This week’s TBR Radio Presents The Dixie Heritage Hour has two guests.
First, Dr. Ed calls James King. James is a regular columnist in the Canadian Free Press and a Georgia Commander for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Commander King had 14 ancestors who died in the War Between the States.
His Great-Grandfather Edward B. King served in the 18th North Carolina, the unit that became famous for accidentally wounding Stonewall Jackson.
His other great-grandfather, on his mother’s side, fought in the battles at Natural Bridge and Olustee, Florida. The battle at Natural Bridge was a Confederate victory that prevented the Yanks from capturing Tallahassee. After the war his maternal ancestors migrated from Florida to Georgia where they were among the founders of the town of Moultree.
Before the War Between the States his maternal great-great grandfather and uncle were officers in the Revolution and he talks a little about them as well.
Commander King tells of how a couple of his ancestors owned slaves. He explains the doctrine of “Presentism” whereby people in our modern day judge and ridicule people of previous eras using the morals and ideals of the modern day. He explains why this is an unjust and inaccurate standard by which to judge not only his ancestors but all peoples of the Antebellum era.
He also explains how the Sons of Confederate Veterans camp that he leads purchased a parcel of ground, built a park upon it, and related the old Confederate monument that had been removed in Albany, Georgia to this privately owned property where it is displayed in a beautiful setting.
Also discussed is that there was only one cause for the War, and it was not slavery, but there were several causes for secession. Our guest talks about two of them.
The genetic and hereditary make-up of Southerners was different than that of Northerners. And this was the cause for cultural and philosophical differences that simply could not be reconciled.
After hanging up with Commander King, Dr. Ed calls Commander Clint Lacy.
His ancestor William Nathaniel Ingraham who was one of the ten men selected to personally guard Confederate President Jefferson Davis during his retreat from Richmond. He was with President Davis in Georgia when they were both captured.
He also had paternal great-great uncles who served in Kentucky and Mississippi units.
According to Clint, all of his ancestors, “went in privates and came out privates.”
The show ends with John Schneider singing “I Dream of Tumbleweeds.”