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Who is a Rebel

By A Notable Confederate

     Reverend A. T. Goodloe, author of “Some Rebel Relics,” has a letter from a gentleman in South Carolina complaining at the title of his book. Mr. Goodloe quotes from a memorial speech made at a Tennessee reunion by Hon. Ed Baxter in reply, in which he said:      “The history of the English people is a history of rebels struggling to maintain their rights and liberties against the tyranny and oppression of the governing powers. To the American citizen who has carefully read the history of the race from which we sprang, the term rebel conveys no suspicion of dishonor or reproach. It is a term which tyrannical governments have at all times … continue reading.

The Story of a Gourd Head

By A Notable Confederate

     What caused me to construct a “gourd head” is more than I care to explain, unless it was suggested by his Satanic majesty. As to how I utilized it read and see. One day in the winter of 1863 I found, near camps, a long-handle gourd about the size of a man’s head, and out of such material as I could command I covered it, dressed it with hair from beef tails, etc., until, at a short distance, it resembled somewhat a man’s head. Before it was perfected I was detailed to go on out-post duty, and took my masked gourd with me, intending to give it the finishing touches. At this date the … continue reading.

Opposed to the Name Rebellion

By A Notable Confederate

Submitted by Reverend J. William Jones, University of Virginia, July 18, 1894.      Let me add my earnest and hearty protest against calling our war the “Rebellion.” It was no a rebellion, and we were not rebels and traitors. George Washington was a rebel because he fought against properly constituted  and legal authority, and if he, had failed he would probably have been tried as a rebel, and executed as a traitor. But Jefferson Davis was no rebel, when he led the great struggle to maintain proper authority, to uphold law and constitution; and when the Federal Government held him as a prisoner they never dared to bring him to trial, because they knew, under … continue reading.

Horrible Deed by Federals in Virginia

By A Notable Confederate

[Capt. John H. Grabill sends a clipping from the Richmond Dispatch with an account by Mr. R. D. Stewart, of Baltimore, and gives a careful version of the event. It concerns the murder of David Getz by command of Gen. George A. Custer.]      The article differs in some of the details from the present account which I have secured from persons who were present and are still living in Woodstock (Virginia). The writer personally knew the small family, consisting of Andrew Getz, Elizabeth, his wife, and their simple-minded son, David. David was about 30 years of age. The family lived in a small house close to the Methodist Church, and for the rent of … continue reading.

‘Tween de White Folks and de yankees

By A Notable Confederate

by John Dinkins, New Orleans, Louisiana      The Northern people first called it “The War of the Rebellion,” later, they called it “The Civil War,” and continue to do so. We do not believe it was a civil war, but a “War Between the States.” The National Dictionary defines a “civil war” as “pertaining to the relations between the citizens of a State,” while the war in the sixties was between all the States in the Union. Mr. Davis said it was “a war between the States,” and that is good authority – but now comes a different definition which may settle the matter to the satisfaction of some people anyway.      Some time back … continue reading.