THE LOST CAUSE MYTH 
 
In case you’ve never heard the phrase, let me fill you in. This is how the mainstream wards of the Civil War narrative choose to define those of us who love and honor our Confederate ancestors. 
 
Here is their textbook definition of the lost cause, from the Encyclopedia of Virginia: 
 
“The Lost Cause is an interpretation of the American Civil War that seeks to present the war, from the perspective of Confederates, in the best possible terms…the Lost Cause created and romanticized the “Old South” and the Confederate war effort, often distorting history in the process…many historians have labeled the Lost Cause a myth or a legend.” 
 
The Lost Cause is further defined by six bullet points: 
Secession, not slavery, caused the Civil War. 
African Americans were “faithful slaves,” loyal to their masters and the Confederate cause and unprepared for the responsibilities of freedom. 
The Confederacy was defeated militarily only because of the Union’s overwhelming advantages in men and resources. 
Confederate soldiers were heroic and saintly. 
The most heroic and saintly of all Confederates, perhaps of all Americans, was Robert E. Lee. 
Southern women were loyal to the Confederate cause and sanctified by the sacrifice of their loved ones. 
 
All those sure sound like the truth to me, but I digress. 
 
In a nutshell, modern historians attempt to de-bunk all that we believe. They say our history is a lie. The war was all about slavery. Blacks down South were all treated horribly. Robert E. Lee and our Christian ancestors were a bunch of traitorous-evil men. The list goes on. 
 
I’ve heard it said that you can tell a lot about a man by what his enemies have to say about him. And surely, history screams of the virtuous character of Robert E. Lee, so much so that it’s nearly impossible to refute. But Lee wasn’t the only marbled Confederate whose enemies spoke highly of him prior to, during, and after the war. Stonewall Jackson is another one of these men. 
 
This week I stumbled upon a piece of history Concerning the death of Jackson and it had me thinking about “the lost cause myth.” The article was published in a Staunton, Virginia newspaper in 1863, and records the statements of one of the Norths most well-known abolitionists and devout Congregationalist preachers, Henry Ward Beecher. Please take the time to read his statements: 
 
Staunton Vindicator, Volume XVIII (18), Number 16, 5 June, 1863, Henry Ward Beecher’s Opinion of Stonewall Jackson: 
 
“A brave and honest foe has fallen! Thomas Jonathan Jackson had died of wounds received in the confusion of the battle of Chancellorsville at the hands of his own men! There is not left another man in the South to take his place, and Richmond papers scarcely exaggerate when the say that the Confederacy could better have lost fifty thousand men! Good in counsel, his peculiar excellence was in the field—We know of no man on either side that surpassed him, if any equaled, in handling an army. 
 
We are in some respects better judges of his military talents than Southern men. Since we felt the blow which they only saw dealt. It is certain that no other man has impressed the imagination of our soldiers and the whole community so much as he. An unknown name at the beginning of the war, save to his brother officers, and to his classed in the military school at Lexington, Virginia, his footsteps were earliest in the field from which now death has withdrawn them. But in two years he has made his name familiar in every civilized land on the globe as a general of rare skill, resource and energy. 
 
No other general of the South could develop so much power out of the slender and precarious means, by the fervid inspiration of his own mind, as Jackson. He had a solute control of his men, seeming almost to fascinate them. He drove them through marches long and difficult. Without resources, feeding them as best he could; he delivered battles as thunder could discharges bolts, and, if the fortunes were against him, then, with even more remarkable skill than in advancing, he held him men together in retreat, and with extraordinary address encourage, eluded pursuit, sometimes fighting sometimes fleeing, till he brought off his forces safely. Then, almost before the dust was laid upon the warpath, his face was again towards his enemies, and he was ready for renewed conflict. His whole soul was in his work. He had no doubts nor parleyings within himself. He put the whole force of his being into his blows for the worst cause man ever fought for, as few of our generals have ever learned to do for the best cause for which trumpet ever sounded. Henceforth we know him no more after flesh. He is no longer a foe. We think of him now as a noble-minded gentleman, a rare and eminent Christian! For years he has been an active member of the presbyterian church, of which he was a ruling elder. He never, in all the occupations of the camp, or temptations of the campaigns, lost the fervor of his piety, or remitted his Christian duties. 
 
We know that before every important move spend much time in prayer. He had so put his soul in the keeping of his Master that he was relieved from all thought of self, and had the whole power of his life ready for his work. Officers of Fremont’s army who pursued him and his famous retreat from the Shenandoah Valley, found him to be greatly beloved by the common people among whom, in former times, he had labored, in prayer meetings, in temperance meetings, in every Christian word and work. No wonder he fought well along a region whose topography he had mapped down with prayers, exhortations in Christian labor. 
 
He was unselfish. He fought neither for reputation now, nor for future personal advancement. He therefore did not fall into the ruinous habits of our generals who are always negating to do the things that can be done, because they are small, but squander time in men and patience in getting ready for great battles, which elude them or defeat them. He incessantly struck on the right and on the left, and kept alive the fire in the heart of the ill-clad, poorly-fed and overworked men by the excitement of the enterprise and the constant relish of victory small in detail but who some was all important. 
 
Let no man suppose that the north will triumph over a fallen son with insulting graduations! Nowhere else will the name of Jackson be more honored. Not for the adhesion to the cause of slavery, but for his untarnished personal character, for his devout piety, and for his military genius.” 
 
Now, you might be wondering, why would an abolitionist and close relative (brother) of Harriet Beech Stowe (author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin) be praising and eulogizing “a slave-supporting, treasonous rebel” like Thomas Stonewall Jackson? There are some mighty-bold statements within this article. And it’s not to suggest that all Northerners felt this way about Jackson—but it does speak volumes against what our foes call “the lost cause myth.” 
 
First, Jackson is not only eulogized by a Northern foe, but recognized and commended, Including his military and tactical prowess, battlefield reputation, tenacious bravery, unequalled handling of an army, and great Christian character. Second, Beecher cites the northern awareness that our Southern boys were, “ill-clad, poorly fed and overworked.”—at a disadvantage. Surely even statistics clearly show the monetary, personnel, and supply advantage that the invader possessed over the South. Third, we read a clear cause for Jacksons fight and death, “Nowhere else will the name of Jackson be more honored. Not for the adhesion to the cause of slavery, but for his untarnished personal character, for his devout piety, and for his military genius.” In just one article, a northern abolitionist in the middle of the Civil War, cites many of the claims that the anti-Confederate crowd either calls a myth or lie. So, was Henry Ward Beecher just another liar perpetuating the lost cause myth—or was he simply speaking the truth? You decide. But I guarantee, some “educated” anti-Confederate will claim this article is simply made-up—fabricated just like the hundreds of historical articles which refute their narrative and vindicate the Southern cause…the lost cause. 
 
Sources: The ConfConfederate Shop 
The Encyclopedia of Virginia
                                                     DEO VINDICE: 
                          THE SWORD OF TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL
 

This week the statue of Jefferson Davis which was torn down in Richmond, was put on display in a museum. The museum made a point to say that they were leaving it and displaying it in exactly the condition the mob left it. It is now a shrine for the savages to go view their handiwork. 
 
They destroy, but we build up. For every monument that falls beneath the hands of American-ISIS, thousands of flags go up. Books fill bookshelves. We are fighting for our very survival. 
 
This newsletter is falling between two so-called “independence days”—Juneteenth and July 4th. Both mark destructive days for the South. Juneteenth has been propped up by the Marxists as yet another federal holiday to squeeze out the real remembrances of the South—like Lee-Jackson Day. And while July 4, 1776 has noble history; July 4, 1863 marked the beginning of the end for the independence of Dixie. For generations, many southerners refused to celebrate the broken promise of Independence Day—choosing instead to remember the horrors of Vicksburg and Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. 
 
Even now, the Spirit of ’76 is under attack by the Marxists as they seek to erase everything from our history as “racist.” 
 
Source: The Confederate Shop