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General Order - 3

posted Aug 31, 2020, 8:00 AM by Adjutant2527 Georgen   [ updated Aug 31, 2020, 8:00 AM ]


General Order 2 - 2020

posted Aug 10, 2020, 3:50 PM by Adjutant2527 Georgen   [ updated Aug 10, 2020, 3:52 PM ]


08-06-2020 Latest News For You

posted Aug 8, 2020, 8:26 AM by Adjutant2527 Georgen

Sons of Confederate Veterans Information Paper

The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans and the oldest hereditary
organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896,
the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to
ensuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved. Membership in the Sons of
Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the
Confederate armed forces. We have members of all races and backgrounds who are descendants of
Confederate veterans. The SCV has long advocated against racism and hate and will not tolerate
members who are racists, extremists, or supremacists to belong as members. A formal, written
declaration of this policy was first published in 1989.

Recent events have brought to the fore the issue of our soldiers’ monuments and the names of
military installations named for Confederate military personnel. Unfortunately, the goodwill engendered
as part of the effort to bind the wounds of the war beginning with Union Army veteran President
McKinley are now being rent asunder by historically ignorant and prejudiced people. Four separate
acts of Congress from 1901 to 1958 gave implicit status to Confederate soldiers as “American
veterans.”

The US DoD is unfortunately leading the movement on renaming military installations. They are
rationalizing the renaming for two primary reasons: 1) Confederates were “traitors”; and, 2)
Confederate soldiers fought for slavery. These reasons are totally incorrect.

Secession from the US meant that the South had formed a separate country. It had our own
government, own currency, own Constitution, and own military forces. Like our Revolutionary War
forefathers, they left the existing country to start a new one. As such, US military officers who left the
US resigned their commissions which were accepted, thus, both morally and ethically separating their
obligation to the US. A book used at the US Military Academy, West Point, by 19th Century legal
scholar William Rawle, stated that Secession was legal. That is what cadets learned. Four of the
eleven Confederate states resisted seceding until Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to invade and
force their sister states back into the Union. Their secession was clearly in response to an armed
invasion rather than any concerns for the future of slavery. President Eisenhower expounded on this by
writing in 1960: “…we need to understand that at the time of the War Between the States, the issue of
Secession had remained unresolved for more than 70 years. Men of probity, character, public
standing, and unquestioned loyalty, both North and South, had disagreed over this issue as a matter of
principle from the day our Constitution was adopted.” Secession, not illegal in 1860, meant that those
who went with the new nation could not be traitors. Chief Justice Salmon Chase advised President
Johnson not to try Confederates for treason. His reason: the trial might prove that Secession was, in
fact, completely legal. No Confederates were ever tried. None were ever convicted of treason.

Confederate soldiers did not fight for slavery. To say so demonstrates a total lack of
understanding of the culture of the 1860s South. Just because racism in the North and South was
prevalent, attributing those effects to the reasons for which the soldiers fought is a post hoc, ego
propter hoc analogy…a major logic fallacy. What did the Confederate soldiers fight for? Nationally
renowned Civil War historian, descendant of a Union Army soldier, Dr. James M. McPherson’s book,
“For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War,” clearly establishes that Confederate
soldiers did not fight for slavery. After examining 574 manuscript collections and nearly 30,000 letters,
diaries, and journals in twenty-two archival repositories, McPherson states that Confederates believed
they were fighting for liberty. It is important to understand what motivated the soldiers, including their
generals, was largely divorced from the broader political reasons for the war, just as they have been
historically for many armies since ancient times.

In summary, Confederate soldiers, including their generals, were not “traitors”, nor did they fight to
preserve slavery. They fought for defend their homeland from invasion, an honorable cause.

For further information, contact cicscv_76@yahoo.com

08-04-2020 AoT CMDR Initial Comm

posted Aug 8, 2020, 8:20 AM by Adjutant2527 Georgen   [ updated Aug 8, 2020, 8:20 AM ]

Gentlemen,
 
 Thank you for this opportunity to serve as the Commander of the Army of Tennessee. We were pressed for time at the Army meeting in Florida so I did not give an outline of any plans for the coming term. I have nicknamed the plan "Back to the Future". It is made up of five parts, always evolving and will be worked on simultaneously. The five parts are Communications, Sharing ideas, Flattening the Curve, Security and Projects and Events. Today, I want to outline the key component, Communications.
 
"What we got here is failure to communicate". That famous line from the movie Cool Hand Luke reminds us of one of our biggest obstacles, Communications. Ever since I joined the SCV I have heard the same complaint, National and the Division doesn't let us know what they are doing. Seeing the numerous comments on various Facebook pages, this is a problem that needs to be changed. The membership wants to know and unfortunately they are getting misinformation, old information and half truths. We have lost members because of the misinformation and many Divisions have had to fight the discontent in their ranks due to the mishandling of information. The Army Communication plan will take advantage of old and new technology, ever evolving as needed. Today you are receiving this email through Constant Contact. I want to thank Georgia Division Commander Tim Pilgrim for providing this medium to us and for Army Communications Officer Barry Colbaugh of the Georgia Division for sending it out. It will be used to send information from National to the Divisions, much like the Telegraph. However it cannot stop there. I am asking each Division to appoint a Communications Officer. His email address will be on the list to receive the messages along with the Division Commander. It will be his job to make a mailing list for each Camp Communications Officer and Division Lt. Commanders and Brigade Commanders. The Division Communications Officer will send the messages to the Brigade Commander and Camps to share with their members. Communications is a two way street. If there are questions about the message the person should follow normal Chain of Command procedures, starting with their Camp Commander and moving up the chain to get their questions answered.
 
There is a new Army of Tennessee newsletter, "The Sentinel"; that will be published electronically each quarter, starting with August. The other parts of the "Back to the Future" plan will be in the August issue. We still have the Army Facebook page; we are looking at an alternative group utilizing SalesForce. I hope to have it up by mid September or earlier. Many of you have probably seen the videos by Mississippi Division Commander Conor Bond. These are an excellent way to get our message out to our membership. In the future we will have to embrace different forms of technology; many times it will be because of security. As always the first and quickest Communication will be by phone or text. You can reach me at (256) 614-3613 and your Councilman, Carl Jones at (256) 590-3168. Carl has graciously expanded his role to include AoT Media advisor. He will handle calls and interviews if a Division feels he is needed. Many of you already have a person in place and this does not override that person. It is an extra layer of protection.
 
I look forward to seeing you in the upcoming months. I am open to ideas which will make the Army grow and prosper. We live in an unprecedented time in history. How we handle ourselves is a direct reflection of our ancestors. I will close with a reminder that all Temporary Restraining Orders and Injunctions need to be approved by the GEC. If you are sending something in, please copy Carl and myself on the communiqué. Second, August 15th has been set as National Law Enforcement Day by CiC Larry McCluney. Make sure our Camps get the message and make plans accordingly. We are also looking for camps or Divisions to hold AoT workshops. Let me know if you are interested.
 
In your service,
Jimmy Hill
Commander
Army of Tennessee

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