An act of desperation...
|(Images courtesy of the Suffolk News-Herald)|
Folks, I was quite surprised recently, to read this article in the Suffolk News-Herald by Tracy Agnew about a free born black named Anthony Boone, who the author implied was a black Confederate soldier.
“More than 100 people of all skin tones gathered Saturday to honor a Confederate veteran who was receiving a headstone for the first time, more than 87 years after his death.
Anthony Boone enlisted in 1862 and served with the Peninsula Light Artillery. His service took him to Lamberts Point, Portsmouth, Towne Point, Suffolk, Richmond, Manassas and Gordonsville.
But unlike most people’s idea of a Confederate soldier, Boone was black — born free as a direct descendant of Joe Skeeter, the European land surveyor for whom the Skeetertown area was named.
“The decision to serve with the South baffled some,” said Katherine Boone Hamilton, the great-great-niece of Anthony Boone. Her great-grandfather, Jason Boone, Anthony’s brother, also served with the Confederacy.”
The author adds:
"“It really was brother against brother, and it didn’t make any difference whether they were white or black,” said Frank Earnest, heritage defense coordinator for the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Earnest said the reason blacks in the South would have taken up arms against the North is simple.
“What is so different about the black Confederate soldier? Absolutely nothing,” he said. “They came together in defense of their native land.”"
But folks, here is the problem with all of that, primary source documents show that Boone was not a soldier at all. The pension application submitted by Anthony Boone on August 5, 1926, was for “A person who served the Confederate States in the war between the States as a body servant, cook, hostler or teamster, or who worked on the Confederate breastworks, under Act approved March 14, 1924.” There was a completely separate application for soldiers and sailors. Here is an example of one such application.
|Anthony Boone's pension application. (Images courtesy of the Library of Virginia)|
When asked, "In what branch of the service were you employed?” Boone's answer was, “principally throwing up breastworks with Capt Jones & Calahan.” And when asked, “What service did you render?” Boone's reply was, “Worked in trenches, throwing up breastworks, commencing at Lambert’s Point, Portsmouth, Town Point, Suffolk, Richmond and then worked in the woods, getting ties for rail road at Manassas”. But folks, the most galling part of this is not Tracy Agnew's shoddy journalism, nor Frank Earnest's clear attempt at deception of the public, but the absolutely pathetic attempt by Carl Roden to steer people away from the truth. I tried to correct this false narrative in the comments section of the article, only to find Mr. Roden directly lying to the public, in a sad attempt to head them off from reading the truth about Mr. Boone, the truth which directly refutes the entirely concocted lie that he was a soldier. Mr. Roden is so pathetic in fact, that he falsely claimed that the links I had posted to image files sourced from the Library of Virginia, were viruses. Fortunately, the public isn't as dumb as the pond scum that constitute the Confederate Heritage movement like Mr. Roden.
|Carl Roden tells a bold faced lie. (Images courtesy of the Suffolk News-Herald)|
Folks, what more can I say? I'll just let this photo speak for itself.
|Susan Hathaway and Carl Roden, two people who shouldn't lecture anyone on morals. (Image courtesy of Facebook)|
Apparently, telling the truth is not a part of Mr. Roden's moral code. Mr. Roden is welcome to dispute the fact that Mr. Boone WAS NOT a soldier below, but folks, don't wait for that to happen, because people like Mr. Roden have zero integrity. They are the lowest of the low.
Restoring the honor!