The Great Unknown: Will Susan Hathaway take the fight to the Yankees following a major loss in Alexandria?

(Image courtesy of the Washington Post)

Via the Washington Post:

“In a town that once took considerable pride in its Confederate past, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously Saturday to change the name of Jefferson Davis Highway and seek permission from the Virginia General Assembly to move a renowned statue of a Confederate soldier in historic Old Town.
The council’s actions went beyond the recommendations of a task force that studied what to do about the city’s controversial Confederate symbols, but not as far as some residents wanted.
After a lengthy public hearing, the council agreed to try to relocate the “Appomattox” statue from the busy intersection of Prince and Washington streets, where thousands of motorists pass it each day. The pensive and unarmed south-facing Confederate soldier would be moved to a local history museum on the same corner.”

The piece goes on to add:

“Opinions from the 18 speakers who lined up to testify Saturday in Alexandria were as heated as if the Civil War had just ended. They spoke in a chamber where a portrait of Robert E. Lee hangs opposite one of George Washington and where the painted backdrop behind the council is of Alexandria during its Union occupation.
Ellen Tabb decried the task force that recommended the changes to the council, noting that none of the members knew Southern history. She said native Virginians had been vilified at the commission’s meetings as “racists, bigots and murderers.”
Bernard Berne, who lives in Arlington, called Jefferson Davis a “tragic hero” who thought secession was legal and who should not be condemned for believing in slavery, which was part of the culture at the time.
The two African American council members, John Taylor Chapman (D) and Willie F. Bailey Sr. (D), repudiated that sentiment. Bailey later said that he was speaking not for himself but for his parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and other ancestors. “To try to say anyone even back then didn’t realize it’s wrong to own a person, that’s not right,” he said.
Others spoke with passion about the need for Alexandria to own up to its past.
“It’s never too late to right a wrong,” said Greg Thrasher, the director of a D.C. and Detroit-based think tank, Plane Ideas. “Yes, black lives matter right now in Alexandria. Black people have civil rights fatigue. How long does it take us to get to equality?””

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You may recall that the Virginia Flaggers offered this veiled threat to raise hate flags just days before the vote:

(Image courtesy of the Virginia Flaggers)

Of course, this opens up a wide range of speculation. Will Hathaway return to inside the Beltway and risk another embarrassing failure? Has Hathaway's "cold day in hell" finally arrived? Will a welcoming committee show up to greet them? All good questions. We will just have to wait and see if Hathaway and company have the resolve to venture into hostile enemy territory and take the fight to the Yankees to "keep the skeer on 'em". Only time will tell.

Restoring the honor!


  1. Exactly how did Danville's landscape change? Some racists raised several flags of treason and racism, but Danville went on. Accomplishment of the Flaggers? None.

    1. That is correct, five years, zero impact. Not a single flag has been returned. Monuments dropping like flies. Now, the possibility that the Flaggers will venture into the belly of the beast? They already committed, now they just have to follow through. I for one cannot wait to see how this one turns out.

  2. The fact is that while the Virginia Flaggers have attracted attention and publicity, very little of it is positive. Much of it is humorous, and some of it is mockery. The same goes for makeshift spokespeople like Chastain.

    In terms of actual accomplishment, the group has been largely a failure. It's been reduced to erecting flagpoles and making much of this in large part because it can't cite any other victories for which it is responsible. The state of Confederate heritage in Virginia today is much less than it was five years ago. The Flaggers have failed to stem the tide.

  3. Not the Flaggers' fault. It is the ISIS mentality, disguised as political correctness in the USA. It got a huge boost from Nikki Haley's fraud in connecting the battle flag at the soldiers' monument with the church shooting.

    The tide will turn eventually, thanks to efforts like the Flaggers'.

    1. Sure. And people will buy your books, too.

    2. Simp:
      "Sure. And people will buy your books, too."

      Connie seems to be doing OK. The cheapest used book is about 10 dollars.

      OTOH...I can get your "Grant: Triumph over Adversity" for 53 cents and "The Political Education of Henry Adams" for 1 cent...

      ...that is, if I wanted them.

    3. If you want to establish a connection between ISIS, a terrorist group, and the Confederacy, you would be far more accurate.

      As for Nikki Haley, what fraud? I don't think she encouraged the murderer to wave the CBF. Also, why honor traitors who fought for slavery? That flag is down and it is staying down.

      However, if you wish to make some asinine comment about people voting to kick Haley and those who supported the removal of that symbol of racism, please go ahead. The results of the people's vote on the matter have been counted in a few instances and those results have not shown the people to want their representatives removed over the removal of the racist symbol.

      As a matter of fact, candidates who espouse support for the racist symbol seem to be faring poorly in the elections. Just ask Corley.

    4. Used book prices (meaning someone's already bought the book) are like that. I supect my print run is a little more than hers.

      You've confused the price of a book with a book's sales. Not surprising given your inability to grasp basic concepts.

      Let's take a look at the Amazon Best Seller numbers:

      By all means, The Political Education of Henry Adams (my masters' thesis) is my worst-selling book. That's because it was meant for a narrow scholarly audience. Even then, C-SPAN brought me on twice to discuss Adams. The book's 20 years old this year, and today it ranks 3,839,777 on Amazon's Best Sellers.

      I think it safe to say that Chastain's two most famous books are Southern Man and Sweet Southern Boys, at least from the amount of time she spent promoting them. Where do they rank? Southern Man is as 6,277,333; Sweet Southern Boys is at 7,619,168.

      So my least popular book, meant for a small audience, is far more popular, according to your own guidepost, Amazon, than either of Chastain's two most popular books ... by a lot.

      Oops, BR. You've been served. By your own standards, Chastain's a failure.

    5. More silence from Chastain ... and BR. :)

  4. Rename JD Hwy? Only part of it goes through Alexandria...


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