Charles Edward Lincoln, PhD smiled into the video camera and asked me a trivia question: “Do you know whose image is on the official seal of the Confederate States of America?”
I had no idea.
“George Washington,” he responded.
The Civil War had nothing to do with slavery, I learned. It was a second Revolutionary War. The South was rising against abusive tariffs just as patriots had rebelled against Britain’s taxation without representation. It’s no wonder, then, that the Confederates honored our nation’s first president by adding his image to their nation’s official seal.
Dr. Lincoln earned his doctorate in archaeology. History seems to be his passion; so it was no surprise that he showed up at the Jefferson Davis monument in New Orleans late Tuesday night.
You may listen to our conversation by viewing the video below.
Rumors were spreading that the Jefferson Davis monument was scheduled for removal. Protesters, including Dr. Lincoln, were on hand keeping vigil as history was literally being removed from New Orleans.
It’s not only their history being hidden. It’s our history.
A few nights earlier, wrecking crews donning bullet proof vests and identity-hiding masks removed another Confederate monument in New Orleans. The Liberty Place monument was dismantled and hauled away. No one seems to know where they’ve taken it.
That monument honored the memory of Southern patriots who withstood the repressive reconstruction government. The media’s spin, of course, was quite different. ABC News claimed the monument honored white supremacists.
There is much such misinformation about the antebellum South and the Civil War era. Most often we are simply lied to by omission. We are simply not told the entire story of the South.
• How many Americans know that the last Confederate field general to surrender to the North was a Cherokee Indian?
Gen. Stand Watie was not only a Cherokee; he was the chief of the Cherokee nation. The tribe voted to support the Confederacy. Watie commanded the Confederate Indian cavalry of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi. His regiment was comprised of Cherokee, Muskogee and Seminole Indians.
His peculiar first name, by the way, is a translation of Degataga. It literally means to stand firm, hence Stand Watie. I’ve been told the name implies a gathering, group, or tribe that will not be moved.
Gen. Stand Watie stood his ground to the very end. He lived up to his name.
• Many are surprised to learn that the first black military officers in American history fought for the Confederacy.
In 1861 Louisiana Gov. Thomas Overton Moore issued a call for volunteers to defend their homeland against the North. On April 22, 2,000 black men answered that call and rallied at the Catholic Institute in New Orleans. The volunteers elected three from among themselves to serve as their commanding officers. Those three individuals made history as the America’s first black military officers; but don’t expect to read that in your Common Core history books.
• So why did the black Confederate volunteers muster at The Catholic Institute?
Here’s another bit of American history they don’t want you to know.
In the 1840s The Institute Catholique was created to educate black orphans.
Seriously? Black orphans were educated in the antebellum South?
And all these years we’ve been told that black children were denied access to education during that era.
While the black orphans were provided free education, other black children were admitted for a modest fee.
• And here’s another shocker that’s been overlooked by leftist “historians”: There were many highly successful black entrepreneurs thriving in the antebellum South.
You’ve never heard of Eulalie d’ Mandeville. Statues to this phenomenally successful black business woman should have been erected in New Orleans. It was there Mendeville amassed a small inflation-adjusted fortune of $4.2 million as an importer and distributor.
That was in the 1840s, about the same time the aforementioned The Institute Catholique was created.
And speaking of The Institute Catholique, you may be surprised to know this blacks-only educational institution was funded by another highly successful black businessperson of the antebellum era.
Madame Marie Couvent, the widow of Bernard Couvent, provided a trust fund in her will that underwrote the school. It was opened in 1848, eleven years after the death of Mrs. Couvent.
• The Couvents, though black, were slave owners.
Here’s another historical fact they don’t want you to know: Free blacks commonly owned black slave labor in the antebellum South.
Historical records from 1821 indicate the Couvents effectively held title to a black woman named Pauline.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the preeminent black historian, phrased it this way: “This is the dirtiest secret in African American history. A surprisingly high percentage of Negros in the South owned slaves themselves.”
One source cited the national census to report there were 3,775 black slave owners in the South in 1830 who owned 12,740 black slaves. For additional information we recommend the book Black Slave Owners by Larry Kroger. The book is available from Amazon.com.
• For more black history they don’t want you to know, visit my web site, DailyKenn.com.
Meanwhile, real history continues to be hidden and its evidence removed by wrecking crews in New Orleans this week.
Image: Excerpted from: By Unknown – http://www.old-picture.com/civil-war/Soldiers-White-Black-and.htm (picture labeled there as “Soldiers-White-Black.jpg”), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1650528