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Volume XV, Issue III

March, 2011


What: The next meeting of the Moses T. Fowler Camp No. 1721, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Fountain Inn, SC.

When: Monday, March 21, 2011

Time: Supper 6:30 p.m. Meeting to start at 7:00 p.m.

Food: Sandwiches and chips, tea or coffee or both.

Where: Fairview Presbyterian Church Social Hall.    Across the road from the church.

Speaker: Mr. Rossie Meadows(Rossie is a member of the Greenville Camp #36, on the

(Board of the Museum, a member of the Honor Guard,

Subject: Battle of Brandy Station (He is a teacher at Travelers Rest High School.)

Come Come on out and bring a friend. You notice I said bring a friend. Ask someone to join us at our meeting. If you just ask someone to come to our meetings they may not show up, but if you tell them you will pick them up and bring them they will come. This year our motto should be – Each one, Reach one.

SCV State Conventions

The South Carolina SCV State Convention will be the weekend of April 9, 2011, in Charleston, SC. On Friday evening there will be an Oyster Roast in Mt. Pleasant, SC which is a suburb of Charleston.

More on this at our meeting on the 21st.

National Convention of SCV

The National Convention of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will be held in July, 2011 in Montgomery, Ala. More on this as we get nearer to convention time.


The UDC will hold its district meeting here at Fairview Church on April 2, 2011. The UDC has replaced all Crosses of Honor in Fairview Church Cemetery that have been stolen or otherwise disappeared over the past couple of years.

There will be a dedication ceremony for these crosses that have been replaced in the cemetery at Fairview around 1:30 p.m. On Saturday the 2nd. Everyone is invited to attend this dedication ceremony. If you know of anyone who has War Between the States ancestors buried at Fairview, please invite them to attend.


The Battle of Anderson reenactment will be held the firstweekend of April 1, 2, 3, 2011. I will have some flyers on this event at our meeting.


The Term "Civil War" Ought to be Abandoned

From: bernhard1848@att.net

What is called the American Revolution was properly a civil war, fought with England for control of government in the 13 North American colonies.

Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute

The Term “Civil War” Ought to be Abandoned:

The discriminating minds among our intelligent young people of the South will readily perceive that there is a manifest and important, because truthful, distinction to be maintained touching the style and title of the conflict waged on this American continent during 1861 - 1865, between The United States and the newly-born nationality known as The Confederate States. The following from Dr. S. A. Steel, of Richmond, Va., will be appreciated:

"The term 'Civil War' ought to be abandoned because it embodies an error. A civil war is a war between factions contending for the control of the same government, like Caesar and Pompey, like Lancaster and York. If the Southern people had fought in the Union, it would have been a civil war, and the defeated party would have been rebels. The movement was a revolution. The object of it was to maintain a separate government. The war was between the government of the United States and the government of the Confederate States. We went out of the Union; went so completely that we had to be re-admitted. We were not 'rebels,' but patriots, wisely or unwisely, exercising the inalienable right of self-government in an honest effort to rectify political difficulties. This is the verdict history will ultimately pronounce upon that struggle."

While our friends, the enemy, persist in calling us "Rebels," and refer to that struggle for Southern independence as "The Rebellion," we are content to bear the obloquy, knowing the injustice of it; yea, we glory in it, as did the now largest of protestant religious denominations accept and wear the term of reproach designating them "Methodists." But let us not forget that "We be brethren!"

(Editorial Note, Experiences of a Confederate Chaplain, 1861-1864, Rev. A.D. Betts, Chaplain, 30th North Carolina Troops, W.A. Betts, editor, Greenville, South Carolina, 190?)

Historians Specializing in the Faults of the South

From: bernhard1848@att.net

In his report (excerpted below) to the 1895 Houston Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans, General S.D. Lee rightly commented that “some of us conscientiously think it is not the union of States first formed; that it is a new, more centralized, stronger union, and not the one our fathers established…”  The following year would witness Republican William McKinley swept into the presidency by bought votes, corporate campaign donations and unbridled election corruption – and to preside over an imperialistic America the Founders’ never imagined.

Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute

Historians Specializing in the Faults of the South:

“The true cause of the War Between the States was the dignified withdrawal of the Southern States from the Union to avoid the continued breaches of that domestic tranquility guaranteed, but not consummated by the Constitution, and not the high moral purpose of the North to destroy slavery, which followed incidentally as a war measure.

As to the war itself and the result thereof, the children of the future would be astonished that a people fought so hard and so long with so little to fight for, judging from what they gather from histories now in use, prepared by writers from the North.  They are utterly destitute of information as to events leading to the war. Their accounts of the numbers engaged, courage displayed, sacrifices endured, hardships encountered, and barbarity practiced upon an almost defenseless people, whose arms-bearing population was in the army, are incorrect in every way.

A people, who for four long years, fought over almost every foot of their territory, on over two thousands battlefields, with the odds of 5,864,272 enlisted men against their 600,000 enlisted men, and their coasts blockaded, and rivers filled with gunboats, with 600 vessels of war, manned by some 35,000 sailors, and who protracted the struggle until over one-half of their soldiers were dead from the casualties of war, had something to fight for. They fought for the great principle of local self-government and the privilege of managing their own affairs, and for the protection of their homes and firesides.

The facts are that while the South has always been prominent in making history, she has left the writing of history to New England historians, whose chief defect is “lack of catholic sympathy for all the sections of the country.”  They especially treat the South as a section, almost as a foreign country, and while omitting the glaring faults of their own ancestors and their own section, they specialize the faults of the early Virginia colonists and the Southern colonists generally. They speak of slavery as a crime for which the South is solely responsible…and ignore the historical fact that England and New England are as much responsible for it as their brothers of the South; that it was forced not only on New England, but on the South, by Great Britain, and in spite of the protests of Virginia and other Southern colonies.

The histories written by Northern historians in the first ten or fifteen years following the close of the war, dictated by prejudice and prompted by the evil passions of that period, (and generally used in the schools), are unfit for use, and lack all the breadth, liberality, and sympathy so essential to true history, and, although some of them have been toned down, they are not yet fair and accurate in the statement of facts.

Until a more liberal tone is indicated by Northern historians, it is best that their books be kept out of Southern schools. It is therefore important that that the Southern people be aroused and take steps to have a correct history written, a history, which will vindicate them from the one-sided indictment found in many of the histories now extant.”

(Report of the Historical Committee (excerpt), United Confederate Veterans, Gen. S.D. Lee of Mississippi, Chairman, presented at the Houston Reunion; Confederate Veteran, June 1895, pp. 165-166)


The Fountain Pen is a monthly non-profit publication of the Moses T. Fowler Camp #1721, Fountain Inn, SC.  James Rodgers is editor and publisher.


Also, in you are interested in obtaining an automobile tag with the SCV logo on it. Just go to the Highway Department and show them your ID card. This is a must. The tags are about $30.


Below is a collection of quotes from the United States 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. These quotes have been divided divided as best we could, into topical categories, with little to no commentary added as they adequately stand alone in their meaning.

I hope you find this to be a good starting point for further research on the view and beliefs of this most famous of American Presidents.

Lincoln on Slavery and Emancipation:
We know that some Southern men do free their slaves, go North and become tip-top abolitionists, while some Northern Men go South and become most cruel masters.
When Southern people tell us that they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said the institution exits, and it is very difficult to get rid of in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying. I surely will not blame them for not doing what I should not know what to do as to the existing institution. My first impulse would possibly be to free all slaves and send them to Liberia to their own native land. But a moment's reflection would convince me that this would not be best for them. If they were all landed there in a day they would all perish in the next ten days, and there is not surplus money enough to carry them there in many times ten days. What then? Free them all and keep them among us as underlings. Is it quite certain that this would alter their conditions? Free them and make them politically and socially our equals? My own feelings will not admit of this, and if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of whites will not. We cannot make them our equals. A system of gradual emancipation might well be adopted, and I will not undertake to judge our Southern friends for tardiness in this matter.

I acknowledge the constitutional rights of the States, not grudgingly, but fairly and fully, and I will give them any legislation for reclaiming their fugitive slaves.

The point the Republican party wanted to stress was to oppose making slave states out of the newly acquired territory, not abolishing slavery as it then existed.

Lincoln in speeches at Peoria, Illinois

Lincoln on Secession:
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and to form one that suits them better. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may make their own of such territory as they inhabit. More than this, a majority of any portion of such people may revolutionize, putting down a minority intermingling with or near them who oppose their movement.
Lincoln on the floor of Congress, 13 January 1848
Congressional Glove, Appendix
1st Session 30th Congress, page 94

Lincoln on Racial Equality:
I am not now, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social or political equality of the white and black races. I am not now nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office,nor of intermarriages with white people. There is a physical difference between the white and the black races which will forever forbid the two races living together on social or political equality. There must be a position of superior and inferior, and I am in favor of assigning the superior position to the white man.
Lincoln in his speech to Charleston, Illinois, 1858

I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.
Lincoln's Inaugural Addressing

Do the people of the South really entertain fear that a Republican administration would directly or indirectly interfere with their slaves, or with them about their slaves? If they do, I wish to assure you as once a friend, and still, I hope, not an enemy, that there is no cause for such fears. The South would be in no more danger in this respect than it was in the days of Washington.
Letter from Lincoln to Alexander H. Stephens
Public and Private Letters of Alexander Stephens, p. 150


GUARDIAN PROGRAM - I would like for as many as possible of the Moses T. Fowler Camp members to become Guardians. To become a Guardian you have to look after a Confederate Soldier's grave. That is keep it clean, flag on Memorial Day, etc. This is an honorable program and if any of you are interested in doing this, please see our Adjutant, James Rodgers, and he will have the form for you.


P. S. It is becoming very expensive to mail Newsletters by snail mail. I know there must be some of you out there with an email address that I don't have. If you would, please send it to me. Just be sure you put in the subject line Moses T. Fowler Camp so I know who you are or it will not be opened. Thank you in advance to this matter.


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