broken columns and thinned lines drifted back upon our capitol, with nothing but shameful disasters to tell of the dead, the dying the lost colors and the captured artillery.

Grant’s road from the Rapidan to Richmond was marked by a highway of human bones. The Northern army had more killed than the Confederate Generals had in command.”

“We can lose five men to their one and win,” said Grant. The men of the South, half starved, unsheltered, in rags, shoeless yet Grant’s marches from the Rapidan to Richmond left dead behind him more men than the Confederates had in the Field!!!”



My oath as a Christian Southron Warrior

I will never surrender to the offer of fame, fortune, threats or any other trappings put before me in exchange for my convictions. I will trust in the Lord for my strength, as a Christian Southron Warrior I will endeavor, never to give cause for anyone to stumble, who may be watching my life.

If I am threatened for my faith or Southron heritage by the enemy I will resist with all my strength and the knowledge of truth. I will make every effort to succeed in Christian service and to help others find Christ, teach truth to all that will listen and stand fast in this noble undertaking.

If I am persecuted I will remember how much Christ endured for me. I will attempt to guide others into a deeper consecration. I will work with them in every way to further the cause of Christ and our Southron Homeland.

I will abstain from all appearance of evil to the utmost of my ability. I will make no statements disloyal to my God, Southron Homeland or harmful to the purpose of either.

I pledge myself to attend and support all rallies and or protest for any honourable effort toward the above...This within range of my travels.

I will...Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

I will never forget that I am a Christian Southron Warrior, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles of the Word of God and the constitution as written. I will trust in the Lord and in the power of His Spirit. By the grace of God these things will I do...PoP


South Seeks Peace Through a Convention of States


Lincoln and his Republican party demonstrated no apparent interest in restoring the Union of the Founders. Those interested in saving the Founders Union, both in the North and South, wanted a convention of the States which created that Union -- to find peace through the same compromises the Founders had forged.   The latter hoped for Democratic victory in the election of 1864, but the full power and influence of the War Department was used to ensure Lincoln’s re-election which destroyed any chance for a convention of the States and peace.

Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

South Seeks Peace Through a Convention of States:

“As early as February, 1863, it was rumored that [South Carolina Representative William W. Boyce] had been advocating in secret session of the [Confederate] House some form of conciliation with the Northwestern States. When the Democratic convention, meeting at Chicago August 29, 1864, adopted a platform declaring that efforts should be made immediately for a cessation of hostilities and that a convention of the States be employed to restore peace “on the basis of the Federal union of the States,” Boyce addressed an open letter to President [Jefferson] Davis urging him to declare his willingness for an armistice and such a convention that Northwestern Democrats proposed.

In his letter of September 29 Boyce argued that a republic at war inevitably drifted into despotism….[through] conscription, illegally laid direct taxes, [issuing] vast quantities of paper money….suspended the writ of habeas corpus…in short, [giving] the President all the powers of a military dictator. 

Nor would the evils necessarily end with the war; that would depend on the nature of the peace. “A peace without reconciliation carried in its bosom the seed of new wars.”   A peace without harmony would be a mere armed truce.  Such a peace would cause the North to develop a great military power and the South would be forced to do likewise. There would then be two opposing military despotisms under which republican institutions would permanently perish.

To prevent such an outcome a peace of harmony must be negotiated with the United States. In bringing this to pass a successful military policy was essential but it was not enough; it must be accompanied by a political policy, a political policy which could not succeed if Lincoln, representing the fanaticism of the North, were returned to the White House.

The South’s only hope for a satisfactory peace, therefore, lay in the victory [in November 1864] of the Northern Democratic party which should be encouraged in every possible way.  [Boyce’s advice was to]….Assure [Northern Democrats] of the South’s willingness to cooperate in a convention of the States, and let South cooperate even if an amendment of the Constitution be necessary for that purpose.  Such a convention would be the “highest acknowledgment” of State rights principles.”

(South Carolina Goes to War, Charles Edward Cauthen, University of South Carolina Press, 1950, 1860-1865, pp. 217-218)


The Burned City

“When President [Franklin D.] Roosevelt visited Elizabeth City [North Carolina] on his way to see the Lost Colony, he asked Jerome Flora, then mayor of Elizabeth City, about the old homes.

“I thought,” he said, “that when I came to a town as old as this that I’d see rows of old colonial homes.”

“We had ‘em,” said the Mayor, “but you Yankees burned ‘em all up.”

(A New Geography, Pasquotank County, Bill Sharpe, Sharpe Publishing Company, 1954, pp. 365-367)

Southern Heritage News & Views


To all who read this, understand.

To all who read this, understand. Written by John Brown Gordon, (6 February 1832 – 9 January 1904) it gives an eloquent explanation why it is that so many Southern people even unto today, still venerate the Confederate Battle Flag. ~ Jimmy L. Shirley Jr.

“When the proud and sensitive sons of Dixie came to a full realization of the truth that the Confederacy was overthrown and their leader had been compelled to surrender his once invincible army, they could no longer control their emotions, and tears ran like water down their shrunken faces. The flags which they still carried were objects of undisguised affection. These Southern banners had gone down before overwhelming numbers; and torn by shells, riddled by bullets, and laden with the powder and smoke of battle, they aroused intense emotion in the men who had so often followed them to victory. Yielding to overpowering sentiment, these high-mettled men began to tear the flags from the staffs and hide them in their bosoms, as they wet them with burning tears. The Confederate officers faithfully endeavored to check this exhibition of loyalty and love for the old flags. A great majority of them were duly surrendered; but many were secretly carried by devoted veterans to their homes, and will be cherished forever as honored heirlooms. There was nothing unnatural or censurable in all this. The Confederates who clung to those pieces of battered bunting knew they would never again wave as martial ensigns above embattled hosts; but they wanted to keep them, just as they wanted to keep the old canteen with a bullet-hole through it, or the rusty gray jacket that had been torn by canister. They loved those flags, and will love them forever, as mementoes of the unparalleled struggle. They cherish them because they represent the consecration and courage not only of Lee's army but of all the Southern armies, because they symbolize the bloodshed and the glory of nearly a thousand battles.” – From "Reminiscences Of The Civil War" by Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon, CS


The Southern Movement has lost another of it fiercest warriors....

I never had the pleasure of meeting Brother Rick, we did speak by phone a number of times and E-mail often. I am not the only Southron warrior that will miss his 71 years of freely given wisdom. You will be missed Old warrior!

RIP Brother, meet ya soon.


Fredrick Newell (Rick) Boswell of Opp, AL passed away at his home Monday, April 2, 2012. He was 71.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. on Wednesday, April 11 at Evergreen Cemetery. The family requests donations to either the American Cancer or Diabetes Association(s) in lieu of flowers.
The oldest son of Harry Ray Boswell and Carolyn Hamm Russ (both deceased), he was preceded in death by his oldest son, Anthony (Tony) Boswell, and is survived in death by his brothers Jon Keith and Don Ray Boswell; his children, Sabrina Boswell Darley, Sean Boswell, Nicholas Boswell, Rune Boswell, Royal Boswell, and Rina Boswell; his grandchildren Lynn-James, Erin, Geordon, Brynna, Megan and Connor Darley; Angel Boswell; Patrick Boswell; Nicholas, Jackson and Aubrey Boswell; and Kallen Boswell.

Brother Rick,

Had a way with words. He did a fantistic job debating "those people." An example below:

A Mr. J. Wister Huey III posted this comment in the Baltimore Sun:

I am one Johns Hopkins alumnus who could not agree more with the university's decision to suggest the unreconstructed Confederate sympathizers take their party off campus ("A Civil action," editorial, Nov. 21).

Two of my great-grandfathers and one great-great-grandfather served as Confederate officers.

While I am eternally grateful for the role they played in producing my grandparents, parents, sister, cousins and all our descendants, the fact is that they were traitors to their country. Were it not for Abraham Lincoln’s wise decision to put the war behind us, heal our wounds and move on, they might well have been hanged, as those in more radical circles proposed to do to Confederate officers after the war.

And now, after 143 years, perhaps it is time that we put the Civil War or what some call "The War of Northern Aggression" behind us.

To the sons (and daughters) of the South, I say: You lost. Get over it.

J. Wistar Huey III
Ellicott City

This is my posted reply:

It would be preferable and less embarrassing to him if Mr. Huey studied history and assimilated some facts before expressing his "opinions".

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers were, technically "traitors" yet I imagine that Mr. Huey admires and reveres them.

Secessionists were not. There was a great hue and cry from the "radical republicans" after the war to try Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and other Southern leaders as traitors but more educated legal heads who understood our Constitution prevailed.

"If you bring these leaders to trial, it will condemn the North, for by the Constitution, secession is not a rebellion. His [Jefferson Davis] capture was a mistake. His trial will be a greater one. We cannot convict him of treason." -- Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, 1867.

Yr. Obt. S'vnt,

Rick Boswell

Please pray for his Family and many Friends.... GB/PoP


Horror of the War!

Pictured about 4 feet of log from just ONE tree at the battle of Lookout Mountain. It has fragments, shot and fuses from four different type of shell and ball. This should give an excellent example of the hell thrown at the Confederates during the battle above the clouds!

"Fighting Joe" Hooker had 12,000 men in blue that he had moved like ten-penny soldiers to the west of Chattanooga where 1,200 rebels in grey were ready to repel them. The rebel's daring hold at Craven House was so thwarted by heavy fire that they were ordered to retreat to the top of Lookout Mountain.

Hooker knew that his enemy was determined and would fight to the last man. No one was eager to see the next day's sunrise. But there was no sunrise. Instead, a ghostly grey fog enveloped the mountain. The Blue took Lookout Mountain with 629 causalities and 81 deaths. The Grey was totally devastated.

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The passing of a very special Brother and Friend

I just heard of the passing of a very special Brother and Friend, "Bazz" Childress.

The South will be less strong in it's defense without this great Southron ... He could really give "those people" hell!

God's speed Bazz, you will truly be missed!

Y'all pray for his Family, he would do it for you.



Kirk David Lyons 3:27pm Apr 6
Basil Dwayne "Bazz" Childress, 55, died peacefully last night at his home in Lexington, Kentucky. Bazz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of Sid & Geneva Childress. Bazz was a collateral descendant of George C. Childress, author of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Bazz was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Lexington resident since 1975.

Bazz was a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Legal Resource Center, inc since 2008, Kentucky Division Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Kentucky Chairman of the League of the South.

In 2008 during the SCV National reunion in concord, Bazz was arrested for displaying a Confederate Battle flag in his hotel room window and was arrested for criminal trespass by the hotel owner.

the charges were dropped against Bazz and in 2010 he filed a malicious prosecution/breach of contract lawsuit against the Wingate/Wyndham hotel and its owner. In a display of justice typical for our day, the Judge dismissed the malicious prosecution claim, which was appealed to the Court of Appeals in Raleigh and unanimously reinstated. The case was set for mediation, discovery depositions on trial in early March.

Desperate to keep Bazz away from a Nascar town, Cabarrus County jury, the Hotel filed a Summary Judgment Motion which was heard hours before Bazz should have started picking a jury.

Despite overwhelming legal precedent (it had just come back from the Court of Appeals) and facts pointed out by Bazz' counsel, Judge Kevin Bridges dismissed the case again!

Bazz' appeal was in process when he died.

Bazz is survived by his wife Rachel, daughters Julianna and Delaney and Mother Geneva.

Funeral is tentatively set for Tuesday at Central Baptist Church in Lexington, KY. Family suggests Memorials for Lexington Habitat for Humanity 700 East Loudon Ave, Lexington, KY 40505

The SLRC Bd is also accepting donations in memory of Bazz. SLRC P.O.Box 1235 Black Mountain, NC 28711

PoP Aaron
The Southern American

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