Monthly Archives: June 2014

You Should Have Seen It In Color


Our friend, Brion McClanahan, on The Abbeville Institute blog has posted some photos by a Danish artist named Zuzah, and linked to his website and Facebook page. Zuzah has colorised many old photos, a lot of them from the War Between the States. The colorisation is respectful, and it’s hard to describe how it affected me seeing many of my heroes in color, as I might see them walk down a boulevard today, were they still with us. I found it profoundly moving.

Here is a sample to whet your appetite:

General Lee in Colour

I would encourage all compatriots to read The Abbeville Institute website regularly, and consider joining (minimum membership fee is $50 per year). This organisation, which includes among its leaders our friends Donald Livingston and Clyde N. Wilson, was formed “to critically explore what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition. ” You will find many friends here. Full disclosure: I am an associated scholar and member of this organization.

Deo Vindice,

Silence Dogood

Jefferson Davis’ roll in the Pacific Northwest


For most people, the phrase Jefferson Davis and the Pacific Northwest sounds like the ultimate historical paradox. Yet, throughout his long career of public service to the United States as Congressman, Senator, Secretary of War and closest advisor to President Franklin Pierce, matters concerning the Northwest commanded his close attention.

As an ardent expansionist, Jefferson Davis was a great supporter of creating a continental nation. From the time he entered Congress in 1845, through his final term in the Senate, as Chairman of Military Affairs, he sponsored numerous bills and secured appropriations to promote American settlement of the West. In the 1840’s, many in government discounted the value of the remote Oregon Country. Yet, in his first congressional speech, Davis addressed the boundary dispute with Great Britain, calling for the U.S. to assert its claims to the region. Expanding the Army presence along the Oregon Trail and throughout the Northwest, as well as sponsoring numerous surveys, topographical expeditions and scientific studies were top priorities. Advocating the initiation and expansion of mail service as well as securing pay increases for soldiers serving in the “Pacific possessions” were among his efforts.

Jefferson Davis’ most enduring legacy to the Northwest may be his patronage of numerous engineering projects, among them the Pacific railroad surveys. On a more topical note is his enthusiastic sponsorship and supervision of the construction of the early military roads, many of which are in use today. Despite rising sectional differences in the prewar years, Davis maintained his longstanding dedication to addressing the needs created by America’s recent territorial expansion and “binding the Pacific slope more permanently to this Union.”

In 1977, Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield called for the restoration of Davis’ U.S. citizenship. In introducing Senate Resolution 16, he made a stirring speech alluding to many of Jefferson Davis’ little-known contributions to the United States, calling him “an outstanding American.”


“Everyone should do all in his power to collect and disseminate the truth, in the hope that it may find a place in history and descend to posterity. History is not the relation of campaigns and battles and generals or other individuals, but that which shows the principles for which the South contended and which justified her struggle for those principles. ”
Robert E. Lee

Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific NW Division

Welcome to the Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific NW Division! Our Division was established in July 2013, at the SCV National Reunion in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Pacific NW Division consists of six States; Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans was established in 1896, and today has over 30,000 members! Our purpose is to Honor and Defend the Confederate Soldier, promote the Southern Cause of Liberty and make sure that the true History of the South is preserved and presented to future generations! Our ancestors fought against a Tyrannical government, that invaded our lands, killed hundreds of thousands of Southern Soldiers and Civilians. The Confederate Cause was and still is a just cause, the true cause of American Liberty!

Membership in the SCV is open to all male descendants of Confederate Soldiers who served honorably in the Confederate Military. If you do not have an ancestor who fought for the South, but you would like to get involved, we would invite you to join the Friend of the SCV. The Friends of the SCV is open to everyone, male or female. Visit for membership applications for both the SCV and the Friends of the SCV.

2014 has been a great year for our Division! We have already established a new Camp in Boise, Idaho and are starting new Camps in both Eugene and Central Oregon. The Pacific NW Division is here to assist the local Camps in our area and help them grow.

On September 20th, 2014, we are having our very first SCV Pacific NW Division Convention and Ball! It is being held at the Heathman Lodge in beautiful Vancouver, Washington! Soon to be Commander-in-Chief Kelly Barrow and soon to be SCV Army of Trans Mississippi Commander Charles Lauret, are traveling thousands of miles to speak at our Convention. Tickets are only $50 each, which includes a 4 course Dinner of your choice! Visit the Convention and Ball section for more info.

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