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Monday, March 25, 2013
Via Ninety Miles From Tyranny
Thanks to a comment from JFP below for the video.
Thanks to a comment from JFP below for the video.
Lincoln summoned former North Carolinian Edward Stanly from California in early 1862 to assume the role of governor and rule North Carolina from a few occupied counties near New Bern. Eventually losing faith in his Northern associates, Stanly wrote Charles Sumner of Massachusetts describing the vandalism of the Northern army after observing “thousands and thousands of dollars worth of property conveyed North….Libraries, pianos, carpets, mirrors, family portraits, everything….that could be removed was stolen by men….preaching liberty, justice and civilization. I was informed that one regiment of abolitionists had conveyed North more that 40,000 dollars worth of property. They literally robbed the cradle and the grave.” Below, Governor Zebulon Vance responds to a letter from Stanly announcing his appointment by Lincoln.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
“Dismiss Your Hopes for the Subjugation of North Carolina”
Governor Zebulon B. Vance to Edward Stanly, Nov. 24, 1862:
“Coming to the people who had often honored you, in the wake of destroying armies; assuming you to be governor of the State by the Suffrages of abolition bayonets red with the blood of your kindred and friends, how could you expect it to be otherwise?
Do you not know sir, that your name is execrated, and only pronounced with curses in North Carolina. Could any sane citizen believe in the “blessings” which you propose to bestow upon the people whom you betrayed and seek to subjugate, or trust your professions of a desire to mitigate the evils of war, in the presence of damnable atrocities every day almost under our very eye, upon a defenceless and unarmed people?
Are you aware, Sir, of the shooting of a private citizen, of the burnings of the villages of Hamilton and Williamston, turning naked women and children out upon the bare earth, and of the vandal destruction of property on the Roanoke by Gen. Foster’s command recently? Do you know the fact that two helpless females were recently, almost in gun-shot of the town of New Bern, seized by a brutal soldiery -- “With liberty of the bloody hand, And conscience wide as hell” -- and forced to submit to the last and crowning outrage which can be inflicted on the sex?
Are you informed Sir, lastly, that even the sleeping dust of the dead – of the great and good dead of North Carolina has been robbed of its covering in sight of that man who speaks of himself as a “son of North Carolina,” “Solicitous of her honor,” who comes to “Confer blessings” and who “thanks heaven that he is a representative of a government” &c?”
When you use your influence to suppress the outrages of your associates, nay when you avow yourself ashamed of them, then and not till then, will your professions be entitled to slightest credence.
No Sir, the people of North Carolina know all these things, and have learned well the character of their foes, and the nature of his “blessings” in store for them. Her “Chief Magistrate” too appreciates her position, and glories in the fact that he represents a people who are prepared for the worst and have sincerely resolved to endure it all, even as their fathers did, which a merciless foe can inflict, for the sacred cause of liberty and independence.
Dismiss therefore your hopes of the subjugation of North Carolina through the weakness and baseness of her people. She may be subjugated, you may reach her Capitol and take possession of her government, the fortunes of war are fickle. But I assure you upon the honor of a Son, who will follow as he has followed and maintained her, whether right or wrong, who has every means of knowing the sentiments of her people, that you can only do so over the dead bodies of the men who once respected you, through the smoking ashes of the homes which once greeted you with hospitable welcome, and through fields desolated, which once gladdened your eye, rich with the glorious harvest of peace.”
(The Papers of Zebulon B. Vance, Frontis W. Johnson, editor, NCDAH, 1963, pp. 391-393)
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial
“The Official Website of the North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission”
Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1846, well-known Wilmingtonian businessman, author and philanthropist James Sprunt was a young seventeen year-old who took to sea aboard blockade runners during the War. A successful cotton merchant after the war, he also held the position of British vice consul, German consul, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Navigation and Pilotage, and served as President of: the Seamen’s Friend Society, State Literary and Historical Association of North Carolina, and North Carolina Folk Lore Society – and was a Trustee of the University of North Carolina. His most famous work is entitled “Chronicles of the Cape Fear, published in 1914. When asked on one occasion what suggestion from his experience in life he would offer the young, he replied, “Unswerving integrity, sobriety, perseverance, out-of-door exercise, and faith in the goodness of God.”
A Young Purser Hoisting the Rebel Colors:
“He came to manhood in a troubled time. The War Between the States had begun. The Federal Government proclaimed a blockade of Southern ports. The natural advantages of Wilmington made it an ideal port for blockade runners, as there were two entrances to the river and as the slope of the beach for miles is very gradual to deep water. Therefore, a light draft steamer, hard pressed by the enemy, could run along the outer edge of the breakers without great risk of grounding, whereas the pursuer, being usually of deeper draft, was obliged to keep farther off shore.
In the third year of the War at age seventeen, he took passage on a blockade runner to Bermuda with the promise of a position on the North Heath, a vessel then building on the Clyde. When she arrived at Bermuda, Captain [Thomas] Burroughs, her commander, who had successfully run the blockade twelve times….[on the] Cornubia, appointed him purser of the North Heath.
But shortly after sailing from St. George, Bermuda, bound for Wilmington, they ran into a hurricane and for two days and nights were in imminent danger of their lives. For an entire night she wallowed like a log in a trough of mountainous waves….the water had risen in her hold until every one of the fourteen furnaces was extinguished. Eventually the captain…got the ship under control and she was put about and headed back to Bermuda for repairs. A little later….[Sprunt] was appointed purser of the steamer Lilian [under Captain John Newland Maffitt], and on this vessel he passed through all the dangers and exciting experiences of a daring blockade runner.
[The USS Shenandoah] log of Saturday, July 30, 1864, off Cape Lookout says: “At 3:45PM sighted a steamer [Lilian] burning black smoke to the eastward; made all sail in chase. At 5:45PM he showed rebel colors…[and] began to fire at him with the 30 and 150 pounder rifle Parrott….at 8PM stopped firing, gave up the chase, stopped engines.”
Of this Dr. Sprunt wrote half a century afterwards: “….it was I who hoisted those “rebel” colors on that eventful day fifty-five years ago: and thereby hangs the tale.” Then follows the blood-stirring story of the Lilian, loaded to the hatch combings with gunpowder for Lee’s army; of her hundred-mile chase and bombardment by the Shenandoah, of the “fearful accuracy” of the cruiser’s gunnery….the young purser’s sensations as the hurtling shells passed only a few feet from his head…..the bursting of one of her boilers, reducing her to a desperate condition, of her wonderful escape after nightfall….and on the following morning, though badly crippled, passed through the Federal fleet off Fort Fisher under furious fire from the whole [Northern] squadron and steamed into Wilmington with her cargo of powder.
On the third outward voyage the Lilian was chased and bombarded for five hours by five Federal cruisers, disabled by a shot below the water line and captured, and James Sprunt, sharing the fate of his associates, became a prisoner of war (August 24, 1864) and was confined for some time in a casemate of Fort Macon.
In company with Pilot “Jim Billy” Craig, afterwards well-known as the Reverend J.W. Craig, an honored minister of the Methodist Church, he escaped from prison and they made their way to Halifax, Nova Scotia. His last service afloat in the War was as purser of the Confederate steamer Susan Beirne, of which Eugene Maffitt [son of Captain John Newland Maffitt] was chief officer, and he continued on this blockade runner until the fall of Fort Fisher.”
(Source: James Sprunt, A Tribute from the City of Wilmington, Edwards & Broughton, 1925, pp. 12-18)
The $outhern Poverty Law Center ($PLC) is calling for a federal crackdown on “conspiracy-minded anti-government Patriot groups.” In a statement released today to coincide with the publication of the Spring issue of the $PLC newsletter Investigative Report, the Center warned of “an 813-percent rise since 2008″ of “conspiracy-minded antigovernment Patriot groups” and requested Attorney-General Eric Holder form an “interagency task force to assess the adequacy of federal resources devoted to the threat.”
“As in the period before the Oklahoma City bombing, we now are seeing ominous threats from those who believe that the government is poised to take their guns,” $PLC President Richard Cohen was quoted in the press release. Cohen is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.
A Google Maps map created by the $PLC to accompany their press release displays location and brand data for the 1,360 organizations the Center says exist. A sampling of locations:
More with poll @ ParaPolitical
Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned.A source tipped Breitbart News off to the First Daughters’ spring vacation, which was not publicly announced or reported.
Breitbart subsequently confirmed President Barack Obama’s daughters’ trip with other sources. Both the White House and the Atlantis resort declined to confirm the report or comment, but another guest provided a photograph of Sasha and Malia at the resort.
Social media, including Twitter and Facebook, have also carried reports of the First Daughters' presence at Atlantis. One person who is at the resort wrote: “Rumor confirmed: friends saw the first daughters with a gaggle of friends being escorted to the held elevator.”
Via Twitter, another person wrote: “Obama daughters at the same restaurant as me...in the bahamas.”
More @ Breitbart
The Hill is reporting that John McCain (R-AZ), who has affixed his name to such legislation or proposed legislation as McCain-Feingold (CFR), McCain-Kennedy (immigration) and McCain-Lieberman (climate change), is a key player in the quest to expand background check for gun purchasers.Also "considering" signing on are Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). The proposal contains some "compromises" such as letting "rural gun owners conduct background checks from their home computers. Another would give military veterans who have been declared mentally unfit to own a gun a process for appealing that finding."
McCain has a B+ rating from the NRA and Heller has an A, for the time being. According to the Hill, their support for background checks lends some credibility to the effort to recruit further support from senate Republicans. Other possible supporters do not rate as well by the NRA, Collins has a C- and Mark Kirk (R-IL), who is already on board, has an F.
More @ Breitbart
"Unholy alliances" could become a concern
First, the number of the bill we are fighting is S. 649. Harry Reid introduced it on Thursday and brought it directly onto the Senate calendar. This means the bill can now come up at any time — probably soon after the Easter recess is over.
Second, the bill is a lot worse than even we anticipated.
We expected it to contain the Veterans Gun Ban, which would mean that you would sell, gift, or raffle a gun in America at the risk of a 15-year prison sentence because of something you didn't know about the veteran/buyer.
But, surprisingly to us, the Far Left has convinced Reid to include the original Schumer version of the Universal Registry Bill. This would ban private sales of firearms, unless purchasers first get the permission from the government. If Senators can pass this de facto registration bill, they will be well on the way to confiscation (see, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York, who has a gun owner registry and has called for gun confiscation). If this bill is passed, Senators will claim that they "broke the back" of gun owners in America.
Third, there is still every evidence that Reid will move to proceed to the bill under "regular order," which means he will need 60 votes to advance to the "gun control buffet."
GOA has been talking and making our case with a host of Senate Republicans, and we would hope that everyone in the Senate understands the importance of stopping the "motion to proceed" to Reid's gun control legislation.
Fourth, as we predicted, anti-gun zealots have begun to use the "ObamaCare Paradigm" to threaten, bribe, and coerce senators into submission on the most far-reaching aspects of gun control, including Feinstein's proposal to ban shotguns, rifles and handguns that millions of Americans legally own. So if the "motion to proceed" to S. 649 is adopted with 60 votes, then Feinstein's ban could be passed in the Senate with only 50 votes (plus Biden). Click here for a more technical explanation as to how this would occur.
Already, articles are being published to intimidate any Democratic Senator who votes against any gun control and threatening them with the prospect of facing an anti-gun primary challenger — just like we saw on ObamaCare.
Fifth, there may be unholy alliances at work which could succeed in achieving a dangerous gun control compromise. One Capitol Hill newspaper is now reporting that "Sen. Joe Manchin and the National Rifle Association are quietly engaged in private talks on a proposal to broaden background checks on purchasers of firearms." We hope this is not true, however you should be aware of this report and use whatever contacts you have to prevent this from happening. Be assured, you can rely on Gun Owners of America to never engage in any compromises!
ACTION: The strategy remains: We need to defeat this bill by filibustering and voting down the "motion to proceed" to S. 649. Please contact your senators and distribute this alert far and wide.