CONFEDERATE OFFICERS – Their Pro-Freedom Cause

They fought not for conquest,

but for Liberty and their own Homes.

Preserving the True History of the

CONFEDERATE OFFICER CORPS

 

Confederate Officers distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry, bravery, and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty

Officer’s Oath PRIOR to the War.

 

I do solemnly swear that I will bear

true allegiance to the United STATES of America,

and that I will serve THEM honestly and

faithfully against all THEIR enemies

and opposers whatsoever.

Our Mission is to preserve the history and legacy of our Confederate Officer Corps,

 so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.

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gENERAL rOBERT eDWARD lEE

Robert Edwrard Lee
Gen Lee and Trigger

Lee had the courage of his convictions and selflessly sacrificed his own peace and prosperity for the cause of independence, a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Lee should not be remembered solely as a Southern icon, but like Washington and Jefferson, as an American hero.  The greatest indication of Lee’s sterling leadership was the undying devotion and dedication of the men under his command.   This is something that can only be earned.

QUOTE:

“If I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no 

surrender at Appomattox Courthouse: no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, sword in my right hand”.

 General Lee’s statement to former Governor of Texas, Fletcher Stockdale after the war..

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gENERAL nATHAN bEDFORD fORREST

Nathan Bedford Forrest on horseback01

Calvary General Nathan Bedford Forrest was greatly feared by  Union Generals Sherman, Grant and Sheridan.  Forrest’s tactics and strategies are still studied by military cadets today. Forrest was the most remarkable man produced by either side. 

Despite the lies in edited Wikipedia accounts,

Forrest had many Blacks in his Calvary and they could have changed sides at any time.  Marxists, today lie about legacy of Forrest because he nearly

defeated the Armies of the Northern Industrialists.

Read more about the other side of Forrest, as an early Black civil rights advocate here. 

Nathan Bedford Forrest
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gENERAL P. G. T. Beauregard

General P.G.T. Beauregard

 General P.G.T. Beauregard entered the ‘War for Southern Independence’ as the Confederacy’s first brigadier general and was placed in command of the defenses of Charleston, South Carolina.

In this role he ordered the first shots of the Civil War during the bombardment of Fort Sumter (April 12-14, 1861)

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gENERAL sTONEWALL jACKSON

Stonewall Jackson-

 “My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.”

 

Quote by General Stonewall Jackson

 

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gENERAL pATRICK cLEBURNE

Patrick R. Cleburne

CSA General Patrick CLEBURNE ON WHY SOUTHERNERS WERE FIGHTING…

 

It is said slavery is all we are fighting for, and if we give it up we give up all.  Even if this were true, which we deny, slavery is not all that our enemies are fighting for.  It is merely the pretense to establish sectional superiority and a more centralized form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties.”

– Gen. Patrick Cleburne C.S.A. Jan 2 1864.

Cleburne was killed during an ill-conceived assault (which he opposed) on Union fortifications at the Battle of Franklin, just south of Nashville, Tennessee, on November 30, 1864.

He was only 36 years old. 

Quote by famous English author Charles Dickens
” The Northern onslaught against Southern slavery is a specious piece of humbug designed to mask their desire for the ECONOMIC CONTROL of the Southern states”.
Quote by English historian Cecil Chesterman
“What can exceed the hypocrisy of the New England men who accuse the South of grave moral sin while the money they made with the slave trade is still in their pockets”.
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gENERAL Jeb Stuart

General Jeb Stuart

 Debonair and dashing, J.E.B Stuart cut an unmistakable figure on and off the battlefield during the Civil War. Regarded as the Confederate Army’s most accomplished cavalryman, he proudly looked the part, typically adorned in flamboyant military garb as he sat atop his warhorse Skylark. Stuart made his mark leading successful reconnaissance missions, which in part helped him gain the undying friendship of Robert E. Lee. However, dubious strategic decisions made by Stuart in the prelude to the Battle of Gettysburg strained that relationship and caused some to question his fitness for command. Ultimately, the “Knight of the Golden Spurs” was heralded as a true Confederate hero.

 

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gENERAL  KIRBY-SMITH

     florida confederate general

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 “Surrender” wasn’t in Edmund Kirby Smith’s vocabulary. He is the only officer to both refuse to surrender to the Confederates while serving as a Union officer and refuse to surrender to the Union while serving as a Confederate officer. 

 

 

As a Major, Edmund Kirby Smith refused to surrender the 2nd US Cavalry at Camp Colorado, Texas to secessionist forces at the start of the war. It wasn’t until his home state, Florida seceded in 1861, did Smith resign to join the Confederacy.  {Note: Florida only had only joined the Union in 1845}

 

 

 

In 1863, Smith took command of the Trans-Mississippi Department. With the capture of Vicksburg & Port Hudson by US forces, the Confederacy was split in two. Smith became, in effect, governor of the western Confederacy. Despite lacking manpower & supplies, he successfully defended “Kirby-Smithdom” from several Union attacks. 

 

 

 

The surrender of Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee and Joseph Johnston in the spring of 1865 didn’t impact Smith’s actions. He continued to resist with his small army in Texas. Smith insisted that Lee and Johnston were prisoners of war and decried Confederate deserters. 

 

 

On May 26, 1865, General Simon Buckner, acting for Smith, met with Union officers in New Orleans to arrange the surrender of Smith’s force under terms similar to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. Smith reluctantly agreed, and officially laid down his arms at Galveston on June 2, 1865. His Confederate troops were some of the last in the field.

 

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