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  1. Froston Back permalink
    November 4, 2013 8:51 pm

    There are times when I read one man’s opinion that I am truly unable to tell whether that opinion was formed from stupidity, ignorance, or an outright attempt to deceive. At best, the author is simply ignorant; at worst, the author is attempting outright deception. I’m willing to give —– the benefit of the doubt and conclude that the opinions he expressed in reference to Jerry Patterson’s heritage are simply a product of ignorance and misinformation as opposed to a nefarious politically motivated attempt to misinform the great citizens of Texas.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I will point out that I am a proud member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and a former national officer and alumnus of the Children of the Confederacy. I will also say this – anyone who suggests that our mutual interest in our family’s heritage and the causes for which they fought is born of racism or a belief in the institution of slavery is ignorant of the organization and likely has neither met nor bothered to discuss the issue with honorable men like Jerry Patterson who take their family’s history very seriously. I know a great many men like Jerry Patterson and, although I don’t have the pleasure of knowing him personally, I am willing to bet there is no trace of racism in that man’s soul or character.

    Our ancestors, including my 2nd Great Grandfather who was a 1st Lieutenant in the 15th Alabama, by and large fought for their right to self-determination. The oldest and most sacred principles of our Republic is the belief that a people have a right to choose their own government even when it means abolishing existing political ties and/or forming new allegiances. The American Revolution was fought on this principle as was the War Between the States. The southern states had no intention of interfering with the right of other states to remain in the Union. They did not raise armies to invade the Union. They did not want war and valued peace. The average Confederate soldier fought for his right to self-determine his own government.

    The Confederate soldier had little to no food, he often fought without shoes, he fought without shelter in the evening, he fought with little of the supplies that an army of the time required, and he even had to often fight without adequate ammunition. In short – the Confederate army suffered hardships well beyond what an observer from that day may have considered possible. And, yet, they fought to the end.

    The Confederate army did not terrorize the citizens of the Union. There was no Confederate policy of terrorizing civilians, burning homes, putting cities to the torch, or otherwise committing unspeakable crimes as a matter of course. This was the honorable Confederate soldier that Jerry Patterson honors. I suspect that anyone who criticizes the honoring of such men has never faced hardship in war the way the southern man did. As Americans, we ought to honor the duty and sacrifice of those willing to lay down their lives for something greater than themselves – the right to have a government of our own choosing.

    For the cause will never be lost,
    Froston Back

  2. April 8, 2014 10:17 pm


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