Welcome our newest Camp, SCV Rev. Philip Mulkey Camp 2273 of Eugene, OR.!

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific NW Division is proud to announce the newest Camp to join our great organization! Eugene Oregon is now home to the Rev. Philip Mulkey SCV Camp 2273! Congratulation to our Eugene Oregon Brothers!

Since the creation of the Pacific NW Division in 2013, we have added two new Camps. Now our sights are set on establishing a new Camp in western Washington.

-SCV Pacific NW Division Commander Ernst

Black Lives Matter, Sons of Confederate Veterans agree in criticism of renaming effort

A Washington highway once named after a controversial Civil War leader may soon get a new name.

And two groups that don’t agree on much are criticizing the effort.

The highway once ran from Vancouver to the Canadian border.

In 1939, it was named after Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, a man state Rep. Hans Dunshee of Snohomish said Washington should not be honoring.

“He symbolizes the institutional slavery and economic system that was built on slavery and all the horrors of slavery that the Civil War was fought about,” said Dunshee.

The highway, State Route 99, no longer has an official name and it’s now much smaller, running only from Fife to Everett in the Seattle area.

But that hasn’t stopped Dunshee from repeatedly trying to name it after African-American Civil War veteran and former Snohomish resident, William P. Stewart.

“The first attempt in 2002 didn’t work,” said Dunshee, a Democrat. “It didn’t pass in the Senate back then. The Senate was controlled by people who had Southern sympathies.”

But this week another bill co-sponsored by Dunshee to rename the highway was unanimously approved by the state House.

“A lot of it isn’t state route anymore but the stain is still there and we need to remove that stain,” said Dunshee.

“I think that it’s a nice gesture,” said Cecelia Towner, organizer of Black Lives Matter in Vancouver.

But she told KATU she’s skeptical of the renaming effort.

“I don’t think that it helps black people,” Towner said, “and I like things that do and I don’t think that it really helps veterans.”

Towner said she’d rather see lawmakers focus on things like House Bill 2907, a measure that would put tougher restrictions on police officers’ use of deadly force.

“I think that’s more important. If they’re going to focus on how to have a gesture, it should be something that isn’t just changing street signs,” said Towner.

Erik Ernst, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific Northwest Division, emailed KATU about the renaming bill, saying Davis was “a great man, who was a West Point graduate, U.S. Army lieutenant in the Mexican War, United States Secretary of War, United States senator and president of the Confederate States of America.”

But Ernst also wrote, “We do not support the renaming of Highway 99, but would rather see Mr. Stewart better honored by having a more prominent highway named after him, such as Interstate 5 or U.S. Highway 101 … We feel it is dishonoring to William P. Stewart to name a decommissioned highway after him.”

“I’m really excited to hear that and I think they’re right,” Towner said. “I think we have common ground.”

House Bill 2907 never got out of committee.

But the state House did pass another bill Tuesday to create a task force on policies regarding deadly use of force by police.

“There is nothing that indicates that the perspectives of the task force will result in change,” said Towner.

The highway renaming bill is expected to be voted on soon in the state Senate.

The last two remaining markers of Jefferson Davis Highway in Washington are now on display in Jefferson Davis Park, a private piece of land in Ridgefield owned by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

“The Jefferson Davis Park board and the Sons of Confederate Veterans do not tolerate any form racist activity or intolerance,” Ernst wrote.

Renaming of decommissioned Hwy 99.

HB 4010 in Washington State would rename Highway 99 after African American US Veteran William P. Stewart.
We do not support the renaming of highway 99, but would rather see Mr. Stewart better honored by having a more prominent highway named after him, such as Interstate 5 or US Hwy 101. US Highway 99 in Washington State, was decommissioned in 1968 and replaced by Interstate 5. There are only a few short sections of highway left that are named Hwy 99. We feel it is dishonoring to William P. Stewart, to name a decommissioned highway after him. His descendants and the African American community deserves better than this.

Thank You,
Erik Ernst
Commander
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Pacific NW Division
scvoregon@gmail.com

Blacks and the Confederacy

By Walter E. Williams | January 19, 2016 | 7:08 AM EST

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The confederate battle flag flies over a monument to the victims of the Civil War in Columbia, S.C. (AP File Photo)

Last July, Anthony Hervey, an outspoken black advocate for the Confederate flag, was killed in a car crash. Arlene Barnum, a surviving passenger in the vehicle, told authorities and the media that they had been forced off the road by a carload of “angry young black men” after Hervey, while wearing his Confederate kepi, stopped at a convenience store en route to his home in Oxford, Mississippi.

His death was in no small part caused by the gross level of ignorance, organized deceit and anger about the War of 1861. Much of the ignorance stems from the fact that most Americans believe the war was initiated to free slaves, when in truth, freeing slaves was little more than an afterthought. I want to lay out a few quotations and ask what you make of them.

During the “Civil War,” ex-slave Frederick Douglass observed, “There are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and laborers, but as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops, and do all that soldiers may to destroy the Federal Government and build up that of the traitors and rebels” (Douglass’ Monthly, September 1861).

“For more than two years, negroes had been extensively employed in belligerent operations by the Confederacy. They had been embodied and drilled as Rebel soldiers, and had paraded with White troops at a time when this would not have been tolerated in the armies of the Union.” (Horace Greeley, in his book, “The American Conflict”).

“Over 3,000 negroes must be included in this number (of Confederate troops). These were clad in all kinds of uniforms, not only in cast-off or captured United States uniforms, but in coats with Southern buttons, State buttons, etc. These were shabby, but not shabbier or seedier than those worn by white men in rebel ranks. Most of the negroes had arms, rifles, muskets, sabres, bowie-knives, dirks, etc. They were supplied, in many instances, with knapsacks, haversacks, canteens, etc., and were manifestly an integral portion of the Southern Confederacy Army. They were seen riding on horses and mules, driving wagons, riding on caissons, in ambulances, with the staff of Generals, and promiscuously mixed up with all the rebel horde” (report by Dr. Lewis H. Steiner, chief inspector of the U.S. Sanitary Commission).

In April 1861, a Petersburg, Virginia, newspaper proposed “three cheers for the patriotic free Negroes of Lynchburg” after 70 blacks offered “to act in whatever capacity” had been “assigned to them” in defense of Virginia.

Those are but a few examples of the important role that blacks served as soldiers, freemen and slaves on the side of the Confederacy. The flap over the Confederate flag is not quite so simple as the nation’s race “experts” make it. They want us to believe the flag is a symbol of racism. Yes, racists have used the Confederate flag as their symbol, but racists have also marched behind the U.S. flag and have used the Bible. Would anyone suggest banning the U.S. flag from state buildings and references to the Bible?

Black civil rights activists, their white liberal supporters and historically ignorant Americans who attack the Confederate flag have committed a deep, despicable dishonor to our patriotic Southern black ancestors who marched, fought and died not to protect slavery but to protect their homeland from Northern aggression. They don’t deserve the dishonor. Dr. Leonard Haynes, a black professor at Southern University, stated, “When you eliminate the black Confederate soldier, you’ve eliminated the history of the South.”

Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams

SCV Eugene, OR. Meeting 1/14/16

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SCV Members from the Eugene Oregon area will be meeting on Thursday, January 14th at 6pm. We will be finishing our paperwork to form the new Camp in Eugene. It will be named after a local Confederate named Philip Mulkey.

Join us on Thursday at the VFW Hall located at 1626 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401. Meeting starts at 6pm!

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Nampa, Idaho was the place to be on Saturday, November 14th! Camp 2244 of Idaho was the  Host Camp for this years Division Convention. Both Camp 2244 and Camp 458 of Portland Oregon were very well represented.

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There were several guest speakers, including Walter “Donnie” Kennedy (Author of “The South Was Right”).

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ATM Commander Charles Lauret, PNW Div. Cmdr. Erik Ernst, ATM Aide-de-Camp George Grimillion.

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ATM Chaplain/PNW Div. Adjutant Fr. John Sigmon.

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PNW Div. Lt. Commander Jim Hinson

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PNW Div. Genealogist Norm Ernst.

The six hour long meeting was jammed packed with great information, fiery speakers, tasty food and wonderful fellowship.

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Division Commander Erik Ernst swore in the new Camp officers for the Cpl William Mink Camp 2244.

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Commander Ernst also presented the “Commander in Chief” Award from CIC Kelly Barrow, to Lt. Cmdr Jim Hinson and Adjutant Charlie Skaug.

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New Camp Commander Bland Ballard was given a special medal by outgoing Camp Commander Jim Hinson.

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Col. Isaac W. Smith Camp 458 Commander Jay Willis and Secretary Norm Ernst, swore in two new Camp members, Bob Rogers and David Gillaspie.

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After the days events, 14 of us met at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant for Dinner. Several of us after dinner visited late into the evening.

It was a great weekend and we’re all looking forward to future events put on by the Pacific NW Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans!

Keep your calendars free in August 2016. Anchorage Alaska is next years host city for the Division Convention. I look forward to seeing you there!

PNW Div. Cmdr. Erik Ernst

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCV Leadership Conference and Division Convention. Saturday Nov. 14th, 2015, Nampa, ID.

As many of you already know, Saturday, November 14th, we will be hosting a SCV Leadership Conference and Pacific NW Division Convention in Nampa Idaho. We have several great guest speakers coming, including “The South Was Right” author, Walter “Donnie Kennedy.

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the SCV and to help build new leaders in our Camps and Division.  Bring your friends and family!

Meeting starts at 12 noon at the Canyon Creek Restaurant and Lounge (next door to the Shilo Inn). Located at 1411 Shilo Dr, Nampa, ID 83687.

There will be many special presentations and a great time of fellowship for all! See ya tomorrow!

Man viciously attacked by street thugs, because of Confederate Flag on Truck!

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Two buddies went to Salt Lake City to see Garth Brooks in concert, but they forgot one critical piece of equipment when you travel in the big city in a pickup truck displaying a Confederate flag: a gun.

In what could be considered a hate crime, two friends were viciously beaten by a group of black men in a motel parking lot.

Kelly Leeper noticed the men near his friend’s pickup truck, he told Fox 13, there was $50,000 worth of welding equipment in the back of the truck.

Leeper and his friend went to the parking lot to confront the group.

“The point is it’s my right to drive what any kind of vehicle I want. If I want to fly the Confederate Flag, it’s my right,” he said.

Apparently without provocation, one man threw a powerful punch and knocked out Leeper’s friend.  Leeper was then wrestled to the ground and pummeled by six men.

A bystander captured the fight on cellphone video, which has been turned over to Salt Lake City police.

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Police spokeswoman Sgt. Robin Heiden told the station that it was fortunate someone at the scene wrote down a partial license plate number of the vehicle in which the men fled the parking lot.  “I think we’ll probably be able to track down that vehicle,” she said.

“It could potentially be a hate crime.  We’ll then present all that to the district attorney who will make that final determination.”

Bruised and battered, neither Leeper or his friend were seriously injured.  “I’ll be damned if I ever come to Salt Lake again without bringing my gun,” Leeper said.

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