An Open Letter & Open Report / Tulfinny Creek / Conversation With Attorney Kirk D. Lyons
March 25, 2019
Tulfinny Creek / Conversation With Attorney Kirk D. Lyons
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
On Saturday morning, March 23, 2019, I would arrive several hours early at the site of the Battle of Tulfinny Creek where, on this day, the colors of the Southern soldier would be raised by the Sons of Confederate Veterans on a newly-erected flag pole.
In one of the largest Union Marine Corps amphibious operations of the War For Southern Independence, the invaders would face the babies of the Corps of Cadets of the Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. They came within 50 yards of breaking the Charleston / Savannah railroad.
While I was to give a speech to the large crowd that would later gather, heavy on my mind was learning that my sister was diagnosed with leukemia, but I did not want to say anything that would put a damper on the proceedings of the day…a day before my mom’s birthday; a South Carolina native and the only black woman to ever be given a Confederate State Funeral.
Yet, no matter how jubilant that I knew those who would gather would be, as my mom had told me after I had carried the colors some sixteen years ago on the Historic March Across Dixie to the jubilation of the citizens of her beloved state, all the way to the Supreme Court Building in Austin, Texas: “Do not rest on your laurels. Our homeland and its citizens are still under attack. You must do more!”
Fortunately, mom did not live long enough to see the collusion of the South Carolina Legislature and the weak kneed Governor take her beloved flag off the Cenotaph of the Confederate soldier on the grounds of the Capitol, with no citizen input to do so. And now the carnage that it has championed against our fallen dead and their memory.
Chief Trial Counselor of the Southern Legal Resource Center, the Honorable Attorney Kirk D. Lyons, would argue that these Cenotaphs are public art, and fall under the protection of the First Amendment. However, sadly it would take in excess of one million dollars to move this argument through a jurisprudence system hostile of the South, that would in all likelihood end up in the United States Supreme Court, as it should.
In my state of North Carolina where there is a supposed Monument Protection Bill, in disbelief and dismay, the citizens watched as the Cenotaph of those same like-minded babies of the Citadel, and not to forget those of Ole Miss (the Mississippi Greys), who got up out of their classrooms to protect their citizens from the unholy criminal acts of the Union army who, armed with orders from Lincoln to effectuate his total warfare policy upon the defenseless old men, women and children, was ordered to replace the Cenotaph of Silent Sam back upon its base in 90 days in complete restoration, only to see the Chancellor remove Silent Sam’s base as the moratorium date approached, and then resigned with no respect for the rule of law. And, to make matters worse, the District Attorney of Hillsborough County made no move to file a lawsuit, or seek charges, against the University, or its former Chancellor. Nor has the Legislature taken any action against the school, as it should have, in withholding state funds until this matter is settled in accordance with the law it passed. The citizens of the state have been betrayed.
Even armed with the six courses of action prescribed by Attorney Lyons on this day, it would take all the reserve I had to garner up a speech appropriate for the occasion.
However, I shall always remember Lexington, Virginia; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Bradenton, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Lakeland, Florida; Pensacola, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Charlottesville, Virginia; Durham, North Carolina; Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas; and Winston Salem, North Carolina as places who turned their backs on the honorable men and women, and their memory who made a stand against those who would illegally invade our homeland, and who now allow evil to prevail by aiding and abetting a false narrative against our homeland.
God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Honorary Life Member, Zebulon Vance Camp 15, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Member, Order of the Confederate Legion, Judah P. Benjamin Camp 2210, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina/Tennessee/Georgia Orders of the Confederate Rose
President, Southern Heritage 411