“Measure for Measure” – The Gray Ghost and Yankee Barbarity

It was not an act of revenge, but a judicial sentence to save not only the lives of my own men, but the lives of the enemy.  It had that effect.  I regret that fate thrust such a duty upon me; I do not regret that I faced and performed it.” – John S. Mosby, in retaliation to George Custer’s savagery

I’m only in my early 30s, but when I was a young child, my great grandmother (the keeper of the Confederate family flame) would describe to me, with much admiration and respect, the adventures and exploits of The Gray Ghost – Virginia’s own John Singleton Mosby, as well as, his dashing and brave cavaliers, Mosby’s Rangers.

Mosby was a man of the noblest qualities – a gallant soldier, a punishing adversary (to the American Empire) and a man who believed in the ideals of honor and chivalry. However, when confronted with the absolute barbarity of Yankee atrocities – spurned on by their own impotence and incompetence at defeating the elusive Ghost – Mosby understood and applied Lex talionis (“The Law of Retaliation”).

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The War on “Evil” – Alawites & Branch Davidians

“Assad gassed his own people, we must fight evil wherever it rears its ugly head!” This is the typical narrative that the media, establishment politicians, ordinary people, and even (and unfortunately) President Donald Trump parrot when confronted about justifications for recently attacking the Syrian Shayrat airbase. On the surface this is a compelling argument (assuming the accusations of intentional gassing are true). However, I think it behooves us to deconstruct this narrative and look deeper at the issue.

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No Surrender to the Syrian Snafu

The blackpill. Most seasoned readers will understand that phrase, but for those who aren’t initiated in the jargon of the Alt-Right (or Alt-South) movement, it means that we have to swallow some bitter medicine.

We said all along that we understood Trump was not /ourguy/. He was simply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and a vehicle to open the national dialogue in our favor. Certainly we have come a long way. We can still credit Trump for helping to cement our movement of ideas and a springboard for recruiting. But in the wake of the Syrian missile strike (and now talks of regime change) we can no longer depend on him for anything that he promised during his campaign.

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Bushrod & Gracie – My Kind of Yankees

Unwilling to break their military servitude to the American Empire, many Southern-born officers (really traitors by any meaningful definition) remained loyal to the Union, but a surprising number of amicable and sympathetic Northerners (Copperheads and other patriots) joined the Confederacy. These sometimes conflicted men were usually disavowed by their families and considered as turncoats in their native states. Some, but certainly not all, were treated by suspicion by Southern soldiers and officers.

Some died in battle, others imprisoned and many left destitute and penniless after the war. The sad fact that these brave men have been forgotten is a testament to the war on our history. This article looks at two in particular – the feisty and rebellious Ohioan, Bushrod Johnson, and the honorable and beloved New Yorker, Archibald Gracie III.

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A Forgotten Hero: James Graham, Marquess of Montrose

 Above: James Graham (left) and Thomas Jackson (right).  Both men are famous for that which they accomplished during just one year of their lives (1644-1645 and 1862-1863 respectively).

This is a short summary of the life and times of James Graham, one of the most interesting and admirable figures in British history (in my humble opinion).  His story caught my eye some time ago, but I have only recently begun looking into it.  Join me, dear reader, as we explore the life of James Graham, “The Great Montrose.”

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