PoP's Southern American: July 2012


Flagging the Watauga Historical Society

Tennessee Flaggers Face the Elephant for the First Time:

Out come.... Victory!!

Southern Heritage video
saluting the Virginia and Tennessee flaggers.

Following in the footsteps of the Virginia Flaggers, and the Georgia Flaggers before them... the Tennessee Flaggers made their official debut in Elizabethton, TN, to protest the Watauga Historical Society and their blatant disregard for the honor and memory of Confederate soldiers buried at Green Hill Cemetery.

In what could only be described as a phenomenal success, 24 Flaggers made their way to Elizabethon on a balmy July Saturday. We gathered first in a field behind the cemetery. After a word of prayer, we marched to the cemetery, where we were joined by Elizabethton City Manager, Fred Eden, and a local news reporter. Attendees found the grounds completely overgrown and each Confederate grave covered with survey tape and orange flags.

A brief ceremony was held, where HK Edgerton also shared remarks. Several of the Flaggers gave interviews to the press and we made our way out to the road in front of the cemetery.

"Smile and wave" was the theme of the day. The Tennessee Flaggers had fliers printed up that described the offenses committed by the WHA and the response from the public was overwhelmingly positive. Many folks stopped to ask what was going on, and were outraged when given the facts of the situation.

The highlight of the day was when Flagger Bill Dennison spotted Dawn Peters, one of the main offenders, driving by to check out the action. Ms. Peters has said… …"The Confederates lost the right to fly that flag 150 years ago. We do not want to see that Confederate Flag flying over Green Hill Cemetery, or over Elizabethon, TN." Needless to say, she got an eyeful of Confederate flags!

Her arrogance, hate and slander:

Among those who joined the Tennessee Flaggers for this inaugural event were HK Edgerton and Jamie Funkhouser of NC, and Susan Hathaway of the Virginia Flaggers. Others came from all across Tennessee to be a part of standing up for our Ancestors, and forwarding the colors.

After flagging, we all met again in the field behind the cemetery, to share fellowship and suggestions for future flaggings. The day was then closed with prayer, just as it began.

I had the honor and privilege of meeting one of my heroes, PoP Aaron. He and Mike Shaffer did an outstanding job in the planning and implementing of this event, as well as the organizing of the Tennessee Flaggers.

All involved were excited to be there and thrilled at the outcome. I pray that this will be the first of many flaggings for the Tennessee Flaggers and that others across the South will pick up their flags…and STAND, FIGHT, AND NEVER BACK DOWN!

God bless the Tennessee Flaggers!

Virginia Flagger, Susan Frise Hathaway

Elizabethton, Tennessee is one of the cleanest cities and the most Friendly folk I have ever Flagged or protested in. We had absolutely nothing negative said or done toward us.

We had many ask questions and truthful answers were cheerfully given by our Flaggers... Many residents were unaware of Watauga Historical Association's attacks on our Confederate dead and our flags.... Some even ask for flags and joined in with us.

God bless,

PoP Aaron..... For TCF
PO Box 90095
East Ridge, TN. 37412


Tennessee Flaggers Defend Veterans Flag July 28, 2012
By: Cameron Crapps | WJHL
Edited by WJHL Video HERE

A more accurate video on the story:
Thanks to, Sister Jackie Weaver Dennison
Video HERE

Turn up the volume and the conversations are audible.

Photos and credits:

By Brother, Lynn Hammond

By Sister, Jackie Weaver Dennison

By Sister Susan Frise Hathaway

By Bill Hicks

By Jamie Funkhouser

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Blog of The Tennessee Confederate Flaggers


Dedicated to Flagging as a way to protect and defend Confederate heritage. We stand with our flags against the opposition in a peaceful, yet forceful manner, to educate and inform the general public, and protest against those who have attacked us.


Yankees don't understand

This is what Yankees don't understand. This right here is a Southern Thang :) — with Karen Cooper. ~ Tripp Lewis

Confederates come in all colours! We are, a band of Brothers and Sisters. GB/PoP


My Great-Great Grandfather

From the Diary of My Great-Great Grandfather.
 by Bill Dennison (All rights reserved)

My great-great grandfather, Joseph Ferdinand Kent enlisted in Co. A, the Wythe Grays, of the 4th Virginia Infantry Regiment at Wytheville, Virginia on April 17, 1861. He was elected Captain at muster. The 4th Virginia was incorporated into Col. Thomas J. Jackson’s 1st Virginia Brigade, later to gain immortality as the “Stonewall Brigade”. He was promoted to Major on May 4, 1861 and fought with the regiment at First Manassas where the regiment suffered 31 killed and 100 wounded, among them the regiment’s commanding officer, Col. James F. Preston and his second in command, Lt. Col. Lewis T. Moore. The 4th Virginia’s loss was the highest of any regiment in the brigade.

Following Jackson’s promotion to Major General in mid-October, Col. Preston, though virtually incapacitated by rheumatism and the lingering effects of his Manassas wound, became interim commander of the Stonewall Brigade. He was replaced on December 7, 1861 by Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett.

In December of 1861, Maj. Kent and the 4th Virginia were involved in Jackson’s abortive expedition to breach Dam No. 5 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Canal, which ended in failure and resulted in a further depletion of the ranks due to sickness.

On January 20, 1862, Col. Preston died at his home in Montgomery County, Virginia. Lt. Col. Moore was so badly incapacitated by his Manassas wound that he had to leave the service and was thus unable to assume command of the regiment. Maj. Kent received a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel on January 31, 1862 and assumed that he would receive command of the regiment. However, Capt. Charles A. Ronald of Co. E was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and awarded command of the regiment. My great-great grandfather, being a very proud individual, took great umbrage at what he considered an affront to his honor and promptly resigned his commission and returned to his home in Wythe County.

He was subsequently commissioned as a Colonel of the Wythe County Home Guard and commanded what came to be known as Kent’s Regiment. He led these men in several engagements in Southwest Virginia, including Toland’s Raid, the First Battle of Saltville and the Battle of Marion.

The following is an excerpt from the diary of my great-great-grandfather, Col. Joseph Ferdinand Kent, Colonel of Kent’s Regiment, Home Guard in Wythe County, Virginia, formerly Major in the 4th Virginia Infantry Regiment:

“I can remember no service that I performed after severing my connection with the 4th until the 1st raid was made by the Yankees into South West Virginia in July 1863 – on the 18th I think.  Whilst at my farm, Bellfield, 3-1/2 miles east of Wytheville I received a note informing me that a citizen of Tazewell had arrived with the intelligence that a company of Yankee Cavalry had camped near Tazewell C. H. the previous night and were moving in the direction of Wytheville. That there had been a meeting of citizens at the Court House, and it was agreed to submit to me whether or not an attempt should be made to defend the town. On arriving in town about 10 o’clock P.M., I found the greatest excitement prevailing among the citizens – was asked what I proposed to do and replied “If five men will volunteer the Yankees shall not enter the town without resistance’  I found that Gen. Jones, commanding department1, with headquarters at Dublin had telegraphed that he would dispatch 400 troops and two pieces of artillery – also that several citizens had gone out on the road on which the enemy were approaching.

For the purpose of ascertaining what number would volunteer, and what arms could be procured, I had the Court House bell rung, ordered all who were willing to put themselves under my command to fall into line – and quite a number fell in, but as few had arms they did not remain long enough for me to form any correct estimate of the number that could procure arms, many leaving in search of them.

Every now and then a scout would arrive, announcing the nearer approach of the enemy. The train was behind time, but finally arrived without bringing harness for the artillery. A scout arrived with the information that the Yankees had reached the German Church, about 1-1/2 miles distant.

I mounted my horse and gave the command ‘all who are willing to follow me fall into line’. About 40 fell in with shot guns, old army pistols, flint lock muskets, and perhaps some better etc. Maj. Bowyer2 arrived about this time with about the same number of men making in all about 80 men and boys. I gave the order to march intending to occupy the eminence about half a mile from the Court House, and there endeavor to hold the enemy in check until the artillery could be brought up, but when we got within two or three hundred yards of the crest of the hill the head of the Yankee column made its appearance and halted. Knowing we could make no successful resistance in our situation we retreated. Maj. Bowyer’s squad being in front, I rode forward and asked him where he proposed to make a stand. His reply was ‘at the depot.’ I awaited until the command had passed on and then rode forward and again said to Maj. Bowyer “We must fight them in the streets where we can shelter the men’. He concurred.

The men were quickly taking positions at the corners of the streets, and in the houses commanding the streets. I took a position near the Court House that firing should not begin until I commanded – By this time the head of the enemy’s column did not move, but it was now put in motion and when it reached within  about 400 or 600 yards of Main St. a volly (sic) was fired, without command, that took effect upon the head of the column, and I could plainly observe the spreading of the files to the left and right. It immediately closed up and moved on without accelerating its motions. The head of the column soon sunk out of sight into a depression in the street and it was now to be seen that the force was very large as the unbroken column was still coming over and extending beyond the eminence.

The head of the column again approaching near the Methodist Church and about two hundred yards from the Court House, we delivered a volley that repulsed them and threw them into great confusion. Col. Toland3 was there killed and Col. Powell4 severely wounded. Capt. Delaney5 then came forward and led a charge with revolver in hand. They came at full speed firing right and left. They were fired upon from the street corners and some of the houses in which the men were posted. A few passed Main St. to the south side of the town and a squad took refuge on Monroe St. in the stable of the Wytheville Hotel, but the main body were driven back and took refuge in my lot in the rear of my residence where they were out of sight and sheltered.  Capt. Delaney was killed in this charge and a number of men and horses went down. At this crisis if our men had been trained soldiers and could have been handled, I believe that the Yankees could have been stampeded. Of the party that passed Main St. one was badly wounded, his horse falling dead upon the rider’s legs, nearly opposite Wytheville Hotel. He was relieved and carried to the steps of the ladies entrance. I learned from him that the force was a brigade composed of parts of two regiments of cavalry and a regiment of mounted infantry6  in all 700 men under command of Col. Toland.

After a long interval of time having formed as infantry and entered the street again, beyond the Methodist Church, they came sweeping the streets with musketry and burning houses on both sides. I learned subsequently that an order had been given to burn my residence which for some reason was not carried out. Having sent a scouting party to watch the road by Ewald’s tan yard, that that enters Main St. at the East end of town, and receiving no report from them I knew that further resistance on our part was useless and ordered those posted at the Court House, and sent others that I could quickly find, to get away as fast as possible. I saw Maj. Bowyer and said to him that further resistance was useless, he replied that he had reconoitred (sic) and come to the same conclusion. He immediately retired his men, but one shot was fired by the artillery taking effect in the farmers bank. The horses ran off and the pieces were upset rendering them useless.

During the interval between the fighting and the dismounting of the Cavalry an incident occurred which I think worthy of record. Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson (nee Lewis, wife of Maj. Thompson of our army and a descendent of the distinguished John Lewis7) who was boarding in the Hotel came to the door and calling to me said ‘Some of our men have taken refuge in the hotel who ought to be outside in the streets fighting. And there is an officer in full Confederate uniform with boots on lying on a bed, drunk, come with me and I will show him to you.’ I went with her in search of the officer but he had left the room. I found the men, but they had selected a position from which they could fire on the passing enemy and I left them alone. The bearing of this lady was most spirited and fearless and showed her a worthy descendent of her distinguished ancestors
 Immediately after the charge a horse from which the rider had been shot came to my side moving with conformity to every turn my horse made until I had him hitched on the side of the street. After getting possession of the town, the Yankees remained but a short time before beginning a hasty retreat. They set fire to and burned a number of private buildings, and the R. R. depot, but no public stores were destroyed, nor did they even cut the telegraph wires. Such was their demoralization that they took 75 or 80 old men and boys (few of them having been engaged in the fight) to cover their retreat. We lost 4 killed. Lieut. Oliver, Clayton Cook, 2 others not remembered. The Yankee killed numbered 11, wounded and men detailed to nurse them about 30 including Col. Powell.

After the men were placed in position they acted nobly. When I told them to get out of the way as speedily as possibly I had to repeat the order before some would leave their posts. Thus ended a fight which Dr. Bagby, a few years after, having visited Wytheville and returned to Richmond, in an article in the Richmond Whig characterized it as ‘the bravest fight of the war’.”

This expedition was known as Toland’s Raid and was designed to destroy the lead mines at Austinville in Wythe County, the iron works at Marion in Smyth County, the salt works at Saltville in Smyth County and to disrupt/destroy as much of the Virginia Tennessee Railroad as possible.

1 Gen. William E. (Grumble) Jones, commanding the Department of Southwest Virginia and
             East Tennessee

2 Maj. T. M. Bowyer, Chief of Ordinance at Confederate Departmental Headquarters, Dublin,

3 Col. John T. Toland, in overall command of Union raiding party

4 Col. W. H. Powell, second-in-command and commanding 7 companies of the 2nd West Virginia 
            Volunteer Cavalry Regiment

5 Capt. Dennis Delaney, commander Co. A, 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment

6 Elements of the 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, of the 2nd West Virginia
            Volunteer Cavalry Regiment and the 34th Regiment Ohio Mounted Infantry totaling over 
            800 men.

7 Col. John Lewis, Revolutionary War hero and prominent settler of Southwest Virginia

1 Gen. William E. (Grumble) Jones, commanding the Department of Southwest Virginia and
            East Tennessee

2 Maj. T. M. Bowyer, Chief of Ordinance at Confederate Departmental Headquarters, Dublin,

3 Col. John T. Toland, in overall command of Union raiding party

4 Col. W. H. Powell, second-in-command and commanding 7 companies of the 2nd West Virginia 
            Volunteer Cavalry Regiment

5 Capt. Dennis Delaney, commander Co. A, 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment

6 Elements of the 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, of the 2nd West Virginia
            Volunteer Cavalry Regiment and the 34th Regiment Ohio Mounted Infantry totaling over 
            800 men.

7 Col. John Lewis, Revolutionary War hero and prominent settler of Southwest Virginia

Joseph Ferdinand Kent
Co. A, the Wythe Grays,
of the 4th Virginia Infantry Regime

Thank you Brother Bill D,
For sharing a small part of your rich history,
Bro. PoP



The Old Unreconstructed" by Waylon Jennings


Tennessee Flaggers Press Release


The newly formed group Tennessee Flaggers Holding the Line, is a grassroots group made up of citizens opposed to the unfounded attacks upon our Southern history, heritage and our flags which represent that history and heritage. Our first flagging effort will take place in Elizabethton, TN near Green Hill Cemetery, where incidents of Confederate flag abuse have taken place in the past year. Our flagging on Saturday, July 28 will address these issues:

1) Surveyors tape and flags on the graves of Confederate soldiers.

2) A locked gate at the only safe entry point to the cemetery, disallowing safe entry to the cemetery for memorial services.

3) Some folk in Elizabethton have taken it upon themselves to act under color of authority without ownership of Green Hill Cemetery.
4) The slander of our Confederate heroes by demeaning the flag they fought and died for.... The Confederate Battle Flag!

Battle brewing over Confederate flag at local cemetery:

This is a peaceful effort, which will be conducted, for educational purposes, allowable under Federal, Tennessee State and local law.

We will meet July 28, 11am in the field behind Tractor Supply. Our Flagging will start after that meeting and will last until we burn-out.
 Please join in this effort for our heroes and our Flag.
 God bless,
 The Tennessee Confederate Flaggers
 Contact info:

Col Mike Shaffer (Doc)
 Bristol, Tenn. 37620
 (423) 652-0213

PoP Aaron


"When needed, Flaggers stand with our flags against those in opposition in a peaceful, yet forceful manner, to educate and inform the general public, and in open and visible protest against those who have attacked us, our flags, our ancestors, or our Heritage.

Flaggers speak for those who have no voice. We relay a message of Honor, Dignity, Respect, and Heritage to those who never knew, or to those who have forgotten, and to attempt to reach those who refuse to hear.

Our weapon is truth and the Confederate Battle Flag. Our enemies are those who worship ignorance, historical revisionism and Political Correctness.

We take pride in taking a stand for the Cause. For this Cause, we call others to flock to the banner of our ancestors, take up their flags, and join us in battle, for OUR TIME IS NOW." by VA Flagger, Susan Frise Hathaway

Tennessee Flagging Coordinator:

Col Mike Shaffer (Doc)
 Bristol, Tenn. 37620
 (423) 652-0213

PoP Aaron


Going Home - McGavock Confederate Cemetery

This 4th. of July think of The Confederate Soldier, real heroes of liberty!
Dedicated to OUR Southern heroes that fought and died in our second war of independence. God I love them for the courage! There will never be men as they again.... PoP
 SWR's Richard (CulpeppersLightArtillery)


The Fourth of July

 July 3, 1864, p. 2, c. 1

The Fourth of July.

Eighty-eight years ago to-morrow our ancestors pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honors to achieve the Independence of their country.  The misrule and despotic policy of the mother country forced them to publish to the world the celebrated Declaration of Independence.  Appealing to the God of battles and the justice of nations to aid them in the righteous cause which they advocated, it was resolved to prosecute the war to a successful termination or gloriously perish in the struggle.  Valor, endurance, fortitude and patriotic self-sacrifice crowned their efforts with victory.  Southern statesmanship and Southern heroism combined brought the Revolutionary over to a successful termination and achieved the Independence of the States.
The 4th of July 1864 dawns upon the people of the Southern States battling for the rights bequeathed by the men of ’76.  The same motive—the right of self government—that produced the Revolutionary War inaugurated the revolution of 1861, and the result will inevitably crown our arms.  Harmonious action, unity of purpose, and zealous perseverance in the cause of freedom will accomplish the Independence of the Southern States just as certain as night follows day.

 “For freedom’s battle once begun,
  Bequeathed from bleeding sire to son,
 Though baffled oft, is ever won.”

Reverses may befall us, and greater sacrifices may be exacted, but we must prepare to meet them, and if we are but true to ourselves and the noble examples of our forefathers, the cause of justice and freedom must triumph over that of wrong and tyranny.  Already the history of our young Republic is written in blood, and its pages are resplendant [sic] with the heroic deeds of the martyred dead who have fallen in freedom’s cause.  But thank God, they have not fallen in vain.  The wisdom of our rulers, the sagacity and skill of our Generals, the bravery of our soldiers, and the patriotism of our people will soon be rewarded with peace and independence.
The 4th of July 1865 will, we firmly believe, dawn upon the Confederate States as one of the acknowledged powers of the earth, for we see through the smoke of battle the eagle perched on our victorious standards.

SWR's Richard (CulpeppersLightArtillery) 

PoP Aaron
The Southern American

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