Today, Washington and Lee announced that Lee Chapel would be closed on the weekend because they feel "threatened" by the presence of those who will come to peacefully protest the removal of Confederate flags from Robert E. Lee's grave. All scheduled events are not even near W&L or Lee Chapel, so this is obviously a PR stunt contrived by W&L to make it appear as if we intend harm to Lee Chapel or its staff. The last people on earth that would cause any harm at Lee Chapel would be those of us trying to oppose the University's actual desecration of it. This is reminiscent of Mayor Elrod calling in the State Police Swat team to point rifles at participants in a similar gathering in 2011 in which there was not a single incident. It is also an intimidation tactic. However, just at the Civil Rights leaders had to be harassed by the powers that be, degraded, and attacked, I think we can survive this quite well.
LEXINGTON RALLY - JULY 26TH
How should decent people react to the cowardly violation of the memorial for an American Icon? Are we so ignorant as to believe the argument that people cannot understand why flags would be at a deceased general's memorial and grave? Why has this happened and what can be done about it?
These are all questions that will be addressed on Saturday, July 26 at an open community meeting to be held at the Holiday Inn Express on N. Lee Highway at 4pm featuring a talk by Dr. Marshall DeRosa, Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University entitled “The Heroical Robert E. Lee: Under Attack by the Useful Idiots of the Ruling Class.” Following Dr. DeRosa's presentation attendees will be invited to express their concerns and to offer ideas and solutions for an ongoing response to the crisis.
We encourage attendees to join us in downtown Lexington at Hopkins Green from Noon to 3pm for a Flag Vigil and Rally to be maintained against what we consider no less than grave robbery by the administration of Washington and Lee. We will be addressed by former Congressman Ben Jones, incoming SCV Chief-of-Heritage-Operations. (Ben Jones is well known for his role as “Cooter” in the Dukes of Hazard series). We will also be addressed by David Chaltas, an educator who portrays Robert E. Lee, who will address the myths, lies, and misconceptions of Lee's post-war views.
Hopkins Green is located at the intersection of Jefferson and Nelson Streets in Lexington. Portable toilets and water will be provided on site. Information on parking and facilities can be found below. The Holiday Inn Express is located at 880 N. Lee Highway (near the I-64 interchange) behind Applebees.
Rules: 1) Be a gentleman or lady 2) No souvenir or historically inaccurate flags 3) Stay off W&L campus property, stay on the public street sidewalks and other designated areas 4) Racial animus is not welcomed from any party.
The Stonewall Brigade SCV strongly condemns the cowardice act of graver robbery that just occurred at the hands of the Washington & Lee University's administration. The university removed the Confederate flags from Robert E. Lee's memorial and tomb in Lee Chapel after the complaints of some "offended" students. Had this cowardice act occurred at any other military cemetery at the grave of any other veteran, we would immediately demand the arrest of the wrong doers. It is a shame and disgrace to desecrate the grave of an American Icon or any military veteran for that matter.
CALL TO ACTION:
Please contact the university personel below to express your displeasure in a strong, thoughtful, but intelligent manner. Please notify your friends about this and especially any W&L alumni or donors you know.Washington & Lee University Contact Information:
Mr. Kenneth Ruscio
Washington and Lee University
204 West Washington Street
Washington and Lee University
Washington Hall 214
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Secretary of the University:
James D. Farrar, Jr.
Washington & Lee University
203 Washington Hall
Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees:
Washington & Lee University
202 Washington Hall
On the day of Robert E. Lee's funeral in 1870 a group of Lee's admirers decided to form an association for the purpose of erecting a monument to his memory. The final result was sculptor Edward Valentine's “Recumbent Lee,” dedicated at the Lee Chapel in Lexington on 28 June 1883.
For More information on the Lee Memorial Association and the Lee Mausoleum at Lee Chapel:
LAWS CONCERNING GRAVES AND MEMORIALS IN VIRGINIA:
The Stonewall Brigade Camp is an organization of male descendants of Confederate soldiers and is a part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. We are a historical and fraternal group which seeks to preserve the memory of the deeds and valor of our Confederate forefathers through educational outreach. We conduct regular meetings, social outings, memorial services, and living history events. Our ladies regularly join us in joint meetings and activities through our sister organization the Lee-Jackson Chapter, Order of Confederate Rose. If you are interested in preserving or learning about your family's Confederate history with the support and fellowship of others, then we want to hear from you!
"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish."
The Stonewall Brigade Camp meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please contact us to confirm our location prior to attending a meeting. We typically meet at the Holiday Inn Express, but not exclusively. Meetings begin with refreshments at 6:30pm and the meeting at 7pm.
Thunder in the Valley
McCausland’s Resistance and Hunter’s 1864 Virginia Raid
Sept. 11–14, 2014 | Va Horse Center | Lexington, VA
Witness the 150th anniversary events of the 1864 Union Raid and Confederate Resistance through Virginia. Activities include cavalry ride, reenactment, dance and conference.