To defend and maintain the honor of our Confederate Ancestors. To dispel myths and educate open minded individuals as to the true history of the War Between the States.
From my earliest recollections I can remember having a love for the men in gray. Long before I became aware of my Southern ancestry I would enjoy watching my favorite TV show Mosby’s Rangers, the Gray Ghost (I suppose I’m giving away my age here).
Where did this passion for all things Southern come from while growing up in Illinois and living all of my adult life there, I didn’t know?
In 2003 after attending an antique gun show in rural Princeton Illinois I began to collect Civil War related artifacts, pistols, swords and muskets etc.
Although I always had a love for history, I now began to concentrate on the Civil War and read all that I could. I always enjoyed reading about Lee, Jackson, Stuart and Forest but, in doing so, I began to notice inconsistencies in the Northern argument regarding the cause of the war.
It has always been drummed into our heads in school that the war was fought to end slavery in the South and that’s why the South seceded. I like so many others accepted that until I dug a little deeper.
I found that Lincoln never said he was fighting to free slaves and Jefferson Davis never said he was fighting to keep them. Now I’m not a scholar or historian but, it became obvious the victors had created a assortment of myths in order to take some moral high ground for an unjust war and virtually deify Abraham Lincoln at the same time.
The bottom line is, if the South had freed all the slaves before they seceded, would there still have been a Civil War?
If you don’t know the answer to that question, you’ll have to listen to the CD.
In the months preceding and during this sesquicentennial year I began to see attacks on the Confederate flag and our Southern Heritage increase dramatically. The revisionists and politically correct crowd want to eliminate all celebration of our Confederate historical events and heroes.
That’s when I decided to create this CD and do my part to “Defend the Heritage.”
The only way to see this heritage passed down to the next generation is through education.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people are ignorant of their heritage and the true history of the war.
Finally, after a brief talk with a genealogist recently I learned that I have several ancestors that served the Confederacy during the War Between the States. I discovered that my ancestors served in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and North Carolina and that’s only as far as my research has taken me so far.
Make a long story short, the South and the Confederacy are in my DNA I could not be more delighted about that heritage and I thank God for it.